Jollies with Rhina

On Saturday 21st January I boarded a train to head down to London again. I had another visit planned to Hula Nails to have my hair vintage styled with the lovely Lucie Luella.

Deciding to wear my Pin Up Girl Clothing Pele dress, with a vintage patent handbag and a large lily hair accessory, I was all ready to hit the City.

As I had quite a few hours to kill, I got in touch with a friend whose acquaintance I had made recently.

The wonderful Dr Rhinaixa Duque-ThΓΌs was a lady I met at the Christmas Tiki Party which had been held at the Kanaloa Club at the end of last year.

She truly is the most amazing and inspirational woman I have ever personally met, and I knew I wanted to spend more time getting to know her.

We agreed to meet up for “something” in the afternoon. Now, with Rhina that could be afternoon tea, Vietnamese food or even lots of cocktails. So I just followed her lead!

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The amazing Rhina

Finally arriving at Old Street Station we headed towards Hula Nails which also has a parade of shops and cafes. Rhina recommended one, which apparently did the most amazing omelettes. Well, it would be silly not to try the establishment, wouldn’t it?

We went into The Market Restaurant and I was at a loss of what to choose. Rhina went for one of the giant omelettes, whilst I eventually opted for a cooked breakfast. Which I have to say was out of this world!

After eating we wandered along to Hula to book in for my appointment. Lucie Luella was working on another ladies hair so we settled in to wait, I was a little early after all.

We were graciously offered a glass of honey and ginger tea, which was delicious and we sat chatting.

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Honey and Ginger Tea while we wait

Talking to Rhina and learning more about her and her life was simply fascinating. I could have listened to her all day. She really is a font of knowledge, yet lights up a room with her enthusiasm and verve for life. I was transfixed!

When it was my turn, Lucie Luella started by putting the dye on my roots. After a period of time the mixture was put over the lengths of my hair. Now to wait for it to take.

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Going back to my roots…

After it was washed off, Lucie Luella dried and styled it in a vintage poodle up-do before adding my large pink stargazer lily.

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The finished look

The lovely ladies at Hula had recommended that we visit Fontaine’s a 1920’s style cocktail bar in nearby Dalston. Apparently we could hop on the number 243 bus which would deposit us directly outside the bar in around 20 minutes.

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The 243 Bus Selfie

Well, it would be rude not to give it a go!

We arrived outside Fontaine’s and entered through a plain black front door. Inside it was like a 1920’s paradise!

Large gilt palm trees, Art Deco cabinets, low level seating all around a massive built in bar with every drink imaginable. Crystal champagne coupes, hi-ball glasses and china tea-cups all to serve cocktails in. Just perfect.

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Fabulous Fontaines

We decided to order a cocktail each, for Rhina the Royal Hawaiian, and a buttered Rum for myself.

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Royal Hawaiian

A stunning lady (who we later found out was the stunning Ruby) proceeded to complete our order. We sat reclining on the individual armchairs, chatting about anything and everything.

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Remarkable Ruby!

Unfortunately there was a private party downstairs so we were unable to have a look at the Bamboo Lounge, a private Tiki bar with a stage, projector and sound system. Perfect for a vintage function.

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Cocktail Hour? Well…… if you insist!

Sadly the time rushed past so quickly, it was soon time for us to leave to catch the number 243 to Old Street.

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Cherry-tastic

I eventually made it to St Pancras as my train was pulling into the platform. Finding my first class seat (in an almost deserted carriage) I whiled away the journey listening to The Cole Porter songbook with a glass of rose.

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Rose, Records and Railways

A perfectly decent end to a wonderful day.

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  • Kira L Curtis

    You look absolutely wonderful, so glad you had such a fab day πŸ˜€

  • Laura

    Wow you look absolutely fabulous; your hair is styled to perfection! xxx

    • I know! Wish I could do it myself like this!!! lol xx

  • Sounds like you had a fab day and your hair looks fab! x

  • Lovely post. Good to know you had a swell time.

  • Love all your days out stories … you have such wonderful adventures!

    C x
    CurvyGirlThin.com

  • I love your posts, always so much fun and they always make me smile . Adore your hair this way πŸ™‚ looks like you had a fabulous day x

    • Thank you Lynne, I am so glad you enjoy my blog πŸ™‚ It was a great day too xx

  • I so enjoy following your adventures, you have such a wonderful time wherever you go, and I dare say you light up whatever room you enter! It is a joy reading your posts, you so clearly have such a zest for life. You look fabulous as always x

    • Awww thank you so much Sarah! That means an awful lot xx

  • Gareth Torrance

    Absolutely loving the art deco theme! Might have to try and give that place a go!

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I love your dress – that pattern is so pretty. Also, you have me really craving cocktails now haha

    • Me too! Well, not quite this early in the morning though lol x

  • Your hair looks amazing, and as always I love your dress, it looks like you had a great day x

  • Healthy & Psyched

    Sounds like an amazing trip. I feel like I’m having fun just reading about it! Your hair is amazing! I’d love to see what I looked like with my hair done up like that!

    • michael pearson

      I work wear made knicker give me skirt wear all girls wear if need job put on

    • I think it would look amazing on you! x

      • Healthy & Psyched

        Thanks so much, I’ve just been invited to a themed party so maybe I will try it!

        • Ooooh can’t wait to see the resulting pictures! x

  • This might be one of my favourite looks on you and it is nice that you had a good time out with friends. I love the sound of that cocktail yum x

    • Ahhh thank you so much Ana, without sounding too vain, I really like it too x

  • What al ovely trip and your hair and outfits always look great.

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    Looks like you had a great time. The cocktails look amazing x

  • Such a lovely trip into London, the cocktail bar looks so nice and your Rum cocktail sounds amazing x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    It looks like you had a lovely trip. Love the hair and also the perfectly placed flower that went perfectly with your dress. The cocktail looks yummy!

  • All sounds very cool. Keep up having fun, girl!

  • Baby Isabella

    We’d love to visit fontaines bar and my folks have often talked about going there. Looks like you had a fab day!

  • Look’s like you ladies were having a lot of fun, it’s definitely nice to get out and take some time for ourselves and enjoy life. It’s not all about work work work we need to fit in fun too πŸ™‚ Right?

    • Exactly! It really was a great time, and I can’t wait to do it again x

  • Such a pretty dress. It looks so good on you.

  • Teresa Bowen

    What a wonderful day you had, I hope the rest of the year is just as fun-filled for you.

    • Thank you Teresa…. there is much more still to come! x

  • Ali

    Your hair is amazing, it sounds like you had the perfect day!

  • Sounds like you had a wonderful day! The Royal Hawaiian cocktail looks amazing

  • Louise O’Brien

    It just looked like such a fab day that I wanted to join you! Rhina looks so much fun and for me to visit a 1920’s cocktail bar would be my Interior heaven. Thank you for sharing I always love your posts X

    • Ahhh I am so glad you love my little blog! If you get a chance to go to Fontaines, I highly recommend it! x

  • What a lovely day you had and you looked lovely! L x

  • fashion-mommy

    I want to come with you on your next trip, it sounds like the most incredible day.

  • I enjoyed reading this πŸ™‚ Glad you had a great time πŸ™‚

  • Natasha

    Oh wow! She did such a great job on your hair. I’m just loving this whole Pin-Up Girl look you have going.

    • Thank you Natasha, I love dressing this way, and plan on having lots more fun! x

  • michael pearson

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