The Bold Scoop #13 :: August 8-14

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Let's be honest... at least once in your life you have thought about becoming a "lady that lunches". No judgement here. Next week is the National Afternoon Tea Week and your chance to experience the high life in style. The celebration kicks off on August 8 and will see a number of special events, including the Epicurean Tea Tasting at the Ritz, Afternoon Tea and Flower Arranging at Harrod's and the Magic Afternoon Tea at the Park Lane Hotel. Wherever you choose to have your cuppa, be part of the great British tradition.

The UK drinks approximately 62 billion cups of tea per year... that's 165 million cups per day. Tea breaks have been around for close to 200 years and have become an important work ritual in their own right. In fact, in a recent study 80% of staff claimed that they find out more about what's going on at work over a cup of tea than in any other way.

Up Close and Personal
The National Afternoon Tea Week runs from August 8 to 14. For more details click here.

Take this quiz to find out what your perfect afternoon tea experience is and then keep reading for our pick of the best events of the week...

All-around lady :: August 11 to 13, 4 pm
Afternoon Tea and Flower Arranging at Harrod's combines 2 great British pastimes. Start the afternoon at the Conservatory with a flower arrangement session from Moyses Stevens before indulging in sumptuous afternoon tea at the elegant restaurant Georgian. You can book here.

For the curious :: August 13, 3 pm - 6 pm
Epicurean Tea Tasting at the Ritz is a journey of discovery of some of the finest and rarest teas from across the world. Curated by certified Tea Master Giando Scanu, guests will taste 6 rare and spectacular teas, each expertly paired with a selection of classic nibbles. Book via here.

Kid friendly and fun :: Daily
Jungle Book Afternoon Tea at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate invites guests to embark on a culinary journey featuring delicacies inspired by Mowgli's adventures in Rudyard Kipling's classic story. Find out more and book here.

Rio Olympics have successfully kicked off (did you catch the opening ceremony?) and our TV hours have officially doubled. This week we're highlighting one of spectators' favorites... artistic gymnastics. The highest prize in the sport is hands down the Women's Individual All-Around title from the Olympics, an honor only 2 of the highest scoring gymnasts from each represented country can compete for. Simone Biles of Team USA is expected to dominate thanks to her 3 consecutive all-around World Championship titles while London 2012 veterans Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas will have to duke it out for the remaining spot. Watch the nail-biter final on Thursday, August 11.

Oksana Chusovitina is the oldest gymnast to compete at the olympics... she is 41 years old and Rio marks her 7th olympic appearance. She first competed on the olympic stage back in 1992 when she was part of the Unified Team and won a gold medal in the team event. Since then she has also represented Germany and her native Uzbekistan, making her one of two female gymnasts in olympic history to have competed under 3 different national teams.

Up Close and Personal
Gymnastics Team All-Around final is on Tuesday, August 9 at 3 pm EST and the Individual All-Around final is on Thursday, August 11 at 3 pm EST - watch both live here. You can also watch the taped version at 8 pm EST on NBC.

Read this to find out what goes into picking a National Team.

For a reminder why this sport is so amazing take a look at these amazing gymnastics moments from the history of the Olympics.

You know that babydoll dress you still have a soft spot for... you owe that piece to Cristobal Balenciaga. The Spanish couturier changed the silhouette of women's clothing in the 20th century and influenced countless other designers. Antwerp's ModeMuseum explores this effect with an exhibition titled Game Changers: Reinventing The 20th Century Silhouette which is on display until August 14. Visit to see 100 unique couture and ready-to-wear silhouettes from Balenciaga, Paul Poiret, Madeleine Vionnet, Coco Chanel, but also Issey Miyake, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto and Maison Martin Margiela.

Cristobal Balenciaga had a hand in training some of the biggest designers of today, including Hubert De Givenchy and Oscar de la Renta. “The King of Haute Couture” as he was known was also one of the few couturiers in fashion history who could use his own hands to design, cut, and sew garments… to the extent that Coco Chanel once said “he is the only true couturier among us.”

Up Close and Personal
Game Changers: Reinventing the 20th Century Silhouette is on at Antwerp's ModeMuseum until August 14. MoMu is open Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. Find out more about the exhibit here.

For a closer look at some of the pieces covered by the exhibit click here.

As an alternative, explore the exhibition companion book Fashion Game Changers: Reinventing the 20th Century Silhouette which showcases some of the most revolutionary silhouettes and innovative designs of over 100 years of fashion. The hardcover includes more than 200 images as well as commentaries from an international range of leading fashion curators and historians.
πŸ‘’ NYC Sample Sales :: Eugenia Kim whose headpieces have garnered a cult following is hosting her sample sale from August 11 to 13 at 347 West 36 Street, Suite 501. Prices up to 90% off retail! Beauty addicts can also rejoice... Korres, the natural skincare company from Greece, is running their sale from August 9 to 14 at 530 Broadway. Shop hair, skin and beauty products at up to 80% off. Woop woop!

🐝 London Sample Sale :: London ladies can pick up some Alex Monroe whimsical jewelry on August 14 from 11 am to 5 pm at The Hoxton Holborn (199-206 High Holborn, London). Prices start from £25. To get in before 2 pm book in advance here.

πŸ‘— Long before there was Pokemon Go we had Kim Kardashian: Hollywood... you can pretend you never downloaded it but we know the truth. 😜 The game you love to hate got a whole lot more fashionable this week when the makers added 20 pieces from the Balmain Paris Spring 2016 collection to Kim's virtual wardrobe. If you ever needed a reason to give this one a chance, this is it.

πŸŽ’ Our Canadian retailer of choice, Aritzia announced that their in-house brand Babaton will debut a selection of minimalist leather and suede handbags for fall. The 3 styles will be priced from $175 to $395. Find them in stores in the next few weeks.

Best Dressed Of The Week :: Creme de la creme of the week came courtesy of the Suicide Squad ladies... Margot Robbie dazzled in an off-the-shoulder B&W striped skirt set and a short ruffly number while Cara Delevingne reminded us that over-the-knee boots are still a major "DO". See more celeb-inspired pieces below and SHOP them now.
Margot Robbie & Cara Delevingne via Harper's Bazaar - click for more

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