A spuddy suprise

A couple of weeks ago i was in oxford st ,i was aiming to get to wholefoods in soho but failed miserably.I was kinda hungry and didn’t eat at home.I have had some recent health complications so my dairy is severely limited , i was walking round randomly looking for somewhere safe i tuned down a street  and found a shop selling only jacket potatoes.I had to get an off the  menu  item but the reason i even went in was a sign that mentioned catering for vegans and vegetarians.They do sweet potatoes and normal potatoes cooked in oil.I couldn’t eat off the menu so i got a custom Thai chicken with a normal potato .I was a bit hesitant when coconut (yuk)was mentioned but it was undetectable.That was one of the best basic meals i have had in ages and I am defo going back  at some point.I must mention the shop is small barely any seating.I left with a smile not frustration .It is nice not to have to compromise for once.By the way the  place was the Potato Project : )

……………….in wondering round getting lost on route to Wholefoods I found a Nordic  Bakery that made my mouth water . I passed a ton of cake and dessert places even saw a gelato place .The bakery is somewhere in Soho  there is a sign that says Nordic Bakery.Nordic baking for someone that doesn’t know uses rye , spelt  and wholegrains , I found a book on it the other day and haven’t tried out the recipes yet.Anyway  back to the point i had some ginger biscuits covered in cocoa not chocolate it was dairy free.They were nice but i gave one to someone else as the eggs didn’t sit great.

In the end i ended up at a different wholefoods in Piccadily Circus.

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So yesterday was the Asian Wedding Exhibition in Meridian Grand.I worked backstage where all the action is .I got to look at all the latest designer offerings.Needless to say when i  got up today i hurt a bit.It  was a lot of fun .The final designer Impressions was amazing for the second show especially when you have only seen the clothes backstage ,on the runway they look so much better.There were some of the designers from previous years but some new ones, for example our backstage tailor Minoj  the spelling may not be right had his own line that was very easy to put on the models.Asian bridal is beautiful  but heavy.(picture strong man arms ).anyway it was a long but great day.

The venue was meridian hall  which is beautiful , the entrance is dramatic with two massive staircases.it is a beautiful place that was perfect for the event.  http://www.meridiangrand.co.uk

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my favourite runaway shot as i dressed both models the lengha and dress are by impresions.

some designers for the day

Bibi london www.bibilondon.com/

Impressions

Lisha k

style rooms

seema

minoj

guess who?

So a take on pop culture these are very edited images of well known people some work better than others but my aim was to make images that were unrecognisable. This is something i did a couple of years back in black n white.usually i use important people (people that have done something to make a change in the world  or represent something  relevant culturally). I am not sure what would work in an actual print.

 

vegfest 2016

So vegfest london has just passed by, normally i only do the free from show once a year but i figured why not.It was ok  but as a gluten free person not great food wise. got some really nice cake from baking bad , it made it home but i got icing all over the box which i got to lick off.I went for specific people pudology ,miss cupcake  and jasons. Pudology didn’t have an industrial vat of chocolate pudding so i gave it a miss i buy the tub they do samples out of and freeze it. Miss cupcake didn’t have a nice gluten free option as i am not a fan of coconut.for all those that don’t know who jasons is they do beauty and hair stuff i bought the two in one dandruff shampoo.

As i wondered round a few things caught my eye and i got to chat with the vendors who were lovely.The highlights for me were the nut people they make jewellry and sculptures out of a nut.

Second highlight baking bad i haven’t had icing that nice ever. Finally candles harpers bazzare candles  they smelt good enough to eat and put a smile on my face.I mean this literally from i love you but you smell to jaffa cake and bakewell tart.The candles scream christmas list.

Okay final point i am a chocaholic and there was a stand with novelty chocolate encrusted in  various flavours.that was great but it gets better there was also the option of things like game controllers, golden tickets , cameras and the best one by far as it is just the right amount of chocolate a record shaped disc of chocolate

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there was so much to see…….

asian wedding show

So the asian wedding show is a mix of traditional and contemporary bridal wear.Today was the first day where there were actually exhibitors and shows.the day started off with indian fashion week , the first two collection were modern and simple.They had mix and match appeal you wear it for a special occasion but works just as well with a nice top or a pair of jeans and nice heels.this is the the second year running for me and i am really enjoying it.my highlight today as the final piece for studio av which was a peacock embroidered cape studio AV.this little piece i found on twitter explains their collection. studio-av

their is a lot of embroidery but beautifully done.their twitter is studio AV not sure if they have a website .They are not uk based .

day 2

all things bridal ,the day started with traditional bridal same as yesterday.then some different indian fashion week designers.The first collection was monochrome with interesting panels and lines.the accessories were moons and stars.all in all a great day with tons of great print , beading, and great draping.The smallest detail can make a great outfit.Usually i am all about who’s who when i go to these events but i was so rushed at points just trying to get people dressed i didn’t find out.

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The final designer for today was rocky star he was at london fashion week.The collection was good and it was the most organised .The jewellery , own shoes to match the outfits and bag and all in one place.We were packed up so fast after the show.His twitter is @rockystarworld

SO ALL IN ALL A GREAT WEEKEND MORE PHOTOS TO FOLLOW!

bridal magic backstage

so last year i got to dress backstage at the National Asian wedding show in excel and i get to do it again this year.I said never again because it is manic at the bridal shows outfits that take ages to put on normally we have to put on in minutes plus jewelry and headpieces.But it is a fun day out shopping for wedding items everything under one roof.

http://www.nationalasianweddingshow.co.uk/tnaws/?gclid=CKbYwNzGmc4CFcEcGwodr3oAKw

a summer of fun

So summer term has ended and on a high.fingers crossed for me to be a TA come September and some training.

So i hate just sitting around at home .If i have the money and the time i volunteer.I was planning on doing camp with kith and kath.They run activities for people on the autistic spectrum some after school and a week of camp in the summer holidays.I say people because it is for the young and the old.i work with children and teenagers in schools usually  but it was oversubscribed with volunteers this year. Thats’ life folks!

https://thenorthbank.london/news-and-events/the-northbank-summer-festival/https://thenorthbank.london/news-and-events/the-northbank-summer-festival/

On the northbank  victoria embankement park there was a program of events  and one of the events was the summer market.there were also food stalls and dancing.I worked at the three day market ,from sun up to sundown(7am to 9 pm).It was lovely meeting all the vendors and seeing so many  wish list items.

As you do when you you go these events unless you come prepared with loads of money you can only look sometimes.there was a huge amount of jewelry most of it not silver but nice anyway.There was a few food options although 6 quid for a burger because i can’t eat raw eggs or cheese never again.I spent 3 days watching people drinking pimms  and cider out of milk cartons (no drinking on the job ; ( ).there was everything but cake.My highlights were the tea people I eventually got the Moroccan mint but smelt every variety damn.I’m basic with tea mint or chamomile but was so tempted by the mint chocolate.They do loose leaf and tea bags@teapeopleltd .There were cider people there as well i  don’t drink average cider it has to be sweet so i got cranes@drinkcranes which is cranberry cider.i meant to take a photo but hey i was too busy drinking them at home.

Safe to say i will go next year as a volunteer and as a drinker oops shopper.I could have done my christmas shopping.i met so many nice people from the different businesses from the american guy telling me about his jeans that he makes the urban cowboy soon to come to the  lovely lady from dinkibelle who  let me have some nail wraps (i will take a pic as soon as i use them).The guy from savon with the  most amazing soap ,that i didn’t think i could use soap in my hair.The woman from ridley london who had amazing liberty silk print dresses .

 

here are sites for the cards i did pick up

www.thenewenglish.co.uk

www.niceandbees.com

lizzychamber.com(glass chains)

www.jolliesocks.com (socks in a tin)

https://.teapeople.co.uk

@teapeopleltd (twitter/insta)

@teapeople facebook

shop.drinkcranes.co.uk

insta @cranesdrink

twitter@drinkcranes

facebook cranesdrink

https://.ridleylondon.com

 

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ridley london

 

So i haven’t done any embroidery for a while .I kind of need a reason to do it  not just because .Over the summer i went to the park and took some pictures and a few random sketches mostly useless.I sat down a few days ago and drew this from my rubbish sketches .My last piece took at least 6 months to do because of all the detail.I’m thinking the same for this one.I’m using some white mohairish (soft top)stuff i picked up in the clearance bin at cloth house(oxford st).I considered white work which is basically white on white but as the fabric already has texture i figured some colour would be nice.

so this project is impractical , i’ve drawn out the design on my backing and started.i’m using what i have already at the moment  ,so it’s slow going as this project is meant to be pastels.so a couple of days in and here’s what i have

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i kind of altered my original drawing as i couldn’t make it work like on paper.i added and took away bits.As you can see a tiny bit of beading went out the window , i am gonna do some of the leaves in (plastic not glass)beads too.The idea was that this was going to end up as a bag but the beads are unwashable and the fabric i think is dry clean only so i don’t think that will work but will see how it takes shape over the months.