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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Oceana Fashion For The Future Show

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Last week Pixie Geldof hosted a fashion show with Oceana to promote sustainable fashion.

Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Their aim is to restore ocean biodiversity and ensure that the oceans can feed millions of people.

We were attending The Fashions for the Future show. The show was to highlight designers who are re-using materials and creating sustainable fashion, and for tonight, they were also going to include utilising marine debris to create beautiful clothing.

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For this, I could only invite my most fashionable friend, Helen.

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Junior Ocean Council's 'Fashions for the Future' event at Phillips, Berkeley Square, London, Britain on 19 Mar 2015.

Held at Phillips Auction House, we arrived to a heaving room. What's a girl to do but try and act cool and mingle with the celebs, but first, a drink was definitely needed for this!

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Whilst the obvious fashionistas stood with a suspiciously full glass, it meant I had full attention of the canape waitress'.

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After negotiating the crowds and doing my dad proud by networking, people started to filter to their seats.

Junior Ocean Council's 'Fashions for the Future' event at Phillips, Berkeley Square, London, Britain on 19 Mar 2015.

Of course, I wasn't the only one taking photos, and I got papped off guard taking photos.

Junior Ocean Council's 'Fashions for the Future' event at Phillips, Berkeley Square, London, Britain on 19 Mar 2015.

I also got sent this gorgeous photo from the night too. That's the only problem being the one who takes photos, you can never be in one at the same time as your friend. 

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Once the rows started filling up, it was a great opportunity to people spot. I think Bob Geldof was the clear winner.

Junior Ocean Council's 'Fashions for the Future' event at Phillips, Berkeley Square, London, Britain on 19 Mar 2015.
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Helen does front row face far better than me.

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Every morning before I go to work I listen to Radio 1 with Nick Grimshaw, so it was rather funny to hear him as quirky as ever open the show.

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The designers included Christopher Raeburn, ADA + NIK, Rapanui, Juniper Lai, Auria London and Rose Fulbright, each with a very unique style.

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The swimwear was gorgeous, and I think would be an excellent commercial way to sell and promote sustainable fashion, and the garment fits in with the cause. 

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Daisy Lowe was just beautiful and looked genuinely happy to be there. I read some truly awful comments on the daily mail about her that evening, but she just looked radiant.

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The show was a roaring success, with a standing ovation from everyone.

Whilst I don't pretend to be a great champion of the sea already, I can see the good work that Oceana are doing to help create sustainable life and fish population. Be creating sustainable fashion, it helps not only recycle produce, but tap into a very viable mass market, which is so important in creating awareness and support. 

Find out more about Oceana on their website.

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Monday, 23 March 2015

The Chancery

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I've been attending quite a few events and dinners recently with various friends either because it was a more girly affair, or Dan was busy. He's been working extremely hard, but it's left little social time together. So being the social one in the couple, I put my foot down, and exclaimed that we needed some quality time together.

At the moment, Dan has so many work commitments and projects on he doesn't like to take a whole night off. So calling a truce, we headed down to The Chancery, as it is a round the corner from where we live. Time for me, and then still time for work afterwards. See, compromise can be easy- even if it meant we got there rather early.

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The Chancery is down a little side street right off the tube station, making it a little hidden gem, although it does sit beside 40 Chancery Lane, the new headquarters for Saatchi and Saatchi.

Just before Christmas, Graham Long joined as Head Chef, bringing modern European menus which he learned from working with Mark Sargeant and Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s. Yes, this may be a hidden little place, but it has big credentials.

Even front of house is orchestrated by restaurant manager, Sylvain Gergeaux, who is formerly from Gordon Ramsay’s Petrus as Head Sommelier.

You know when you get those goosebumps about a place? Well I was certainly getting this here.  

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The menu is seasonal so changes every few months which I think is fantastic as not only do you get great in season flavours, but it also means you can come back again and again.

Dan started with steak tartare with radish. According to him, it was fantastic. I'd take this as high praise as he's not one to reveal.

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Me however does reveal, and I was blown away with my starter. Visually and taste wise.

Pan seared foie gras, blood orange, sherry jelly, sunflower seeds, brown bread and bitter leaves. 

Now I know not everyone likes the idea of foie gras, but I love it, and this certainly was one of the best I've had. I wasn't sure if all those flavours would be too much, but not at all. 

You could tell each had been carefully selected as they worked.

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We then had a little appetizer. Apparently clean fish, helps refresh the palate. 

Torchon of wild halibut, laverbread crust, nasturtium, spiced cockles and roasted cauliflower. 

I'm not the biggest fish fan, but even I lapped up every mouthful.

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Main's was a meaty affair for both. Dan opted for Crisp suckling pig belly, dried figs, Bellota ham, mead, kohlrabi and sprout tops.

It looked wondrous and again I was told it was 'great'. A well chosen word.

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I went for something a little different. Now before I say what it was just reserve judgement,

Ash crusted loin of venison, crapaudine beetroot, dates, walnuts and dried goats cheese.

Yes, ash crusted. I actually asked the waiter what it was like as I was very skeptical. However the whole dish is just incredible. The venison is cooked so well, I could have eaten a whole deer of it- sorry.

The ash is almost like that charcoaled barbecued taste. Like when you cook steak on the barbie in summer. Yes, it's like a taste of summer on a plate. 

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By the end of the meal, we couldn't really think if dessert, but the sound of the white chocolate sponge cake, fresh passion fruit and toasted meringue caught Dan's eye. He has a thing for fresh flavours. Anything fresh, fruity and clean tasting.

Well this checked all the boxes and really was so light and zingy.

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Now I never normally have a Liqueur coffee but for some reason I just really really fancied one. I'd really recommend a Tia Maria coffee. Tia Maria is the one alcoholic drink my mum will have, so it was also my first alcoholic drink.

You can see that we are quite different when it comes to drinks mentality. 

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The Chancery is is such a hidden gem in Central London. The food is just sensational and the staff couldn't be more friendly.

So next time you need a little date night, try Chancery Lane.

The Chancery
NO.9 CURSITOR ST.
LONDON
EC4A 1LL
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