A Week in Instagram: From Valentino to Coutts

by Sasha Wilkins on September 14, 2012 · 13 comments

whistles top

With the advent of London Fashion Week comes wardrobe replenishment issues. So clearly Whistles did the trick. Navy crepe top with black lace inserts? Yes, please. (And HELLO new BlackBerry.)

Caravan Kings Cross

On Tuesday I handily managed to combine dropping the motor off for its MOT at Camden Council’s depot in the depths of King’s Cross, with a work breakfast at the new Caravan King’s Cross, in the Granary Building that also houses Central St Martins. Warning: barely any signs & the girls at the CSM reception across the hall don’t know it’s there. *sighs* On the plus side once you eventually find it the avocado toast is excellent. As was the rocket fuel Americano.

The evening was Tara’s birthday dinner for fifteen at the new Pizza East in the back end of Kentish Town. Here are my beautiful girls, Ayla & Tara. (We’re off to Paris on an overnight girls’ trip in a month.)

les girls

oh and the pizza – mushroom and Fontina. Good chewy crust, generous mushrooms. I managed half, and had the rest for lunch the next morning.

Pizza East NW5

That’s cos I had more avocado on toast (& a side of grilled mushrooms) for breakfast with a beauty PR on Thursday am at the Riding House Cafe in town.

Riding House Cafe

Goodness I took a lot of meetings and work over meals this week. Wednesday night I hoofed it to Le Pont de la Tour by Tower Bridge  for a splendid dinner with Chilean winemakers Casillero del Diablo.

Pont de la Tour

Pudding was vanilla pannacotta with meringue and poached nectarines. (Served with my favourite wine of the evening, the Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc.)

vanilla pannacotta

Oh and I wore my Georg Jensen Grapes ring – it seemed appropriate. The nail varnish is Chanel’s Distraction. I left at 10pm to drive 100 miles north to my mother’s cottage to collect my winter wardrobe from her attic – there’s no room in London for it – stayed overnight, and drive back first thing Thursday morning. (Next LFW I’ll try to remember in advance where I have stashed my clothes.)

Georg Jensen ring

Steve the postman is doing a sterling job of delivering LFW show invitations.

Fashion Week invitations

And these arrived this morning: maybe the best gift EVER. A pair of a limited edition of 100 Valentino red Rockstud heels to wear at Fashion Week.

Valentino rockstuds

There were ten events scheduled for Thursday night, the eve of LFW. I thought I may get to five or so, but in the end we only managed three. To Australia House on the Strand to meet the young Australian designers over for LFW, in conjunction with Melbourne Fashion Week, to the old Selfridges Hotel for the frankly insane Bompass & Parr Drive-in for Mercedes, and to Coutts to check out their glorious sustainable rooftop garden, and the Chinese wallpaper that has been in the possession of the bank since 1792. (We may also have eaten quite a lot of small plates from chef Peter Fiori.)

Coutts Chandelier

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annie September 14, 2012 at 09:55

We popped down to Chicken Shop for a quick dinner last night and the place was rammed! I still can’t quite get my head around how busy a place in NW5 can be. We’ve been four times already (shameful, I know).

Love your new top, off to check out Whistles, haven’t been in for a while. Thanks for the heads up x

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Haidee September 14, 2012 at 10:03
FashionCloud September 14, 2012 at 11:47

ah those heels are juste so pretty, I would love them in black thought.

Great gift to come home to

xx

TFC

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picolin September 14, 2012 at 14:13

AHHHHH, Navy top with lace, which is the one I’ve been thinking! You look so beautiful…

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Victoria Wildman September 14, 2012 at 16:28

Looking gorgeous as ever Sasha. I looked at that very same top today in Whistles, beautiful. Ended up with a pair of Hudson Nicos, more suited to my current lifestyle. Enjoy the week. V.

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Fashion Follows Her September 14, 2012 at 17:59

Love recieving shoes in the post, always seems like a gift even if I have paid for them with my own pennies! I see your another girl who loves sparkly chandeliers….

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Charlie Jones September 14, 2012 at 18:11

I love the wallpaper in Coutts it is so fabulous . You lucky thing for see it in the flesh – l have always wanted to see that space.
C

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Helena Halme September 15, 2012 at 03:10

This feature of a week in Instagram has lately become my favourite one of your blog – such a good idea! And that George Jensen ring is fab as are the shoes, although with my back ‘gone’ again, I can’t even contemplate heels right now.

Hx

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V&R September 15, 2012 at 03:12

We tried out Chicken Shop last week and it was very good, also very busy. The new Pizza East looked really good, nicer than the one in Shoreditch, will definitely be back there!

Oh, and a small matter of the SHOES! Wowzers, you are going to rock LFW in those beauties, now, what to wear with them?!

x

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Wendy September 15, 2012 at 03:42

What a busy week! I believe I shall now start living vicariously through you :-)

Oddly enough, as much as I share the shoe-love here, what really sets my heart a-racing is the avocado on toast. Nom nom.

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