Ice cream bars are popping up all over London. Much like the gourmet chocolate and cupcake stores/cafes trend of the last few years * ice cream dine n’ retail seems to be where it’s at now.
Some examples west-side include upscale gelataria Gelato Mio on Holland Park Road which has opened another branch at Notting Hill Gate, the recently opened (and very nice) Ca’puccino cafe at Westfields which offers a big range of delicious home made ice creams, and pop up shop Icecreamists opens today in Selfridges offering a wild and fabulous range of flavours.
* …btw – new cupcake store opening on Kensington Park Road soon….
I tried to take back a t-shirt to American Apparel today and was told that it was exchange or credit note only. I’m sure I’ve taken stuff back before and got a full refund, and unless I’m dreaming it, I also remember being wowed by the very generous 90 day (or thereabouts) grace period too. It must have been ages ago as I don’t often buy AmAp.
I’m disappointed by this mean policy which goes against the company’s cool, people-centric image, and it really isn’t in line with other high street stores who target such a young audience. I was given the impression that many angry parents vent their frustration about this issue too.
I noticed that a Mary Quant shop is going to open in the Duke of York Square, off the Kings Road in Chelsea. Looking forward to it.
Trends in yoghurt :
1. Probiotics – live bacteria is big in this market – much more so than in the UK (I’ve been told that Slovenia is the wellness centre of Europe which may explain!)
Other products of interest :
2 – EGO Slim and Vital – a low fat drinking yoghurt which contains essential amino acid L-Carnitine and Coenzymes Q1o for energy…this is what the EGO website says about the product benefits:
- Greater fat burning and its more efficient conversion into energy,
- Faster regeneration after physical workout
- An appropriate supply of essential nutrients to the heart, brain, immune cells and many other vital body parts.
The product is aimed at dieters, athletes, pregnant women and anyone who wants to maintain a healthy body weight along with physical activity and vitality. I tried the plain version – interestingly it was completely unsweetened, which is unusual for an on-the-go drink. Other flavours include strawberry, peach and tropical fruit.
3 – EGO Vec Kot (More Than) Yoghurts – probiotic yoghurts in flavours which include flowers, herbs and plants eg strawberry and rose, apple and basil, lime and aloe vera (I’m not sure if these ingredients are for health / beauty benefits or just for flavouring)
Trends in the Shower aisle :
1 – Pretty Pretty : flowers, pinks, ultra feminine ingredients ie waterlily, rose, passionflower etc
2 – Luxe femme – diamonds, pearls etc
Other interesting examples :
3 – Adidas Gym Vibes – funky packaging – this is a nice sporty pack which I would definitely take to the gym
4 – Subrina Chocolate Dream – doesn’t sound wildly refreshing – the angle here is pampering and maybe sensual
I saw this bunting made out of knickers at an exhibition last December – and thought it was such a cute idea. An adaptation of this concept would work really well for a brand like Jack Wills, and possibly Victoria’s Secret Pink if they were working with an English theme.
ps apologies for the poor-quality mobile phone photo!
Bunting made out of knickers