Saturday, 31 May 2014

I Love Flowers

Hello everyone! London is welcoming this Saturday morning with lots of sunny spells that hopefully will last all day long! I am enjoying a nice cup of coffee to get me started for the day as lots of work is waiting for me this weekend :-(

I feel that my room is empty without flowers, so whenever I have the time I buy a bouquet of nice ones to add some colour and beauty to my surroundings.  

Flowers, coffee and perfume samples...
Have a great weekend and keep smiling :)

Helen xx

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Theo Fennell at 169 Fulham Road

I love jewellery and who doesn't really? So, as soon as I came back from my holiday in Greece and received an invitation for the following morning at the Theo Fennell Boutique at 169 Fulham Road I simply could not resist. 


I have passed by the store so many times as I love walking around this area but I never really had a chance to step inside the beautiful world of Theo. 


Breakfast is served...
Vodka anyone?

After enjoying our breakfast we went for a lovely tour around the boutique and also visited the studio on the first floor of the beautiful flagship store. Theo Fennell's pieces have been captivating the world for over 25 years. Every piece is so original and  the craftsmanship is truly distinctive. Here are some photos that I hope you will enjoy. 

Crosses
Keys



Cufflinks

Stunning silver jewellery in affordable prices :)
The Mozambique Ring

Jewellery and a cup of coffee make me so happy :)

Have a great day!!

Helen xx

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Serenade/Sweet Violets/DGV: danse a grande vitesse at the Royal Opera House

Last Monday it was raining non stop in London so it was not ideal to spend much time out in the open. My shelter for the day was the beautiful Royal Opera House. I was there to see the Royal Ballet's Mixed Programme: Serenade/Sweet Violets/DGV: Danse a grande vitesse. And what a programme that was!


Serenade: The Music of Tchaikovsky partnered with sublime choreography in one of George Balanchine's earliest and best-loved works. 



Sweets Violets: Murder, sexuality and art are the potent themes of Liam Scarlett's ballet inspired by Walter Sickert's paintings.



DGV: Danse a grande vitesse. Christopher Wheeldon channels the hurtling momentum of Michael Nyman's music in choreography of thrilling propulsion. 


Source: roh.org.uk
I had an absolutely sensational day at the ballet. Captivating music and great dancing skills added up to a perfect experience of ballet beauty. 



The Restaurant area. I love the little glass box that feels like it is floating in the air


Enjoying the view from the Opera's rooftop
Covent Garden from above
Have a great day!!

Helen xx

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Sample Sale: Alexander McQueen

Hello everyone! Hope you are all well and enjoyed the long Bank Holiday weekend. The weather in London was not again at its most wonderful but I made the best out of a so and so situation. Yesterday, I went to the Royal Opera House and had such an amazing time (more to come on this). 

Good news for this week. Another sample sale is on its way and pretty exciting if I may add. Do not miss the Alexander McQueen sale at the Shoreditch Town Hall for a large selection of womenswear, menswear, McQ and accessories from previous seasons.

Source: ldnfashion.com

When?
Thursday 29th May 2014: 10am - 9pm
Friday 30th May 2014: 10am - 9pm
Saturday 31st May 2014: 10am - 6pm  

Where?
Shoreditch Town Hall
Assembly Hall
380 Old Street
London

This is such a good way to wave farewell to May and welcome the summer with a bit of shopping!

Have a fabulous day!!

Helen xx

Monday, 26 May 2014

The Blue Plaques of London

London has been home to some of the greatest and creative minds in history. To honour their achievements, the Blue Plaque scheme was founded in 1866. Run successively by the (Royal) Society of Arts, the London Council and the Greater London Council, English Heritage commemorates the link between notable figures of the past and the buildings in which they lived and worked.  

Here is a guide of where to find some of these plaques. For a full list of names you may visit this link


 Sir Alfred Hitchcock
153 Cromwell Road, Kensington SW5


 Vivien Leigh
54 Eaton Square, Westminster SW1


 Jimi Hendrix
23 Brook Street, Mayfair W1


 George Seferis
51 Upper Brook Street, Westminster W1


 John Lennon & George Harrison
34 Montague Square, Marylebone W1

I love spotting these blue plaques during my journeys around London. I hope you found this post interesting and next time you are in London you will be spotting some of the plaques. There are hundreds of them spread out in the city!!

Have a great week!

Helen xx

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Let The Right One In....

This week I fed my theatre appetite with two plays and my satisfaction is indescribable. On  Wednesday, I visited the beautifully refurbished Apollo Theatre to see the critically-acclaimed "Let The Right One In". This is a stage adaptation by Jack Thorne, based on the Swedish horror novel and film by John Ajvide  Lindqvist.

Right before my eyes I witnessed a chilling tale of loneliness, love and legend that spoke right to my heart. 






Source: timeout.com
Martin Quinn is a stunning Oskar, a bullied lonely teenage boy living with his mother on a housing estate in the brisk Scottish Highlands when a series of killings rock the neighbourhood. Eli is the young girl who has just moved in next door. She doesn't go to school and never leaves the flat by day. The two become devoted friends, but what  Oskar does not know is that Eli has been a teenager for a very long time...

This is one of the best piece of theatre I have ever witnessed. Such a bloody awesome play that I would highly recommend!

Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue
London 
W1D 7ES
T: 0844 482 9671

Have a great Sunday!!

Helen xx

Saturday, 24 May 2014

By the Sea...

It is Saturday morning in London and surprise surprise it is heavily raining. I do not quite like this scenario for May if you ask me. Not considering this aspect, the other day I was thinking that one of the hardest things while living in London is if you are stuck in the city for the summer (I hope there will be not much rain). London in the summer can be fun but what I do miss the most is the sea. River Thames does not quite do it for me :) The water element is there but that does not fit the bill. 

This summer, I will be quite busy at work, plus I will need to move houses at the very end of it and I am not looking forward to it. The other day my spontaneous self managed to take some time off during July and arranged a little holiday getaway that remains to be seen. Stay tuned! 

Here are some photos by the sea that I shot last week while in Greece. 




Have a fabulous weekend loves!!

Helen xx

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at Tate Modern

I have only been back to London a couple of days and I already feel exhausted. Truth to be told, I had a lot to catch up at work; hence the exhaustion. I had a lovely evening last night at the theatre (I will soon write a post about the play that I saw) and I cannot wait for my next days off.

I really want to find some time to visit Tate Modern which is currently hosting an exhibition on the giant of modern art that listens to the name of Henri Matisse. The exhibition explores the final chapter in his career in which he began carving into colour and his series of spectacular cut-outs emerged.

Source: tate.org.uk
The Sheaf 1953
The Snail 1953
Blue Nude 1952
The exhibition represents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see so many of the artist's works in one place and discover Matisse's final artistic triumph. In his sixties, when ill health prevented the artist from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors to make drafts for a number of commissions. In time, Matisse chose cut-outs over painting: he had invented a new medium!

Henri Matisse: The Cut Outs
Tate Modern
17 April - 7 September 2014
Bankside
London
SE1 9TG

Have a nice evening!! 

Helen xx
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