A brief round up of what I did, where I went and what I read over the past few days. Featuring my thoughts on London’s latest fashion exhibition, chatting about a new haircut and finding some advice on enjoying post-uni freedom.
01. Balenciaga exhibition at the V&A– I often take for granted how lucky I am to have so many amazing museums on my doorstep living in London. The V&A is my all time favourite and I am never one to miss out on their fashion exhibitions. This time around it was Balenciaga’s ‘Shaping Fashion’. The exhibition highlighted Balenciaga’s use of clever pattern cutting and exposed many of his hidden design secrets through garment x-rays, all of which I really loved. There was also a collection of outfits from other designers who quoted Balenciaga as an inspiration to their work, from Molly Goddard to Oscar De La Renta.
02. Haircut– I was very happy to take Rush Hair Salon up on an offer to check out their lovely Chiswick salon this week. I was super impressed by the treatment I got from the team there and Jackie, who cut my hair, did a fab job at taming my curls into a straighter ‘do.
03. RED Academy workshop– on Monday evening I risked the chaos at Waterloo (if you know, you know!) to head into town for a workshop run by RED Academy. The workshop was on ‘UX design and the future of tech’ and it really opened my eyes to a new area of design thinking, which was something I only touched on briefly during my degree. RED are hosting a load of free digital marketing and tech related workshops over the coming weeks so check them out if that’s an area you’re interested in.
01. Carnaby Street, London– I’ve been to Carnaby Street many-a time but when I found myself there this week it was a completely different experience. I was not in a rush, the sun was out and I enjoyed playing tourist for a couple of hours wondering around the shops. After grabbing a juice from The Detox Kitchen, I took a look around my favourite shops in the area: Monki, Brandy Melville and Dahlia to name a few. Also, I walked passed the new Arket store on Regent Street and I couldn’t help but take a peek through the windows- anyone else anticipating their opening as much as me?!
02. Osterley Park– technically this is was last week but I got together with my family over the weekend for a picnic in the grounds of Osterley Park. The National Trust property was filled with families who had the same idea as us but we managed to find a quieter spot by the river and enjoy our rather large picnic feast.
03. Birmingham– as I write this, I’m en route to Birmingham to help my boyfriend move into his new flat in the city. We are both completely new to the area so I’m arriving armed with recommendations of where to eat and what to see. I’ve also got a plant tucked under my arm as a ‘house warming’ gift but I can’t decide if he’ll thank me for it!
01. “Lessons in brand building from Deliciously Ella“– I really enjoyed this article from Econsultancy and I was quick to share my praise on social media. I remember seeing Ella on TV years and years ago for the first time and since then, I’ve religiously followed her blog and bought into her books, products and events. It wasn’t until I read this article, however, that I truly appreciated just how clever Ella has been in pioneering influencer marketing and demonstrating how successful blogging can be as a career.
02. “What I wish I knew in my first summer post-college”– this article from Man Repeller was exactly what I needed to read this week. When you leave the bubble of university life and student living to head back home and accept a (temporary) life of unemployment, it’s easy to forget that there are tons of people in the exact same situation as you. I am the textbook example of someone that hasn’t strayed from the education trajectory for their whole life and I’m still getting my head around the idea of actually enjoying freedom. Fortunately, this article gave me a nudge in the right direction.
03. Vogue’s September Issue– admittedly, I haven’t bought a copy of Vogue since September 2016 but there’s something about the hype of this annual issue that I can’t help but buy into. This week I very much enjoyed trading my phone screen for Vogue’s glossy pages during my coffee breaks, even if I quickly took to social media after to compare insiders’ opinions.