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Tamara's Scrapbook

posted on Tuesday, 8th April 2014 | find under Tamara, Fitness, Nutrition
Sweaty Betty's founder and creative director Tamara has her finger firmly on the pulse of what's hot in the worlds of fitness and fashion in London. Whether it’s trialling the latest classes, road-testing new activewear, or styling up the latest collections in her own, sports-versus-fashion way, each week we will be sharing the latest from Tamara's scrapbook. Never afraid to speak her mind, Tamara's weekly blog will inspire, inform and sometimes spark a debate. 

This week, Tamara joins the top names in British fashion for a glamorous cocktail party, visits the Petersham nurseries and finds inspiration on Marylebone high street.

Thursday 20th March: Brown's Hotel, Mayfair

On the evening of Thursday 20th March, I was invited to join the London fashion elite at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair. A cocktail party thrown in honour of British fashion, the event was hosted by The Telegraph’s Stella Magazine along with Net-a-Porter.com and the British Fashion Council. The guest list gathered together some of the UK’s most prestigious high-end, new-gen designers, with a collection of professional women who have in some way championed British fashion. Together, they formed the crème de la crème of the fashion industry; the creative brains behind transforming British fashion into a global success, known for pushing the boundaries of design innovation.

Over Belvedere cocktails and Mark Hix canapés, I chatted and mingled with the likes of Richard Nicholl, Mary Katranzou, Emilia Wickstead and Anna Sebba; the wife of Net-a-Porter CEO Mark Sebba and a Sweaty Betty regular. Inspired by Stella Editor Anna Murphy’s passionate speech on the importance of British fashion, it felt great to be standing among such talented designers and supporters of the industry.

Outfits ranged from the elegantly tailored and subtly chic to the brightly coloured with statement prints - all British of course. I wore a top shop unique neoprene top, silk floral skirt, Sweaty Betty leggings and my favourite Nicholas Kirkwood shoes.

Friday 21st March: Petersham Nurseries, London

On Friday morning, I headed over to Richmond Park for a run with Ennis (our dog). Afterwards I popped into Petersham Nurseries which I love and find so inspiring. I go there at Christmas for vintage tree decorations and Spring for bulbs and to enjoy the spring flowers.
As mentioned in my blog last week, we are in the process of building a house in West Wittering, so I'm on the hunt at the moment for beautiful "sourced" furniture for inside and out, which they do so well.

Monday 24th March: Marylebone High Street, London

I'm always on the lookout for possible locations for new boutiques. I have always loved Marylebone and try to go there often to check out what new stores and cafes have popped up on the high street and to look for a potential site for us (and of course, I can't ever pass the Conran shop without going in.)
This time I discovered a new juice bar, Roots and Bulbs, which opened last month serving delicious raw, cold-pressed juices. It's so good to have healthy juice bars like these setting up. It's so common to have them everywhere in the US, but very hard to find them here.
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