#AUSTIQUERECOMMENDS…Jet Set – Our Guide to Europe

Posted 19 - 07 - 2014 | 0 comments

Summer holiday planning is rife at Austique, and what better way to give us some inspiration than by finding out about everyone’s favourite vacation destinations around Europe? Read on and find out about our top tips for jet setting around Europe, plus a few hidden gems…

CARI – HEAD OF ONLINE
My favourite place would be without a doubt Italy, especially Florence. Be sure to block out a full day for the Uffizi gallery and strolling around the streets and testing out all of the ice cream parlours. A hidden gem for me would be going to the monastery of San Marco to view the annunciation by Fra Angelico and then there are loads of little traditional Italian restaurants nearby where you can stuff yourself silly after being oh so cultured!


RACHAEL – ECOMMERCE MERCHANDISER
100% it has to be Versailles all the way. I have been obsessed with the Palace of Versailles and Louise XIV for as long as I can remember, and visiting the building itself was basically a dream come true (I need to get out more.) Although it’s a given that the majority of your visit will be spent wandering the majestic corridors of the palace (not to mention the Hall of Mirrors!!), it would be criminal not to take a walk around the stunning landscape gardens and pay a visit to the Grand and Petit Trianons. Top tip: be sure to take the mini train from the gardens out to the Trianon buildings – I dread to think how long it would take to walk, and the train is just so darn fun you wouldn’t want to miss out!


ELIZABETH – ASSISTANT BUYER/DESIGNER
As a Hungarian my favourite place to visit in Europe is Budapest for many reasons. The city is absolutely stunning and filled with amazing architecture, art, food, and people. Visiting the Hungarian Baths is a must, my favourite is Gellért Baths because of its outstanding architecture and history. The Hungarian State Opera house is awe-inspiring. Not only is their opera phenomenal, but the ballet is also very impressive. Remiz Restaurant and Kisbuda Gyongye are ideal for authentic Hungarian food.


ERIKA – ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER
Okay so my favourite place in Europe has to be Hvar in Croatia. The first time I went was for my best friend’s wedding and I fell in love with the place, in particular Hvar town. The town has this wonderful old world charm to it coupled with this cosmopolitan uber cool party vibe. It has a beautiful port with stunning yachts and fabulous little islands dotted around the horizon. In contrast to this glamour then you have the most beautiful old stone streets, lined with amazing flowers and hanging baskets (albeit they are incredibly steep). These meander up a steep hill which ultimately brings you to an ancient fort. It’s hard work but the view when you get there is well worth it. Gosh there is so much to say about Hvar!! From the party point of view it’s simply awesome. If you’re on a yacht you simply sail in, grab a taxi boat and either go to Carpe Diem island, Carpe Diem bar or Hula Hula bar. All are right on the water and just party central. If you’re looking for hidden gems simply sail around the island and you will find the most amazing little coves with crystal clear water. Ooh top tip: make sure you get the high speed ferry from Split to Hvar. The slower ferry drops you on the other side of the island from the town so obviously you have a bit of a trek then.


NICOLA – ECOMMERCE INTERN
My favourite getaway close by has to be Paris! The Musée d’Orsay is my favourite gallery, where on show are beautiful French Impressionist paintings. After a stroll down the River Seine and shopping in Saint Germain you will feel like a true Parisian! The Marais district is a great area for vintage and high end shopping, especially on Sundays as shops are open and the cafés and bars are buzzing with locals. Make sure you take a culture stop at Angelina’s tea house on the Rue de Rivoli for the best hot chocolate in the city and a cake or two!


ALICE – ECOMMERCE ASSISTANT
I went a few years ago and fell in love with this beautiful place. You can find everything there! I definitely recommend renting bikes so you can see the whole city. Go to all of Gaudi’s buildings, they really are amazing and a huge part of the city. The Sagrada Familia is breathtaking and has such a great history. To escape the busy city, grab some ice cream and head to the beach at the edge of the city. Top pick: make sure to visit the old olympic stadium and the Park Guell.

#AUSTIQUERECOMMENDS…Soundtrack To Your Holiday

Posted 18 - 07 - 2014 | 0 comments

With our Summer vacations on the horizon, when the Austique girls aren’t planning their all-important holiday ensembles, they are considering the equally crucial holiday playlist. From take off to touch down, have a listen to our favourite Summer holiday tunes…

JESSICA – MANAGING DIRECTOR
I will be listening to The Great Gatsby soundtrack whilst on holiday in Mykonos this Summer. It has everything to offer – from more chilled out tracks to full on party tunes, I love it!

ELIZABETH – ASSISTANT BUYER/DESIGNER
Music is very important on holiday. I like to wander without a distinct location in mind, and usually stumble into hidden gems (after getting lost a few times). My soundtrack would be filled with fun easy-listening songs like The Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter.

CARI – HEAD OF ONLINE
Madonna’s Holiday really gets me in the mood to switch off and completely focus on having a good time on my holiday. It makes me feel very upbeat and it is the perfect song to have on in the background whilst packing. Heaven!

RACHAEL – ECOMMERCE MERCHANDISER
For me a Summer holiday means one thing – lots and lots of house music. From the plane ride to lounging by the pool, you just can’t beat it! Alesso’s remix of Starkillers & Alex Kenji’s Pressure is an all-time favourite and always gets me in the mood for sunshine and dancing.

ERIKA – ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER
I love Waves by Mr Probez, i’t so summery and just a great party song.

ALICE – ECOMMERCE ASSISTANT
Paolo Nutini – Scream. Because it’s Paolo Nutini. End of.

HANNAH – SALES ASSISTANT
Bob Moses’ new EP I Ain’t Gonna be the First to Cry (a band my boyfriend manages – shameless plug!) is a great song for Summer. I’ll be adding this to my holiday playlist along with anything remixed by Kyogo and the new album by Jungle.

NICOLA – ECOMMERCE INTERN
This All That She Wants Remix reminds me of my girls’ trip to Ibiza, and is a great song to get in the party mood!

@AUSTIQUELONDON: #INSTASHOP

Posted 13 - 07 - 2014 | 0 comments

Welcome to the second installment of the all-new Austique London #InstaShop! Read on to view and shop all of your favourite pieces from the @austiquelondon Instagram over the last few weeks…

CHRISTOPHE SAUVAT
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ZIMMERMANN
Vivid Scoop Bikini
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EDITH A. MILLER
Scoop Neck Tee
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HAT ATTACK
Madagascar Tote
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Silk Twist Swing Dress
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A Line Suede Skirt
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Hero Star Knicker Set
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Stay In The Know: W11

Posted 12 - 07 - 2014 | 0 comments

Austique Notting Hill is positively crammed full of amazing new stock – from your Summer holiday must-haves to easy pieces that will take you straight through to next season (yes, Autumn/Winter is already on our minds!) We asked Retail Manager Joanna to showcase her Top 5 new in hero pieces that are guaranteed to get our heartbeats racing…

When I first started working at Austique I was so excited to see that we carry Lemlem! I love buying a product that is of amazing quality and comfort AND has a great cause behind it. This is the perfect product to take on holiday when you just want to be effortlessly chic while still cozy and comfortable. I had a tough time choosing a colour but finally decided on bright pink :)

Ohhh this Zimmerman top – it’s just SO pretty! I love how feminine and flirty it is; as soon as I put it on I wanted to find myself on a late afternoon lunch date. As always, I’m one for versatility and am planning on wearing this year round.

Speaking of Lemlem – how great does this scarf look draped over this perfect beach bag by Hat Attack?! I love how structured this bag is, that it’s big enough to fit everything you need for a day out, and most of all that it works both on the beach and in the city.

The coveted Austique Suede Skirts are finally here! They have the perfect a-line shape and a great fit. I’ve decided to get outside of my comfort zone and go for the emerald green one. I know I’ll love having that bright pop of colour come Autumn.

This Mara Hoffman one piece will not only be worn as a bathing suit! Bathing suit by day, body by night :) It’s a piece that will take me from the beach to lunch by the sea… I can’t wait to wear it with my Koral shorts and Lemlem cover up.

There are no words to describe these two Camilla kaftans…. They really are a work of art.

#AUSTIQUERECOMMENDS…The 24hr Staycation

Posted 11 - 07 - 2014 | 0 comments

While for some of us a Summer holiday may conjure thoughts of an exotic getaway on a remote island, the Austique girls love nothing more than a luxurious staycation in one of our capital’s finest hotels. After all, with fine dining, relaxing spas and sumptuous rooms aplenty – what more could one ask for? Take a look as we discover the girls’ top picks for their dream 24 hour staycation in London…

JOANNA – RETAIL MANAGER
I have not been in London long enough to have had a proper staycation – it is on the list of to-do’s, after exploring the English countryside of course. However, prior to moving to London I came for a work trip and stayed at the Great Northern Hotel (GNH), right by Central Saint Martin’s. I love boutique hotels and find that hotels are best when just renovated – having stayed here just a couple months after it opened was just perfect. I have to admit that at GNH, their breakfast (this may sound silly but: best. porridge. ever.), and their cocktails may have slightly influenced my love for London, and ultimate decision to move here! :)

ALICE – ECOMMERCE ASSISTANT
Dukes Hotel, hidden away in the middle of Mayfair would be ideal for a last minute staycation. It’s such a cute and cosy hotel, right in the centre of London. Have a wander around the bustling city centre before indulging in a yummy afternoon tea and finish off the day at the bar, which is always buzzing. The martinis are amazing and the Martini Master class is a must-do activity!

CARI – HEAD OF ONLINE
For my 24hr Staycation I would definitely indlulge in a one night stay at Claridges. I am so intrigued by the history of the place and being in the same hotel that Jackie Onassis graced does not sound too shabby at all! I would love to stay in the Diane von Furstenbrg suite as it looks heavenly and I would spend the day aimlessly wandering around London going to all the touristy places that I have not been to yet been to, regardless of living in London for over 3 years! Ideally I would time this around Christmas so that I could see their amazing Designer Christmas trees, however afternoon tea in high Summer would suit me just fine!

RACHAEL – ECOMMERCE MERCHANDISER
Any staycation in town would have to involve the Sanderson hotel. Being an art history graduate I am obsessed with their high art meets ultra modern aesthetic, and as soon as you walk in the door you feel like a VIP. If the idea of a traditional afternoon tea fills you with dread (although I can’t imagine why!), their Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea offers a unique take on the usual offering.

ERIKA – ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER
I love the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane – I have had a lot of family events there so it has real sentimental meaning for me. It is absolutely beautiful inside and has a quintessentially British feel to it, plus you feel very special when you go there.