On Sunday I went to the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist that became widely known in Britain after his sunflower seeds installation in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2010. The exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts looks at the last 20 years of his work, including political pieces relating to his time under arrest in China and to the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Here some quick photos from my visit to the Ai WeiWei exhibition…
Hat’s are always a big trend for autumn and winter and I am a hat lover so that suits me just perfectly. When I was younger I had a real thing for hats and I had quite the collection – people always say I have a ‘hat face’ but then for a period I just found myself always buying hats, but never wearing them so I got rid of most of them. Um, why oh why did I think that was such a clever idea?! Anyway, I’ve rediscovered my love for hats and especially the rimmed kind; floppy, fedora, panama – you name it! I think a hat brings a cool vibe to any outfit. Here a photo of a recent hat purchase :)
I’ve got a new local favourite and I just can’t stop talking to people about it, so it’s probably about time I told you guys all about it. Let me introduce you to Queens Park best kept secret; Ostuni Restaurant! I think Ostuni has actually been about a 5 minute walk from my house ever since I moved to the area about 1,5 years ago but it was one of those places people told me about and said; you need to go. And then for some reason I just never did. Until I actually did, and loved it so much that I can’t stop going there again, and again, and again!
Ostuni is pretty much London’s first restaurant dedicated to the cuisine and wines of Puglia. Puglia is a region in the in boot of Italy, known for some of the best food you can think of; simple and full of flavour. There’s pasta, seafood, meat and lets not forget cheese; for example Burrata which originates from Puglia. Have I mentioned before btw that I am slightly obsessed with Burrata? It’s DELICIOUS! Anyway, where was I? Oh yes Ostuni Restaurant is located in a lovely quiet mews off Salusbury Road and the interior is very rustic, cosy but also modern. They have a great leafy terrace outside and when I am there I always feel a bit like I am actually in Italy on holiday!
Happy Hump Day everyone. I hope you’ve all had a good day so far? Well, my morning started rater bright and early for me (insert sleepy emoticon). My alarm shook me into awakeness at 5.15am which is about 2 hours earlier than my usual wake up call. The reason? A friend of mine had managed to convince me to join her a Sky High Yoga class at Sky Garden in the city! As much as it was a bit of a struggle getting out of bed so early I have to say it was a great way to start the my day. Set against the incredible backdrop of the city, we took part in a one hour sunrise yoga session! Here a quick snap I took at the end of the lesson and showing of the Sky Garden venue/view. We had also quick breakfast at the Darwin Brasserie after which was lovely! For more information or on how to book your Sunrise Sky High Yoga session click here. Tickets are £10 per person and are available for various dates until the end of September so don’t miss out for this unique opportunity!
I have egg-cellent news for brunch lovers in West London; there’s a new hot spot in the area! Egg Break opened in July and is a joint project between Soho House and the team behind the Hoxton Hotel. They’ve teamed up before with winning places like Hubbard & Bell and Chicken Shop!
Egg Break is just near Notting Hill Gate on Uxbridge Street in a space formally occupied by the small ‘Thai Break’ restaurant. As much as that Thai was actually nice so it’s sad to see it’s gone – I am a bigger lover of good brunch spots and I’d heard good reviews from friends so I couldn’t wait to try it out this weekend.
For my job I am spending quite a bit of time these days in Putney in South West London. Putney is a lovely area near the river but when it comes to lunch time food options it’s a bit limited. However, recently I discovered a new little gem in the area; Retreat Cafe on Upper Richmond Rd. Retreat Cafe is a vegetarian cafe with loads of healthy and vegan or gluten free options. It’s small but cosy, the staff is super friendly and it is part of @thehouseofyoga which is Putney’s first Hot Yoga studio!
“At Retreat Café we believe in wholesome nourishment. Food that promotes health without a whiff of rabbit food. Our products are virtuous in every sense of the word. Healthy never tasted so good! All of our products are home-made and carefully formulated by our very own qualified Naturopath, chef and founder, Kimberly Parsons. Absolutely everything on our menu is gluten free, refined sugar free & tastes great!”
Retreat Cafe also has a branch in Soho at Kingly Court so for you more central peeps, go check them out for your health fix. Since discovering them this week I’ve been there twice already for their Avocado on Spelt Toast with rocket and seeds. It’s simple but oh so delicious! Avocado on toast is pretty hard to beat right? [obsessed]
Hello everyone. Sorry for the quietness on the blog over the last few weeks! Life has been busy and I’ve just not had the energy or time to focus on the blog. Also the weird thing is that my blog used to be a huge creative outlet for me after I’d come home from my corporate job. But the trust is now that my job is a so much more ‘me’ I feel I get home and don’t as much have the drive to blog. I weirdly feel guilty about this but then I also want to continue to do this as a hobby and not feel it should be a task. Hope you guys can understand. I still update my instagram pretty regularly so if you want to see more of what I am up to then make sure you follow me at @dutchessroz.
Anyway, last night I went to Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A and it was so incredible I just wanted to share some sneaky pics. Savage Beauty, is a homage to the late Alexander McQueen and it definitely wasn’t like any other fashion exhibition I’ve ever seen. It was dark and beautiful at the same time and left me feeling amazed and inspired. Not only was he obviously very talented and this garments were beautiful tailored and detailed (gosh the detail..) but I also really I loved seeing a lot of sculptured accessories like shoes, hats and body pieces which made the exhibition a real visual treat.