It was one of those week’s where I seemed to forget which events and launches were on and had be reminded at the last minute by kindly PRs. I think it’s August’s fault. There’s no high anticipation. Just a realisation that Summer and its copious Summer season events are waning. And fast. Just like the warm weather.
I kicked off the week on Tuesday at a drinks party for the launch of ‘cocktails’. No joke. Donna Ida, the lady who knows the backsides of London’s most fashionable set held a drinks get-together at Eclipse Bar on Walpole Street to celebrate the launch of her Summer cocktails with G-Vine gin. (NB. Donna’s Chelsea store is only a minute away from the bar). And splendid they were too. All containing gin and champagne. What’s not to like. You can read about it HERE. What’s more, if you pick up a leaflet at the bar, you can get 20% off your Donna Ida purchase until 31st August.
Wednesday, I attended a drop-in at Claridges for the new Fall ’13 collection from Aerin Lauder. Claridges is my safe haven. The good place where nothing untoward can happen. These days. I don’t have to ask for their Wifi code as it’s so familiar. Gosh, we can become so spoiled in fashion and beauty land that it’s good to realise your good fortune. Anyway, Aerin’s one of those super chic American beauty brands for very New York style women, whether they live there or not. The sumptuous navy palette and deep wine lipstick were a good rich colour alternative from this brand.
Thursday night, as you know, is THE night out in London. It’s the agreed night for any self-respecting Londoner to meet with friends before the Bridge & Tunnel lot roll in for the weekend. Thursday saw me attend an art launch at Hospital Club to celebrate underarm art, (as I said, it’s August) and then a cocktails party to celebrate a foodie magazine. The surprise (and there are always surprises tripping from one event to another) is that Vaseline’s Modern art exhibition tongue-in-cheek titled in their release as ‘It’s The Pits’, was a friendly and free affair with some really pretty attempts at ‘underarm art’. And they were serving Twinkles – my favourite cocktail. British artist, Isamaya Ffrench’s pieces were a fashion/beauty art hybrid. Each piece of artwork was created and inspired by one of the products in the Vaseline deodorant range, drawing also on nature, horticulture and the female form. The artworks on show reflected the Vaseline Deodorant Derma Beauty, Double Invisible, Aloe Fresh and Active Fresh products.
The Epicurean Life party held promise as held at the Met Bar. That was before the one-free drink-per-person rule. Now, at the risk of sounding ungrateful, when was a one-free-drink-per-person event ever termed a Summer Party? Guests were not amused. M and I hobbled off into Soho (briefly pausing at the Playboy Club to wonder what fresh hell there lay within) to meet the A-gays at Ku bar. Only, within about 40 minutes, the three of them had vamoosed off leaving M & I clutching voddie tonics outside a heaving, honed & toned pecs gay bar. M & I looked at each other and thought, ‘Can August Thursdays get any odder?’
Thankfully, I ended the week with a super indulgent stay at One Aldwych Hotel. A real treat. But there will be lots more to report of that later.