Sunday, 19 January 2020

Weekend Habitat: Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

Located on the prestigious Avenue Hoche, Le Royal Monceau embodies the Parisian "je-ne-sais-quoi" in all of its spontaneity and culture. Founded in 1928, the hotel is quintessential yet contemporary. The rooms are designed with 40's and 50's notes in mind. If you're looking for that traditional Parisian apartment, The Presidential suite is the one for you. The large panel doors and high ceilings make you question if you're in a hotel or a French luxurious home. With an added guest room, it's the perfect destination for an extended group to enjoy a night or two in the 1st Arr.

Moving onto the Ray Charles suite, the art deco curves lure you in. A rendez-vous for artists and bold spirits who are not afraid of their own era. Even though the suite is spacious, with the dropped ceilings and loft feel; it's that touch more cosy and takes you back to a time of 60's soul and jazz.

The images speak for when can we move in?

Photography: Helen-Jayne Driscoll
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Thursday, 2 January 2020

Weekend Habitat: Relais Christine

Discreet and peaceful, Relais Christine is nestled within Saint-Germain-des-Pres in the 6th Arrondissement. A grand mansion house built in the 1600’s, the property preserves the intimacy of the private residence it once was with traditional French period features and character. The bathrooms caught my attention with black marble and golden touches. Old fireplaces and vaulted ceilings make the lounges a perfect place to relax. Or if self-care is a priority on your trip, the Guerlain spa set in the stone vaults doesn’t disappoint. 

Photography: Helen-Jayne Driscoll 
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Sunday, 8 December 2019

Unisex Fragrance Editorial

Lets talk fragrance, and some of the newcomers this Christmas season. I am a big fan of woody, dark notes. If you’re like me, you opt for more bold scents in the colder months and lighter notes in the warmer months. I’ve put together this festive editorial for both men and women, because a lot of these scents are unisex. Enjoy! 

Byredo Casablanca Lily EDP
Top notes: Plum, Gardenia 
Heart notes: Carnation, Indian Tuberose 
Base notes: Rosewood, Honey Accord 
Romantic floral scent, a combination of sweet mystery.

Notes: Black Cardamom, Orchid and Water Lily 
Part of the 'Intense' collection, It's also infused with Kyara Wood, which is prized in Japan for its rarity, fragility and unique scent. For a woody, sensual twist, try layering it with English Oak & Redcurrant. 

Notes: Oud, Indonesian Patchouli, Norlimbanol, Amber and Tonka 
Combines the typical woody & classic oud notes with completely new modern elements, and presents a fascinating reinterpretation of oud. 

Top notes: Ban Timmur, Bergamot 
Heart notes: Carrot seeds, Rum, Wild Fig 
Base notes: Tonka Beans, Cashmere woods 
The Mysterious name is inspired by impermanence and the passing of time. 

Top Notes: Lotus flower, Clove and Pepper 
Heart notes: Green Violet, orchid, Iris Wood and Muguet 
Base notes: Leather, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Cashmere musk, Amber and Incense. 
A warm, intimate perfume blending florals and earthier scents to reach its crescendo. 

Top notes: Green Apple, Pink Pepper, Indonesian Patchouli, Calabrian Bergamot 
Heart notes: Bulgarian and Turkish Roses, Indian Sandalwood, Styrax, Musk 
Base notes: Peach, Cassis, Lilac, Amber, Ylang Ylang 
This scent is the irresistible feminine counterpart to the legendary Aventus. Inspired by history's most powerful women - from royalty and visionaries to artists and writers - whilst heralding the strong, modern woman of today. Opulent and sensual. 

Top notes: Fresh Fig Leaf and Bergamot 
Heart Notes: Jasmine and Geranium 
Base Notes: Labdanum, Sandalwood, Cedarwood and Osmanthus 
Olfactive Signature: Oakmoss 
Androgynous. Unconventional. Mystifying. 

Photography: Yours Truly 


Saturday, 23 November 2019

Three Knitwear Trends for Autumn/Winter

If you’re like me, you couldn’t wait for colder temperatures to set in so you could finally start layering and having more fun with your styling choices (or maybe that’s just me). Blame my mindset on stifling summers in Australia! Knitwear has had an overhaul this season and some late contenders have made the colder months that bit more bearable, not to mention experimental ways to style your wooly pieces. I’d say there are three key knitwear trends  the street style crowds have been delving into even since early spring of this year. 

1. The Double Knit 

I first started experimenting with adding a jumper into my outfits back in April, but back then it was over a white shirt or tee and tied cross body. This season we are seeing more draped thicker styles over turtlenecks and thicker knitted pieces. There are many ways to try this trend, and personally now it’s getting colder I’ve been experimenting over blazers loosely tied to give that snug look. Keeping the hues similar appears well put together with less fuss, so I’ve opted for double camel. My turtle neck is a lot thinner and then the draped jumper adds texture and warmth. 

2. The Knitted/Sweater Vest 

I first noticed this trend at CPFW in August (namely the beautiful baby blue Jaquemus number which I still can’t stop thinking about) but the vest was styled with no under layer and was paired with culottes/masculine trousers and strappy shoes. Temperatures are plummeting in the UK, so now we are seeing this layered over white shirts or slip dresses, paired with chunky boots. I’d say it’s a good piece to invest in, as it can be worn with bare arms when the warmer months kick in. The cream vest I am wearing in these images is from Arket, and they have such a great selection this season in lots of neutral colours. 

3. The Knitted Bib 

No, it’s not a baby bib but an adult version to literally ‘place’ over a light under layer: turtle neck or blouse. Lets just say that added layer that will thank you on a bitterly cold day. I personally love the cropped versions with a white shirt unbuttoned underneath. There is also the knitted tube top or bra which gives a similar vibe. Looks super cute with a buttoned cardigan over the top.

So have fun this season with knitwear, and happy styling!
All images photographed self-portrait.

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