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Eva McMahon and the things that make her Swoon

We got in touch with the fabulous Eva McMahon of the style blog Glamazon to ask her for a few things that make her Swoon! Eva is a colleague and friend of Mr Palmer Productions, and we adore her blog. Galamazon is an award winning blog, focussing on chic insight into fashion and lifestyle, as seen through the eyes of Czech Eva. Check out the blog here www.glamazonblog.com and have a peek at 5 things that make Eva Swoon below.

1.Cocktails in Claridges – Claridges is one of my favourite spots in London and it is our tradition to go for few cocktails with my friends. I love the old school glamour feel of the place and of course their tasty drinks. And plus you never know who you can bump in to.

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2. Nuxe body oil – Although it may sound boring this is the best body oil I have ever tried and plus it smells like holiday. A small bottle that takes you to the sunny beach every day.

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3. Finding the best deals at designer sample sales – It is almost my addiction and a great way how to build up your wardrobe with designer pieces (for fraction of price). My personal favourite is Temperley. I never leave empty handed. Photo: Luca Tombolini / Indigital.tv

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4.Good weekend brunch – Nothing beats a lazy weekend that starts with a delicious brunch. Whether I am with my husband, friends or family this is the best part of the week. There are many great brunch places but I love to go to Rocca in Dulwich village, French Cafe at East Dulwich, Shoreditch House, Riding House Cafe when I am meeting people more central. It is hard to pick just few as it makes me hungry just thinking about it.

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5. The buzz of Fashion Week – I love that time of the year. Whether that is the moment when first model walks on the catwalk or the street style photographers are chasing their muse. The atmosphere is just wonderful and always carries me away to another world.

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Thanks Eva!

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Kally Ellis Founder of McQueens – and the things that make her Swoon

Kally Ellis is the founder of McQueens, a premier London based florists, that is so much more than a florists. In 1991, from a small florist in Shoreditch, Kally had a clear aim in mind: “I wanted to sell simple, stylish flowers, beautifully presented, to the London market. And I knew people would love it.” Since then Kally used her marketing expertise, strong sense of colour and design, and genuine passion for flowers, to establish McQueens as a premier name in both the UK and international flower market. You can find McQueens flowers at the most fantastic events and spaces around the globe: From the A-list Vanity Fair post-Oscar party in Los Angeles, to fashion shows in London. From the Tribeca film festival in New York to the capital’s most talked about five-star hotels. From weddings and restaurants to television and film, McQueens has redefined the way we think about flowers, forever.

We spoke to Kally to ask her about the things that make her Swoon…

 

848521d5-ed19-4dfb-9972-b789ab8f37cdHellebores
Without doubt, these are my personal highlight of the winter season. Banish any thoughts of those gaudy poinsettias with their crepe petals. These delicate, bashful Christmas roses in pure white make my heart skip a beat every time. I have them in my garden too and they look every bit as perfect as they do in a vase, believe me.

 

 

 

 

 

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I do adore scented candles and I must say I usually have one of my own McQueens scented candles on the go at home (peony or gardenia). But this particular candle is my all-time favourite from the world’s oldest candle making company. There’s a hint of musk and incense about it which is so heady that it is practically spiritual.

 

 

 

 

Fumoir(716x380)2The Fumoir – Claridges

I do spend a lot of my time at Claridge’s – as well as being responsible for all the flowers there, we also have a wonderful little McQueens boutique in the hotel – but at the end of the day, this is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a little glass of fizz. It’s tiny and tucked away, which makes it slightly naughty and terribly romantic, all at the same time.

 

 

CR3_The Corner Room – The Town Hall Hotel
We recently outgrew our space on Old Street so we’ve just moved to a large, newly-refurbished warehouse in Bethnal Green. This wonderful little dining room is one of my great new discoveries  – the food is fresh and innovative, it has a wonderfully serene atmosphere and the service is impeccable. It’s definitely one of Bethnal Green’s best kept secrets.

 

 

 
 

 

4605235087_466x242Susy Harper, Upper Street, Islington
I first discovered Michelle and her amazing little boutique about a decade ago when she was based in Cross Street and I just adore the cut of her clothes. Every season I will buy one or two pieces and I know that each time I wear them they will give me untold pleasure. My husband has a conspiracy theory because each time he pops in – be it Christmas or my birthday –  Michelle instinctively knows exactly what I want.

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Charlie Casely-Hayford, and the things that make him Swoon

Casely-Hayford‘s clothes are a lesson in how to combine streetwear with formal wear. The father and son designer duo present collections that are a delicious clash of tailoring and streetwear, see their recent collections here, and our images from backstage this season here. They are one of our favourite shows to be backstage at during L:CM, with a relaxed, friendly yet somehow electric vibe. We asked Charlie Casely-Hayford for a few of the things that make him swoon.

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Backstage at Casely-Hayford

 

Lockwood Umbrellas – lockwoodumbrellas.com  

I love handmade crafted products and these rare umbrellas are handmade in London by two former craftsmen from James Smith and Sons umbrella makers.

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The New Remastered Led Zeppelin album

It was the inspiration and soundtrack for our recent SS15 catwalk show and it wakes me up in the morning,

 

Heinreich Dinkelaker Brogues

The shape of the last is a best of Italian and English – Heinreich Dinkelaker brogues are the perfect shoe and will last a lifetime. Each one is handmade.

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La Residencia in Mallorca

My favourite place to go post-fashion show where I can re-energise and start thinking about the next season.

 

Blanc eyewear – sunglasses

Highest quality sunglasses around. These Sunglasses are made in Japan in the same factory as Tom Ford, but still remain a quietly kept secret…. and they work perfectly with my suit and boots.

 

Thanks Charlie!

 

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