A trip to London is always enjoyable, but when you swing by the Sloane Square Tiffany store to choose an engagement ring it's even better :-) I'm delighted to announce I'm now engaged to my boyfriend, we've been together for nearly 10 years so it was about time.
We stayed at the Radisson in Canary Wharf which is one of our fave hotels, check out the bath tub views of the Thames and millennium dome <3 It was BEYOND dreamy.
When we had a spare half hour I got the chance to finally stop by the very beautiful Peggy Porschen cupcake shop. The pink building and delicious cupcakes supplies fashion bloggers with the perfect backdrop. As I ate my strawberry and champagne slice of heaven I indulged in a spot of people watching, we saw about 4 different groups of fashionistas drop by for a round of outfit papping.
One of our London traditions is to grab a pizza at Harrods second floor pizzeria followed up by a selection of hand picked chocolates in the food hall, yum! So that's just what we did :-)
That funny time of year, it's raining, it's sunshine, it's freezing, take your jacket off quick it's blummin boiling! Who can keep up with it?! So here is my attempt of playing it safe weather wise. This h&m jacquard knit cardi is thin enough to not sizzle 'boil in the bag' style when the sun does decide to show itself and the dusty pink satin cami (also h&m) has side splits that create a dipped hem effect, stylish but light and versatile.
I wore this outfit to explore around the cute little town 'Leek' in Staffordshire and true to British style we experienced at least 4 changes in the weather. It's all good though, my Whistles backpack is big enough to fit a brolly in . . . and sunglasses.
If you're a thrill seeker or just a spectator this place is well worth a visit. The site of a gigantic open surf pool tucked right into the middle of leafy green mountains is completely breathtaking.
We stopped by on our way home from Pembrokeshire and had lunch in the glass sided restaurant. Perfect to sit back, eat delicious food and watch the surfers go by! . . . . And of course have a glass of Rosé wine :-)
The sheer size of the structure made it near enough impossible to photograph the whole scene! People of all ages were trying their hand at surfing and groups were situated in various areas around the enormous pool according to their level of experience. There were also really cute little huts for people staying within the complex.
If you follow me on instagram & snapchat you'll know that my inspiration boards and design space have started changing already as I'm designing for a new season right now. But here are a few pics of my calm little work space whilst it was actually looking quite tidy!
I love accessorising with pieces from Bloomingville interiors, these matching white pots look great on my desk, it's a design obligation to have a cactus placed in your work zone!
My inspiration grid is looking quite bare in these images and a far cry from the madness it's displaying currently as I work on SS17. I'll document this on the blog soon.
During the inspiration gathering phase of a collection I love to scoop up new magazines, I always try to pic one I've never had before. The latest one I discovered whilst shopping in my all time fave bookstore Magma (in Manchesters Northern Quarter) is Dry magazine. The layout and style is really inspirational and the editorials are 'other wordly' . . . . is that a real phrase?!
I'll be doing a write up on it soon, and nattering about it on snapchat :-)
I've recently jumped on board with eclectic and innovative store called Antelope. Their selection is absolutely beautiful and I love how I can shop brands I've heard of like Fig + Yarrow, amongst labels that are completely new to me.
Ran by store owner Helene from her central London based studio, I picked my fave items and asked her a thing or two about her beautifully curated store :-)
What has been your background previous to setting up your store
Well, funny enough I have no background in the online retail. I've been
a makeup artist for different brand here in London, and created my blog under
the name of Lexie Blush couple of years ago to share my passion about travelling,
my favourite London areas, museum, beauty products I like. So being an online business women is a new challenge for me, I keep
learning everyday and I love it!
3.What is your favourite aspect of running an online store?
I would say the media/marketing side of it.
The launch of a new collection is always so satisfying, and
tell people about it via the social media, communicate with customers, taking
pictures of the pieces as well. I'm a little obsessed with pictures, I like a
nice sharp and clean visual
4.What advice would you give to somebody looking to set up a boutique?
I would only tell him that it's need to be done with passion, if it's
just for money or for the fame, forget it!
It's a lot of work and challenges, and it takes a lot of patience to
make the boutique succeed. Some days are very successful, and some days not, it
takes a lot of positivity as well to keep running no matter what.
But if the passion is there, I could not recommend enough to do because
it's lots of fun too!
Your based in London, where do you like to shop?
I love to shop in tiny/not touristic areas where there's not too many
mass market stores (not yet...).
I like Portobello Road, there are amazing jewellery little shops there,
I like Shoreditch, Stock Newington, Brixton, Angel area, and I like to go to
car boot sales and crafty markets once in a while, there are always a lot in
London and you can usually find real wonders!
Whilst my sister was over from Australia we all went on an a mini adventure to Wales.
In 2 cars we stuffed in the family, the luggage, food, buckets & spades, enough toy cars to fill Toys r Us' for my nephew Jacob (seen below with a kite on the beach), the buggies and bottles for my 9 month old nephew Toby and god knows what else?! It's safe to say the cars were absolutely STUFFED FULL!
We stayed in a gorgeous little independently ran B&B near my grandmas house in Milford Haven but the most memorable day was spent visiting the scenic seaside town Tenby. It's packed full of inspirational colours, architecture & photographic views. More importantly, nearly every other cafe sells ice cream cones :-)
My nephews on the beach, I call them my fluffy chickens :-) Such a heart melting pic!