December 2011

That’s the Way to Do It – 2011’s Best Parties

December 31, 2011

It’s the last day of 2011. (Thank God. Let’s just say that it’s not been the best or the kindest for many). And, I’m ruminating on my selected good times of the year which have mostly involved parties, events and meeting very entertaining new people.  I cannot abide annoying aphorisms like “If life throws you […]

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Ta da! The Katies – 2011

December 30, 2011

Yes, it’s that time of the year again when Katie and sensational sidekick, Team Chutzpah, squeeze into their Tom Ford (borrowed) and Nicholas Kirkwoods (sample sale) and celebrate the hot and so not of the last 12 months: HEROES Our Inspirational Icon of 2011: Hilary Devey from ‘Dragon’s Den’ – Hilary’s love of McQueen shoulder-pads and […]

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Introducing Lara D’s bags – An artisanal fashion find

December 21, 2011

Lara D’ has been making her ultra individual bags for the past two years stumbling on the idea of making these artisan works when she came across fabulous prime quality textiles in the markets, boot sales and charity shops of West London where she resides. At the time of starting out on her new business, Lara […]

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Wild West Web? How the Smoking Gun backfired.

December 20, 2011

Sometimes in the blog and twittersphere certain occurrences make you reel. Take the latest spat that all began with newbie blogger but global doyenne of make-up, Kay Montano’s Wild West Web blog piece that was little more than a thinly veiled attack on bloggers as ‘blaggaz’ (gosh, it’s so down wit’ da kidz), making the […]

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West London Spa, BeautyWorksWest launches new Beauty & Wellness range

December 20, 2011

I’m sorry to say but my soujourns aren’t quite what they used to be to my old stomping ground, Notting Hill, so BeautyWorksWest well and truly wasn’t on my beauty radar apart from the occasional nod as I passed it en route to Screenface. So, at the risk of trawling out ‘best kept secrets’ whimsy, […]

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Stella McCartney to release L.I.L.Y in the New Year.

December 19, 2011

The first thing that impressed me about this fragrance is the name. L.I.L.Y meaning ‘Linda I love You’ is a beautiful testament to Stella’s late mother (and just when Sir Paul wed for the 3rd time to Nancy Shevell, some may purse their lips at the timing). It’s release will come in February 2012 and […]

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Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

December 18, 2011

A light hearted look back over the past week’s good, bad and indifferent including the “don’t even go there’s”. LOVING‘L.A.dy Dior’ – Fashion films come of age as ‘Hedwig’ and ‘Shortbus’ creator John Cameron Mitchell directs Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as an actress on the edge in this amusing ad for the Parisian house’s Lady Dior […]

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Austin Reed re-launches at 100 Regent Street

December 16, 2011

In marked contrast to its website page (which needs some much loved brand attention and TLC as its not doing anything for a brand at the forefront of change), Austin Reed’s vast new store at 100 Regent Street is a mecca to well-designed, well presented menswear. Designed by architect, Mark Pinney, three floors and over […]

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Burberry’s New Spring’12 Campaign

December 15, 2011

Burberry Prorsum has named Eddie Redmayne and Cara Delevingne as their new SS’12 campaign stars. Burberry has played it safe with old Etonian, Redmayne, currently staring in a Donmar Warehouse production of Richhard II and who is due to start filming a large scale film production of ‘Les Miserables’ in 2012 while Delevigne is set to […]

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Primark shows their Spring ’12 Collection

December 14, 2011

Never let it be said that this blog is all about the over-ruling kudos of designer wear.   I popped along to a recent preview for Primark’s Spring ’12 collection that was shown at The Riflemaker Gallery in London’s Beak street, more known for its niche arts previews. Displayed  in fashion’s favourite style, the vignette, […]

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