Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Short post, as its five in the morning, but I can't
sleep so have been researching Easter eggs. Whilst I'm not a snob about Cadburys rubbish, my problem is that its very easy to eat an awful lot of it, so ive learnt in recent years to ask for very expensive, posh chocolates for Easter as then you receive far fewer, and they tend to be too rich to scoff in one sitting.I went into Rococo chocolates yesterday where they have an amazing range of Easter goodies, including some real hen's eggshells that have been filled with praline.SKILLS!Don't think they're featured on the online store, but this house of amazing chocolate quails eggs is. Also check out Libertys for all the Prestat and Charbonnel et Walker classics. Hope and Greenwood also have a really nice selection for kids.
Recently I met up with Sketchbook Magazine editor Wafa Al Obaidat who was busy brainstorming about the pop-up project with Rachel Menashy. With an incredible venue on Newburgh street, and the walls of the store decorated by the magazine's loyal illustrators (see the cute portraits of the Sketchbook magazine team by Laura Callaghan below), the shop is set to be home to the biggest names in fashion blogging, styling, designing and illustration.
Susie Bubble, Mademoiselle Robot and Disney Roller Girl are just a few of the fashion faces making appearances, and there'll also be music from the likes of my friend Gabby Young,(below) who'll be doing a special set on the final day, April 18th. There's an updated version of the schedule here.
Today I had a meeting at LoveBakery on King's road, just as they were sending off a batch of cupcakes to the Sketchbook pop-up in time for Susie Bubble's talk.YUMS!
Sunday, 28 March 2010
I haven't yet been to see the Colin Farrell film entitled 'Ondine' based on the Irish fairytale about a fisherman finding a mermaid in his nets.Is she a mermaid?Is she even real? Is she good, or bad?A film of the story could be totally amazing, I can only hope it lives up to my expectations, and to the iconic illustrations by Arthur Rackham which accompanied early publications. A Rackham is my favourite golden age illustrator, I'm so in awe of how he depicts the waves in these images, as well as Undine's eerie beauty; see for yourself:
There's currently a very, very rare copy of the book Undine, illustrations by Arthur Rackham, on ebay. If you've just been paid, grab it.It's my birthday in May, by the way.
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Stunning, stunning stop motion film, found on Etsy.
Click on the video above to watch in youtube, as my blog is too small to see the whole image properly.The amazing singer whose music is used and who stars in the video is Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy. Take that, Tim Burton.
Friday, 19 March 2010
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Those of you who've read my list of things I want to do in my life, will know that I have a great love of both quilts and wallpaper; two of my ambitions involve wallpapering a room and sewing a quilt like a scrabble board.This is not just because I've carefully planned ahead so that I have some things on the list to do when I'm ancient, but because I genuinely do have a mild obsession with anything printed. I recently got to choose the curtain fabric for my room at my parents' new house, spent a blissful hour in Osbourne and Little on King's road where they also stock Liberty prints...swoooon!(I went for a pale blue covered in butterflies; dreamy.)
So when I heard there were major exhibitions of both my favourite things this year I was pretty chuffed. The V&A are exhibiting quilts dating back to 1700, as well as recent examples by Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry.The quilts are also grouped thematically, with some surprising issues raised; the quilt below was made by convicts on board the HMS Rajah in 1841. Open from 20th March to 4th July 2010.
If you fancy making your own quilt (it can't JUST be me) The Papered Parlour are offering a quilt-making workshop on Good Friday, 2nd April. Its £77.50, and you need to bring a piece of fabric you want to use; maybe an old dress you love?You can actually find old Liberty prints on ebay and etsy for pretty reasonable prices. Bespoke quilt maker Cassandra Ellis will be helping you create something wonderful.
Occasionally I do acknowledge that its necessary to leave London, and I may have to do so to visit the Wallpaper exhibition at the Whitworth museum in Manchester. Featuring work by Andy Warhol, David Shrigley and Damien Hirst as well as older, more traditional examples, the 'Walls are Talking' show looks at cultural influences and deeper issues, with walls adorned with everything from Barbie to blood.
Friday, 12 March 2010
Hot on the heels of Valentine's Day comes another commercialised cheese-fest; Mothers' Day. Rather than splurging on temporary pleasure like chocolates and flowers, why not spend some time with your mum instead?Switch your phone off for a couple of hours, catch up, have a natter, and enjoy some quality mother-daughter time. Here are my top recommendations.
Porchester Baths is London's oldest spa, located in a beautiful art deco building dating back to the 1920s. Featuring two relaxation Russian stream rooms, three Turkish hot rooms and a newly installed Finnish sauna cabin, once visitors have built up a sweat, they can cool off in the Ice Cold Plunge Pool. Ladies can attend on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, entrance is £23, aromatherapy and beauty treatments are extra.There's a lovely lounging-about area where you can just lie back with a herbal tea and relax.Bliss.
TART Saturday 13th 2-6pm
Tart is the ultimate pampering afternoon- perfect for mothers and daughters. Combining vintage styling, make-up sessions by benefit, cocktail making classes from Hendricks gin and delicious tea from Vintage Patisserie; all in the luxury setting of boutique hotel 40 Winks.
Cafe du Pique-Nique
What better way to speed up summer's arrival than an indoor summer picnic, complete with lifelike grass, trees and sunshine; SAD treatment bright light boxes.Everything you’d want inside your dream hamper will be on offer at the café, from Courvoisier summer punches, smoked salmon sandwiches and strawberries, to award winning cider, pork pies and a selection of homemade cakes.Open midday to midnight.
Mothers' Day Flower Arranging Workshop Sat 13th 9.30-11.30am
Bake-A-Boo has teamed up with Liz Inigo Jones of blue sky flowers to teach you and your mum the ins and outs of flower arranging. £45 includes all materials and tools, and you get to take your flowers home with you. Plus Bake-A-Boo's delicious tea and cake to keep you going.