Today I had the privilege of seeing a beautiful exhibition based around the history and world of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

Walking through the Saatchi Gallery was a journey through the origins of Chanel – ‘Mademoiselle Prive’ is a must-see for any style lover or for anyone that is intrigued about what made this luxury brand what it is today.

The exhibition has been running in London for the most of October, however it is still running for free until the 1st November so I urge everyone to pay it a visit if you get the chance!

I loved this exhibition, which included facts and quotes about Chanel herself, but also pieces of her early work which were stunning.

Here are some snapshots of my highlights from Mademoiselle Prive; which is set just a few minutes walk from the very pretty Sloane Square.

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The exhibition begins in a setting with a replica of Gabrielle Chanel’s own staircase.

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By far my favourite part of the exhibition, this room contained some of Chanel’s earliest work.

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How stunning is the detail on this skirt?!

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PRICE: Free!

LOCATION: Saatchi Gallery; closer tube is Sloane Square station.

DATES: finishes on the 1st of November – visit before Sunday!

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I do not usually post about my personal style that much. Lifestyle, yes. Travel, often. Fashion? Not really, I know.

However, me and a lovely friend of mine/fellow blogger The Mind of Style (check out her blog!) took a trip to the beautiful Holland Park the other weekend and took a few outfit posts – I figured I could share some of my recent buys with you guys!

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Every single year when Autumn arrives, I fall in love with deep, fall colours such as burgundy, beige, red… Without fail. Its as though as soon as the leaves change, so does my style.

Therefore whilst I was shopping the other day at Westfields in London I couldn’t resist this comfortable little burgundy number from good old Pull and Bear. Its so soft and loose, I keep pairing this dress with comfy boots and tights. The sleeves are actually quite long too so it feels casual enough (you can’t see in these photographs – my mistake!)  but you could always dress it up if you wished to. I found this dress at full price £12.99! So cheap. I’ve placed the link to it here.

View the link to see my favourite part of the dress which is the deep v-neck at the back.

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My black jacket is also baggy and loose and was perfect for the day we were shooting as it was still quite warm and sunny – although the past week since then has felt a bit colder and so I have been opting for much warmer coats. However, it is still perfect to chuck on over a dress or a plain tee – I bought it from a small shop called Select.

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I think I should have called this post the bargain post because I’ve just realised how inexpensive most of the things are that I am wearing in these photographs. My boots were from Primark! I never usually buy nice boots from here because I always argue they aren’t the best quality but I have been living in them for the past few weeks and so far so good.

Accessories: The necklace was Rachel’s own (The Mind of Style) and I was also wearing my Marc Jacobs watch.

Also can I please just highlight how beautiful the surroundings were for this! One of the many examples of why I love our British architecture.

I do have another couple of outfit posts I will be sharing with you soon, but along with lots of London lifestyle posts, so do stay tuned.

 

Bethany xxx

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I recently turned 21, and I couldn’t have celebrated better than with my family drinking cocktail after cocktail at the Soho bar that is ‘Cahoots’.

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I have wanted to go to Cahoots since it opened earlier this year, and I’m so glad I finally got around to it. I’m already planning my next trip back there.

The place is set up in the old disused Kingly Court Underground Station. But don’t be mislead into thinking its all dingy, its far from it.

As soon as you walk to the entrance (which is quite well hidden – look for the “To The Trains” sign) the doormen and bar staff are all in character – dressed in 1940’s dresses and outfits. The music is mainly 1940’s but with a modern dance twist to it, and even the DJs are dressed up in their own costumes.

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(Visit cahoots-london.com for more)

Now, more to the point – the cocktails. So great. As expected, they came out looking amazing and tasting amazing. Ranging from £8 to about £14 they were relatively priced, but really worth it.

Sat in our little train carriage style booths we ordered as many nice cocktails as possible before getting up and embarrassing ourselves with some dancing.

Many people around us were dressed in 1940’s themed clothing, and I know here it is highly encouraged – I almost felt a little like I should have dressed more to the theme. However it is not a strict dress code at all, as long as you are dressed sharp and smart.

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Even for the novelty, I recommend anyone takes a visit at least once (although there is a policy of over 21’s, which can be annoying for those over 18 but under 21!)

Just a quick note, I recommend booking a table ahead online because it can get really busy here on a Saturday night, but we got the table for 2 hours which was enough time to have the space to ourselves.

I can’t wait to visit again.

 

Bethany x

Price: £££

 

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Almost everyone living in London has been on a Thames Boat Cruise. However, my night spent on the “Symphony” cruise boat at the Bateaux London Dinner cruise on Sunday was a unique experience I probably won’t forget.  It was such a nice evening, and I think I might have had one of the loveliest meals of my life so far on that boat.

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Aside from the dinner, the views are obviously spectacular (London at night – you can’t beat it!) and the live music on board was pretty damn good.

An elite 5-course ‘a la carte’ meal, champagne, and as much wine as we liked per person from an ‘Elite Wine List’… Pretty much my perfect night.

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There are a number of options to choose from when buying a ticket for the Bateaux dinner cruise – all ranging from £79 per person to £155 per person. My boyfriend chose for us, since we were going on my birthday, and our experience is based on the “Signature Thames Dinner Cruise on board the Symphony”. This guaranteed us  a window seat, champagne on arrival, complimentary wine on the Elite wine list, after dinner liqueurs and of course everything else that comes with the basic packages (5 course meal etc).

Our meal began with a beetroot “shot” and bread, then for our next starter we chose the smoked salmon, the main meal was lamb rump, a cheese platter for the first dessert, finishing off with a chocolate fondue and coffee/tea and liqueurs.

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A bottle each – don’t mind if we do

I had the best time here and so I hardly have any complaints at all. The organisation of the event was fine, although one thing I will mention is that at the beginning we were given wine instead of champagne on arrival so we had to ask for our champagne after about 5 or 10 minutes into the experience but I really wasn’t that fussed about that at all.

Overall I was so happy with the evening and would definitely give it a very high rating.

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The dress code is “strictly formal and evening wear” which everyone adhered to (one old man had a proper tuxedo on and was up dancing all night which was quite funny) – although one or two people were let in wearing shirts and jeans.

Bethany x

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