29.06.2015- The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Monday, 29 June 2015

Although I mentioned in my last post that one of my favourite things about immersing yourself in a big city is discovering some super special secret gems, it's sometimes just as much fun to become something of a tourist in your own city and explore those must-visit destinations which you've never quite found the opportunity to get familiar with. I know I've got a list as long as my arm of London landmarks which are long overdue a visit- those instantly recognisable destinations which are so synonymous with the city and yet which are always fighting for competition against the latest hot ticket or something more temporary. One such place which I've been meaning to visit for an absolute eternity is the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly, so when Hannah invited me along as her guest for a special bloggers preview of their much anticipated Summer Exhibition, I jumped at the chance:

The hubbub of the Summer Exhibition proved the perfect introduction to the Royal Academy of Arts, and although the installations were a little overwhelming to start with, it was fantastic to see such a variety of work on display, and having the chance to unpick each of the pieces as we made our way through the galleries was really fun, making the visit feel really interactive and personal too. There were lots of pieces which really stood out, including the incredible painted staircase by Jim Lambie, and Liam Gillick's plexiglass installation. I also loved Michael Landy's neon bubbles, Bluewolf by Jim Remfry and Mychael Barratt's London Map of Days- definitely a piece which I could have puzzled out all evening!

Havr you ever been to the Royal Academy of Arts?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

25.06.2015- On the Menu: Crumbs & Doilies, Soho

Thursday, 25 June 2015

There's no doubt that one of the best things about being within easy reach of any big city is the opportunity to explore lots of new things, whether they be undiscovered gems away from the tourist trail, unusual experiences or newly opened dining destinations. Although I've got some tried and tested London favourites, it's always lovely to have an excuse to try somewhere new for the first time, so when I caught up with Hannah at the end of last week we made an impromptu trip to one of Central London's newly opened bakeries for some seriously indulgent Friday food at Crumbs & Doilies:

Situated just a stone's throw away from the hustle and bustle of Carnaby Street, Crumbs & Doilies is a small but perfectly formed treasure. Serving up a different selection of freshly baked cupcakes every day, it's the perfect pitstop to head to if you're taking a well deserved tea break, or if you find that your sweet tooth has gotten the better of you at the end of the day. With a really diverse menu there's something to please everyone on offer, and the option of mixing things up with mini cupcakes is a great one too- particularly if you're torn between flavours. I opted for the Salted Caramel cupcake, and suffice it to say that I'm already planning a return visit to stock up on some more!

Have you visited anywhere new to eat recently?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

23.06.2015- What I Wore Today #222

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

I don't know about you, but this topsy turvy weather has put me into something of a spectacular wardrobe pickle. One minute it's looking grey and gloomy (in fact, as I type this, it's pouring down with rain), and then the next the sun has reappeared and I find myself seriously regretting leaving the house equipped with layer upon layer of clothing. If nothing else, the erratic British summer is proving to be a great opportunity to get to grips with some old fashioned favourites which have been tucked away for a fair while, teaming them with some more recent new season additions:

Denim Dress- Atterley
Black Dress- Mango 
Shoes- Adidas via Urban Outfitters 
Bag- c/o Atterley
Sunglasses- Topshop c/o Westfield London

You might remember that this black dress from Mango was a real favourite of mine last summer, so needless to say I've been eagerly waiting for the chance to make it a staple part of my new season wardrobe this year. It's such a brilliant basic, and great for teaming with lots of different style staples. Here I layered it under another dress (something which you might remember I experimented with last year too!) in the shape of this denim design from Atterley. It's slightly more relaxed in style than my Miss Selfridge dress, which makes it perfect for styling like this- without needing to reach for a coat!
Have you been experimenting with any wardrobe favourites recently?

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)

19.06.2015- Slogan Style

Friday, 19 June 2015

Sometimes, there's nothing better than wearing your heart on your sleeve- or indeed, your sweatshirt! Regular readers will know that I've got a keen eye for all sorts of slogan staples, and my wardrobe is punctuated by a fair proportion of basic pieces with a bit of a punch- including my much loved sweaters from Whistles. Over the last few weeks, a few similar pieces have caught my eye- everyday basics which are ideal for making a simple statement:

No Slogans Please Tee, £16, Topshop/The Future Tank, £70, Etre Cecile/Giddy Up Sweater, £49, House of Holland/Solidarite Feminine Knit, £270, Bella Freud/Babe Tee, $40, Ochi Shop/Happy Banana Tee, £16, River Island/Hell Yeah Tee, £20, River Island

This tee from Topshop might just be verging on hipster irony, but at such a purse friendly price it's ideal if you want to tap into the slogan trend without breaking the bank. It's quite summer friendly too, and I can imagine it looking ace with a midi skirt and sandals. If you're after something which packs a bit more of a punch, then you'd be hard pushed to go wrong with Etre Cecile- aka the brand of dreams! This grey marl vest top is a seriously suitcase ready staple if ever I saw one, and I'd definitely recommend checking out the rest of their collection- swoon worthy and then some!

House of Holland is another brilliant one stop shop if you're looking for some colourful, characterful pieces to compliment your wardrobe essentials. This sweater mixes cheeky sentiment with practicality, and it's well worth snapping up now if you're looking to make some investment buys for winter. Speaking of investment buys, slogans don't tend to get more sophisticated than those on offer at Bella Freud- and this classic knit is a truly timeless treasure- complete with bonus hearts on sleeve!

For a really punch packing purchase, Ochi Shop  is a great port of call. This statement red tee is another eye catching piece which would slip seamlessly into any wardrobe. With summer shopping on the brain, it's well worth checking out what River Island have on offer at the moment-these two tees are ultra-affordable and versatile, as well as being instant mood boosters too!

Are you a fan of slogan purchases?

(Image credit: Topshop, Etre Cecile, House of Holland, Bella Freud, Ochi Shop and River Island.)

17.06.2015- Cath Kidston AW15 Press Day

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to a very special preview of Cath Kidston's forthcoming AW15 pieces. Presented against the suitably seasonally themed backdrop of The Studio in Chiltern Street (complete with resident Father Christmas!), the collection encompassed a bounty of beautiful new designs, all of which are seriously wishlist worthy. As you would expect, there were plenty of gorgeous prints on display, as well as a selection of winter-ready favourites which made me (almost..!) look forward to the prospect of cosy evenings in:

As well as the instantly recognisable signature florals on display, I also got to preview some brilliantly bold new prints which I can't wait to see arrive in store. Alongside cosy winter staples such as pyjamas and fleece lined slippers (the dream!), the AW15 collection is punctuated by some perfectly practical accessories, including backpacks and oilcloth offerings a plenty. I also loved seeing lots of winter knitwear peppered with some lovely floral details, and have already added most of the jumpers to my shopping list to snap up once the weather starts to turn. I'm also determined to get ahead of the game when it comes to Christmas shopping this year, so was really pleased to see so many quirky stocking fillers on display too!

What are your favourite Cath Kidston pieces?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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