Good times and good vibes.
After making the move to East, we had a house warming party to celebrate our new place with friends – old an new. Literally warmed our house, with 50 people in the living room and no fans in sight (aside from pieces of cardboard – classy) it’s what happens.
Spent all of Sunday cleaning up the signs of fun. Now, back to the grind this week. Dreaming of Australia, two week countdown is on.
A good friend of mine sent this to me on one of our honeymoon holidays last summer. I love it. It perfectly sums up all of the feelings you have when you’re a beginner. And to some extent we are always beginners, starting on a new path or project each time. But the way beginners become the best, is by persisting. And that, is exactly what I’m going to do.
Sunday Crew, at it again.
This time at an absolute gem in the heart of Hackney. Palm Vaults. We’ve been eyeing up this place for a while and finally paid it a visit in the New Year. Post- birthday celebrations into the wee hours on Saturday night and morning ballet on Sunday – a mild attempt at learning how to be graceful. 2017 goals are quite extensive this year.
With potted plants hanging from the ceiling and baby pink accents, everything this place is the epitome of trendy and a jackpot for Instagramers. Those blogger girls there in full force with their cameras out, pretty much doing yoga poses to get the perfect shot. Who knew there would be live entertainment as well.
On the menu are loads of lattes – each one a pastel colour to match the flavour. Tried the Rose Latte, Nicole has the Ginger and Turmeric Latte. Divine, but definitely go for Rose if you have a sweet tooth like me.
Being the beast that I am and ignoring the fact that I will be in a bikini in eight weeks, I had the avocado on toast followed by a massive slide of rainbow cake. As you do.
Next weekend, head over to the vaults. 👉🌴
The new Design Museum is now open in London and it’s pretty excellent.
Designed by John Pawson in the 1960s Commonwealth Institute Building, the museum is stunning and very instagram-able. The main exhibit follows the design process from the designer and user through to the maker.
Various design breakthroughs and key influencers are captured across these exhibits with quite relevant examples. Even CityMapper – the BEST app to download and get your way around London – was featured. Charles and Ray Eames were another highlight, along with a short film about Telsa’s approach to design and how it is revolutionising the way people think about autonomous cars and see the feasibility of these in their daily lives.
One of my favourite quotes from the exhibit is from a pioneer in design, both in manufacturing and resources, Henry Ford.
“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” – Henry Ford
The design museum has it’s in house exhibit as well as Fear and Love & the Beazley Designs of the Year installations.
So much inspiration and imagination housed in there. Take a walk through Holland Park and spot the peacocks on your way to the museum. Yes they have those just hanging out in London.
A few months ago I was lucky enough to go to a talk with Anya Hindmarch. An amazing designer, creative thinker and entrepreneur at heart.
The talk was on how Hindmarch broke into the fashion industry and how various elements like technology have impacted her career. A truly inspirational story, Hindmarch got her start at a very young age, buying leather goods from Italy and reselling them in the UK. She broke into designing these bags and worked under notable figures in the industry – learning all that she could. Building up her empire one piece at a time she is now one of the world’s most renowned designers, recognised for her playful touches to chic, high end fashion. Anya Hindmarch has learned the game and played it exceptionally well, detailing key moments like how she opened her first franchise in Asia, collaborated with British Airways on first class hospitality bags and nailed the influencer strategy with high profile models showcasing her coveted leather letter accessories. Crushing life.
Outside the event, I bumped into Anya Hindmarch with my friend as she was waiting for a cab. Aside from being what seemed like the loveliest , most down to earth person, she left me with a piece of advice: Start Something. Start Anything.
Those words have been hanging over me for a few months now. There are so many ideas and possibilities in this world that you really do just need to start. Its not about waiting for the best thing or the perfect opportunity, its about using what you have, going out there and making the perfect opportunity. You will truly never know, unless you start. And really, there is no better time for new beginnings.
It’s been a while since I’ve visited my favourite city.
Breakfasts are just that much more beautiful when sitting inside hidden Parisienne gardens that you stumble upon, after visitng the Picasso museum. Happy hours are just that much happier when sitting in the Jardin de Tuileries with two bottles of red, some camembert, a fresh baguette, your brother and his girlfriend who came to visit.
So many lovely memories, Paris is always a good idea. Think it’s time to book a ticket.
Saturday: best enjoyed with a bottomless bellini and life long friends.
This weekend Evrydiki made the trip over from Athens to come say hi to Davina and I. The three of us went to Cardiff University for our Masters Degrees together, some five years ago now. It’s crazy to think how quickly time passes, yet every time we see each other it’s like no time has passed at all.
To celebrate our reunion occasion we booked in for brunch at Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings. A secret garden hideaway in the heart of Clerkenwell. A decor so cozy, fresh and inspiring all the same. This was the perfect place to spend our Saturday, planning weddings, bachelorettes and just life in general.
These girls are crushing life, its the best feeling when your ladies are doing incredibly well. We’ve all grown up so much since uni days but its lovely to know through it all somethings never change.
Glass of red in hand – piece of charcoal in the other. Doing our best to channel Picasso vibes.
Bella’s Bits & Bobs put on an evening of life drawing. Sitting on cozy couches, for two hours we drew the female form. Only a second timer to classes like this Bella asked us why do artists love life drawing? Because the human body is the most beautiful of course.
Apparently artists tend to draw what they see whilst molding this into what they think the body should appear. Clearly wishing I could have a bit more Kimmy K or Emily Ratajkowski in my life based on these drawings.
Taking some time to get in touch with our creative sides was equal parts inspiring and hilarious. Bella’s Bits & Bobs brings these classed straight to your living room. Can’t recommend this enough.
LOCATION: NYC, Spring Studios, backstage at the Jason Wu SS17 show.
SPOTTED: Saint Laurent Classic Sac de Jour bag in Lipstick Red Leather.
One word for this dream bag, WANT. If its good enough for Taylor, its good enough for…well you know.
It’s officially a new season in the city. The wind is crisp, the leaves are turning bright red and yellow, the temperature is dropping and change is in the air.
Walks through Primrose Hill, past the Natural History Museum and on my way to work are just that much prettier with the leaves sprinkled all over the ground. It is ‘fall’…literally.
This is my favourite season and London really has got this Autumn on point. Not long until all of the Christmas decorations are up, the lights are on and you won’t be able to avoid the festive feels. Hands down the most wonderful time of the year.