Last weekend my little girl gang and I ‘sixties-fied’ Carries already gorgeous midcentury flat into a house fit for a mad men star for a photo sesh to showcase our Boden style. Cue silly selfies with retro phones and lots of posing with props, a Friends moment on the sofa (obvs) and the opportunity to pawn over gorgeous vintage photo coffee table tomes whilst chomping on our lunch and catching up.
So what did we wear? This get together was all about the BodenICONS pieces, a sparkly new premium range of cool, sixties-and-seventies, British-celebrities-inspired separates designed to ignite the icon in you. We fawned over the collection at Bodens’ press day, so we were all excited to be able to actually try the pieces out.
Carrie and Dunya went for some pretty stand-out coats. (Seriously that Parka is incredible) whilst Kristabel and Liv opted for some seventies style denim skirts. Come over to the Boden Blog and take a closer look! So who was I channelling in my velvet flares? Enter Betty Catroux, Yves Saint Laurent’s main gal and iconic model. She may have been French-American, tall, willowy and erm, very blonde but I couldn’t help but feel at least 20% Betty as I crudely interpreted her lounging-on-the-sofa look in my flares.
Something a little different today – I’ve gone all retro! The great British seaside has a way of bringing out the sterotypes in me so with no hesitation, and despite the increasingly autumnal weather, I threw on my blue nautical dress and and remaining primary colours.
My novelty bag fitted in perfectly with the ‘Carry On…’ style look I was imagining and the yellow coat brought a ray of sunshine to the day. Notice how pristinely yellow the coat is. Not for long! As I walked away from the beach towards our hotel, a cloud of seagulls gathered above me and ahem, down came the rain… Coat now needs a good dry clean – let’s just say that much! I guess I really did set myself up for a ‘Carry On’ show.
A Stay in Brighton
If you’re planning a day trip down to Brighton, there’s nowhere I’d recommend more that the Artist Residence Hotel. Brighton is famed for it’s artistic atmosphere where it serves as a breeding ground for artists, students and experimenters.
Stay in an Artist room like mine and you can discover what Brighton means to the mind of a local artist! Each room is totally different, the public areas charming and then there’s the cocktail shack. Need I say more?!
I’ll be showing you what I got up to on my stay very soon – stay tuned!
Ok fine, I’ll accept September is here and it’s time to put my legs away. But I am not happy about it! It can’t only be me who’s totally disgruntled with this appalling excuse for a British summer can it? Seriously though, where the hell has the summer gone?
Rifling through my dress rail I see that about 50% of pieces that I pulled out of a suitcase enthusiastically 6 months ago, all intended to be thrown on the minute the sun came out, didn’t even get worn. Even that one freak day of 30+ degree heat was when I was inside all day at #TheBloggersMarket. I feel cheated!
I feel like I need to get my frustration off my chest; write a ranting letter to someone or tweeting angrily but no one can do anything about it. Luckily, I have one last chance to wear my summer outfits as I’m off to Australia in less than 2 weeks. Ok so I really can’t complain now can I?! More on Aus later!
Put the word ‘Dreamland‘ in your next available Saturday date in your diary because you WILL want to go. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s a colourful themepark or ‘pleasurepark’ with a modern spin on retro iconography. Tracey Emin herself lent a hand to help The Hemmingways (of Red or Dead fame) with the creative direction of the new Dreamland, pulling the rides up from near destruction in 2013.
In it’s earliest incarnation in 1860, the site served as a ballroom but grew to encompass a zoo, miniature railway and hosted gigs by anyone worth name-dropping. It became one of the top 10 attractions in the UK but as with all good things, went downhill and so Dreamland started to sink in the 2000’s. Fast-forward past a couple of years of very hard work and some pretty clever copy writing and on point design, Dreamland 2.0 is open!
There are still lots of rides yet to open but going now means you’re likely to get in early on the action before your friends. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty to do there including a roller disco, cinema screenings and events. The best time to go? On a warm, clear day in the evening. Not only are tickets slightly cheaper but if you time it right you can be watching the sunset over the sea and reminiscing about the Golden Age. Good times.
Walls Ice Cream
So what to wear to one of Englands’ coolest new destinations where the puns are cheekier than Dame Edna nabbing a Nandos? A stand-out Walls x ASOS sequin dress and pom pom shoes of course! (Actually don’t, it’s really not that practical an outfit but it WILL look good.)
Because matching is the super-in right now, I brought my fave Biscuiteers biscuits along for the ride (literally.) Aren’t they adorable? Now someone pass me a Twister and long live the British summer!
As I’ve always mused, I’m a lover of Camden. I feel an affinity towards it’s colourful streets and characters, messy eclectism and great places to get good grub. For the past 3 years, including last year, I’ve been along to Camden Lock Live, the mini day-long music and events festival where the lock takes on a lively late night personality and has a party.
This year felt totally different with a second stage popping up in North Yard, playing dub reggae to a pretty happy audience young and old as well as a pimped up main stage and nice colourful signs. And that makes a lot of difference to me. It’s not just the late night market events that are evolving. Take a look at new Camden Market website and you might just notice a pretty slick e-commerce makeover on the once offline-only destination. Like it?
Whilst summer may well and truly be over, I’d still recommend taking a gander around Camden Market (there’s the cereal cafe there for one.) Look out for Camden Lock Live next year – I can only imagine it getting bigger and better!