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Weekend in Berlin

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06-10-2011 | In : sp's World

I’ve packed my hand luggage and i’m shooting off to Berlin for a long weekend. I love Berlin – it’s a city that’s peaceful enough to relax, yet there’s enough to do to keep your thoughts from trailing off into that holiday coma mode you get after a couple of days lying around on a beach.

Here’s my Weekend Berlin Hit List:

1. I’m going to catch the Helmut Newton Polaroids exhibition at the Museum of Photography where there’ll be over 300 original polaroids of his work on display. To celebrate Newton’s ’70s sultry glamour i’ll be wearing my silk number from Halston Heritage. The exhibition runs until Sunday 20th November 2011, Jebenstrasse 2, 10623 Berlin. Silk shirt dress (pictured) by Halston Heritage, £270.

2. Even though I’ve been a million times, my favourite space in Berlin is the Soviet War Memorial (Sowjetisches Ehrenmal) in Treptower Park. It’s vast, eery and awe inspiring. The memorial is large in scale and in meaning, commemorating the 80 000 soldiers that died at the Battle of Berlin. The centrepiece is a 12m tall statue of a Soviet soldier holding a child, a sword and crushing a swastika under his boot. Buried underneath the imposing statues and garden are 5000 of the soldiers killed in May 1945.

3. The city is full of history; but rather than taking home a bit of faux Berlin Wall I’m going to opt for a strip of pictures from the vintage photo booth situated at Alte Schönhauser Str. 60. This particular booth is a piece of classic design from 1962. I’ll be wearing my Linda Farrow Luxe sunglasses and an Aquascutum Mac.

4. The best place for picking up a bargain is on Bermannstrasse (U-Bahn, Mehringdamm). Last time I was there I indulged my penchant for weird Hawaiian shirts and found an Astrakan coat for about twenty euros. The genius of it all is that the second hand shops often sell the clothes by weight which is great if you’re buying anything made of silk. I’m going to fill up my Anya Hindmarch purse and  head down to the best of the bunch; Colours Kleidermarkt (Bergmanstrasse 102, 10961 Berlin) where it’s 14,99 EUR for a kilo of clothes. Afterwards i’ll hit one of the cafes or bars that line the street for a well deserved rest.

5. Berlin is a small city, and although there are various modes of transport and an excellent taxi service the best way to absorb the atmosphere is by travelling on foot. If you’re planning a trip, don’t go without a pair of Converse trainers.

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Staycation Sundays

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Lazy Summer Sundays Capsule Wardrobe: Swing by Forks cafe on Swains Lane (London N6), with Sonia by Sonia Rykiel heart key ring £57, Petit Bateau stripe scarf £31, leather purse by Anya Hindmarch £78, knitted jumper by IRO, sunglasses by Ray Ban £120 and of course, fashion’s beloved Converse trainers, £46.

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American Dream

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Ashleigh Tennent, formerly Ashleigh Burnside, got married in late July before crossing the pond to spend a month travelling around the States with her new husband, Billy. Together they flew from New York to LA, then hired a car to complete their 1400 mile tour of America. On their travels they passed through Santa Barbara,  Sequioa, Big Sur, Bodie, San Francisco before arriving at their final destination, Las Vegas.

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Here’s one we froze earlier…

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03-08-2011 | In : sp's World

The heat and humidity is soaring in the city. Keep cool with these genius homemade little popsicle cocktails.

POMEGRANATE & VODKA POPSICLE

2.5 glasses of pomegranate juice

1 glass of freshly squeezed orange juice

1 lime

1/4 glass of vodka

10 tbsp Curaçao

Mix the juices, freshly squeezed lime and alcohol. Be careful not to overdo it on the vodka or the popsicle won’t freeze properly. Pour the cocktail mixture into shot glasses,  add ice cream sticks and freeze for a few hours.

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Word Up!

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26-07-2011 | In : Fashion, sp's World

We love our fashion blogger friends in the UK and so this month we challenged their blog skills by asking them to describe what bits made their pulses race from the s-p site. We’ve selected our favourite seven; tell us which one you like the most, and we’ll give the winner their chosen accessory.

Name:  Ayden

Blog: Little Blog of Horrors

Accessory: Ray Ban Classic Aviators

 

Three words to describe accessory: Iconic, timeless, and ultra cool :)

This accessory reminds you of: The 1980′s movie Topgun, where a seriously young (and pretty damn gorgeous) Tom Cruise rocked a pair of Ray Ban Aviators with gold frames and dark lenses. Such a legend!

Best worn with: I wish my funny shaped head suited hats, as I think the rock chick feel of the Aviators would look complete with a straw trilby hat and Hunter wellies at a festival. I think the special thing about these classic glasses is the fact that they really do go with almost anything – adding another level of cool to a casual jeans and t-shirt combo, or to edge up a cute summer dress.

Best worn to: Lazing on the beach, cruising on a road trip, shopping or lunch in the city on a hot summer’s day, or hiding in the back garden on a sun lounger with your iPod and a strawberry and lime cider.

Name:  Ellie

Blog: Pretty Much Penniless 

Accessory: Anya Hindmarch Large Maeve Zip Round Wallet

Three words to describe accessory: Classic, essential, understated.

This accessory reminds you of: My grandma, whose most treasured possession was her french vintage purse made of the softest calf skin. She always joked that having a quality purse made up for the fact it was usually empty.

Best worn with: A suitably gorgeous bag to house it in and with an array of luxury accessories to keep it company.

Best worn to: Preferably somewhere that requires it to be pulled out of your bag regularly, so shopping obviously. I don’t think it would matter if it were Liberty or Lidl!

Name:  Emma

Blog: Is This Real Life? 

Accessory: Berry Prada Retro Style Round Acetate Sunglasses

Three words to describe accessory: Big, beautiful and epic.

This accessory reminds you of: 50’s film stars and the classic sunglasses that Nicole Richie wears.

Best worn with: Big hair, leather fringed jacket and Daisy Dukes!

Best worn to The beach, chilling in the sunshine or just to finish off a beautiful outfit!

Name:  Hattie

Blog: Inside The Mind Of A Discoball

Accessory: Ray Ban Wayfarers

Three words to describe accessory: Classic, versatile, retro.

This accessory reminds you of: 50’s film stars, and modern style icons such as Alexa Chung.

Best worn with: Simple summer staples such as denim, stripes and satchels.

Best worn to: sightseeing in various exotic cities.

Name:  Kirsty

Blog: Fashion Champagne

Accessory: Black Prada Retro Style Round Acetate Sunglasses 

Three words to describe accessory: retro sophisticated fun

This accessory reminds you of: breakfast at tiffanys

Best worn with: Anything – very versatile

Best worn to: lunch with the girls

Name:  Reena

Blog: Fashion Daydreams 

Accessory: Missoni peacock print silk scarf 

Three words to describe accessory: Beautiful, bohemian, blue

This accessory reminds you of: Scuba diving in Egypt, the colours remind me of the deep blue sea.

Best worn with: A simple dress, sunglasses and a tan.

Best worn to: A beach bar somewhere exotic

Name:  Yulia

Blog: Fashion Watching

Accessory: Bric’s Nylon Holdall

Three words to describe accessory: Chic, Timeless, Easy.

This accessory reminds you of: Weekend breaks on a beautiful British beach.

Best worn with: An outfit set to travel. Jeans, T-shirt or blouse all paired with a big cardi or leather jacket for comfort.

Best worn to The car to the airport to the hotel lobby!

voting closes at 11.45pm on August 4th

 

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED.

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Wedding Belle

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25-07-2011 | In : sp's World

Our gorgeous Operations Director Ashleigh tied the knot this weekend and it was a real style-passport event. Customer Advisor Tracey McIntosh played Scottish fiddle at the ceremony, and in-house photographer Nicholas Kay captured the day’s events on film. In true style-passport spirit Ashleigh and new husband Billy are about to embark on a three week honeymoon, a road trip across the states.  Needless to say she shopped for her honeymoon wardrobe on the website. Here are a few of the things she bought and of course some shots of her day.

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel cotton tee with neck bow print

Xen-Tan Deluxe Tanning Mitt and Transform Luxe gradual tanner

Local tunic with button neckline in Mexico red

Converse All Star Ox Light in white

Petit Bateau long sleeve Breton top

Ashleigh and Billy’s London wedding

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