Wonderland Loves is officially back, by popular demand! And, in a bid to make its return as triumphant as possible, it was only fair that we packed this week’s round-up full with an abundance of inspiration that you can take into the upcoming weekend with you. So, without further ado, had below to see everything that our team has been loving this week…
Real estate reality TV, LBDs crafted by the best in emerging fashion and soul-healing listens: take a look at all of the things that our team has been loving in this week’s round-up.
Dayna Southall – Online Editor
Watch: Selling Sunset
If we are going to be 100% real with you, the TV series’ haven’t been hitting it this year, but now that Selling Sunset is out, all my needs have been satisfied and I’ve been basking once again in all things exclusive and expensive.
Listening: Sam Wise – Free Game
When it comes to music taste, I always take pride in knowing the best talent and putting everyone else on. So you can imagine my excitement when I came across Sam Wise. Though his debut album came out awhile back, recently I’ve been blasting the project on repeat at every given instant: shower, gym sessions, shopping sprees – you get it? My personal favourite has to be without a doubt “First Little Rollie”, I just need summer to come back around so I can blast this from the car speakers on the M-Way.
Wearing: Boda Skins Trench
I’m not sure what has taken over me lately, but I’ve been obsessed with all things leather and Boda Skins’ latest trench is giving me LIFE. Letting me live out my Matrix fantasies, the jacket is perfect for this winter weather and effortlessly dress up any outfit. Bring on the premiere for the fourth film because I’ll be wearing this front and centre.
Erica Rana – Social Media Editor
Listening – “Heartbreak Anniversary” by Giveon and
“Hurricane” and “Godspeed” by Santino Le Saint
I am not too sure why, but according to my Spotify, this week I am in my sad girl feels – for no good reason, I might add. Nevertheless, I am blaming Santino Le Saint and Giveon for my sudden influx of feels. Why? I hear you cry! Well, their tracks “Heartbreak Anniversary” and “Godspeed” and “Hurricane” have been trickling through my speakers all week long. With each track featuring the heavenly vocals of both artists and some emotion-inducing and stripped-back production, it was only fair that I had all three stuck firmly on repeat this week. If you catch me, AirPods firmly in and tears in my eyes, please, mind your business.
Doing – Eighty-8 Nail Studio Notting Hill
With life as a Social Media editor keeping me booked and busy, I am finding it increasingly important to find those moments from which to recharge. And, should I be in search of said moments, Eighty-8 Nail Studio is where I head. A sweet oasis nestled away on one of Portobello Road’s side streets, the nail salon is filled with warm, woody interiors, a forever-flowing supply of oat milk coffees and an abundance of lacquer-like nail varnishes to pick from, which is basically everything you could ever need for a mid-week dose of self-care. And, with the friendly staff ensuring that your visit is both enjoyable and seamless, it situates itself as the only destination you should be heading to for your next manicure. Long live the almond-shaped claw!
Wearing – Francisco Félix’s Deconstructed Shirt Dress
Those who know me are aware that my obsessive search for the next emerging designers to shop from has been a longstanding pastime I enjoy. And, the latest name to catch my eye and rob my money? It is Francisco Félix. Or, more specifically, his Deconstructed Shirt Dress. With daring slits, a deep keyhole cutout and beautifully tailored sleeves featuring, it is the dress that dreams are crafted from. The only thing that makes the dress more special is the fact that it is hand-crafted in Portugal in limited quantities, giving it a dreamily bespoke edge. FYI, after trying it on I can confirm that, contrary to the belief of all of my friends, the chances of a wardrobe malfunction in this dress are slim, enough.
Ella West – Editorial Assistant
Listening – My Therapist Ghosted Me
Put it this way, it would be easier to resurrect Kelly Clarkson’s career than to make me laugh before 9am. At least that was the case until my best friend recommended Joanne McNally and Vogue Williams’s hit podcast, My Therapist Ghosted Me. Whilst most get their dosage of ghosting on Tinder, Joanne gets hers from her very own therapist. Speaking of the failures of their day-to-day life, there’s nothing I enjoy more than plugging into McNally and Williams’ conversations and basking in our mutual misfortunes. From downing a cocktail of Prosecco and solpadeine, to philosophical debates on whether it is more ethical to shag a horse or to eat one, the hour-long episodes never fail to bring the chaotic energy my soul craves for.
Wearing – Extra Long Puffers
Though I’m thrilled to be back on the social scene, I can’t deny that I have to be practically prised from my bedside when Monday mornings hit. So to appease the loss of my #WFH wardrobe, I made a purchase which seemed all too controversial for most of my friends. While my mum dragged me through Next to buy packs of socks and knickers, I found the coat of my duvet-padded dreams. The £88 black puffer is long enough to invade the seats either side of me on the London Underground – and any coat that commands that much personal space is a yes from me. As if that wasn’t enough of a perk, it’s literally like being wrapped in a duvet – something I became far too comfortable with during the pandemic. Despite my boyfriend telling me it makes me look like “a caterpillar from The Matrix”, the puffer blocks out the haters and is my new fave key to stay cosy during the autumn/winter season.
Drinking – Cosmopolitans
One of my favourite lockdown purchases was a DIY cocktail set from Amazon. And with the Sex and the City reboot just around the corner, I have celebrated in the only way Samantha Jones (aka my spirit animal) would approve… by caning cosmopolitans. With equal measures of vodka and triple sec, a dash of lime cordial and a helping (sprinkle) of cranberry juice, the cosmo is the only way I can still get that sweet sip of summer. And Just Like That, I became a borderline alcoholic.
Lily Pichon Flannery – Assistant Designer
Reading – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Literary lovers have taken over Tik Tok (or Book Tok as they have now nicknamed it) to rave about Taylor Jenkins Reid’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. The New York Time’s best seller takes us back to the golden age of Hollywood, but through an unexplored lens that focusses on the less glamorous life behind the flashing lights and cameras. The protagonist, Evelyn Hugo, is a fictional Marylin-esque Hollywood starlet who narrates the untold story of her life through the seven men she married. The story is romantic, moving, funny, thought-provoking, original, heartbreaking, and uplifting all at the same time. Rumoured to be one of Taylor Swift’s favourite books, with fan theories connecting Taylor S’s song lyrics with Taylor J K’s written words, it’s fair to say that you should be ready to get in your feels. Jenkins Reid has already announced that an on screen adaptation is in the works so get reading before it comes out! In the mean time, I’m going to work on my dream cast list for the production.