I was lucky enough to sneak a ticket to the amazing exhibition 'David Bowie Is' which is on at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. It really is a mesmerising showcase of one of the great artists of today. From fashion illustrations, to music lyrics, costumes and numerous artworks by Bowie himself, the exhibition displays the amazing array of his endless talents, with great songs to bop along to in the background! Unfortunately the tickets are sold out online, but they sell a certain number each day on the door from 10am. My advice is not to go until about 2pm or you will be queuing all morning, and then you can get entry tickets for about 3.30. The exhibition is only on for another 10 days or so, up until 11th August, but I really would urge you to pop along if you have a spare afternoon! More information can be found on the V&A website here.
I am about to redecorate my bedroom and where better place to search for ideas than the Ardingly Antique Fair - to be honest, I don't know why anyone buys anything brand new nowadays! I first found these fabulous prints, one intricately detailed botanical painting, and two French costume prints from the 19th century which had been taken out of a book. There was an amazing array of prints, which I think could end up looking very good once framed well etc. I then found an amazing piece of vintage fabric, with similar colours to my prints, which I plan to make into cushions for my bed, with fun piping! These beautiful bowls and plates were part of an extensive collection, but I only bought the medium plates to hang on the wall, and the small bowls to hold all my little bits and bobs. I am now getting very excited at the prospect of redecoration!
These Antique and Jewellery Fairs are held regularly throughout the UK and are definitely worth a visit. There is something for everyone from antique jewellery to old furniture and retro style collectibles. Check out there website here to see if there is one on near you!
The Vintage Restaurant in Edinburgh is located in Leith. Being near the water, it has the best fish and chips I've ever had! One tip is to not sit too near the kitchen, especially in the summer as it does get very hot. Definitely worth a visit for the delicious food and relaxed atmosphere! Check out their website for daily specials and menus: here.
The designers behind the Valentino Couture collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, look back to the idea of wunderkammer, the German word for 'wonder-room' or more commonly, cabinet of curiosities. The couturiers wished to reflect the uniqueness and individuality of each item in a cabinet of curiosities within their couture designs. Rich cashmere, tweed and embroidered silk are used in many of the designs, providing exquisite details for those in the front row. Some looks seemed simple initially, yet were embroidered with silk baroque detailing on the back of the garment. The muted tones were offset by Valentino's signature red, used to delicately embroider coral shapes onto some garments. A floor length red silk evening gown also graced the catwalk. Each piece is carefully constructed in simple shapes, combined with opulent detailing, captivating a curiosity in every onlooker.
This beautiful Riad is in the heart of the Medina in Marrakech, and is well worth a visit. The big plus on visiting Marrakech is that the weather is likely to be very warm, and flights can be relatively cheap. The Riad itself sleeps up to 8 people. The tranquil central garden is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the streets surrounding the Riad, and provides a cool retreat from the heat of the roof terrace. More information on the Riad, and its availability to rent can be found on the website here.
Thirty of us when to this amazing Chateau in the South of France on our University leaving trip. It is definitely worth clubbing together as it only cost us about £130 each for the week, and then food/wine etc split between that many people is super cheap. The grounds are extensive, with a river running around the lower garden, beautiful flower beds and a little chapel near the driveway. For more information on renting the Chateau, check out the website here.