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Great British Blogger: Style Anthro

23 Jun

I have another Great British Blogger for you today.

Catherine of Style Anthro entered the world of blogging shortly after me and so I feel a certain afinity with her.  I really love the style of her blog which approaches life and fashion from the perspective of an anthropology graduate.  She knows some cool people like this friend who made a coat-tent (yes you read that right), takes you on a tour of her week with her field notes segment and gives a bit of fashion insight from a perspective that I think is unique in a world drenched in fashion blogs.  Plus she has the cutest bunny I have ever seen.  So check out her interview and then go take a trip over to her blog.

What part of your city, London would you most align with your own personality and why?
I would probably associate myself with Notting Hill. Quintissentially British, with a twist! I love the mix of quirky shops and little cafes, and am generally drawn to small things with lots of character. I often have people telling me I’m ‘too cute’, in that everything I buy or make is always super girly and in miniature form, and a bit whimsical. Notting Hill is like that with it’s tucked away corners and the Portobello Market, but there is also a side to it that is a little bit gritty and unpolished.

Who is your favourite current British designer / artist?
I love Rob Ryan. I know it seems like an obvious answer, but that is just his allure! I love how romantic and charming his pieces are, but in a subtle way. I think that’s what makes him very British – that the statements he makes with his work are never over the top declarations of passion, but promises of long lasting love. I also like the fact that he is a big hairy guy doing super-intricate papercuts, and that his wife has said, in response to being asked what it’s like to live with Britain’s most romantic man, that he’s just Rob to her. My favourite British designer is whoever is behind the design team at Liberty’s, and also Tricia Guild, who does chintzy florals and pretty prints that are perfect for sprucing up a tired room.

What adventures would you have on your perfect British day?
Recently I’ve become very low key and just happy to potter about down my side of London. When I lived in Archway (North London) I would have said my perfect day would be heading to Columbia Road in the East End for the Sunday flower market and, of course, checking out Ryantown (Rob Ryan’s shop) and all the little crafty boutiques there. But now that I’m happily settled back at home with my parents in Richmond, I rarely venture north of the river! My perfect day down this end of town would be nipping to Clapham to have a browse around the Northcote Road, then head to Cote in Richmond for Sunday brunch (they do my favourite Eggs Benedict) and have a cocktail down on the riverbank, before heading home for tea and cake in the garden with my mum.

What is something we might not know about you?
I work in fashion, but I am desperate to work in a museum! I really miss learning, and find myself rereading essays from my Social Anthropology degree. My perfect job would be working at the Fashion & Textiles Museum or the Design Museum, where I would ultimately get the best of both worlds!

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Thanks for stopping by Catherine and good luck with future job hunting.

Photos courtesy of Catherine.

Great British Blogger: Knitting on Trains

16 Jun

This week’s Great British Blogger is Jessica from Knitting on Trains.  Jessica is attempting to live a “Good Life” while living and working in London and studying and if her vegetable garden is anything to go by she is doing a pretty amazing job.  As the blog name suggests Jessica is an enthusiastic crafter which pushes my own desire to pick up a crochet hook or knitting needle.  On top of all this Jessica posts some yummy recipes (especially some homemade lunch recipes which are great for taking to work to save a few bobs) and takes lovely photos.  These are some awesome pictures of the Great British seaside taken on her lomo camera.

Who is your favourite current British designer / artist?

This is probably a bit unoriginal but at the moment by favourite British designer /artist is probably Rob Ryan. If I were much richer I’d be lining my walls with his beautiful intricate paper-cuts, but until that day I make do with visiting Ryantown on Columbia Road and ogling all the pretty things for sale.

What adventures would you have on your perfect British day?

My perfect British day would have to start with a luxurious breakfast of scrambled eggs, seedy toast and proper coffee whilst reading the weekend papers (or, more honestly, the glossy bits) and failing at the crossword. After that I’d probably wander down to Broadway Market in London fields for a poke around and a bit of trendy dog-spotting (a pug sighting can literally make my day). If I was feeling lazy I’d stay in the East and maybe visit the animals at Hackney City Farm, but if I had the energy I’d skip across town to the V&A for a bit of culture and scones in the beautiful café.

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Thanks Jessica.  I love Rob Ryan’s work too.  Papercut is an amazing art form which I wish I could do.  I think I will also need to invest in one of those lomo cameras – genius.

Photos courtesy of Jessica.

Great British Blogger: Hello Flower

9 Jun

Time for another Great British Blogger.

This week we have Siobhan from Hello Flower.  You might have briefly seen her around here before when I won this great giveaway on her blog.  Siobhan lives in London and is a super talented person who has a knack of finding the most beautiful vintage and thrift goods.  Not only that but she takes great photographs (you can buy postcards from her shop), crafts and crochets, cooks (check out her food blog), teaches the occassional cupcake decorating class.  This might give rise to some mild jealousy but she sent me tea with my giveaway in a homemade envelope.  You have to love that no?  Her blog covers all this and more so head on over and check it out.

What part of London would you most align with your own personality and why?

This is such a tough question! I’ve moved flat about 10 times in the last 6 or 7 years, so I’ve got to know most parts of the city pretty well and each new area I live in tends to become my new favourite. I’ve lived just south of the river in Elephant and Castle for almost two years now, so I’d probably have to say that as I’ve grown so fond of it and it feels part of me at the moment. It’s pretty down to earth, a melting pot of people and full of random things that feel like they’re yet to be discovered by the rest of London. It’s a place where I get to decide what I think is cool because no one else has decided it already for me. It’s full of surprises, little hidden nooks and crannies like a cafe in the crypt of a church, an amazing junk market, cheap fruit and veg and my favourite park in London, Burgess Park. It’s a little unorthodox, but it likes to do things its own way and that’s exactly why I like it so much.

Who is your favourite current British designer / artist?

I’m relatively new to having an active interest in British art and design, so I’m not as clued up on it as I’d like to be. I work at Southbank Centre so I’ve been involved in the new Tracey Emin exhibition at the Hayward Gallery for the last few months, so I’ve developed a bit of an interest in her. I didn’t know much about her before the exhibition, but after spending the past month devouring every interview and review of her Hayward show I’ve become really intrigued in her and her art. I change my mind about it and her all the time, and I can’t quite decide whether I like her or not but nevertheless I find her completely fascinating. She’s a fantastic story teller, her quilts are really striking and I’ve also found myself to be quite envious of her ability to be unashamedly and brutally honest. So, after all that rambling I guess I’d have to say that my current favourite artist is Tracey Emin!

What adventures would you have on your perfect British day?

Wow, that’s a hard question as well! There are so many perfect British days to be had… One of my perfect British days would have to start off with a jog around my local park, Burgess Park. Then I would pop out to meet some friends for coffee and brunch in Bermondsey Street before wandering down to the Tate Modern for the latest exhibition and some tea in the members room and one of the best views in London. Then I’d wander along the South Bank popping into to all the lovely design and book shops along the way, probably stopping at the Waterloo end for another coffee and a bite to eat. After that I’d trot on home to watch a movie and do some crochet, maybe have a little nap before going out to soho for dinner and then on to either The Slaughtered Lamb in Old Street or The Royal Festival Hall on the southbank to watch some music and have a glass of wine.

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Thanks Siobhan

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Photo courtesy Siobhan.

Great British Blogger: Rosalilium

26 May

Welcome to the first of my Great British Bloggers series.  Ooh I am excited.

Basically the purpose of these posts is to share with you some bloggers from the UK.  You might have come across them or not but hopefully you will find them as interesting as I do.

First up we have Elizabeth from Rosalilium.  In her own words her blog is as varied as the English weather and that is what I love about it.  I strongly believe that we aren’t just one thing and that we should have the opportunity to explore all the facets of our personalities and Elizabeth’s blog does just that covering everything from days out to vintage find to food and travel.  Recently she spent some time in the Dominican Republic which I found particularly interesting as I would love to do a similar thing.  Here are her answers to some questions which I thought might give you some insight into our lovely blogger.

What part of your city would you most align with your own personality and why?

I am actually a bit of a gypsy as I have lived all over the South of England. But I have spent most of my life living in South-East London, which is also where I was born. So I would say I am most like New Cross, London – it is a multi-cultural, varied area filled with students going to Goldsmiths (I am Alumni), creative types who never left after graduating from Goldsmiths, families, a few young professionals and a large immigrant community.  It is affordable and down-to-earth which I like – to me, it is a more ‘real’ London. It is walking distance from Greenwich, Deptford, Lewisham, Peckham, Brockley and there are some beautiful parklands nearby. Also there are some great pubs regularly hosting live music and New Cross is home to one of my favoruite Thai restaurants.

Who is your favourite current British designer / artist?

Natasha Newton’s work is simply stunning [blog and etsy shop]. One day, when I have some pennies, I am going to buy lots of her paintings.

What adventures would you have on your perfect British day?

Oooh, that is a tough question when there is so much awesomeness to discover in our fair country. I would probably pack a flask of tea and picnic and find a new English Heritage site that I have yet to visit and learn about the history of the place. I would then take my picnic in some beautiful woodland before taking a gentle stroll through the trees. Next I would trawl through some charity shops and antiques stores for hidden treasures. Finally finishing with a visit to a good old country pub for a beverage or two.

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Thanks Elizabeth.

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth.

Great British Bloggers: coming soon

22 May

Hopefully fairly shortly (after convincing some great bloggers) I will be bringing you a series entitled Great British Bloggers.  As a British based blogger I get rather excited when I come across a fellow blogger from these fair green isles and I thought others might appreciate reading about them too.  The format of these will basically be why I like them and then hopefully a little bit from the Blogger themselves answering some questions.

As I am going to be asking people to participate I thought I better answer some of my proposed questions myself.  So here goes …

What part of your city, London, would you most align with your own personality and why?

I wish I could say somewhere super cool like Shoreditch but I wouldn’t class myself as a trendsetter.  I am quite relaxed and perhaps more subtle but easy to love once you know…  Unfortunately that probably resigns me to some surburban part of London but I am going to go with Regent’s Park.  Perhaps not the most beautiful or exciting of London’s parks but it likes to put on a good show (it has a theatre), likes to dress up in the summer (it has some beautiful rose gardens) and is great for just lounging around with all day.

Who is your favourite current British designer / artist?

This is a tough one as I am only just getting to grips with all the amazing talent we have in this country (I have the blogosphere to thank for that) and come across new finds every week.   If I had money to buy some items now it would probably be this illustrated tea pot by Esther Coombs, some stationery from Owls Go Hoot and these Swans from Luzelle of Mengsel Design.  Actually could someone put in a good word about me with the lotto balls so I can get a whole bunch more stuff?

What adventures would you have on your perfect British day?

I think my perfect London day would involve some form of teletransportation so that I could go to all the corners of London while avoiding the tube.  In my 6 years here I seem to have circled slowly around the city and have a fondness for all the places I have lived.  On this magic day I would wake up early and arrive on Columbia Road before it gets too crowded.  I would grab a bagel for breakfast from the Beigel Shop at the top of Brick Lane and then wonder around the markets for a while.  I would then catch a bus down towards St Paul’s and then cross over the River to the Tate Modern to see its latest exhibit in the Turbine Hall (they are always interesting).  As afternoon nears I would head to Somerset House and have a light lunch on the terrace.  This place is the perfect sun trap and is great for spending a few hours reading a book or having a long chat.  I would then head up to Hampstead to meet a friend at the Holly Bush  for a great Sunday pub dinner.  Afterwards, I would still have space in my stomach for the best crepes in London from the little creperie stand on the High Street.   Some other friends would then join us for some Pimms in a suitable pub on the Heath.

My favourite line from Wordworth’s “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge”.  It just has so much reverence in it.

Well I hope that has given you some insight into me and I hope you will enjoy future posts from some great bloggers from Blighty.

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