This past week has been so special, and a wonderful step through memory lane too! My good friend Hetal got married this weekend; we have been friends since secondary school and still enjoy many laughs and dinners to this day. We were put in the same form class in year 7 and with two other friends formed a little group called the Awesome Foursome, haha. Fun fact, three members of said crew would of been married in 2014, if you are reading this Jigna, there's still time for you! The days leading up to the ceremony which was on the Saturday lead me to paths once frequently trodden but not visited for years; as I had to visit my friends' homes which were near our old Secondary School (Claremont Massive, what what!). It was strange walking the streets that shaped my youth. I had to go and try on Saris the Tuesday which are really tricky to put on; and then on Thursday attended the Mehndi night, where people can get awesome designs painted on their hands, eat awesome food and watch awesome dancing.
Chris accompanied me for the ceremony and reception on Saturday. He looked sooooooo handsome. His blazer and trousers were from Zara, which fantastically had a sale on. The jacket was £90 off! The ceremony was interesting to watch. We could choose to get up and have a look closer, and the Priest didn't have a microphone or anything, so people were free to chatter and wander around...we were even given ice cream at one point. The Bridal Couple looked amazing; I nearly cried when I saw Hetal coming down the aisle...I AM A SAP. Actually everyone looked great, so much colour, sparkle and coolness is involved in Indian Wedding attire.
After the first part we went home for under three hours, I fell asleep and had to rush to get ready for the Reception which was so much fun. Uncles and Aunties LOVE to dance. I didn't take many photos as my battery died, but here is one of my and my girl Jigna!
I mentioned previously that I turned 28 last month. I went out for dinner with my babe man, yummed down and drank an awesome Lychee and Chilli cocktail. Obviously I wanted to dress up but I am not really a dressy dressy person. In the end I donned a simple long sleeved floral shift dress which I picked up a few years back at a vintage shop, my hazy memory thinks it was Beyond Retro. Also, the Genesis of this dress did not look as it does now, no no no. It started life as one of those 80s mid length waisted dresses that you see in droves in vintage shops. The kind that no modern girl would see dead in but in a print that you just want so bad. I took the elasticated waistband out, and shortened it. A little snip snip, sew sew and you get your own one of a kind -to- you dress. I wore it with my pink floppy felt hat which gave it a 70s vibe, and popped all the white accents of the dress with a white manicure which surprisingly didn't look like I tippexed my nails; and some white pointy sling back shoes. Shortly after this photo was taken however the thin heel of my shoe got stuck in a pavement crack and snapped the strap! :( I threw them away after; I left them by a bin in Soho Square ornately adding to the mystery of abandoned shoes across the world, but this time you know the story of mine.
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PS. 100 days until I get married!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
With one of my best friends Lena who 14 years ago, who went to see Shrek and eat McDonalds with me when it was my birthday then!
I turned 28 over the weekend. It's weird as I can fully remember being younger and thinking what my life would be like at 28; let's just say that I thought I would be more "grown up" then what I currently feel. With that being said, I couldn't be more grateful at all the beautiful things I have seen, fantastic people I have met and accomplishments I have achieved. This weekend of celebrating was the most chilled I have had for a while. I took the day off to treat myself to a ManiPedi (I chose white nails which I already scuffed while rummaging through my handbag later that evening, wahhh!), caught a film with the middle sissy and was treated to an amazing dinner at Chotto Matte which is a Japanese and Peruvian fusion from the man. Plus the film I saw earlier was Chef which is basically food porn so my dinner definitely hit all the cravings I had during those two hours. The day after I decided to have brunch with friends and opt out of a house bbq which I had done the previous years, we hit up Jackson and Rye and ate a lot of eggs.
Outside Chotto Matte with my white nails, my work birthday cake and the sweetest baby Chloe.
Later that Saturday we sauntered over to the other sissy's house as her birthday is two days after mine. We enjoyed some food, rum, World Cup and Metallica rocking out at Glastonbury courtesy of BBC2. Her school friends were there and they brought their kids, who were mingling with all the big adults which made me realize how party dynamics change as you get older. Speaking of little people, I also enjoyed getting to meet my cousin's baby who is only 3 weeks old. Baby Chloe is the most gorgeous little creature I have seen, plus I was quite jealous of her as she slept all day and only woke up to eat. In my 28 years in this dog eat dog world, I wouldn't mind trading with her once in a while. :)
When Summer descends on London Town we head to the parks. We are blessed with some nice open spaces for such a built up city, and break from the concrete to enjoy some grass and the Queen's finest Swans! My personal fave is Regents Park but recently my sissy and I sauntered our way South East to Greenwich. A little villagesque part of London with a super yum tum food market and lovely views of the river...and green space. Here I am wearing a staple of mine, a Rams American Football Jersey. I copped that in Brighton for £5 just before the trend hit hard style; however I think the Rams aren't that great a team, or am I wrong? The other items I have worn before and posted before, you know, black jeans, chunky cardigan....but my stand out piece this time is my gold men's silk scarf. I bought it years ago in a vintage market they hold (or used to hold) in Hammersmith. I was taking a sewing class years ago and the tutor had a stall and invited me, and when I did go this beauty just caught my eye. I love it so much. As the majority of the outfit was quite slouchy and boyish I slung on some black sling backs...which was funny when the heel started sinking in the field, haha. Oh well.
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Seriously LOVE this guy! What a great example of that a Father should be. Myself and my sisters know we are super blessed to have him in our lives. Hope all you doting Papas had a good one yesterday too. Keep loving hard! :)
Today in London Town the sun is shining and giving me some good vibes all over! In this spirit of optimism I will post my last wintery looking outfit, and willing for Spring vibes to dictate my future Wardrobe posts for the next few months. This look is Street Geek Chic. Street from the Primark leopard print cap, Geek from the Todds patent loafers I was given and Chic for this gold sweater that I got from Pimkie Paris. Annoyingly when buying this sweater I got a little lost in translation as there was a big red tag that had some french words but -50% too, so I thought SWEET! Bargain. When I got to the counter it was full price but I was shy to say anything, haha. Apparently the tag said buy one get second 50% off, eck. It's become a fave of mine so I guess it was worth it in the end!
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Today, on this fine Wednesday the 7th of May I just want to wish my Fiance Christopher Joe Anthony Peacock Martinez the Happiest of Birthdays! This guy is the best, a super blessing in my life and so many others. I love his kindness, his generosity, his want to make the world a better place, his creativity, his encouraging ways and HIS BEARDED FACE. I'm so glad we ended up going to the same Church and meeting all those years ago! He is an inspiration to me in so many ways. In the way he runs his own business, to his support of good causes and his general generous way with people. I have got such a good deal having this guy by my side for the rest of my days; and can't wait for more and more birthdays together, and cake. Lot's more cake!
Love has taken over, and it is all due to the photo above. Those two fine cats are my parents Mr & Mrs Fab. I have talked about their cool style when they were younger before but what I love the most about this picture is the joys and the smiles that they have. The way my Dad is looking at Mum is priceless, and my Ma seems to be having a whale of a time in his arms. As I approach my own wedding day I pray that my relationship is filled with joy and love, and knowing that everyday will not be like that I hope to remember the important things and not get caught up in the daily grind that can cause lows in relationships. Knowing my parents, it wasn't all smooth sailing and even now 37 years it's not perfect, but the love is prevails, and that is what keeps it all going. Cherish the sweet moments, as you can see from above and below the moment causes such a warmth. "What the world needs now, is love sweet love".
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These table settings by Designer/Stylist Lula Aldunate are divine. What I like about the table cloth, different sized plate set up is that they don't really match, but they they feel like they do. The contrasting patterns and colours are such a visual treat you may actually be distracted in what you will later be served. I especially love the pairings between floral chinze and strong more linear patterns in the check table cloths. Again, I wish this could all live in my home, you know, my dream home that has 25 rooms and will magically clean itself. A girl can dream.
Photos by Michael Rougier for Life.com
It is strange where one photo can take you. While scrolling through a tumblr I spotted one particular photo. A photo that you could mistakenly think to be taken by a modern hipcat youth, of his hipcat friends in a hipcat club, but what drew me to the small frame to click and maximize was the fact that all the characters in the frame were Asian, Japanese to be precise. I found the source of the photos and was happily introduced to a series of similar photos taken by Life Photographer Michael Rougier called Japanese Youth in Revolt, taken in 1964. Michael set off to Japan to document the world of the rebelling teens of Japan. Even known to this day to be a nation with rigid cultural obedience, Japan now and in the past were not immune to 'Teenage Rebellion' (think about the Harajuku of today). Michael left with an intimate insight into the Japanese Teenage life, and especially the self destructive drug taking, rock music listening motorcycling sect. It is interesting to see how similar these are to images likened to Western culture, showing how powerful the spread of Media has been and continues to be. What is even MORE interesting is that to me these are exactly the same popular photos I am seeing now of present day art kids, or creative leaned youths of America and England. Why is this, and what does this actually mean? I actually do not know for sure, but I think this appeal to this lifestyle through the ages is the spirit behind it all. Do we all yearn for a bit of rebellion, to feel disconnected to the rigidity of routine and to sink into a world music and Art? I can say I do a little, could you?
On a sartorial note however, I just think all these kids look freaking cool (sans smoking, I ain't about that life). High waist trousers, sleeveless tee and cute jackets. Beehived hair and black slicked lined eyes, it is all so beautiful. Does anyone know of cool modern Asian collectives, photographers or the like that are worth following or peeking? I would love to see more content like this, so please share if you do.
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