Monochrome me: Oxo Tower Restaurant London South Bank

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One of my favourites places to lunch in style in London is the Oxo Tower Restaurant on London’s South Bank.  A favorite for on-location filming (Natalie Portman re-discovers Thor here in “The Dark World”) the restaurant is modern and minimal with wonderful views across the Thames from its 8th floor position.

Their cocktail list is a superb range of old and new: try the ‘Room with a View’ ~ a decadent mix of Sipsmith London dry gin, kirsch eau de vie, chocolate bitters & cherry sugar syrup charged with OXO brut champagne.  My husband stuck to his favourite ‘Manhattan’ (you can take the man out of America but…) and I the champagne, though it was a close call between that and the ‘Mad Hatter’ ~ Chase Marmalade vodka, Kamm & Sons ginseng spirit built with cassis, fresh lemon juice & honey with a dash of 1901 Absinthe.  (I deemed the green fairy too much in light of the long day of exploring we had ahead of us…)

I like the restaurant because for all the chic-ness of the design, the attention to detail in the menu description and food presentation, the extensive wine list and the spectacular views, the service is relaxed and food is very tasty. There is a set lunch menu – my main course of salmon raviolo, leeks, samphire, herbs and champagne sauce was the highlight.  If you find yourself on London’s South Bank and in need of rest and sustenance, do try the Oxo Tower.

Wearing: Hatch Collection long sleeved tee;  Joseph leather pants;  Dune boots.  Carrying Wink & Winn cross body bag.  

Images of the Oxo Tower: TimeOut and Steve Kelly.  Photos of me: William Williams.

Metamorphosis

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I have always been the opinion that change is a good thing. Something is always lost, but there is much to be gained in the process of metamorphosis and transformation.

In this, my fourth year of blogging, there is a new blog design for StyleOnTheCouch that reflects the simplicity and purity I seek in my clothing. What you will see on my blog in 2014 is a little more of ‘me’ – in fashion, in lifestyle, and in the details of my life.

In December I took a break from blogging after a personal loss. It was a time to mourn as well as to rejuvenate and I travelled back to the US; to Miami for Art Basel, to Atlanta for family and to Mexico for adventure.  These photos were taken at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, a beautiful gallery providing a journey through time and across continents.  On this day I chose to wear some of my favourite pieces of the present, including my new Fleet Ilya corset belt, a Christmas gift.

I adore Fleet llya.  Their sculpted leather designs without boundaries make them intense and interesting additions to a wardrobe.  I’ll be wearing this belt again over a flowing dress for New Year’s Eve.

Welcome to my new blog, Reader.  Thank you for supporting the site to grow over the past four years and for being part of my own style adventures.  Happy New Year!

Wearing: Zara Cropped Sweater; Fleet Ilya Large Cut Out Point Corset Belt, French Connection Jumpsuit.  Clutch; Curly In The City Etsy Shop.

Photography: William Williams

Friday Lingerie Lust: Kriss Soonik Loungerie SS14

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coolbrands_bookIf you are a regular reader of my Friday Lingerie series then Kriss Soonik will need no introduction.  A beautiful mix of lingerie and luxe loungewear, Soonik’s collections mix her Nordic minimalism with a hefty dose of New York cool and Parisian chic.  Signatures from the brand include her suspender top and triangle lace bra – the latter has been brought back a rainbow of colours for 2014; all seven colours of lace Soonik has worked with over the years - to celebrate the brand turning five years old.

For SS14 Soonik uses electric blue, cream and white for her line of bodysuits, cover ups, and lace bra and brief sets with signature bows and ruffles all perfectly placed.  My favourites from the new line are the Elva bodysuit (image two, right) – I never found a halterneck design I didn’t like because it accentuates the shoulders in a super sexy way – and the Susan lace knickers (image four, left) which are just too beautifully frilly to cover up.

Named as one of Britain’s ‘Cool Brands‘ for 2013/14 and featuring in countless fashion magazines, you can’t be a true lingerie affectionado without some Kriss Soonik in your closet.

For more information on Kriss Soonik, including her online boutique, click HERE.  You can also shop Soonik’s collection at Faire Frou Frou and Journelle.