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A BANK HOLIDAY STAYCATION IN LONDON: MY AFTERNOON EXPLORING FIRMDALE HOTELS

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Lucky for me I know this city at the back of my hand having been based here a few years I won’t ever find myself bored as there is so much to see and do in London which boast the best bars, restaurants, hotels to fantastic nightlife. Sometimes it’s also good to have time to yourself and reflect like catching up on things like task, hobbies or friends are always great to make you laugh and experience fun things together.

What will you be up to this Bank Holiday Weekend? Nevertheless I hope you make the most it before the new season starts and we begin to see Autumn season again. I don’t think I’ve ever planned that far ahead even though its already just around the corner and we a see a shift again in our wardrobe from spring/summer to autumn/winter styles to dictate what we wear day to day can be exciting also as our favourite staples get their chance to take centre stage.

Today I took a walk from Trafalgar Square and while I was there visited the National Portrait Gallery for a moment of peace away from the Hustle and Bustle of London town just slightly after lunch time. It’s always good to walk on foot if you have the time to spare as you watch the people go by and spontaneously find new places to check out one being unique Hotels with a quiet bar as well as a luxury dining room with exquisite ambience.  After a busy morning you’d want to find somewhere to relax and unwind to spend the rest of your lazy afternoon. I’d just arrived at this Hotel on the corner of Suffolk Place on Haymarket where a friend and I decided to pop in for quick drink The Brumus Bar and Restaurant located inside the Haymarket Hotel before heading over to The Haymarket Hotel Bar later in the evening.

 

All Photo's: Jenny Pickets Styling

All Photo Credits: Jenny Pickets Styling

The hotel interiors were very elegant and quirky as I noticed the Canine Doggy Pictures upholstered onto the back of the bar chairs and restaurant in a regal purple and pink fuchasia appealed to me. For all you pet lovers at home as they say a man’s best friend is also his dog so immediately I felt very at home here. I thought it had a personal touch as well as being distinctly sophisticated which stood out as a style statement. I’m really impressed from what I’ve seen so far even though it was just a brief visit I’d definitely would pop in again for the foreseeable future if I ever happen to be just passing by in the local area.

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MONOCHROME AS WORKWEAR IN SUMMER

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One of my favourite ways of dressing on a day to day basis is sometimes opting for a monochrome colour palette which seems to be my first choice as it creates a rather clean and minimal look don’t you think. On a Monday morning on days like today it appears to be a good day with the sunshine out in London town as I make my way to a meeting before lunch time. So, if you’re wondering how should you wear this attire in spring summer without it being too warm it comes down to the choice of fabrics that are light and breathable at the same time.

Fabrics such as linen on jackets seem to be appropriate in this weather as it will be getting rather warm in the next coming months. What I like about classic separates such as light cotton shirts or t-shirts you can team these with a jacket to slightly dress the look up or down depending on where you are going. I like this combination allot as it still looks rather relaxed and comfortable which is how it should feel in spring when its time to hang up your winter wardrobe till next season.

Fitted jeans or trousers can also create nice proportions to elongate or emphasis body shape which I find looks great in appearance and when I take random pictures of myself wearing my outfits. The key is knowing your body shape and making the most of whatever shape and size you are, because everyone is different and deserves to feel great in clothes. As they say black can be slimming, but not only that I have feeling the monochrome trend will be a hit this season with the newly anticipated Beverley Hills 90210 re-boot hits the small screen once again.

Credits: Linen Blazer; H & M Man, Oxford button down Shirt; Polo Ralph Lauren; Skinny Jeans; Forever 21 MEN, Faux Suede Shoes; H&M Man, Sunglasses; Marc by Marc Jacobs

 

Photography:  Jenny Eleanor Pickets

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STEPPING INTO SPRING WITH STYLE

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If you love spring time, I for one am in favour of the new season because that means changing your wardrobe and if you like there’s also room for a wardrobe detox including building a new capsule collection of looks that make perfect transition pieces from one season to the next. For me it’s all about the layers for now because the weather in London is so predictable at times. One minute it’s sunny, then suddenly an outburst of rain which means keeping an umbrella at bay just incase.

I’m looking forward to the warm weather and eventually the days becoming longer come summer time I think we are almost there. Last May infact in the U.K. was the warmest it’s been in so many years that I might as well have had a staycation at home instead of holidaying abroad. Wouldn’t it be great when it’s the right time to wear shorts and a t-shirt just sitting outside in the sun, bbq’s in the garden and lazy afternoons in the park is worth waiting for i’m sure of that.

During Spring I’m also looking forward to the Easter Bank Holiday to relax and just make good use of my time wisely. Often I find there’s lots to think about whether it’s making plans for all important occasions I’m hoping there might be a wedding if a friend decides to get hitched somewhere nice hot and sunny I hope, but there’s also going to be some great summer socials in the next few months so expecting some fun times ahead.

As I prepare to gear up for the summer holidays let’s hope the weathers stays pleasant for the time being which means I’m feeling inspired by new styles as I tend to have a habit to window shop following the upcoming summer sales. Who can say no to wearing shorts at the park and beach as all i’m thinking about are long summer days and watching sunsets make weekend wears all worth while in the next couple of months to look forward to.

Credits: White Crew Neck T-Shirt; Topman London, Skinny Jeans; Forever 21 MEN, Sunglasses from a Selection at Marc by Marc Jacobs

Photography:  Charli Fisher

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‘STYLE IN THE SKY’ IN-FLIGHT VIP STYLIST SERVICE ABOARD PRIVATE JET CHARTER CONNECT JETS

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FASHION FOR THE JET SET

Recently I joined Milda Chellingsworth, Founder of Styling For You and Gabriella Somerville, Founder of Connect Jets for the evening, to present Style In The Sky and discover the latest trends in private jets and fashion also highlighted STYLE! in Aviation throughout history. I have always aspired to travel more and fashion has always inspired me to do just that whether it’s flying abroad to attend Paris Fashion Week for the shows you would be very surprised to find out that both have a strong connection to one another.

From the avant garde futurisitc air steward outfits of the nineteen sixties to the glamour of Virgin Atlantic air hostesses to this present day style itself represents aspiration that has played an integral role of pioneering fashion in aviation which began with Italian Fashion House Emilio Pucci.

Connect Jets is a bespoke and Award Winning Private Jet charter company with Piaggio Aerospace as it’s UK Agent founded by CEO Gabriella Somerville a former Air-hostess as one of Richard Branson’s original Virgin Atlantic Air Cabin Crew hostesses during the 80’s and currently a Virgin Start Up Mentor in Business Entrepreneurship / Aviation Consultant.

During a private launch event at the Devonshire Club London which I was kindly invited to attend celebrating Connect Jet’s new luxury lifestyle concept ‘Style in The Sky’. It certainly grabbed my attention to find out more about this new service exclusive to Connect Jet’s clientele.

The idea was behind it was suggested by a Fashion Stylist who had roster of international clients worldwide who could not commit to being one place at a time. It’s rather a very clever idea indeed which came from the Stylist Milda Chelingsworth who suggested why don’t her client’s just meet her on the plane and ‘ Style in the Sky’ was born in partnership with Connect Jets appealed to me so very chic.

 

Credits: Sleeveless Argyle Sweater; Tommy Hilfiger, Oxford button down Shirt; Polo Ralph Lauren; Chino Trousers; United Colours of Benetton, Shoes; H & M, Suitcase Accessories; Globe-Trotter

 

Photography:  Diana Anastasia

 

THE BEST COATS AND JACKETS FOR AUTUMN WINTER ON THE HIGH STREET

Outfit Selection

Joey wears from left to right; Double Breasted Peacoat DKNY, Sunglasses from a Selection at PRADA ,Skinny Jeans Forever 21, Men Shoes H & M Man

If you’re not a fan of winter like me then don’t despair as we are approaching the festive season shortly we can start thinking about adding some additional pieces to our closet to see us through to spring. We’re not quite there yet, but I just thought I’d share with you some of my favourite picks out there on the high street for winter coats and jackets ideal for keeping the wind chill out. I think everyone should have at least a classic staple such as a pea coat which never goes out of style and keeps you warm and snug in the cold while out and about. I don’t know about you, but there’s always an opportunity to window shop as there’s so many great brands to choose from at reasonable prices to compete with the designer brands and does not break the bank.

TOPMAN

SUPER DRY

MARKS AND SPENCERS

FOREVER 21

Hooded Plush Jacket by 21 MEN  Black

TED BAKER

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