Waddesdon Manor

DSCN8669Greetings from the gorgeous and grandiose Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England! The stunning French chateau inspired mansion once owned in entirety by the Rothschild family could easily be described as a dream home and I for one wouldn’t mind moving in immediately. Granted, it’s no Versailles but in England I believe this is as close as one can possibly get.

Waddesdon Manor Interiors

Waddesdon Manor InteriorsI’ll be asking my darling grandmother for a refresher course in proper napkin folding so that one day perhaps my own dining table will look as triumphant as this. Luckily, I already have some of the tools necessary with a set of white table cloth napkins with my monogram. My dream of a palace is quickly becoming a reality.

DSCN8691The entire house was filled with lush and extravagant interiors, beautifully complimented with an infinite number of chandeliers in varying styles and sizes.

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DSCN8742Although discretely tucked into the corner of one of the rooms, I have to admit to falling deeply in love with this adorable faint gold chair.

DSCN8789In the masculine bachelor’s wing there was an armoury corridor used to display an impressive collection of defensive treasures followed by a smoking room and a billiards room.

DSCN8815Even the view from the back garden proves that this is a gorgeous property. It also sits on top of a hill and has a terrific vantage point. Ah, what extreme envy I feel!

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DSCN8827A beautiful cast iron aviary is located on the pleasure grounds in order to house a collection of exotic birds.

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!

Royal Academy of Arts: Bronze

Royal Academy of Arts London, Bronze ExhibitionBust of Anima Dannata by Massimiliano Soldani Benzi, modeled after Gianlorenzo Bernini, Damned Soul, 1705-07, Bronze, 39 x 27.5 x 28 cm.

Stopped by the Royal Academy of Arts to catch their exhibition in the main galleries on bronze sculptures. With long anticipating crowds, I was the lucky guest of a VIP friend and therefore swept on past the long lines, but brace yourselves otherwise.

Royal Academy of Arts London, Bronze Exhibition

Head of Horse, 2nd or 1st Century BCE, Bronze, H.81 cm, Pug by Hubert Gerhard, c. 1600, Bronze, 45 x 23 x 65 cm.

The large exhibition was thematic and featured a range of antiquities ranging from figures, heads, gods, animals and objects as well as a few more modern works of art using the highly durable medium of bronze. My favorite section would have to be the figures section which displayed some amazing large-scale ancient Florentine males or more accurately warriors of physique. Oooooo, intrigued yet?

Royal Academy of Arts London, Bronze ExhibitionIt was a lovely exhibition but I suppose it might not appeal to everyone by catering to a very specific audience. The exhibitions that I’ve so far had the pleasure of seeing at the Royal Academy have all been tremendously good with beautifully curated, extensive collections of the best quality. Well worth a visit!

London Fashion Week: Style File

London Fashion Week, 2012

What better way to kick off my return to London than by heading over to Somerset House and catching the last day of shows at London Fashion Week. This year my focus lay more on the creatures watching the shows from outside the coveted tents than the looks strutting down the catwalk. Hope you enjoy the compilation of fashion moments captured by my lens!

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

Is that Lady Gaga that I spot or a very good impersonator?

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

To relive some of the fashion moments from last year’s fashion week, simply click on the following fabulous links: here, here, here and here!

London Fashion Week, 2012

Whether or not you’re holding a golden ticket to one of the shows, this is the place to go see and be seen during Fashion Week, as you never know who’ll be walking in and out of the tents. It also happens to be a great spectator sport and no matter how fabulous you might be looking, the best accessory you can be wearing is your camera, and believe me, you won’t be the only one!

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

Rawr!

London Fashion Week, 2012

London Fashion Week, 2012

Jeepers, creepers! A favorite among the Brits as well as on the Tokyo street scene. Edgy or over? I’ll let you decide…

Godiva

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Feel free to feast your eyes as I have done with my tastebuds. It was a strawberry theme at Godiva during my latest visit. Tip of the trade: it’s the perfect solution to a guilty conscience. They’re also a seriously delicious treat!

By simply looking at this picture I have begun salivating! There’s really nothing better than some fresh berries married to my love of chocolate! If you haven’t tried anything like this before, I suggest you hit the kitchen pronto and try to concoct your own version as quickly as possible as they are super tasty.

It’s Stephen All The Way

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While in London I managed to visit my love Stephen Jones’s store. Located in Covent Garden, this fierce millinery shop is worth a visit! After recently receiving the glittering coffee table book featuring his works, I couldn’t resist the temptation of taking a sneak peak at the real deal. I would absolutely love to wear the hat to my right, it would be perfect for a garden party spent with the Queen herself.

The area that the shop was located in was darling! With gorgeous, luxury five star hotels around the corner and this adorable little car.