London, last week, was a little bit awesome.
Crazy-busy as my weekly trips always are but exciting, fun and super-productive too. Just how I like my time in the city…However, I’m going to start by writing that I don’t want you to miss the vlog. There’s nothing like reliving something in moving pictures (and having a laugh whilst you’re at it) so don’t forget to click play…And now, for a few words. OK it’s me, it’s more than a few words!
To be fair, what follows is pretty much an Oscar speech as I need to thank a few people for making my time last week so flipping fabulous.
Big Fat Greek love firstly to my amazing pal, award-winning hairdresser to the stars, Jason Collier who took my distressed brillo pad esque locks and turned them into the mane of dreams: colouring, cutting and blow waving every strand to perfection.
You are the man that can Jason!
Jason Collier is hands down a creative genius-wise, calm and seriously brilliant with hair, he always makes me feel a million dollars.
His mission is to make everyone feel their best self and he achieves it every single time. If you haven’t yet visited, head to his art deco haven at the Rosewood Hotel which is literally the most beautiful salon imaginable.
Thank you again Jason, you total babe, you!
I also want to send some blowing kisses emojis over to the Royal Garden Hotel for their regular and very generous invites to stay with them when I’m in town. They make every trip utterly magical for me (and the fact the staff know my name makes me feel like Kevin in Home Alone (without the bad guys). Seriously, The Royal Garden feels like a home from home for me-albeit an opulent, exquisitely styled, ‘best sleep I’ve ever had’ in central-London kind of home! Haha!
Vicki in her palace!
Also, big thanks to Jacques Vert for my divine winter coat. I am literally complimented on it constantly when I wear it: what a dreamboat of a coat!
Now one of the reasons I was in the city was to attend the launch night of new, incredibly chic shoe brand Morena Morena and there I got to interview one of my creative heroes Dawn O’Porter who recorded her fab podcast Get It On live on the night with special guests Mel C, Jo Elvin and Gok Wan who collectively shared their fashion loves and loathes on the night. I loved listening to their candid and often hilarious style-related memories, especially Mel C who recounted outfits from her Spice Girl days. Gok also revealed he only wears black…and then hit the decks to DJ for us all! A man of many talents!
#It was so fun chatting to Dawn (who is as smart, funny and gorgeous as you’d expect her to be) and I also captured some of the night’s shenanigans on the vlog too. In the film you’ll see my mate, author and speaker Emma Gannon whom I share a literary agent with (Robyn Drury) and two super inspiring ladies I met on the night: Lucy Sheridan and Jo Westwood who are authors of #HigherSelfie: Wake Up Your Life. Free Your Soul. Find Your Tribe. I discovered Lucy is from Leeds, we attended the same Sixth Form college and she even knows my brother. Talk about a small world hey!
I cannot wait to read her and Jo’s book!
It was also great to catch up in person with my kick-ass manager Neil of Insanity. We speak several times a day but connecting in person is always fun and fabulous-especially when you’ve hatching plans to take over the world 😉
Another highlight was getting to hang out with my sister from another mister, Amancay Tapia aka Lady of the World, one of my greatest and oldest friends who in fact inspired me to start this very blog you’re reading now.
35 weeks pregnant, she didn’t come out to party on the night but we had a girlie sleepover at the Royal Garden (I got back to her for 9pm) and it was one of those hilariously funny, uplifting, put the world to rights kind of nights. I cannot wait to meet her baby now!
Amanda and I even got to catch up over coffee before our trains left for home the following day too.
Here we are rocking our BAX&BAY sweaters: (with £5 from every sale goes to the Miscarriage Association).
Such a comfy sweater, I’m in love!
Wowsas. What a couple of days. I’ve only just recovered!
Hope you watched the vlog.
Told you, it was a bit of an Oscar speech!