Leather cut-work

Leather.

Usually restricted to bags, jackets and shoes, but with Winter approaching, we’re being challenged to experiment with leather tops, skirts and dresses. Sounds terrifying? Take a look at these cut-work numbers. The cut-out detailing brings a feminine element to leather which is worlds apart from any potential hooker connotations. Cut-work can be fierce, cute or demure. Just figure out what works for you and get on it.

Laser cut leather top, Whistles, £250

So now that you’ve got an idea of where to start, here’s a key pointer; no faux leather. It doesn’t matter how well-cut the piece, it will always look fake so if you can’t afford to go the whole-hog, focus on leather detailing on blouses, trim on skirts or an interesting belt. Oasis are the top of my list for affordable highstreet options. This skirt below is a total find!

Leather cutwork skirt, Oasis, £98

Royal Underground twisted cutout leather jacket, Saks Fifth Avenue, £461.04

Rice burgers at Yaki

So, I have to admit I’m pretty clueless when it comes to Japanese food. It wasn’t until this year that I visited my first sushi restaurant  (see the post Japanese in Geneva.) Previously, it seemed to me more something you would snack on – i.e. you had sushi, but then went for pizza as you hadn’t actually eaten anything. Anyway, after an excellent experience, I decided that this actually was for me…and now regularly indulge as a lunchtime treat.

Last week, I was introduced to Yaki – the new Japanese Bakery on Goodge Street. Primarily serving up Okonomiyaki – marketed as a japanese pancake (I would describe it as a sweeter version of a spanish tortilla with a kick) the bakery is full of unusual japanese treats – the likes of which haven’t been seen before in London.

I opted for the  Teriyaki chicken rice burger (£3.99) unsure of exactly what I would be receiving. It arrived within minutes and consisted of a fresh squishy rice cake encasing tomatoes, salad and my teriyaki chicken. It was all presented in a foam wrap which made it somewhat difficult to carry and even harder to eat, however it was very tasty, if not a little heavy on the mayonnaise.

All in all, I think it’s a great new concept and really challenges the norm in terms of what you can find on offer for lunch in the city. They have meal deals which allow you to try a range of products from the menu as well as salads, unique drinks such as aloe-infused water and sides. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the neighborhood.

Yaki, 53 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1TG

Time for the tee

I’m pretty sure it’s thanks to the 90s revival, but at the moment, I think nothing looks better than an oversized t-shirt. Whether it’s teamed with a bodycon skirt or mega leggings, it’s all about the large tee. But, not just any tee – it has to be styled just right or it will look like you’ve rolled out of bed in your sleepwear or worse still, are just a bit of a goon.

Screen printed unisex power washed tee, American Apparel, £26

So, keep your eyes peeled for slim-fitting, roll sleeved numbers with modern graphic prints and you’ll be in business. Personally, I’d steer clear of the ‘comedy slogan’ tees. Nobody with half a brain should be walking around with a tshirt emblazoned with ‘Are you sick enough?’ on their chest. If you need a slogan, stick with the established brands; Boy London (huge right now), Zoe Karsson or Wildfox are all winners.

Boy London, 1984 Tshirt, ASOS, £35

Alternatively, if you can find a plain white tee which ticks all the boxes, you’ll be good to go. This is easier said than done, however insider tip – head to Topman and raid the mens department. The tshirts are less contrived and more authentic in fit. Glam it up with a statement necklace or downplay with a college bomber. (Whistles has a great one at the moment..)

Navy high roll up sleeve tee, Topman, £10

The choice is yours, but it does look set to be the most hard-working item in your wardrobe this winter. Go forth and get teed up!

Play at the The Player

London’s burger revolution continues at a speed of notts. Not a week goes by when there isn’t a new burger joint hailed as groundbreaking in its presentation of beef in a bun.

So, it is with great joy that I discovered they are now serving sliders at one of my favourite London bars – The Player. The bar itself is a 70s paradise. Ron Burgundy would be proud. If you’ve seen the movie Blow, you’ll have visions of Johnny Depp sporting flares, partying hard here before heading out to the garden for a mega pool party. Anyway, enough of my vivid imagination. (There is no garden or pool here sadly!)

The cocktail menu takes the form of an inflight airline menu and offers everything from retro classics to some really inventively named combos such as the Fabulous Gay Marriage which is a fruity gin infusion. My favourite is the Sosho Cooler which combines white wine with mango vodka – sounds unusual, but works a treat.

The service is good – either chill by the bar or grab a spot on one of the low couches and order your sliders. Again, continuing the airline theme, they arrive styled in cartons on a tray. For £12.50 for 2 mini burgers and chips, it’s not a bad deal..a great snack to go with your cocktail. Also, if you’re female and on the market – keep a look out for the head barman who’s quite easy on the eye and likes to do the rounds chatting up the clientele. The staff at The Player clearly live up to their name.

The Player, 8 Broadwick Street, W1F 8HN

Hello twinkle toes

It’s that time of year when you start thinking about your autumn / winter wardrobe. I’ve spent the past month mulling over ankle boots, coats and whether it’s still appropriate to wear leggings at my age?!

Anyway, I’m all about boots at the moment. Here’s what you need to know.

The Winter 2012 boot is all about interesting detailing. From Chloe’s studded winkle pickers, to Mulberry’s tassled beauties, if your footwear isn’t flashy, you’re just not cutting it. After undertaking some exhaustive research, I have found the most beautiful ones for your viewing pleasure. From the Valentino bank-balance breaking ones below, to the more affordable high-street ones I snapped up last week.

Valentino leather ankle boots, Farfetch.com, £584

However, if you’re looking for a high street fix, head to Zara – their footwear is insane this season with studded boots in every category – biker, cowboy, flat, mid-calf. It’s really something to behold which is why they’re selling out. I managed to find one pair in my size of these beauties below..and this was after scouring 3 different stores!

Cowboy studded ankle boots, Zara, £69.99

The runners up for me were these Guess boots. In fact Guess boots in general are worth checking out at the moment – they are in a league of their own and not outrageously priced either. Sparkley heels anyone? These are proper teenage dream boots..I know my 16-year-old self would have been overjoyed to have owned a pair!

Guess Cardio glitter ankle boots, Selfridges, £155