Friday, June 17, 2011

How much is that teacup in the window?

I took my youngest sister to London for the day recently. It begin with a stop at the Japan Centre where we devoured our sushi happily. For less than £10 and two free green teas it's not too shabby at all really!
Sushi_umai
We then went on to the V&A where unfortunately, the fashion exhibition space was closed until 2012. This was a shame as Becky really wanted to check out the historic dresses. However, we checked out the Yohji exhibition (more on this in the next post!) and wandered around the vast museum.
v&a cast works
v&a outfit
Cardi (Oasis) T-shirt (Zara) Skirt (Topshop) Bag and Belt (c/o Next) Shoes (Converse)
At first, I noted this beautiful costume for it's pretty colours but upon reading about the garment, there is definitely more than meets the eye. Lee Chung-hie is a fiber artist who uses an ancient Korean patchworking technique called chogakpo to create complex geometric designs. Here she has applied them to a traditional Korean trouser and jacket garment.
Lee Chung-hie
Traditional Korean trousers and jacket by Lee Chung-hie.
We soon found ourselves on the top floor of the V&A (where I had never ventured before) where we were met with shelves upon shelves of ornaments and ceramics. ceramics
It was a bit scary to be honest, especially given the gaudy collections of ceramics like the ones below. I thought it was funny how it reminded Becky of the Department of Mysteries in the Harry Potter series. It really did!
kitsch
Hideous!!
However the exception was that there are a whole lot of tea cups that I want to call my own.
teacups
Speaking of tea, it was inevitable that we eventually we stopped for tea and cake in the beautiful Edwardian tea rooms.
edwardian tea rooms v&a
tea_v&a
becky_tea
We also stopped by Topshop where I checked out the secret store while it was there. It was a cute little space but the prices were CRAZY! Some pieces were extremely limited edition which meant that a netty top was priced at £350, so for me, it just felt like a continuation of being at the V&A. Lots of pretty clothes that I can never ever own! Even more so when I spotted some of their nail polishes with a few plastic gems stuck on and were sold for 2x more than their original price. Yup...I'm off to raid my craft box and prettify my nail polishes and save that extra fiver!
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47 comments

  1. Looks like you had a lovely day! I love the V&A museum :D xx

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  2. You girls look beautiful!
    Sushi is my fave food so looking at the picture is making me hungry. There's hardly any Japanese places "oop north". It sucks!! Thanks, as ever, for these beautiful pictures! xxx

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  3. I stopped by V&A on Weds for quickie snaps for the Benetton blog. It's weird I never visited the glassware section....and I loved it! Shame about the closure in the costume space.

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  4. what a great day! your sister is so cute!
    All those ceramics realy do recall the department of mysteries... I love that V&A!
    What is up with those prices? Does anyone actualluy buy that stuff? To me it seems like something you'd spend (if at all) in a real designer outfit, not at topshop O_O

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  5. Aww u went Japan Centre,
    i love it there!
    Have u tried Hare and Tortoise? even better :)

    Tara
    xx

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  6. Yum Yum, i still haven't tried the Japan centers sushi, i usually just pick up loads of random stuff that looks pretty haha!
    I also have never been on the top floor of the V&A so that's on my to do list now!
    looks like you had a lovely day, i love hanging out with my sisters! C xxx

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  7. I forgot i went on the top floor when i was doing my ceramics project, it's always nice and quiet

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  8. Lovely pictures of the day :) I want to check out the Yohji exhibition but the last time I was out and about was with my boyfriend and I didn't want to put him through it, haha! The ceramics room is incredible. I LOVE gaudy kitsch trash like the stuff you photographed, I could literally look at it all day.

    Good on you for making a DIY version of the stupidly-priced nail polish.

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  9. Lovely pictures!! You look adorable.

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  10. i'm such a museum nerd. between you and jazzebelle's diary i know that i HAVE to go to the v&a soon!

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  11. Oh..what a fun time. Adore the foodie pics as well as the adventures too.

    You're so creative!

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  12. So adoring this post. Love your shirt too.

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  13. looks like a reaally fun day. I think Topshop must be getting carried away with there prices. who would pay that?

    Love your cute top in the outfit picture.

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  14. what a lovely post, and a lovely day out with your sister! i haven't been to the ceramics galleries since it opened, i really must visit that area again soon. i'm planning to go to the v&a again next week so that will be my first stop :) xx

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  15. What a beautiful day! I definitely need to make a trip to the V&A before that exhibition ends!

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  16. I've never been to the V&A before! actually having lived in london for 3 years, I didn't really check out that much museums and galleries T_T I should take advantage next time I'm there. Great pics!!

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  17. Nothing beats a relaxing day at the gallery and looking at all those tea cups would really make me crave for tea & cakes too ^^ I would love to go back to London.

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  18. Yummy food! I love the urban stylized hanbok, I plan on wearing mine to take photos in! Those teacups are so cute, looks like you had a great time :) xo

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  19. that sushi looks incredibleeeee.

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  20. The design on the Korean trousers and jacket looks so intricate and just beautiful!x

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  21. what a lovely post- and I love the outfit!

    check out the Shopbop giveaway I'm currently running on my blog:
    http://www.thesugardiaries.com/2011/06/marc-by-marc-jacobs-from-shopbop-and.html
    xo

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  22. Ahh that sushi looks so amazing! I also love your outfit, might have to wear some cons with skirts soon, you're rocking that look winnie!

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  23. It looks like the most fun day! <3 I have always wanted to go to the V & A, I can't wait to make it to London! Be sure to enter my £100 ASOS giveaway!

    x
    www.lostinthehaze.com

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  24. It looks like you had such a fun day, Winnie! And all for that sushi for under a tenner is such a great bargain! Would you believe that I haven't been the V&A yet? I need to make a trip there asap. :)

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  25. wow, that outfit looks amazing, I love the Korean national dress, almost (almost!) as much as I love Kimonos.

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  26. oh, so cute! shamed about the exhibiton being closed :( xx

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  27. You both look adorable, I have never been to the V&A and I really want to go!

    Maria xxx

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  28. Lovely post... I loved the Korean garment! And also, I haven't had sushi for so long... your pictures made my mouth water!

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  29. Great pics, I must admit I am strangely attracted to all the ceramics, must be a result of all the collection research! You must show me where it is when we go to Fashion In Motion, so excited! I know what you mean about the secret store, Topshop prices are getting ridic! That £350 could go very far at Bicester or a sample sale.

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  30. Winnie!!!!

    I love how cute you look in your bangs, I hope I have not been telling you that in every comment but I really do!

    And that green cardigan is awesome, I wish I had a whole stack of solid coloured cardigans to match my outfits with.

    Your sushi looks so delicious, I think I need to grab some breakfast soon. ;)


    xoxo,
    Addie
    The Cat Hag

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  31. Been there done that ;) Is such a great place ;)

    http://de-vero.blogspot.com

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  32. love all photos, great job Winnie :)

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  33. Teacups! So jealous of the plethora you found! One day, I would like to raid a thrift shop and buy as many vintage teacups as I can to decorate my future home. :)

    forte-espressivo.blogspot.com

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  34. Really looks like you had a great day with your sister! Having sushi and tea at that price really is a deal!

    The V&A pictures look really interesting and I'm jealous that I can't go!!!

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  35. Oh those sushis are making me so hungry, looks like such a good deal too! I love the V and A, just wondering around aimlessly is a lovely way to spend a gray day.. xx

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  36. I subscribe to what Rachel said. :D Me hungry..argggggggg

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  37. thank you for your comment on my blog :)
    cool museum, and your outfit is beautiful! i hope, you visit my blog again in the future. ^^ xoxo

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  38. London is soooo beautiful! Seems like you had a lovely trip!

    <3
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  39. V&A is one of my favorite place in London!!

    My blog
    xoxo Michaela

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  40. so many pretty chinas :) looks like a fun day with your sister :)keep some old jeans so that you can diy next time XD but giving to charity is so much better,doing it for a good cause!

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  41. I didnt get ur topic title at first, but when I saw the pic, I know what u meant XD the teacups and plates are soo pretty <3


    I guess u and ur sister had a good time visiting london =D! but £350 for a topshop top @_@!? hahaaa... Im broke and will never buy a £350 top *cry*

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  42. I guess for the secret bit of TopShop you need to go along in blogger mode, snap a load of pictures, and then retreat to a safe distance where all the cheap clothes live!

    Your picture of sushi had my mouth watering - it's 15 minutes to lunch time and I am starving. Thanks for the food inspiration! x

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  43. Sounded like a great time! That sushi looks delicious.

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  44. It sounds like you had a great day.

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