Culture, Design

The English countryside is buzzing

A few weeks ago, we decided to head to Devon for our well deserved break from London.

It is true that a few Londoners like to go to the Southwest to enjoy peace and quiet around seafronts, long beaches and green Dartmoor.

This year, there was so much to do and see.

Last year we attended TLB Revival first edition and couldn’t wait for this year’s event.

We knew that it would be something special because more classic cars and bikes would fill Barnfield Crescent.

We were also anticipating the visit of Velo Vintage for their tea break. It was like a trip back in time. So close from the city centre, so far from the urban hustle & bustle.

Velo Vintage Exeter tea break

TLB Revival 2015 had more participants and the brilliant lawn received food and drink stalls as well as quality music from The Siren Sisters. What caught our eyes was the camera obscura from Sam White.

The fantastic meeting point couldn’t have been better. Beautiful blue sky, great architecture and the atmosphere was second to none. It is this kind of feeling when you meet someone once a year and can share things from previous meetups: a real sense of community despite the distance.

TLB Revival 2015 Exeter - jaguar

TLB Revival 2015 Exeter - motorbikes

TLB Revival 2015 Exeter - dashboard Chevrolet pickup truck

We mustn’t forget to mention the place where we stayed. This may surprise you but we opted for something slightly off the beaten tracks: Hazelwood Holiday Park.

On the outskirts of Exeter is Dawlish Warren – accessible by train, car, bus and bicycle too, thanks to the brilliant infrastructure that is Exe Trail, the newly developed cycle path.

Cyclists on the Exe Estuary Trail

The weather being rather summery we decided to commute on two wheels passing by the legendary Turf Locks Pub – a true destination pub. Walking, cycling and boating being the only ways to reach this unique green space surrounded by water! Fear not, if you don’t own a boat, there is a  local business Saddles & Paddles where it is possible to hire canoes and bikes. This shop welcomes dogs such as our holiday park – so we could take the pooch on the canoe and enjoy our daily discoveries and explorations.

Being in Devon just as Rugby World Cup 2015 kicked-off, we visited Exeter’s Fanzone and managed to get some tickets (thanks to Toby and Clarissa), to see the a live game at Sandy Park for Tonga Vs Namibia. Here again very friendly and Devonians know how to make you feel welcome instantly.

The short train journey from Exeter Central to the game venue only took a few minutes and there was a real party atmosphere between supporters and families whatever teams they were encouraging.

There are plenty of outdoors occupations in the English countryside, it is not just plain and boring. It is sometimes therapeutic to go away from your daily routine and enjoy what open spaces have to offer. Some prefer to actually go to a city in order to spend and purchase something special.

You just need to step back and realize that shopping can always be completed another day – nature doesn’t wait!

Affairs, Design

Royal baby: fashion outfits and collection

Prince George was born on 22nd July 2013. Almost 24 months after this event, a second birth is looming.

The Press in general is waiting for the “new royal baby” with already a list of unanswered questions: is it a boy or a girl – what will the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child be called?

There is also the expectation whether Kate and William will face the photographers with Prince George and his new born brother and sister in their arms – to repeat their first presentation in 2013.

The Duchess has been observed and scrutinised during her pregnancy and public appearances. Tabloids are always after a new photo and eventual gossips. There is as well the ongoing query of “what was Kate wearing” or more precisely “who is she wearing“?

The Royal fashion is something which seems to attract the attention of fans but also haute couture designers! When a personality with a high profile is expecting a baby there are certainly always a couple of couturiers which are thinking of something special and different for the future mothers. If it looks good on these women, others will want to have it as they will feel associated with a person that million have seen wearing that particular cut and look.

A few years back, Hunter boots and Barbour jackets started to appear in the urban landscape – urban & casual chic maybe – this only happened because Kate and William had this look. Some young couples are seeing them as real influencers of what to wear – fashionable and comfortable too.

Catherine Middleton and Prince William with Hunter Boots

Catherine Middleton and Prince William with Hunter Boots

When Prince George was just one year old, lenses started to look at him but also his style given by his parents. When you think that Dior has a site dedicated to baby fashion – visit HERE.

Of course, not everyone has the budget for an expensive label,  but there are plenty more to choose from with affordable price tags. Especially when you know that your offspring will need new garments so fast.

John Lewis is a versatile retailer which attracts a wide range of customers and offers traditional but nonetheless contemporary designs. The interlock complete with a hat for boys and/or girls won’t go out of fashion and can be passed to the next one.

According to the “Royal News” the baby is due soon (April 2015) no exact date.

Interlock complete with hat for boys or girls - from Emile et Rose

Interlock complete with hat for boys or girls – from Emile et Rose

There are speculations that this event – which would take most magazines front covers – could “interfere” with the imminent Election Day!

There is as well the craze for the eventual names – see pictures below.

Royal Baby Girl Names

Royal Baby Girl Names

Royal Baby Boy Names

Royal Baby Boy Names

In the end, it might be something totally different and maybe not deeply rooted in the tradition?!

The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge is a young couple who might want something more modern than the usual James or Victoria… unless they have some rules to respect – such as the way their coat of arms is formed.

Prince William and Catherine Middleton Coat of Arms

Prince William and Catherine Middleton Coat of Arms

In a few months time (July) it will be the second birthday of Prince George. Journalists will, without a doubt, keep a close eye on this too. Will this celebration be hosted by Party Pieces – Kate’s mother being the founder/owner of this company which supply everything you need for family parties.

…Over the years we have successfully built a vast number of best selling party ranges from the latest children’s themes and 1st birthday ranges to parties for all ages and occasions… Source

For the time being there is not a lot we can actually reveal: from the outfit(s) to the name(s) – what if they were twins?! This could surprise everyone and change the way a family is running…unless you have a professional nanny around.

Culture, Design

Guy Bourdin retrospective @somersethouse #London

Since November 2014 and until March 2015, there is an exhibition at Somerset House in London about the enigmatic French photographer Guy Bourdin.

Who is/was Guy Bourdin?

Guy Bourdin Self-Portrait

Guy Bourdin Self-Portrait

French photographer initially working for: fashion magazine Vogue then Charles Jourdan notorious women shoe maker.

Guy Bourdin for Charles Jourdan Campaign

Guy Bourdin for Charles Jourdan Campaign


…This major show charts Bourdin’s distinguished 40-year career from Man Ray’s protégé to photography revolutionary in his own right and explore his pursuit of perfection…

Most people like such type of photography. It can be perceived and received as controversial too. Up to you to decide.

Guy Bourdin photography

Guy Bourdin photography

Something to see if you are into photography, art and fashion.