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Archive for September, 2009

Awards season in Smithworld

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

You know how we gloated when – thanks to the Luxuria Awards back in June – we became an award-winning travel blog? Well, you can just imagine the waves of smugness rippling through Smith HQ now that we’re a multiple-award-winning travel blog. We were absolutely thrilled yesterday when the unfeasibly lovely people at Travolution honoured […]

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The Romans, Moors and Crusaders have long left Lisbon, and what they’ve left is a hillside city brimming with culture, character and cool. From the Moorish Alfama district to the bustle of Baixa, every pocket of Portugal’s capital has its own treasures to offer the savvy traveller. We’ve gambolled in the gardens and mused over […]

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Couture comes to the baggage carousel

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Of all the fabulous finery that billowed and swished its way down the catwalk at London Fashion Week 2009, Smith HQ fell hardest for Erdem‘s whimsical watercolour dresses. In particular, the demure and divine ankle-length silk gowns with their daubs of jewel-bright colour, available from Net-a-Porter – well, before they (predictably) sold out that is. […]

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L’Hôtel of the week

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Ever since stumbling upon Reiss’ sexy promotional film for its new denim line, 1971, Mr & Mrs Smith have been practising an insouciant air, perfecting our pouts and channelling European-art-school cool. In our high-street crush’s mini movie, mind-bogglingly beautiful specimens are shown nonchalantly strutting around Paris in ravishing Reiss threads, sipping from a tiny tasse, […]

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Wining, not winning: the Call My Bluff challenge

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

We Smiths are a sophisticated bunch, right? We know our velouté from our mirepoix, our Miu Miu from our Missoni and we certainly know our Chablis from our chardonnay. So when Juliet and I received an invitation to take part in a Call My Bluff-style wine quiz at Westfield’s new Meat & Wine Co restaurant, […]

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Insider address book: Linda Pilkington

Monday, September 21st, 2009

At the start of the summer, we asked luxury perfumer Linda Pilkington to share her scents of smell (and a few other things). As the founder of Ormonde Jayne on London’s Old Bond Street, she’s journeyed to far-flung frangipani-lined shores and knows more than a thing or two about travelling in style. We delve into […]

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Hotel of the Week: No.5 Maddox Street

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Earlier this week, the Smith editorial team was whisked around the capital on a mad dash to some of our lovely London hotels. After a lively breakfast at Blakes, a look-in at the Gore’s ecclesiastically elegant bar and a tour through the wonky floors of historic Hazlitt’s (not to mention a celeb spot or two […]

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Looking good in Miami (this one’s on us)

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Attention all Stateside Smith bloggees (that’s you that is) – have we got one superb and stylish prize for you. Anyone in the US can enter our Miami For Two competition, in association with Original Penguin, and really should. This is your chance to win two nights in Florida, for two people, and two stylish […]

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Lovely doubly boutique luxury for less

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

You know what you like to buy and you’re no sucker for marketing… Do you shun the red sale stickers on discounted produce at the supermarket? Do you laugh in the face of Bogof offers in Boots, resisting the urge to hoard toothpaste for the sake of a pound or so? Well, this is one […]

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Hotel of the Week: Gramercy Park Hotel

Friday, September 11th, 2009

We’ve turned our backs on the so-last-week minimalist Miami masterpiece and resisted the eastern allure of the A’jia Hotel, laying our love instead upon Ian Schrager’s fabulous, favoured-by-starlets Gramercy Park Hotel in New York… Style A bohemian rhapsody Setting East Side storeys Why this week? Sightseeing in the city becomes bearable once more, as Manhattan’s […]

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