Blood-Swept Lands And Seas Of Red

11th November 2014

I’m sure a lot of people by now have seen the poppies at the Tower of London, either in person or in one of the millions of photographs online.

Blood-Swept Lands And Seas of Red represents 100 years since Britain became involved in the First World War and serves as a beautiful and poignant reminder of the 888,246 Commonwealth soldiers who gave their lives for their countries.

When I went to see the poppies in August around half had been planted. Even then they took my breath away so I can only imagine how beautiful and moving it must be to see all of them in the ground today.

The work by British ceramic artist Paul Cummins will begin being dismantled tomorrow by the 8,000 volunteers (who also planted the poppies) and will sold in the new year for £25 each. It’s incredible to know that once sold they will raise around £15 million for six service charities, including Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion and I feel honoured to have been able to see them in person.

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Picassos in the Park

12th September 2014

Back in July my amazing BFF Laura and one of her lovely friends Chloe, organised and ran a 4 week art course every Saturday morning in London’s Kennington Park.

Picassos in the Park is aimed at 5 – 10 year olds and inspires the budding little artists to get creative through painting, drawing and collage. Each week focuses on a new artist and so far they’ve explored Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet and of course, Picasso.

The first course was so successful they’re running a second course beginning tomorrow. If you’d like more information check out their Facebook page or send them an email … and to see some of the cute artworks from July’s course have a look at Laura’s blog – Cellandia at home.

The thought of learning about art for the first time and experiencing the excitement of creating a masterpiece makes me wish I was 5 years old again!

Good luck with your new course girls! x

Subterranean London

5th September 2014

I thought these images from a new book called Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital were too amazing not to share, so I’ve finally come out of my blogging hibernation. Hello friends!

London is an amazing enough city above ground and although I knew of old tube stations and lines no longer in use, this book shows a beautiful insight into the city’s underground world. The work on the new Cross Rail system is also fascinating to see, as well as the old advertising that is still found in some of the stations.

Written by Bradley Garrett with a forward by Will Self, you can purchase a copy here.

(via BuzzFeed)

Rankin

6th February 2014

Here’s a bit of Rankin love on a Thursday afternoon.

Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)

5th February 2014

In the new year we spent a night in Venice and oh my god, wow. It was breathtaking and I fell in love. With only 24 hours we walked and ate, and walked and drank espresso, and walked and ate gelato and walked and walked and walked. And took a million photos.

So Polpo is essentially a Venetian bàcaro but in London, with locations in Soho, Covent Garden and Smithfields. We visit the Smithfields one every time we’re in town and the sexy decor, combined with food to die for makes it one of our favourite places.

Anyway – I thought it would be a good idea to get Si the Polpo recipe book for Christmas, which turned out to be a great idea actually. He cooked from it on Saturday night and everything was delicious. The book itself is not only beautiful: printed on gorgeous paper with a lovely chain bound spine … it includes all of the recipes we love too. Hooray!

It also has a whole section on awesome cafes in Venice which we unfortunately didn’t realise while we were there. Oh well. We can reminisce over Arancini and Pork and Fennel Meatballs at home instead ;)

Check it out here.

Coffee for London

3rd February 2014

I thought this London Underground Coffee Stops map was pretty awesome.

I love that we’ve been to a lot of these coffee shops already (Dose and Monmouth are definitely favourites) and that there are so many more to visit next time we’re in town!

Here’s a post about some of our favourite London coffee shops from a couple of years back.

(Thanks Cellandia)

PS. Want to see it better? Click the image for a bigger version.

Kites

16th December 2013

These Kites cushions by Kangan Arora are awesome, athough somewhat overpriced at £60 each!

Lady Lynn’s Car Boot

18th October 2013

If any of you London kids fancy picking up some unique car boot stuff tomorrow, head down to the Princess May School in Dalston between 8am – 3pm.

My lovely lady Lynn (of AMS and O NÓ fame) is going to be selling a tonne of amazing knitwear, vintage and antique bits and bobs that will need to find good homes.

Wish I could go!

Neon

18th October 2013

I love when I can post about neon and this one in particular is pretty awesome.

Neon is a Cornish based wetsuit company that lets you customise your suit in the colours you want.

A little bit hipster but so very cool, I can totally imagine them catching on here in Cape Town.

(Thanks Lynn x)

Laura Jordan

16th August 2013

I saw a print by Laura Jordan through the window of a closed gallery in London one night and loved it from afar.

Her sketchy collages map the political, social and architectural landscape of contemporary London, New York, Hong Kong and Rio de Janeiro and are something quite different, and definitely very cool.

Yael

2nd July 2013

Exactly one year ago my friend Yael lost her mum to cancer.

I can’t even imagine what she must have gone through in the last year, let alone while her mum was sick.

Over the last couple of months she’s spent time photographing still life scenes to express her thoughts and feelings and they are, as her work always is, beautiful.

What a simple and graceful show of creativity and love.

Olivia

28th June 2013

Just a little shout out to our favourite new parents – Miss Cellandia and Mr Dine Recruitment.

With so much love and joy gorgeous Olivia has been welcomed into our world.

You guys rock! x

Penhaligon’s

28th June 2013

Last Friday night we went to Bob Bob Ricard for dinner.

I’ll have to write a separate Between Meals post about it because it was cool beyond belief, but before I do I want to share Penhaligon’s Quercus Candle.

It was burning in their bathroom and oh.my.god.it.is.quite.possibly.the.most.scrumptious.smell.I’ve.ever.smelt.EVER.wow.

Is it to early to start a Christmas wish list?

Ray-Ban Baby

28th June 2013

Oh guys, I know I’ve been slack with posting and I’m sorry.

London (and that cool little dude up there) have been keeping me so busy.

We’ve been eating, drinking, working, shopping and spending as much time with the Munchkin as possible.

This was us yesterday in St. James’s Park. How awesome are his new Ray-Bans? I’m also quite in love with the Mr Bean bear that we found in Hamley’s.

One more London weekend to go.

Exbury Egg

17th June 2013

The Exbury Egg is a studio space designed in collaboration between PAD studiothe SPUD group and British artist Stephen Turner.

Tethered like a boat, Turner will live and work in the pod over the course of a year while it takes on the patina of 730 tides, and 365 days of weathering by wind, rain and sun.

Amazing.

(via DesignBoom)

Blanka Biernat

17th June 2013

I’m so excited to share with you a print I’ve just received from London based illustrator Blanka Biernat.

Blanka illustrates custom prints for couples and families, and when I spotted her work a couple of months ago I knew I had to get her to draw us!

Rather than just get a normal picture of us, I decided to ask her to draw us from a fancy dress movie party we went to a few years ago, when Si went as Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing and I was Patricia Arquette in True Romance.

I absolutely LOVE our drawing.

Thank you Blanka! x

 

BringMeJoy / Moo

11th June 2013

I’m so excited to pick up my latest Moo Cards, although I’m a little miffed you still have to pay a £2.50 ‘delivery’ fee for collecting them yourself.

I’ll let you know when they’re available to buy!

Kate Moross

7th June 2013

The Love Book design by Kate Moross made me feel all colourful and happy this morning.

The Chocolate Library

7th June 2013

Look what arrived in the post for me yesterday!

Personalised alphabet chocolate from The Chocolate Library. Love it!

Such a sweet thought from the gorgeous Cellandia.

Gold Panda: My Father in Hong Kong 1961

4th June 2013

I’ve never even heard of British Electronic artist Gold Panda (!!) but his latest video, produced by Israeli visual artist Ronni Shendar, My Father in Hong Kong 1961 is gorgeous as is the song.

It makes me miss Hong Kong and makes me want to listen to more of his music…

(via Nowness)

London

3rd June 2013

Here’s a little peak at what I’ve been up to in London…

#thegreatbritishsummer

Christopher Wool

3rd June 2013

Untitled, (You Make Me) by Christopher Wool.

I bought this postcard from the Tate Modern Shop yesterday and it made me happy.

Toms

3rd June 2013

On Saturday Si bought a pair of these Toms Cordones and because of the Toms One for One movement, buying them means a child somewhere in the world will benefit by also receiving a pair of Toms shoes.

I’m sure you’ve all heard the story, but if you haven’t you can read about it here.

And the next time you need a new pair of shoes, think about buying a pair of Toms.

Craft Design Technology

31st May 2013

How pretty are these CDT Scissors by Craft Design Technology?

Claire Heffer

30th May 2013

Fellow CSM graphic designer Claire Heffer has some sweet prints for sale on her Etsy shop.

I especially love the quotes and this Paul Coelho Universe Print in particular.