Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Fiorelli’s AW Culture Edit

You're always spoilt for choice with cultural events in London as the capital is home to a mishmash of world famous museums, ritzy art galleries and star-studded West End shows. So, why not get your culture vulture on this winter by checking out the cities best exhibitions and performances?



Every year, the World Press Photo exhibition lands at a leading art space and this year London has taken the throne. Following on from the prestigious World Press Photo Contest, the winners are being exhibited at the South Bank Centre between now and the 26th November.

The award winning photographs cover everything from modern warfare to sports and wildlife, each one a masterpiece in its own right.

The exhibition is completely free and if you venture outside the Real Food Market will be waiting for you laden with superfood juices, hand rolled pizzas and the best brownies in town.


Made in Dagenham, Adelphi Theatre

The stylish Made in Dagenham has landed in the Adelphi Theatre at the West End. Based on the Ford sewing machinist’s strike of 1968, the play is all about girl power as female machinists join forces against their bosses and demand equal pay.

Directed by Rupert Goold, the show is a rip-roaring assortment of humour, sassiness and singalong songs that’ll leave you wanting more. The critics are calling it the best musical since Matilda. Catch Made in Dagenham from now until Saturday March 28th.



Fans of Sherlock Holmes will be enamoured by He Wasn’t an Easy Gentleman to Describe. Commissioned by the Museum of London, the collection of images on show are inspired by quotes from author Conan Doyle’s works of fiction. Photographer Kasia Wozniak used the Victorian collodion process to capture the images resulting in a series of art modelled by a particularly striking male model. A word of warning though: you will definitely want to go shopping after visiting this exhibition. The Sherlock Holmes exhibition runs until Sunday March 1st.

Have you visited any amazing exhibitions recently or watched a performance worth shouting about? Let us know by tweeting us @Fiorelli_Bags or leaving a comment below.

Monday, 17 November 2014

The Best UK Cities for Christmas Shopping

Weaving in-between crowds, attempting to navigate around department stores the size of Brazil, the sound of noisy cash tills ringing…We love shopping, but with the addition of the word Christmas, our beloved high street turns into all-out pandemonium!

And that’s why this year we’re planning to avoid the high street altogether in pursuit of a stress-free shopping experience. From cutesy boutiques to markets brimming with character, we’re going far and wide in search of the best places for Christmas shopping. Discover our favourite UK shopping cities.

Cardiff

The Welsh capital is home to a number of arcades packed with exciting independent retailers. Foodies will be enamoured by Wally’s Delicatessen- a paradise of imported food from the world over. Meanwhile, a couple of arcades over Waterloo Tea serve over 50 varieties of everybody’s favourite cuppa and doorstop slices of cake to boot. Purchase a brewing, cupping and sensory coffee course for tea enthusiasts or enjoy a spot of light lunch in-between shopping.

Homeware aficionados are likely to find the perfect gift sitting pretty in Rossiters. From lemon sherbet bath salts to pug salt and pepper shakers, peruse this large yet manageable store with delight.

Oxford

Veer off the beaten track and you’ll unearth plenty of interesting fashion boutiques and independent gift stores around Oxford.  Located centrally, Pod is a contemporary store stocking a plethora of quirky gifts such as gin & tonic flavoured lip balm and Russian doll cookie cutters.

There’s rich pickings for fashion lovers too, Fresh Clothing is situated in Oxford’s indoor market and sells vintage inspired frocks and skirts with an emphasis on 1950’s glamour.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a wedge of brie to nibble on, so the Oxford Cheese Shop is a must-visit. Choose from a fine selection of artisan cheese hampers, personally we’re partial to the Oxford blue…

Christmas Shopping in London

While we’re aware that London is an overcrowded city at the best of times, it would be impossible to talk about Christmas shopping without mentioning the retail Mecca. Avoid touristy areas like Oxford Street and Covent Garden and instead go in search of festive markets and ritzy boutiques.

The Southbank Centre Christmas Market offers much more than the standard gingerbread and mulled wine fare. Wooden chalets are packed with numerous arts, crafts and gifts traders. Shop for treasures such as leather-bound diaries, Australian balsamic vinegar and handmade fairy lights.

Russell Square’s Darkroom is well worth a visit for one-off arty gifts you’re unlikely to find on the high street. Packed with exclusive designers, the store stocks all manner of goods from textiles to style books. Prices are on the higher end of the scale, but it’s ideal for tracking down those extra special gifts.


For a spot of culture to go with your Christmas sweep, the Victoria and Albert offer a huge array of arty gifts based on current collections. From glossy photobooks to David Bowie stationery, you’re bound to find something suitable.

And if you really can’t face trundling around city centres, there’s always the tempting option of online Christmas shopping. Visit Fiorelli to view our latest collection.




Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Chic Festive Decorating Ideas

It may be dark and grim outside but all the more reason to transform your home into a merry kingdom.

From aromatic winter candles to rich red throws and cushions, give your space a seasonal lift this winter with our festive decorating ideas.

Festive Candles and Potpourri


Nothing says Christmas like the intoxicating smell of fragrant herbs and spices. The combination of zesty orange, star anise and scented cinnamon is a festive favourite.

Make your own potpourri by oven cooking sliced oranges on a low heat for 3 hours. Once they’ve dried out place on a wooden tray along with a handful of whole cinnamon sticks, small pine cones and lots of star anise. Add a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie to the equation and your Christmas guests will be in their element.

For more delicious scents, arrange Christmas candles in the centre of the tray with the potpourri. We love the example above. Aesthetically, cream and red candles exude glamour. Scent wise, gingerbread will fill your house with that freshly baked aroma while frankincense and myrrh will remind you of the great outdoors.

A Fashionable Advent Calendar


Winter tends to make people feel uninspired and sluggish, put an end to this with a fashionable take on the traditional advent calendar. Fill each envelope with an inspirational gift, be it a famous quote, picture, memory , indulgent treat or pampering voucher. You could even get your partner to fill half the envelopes to add a surprise element. Either way, we’re sure you’ll agree this is one of the better winter decorating ideas out there.

Simple, inexpensive and chic, we wish we’d thought of it first.


Autumnal Touches


Winter home décor is all about bringing the great outdoors in. When it’s too cold to explore, the sight of logs, plants and earthy autumnal colours provide warmth and comfort. Achieve that rustic, Scandinavian vibe with cushions, throws and blankets in deep red, snowflake print and stonewash grey. Anything wooden is a bonus, even if it’s just a few logs arranged in plain view.

Don’t be too precise with the décor, keep the colour scheme simple so that you can mix and match accessories to your liking. Aim to achieve a stylish yet lived-in look so that not only you but your guests will feel totally at ease in your winter wonderland.

Do you have any fail-safe winter decorating tips? We’d love to know how you style your home during the colder months. Leave us a comment below or tweet us @Fiorelli_Bags.

Friday, 31 October 2014

The Infamous Cape

Happy Halloween! From Little Red Riding Hood to Wonder Woman, our long standing fascination with the cape continues. There's a lot to love about its glamour and of course the instant super hero empowerment that it gives us. This Season, your wardrobe will not be complete without one.

The Coat
Fiorelli Sienna Boxy Tote


A great way to incorporate the cape into your wardrobe is the coat. You can opt for the cropped or the full length style paired with tailored trousers or a pencil skirt for a sophisticated evening look. 
If you're looking to make a bold statement why not wear head to toe in a warm autumnal tone.

The Poncho 



For a more subtle way of wearing the cape, opt for the classic poncho. Whether it's Spring, Autumn or Winter, the poncho makes a great addition to any wardrobe. Pair with jeans and boots this season for a casual on trend look.

The Dress 


Image Source (L-R) Valentino Dress, Tyra Earrings , Mada Necklace, Yasmin Clutch

Last up, is this seasons hottest trend; the cape dress that embraced our catwalks for AW14.  Pair with a statement clutch and timelessly classic heels for glamorous,  evening  winter style. 

However you choose to wear it this winter, embrace your inner superhero and make the cape a wardrobe staple.

However you choose to wear it this winter, embrace your inner superhero and make the cape a wardrobe staple.
How are you wearing yours? Share your style with us on Twitter and Instagram @Fiorelli_bags

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Pre-Christmas Detox

The endless days of summer are well and truly behind us. In its place have come falling terracotta leaves, onesies and family sized bars of chocolate. It’s not that we don’t enjoy socialising in winter; it’s just that the effort to do so can seem insurmountable when it’s 3pm and already dark outside!

Sometimes all we need during the colder months is a handy boost of energy (and a gorgeous faux-fur coat) to keep us going. So, we’re resolving to turn a new leaf and change our ways this A/W. Enter the pre-Christmas detox. Concentrating on high energy, low fat foods, endorphin releasing exercises and skin superfooods, we’re on a mission to combat hibernation. Who’s with us?

High Energy, Low Calorie Foods

The cold has a way of making us long for carb rich comfort foods like macaroni cheese or sausage and mash. Unfortunately these foods are apt to make us feel sluggish and tired. Our thought process isn’t to go on a super diet but rather to consume high energy, low fat foods that will keep you in high spirits from dusk ‘til dawn.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so it’s vital to fill yours with slow-release energy foods such as oats, raisins and peanut butter. Don’t omit carbs altogether, just be smart about the carbs you do choose. If you’re going for bread, choose whole-wheat and the same with pasta.

Avoid products with refined sugar and caffeinated drinks as these tend to give you a quick spike of insulin which will wear off after a couple of hours. 

Superfoods for Skin

Greasy foods and dropping temperatures spell danger for skin- keep yours glowing in all 4 seasons by eating skin superfoods such as avocado and blueberries. Blueberries contain more antioxidants than most fruit and vegetables and avocados are packed with carotenoids which are known to improve the density, tone and overall appearance of skin.

Avocados also contain a high level of oleic acid which can help the epidermal layer of skin retain moisture and regenerate damaged skin cells.

Winter Exercise

It’s difficult to get motivated for a 10k run when it’s pelting down with rain, but don’t hang up the exercise gear altogether. Exercise releases endorphins which can lower depression rates (seasonal affective disorder anyone?) reduce stress and considerably improve mood. In terms of having a positive and energizing outlook, winter is perhaps the most suitable time to exercise of all.

If running is your preferred sport, a good trick is to warm up inside for 5-10 minutes first. That way, by time you step outside your body will already be acclimatised and the cold won’t hit you as hard. Wear multiple layers which can be removed as your body temperature increases.

And if you really can’t face the cold, Carrie Bradshaw says that shopping is her cardio. We tend to agree!

What are your tried and tested detox tips? We’d love to know where you get your energy from in winter. Leave us a comment or tweet us @Fiorelli_bags



Friday, 24 October 2014

50 Shades of Red- Trend Alert

You've seen it on the catwalk, in the magazines and now on your favourite celebrities; This season is all about being a 'Lady in Red.' From cranberry to ox blood and back to crimson, there's something for everyone - will you dare to get red? 


Image source (VersaceMani Tote, Loretta Hobo)

Image source L-R (Kat Bosworth, Amber Shoulder)

Kim Kardashian was recently spotted embracing the red trend beautifully. Wearing red from head to toe isn't everyone's cup of tea. A a touch of red goes a long way, from a classic red lippy or the perfect pair of red pumps.

Image source L-R (Kim K, Mac Ruby Woo

How are you wearing this season's hottest trend? Send us your images on Twitter and Instagram @Fiorelli_bags 

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.