PAD is basically the French answer to the Frieze fair. I was lucky enough to go to one of the opening VIP nights and it certainly did not fail to amaze me. With a wide array of contemporary works, the collection included works by Picasso, Damien Hirst and Paul Klee. Galleries from New York, Paris and Germany, amongst others, bought their best pieces to entice the public and the art world into buying some magnificent, but uber expensive, art and design works. It is definitely worth a visit when it comes around next time!
This wonderful stall has been run for many years at the Antique & Collectors fair in both Newark and Lincoln by the wonderful Yve and her husband Frederick. They have travelled globally to collect many of their jewels, predominantly to the US, so they seem to have a never ending collection! Yve also designs her own contemporary jewellery in fantastic colours with striking visuals. Check out her website here.
The architecture of ancient Greece was one of my favourite subjects during my degree, and this is one of the reasons why I love the new Spring 2014 collection from Dolce & Gabbana. With prints of ancient ruins and columns combined with gold medallions and coins, the designs reflect the luxurious quality of the culture of a bygone age. As always, the finale displayed the ethereal models strutting down the catwalk in intricate gold and lace designs set off by gold headbands and medallion drop earrings.
Megan's on the New King's Road is great for a casual supper with friends. Delicious and comforting food, set in a beautiful covered patio with fairy lights, which is opened in the summer. I have been for both lunch and supper and it is definitely worth a visit. Check out their website for more information here.
SCVC is where I am doing a dream three month internship. Susan, who was an antique dealer for thirty years, saw a gap in the market for high quality vintage jewellery ranging from the 40's to the 90's. She sources her products from around the world, and handpicks each item for it's originality and uniqueness. The collection can be found in numerous department stores such as Selfridges and John Lewis aswell as on ASOS and their own website. Check out the amazing jewels here.
Last few days of the Summer are here, so use those left over berries in the fridge in this delicious Terrine of Summer Fruits, from Delia Smith's Summer Collection cookbook. The recipe can be found here.
I was lucky enough to sneak a ticket to the amazing exhibition 'David Bowie Is' which is on at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. It really is a mesmerising showcase of one of the great artists of today. From fashion illustrations, to music lyrics, costumes and numerous artworks by Bowie himself, the exhibition displays the amazing array of his endless talents, with great songs to bop along to in the background! Unfortunately the tickets are sold out online, but they sell a certain number each day on the door from 10am. My advice is not to go until about 2pm or you will be queuing all morning, and then you can get entry tickets for about 3.30. The exhibition is only on for another 10 days or so, up until 11th August, but I really would urge you to pop along if you have a spare afternoon! More information can be found on the V&A website here.