Category: Photography

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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LCM SS16 – Girl in a Man’s World

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Polkadots, boobs and big hair at the Lewis and Leigh + Petrie Magazine LCM opening party at The Cuckoo Club

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!

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The lovely Ada Zanditon at the Ada + Nik presentation & me wearing jewellery from my boutique Realm of Treasure.wpid-img_20150613_210722105.jpg

Caption this – Ada with Nik Thakkar and models

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The Maharishi Finale

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The bar at the Belstaff presentation where I binge drank Moroccan mint tea to the extent I didn’t even spot David Gandy!wpid-img_20150614_175643328.jpg

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Only 3 shades of grey but loved Grey – Scale’s use of my favourite non colour at The Hospital Club exhibition

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Also spotted a LCM dedicated section in Selfridges . Casely – Hayford was the first to catch my eye

The Finale; Graduate Fashion Week 2015

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The final part of my Graduate Fashion Week experience involved the exhibition – where I could literally have spent all day admiring the innovative, colourful and quirky creations. It was great to find out about the talent coning from Fashion Schools that I was not previously familiar with, especially Nottingham Trent and Northumbria University. I also attended the International showcase bringing together the worlds best emerging design talent. Graduate experience is always the highlight of my fashion year and am already counting down to the next one!

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Grace Weller of Bath Spa University was selected as the George Gold Award winner last year  and this years winner was Hannah Wallace’s.

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A favourite from last years award show

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Amanda Roughley was shortlisted for an award in association with the Ethical Fashion Forum

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These one pieces by Sally Jane Atkinson Lyon had me dreaming of being back in the Caribbean

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Graduate Fashion Week 2015, Centro / Ouverture

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Even though the fashion calendar has swiftly moved on and I’ve currently been enjoying London Collections Men, LCM SS16, I still want to share the amazingness of my Graduate Fashion Week experience. My second show was the Ouverture / Centro school of Fashion in Mexico. Due to the vibrancy of Mexican culture I expected a colourful, and energetic show which is exactly what I got. There was a range of luxurious fabrics from floaty chiffons to cosy tweeds plus sculptural shapes and prints to suit all tastes. The only thing missing was a beach and Tequila!

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Blogspo; Interview with London Tall Girl

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I met the lovely Marsha from http://styleofalondontallgirl.blogspot.co.uk/ a few seasons ago at London Fashion Week and she continues to inspire me with her fabulous outfits and the huge success of her blog. Her blog focusses on fashion for tall ladies and does it extremely well. When I see Marsha pictures it makes me think- I should really make more of an effort with my daily style since I usually get dressed for work half asleep and in a frantic rush. My new challenge is to savour my time so outfit planning may become part of this- and don’t even get me started on my (lack of ) hair routine. Marsha’s style is always on point and I’ve never seen her with even a hair out of place. She also works hard and is consistent with her blog and its definitely paying off. She has been featured in the street style section of Grazia and Look magazines plus has collaborated with H&M and LK Bennet to name a few. I’ll continue to be inspired by her and am excited to see what she does next. For daily looks her Instagram is https://instagram.com/londontallgirl/. I’ll also be posting more outfit posts on my instagram https://instagram.com/realmoftreasure/, when I finally master my new slow routine- my Spring trip to Jamaica should help with this so watch this space!  I asked Marsha from some advice and learnt some more about her blogging journey in an interview.
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When did you start your blog and what inspired you to start? 
I started my blog 3 years ago as I felt there was a gap in the market for a tall blog who focused on trends and London fashion. Also I wanted to show other tall young girls and women that being tall or a different body shape to the “average” you can still be stylish and chic. It’s not about what you wear but how you wear it.
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Which other fashion bloggers do you admire the most?
Atlantic Pacific for her fun play with prints and colour and chic sense of style.
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Who is you ultimate style icon dead or alive?
Audrey Hepburn, I love her and that era. I like to incorporate 50’s style with modern trends.
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What style tips would you give to other tall girls?
Stand tall, confident and be proud of who you are and no one will ever doubt you. Have fun with styling, if sleeves are too short, ruche them up for added attitude. There are so many tiny changes you can make to your outfit to make it work for you. Don’t worry about your height, have fun with it!
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What tips would you give to other bloggers?
Find a niche and stick to it. Ensure your passionate as this will really come through in your writing and resonate with your readers. Be consistent and enjoy it!
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Tell me about some of the most exciting moments projects/ collaborations over the past year.
Collaborating with H&M was great, sting their new stretch denim.
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Marseille Part 2: Boat Trip and Bouillabaisse

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The final part of my trip involved a boat trip  to the stunning islands of Frioul. The most famous one is If, which is the where the Count of Monte Cristo was imprisoned ( I don’t know much about the story but found out its fictional) but I was only able to go to Pomegues and Rattoneau- more than enough! The boat ride in its self was an amazing experience- I love being near, on or in water so will never pass the opportunity for a boat trip but this one was really special. The views of Marseille were some of the best I’ve seen and even rivalled those from the top of the hill at Notre Dame de La Garde cathedral. The actual Islands were one of the most serene places I’ve ever visited but due to my spontaneous decision to go quite late I seemed to be the only person there which was a bit creepy at times, especially for a Londoner! I was still able to make the most of the serenity and stand in awe of mother nature and the beauty of my surroundings.

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The Mucem is a Fort transformed into a concert venue!

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One of the many stunning views of Notre Dame de la Garde

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The Island of If with the infamous prison

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One of the many hiking trails on the islands I visited- this is the only one I managed thanks to the steps!

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The walkway connecting Pomegues and Ratonneau

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To make the trip even more memorable the friendly ticket guy invited me into the drivers cabin on the way back and also treated me to a serenade with songs in French plus his native Russian and Italian- He even added a little dance!

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Back on land I took in stunning views of the Vieux Port harbour at night

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After my mini hike (even if there were steps) I had a well deserved Bouillabaisse (fish stew) for which Marseille is famous. I went all out having mine with lobster. It was a very messy but worthwhile eating experience which involved adding whole not deboned fish- plus the lobster into the  stew so there’s were lots of splashes, bones and lobster shell everythere- not the best dish for someone as clumsy as me- but tasty.

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On the last day the sun ironically decided to shine- I sadly left in the afternoon but at least got an hour of it and enjoyed a view of Notre Dame de La Garde without the clouds. I wore a bright dress to celebrate the sun’s appearance and took one last photo of a sunny Marseille from the plane before heading back to a cold London- where I will remain until further notice.

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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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