It all started last week after I visited The Royal Childhood at Buckingham palace exhibition. On one of the hottest days the the year I weaved my way through Oxford Street to the flagship Warehouse store (number 264). I had been invited to check out the private dressing room to pick 3 items for a night out at the Rooftop film club the following week.
The private dressing room is free and available to pre-book in advance - 0203 713 0202. There are sofas and drinks in the fridge. Maybe you and your friends are on a shopping trip and want some privacy to try on lots of different pieces and relax rather than rushing in a out of the changing rooms.
Last night was the night… I made my way to Shoreditch for drinks, a BBQ, an open air movie and a catch-up with Emma from EJStyle, Annie from Epiphanniea and Lolli from Girl Stole London (who works for Warehouse).
Last Friday I was invited along to a special blogger preview of the Buckingham Palace opening. This year in line with Prince George’s 1st birthday, The Royal collection was exhibiting ‘a Royal Childhood’. The display included vintage toys and clothing worn and played with by the Royal family. I thought Eva would enjoy the theme this year so I took her along as well. I am glad I did as there was plenty of things to keep little people entertained.
We all waited outside the main visitor entrance where I bumped into fellow royal fan Jaime from Boy Meets Fashion. After checking through security we made our way through the state rooms entrance to the garden cafe for some tea and cake (water for us in the hot weather).
The issue I am about to speak about was something I was aware of, but not previously researched or delved into. Kerry from www.kerryjeanlister.com asked her contacts with some sort of public platform if they would share the Plan UK – because I am a girl campaign video. I decided to look more into it and it left me feeling, well….disturbed!
The lovely girls from Next treated a few bloggers last night to dinner at STK followed by watching a performance of The Bodyguard. We were asked to pick two pieces from the website to wear on the evening. I went for this boxy rib top and jacquard skirt.
I met up with Ella first of all so we could take snaps of each others outfits. Big thanks to her for taking mine! We decided Somerset house would be the best place as it was nearby. It’s always so strange walking through there when it’s not LFW. No colourful ensembles and dead birds stuck on peoples heads.
A rather spontaneous weekend for me. I had an email from Task PR on Friday (who I went to Germany with) asking if I would like two VIP (I am not very important, you can buy these) camping tickets for Love Supreme from the sponsors Storm Watches. Yes of course I replied – then wondered on who would look after Eva and Luna at such short notice! Thankfully my lovely little sister Lottie saved the day and came over to house, kid and puppy sit.
We pulled all of our camping equipment together (including our tiny tent that we bought Eva). I panicked on what to wear as the forecast was looking undecided. Then struggled to make my mind up on whether to take my Canon 6D or my Canon EOS M. I decided on the latter! I don’t really like taking my very expensive camera out with me when I am drinking. I have left a DSLR on a bench when I have had a few vinos down my gullet. Also drowned a Canon 500D. The Canon M isn’t cheap, but it’s a third of the price to worry about. The pictures are not as good quality, but 100x better than using my phone. Plus it’s teeny tiny, which is always a bonus.
I fear I may have over milked it with the holiday photos! Last ones…promise. I think when it comes to photography; people are definitely my forte. I have all these great ideas of landscape photos I am going to do and they never come out the way I want them. I am so used to photographing scenery as a backdrop…I have to try and retrain my brain to make it the point of the image. Whenever I look at a beautiful scene…I always wonder how many other people have already taken the exact same photo. I definitely need a wide angle lens.
I feel like an alien in these sunglasses. I am sure they won’t be for everyone, but I love quirky sunglasses personally! I think this might be the last outfit from my holiday in Greece. I do have a massive Greek photography/cinemagraph post that I am working on. I will post that either tomorrow or Monday.
We were staying in a little tiny resort on the island of Syros, so we decided to go back and check out the port town we arrived in from the Mykonos ferry – Hermoupolis. It’s a non-tourist, proper Greek working town. I knew if I wore the usual holiday get-up, we would stick out like a sore thumb! Well… apart from being incredibly pale that is.
I don’t really sunbath anymore, it’s boring as hell and I don’t want to look like a leather boot when I reach 40. I used to lay in the sun day in and day out on holiday…hate to think of the sun damage I have already caused. Any small tan I get now is from walking around.
If you follow me on twitter or Instagram you would already know I am currently sunning myself in Syros. I planned to blog my trip as I go like I did in South Africa, but I only brought my phone and my camera this time.
I haven’t been to Blackpool since I was a little girl so I was excited when Eva received an invite to check out the new Poppycat show in the Nickelodeon Land at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Throughout June 2014 Poppy will be appearing in her own shows, where little fans can join in on activities with lots of fun and big cuddles from the kitty herself.
We made the 6 hour journey (we stopped a few times) from Surrey to Blackpool the night before. We were kindly offered a stay in the Big Blue hotel, which is pretty much on the Pleasure Beaches doorstop. I can remember staying in tacky rundown seaside hotels in blackpool when I was a girl, so it was a welcomed surprise when we turned up at this hotel. The room was lovely and Eva had her own cubbyhole with bunk-beds and her own tv and play-wall - very much a family hotel.
You may have seen posts on here and on other blogs about ‘The Apartment‘ – a blogger haven during LFW. Brands will come along to promote their products, bloggers partake in activities, have a chill out and catch up with friends. Founder Abi has now created blogger focused events throughout the year. Each event is at a different apartment located in London – it’s always fun having a look around swanky London pads.
This time we made our way up to North London and pretty Primrose Hill. I haven’t spent any time around this part of London, but when I got home I insisted to Luke that if we were going to move into London…Primrose Hill is were I want to live. It’s quiet, it’s right next to Regents park, quick into central and it has colourful houses..what more could you want!
Last week I was involved in an exciting Free People ME shoot with 10 other girls. The group included Stylists, Journalists, Jewellery designers and bloggers including friend Julia from Stylonylon - you may remember her from my recent Germany trip. We all had our own styles, but there was one thing we all had in common…we are all big Free People fans. The day started off with breakfast in their super cute showroom; then it was getting down to picking out outfits from the Spring/Summer 2014 rails. We each styled up 3 looks and headed out to the streets of Marylebone with Paris based photographer Diane Sagnier.
Yesterday me and Eva went along to an Apartment Spring Break event in Primrose Hill - a post on that next week! I really liked Eva’s little outfit and everyone was complimenting her; so I thought I would do a kids street style post with her balloon… that she lost 5 minutes later. There was pure grief in her eyes as the balloon left her grip and she watched it ascend into the sky. A women walked past and told her the balloon was on its way to balloon heaven, which I am not sure made the situation better. What is it with kids and balloons? I used to draw faces on them and pretend they were people… makes me think of Tom Hanks and Wilson. I wasn’t a lonely child.
This is the final look from the 7 days wearing Wallis feature I have been working on. You can check out all the looks and 3 I haven’t featured on here on the Wallis blog. Plus details on the #WallisDressEdit competition for a chance to win a £150 Wallis gift card!