Category: Culture

Summer of Love; Barcelona & Sitges

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I’ve been making the most of the surprisingly sunny British summer but had a moment to experience some proper heat on a weekend trip to Barcelona celebrating a wedding and generally getting out and about. Barcelona is one of my favourite cities due to amazing architecture, beautiful pristine clean streets and a rich artistic heritage. Barcelona also has some half decent beaches in the centre, making it a dreamy location, plus some more impressive ones on the outskirts, Castelldefels and Sitges. The wedding took me to a quaint suburb, Sarria where I was hosted in a stunning farmhouse and ate the best Spanish and European food til I couldn’t move! I had an action packed weekend and came back needing another holiday but it was all worth it!

Selfie from the amazing balcony at Hotel Zenit

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Selfies in Sitges

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Sitges town and the Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla, & Castelldefels

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Ended my day in Sitges admiring a chilled out cat and eating Octopus with Fried Spinach balls

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Sagrada Familia

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Park Guell and Gaudi’s House

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Stunning church in Sarria and wedding of the year!

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Wedding outfit and new Rosa Pietsch  jewellery coming soon to Realm of Treasure

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African print pre wedding party and vintage day on the beach outfits

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Holidays Part One, Jamaica & Trinidad

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Am currently feeling refreshed and jetlagged at the same time having just returned from a trip to my Caribbean homelands Jamaica and St Lucia- plus a day in Trinidad. I’m lucky enough to have family living in my two favourite Islands- mum in St Lucia and grandad in Jamaica so got to spend time with loved ones, get an experience of real life on the Islands whilst doing some touristy stuff – a perfect mix! I started off in Jamaica where I’ve been the past few years in a row but I always find it equally amusing simply watching the energetic often hot headed people and the hustle and bustle in the local markets. I also arrived in time for the annual curry festival. Coming here makes me realise where my passion for food comes from as Jamaicans love their food that they have individual festivals for national favourite food types such as the Crab fest, Jerk Chicken fest, Fried fish Fest and Breadfruit fest(Caribbean starchy vegetable) – these are just the ones I ‘ve seen recently so there are probably more. I made the most of the food and drink and of course the beach.

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7 miles of white sand in Negril

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With mum at the curry fest in Savanna La Mar

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Curried goat

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Curried prawn

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Jerk pork – Jamaicans are not afraid to see where their meat comes from!

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Teaching grandad to selfie

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Grandads puppy

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Cocktails at a beach bar negril. Am wearing jewellery from www.realmoftreasure.comIMG_20150427_105432536

Guinness cheesecake at the airport- Jamaica has the best alcoholic treats!

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Spotted this unfortunate lonely fish washed up on the shore in Trinidad

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Beautiful morning on Macqueripe beach, Trinidad, before flying to St Lucia in the afternoon- a busy 2 days! Oh and i spotted Levi Roots on my plane after seeing Nick Canon in Negril- my lack of pics shows I’m not too much of a celeb follower as it took me too long to put the faces to names.

Competition; Win $150 from Wolftress

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Wolftress is a brand after my own heart selling ethically made fashion and jewellery plus celebrating different cultures from around the world. I was excited to find out about their Instagram competition giving a lucky winner the chance to win $150 to spend on their beautiful collections. Wolftress are looking for the next cultural gem on which to base their new collection so to enter you need to upload a travel photo on Instagram suggesting a country of your choice using the hashtag #inspirewolftress and tagging @wolftresspack. Head over to my instagram to see my choice- If you’ve been following my blog for a while you could probably guess where! I hope you all take part and good luck!

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Realm of Treasure at Broadway Market

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Am excited that http://www.realmoftreasure.com/ has now started a regular occupancy at Broadway Markey in London Fields, Hackney, which is in my humble opinion the best market in London’s East End and one of the best in London! Broadway has all of my favourite things in one place; amazing food, cool vintage and quirky handmade jewellery and crafts. Am happy to be contributing to some of the amazing handmade jewellery that can be found there and have been motivated to find some fantastic new suppliers to meet the demands of the discerning and lovely customers. I’m currently in the School Yard which is just round the corner from the main street and opposite the park so if ever in the area coma and say hi!

You can follow my movements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thelaststraggler , twitter @realmoftreasure and instagram.

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LFW AW14; Fresh vs Seasoned

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The Well Seasoned

Fashion Scout always features  number of established designers who have been producing catwalk shows for several years and have built a loyal following including myself.

The first of these was Ashley Isham who is the go to for red carpet looks but this collection contained a lot of chic pieces that could be worn on a daily basis. His pieces have been worn by Florence Welch, Kylie Minogue, Zara Philips and Lady Gaga. See my full catwalk review for Noctis Magazine.

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Bernard Chandrand‘s stunning collections always have me stunned for words and this season I was practically drooling over each of his creations. I adored the use of luxurious silks and leathers combined with ingenious clear inserts in area that flatter  the natural shape of a woman. His clever use of colour blocking should have made rising star Lupita Nyongo pay attention as she continues to be a major proponent of this trend. I would love to see her in one of the pieces from this collection! Veteran jouralists Hilary Alexander and Suzy Menkez were on the front row.

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Former rock star Pam Hogg showed an array of her signature catsuits which have been worn by Kate Moss, Rihanna and Kelly Rowland. Whilst she has been known in the past for making political statements with her clothes, this collection saw an official partnership with Amnesty International to protest the situation in Russia, in particular the cause of Pussy Riot and the anti gay laws. Camp men strutted down the catwalk as did regular sized models, although the usual female glamazonians were also in the show- of course. See my backstage interview with Pamm Hogg here.

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The Freshly Pressed

Fashion Scout is renowned for introducing new talent as it is where many f the greats like McQueen started off.

The Ones to Watch showcase in particular selects the best of recent graduates, who are chosen by a panel including founder Martyn Roberts. This years show included neon colours, quirky shapes and giant backpacks.

George Styler

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Hiroko Nakajima (below)

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Spotted- Susie Bubble (above)

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Carrie-Ann Stein

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Sarah Ryan

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Jamie Wei Huang showcased for the first time after winning the Designer for Tomorrow Awards last year which provided full sponsorship for her first catwalk show At Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin. Her collection features clean lines, wide leg trousers, box cuts and an abundance of straps.

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I love Tokyo (and Dubai)

I managed to kill two birds with one stone and accomplish visit two of my bucket list destinations South Korea and Japan and neither disappointed. I only spent a weekend in Tokyo but it made a lifelong impression. It is definitely one of the most unique and quirky laces on the planet. Like South Korea it has the perfect mix of cultural and heritage sites vs modern architecture and lots of randomness. People like to dress up- I only went to the infamous Yoyogi park at night so I didn’t see the crowds of people casually dressed up as Anime cartoon characters but I did see my fair share of Harajuku / lolita girls. I was also equally fascinated with the fashionistas with a style similar to us here in London but with their own take and also the breathtakingly beautiful Geisha girl costumes which I thought were only worn in Kyoto. It was truly a fashion Paradise although a bit pricey. There were also several equally fascinating sights and scenes that I will definitely have to rediscover some day!

Ueno Park

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Green tea Mr Whippy!

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The first thing I saw when I stepped out Mejiro station where I stayed (very central on the Yamanote line in a (cheap house share from air bnb) was this amazing dance show!

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Streetstyle

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Me in a vintage blazer from a store in South Korea (cheaper than the Japanese vintage shops)

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and views from the top

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Park outside the government building with random friendly guy who asked to be in my pic.

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Sensoji Temple and market in Asakusa

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The coolest family dressed up for a day at the shrine and the lovely mother insisted I took a pic with her adorable children!

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More people dressed up for the visit to the shrine

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Tokyo Skytree

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Birthdeath Vintage store and stylish staff

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Cool reggae inspired record and sportswear store

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Yoyogi park at night

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Main street in Harajuku

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Artwork in Comme Des Garcons store

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Poodle in Lee Jeans- they take doggy fashion very seriously

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Harajuku / Lolita / Punk style

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On my way back to rainy London I did a 24 hr stop in Dubai- which was very different to my main trip but I loved it too!

Aquarium in The Dubai Mall

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Souk style section of the mall

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Vogue tribute

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Light show

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After writing these posts I’m desperate to start planning my next trip especially as the gail force winds blow outside my window – we have stormy weather here in the UK. If any of you guys are travelling- happy travels and would love to hear about your trips!

2012 Travels; South Korea!

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Traditional Korean meal friends shared with 2 friends (I’m not that greedy!).

I’m so excited to finally write this post after a little break- have had a lot on with a new job and my new business; www.realmoftreasure.com, which I did a post about last year. 2013 was also the year that I fulfilled one of my dreams, visiting South Korea and Japan. I spent most of my time in South Korea, with a designer friend who showed me the coolest paces in this uber trendy country. Yes you heard right, South Korea is modern, fun, and very hip- not to be confused with North Korea which could be a separate universe. Sadly whilst the neighbouring people in North Korea endure terrible suffering with a nutjob dictactor, South Korean’s are lucky enough to enjoy a normal life and I can only hope and pray that one day the North will be the same (unlikely to be something accomplished by Dennis Rodman).  Despite the occasional threats of war from the North which aren’t really taken seriously, South Korea is extremely safe, and the people were friendly and welcoming. Seoul, the capital city has a perfect mix of old traditional heritage sites juxtaposed against a modern urban setting with an abundance of chic bars, restaurants, shopping malls and edgy architecture. Here are my South Korea highlights and my post on Japan and a mini breaks to Dubai and Paris will be coming soon.

Spicy Octopus cooked on my table

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Shared giant chicken and noodle dish

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American brunch- with green tea ice cream with waffles for an Orienal twist

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Traditional Korean dessert Binsu with ice cream and berries and below with Oreo cookiesIMG_1202

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Streetstyle

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Fashion / vintage

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Traditional Kanok houses

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Beautiful Gyeongbok Palace in the city centre

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Close up of the palace in the day

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The throne

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Stunning traditional clothes / jewellery and ornaments from the National Museum of Korea

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Traditional Korean dance show

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Random English names of bars / restaurants – Loved seeing the London influence and the bizarre cat cafe (which are coming to London soon I’ve heard- the irony).

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Innovative interior of a restaurant

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Love the design of  the worlds largest church, Yoido, with over 1 million attendees.

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The view from my friends apartment block (my South Korean residence) roof terrace

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Psy is a big deal here

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I escaped the city to visit the amazing Spa in the mountains, Resom Spa Castle which had green tea, and Chinese herb infused spring water pools with steam rooms and Saunas- heavenly!

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Wishing I was back there! Oh well the rainy London will have to do for now.