Ballgowns Exhibition at the V&A

British Glamour Since 1950It’s been far too long since my last visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum, so to make up for my absence and celebrate the reunion, I made sure to catch their spectacular Ballgowns “British Glamour Since 1950” exhibition. And, what a treat it was to see! It was beautifully put together with some truly exquisite pieces on display. I think this exhibit would make a lovely addition to their permanent collection, but oh well, we can’t have everything!

British Glamour Since 1950

The ground floor acted as a retrospective, focusing on to die for historic ballgowns such as this fabulous fur cuffed coat and dress ensemble, seen above. What I wouldn’t give to live in an age where people still dressed like this, très chic. Yes, I certainly wouldn’t mind sweeping into an equally elegant room dressed in this outfit with hmmm shall we say the ever so handsome Cary Grant on my arm! Stunna…

Then, the mezzanine featured contemporary ballgowns by designers such as Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson, Alexander McQueen, Mary Katrantzou and more. But, in all honesty my heart lay with the ground floor designs. There’s just something so undeniably elegant and mysteriously exciting about the past compared to the present. However, regardless of where your preferences lie, I’d certainly advise anyone and everyone to see this beautiful exhibition before its demise on January 6, 2013. Hurry and enjoy!

Shopping at Liberty

Liberty Department Store, LondonAlthough winter is quickly approaching, the flower stands at Liberty department store show no signs of bowing down to the pressure. It’s such a delight to stop by to enjoy the bright floral view and scents before making one’s way indoors to marvel and probably pick up a few too many things that you really don’t need but want.

Liberty Department Store, London

I always find their arts and crafts section an inspiring place to visit. This little millinery section made me want to learn the skills of stars such as Stephen Jones and Philip Tracey. Britain with their stylish fascinator hats are an absolute wonder!

Liberty Department Store, London

Liberty Department Store, LondonYes, feel free to call me a total nerd but I actually found these large chess piece candles by Seletti rather amusing. In the right setting I’m sure they would look fantastic, but for now I’ll be sticking with my gorgeous French Cire Trudon candles.

Liberty Department Store, LondonFor the more traditional, there’s always the classic white, scented candle cup version from Astier de Villatte available. Don’t underestimate playing it safe once in a while, it could save you a great deal of buyers remorse. I’ve been keeping my eyes peered open early this year to see if I can find the perfect Christmas presents and save myself the stress of last minute shopping. How about you, are you an early bird or save it to the last minute type of person? Happy hunting everyone!

Liberty Department Store, London

The Delightful Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, LondonLife’s a ball when it comes to the delectably beautiful Wallace Collection. Crystal chandeliers, antique clocks, silk upholstered chairs and  luscious paintings. Needless to say, I’ve been absolutely enchanted and am ready to move in immediately!

The Wallace Collection, London

The Wallace Collection, LondonSo many precious treasures on display!

The Oval Room of The Wallace Collection, LondonOne of my favorite spaces in the Wallace Collection was the oval room as seen here. It’s lovely light blue silk tapestries were emphasized by some of my all time favorite paintings which were mounted on top. This room houses the precious paintings The Swing and Madame Pompadour by the superstar Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

The Wallace Collection, London

Mini Portraiture at The Wallace Collection, LondonI absolutely adore mini portraiture and the Wallace Collection did not disappoint in this department. If you find yourself in London and you’ve yet to stop by then I definitely recommend a visit because it’s simply packed with amazing things that are sure to delight.

The Armoury at The Wallace Collection, LondonThe collection also houses a very impressive armoury. “Horsey, horsey don’t you stop, let your feet go clippety clop” yihaaww let’s go for a ride!

Baby You’re a Firework

London FireworksLast night me and a couple of friends bundled up and took a trip to see the stunning firework show being held in Battersea Park as part of Bonfire Night festivities. Firework shows are being held all over the city for the next few days so if you missed last night, don’t worry as there’s still more to come.

London Fireworks by Battersea ParkTo get a fabulous view we braved the chilly winds coming from the river Thames and stood on the adorably lit up Albert Bridge.

London Firework Show by Battersea Park

London Fireworks by Battersea ParkThe firework show was electric with bursts and bangs of colors and effects. Thank you Guy Fawkes for your failed attempt at creating disaster as London just wouldn’t be the same without Bonfire Night! ♪ Firework ♪

Sunday, Sunday…

Sunday, Sunday… Marie Antoinette candle from Cire Trudon, Paris, Ladurée Marie Antoinette thé, and what better to indulge in than a little bit of scandalous living with The Queen’s Lover? (by Francine du Plessix Gray, The Penguin Press New York, 2012) 

This historical novel told from the point of view of Count Axel von Fersen, lets you in on the untold love story, phsst, as if there was ever something going on there… between my darling von Fersen and Marie Antoinette. It all begins with a masquerade ball in Paris in 1774 and spans the course of the French Revolution. Fersen joined the French troops in the fight for American independence. Upon his return, France is on the brink of the French Revolution, which calls for an escape for the royal family, an attempt that failed. Back in Sweden, Fersen came to be viewed as the enemy and lost his life to a savage mob. Drama!

Steninge Palace, outside Stockholm, Sweden, is a baroque palace built between 1694-1698 and completed around 1705. It was inspired by Chateau-de-Vaux-le-Vicomte in France. In 1735, it was bought by the Fersen family. Axel von Fersen was murdered in 1810, falsely accused of conspiracy but later acquitted.

Axel von Fersen Memorial