Sunday, 14 August 2011

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Jacques Townhouse-Could Cider be the new Prosecco?!


As our girl Beyonce sang; 'Who run the world? Girls!' Well we deserve a treat after all that hard work and Jacques Townhouse has it all wrapped up. Set up as a boutique hotel for 10 days complete with bell boys to wait on you hand and foot, it's the ultimate girly fun house!

Upon arrival we were introduced to a parade of eccentric hotel staff and taken through the beautifully decadent rooms to the delights that awaited us. You’re left to explore the house as you wish, head to the boudoir for a massage, lashes, up dos & nails or enjoy the surprisingly refreshing Jacques bubbly in the enchanted garden. Other fun included customise you own cupcake and our total fave; raid the vintage fancy dress box & have a Vogue style photoshoot with your besties.... strike a pose girls!

I headed straight for the nail bar where I got a gorge hot pink mini manicure. The girls are all beautifully made up, (my girl was wearing a fab 'fushia violet' lipstick by Illamasqua called Atomic that really seemed to pop on her lips) and full of top tips: Pencil in your whole lip with liner before applying lippy to get it to stay put all day. So thats where i've been going wrong all these years!

Jacques Townhouse is in Liverpool next 10-19 August, lucky northern gals. For (complimentary) tickets visit www.facebook.com/jacques 

GG x

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Feather Headdresses and Festival Fun

'encompass the decadent and mischievous spirit of festival fun'


So the festival season is well & truly underway (scream!) and with the whimsical wonder that is Secret Garden Party fast approaching you'll need more than a fancy pair of Hunter wellies to stand out from the crowd.

We've been on the look out for some fabulous festival wear and when this beautiful headdress was sent in we knew it was gonna make for a killer outfit. Feather headdresses are BIG this year and this one from independent label I am Howling Wolf is totally amaze and will be perfect for all night dancing by the SGP lake!

The outfit is a mixture of vintage and high street. We found this beautiful cream dress in Beyond Retro.  Its simple so lets the headdress do the talking, its midi length is totally on trend and most importantly its lace, so perfect for an English garden party! We've teamed it with a tooled leather bag also from BR and a pair of Topshop sandals. The antique gold jewellery finishes the look perfectly.

Now we just have to pray for a little bit of sunshine! GG x



Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Haus furniture boutique-Victoria Park Village


Haus is not the kind of place you expect to find in your local parade of shops. Situated in the lovely Victoria Park Village and teeming with style, it offers high end, contemporary furniture, lighting and homewares from classic brands such as Eames, Kartell and Ercol.

The dream would be to deck your entire humble abode from somewhere like this, but for most of us it's the perfect place for that 'statement piece' such as the beautiful Eames rocker chair that caught my eye. We echo the Haus principle that we'd rather have a few 'good' things that will stand the test of time and grow old with us and that is exactly what you'll find here.

There is also a great selection of smaller items which would make perfect gifts such as the quirky Moomin mugs and the beautifully understated Eames House Bird by Vitra. The crinkled cups by Rob Brandt for Thorsten Van Elten were a favourite of mine and I was surprised to find out they were originally designed in the 1970s! Proof that great design stands the test of time.

All of the items have been carefully selected by husband and wife team Andrew and Jane Tye who use their experience and expertise to curate a highly desirable collection. And if you can't get down to the shop check out the website which is packed with even more beautiful things.

GG x


Thursday, 30 June 2011

The Local Deli-Victoria Park Village


I'm so happy that places like this are popping up all over the place, there is something intensely satisfying about shunning the supermarkets in favour of local businesses. You know you are going to get fantastic, handpicked, fresh produce of the highest quality. Victoria Park Village is becoming a hub of traditional type shops that know their stuff.

At The Deli Downstairs there is an abundance of brightly coloured jars and packets filling the shelves, plus a very tempting deli counter serving homemade pies stuffed full of chicken and ham, delicious cooked meats and specialist cheeses. In fact when I popped in I overheard them explaining how the brie was currently at 'its optimum'. The talk of a true affineur! Even my search for vanilla pods for a Pavlova recipe was met with a choice from Madagascar or Tahiti.

Fresh artesian breads, organic vegetables, olives and chutneys are also displayed enticingly around the shop. Just look how delicious those tomatoes look, Jamie would be very happy!
What a fab find. The Deli Downstairs is such a treat, an Aladdin's cave of edible goodies served with a smile, you don't get that very often in your average supermarket! Buy local and support your high streets. GG x 

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Live from the (muddy) fields of Glastonbury


We have word from our Glasto Gal and we're ignoring the envy to bring you the news from the front line. The sun is finally shining and the lucky girl has been VIPizzling in the orange tent next to Example. Next it's Jessie J. Well Jel!




As well as partying, Glasto Gal has been on the lookout for some super stylish fesival goers. We love this dungeree/peasant top combo, especially with this chic plait, a great way to overcome festival hair. And this mask is totally rocking. Well, a festival's not a festival without a bit of fancy dress.




Late into the night it's fantasy fun from the spectacle that is Block9, Glasto's infamous 'naughty corner'. Block9 is 'a late night wonderland of breathtaking creations and serious soundsystems'. When the bands have finished on the Pyramid & Other Stage this is the place to party from sunset to sunrise. Featuring Horse Meat Disco at The NYC Downlow (a life-size ruin of a New York tenement building). As well as Dalston's own VogueFabrics presenting a kinky backroom disco. Party time!

Thanks Glasto Gal, we're looking forward to the next installment...... GG x

Friday, 24 June 2011

First rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club. Oh well....



Last week our friend Ed sent an email out asking whether any of us fancied a night out with a difference. His boxing club were putting on a night of white collar boxing. Always keen to experience something new, off I trotted to The Real Fight Club in Shoreditch. It turned out to be a great way to spend a Friday evening and was a lot less barbaric than I expected. Good clean fighting (did I actually just say that?!), a buzzing atmosphere and great photo ops. I even sneaked my way to the front and got chatting to one of the fighter's mums. Random!

The clubs's mantra is Zero to Hero in 3 months. Big words, but boxers are renowned for their fitness levels and after seeing the sweat dripping from the fighters I have to say I believe them. It certainly beats the tedious treadmill.  Ding  Ding, Round 2. GG x

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Guilty Pleasures-Sunday Night Takeaway


After a very busy weekend I was feeling a little too tired to cook so out came the takeaway menus! We have some really good takeaways around us in East London and a lazy sunday evening is the perfect excuse to give one of our favourite Thai restaurants a call.

Within 40 mins The Thai Rooms  had presented me with this delicious little combo! I had a red duck curry, some coconut rice and a side of pork and prawn dumplings, along with some complimentary prawn crackers. Yum. Now for an early evening snooze. GG x 

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Vintage Designer Clothing at Strut



So, you love vintage, you love designer, and you love wearing something that little bit different?! Well, Strut is the place for you. A new designer vintage store in one of my fave places, Broadway Market, selling hand picked items from across Europe. I was pretty impressed with what was on offer and their slick visual merchandising. Well, you gotta love a polished concrete floor! The glass of champers on arrival went down pretty well too.

The store has a mix of vintage one offs (OMG original Ossie Clarke anyone?) and recent pieces such as an Alexander Mcqueen Runway Coat (swoon!). They also offer a bespoke service where the lovely Ariana will contact you when a piece from your preferred designer or decade comes in. And don't worry the prices are very reasonable.

Pencil July 2nd into your diaries for a visit to this little haven of fashion. Its 'super saturday'  where you'll get a free glass of bubbles while you peruse the new stock listening to some cool beats from the instore DJ. This is the place to go for that special piece that will make your chums green with envy!

 Happy shopping people. GG x




Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Brooklyn Flea, Williamsburg


I was lucky enough to be in NYC this weekend and an absolute highlight was the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg, which happens every Sunday down at the waterfront. With the dramatic Manhattan skyline as its backdrop you can expect to find everything from old maps, vintage bottles, mirrors & frames to clothing, jewellery & vinyl. There's a huge waiting list for stalls at the Flea and they're very particular about the sorts of vendors they like which really shows in the standard and variety of whats on offer here. Get chatting to the stall holders and you'll find every piece tells a story and they're more than happy to tell it. They really know they're stuff. You'll find your self aching to buy tons of bits and wondering just how much you can squeeze on the plane.



I purchased an original Vignelli 1972 New York subway guide ($90). Based on our very own tube map, this was in use only until 1979. An iconic piece of graphic design that has since earnt its coveted place at MoMA, but unfortunately not in the hearts of the everyday New Yorkers at the time, who found it confusing and so a more geographical style map was introduced. In London we'd gone the opposite way some years earlier with Henry Beck's iconic map in 1933. The debate continues over the best design for the New York subway guide, but there's no doubt this one wins over the current MTA map in the looks stakes . I love the bold and bright colours used for the lines.




Also onboard my JFK-LHR flight with me was a 1950s seltzer bottle ($25) which will look great in my kitchen. In those days (before soda was mass produced) people had carbonated water delivered to their doors in heavy duty glass bottles with pewter valve tops. Once finished you'd pop it on the doorstep much like we would with milk bottles. They just don't make 'em like this anymore!

Finally some original cinema board letters ($19), a different take on the wooden letters everyone has at the moment, these are printed acrylic slates...and yes they had sold out of the ampersands of course. Plus the letter 'E', leading me to shout out 'anyone got any E's?!" to some very strange looks! I was trying to spell 'Let's Dance' of course!

The theme here is 'everyday items'. I really enjoy real things, real people, like me, would have come across back in the day in their ordinary lives. Though saying that I did also come across a rather lovely gold vintage watch, which upon trying it found out it was a 14k gold 1950s Omega in perfect condition at $1300! Don't let that put you off though, there are plenty of bargains to be had & if Manhattan's eaten your money then just go along to  grab some nice cheap lunch from one of the specialist food stalls & people watch. I had some great parma ham, carved off and coupled wth some absolutely delicious creamy ricotta with rocket on a slice of artisan bread and drizzled with olive oil for just $3, it was heaven. So much so I had to go back for seconds.


Make sure you take a trip across to Billyburg when your next across the pond, this hip Brooklyn suburb is not too dissimilar to East London in its feel. The action happens around Bedford Avenue and surrounding streets, grab a drink a sit & watch the world go by.

For Brooklyn Flea Williamsburg exit the L train at Bedford Avenue and keep walking down 7th Avenue until you get to the East River. 10am-5pm every Sunday. GGx

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Sixtynineb Womenswear Boutique - Broadway Market


I do love the simple aesthetics of this little womenswear boutique tucked away in the midst of bustling Broadway Market. SixtyNineB 's fashion Director Merryn Leslie favours cool greys and naturals and simple silhouettes. I particularly liked this monochrome tee with its bold graphic print and these totally gorge leather bags by Sonya Kashmiri. There's a heavy emphasis on sustainable fashion throughout the store, these bags are made from vegetable dyed leather and lined with organic cotton. Hmm i may have to give myself an early birthday present.. July's not that far away is it?! GG x

Monday, 16 May 2011

Frankie Says Shop! Clothes Show Live



Eeek how exciting! Gypsy Gold have been asked to fill in as guest blogger for 'Frankie Says Shopwhile the super stylish lady is away. Check it out all this week for an exclusive sneak preview of the new collection. GGx

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Independent Bookshop- East London


Wowzer, what a find! Artwords Bookshop at 20-22 Broadway Market is jam packed full of the latest books, DVDs and mags on architecture, art, fashion,graphics and photography. I was blown away by the amazing selection of inspiring tomes, thank god the card machine was playing up and I only had enough cash for one (beautiful) book, else I would have walked out a whole lot poorer. The place was bustling with creative types searching for inspiration and the knowledgeable staff are only too happy to help. If you can't find the time to get down to the shop their website is updated daily with the latest stock. Here's what I nabbed for myself :) GGx
                                                               

Saturday, 14 May 2011

A stroll around Broadway Market


There is no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with a slow stroll around bustling Broadway Market. A hotch potch of vintage clothing, homemade cakes like your nan used to make, artisian breads and retro furniture stores, it has been quoted as the coolest place to shop by no less than Italian Vogue!
Trendy young things rifle through rails of brightly coloured vintage frocks and yummy mummies are a plenty! There are numerous cafes, food stalls and pubs to rest those weary feet. The girls and I lunched at the local italian Bella Vita and it was deeeeeelicious!! I had the crayfish pasta, and I couldn't resist a quick snap, food envy anyone?!

I literally had to drag myself away from the vintage typewriter you see in the photos. Such a gorgeous object to own but my tiny east london flat is bursting at the seams and I managed to talk myself out of it. Maybe one day.

Anyway as you can see I had a most lovely afternoon, I think I may have the beginnings of an addiction to Broadway, it speaks to the soul.  Toodle pip!  GG x


Sunday, 8 May 2011

I heart Columbia Road

check out the floral colour blocking!
Ahh Columbia Road on a Sunday morning... so good for the soul! This East London gem is tucked away behind Hackney Road & hosts a colourful flower market every week which is a joy to behold. Such a lovely atmosphere with stall holders shouting their wares, bustling cafes and gorgeous little gift shops offering homewares & vintage clothing. Great spot to people watch, grab a pew on on the pavement & enjoy a drink  listening to the buskers. If you get there later, around 3.30/4pm you can grab some cut price bunches of blooms. Bargainous! GG x

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Best brekkie in the East End



              

I always like to make a trip to The Premises when I'm around that way, a cafe set in front of a recording studio at 209 Hackney Road where the likes of the Arctics, Rhianna & Plan B have recorded, but more importantly it serves THE best breakfasts in the East End! Great coffee, fresh juices & you can mix & match items which include such treats as bubble & squeak & onion rings in the mix!! Now there's a hangover cure if ever I saw one. Plus no matter how heavy your night & how late you get up, Ali & his team will sort you out as breakfast is served all day, Mmmm. GGx

The Premises 209 Hackney Road, London E2, 020 7684 2230

Monday, 25 April 2011

A very long ride up a very steep hill.



Oh, the joys of a long weekend! The boyf and I decided that it was high time for a weekend away and Bath seemed like the perfect antidote for hectic London.  For some reason unbeknown to me, we thought it would be nice to hire a couple of bikes and ride up to Prior Park, a landscaped garden at the top of a very steep hill. After two rest stops and rather a lot of moaning (yes, me!) we made it to the top. Now it might be a tad middle aged but I actually quite enjoyed the meander with an ice cream in hand! The bridge in the pic is covered in centuries old graffiti and is definitely worth a gander. Bansky eat your heart out! GGx

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Flowers Vs Hipstamatic




God, I love love love this App! Recreate the magic of that little plastic camera from the 1980's and turn the everyday into something spesh with your trusty I Phone. These bright flowers caught my eye while walking through the park, I think spring is on the way!! I love Hipstamatic's way of ramping up the saturation and puttting these nifty little borders on. Ace. GGx