Last week was one big fashion faux pas.

Firstly, I couldn’t make Ghost’s Autumn/Winter showcase at Juju’s on Tuesday night. Instead I was celebrating my third anniversary with my wonderful boyfriend at Tom Aikens restaurant. I’m not sure what to say about Tom Aikens.

Technically, the food was cooked to precision and the presentation was elegant. But there was something missing. The atmosphere was quite cold – the antithesis of The Wolseley, my favourite London restaurant. Also at £150 per head I was forced to remember my heavenly experience at Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road. The morning after my Ramsay experience I was reluctant to eat anything because my mouth was still celebrating the sensations from the night before. The day after my Aikens experience, my tastebuds were unaffected. It was as if none of it had actually happened apart from the dent in my boyfriend’s wallet. It was as if Ramsay had served from the heart and Aikens from the head.

After our meal we were off to Sophie’s Steakhouse for a Whispering Ted, aka Appletini. This drink was wonderfully refreshing and contained a perfectly subtle kick required of a fruity martini: the perfect end to an evening. The Whispering Ted didn’t fall into the trap of over sweetness, which some Appletinis do. In fact, this drink is a definite contender for the signature Chelsea cocktail. Although, I hear that Sophie’s also do a Cucumber Martini, which I am now intrigued about.

After much indulgence, I decided to escape to the country the next day to nurse my hangover and needless to say, this was my biggest fashion faux pas of all. I missed Vogue’s Fashion Night Out!

Lulu Guinness’ party would have been perfect for me. Clinique were in the shop applying glamorous red lips to shoppers whilst Lulu signed bags and spoke to customers.

My only consolation is that London Fashion Week begins in a few days and what with my birthday weekend fast approaching, the next post could be quite exciting indeed.

Mina Zaher

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The other day I took a walk around Chelsea and King’s Road to see what was in the shops and found my top picks. Here they are:

Well, everything in Fifi Wilson. No, really. OK, to narrow it down, I was enchanted by Colenimo’s wonderful designs: the ones that hadn’t flown off the rails yet.

This Colenimo cardigan and top for example:

I also discovered this Autumn Cashmere Leopard Scarf in Mimi, which is perfect for this season’s obsession with the fifties.

The black makes its fashion statement a little understated; just the way I like it.

Other items that caught my eye included the Tweed Hanging Jacket from Brora and a Helmut Lang Jumper from The Shop at Bluebird.

But stepping into autumn isn’t just about fashion.  For some it is about going back to school and for others it is about returning to work after a summer break.

In relation to the latter, I would like to say welcome back to Love Bakery which re-opened last week following a summer refurbishment. I popped in on Friday and their cupcakes were already fast disappearing off the shelves. So I think it’s safe to say that I’m not the only one who has missed their red velvet cupcakes.

This is one happy Chelsea Girl.

Mina Zaher

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My plans for the Bank Holiday weekend are up in the air because I can’t decide what to do. If I decide to stay in London then I must drop by Notting Hill Carnival. I usually end up at Norman Jay’s Good Times Sound System taking all the back streets possible. It’s not about getting stuck in a gridlock of people traffic.

To carry on with the party, I’ll probably head back to the King’s Road. I’m thinking of going to Embargo 59 on Sunday but I need to decide quick because reservations are essential for this popular night.

There’s also Ibiza Reloaded at Crazy Larry’s on Sunday night. This goes on until 6am and is the after-boat-party for the promoter Love To Groove.

I’ll also need to do some shopping. The other day, I popped into Penhaligon’s for the relaunch of their fragrances Zizonia and Jubilee Bouquet and I’ve fallen for the latter. I’ve also fallen in love with the Bluebell solid fragrance. I know summer’s pretty much over but this scent is timeless and the case, divine. I can’t believe I have just discovered this place.

Thanks to the weather, I’ve been wearing boots this past week and now all I can think about is my autumn wardrobe. Saying that, I do love some of items that are still in the sale at Austique.

So maybe I’ll just try and hang on to the summer for a tad bit longer and enjoy the carnival fever. I don’t want to let go of the summer fragrances and fashion just yet. Looks like I’m staying local.

Mina Zaher

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The football season is in full swing and Chelsea are at the top of the Premier League. So in honour of CFC, here is a list of my five favourite blues on the King’s Road.

The Bluebird The Café or forecourt for lightbites and the restaurant for British dishes with a contemporary twist. The cocktail bar is the busiest on a Saturday night where you might have to wait a while at the bar. And of course, there is the Epicerie and Wine Shop.

The right hand entrance into the clothes shop is my favourite part. It is a museum of style and its current bestsellers include Isabel Marant, J Brand jeans, Woolrich Arctic Parkas (even though it is summer) and especially for the men, Orlebar Brown swim shorts.

There is also a wonderful spa, which sells Micheline Arcier, Ole Henriksen and Malin+Goetz products.

Facial Fuel Kiehl’s skincare range for men all wrapped up in blue. My boyfriend is a big fan of the Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men. For women, I recommend Midnight Recovery Concentrate also from Kiehl’s.

Made In Italy This is my favourite Italian on the King’s Road and there is nothing better than sitting on its terrace during a beautiful summer’s afternoon, next to those large blue ceramic plant pots, and devouring the tastiest pizza on the street.

Chelsea Library Through a set of blue doors, this is a wonderful building with plenty to offer including a first floor art gallery and an antique or fashion sale on the ground floor every now and again.

And finally, the Sir Carol Reed blue plaque on 213 King’s Road which I love.

So come on you Blues. Make us proud again!

Mina Zaher

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There’s a general myth about Chelsea if you don’t know the area. It’s something to do with the correlation of wealth and having a good time. So let me clarify matters: this equation is untrue.

Admittedly, a drinking experience in The Collection or anywhere in the Brompton Cross vicinity does require financial stamina. I once spent almost £50 on two drinks in The Collection at the start of an evening. Still, the venue is great and they were cocktails.

But the fact is heading to Kilburn for a pub roast and hanging out with your starving artist friends is also a false economy.

Why?

Let’s do the math. A residential area with a generally high-income bracket means that businesses have to work harder to keep the punters satisfied. There is too much choice round here to slip up on quality and value. Therefore, Chelsea is your lobster.

So how do you make Chelsea work for you? Well, that’s simple.

The clever places such as Bueno Sierra, Sophie’s Steakhouse and The Big Easy all have delicious special deals on offer. They’re clever because they know they’re good places, they just need to get the customer through the door to show them what they’ve got.

The other evening, the bf and I popped into Sophie’s for a £9.95 steak frites deal: steak, fries and a glass of wine or beer with the meal. A few martinis and dessert later, we were laughing along with the friendly staff. We didn’t want to leave. Clever.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

So what else is there?

Next week, I’ll provide some Chelsea Girl tips on how to get the best out of this area.

Mina Zaher

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