Visiting London :: A Two Day Plan

Visiting London :: A Two Day Plan

Visiting London for the first time

It’s just over two weeks until the boy and I visit the glorious capital of England. Well, I say glorious, but I’m merely making an assumption… *whispers* I’ve never actually been. The boy has been filling my head with all the wonderful things that we can see and do. So, I’m taking Chelsea’s advice and making a plan. Thanks to your suggestions on my previous London post, here are just a few of my ideas for our two day trip.

1. Shoreditch

Yes, you’ve guessed it. Right at the top of my list of places to visit is Shoreditch. Erica, knowing me as well as she does, was one of the first people to suggest that I visit. One Google Image Search later revealed an urban gallery of street art’s finest; Roa, Jimmy C, Stik, Alice Pasquini…need I say more? Luckily, we’re staying near Shoreditch so an afternoon with the boy as my street art tour guide is definitely on the cards. 

2. Tate Britain

‘Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, David Hockney,1970-71,
Photo: © Tate, London 2014
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Five years ago, I discovered the David Hockney painting, ‘Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy’. It was part of my research before teaching a unit of work entitled ‘Portraying Relationships’. For years I displayed it for a term, as I taught the topic, and grew quite attached to it. The inferred meaning by the positioning of the married couple and their cat, Percy, always humored me. Little did I know that the subjects were iconic textile designers Celia Birtwell and Ozzie Clark. You have seen me declare my love for Birtwell’s iconic floral prints many a time before. That’s why a trip to Tate Britain to visit Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy is high on my list. 

3. Westminster Walk

Source: Walk London
I recently discovered Walk London, a website offering a font of knowledge for self-guided London walking tours. The Westminster Walk appeals to my adventurous nature. With London’s famous landmarks littering this route, I’m dusting off my boots and hoping the weather stays fine. Although, with my personal tour guide keeping me company, who knows which parts of London we’ll end up in? 

4. Covent Garden

I’m kidding. I’m over three weeks into the spending ban (22 days to be precise) Arriving in London will mark my halfway point and shopping in Covent Garden would be torture.  I’m also saying no to Oxford Street. Instead, I plan on using my energy to see London’s cultural side. I’m sure the boy won’t complain at an enforced no shopping rule. 
 
What are your experiences of London?
What do you like to do there? 
 
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What I Wore :: Boy Meets Girl

What I Wore :: Boy Meets Girl

What do you wear for a forecast of blustery showers and strong winds? Not a dress, that’s for sure! We awoke to the sound of angry weather, our planned day in Manchester was off the cards. However, with a dress that needed to be returned, staying in was not an option. 

When you think something isn’t going to match, sometimes it turns out looking better than you thought. My mother always taught me never to mix navy and black, nor brown and black. Yet here I am breaking all of her well-meant rules. It’s so rare that I wear skinny jeans, especially with a shirt, but on days like today, practicality wins. 

// Coat :: c/o Joules // Shirt :: ModCloth // Jeans :: Topshop Kristen // Boots :: H&M // Scarf :: Urban Outfitters (Mens) // Satchel :: Cambridge Satchel Company //


Compared to the dresses that I usually wear, this outfit feels quite boyish. They do say a change is as good as a rest. On this one occasion I think they may be right. Now that we’re 20 days into the 100 day spending ban, I’m finding things buried deep in my wardrobe that I’d forgotten about. Like this ModCloth heart print blouse. Still brand new with tags, it had always seemed a little big around my shoulders. That was over a year ago. Today, it seemed like the perfect fit for me and the weather. 

What are you wearing to battle this frightful weather?
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Orla Kiely for Clarks :: They’re Here!

Orla Kiely for Clarks :: They’re Here!

Original Source :: Clarks
As you know, I am a huge fan obsessive of all things Orla. For me, it’s the mix of prints teamed with such vibrant colours that makes Orla the queen of fashion. When I started the 100 day spending ban, I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for. I knew that Orla Kiely would collaborate with Clarks to release the most beautiful shoe collection in the world (okay, I may be a little biased, but stay with me on this one), but I was so unprepared for how much longing one shoe collection could stir. With 81 days left to go, the Spring 2014 collection has landed a little earlier than I anticipated.
 
Launched at London Fashion Week, the range features 14 styles of 60’s and 70’s heaven. With Orla’s iconic prints  and vintage colour palette adorning these shoes, it’s not hard to envisage them fitting in to any vintage loving girl’s wardrobe. Priced from £80 upwards, these are definitely investment shoes. 
 
To check out the whole collection, click here. To watch the promotional video for the SS14 collection, click here
 
Will you be investing?
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Atlantic Shopping Bar Stool Competition :: Creative Ideas for Interiors

Atlantic Shopping Bar Stool Competition :: Creative Ideas for Interiors

If you were asked to select a photograph to be printed on a bar stool, what would you choose? When Atlantic Shopping asked just that, I knew I’d love to see a photograph taken from my travels in Berlin. I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to display my pictures, so often they’re resigned to a digital memory stored away in a forgotten folder. A lover of unique touches to the home, what could be quirkier than seeing your prints on a bar stool? Here’s what I chose:

Berlin :: Festival of Lights
I took this shot during our last visit to Berlin in October. Even though the boy and I had visited to celebrate our birthdays, we were lucky enough to be there during the Festival of Lights. What we saw was simply stunning. Some of Berlin’s most famous landmarks were transformed by images projected upon them. My favourite had to be the beloved Brandenburg Gate. The iconic gate was transformed with roses against the background of the night sky. Even though I’ve seen the Brandenburg Gate numerous times before, I will never again see it in this way. 
 
What would you like to see printed on a bar stool? 
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Win £100 ASOS Voucher :: Brit Pack Gives Back

Win £100 ASOS Voucher :: Brit Pack Gives Back

Today I’m happy to be co hosting an amazing ‘bloggers give back’ give-away hosted by myself, Polkadot Pinkand…
 
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