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Date for your diary – Flock Jewellery Exhibition – 6th March 2014


If you like unique and beautiful jewellery then you must mark this event in your diary. On the 6th of March Flock Jewellery is holding a free exhibition from 7pm onwards in Dreambags JaguarShoes to launch the collections of four jewellers.

Flock are a collective of four jewellers, who met during the final year of their jewellery and silversmithing degree. They make each piece of jewllery by hand  and the exhibition will consist of five collections of jewellery; the first a collaborative project based on experience and images collected on a recent trip to Belgium. Each member of Flock has  created a contemporary jewellery piece inspired primarily by Belgian architecture.

For more information please vivit:  https://www.facebook.com/flockjewellerylondon and check out some of their handmade jewellery on etsy.

Free Pancake Festival – 4th March 2014


Its time to get flipping those Pancakes because next Tuesday(4th March) is Pancake day! Yay! To ensure you have a flipping good Pancake Day Lyle’s Golden Syrup® will be treating Londoners to a free pancake festival on Phipp Street in East London.

The pancake festival will feature a number of food stalls and trucks serving up hundreds of complimentary pancakes drizzled with a variety of tasty toppings, including the much loved Lyle’s Golden Syrup! Festival goers will also be treated to expert cookery demonstrations and other delicious goodies to take away.

The Lyle’s Golden Syrup Pancake Day Festival will be located a short walk from Old Street Station and will be open from 11.00am to 3.00pm. For more details about the Lyle’s Golden Syrup® pancake festival visit www.facebook.com/welovebaking or www.lylesgoldensyrup.com.



Tuesday 4th March from 11.00am – 3.00pm



Phipp Street, London, EC2A

Slim Aarons Riviera at The Getty Images Gallery – 20 March – 10 May 2014

In a nod to spring’s imminent arrival, Getty Images Gallery will showcase a selection of images from maverick American photographer Slim Aarons in its latest exhibition Slim’s Riviera, opening in March. Known for his work with high-society publications, this latest Slim Aarons exhibition portrays the luxury and frivolity of a generation at play. The collection includes previously unpublished work, showcasing the iconic playgrounds of the rich and famous in all their glory.

Slim’s Riviera, developed from a total re-edit of original boxes of transparencies and negatives, is a selection of 49 lesser known and classic works from this iconic American photographer.  image003 (2)

Slim’s Riviera runs from 20 March – 10 May 2014 and admission is free. Getty Images Gallery is situated in central London, just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Circus.  Opening hours are from 10.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, 12.00 to 5.30pm Saturday.

An Alternative Valentine’s Day Pop Up – Miss Cakeheads Think Ink Florist

_MG_7672This Valentine’s Day London creative Miss Cakehead teams up with Kraken Black Spiced Rum to open ‘Think Ink’, the first ever florist offering only black roses.

This ‘alternative Valentine’s’ florist will have macabre bouquets arranged in grave vases, with a bottle of Kraken Black Spiced Rum given in place of the traditional champagne option. The bouquets, made up of Turkish Halfeti roses, Calendula Lily Eclips and Queen of the Night Tulips, will be placed in vases full of Kraken rum, rather than water, turning them black.

Pick up a range of black floral bouquets and a 5cl bottle of Kraken Black Spiced Rum, for a voluntary donation to the Project Redsand charity.
Open from 8am on 14 February, for one day only.


Check out the new topiary sculptures at the East Village – Stratford

On Monday morning I had the opportunity of revisiting the East Village in Stratford in order to checkout  the new Neighbours sculptures by artist Piers Dubois de Saran of Shipshape Art. The sculptures will be joining the two sculptures pictured below  known as ‘Little Boy’ and ‘Old Woman’ which came from the clean up after the London riots in 2011 and the idea that “if every man would sweep his own doorstep, the city would soon be clean”.

If you remember in a previous post, I had the opportunity to go on a tour of the East Village development. A  lot has changed since then, Chobham Academy is now open and some of the residents have already moved in. In March Queen Elizabeth Park will be opening to the public to enjoy the velopark, aquatic centre and acres of green space. I’m quite looking forward to when all the rest of the people and shops arrive, then it will really feel alive.





Nike+ Training Club Week – Get Fit For Free


January traditionally is the time that people kickstart new fitness regimes. Nike wants to make sure people stay inspired and motivated towards the end of January, by offering all women a week packed full of free training club classes in London. From running focused classes, to barrecore and anti gravity pilates there is something for everyone!


Monday 20 Jan

7am – get toned @ Boxpark
6.15pm – get lean @ Frame

Tuesday 21 Jan
7am – barrecore @ Mayfair
6.30pm – train2run @Boxpark

Wednesday 22 Jan
7.30am – fuel per minute @ Equinox
6.30pm – anti gravity pilates @ Basement

Thursday 23 Jan
7am – AMCK dance class @NTL
7pm – yoga @secret yoga club

Friday 24 Jan
7am – get toned hula hoop @ NTL

Saturday 25 Jan
10.30am – get lean @ Victoria Park
2pm – studio cycling @ Equinox

Sunday 26 Jan
9.30am – boxfit class @Frame
2.15pm – rave class @ Frame

Simply sign up for classes here http://www.nike.com/gb/en_gb/c/womens-training/NTC/NTC-Week-locations/NTC-Week-London?cp=EUNS_OT_UknsmoukFBNTCUK1401_NTCW_uk.

Look to the future

Keeping your financial affairs in order is just part of being an adult in today’s modern world; it’s easy to lose track of incomings and outgoings when we pay for everything by card – and credit cards are all too easy to come by. While thinking about this, I came across a notice for a fun, live event that Experian – those people you might go to if you’re in need of a Experian credit report  – are putting on in the Westfield Shopping Centre, White City this coming weekend 17-19th January.

It’s called the Experian Field of Dreams  and it looks set to go viral. Experian will be setting up a tree in the centre of the Westfield Shopping Centre, White City, and encouraging shoppers and passers-by to write their financial wishes for 2014 onto pieces of paper and attach them to the tree. Wishmakers will be invited to post their pictures of the tree to Twitter with the hashtag #My2014Dream, as well as being entered into a prize draw to win £500. There is also a Facebook app too, where you can plant your dreams to be in for a chance of winning a daily prize of £150, every week day until the 24th January 2014.
It sounds like a bit of fun, but it also made me think about my financial wishes for 2014; while a ‘wish’ might be all too flimsy and fairytale, we can all do things to make our wishes come true in real life. I’m sure most of us would like to save more and spend less, but I wouldn’t want to do that at the cost of living my life to the fullest. The best I can hope for in 2014 is to make wise spending choices and hopefully add to my savings even if just a little.

The Experian Field of Dreams event, which will be running over three days in January, will no doubt get a lot of shoppers thinking about their financial hopes for 2014, too; and what better time of the year to do it than in January? Of course, some of you will already have thought long and hard about your 2014 financial wishes, and you might have even made it your New Year’s Resolution this year. Well, the good news is that a recent survey by Fidelity Investments suggested that New Year’s resolutions about money were easier to keep than most others – or so say 39% of adults.

No doubt this is the time of year that many of us will be checking our credit reports as we make big plans for spending and investment over the coming twelve months; will 2014 be your year for a new bathroom, a new car, or are you planning on saving every penny you can? You can always tell me what your financial wish is for 2014 – or, if you’re going to be in the Westfield Shopping Centre this January, why not tell it to the tree?

Date for your diary – Knoll international Sale – 23rd November


If you have love designer furniture but abhor the prices you need to note the Knoll international sale down pronto! This weekend Knoll will be holding a show room sale on Saturday 23 November from 10am – 4pm for one day only.

Design lovers will have the opportunity to take advantage of exclusive offers and to buy exquisite pieces of design history at very low prices. Ex-display and photo-shoot samples will be available at up to 70% discount and to keep you happy Knoll will also welcome buyers with refreshments, including Prosecco and pastries.

They will also be a 15% discount on new furniture on the day.

 It will be the largest collection of Knoll furnishings ever sold in a sample sale.

Follow Knoll on twitter for sale updates: www.twitter.com/Knoll_UK

Lanky Girl goes to Vanity Fair, Christie’s and Saatchi Thinking Big Frieze Party

Yesterday evening, I quickly ran home after work to get glammed up to attend my first Frieze Art Fair Party courtesy of sponsors beluga Vodka. Vanity Fair in conjunction with the Saatchi Gallery and Christie’s auction house threw a party at The Sorting Office building to celebrate Thinking Big. Thinking Big is a major exhibition of contemporary sculptures and installation which will be sold to benefit the Saatchi Gallery’s Foundation.

During the night we were entertained by Dj Isaac Ferry, plied with copious amounts of champagne and Beluga Vodka and enjoyed some good old fish and chips. London’s most beautiful, stylish and rich were out in mass, we even spotted a few celebrities. Made in Chelsea’s Mark Francis Vandelli, Nancy Dell’Olio, Sugababe – Jade Ewen and Rap Superstar Eve! The art on show definitely encapsulated the slogan thinking big.

I woke up this morning a little worse for wear but with some nice memories of the night. See below to see some of the art that is part of Thinking Big.

You can see the exhibition for FREE until tomorrow 18th October at The Sorting Office, New Oxford Street.

Christie’s – Thinking Big Party


Tragic Anataomies Chapman Brothers 1996
Tragic Anataomies Chapman Brothers 1996
Tragic Anataomies Chapman Brothers 1996
Tragic Anataomies Chapman Brothers 1996






Untitled (Spiral Staircase)' by Peter Coffin
Untitled (Spiral Staircase)’ by Peter Coffin
Untitled by Anselm Reyle
Untitled by Anselm Reyle
Donkey' by Zhang Huan
Donkey’ by Zhang Huan
Communication by Cang Xin
Communication by Cang Xin
A Tracey Emin bed entitled 'To Meet my Past'
A Tracey Emin bed entitled ‘To Meet my Past’
Beluga Vodka
Lanky Girl at the Vanity Fair and Saatchi party - dress - Topshop
Lanky Girl at the Vanity Fair and Saatchi party – dress – Topshop



Kader Attia. Ghost. Shaped aluminium foil, in two hundred and sixty-four parts
Kader Attia. Ghost. Shaped aluminium foil, in two hundred and sixty-four parts


Liu Wei’s sculpture of world famous buildings made from edible dog chews entitled ‘Love it! Bite it
Suburban Dream by Huma Mulji
Suburban Dream by Huma Mulji
Public Notice 2 by Jitish Kallat
Public Notice 2 by Jitish Kallat
#belugafrieze photo wall
#belugafrieze photo wall
Me and Rapstar Eve
Me and Rapstar Eve

It’s Festival galore! – Things to do in London this September 2013

I’ve arrived back to London and brrr…it is suddenly feeling very chilly  time to start bring out the Autumn wardrobe. However a little bit of rain shouldn’t stop us getting out and exploring all the city has to offer and this September London is bursting with fun and interesting things to do. 

Deloitte Ignite – Friday 6 September – Sunday 29 September 2013

Deloitte Ignite is an annual month long contemporary arts festival and a collaboration of Deloitte and the Royal Opera House. this year it is going to be curated by Stephen Fry the festival will celebrate the joint bicentenary of musical maestros Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. Most of the events are FREE and will include dance, music, films and workshops.

For more information please visit http://www.roh.org.uk/about/deloitte-ignite

Thames Festival – Friday 6 -15 September

The Thames Festival is already in full swing and is an inspiring 10-day celebration of London’s iconic river through art, music, and educational events both on the water and along its banks and bridges. Foodies should check out Butler’s Wharf Blackout butlers wharf will be ‘blacking out’ electricity from 8.30pm throughout the 10 days of Thames Festival. Diners will have the unique opportunity to experience the unspoilt beauty of the river by darkness.

For more information please visit  http://thamesfestival.org/

Kings Place Festival | Kings Place | 13-15 September

Music lovers should head to Kings place to discover new and independent musicians – covering everything from pop to jazz.

For more information please visit http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/festival

British Art Fair  September 11 to 15

Calling all art lovers, for all things British I highly recommend visiting the British Art fair at the Royal College of Art. Every year fine examples by artists from Henry Moore to Patrick Heron are being sold and there is no doubt that there is something for everyone.

For more information please visit http://www.britishartfair.co.uk

London Design Festival | Across London | 14-22 September

This week long festival is jam packed with interesting things to see, do and buy!

For more information please visit: http://www.londondesignfestival.com/

Open House London | 21-22 September | FREE

London’s most interesting buildings will once again be throwing  their doors open to the public. If you love architecture I thoroughly recommend you get involved. Last year I visited the Lloyds of London building.

For more information please visit http://www.londonopenhouse.org/

Soho Literary Festival | Soho Theatre | 25-29 September 

Love books? then this is the festival for you. Running at the Soho theatre this September you can hear writers such David Hare and Ian Hislop talk about their work.

For more information visit: http://www.soholitfest.com