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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!

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The Northern Youth – Fashion Show

With London Fashion Week coming to a close, now seemed like the perfect time to reflect on the phenomenal event of The Northern Youth Fashion Show!

A colossal effort was put into the university fashion show – with the aim to raise £30,000 for several refugee charities, and exhibit works from over 6 young designers from across the North.tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo5_1280tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo1_1280It wasn’t until arriving at the event, that the sheer size of the event really sunk in. The line of hundreds of people snaked across the centre of the University campus.tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo2_1280And after waiting for our turn in the queue, we were stamped with the Northern Youth logo, and we were ready to enter!tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo3_1280The lighting beamed from every direction, and started to set the mood for the night ahead.

The floor space was layered with a carpet-like fabric with the appearance of loft insulation, and different sized cubes and cuboids forms. tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo8_1280The internal space of the Central Hall was packed with an impressive number of people. With only a few empty spaces still available, we settled halfway up the seating on stage-left.tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo7_1280tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo10_1280The plans for the show snowballed quickly from a small event into one of mammoth proportions; resulting in the visiting speakers of the Vogue U.S. Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, and first female Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian, Katharine Viner!tumblr_o2i5gbvv3c1qcam0lo9_1280Anna Wintour began her encouraging, and inspiring, speech referring to her connections with the University of York – which were more than you’d expect! She continued by thanking her niece for the invitation to attend the event, before turning her focus to the concepts of creative startups!

“Build what you can’t find, what you’re looking for…”tumblr_o2i74aphva1qcam0lo3_1280Wintour went on to emphasise that a young persons focus shouldn’t be too strongly on one specialty – one shouldn’t have a narrow way of thinking!

Her speech included many pearls of wisdom:

In an age of social media, we “shouldn’t let social media be a substitute for living.” 

“Work with the best, learn from the best. Make mistakes, and discoveries to make a future. Seek to be relevant, agile and able.”

“Don’t strive for fame. Because anyone can be famous without substance…”

Most importantly, whatever stage of life you’re at “get outside of yourself” – try and become “open to the problems and plights of others…” Whatever you do, give back.

Wintour concluded with a strong positive statement: “seize all the fantastic opportunities that lie ahead of you”!tumblr_o2i74aphva1qcam0lo5_1280Following the speech, was a Q&A open to the audience! This included Anna Wintour answering questions about the beauty of Yorkshire, politics and economics of the fashion industry; these included many a sassy comment, punctuated by poignant and well calculated opinions.tumblr_o2i74aphva1qcam0lo4_1280 Fashion has the power to change the world. “It has done fantastic work” in the world – to donate and raise money. It has the power to be “consistently philanthropic”, in truly an “awe inspiring” way! But fashion can also be “frivolous in a good way” – never forget that!

Wintour’s quick witted statement about finding your own personal style was one of the most memorable point in the evening, when she answered “Look in the mirror” once and awhile.tumblr_o2mzg182mt1qcam0lo7_12801And all too quickly, Wintour and Viner concluded their time on stage and took their seats in the front row.tumblr_o2i74aphva1qcam0lo6_1280The show was “produced by BAFTA award-winning director Adam Curtis and the line up of performers included Friendly Fires and Yorkshire talent Billie Marten who was recently tipped for success by the BBC Music Sound of 2016 team.”tumblr_o2i74aphva1qcam0lo8_1280And with the twangs of guitar strings, Billie Marten began to play, and the catwalk show began…tumblr_o2i9gtf1bu1qcam0lo1_1280tumblr_o2i9gtf1bu1qcam0lo2_1280tumblr_o2i9gtf1bu1qcam0lo3_1280tumblr_o2i9gtf1bu1qcam0lo4_1280

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tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo1_1280A short interlude ensued. This allowed for a change of performers, and a change of vibe; from Billie Marten to the DJ set. tumblr_o2mzg182mt1qcam0lo2_1280tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo5_1280tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo2_1280tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo4_1280tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo9_1280tumblr_o2ififcpyx1qcam0lo10_1280

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This was a mere snippet of all the glorious looks that were strutted through the hall! I’ll let you make up your own opinions of the various styles and different designs featured!tumblr_o2mzg182mt1qcam0lo3_1280And that concludes the finale of the captivating, and inspiring event! The show channeled urban youth of the North, and helped draw attention to the talent of designers and creatives from all over!

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.

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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!

The Best Pancakes in York

tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo7_1280I was informed recently that the 17th of December is national Maple Syrup Day in America and Canada. So, I thought I’d show you a cosy joint – in the very British town of York – that really takes the (pan)cake!tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo8_540tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo1_540Brew & Brownie can be found nestled on York’s Museum Street, and is a delicious spot to stop by for any number of handmade tasty treats, teas and coffees.tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo4_540Jars lights, and mismatched chairs come together to create the cosy rustic interior.tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo6_540Stepping inside is welcomingly warm – exactly the kind of break those cold fingers and noses will need from the nippy Winter weather, and Christmas shopping.tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo5_540Now, I’m certainly don’t want to be left behind celebrating any national Maple Syrup Day, and pancakes are a good idea any time of year.

So we ordered the classic ‘American Pancake Stack’…tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo2_540A hot, fluffy stack of American pancakes with maple syrup, crispy bacon and a scattering of blueberries. Trust me – even the photographs don’t do them justice!

Brew & Brownie offer a variety of other delicious pancake options – but you’ll have to grab yourself a taste of the action to find out what they are!tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo3_540This is the perfect place for a catchup over coffee. And considering the time of year – it’s even an opportunity to exchange Christmas presents (over a shared stack of pancakes, of course)!tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo9_1280So happy Maple Syrup Day to American and Canadian friends! But that certainly shouldn’t stop anyone else from having a festive helping of pancake cheer too!

Photography credits to Thom Corbishley

Yves Saint Laurent Extended Exhibition

‘Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal’. The first ever exhibition – in the UK – of the French designer Yves Saint Laurent’s life, and work, came to a close less than a week ago.

I decided it was an opportunity too good to miss, so before the exhibition closed its doors for good, I took myself over to the French Château-style museum in the North of England to have a look!This is just a small look through the magnificent display put on by The Bowes Museum in collaboration with Fondation Pierre Bergé – so follow me through…Entrance to the museum is free for Art Fund card holders – and still relatively inexpensive for general admission – so what are you waiting for?

The exhibition was scheduled to end mid October, but due to high demand was extended until early November. And so, tickets in hand, we entered the large space exhibition space on the first floor.The Bowes Museum pride themselves on their information booklets. They are printed up and freely available to inform in great detail about different elements of the exhibition.Yves Saint Laurent’s famed work was not squeezed into the textiles room, or into the contemporary white cube gallery space that sits opposite. Style is Eternal spread out to fill both spaces and the room in between!

Rather than move the existing french decor interior pieces that live on permanent display in the center room, large black gauze sheeting draped down from the ceiling to floor.These were printed with information about Yves Saint Laurent brand as well as beautifully lettered quotes from the designer himself.The first room had a wall filled with a huge variation of hat designs. These are a clear demonstration of how important the silhouette are to the central designs of everything produced by Yves Saint Laurent.

Notice that these are all produced in a cream neutral fabric. These are a form of ‘toiles’ which are best described as a three-dimensional drawing. They are a crafted design of the original sketch before committing to specific fabrics and adornments. So these hats on display are crafted purely to experiment and test the dynamics of silhouette – hence the beautiful curves and lines!Other displays included original paper doll cut-outs and designs that Yves Saint Laurent himself created! These were designed in mini collections to fit a doll he would make himself from photographs of famous women in magazines.The first room of the exhibition collaborated with the already existing space of The Bowes Museum Textile Room. Inside glass cabinets were situated historical costume dating back decades at a time. The end of each cabinet then housed an iconic design piece from Yves Saint Laurent that tied in a motif of the cabinet in some way.This is another example of how ‘fashion’ is a temporal creation, constantly looping back through time for inspiration and design techniques.Between the aisles were framed examples of Yves Saint Laurent collection mock-ups. Featuring notes, and fabric swatches for different garb ensembles.After reaching the end of the room, we sat and watched a two part documentary which featured an interview with Yves Saint Laurent himself. The rest covered the methods of the work rooms and the design processes behind creating a collection.The center of The Textiles Room was transformed into a display case of original ‘toiles’.Displayed together, the mannequins allow you to really appreciate the craft and detail put into this form of a ‘draft’ tailoring. The work is perfected over and over again with the neutral fabric to achieve the perfect lines and fall on the model. The jackets even feature mock buttons!After we felt we’d had our fill of the first room, we hurried over to the main exhibition space that held mannequin after mannequin adorned in finished ensembles from a huge number of collections! From Sumptuous Luxury…To Art Pop…To Magic and Mystery. The costumes from Yves Saint Laurent were curated and exhibited by style rather than chronological collection. This really allowed each section of the room to make an enormous impact!Follow on from the mannequin displays and you reach a shocking pink coloured corridor that looped around the back of the room.This featured framed photographs and sketches from other artists that used Yves Saint Laurent as this inspiration and focus.

And after seeing an exhibition like this – why wouldn’t you?So in depth, so carefully curated, such a unique experience! I felt very lucky to wander around the first British exhibition of the famed designers work and life!

Fo’ sure, Faux sure!

It’s been awhile since the last post here on Wild November – but here’s a little flashback to the beginning of the autumn months and an #ootd!When you wake up in the morning and your hair ain’t cooperating – you think ‘it would just be easier to commit to the chop’ – here’s an alternate solution to psychotic scissor rage that has gripped us all at one time or another!The faux bob.

A trick which is easier than it looks, and the perfect style to mix-up your usual hair game without committing to a drastic change!The outfit-of-the-day channels ultimate rocker L.A. chic; using grey and black neutral palettes, paired with a classic crisp white tee!Add accessories in black to compliment the jacket, but with minimalist clean lines means the edgier vibe still looks put together!

Jacket – H&M

White t-shirt – Primark

Jeans – H&M

Shoes – Primark

Bag – Asos

When it comes to outfits like this – the style is in the details. A light tuck of the shirt keeps you from losing your figure in oversized pieces on top. The jeans are both ankle grazers, and sport distressed hems which help draw attention to the slimmest part of the leg – the ankle – as well as these amazing flat pumps!Other details include the assorted accessories, as well as the choice to keep zippers undone on the cuff of the tight leather jacket – which helps add to the ‘thrown together’ vibe key for L.A. chic style! Stay tuned in coming weeks for a tutorial on the faux bob featured in this little #ootd post!

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?