I feel like I have blown through the past five days like a hurricane, thanks to caffeine and little sleep. Sunday was mostly about frantically hunting down my passport: in the end my sister came over with P Bad at 1130pm to blitz the flat with me. She eventually unearthed it at 130am, wedged into a tiny box of spare keys on the hall table – my cleaning lady, whilst wonderful, has a very odd idea of suitable places to stash a passport.
Monday was all about shoes, errands, meetings and email, and Tuesday was all about Berlin, and my Perfect Day project with British Airways. (That’s me above by the tallest building in the EU, Berlin’s TV Tower, in the middle of filming links.)
Sadly I didn’t get to eat a Berliner on Tuesday, but I so deserved this Old Fashioned in the bar of The Grand Hotel after twelve hours of filming, Tweeting and zooming around Berlin.
On Wednesday I got up at 6am to work, flew back to London in time for a lunch meeting, worked all afternoon, and by early evening was at Maille’s new mustard boutique on Piccadilly for their opening party.
This morning I was up bright and early to drive to the new Sackler wing of The Serpentine for Van Cleef & Arpels’ preview of their Perlee collection. Yes, those are diamonds. Lots of them.
I was also very interested in the breakfast canapes. These blown out shells contained truffled scrambled eggs.
After a morning of email, I headed over to Harrods for a very long scheduled meeting/catchup/store visit/cake with two PRs, who also happen to be dear friends. Whistles have opened a concession in the new Fashion Lab, and we went to have a look. There may have been some trying on. After all, what better way to check out a collection, right? I fell for this navy floor length lace and crepe Maxine evening dress.
The girls got in on the act: Virginia (right) is in the Whistles Burgundy Sequin Evening Dress. (Lauren’s isn’t online yet.)
Afterwards we went for a peek in the toy department – is it bad that I kind of want a child’s car?
We took our meeting in the Harrods Cafe Godiva – this is the Dark Chocolate Sin Cake. That pot is melted chocolate. Of course it is.
Didn’t last too long…
Appropriately caffeinated, I headed to Kate Spade in Covent Garden to host my book salon.
Books discussion done (more of this later), I drove over to Notting Hill, to Stevie Parle’s Dock Kitchen for a dinner to celebrate the opening of Club Monaco’s first UK store, on Westbourne Grove.
Fennel, radicchio and burrata , and delicious squash as part of the family style starters.
I was sat next to jeweller Bex Manners of Bex Rox, (below wearing her lovely jools), and opposite Jade Parfitt and photographer Tom Craig. Such a great evening.
We finished with a delectable apple tart.
Tomorrow there will be sleeping…and emailing…and writing…but absolutely no going out whatsoever