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Another food edition

Posted in Fashion, Food, Travel, Trend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins



I have tried some pretty delicious food whilst being here in Milan. I have had the pleasure of having home cooked Milanese risotto from one of the finest cooks I have had the pleasure of dining with. I have also had prepared home cooked pasta with various healthier meat alternatives, washed down by my contribution of yummy lemon sponge, it is the Londoner in me. Good friends are easy to come by in this city, I took a snap of the delicious cheese he sprinkled on the top. Lush.20160305_134850

Last week I was given an education on food from Naples. I dined at Nastro Azzurro, a two of a kind restaurant which exists in its home town of Naples with a second branch here in Milano. Talk about being exclusive, the queue to dine in was longer than the take away counter for Nandos on a Saturday night. Not only are Neapolitan pizzas notoriously large, the ingredients are traditionally more rural, vegetarian and fish rather than meat. It must be cooked in a wood-fired oven for authenticity. They prepare a pizza base with both fresh and crushed tomatoes to give an intense difference of textures and tastes.

The desert we dined on was the Baba. This baba was saturated in rum. Delicious warm rum in a yeast sponge like cake. Needless to say it went down very well, where there was room to fit it.

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At another restaurant we tried Milanese food, I had the pizza again, and Andrea had the pasta again. Both delicious, both tasty as hell. The desert is a coconut tiramisu. Can’t really go wrong with this menu.

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Food on the go does not always mean you must walk through golden arches for immediate satisfaction – my local spot produces the most delicious pieces by the slice with desserts which make your mouth water from down the street. I resisted temptation like it was a test from above and consumed my huge delicious pizza without a sweet for afters. Prosciutto, margarita and pesto. Eye of the tiger.

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High-Street Promos and Sales

Posted in Accessories, Fashion, Menswear, Shoes, Stylist, Trend with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins



As previously highlighted, Spring 2016 launched in January this year. Those first drops of newness have since been marked down in addition to leftover stock from AU15.

Temperatures will remain pretty chill for the next couple months, so a light transitional piece would be ideal. Also, with global warming concerns reaching an all time Oscar high, this summer is set to be a scorcher. So pick yourself up a few key pieces from wherever you can to top up those staples which get you through each season with style and ease.

Look at this steal from Outlet as ASOS. Boohoo Cream knitted dress with high collar.

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Here is another from Topman. Rogues of London, Black faux fur collar coat.

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What about this on Pretaportobello. PPB White faux croc skin long waistcoat, gorgeous.

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There are extra discounts off clearance as well as new drops of Spring goodness. Go treat yourself for Easter. Go crazy, go shopping.


Fashion Sees Red

Posted in Accessories, Fashion, Shoes, Stylist, Travel, Trend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins



Red, also known as Fiesta is one of the big colours for Spring 16, as if you didn’t already know.
Whether you are a minor red hair accessory kind of girl. The guy that wears the red power tie or even the person who enjoys the sneaky peak of a bright red sock peakibooing under trousers, this Spring 2016 is your season.
With the likes of Armani popping accents of red all over the Spring collection, you’ll be a fool to ignore it. Red has never been my colour, but back in November I entered a Stylist competition – stage one was to showcase our interpretation of red.
Here was my entry. Unfortunately I didn’t win, but I still love my entry. The cardigan is a retro vintage piece from Greenwich. The beading detail is incredible, pure lambswool and lined inside to prevent any wool intolerance reactions occurring.  I love it. I’m also wearing my shoe clips from my website Cheeky Poppins, a touch of fur.
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Here are some pieces from Armani showcasing possibly the most powerful colour in the spectrum. So says the power tie philosophy.
Here is a dress on Pretaportobello by Liquorish At Marketplace. Taking the colour block Fiesta to an extreme but why not? Otherwise you can tone it down with accessories – all found on the site.
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Whatever your feelings on the colour, there ain’t no party like a Fiesta.  So jump on board.



Get to grips with fashion

Posted in Accessories, Fashion, Stylist, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins

Hats, gloves, and scarves are as essential as underwear in these temperatures which rarely go above a solid 10 degrees Celsius. Primavera or spring is can still get pretty chilly, I keep it cosy with accessories.

Scarves, blanket scarves, fur collars or tippets are ideal accessories for your neck.

Beanies, berets, flat caps, trilby’s, caps and fedoras are great head pieces for warmth and style.

Gloves, mittens and muffs are ideal at keeping your phalanges from freezing, tips to wrists. However, whilst trying to pay for your coffee, get out your travel card and more importantly use your phone, in traditional gloves this process is unmanageable, especially with the prevalence of smart phone touch screen mobile phones.

Therefore, touchscreen gloves are one of the most appropriate inventions using tech in the fashion industry incorporating fashion and function. In a world where you can’t go 5 minutes without picking up your phone and checking your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, let alone the rest – you can do it all comfortably in the 6 degree Celsius weather with your gloves on.

Apart from staying appropriately warm enough for the weather, many would put fashion over function. A phrase I have said myself in the past until I saw a monstrosity of cumulative trends in one ensemble which is very uncomplimentary, I saw the error in this phrase. I now stand corrected, this phrase has been abused. For me it is 100% Style over Substance.

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Men and women alike. I recommend Marks and Spencer.  Affordable, eco-friendly factories and a British company. I have had mine for possibly too long, from London to Milan they have kept me toasty answering my phone, tapping on my tablet and writing in overly air-conditioned cafes, the lot!

For the guys, Topman gloves provide comfort, style and functionality. Like I always say, why fashion over function, style over substance – and touchscreen definitely brings it to the table.

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The bespoke option for touchscreen will have to be gloves by glove.ly – prices start from $20 and go over $120. Their range is pretty extensive and has a large range of fabrications, styles and colours for all your needs.

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Primavera

Posted in Accessories, Fashion, Shoes, Stylist, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2016 by Cheeky Poppins

Primavera (or spring) officially starts today, March 1st is the meteological start of spring. It is a wonderful time of year when trees bloom, looking less baron and generally less dead. Grass gets its gloss back and there is the promise of wonder, new beginnings and obviously sun. However, from London to Milano it is officially still blooming cold!

Spring is the beginning of a new season, and I am talking conventional calendars. In the world of fashion, Spring/Summer begins in January as if you didn’t know. February is the time for fashion week, where designers showcase their next Autumn / Winter collections. That’s where I am, at the end of Milan Fashion Week AW16/17. It is a magical time of year.

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Summer doesn’t officially start until June 1st which is a long time to wait. In the meantime what do we wear? I have compiled a few OOTD pics to give my interpretation of Primavera – I’m calling it My Spring in Milan, Italy; for inspiration when the weather is exceptionally non-compliant.

My favorite, in my limited wardrobe whilst in Italy going #casualchic. Navy Wool Jumper Autograph (M&S); Dark Skinny Jeans, GAP; Peach slingback Point Shoes, Autograph (M&S); Zara Leopard Blanket scarf draped on the side. The Cons on the side can fit in the DKNY bag I take everywhere, just in case.
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