Know Thyself

It is not the destination that matters...it is all about the journey
The #girl with the #gold feet #marcjacobs #pumps ftw ❤️#streetstyle #london #lovelse  (at The London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE)

The #girl with the #gold feet #marcjacobs #pumps ftw ❤️#streetstyle #london #lovelse (at The London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE)

Mimilamour

It’s been a year + since i discovered this playful and funky brand in a boutique in Paris. I remember how mesmerised I was that day… when i was trying on the most elaborately yet not over-the-top chocker necklace! I felt like a princess indeed and every time i wear it (because of course i bought it) i get the very same feeling!
SO … now the question who is behind mimilamour…
Gerard Gourdon is the creative mind behind the brand. He chose the name “Mimilamour” to cherish his love and honour her with his work but beyond that it is also inspired by the smart, sophisticated women of Paris.
What i like the most about Mimilamour is the fact that it’s really rather independent and doesn’t follow trends.. it creates them!!!!
The golden snake bracelet is one of my favourite pieces as well as of course the elaborate necklaces! “Incroyable”

why don’t you check it out yourself…

http://www.mimilamour.com/home

Hoi Polloi

Good morning East Siders… This is your daily update of what’s “brunching” …! I’m sure my Shoreditch people are well aware of the relatively new ACE hotel! A boutique hotel right on Shoreditch high street aka the temple of hipsteria! A very warm and friendly environment taking you to a trip back to the 70s where minimal Art Deco was wildly worshipped!
Hoi Polloi is a restaurant within the ACE hotel, which I promise will thrill and satisfy you at the same time! Glorious breakfast, including eggy bread, ricotta pancakes as well as healthy grain options, to start the day bright and strong! Moreover ACE hotel’s midnight suppers tend to be quite popular too… !
Highly recommended for a Saturday/Sunday brunch … ! Valentin and I went there last Saturday very hyper (after the caffeine OD) and hungry after the London coffee festival and we happily indulged to the most filling and satisfying flavours!!! (See Val’s face above ;p )

Tip: ask for the pancakes … They are Orgasmic

London Coffee Festival #LCF 2014

It’s still on people.. Last day today for you to get pumped! Truman Brewery in ‘le Shoreditch’ is hosting once again the most glorious festival of them all… The London coffee festival!!!!
#Timberyard #Ozone #stAli #nude #allpress and so many cafés were there… It’s a coffee frenzy for you coffee lovers to indulge in!
From the producers, to the stockists and from the retail to the inspiration… His festival is the temple of anyone who is in the coffee business! Incredible machines, funky baristas, Coffee, Live music, food, chocolate, Jose and Pablo playing the clarinet, hipster families, hipster djs, hipster children, hipster beards … It’s a little heaven I’m telling you RUN RUN RUN!!!!!!!!!
this year another section was added to the festival… The milk and sugar section, the complementary fashion room of everything sacred to your average hipster indeed! My beloved #pandco guys were also there but I missed Ricki Hall who was signing tshirts on Thursday!
Anyhow, Valentin was really great at baring my excitement about the event and dealing with my childish tantrums … He might have been encouraging them too to be honest! Sweet guy!!!!!! Perfect day, great company followed by an exquisite brunch at ACE hotel’s Hoi Polloi (more to follow on that) …

Love,

Your coffee enthusiast Rania x

5 Reasons you want to be in London this April

1. London Coffee Festival

woohooo it’s finally that time of the year… The London Coffee Festival starts NOWWWWW and until Sunday you - coffee lovers - are all in for a massive treat!!!! Last year was superb, i’m sure this year it will be even bigger… Truman Brewery is hosting the event and i’m sure that if you rush you might manage to get a ticket (not all days are sold out)
Inside tip: Today at 3pm Ricki Hall will be signing autographs for the P&Co pop-up at the festival (run i’m telling you)

for more info:

http://www.londoncoffeefestival.com/


2. YSL - the movie

The story of the iconic man who left his mark on the fashion world is now brought to your closest cinemas… All the fashionistas out there will defo get excited … hint hint

"Yves Saint Laurent became head of one of the world’s great fashion houses aged 21. Until his death half a century later in 2008, he was one of fashion’s dominant figures. This year sees the release of two feature films about his tumultuous professional and private life. The first opens this week in the UK." BBC


3. International Pillow Fight

i stumbled upon this event online and it just drove me ecstatic… i mean this is your chance to relive your childhood in the craziest way! This saturday trafalgar square will be hosting this event… and the best thing is that it’s for FREE.. just bring a pillow

for more info:

http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/international-pillow-fight-day


4. Voodoo Blues - The Wandering Chef

Got to love the funky pop-ups - mainly dominating Shoreditch … The Wandering Chef has been a very successful concept over the few past years… one which merges creativity with gourmet tastes and elaborate cocktails.. this season’s theme is VOODOO blues… a mix of Marie Laveau and Sax tunes on the background…mmm sounds sexy to me

fore more info & reservations:

http://thewanderingchef.co.uk/site/?page_id=307


5. The fairground

ALl the foodies out there… this is the new IT thing to visit and try..

Launches Fri 12th April for 10 weeks in East London.
260-264 Kingsland Road, E8 4DG

"We all love a trip to the Fairground right? Well lucky for you there’s a brand new Fairground heading for East London and it features absolutely no crap rides. Oh yes, Fairground is the new project from Dom Cools-Lartigue, the founder of Street Feast.
The new venue will have 3 floors:
Level 1 – Fairground Live
Level 2 – The Grandaad lounge
Level 3 – A top floor restaurant space run by changing guest chefs and restaurants.


for more info:

http://londontheinside.com/tag/kingsland-road/

#Monday #mood board #instacollage 

from left top corner clockwise: 
#dkny top: £215 
#moschino T-shirt: £130 
#point shoes: 1. Chanel £720  2. Jimmy Choo £395 3. Louboutin £675 4. Nicholas Kirkwood £490
#mulberry (orange S/S14’)
 #salted caramel truffles

#Monday #mood board #instacollage

from left top corner clockwise:
#dkny top: £215 
#moschino T-shirt: £130 
#point shoes: 1. Chanel £720 2. Jimmy Choo £395 3. Louboutin £675 4. Nicholas Kirkwood £490
#mulberry (orange S/S14’)
#salted caramel truffles

Rebel Bingo #rebellondon

"And tonight you leave from rebel bingo …………
…. A WINNER”

This is definitely a different kind of party…! When Zenina told about this bingo event, the first thing that popped in my head was a bunch of old people with hearing impairments, sitting in a cheesy kitsch lounge, coughing and struggling to check off numbers on their list… Just to win something lame…I don’t know like a pressure measuring tool!!!!!
However, last night’s event in Brixton’s Electric, was indeed revolutionary!!!!! Alcohol, tunes from the 80s, 90s and house vibes, light shows, pandas, crazy presenters and burlesque-ish women on stage were putting together the most awesome alternative event London could host!

Rebel Bingo started a few years ago accidentally in Shoreditch (of course) when a bingo night just got out of control…and was turned into a crazy party! Since then the event has gone global and has been selling out everywhere it is being organised!

The presenter was cocky, hot and with a sarcastic sense of humour! The ladies drawing the balls were absolutely kitsch and trashy but in a fab kind of way! The gifts simply incredible …From the beat pill, to vintage bicycles but also dancing lessons as well as the grande PANDA company (which I didn’t get and was absolutely devastated)! Thankfully 100 smaller pandas were blustered all around and Zen successfully managed to catch one… Whereas i, although I put on a hard fight, I was thrown on the floor by a silly drunk guy with no manners and lost my chance to get one :( 😝 !!!!! However, you got to love my beloved Zen who gave me the little P (I’d be so depressed…) ❤️

Ps: got to love the drunk people trying to cross out one line on their bingo cards…! Hilarious!!!!!!!!

Ms. Kouros featured in #Grazia for #RentezvousUK #blogging #london (at Loves Company)

Flash back: http://raniakouros.tumblr.com/post/75898955910 

"so the question at the end of the day is… what the heck does LOVE mean…?" 

#knowthyself

Now you see… living in the big city comes with a price! And it’s usually a big one too. No, I’m not referring to the rent, to the bills, to eating out (or in), to moving around… I’m actually referring to an emotional one! 
Let me explain… men, women, boys and girls… they are all out there chasing more or less the same thing. May that be a moment or a night, a kiss or merely a hug, a sight… love?!
Sometimes however, in this big buzz we find ourselves compromised in certain deals, to cover particular human needs… we let our insecurities and physical cravings, as well as the constraints of a busy life, lead us to decisions we ourselves don’t often understand. 
Last year I complained too much about the dating limitations, the useless suitors who were incapable of becoming the charming princes. I complained about the fears of people regarding relationships. I was put down by the lack of braveness and courage in the men out there to sweep a girl off her feet and make her feel unique. I was looking too hard to find what many call love. Only to grow a year older and come to reflect upon my previous forceful statements and condemnations on the male kind…
… it’s really not that complicated, nor that romantic and maybe I’ve allowed the cynic side of me to take over but it really doesn’t even matter! My point is simple… before I left to come to study in London, when I was around 18, my dad gave me a wise advice, which at the time I took lightly. He said “Baby, boys are like Snoopy (our dog)… you know when he sees someone and grabs their leg and starts humping it?! Well, bear in mind that boys think the same and all they want is sex”. I laughed for a while and then I totally forgot about it. The truth is though that my dad was right… 
Guys are indeed like that! (Think of my Italians for example ;)) I’m not insinuating that they are incapable of caring or showing some sort of emotion but… lets be honest here, who wants to commit themselves when they’re in their 20s? When they can do anything they want to, party as much as they want to, date and have sex with anyone they want to… it really does make sense. Interrogative texts and silly fights, jealousy and envy, control and flameless nights sitting on a couch watching DVDs… it’s just boring, and tiring and when you have a thousand other worries on your mind regarding your future or your work… The last you want is an imprisoning package.
Maybe I lost my faith in relationships? In love, Or whatever that is? 
Maybe I decided to think and act like a boy, as it just seems easier, simpler…
Not without questioning my own new approach however… 
I have this good friend let’s call him Carl. Well, … Carl, is in a long distance relationship … (yeah, whatever) so I decided to talk to him and listen to what he had to say, maybe he could help me understand the reason behind such a silly choice. I mean not only did he bound himself in a commitment but also he made it even harder for himself, as he was not even reaping the benefits of that commitment often enough. Anyhow, I still pondered upon the idea that he could be one of those extinct species of men with noble emotions. He could be the one to talk to me about what it means to be in love!?
But unfortunately he only complicated things…
He told me that his relationship was in an open/closed and closed/open again arrangement whereby whenever he’d feel the physical and mental frustration of the distance he’d give in to any sort of temptation and then the next day he’d still be in love with his girlfriend and ready to be the loving boyfriend … but of course only until the next urge would appear. 
To be honest I was actually angry… I didn’t understand! Was I to be glad for the fact that his girlfriend and him were still together and despite the fact that I despised their arrangement, they are actually working it out pretty fine? Or was I to be mad for the fact that two people are staying in a violated relationship just because they are scared to leave the comfort zone they have created for themselves?
There was another third scenario whereby Carl was just an asshole who was in fact exploiting an emotionally attached girl. He wanted to have his emotional side covered and thus maintained the relationship, while also ensured his testosterone urges were dealt with. But I believe I know Carl …and I’d say he’s not such guy… or maybe is he? After all don’t forget what my dad said…

I’m not sure why I’m being problematized so much about this, why I get angry, or why I write long pieces on love. I believe I have somewhere lost myself and I can’t figure out where I stand on the topic. I may have too been dragged in this machine of the big city where love is translated into a “<3” emoticon only to initiate some flirting process, which could potentially lead to the stimulation of further reactions and outcomes. I don’t want to lose faith… but I really don’t want to be in a relationship either…. Maybe I haven’t found the right one yet, as most of my girl friends insist, but on the other hand I’ve become so indifferent about the topic that even if this love thing comes knocking on my door I won’t even realize it. 
It’s a cruel world out there… one of plenty choices and opportunities but whether you can spot and grab one of those is a whole different story… for now let me just swim in troubled waters until I find my way to a steady island, to an opportunity or to a love story…

Time will tell..!

"so the question at the end of the day is… what the heck does LOVE mean…?"

#knowthyself

Now you see… living in the big city comes with a price! And it’s usually a big one too. No, I’m not referring to the rent, to the bills, to eating out (or in), to moving around… I’m actually referring to an emotional one!
Let me explain… men, women, boys and girls… they are all out there chasing more or less the same thing. May that be a moment or a night, a kiss or merely a hug, a sight… love?!
Sometimes however, in this big buzz we find ourselves compromised in certain deals, to cover particular human needs… we let our insecurities and physical cravings, as well as the constraints of a busy life, lead us to decisions we ourselves don’t often understand.
Last year I complained too much about the dating limitations, the useless suitors who were incapable of becoming the charming princes. I complained about the fears of people regarding relationships. I was put down by the lack of braveness and courage in the men out there to sweep a girl off her feet and make her feel unique. I was looking too hard to find what many call love. Only to grow a year older and come to reflect upon my previous forceful statements and condemnations on the male kind…
… it’s really not that complicated, nor that romantic and maybe I’ve allowed the cynic side of me to take over but it really doesn’t even matter! My point is simple… before I left to come to study in London, when I was around 18, my dad gave me a wise advice, which at the time I took lightly. He said “Baby, boys are like Snoopy (our dog)… you know when he sees someone and grabs their leg and starts humping it?! Well, bear in mind that boys think the same and all they want is sex”. I laughed for a while and then I totally forgot about it. The truth is though that my dad was right…
Guys are indeed like that! (Think of my Italians for example ;)) I’m not insinuating that they are incapable of caring or showing some sort of emotion but… lets be honest here, who wants to commit themselves when they’re in their 20s? When they can do anything they want to, party as much as they want to, date and have sex with anyone they want to… it really does make sense. Interrogative texts and silly fights, jealousy and envy, control and flameless nights sitting on a couch watching DVDs… it’s just boring, and tiring and when you have a thousand other worries on your mind regarding your future or your work… The last you want is an imprisoning package.

Maybe I lost my faith in relationships? In love, Or whatever that is?
Maybe I decided to think and act like a boy, as it just seems easier, simpler…
Not without questioning my own new approach however…
I have this good friend let’s call him Carl. Well, … Carl, is in a long distance relationship … (yeah, whatever) so I decided to talk to him and listen to what he had to say, maybe he could help me understand the reason behind such a silly choice. I mean not only did he bound himself in a commitment but also he made it even harder for himself, as he was not even reaping the benefits of that commitment often enough. Anyhow, I still pondered upon the idea that he could be one of those extinct species of men with noble emotions. He could be the one to talk to me about what it means to be in love!?
But unfortunately he only complicated things…
He told me that his relationship was in an open/closed and closed/open again arrangement whereby whenever he’d feel the physical and mental frustration of the distance he’d give in to any sort of temptation and then the next day he’d still be in love with his girlfriend and ready to be the loving boyfriend … but of course only until the next urge would appear.
To be honest I was actually angry… I didn’t understand! Was I to be glad for the fact that his girlfriend and him were still together and despite the fact that I despised their arrangement, they are actually working it out pretty fine? Or was I to be mad for the fact that two people are staying in a violated relationship just because they are scared to leave the comfort zone they have created for themselves?
There was another third scenario whereby Carl was just an asshole who was in fact exploiting an emotionally attached girl. He wanted to have his emotional side covered and thus maintained the relationship, while also ensured his testosterone urges were dealt with. But I believe I know Carl …and I’d say he’s not such guy… or maybe is he? After all don’t forget what my dad said…

I’m not sure why I’m being problematized so much about this, why I get angry, or why I write long pieces on love. I believe I have somewhere lost myself and I can’t figure out where I stand on the topic. I may have too been dragged in this machine of the big city where love is translated into a “<3” emoticon only to initiate some flirting process, which could potentially lead to the stimulation of further reactions and outcomes. I don’t want to lose faith… but I really don’t want to be in a relationship either…. Maybe I haven’t found the right one yet, as most of my girl friends insist, but on the other hand I’ve become so indifferent about the topic that even if this love thing comes knocking on my door I won’t even realize it.
It’s a cruel world out there… one of plenty choices and opportunities but whether you can spot and grab one of those is a whole different story… for now let me just swim in troubled waters until I find my way to a steady island, to an opportunity or to a love story…

Time will tell..!

Kate Rubin

Kate is an upcoming photographer from Russia who currently operates in London! Passionate and determined to show her take of society she chooses to be bold and explore the unconventional (especially in her shoot with me)!
A touch of pop art influences with major burlesque “brush strokes” made this shoot fascinating, as it promotes the femme fatale side of your girl next door!

"an almost black and white studio shoot, but with some accents like red lipstick and some smokey eye" Kate’s mood board was sensual, with a contrast of darkness and intense reds and velvety textures… experimented also with golden touches to give a sculpture-like essence to the picture! The tattoos were also being embraced in the shoot…merging with the artistic essence of the picture!

i greatly enjoyed the shoot and i was even more pleasantly surprised with the outcome!

for more on Kate’s work:

https://www.facebook.com/rubinovichphotography?fref=ts