Friday

[Competition] Phase Eight Advent Calendar


Today I am proud to be number 19 on Phase Eight's advent calendar series!  I got to choose an item from their collection to giveaway to one lucky reader. Having recently seen a campaign that Suzie had done, she inspired me to pick this necklace, above (which has sold out - so I'm the only way you can get it, muhahaha). She made the valid point that when dressing for Christmas you rarely see anything from the chest down as you're sat at a table - therefore a necklace is the perfect way to dress up a classic piece you already have for the festive period, to stop you going too overspending on outfits. My staple in question is this silk shirt, which I bought 3 years ago and is still going strong.


To enter, you must retweet my tweet about the competition and follow Phase Eight on Twitter. The winner will be selected at random tomorrow morning at 9am (so it runs for 24 hours). People who follow me too get an extra entry. Unfortunately those without a Twitter account cannot take part... Good luck guys, and Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday

[Love Her Look] Whistles Printed Culottes

Unsurprisingly last week's most favoured pin was this, shot by Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist (or at least so it was originally credited when I found it). I did giggle when I worked out this was the pin of the week as I'd literally just spent half an hour pondering over whether I should by these exact culottes. They're from Whistles and are now 50% in their winter sale. I felt it was fate, so they're on their way...


The rest outfit is painfully simple. She's got a pair of plain canvas shoes on (if you like that idea for me Superga are the best) but given the wet weather in the UK at the moment I'd probably go for white Stan Smiths - or black loafers paired with tights. The navy roll neck is a staple and therefore I'd stick to my favourite options like Uniqlo (or try River Island for this one) although if you wanted to really invest (and quite rightly as you'd probably get a lot of wear out of it) try brands like The Row and Rick Owens.


Bag wise, you can't go wrong with a simple envelope clutch. I was pretty anti getting one at first as I thought they just weren't practical, but I bought a neon pink one a couple of seasons ago and it seems to come out with me more than any of my other evening bags. If you want to invest, make this Loewe piece your friend. On the cheaper side, this Missguided one is great too.

Thursday

[Food] Selfridges' Le Chalet On The Roof

It's been a long old while since I did an eating out post, but I've decided to go back to it - so expect a few more over the coming months.  The re-thought was prompted by my favourite department store, Selfridges, opening a new restaurant called Le Chalet which sits proudly on the 5th floor of their Oxford Street flagship and masks itself as a French ski cabin packed with everything you need for Christmas and gluttony.


With south facing views across London (you can see most of the City, right through to Knightsbridge clearly) it has a distinctly relaxed feel with an informal outside area (complete the heaters, rug and a cigar bar), an unreservable bar/drinks station,  as well as the restaurant inside.


I took my friends Victoria and John along for a Sunday treat and kicked it all off snuggling into the big, comfy chairs whilst sipping their Malted Chocolate cocktail (it's essentially a dessert and is amazing, but possibly a little too heavy to begin) and Vic had their gingerbread martini which was very, very tasty even for someone who doesn't really like gingerbread.


The whole feel of the place just oozes comfort; its the type of restaurant you could arrive for brunch in and then find yourself getting a taxi home from at 9pm. The majority of tables were taken up with groups of girlfriends - and it is an ideal spot for eating with the parents (we also spotted a very comical pair of bloggers posing across the tables and doing selfies - which is exactly why I didn't take a single shot of my myself for this post - cringe).


Back to the food - we started with a blue cheese fondue with roasted garlic and toast. If it had been possible I'd have jumped into the pot of cheese - it was that yummy. Our starters arrived pretty quickly afterwards - I went for the crab, John had the raclette (and was very happy to have found it in London) and Vic had the salmon. We inhaled them, which may have been an error as our main courses were enormous...


I went for the baked short rib with parsnip mash (ooh and some cabbage with chorizo in - a side dish I plan to do over Christmas at home, with a few added chestnuts). It's been a while since I've smiled during a meal (which coincidentally makes eating a little bit tricky). The meat fell of the bone as it was so tender. The only downside was that I couldn't finish it, and unfortunately I couldn't take it home for Lopez dinner as they have a policy that doesn't allow hot food through the department store, sob.


We couldn't manage pudding, so had some fresh mint tea (it's all about balance, right?) whilst regaining consciousness from our food induced comas... All in all it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The waiters were incredibly attentive, but at the same time left you alone to enjoy your time with your friends. I'd recommend going at a time where you can see Le Chalet at night as it does rather come alive - that said, you then wouldn't get the views as well... Perhaps a 2pm lunch would be best...


Reserve your spot at Le Chalet here, and view the whole menu here. Thank you very much to Selfridges for my Christmastime treat!