Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Frugal Weekend: Edinburgh Fringe

I have just come back from a weekend trip to the Edinburgh Fringe, and what a wonderful, wet weekend it was!
I managed to get flights with BA Avios points (only had to pay £25 admin fee), and we stayed with a relation so it really was a frugal weekend...
My H&M jacket came in handy! My sandals, however, were a bad choice...

It was my first time back to the Fringe since I performed at it 8 years ago (but we won't talk about that!) and some of theatre I saw back then was still showing - 'Shakespeare For Breakfast' has been showing for 21 years and still as funny as ever (they serve you coffee and croissants to entice you in!).

You'll find plenty of entertainment along The Royal mile, where actors flyer and act snippets of their plays...

The biggest buzz is probably around the Pleasance Courtyard, where we spotted Simon Amstell and Rhod Gilbert drinking with the punters post-gigs!

Most shows are around £8-£10 each (established comedians more £15 - £20) but there are also so many opportunities to see shows for free. We saw plenty of free shows at the Three Sisters pub and courtyard - 'Bogan Bingo' was a hilarious interactive Comedy/Bingo night!

There are also lots of free events across the city...

Our favourite Edinburgh Cheap Eats:
Oink, 34 Victoria Street, Grassmarket
Yes, that IS a queue outside but it is worth it for the best pulled pork burgers you'll ever taste. 

Wannaburger, 7-8 Queensferry Road
Fresh, home-made burgers for £3.50 without sticky tables? yes please...the Edinburgh equivalent of 'Shake Shack'

Monday, 13 August 2012

Copenhagen Fashion Week

I was lucky enough to go to Copenhagen Fashion Week to see the DAY Birger et Mikkelsen show last week. And what a city...the design, the food, the ridiculously attractive people, the bikes, the style. I want to be Scandinavian.
The restaurant at our Hotel: Skt Petri
The Gallery, where all the brands were showcasing their S/S collections
We saw lots of buyers and soon we realised that most of these brands are the new 'middle market' which is doing so well in these recessionista times at. This is where smart women are shopping to get great quality, an individual style with a focus on design but without the £700 price tag.
Designer's Remix S/S Collection

DAY Birger et Mikkelsen S/S

My favourite jacket from the DAY collection...

Dinner in the Meat-packing District The beautiful DAY Birger et Mikkelsen S/S show... 

Shop the DAY Birger collection online, these are my current favourites:
£259, My-wardrobe
£150, Net A Porter
£44.70 (was £149), Monica & Joe
Read my Blog on Red Online here

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Investment: Art

I have just bought my first piece of Art. It was a daunting process but as soon as I saw the piece in Nelly Duff, Colombia Road, I knew I wanted it. It has the mix of being cool and modern but also with relevancy to me: my first fashion shoot was shot by his Street Art.

Ben Eine 'Change' original signed print, 11/20

Ben Eine's Street Art on Rivington Street, East London

Top, my Hallway inspiration has a Ben Eine print mixed in
Poppy Delevigne outside Shoreditch House
My first shoot with Caroline Issa

Thursday, 9 August 2012

People That Inspire Me...

Lorna, 29, is a Production and Development Co-ordinator at a major Children's TV Production company and Ed, 31, is a Sales Director at a Medical Publishing company. They've been married for just over 2 years and they kindly let me inside their house they bought last year in Blackheath...

The kitchen is painted with Farrow & Ball's 'Cornforth White'
Lorna's sister, Rose, helps us with the chalkboard shot (a sticker from Not On The High Street)
The shell wreath was a wedding present from me from Not On The High Street.
Their beautiful dog, Bea. 
Kitchen table is from Ikea
Console table, from Dwell

"Both chairs came from a vintage furniture store near our house in Limoges, France and they were super cheap! The all wooden one needed re-caning and eventally we found someone near my mum who could do this, so in total this chair cost about £130 instead of about £250 if we'd bought it here.  The other chair was a birthday present from my mum and we went on an upholstery course where we learnt to strip them right back and put them back together - although I'm obviously not finished quite yet! The fabric on this one comes from an etsy shop in South Africa called Skinny La Minx".

"This is Elmo and the chair is from Laura Ashley. The blanket is eco recycled wool from Not on the High Street (a wedding gift 
from my friend Amy)".

I love this 30th birthday present from Lorna to Ed, by Kate Jenkins from here
Quentin Blake wallpaper from Osborne & Little

Vintage Gilbert & Sullivan scores from a family friend

"The carpet came from a shop across the road (Blackheath Flooring, Lee
Road), it's called Crucial Trading Missipippi Plum/Green"

"Someone down our road had left an old wardrobe out for the bin men, so we knocked and asked if we could have it and they said yes! Ed and I carried it home and then I spent a day renovating it using a DIY wardrobe renovation on Design Sponge!"

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