Meeting the man that launched a thousand jewels…@Holler_soul @Nikki_LissoniUK #watches #jewellery #valentinesday #gifts

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If you’ve heard of the brand Holler Watches you’ll know that Mike Tysons face dominates some of the its clever marketing campaigns, with his distinct facial tattoos you know expect that this brand of stylish, hip hop inspired watches will pack a punch too.

When invited to meet the founder and owner Darren McCormick we half expected to be meeting Tyson times two, and were slightly intimidated by the thought. However, we couldn’t be more wrong. Who we ended up sitting opposite at the table was a very unassuming, softly spoken, clever man with a slightly northern twang, how refreshing!

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Darren is a man who is passionate about music, loves fashion and heads up a very impressive business that helped launch the hugely popular Pandora jewellery brand in the UK.  He has since been watching the rise and rise of its popularity whilst quietly working on new concepts and ideas and 2014 is now the time for him to be getting back on the promotion wagon with the two next ventures which he believes will be the next big things. First we have the aforementioned Holler Watches. A cool, young brand, impactful and stylish, to be worn as a statement piece with stars galore backing it up for endorsements. Its even opened up an opportunity for bright, young, beautiful things to become a ‘Holler Girl’ (in Belgium! – but maybe here soon too!)

Quite different is Nikki Lissoni, a softer, more elegant brand, something that has a much more subtle and worn by the likes of Nicole Scherzinger and the Made in Chelsea lot. Both aiming to be hugely successful in their own right, its clear that Darren McCormick knows how to find a diamond in the rough idea and make it a money spinner.

I love the idea of Holler tell me more! 

Well it’s a unique lifestyle brand which brings together a compilation of northern soul inspired designs and something very unique for the UK marketplace. Holler isn’t just about watches, its about caps, t-shirts, and sunglasses – we like to think of it as being one of those slices of American pie, bringing the bling from across the pond and one day becoming just as popular as those developed by leading music artists in the US.Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 09.04.43

The idea behind Hollar is that you buy into it as a whole, which is a great concept and it is quite easy to see by its unique designs and funky colouring why it could very easily become the next big trend in watches and fashion, so watch this space.

Nikki Lissoni sounds more up my street…

Well if Holler was born out of his passion for music and fashion, then Nikki Lissoni could be set to follow in the footsteps of Pandora and become the next female fad. The European fashion capitals saw this gorgeous collection of medallion based jewellery, which combines a mystical backstory with contemporary design and took to it like a duck to water, hailing it as ‘revamped retro’ and perhaps the next big trend to follow on from Pandora. 
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Bottom line is that both these brands are set to make big business in 2014 both in the UK and abroad, so if you’re looking to give something very special to a loved one this Valentines day, then get ahead of the trends and say it with a piece of jewellery.

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You can find out more information on both the Holler and Nikki Lissoni brands here.

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@rekorderlig & @companymagazine invite you to London’s Midsummer Party! @nailgirlslondon

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So last night Snoochie Boochies hit the ever so stylish world of Rekorderlig Cider and Company Magazine at the Midsummer House in Victoria Park. Hidden in the heart of this East London greenery is another world where you get ample chances to sample the various Rekorderlig Ciders (our recommendations are the Premium Passion Fruit and Strawberry Lime flavours) and bask in the summer nights with (on this occasion) members of Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex! IMG_3263

Whilst that  might not be everyone’s cup of tea, there was plenty else to keep you occupied, including a Swedish BBQ stall with Swedish Hot Dogs and taster treat delights…plenty of Company Magazine copies to sit and read whilst its house DJ played soulful groove tunes…and if that wasn’t enough,  there was also a fabulous nail bar from Nail Girls London, a brilliant franchise set up four years ago from innovative founder Lynda Louise who’s flagship nail bar is based in the very cool Islington. Showcasing the “in” Swedish “V” style of polishing, we just had to give it a whirl and are pleased to report that our nails have never looked so good!IMG_3267

Why is this event taking place?

IMG_3272Last year Rekorderlig Cider launched the Winter Forest pop-up bar situated in the heart of East London’s Brick Lane.  It transformed the Truman Brewery into a magical Scandinavian hideaway, serving authentic Swedish food and cocktails, made from using different flavours of Rekorderlig. The Forest Bar ran for two weeks, injecting London with some truly Scandinavian culture.

Since the Forest Bar was such a success, Rekorderlig decided to bring the essence of Swedish summertime to England! Midsummer (introduction of the summer) is a huge celebration in Sweden, marking the start of long, lush sunny days and very little darkness (what a dream!). And now the long awaited pop-up Midsummer Swedish House event is taking place from June 21st – 5th July in Victoria Park.

It sounds amazing GET ME THERE!! 

So is this event exclusive to reality series cast members and super blogs 🙂  like ourselves? No, absolutely not! You too can get involved and spend your summer evenings doing something very very cool and chilled. Here’s the link to make your Summer nights much much cooler (even though a heat wave is about to hit tomorrow!)

 

We can all be Made in Chelsea darling! @e4chelsea #realitytv

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Its back…! That show we love to hate but cant help watch (no not just TOWIE), the hour long show where a quarter of the time is made up of awkward pauses and longing looks… why oh why do we love it so much? Well, maybe there isn’t a definitive answer, and perhaps its something that we’ll just keep as our Monday night guilty pleasure secret – but what we can’t deny is that yet again, reality TV has made stars out of a bunch of people picked from obscurity. In this case however, unlike the debatable X Factor, or other reality talent shows, in this case, we’re just not sure if these stars actually have any ahem, talent….

What they do have and what they all share is their lavish lifestyles. So for those who are new to this phenomenon, those who can’t bring themselves to watch the actual show, and those who love it so much they don’t mind reading this type of information time and time again, here’s our bluffers guide to Made in Chelsea.

Made in where? 

For anyone planning on visiting this area as a natural mecca to the show, then you’ll want to look at this area! Just across the river from beautiful Battersea and charismatic Clapham, is the wonder of Chelsea, the home of sloaney ponies and the pashmina parade, make sure you’re dressed appropriately if you’re planning a day trip!

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And whilst onto your holiday to the London Borough of “Cash”, if you fancy a spot of lunch, you might want to try popular Made in Chelsea hot spots such as The Bluebird Cafe which sits quite proudly on the Kings Road. Snoochie Boochie ate there quite recently (ooh darling!) and if you cant cough up the cash for a full blown all out meal, then it does supply a set menu where 2 courses are only £20. Not bad and allows you to people watch to your hearts content, however we’d advise you to stay away from the steak as its a little too tough.

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In addition, if you like to follow in Hugo’s footsteps, then why not head to The Phene. It’s a short walk from the Kings Road so perfect to pop in for a pint after your lunch at the Bluebird. The Phene is a clubhouse-style venue, housing a traditional saloon bar, conservatory restaurant and 1st Floor Lounge. Again, perfect for people watching but not necessarily somewhere to go out of your way for unless you’re in the area or a die-hard MIC fan.

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Its all about the fashion…

Well, whether you have legs that go on for miles for like Millie Mackintosh (soon to be Prof. Millie Green!) Or feel that like Caggie Dunlop, denim on um… denim actually works, why not go straight to the horses mouth for all your Made in Chelsea fashion. MIC regular Rosie Fortescue, has her own style blog which shows lots of photographs of her in her favourite outfits telling you where you can buy the hottest Chelsea trends. Its worth a quick look and you can find it here: Rosies MIC Blog


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But what we all really want to know is – what are they worth? Well thanks to www.csclifestyle.com (the luxury living resource) we can find out, here’s some of our highlights:

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SPENCER MATTHEWS

As far as exotic holiday hook-ups go, Spencer has it made. Not only did he try his chances at finding love on the French Riveria as the manufactured babe magnet on Channel 5′s The Bachelor, but his parents own one of the most luxurious hotels in St Barts; Eden Rock. With villas in abundance, (including one named ‘Rockstar’ complete with its own recording studio) there is certainly no shortage of last-minute getaway options for this MIC cast member. When swanning around London, Spencer works as hard as he plays as an ICAP Forward Foreign Exchange Broker.

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MILLIE MACINTOSH

This ex-Made in Chelsea star (and loved-up rap WAG) Millie Mackintosh is best-known as the heiress to the Quality Street fortune. Despite the fact that the Makintosh family, toffee-inventors though they were, sold the Quality Street business many years ago, there has evidently been no ramifications for Millie’s extravagant lifestyle. Now engaged to the British rapper Professor Green, Millie has developed a keen following from both ends of the social spectrum. The most popular by far, she is no longer simply “Millie from Made in Chelsea”.

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JAIMIE LAING

Probably the most well-know heir is the heir to the McVities throne.

Yes, those who bought you the perfectly sweet yet savoury allure of the digestive biscuit also bought you the peroxide blonde playboy with a penchant for sexy candy. Keen to use his inheritance to further strengthen his economic security, Mr Laing has developed his own brand of edible goodies under the name Candy Kittens. His womanising flair apparently comes naturally as he expects his sweet shops to be run by “beautiful, sexy, fun, flirty girls”. We wonder what proud offspring will be receiving this business in years to come.

So we hope you’re ready to don your fur coat and swan into Chanel like you own the shop, no? Ok, well the new series has just kicked off, so why not live your rich fantasies through this lucky lot!

Made in Chelsea is showing on E4, Mondays at 10pm!

Happy TV watching!