World War Z: Angelina Jolie Returns To The Red Carpet

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Angelina Jolie has always been one of my favourite red carpet stars, granted she doesn’t always get it right, sometimes she takes the drama of the dress a little too far, I am talking about her right leg pose at the Oscars in 2012, but no matter what she keeps you wanting more.

Well this week, less than three weeks since she announced that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy, Angie was back on the red carpet with Brad Pitt as he promotes his new movie World War Z, and since Sunday she has wowed London, Paris and Berlin.Angelina brad London  World War Z: Angelina Jolie Returns To The Red Carpet %tagFor London the star went black, simple and elegant in a gorgeous Saint Laurent gown. I just love how even when she is working an understated look she still looks fabulous and I love the sheer panelled bodice.

Keeping with black, Paris was another Saint Laurent look, this time a suit, I just love the contrast of the masculine tailoring with the feminine bow necktie on the blouse.

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I love everything about this look from the colour to the sculptural peplum, this is an elegant look paired with all the attitude an A-list actress should bring to the red carpet. I am so pleased that she kept her accessories minimal, pairing with just white heels and barley-there make-up.

Which look is your favourite?

Also, is it just me or have Angie and Brad coordinated hair styles? London – they both have their flowing locks down, followed by sleeked back and up in Paris, and back to long in Berlin.Angelina brad berlin World War Z: Angelina Jolie Returns To The Red Carpet %tag Angelina berlin  World War Z: Angelina Jolie Returns To The Red Carpet %tag[Pics: courtesy of Paramount/Getty Images by David M Bennet, Pascal Le Segretain, & Andreas Rentz]

Jewellery: Dodo’s City Charm Bracelets

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I make no secret of being a lover of charms, whether it is Thomas Sabo, Astley Clarke, Tiffany’s, or Pandora, I love that they can personalise a look, show off your personality and are perfect to capture a happy memory.

One jewellery charm brand I have had my eye on for a while has to be Italian brand, Dodo, as I love that each charm has a different meaning. For instance did you know their Penguin charm means ‘crazy in love’, that the Butterfly represents ‘I love my freedom’ and the Camel is ‘I’d walk across burning sand for you’, I also love that the D charm is ‘Dear D. You are a Devil, yet Delightful’!!!

As well as animals and letters, Dodo have also put together a series of ‘Souvenir’ charm bracelets for some of my favourite cities – London, Paris and New York, as well as Milan and Roma that are just gorgeous and I want them all!!!

Each of the Dodo loves charm bracelets costs £280, a little pricey, but I love that you get a Dodo bird charm, a love heart and the letters to spell out the city. I think it is hard to choose between London, Paris and New York.

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To Do In London: Afternoon Tea At The Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge

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I think I am going to make it my goal to go round all the fancy hotels in London and try out their afternoon teas, I just love all the delicate cakes, the gorgeous scones and the cute little sandwiches, if I could eat it every day I think I would. So when the Millennium Hotel invited me to try out their new menu I jumped at the chance, especially as I would be munching my through the menu with some of my blogger pals.

When considering afternoon tea options location is nearly as important as the food itself, the Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge is perfectly situated down the road from Harvey Nichols on Sloane Street and just round the corner from Harrods, and what’s better than a spot of tea after a day of shopping.

Unlike a lot of other afternoon teas I have experienced in London this was more relaxed, I am not sure whether that was because I was surround by friends, or the Tangerine Cafe Bar, which has a modern decor with lounging comfortable chairs. However, as it is attached to a bar be aware that hotel guests might be watching football, which is what was on the large TV while I was there.

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The menu itself was very traditional, a tray of sandwiches containing egg mayonnaise, smoked salmon and cream cheese, and ham and pickle, as someone who doesn’t like salmon or ham I was a little limited, however the egg one was pretty tasty. A tray of scones, a selection of incredible crafted cream cakes, and all washed down with traditional English Breakfast tea.

Once the sandwiches are all gone then you can move up the tiers, well that is what the etiquette coach at the event instructed, my opinion is eat what you like, when you like, afternoon tea is however you like it.

The scones, which come in plain and raisin varieties, with the occasional chocolate chip were delicious, the only thing I could add is that they need to provide more clotted cream and jam, I do like to pile mine high. Though to be honest the middle tray, which is always my favourite, did make up for the lack of cream with its exquisite chocolate feast of a chocolate éclair, a profiterole, a chocolate and cream sponge cake and a chocolate cup filled with mousse. A selection that could be a little too chocolatey for some, I on the other hand love chocolate so really enjoyed it.

Overall I did enjoy my afternoon tea, which was a little strange to be eating at 8pm, and for the price only £20 per person **until the end of May 2013** it is certainly value for money, it just didn’t have the excitement of The Sanderson or the variety of The Berkeley, and sadly no one does traditional afternoon tea quite like The Wolseley. However, if you are planning a Knightsbridge shopping trip it is a great alternative to Harrods or Harvey Nichols.

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**Thanks to the Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge for inviting me and for Sherin, AshantiLucyNathalieKate, and Faye for being such great company.**

To Do This Easter: The Lindt Big Egg Hunt

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Last month when walking through Covent Garden one morning I stumbled upon rows and rows of giant Easter eggs and I couldn’t resist snapping piccies of my favourites.

Much like the painted cows, the elephant parade and the funky telephone boxes that have graced London over the years, this Lindt Big Egg Hunt is not only showcasing some amazing pieces of work but is also in aid of charity, Action for Children, as once the egg hunt is complete the eggs go up for auction.

There are over a hundred eggs dotted around Covent Garden, each with a different design ranging from Humpty Dumpty to Peter Rabbit, Dora the Explorer, a few dedicated to the Beatles, and there is one covered in foil an ode to the classic Easter egg!!!

My favourite though has to be the ‘Crush’ by Annie Kevans featuring portraits of Britney Spears, Brooke Shields, and Michael Jackson. I love Britney’s Disney ears.

The eggs will be on display until April 7 and there is even a giant Lindt bunny.

Happy egg hunting!!!

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Sunday Fun: Columbia Road Flower Market

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An area of London that I have only recently over the past year or so really started to appreciate has to be East London – the Shoreditch, Spitalfields, and Brick Lane area, I think it is because I have had more time to wander, take in the cute shops, snap pictures of the incredible architecture and street art, and mainly because I have such great friends who rave about the area.

While my mum was down I really wanted to check out the Columbia Road Flower Market that takes place every Sunday, I have seen the flower market used for many a style post location, well why not a floral backdrop is pretty, and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and see all the pretty flowers.

I love flowers, I love arranging them in all my pretty vases, I love giving a great bouquet they always make friends and family smile, and I just love looking at them – whether that is in a garden, a book, or on a flower market and I just adored the eclectic mix of flowers and people at the Columbia Road flower market.

Luckily my mum and I went last week, when it was fairly mild, sunny and definitely not snowing like today, and I think the sun shining even if a little cold makes the flower market a more pleasant experience, if not a little/a lot busier.columbia road flower 6 Sunday Fun: Columbia Road Flower Market %tag columbia road flower 5 Sunday Fun: Columbia Road Flower Market %tag

The market is open from 8am until 3ish, we got there around 11am and it was busy, but if you are after a bargain or two I would suggest heading over around 2pm as the traders drop their prices and you can pick up some gorgeous flowers. The market basically has everything you could want from bucketfuls of tulips in every colour imaginable to roses and daffodils, to tropical flowers and even mini trees, shrubs, herbs and bedding plants. I basically wanted to leave with a truck load full!!!

As well as the sweet-scented market there are also a host of independent shops, galleries and vintage shops on Columbia Road alongside the market as well as on the surrounding streets – think pottery, incredible artworks, vintage clothes, jewellery, as well as a retro sweet shop called ‘Suck and Chew’ I am still working my way through my alphabet sweets.

The only thing that I wasn’t thrilled with was the lack of cafes, the ones there are tiny, were packed and I like to sit and enjoy my cup of tea – but trust me this is the tiniest of gripes. If you love flowers, have always dreamed of being a flower arranger like me, just for the inspiration you will love this market.

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The other thing I love about East London has to be the street art, there are so many talented artists that really do make the streets vibrant. I instagram a lot of pieces, so if you love street art as much as I do make sure you follow me on there – but here are a few of my favourites near Columbia Road flower market.street art east london Sunday Fun: Columbia Road Flower Market %tag street art london Sunday Fun: Columbia Road Flower Market %tag street art london  Sunday Fun: Columbia Road Flower Market %tagstreet art london dove Sunday Fun: Columbia Road Flower Market %tag**All pictures taken by me, Fashionista Barbie**

 

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