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
Selfies in Sitges
Sitges town and the Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla, & Castelldefels
Ended my day in Sitges admiring a chilled out cat and eating Octopus with Fried Spinach balls
Park Guell and Gaudi’s House
Stunning church in Sarria and wedding of the year!
Wedding outfit and new Rosa Pietsch jewellery coming soon to Realm of Treasure
African print pre wedding party and vintage day on the beach outfits
Despite being a girly girl most of the time I’m always pleasantly surprised by the London menswear scene, especially during London Collections Men. This season, LCM SS16, I was struck by the variety of style from colourful prints to all black and everything I saw was wearable- I was even imagining some pieces in my wardrobe. There is always a buzz in the air during LCM as it gets more established each year and gets closer to the status of London Fashion Week, although many people prefer LCM. The usual faces such as Tinie Temper, Labrynth and David Gandy were around supporting some of the UK’s best emerging menswear designers & heritage brands. On a random note I was luckily given late entry, after initial refusal, to a show after the doors closed as some celebs arrived who security allowed to be late (5 mins to be fair) at Maharishi- if any one knows who they were (black guy with dreads and a small crew) send them my thanks- would have been gutted if I missed it!
The lovely Ada Zanditon at the Ada + Nik presentation & me wearing jewellery from my boutique Realm of Treasure.
Caption this – Ada with Nik Thakkar and models
My first time trying black Water- by BLK
The Maharishi Finale
The bar at the Belstaff presentation where I binge drank Moroccan mint tea to the extent I didn’t even spot David Gandy!
Only 3 shades of grey but loved Grey – Scale’s use of my favourite non colour at The Hospital Club exhibition
Its one of my favourite times of the year, spring tradeshow time and I’ve been a busy bee having a blast trawling through a jewellery lovers paradise. I’ve found some exciting new handmade jewellery for www.realmoftreasure.com which I am currently testing out on Broadway market, in the School Yard and on myself. Top Drawer and Spring Fair International brought the worlds finest makers to one place in London’s Kensington Olympia and Birmingham’s NEC and led to the discovery of the below treasures. I’d love to know what you think!
Handmade in Turkey
Recycled Rubber Jewellery handmade in Indonesia
24Karat gold plated Jewellery handmade in Devon
AT Broadway Market
Quality Testing paired with vintage maxi dress from Broadway market of course
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!
I attended the Graduate Fashion Week Awards Gala before I went on holiday last week and this amazing sartorial experience as well as GFW as a whole made my holiday shopping experience in the US comparatively dull. Innovation was everywhere and I have the utmost respect for all of the students who were able to create such striking and innovative designs. The Awards which were presented by Hilary Alexander, Philip Treacy, Zoe Hardman and judged by British Fashion Council‘s Sarah Mower; designers Peter Pilotto, Philip Treacy and Louise Gray; Sara Maino of Italian Vogue; and Fiona Lambert, vice-president of George at Asda. I think the students were able to get the right balance between wearable pieces that still wowed on the runway. My highlights are below- if I had space for a hundred more pictures I would have included more or less everything I saw but I managed to bring it down to this;
Anne Tyrrell, Former lecturer at Royal College of Arts was honoured with Hilary Alexender presenting her award.
Grace Weller of Bath Spa University, was presented with the womenswear award by Philip Treacy and also won the Gold Awards
On a beautiful sunny Saturday I had the good fortune of attending my first and not the last £1 vintage sale hosted by the East End Thrift Store near Bethnal Green. Yes you heard that right- two of my favourite things- vintage and the nice price of a round pound. I knew that this was going to be a very fulfilling experience and I wasn’t wrong. Once I got over the initial feeling of being overwhelmed by seeing masses of clothes strewn out over an outdoors yard- (really had to thank God for the weather cos that could have got ugly if it turned!) – my competitive spirit came into force and I was determined to discover some of the finest gems that the sale had to offer and I didn’t fare too badly at all. I actually found some amazing pieces and was even reluctant to put them on here as when people ask the ‘where did you get that ‘ question, I can no longer invent an exotic story, suggest that its designer due to the hard proof on this post that I actually got it for a humble pound. This actually makes it more exciting to me as a am a proud bargain queen- when no exploitation is involved- which is the beauty of vintage! I will definitely be attending the next one of these and will post when I get to wear some of my finds.
I wore vintage dress and jacket from Oxfam and another tiny charity shop both in Liverpool and shoes from a swishing event at my church in Finsbury Park. Paired with Kenyan beaded necklace from my boutique www.realmoftreasure.com.
How cool is this reversible waistcoat!!!
Someone please invite me to a glam cocktail party so I can wear this super kitch and fabulous 80’s dress ASAP!
London Fashion Week is the perfect place to spot amazing streetstyle. I wondered around the grounds of Somerset House scouting for some style inspiration and found some amazingly stylish fashionistas. I also loved discovering more refreshing talent.
Liz Black Salvatore Dali inspired collection
Kondranina who I interviewed for Noctis Magazine, and I.
Me in an Ada Zanditon dress with chunky chain necklace from my boutique www.realmoftreasure.com
Me in vintage Colette Dinnigan, and jacket from Oxfam with Melissa Vivienne Westwood shoes. Necklace from www.realmoftreasure.com
Adore these Martina Spetlova Callots
Designer Sadie Clayton wearing her AW14 collection.