Sunday, 13 April 2014

Gaultier Details

Last week heralded the much anticipated arrival of Jean Paul Gaultier's touring exhibition at London's Barbican, showcasing the most exciting creations ever to emerge from Maison Gaultier.

Having had the privilege of working on Monsieur Gaultier's couture pieces as a bead fairy and a major lifelong fascination with couture embroidery, beading and lacework techniques, I had been eagerly awaiting the first weekend of the exhibition so that I could get up close and personal.

Since its launch in Montreal I have seen many articles relating to the show so I wanted to just zoom in on what were some of the key details that caught my magpies eye and made my heart jump into disco beats.

Ranging from from his famed twists on the classic nautical stripe to the most exquisitely pleated mille-feuille chiffon shield dress that made my eyes pop out on stalks. Geometric Barbarella-inspired waists sat alongside jet-encrusted, exoskeletal-armoured corsetry. Delicate ethnic embroidery and mind-blowing beadwork called my name at every turn and gorgeous plumage jackets had me contorting my body into complex yoga poses just to be able to get an eyeful of the individually hand-stitched feathers and fine craftsmanship. 

The exhibition held me hypnotically in its tightly laced grip for my entire visit. I'm still dreaming of bevel edged sequins and chantilly lace so much so, that I may have to visit again. 


9th April to 25th August
Barbican Art Gallery

Monday, 7 April 2014

In awe of blossom!

What could be more wonderful than a mélange of gentle blossom to start the week?

You don't have to know your Amelanchier from your Prunus, or even your Cercis from your Malus to enjoy nature's very own ornamental confetti this month. 

Lift your eyes as you walk along, follow the flight of the bumblebee and let beautiful blossom raise your spirits and widen your smile.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

International Pillow Fight Day!

It was a seemingly ordinary day yesterday, as I made my way to the Royal Academy.
Despite the clouds, the tourist season is in full swing, judging by the huge numbers I got caught up in.
I couldn't put my finger on it but there was something about this crowd that just seemed out of place. 
Little did I know what I had walked into...

All of a sudden a shout went out in the crowd from a rather scantily clad gentleman yielding a megaphone.

Roars of rapturous cheers rippled out over Trafalgar Square.

Before erupting into pillow fight madness....

Even as an onlooker, I still spent the rest of the afternoon picking feathers out of my hair!

Just an ordinary Saturday afternoon in London.
How was your weekend?

Friday, 4 April 2014

The Perfume Jam

It became obvious upon throwing the conservatory doors open today,
that in my absence the garden had been having a
Spring-perfume-party-jam-session all of its very own. Oh yes!

Don't let these dainty and demure beauties fool you for one second,
for they are the powerhouse of a fabulously scented Spring.

The blend of intense perfumes was nothing short of a nostril extravaganza.
So grab a cocktail and let me introduce you to the cool cats in my perfumed garden.....

We've got Mr Brugmansia on lead vocals with his backing divas; the Choisya Sisters, saweeet!

On Bass, Viburnum carlesii 'Aurora', those are some deep notes you're playing there brother.

On Keyboards, the magic fingers of Osmanthus delavayi, she always hits the high notes.

On drums, the sublime Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' who likes to round it out nicely.

Not forgetting the elegant and refined Erythronium revolutum 'White Beauty'
she's not particularly scented, more of a groupie who muscled in on the perfume jam!

Now that's, what I call smooooooth!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

What's behind door number #1?

Whilst out for a walk in Osterley Park today I happened upon this magical portal.

I do love a little mystery and intrigue and I couldn't resist daydreaming about

 what beautiful adventure might lay in wait on the other side.

An enchanted garden, a haunted mansion, a handsome gardener or perhaps a snarling rottweiler?

I was itching to turn that handle and have a peek.

What do you think is behind door number one?

Friday, 28 March 2014

Hiiiiyah! It's the weekend!

A little off topic for me today but...

As I run out the door, I wanted to share my excitement.

Its a very exciting day at Magical Manor.

Because I've taken the day off and

have just finished getting ready for a date...

with someone very special to me.

A date with the most charismatic and gorgeous creature ever.

She was my first love when we grew up together. 

She is strong and confident. 

She is the ultimate prima donna. 

She has great style.

She currently has a penchant for Vivienne Westwood.

Her fabulous head of golden hair has graced many a glossy cover.

She is a lover of nature.

I've heard we share a passion for all things green.

With the voice of an angel, her endless talents know no bounds

She can model with grace and poise. 

She swims with exceptional elegance.

She can play the trumpet with great gusto. 

Being classically trained, she can of course tap,

Her acting prowess is legendary. 

She is a trained devotee in the art of karate.

Oh yes and she can drive a truck!

Wait for me Miss Piggy, I'm on my way!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Spring Rocks!

Its official, it's the first day of Spring people! That makes me one happy little bunny indeed.

To celebrate this most auspicious occasion I took a bleary eyed walk round the garden this morning, randomly snipping here and there to bring some floral beauty to the table whilst enjoying my coffee.

Here's to a year of abundant gardens, joyful floriferousness and the happiness that they bring.

Spring Rocks!

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