Now everyone knows I love a good pop-up, whether it be a shop, exhibition or in this case a speakeasy type bar. There's just something about transforming an unlikely space for a short period of time and the perfect example of this was the Cointreau Privé salon modelled on the glamorous apartment of Dita von Teese. Unfortunately not all of my photos turned out well, but think vintage posters, antique furniture and elegant chandeliers and you'd be halfway there. It was the perfect place to spend an evening amongst fellow bloggers Jen and Sabine (whilst also escaping the relentless British rain)!
The Cointreau Citrus Spice cocktail
Photo credit: Jeff Spicer/Cointreau
Me: Oooh I love your dress, is it vintage?
Dita: No, it's Dolce and Gabbana...
The most important (and much boasted about) part of the evening was a quick cocktail making session with Dita Von Teese herself, plus the obligatory photo. She looked and acted exactly as I would expect and I was mesmerised with her perfect skin and timeless style in a lacy Dolce and Gabbana dress. By contrast I was attempting to look somewhat classic in my much loved COS shorts and scalloped hem top c/o Boohoo, though the presence of Dita diminished any elegance I'd hoped to achieve. Despite being in total awe, she was lovely and chatted to us about her homes in Paris and LA and her love of making cocktails with fresh ingredients (something I never quite got round to during my student days).
If you're around London for the next couple of weeks, it's worth trying to secure an evening at 215 Picadilly to check the atmosphere out for yourself, the attention to detail is incredible!