Edita wears | Warmer Days

fashion blogger in hermes scarf, christian louboutin flats

fashion blogger in hermes scarf, christian louboutin flats

fashion blogger in hermes scarf, christian louboutin flats

fashion blogger in hermes scarf, christian louboutin flats

fashion blogger in hermes scarf, christian louboutin flats

fashion blogger in hermes scarf, christian louboutin flats

fashion blogger in hermes scarf, christian louboutin flats

fashion blogger in hermes scarf, christian louboutin flats

fashion blogger in hermes scarf, christian louboutin flats

fashion blogger in hermes scarf, christian louboutin flats

fashion blogger in hermes scarf, christian louboutin flats

fashion blogger in hermes scarf, christian louboutin flats

fashion blogger in hermes scarf, christian louboutin flats

Blazer and Relaxed Fit Jeans: c/o Simply Be, Slippers: Christian Louboutin, Scarf: Hermes, Bag: Chanel, Top: Lacoste
Images by Ahmed Fayed

Welcoming warmer weather in the city is never easy for me. I’d much rather be by the sea or getting lost somewhere in woodlands, finding ponds for my dog to jump into. Okay, okay. For me. For me to jump into.

However, we can’t have It all. For those of us with full time jobs, there are a few things we can do to embrace the warmer weather on office days.

  1. Lunch on the grass. I work in a part of London where there’s almost no green at all, more like a concrete jungle. However, after a number of “let’s explore what’s out there” lunches, we finally found two green patches in church courtyards. Surrounded by the majestic architecture of these historical churches, lunches outside suddenly became a tradition during warmer days. They make a massive difference! Morale’s up, vitamin D uptake is up, suddenly everything is going to be okay.
  2. On your way to the office, leave the tube a station early and walk. Enjoy the warm sun rays touching your face in the morning (after popping on some SPF of course). This has an added bonus: burn calories, burn.
  3. Go see a street performance, open air theatre or cinema. Imagine this – a beautiful Friday, work is done, and you are off to enjoy a film or play – there’s a light breeze, it’s not too hot, not too cold. Just perfect. Oh, and add a glass of chilled bubbly. Now it’s perfect.
  4. Hello, rooftop bar. Another popular after work activity is looking down at the city as the warm sun sets. Beautiful you, beautiful view. Cheers to that!
  5. Find an outdoor swimming pool or lido in the city. On a hot day, you’ll be so happy you decided to do this.
  6. As soon as the weekend hits, I vote: train, bus or car to the nearest beach! Let’s go!

Edita reports | Galvin at the Athenaeum Review

Edita Reviews Galvin At The Athenaeum

Edita Reviews Galvin At The Athenaeum

Edita Reviews Galvin At The Athenaeum

Edita Reviews Galvin At The Athenaeum

Edita Reviews Galvin At The Athenaeum

Edita Reviews Galvin At The Athenaeum

Edita Reviews Galvin At The Athenaeum

Edita Reviews Galvin At The Athenaeum

Edita Reviews Galvin At The Athenaeum

Edita Reviews Galvin At The Athenaeum

Edita Reviews Galvin At The Athenaeum

Edita Reviews Galvin At The Athenaeum

Edita Reviews Galvin At The Athenaeum

Edita Reviews Galvin At The Athenaeum

Have you heard of the Galvin brothers? They are Michelin starred chefs, and owners of Galvin Restaurants, which spread across Greater London, Edinburgh and Dubai – with a private dining option if you’re on the market for one of those.

Whilst I wasn’t on the private dining market (one day!), I was lucky enough to be invited to review the experience of dining in one of the Galvin restaurants, mainly Galvin at the Athenaeum in London’s Piccadilly.

I really was keen to find out what the vibe was like, and I am not going to lie – I pre-planned what I wanted to order. Yep, I was one of those pretending to choose as if I didn’t download a PDF Menu on the train and didn’t know what I wanted. Oh I knew. I knew. I knew the crab lasagne would be making an appearance on my table. But let’s start at the beginning.

Buzzed by the very refreshing and light prosecco, I waited for my crab lasagne while my date ordered the deep fried whitebait & tartar sauce (£7.50). This was mainly because I banned ordering the same dishes as me. As soon as my lasagne of Dorset crab, nantais butter sauce (£15.50) arrived, I dived right in. The minimal but beautiful blend of homemade lasagne and the butter sauce elevated the crab flavour to a genuinely triumphant level. It was the dish I came have. Could something on the menu beat this? Actually, could anything in my life ever beat this?

The whitebait & tartar sauce was a great starter, but it couldn’t be compared to the starter this restaurant is famous for. In retrospect, I’d probably pair the whitebait with an artisan beer, but on this occasion we happily had the Sauvignon Blanc (Vini Stocco, Friuli, Italy, 2016) which left us in a very happy place.

For our mains we had yellowfin tuna burger, Asian sesame slaw & avocado (£21.50) and Rose county beef rib eye, chips & green peppercorn butter (£28.00). The steak won this round, hands down. Accompanied by the classic Bordeaux (Terre Rouge, Dom. Bonnet, 2016), this was the main dish that made my date talk less and eat more. That’s how you know the food is good – silence at the table, despite a plethora of topics we could be discussing. The tuna burger was fragrant and I enjoyed the avocado twist (who wouldn’t enjoy an avocado twist?), yet I found myself eating everything apart from the bread it was in. I felt it dulled down the flavour and made the burger quite dry, which could work for some, but not for others. To add some moisture back, I sipped on the Galvin Bourgogne Chardonnay (2015), which was a beautiful addition to my very sea-themed meal.

But the time had come to sweeten the deal. After asking the waiter to wait a good 20 minutes before serving the dessert (I couldn’t speak, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t think – that’s how full I was), we ordered the apple tarte Tatin, & cider brandy cream (£7.50) and blood orange cheesecake & poached Yorkshire rhubarb (£8). The cheesecake reinvigorated all of my taste buds and left me feeling light and refreshed. The tarte Tatin was brilliant, but I’d advise having it in autumn or winter. It’s much richer, so when it is cold outside, it will hit all the right notes.

Speaking of the right notes – the service at the Galvin was exceptional. The staff made us feel relaxed as if we entered a spa, and that’s how they will make you feel when you visit, which I’d highly recommend you do asap. No, but seriously, you must! The menu is very reasonably priced, and you will get a truly luxury service, without leaving with empty pockets. In London, that is a rarity. I almost regret publishing this review, as I’d love to keep Galvin a secret to myself!

Thank you to the Galvin at the Athenaeum for giving me an opportunity to review your dishes. I was not paid for this – my review is honest.

Edita wears | How to Bounce Back From A Dark Place?

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Fashion Blogger Spring casual outfit

Fashion Blogger Spring casual outfit

Fashion Blogger Spring casual outfit

Fashion Blogger Spring casual outfit

Fashion Blogger Spring casual outfit

Edita in Will and Pop, Simply Be, La Bante and Dolce and Gabbana 10

Fashion Blogger Spring casual outfit

Fashion Blogger Spring casual outfit

Fashion Blogger Spring casual outfit

Fashion Blogger Spring casual outfit

Fashion Blogger Spring casual outfit

Fashion Blogger Spring casual outfit

Fashion Blogger Spring casual outfit

Fashion Blogger Spring casual outfit

Jeans: c/o Simply Be, Jacket: c/o Will and Pop, Pumps: Dolce & Gabbana, Bag: La Bante London
The way I conduct myself and the way I push forward, I have started feeling as if I am not allowed to feel down or saddened.

I had no one to share my lows with, I also did not want to share the fact that I was on a dark place, all by myself, with anyone. There I was, below rock bottom, telling everyone that I had “a really good weekend” and that I am feeling “much better”, only to cough my lungs out within the next five minutes.

“Dark place” is a location I am often a tourist at. No visas are needed, and border control is flexible upon entry, but exiting may include extra baggage. For me that manifests in:

  • Weight gain
  • Sharpening of my rosacea symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Low self-esteem (actually, make that no self-esteem)
  • No self-worth
  • Apathy
  • No willingness to communicate or even take a shower
  • Low immunity

Pretty dark, this place of mine. Of course, all of these put together equate to becoming a vicious circle. Say, you already feel low in the self-worth front, and noticing weight gain may cause you to not be willing to be seen, hide at home. Of course, eating the same amount of food, with the only activity being turning from one side to another every three hours contributes back to the weight gain, and zero communication with the outside world feeds in nicely to a feeling of complete apathy. This circle is getting more and more solid, so why break such a solid structure? Everyone’s reason is different. Finding one, is one of the most important first steps.

I am not a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist, so I will base my advice on what worked for me, in the hope that this will help someone, anyone, at their darkest. If you are suffering from depression or suspect you are suffering from depression, it’s important you speak to a medical professional to address your symptoms. I am of the view that depression is an extremely serious diagnosis, and I don’t see being in a “dark place” at equal severity, however failure to address how you feel may lead to depression.

Here’s how I bounced back from my low point:

  1. Add an event to look forward to. If I know there’s something extremely exciting that’s on the cards soon, you can focus on how to enhance the upcoming experience. This lets you take your mind off “the now” and feel hopeful about what’s about to come. I booked a few travel destinations, which helps to occupy my mind with transporting myself there and daydreaming about the upcoming adventures.
  2. If your schedule and lifestyle allow, consider adopting a pet. My dog Zeus has changed my life. He loved me unconditionally and he was there for me throughout. He lay there quietly when I wouldn’t leave my bedroom for days. Just being there, sometimes tapping me with his paw, and licking my wrists when my fever was very high. This instinct-based behaviour helped me immensely to simply “snap” out of those mental dips and focus on that bundle of pure cuteness.
  3. Go to the park. Alone, or with someone, just go to the park. Breathe in air, and look into the distance. Staying in that moment helps. It’s a form of mindfulness if you manage to focus on not thinking about anything. Or, if watching series back to back helps you – do that instead. Only you know how to make your mind not think, at least for a moment.
  4. Don’t listen to generic advice that doesn’t apply to you. I know that some find help in speaking to people or talking about what haunts them. I sometimes do too. Other times I don’t want to talk as processing feelings within to let them go works much better for me. It took me quite some time to understand that there is nothing wrong in this. People forcing you to talk when you are not ready or willing are wrong. Also, they may just be the wrong audience. Focus on what helps you, not general best practice advice. This is not an one size fits all situation, you are not a jersey dress.
  5. Let go of stuff that annoys you about yourself. For example, I hate my stupid rosacea. I literally can’t stand it. Those red inflamed vessels on my face just piss me off. I can’t be one of those Instagrammers that wake up, take a snap of “hey this is me without make up, just woke up, flawless skin, much beauty selfie”. But the more I’d get angry about it, the more stressed I’d become, the more my rosacea would intensify. I decided to let it go. I bought some damn Double Wear by Estée Lauder and proceeded to live life. The redness subsided slightly as I stressed less. I started to feel that I was finally winning.

The images above are me on my way to bouncing back. You may look at the beautiful yellow colours, but all I see for now are weight gain and a fabulous job hiding my rosacea-infested skin. I am certainly working on getting better and because I braved it, and shot these at a time of zero self esteem, I know I will bounce back, and if you could relate to anything I wrote above, so will you. I know it.

A special mention goes out to Simply Be, who sent me a couple of jeans to try on and write about. Obviously, they didn’t know what I was going through. This brand now added sizes 8-10 to their vast selection of sizes. I felt these jeans were extra comfy, and that is something I definitely needed due to my yo-yo weight. Simply Be didn’t sponsor this post, by the way. Just thought you may find something there for yourself if your weight decided to run up and down.

Edita Reads | Under Another Light: Jewels and Ornaments Gianfranco Ferrè

Under Another Light Jewels and Ornaments Gianfranco Ferre Book Review

Under Another Light Jewels and Ornaments Gianfranco Ferre Book Review

Under Another Light Jewels and Ornaments Gianfranco Ferre Book Review

Under Another Light Jewels and Ornaments Gianfranco Ferre Book Review

Under Another Light Jewels and Ornaments Gianfranco Ferre Book Review

Under Another Light Jewels and Ornaments Gianfranco Ferre Book Review

Under Another Light Jewels and Ornaments Gianfranco Ferre Book Review

Under Another Light Jewels and Ornaments Gianfranco Ferre Book Review

Under Another Light Jewels and Ornaments Gianfranco Ferre Book Review

Under Another Light Jewels and Ornaments Gianfranco Ferre Book Review

Under Another Light Jewels and Ornaments Gianfranco Ferre Book Review

Under Another Light Jewels and Ornaments Gianfranco Ferre Book Review

Flicking through the pages of Under Another Light: Jewels and Ornaments Gianfranco Ferrè felt like looking into a mirror. Here I see Ferrè without a certain consistency. Yes, the architect of fashion did not focus on one look when it came to his bejewelled creations. Finally, someone with a similar lack of consistency as me in my style, someone whom I could relate to, someone who created to experiment, to build, and to push boundaries. I am not comparing myself to fashion’s architect, I am merely happy to see an almanac of works, rather than a book with a set look, zooming in on small variations on a single idea, that a lot of designers stick to as this is their trademark.

To me, Under Another Light is a book of photography that pushes you intellectually: You view the images, you interpret the pieces and only once you have analysed and understood the experiment that every item is, you decide whether or not you are warming up to the work, or as the book refers to it “body of jewellery”.

“In each jewel lies a world. Or rather, the world. Ever an object of incommensurate symbolic value, for me a jewel makes makes an infinite number of things tangible: references, refferals, glances at the most varied kinds of reality actual as well as dreamlike, from which I draw inspiration. Therefore, I do not feel the slightest difference between ‘dreaming’ a dress or a jewel. So the impulse to search for stimuli and suggestions is absolutely similar, in an infinitely heterogeneous dimension, with neither spatial nor temporal borders.” Gianfranco Ferrè

Truly, Gianfranco showcases a whole myriad of worlds in his jewellery:

  • Those that focus on beautiful workmanship make his trips to India evident. They open a world where you can imagine yourself entering an opulent room worthy of his majesty, the Maharaja, and peek into his jewellery box to find incredible traditional pieces. In this world, you are forgiven to forget that these were designed by Gianfranco Ferrè.
  • Those that mix wood, brass and copper reveal the designer’s love for working with unusual materials. The experimental, almost industrial, pieces displayed in the book can be worn even today by the trendiest folks from the hipster crowd.
  • Those that simply must be styled with hauntingly beautiful and almost ghostly chiffon dresses by McQueen. Although in your mind you understand that you are looking at metal work, your heart sees feather light, delicate, almost vulnerable jewellery pieces that portray frozen movement. In this world, Gianfranco made time freeze, and within it a captured emotion raring to get out, but never able to.
  • Those that embody luxury. Ferrè’s take on luxury jewellery is not like any other designer’s. In this world, he did not focus on what an elderly wealthy socialite might be keen on, although that segment of population was probably the only one able to afford his jewellery. Instead, he continued pushing his knowledge of architecture, building monumental pieces that would make the loudest statement in the room.

There are more “worlds” that you can discover in Gianfranco Ferrè’s jewellery – but you need to find them yourself. Use this book as a map, and every “world” you locate – a treasure. It’s an adventure you won’t regret embarking on.

Thank you Skira and Fouchard Filippi Communications for sending me a copy of the book to review.

Edita wears | 5 Ways to Wear Kitten Heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels

How to wear kitten heels, kitten heel outft, blogger in kitten heels


Jumper: Nine by Savannah Miller, Skirt: Boohoo, Kitten Heels: Roger Vivier, Bag: Louis Vuitton, Earrings: c/o Reilly Sparkles
Images by Tina Muller
When I showed my friend Tina, who volunteered to take photos of my look on a mega dreary February day instead of cosying up by a warm fire, the idea of shooting an outfit with kitten heels, she was horrified. She tried to hide her face dominated by disgust. Because my friend is nothing but honest, I saw her silently questioning my sanity, and I accepted it. After all, she is right, kitten heels can be damn ugly. But is there hope? If there is hope for crocs, there is hope for kitten heels. Of course, as the saying goes: Hope dies last. Let’s see if I can help you resurrect your love for kitten heels, or if not, I’ll bring a shovel and help you bury them in a deep dark forrest.

5 Ways to Wear Kitten Heels & Not Look Like You’ve Given Up

  1. Opt for black pointy kitten heels with cropped cigarette pants, white shirt and a camel coat. This is definitely a look you can rock while signing a million pound business deal.
  2. Consider investing in classic designer kitten heels – think Manolos or in my case above Roger Viviers – and mix it with a trend-led outfit. A balance between trendy and classic is always a good idea. It’s what creates personal style.
  3. Match statement kitten heels with a minimalist ensemble. Go kitten heel crazy, from space age to vintage, as long as the rest of the outfit boasts clear lines, neutral colours and simple geometric jewellery.
  4. Play with textures & fabrics: If you are wearing a white chiffon or crepe de chine dress, go for a baby pink or beige suede kitten heel mule.
  5. Play with colour: If it’s a jeans-and-a-nice-top kind of day, just contrast it with a yellow/orange/pink/red kitten heel.

Whichever way you decide to go, kitten heels are best worn with an unapologetic attitude and a sassy hair flick.

Also, my friend ended up warming up to the kitten heels in the photos above. They may not be besties as yet, but they have become much deeper than mere acquaintances.