It's not every day I get to say "oh, hello Dita Von Teese"...
Last Thursday, however, was a little different. I was invited to an evening at the Cointreau Privé pop-up lounge, hosted by the lady herself.
After walking up and down Piccadilly numerous times and seeking the assistance of no less than three supposed southerners who had no idea, I finally located the venue, tucked away beneath the bustle of the city. The lounge is a sumptuous affair, draped in red velvet with some lovely art deco touches and just the right number of glittering chandeliers.
Dita is the face of Cointreau Privé and launched the lounge earlier in the week with an exclusive performance. I love the pure glamour of her performances - that nipped in waist, the 40s waves, a perfect pout and endless sparkles. Her stage costume was just stunning.
We learnt how to make the signature cocktail - the Cointreau Citrus and Spice. I love mixing my own cocktails and this one was delicious, if a little strong (which is not necessarily a bad thing). Here's how to make it yourself:
25ml fresh orange juice (and not Tesco's own, the barman warned us)
1 fresh ginger slice
10ml fresh lemon juice
Slice the ginger and place in a cocktail shaker. Add all other ingredients, shake well (watch the lid!) and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange peel and enjoy (responsibly)!
I'm wearing: Zara dress, grey leopard print flats c/o Sarenza (not shown), Mango necklace, Topshop ring, Michael Kors watch. Dita's wearing: D&G and Louboutins (not shown)
After cocktail making, we each had our photo taken with Dita and got a few minutes to chat to her. As you can see from the photo (hello arms!), I was ridiculously awkward. What do you do when Dita Von Teese puts her arm around you? Stand stock still and give your best 'yes-I-am-crazy' smile, apparently. I pulled myself together for our chat though, and asked Dita about her outfit (naturally). Her amazing black ruffle shoes were made by Christian Louboutin, who created the specific heel design just for her. Oh, to be a celebrity!
It was an unforgettable evening and a great introduction to the Cointreau brand - Dita is a perfect fit for the sultry style of the liquor and she was extremely knowledgeable about it too. I'll be making the cocktail at home and visiting the Cointreau Privé pop-up lounge next time I'm in London - if you'd like to go along, the lounge is open until 17th December at 215 Piccadilly, London. To book for the guestlist just visit the website.