TOMB BRAIDER

Like the Lara Croft pun? Thought you might. To clarify, today I’m waffling on about BRAIDS! You remember, they frequented your dreams when you were counting down the sleeps until your holiday to Costa del Sol in the 90s, and were all you wanted for from your parents for the entire week (or ten days if you were an utterly posh and loaded middle class fuck).

You’d tire over deciding what colours would most impress your fellow year four groovy chicks, and which would most complement your Tammy Girl dress for the Valentines disco (where you were so totally going to dance to Titanic with your ‘crush’. – which obviously meant standing on the opposite side of the room to all the boys for the entire duration of the disco until your friends mum picked you up at the scandalous hour of 8.15pm).

You MIGHT have even been lucky enough to own one of these BAD BOYS:

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YES FOLKS THATS THE BABYLISS CRAZYBRAID – which didn’t produce the results quite as promised but you could usually manage to rustle up a half arsed plait with a few beads on the end to match your stick on earrings and body glitter, so all’s cool. Usually I’d link you to a purchase site, but unsurprisingly Amazon have dubbed it ‘currently unavailable’, which loosely translates as ‘caught up in a timewarp waiting for the world to be ready again’.

Anyway, if you’re nodding your head and snorting laughter at any of this (who am I kidding, I’m not THAT funny), you’ll be over the moon to hear that BRAIDS ARE BACK. Yes that’s right. Tommy Hilfiger is bringing sassy back with the hair braid – which is ironic really as Tommy Girl was likely the fragrance that you would spray on to complete your ‘stick-on-earringed-body-glittered-sass-pot’ look (if it wasn’t of course Glow by J-Lo, though that was mostly because of the totes gorge and classy necklace that came free).

At New York Fashion Week this week, Tommy Hilfiger hit the runway with its SS 2016 collection, rife with Caribbean colours and elaborate bikinis. But wait, wait, WHAT IS THAT WE SEE. Yes that’s right, hair braids. BRAIDS. THE MODELS ARE WEARING BRAIDS IN THEIR HAIR.

Tommy Hilfiger SS16 Braids. Credit Grazia UK

Image credit @GraziaUK on Instagram.

Life complete. The accessories have properly come full circle, what with flares and platforms being fully acceptable. By this logic, it’s basically 100% fine to wear that ever gorge skirt-over-trousers combo. Just sayin’, it’s sure worth a try.

Anyway, given Tommy boy’s permish, I’m off to find any random lady on the street with all colours of thread from god-knows-where and pay a moderately reasonable fee her to pull my hair – what has to be an unhealthy amount – and wrap as many colours round it as possible.

I’m pretty sure that BRAIDS is all you really need to know about the SS16 collection, but if for any reason you’re keen to see the rest of the show, head to Hollywood Life (as they have an awesome 43 image strong gallery of the all the looks).

Love always,

Coco xxx

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The coolest thing I’ve seen in ages…One Fine Stay: The Unhotel

Today, I came across one of the coolest things I have ever seen in all my years as a hotel obsessive – One Fine Stay. Basically, in a nut shell, it is the real life, living embodiment of the Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet house-swap-come-romantic-comedy that captured our hearts in the film, The Holiday, in 2006. Okay, so it was kiiiind of Jude Law that stole our hearts, but the scene that brought us Kate Winslet’s oh so British arrival in the LA mansion was complete gold.

So, as I was saying. People let out their homes and you can book to stay in them for a few days, just as you would a hotel. You can even book online, just as you would do for a hotel. Its super easy! The best part is, as if you weren’t sold already, is you even get the hotel treatment, even though you’re staying in someone’s home. The guys at One Fine Stay are on hand for anything you need 24/7. They’ll either sort it for you over the phone, or pop on over like a handy, constant beck and call, neighbour! You also don’t have to sacrifice your haul of mini toiletries! They even sort all of this for you too, and there’s optional maid service, so you still don’t have to make your bed! It really is a home away from home, with a sprinkling of the glitter and glamour that you get with a hotel stay. Basically, you get total control of the sundae (your holiday), and One Fine Stay are the cherry on top! They even have a ‘home truths’ section on each property, giving you the black and white downsides or limitations, i.e. lack of TV.

Obviously, the downside would be that you do have to be super duper careful. No crazy parties and a smashing spree of the mantlepiece’s resident ornaments! These properties are owned by the world’s elite. Treat their home as if it were yours.

So, having been completely stunned and elated by the entire idea, I gave the website a good old scour, and picked out some of my favourite properties, to show you what sort of thing is available! These beauties will certainly make you reconsider your next visit to Late Rooms 😉

MAYFAIR – LONDON, UK

One Fine Stay have branded this property the bricks and mortar embodiment of George Clooney or Marilyn Monroe, and take a peep inside and you’ll see exactly why. Boasting two original fireplaces, an all round opulent feel, and artistic furnishings, this two bed two bath 17th century property is the ideal spot for a luxury stay in the British capital. Nightly rates around £400.

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CHELSEA – LONDON, UK

If, like me, you’ve been embarrassingly transfixed by the likes of Marc Francis, Spencer Matthews and Millie Macintosh on Made in Chelsea, then a couple of nights pretending you’re part of the glittering wonderland that is Chelsea life, would be an absolute dream.  With One Fine Stay, you most certainly can. This property on Cheyne Walk comes complete with amazing views from the chic balcony overlooking the harbour, vintage style interiors and an all over air of purity, evident from the abundance of white hues. Also with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, you and three friends can make like the MIC cast from £280 per night. All of the upper class amenities of the Royal Borough are all close by too.

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NEW YORK, USA

This New York Soho loft looks like the set of so many American sitcoms, namely New Girl. The exposed brick and high ceilings just exude the coolness of your average New Yorker, and you can get a slice of the action from $299 per night. The owner is an architecture and design connoisseur, with a love of photography and contemporary art, which is evident across the decor of the open plan living room of the apartment. The stylish bed (photographed) is a unique touch to the classic white themed bedroom, with a door-less three step decent to the artistic bathroom. Screen shot 2013-09-11 at 15.45.10 Screen shot 2013-09-11 at 15.45.20 Screen shot 2013-09-11 at 15.45.39

PARIS, FRANCE

This Parisian apartment is owned by the coolest Grandmother I’ve ever heard of. The site states that when she’s not sipping on a café crème, she’s chatting on Instagram and Facebook. Now she sounds like my kind of temporary landlady to me! Her hip-ness is reflected in her elegant, classic styled apartment, featuring original parquet floors. Vintage, antique furniture graces the living space, while a contrastingly modern kitchen depicts the fun and wild character of its owner. Located on the Rue Raynouard, this apartment is nestled in a quiet and secluded spot, close to the River Seine.

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I really could blog all day about these properties, but I’ll let you explore the rest for yourselves. Its giving me inspiration for my next birthday, actually. I’ll be 23 next June (scary!), and perhaps whisking myself and my closest girls off somewhere to pretend we’re rich and famous for a few nights would be so much fun. Pamper nights on the leather corner sofa, living it up like locals on the streets of some of the best cities in the world, and dinner parties on the glass dining tables?! Perfection!

Have a good week, all! Only two days til Friday!

All my love

Coco xx

All photographs remain owned by One Fine Stay.