Valentino, Master of Couture

Valentino Master of Courture, The Catwalk at Somerset House LondonThe last emperor, master of couture, also known as Valentino Garavani, showcases just that, some of his much deserving masterpieces of over 130 breath-taking haute couture designs which have been worn by the crème de la crème of socialites, fashion icons, film stars, and political spouses in his latest exhibition at Somerset House, London.

Valentino Master of Courture, at Somerset House LondonThe “Catwalk” section of the exhibition (as shown in the first photograph) is absolutely sensational and musn’t be missed if you’re in town. I was even so delirious by the end that I could imagine myself stylishly strutting up and down exclusive red carpets and elegantly mingling my way through the best cocktail parties in the most stylish of the archived couture. Who knew that 1960-70s couture could be so timeless and chic! However, some of the 1980s couture would prove a much more difficult task of incorporating into your modern day wardrobe and frankly, it would be borderline unforgivable if you ask me, those poofed up shoulder are hard to pull off no matter who you are!

Valentino Master of Courture, at Somerset House LondonThe exhibition also featured an enlightening section that shared behind the scenes footage of the highly skilled and time consuming work that goes on in the Valentino atelier through demonstrations of a few technical samples. It really opens your eyes and gives you an appreciation for the difficult and highly intricate craft of couture techniques! Magazine clippings, and personal correspondences from some of Valentino’s most elite clients were also on display.

Valentino Master of Courture, at Somerset House LondonI think Countess Luann would approve of the fabulous exhibition as ♪ chic, c’est la vie ! Regardless, I certainly do!

Up, up and away…

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さよなら Tokyo! After a super lush holiday spent back home, it’s now time to fly back to reality a.k.a London.

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Not only do I like to travel in style, but I also like to be well prepared. Should the airplane food fail me, then I have a trusted box of sushi in my carry-on. It’s just not worth the risk of feeling hungry during a 10 hour flight.

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グッチ・カフェ (Gucci Café)

Gucci Café Tokyo Ginza (グッチ・カフェ)Yes darlings, the divas who lunch are back and this time we hit up the glamorous Gucci café after a strenuous day of some luxury shopping.

Gucci Café Tokyo Ginza (グッチ・カフェ)Their absolutely delicious risotto and a nice warm cappuccino proved the perfect pick me up because baby, it’s cold outside!

Gucci Café Tokyo Ginza (グッチ・カフェ)If you’re feeling inspired and like giving risotto a go then why not try this recipe (serves 4)?

Ingredients:

50ml olive oil, 1 finely chopped onion (amount acc. to taste), 1-2 crushed cloves of garlic, 200g Arborio rice (risotto rice), 120ml white wine, 750ml hot vegetable stock, 20g butter, 50g grated Parmesan cheese, 10g of basil leaves (shredded), sea salt and black pepper

1. Put oil and onion in a pan and fry on low heat until soft. Add the garlic and stir fry for another 3 minutes.

2. Turn up the heat and add the rice. Fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the wine and cook for yet another 2-3 minutes.

3. Turn down the heat to medium. Add the hot stock to the rice, little by little (let it absorb), while stirring. When all the stock has been added, remove pan from heat. Add whatever taste you prefer (could be lemon zest of one grated lemon, +2 tbsp lemon juice and 2 medium, previously diced and fried aubergine or maybe pesto), also add the butter, most of the Parmesan and a pinch of salt. Stir well and put a lid on and leave for 5 minutes.

4. Sprinkle with basil and light roasted pine nuts before serving. Enjoy, and add salt and pepper according to taste.

Baccarat Bar in 六本木 (Roppongi)

B Bar (Baccarat Bar) Roppongi Tokyo

What a fabulous way to enjoy one’s weekend! After a day spent out on the town, my terrific sister and I ended our evening at the ultra exclusive B Bar (Baccarat Bar) in 六本木 (Roppongi), Tokyo. left: a pear and champagne concoction, right: a strawberry champagne concoction. Yum!

B Bar (Baccarat Bar) Roppongi Tokyo

B Bar (Baccarat Bar) Roppongi Tokyo

The prominent display of their timeless and exceptional crystal glasswork is reason enough to stop by for a night cap.

B Bar (Baccarat Bar) Roppongi Tokyo

Baccarat Bar, Roppongi Tokyo

Cheers!

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Tokyo Tower

A beaming 六本木 (Roppongi) with the Tokyo tower glittering in the background.

B Bar (Baccarat Bar) Roppongi Tokyo

Bvlgari: Italian Magnificence

Bvlgari, Italian Magnificence Exhibition Tokyo JapanGrab your sunglasses and prepare to be blown away by the blinding sparkles of some of the world’s finest precious gems, stones and diamonds, all in the form of beautifully, well-crafted Italian luxury jewelry from none other than Bvlgari in their exhibition Italian Magnificence. Even their sleek 銀座 (Ginza) tower has been installed with a fierce snake that lights up at night.

Bvlgari, Italian Magnificence Exhibition Tokyo JapanNeedless to say, the exhibition was absolutely breath-taking! Enjoy the photographs and try not to drool too much!

Bvlgari, Italian Magnificence Exhibition Tokyo Japan

Bvlgari, Italian Magnificence Exhibition Tokyo Japan

Bvlgari, Italian Magnificence Exhibition Tokyo Japan“Snake” belt in gold with polychrome enamel and sapphires, 2010. From the Bulgari Heritage Collection.

Bvlgari, Italian Magnificence Exhibition Tokyo Japan

Bvlgari, Italian Magnificence Exhibition Tokyo Japan

Bvlgari, Italian Magnificence Exhibition Tokyo Japan“Mount Fuji” brooch in gold and platinum with mother-of-pearl, polychrome enamel and diamonds. From the Bulgari Heritage Collection.

キューポット カフェ (Q-Pot Café)

Q-Pot Café キューポット カフェ

Enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at Tokyo’s adorable dessert キューポット カフェ (Q-Pot Café) in Kita-Aoyama. For those of you who crave Japanese authenticity and/or want to experience part of their extreme かわいい (cute) culture, this is the perfect place to visit. Not only do the interiors remind me of the adorable teacup ride at Tokyo Disneyland but so does the tinkering background music.

Q-Pot Café, キューポット カフェ

For those of you who are not that familiar with キューポット (Q-Pot), it is a delicious Japanese accessory brand that specializes in the tasty and fun side of jewelry by immortalizing your favorite sweets and dessert into fashionable statement pieces for your wardrobe.

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I’m rocking one of their pink macaroon necklaces that looks good enough to eat! If you’re curious to see more of their delectable accessories, just check out their website by following the link – here.

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Q’s Sachertorte and Berry Macaroon.

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Q-Pot Café, キューポット カフェ

Q-Pot Café, キューポット カフェ

Q-Pot Café, キューポット カフェ

Sometimes it proves a difficult task trying to distinguish the difference between what’s edible and not. The pink cupcake is actually an accessory for your cell phone as is the mint chocolate chip ice cream scoop and the yellow macaroon is a key chain. The chocolates are rings.

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I tried their fierce ネックレスプレート (necklace plate) menu which included this absolutely delicious BisQuit Tiramisu dessert. I’m also in love with their fornasetti-esque plate!

Q-Pot Café, キューポット カフェ

Q-Pot Café, キューポット カフェ

My stylish lovable sister, who’s not the biggest fan of desserts sampled their リングプレート (ring plate) with a lemon macaroon and chocolates.

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Even after straying from my faithful favorite Ladurée by trying Q-Pot Café, I must say that Ladurée still holds a special place in my heart. It’s perfect being able to try new cafés so that I’ll have a selection of choices to choose from depending on what mood I’m in. Enjoy!

福袋 (Fukubukuro) in Harajuku

Harajuku in Tokyo, Japan

Yesterday, I accidentally got thrown into a 福袋 (Fukubukuro) shopping frenzy in Harajuku, Tokyo. Little did I know that after a peaceful walk through Yoyogi Park that I’d be met with the hysteria of the New Year’s day super sales that were in full swing throughout Harajuku.

福袋 (Fukubukuro) Tokyo, Japan

Food stands lined the streets selling traditional Japanese foods and much to my delight 焼きそば (Yakisoba, not pictured) as well.

Harajuku in Tokyo, Japan

福袋 (Fukubukuro) actually refers to a lucky bag or mystery bag that is retailed in Japanese custom on New Year’s Day and filled with a selection of unknown random contents eg. a small selection of jewelry or other treats. These convenient grab bags are usually sold at a substantial discount off the usual retail price and is well worth a try from one of your favorite brands where you know you’ll be happy with the surprise.

福袋 (Fukubukuro) Tokyo, Japan

福袋 (Fukubukuro) Tokyo, Japan

It turned out to be such a fun and unexpected day filled with lots of excited people out and about shopping away. I’ll definitely be sure to show up better prepared for next New Year’s day!