Five Fantastic Festival Looks

Festival season is on its way, and with limited room in that rucksack, what to wear needs some serious consideration. Here are five fantastic looks to match these top five festivals:

Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset

Camp Bestival is completely family friendly, so why not take the kids for a weekend of music plus loads of fun activities like medieval jousting? Fancy dress is the theme, so the brighter and funkier your outfit the better. Moschino is one of the most fun, funkiest labels going and its little sister label Love Moschino is ultra affordable. black moschino dress

Green Man, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Green Man is a folk-themed festival which has to mean long boho style maxi dresses and gypsy style tops. Band of Gypsies is a fab folky label and this red sleeveless handkerchief hem dress is perfect for floating around a field in.

Reading and Leeds Festival

Reading and Leeds festivals’ are where “the cool kids go”, so expect lots of denim cut-offs and band tees. Add a choker to bring your festival look bang up to date for 2016. River Island has a nice selection to choose from, including the BlackBow Choker.

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South West Four, Clapham Common, London

If clubbing is more your thing, get the festival feel with this open-air clubbing event featuring the Chemical Brothers, Rudimental and Dizzee Rascal. Stand out on the makeshift dancefloor in pieces like these shorts by Milly. A bandeau top and flatforms make a comfy and cool clubbing outfit.

 

The Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire

This perfectly posh festival in Cambridgeshire has plenty of colourful fun on offer, from paint fights to dance offs. This arts and music festival is all about being at one with nature, so you won’t go far wrong with florals. A floral playsuit is super practical for dancing and sitting on the grass in. Just add leather sandals and you’re ready to party!

 

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The Fog at The Tate | Fujiko Nakaya

London Fog, by Fujiko Nakaya, 2017, on the South Terrace of Tate Modern’s Switch. Photo By Roman In London

 

You may have noticed a mist of fog descending on the Tate Modern’s South Terrace. If you’ve been wondering what that was, it’s part of their new live exhibition, Ten Days, Six Nights.

The new installation is from 83-year-old Japanese fog-sculptor Fujiko Nakaya, which launched officially on the 24th od March. Nakaya, who first came to prominence through her collaboration with Experiments in Art and Technology (EAT) in 1970 and has been working with water vapor for over 40 years trying to develop a system to disperse water vapor at high pressure to create a cloud of mist.

A few of her installations have adorned bridges in Bristol, the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao and Philip Johnson’s Glass House.

This particular amorphous work acts as a barometer, reading shifts in atmospheric conditions – sometimes producing a faint mist, other times rocketing out great puffs of smoke. Of the work, Nakaya says:

‘Nature controls herself. I try and let nature speak.’

This was the time in the 60s when everyone was out on the streets. So, I didn’t want to paint clouds, I wanted it to interact with the environment,” she has said.

Walking inside fog, people are suddenly confronted with white darkness, but soon they find themselves trying to use all the senses other than the visual to orient themselves.

People love the feel of fog on their skin, immersed, wet and cold, but gentle and soothing. It’s a primary experience.

 

Info: Permanent Installation, South Terrace: Fujiko Nakaya, London Fog with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Takatani

Address

Tate Modern
Bankside
London
SE1 9TG

 

 

 

 

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This is what an Italian Easter meal Looks like

colomba pasquale

If you’ve ever wondered what a typical Italian Easter meal looks like, you are in the right place. This article will guide you through the best bits of the Roman Culinary tradition.

A carefully chosen, well-mixed types of starters, mains and second main courses will be on the menu from early in the morning to fill you up until you really don’t need anything else (aside from dozing off). Might worth to note that each Region has its own peculiarities in terms of traditions, but we will find out what these traditions are in Rome, my hometown.

Easter in Rome: breakfast

Breakfast has been linked to Italian culinary traditions for centuries, however, the Easter breakfast might actually surprise you. The day will start with a meal consisting of unusual ingredients, on the table on Easter Sunday in Rome, in fact, you will not find either a brioche nor a cappuccino, but boiled eggs, offal, quiches, dove, salami, pizza pasqualina (a type of sweet and sour cheese bread) the ubiquitous chocolate, Easter pizza and  finally a nice frittata with either artichokes or spinach.

It may sound as a “challenging” meal to start the day with, however, this reflects ancient Christian tradition of celebrating the end of the pre-Easter fasting with all kinds of good things.

Easter in Rome: Lunch

For those who survived the breakfast, a round of starters, mains and second mains will be there on the table for the second round of glorious tastiness. Pasta, quiche, asparagus and the irreplaceable lamb with roasted potatoes.

The Roasted Lamb belongs to the Lazio culinary tradition and is the typical dish of the Easter period.
As per tradition, this is cooked with rosemary, garlic and a glass of wine, however, lamb can be offered in three (and equally tasty) variants: agnello alla cacciatora, agnello alla romana (full browned in garlic, olive oil, chopped ham  and roasted potatoes), or lamb chops.

Note: Lamb should be eaten with your hands, you don’t want to spoil the taste!

After the meal, each one gets its own easter egg full of surprises.

 

Buona Pasqua!    from…

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Staycation this Easter? Here’s what London has to offer

As spring gets underway, this will guide you through

the best of the calendar this April

 

1. Art & Exhibitions

 

Watch Twelfth Night

In casting Tamsin Greig as “Malvolia”, director Simon Godwin refocuses Twelfth Night. Tamsin Greig stars in the National Theatre’s adaptation of this beloved Shakespearean classic where romance and gender collide with comedic flair.

Tickets from £15 at Nationaltheatre.com.

 

Master the art of the selfie

We all knew it: It was only a matter of time until someone decided that a selfie can be classified as a work of art. The Saatchi Gallery is –  as always – one step ahead of the curve with its pioneering exhibition: From Selfie to Self-Expression.

Free admission at Saatchigallery.com.

 

2. Easter Choccolate Treats

Try a chocolate scotch egg

Decadent cream egg-style fondant. covered in a brownie ganache and then rolled in crushed mini eggs. Is your mouth watering yet?

 

Photo Credits Channel4

3.Things to Do

“The Passion of Christ”

Participate in a mass religious-inspired performance of Jesus’ final days. As every year a re-enactment of Jesus’ final days, via a free performance from more than 100 actors, volunteers and performers. The 90-minute performances  are also projected onto big screens,

Friday 14th April; 12pm and 3.15pm, Trafalgar Square

The wildest egg hunt

An Easter egg hunt alongside entertainment and activities. This Easter Sunday you’ll be witnessing the  ‘the wildest egg hunt in South London’ – with lots of fun and “wild” activities such as magicians, craft activities, performers and face painters. This event is for all ages all day before Midnight Riot Records take over at nightfall for an epic adults-only after-party.

Credits Travioor

Sunday 16th April  at Pop Brixton

Easter Light Show & 500th anniversary at Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is celebrating its 500th anniversary this year over the Bank Holiday Weekend. This will involve a  live cooking event in the Tudor Style,  and the launch of TimePlays – a series of micro-plays telling the stories of the palace’s rich history.

There is also a spectacular Easter Light Show every evening. hcp500.hrp.org.uk

 

Southbank Easter Fun Fair

Workshops, family activities, dance schools and parties at Southbank Centre, easter Food Market, even a bunny. This is what you wouldn’t really want to miss out. FOMO is bad.

https://southbanklondon.com/our-guide-to-easter-on-south-bank

When 1-17 Apr

 

Tall Ships Regatta

More than 30 vessels sailing along the Greenwich and Woolwich riverfronts for you to enjoy river-themed activities and fireworks.

13-16 Apr

 

Photo credits VisitsLondon

 

Easter Opening Hours and Transport in London

Good Friday and Easter Monday are both public holidays.

Most attractions are open over the Easter bank holiday, but check with individual venues in advance; particularly to find what is open on Easter Sunday in London. Shops are closed on Easter Sunday, Public transport services, including the London Underground, may be reduced between Good Friday and Easter Monday, so plan your journey in advance.

 

 

 

 

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Cerith Wyn Evans at The Tate Britain

Cerith Wyn Evans art Installation. Photo By Roman In London

Cerith Wyn Evans art Installation. Photo By Roman In London.

A neon explosion of glow has recently been installed at the Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries. Welsh Artist Cerith Wyn Evans’s new masterpiece Forms in Space…by Light (in Time) has won this year Tate Britain Commission.

‘Cerith’s installation sits beautifully within the space, unfolding as you walk through,’ explains Clarrie Wallis, Tate’s Senior Curator of Contemporary British Art.

It seems all random when you walk in but it’s not.  As you come closer under the suspended lighting hanging from the ceiling, you can actually notice that there are patterns: cones, triangles, ovals.

There’s a rhythm to this mass of electricity. Apparently, hidden in the design are references to a host sources, from Japanese ‘Noh’ theatre to Marcel Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass), 1915-23 (Noh is a traditional form of dance from Japan).  Marcel Duchamp, the father of conceptual art is also an inspiration for the artist.

You can see this installation until the 20th of August

Info:

 Duveen Commission, March 2017.

Address: Millbank
London
SW1P 4RG
Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm (last admission for special exhibitions 5.15pm)
Transport: Tube: Pimlico/Vauxhall
Price: free
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Top Spring 2017 Style Inspirations

We’re there, spring has started and we can almost feel the heat (Ehm, sometimes at least). Surely, you might be wondering what are the staples items that you’ll need in your wardrobe to stand out from the crowd,  well, then you should keep on reading!

1. Bralettes

This declares the end of an era: the push-up bra era, instead, the bralette is in.
bralette

2. Shine in Fuchsia

Pink is back! Very happy about this one since is, admittedly,  my favourite colour…

Emily Ratajkowski wearing pink.

 

3.Parisian Chic

Like Taylor loves a classic striped Bretton top,  we all know that a  cute Bretton top will never date, so it makes a smart addition to any wardrobe.

 

 

4.Cool Co-Ords

Co-ords are the number one alternative to a dress. For extra cool points, go for a culotte co-ord instead of a skirt or shorts.

 5.Kitten Heels

The low-stiletto hasn’t often had a great reputation in fashion, however, there are  so many positive sides in wearing it: comfortable, versatile and  now with many cool variations rather than the classic old version

Photo Credit Mango

6. The Eighties

You probably might have noticed that there’s been a resurrection of ’80s fashion trends both on the runway and the street lately. If you know how to interpret the style, it’s totally possible to pull it off even though is quite risky and not the easiest one.

The customised denim jacket. Photo credit SC

7. Tulle

I’m a big fan of SATC and had to buy a pink one myself. It suits for any occasion but I wore it primarily at ceremonies.Even though quite a few years have passed since that famous opening credit it’s still on trend wearing a tutu or a tulle skirt.

Photo: MATTHEW SPERZEL/GETTY IMAGES

 

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My trip to India: Part 1 – PEOPLE

I have visited India a while ago, however, I do believe that it’s one of those trips that you’ll always remember and this is why I’ve decided to share my experience with you in case you’ll ever want to go, are already thinking to or simply interested in the matter.

I’ve divided my Indian Tales into 3 parts: People, Landscapes and Nature, and this one is dedicated to People. Because there’s so much to say (and see) in India, our Tour guide mentioned that at least 5 trips are needed in order to get an understanding of what it is really like their culture. I totally agree.

And here is what impressed me about their culture

  1. Their dedication to crafts and art. Intensely colourful, delicately ornate and immensely varied India’s produces such a wide array of crafts and these are incredibly inexpensive: textiles, carpets, fabrics, paintings, leatherware, jewellery etc. If you’ll be travelling on a tour like I did they will surely make you aware that you see the most of it.
  2. Their dedication to Religion: four out of five Indians are Hindus, and Hinduism permeates every aspect of their life from the daily life up to politics. After Hinduism, Muslims are the largest religious group followed by the more recently established Sikh faith. The latter was founded in reaction to the caste laws and observances of Hinduism and is now growing at a large scale. Other professed religions are Jain, Buddhism, Christianity or the Zoroastrian.
  3. Their Music. India is home to a staggering variety of musical traditions, ranging from the archaic styles of Hindu devotional chanting or the more modern and contemporary Bollywood‘s huge treasury of film songs or theatre shows. A MUST SEE if you go there.
  4. Their amazing food. Indian food has a truly deserved reputation of being one of the world’s great cuisines. You can find everything there: from the stereotyped curries to amazing sweets. Food culture varies from region to region but particularly from the North to the South. North Indian food is the style which is generally found in Restaurants abroad and is characterised by its rich meat and vegetable dishes in thick tomato, onion and yogurt-based sauces accompanied by bread. South Indian Food is almost exclusively vegetarian with spicy chilli and coconut flavours and lots of rice. All served either in its natural state or made into large dosa, iddli and uttapam.
  5. Tea is a whole chapter itself :). Had my first taste of proper Chai there and absolutely loved ALL their teas.Tea is usually made by putting tea leaves, milk and water in a pan usually with ginger and cardamom.
  6. Their clothing. Indian are very conservative about the way they dress. I couldn’t resist buying one of the silk sari (picture below) however from the way they were giggling at me I have the slight suspicion I might have wore it in the wrong way… There’s a whole procedure needed to wear a sari which I was aware of but perhaps I came to the conclusion that I was just looking funny in it!
    The traditional Sari is a female garment that consists of a drape varying from five to nine yards in length and two to four feet (60 cm to 1.20 m) in breadth that is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, baring the midriff. There are various styles of sari draping, the most common being the Nivi style, which originated in Andhra Pradesh. The sari is usually worn over a petticoat, with a fitted upper garment commonly called a blouse (ravike in South India and choli elsewhere). The blouse has short sleeves and is usually cropped at the midriff. The sari is associated with grace and is widely regarded as a symbol of grace in cultures of the Indian subcontinent.’Aside from the above what really impressed me about the people there is their strong empathy and lust for life. Always ready to welcome you with a smile, regardless of their situation. Some of them struggle to live decent lives but their beliefs their hard-core sense of responsibilities makes them capable of all the beautyness I was able to see when I got there. I tried to capture the feelings through my camera, however you should really visit to get a sense of what I’m talking about.
People portrait India
People Portrait India. Photo by Roman In London
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Food Market. Photo By Roman In London

 

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Woman in a village, India. Photo By Roman In London

 

City Centre. Photo by Roman In London

 

Woman at a food market. Photo By Roman In London

 

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At the Taj Mahal.

 

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people portrait india
People Portrait India Snake . Photo by Roman In London

 

And that’s it! Hope you have enjoyed the first chapter.. stay tuned for the second!

 

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The Perfect Playsuit

black culotte jumpsuit

Playsuits are the ultimate versatile one-piece item of clothing – dressy enough to go partying in, comfortable enough to run around, dance and sit down in! Whatever your style and body type, there’s the perfect playsuit to suit you:

Relaxed Summer Style

A pull-on printed playsuit is the Holy grail of casual all-in-ones, ideal for heading to the park in this summer. The Lula Cold Shoulder Floral Playsuit by Ecot is a super cute take on the cold shoulder trend.

 

 Hitting the beach 

A bright, vest-style playsuit is great for throwing on over your bikini after a day at the beach. The bright floral pattern makes this H&M playsuit a winner.

playsuit

Eveningwear

When playing out after dark you need an elegant yet alluring playsuit to sizzle in. The one below is an example of what I mean 🙂

 

 

Dinner Date

A playsuit is an on-trend alternative to a dress for a dinner date as well, you can go for a piece with some lovely lace detailing like the for a gorgeous outfit for a romantic meal for two. This one from Modern Citizen is a culotte jumpsuit which will definitely fit for the occasion!

black culotte jumpsuit

 

Work, Work, Work

There’s no reason why a playsuit can’t work in the office. Choose a tailored playsuit for a smarter look. The smoke ring one from Free People with the flower embroidery is as perfect for the office as it is for going out on the tiles.

Lovely Loungewear

A jersey playsuit is a great addition to any loungewear wardrobe. The Deep V Lace Romper from Express is the ideal off-duty piece for comfy chill out time.

Lounge playsuit in red

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#Wearenotafraid: London 22.03.2017

 

 

 

 

 

What happened?

Last Wednesday the 22nd March 2017 four people died in Westminster attack.

A policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers at the Houses of Parliament.

Up to one dozen people were also injured after a car mowed down people on Westminster Bridge.

However, we all need to stay united and strong and not let fear command our lives. #PrayForLondon

 

 

 

 

 

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David Hockney Exhibition at the Tate Britain

Firstly, thanks to the David Hockney Exhibition, I had the chance to visit for the first time the Tate Britain (which is an astonishing museum by the way) as – oddly enough –  I never did since moving to London.

Secondly, I was very curious to see this exhibition and, although when it comes to art I’m quite easily pleased, this exhibition has impressed me in a quite unique way: the eclectic-ness of his art, the colours, the subtle humour revealed in some of his paintings (made me giggle a couple of times at the very least) along with the variety of the subjects of his representations: from daily life to unusual perspectives, all caught with a unique cleverness.

This exhibition is currently displaying 60 years of works of the Yorkshire-born English Artist, and it spans from the early stage while being a student in Los Angeles to the newest works made since his return to California.

 

Tate Britain
Tate Britain. Photo by Roman In London


David Hockney was born in 1937 and is one of the most popular artist of our time.

David Hockney. Credits HuffingtonPost

 

He has frequently challenged and questioned the conventions with his works, as with the protocols of perspective or simply by playing satirically with abstract art.

 

David Hockney Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1972 Private Collection © David Hockney Photo Credit: Art Gallery of New South Wales / Jenni Carter

During the 60’s Hockney moved to California and set out to paint that Country. The openness of the space or the geometry of the buildings and designs of the houses.

He is truly fascinated by the colours and at the same time questions of how could a painter capture the constant moving and transparent qualities of glass or water were absorbing him.

“WINTER TIMBER” 2009 OIL ON 15 CANVAS Credits Pinterest

 

 

David Hockney Garden with Blue Terrace 2015, Private Collection © David Hockney Photo Credit: Tate

Naturalistic representations were part of the late 60′ works. A series of still lifes and landscapes enabled him to master the qualities of acrylic paints.

 

Garrowby Hill, 1998 oil on canvas, Credits Pinterest

As mentioned earlier I have loved this exhibition and truly recommend it.

Tate Britain. Photo By Roman In London

 

Tate Britain. Photo By Roman In London

 

Tate Britain. Roman In London

 

Sculpture. Photo By Roman In London

 

Details of the interior of the building. Photo By Roman In London

 

View of the Big Ben. Photo By Roman In London

Info

Dates: 9 February – 29 May 2017

Final weekend:
Friday 26, Saturday 27, and Sunday 28 May open until midnight
Monday 29 May open until 21.00

PRICING

£19.50

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