Wednesday, 22 October 2014

How to Host a Devilishly Good Halloween Party

With just over a week to go until Halloween, we’re getting into the fright night spirit. Pumpkins have been purchased, virtual look books created, playlists in progress and that’s not all. We’ve decided to go one better this year by throwing a devilishly good Halloween party. If you thought the annual scare fest was all about the kids then think again, allow our Halloween party ideas for adults to inspire you.

Introduce a murder mystery theme

If you don’t fancy dressing up like an extra from Nightmare on Elm Street, murder mystery offers a sophisticated yet scary alternative. You can either purchase a physical murder mystery game or choose from an abundance of free versions online. The beauty of murder mystery is that it allows you to know exactly how many guests will be arriving and with each game lasting around 2 hours, there’s no need to worry about stifled conversation.

Guests receive a character profile beforehand which will give clear instructions on what their character looks and acts like, this takes care of the outfit side. Since most murder mystery games take place around a table, this gives you the opportunity to whip up some terrifyingly tasty food

Ensure frightfully stylish treats are up for grabs

Canapés are the way to go and thanks to Pinterest you won’t have to use your imagination too much. From chic, bat shaped biscuits to cheese and pretzel broomsticks, take your pick from a plethora of Halloween party food ideas.

It doesn’t matter if you’re 7 or 57, everybody loves cake and it’s a great talking point. Create a show stopping masterpiece and place it in the middle of the table so that all your guests can admire your handiwork. For a fashionable take on Halloween cake, we suggest choosing a monochrome theme with one statement icon in the middle such as a snake or witch. For more modish Halloween cake ideas, we suggest taking a peek at this Country Living article.

Shake things up with scary multimedia

In the interest of keeping things scary it makes sense to have a few Halloween films on the go. If you can get hold of a projector we suggest lighting candles and projecting silent black and white films onto the wall for atmospheric frights.

Eerie music is also encouraged but select ambient music such as Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells rather than the Ghostbusters theme to stop things veering into childish territory. Unless of course that is your want, by which means Michael Jackson’s Thriller should be a good starting point.

Do you have any suggestions to add to our Halloween party ideas? Tweet us your hosting tips @Fiorelli_Bags or leave a comment below.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Here Come the Girls: Winter Spa Breaks

After a September full of sunshine, the glum rain and cold has come as a bit of a shock to the system. ‘Tis the season to put on a fluffy dressing gown, dip your feet in natural thermae waters and sip rejuvenating juices. Unwind and refresh with our suggestions for relaxing weekend getaways. Round up your girlfriends and seek refuge in the UK’s best spas.

Revitalise your body at the Thermae Bath Spa

A wonderland of ancient thermal springs and swish facilities, we’d happily move into the Thermae Bath Spa. The moment you enter the building the high tech changing areas, accommodating staff and calm music transport you to a tranquil realm filled with serenity.

Shimmery turquoise water and magnolia pillars create an atmosphere of calm in the Minerva bath- the spa’s main pool. Drift along in a daze with the support of a complimentary pool float or bounce along the lazy river to your hearts content.

A trip to the open-air roof spa is not to be missed either; indulge your love of sightseeing by gazing out over the cities rooftops from the comfort of the hot, bubbling pool. Give those tired pores a boost in the spas 4 signature steam rooms. The eucalyptus and mint pod is our favourite, not to mention the central rainfall shower which comes in handy when you require cooling off.
With water containing a total of 42 rejuvenating minerals and the spa boasting an average temperature of 33.5 °C, we can’t think of a better way to beat the winter blues.

Indulge in Chinese relaxation methods at the Chuan Spa

In Chinese culture, free flowing water represents life and balance. Chuan translates as serene course of water in English, so it comes as no surprise that this London spa takes its inspiration directly from Asia. Focused on offering traditional Chinese medicine treatments such as acupressure massages and baobab seed and oil exfoliating, it’s certainly a refreshing concept.

The exotic theme extends to the breath-taking décor; VIP baths filled with rose petals, artisan sliding doors and plush treatment pods are garnished with hanging chandeliers and aromatic scents. We highly recommend this spa for a calming experience that will revive your mind, body and soul.

Choose from over 80 spa therapies at Champney’s signature resort

Nestled amongst the Leicestershire countryside, Champney Springs is a cocoon of calm. Focused on fitness, health and wellbeing, guests will find plenty of opportunities to unwind at this beautiful health resort. Unlike most spa destinations, Champney Springs gives you the opportunity to exercise and relax depending on your requirements.

Choose from over 80 treatments including astrology, holistic crystal therapy and meditation, make use of the resort’s 2 fitness studios and fill your body up with hearty goodness. The fine dining menu is full of healthy nourishment guaranteed to make you feel amazing. Out of all the options mentioned, Champney Springs is by far the priciest, but its luxury worth saving up for.

Have our relaxing spa weekend ideas put you in the mood for a pampering session? Let us know your fave spa spots by tweeting us @Fiorelli_Bags.

Friday, 10 October 2014

The Ultimate Workwear Shoes for A/W 2014

Your AW15 wardrobe is not complete until you find the perfect style of shoes. Finding the dream pair is never an easy task so that's why the team here at Fiorelli have come to the rescue with our guide of this seasons shoes to spice up your workwear. 

The classic black shoe is a quintessential part of every woman's wardrobe and this season it is reborn as 'Minimal Androgyny'. Sleek, clean cut lines, with an ultramodern finish; from brogues to bootie and block heel sandals.

Image source (L-R): Penny Loafer,  Giselle Block Heel, Baylee Bowling Bag  Chelsea Boots 

From your favourite fashion magazines to London Fashion Week, texture has been everywhere! Whether it's fur coats, leather dresses and or fluffy jumpers, the impact of this trend is undeniable.
In keeping with the autumnal hues of the season, 'Leopard Love' combines both texture and tones making it the perfect way to bring an element of fun and excitement into your workwear wardrobe.

Image source (L-R): GayyleKeeper Lace Up, Steve Madden, Frankie Shoulder

 Which A/W shoe trend have you fallen for? Share your favourites with us @Fiorelli_Bags

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Trending AW Coats and Jackets

The time has come for us to layer up, sigh. But it’s not all doom and gloom, purchasing hip, warm winter coats makes dressing in the dark a little more bearable. Hit refresh this season with camel coats, bomber jackets, wrap coats and faux fur. We'll show you our pick of the latest coat trends to help inspire your winter #FiorelliStyle! 

Image Sources (From L-R): Double-Breasted, Textured, Classic Trench, Shearling

Whether you choose the classic trench coat, a cosy shearling number or a classic double breasted style, it’s hard to ignore the impression camel coats are making on the fashion world. Warm winter coats don’t come much classier and the colour looks a treat paired with black, grey, and white hues. Dress it down in a simple t-shirt and ripped jeans or turn it up a notch with dogtooth printed trousers, loafers and a black scalloped edge top.

Of course, no outfit is complete without a gorgeous bag. 

From (L-R): Sienna Boxy Tote, Mani Tote, Lucy ToteElla Flapover Tote

The bomber jacket brings a casual dimension to smart dressing. Elegant prints and silky textures are juxtaposed with off-duty bomber shapes resulting in a truly contemporary piece of outerwear. Garnish a plain outfit with a floral print, add a squeeze of zest into winter dressing or embrace the collegiate trend with a sporty style. Bomber jackets are usually worn unzipped for maximum impact so admittedly this isn’t one for peak December. But if you’re looking to invest in an extra layer for the daily dash or after work cocktail, this could be your new fave.

We’re going to be honest; when we first heard about the blanket wrap we weren’t entirely convinced. After all, a blanket that doubles up as a jacket sounds more like a last resort at a rainy festival than a chic fashion statement. However all our shapeless fears were put to bed when we invested in some strategic belting and drainpipe jeans. The key to nailing the look is tight fitting core layers which will pull the ensemble together nicely and prove that you do have a figure under there.

If you’re not ready to go for a blanket wrap though, you could embrace the trend with a dressing gown style coat such as the brick orange number pictured. Streamlined and vibrant, it’ll serve as your loyal; go-to winter companion.

Looking for a lightweight cardigan alternative? Kimonos aren’t going anywhere. Choose snazzy prints to revitalise your tired threads or a staple black design with embellished edges. 
(From L-R): Layla Satchel, Kayla Hobo, Mia Grab, Jolie Crossbody

How will you be rocking your autumn jacket this year? Do let us know. In the meantime, take a peek at our latest collection of women’s handbags in on-trend, outerwear matching colours.

Friday, 3 October 2014

The Ultimate Guide To Boardroom Chic

When it comes to workwear, finding ways to reinvent yourself can often be a challenge. How many time have you woken up on Monday and thought about how to defeat the Monday blues in style?
Well, the team at Fiorelli are here to rescue you from fashion faux pas and boring workwear with three easy tips.

  1. Add an injection of colour into your outfits.  
Black will always be the new black but nothing says 'I'm here and I mean business' like a pop of vibrate colour. When it comes to workwear, we tend to stick with black, greys, white and neutrals. Stimulate not only your mind but your wardrobe too with vibrant tones.

Sienna Boxy Tote Bag

      2. Don't be afraid of texture!

This season's trends focus heavily on texture, don't be afraid to to mix different textures and tones. This includes fabrics as well as accessories. Allow your personality to shine through.  

Olivia Jade Shoulder Bag

        3. Do it like your favourite on screen Shero.

No one does boardroom chic like our favourite on screen leading ladies. From Olivia Pop of Scandal to Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wear Prada. These ladies know how to command  respect and look fabulous while doing it.

 So remember stay stylish, sophisticated and add a touch of glamour to combat the Monday blues.

What steps have you taken to ensure you beat the Monday blues in style? Share your workwear pictures with us @Fiorell_Bags 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

London’s Best Food Markets

When it comes to food markets, the team here at Fiorelli know only the best. As self-confessed foodies, we love discovering London’s hidden gems.

If you’re looking for a cheap eat that not only takes care of your bank account, but your taste buds too, London has the answer.  From sit-down cafés to takeaway treats, we’ll let you in on our favourite food market hotspots.

Berwick Street Market
Located in the heart of Soho is Berwick Street market. The beauty of this market is that you can pick up lunch for about a fiver and wander on over to Soho Square to sit down and indulge. Mondays tend to be pretty quiet, so if it’s choice you’re after, it might be wise to visit this market from Tuesday onwards.

The selection changes on a daily basis so you’ll always find something new to try during your well-deserved lunch break. Whether you’re after a delicious baguette, a warming soup that’s bursting with flavour or super tasty noodle salads, Banhmi11 has it all. This much-loved Vietnamese market gives this cuisine its credit. Using only the finest ingredients, food at Banhmi11 is certain to send your tastebuds to heaven. 

Let’s face it you can never go wrong with a pizza and the Pizza Pilgrim sure know how to make seriously sexy pizza. This family-run business operates from the back of a tiny Piaggia Ape three-wheeler. Brothers James and Thom Eliott bake perfect pizzas that’ll have you coming back for another slice.
Of course there are plenty of other food joints at Berwick Street Market but we’ve just given you a cheeky taster. Head over between 12 and 2 for lunch Monday to Friday and you won’t be disappointed.

Borough Market

So long as you don’t mind hustle and bustle at lunch time (you won’t want to head here if you’re after a peaceful lunch) Borough Market is a ‘must’. Why? It’s one of the best places in London to satisfy your tastebuds for less than a fiver. Whilst this market is pretty quiet Monday to Wednesday, it’s heaving by the time it gets to Thursday, and it only gets busier over the weekend!

Buzzing with both tourists and locals, Borough Market is not a place that lacks atmosphere; Foodies can’t get enough of this place. Be sure to queue up for a chorizo sandwich from Brindisha, a Spanish deli. Whilst you may have to queue for a while, it sure is worth it. A lightly toasted white roll generously filled with rich spicy chorizo, bitter rocket and sweet-sour piquillo peppers allows you to truly taste Spain in all its glory.

If you’re a veggie, or a lover of cheese, Bermondsey-based dairy and cheese maker Kappacasein is renowned for its scrumptious cheese toasties, and they’re not just your standard cheese toasties. Imagine montgomery cheddar married with leek, onion and garlic between two slices of sourdough bread…pretty dreamy, right? Well come along to Borough Market and dream no more.

Want to know what other culinary delights you’ll discover at this market? Make this one for the diary.

Have you visited any fantastic food markets lately? If so, share them with us @Fiorell_Bags

Thursday, 25 September 2014

London Fashion Week: Bloggers Show Us Their #FiorelliStyle

This London Fashion Week, three of our favourite bloggers stepped out in true #FiorelliStyle! We just simply had to share their fabulous looks featuring our Autumn/Winter 14 collection.

The ever-so-chic Andreea of Dreaming of Chanel styling her Layla Satchel in monochrome. Nothing screams Autumnal warmth more than neutral tones, throw on a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses and transform your look into effortless Parisian glam.

Purr for fur! - Faux fur that is! This season, it's all about texture and more texture. The lovely Hattie of  Project Rattlebag pairs her Kayla Hobo with a large floppy hat and lace kimono for laid back hobo chic.  

The fabulous Julia of Stylonylon reminds us that tartan is always a classic A/W trend. She styles her Mani Tote in tan with a tartan cape and tan loafers, which are both stylish and practical. 

Were you out and about showing off your #FiorelliStyle during London Fashion Week? If so, we'd love to see your glamorous pics! Share them with us @ Fiorelli_Bags on Twitter or @fiorelli_bags on Instagram.