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Sister Snog loves : That Friday feeling

Sister Snog loves : Rainbows in the Penthouse

f you have a dream, make it so humungous if you say it out loud people will think you’re a little crazy. Particularly if it’s as big, bold and bodacious as buying a warehouse in an up-&-coming part of London, turning it into a museum that focuses on your passion, getting a South American architect to design it and inviting a Princess to be guest of honour at the opening ceremony. That’s exactly what Dame Zandra Rhodes did. In May 2003 HRH Princess Michael of Kent opened the Fashion and Textile Museum (FTM) which had been designed (with heaps of input from Zandra of course) by the late Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. The first (and possibly only) hot pink, burnt orange, yellow and bright blue building in Bermondsey.

Sister Snog loves : Bitter-sweet-sweet-spots

Cappuccino commerce
The love affair between coffee-&-commerce can be traced to way-back. Take Lloyd’s of London, which started life as a modest coffee shop and very quickly became the hub-&-hangout for merchants, ship owners and insurance brokers. Movers-&-groovers of the mercantile world. Trade was never off the menu and this little café off Tower Street developed into the world’s leading market in marine insurance.

Piped coffee
Interestingly the background sounds of cafés-&-coffee shops are so conducive to work, they are even being piped into offices. It seems they have just the right amount of noise-&-movement to inspire creativity. If you can’t make it to a coffee shop, Coffivity’s the perfect alternative, that’ll pipe the sound of coffee-buzz straight to your ears. Honestly! Give it a go.

A Taste of Sister Snog
The sweet spot Sister Snog loves the most is in Covent Garden. More Salon de Thé than humble coffee shop,
BB Bakery is nestled on the corner of Chandos Place. This is where Sister Snog hangs out every Tuesday to meet prospective members of The Tribe who are serious about joining.

An oasis of style-&-taste
A boutique bakery that’s a pure delight. Viennoiserie-&-patisserie sit side-by-side with cupcakes-&-cookies, meringues-&-macarons. Croques-&-quiches are served with an ample garnish of salad. And fresh baguettes, brimming with filling and a side order of vegetable crisps, turn lunch into luncheon. The walls are a canvas dressed with  illustrations of leggy ladies sitting on phone boxes, taking their pooch for a walk, flipping a crêpe or heading out to shop-till-they-drop. The windows are a gallery of illustrious sugar frosted sculptures, adorned with an eclectic array of embellishments. Butterflies. Paper parasols. Jewels-&-gemstones. All originals.

See you for a scone
If coffee shops have become an unofficial office, then [...]

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Sister Snog loves : Double Acts

Two to Tango
The world loves a good double act and partnerships enhance the good life. We’re conditioned to strive for successful, long-lasting marriages. Celebrating milestone anniversaries – silver, gold, diamonds & rubies. The same is true in the world of business. Life is said to be better with someone alongside you. And being in business with a partner is better than going at it alone. Nothing in business is more rewarding. Speaking from personal experience.

Two heads are better than one
Strong-solid-soulful partnerships make people happier than they’d be if they worked alone. There’s always someone else to experience the challenging lows & the ecstatic highs. There’s another person in the trenches with their tin helmet on. Someone to pop the champagne and celebrate with. Like in any successful marriage, business partners find ways to get around the daily dilemmas every business faces.

There’s a common trend and purpose in the perfect partnership. Shared values for one. A similar work ethic. A sense of humour. A thirst for adventure. Most well-rounded pairs recognise their individual weaknesses-&-limitations and draw on each other’s strengths, without being uncomfortable about that vulnerability. They respect what they both bring to the party. At the same time, the double act should ideally feature complementary personalities. If one is has blue-sky-thinking extrovert tendencies, the other should be more of a measured introvert. If one of you is good at starting things, the other should be an expert finisher. If you are no good with figures find someone who is.

Find a foil
So, the message for entrepreneurs is that the success of your business is not just about the merits of your idea. It’s about your ability to find your ‘foil’. Someone [...]

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This stunning ball gown features a strapless, sweetheart neckline with lace throughout the bodice. The waistline is accented with lace floral, while cut out lace florals  cascades on to the skirt. The skirt is conbined with satin chaple train at the back with beautiful cut out lace florals on the bottom and train.This elegant A-line ball gown is closed with lace up back.

Lace & Tulle/Stretch Charmeuse/ Double Faced Satin Ribbon. Bateau neckline wedding gown. Cap sleeves with ivory lace appliques, illusion bodice with lace appliques cascading down into skirt. Tulle A-line skirt. Puddle Train. Pearl buttons from top of back to waist. Double faced satin ribbon waistband.

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Sister Snog loves : Hats off to Hilary Alexander

The First Lady of Fashion
If Zandra Rhodes is the Doyenne of British fashion then Hilary Alexander is the Doyenne of British fashionistas. Born in New Zealand she’s made London her home for over 30 years. And journalism her career. She was the Fashion Director of The Telegraph until she hit ‘retirement age’. And announced her semi-retirement on Twitter on 17th February 2011 to her national-&-international #tweetmates-&-followers (and what a following!). Seems that the ‘Hilary Effect’ is contagious and over her amazing career she’s clearly gained utter respect from the people she’s worked closely with. And has been recognised by the industry she loves that loves her. Twice named British Fashion Journalist of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, she was awarded the title Visiting Professor by the University of the Arts and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design by Nottingham Trent University. In 2011 she was awarded the special Eugenia Sheppard Media Award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Hilary Alexander : The Eighth Wonder of the World
Throughout her tireless career Hilary Alexander has reported from international fashion shows. She’s styled fashion shoots all over the world. She’s reviewed hundreds of catwalk shows every season and interviewed fashion’s biggest stars. She’s helped shape the headlines. And as a parting au revoir she made the headlines as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ in a spoof front page created for her by her pals at The Telegraph. It’s clear she and her collection of hats will be missed. But as this tribute video shows – the door to the catwalk will always remain ajar. The BFC chairman Harold Tillman reflected the thoughts of the many when he said:
She deserves [...]

Sister Snog Loves : Dame-&-doyenne of British Fashion

The Princess of Punk becomes a Dame
In 1977 she pioneered the pink and black jersey collection with holes and beaded safety pins that earned her the name of “Princess of Punk”. Imagine being instrumental in making safety pins a fashion statement. Her famous punk garments have been an example for other designers to follow. She has been designated as a “punk hero” by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in their recent (May, 2013) exhibition “PUNK: Chaos to Couture”. Quite an accolade for someone who’ll is in her sumptuous 70s. Not to mention her recent trip to Buckingham Palace in February where she was bestowed the title of Dame as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Zandra Rhodes has certainly made her mark on the landscape – packed it in and has an absolutely fabulous fan base and diverse client list to die for.

The Zandra Rhodes Fan Club
Her fans have included Diana, Princess of Wales, Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Freddie Mercury of the rock group ’Queen’. She continues to clothe and design for the rich and famous around the world from royalty to rock stars including: HRH Princess Michael of Kent, Debbie Harry, Bianca Jagger, Kylie Minogue, Anastasia, Paris Hilton, Joan Rivers and the late Isabella Blow. Zandra’s dresses are the ultimate dress-up dress. Helen Mirren, star of “The Queen” wore a Zandra Rhodes when she received her award from BAFTA and Sarah Jessica Parker dressed up in a Zandra for “Sex and the City”. Her vintage pieces have long been collected by Tom Ford and Anna Sui and have been worn by Kelly Osbourne, Ashley Olsen, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.

The wonderous world of Zandra Rhodes
Zandra Rhodes’ collections are sold [...]

Sister Snog loves : Polka dot power

Things get even more interesting when two dots become four, four become eight, eight become sixteen and sixteen become thirty two. That’s when dots become polka dots and a lone symbol turns into a sea of spots. The term Polka goes way back to the mid 19th century. It started life as a simple-yet-lively spin around the floor and became a dance craze that swept the world in a whirl. It was such a sensation that the word (which meant ‘Polish woman’ in Bohemian) became a buzz word. Spots hit the limelight and made it into the spotlight.

A fashionable sweet spot
The 20th century saw the beginning of polka dot’s lasting role in fashion history. Coco Chanel went dotty about dots in the 1920s, while America’s love affair with the polka dot began when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit. In the 1930s the silhouette of the time was soft-&-flowing with a flurry of chiffon-&-silk, dotted with the neatness of regimented spots. Polka dots then were usually small-&-dainty, aspirin or pindot size on midnight black, nautical navy or red-hot-red. Mickey Mouse’s muse, Minnie dressed in a polka dot rah-rah skirt with matching bow, while the First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt often appeared in polka dotted dresses.

A spot of glamour
The ladylike print graced the gowns of Hollywood glamour queens such as Monroe-&-Taylor, while Ms Hepburn graced the screen in pink-polkas, satin coat & tiara in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. During the same time period the polka dot accrued a highbrow style currency when Christian Dior began to release his notable ‘new look’ hourglass dresses emblazoned with spotted prints. Mary Quant had a fashion field day in the swinging 60s. She went completely dotty, printing polka dots on mini-dresses-tights-shoes-&-gloves [...]

Sister Snog loves : Telling a tale

Ever heard of the Society for Storytelling? It was set up to promote-&-celebrate the oldest art form in the world. Almost every day there’s a storytelling event happening. Somewhere. Tomorrow, Saturday 31st January 2015, kicks off National Storytelling Week. A week of gorgeous, gritty tales held around the UK, that’s now in its 15th year. From Birmingham to Billericay, the pop-up festival caters for everyone. From the young to the young at heart. Toddlers. Teens-&-tweens. Twentysomethings. Silver surfers. In fact anyone who appreciates the art of telling a tale. Storytelling is set to become one of the biggest business skills within the next five years. Goodbye PowerPoint. Hello to ‘Once upon a time…’

The professional storyteller
There are very few responses to the infamous elevator pitch that would actually get 99 out of 100 people pricking up their ears with curiosity. Apart from the immortal three words in three seconds (rather than sixty): ‘I’m a Storyteller’. The age old tradition is now very much a profession and storytelling is a career. There’s even a qualification for it. Haven’t come across it as a degree subject as yet, but that’s not to say this wouldn’t happen in the future. For now, if you want to learn the art of storytelling check out The International School of Storytelling based in East Sussex. Or if you want to book a Storyteller they’re listed in the – you’ve guessed it – Storytellers’ Directory.

It’s a crack!
If you fancy hanging out with some cooler than cool storytellers in London Town head over to The Crick Crack Club. Quite possibly the ‘UK’s most vivid and exciting storytelling organisation’ (according to Ian McMillan of The Times). They’re a pretty active bunch in [...]

Sister Snog loves : All the colours of the rainbow

Loomin’ fantastic!
Rainbows are one of Mother Nature’s wonders. They create a multi coloured riot. They also crop up again-&-again in the world of the savvy entrepreneur. Who’d have thought rubber bands could lead to a global phenomenon worth millions. ‘Rainbow Looms’ is the rags-to-riches story of the decade. A blockbuster starring Cheong Cheon. If neccesity is the mother of invention, his kids were the catalyst to the jackpot as today the ‘Loom band craze’ has gone crazy. Even celebrities including Kate Midleton & Pope Francis have been spotted wearing a loom bracelet in public.

Rainbows owe their beauty to an array of colours coming together. Perhaps that’s why brands have been following the rainbow for quite-some-time too. The Biggest of the Big Guns have done it. Apple’s rainbow logo was the symbol of the company from 1977 to 1998 and has become one of the most iconic logos in design history. Microsoft married MSN with a butterfly while NBC, the oldest broadcast network in the States, took inspiration from a peacock to symbolise their first colour TV transmissions. Super brands such as Polaroid, Google & Ebay have all used bursts of colour as a hallmark. Even good ol’ BT got in on the rainbow act.

Find your rainbow with Sister Snog
Sister Snog has also joined the party by adopting a technicolour dress code at the first business event of 2015 to reflect the eclectic mix and variety of sectors represented by members. Just as Apple notoriously banished beige from the desktop, Sister Snog always adds a splash of creative flair to every business event, leaving Sisters to put their individual spin on it. January’s #fabulousfriday lunch was awash with hot primary shades of red, [...]

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