Reminiscing of Paris With Megan Hess

As much as I use the #britishatheart I am just as obsessed with Paris. Paris was my first love and as I child I dreamed of visiting, climbing the Eiffel Tower, seeing a show at the Moulin Rouge and visiting endless patisseries. So, it seems did fashion illustrator Megan Hess. It is the opening statement in her new book ‘Paris through a fashion eye’. A guide book with stunning illustrations, it is a must have for any fashionable lady.

Megan Hess Sex and the City book cover

If you cannot place the name Megan Hess, you are probably already familiar with her work. Her big break came in 2008 when she illustrated the front cover of Candice Bushnells new book. What was this book? None other than sex and the city, it was Megan who first gave a face and a look to Carrie Bradshaw.

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Since then Megan has illustrated for everyone who is anyone in the fashion world. Her clients include Prada, Vanity Fair, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Yves Saint Laurent, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She has also gone on to produce her own fashionable lines of scarves, coffee cups and cushions which are available through her website along with a range of her prints.

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Her books are my favourite products. Previously I have purchased The Dress: 100 iconic moments in fashion, in which two of the Duchess of Cambridge’s gown are featured and Coco Chanel: The illustrated world of a fashion icon.

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My favourite though is the newest, Paris through a fashion eye which was released this week. Broken up into chapters such as do/play, shop, sleep and eat/drink it covers all the stylish shops, bars and cafes that would be a must visit on the trip itinerary of Carrie Bradshaw herself. Browsing through the illustrations of the Eiffel tower, bottles of champagne, the peonies, the chic ladies on bicycles, I am instantly transported back to Paris, to the carousel just near the Eiffel tower or sitting on the Champs Elysse eating French onion soup with the Arc de Triomphe in full view. There are plenty of new places suggested though that will be on my wish list for next time, the Ritz club, the Dior Museum and Coco Chanel’s apartment.

 

Whether you are dreaming of your first trip to Paris or a seasoned visitor you will find something in Paris through a fashion eye to inspire your own case of wanderlust.

 

Kylie

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My Royal Wedding Memorabilia

Earlier this week I posted on Instagram a really lovely gift that I had received from a follower, a copy of the official Royal wedding program from Will and Kate’s big day. Since then I have been flooded with requests for looks inside and it appears many people have missed out on seeing the ‘my story’ snaps I added to Instagram so I will be adding pictures of each page at the bottom of this post. First though, lets take a look at my other Royal wedding memorabilia.

William and Catherine Figurines, Hamilton Collection

These wonderful fashion figurines are part of the Hamilton collection which was sold via the Bradford exchange. They have a whole range of fashion figurines featuring Kate pre wedding, in gowns post wedding and with a baby George. Unfortunately no figurine has been made with charlotte. Whilst the figurines are no longer sold directly from Bradford exchange, they are constantly popping up on Ebay so keep an eye out there if you are interested in starting your own collection of Kate figurines.

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Royal Wedding Fashion Illustration

I am a huge fan of fashion illustration in general and love the work of Brittany from Replikate It. Keep an eye on her Etsy store around special occasions such as Royal tours and you usually find new art work pop up for sale. I’m not sure what she has planned yet but she told me she is in the process of working on something special for the 20th anniversary of Diana this year.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RepliKateIt

Royal Wedding Earrings

My lovely copy of the custom-made acorn earrings that were gifted to Kate on her wedding day by her parents were bought on my trip to London a little over a year ago from the Kensington Palace gift shop. They are the loveliest copy of these earrings I have come across and can be bought directly from the Historic Royal Palaces shops at Kensington Palace or the Tower of London or purchased online here; http://www.historicroyalpalaces.com/acorn-drop-earrings.html

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Illuminum White Gardenia Petals Perfume

The perfume that Kate wore on her wedding day has proved to be the single most difficult Replikate for me to get my hands on as it is not in stock or shipped to Australia. I was able to purchase a small bottle on Christmas eve from Fortnum and Mason department store and was extremely lucky as it was the last bottle they had in stock. I had hoped to purchase 1-2 of the large bottles. I’m not really sure what I will do when it runs out, maybe plan another holiday to London?!?!?!

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Jo Malone Products

Probably the easiest way to add a touch of the Royal wedding into your own home and daily life appears to be through the use of the Jo Malone products that Kate used in Westminster abbey as they are reliably in stock and available world-wide. In an effort to have Westminster abbey resemble a British garden wedding Kate transformed the chapel through the bringing in of trees and flowers and the use of Jo Malone Orange blossom scented candles and hand washes of grapefruit and lime, basil and mandarin.

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Official Royal Wedding Program

My newest Royal wedding memorabilia has been recently gifted to me by a lovely follower on Instagram. A local London lady who loves near Buckingham Palace, she wondered down on the day of the wedding and was able to score a couple of the programs. I feel incredibly privileged that she offered to send me this as I truly would not have been able to get my hands on one otherwise and truly cherish it.

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I would love to do a follow-up post in April over the Royal wedding anniversary  so if you have any memorabilia you would like to share or were lucky enough to be there on the day please get in touch via the contact form or send me a message over on instagram.

Kylie

The Best Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For The British At Heart & Duchesses In Training

So ladies, this is one post to hand over to your husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends or yourself if you plan to buy a little Valentine’s day treat for yourself  (don’t worry, I plan to as well, go on, we deserve it!). Today I will be looking at the best Valentines day presents available for those who are British at heart or Duchess’s in training.

Jo Malone

Jo Malone is my go to favorite British company to buy perfumes, scented bath products and housewares such as candles. For Duchesses in training you can’t go past the orange blossom candle which Kate used inside Westminster Abbey during the Royal wedding to give the church a lovely English summer garden smell. You could also go the traditional route and give red roses, albeit in the form of a Jo Malone cologne. If you are buying for someone who is more of a peony lover like me there is also a wonderful range of products in the peony and blush suede scent.

http://www.jomalone.com.au/

Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater is a wonderful British company that make earthenware products at their factory in Stoke on Trent. The best products they sell for Valentines day are their range of Mr and Mrs products, pink hearts or for something really special, they have a selection of tea pots, mugs, plates and bowls that you can have personalized with your own romantic message.

http://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk/en/uk/page/home

Replikateit Fashion Prints

If you have not yet come across Brittany’s wonderful range of fashion illustration prints on etsy, get ready to discover a whole new way to indulge your Kate fashion obsession! I have several of her wonderful single fashion prints hanging in my bedroom and you are still able to purchase her poster prints through her etsy shop

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/RepliKateIt?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Quaintly & co British Lifestyle Subscription Boxes

My top pick for an ultra romantic Valentines day gift for the British at heart is a subscription to a British lifestyle box from Quaintly and co. What the lucky recipient will get is a monthly delivery filled with all British soured artisan products with each box curated around a theme. Past themes have included tea time, British baking and Sherlock homes. They have a range of plans in place from single box buys to ongoing subscriptions.

http://www.quaintly-uk.com/