ParknCube_Anniversary-ysl-giveaway_02_done

ParknCube_Anniversary-ysl-giveaway_01

ParknCube_Anniversary-ysl-giveaway_03 ParknCube_Anniversary-ysl-giveaway_04

ParknCube_Anniversary-ysl-giveaway_05

And here are some of things up for grabs…

One box contains: a heap of (seven!) YSL beauty goodies for the festive season!

ParknCube_Anniversary-ysl-giveaway_07j

One sack contains: One classic-red YSL lipstick, to wear with a tartan hat that comes as a knit-yourself kit by Wool and the Gang (or I can knit it up for you!)

ParknCube_Anniversary-ysl-giveaway_10j

 

ParknCube_Anniversary-ysl-giveaway_06

ParknCube_Anniversary-ysl-giveaway_11 ParknCube_Anniversary-ysl-giveaway_12

Wearing: Dress – ASOS. Bag – Kurt Geiger. Shoes – Mango. Coat – Zara. Watch – Sekonda. Necklace – Mikimoto

Woof, five years! Before I get all sentimental about what five years ago felt like for me in terms of how many more stairs I was able to climb without throwing up my lungs, let me just say, FIVE!? Come on, vaccinations, play dates, potty training… don’t you get some kind of medal for this? Oh I forgot, this bundle of joy of mine lives on the internet. Can we just pretend for the sake for things, that it’s a living, screaming, kicking, pooping child – because thanks to you, loyal readers + occasional swing by-ers + first time visitors, this kid is fat and very happy. And it’s his 5th birthday today. (Well, it was technically back sometime in November but I’m a shitty parent, remember) Thank you for feeding bacon through the cage, and thank you most of all, for your support for the past five years. I’m very lucky to have you all. Oh there goes the emotions, paypal me some tissues will ya.

I’ve prepared some gifts for you, and while I’m sad that I cannot gift each and every one of my readers, I will sure strive to create content that hopefully will educate/entertain/inspire you, even accidentally, in the coming five years. In the meantime, do stick around!

giveaway

closingdate
Sunday, 15th December 2013 23:59 GMT
howtoenter
  1. Leave a comment under this post (Please make sure to leave a valid email in the email field so winners can be contacted.)
  2. (Not required but would be greatly appreciated) Share on any social media platform you prefer using the buttons below
♥ YSL Beauty and Wool and the Gang have so generously offered to send the prizes, so it would be nice, out of respect but not requirement, to show support by visiting their sites and social media platforms! YSL | Wool and the Gang
goodies
yslgoodie
threewinners

5 x YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats lipstick shades 201, 202, 204, 205, 206
1 x La Laque Couture nail polish shade 01 Rouge Pop Art
1 x Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation shade BD 40

watggoodie
additional

1 x Wool and the Gang tartan Zion Lion hat – knit-yourself kit,
OR pre-knitted by Park & Cube
1 x YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats lipstick (Shade 203)

Well, good luck!

ParknCube_Sonia-Rykiel_Christmas_01

A wee holiday gathering…

ParknCube_Sonia-Rykiel_Christmas_02

ParknCube_Sonia-Rykiel_Christmas_03

ParknCube_Sonia-Rykiel_Christmas_04

ParknCube_Sonia-Rykiel_Christmas_05

Sweater by Sonia Rykiel

ParknCube_Sonia-Rykiel_Christmas_13 ParknCube_Sonia-Rykiel_Christmas_14

Gorgeous Reem of Five Five Fabulous

ParknCube_Sonia-Rykiel_Christmas_06

ParknCube_Sonia-Rykiel_Christmas_07 ParknCube_Sonia-Rykiel_Christmas_08

ParknCube_Sonia-Rykiel_Christmas_09

ParknCube_Sonia-Rykiel_Christmas_10 ParknCube_Sonia-Rykiel_Christmas_11

Wearing: Sweater – Sonia Rykiel. Skirt – Alexander McQueen. Boots – Sergio Rossi. Rings – mix of ASOS, StreetBauble. Clutch – JinYoo103684

As captain of Lazy club, I’m obliged to say that I don’t do Christmas. Not in a conventional, fairy-lights-lined walls, itchy glittery leggings and dead tree in the corner type of way, at least. Well, there is at least one dead plant in our flat at any point in the year, and on some glamorous years we wrap that with fairy lights and hope it changes its mind and photosynthesise back to life. True spirit of Christmas right there, no? (or is that Easter) No, we go to church and leave it at that, all the goodness in one. I do love seeing how others do it though, especially if I get to deplete the baked goods like a ravished raccoon and then have the jingle balls to ask for a take-away box for the left-overs. Team Apartment threw a wee holiday get-together last night for some of my favourite girls, which was exactly the dose of others’ Christmas I needed this year. They’d gone over and beyond: Oversized knitted blankets and pillows strewn across the furry carpet floor, fairy lights to set the mood, and cosy Odd Molly pieces to keep everyone warm while the cakes gradually became crumbs between the wood boards throughout the evening. No Santa present, but we were all Santas after a each sip from the hot chocolate mug filled with whipping cream. I wore a glittery Sonia Rykiel jumper that I had saved for the perfect occasion and promptly filled it with mini sausages and home-made shortbread cookies. And, as they didn’t have a take-away box big enough to fit more marshmallows, I had to stuff some in my bra which made the cherries quite 3D by the time I was leaving.

Also speaking of Sonia Rykiel, thought I’d share the holiday collection video because I’m in the mood, why not.

Thank you to The Apartment for a great night, s’more pleaase! Thank you Kit for helping with the shots; Sonia Rykiel x Park & Cube

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_01

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_02

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_03 ParknCube_DateNightGucci_04

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_05

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_06

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_07 ParknCube_DateNightGucci_08

Gucci clutch

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_10

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_11

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_12

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_13 ParknCube_DateNightGucci_14

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_15

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_16

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_17

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_18 ParknCube_DateNight_018

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_20

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_21

ParknCube_DateNightGucci_22 ParknCube_DateNightGucci_23

Skirt – ASOS. Heels – ASOS. Blouse – Zara. Bracelets – Bouton. Belt – ASOS. Clutch – Gucci

When we’re not sunning ourselves at the glare of our laptop screens, connected merely through an Ethernet cable and gunning down Nazi zombies on co-op multiplayer mode, hubby and I like to think we are pretty normal people. You know, like, wine, dine, and footsie under the table kind of couple. Having been together since highschool, to this day our dates usually involve a bus, the local cinema and cargo pants for maximum pocket-space to smuggle in snacks (our record is 2 massive Dorito’s bags and a bowl of salsa dip). If we reach first place that’s a hot night. But lately, and I’m not sure if it’s all the glittery holiday decorations or the fact that it’s dark before the afternoon is up, we’ve been arranging more dates out in town – eating food that wasn’t delivered by a motorcycle, wearing clothes that aren’t soiled with bits and Kebabs. I won’t lie, it’s exhilarating to experience London in a different light, and to know that by learning to do this we’re living the best of both worlds. One night we’ll burn through the night at home with back-to-back Big Bang Theory seasons and plastic cutlery takeaway dinners, and on another we can sit at a marble-top bar with the glittering liquor bottles and sip wine that’s listed slightly lower on the menu before the 7:30 show. We’re still taking it slow though, occasionally I have to kick his shin if he tries licking his plate clean (our version of footsie for now), and we remind eachother about the discretionary cough when someone belches accidentally. The other night we tried smuggling in popcorn in the Gucci clutch and had to explain that it was a gift and all the popcorn just came with it.

Bar: Les Deux Salons; Theatre: Aldwych Theatre. Photos of outfit thanks to lovely KitGucci x Park & Cube

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_01

Broadway Market, E8

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_02

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_03

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_04 Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_05

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_06

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_07

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_08

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_09 Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_10

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_11

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_12

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_13

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_14

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_15 Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_16

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_17

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_18

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_19 Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_20

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_21

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_28

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_23

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_24

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_25 Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_26

Park-and-Cube_Broadway-Market-Saturday_27

Sweater – Gap. Grey skinny jeans- Gap. Heels – Kurt Geiger. Watch – Guess. Doorknocker ring – & Other Stories. Bag – Couronne.

Forget bed, this is what you’re doing tomorrow. Throw on a nice cosy turtleneck, pick up a flat white at Climpson & Sons (No. 67) at the bottom of Broadway Market, and work your way through the crowd. 9am in the morning is probably the best time to go for some peace and quiet, but if you like the buzz and would like to eventually end up at The Cat & Mutton pub (No. 76) for a pint later in the afternoon, then a lazy Saturday start is fine. Sourdough bread is a must, so pick one up for the week; the fruit can be a little overpriced, but they look like something out of Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook so whatever floats your boat. Drop by Hansen & Lynderson stall for a the best smoked salmon (Norwegian-caught, locally hung) on bread with sourcream and dill snack – £3 a pop – just enough to whet your appetite. My lunch is pork steamed buns from Yum Bun (Broadway school yard market), or a pot of beef pho from Cà Phê, depending on weather – the latter has a little seating area if you’ve miscalculated your outfit like I always do and regretting those heels. Post-lunch, before you make a bee-line to the salted caramel cookies (yes, those), do a little detour to Strut (2b Ada st) for the best designer vintage in the East, for it may put you on a wee diet before the day’s end. Forget Brick Lane, Strust is where the fashion-savvy East Londoners’ Chanels, McQueens and Margielas come to rest and find new owners (Sunday and Mondays are their buying days). I always have dessert anyway, a gluten-free brownie from the Happy Kitchen stall, or a red velvet from Violet Cakes. One for now, one to have later at home.

A couple more recommendations: L’Eau à la Bouche for people-watching, over a pear flan, best around 3pm. Lucky Chip (31-35 Coate St) for the best burgers in town, Rebel Rebel (5 Broadway market), for great range of flowers if you know you can’t make it to the flower market on Sunday. Off Broadway (No. 63-65) when the sun goes down and home still can wait – a New-York style bar with great cocktails and Tex-Mex nibbles. Oh and don’t forget to visit the fish tank in the bathroom. Last but not least, Noble Fine Liquor (No. 27) for natural wine and craft beer – go back for wine tasting every Wednesday eve.

All makings of a good weekend!

Outfit: Part three of styling series with Gap‘s Styld.by platform. Check part one and part two here!

Park-Cube_Working-from-home_001

Park-Cube_Working-from-home_002

Chairs from Fashion for Home

Park-Cube_Working-from-home_003

Park-Cube_Working-from-home_004b

Park-Cube_Working-from-home_005 Park-Cube_Working-from-home_006

Park-Cube_Working-from-home_007

Park-Cube_Working-from-home_008

Park-Cube_Working-from-home_009

Park-Cube_Working-from-home_010 Park-Cube_Working-from-home_012

Park-Cube_Working-from-home_013

Park-Cube_Working-from-home_014

Wearing: Cashmere sweater – Iris & Ink (exclusive to The OUTNET.COM). Check trousers – J Crew (via The OUTNET). Shoes – Tory Burch (via The Outnet). Necklace – Mikimoto. Rose-gold watch – Guess. Wrap-around bracelet – H&M. Boyfriend Jeans – ASOS. Booties – Alexander Wang (via The Outnet). Shirt – Uniqlo.

Welcome to my casa! my office! my casa! Oh, I don’t even know anymore. I’ve been freelancing ever since I was about 17, I have a feeling the Home/Office boundary never existed in the first place. I built websites in bed and they still ran fine, bed-bug free. In fact if I remember correctly, a part of this blog was built tangled in sheets – tell me, does it smell of Doritos/down feather when you access this site? It’s only quite recently that I felt the need to allocate a certain corner for ‘work’ purposes… I suspect it’s something to do with the rise of pinterest, or maybe the fact that I am always home working making sandwiches, not necessarily of the good-wife sort either. I’ve been renting this flat since my third year of uni, and throughout the years it has gone through many identity shifts. The trouble mainly being the fact that, while divided into two floors, the flat is technically a studio, so the foyer is our dining room, shoe-storage, and our living area. Upstairs, the desk is in the bedroom, which is also technically the closet as well. And regardless of how many corners I fill with IKEA Linnmons to ‘work on’, I’ve always managed to end up in bed. Or by the fridge, eating out raw dinner ingredients.

What I’m currently finding particularly useful, is to get up in the morning and slapping on a bit of BB-cream, and getting dressed as if going out, heels and all. Figures I’ll be sitting the whole day anyway. That way, when I pop out for snacks the local Turkish don’t remember me as that bum that has a serious TWIX addiction. These days I’ve been drawn to wearing more cashmere, perfectly delicate enough to avoid aggravating eczema, my current favourite being the Iris & Ink cashmere sweater (exclusive to THE OUTNET.COM). I’ve worn it to countless fantasy board meetings, and lunch dates with Mr fridge & Mrs oven.