I headed to the V&A today (Victoria and Albert museum), but before I arrived there I stopped off in Angel. Angel is a great place to go for breakfast and quiet stroll in the mornings. It’s not too crazy, but the right amount of busy-ness to keep you stimulated. They have cute, old world charm restaurants and great vintage stores. The vintage stores are a little more on the pricey side here, the selection is unique and a bit more carefully curated. I adore Annie’s for its reference to the Victorian era. I can’t get enough of the delicate Victorian lace.
The V&A fascinates me every time. I love the location. Situated in the more upper class area of London – South Kensington – you can expect to see a vast majority of pleasant “sloanes” walking about, well dressed and full of charm.
As you walk into the grand entrance of the museum you instantly feel ready to get soaked in culture. I headed straight to the Asia and India section. I was drawn there due to the familiarity of the Free People aesthetic.
Seeing the chintz costumes of the 1600 was mind blowing. A fashion made from Indian painted cotton. In the 1600s, Chintz fabric was a huge fashion statement amongst women — dresses constructed in England made from beautiful hand painted fabric in south east India was the main “fashion” of this era.
I was in awe of the fine Bengali muslin praised as “woven air”, painted so beautifully, they looked so delicate and light. I stood for hours admiring the beautiful aesthetics from Asia and India. Every time I leave the V&A I always feel like I’ve travelled a little around the world and that enlightens me.
around the South Kensington/Chelsea area you get some pretty well dressed people. One of the best Art collages around is situated here “the royal academy of Art”, so you get the incredibly unique art students strolling around. You have a lot of celebrities and models living here. Here are some details that I enjoyed while walking around Kensington. ( above)
After the day was over I met up with my two BFF’s for a drink at Jaguar Shoes Old city. This area is far too cool for school it often hurts my head thinking where all the absurdly “cool” people came from. It’s pretty entertaining. We had a glass of wine and a great catch up then headed home. The day was perfect!
how cute is this artwork our graphic designers made? it’s so happy and summery and not at all like the weather outside today in philly (spring where are you?). which of these awesome espadrilles are your favorite? We’re loving all the new jeffrey campbell shoes…
Today I headed to Camden to soak up a little bit of Indie rock/ punk culture. It fascinates me every time. I turned up the Foals as I walked up Camden road and soaked in the sub culture that has evolved there. There is a huge punk culture mixed in with a little mod. Expect to see girls and guys wearing Dr martins everywhere or girls adopting that Dita Von Teese look.
It will sure enliven you.
I headed to my favorite cafe the spiral lounge. An all raw and organic cafe which has a beautiful view over the canal - bought my favorite smoothie of almonds, spinach, avocado, wheatgrass, spirulina, chia and xylitol then headed into the hustle and bustle of the Camden stables.
I love vintage shopping in Camden, I always find great things in Episode. There was so many fashion trends that evolved in London which makes for extremely great vintage shopping. The mods, the rockers and the punks! Now all these fashion movements from bygone eras have cumulated into an assortment of eclectic fashions.
The fashion here is influenced by grungy music and indie rock. Long known for its music heritage, certain pubs are favorite meeting spots for local musicians such as Amy Winehouse. There are many live music venues from various pubs to the famous Jazz Cafe, KoKo & The Roundhouse theatre. Boys walk around in the tightest of skinny jeans while girls look they have been rocking out hard to bands all night.
At mid afternoon I headed to The Hawley Arms, where you can experience great British pub food and the indie culture all-in-one. Amy Winehouse is a local while Kelly Osbourne, Katy Perry and the like pop their heads in now and again.
Today was inspiring for sure, the weather is mild and my mind is ticking over time. After some lentil soup, rose wine and my friend flooding the bathroom – I’m ready for some sleep!
today’s DIY is from one of our awesome blog readers – libby made this adorable garland for her yard using old free people bags!
what you need:
1. fabric scraps – from free people bags or old clothing
5. straight pins – any kind will do.
step 1: cut your fabric!
step 2: start pinning. take a piece of ribbon, about 12″ long and pin it on to the first triangle. pin each triangle overlapping slightly on each corner – depending on the length of the garland and how many pins you have, you can pin all of them or just do about a foot at a time.
step 3: get sewing! keep sewing till you have reached your desired length or you run out of fabric. at the end sew on another piece of ribbon. the ribbon will be used to attach each end of the garland to wherever you decide to put it.
Thank you to our friends at Free People for including us in their Guest Blogger Series. Honestly, it’s been a blast! We thought we’d finalize our series with another set of photos that truly inspire us. xx, Erica & Lauren
thank you so much ladies! it’s been an honor having you on our blog :)
i am completely in love with our latest vintage loves vignette, “namaste!” the selection of indian printed dresses, worn denim and woven bags are right up my alley. i especially love the length of a lot of the dresses and that they’re shorter for going into spring and summer. perfect summer festival dress, anyone?!?
coincidentally, one of our fp girls came in today wearing a vintage dress just like the ones above! i love how she styled it with a wide belt and boots.
lou just happened to be walking by and we couldn’t resist putting her in the photo :)
and since its not quite warm enough yet, these dresses look awesome paired with tights, boots and a faux fur jacket too!
and here is our amazing vintage team at the vignette shoot, being awesome:
last week my friend geron played a short set at the north star bar- it’s been a while since i’ve been to a show there, actually. i think it’s because of the location- it’s a little out of the way, over in the art museum area -but it’s such a great venue to see bands in before they get big.
upon entering the corner pub you’re met with the same bar that has been there since prohibition, mahogany bar top, wooden ceiling fans, tin roof and all. walk towards the back and go through a door on your right to get to the stage area, a wide open room with wood floors. the stage is covered with well worn oriental carpets and in front, a staircase leads down to a lounge area with bright green walls that could probably tell some great stories… i thought i’d share a few pics from the other night!
although it has been available for download for a few weeks now, today is the official release date of radiohead’s 8th studio album titled “the king of limbs.” i of course downloaded it the moment it was available, but i held off on writing about it till now because to be quite honest i needed more time to digest it.
it has always been my opinion that the best bands are the ones who make albums that you listen to from start to finish without skipping a track… and if you were to take one song away, the album wouldn’t feel complete. like reading a book – if you skip a chapter, or cut straight to the ending, the whole thing is ruined.
there are some bands that excel at this, and radiohead is at the top of that pack. i have all eight of their studio albums, and i love every minute of every one of them. to this day, when i hear the song “high and dry” on the radio, my brain expects “fake plastic trees” to come next.
with “the king of limbs” they have created another album where the sum is better than its parts. this album needs to be listened to in its entirety. and also true to form, this record sounds different from anything they’ve done, with a more abstract and electronic sound that snaps you up from the start in a whirlwind of beats with “bloom,” tosses you around with “morning mr. magpie” and “little by little” and then soothes you with gorgeous piano and lyrics on songs like “codex” and “give up the ghost.” the last song, “separator,” is my favorite on the album.
and just like that, it’s over. 37 minutes. or is it? according to rumors, this is only part one, and i sure as hell hope so. but if thom yorke is sending a message in the lyrics of “separator,” there could be truth to those rumors.
p.s. to celebrate the release, radiohead has produced a special newspaper that will be available today only (in the US and Canada; it was available yesterday elsewhere)! more info on where to find it here.
This week I’m fortunate enough to be in London, my old home town!!! I’m so excited that I get the opportunity to come and visit this vibrant, electric city full of character, old world charm and WOW fashion.
I wanted to give everyone a bit of insight into my trip oversees, so I’ll be updating on my shopping, eating, and general perusing of the city. Prior to my flight I stopped off in NYC to stay with my sister and her lovely cat poppy. She recently moved into an apartment in Williamsburg. It’s such an airy, inspiring place – a perfect stay before my long haul flight to heathrow.
my flight was a night flight from JFK, the most uncomfortable flight I have ever had, I could NOT sleep, so I indulged in the new release movies that were on offer.
After 6 hours we finally came close to touching down. I slid open the window shutter and was greeted with a thick cushion of clouds – typical British weather!
What excites me about London is the eccentric fashion. Oxford street comes alive with high street brands throwing must-have trends into a visionary display. With that in mind I headed straight there to get a little bit of a fashion fix. I must warn you though it’s pretty tiring, afterwards you will sure need a cup of coffee in Costa Coffee perhaps?!