Friday, 28 February 2014

Harper's Bazaar April 2014: Sarah Jessica Parker

Spring is almost here and Sarah Jessica Parker's presence is undeniable . Her first ever shoe line is launching in a matter of hours at Nordstrom and she is Harper's BazAar UK April cover looking radiant in a look from Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2014 collection for the lenses of Alexi Lubomirski. 

Sarah Jessica met up with the magazine's Fashion Director, Avril Mair for this month's cover shoot. Although the American star does not share Carrie Bradshaw's devotion to fashion, her latest role nevertheless is as a shoe designer, collaborating with George Malkemus, CEO of Manolo Blahnik (when will I get a pair??), a label she put firmly on the fashion map.

The April issue of Harper's Bazaar is out on March 4. 

Have a great day and enjoy your weekend!!

Helen xx

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Meet my Mini Balenciaga

Once I have an addiction, it is pretty obvious for everyone to see. I am not hiding and this applies to my taste for nice bags as well. I got this mini Balenciaga bag a couple of months ago from Harrods and it has managed to do a few rounds around the city. The size is so convenient and it fits all the necessary items that you want to carry with you on a night out. 

New York Times, breakfast and mini B
On the go...
Taking my mini B to the theatre
Have a wonderful day!! The weekend is coming ;)

Helen xx

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The Zahir

A few days ago I started yet another book. I needed to read a love story and I chose to read The Zahir, a 2005 novel by the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. Just as in his earlier book, The Alchemist, this book is about a pilgrimage. It touches on themes of love, loss and obsession. 

It begins with a glimpse or a passing thought. It ends in obsession....
 The story goes like this: One day a renowned author discovers that his wife, a war correspondent, has disappeared leaving no trace. Was she kidnapped, blackmailed or simply bored with their marriage?

His search for her - and for the truth of his own life - takes him from South America to Spain, France, Croatia and, eventually, the bleakly beautiful landscape of Central Asia. More than that, it leads him into a new understanding of the nature of love, the power of destiny and what it really means to follow your heart.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book so far:

"When someone leaves, it's because someone else is about to arrive."

"No one should ever ask themselves that: why am I  unhappy? The question carries within it the virus that will destroy everything. If we ask that question, it means we want to find out what makes us happy. If what makes us happy is different from what we have now, then we must either change once and for all or stay as we are, feeling even more unhappy." 

"All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step."

"The wise are wise only because they love. And the foolish are foolish only because they think they can understand love."

"Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose - and commit myself to - what is best for me."

"It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn't matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over."

"What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve."

"Love is a disease no one wants to get rid of. Those who catch it never try to get better, and those who suffer do not wish to be cured."

Have a great day!

Helen xx

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Window Shopping: 3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim's raison d'etre is providing beautiful everyday classics accented with a sense of madness (my kind of madness!). The result: cool, easy, chic looks that embody youthful elegance and personal style. Here are some photos that I took outside of the new 3.1 Phillip Lim Boutique in South Kensington.

Meet the Pashlis!
91 Pelham Street
South Kensington 
T: +44 (0)20 7591 1320

Have a lovely Sunday!

Helen xx

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Breakfast at The Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge with de Grisogono

Last week I visited The Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge with my colleagues where we had breakfast and attended a lovely presentation of the exquisite De Grisogono jewellery. De Grisogono was launched in 1993 by Mr Fawaz Gruosi (it was such an honour to meet and greet the man himself) and was one of the first jewellers to introduce black diamonds into the fine jewellery arena. 

I loved this bracelet from the Allegra collection!
Sparkling diamonds...

Me and my colleague Canan
A lovely gift from de Grisogono!! Thank you :)

I love unwrapping my gifts slowly...
Et voila....!!!

Harrods is one of the retailers in London to carry the de Grisogono jewellery with its boutique located in the Fine Jewellery & Watch Room. Visit the store whenever you get a chance and come along to admire the workmanship of each and every de Grisogono creation. Come to see with your very own eyes the mesmerizing mystery of  the black diamond.... and so much more!

Have a great day!

Helen xx

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

The Weir

Last Wednesday, I fancied something Irish so I had booked tickets for "The Weir" showing at the Wyndham's Theatre. The play first premiered in 1997, winning the Evening Standard, Critics' Circle and Olivier awards for Best New Play and establishing Conor McPherson as one of the greatest living playwrights. The cast included: Risteard Cooper, Brian Cox (he was so good!), Dervla Kirwan, Peter McDonald and Ardal O'Hanlon. 

The story goes like this: On a cold, stormy evening in a remote Irish bar, four old friends gather, settling in for a lock-in to swap old tales as they laugh and drink (there was a lot of drinking involved!!) into the night. But when the arrival of a young female stranger, haunted by a secret from the past, challenges the men to impress her with their ghost stories, the night takes a dramatic turn more real and unsettling than any of them could have forseen. 

The Stage
In some cases I was struggling a little bit with the accents. My Irish is not on top form you see! But the play and the actors were amazing and they offered lots of generous laughs. Exactly what I needed after a long day at work.

Wyndham's Theatre
Charing Cross Road
0844 482 5120

Have a lovely day!

Helen xx

Monday, 17 February 2014

Window Shopping: Chanel

Hello everyone!! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and you have recharged your batteries for the new week!

A few evenings ago I found myself wandering around South Kensington for a late night coffee and I passed by the Chanel boutique at Brompton Road. I could not resist taking some photos from the stunning windows! I hope you like them!!

Hello lover...
278-280 Brompton Road
T: 020 7581 8620

Have a great week!

Helen xx

Saturday, 15 February 2014

The Mousetrap at St Martin's Theatre

Last Saturday I went to St Martin's Theatre to watch the longest running show in the world. Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" is currently on its 62nd year and it is still going strong! It was a cold Saturday afternoon and the theatre's foyer was the best shelter. I love going to the theatre's bar for a glass of wine just before the play just gets you in the mood!

The Mousetrap opened in the West End of London in 1952 and has been running continuously since then. This murder mystery play is also known for its twist ending, which the audience are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre (my lips are sealed!)

Sneak peak from inside the theatre :)

Have a great weekend !!

Helen xx

Friday, 14 February 2014

Touched by An Angel...

Hello everyone and Happy Friday! I would like to dedicate to all of you a wonderful poem by Maya Angelou for this special day.

Touched by An Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstacies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain. 
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!!

Helen xx

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

St. Martin-in-the-fields Shop

When I am visiting museums or other places of interest I love browsing at their shops where you can find souvenirs, unusual gifts and handmade keepsakes. Last week I visited the fantastic shop at St. Martin-in-the Fields. This little shop is magnificent, here you can find British made china, jewelry, CDs from the choir of the St. Martin-in-the Fields, as well as linens, soaps, aromatic candles, teas, cards, books and so much more. I wanted to get myself a bookmark with my name, but it seems that Helen is such a popular name that it was out of stock (next time more luck maybe?).

Instead, I bought (because I could not leave empty handed) a lovely coaster that gives such a beautiful meaning to my name.

Having Greek coffee and a coconut bun
Helen: Graceful and elegant with a thirst for knowledge. A seeker of truth.

I couldn't agree more! Have a great day :)

Helen xx