Hi Y’all

As part of my cultural experience I have decided to get involved with Red Nose Day 2013. Until the 15th of March (Red Nose Day) all profits from my jewellery sales will go to help kids in the UK and in Africa.

Just think…you get pretty sterling silver jewellery and you get to feel superior because you donated to charity!

What does Red Nose Day do?

“In the UK, you help give shelter to young people living on the streets and protection to those living with domestic abuse. In Africa, your money saves thousands from malaria and provides whole communities with fresh water and life-saving vaccines.”

All you need to do is purchase as normal from Etsy and type “Red Nose Day” in the message box.

So get amongst it and get buying!

Brick Lane Art

The sun has finally returned to London. Weak and cold it may be, but it is the perfect excuse to rediscover Brick Lane.

There are three main reasons to go to Brick Lane on a Sunday:

1} You are hungry
2} You are hungover
3} You are in need of a London indie culture slap

Point the first. As well as the small stall holders and cafes on Brick Lane itself, there are markets dotted off either side. They are chocked full of independent food stalls – sushi, baking, curry, crepes, wraps, skewers and falafels galore. Everything is fresh, colourful and smells so damn good. Fair warning, around lunchtime it gets really crowded – but go with a full wallet, empty bladder and lots of patience and you will be fine.

Point the second. You can get super strong coffee and seriously cheap bagels on Brick Lane. The bagels are infamous, two stores meters apart selling salmon and cream cheese bagels for around £1.50. Hangover cure TICK.

And the last point/fair warning. Brick Lane is very ‘Shoredich’. It is full of so many Indie/alternative kids that you will feel like you forgot to wear the uniform. But if you feel at all insecure, just remember that their army jackets are from H&M, the frowns are because they are hungry and pop princess Miley Cyrus rocks the exact same shaved hairstyle.

This is without mentioning treasure trove vintage shops, the chance to buy from up and coming designers, some of the best (and ever changing) graffiti in London, hilarious buskers, a shop with cats, cool jewellery, loud music, chess competitions and epic crowd watching.

Next sunny Sunday, get amongst it.

I was amped for the Valentino exhibition – after all, who doesn’t like a bit of fashion voyeurism? I was slightly put off by the price (£12.50 eek!) but forged ahead and took myself off to Somerset House.

The clothes were amazing, it was incredible to see red carpet dresses up close. The detail is indescribable – such talent has gone into their creation. I also found it a bit of a mind trip, some of my favourite dresses (that I had seen on TV) gave a completely different impression in person.

The exhibition itself was ruined for me because of my expectations. A few years ago I was lucky enough to go to the YSL exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. It had the same high standard of design and creation, but the display was a visual feast. There was a corridor of mannequins showing the timeline progression of the trench-coat;  there was clothes grouped/displayed by colour, era, theme and event (pictures below). It gave the chance to wonder at the clothes, but also gave an overall YSL impression – you were in the world of YSL.

In comparison the Valentino exhibition was just the simple white corridor at the top of the post. Great content, but very crowded and I don’t think it did the clothes justice. It was an adequate (if expensive) display of clothes, but it completely missed out on an immersive Valentino experience.