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American vs British English blogger party!

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Englishtown blogger party

Englishtown blogger party

Lena Weber

My day to day job is actually in social media, and last week I got to co-host a blogger party in Rome for the company I work for, online English school EF Englishtown. To celebrate the launch of our new Android app, we invited Italy’s leading fashion and lifestyle bloggers to come and pick their favourite version of English – British vs American.

After three days of running around in the sweltering Roman heat, my colleague Daniela and I were finally ready to welcome our guests. Needless to say I went for British English and chose a psychedelic 60s outfit, hello Swinging London, while Daniela went for a very American cowgirl look.

Hosted at the amazing New York-style loft gallery Lost & Found, we’d put together a feast of hot dogs and fish’n’chips, two giant flag cakes and a bar menu featuring classics such as vodka sour and gin and tonic.

Much to our relief the bloggers came, enjoyed their customised good bags (I’ll be writing a separate post about our sponsor Gaya as I was so impressed with their products) and danced the night away to the fab DJ duo who – much to my delight – put on a very 50s and 60s song list. Ace night!

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I haven’t done anything vintage in ages. Instead I’ve spent the weekend enjoying the autumn sun with The Doc and the rabbits in the garden.

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What I got up to: Skyfall and dinner at Zizzi


This Saturday The Doc and I were treated to new Bond Skyfall and a dinner at Italian ristorante Zizzi, all thanks to err Ladbrokes. You see they are all about gambling and so is Bond of course, and to celebrate this connection, and the ability to indulge in some casino atmosphere wherever you might be thanks to Ladbrokes’ online offering (visit the site here), I was given a cinema and meal voucher to have a great night out on the town,

I tried my best at a late Sixties Bond girl look and went for a floppy hat and fake fur coat combo, not at all casino-ready but warm enough for the autumn chill.

I am a huge Bond fan and Skyfall is right up there among the best the series has produced. Javier Bardem’s baddie Silva is quite possibly the best Bond villain ever, London plays a central part in the plot and there are little nostalgic nods to the Bond franchise throughout the film that I really enjoyed. The casino scene (it wouldn’t be Bond without one) is particularly amazing. Set in Macau, Bond arrives via boat gliding through lit up dragon figures to meet the beautiful Severine, whose look was more than just a nod to the Thirties. Basically just go and watch it, it’s fab!

We followed up the cinema with dinner at Zizzi’s which was an excellent new discovery. The Italian sharing platter was simply delicious and our mains (pizza for him, chili prawn spaghetti for me) didn’t disappoint either. I loved the special Italian Feast menu by fellow Sixties girl Gizzi Erskine raising funds for the Prince’s Trust. Eating for charity is right up my street!


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At the Goodwood Revival 2012

The Doc and I went to the Goodwood Revival last weekend. As always it was a fantastic event, a real vintage highlight for me. The vintage Tesco and the comedy rockers vs mods mock fight were my favourites.



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Riding on 1938 stock – an Art Deco tube journey

Yesterday The Doc and I went on a one-day special Art Deco tube. Running in the centre of Metroland from Amersham to Harrow, the 1938 stock tube and carriages were quite a sight. I loved the high-end finishes – wood floors, real lights, plush seats – that made it feel more like a train than the industrial mode of transport it has become these days with its harsh neon lights and wipe-clean surfaces.

I fully intended to dress up in 30s but it just turned out to be such a hot day I went for a my usual 60s-inspired look instead. In some ways I at least matched the 70s ads that were still up (the last 38 stock ran in the 80s) advertising jobs for typists and other now redundant roles.

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What I got up to: James Bond exhibition

Last weekend we went to check out the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style at the Barbican. I really enjoyed it, especially the many costumes including Ursula Andress’ famous bikini. There is a great first part focussing on creating the look and feel of Bond, followed by a gadget area, a room dedicated to the baddies and a fantastic casino full of amazing film costumes from across the decades.

The final part, all about skiing and winter scenes, is not quite as successful as the other areas but all in all I had great fun looking around, and you don’t need to be a Bond fan to enjoy these classic film props. Plus, I loved the setting in the Barbican – one of my favourite 60s buildings – which added to the whole atmosphere.



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What I got up to: Vintage Style Ride

Last weekend I – as the The Vintage Guide to London – had organised a Vintage Style Ride as part of the current Exhibition Road Show. We’d teamed up with the amazing cycle tour provider Tally Ho London! who not only let us borrow their wonderful pashley bikes but also arranged for a guided ride across London before we paraded down a very empty and rain-swept Exhibition Road.

Despite the rain lots of people turned up in their best vintage to join the ride, and although we all got completely drenched twice and were followed by a slightly mad Korean TV crew in rickshaws, it was one of the best afternoons I’ve ever had.

The very talented photographer Henson Leatherby came along to take photos – do check out more of his pictures of the Style Ride.

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