I had the pleasure of attending a press day for ‘ A life in pattern ‘ by Orla Kiely exhibit at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London and I have to admit it was one of my favourites.
Orla Kiely ( pronounced Kylie ) completed her textile degree in her home country Ireland and later moved to London to complete her masters at the Royal College of Art, for her final show she displayed a range of hats which were purchased by harrods. She also designed for M&S and Habitat. Orla started designing handbags after her father pointed out to her that everyone had a handbag and not everyone wore a hat! Together with her husband they formed the Orla Kiely partnership.
Today she holds a studio in Pimlico, her designs range from apparel, shoes, homewares, accessories, and of course bags. She is among the most influential designers and is inspired by the 60’s and 70’s.
She stated: ‘I sometimes think that my brain works in repeat, I love the order and repetition, and how anything and everything can be patterned in this way, as if you are looking at the world through a prism or kaleidoscope. It is something that is very beautiful and inspiring to me’ Quote from A life in Pattern.
The exhibition runs until 23rd September 2018, it is worth a view, showcasing an intimate story of her life, you will fall in love.
I have just got back from the Proud Gallery in London to see rare photographs of the gorgeous Marilyn Monroe. The photos were taken by Milton H. Green.
Marilyn met Milton at a Look Magazine photo shoot in 1953, they formed a close bond and business partnership. The photographs capture her elegance, and innocence. You feel she is at ease with her pictures being taken by Milton.
If like me you want to add a touch a glamour to your day, the gallery is situated a short walk from Charing Cross station and there is no charge to see the exhibition.
Up Close with Marilyn is at Proud Gallery – 32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP til 24th June 2018.
Anyone else have the ‘chair’ the place where they pile a mountain of clothes that’s not yet ready for a wash? Yes, that’ll be me. I have found a solution to this problem, purchase yourself a decent size basket and fold the clothes in here. Genius right? So far, so good. Click on my image for a link to basket heaven at H&M.
Sandals – Topshop (old )
Basket – H&M Home £17.99
Scarf – David & David (old )
Push that hair back with this gorgeous headband from Zara. At £7.99 give your look a little pop of colour.
I couldn’t find the exact one online but click on my image and it will take you to some others in variations of colours.
Free People – £128
Urban Outfitters – £10
Monki – £30
Topshop – £275
Topshop – £65
The Kooples – £228
&OtherStories – £45
When I heard the cowboy trend was IN did anyone else shout Yee Haa? ok, just me then. I have always been obsessed with being a cowgirl I have a vivid memory of having a pale blue dress with white fringing on the front when I was 8 or 9. I own a pair of vintage cowboy boots I bought a while ago, this might be the right time to dust off the cobwebs.
I have collated a few things I have seen online, look at the boots at the top from Free People, they are gorgeous. Keep in mind not to wear all items cowboy/girl together, otherwise you will look like you are in fancy dress. Keep it to one item and pair with classic pieces to compliment your outfit.
Topshop – £32
Arket – £79
Zara – £25.99
H&M – £9.99
Topshop – £12
H&M – £24.99
Who else is obsessed with the French Riviera style? I love the dark blues, stripy off the shoulder dresses, straw hats, and big sunglasses. The style is sophisticated and effortless. I have collated a few things from the high street to give you an idea. You don’t really need to get a ticket to Saint Tropez but you can at least look french chic wherever you are.