Thursday, 14 November 2013

London / part two

After the Greek extravaganza, I headed west to stay with some of my oldest, dearest friends. We did that thing, staying up late and chatting and still only discussing 1% of the myriad things we needed to. Never enough time...

The next morning I met Lou at Paddington and we pottered off to Oxford Circus and down to the Photographers' Gallery to see the Home Truths exhibition; a group show exploring motherhood and identity. Wow. It was something else. So interesting and varied, with some beautiful images and challenging work, too.

Whistle-stop lunch, then we mooched about in Liberty, practising our bokah in the fairy light department. Mid-afternoon and we had an appointment with Boden for their Spring/Summer 2014 press day. I properly fell in love: with the clothes (in particular some very 50s-inspired dresses, gorgeous thin jumpers in bright colours, and some proper good shoes), with the styling (think mid-century seating, and a beach. A BEACH. Complete with ice cream stand!), and with the nail-bar, blow-dry bar and the photo booth. It was all just so flipping glorious. And while it was summer inside at Somerset House, one peek out of the window and you could see the ice rink complete with gigantic Christmas tree. A strange juxtaposition indeed; ice cream to ice rink.

Finally, we passed by Anthropologiewhere Florence Knight, head chef at Polpetto, was in conversation with Elly Curshen from the Pear Cafe. More beautiful, wall-to-wall loveliness.

It was one of those days that don't come round often enough.

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