What makes the best parties so great?

There is nothing like a good party. A combination of great people, food, drinks and music, the best parties have a little something more, something to make them memorable and much talked about.  Whether the party is small and intimate, a large rowdy gathering, something that has been organised by events management companies the best parties will remain in the mind long after the debris has been cleared away.

Here are a few of the best parties that I have attended, and what made them just so wonderful.

Harvey Nichols 10th Birthday in Birmingham

Why: This is the party that had it all, a free flowing bar, lots of celebs in attendance mingling with the party goers, photo booths, dressing up opportunities, a coconut shy where you could win a pair of Louboutins, a fashion catwalk show – need I go on? Truly one of the best parties I have ever attended, and definitely one that gave me an enormous hangover the next day.

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Nelly.com launch Aqua London

Why: One word. Shoes. Free shoes. The launch of Nelly.com, referred to as a Scandi ASOS, was fabulous, and one of the main reasons for this was the fact that guests could chose a pair of shoes that would be sent for free. As a gimmick, it takes a lot of beating. Still have my fabulous shoes too.

Boohoo Christmas Party

Why: The venue made this party very special. A trip to drink potent vodka at IceBar London was an experience not to be missed, very cool, very cold and very different. This party is proof that you don’t actually need to be wearing a super slinky frock to enjoy a party, 20 minutes in an IceBar may just be the perfect night.

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Why: This time it was all about the cocktails, which had been specially created for the evening. These were totally lush and ensured I had a really terrible hangover on a school night yet again.

The Lobby on Hill Street Launch Party

Why: This music at this one was incredible, a total classic funk soul explosion with a celebrity DJ in the form of Craig Charles. This was one night when I didn’t want to get off the dance floor, even wearing heels.

Spot Craig Charles in the background

What made your fave parties so special?

BAFTA 2017 – Fave Looks

The most important night in British film is always a good place to look when it comes to glamorous Hollywood Stars and the best of British truly shining on the red carpet. I am talking about the Bafta’s of course, aka the British Academy Awards, and this year has proved to be a bit of a vintage one in terms of fashion, with some really lovely looks including a suitably regal one from the Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen.

This years awards showcased a range of beautiful looks in a range of colours and styles.  There were strapless styles, halter necks as showcased by Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive and a range of sleeve lengths, with Michelle Williams opting for a 1960s style shift from Louis Vuitton (does anyone else think she looks more and more like Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby? Or is it just me?). Naomie Harris was beautifully romantic in Gucci ruffles and frills, whilst best supporting actress winner Viola Davis was bringing a beautiful touch of spring in her striped Jenny Packham dress which just showcased her incredible curves. (Don’t mind admitting I have terrible boob envy when it comes to Viola).

When it comes to taking a  fashion risk you know that you can rely on Emma Stone, a real Hollywood fashionista. This time her risk totally paid off. I LOVED her beautiful midi dress from Chanel that she wore over the top of a pair of peg trousers. The sparkle of the outfit and the otherwise minimal styling was so fresh and beautiful. I really can’t wait to see what she wears when she picks up her Oscar (we all know it’s going to happen!).

There are several other looks, all beautiful, that I really loved tonight. What was your favourite from the British Oscars?

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Viola Davis

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Penelope Cruz

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Amy Adams

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Michelle Williams

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Nicole Kidman

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Naomie Harris

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Duchess of Cambridge

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Emma Stone

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Ella Purnell

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Daisy Ridley

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Felicity Jones

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Thandi Newton

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Noomi Rapace

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Isabelle Huppert

Visit London this Winter.

It’s our capital city, and no-one would argue that it is also one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Of course I’m talking about London. Winter, particularly Christmas, is a fabulous time to visit as the whole city looks sparkling and pretty with its festive lights, and there is an awful lot to do. I have put together a short guide of places to visit in December and January if you are heading for a day out, a quick City break, or a longer trip.

Harrods

Harrods is a must visit at any time of year, but at Christmas the whole building just sparkles with the effects of thousands of Christmas lights. Add into the equation the Christmas shop where it is quite easy to spend A LOT of money, and you have a must visit experience. Selfridges and Harvey Nichols are also beautiful, magical paeans to shopping at this time of year, and you can also check out the Oxford and Regent Street lights.

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A River Thames Cruise

A river Thames cruise is just the best way to see the great city of London. They operate a hop on/hop off ticket so you can choose the parts of London to see in more detail, and you can also get more glamorous packages which include a gourmet meal or a dinner dance. You can get great ticket prices from Discount London.

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Winter Wonderland

This is the most wonderful time of the year, a time when a section of Hyde Park becomes Winter Wonderland, filled with fairground rides, food stalls, fun and festivities for all the family. Some people find it tacky, but most seem to love it, this year the main attractions are The Nutcracker on Ice, Cirque Berserk and Bar Ice.

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Carnaby Street

It’s no longer the centre of cool London like it was in the 1960s, but Carnaby Street and the surrounding area is still a great place to find independent boutiques, vintage shops, and branches of more unusual High Street stores – Monki and Irregular Choice amongst my faves. Head to Kingly Court at this time of the year and try the Mulled Cider – it is amazing!

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The Shard

If you want to get a view across London, then the viewing platform from The Shard is certainly the best place to get it. You can see almost 40 miles across the city from the platform, and your ticket is weather guaranteed, meaning that if the day turns out to be foggy or drizzly, you can come back for free.  If the view doesn’t take your fancy you can always check out the  growing retail arcade situated on the pedestrian route between London Bridge underground station and the main entrances to The Shard.

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