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An Afternoon In Soho with Conscious Me

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Last Saturday was a day of pure indulgence. Not only because I got to photograph all around Soho for the afternoon – but the added bonus was checking out some fantastic shops, a hip hotel and 2 very nice private members club.

It’s not often that I have the luxury of so much free time to do all of the above – and the best bit of all was that all of the venues are ethical in their approach to business.

I know this because I was invited on the tour by the lovely people at Conscious Me, who were collaborating for the day with Instagrammers London to show us all of the ‘ greener ‘ options around Soho  – so that we can tell you about it too.

If you haven’t yet heard of Conscious Me, it is a guide that is bringing together all of the organisations in every area, on one website. Be it, interiors, fashion, food, drink, beauty – pretty much anything you can think of. Their ethos is to empower and inspire people to make good choices in everyday life.Conscious Me Healthy

It certainly made me think. I do my best to buy from companies that care about our environment but it’s not always easy to know where to start. The afternoon was very insightful and to be honest, I was actually pleasantly surprised that some of the places we visited were so environmentally friendly.

You can also add information on to the website if you fancy, by writing your own little post and there’s the option to add your profile so that you can link up with other like minded folk.

A great idea all round, if you ask me.

We started at The Nadler Hotel in Soho which is self catering and eco friendly. We checked out on the rooms and it was lovely, with its own kitchenette and free filtered water.

Whole Foods on Glasshouse Street was first on the map. The holy grail for organic food in central London. Oh, how I love that place !

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We had a smoothie at Leon which is a healthy fast food restaurant, Then on to Lush Cosmetics who are fighting a war on waste, animal testing and palm oil. As you may already be aware – these shops smell divine.

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Then we stopped off at The Nudie Jean Repair Shop in D’Arblay Street. Swedish jeans made with around 80% organic cotton. They fix your jeans if they get a hole and offer 20% off a new pair when finally needed.

The House of St Barnabas on Greek Street is committed to tackling homelessness. A members only club so you would have to join to enter ! :)

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On the way back for a bit of dinner at The Hospital Club in Endell Street, which is also a members club, focusing on sustainability ( and with a rather beautiful old record player in the reception )  – we passed the Wild Food Cafe which serves yummy raw, organic, veggie dishes – and Neals Yard Remedies who are famous for their ‘ no nasties ‘ products.

Other spots to be aware of are The Dominion Theatre, and Ceviche Restaurant.

The Hospital Club Soho Street Art

A little bit addicted to Instagrammers London now too and will be doing some more of their days soon. Too much fun and lovely people to chat with along the way while taking extra pics of street art. This one is by Mr Cenz and the person striding by is instagrammer @andreweggy :)

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If you want to have a look at Conscious Me – here’s the website. Hope you find somewhere special near you to try out !

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Inspire Me – With the V & A. The India Festival.

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Have you ever wondered how exhibitions at the V & A Museum are put together ? I’ve always been intrigued, so after an amazing cocktail event laid on by Good Earth ( more on that in a bit ) at the Fabric of India Exhibition, I did a little interview with the curators Divia Patel and Rosemary Crill …

V&A Curators

You have a dream job . How did you get in to curating at the V & A ?

DP: I did an MA in South Asian History and Anthropology at SOAS.

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What inspired the India Festival ?

RC: We are holding the India Festival, a series of exhibitions, displays, events and digital initiatives that will explore the rich and varied culture of South Asia, to celebrate the 25thanniversary of the opening of the Museum’s Nehru Gallery, which displays some of the most important objects from the V&A’s South Asian art collection produced between the 16th and 19th centuries.

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For your exhibition, you have a  team including a Sound Designer, Project Manager, Exhibition Designer as well as yourselves on the ‘ Fabric of India ‘ – how do you all work together to make it all happen ?

DP: Lots of people are involved in V&A exhibitions from many different departments in the Museum. Whilst the curators decide on the narrative of the show and what objects will be on display, getting the exhibition ready involves a huge number  of people; a design team, builders, the exhibitions team to manage the logistics, conservation experts, technical experts, as well as the curators. We all work closely together, many several years in advance.

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I especially admired the collection is the Chikankari Sari. Do you have a personal favourite ? 

RC: Although I love and admire the beautiful historic pieces made for the Mughal emperors and other rulers, I am very fond of the simpler pieces in the ‘Nature and Making’ section of the exhibition. These have such understated elegance, even if they are completely plain – they all have their own special texture or weave, and it’s a delight to be able to give them their moment of fame.

DP: I love so many things in the exhibition that it is difficult to pick a favourite. For me the sari that opens the show, the Houndstooth sari by Abraham and Thakore is special because it so elegant and simple but says so much about the continuing traditions of India and how they can still be relevant.

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Are all the exhibits donated ?

RC: Some of the exhibitions have been kindly loaned by institutions or donations around the world, whilst many are from the V&A’s own extensive collection. These have mostly been purchased over the years, but a considerable number have been given as donations.

Good Earth are supporting the exhibition  – this seems to be the perfect collaboration ?

DP: Yes, it is ! The V&A and Good Earth are delighted that the brand is a sponsor of the exhibition. Good Earth’s celebration of the heritage of India and support of traditional crafts means they are a fitting sponsor and understand the story the V&A is trying to tell.

Will visitors also be able to purchase their products online from the V & A ?

DP: The V&A Shop are also celebrating the V&A India Festival with a beautiful range of products inspired by rich Indian culture. A range of Good Earth designs will be on sale in the V&A Shop and via vandashop.com

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There will be a series of events over the next few months for the Festival, exploring South Asia – what will this involve ?
RC: There’s lots more Festival activity. For The Fabric of India there’s a Friday Late in November, a special conference, and talks and workshops (visit vam.ac.uk/whatson for more information). We also have our next major exhibition Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection opening on 21 November, which will present around 100 spectacular objects from or inspired by the jewellery traditions of the Indian subcontinent.

Many thanks to Divia and Rosemary. I want their job ! :)

If you get a chance to visit during the festival  – you must go. The experience is amazing and I particularly loved the atmospheric music.

Good Earth Book

As I mentioned a little earlier … the party at the V & A was nothing short of stunning. An aroma of pure jasmine and rose petal oils filled the room and the soft but colourful lighting was incredibly warm and elegant.

I drank alcohol free lychee cocktails ( wow,very palatable .. ) while my friend enjoyed the champagne.

Lots of women wore exquisite saris that made my eyes dance with happiness  – and there were pretty lanterns and rose petals beautifully scattered over the tables.

This was all a gift to all to the invited guests from Good Earth, the Home Decor company who are sponsoring the exhibition. I already knew of them as I have had my eye on their quilts for some time… especially the Champaka Muslin Razai one. :)

They are now established globally after being known across India for their luxury, hand crafted, unique designs. Sustaining tradition and ecology is a priority for them, which really appeals to me too. I love that each design holds a significance and has a story behind it.

I was lucky enough to take away a few of their pieces in my bag on the night. The book above is full of dreamy colours and inspiration.

Good Earth Mug

The mug is fine bone china and decorated with 24 carat gold. I’m enjoying some mint tea in it. Bliss.

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I’ve never seen sheer, delicate, cocktail napkins like this before. Do you like them ? They are in an aqua marine blue and cinnamon and hand block printed. What a treat.

Good Earth Products

Can’t wait to pop this Peacock Ornament on our Christmas tree. Apparently it is made by soldering fine wires together to make intricate lace like patterns, that originated during the Roman period. The technique is called Filigree.

How did I find out these little nuggets of information ? All of the products have a little information card with them. How cool is that ?

Hope you’ve enjoyed my post ? What kind of exhibitions inspire you ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Lucy x

The Fabric of India, supported by Good Earth India, with thanks to Experion and Nirav Modi, is at the V&A from 3 October, vam.ac.uk/fabricofindia

Photographs 1-7 copyright of V & A 2015. Photos 8 – 11 are taken by me – Lucy Loves Ya.

An Afternoon Swooning Over A/W Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto 2015

It has been on my bucket list for quite some time and definitely in my daydreams while I studied fashion design, to attend a catwalk with a front row seat – to be able to study every inch of the cuts, pleats and darts of garments as they swish past down the runway.

As luck would have it, Carpetright were collaborating with London Fashion Weekend at London’s Saatchi Gallery by supplying some of their carpets last week for the Catwalk Lounge and also the VIP Luxe Lounge. They very kindly invited me along to realise my dream and attend the Peter Pilotto show.

Blue Coat Peter Pilotto

I adore his style – the elaborate, playful patterns and contrasting colours that draw the eye in. The latest collection for Peter Pilotto A/W 2015 (London Fashion Weekend runways focus on current season) is inspired by board games and the patterns were playful and contrasting as you can see. I spent a bit of time trying to work out which games they were inspired by and pretty sure Snakes & Ladders and Chess were part of the theme. Can you spot any others ?

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It was a test on my nerves, trying to catch the models on camera as they move pretty quickly and so was very happy when I checked my camera afterwards and realised I got them pretty much in focus. I was a bit ‘ fingers and thumbs ‘ at the start because I was so excited to see the clothes.

Catwalk Peter Pilotto

One question that I was asked during a vox pop interview with Carpetright was ” What is your favourite trend for the upcoming season ? ” – my answer was that, being a vintage loving girl –  Victorian shapes and high necks which you can see ,seems to represent a strong part of Peter Pilotto’s creations . There is also a definite nod towards retro with both the palettes and the A line shorter dresses. Divine !

Naturally, fashion inspires our interiors and vice versa, so it will be very interesting to see what makes it on to the high street in the home stores. I hope lots of colour and shapes inspired by this wonderful collection.

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I had such a good day and met some new blogger friends. We got on really well and it was a treat to sit and chat at Beaufort House on the Kings Road beforehand ( only I could drop a glass in such a posh venue … oops ! ) and have a hot chocolate and ‘ post catwalk ‘ catch up afterwards.

Oh, did I forget to mention that a Markus Lupfer WOW jumper fell in to my hands during the LFW shopping part of the day ? Well, one purchase was perfectly acceptable, right ? You will spot it on my Instagram any day now …

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Many thanks to Carpetright for the invite and such a wonderful goody bag. The colourful Joules scarf will come in handy this Autumn, it’s so soft  – and amongst the other gifts were some delicious sweets.

Who is your favourite designer or brand for fashion and interiors ? Do you have a style that you are enjoying at the moment ? Leave me a comment or tweet @lucylovesyablog – I would love to hear from you …

Lucy x

All photos are taken by Lucy Loves Ya.

Go West … Life Is Colourful There …

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We’ve just had the most lovely week in the West Country. We have been looking forward to it for ages. Funny how you spend ages feeling excited about a holiday for weeks and then suddenly you’re looking back at it.

It did rain. A lot. But it didn’t stop us getting out and about locally but mainly from swimming as much as possible.

One of the places that I was most wanting to visit was Bristol. I’ve never been but had heard that it is my kind of place. It really is. Next time I go, will be for a collaboration and I will get more time to take some images to post here. More on that soon.

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Luckily, because it was a tad cool in the week and definitely warmer clothing weather on several of the days, I had my new coat with me. I was standing looking at the lush pastures around The Tor in Glastonbury when a couple walked by. The man said ” Ooh I love your jacket ” … which felt nice as it was my first outing with it on.

It’s the classic Ledbury style from Boden and is a pastel shade of green. It fits like a glove and it’s nice to try a colour that I don’t normally wear. This season it is also comes in Charcoal Melange and Navy.  It’s a dress up or casual coat – and ideal for days like this one for skinny jeans and pumps.

I love the shape and the style – what do you think ?

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If you follow me on Instagram you will know my total love for gorgeous front doors and Bristol didn’t disappoint. I loved this yellow one. Might have to change ours again ! You will also see lots more photos from the last week of us out and about.

I would love to hear of any recommendations for Bristol for my next upcoming visit. Shops, restaurants and anywhere interesting for a colour lover to check out. Please leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Have a good one.

Lucy x

This post is in collaboration with Boden. All opinions my own.

Photography by Andrew Henderson.

Fancy a Tatty Devine Jewellery Making Party ?

Tatty Devine Workshop Brick Lane
You may remember a while back I interviewed the lovely Rosie and Harriet, the founders of jewellery brand Tatty Devine ? I am a very big fan of their colourful jewellery and wear it as much as I possibly can.

Well, this week I was lucky enough to be invited to their new jewellery party workshop space which is located at the back of their Brick Lane store.

Tatty Devine Workshop Space

Oh … it is colour galore with a fun atmosphere and the kind of environment that instantly makes you want to get creative.

It’s perfect for celebratory get togethers or hen do’s as you can sit around the table adorned with everything you could possibly need. You can chat and catch up while you all make your own unique pieces to take home at the end. There is a Tatty Devine expert on hand to guide you through the making process.

 

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Apparently there are two different types of parties that you can book ….

The first is the Original Party which is £40 each for between 8 – 12 guests, where you all have a choice of creating the Original Bunting Necklace, Heart Bunting Neclace, Star Bunting Necklace or a Charm Bracelet. It also includes a Fentimans soft drink ( love those .. ), popcorn and sweet treats and you can decide on your own playlist and a cheeky 15% off any other jewellery on the day.

The second is very aptly called The Devine Party which is £50 each, again for between 8 – 12 guests and you have the same choices of jewellery to make as the first one. The host gets to take home a complimentary name necklace. There is also a glass of prosecco on arrival and a tote bag to take home for everyone. You get all those lovely treats I mentioned earlier too plus the playlist and the 15% off too.

They happen on Wednesdays and Saturdays and you can find out all you need to know on their parties page.

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I am thinking of booking a party for my next Birthday  – it’s nice to go and do something a bit different plus you can go for a yummy curry on Brick Lane afterwards.

Bunting NecklacesHope you like the images ?  I had fun taking them and chatting to the girls. In fact I didn’t want to leave – so much inspiration all around. I got some great Tatty instagram pics and some cool street art too  – so do keep a look out.

Acrylic Necklace Tatty Devine

What do you think of Tatty Devine’s new parties ? Tempted ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Have a wonderful day.

Lucy x

Leggings Made With Funkifabrics Spandex

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I’m going to start this week off by putting on my dressmaking cap as I have a stretchy spandex based post for you.

I’ve never made anything with this  material before and to be honest I was a bit uncertain as to what to make, as I had a feeling it was going to slip slide all over the place, like silk does. How wrong I was. It was a delight !

Funkifabrics sent me 3 metres worth of their spandex – I chose which ones I want to work with. Naturally – leopard print and tartan, but I also really like their star print, so opted for that too. The width of these fabrics are 145 cm so a metre for each pair was definitely going to be enough.

The quality of the spandex was the first thing that I checked and it’s really good. The print colour is also incredibly rich on colour which is important to us.

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I used a pattern to make the leggings as I was a little short of time, and altered each one slightly as all of them had to be taken in at the waist ( several times ) and also on the inside legs. It took no time at all for the alterations and they also overlocked like a dream. The elastic for the waists went it well too.  Stretch wise – we have worn them for a full day and they are just as fitted. I love them and am chomping at the bit to make some more.

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They’re so comfortable, as we were having a relaxing day when we tried them out I wore mine with a t shirt dress and some Converse – and to add an extra bit of colour – my Tatty Devine bunting necklace.

Often I buy leggings from American Apparel as they do some brilliant ones but think I will make my own as much as possible from now on and will definitely be using Funkifabrics as they offer a huge range of cool prints.

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The girls really like theirs too and think that they’re extra impressed to have some leggings that are unique to them. There was enough fabric left to make something else. A little skirt each maybe.

Funkifabrics design and print all of their materials in the UK. They are dedicated to providing stretch fabrics only  – and are constantly coming up with new brightly coloured patterns with their in – hour graphic team who work alongside high profile fashion labels as well as keeping their loyal customers happy too.

I think their foil decorated prints are definitely worth checking out. A great selection.

Hope you like our new leggings. What kind of prints would you use for a sewing project ? Do leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog …

Lucy x

I have received no payment for this post. I was sent 3 metres of fabric for the purpose of this review.

 

My Colour Inspiration on Instagram

Cath Kidston Dress Happy New Year to you. Did you have a good one ? I hope you did.

After my last blog post – I wasted no time in getting the Bus dress that I had my eye on. You may have seen it on my Instagram account. I’ve uploaded loads of pics on there over Christmas.

Here are a few ‘ Colour Inspiration ‘  images from the last few weeks …

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I tend to post something each day on Instagram – so if you love a bit of colour, like me – then click here to see more. :)

Have a great start to 2015 – it’s the weekend already – Ye Ha !

Lucy x

My Favourite Sale Finds

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Did you have a good Christmas day ? I hope it was relaxing for you. 

We had a great time and my daughters loved every minute, which was the main thing. 

Now that we’re past Boxing Day, which is traditionally when the sales start, I have made up a little online wish list .. things that I have my eye on. It’s nice to sit in the comfort of your home and peruse all the goodies, instead of queueing up in shops and being elbowed. Just can’t do it ! Here are 10 of my favourites …

1. Pip Studio produce endless beautiful things, I was quite pleased to see these reduced. Their Love Birds range is very simple but quite decadent looking with its gold edging. It’s now £70 for this set.

2. Markus Lupfer does Gummy Bears. It’s nice to see a range that is more affordable  – and even more so in the sale. This jumper is from Matches Fashion and is now £105.

3. Love, love, love Green & Spring. Everything they do, because it always smells divine with lots of natural ingredients. Asos are selling this hand wash set now for £29.

4. I did a giveaway with Mia Fleur a while back because they stock such tasteful products that I wanted to share with my readers. A pair of these Glass Bird Jars are £18.95. Very pretty !

5. Never one to miss a pair of Converse, I know I already have the Wonder Woman ones from last year but these are the white and gold version. Totally different :) .. Now £39.99 from Schuh.

6. This Starburst retro style clock reminds me of my childhood. I’m pretty sure my Nana had one similar in her living room. For that reason alone – It makes me happy. Do you like it ? It’s currently in the sale at Heals and is £96.

7. Another retro style piece. Graham and Green do vintage styles very well, don’t they ? I particularly like the colour of this bedside table. I can picture this with a bunch of flowers on and an old style alarm clock. It’s down to £139.

8. Slightly nerdy when it comes to Double Decker buses. Especially the old style ones. Would wear this dress with some sneakers. Cath Kidston £40.

9. Can’t beat a floral scented candle  – especially when it’s half price. Space NK have a great sale on .. this Wild Iris one is from their own brand and it’s £15. Ooh !

10. Absolutely adore the playfulness of this Essenza Gitte duvet set. So colourful. Again half price – the single starts at £25. From Amara.

That’s my top ten. Is there anything out there that you have designs on ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesysblog  ..

Have a nice day.

Lucy x

JORD Ely Maple Watch

pic wIt catches me out every time the clocks change, whether we get an extra hour or lose the hour ? It seems it confuses lots of people. Or maybe they’re just humouring me.

But, it seems we definitely got the good one and had an extra hour this weekend in bed.

Ask any of my family – my time keeping is slightly more haphazard since having children. It used to take one minute to get ready and pop out the door for a coffee somewhere or visit a friend. Now, it’s a case of ” get your shoes on for the fifth time ” or ” have you brushed your teeth yet ” .. and rushing around has become the norm.

I had been thinking for ages about getting a watch. But, it had to be a little different. I don’t want to look like everyone else. Plus, it would need to be light weight – and preferably not rubber or metal.

Then, JORD got in touch with me to see if I would like to review one of their watches and I found exactly what I was searching for on their website. Yey ! Funny how things work out sometimes. JORD watches are hand crafted with various woods, sourced from all over the world – and with their natural grain and  colour every single watch is unique. Every part of their watches are made with sustainable products too. Good news. huh ?

I opted for the Ely in Maple as it’s elegant with a smaller face and will remind me of the date too.My loved ones will be pleased. :) The face is a scratch resistant mineral and it has a deployment buckle with push button at the back which makes it very easy to put on or take off. It feels very comfortable to wear. winner !

JORD make mens and womens watches – some more understated and the larger with coloured carbon fibre colour faces or 3D numeric markers. I really like them all – fantastic designs and if this watch is anything to go by – very well made.

So now there is no excuse. We will be on time for absolutely everything. Maybe even early. ;)

Lucy x

Vintage Autumnal Wrap and J Brand Jeans

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My friend Geraldine gave me this vintage wrap earlier in the year for my Birthday and I couldn’t wait to wear it. Every girl needs one, don’t you think ? It was blustery on our dog walk with Sandy the other day – hence hair across face shot.labrador dog fashion blogger

It was time to wrap up and get fresh faced. It’s a lovely Autumnal forest green with rusty threads running through it. I’m not  sure which decade it was made, there’s no label, but it’s extremely snug.

I was lucky enough to be sent these J Brand jeans to road test this week from TRILOGY. Couldn’t wait to try them. I have to say, I’ve had my eye on some of their styles for ages so feel really chuffed. They fit like a dream. I mean, perfectly.

I like jeans that aren’t fussy, just classic – which these ones are. J Brand are all about the cut and boy do they get it right ! These are the 811 Skinny in Faithful style. They have a washed grey finish and mid rise. They fit very closely – and they’re really comfortable.

These will dress up for a night out with heels or down for walks like this and my beloved Converse. :) Definite like !

Trilogy Stores stock some of my favourite designer clothing and jewellery – American Vintage, Chinti Parker, Monica Vinader, Splendid …

A really good denim selection also, including Current Elliott, Rag and Bone and James.

Are you a jeans person type of person ? What’s your favourite brand ?

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Not sure where the week has gone but it’s suddenly Sunday again. I hope you’re having a good one. We are having an easy day today and watching some old Disney films and lighting a log fire. It has been one busy week.

Lucy x