I’ve been so excited to share this feature with you all as it’s so different to the content you usually see on Five Five Fabulous. When brands get in touch with us to try out different experiences, we’re usually saying no about 80% of the time. For us to feel comfortable sharing a review with you, it has to be just right. We need to know that our readers will love it, they’ll want to try it out or they have tried it out and they can relate. Cue Conrad London St James, they got in touch with us about spending the weekend at their beautiful hotel in Westminster to experience their new Shop The City package, which includes touring partner luxury stores and boutiques in a chauffeur-driven Range Rover and the experience sounded to good to miss.
Pretty much everyone I know adores coming to London for shopping. Our high streets are some of the most famous worldwide and stores such as Fortnum & Mason and Harvey Nichols are so popular they’ve even made appearances in Dubai. I had one mission in mind for my day of shopping and that was to make sure I did not leave Fortnum & Mason’s gourmet grocery department empty handed. Four large shopping bags later, and I think my mission was successful.After buying enough teas, biscuits and mince pies for the next year, I headed over to the car to make my way to Harvey Nichols for lunch with the hubby-to-be.
I must say, it’s a different experience when shopping with the luxury of having a car waiting for you outside, and when that car is a top of the line Range, that experience is elevated. Even being stuck in traffic is a secondary issue, I simply sat back and enjoyed the enchanting Christmas atmosphere the whole time we made our way through London.
Once I had my burger fix at Harvey Nichols’ 5th Floor Café, and spent an unconceivable amount of money on a pair of gloves (I’m pretty sure I’ll be regretting that purchase soon), it was time to head on back to Conrad St James to go through my newly purchased haul and reluctantly say bye to our wonderful driver. Boy will he be missed!
The Conrad Shop The City package will be ending in London on the 21st of December but will be starting at Conrad Miami from the 27th of February. You can find more information here.
If you know Natalya and I, then you’ll know that we are usually always decked out in our daily uniform of rings, bracelets and pendants from Monica Vinader. We have been working with Monica since the early days of the brand launch and are so proud to be ambassadors of this beautiful brand and watch it’s stunning growth over the past few years, especially in the Middle East.
For Christmas, what I’ve noticed on so many of my girlfriend’s and family members wish lists is a little bit of MV. Whether it be some of the stacking rings, friendship bracelets or a special engraving on a pendant. So I decided to pop into their new beautiful space in Duke of York Square for a little Christmas shopping for a special someone. The new boutique is so pretty, with lots of marble (my favourite) dotting around, an engraving station and the friendliest staff, but if you haven’t got time to pop in to a store, the brand is offering all customers free shipping and duties paid over the festive period. In this post I’m wearing my favourite collection of the moment, the Baja as well as some of the Atlantis and Skinny collection.
This post is not a sponsored one, just one fan girl to another. Photographs are by Carrie and edited by me.
What could be more simple then black and white? I’m the first to admit that I fall into a sartorial rut every once in a while. There are just certain times when you need to reach for your fail safe, don’t need to think about it look, and this is one of those moments. Luckily for me (and anyone that has to see me), black and white can be one of the most effortless, chic and simplest of combinations. As well as not being the equivalent of styling rocket-science, you’re most likely going to have black pants and a white shirt in your wardrobe, so this look is totally achievable. It’s also super easy to take it one step further by adding a pair of gorgeous pumps or pull it back with some converse and a ponytail. Just remember, monochrome is always your friend.
Photographs by Erina Baftiroska.