Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

LDN: photo diary

I was just wondering what exactly I was going to put in my London post, seeing as I didn’t take any photographs with my real-life camera, as I was too busy, you know, “being in the moment”. (Lately I’ve been …

Mon, Jul 18, 2011, 13:30


I was just wondering what exactly I was going to put in my London post, seeing as I didn’t take any photographs with my real-life camera, as I was too busy, you know, “being in the moment”. (Lately I’ve been getting the rage when people photograph everything, especially at gigs – I wonder what they’ll remember, the gig, or the repetitive strain injury in their shooting finger.)

Anyway, I was having these thoughts when I decided to have a look through my iPhone for a few measly shots I could throw up for the craic, and I realised that I had loads of pics, all taken on Instagram (aka the best thing ever)! So hurrah!

That was a huge digression before we get into the purpose of my trip, which was to see what John Lewis has in store this A/W, as the store has recently started selling online to European customers. Check out the site here. It’s in its infancy so do comment on what you like or don’t like, and I’ll report back!

Basically, the British superstore’s PR team wanted to invite a host of bloggers from various European countries to come over, have a look at what they’re offering, and have a jaunt around the store – and who am I to say no to a trip to London? Plus, we were staying in the amazing Sanderson Hotel, where Cheryl Cole had just one week previously celebrated her 28th birthday and maybe got back with Ashley to boot!

Here’s a goodie bag we received right after we arrived – well, first we headed to see the A/W presentation, then we got our goodie bags, then we had a bit of a lunchtime chillout – which was just as well as I’d been at the airport for 6.30am. Yawn. (As an aside, Terminal 2 is an oasis of calm, but it hasn’t even got a Starbucks!)

After the morning session I ran off to Cos to see what they had going on, and bought two black tops (very inventive, I know), and almost purchased an amazing leather skater skirt, but for the £295 price tag . . .

Here’s what I wore on the first day – having been told by someone who shall remain unnamed that my original planned outfit was “too depressing and very unflattering”. So this was jeans, a royal blue top from Penneys and a pink blazer from Zara. Oh, and a dreaded name tag.

Spied these in Office – Jeffrey Campbell wedges. Seriously amazing, but I suspect they’d be the type of shoes you might just only wear once.

This was in our hotel rooms – Sanderson-branded postcards. Love.

I didn’t pack particularly light for my two-day stint in London, but I like to think it’s always good to have options. It did give me an excuse to hang up my clothes all pretty and photograph them.

That night we went for dinner in the Oxo Tower in London – a serious must-see if you’re in the area, because aside from the Eye, the views are the best you’ll find. I wore a Diane von Furstenberg drop-waisted T-shirt dress, Topshop wedges that look a little bit like hooves, and a shrunken suede jacket I bought in H&M in Vegas.

I also went to the hotel spa – Agua – for an express manicure. I loved it at the time – it’s Rococo, a royal blue with gold leaf layered on top – but it’s seriously chipped, two days later, and cost £30, so I wouldn’t say it’s any kind of sound investment.

Finally, a cocktail! Mango blush – seriously delicious. Check back later for a few details from the John Lewis presentation!

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