Welcome to New York

In 2014 on one of my travels I was lucky enough to get to visit New York City for the first time. It was everything I ever dreamed it would be- right down to the smoking man hole covers and yellow school buses (as an English person who used to have an unhealthy obsession with American high school drama’s when I was younger- this was FAR too exciting for me), I fell in love instantly. I ate deliciously unhealthy foods and did a unhealthy amount of shopping, saw some gorgeous art and danced around outside Juliard- rode in several yellow taxis and became happily lost in snowy central park. It was magical. I promised myself that I wouldn’t stay away for long and thank goodness I will be back soon- I have another trip planned for October this year. Here are a couple of snaps I took along the way- I hope you enjoy!
IMG_1874^After a 5 hour delayed flight on only 2 hours sleep- free airport cocktails at 8am were gratefully accepted. I mean- it was 5pm somewhere right??  20140304_024231 20140304_024559^This is what I look like when I’ve been awake for 48 hours and decide to go for a walk down broadway after a full day of waiting in airports and flying. And when it’s -12 Celsius and nothing feels real- especially not Times Square and especially not finally being in the place you’ve always seen on TV.
IMG_1881 IMG_1883 IMG_1885 20140304_153309 20140304_15442620140304_154159 20140304_195926^Sitting on the steps of the Met pretending to be Blair Waldorf was number 1 on my priority list of things to do.

20140304_204316^ My travel buddy and bad shopping influence Tiffany being oh so inspired by some modern art

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That’s all for now my lovelies- I hope you’ve had a wonderful start to 2015, because I sure have.

À bientôt~

La Belle Vallée de la Loire

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Once again.. long time no see my lovelies. How have you all been?

Recently life has been quite fabulous. I passed all of my A level exams, got into a college to do an Art foundation course and I got a new job! It’s all been happening in the life of Holly!

I was also lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in france visiting my Aunt in the extremely beautiful Loire Valley.

I met some wonderful people, practised my terrible french, and learnt a lot about enjoying the simple things in life while I was there, and I thought I would share a few photos of my adventures with you.

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My Aunt lives in a gorgeous village called Montreuil-Bellay. The architecture around is just unbelievable, and there is even a hogwarts-esque chateau right in the centre of the village!

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On the third day I was there, the village was holding an art competition. I wandered around the village with my camera and tried to make friends with as many of the artists as possible haha! There was some beautiful work happening (and most of it made me feel quite unworthy to be honest), and I met some very interesting people, who then proceeded to nag me to enter the art competition (oops).

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The man in the photograph below had one of the best ideas ever in my opinion. Instead of using paint, he painted only using Red Wine! I just thought this was such a fantastic idea- so original (and so very french, ha) I just wish I could remember his name.

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The sunday market in the village was probably the busiest it ever gets in Montreuil-Bellay. It made a nice change to see all of the locals out and about, as they were usually tucked away inside their houses, or out doing other things in the week.

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I have a slight obsession with french chateaus, so of course I had to take a visit to the famous Saumur Chateau, as the last time I went was almost 10 years ago. Lets just say, it totally lived up to my memories.

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I also got to visit one of the exciting troglodyte cave villages they have scattered around the region! I have never visited one of these before, and I was completely amazed at the idea of people still living in caves until very recently. There was even an underground church located directly underneath the ‘real’ above-ground church of the non cave village. When the village church got burnt down during the protestant vs catholic disagreements in the past, this cave church became a secret place that only a select number of people knew about- and could secretly go and worship in. I found it fascinating and amazing, and if you ever get the chance to visit a cave village, definitely do it- you wont be disappointed.

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Finally, on my last day I went to visit the beautiful walled village of the famous Cardinal Richelieu. As it was a monday, (and the french have to have their mondays off! haha) there wasn’t much happening, so after a quick look at Saint Bernard  in the church (Bernard being my second name, I couldn’t pass up the chance!) we decided to take a picnic to the Parc de Richelieu just a walk across from the gates of the town. It is such a beautiful park, and I had a lot of fun butterfly spotting!

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I had forgotten how beautiful the Loire Valley is- the fields of sunflowers and roses at the sides of the roads, how remote you feel driving through the country roads- yet you are never far from a village with everything you could need (and you are never far from a Super U 😉 ) and just the pure beauty of the architecture and nature of the place- there is literally no place nicer to be during the summer time. Who needs beaches when you have all the beautiful picnic areas and rivers you could ever need?

I hope your summers have all been as perfect as mine has!

Speak soon~

Holly

Weekly style inspiration- Alexa Chung

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This week’s style inspiration post has to go to the lovely Alexa Chung. Alexa is an English model/tv presenter, and her style is, in my opinion, perfect.

She tends to be rather androgynous, sticking to dark colours and showing a passion for wearing tailored suits, making her style a very distinctive one. Many people find this charming however, with multiple influential people including Karl Lagerfeld  and Vogue’s Anna Wintour describing her as “a phenomenon” and “the Kate Moss of the new generation”.

And of course we cant forget the famous handbag brand Mulberry, that designed, and named the much sought after “Alexa” bag in her honour.

She’s gorgeous and I’m obviously completely jealous.

What do you guys think of Alexa’s style?

(its 5 minutes to midnight, this still counts as a friday post right?) haha!

See you again tomorrow~

À bientôt!!

Weekly Style Inspiration- Audrey Hepburn & Givenchy

Ok, so I’ve decided that I’m going to start a weekly segment. Every friday I want to upload a post about someone who has inspired the fashion world, and someone who I truly adore- I think it will be fun!

I have an almost unhealthy obsession with Audrey Hepburn. She is perfect and I have been fascinated with her since I was very young. Her style was outstanding, and she was beautiful enough to make girls of any generation jealous.

Hubert de Givenchy was a french aristocrat and fashion designer, who founded the now famous and prestigious House of Givenchy in 1952. The main cause of his huge success as a designer was due to his close relationship with Audrey Hepburn, whom he dressed on multiple occasions for very important parts of her life in stunning outfits that mesmerised the world.

This video definitely captures the essence of my point here. Part of Audrey Hepburn’s huge popularity was down to the way she dressed- people loved her not only for her adorable personality, but for her flawless, quirky appearance.

Audrey Hepburn continues to inspire and change children’s lives today with her fund, raising money and providing support for underprivileged children in Africa. Definitely check it out if you have the chance 🙂

Thank you lovely readers ❤

À bientôt!!

The jewellery of Husam el Odeh

Today I have been doing some reading of a wonderful book I received for christmas, Fashion Jewellery: Catwalk and Couture by Maia Adams . Its a great book which explores many different jewellery designers and their work, and I definitely recommend that you check it out if you have a chance 🙂

Personally, I have always loved jewellery, sculptural or more conventional pieces- I find it all fascinating. I’m specialising in jewellery design in my sculpture class at college at the moment, and i’m loving every minute of it.

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So, whilst flicking through this book, I landed on a page of Husam el Odeh’s work, and it instantly captured my attention.

Odeh, originally from Germany, moved to London to study Fashion Jewellery at Middlesex university. His work focuses around “the re-imagining of everyday objects in relation to the human body”, and I think his pieces are stunning.

He has collaborated with other designers to create jewellery-like chain dresses, shoes, and recently has even started designing sunglasses. And the good news is if any of you wanted to get your hands on his jewellery, some pieces of his recent collections have been pretty affordable, ranging from £100-£800.

These photos are just a few examples of my favourite pieces of his work, but you should definitely take a look at his website, there are some really beautiful things on there. 🙂

Ok that’s it for today!

À bientôt!!