All was happy down at Merchant House the other night.
Sugars enjoyed wines from Sarabande, a wonderful wine from Faugeres and the creation of an Aussie guy and an Irish lass! After years in the wine industry in Australia and NZ, they upped sticks and moved to France, kids in tow, to take on the big boys. Their wine is very special indeed and they have never looked back.
Gin from Burleighs and cool cocktails from the boys behind the bar. We are loving Merchant House and it is fast becoming our fave place to rave about in the City. Hidden from the masses, it’s a great place to meet friends after work or meet a date and if they’re running late, you will be very happy sitting alone for a while. The staff will make sure you’re taken care of. Burleighs Gin is the best out there infused with the world’s finest botanicals to give smooth, crisp and complex flavours. We LOVE our Burleighs G&T!
We set the challenge for our Sugar Style Squad – get our girl party ready by taking her from desk to disco! The dress was from The Fold London and was smart and stylish, perfect for work. Our creative genius Makia went for 1940’s Hollywood. She added a cream fur stole, diamanté belt and a cream fedora with feather trim. Shoes were hot vintage suede courts in black. Broaches were charity shop and family heirlooms. The look was Marlene Dietrich at cocktail hour. As glamorously perfect as Maika!
The next challenge was for Angelo. Normally a stylist on men’s magazines and blogs, we thought it would be fun for him to dress a woman for a change! As Kate Moss is an idol of his, he went for Rock Chick. He teamed the dress with a white shirt underneath, check haberdashery ribbon as a neck tie, and a cool tartan and faux leather jacket to finish. Heels were high. Angelo likes to mix masculine pieces with feminine ones, creating a fresh new look. He’s also ace at picking up bits and pieces from around the globe – who else can look that good in a jacket for 25p picked up in a Polish market?!
Hair and make up was taken care of by our beauty friends. Darren from By Terry; the brand synonymous with Hollywood, smoked eyes and plumped up lips. For the first look, lips were deep berry and for the second, more nude. Eyes were dark and ready to party whilst skin remained as Dewy as ever. The products not only look beautiful on the skin, but come in the most stylish of packaging. Silver cases with magnetic tops, eyeshadows and blushers beautifully pressed with a “quilted” design on top, and By Terry even signs the lipsticks! No wonder it’s a favourite of Eva Longoria and Kate Winslet.
Both make up looks were great and complemented the looks brilliantly, and all make up is available at Space NK, Harrods and Harvey Nichols.
Pin up & Pearls were in charge of hair and the rules for hair and hats, is keep it simple. Hair was swept to the side in a loose ponytail and pinned in place creating a perfect platform to show off that fedora. Out with the spray for the second look, when hair was left loose and “bed head”. The spray used adds texture as well as hold and comes in a variety of colours. Great for the festive season, and it can all wash out for New Years Day!
There was talk, wine, giggles, business card exchanges and make overs plus hat trying on with Retford & Co who have launched some great colours and styles for the season.
Our Style Squad shall be appearing on our new website in 2015 with tips, tools of the trade and more, so keep em peeled.