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#LFW Ryan Lo Show

tumblr_o3qfkchhyf1qcam0lo7_1280Following a successful morning at London Fashion Week’s Edeline Lee Presentation (view the previous post and plenty of pictures, here) we returned to the city Hub to attend the Ryan Lo catwalk show!tumblr_o3qkarneod1qcam0lo1_1280In the same building as the Designer Showrooms, we entered the large space with seating either side and the catwalk down the middle.tumblr_o3qfkchhyf1qcam0lo8_1280The catwalk was lined with large pink, kitsch ‘Chinese New Year-esque’ arches to frame the models as they strutted down the runway. Even with the minimal style of only three arches, the designs still captured the aesthetics of Chinatowns across the globe.tumblr_o3qfkchhyf1qcam0lo10_1280The scene was set for the attendees with the musical accompaniment of the likes of Disney’s Mulan for the ultimate presentation of the Western perception of Asian culture.

And all too quickly the show began with Lo’s signature style of more-is-more. Check out the critique and review of the show written by Kasimiira, for The 405, here.tumblr_o3qkarneod1qcam0lo2_1280





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tumblr_o3run2f7eh1qcam0lo3_1280With the show completed, some people left to attend another fashion event, others roamed around the space. Those in the space inspected the arches and socialised with other members of the fashion industry.tumblr_o3run2f7eh1qcam0lo8_1280I took just a moment to sit on the Front Row (for probably the only time in my life)!tumblr_o3run2f7eh1qcam0lo7_1280We exchanged emails about other shows we might attend later that day, as well as the details of the Edeline Lee afterparty we would (definitely) spend our evening at!


Curator’s Coffee

I love trips to London. And my most recent trip was made even more special by being able to spend it with a close friend! tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo1_1280On her recommendation, we spent our first morning in the city at a delicious joint called Curators Coffee!tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo10_1280tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo9_1280With huge windows, lots of light, and beautiful geometric, monochromatic details – how could I not love the place?tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo4_1280tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo6_1280We spent (far too much) time umm-ing and ah-ing over what to chose from the mouthwatering selection of freshly made bakes for our breakfast.tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo5_1280After making the most difficult decision of the day, we perched on comfy stools at the wooden window bar.tumblr_o39uakq58v1qcam0lo1_1280As always, my first priority was coffee (and I’ll tell you now, that their coffee is really good!) but Kasimiira decided to go for a morning cuppa.

The rest of us were practically mesmerised by the many different instruments that she had been presented with, in order to successfully brew and enjoy her cup of tea!

The most notable was, of course, the rather aesthetically pleasing hourglass timer.tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo7_1280But regardless of different tastes in beverage – we all have (if I do say so myself) exquisite taste in pastries! And none of us were shy in digging into our first meal of the day.tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo8_1280From the exclusive weekend Brunch menu’s Crosstown Doughnuts to a moist Orange and Lemon Cake, we barely left a crumb on the plate. We acknowledge that we have hardly made a dent in the delicious desserts on sale.

So I guess we’ll just have to revisit on our next trip to London!

We drained our drinks, collected our things, and headed off to collect our all important press passes from the Soho area.

Stay tuned for the next blogpost to coverage dedicated to exploring London Fashion Week!

Pizza East, Brunch in London

tumblr_nzs3jfva5n1qcam0lo4_1280From Deli to dining – welcome to the next spot you have to eat at for brunch!tumblr_nzs3jfva5n1qcam0lo3_1280Pizza East is situated in a former tea warehouse, in Shoreditch in the always bustling city of London. As well as the delightful sit-in eatery, Pizza East also sells fresh Italian meats and cheeses to purchase from their in-house Deli!tumblr_nzs3jfva5n1qcam0lo1_1280The wonderful joint – famed for its wood oven pizzas – is large and spacious (as you’d expect from an ex-warehouse) with an industrial interior vibe.tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo1_1280 So, even on a Saturday, you’re more than likely to snag seat!

And snagged a comfy seat we did! We nestled in leather booth seats and wasted no time in scanning the mouth-watering menu for brunch options!tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo2_1280But drinks first! We scored ourselves a morning bellini each…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI couldn’t resist trying a signature ‘East Side’ cocktail.  And this is the delicious ‘New Fashioned’ that I highly recommend if you’re a fan of whisky!tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo3_1280It would be wrong to visit an eatery that boasted the name ‘Pizza’ in the name and not order one of their rounds to try!

We covered our pizza of choice in olives and basil, and hefty helping of cheese.

tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo5_1280tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo6_1280I was in a more serious breakfast kind of mood and ordered from their Saturday brunch menu.tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo9_1280And ended up tucking almost before the plate was on the table! My dish was stacked with poached eggs, sweet-potato cakes and streaky bacon – yum!

Who needs the green stuff with a serving up like this?tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo7_1280The prices for cocktails are pretty a standard amount for London. While the food is practically a steal, in terms of London rates! tumblr_nzs3q1yt0z1qcam0lo4_1280Tummies full, and feeling very happy, we headed out to explore the rest of the area.tumblr_nzs3q1yt0z1qcam0lo2_1280 Pizza East is sat on the street corner just across the road from BoxPark. If you haven’t checked out the rather unique retail unit – built entirely out of storage containers – you better make it a priority.

These eclectically filled spaces sport some big brands you know, but also feature independent occupants that change weekly! There is always someone new to find and discover!tumblr_o28lahwpis1qcam0lo1_1280With good prices, good food, and good location; you’ve got no excuse to not have this delectable place on your list of eateries next time you’re in London!

Penthouse Life in London

Less than a fortnight ago I headed to London for a weekend away before saying goodbye to Britain for the Christmas Season.tumblr_nzs1h57mrp1qcam0lo1_1280And because this was my last time in the U.K. before the New Year, I thought I’d spend the weekend in style!

Thanks to Airbnb, and a snap decision, we ended up booking ourselves into a beautiful 29th floor Penthouse apartment for the weekend!tumblr_nzs1h57mrp1qcam0lo6_1280tumblr_nzs1h57mrp1qcam0lo5_1280The views really speak for themselves…tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo1_1280tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo2_1280Built on the edge of the River Thames, and just across from Canary Wharf, we were (almost) on top of the world! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe arrived on the Friday evening, and were given a hotel/show room style tour of the place. And the balcony was definitely our favourite, most awe inspiring spot!tumblr_nztjayjvbx1qcam0lo1_1280Of course, the balcony was just as beautiful in the day time.tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo5_1280And from inside, the swanky pad was furnished with plush modern furniture creating a luxurious vibe that could even make James Bond envious!tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo9_1280tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo8_1280The furniture was an eclectic mix of modern and French antique, because the space is often rented out for photography sessions! Each of the pieces can be rented for different shoots.tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo7_1280And who wouldn’t want to shoot here? tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo6_1280The whole apartment was adorned with large coffee table books on photography and art; to be browsed through at one’s leisure!tumblr_nztjayjvbx1qcam0lo3_1280tumblr_nztjayjvbx1qcam0lo2_1280The space was clean, and bright, and impeccably minimal. We had free range to lounge about the Penthouse and use the little kitchen for basic needs – which mostly included coffee.tumblr_nztjayjvbx1qcam0lo4_1280And you can imagine that our bedroom was as luxurious as the rest of the Penthouse! Including our own private door that opened onto the balcony too!

Check out the Airbnb Penthouse page if you want to rent yourself, here!tumblr_nzs20nuqb11qcam0lo10_1280Of course, we didn’t spend all of our time inside the apartment – we simply had too much to do elsewhere in the city! But relaxing in the evenings, pretending we might live somewhere as beautiful one day, wasn’t bad either!

Note: Interior photographs courtesy of the Penthouse Airbnb and page.


The Boozy Cow (The Modern Medieval Diet of Kings)

After visiting this eatery, it might be the first time that being called a ‘Boozy Cow’ could be construed as a compliment! Just off of Prince’s Street in Edinburgh, set below street level sits the tempting food joint known as the Boozy Cow – and that is not a misnomer! This place is famous for its burgers and its boozy milkshakes, so I had to check it out!Take note that I love an eatery, like, 50x more when they openly sport puns about food on their wall!? (So, we will definitely be meating again…)

Walking in, I was greeted by a grungy, graffiti industrial interior that you could tell would be amazing to frequent in the evening when this place turns into a flatout bar!Obviously busy on a Saturday, we nested in an available table in a tight corner next to the windows with a street view.A moment was silence was taken to both appreciate the glorious choices of food, and also to make the crucial decision of what we would each order.Two of us ordered their chocolate oreo milkshakes – that are definitely worth a try!

Served in jars with indentations for your fingers, a striped straw, extra long spoon and a personal oreo cookie – we were very happy!Restraining ourselves from drinking the whole frosty glass of goodness didn’t last too long (phew!) and soon our tables were graced with trays of food. (That’s right – trays – not plates. The Boozy Cow’s policy is that your food is served on a tray to share with the person sitting opposite you. You also won’t get any cutlery unless you specifically ask for it! So, the more messy, the better – and I took this as a challenge.)Our trays were filled with cheeseburgers, fries to share and a hot dog that boasted baconnaise!?I thought I’d take a snap of the details that were listed on their handy coasters!Happy, and full – as I always seem to leave the different eateries I frequent – we stepped out into the surprisingly sunny Scottish weather to wander around the city. This joint is the ultimate medieval diet of meat and alcohol – and who doesn’t love a cheeky boozy lunch at somewhere with delicious, messy food?

Wellington Coffee

My new home for the next month is the beautiful city of Edinburgh, and my plan is to spend most of my time exploring the 2015 Fringe Festival; but first, coffee. A delicious little independent I stumbled across was Wellington Coffee!To find interesting and diverse eateries in Edinburgh, you must first acknowledge that you will have to stray from the safe tourist pathways of Prince’s Street and the like.

But don’t fret, Wellington Coffee is situated on George Street – only a few parallel streets over and an easy side-step for those seeking something other than a Starbucks or a Costa. We almost missed the little joint when walking past it the first time, as the coffee shop is set below street level!

Walking down the steps, it’s easy to see that a pleasant day of weather will ensure nearly every one of their outdoor seating spaces are occupied. We were lucky enough to snag two stools at a newly vacated window table!Very eager for our morning caffeine injection and a nibble of something not-so-healthy, we chowed down while people watching through the open window!We both ordered cappuccinos. Lizzy picked up one of the huge scones that came with butter and ginger jam. I committed to (a self healthy and) an even bigger slice of the house carrot cake. (Yum!)The view from the street corner location is pretty wonderful (especially in the sunshine).And the food wasn’t bad either!Although the food was scrumptious, this place has it’s effort invested in its coffee! This is a place to keep note of if you’re a coffee addict like me and you’re on this side of the city (i.e. not over near the royal mile – which holds host to a collective of other independent coffee shops).The inside seating is sparse, but luckily the staff are friendly, and the coffee can be made to take with you on your journeys around Edinburgh!Happy, and full, we trotted back up the worn stone steps and headed out to wander through another day of the Fringe Festival!

Making a Decision

You’ve still got time – make the right decision and head to the Hayward Gallery in London for one of the most interactive art exhibitions you’ll come across this year!The reason I try and encourage you to visit, is because the experience is definitely one for everyone! Whether or not you have background knowledge and understanding of art – the Decision exhibition from Carston Holler breaks down the boundaries that people sometimes feel that art constructs.The outside of the gallery has parts of the exhibition sprouting out and gives a hint to the amazing contents inside!About half an hour late for our time slot, Ruth and I headed into explore the exhibition that the Hayward Gallery had to offer!Tickets in hand (and having booked ahead of time playing to our advantage, and being able to enter the exhibit halfway through a time slot) we headed inside…The art of choice is presented right at the door – literally! Two doors stand side-by-side labelled ‘A’ and ‘B’, and your first role as a participant in the exhibition is to make a decision of which you would like to enter through.

We chose ‘A’ and ventured into the darkness of a winding metal tunnel…The tunnel was pitch black. It sloped steeply upwards, and then suddenly twisted and turned. We ended up clinging to each other in the darkness, happily tripping and stumbling our way through.

After finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (literally) we stepped out into, what seemed far more vast, a space that housed a giant turning sculpture of mushroom and mechanisms.We took turns to propel the turning of the different levels with a push of the lowest bar, causing the varied spin of the human-sized funguy!It is pieces like this that express a sense of whimsy, and thus a simplistic intent that just wishes to connect with an audience, rather than force an agenda onto them.From one open space to another, we moved up the steps and into a section of the room that was empty except for a giant pool of red and white pills.We very quickly pounced and dove our hands into the satisfying mound.

We could see from above a single pill drop from the ceiling into the center of pile – and were told that this happened consistently every 3 seconds!We were informed that the pile we had the pleasure of delving our hands into was an accumulation of all the pills that had dropped  since the opening of the exhibition.And again, the principal of choice was presented.

Ruth, the brave soul that she is, decided to take one of the mystery pills and neatly swallowed the bi-coloured vessel.(Of course, the pills are perfectly safe and are filled with a basic mixture similar to flour and plant extract – but where’s the fun in safety, right?)After satisfying our investigation of the pills, we progressed to the far side of the room, and decided to go downstairs…Downstairs, in a dimly lit and low ceilinged space, were a collection of various elements of the exhibition. From flashing wall light displays to robotic rolling beds – it was a jumble of mismatched eclecticism that simultaneously seemed to belong in the space!

(If you have an urge to splurge, or simply need an expensive bed for the night, you can actually pay to stay and sleep in the roaming beds overnight! Check out the full – and wacky details – here!)And at the far side of the room was a built in bench that offered virtual reality goggles and headphones. On the wall next to the installation was the first sign of Carsten Holler’s use of queueing in the exhibition. Because even though the Decision exhibition is freely interactive – it is still set in a British gallery, and what would a British experience be without queueingWe sat side-by-side and jammed the virtual reality kit onto our heads and sat silently enjoying the experience…If you want to know what we saw, you’ll have to visit the Decision exhibition and see for yourself!Once we’d had our fill of the lower floors, we ascended the concrete stairs to final floor of the exhibition…And stepped into the mirror walled room of assorted art pieces!

One of the central art works consisted of a large plastic perspex cube filled with the same pills we had seen on the floor below.We also found out that this is actually the source of the pills – this is the spot that feeds through the ceiling that drops a pill every 3 seconds!Next to the plastic cube was a white platform featuring two very overstuffed pink pythons! (The perfect example of random whimsy.)It was hard to ignore the enormous die on the other side of the room.And we found that if you positioned yourself at just the right angle, we could spy each other through the holes!Sadly for us, we were too tall to clamber inside – but if any of you readers take kids to the Decision exhibition, they might just have the chance to jump inside!As I said earlier, there is more than one location in the gallery where the audience is expected to queue in order to participate in limited access areas. We stood for only a few moments before stepping outside to don our heads with another set of headgear that would change our perception of our reality!With a pretty great rooftop view of the London Eye, I took the first go of having my world flipped upside down (again, literally)!The visor uses cleverly collaborated mirrors that reverse your everyday view upwards and flip everything on its head. This is particularly disorientating when outside on a rooftop!When outside experiencing the bizarre sensation of hanging off the face of the world, the Hayward Gallery’s signs change makes much more sense!  

Ruth then strapped on the head piece, and began to look around and take in the experience of a world turned upside down!I definitely recommend attending the gallery with a friend, as activities like this are made twice as fun when you can watch your companion stagger around confusedly on an open rooftop!Satisfied with our outdoor experience, we passed our visor onto the next in line wandered through to the remaining space of Carsten Holler’s exhibition.For those that are more seriously art inclined, there are installed elements of the exhibition to satisfy! One piece in particular, was a corridor section that was lined with heavy square television monitors displaying the faces of identical twins facing opposite each other.As you walked through the center of the monitors you became bombarded by the sound of the scripted phrases read out by the different halves of the twins. The artwork here becomes a(nother literal) reflection of identity, self expression and image.We were reaching the end of our exploration of Decision, but were too eager to slow down! So we quickly slotted ourselves into one of the wooden school-like desks against the wall and attempted to make our noses grow…Apparently, by applying vibration to a certain part of your arm in a very particular way, while holding the tip of your nose, you can confuse the body into believe the nose is either growing or shrinking!We attempted them one for sometime, but to no avail. If anyone else attends the exhibition or has tried this experiment before – comment below your success of failures!One look outside onto the other rooftop space and you could see another small queue waiting to take turns up on a rotating flying machine!Helmeted and suspended by the small of your back, you would swing through the air with all of London stretched out below and in front of you!This experience is no extra charge to your ticket, but I recommend booking your timeslot for the exhibition in the earlier part of the day if you definitely want your turn in the air!When we felt we had seen it all, we walked to the end of the room that housed the metal scaffolding and staircases that would take us to our exit point!Like our rather unconventional method of entering the exhibition, the exit was not to be outdone! Canvas sacks in hand, we scaled the metallic stairwell and positioned ourselves at the mouth of a multi-storied metal and clear top spiral slide.With a grin and a scream, we rocketed down the shoots to soft exercise mat at the bottom!

The exhibition is one that presents art from the perspective of solely the experience – created through the use of “perception a decision making”this was a time spent in an art gallery where not everything is as it seems, but everything is enjoyable!We deposited our canvas modes of transportation and headed for the doorway that would lead us out.And as always with any interactive experience – you are directed out through the exit, that just so happens to be a gift shop.However, don’t be fooled by the idea of cheap tat with nothing to do with your experience! The souvenirs for sale are all designed by Carsten Holler himself and feature the theme of of opposites and decisions. The chocolate bars were clever and sweet (nudge, nudge)But our favourites were the little button badges printed with the split opposites motif as well as a few nods to pieces from the exhibition itself!

The exhibition is on until the 6th of December. For more information on the Decision exhibition, or bookings, visit the Hayward Gallery website, here