The Natural History Museum

Not only is the Natural History Museum situated in a gorgeously dramatic building, but it also happens to be my latest source of inspiration. I’m currently working on a project which explores the relationship of networks and spines. Sound intriguing? Well, the museums many dinosaur skeletons may come in handy although I’d like to think of myself as a little less predictable than that. Truth is that this museum may just hold the key to a new conquest! Exciting!

Room 46b: Cast Courts, Victoria & Albert

I believe the late Etta James said it best- I Just Want To Make Love To You. Turns out the exhibition featuring my darling David is still under construction. I can’t wait to see how it turns out but knowing the V & A it will probably be amazing.

What looks like one hot mess will become beautifully styled in a while. Room 46b: Cast Courts is currently under renovation but is otherwise there to provide an introduction to the history of European sculpture through plaster casts of the most celebrated examples of art.

The Victoria & Albert Museum

Now this is what I call a tiara! The gorgeous sparkler is from about 1850 and is still in such a beautiful condition that I’d say it’s good enough to wear. Drool!

The V&A can truly act as living proof that heaven is a place on earth! Glittering tiaras, silver lions, and golden frames with amazing oil on canvas paintings. My favorite sections would certainly have to be jewelry, silver, mini portraiture (love, such incredible craftmanship!), theatre and performance, all of the fashion galleries, and Grecian statues.

The galleries are such a lovely place to gather inspiration and just bask in the work of true masters! Needless to say, I’m ready to move in on a permanent basis!

Christian Lacroix Papier

The ever so fabulous French designer Christian Lacroix can now add a papier collection to his already impressive résumé. Known for his use of extravagant embellishments, and flamboyant combinations of images, color, and pattern, his beautiful notebooks are just that. The collection also includes sketchbooks, journals and correspondence cards, something that is an absolute treat to find in the mailbox!  Drowning in luxury and Lacroix!

China Town

What’s life without a bit of adventure and new experiences?

Had my fair share as I ventured into China Town in Leicester Square and ended up tasting Peking Duck for the first time. Thankfully and much to my relieved surprise it tasted just like chicken. I’ve officially survived another experience! And who knows what I might try next.

Roasting away is one of the lucky ducks that I had the pleasure of tasting… DRAMA!

London Vintage Fashion, Textiles, Accessories Fair

Took a rather tedious journey to Hammersmith today. The only reason I say tedious is because several tube stations were closed and there were severe delays with the trains due to signal failure. The many joys of the London transport system!

Other than transport problems, I had a wonderful day spent at the London Vintage Fashion, Textiles, and Accessories Fair. A great place for getting inspired and taking a look at various collections of some truly glamorous pieces.

As with any fair, it is easy to get carried away and end up coming home with a truck load of boudoir feathers and maxing out your credit cards in the spirit of a themed lifestyle. I know, tempting isn’t it?

So I must warn, not a place to be tackled by the weak hearted. There’s glitter and glitz at every turn.

As per usual I couldn’t resist coming home without a few trinkets in my bag. Just add clip-on-earrings as a new experience for me…

Lucky for those of you who missed it, there’s another one right around the corner on February 19th.

Nicolai Bergmann Café Tokyo

Before taking off into the friendly skies, it’s always nice to be well rested and relaxed. It also doesn’t hurt to have an extra energy boost.

That’s why I spent my afternoon at Nicolai Bergmann’s Minami Aoyama flagship store, which also happens to have an adorable little café. The gorgeous flower arrangements create the perfect oasis. I just can’t believe I’ll be heading back to London so soon.

Energy boost, I kid you not. This fruity bad boy’s packing a heavy punch of lethal vitamins. Germs be gone!

Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue

At Tokyo Midtown I went to see the Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue Exhibition which celebrates the unique 13 year collaboration between Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake and the late photographer Irving Penn.

The exhibition was lovely and incredibly suiting. The clothes and images were both so cutting edge and timeless. It was extremely cohesive even down to the fabulous show space 21_21 Design Sight which I am now fully ready to move into. It’s a must see in other words!

 

Ladurée

Spent a wonderful afternoon in Ladurée at the luxurious Mitsukoshi department store. The interiors are a Rococo heaven with dazzling chandeliers and large golden mirrors. Fabulous in other words.

Needless to say, I indulged myself and had the best time ever! No guilty conscience here. An absolute must try is the Ispahan ice cream pictured above. It will blow your mind!

Oh what a memorable day, everything was so delightfully lovely, I can’t help getting sentimental. With such fairytale settings be sure to bring some lovely guests to enjoy your precious time with.

I do so declare, reow…