Basquiat. Pronounced ‘Basquia’ with a silent ‘t’. Had to ask the Barbican gallery operator for confirmation on that one.
I always tend to keep an eye out for the latest gallery openings and exhibits in London. Couldn’t wait for this one – got tickets for the second day it was open. Keen.
Needless to say, the excitement was worth it. Spent nearly three hours in the gallery reading pretty much every excerpt. Well done Barbican, it’s incredibly well curated.
Don’t want to give too much away, but here are a few of the things that I found absolutely fascinating about Basquiat and his career, which like most of the greats, ended too soon.
- Getting noticed: Basquiat first achieved fame in the art world by working with his friend Al Diaz and spray painting graffiti on buildings in Lower Manhattan, working under the pseudonym SAMO© in 1976. He would tag things and put his art up in obscure places until people started recognising the ‘SAMO©’ name and trying to find out who was behind all of this. He kept his anonymity and played with the papers writing letters back and forth asSAMO©. As someone who works in marketing and is always looking for creative ways to get your brand/ message out there – this is certainly a successful way to bring about curiosity and intrigue.
- The Scene: The whole gallery truly captured the scene of NYC at the time. There were polaroids and videos of The Mudd Club where Basquiat used to go, hanging with Madonna and the likes before they were discovered. Genuinely wish I could be transported back to that time. Imagine the creativity and inspiration of all of those people in one place. DREAM.
- Andy Warhol: Basquiat’s friendship with Andy Warhol was a key part of the exhibit and of course part of Basquiat’s career. I had no idea the two artists were so collaborative and connected, living together and working from the same studio. Unlikely but incredible influence on each other.
- Dedication, Talent and Risk: There was a final interview with Basquiat at the Beverly Hills Hotel. This piece really struck me. The risk he took at such a young age to follow his dream and passion is something not many people have the balls to do. It’s those people – the movers and the shakers – that push beyond the ordinary and mundane and create a world of their own. The ones that have the perfect mix of talent and dedication and passion which makes them adverse to risk. This is something that exists within all of us but it’s about allowing yourself to find that and nurture it when you do. If you don’t have a chance to go to the exhibit you can watch it here.
Another lovely read on Basquiat, where his friends and lovers share memories of their times with him. Good Saturday afternoon read.
It’s on until 28th January 2018 at the Barbican. GO GO GO.
Home is where the heart is and mine is right here in London.
The city has always felt like home. More homely a times than others but that feeling you get when you arrive in a city and you know everything has laddered up to bring you here and it’s all just right – that for me is home.
And, even luckier for me, this freshly IKEA decorated space is where I get to call home in this beautiful city. Pinterest worthy space, clearly inspired by just a few Scandi-Interior design boards. It also helps that we live with a designer.
However you see those big leaves there – all me. I carried the massive Monstera plants all the way from Columbia Road market last Sunday.
For someone that can barely take care of herself, I’m quite surprised that nearly a week and a half later they are still standing strong. That’s really where people should be getting their resilience inspiration from – Monstera leaves. So far, they are quite the survivors.
– &what x
no place like home.
Zero plans make for the best days.
Spent Saturday walking around East with a solid crew. My friend Michelle from Toronto stayed over on Friday after a night of bar hopping. Woke up at 6:45AM (stupid body clock). After trying to get back to sleep we decide to get up and make the most the sunshine.
Walking through Brick Lane to Beyond Retro – their original shop with racks on racks of vintage clothes. Walked past the curry houses and dumplings which would have made the perfect cure for the hangover not so much for the beach bod.
Ended up in Shoreditch as per usual. First stop was House of Hackney where I spotted the sink of dreams. Everything in HOH would fit perfectly in my future home, already planning out each room.
Second stop: Artworks Bookshop on Rivington Street. With every obscure magazine and coffee table book you could imagine, this is a place you could spend hours in. Eyed up even more things for the future home.
More home planning at the third stop, a new space that opening on Charlotte Street. W.A.Green. They had Cire Trudon candles that are said to be the ones they made for the Palace of Versailles. A candle fit for a queen? I’ll take that any day.
Only one more day to the weekend now!
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.
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. 👉🌴
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.
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.
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.
The cutest French cafe there ever was, taking over NYC, Toronto and next stop: the world.
Aside from this place being absolute magic, the ladies behind this are even more incredible. Candice Kaye the talented designer behind the oh-so Instagrammable print on the cups. Elisa, the brains behind the whole Maman operation.
Two women following their dreams and crushing life. Next time you’re in NYC or Toronto, visit Maman. Pick yourself up one of their delicious pastires and Matcha lattes or stay a little while and sample their French-inspired home cooking.
Matcha Latte at Maman NYC
Delicious Chicken Caesar Salad at Maman NYC
Meet the women of: FINERY.
Last week I went to an interesting chat about everything and anything FINERY. Caren Downie, Brand Director and Emma Farrow, Head of Design are the two minds behind the online fashion brand determined to put the excitement back into shopping.
These inspirational women and co-founders, Caren Downie and Emma Farrow, gave an inside look at the development of the FINERY brand and what business practices they have implemented to get them to where they are today.
Both women behind FINERY had extensive experience in the fashion industry working at TopShop and ASOS. Identifying a hole in the market based on their intuition and experience in the high street market, they wanted to develop a brand that was unique and refreshed the industry. That was still affordable for women but provided pieces and designs that weren’t carbon copies of everything else in high street shops.
They developed a selection of pieces to create a small capsule collection, with their core favourite pieces within this, selected by what they thought women would wear.
With FINERY being still very much a young brand, the team had worked closely with press and media to get the word out. Their approach was to create engaging experiences for media that would leave them wanting more.