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Get ready for autumn! top trends to start wearing now to look the part in 2018!

I guess its time to face facts and accept that summer will soon be a distant memory, but the autumn is upon us now doubt and we will soon be reaching for those leather boots and, cosy coats and hats fluffier than your pet cat! Rest assured, thanks to Fashion Week 2018 we have some top tips for you to be looking your best yet! Check out some of the highlights.

 

Animal Print

Whatever look you’re going for, mummy, daddy, brother, sister, auntie and uncle of all autumn/winter 2018 fashion trends here. Animal print prowled over an astonishing amount of runways across NYC, London, Milan and Paris, like a Noah’s ark for only the chicest passengers. Leopard-print coats and leopard-print shoes will undoubtedly be the two most prevalent ways this trend presents itself on the high street, but there’s an abundance of snake and python patterns, zebra, cheetah, faux-croc—some of which come in classic, neutral tones, but there are more wild and wonderful multicoloured versions out there too. Take a look at  Tom Ford’s racy red leopard print! Not forgetting Victoria Beckhams chic number!

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Patent

Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha and Fendi all opted for a high shine finish for autumn/winter 2018, with trousers, jackets and skirts all squeaking down the runway. At Christopher Kane, black patent leather was teamed with a muted colour palette of beige tones, while at Simone Rocha it was all about the one patent piece – namely an olive-green mac, with balloon sleeves and embroidery detail. Fendi also favoured a glossy finish for its raincoats and puffa jackets, as well as knee-high boots, miniskirts and bags, all in the classic Fendi check.

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Colour blocking

Designers including Marc Jacobs and Francesco Risso at Marni brought all the joy by showing off their skills as colourists – beautiful, unusual palettes were everywhere, reminding us of some of our favourite artists. Full-on Keith Haring neon at Prada, refreshing David Hockney pastels at Eudon Choi, tonal blocking a la Rothko at Marni and amazing Matisse style primary colour combos at Marc Jacobs.

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Leather

The most dominant of all fabrics this season was leather which come by way of skirts, trousers and trench coats. It doesn’t have to be in black either!

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Patent

High-shine fabrics were key on the catwalks this season, whether vinyl, latex, plastic (a key look for summer 2018) or leather – offering a quietly dominatrix appeal. Take a look at the designers below.

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Neon

Moschino, Prada, and Marni brought the all the colours of the rainbow to the runway this year with the brightest of colours. Off course, not limited to clothes, shoes, hats, gloves, and scarves were also a big hit!

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Tweed

Tweed really is an old time favourite that never falls to the bottom of the wardrobe. Pair it with something unexpected: a leather skirt, a feminine dress, a sporty roll-neck. Maybe even rummage through grandmas wardrobe!

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Great ways to keep the kids busy this summer!

Being parents means being creative in the summer. Gone are the days where mums only have children to raise. Mums are now multitasking to no end and maximising every minute of the day to get everything done. With 6 weeks to keep the children busy, we’ve come up with some ideas to keep the kids occupied!

1. Table murals: Simply tape the butcher paper to the table, and turn the kids loose with crayons, markers, or watercolor paints. This will encourage their creativity and lets face it…have fun!

2. Farmers’ markets: local farmers’ market are bursting with fresh fruit, veggies, farm-fresh eggs, and even meat from local growers. It can be a fun outing for kiddos. Let them choose something new and different to bring home, and then prepare it together for dinner.  Another option is to go straight to the farm and pick the fruits   They eat all the fruits they can hold, and we take the rest home to freeze. Who can say no to a Blueberry pancake?

3. Library:  Books, books, and more books! Indoor summer fun in an air-conditioned building! The library is the perfect place to get out of the heat on a hot summer day when you don’t want to be cooped up at home.

4. Make a list of your favourite childhood games:  old favourites such as hopscotch, putting on a show or marbles won’t cost the earth and your children will enjoy you reminiscing!

5. Design a game: In the evenings get the kids to design a game that you can make the next day – give them ideas to keep it simple such as a paper boat race in the paddling pool or homemade skittles using a tennis ball and empty toilet rolls.

6. Organise a treasure hunt: This can be done around your home and garden with clues and treats for the children to find

7. Encourage the kids to put on a play or a magic show:  They could even use the dress up clothes and props from around the house. If you have a camera, you can even film it, for great memories.

8. Get cooking:  pick a recipe with the kids, go shopping for ingredients and cook something together that you can enjoy eating afterwards. Depending on your child’s age and interest, this could be anything from a simple sponge cake to a mushroom stroganoff!

9. Arrange a movie day:  choose a couple of favourite films, get some popcorn and put your feet up with the kids.

10. Create a scrapbook: Create a scrapbook together using photos from your family album, or torn from magazines.

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Guide to costs of living in London for expats and holiday makers

London is one of the most expensive cities to live in but also a city full of opportunities.  At Your Service Apartments feel it is important for expats to be furnished with the right information of the cost of living in relation to the salary they’ll be earning to ensure that budget accordingly. Lifestyle, entertainment and shopping, can be tailored to accommodate various different tastes and budgets as there are plenty of ways to save money in these areas, check out our blog on top 10 things to do in London! Public transport is reliable and efficient in London however can also be costly.

Cost of accommodation in London

The majority of expats living in London tend to rent property rather than purchase a home. The cost of rentals is very high especially in the more sought-after areas and suburbs. Space is limited in areas close to the city centre but luckily London’s public transport networks are excellent and make commuting easy. Expats and holiday makers find it easier to rent a serviced apartment as opposed to a flat as they are often bigger and include all bills making the total monthly amount, the final amount making budgeting easier. Fully furnished serviced apartments also come with fully fitted kitchens, towels, linens, cutlery and crockery making moving in that bit more convenient. Some serviced apartments also have concierge serviced making them safer for guests.

 

 

Cost of transportation

London has an extensive transportation network. Public transport includes the tube, buses, trams and taxis. However, getting around can be expensive especially for those who live in outlying suburbs. The best option for people commuting regularly is to buy a monthly or annual travel card. Some companies offer their employees an advance to pay for their annual travel at the start of the year and this is definitely something worth investigating. There is little need to own a car in London but those that wish to drive should factor in the cost of parking which is costly, especially in central areas. Furthermore, people driving into central London will be subject to paying the congestion charge which was implemented to deter people from driving into the city unnecessarily and causing more traffic.

 

 

Cost of education

Expats legally resident in the UK are entitled to send their children to a state school at little or no cost. The standard of these schools vary and there are some schools in inner-city London that are known for being very bad. However, there are plenty of good state schools and this is an option worth exploring especially for those who plan on settling down in The UK. Those who wish for their children to continue following the curriculum of their home country will find that London is home to the largest selection of international schools in the UK. Fees at British private schools and international schools are very high and these institutions tend to be oversubscribed. Wherever possible expats are advised to negotiate an allowance for school fees into their employment package.

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Cost of entertainment and eating out

London plays host to excellent entertainment facilities – from world-class theatres and music venues to museums and art galleries, there is truly something to suit all tastes. Those who want to try out the most exclusive establishments in the city can expect to pay a small fortune for the privilege. However, those on a tighter budget will also be catered for – there are plenty of places that offer special deals and last-minute offers where one can sample some of the best events at the fraction of the usual prices. When it comes to eating out London has countless options from fine dining at Michelin-starred restaurants to hearty street food.

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Top 10 Free things to do in London

Are you planning to visit London soon? Find free or cheap things to do on your London trip; fun and cool things to do; things to do this weekend; things to do with kids; unusual or romantic things to do in London. There are plenty of London breaks to choose from, whether you are coming for a day trip or for a whole weekend in London. Plan ahead for your trip to London: search for upcoming events, museum and galleries, sightseeing tours, theatre shows, bars, restaurants, nightlife, days out and even day trips from London. Visiting London has never been easier with these ideas for London breaks.

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Here are some of our favourites: 

  • British Museum
  • National Gallery (pictured above)
  • Natural History Museum
  • South Bank Centre
  • Tate Modern
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Science Museum
  • Somerset House
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Old Royal Naval College

 

For more information on bookings, please contact us!

Finest Afternoon Teas in London

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The ritual of afternoon tea owes its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. As a young women in the early 1800s she lived during a time when it was common to eat only two main meals a day, with breakfast scheduled early in the morning and dinner occurring late in the evening. Routinely weakened and irritated by hunger pangs, she decided to schedule time to take tea and snack each afternoon. This private ceremony was firstly done furtively in her bedroom, but over time well-heeled acquaintances joined her and the practice was perpetuated. Nowadays tea rooms and hotels in London and throughout the country offer permutations of this centuries-old tradition. Plenty are pretty much indistinguishable but quite a few offer something unique. Below are some of the capital’s best afternoon teas for those who want to experience something special.

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Best for traditional afternoon tea: The Ritz

Best for healthy indulgence: Brown’s Hotel’s Tea-Tox

Best boozy tea: Scandal Water at The London Edition

Best for setting: Sketch afternoon tea

Best for tea selection: Fortnum & Mason

Best non-traditional afternoon tea: Ichi Sushi afternoon tea

Best for a celebration: Claridge’s afternoon tea

Best for views: Ting restaurant, Shangri-La at the Shard

Best London-themed tea: London Royal Tea; Hotel Café Royal

Best newly launched tea: Wyld Tea at Mondrian London