(All frocked up for the Isabella Blow Foundation Dinner, wearing Whistles, and vintage necklaces.)
Well, it’s been a FRANTIC two and a half weeks. There have been a few work events but, mainly, I’ve been confined to quarters, manically working on a huge project. I’ve cancelled all meetings, and not been great at email either, but I’m hoping to come up for air soon. Rather handily, most of the external things have been on the same few days, so I’ve been able to take full days out to concentrate on work. (My rule is evening events only.)
Anyway, here are some Instagram images I’v taken along the way (and do follow me @LibertyLndnGirl. You can also now follow using the desktop version (if you are smartphone averse) at instagram.com/libertylndngirl
It hasn’t helped that I’ve been beset by tech problems so numerous that I have started to feel like the adult version of my dog ate the homework. My printer broke, the internet went down, my Mac cable broke, and I spent one whole Saturday night in the Apple store when my entire iPhoto database disappeared off my iMac.
Covent Garden is so lovely at the moment, with its festive giant baubles. I may have treated myself to a Shroom Burger at Shake Shack to aid recovery afterwards.
I hosted a breakfast at Sanderson with Henry Holland to launch ClothesShow Live 2013. Here I am in the cab en route, wearing my new favourite lip colour: Lancome’s Absolue Velours in 172 Velours Etincelle.
Later that day I headed to the M&S SS14 press day. I was impressed. (Not least because it was five minutes from the LLG office.)
Later that evening I visited Google HQ for the first time, as a guest of Weber Shandwick’s CEO Colin Byrne, for the Media Trust’s Really Big Quiz, hosted by Mariella Frostrup. I was on the WS team, along with a crack team that included newsreader Kay Burley, and Editorial Intelligence‘s Julia Hobsbawm. So crack in fact that we came second. Yay us.
Later that week on Sunday my dear friend Chloe agreed to style me for a shoot for issue 2 of Blogosphere Magazine. (She’s one of the best stylists I know). I bribed her with brunch in Borough beforehand -and coffee. A lot of coffee.
We had an amazing location for the shoot, on the South Bank.
Stylists make great photographer’s assistants if you ask nicely.
Here’s the crew in action.
One of the setups.
Me looking pretty knackered at the end of the day, in my final look. (This lovely dress that I was given from the Whistles concession at Harrods.)
Shoot done, I hailed a cab back to north London, flung my suitcase of looks in the door, grabbed my overnight bag, picked up my sister and drove down to Bath, some two hours away, to help her with a renovation project in the city.
Bath is beautiful.
Although I wasn’t quite prepared for the sleeping quarters.
Next day, after a morning of painting like a crazy person, we drove down the road into the city centre for lunch and emailing at The Jazz Cafe.
Then we painted some more - which seemed to involve me eight foot up a stepladder hanging on by my toes, with paint splattering on my hair, up my nose and pretty much everywhere else. I drove back to London late that night, quite glad to get away from the painting. It is not one of my core skills.
Back in London I had the one work lunch I have allowed myself of late. I love going up The Shard: the views over London are spectacular.
I was there for the launch of the new Porsche Design BlackBerry P9981, which is to be sold exclusively at Harrods.
I visited Somerset House one evening for the launch of the glorious Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! exhibition.
Afterwards there was a dinner at Claridges for the Isabella Blow Foundation. I was on the Motilo table, with Alex Fury, Fran Burns, and fellow Motilo ambassador Julia Sarr-Jamois.
Here’s Stella Tennant modelling a Philip Treacy mask in the auction during dinner.
Breakfast at home the morning after the night before. (Here’s the recipe for avocado and wholegrain Dijon mustard on toast.)
It’s not all glamour: there was also polishing of the silver for a photo shoot…