by Lauren

in the news: kate spade is hitting london

August 31, 2011 in fashion by Lauren

It seems every week lately, I’ve been writing about another US store that’s making the Atlantic leap to launch in London.

Kate Spade has announced it will open two London stores in September, with one on Sloane Square and the other in Covent Garden.

The store started off with a pop-up store last year and must have been pleased with the results. London ladies will no doubt love the beautiful offerings in the store.

I’m so excited to have another of my favourite US stores a little closer to home and I have my fingers crossed that the store will be open by the time I make my trip across the Channel next month.

Some of my favourite items at the moment include the City Light Lillith Skirt, Tromp l’oeil Valerie Jacket and the Leopard Dorothy Dress.

London girls – are you excited about the arrival of Kate Spade?

by Lauren

at the movies: one day

August 28, 2011 in movies by Lauren

One Day was the best book I read last year, so I was looking forward to seeing whether the film adaption (starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess) would keep the charm of the novel.

The story follows the lives Emma (Hathaway) and Dexter (Sturgess), starting with a one-night stand on their graduation night – 15 July 1988. The story then skips one year ahead to the same date, and the next year, and so on (hence the title), to show what Em and Dex are up to and how their friendship has progressed.

I wasn’t sure how the year-skipping, which worked so well in the book, would translate to the screen. Fortunately I wasn’t disappointed and the boy (who was doing his obligatory chick-flick viewing in exchange for me seeing The Rise of the Planet of the Apes last weekend) seemed to enjoy it too.

Ms Hathaway was surprisingly convincing as a Brit and I loved her version of Emma every bit as much as I loved the character in the book. Sturgess also did a brilliant job of bringing loveable rogue Dex to live.

I would definitely recommend One Day as a good date night or girls night film – it has some good laughs, some touching emotional scenes and a decent plot to boot. That being said, I still preferred the book and would recommend you read it for yourself.

Rating: ***1/2

by Lauren

lusting for: frilled echelons peacoat

August 26, 2011 in fashion by Lauren

Can you believe summer is almost over and it’s almost time to start donning coats and tights? Some of the trees around my office have even started to change colour!

Fortunately there are lots of pretty cool-weather arrivals in store to ogle for now and to fend off the cold later on.

One of my favourites at the moment is the gorgeous Frilled Echelons Peacoat from Anthropologie. It’s available in a beautiful teal (pictured) or a cozy moss.

I love the combination of boiled wool, buttons and ruffles – it’s almost enough to wish autumn would hurry up!

It costs $148 on the Anthropologie US site and hasn’t appeared yet on the EU site.

by Lauren

(almost) at the movies: in time

August 23, 2011 in movies by Lauren

I’m excited to see this next film from Andrew Niccol (he previously wrote and directed The Truman Show and Gattaca). which stars JT and Amanda Seyfried (before you ask, no, it’s not a musical)

In Time is set in a future world where people stop aging at 25, but are genetically-engineered to live only one more year. The only way to keep living is to buy time – which makes immortal youth a real possibility, if you have the cash.

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think.

In Time hits cinemas in Australia on 27 October, the US on 28 October and the UK on 1 November.

by Lauren

in the news: victoria’s secret expanding to uk

August 22, 2011 in fashion, news by Lauren

British ladies, prepare to get your knickers in a knot – American lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret is headed for your shores!

The underwear darling is the latest in a string of recent trans-Atlantic expansion announcements including Anthropologie, J.Crew and Forever 21.

Victoria’s Secret’s London flagship store will open next year on the corner of New Bond Steet, with another 2-3 stores in the London area.

The brand will then expand across the UK before potentially continuing to grow internationally (Aussie girls, could you be next?)

What do you think about the news? I’m a big fan of the brand and will definitely be stopping in on my cross-channel shopping trips!

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