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Lucky stars

Posted on: 29 October 2012

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lucky stars diamond canopy
My new favourite scarf is from GAP and the bright blue, green and purples have helped to make these low temperatures a little more bearable but let's talk about the iPad! After blogging about my favourite Christmas present in this post, it turns out that Dotcomgiftshop chose me as their competition winner, yay! My family have also been sharing my prize from my 14 yr old sister who has been avidly tumblr-ing countless pictures of ice creams and puppies to my parents who have been watching Chinese videos on YouTube and catching up on X Factor. So a BIG thank you to the Dotcomgiftshop team - my birthday is in a weeks time so it has been a wonderful early birthday present! 
biba and tea
Teacup (c/o Camila Prada)
I've always got a book or two on the go and I have almost finished Barbara Hulanicki's autobiography 'From A to Biba'. The book begins in her early childhood in Palestine right through to the unplanned success of the Biba store and ultimately a record of it's sad demise. Hulanicki's Big Biba on London's Kensington High Street (also the subject of this exhibition) was a 7 Storey treasure trove and a true visual and sensory wonderland - from the roof garden with real life flamingoes and peacocks to the basement food floors and child play areas. It pioneered tester make up - allowing customers to try before you buy and this wonderful video by  Lisa Eldridge is really worth watching. The place was full of imaginative visual merchandising with plenty of Art Nouveau and Art Deco touches. Dreamy!
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I've always said that if I could step back in time, I would go straight to the 1960s because culturally there was so much happening in Music, Art and Fashion. While I could go on and on about the Art History side of things (Richard Hamilton and Peter Blake are some of my all time favourite artists and prolific in this decade) I wish I could step back in time and wander through the magical wonderland that was Biba. 

44 comments:

  1. Ahhh that's great :) Now you can read blogs on it :P
    What an amazing thing to win! x

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  2. I love Biba and Barbara Hulanicki... YAY!

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  3. What a great prize, you lucky thing :D it's great your whole family can enjoy it too! xx

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  4. I love lisa eldrige's videos too~ she's really a pro at makeup. Have you seen her skincare video for the airplane? Lol it's so funny (and helpful) too ^_^ congrats on winning the ipad, that's huge! It's great your parents and sibling can use it as well!!

    Joyce @ carouselstreet.com

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  5. what a great a gift indeed. Love Biba, must go and pick up a copy of that. seems like a great read on a sunday afternoon

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  6. Congrats on winning! That book looks awesome too, I am going to put that down on the Christmas list ideas for my mum I think!

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  7. aww congrats on winning - I would LOVE an iPad so much!

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  8. So great you won! Love the scarf! Such a pretty post!

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  9. Congrats! Very sweet post today. Interesting book, too.

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  10. Love that scarf!

    That polka dot dress in the photo is adorable. I agree with you about that decade.(sigh)

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  11. Big congrats! That's a wonderful prize and it went to a wonderful person!

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  12. L.O.V.E the scarf!!!! :D and yeyyy congrats ! Thats awesome !

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  13. saving up for a camera is a good idea for a gift - we did that once - my husband and in laws all chipped in to get me a camera as a joint gift (just the body. and your scarf is sooooo pretty - i love the plaid. and the ipad is a great gift - i can never do tumblr on it - i find the interface terrible so i'm surprised your sister loves it (i have to use my computer for tumblr)

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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  14. Your scarf is so pretty! The sixties are definitely the best era. I absolutely love your blog - I'm now following you and I'd love it if you could follow me back? Felicity x
    that-bird.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. congrats on winning the ipad, that's fantastic! also those little paper stars are so cute, i definitely went through a phase of making those while i was in highschool, haha.

    littlehenrylee

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  16. Oh Hello Winnie! a new follower here :)
    I love to find pretty blogs as this.

    Congratulation!, cool prize!
    See you.

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  17. Oh Hello Winnie! a new follower here :)
    I love to find pretty blogs as this.

    Congratulation!, cool prize!
    See you.

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  18. Hi! I love your blog. I have been following you for a while now but never let a comment as I decided recently to finally create a blog. I notimated you for a blog award! You can click'here' to check it out. I hope you like it and I look forward to following you. Have a great one!

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  19. Niceee scarf!!! and wow ipad?!?!?!!? I always wanted one. The screen saver on your ipad is so pretty too:) awww...those stars bring back memories, i used to make them,hehehe

    Your cuppa tea looks soo inviting,wanna drink it now!lol

    Hope you're having a fab weekend Winnie^___^

    Cinz
    http://cinzee.wordpress.com

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  20. Oh congrats, Having an iPad Sounds great! Love The scarf

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  21. Amazing post!

    Absolutely loving this :)

    Love,

    Janice
    the-fashion-milkshake.blogspot.com

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  22. Congratulations! What an amazing early birthday present!

    Maria xxx

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  23. Oh my goodness, I need to pick up that book! And congratulations on the ipad. What a fun gift!

    And trust me, my American friends and I had a confusing game of "what the hell is a 'friend courgette'?" the other day over dinner, haha. Now we know!

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  24. Love your scarf! And congrats:)

    Kisses!

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  25. Yay congrats with the Ipad! I want one too but I realized after lugging my camera with Tania's Ipad when we missed our flight from Paris back to HK, perhaps it's still too heavy for my shoulders to be carrying in the airport. Did I tell you we were trying to figure out what stock to order as we were sitting in the airplane- shouting across the aisle since we didn't get seats next to each other? :P

    anyway I loveeee that picture of your cookies with tea. I can't wait for you to come back and we can paint smiley faces on every cuppa. :P

    Ps. Methinks we should plan a trip to Seoul together. Kekekekek

    Sam
    http://www.samishome.com

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  26. YAY you won! That's amazing :D

    Hulanicki's Big Biba sounds like a wonderful place, too. Hmm.. I never really thought about traveling back in time. I don't think I'm particularly fond with any of human histories. I tend to think of war, discrimination, etc. when I think of the past.

    nyuu
    lolitium.net

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  27. hi honey! :) i just ound your blog today and i think is really sweet and so amazing! really like it. so we can follow each other what do you think? <3 please check out my blog and tell me what do you think :)

    also, i have a INTERNATIONAL giveaway going on, and you can win an amazing clutch :)

    much love,
    http://thefrench-fries.blogspot.pt/

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  28. Re: Both the big bang theory and flight of the conchords are SO FREAKING GOOD :D

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  29. Absolutely loving the vibrancy of the scarf that you bought. So pretty. I've been watching x factor too, it's so good!

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  30. Stepping back in time would be so much fun! I would definitely want to go back to the 70's. I'm all about flower power ;)
    xo TJ

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  31. Congrats on the ipad! Lucky girl!

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  32. Wow I need to get my hands on that autobiography. It sounds like a fascinating read!

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  33. love love love the 60's!

    xx
    b

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  34. cute photos. i remember i used to stay up all night making those stars. i had jars full of them!

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  35. Aw, 1960s is so great. It was definitely a huge inspiration behind my Halloween costume this year. :) Hope all is well, Winnie!

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  36. Wow so lucky to have won an ipad! The book looks great, the sixties is probably my favourite fashion era, so perhaps this is one for the Christmas list.

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  37. Love that scarf!! Such gorgeous colours xx

    www.satinandsouffles.com
    www.satinandsouffles.com

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  38. this is so cute :DD congrats on the ipad, lucky! man I wish I could go back to the 60s too haha, the biba book looks awesome. might pick it up myself at the end of the year when I go to London o/

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  39. Great scarf!

    Would love for you to check out my blog and any feedback you have would be great!

    Thanks xx

    http://freckleandstreak.blogspot.com.au/

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  40. Oh we'll done Winnie, very well deserved. Will you be getting the kindle app to read your books on there?

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