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Paris Is Always A Good Idea

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Paris Fashion Week is on the horizon so we've taken a sneak peak at the 'in the know' places to go when you're not easing your way to the front rows of the fashion shows.

To get in the zone for plush grandeur take a trip to the Palace of Versailles, southwest of the city centre. As in the couture of today, no expense was spared on the 15th century palace, so indulge in a walk through the Golden Gate of Honour or practice your ultimate selfie in the palace's Hall of Mirrors. If you happen to arrive on a Saturday, you can see the 'Fountains Night Show', a stunning visual and musical display in the palace gardens ending in a crescendo of fireworks.

Hall Of Mirrors Address: Palace of Versailles, Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles

Hall Of Mirrors

Address: Palace of Versailles, Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles

Give your fabulous pied's a rest at Café de Flore, a famous old Parisian hot spot frequented by Pablo Picasso, which still entices famous faces. Sit back with a cocktail in the art deco interior or people watch 'al fresco' on the terrace.

Address: Café de Flore ,172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris

Address: Café de Flore ,172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris

Boost your artist savoir faire walking through the Jardin des Tuileries, past sculptures by Giacometti, Rodin and Maillol, and then head west across the gardens to the Musée de l'Orangerie for a feast of painting’s by Monet, Cezanne and Matisse.

Address: Jardin des Tuileries, 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Address: Jardin des Tuileries, 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

Recharge your batteries with a stylish organic feast at Season, a restaurant known for serving the best salads in town. They work around the concept that produce is seasonal and therefore the menu changes regularly, ensuring there is always something new. The interior alone has featured in Vogue and Elle.

 Address: Season, 1 rue Dupuis 75003 Paris

 Address: Season, 1 rue Dupuis 75003 Paris

Paris is synonymous with fashion and whilst we love the classic fashion houses of Hermes and Balenciaga on Rue Saint-Honoré, the shopping possibilities are never ending! For a contemporary hit visit the new Stella McCartney boutique where the store aesthetic is as impressive as the clothes – dreamy and arresting!

Address: Stella McCartney, 231 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001, Paris

 

Whilst Paris Fashion Week will showcase who, what, when & where for spring summer 2018, we are seeing the colour red trending now. Dior is hot on the trail, launching 2 new lipsticks in the lead up to PWF, and of course, the star shade receiving all the attention is red. And word on the street is every girl needs a pair of red shoes too. So why not go matchy-matchy to coordinate your lips with your feet. Drop into the Dior boutique for some inspiration.

Address: Dior, 30 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris

 

For evening drinks venture to Le Ballroom, a hidden cocktail bar where you can order the most incredible Gin Mule and more. Part of the Beef Club group and the same people behind the ECC, these guys know the essential ingredients for a perfect soirée and will keep your feet tapping late into the night.

Address: Le Ballroom, 8 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris

And as the weather becomes crisp, don’t forget to check out our guide to get organised for the winter season.

 

 

Our Guide To London Fashion Week

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Its arrived, London Fashion Week begins tomorrow, from the 15th to 19th September, your most loved designers - as well as fresh newcomers - will be adorning venues with bespoke, themed backdrops to showcase their fashion collections for Spring/Summer 2018. It is a surreal thought to celebrate what you will be wearing in 6 months’ time but that’s the fashion industry’s. For now, you can concentrate on what to wear to the upcoming fashion shows, fashion parties, fashion lunches and fashion cocktail hours. It’s the perfect excuse for maximum fun.

London Fashion Week is the place for designers to surprise, shock and excite you with their shows, whether it’s the iconic Alexander McQueen’s No.13 dress painted live with car spray-paint machines or Prada’s 2008 catwalk show, where models took numerous tumbles whilst wearing slippery socks with skyscraper heels.

Thankfully, knowing you don’t have to walk the catwalk means this is the perfect occasion to wear your sky high heels. And with all the parties, you also won’t need to negotiate London’s busy streets, thanks to Uber allowing you to keep your fashion Zen.

Alexander McQueen 1999

Alexander McQueen 1999

You may be majorly obsessed with some luxury brands such as Celine and Gucci, but do still check out smaller labels like Sophie Hulme and Tabitha Simmons. Vintage items should also make the cut; the 50s clutch inherited from your Grandma or the delicate snakeskin belt retrieved from a vintage stall all deserve the same admiration.

Pop over to The Mayfair Hotel, an official partner of London Fashion Week. They have collaborated with Emilia Wickstead, creating three limited-edition cocktails; Pink, Rose & Violet, inspired by her favourite colours, tones & flavours.

Once you’ve channeled your inner Peggy Guggenheim and observed moving works of art with lots of moody pacing and posing, it’s time to frequent London’s other masterpieces; it’s restaurants! For a chic dining experience, book ahead at the new XU restaurant on the edge of Soho or the heavenly Luca close to Clerkenwell. Both offer excellent food and a fabulous interior to devour! You will bond nicely.

The Restory’s special clean service means you can focus on Fashion Week with the knowledge there’s no such thing as partying too hard. Although a week is a short space of time to squeeze everything in, fear not! There’s more just around the corner with Paris Fashion Week (women’s) running from 26th September to 3rd October. Make sure you find time for some dedicated R&R in between; with Cowshed pedicures and a glass of crisp white included.

Share your most loved accessories with @therestory_ that are so good they give passers-by catwalk envy!

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Wondering About Winter, Get Organised

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Don't you wish the British weather would make up its mind? Any more rain and we will be forced to start trending those 50’s rain cover boots, better known as galoshes and politely described as a “waterproof overshoe”. Suits you Sir.

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In truth we don’t want these to make the essentials list any time soon! To avoid this, start the day with an accurate weather report while sipping a fresh green juice and hefting on the mascara before you choose footwear to complement what you're wearing. In fact, it's well worth asking where the Summer has gone, as rain and showers may well be around for a while.  To help you cope with the changeable weather, here is our guide to help you squeeze every last joy out of your Summer wardrobe before the Autumn begins and show you how to pack it away neatly. Simples.  

As the seasonal change over is fast approaching follow these simple rules:

One, layer like you are in “Clueless”. With a resurgence of 90's cool we are embracing small T's under strap dresses and strappy ballerina pumps. Socks with sliders and open back loafers could also be a contender.

Two, be decisive; are they staying or going? This counts on two levels; firstly, are you really going to use them again next season or should you find them a new home? Second, what will carry you into Autumn the best? Take a look at your styles. Shoes that do more to decorate, as opposed to actually protecting your feet, should soon be packed away. Shoes, like trainers and ballet pumps, should stay! They will carry you through days when the weather is free styling.

Shoes should be packed away fully serviced: cleaned and repaired. Make sure the leather has been recently conditioned but is not too moist. Pack in individual shoe bags - we can't stress this enough, especially for patent leathers, which can literally become stuck together if packed in the wrong climate and manner. For very delicate items, including shoes, pack with acid free paper. We suggest adding a cheeky shoe deodoriser too because when shoes have been worn with bare feet and then packed away, they will retain that wiffy smell for next time…

Are they going to the back of the wardrobe or migrating to another part of the house altogether? Make sure you can access them with ease, in case of a spontaneous holiday.

Avoid storing your summer items in potentially damp areas. The Restory has performed some mini-miracles on shoes left in damp conditions with the special cleaning service, but it's better to prevent damage from the beginning.

Now start to unpack your winter pieces; they will of course have been expertly cleaned and packed at the end of last season, ah-hem.  If you did literally stash them away, now is a good time to decide if they still spark joy to both own and wear them? There is a whole world of reseller sites that provide a great platform to sell. If you need a little helper to get on top of the back to school prep, The Restory offer an excellent polish or deep clean service ready for the first day back.

And don't forget, London Fashion Week is on the horizon from 15th to 19th September so we can already start dreaming of Spring/Summer 2018! Something to look forward to at least!

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A Very Restory Bank Holiday....

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The August bank holiday weekend is fast approaching. It’s an opportunity for a little pick-me-up me before the September mayhem begins. Here is our weekend itinerary for those of you looking for a plan.

 

THE MINI BREAK

This month Venice has caught our eye; currently a destination for culture vultures, the 57th Venice Biennale is in full swing. The exhibition of contemporary art runs from May to November allowing you to dip in & out at as you please.  Shows are spread across the city, which can make it a marathon to see everything so it’s best to do some small-time research before setting off. It officially takes place in the national pavilions of the Giardini and the former military dockyard The Arsenale. The big fashion houses are the ultimate patrons of the artist’s works. It’s a sure thing you will be joining some art loving, savvy dressers.

The charm of Venice can be found in the endless small cobbled paths. Whilst charming, it can be a mission to navigate in the wrong shoes. If you are day tripping we recommend choosing a great looking pair of trainers. Choose a style with some glitz to carry you from day to night like Minna Parikka’s playful editions. For evening attire make sure your shoes have a block heel to avoid an awkward stiletto wedged in the street. Should you still get caught, The Restory offers a full heel remake.

THE STAYCATION

For those looking for a suitcase free weekend, staying put in your postcode area can guarantee this. Think long lie-ins, Procesco filled brunching and lazy afternoons. We forget how busy life can be. Sometimes it should be a joy to do nothing in particular. Take advantage of the fact you can change your outfit throughout the day with no restrictions on wardrobe access!

This is your opportunity to explore what’s on your doorstep. If only are in the mood to take a lazy walk over the weekend, head for Regents Park to stroll through the carefully curated gardens then venture towards the canal and Primrose hill. The markets in the East End are a treasure filled eclectic mix of flower stalls and ethnic foods, surrounded by cafes and fashionable shops.  On a Saturday go to Broadway Market which also lies close to a canal walk, and on a Sunday you can source your feature house or garden plants at the Colombia Road Flower Market.  Both worth visiting simply for the experience.  Since you have zero commitments or places to be, some low maintenance sliders will work well and add a straw hat for extra bohemia. If you happen be to wearing your freshly purchased No. 21 sliders remember The Restory offer a breaking in service for new shoes to avoid the obligatory blisters we usually suffer from in the name of fashion.

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