THE DUBEL PRIZE AWARDS IN AID OF CENTRE POINT UK AT THE ROYAL EXCHANGE LONDON

CELEBRATING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF 12 EMERGING ARTISTS OF THE YEAR

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 The Royal Exchange was the perfect location to culminate a night of celebrating art and creativity being the much anticipated launch event held in August. 

 The Dubel Prize was named in honour after it’s Founder Damien Alexander Dubel an entrepreneur known for his business ventures Mr Red Fox, Bella Mayford and Disrupt Events.

ABOUT THE DUBEL ART PRIZE

Given the obstacles faced by the performing arts in recent years, with multiple lockdowns, social restrictions, and health constraints, the Dubel Prize aims to highlight exceptionally talented artist. Furthermore the aim is to provide support and assistance to the selected artist throughout the year and beyond.

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 It was so exciting to see everyone dressed up for this special occasion where the event was filled with movers and shakers in the Art World where lovely guest included the who’s who of London’s social media elite to industry veterans.

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I do love the cultural references to pop art for contemporary figures of our time from Amy Winehouse to the late Dame Vivienne Westwood

The Dubel Prize Celebrates 12 Emerging Artist 

Also, it was a great opportunity to put my knowledge of fine art to the test and as it happens I attended Art College for Fashion school, so History of Art and Fashion was a great pre-requisite for starting an intelligent conversation.

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the dubel prize

the dubel prize
The Royal Exchange London in the City

 Being my first time at the Royal Exchange, the atmosphere was very grand indeed and perfectly set the scene for an elegant evening of networking with like minded individuals while enjoying the architecture and 450 years of history behind the building itself was intriguing. 

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The Dubel Prize


Dubel Prize Emerging Artist of the Year in Aid of Centre Point


During an enjoyable soiree guest were graced by the presence of an esteemed panel of judges consisting of curators, critics, authors, and industry experts from the UK and beyond chose the emerging artist of the year.

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Radio host and TV presenter Kemi Rogers took to the stage to present the evenings live entertainment from the English electronic rock band the Big Pink that warmed up the lively crowd ready to party into the early hours.

 The Dubel Prize is awarded to recognise emerging British artist who primarily work either within Britain or on an international scale

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After the glamour of the Awards Ceremony was over I was certain of anticipating high expectations for a fantastic time at the After Party held at The Libertine Club next door, where guest celebrated in style with live music and a DJ, all the way until 3am which was enjoyed by everyone.

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Over the next week, I’ll be uploading more snaps and instagram video reels from the evening so stay tuned. Finally my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes bestowed upon the distinguished 12 finalist, whose artistic endeavours will be exhibited over the forthcoming year. Just out of interest which is your favourite genre of Art, feel free to drop a comment below? I’d love to know….

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WHAT I’M WEARING TO THE RACES: MENSWEAR AND DRESS CODE TIPS TO HELP YOU LOOK SHARP ON RACE DAY

Race day style: Here's what to wear to the races, A Day in the life at Sandown Park Racecourse

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What to Wear to the Races

What to Wear to the Races

What to wear to the Races

What to Wear to the RacesWhat to Wear to the RacesWhat to Wear to the RacesWhat to Wear to the RacesWhat to Wear to the RacesWhat to Wear to the RacesJust out of interest, what is your favourite Raceday of the year. Did you know The Jockey Club is Home to 15 of the best racecourses in Britain including Sandown Park, the Randox Grand National, Cheltenham Festival and The Derby.

For me going to the races is a bit like going to fashion week where style and glamour take centre stage is just as important as the horse racing sport itself. Each year I look very forward to attending some sporting events in the English Social Calendar just because it’s become an annual tradition for myself and my friends to get together while enjoying a thrilling day of excitement at the races.

It goes without saying that any sportswear is not permitted under any circumstances and don’t even think about turning up in a morning suit, full tuxedo or any suiting that bright including patterns. Play it safe, but still sophisticated and opt for summer hues in pastels instead. Most importantly, breathable fabrics are most suitable for this period of the new spring / summer racing season. To find out more you can read the official dress codes guide here on the official Sandown Park Website here

Blazer – ZARA MAN (sold out similar here)    Shirt – Ralph Lauren Chinos – ASOS MAN (Sold out similar here) Belt – Polo Ralph Lauren     Shoes – United Colors of Benetton (Sold out similar here)   Pocket Square – Tom Ford

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THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION COOKING WITH HEROES CHARITY COOKBOOK

THE NEW COOKBOOK CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

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Earlier this month St Jame’s House and the Royal British Legion hosted the official launch of ‘Cooking with Heroes’ as part of the centenary celebrations for the Legion. With over 350 guests gathered in the elegant setting of Claridges Hotel in the heart of Mayfair, the event was a great success.

The Royal British Legion Centenary Cookbook, Cooking with Heroes is on Sale Now #RBL100

Cooking with Heroes focuses on 100 regions in which the British Legion has been active over the past century, presenting 100 delicious recipes as well as profiles of 100 military heroes specific to each region including that of Odette Halllowes.

Odette Hallowes (nee Brailly, then Sansom) volunteered to help with the war effort in 1939. As a native French speaker with a knowledge of the country, she was recruited as a special agent in 1942, assisting the French Resistance. Odette was arrested by the Germans in April 1943 facing interrogation and torture at the hands of the concentration camp guards before the camp was liberated by the Allies. For her remarkable bravery she received a George Cross, a Legion of Honour and an MBE.

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The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion

As part of its 100th Anniversary, I am honoured to have attended the Royal British Legion Launch Cooking With Heroes, a high end luxury cookbook that raises money for the Country’s largest military Charity. Written by serving and ex-serving personnel. This beautifully illustrated book includes contributions of sumptuous culinary delights and international cuisines to try yourself at home from classic to contemporary dishes. I’m so thrilled to be at the Claridges Hotel, London recently with the Royal British Legion to celebrate the launch of ‘Cooking with Heroes’ the official cookbook to mark the Legion’s 100th Centenary.

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This Special Book is full of military history and regional dishes with recipes and stories from over 140 serving and ex-serving personnel, accompanied by Celebrity Chefs.

‘Cooking with Heroes’ Features a selection of dishes and recipes from celebrity and military chefs from around the world including Rick Stein, Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL, James Martin Jamie Oliver, Ainsley Harriot, Sophie Thompson, The Hairy Bikers and Melissa Hemsley. During the Press Launch I was also delighted to meet the Author Jon Pullen and Royal Editor-in-chief Robert Jobson whom I am so grateful to get my very own copy of the book signed by them to mark the special Anniversary for the 100 Centenary.

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Westminster Abbey hosted a service to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion. As part of their celebrations, St James House collaborated with them on their official centenary cookbook. ‘Cooking with Heroes’ features stories from a range of serving and ex-serving personnel from around the world. Here are just some of the inspiring people featured in the book from Odette Hallowes, Mohinder Singh Pujji, Sir Alfred Etienne Jerome du Puch and Edith Cavell.

Every £5 contribution from the book comes straight to the RBL to help support the Armed Forces Community

Experience both cultural military history and culinary journey as the book takes you to the regions in which the Royal British Legion has operated from Malaysia Noodle Soup, Barbados style Poppy & Coconut Beef to British Home Favourites Posh fish ‘n’ chips with cockle tartare, Leigh-on sea sole, cooked in a smoky seafood broth, sumptuous Cornish Moules, Mushroom bourguignon cobbler recipe and more.

Congratulations to The Royal British Legion on Celebrating their 100th Centenary.

The Royal British Legion

For every copy sold, £ 5 will be donated to the charity that continues to help so many of our serving and ex-serving personnel and their families. Please pledge your support and order your copy today which will make a really lovely Christmas Gift for loved ones, family and friends this forthcoming festive season.

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Cooking with Heroes is available in all major bookstores including Blackwells, Waterstones and WH Smith, to purchase RRP £19.95 – with all profits (£5 per sale) going to support The Royal British Legion. It is also on sale directly via the publisher: https://www.stjamess.org/product/cooking-with-heroes/

The Centenary Cook Book, Cooking with Heroes is on Sale Now!

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STYLING THE SEERSUCKER CLASSIC SPORT BLAZER | A DAY OUT AT THE VARSITY POLO MATCH

WHAT TO WEAR TO A POLO MATCH THIS SUMMER - INSPIRATION FOR STYLING THE CLASSIC SEERSUCKER BLAZER

Imagine a Summer of Sartorial Style and being pitch side on the lawn enjoying a pitcher of Pimms with friends – a British Summer Sporting Event wouldn’t be the same without experiencing the thrill of a live Polo Match to say the least. I reminisce about one of my favourite days out to watch a game at Guards Polo Club in Windsor for the Ivy League Jack Wills Varsity Polo Tournaments to see Oxford vs Cambridge……

One of my favourite summer outfits featuring the Classic Seersucker Sport Coat. Summer is the ideal season for watching the polo and the feeling of being outdoors pre- Covid 19 times. This Blazer is one of my favourite summer staples to relax in, great for a day out to watch the polo or club house party. Since my past experience as a polo goal judge, back in my college days, I’ve become quite fascinated with learning the rules of the game where Pimms, Picnics on the lawn and Argentine style BBQ are enjoyed by spectators in a relaxed setting, the divot stomping in between polo chukka’s and immerse yourself in the spirit of polo.

With Pastels associated as a summer classic colour palette, the seersucker blazer or two piece is trending this summer sporting season, so let’s make the most of this summer trend with temperatures set to soar, the classic seersucker let’s you keep cool in a breathable fabric made for summerWhat to wear to the polo matchWhat to wear to the polo match

What to wear to the polo match

What to wear to the polo match

What to wear to the polo match

Any thoughts on your favourite Sporting Season Attire and what to wear to which events this Summer – drop a comment below!

Photography Jenny Pickets

Best Regards,

J xo

FESTIVE RUM COCKTAILS AT JIMMY CHOO MEN LONDON | AN EVENING WITH CELEBRATED BRITISH CHEF MARK HIX

WE ENJOYED SUMPTUOUS CANAPES & COCKTAILS BY RON ZACAPA AT THE JIMMY CHOO MEN'S EVENT IN MAYFAIR

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It was a delightful evening one cold December but the party atmosphere was very inviting in the warmth as we tried out Festive Rum Cocktails with Celebrated Chef Mark Hix and.Jimmy Choo Men. The event was busy as one would expect during the Christmas Party season as I got to admire these exquisite shoes in the beautiful Dover Street boutique. I have always been curious how luxury shoes are made and the fine craftsmanship that goes into creating each style.

It was a pleasure to see the collection showcased at the event in an intimate setting which I’m keen to covet a new pair of Designer shoes for my Christmas Wish-list. Just a hint there for anyone wondering what to get for my birthday this month and Christmas present. I’ve always received two present’s with my birthday and Christmas being so close together but a pair of Jimmy Choo’s would be amazing don’t you think. But then again knowing me one pair may not be enough as I do love brand new shoes.

When’s it’s time to indulge in new shoes for that all important special occasion Jimmy Choo would be my first choice and I always say have a statement pair of shoes as you never know when that all important event may come up at short notice. With dressing request to the Star’s and Influencers Jimmy Choo shoes are the ideal companion for the Red Carpet without fail as the quality is so well made as the go to for luxury footwear and accessories every man should own to invest in.

Festive Rum Cocktails

Festive Rum Cocktails

Festive Rum Cocktails

Festive Rum Cocktails

It sure is worth the price tag, classic and they look amazing to wear from dressy in between to smart casual there is a style to suit all to make room in every discerning man’s contemporary wardrobe. So don’t be the last one to look sharp at the Christmas Party – be sure to always look exceptionally glamorous no matter the circumstances because trust me it’s worth it. While I had a chance to browse these amazing shoe styles I also got to enjoy some sumptuous Festive Rum Cocktails from classic favourites such as an ‘Old Fashioned’ to Negroni made with the finest spirits by Zacapa Rum was a great to try out and savour in good company. The twist on a classic rum cocktail recipe included a Negroni Spritz which was very Italian and one of my new go cocktails to add to my list to order at the bar. Why not have a go yourself try mix up one the cocktail recipes from the comfort of you’re own home in style come Christmas Day.

With Award’s Season just around the corner and fashion week it’s never too early to start thinking about it so it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead for upcoming event’s so don’t forget get to put an alert on your smart phone with so many shoe styles to choose from it must be you’re lucky day to spoil and indulge yourself.

Disclaimer: Thank you so much to Jimmy Choo London and Mark Hix for hosting an elegant Festive Cocktail Party. As always all opinions will be my own and I only choose to review brands I would use myself to provide honest feedback on products I love to wear.

GETTING READY PRE-BAFTA WITH PERRIER JOUET CHAMPAGNE & DON’T DIE WONDERING SOCIETY

Don't Die Wondering Pre-BAFTA bash at Ella Canta Park Lane

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Credits: Black Formal Blazer Zara Man, White Formal Dress Shirt Ralph Lauren; Black Silk Neck tie GUCCI, Skinny Trousers with patent effect; Zara Man, Shoe Accessories H & M Man

Photography: Jodie Weston

 

Hey! Guys I’m just reminding you its Awards Season with Fashion Week just around the corner I bet you’re really excited just as I am to attend any of the private events which are often very exclusive by invitation only. I’ve just returned recently from a long weekend in Italy to attend Men’s Fashion Week in Milan so it feels great to be back and catch up on the latest. Let’s begin with everyone’s favourite topic who’s wearing what to the EE Rising Star Bafta Award’s 2020 and which event’s are happening before the Awards Night this weekend.

Various Lifestyle Brand’s were also known to have hosted their own private soirees such as Chanel, Atelier Swarovski, Dunhill London and more. Most, importantly what did I get up to Pre-Bafta Awards About Town this Week as I had the pleasure of attending an Exclusive invitation with Perrier Jouet Champagne x Don’t Die Wondering at Ella Canta Park Lane.

But, before telling you about what I wore to the event I just thought I’d mention that Don’t Die Wondering is an exclusive member’s club for high net worths and influencers in the luxury, music, film, art and fashion industries.

The exclusive service is available by application only and includes the crème de la crème of Hollywood A-list, industry veterans and highly acclaimed influencers as member’s. Lucky for me I got insider access to experience it firsthand and had the most wonderful time as it was my first Pre-Bafta bash this season as a style insider and I’m sure it won’t be my last the perks of being an influencer certainly has it’s advantages.

Especially when attending event’s what you wear on the Red Carpet is crucial to expressing your own style and confidence but sometimes you’re often found with a challenge with what options to wear. So, here’s my opinion on Menswear Style Pre-Bafta Style vs the Actual Awards night.

Firstly, Black Tie does not have to mean a full tuxedo and bow tie, that’s for Awards night, but for a Pre-Bafta Dinner for instance Chanel some male Celebrities wore a classic white dress shirt and black neck tie which has been seen spotted on George Clooney, Jude Law etc looks more relaxed but still sartorially sharp and edgy vs traditional black tie. That’s what kind of look I went for during the other night in a Polo Ralph Lauren White Dress Shirt, Black Silk Gucci Neck tie, formal Blazer and non matching skinny trousers by Zara Man and Shoes H&M. Sometimes a bit of contrast in your evening attire can make things looks overall flawless. Let me know your thoughts on this look.

Photography Hannah Young

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Disclaimer: Many Thanks to Don’t Die Wondering London, Perrier Jouet Champagne, These Guys and Ella Canta Park Lane for hosting me  for the Pre-Bata Event and Dinner ahead of the EE Rising Star Bafta Awards 2020 on Sunday. All opinions expressed will be my own

 

 

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