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First look at Chanel Burlington Arcade – the beauty boutique

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Oh yikes, Christmas is only four days away and the cut-off for most online deliveries has pretty much passed. This article in the Evening Standard made me chuckle as I’m such a grumbler about the inconvenience of online shopping, it just isn’t quite there for me yet. So if you still have shopping to do, there’s no option than to hit the stores. And this is where Chanel Burlington Arcade comes in.

Burlington Arcade is quite the prettiest shopping arcade in London. There’s been a bit of a rebranding of it lately, it’s become more of a mini Bond Street, with luxury newcomers such as Barrie knitwear and Maison Michel (both owned by Chanel) moving in, and last Friday’s opening of the latest Chanel beauty boutique.

I think if you’re going to buy Chanel beauty, why not buy it from a Chanel store to get the full luxury experience? And this one is so nicely done with its witty wall reliefs and double-C window display (the Cs are made up of actual Chanel perfume bottles – well of course they are!). You can buy make-up, perfume and skincare here and there are two floors above which I imagine will be for private consultations etc once it’s fully opened…

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Chanel, 54-55 Burlington Arcade, London, W1J 0LB

London life: Artist Residence Hotel, Pimlico

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If you loved the glimpse of the Artist Residence Hotel I shot in recently (with Vanessa Jackman), here’s everything you need to know about it. Located in London’s genteel Pimlico, it’s the third in a trio of homely residences that feel more like a home away from home than a glam-but-impersonal hotel. The original Artist Residence was born in Brighton in 2008, followed three years later by Penzance. What they share is a mix of heritage-y reclaimed furnishings and fittings with artworks from up and coming talent and a laid back ambience.

At Artists Residence London, the ten rooms are spread throughout the five floor former pub, each one individually decorated to deliver comfort, charm and style in equal measures. We used the Grand Suite as our base, a spacious suite with high ceilings, gigantic windows and open plan bathroom (complete with claw-foot tub). The Loft Suite is smaller but I loved the cute window partition, tea crate tables and squashy velvet armchairs for sinking into. Throughout the hotel you’ll notice unique touches, from the parquet flooring reclaimed from an old schoolhouse, to Belgian work tables repurposed as desks. The young owners scoured antique shops across Europe and the UK, including DRG haunt, The Old Cinema and the excellent Retrouvius (browse their website at your peril).

To contrast with the cosy club chairs and lived-in lounge-y feel, there are modern artworks in the rooms and common areas – I spotted two by Eine, adding graphic colour to the reception area. The hotel can be private and cosy or jolly and convivial depending whether you want to hole up in your suite or hang out in the lounge or bar. The restaurant alone is proving a draw in the neighborhood, with its inviting awning and street view windows. The menu is a frequently changing one of small tasting plates serving meat, seafood and vegetarian fare (and breakfast for hotel guests).

In a vast city like London it can be hard to find smaller, characterful hotels that aren’t permanently booked. This one is slightly off the beaten track yet only five minutes from the throb of Victoria Station. Quite the perfect find then, just keep it to yourself…

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ARTIST RESIDENCE LONDON, 52 CAMBRIDGE STREET, SW1 4QQ. Bedrooms from £160

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Vanessa Jackman

Editorial shoot: Follow the blue line

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Should you ever arrive in London for a short staycation, you’d be advised to disembark at Victoria mainline station then follow the blue line, helpfully taped to the floor. It leads to the rather unglamorous passport office on Belgrave Road at which point you veer off course for another five minutes, along Eccleston Square towards Cambridge Street. And there you’ll arrive at a secret little nook of delight – AKA the Artist Residence Hotel.

This is the route our model Maddy took, arriving in a typical London torrential downpour to the comfort of the Grand Suite, where we had commandeered the bed, chairs and bathroom for my latest Disneyrollergirl fashion shoot. The hotel is the third in the Artist Residence chain of boutique stay-overs and its period rooms are a masterclass in eccentric but luxurious London charm.  They’re furnished with reclaimed gems from some of London’s best secret sources, juxtaposed with contemporary artworks from art fairs and independent galleries. To make you feel really at home there’s the downstairs cocktail lounge, all velvet sofas, rustic logs and table football, and the 64 Degrees restaurant (think proper cooked breakfasts and inventive tapas-style sharing plates).

And although it’s not immediately obvious, the location is in fact, the height of fashion, a stone’s thrown from the London HQs of Burberry, Tom Ford and Jimmy Choo. Position yourself just so by Ebury Bridge, and you’re afforded an unexpected vista of Battersea Power Station.

Allow us to take you on a little tour – just follow the blue line…

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Faux fur coat, Carven at Matches Fashion/// Sequin skirt, No 21 at The Shop At Bluebird/// Houndstooth sweater, Paul Smith menswear///Brogues, Church’s///socks, Falke///Necklace: Stylist’s own

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Faux fur coat, Carven at Matches Fashion/// Houndstooth sweater (just seen), Paul Smith menswear///Necklace: Stylist’s own

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Patterned sweater, Stella McCartney at Matches Fashion /// Black turtleneck (underneath), Cos ///Rings, Delphine Pariente at The Shop At Bluebird

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Oversized coat, Toga Archives /// Patterned sweater, Stella McCartney at Matches Fashion /// Black turtleneck (underneath), Cos

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Oversized coat, Toga Archives /// Patterned sweater, Stella McCartney at Matches Fashion /// Black turtleneck (underneath), Cos

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Patterned sweater, Stella McCartney at Matches Fashion/// Black turtleneck (underneath), Cos/// pleated skirt, Toga  /// Buckled boots (just seen), Toga Pulla /// socks, Falke /// Rings, Delphine Pariente at The Shop At Bluebird

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Oversized coat, Toga Archives /// Patterned sweater, Stella McCartney at Matches Fashion /// Black turtleneck (underneath), Cos

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Houndstooth sweater, Paul Smith menswear/// Sequin slashed skirt, No 21 at The Shop At Bluebird/// socks, Falke///Rings, Delphine Pariente at The Shop At Bluebird/// Faux fur coat (in background), Shrimps at Matches Fashion

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Houndstooth sweater, Paul Smith menswear

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Jersey animal-print dress, Rika at The Shop At Bluebird

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Bomber jacket, Mother Of Pearl /// Animal-print dress, Rika at The Shop At Bluebird

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Faux fur coat, Shrimps at Matches Fashion/// Jeans, MIH Jeans at Matches Fashion/// Rings (just seen), Delphine Pariente at The Shop At Bluebird

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Faux fur coat, Shrimps at Matches Fashion/// Jeans (just seen), MIH Jeans at Matches Fashion

CREDITS
Photography: Vanessa Jackman
Styling: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl.net
Hair: Patrick Forini using Bed head by TIGI
Make-up: Emma Broom
Model: Maddy Elmer at Storm
With thanks to the team at Artist Residence London, 52 Cambridge Street, SW1V 4QQ

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WATCH THIS: Disneyrollergirl in ‘Style Xiu’ for Ebay China

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Late last year, I spent a freeeezing morning filming this great video with NeochaEDGE – one of a series of three, produced to launch eBay Xiu in China. The videos, ‘Style Xiu’, followed a Chinese stylist, designer and blogger on their travels to London, Paris and New York, discovering style and fashion across the globe.

As a regular contributor to eBay UK’s Style Collective blog, this video features me being interviewed by the charming stylist and author, A Quiqui, in which we discuss London style, vintage finds and the joys of eBay shopping (obvs), surrounded by the creative chaos of Spitalfield’s excellent Thursday vintage market. My favourite thing about this video though, is the beautiful photography of London’s landmarks and scenery. Enjoy…

Lunch in a cabmen’s shelter with Anya Hindmarch

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London Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow and what better way to mark it than with a look inside one of the city’s most intriguing little secrets? If you have ever passed one of these curious green huts in London and wondered what they are, I can tell you. Continue reading

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