Style Note: The Isabella Oliver Cape

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Yesterday was one of those cold and breezy days in London when you really need something warm and snug to wrap up in. And what better way to wrap up than in a cape. It's the perfect alternative to a winter coat. I received this beautiful one as a Christmas Gift from one of my favourite labels Isabella Oliver.

Isabella Oliver Cape

London Fashion Week Diary: BODYAMR

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The BODYAMR show was one that I was particularly looking forward to, and it was well worth the wait. The signature draping that I love still played a huge role in the collection as an abundance of luxe fabrics and beaded embellishment.


Giveaway: Win Tickets to the 2010 Vitality Show!

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The lovely team at Vitality are treating three lucky readers to a pair of free tickets! Running from 18th-21st March in London’s Earls Court 2, Vitality is the UK’s largest health, beauty, fitness and wellbeing event for women.

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Beauty Buzz: Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare

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I recently changed my beauty regime to include the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, the Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Skin Repair Moisturiser. It's been just six days, and already I've seen a noticeable difference in the clarity of my complexion and the texture of my skin.

Liz Earle Skincare

It was the last days of the British Summer. I hadn't been lucky enough to jet away to somewhere exotic and I was desperate for a change of scene. With limited funds and only a weekend to spare, I roped in a mate to book tickets for a day trip to Paris. Eurostar have a fantastic little break package that is perfect to setting off on a mini adventure without the major price. So much so that I was able to treat my niece and bring her along too! I am officially the best auntie in the world.

On Saturday the 29th of August, the 09:25 train took us to Gare du Nord and immediately I felt like a lemon, having not practiced French since my GCSEs. "Bonjour! er.. how do we get to.. zee Eiffel tower?" (Yes that's how bad my French is). Thankfully, the guys at the information point took pity and directed us to the capital's notorious landmark. They also clued us to a day metro pass; giving us access to all stations so that we could travel as freely as we liked. Tickets in hand, we boarded the metro and was on our way.

© Yvonne Ottley-Awuah

Stepping out of Champ de Mars, the weather was gorgeous! Paris was basking in sunshine and I was ready to explore. On approach to the Eiffel tower, we found ourselves amusingly surrounded by a large crowd of Michael Jackson impersonators and street dancers. Fascinated by the commotion, we were enthralled into an playoff between MJ's classic tunes to the left and French hip hop to the right. Whilst the street dancers put on a good show, the 'MJ crew' stole the limelight with people from all walks of life attempting to moonwalk, proudly wearing the trademark white glove. It hadn't dawned on me untill then that the day would have been Michael Jackson's birthday, hence the mass celebration. It made for very entertaining viewing.

Queuing for entry to the tower was a fair stretch, and this is to be expected. It reminded me of when I was a kid, waiting anxiously to board an Alton Tower ride and hoping I'd make the minimum height. I was so excited to experience the Eiffel tower and after 30 minutes of queuing we were finally on our way up. The views from the top of the tower are exquisite, truly amazing. It was quite something to see.

My niece Shannon and I at the top of the Eiffel tower.

© Yvonne Ottley-Awuah

After viewing Paris from the skies, we took a stroll along the river bank and tucked into some delicious crepes. I opted for chocolate with a cheeky drizzle of Grand Marnier. It had been a long time since I had the pleasure and it tasted divine. Having indulged in pre-dinner sweets, we thought it fitting to do some shopping before the main meal.

Back on the metro we rode till we arrived at Chaussée d'Antin, home to one of Paris' picturesque shopping district and the department store Galeries Lafayette. There was so much to look at and so much to desire! I found myself pining after all the pretty displays of cosmetics and handbags but I managed to resist the temptation to splurge. Inside the department store, you could be mistaken for thinking it was an ornate museum or a theatre. Featuring elegant gilt and ornately decorated, it was breathtaking to look at.

After some serious window shopping and a few budgeted purchases, we were ready to dine. We sampled delicious 'Mavronmmatis' Greek Cusine at Laurier inside the department store and stopped for drinks at Bar à Bulles.

Ah, time does fly when you're having fun - we found ourselves racing against time to visit all the boutique and high street shops nearby before heading back to catch the Eurostar back to London. In the nick of time, we boarded at Gare du Nord and settled into chit chat, over a complimentary glass of rosé with a late night bite and the latest issue of Tatler (UK edition).

The trip was amazing and there was so much more that I'd have liked to do; wander the Marché des Enfants Rouges market or check out the Musée Galliera but these are destinations at the top of my list for another visit. The good news is that with prices for a mini break starting at just £59 return for two people, you can afford to take plenty of short stop trips without burning a whole in your pocket.

For more information and to book your mini break visit:

3 Response to "Internationally Stylish: My little break to Paris"

  1. Yvette Said,

    j'adore paris aussi! very cute blog! xo

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  2. Ondolady Said,

    I am glad you had a great day out, it sounds amazing. I love Paris and cannot wait to visit the place again.

    Recent blog:=- An Evening with Amy Sohn


  3. Whyfashion Said,

    Lovely article - only just discovered your site - I love the design it's really sophisticated.

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