London is always fun, and when it comes to work in my industry, it can be the land of opportunity. As you have probably seen from my instagram and twitter I have been spending quite a bit time back and forth between Dublin and the UK. SO much so, I just finished filming a documentary with broadcaster Maia Dunphy on the live of a “semigrant”. Essentially someone who commutes. Aka me. The programme will air on RTE in the Autumn and I can’t wait to see it. But back to this week. It was certainly fashion filled and I have plenty of new collections to share.
First up on Thursday, it was the official opening of the new Folli Follie store on Oxford Street. The brand has been a long time favourite of mine thanks to it’s feminine aesthetic and it’s variety. I also was delighted to be filming the opening with Xposé featuring some of my favourite pieces from the Spring Summer collection. Plus we chatted to lot’s of celebs including Mollie King from The Saturdays, our very own Laura Whitmore and Diana Vickers. You can see the coverage of the event this week on Xposé.
Then it was onto the fabulous Chiltern Firehouse, for a dinner with skin care maven, Sunday Riley. I have long been a fan of Sunday’s range having first tried her Skin Adrenaline many years ago. Now the line has expanded and we sat down over a delicious meal of Crab donuts, grilled monkfish and the best pork I have ever tasted! Sunday’s new products include facial oils which is a much talked about beauty concept. Luna and Flora are the new oils from Sunday, and I am particularly loving Luna thanks to it’s lactic acid which my skin is soaking up. I’ve never used an oil before but one application at nighttime is leaving my skin luminous. But before I even apply the oil, the SR cleanser, Ceramic Skin is what I am most enthralled with. Exfoliation is so important for our skin but I have always been reluctant as my skin can be quite sensitive. This clay based cleanser is the exception; it has a softer consistency but provides the same cleaning and nourishing effect that I seek in my products. I also apply a small layer of Good Genes, the all encompassing treatment that my old acne scars are not loving. Simply, because they are vanishing very quickly. So it’s all positive from me on Sunday Riley. I adore the range, and the lady herself is one true wonder. (My sincere thanks to Bec and Charlotte of TCS, and to Sunday for her wonderful company over dinner). You’ll be hearing a lot more from me on the benefits of this range.
Friday was an early start and I headed eastwards to the famous sky garden for the launch of Californian brand, Rocket Dog, latest collection. I got my first pair of Rocket Dog flip flops when I was on my summer visa to the US in 2003. I worked in a shoe shop that sold them and I lived in them that whole summer! This time round the designs have matured and the colourful array of light weight shoes for the summer season is refreshing. They have plenty of stockists all over Ireland and Uk for you to see the whole collection.
That afternoon it was radio time with my pal Ashley James who invited me to have a chat on her show with Hoxton Radio. Oh now this was fun, we chatted fashion, music and even about our Dads! I do love the radio and when it’s working with one of your best friends, well that’s just fantastic! You can listen to the chat here on Hoxton Radio.
More to come later in the week!