Bo Bo the Blackbird

28 September 2012

I am Acrylic blackbird Meet the latest addition to be added to my jewellery collection. I discovered I am Acrylic at Bestival, where the lovely Brendan Fan and Ruth Williams were manning their little stall full of kitschy acrylic jewellery in the Secret Emporium tent. They were super friendly and I couldn't help but admire their little set up - easily the cutest stall inside the tent! See their blogpost on their stall here. After perusing the acrylic brooches and awesome lightning jewellery, I ended up buying this little blackbird ring.
blackbird3blackbird2 I'm full of anecdotes lately but my granddad used to have a pet blackbird (to this day I don't know if people actually have blackbirds as pets, is this normal?!) and his name was Bo Bo. Something not so normal was that Bo Bo had actually learned random bits of Cantonese, probably after years of my cousins and I trying to teach it our Chinese names. This bird never ever learned my name (much to my dismay) but it did however learn to greet my granddad whenever he would come home. I miss that bird, so this little ring reminds me of him!


Buffets and Big Brothers

24 September 2012

Hong Kong on a bit of a grey day isn't so bad and on a rainy day like today, I'd swap locations in a heart beat - especially because it's still about 30c over there at the moment. However, one thing I do remember is that when it rains in HK, it's another experience all together. Every single person in HK carries an umbrella so walking with an umbrella is a battleground, bashing into a million umbrellas is not fun. Funny, because this doesn't happen in the UK - the land which is famous for being pretty  rainy.
So since I delved back into my HK photo archive, what better than to share another food post! Shangri La is a hotel I have blogged before blogged about before and they have a magnificent buffet. Plenty of  food including sushi, noodles, freshly made dim sum and desserts!
Individual Siu Long Bao
Taro jelly dessert, cakes and a coconut dessert with grass jellyIMG_6115 IMG_6111 Chinese desserts (the green covered bowls contained sweet tofu dessert, dofu fa)SDC11968
It was an interesting day, made even more interesting by the young dodgy-probably-mafia guys sitting behind us who were seemingly celebrating their 'big brother's' birthday. His entourage were showing him the utmost respect - all 20 of them would stand up when he stood up and the guy was never alone. It was something out of a Chinese gangster movie where all the scruffy lads appeared to be wearing their best clothes for the occasion. Perhaps they were perfectly innocent but we couldn't help but worry when we realised that we had accidentally stolen a couple of their made-to-order ginger soufflés (oops!). Who knew that HK gangsters like their Soufflés?


Instagramming 10

21 September 2012

Yep, it's that time again! Here is a round up of some of my favourite shots from Instagram from the last month.
IG10aa1. Dim Sum Sundays always makes it into my IG posts 2. I still want to go back to The Warner Bros. Studios - I still rave on about it 3. M&M world with my sisters and dad after our little day trip 4. Mum has been making endless Chinese egg tarts 5. Congee, steamed buns and noodles for lunch 6. Packing lucky red envelopes (laisee) for a friend's wedding 7. My F21 blouse with my Tatty Devine bow necklace 8. Watching Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love 9. Eating snow skin mooncakes but I much prefer the normal lotus paste ones.
10. Packing a lot of green tea for Bestival (but since there was a lot of tea available on the camp site, I didn't drink any of these! 11. I think we've had a pretty good run of the Summer weather this year 12. The decoration around the festival was extremely photo worthy 13. Kaya (Coconut butter) and Strawberry Jam on toast 14. Party Ring Brooch (this has proven to be quite popular so here is the link to the lady who makes them!) 15. A random trip to London on Tuesday 16. Purposefully trying on JW Anderson x Topshop jumper (yes I bought it!) 17. Feeling a bit creeped out by the life size Yayoi Kusama at Selfridges (the LV space for the collab is really cool) 18. Walking down to Regent St in search for Sushi over at Piccadilly Circus before heading back home to the Midlands.

I'm not sure about the future of these round up posts right now, mostly because I have a constant stream of them in my side bar and they can often be seen over on my Tumblr too. I'm not sure if people really need to see my instagram photos in so many locations. Any thoughts on this guys - do you still like these posts?


Raccooning around

17 September 2012

I don't think this post requires too many words other than I LOVE THIS BLOUSE! It was a close call between the raccoon and squirrel print but the raccoon won the battle this time. I probably should have gone for a size smaller as the blouse is a lot roomier than I would actually like, but it IS meant to be on the looser side and I'm also too impatient to send it back. Is it just me - or do ASOS sizes seem to come up a little big?
raccoon outfit post
Raccoon detail
Becky's bag
raccoon outfit post 1
Jacket - Topshop, Blouse - ASOS, Skirt - ASOS, Shoes - Nine West, Bag - Sister's from random boutique in HK.
Being 4'11" means buying tights can often be a bit hit and miss. I should have just gone without tights but some camera trickery means that you guys can't see that I was suffering terribly from granny knees and granny ankles. I probably shouldn't have mentioned it now - well don't look too closely.


Hello Wishlist!

14 September 2012

It has been forever since I've done a collaged post but let me just share with you a couple of things that I WISH were inside my wardrobe right now. Avenue 32 is a cool website (and another one to add to the list of online shopping destinations - oh dear!) and my first port of call was their bags at Avenue 32. So let's talk about THAT brilliant Phillip Lim, Roy Litchenstein-esque make up bag. Right at the very beginnings of this blog, when it was just a baby, I used to harp on about my Art History dissertation and I spent many, many hours reading books on Pop Art in libraries and in the Tate Research Archives, so this bag is totally my thing, it's awesome! I would hate for it to get all grubby with make up so I love the trend of using them as clutches at the moment.
*This post was sponsored by Avenue 32. However everything here are my own words, my own collage and items hand-picked by me!
When I was packing for HK earlier in the year I realised just how many blouses I own. Safe to say that I'm a bit of a fan of blouses and collars (I even have a pinterest board dedicated to them!) but since the end of Summer is nigh, this Preen top is a welcome Autumn upgrade and would look fab with some black skinny jeans. I have been wearing my trusty black Ray Ban Wayfarers this Summer but there is always room for more and these awesome tortoise shell Cutler and Gross ones would be an awesome addition. Lastly it's all about comfy flats around here (despite my mother telling me to embrace heels more to make up for my lack of height) but I am just SO much more comfortable in Converse or flats. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way and on a side note, I bet there are lots of tottering heels on those Somerset House cobbles today for LFW! So helloooo to these shiny patent capped Oxfords by Liam Fahy which are so swoonworthy. Oh Winnie...dream on!


Bestival 2012: An Epic Weekend

11 September 2012

I Heart Bestival
This weekend was one of the best and memorable weekends to date. Bestival is the most chilled out and fun festival that I've ever been to. Arriving on site on the Isle of Wight, it felt a little like wonderland - the detail that the organisers (Rob da Bank you are amazing) put into the festival is awesome. Everywhere you turn there was something I wanted to photograph. I managed to whittle the photos down but it's still quite photo-heavy! 
One little luxury of being invited by the guys at Echo Falls was that we arrived to pitched tents complete with sleeping bags and air beds. 14 identical red tents, each with little union jack flags pitched in a circle around two green marquees with bunting confused a lot of other fellow campers. We must have looked like a crazily organised and co-ordinated bunch! Bestival is a reasonably small festival with around 50,000 milling around the site but on some days it felt like there were FAR more people.
Psychedelic Worm
One of the first things I did was visit the Echo Falls Social Boutique tent, home of a massive gold disco ball and where face painting, nail art, photo booth fun and DJ sets were all happening. Importantly, us bloggers were also allowed backstage where we could charge up our phones. Definitely needed after a lot of instagramming and tweeting!
Echo Falls social boutique
Echo Falls x Diamond Canopy
My friend and I started an awesome routine, drinks and food are notoriously expensive at festivals and we discovered the W.I Tea Tent at the top of rather steep hill. Everything was 70p (tea and cake, yay!) and it became a bit of a legend around the campsite. The trek up to the hill everyday was well worth it, especially since a cup of tea around the site cost about £2.00!
W.I. Tea Tent
After anticipating Soulwax on stage, we discovered that Flux Pavilion had replaced them on the main stage which was fun but it definitely felt a bit early for dub step! It wasn't until I arrived back home did I find out that Soulwax had moved to a different tent - boo!
Flux Pavillion
Saturday was fancy dress day and the theme was wildlife. So my friend Rachael and I dressed up as insects. The majority of people there did dress up and there were some awesome costumes - I just wish I had taken photos of them! My outfit consisted of my Topshop lace dress where I loosely stitched on some yellow ribbon, a very last minute decision.
Me and Rach
The festival is set in Robin Hill Country Park, a wonderful setting which includes wooded area, known as the Ambient Forest during Bestival. Inside were fun activities, people selling jewellery and I even spotted a little girl selling conkers and painted stones which was pretty adorable.
Creature masks
Bumble bee me
Ambient Forest
Who can say that they have had afternoon tea at a festival, complete with Vintage china? Me! This was in the Time for Tease tent where we had our cream tea with Burlesque entertainment. Fantastic.
Afternoon Tea
One of my absolute favourite things that I did was going to Classic Album Sundays, an event that is held monthly in various cities in the world. I wasn't expecting too much and I followed my friend Rachael inside, to discover a presentation on the making of The Beatles, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band which was really fascinating. This was followed by the full album, played in it's original format on Mono Vinyl - listening to it as it was originally intended back in 1967. It was super chilled out and for a moment I thought I really was back in the swinging sixties (totally my favourite era). It definitely made a lasting impression.
Classic Album Sundays
We stumbled upon the Legacy Project, a youth initiative who work with many local communities. For a donation, we got to make some t-shirts to take home as souvenirs. I painted a fox...which happens to have a very strong leg because it's holding that flag. Oops!
T-shirts for the legacy project
This mechanical spider got in our way a few times while we were there - Bestival is truly a bizarre festival! Especially when you catch penguins discussing beer, emotional Teletubbies reuniting after getting separated and the reappearance of the Essex Lion on the Isle of Wight...hilariously brilliant.
Mechanical Spider
More music from the awesome Bat for Lashes. Natasha Khan's voice is so incredible and I'm super pleased I got to see her sing again.
Bat for Lashes - Natasha Khan
The details around the site are fantastic - these swans look great in the day but at night I discovered that they actually light up and guide you through the campsite. I wish all streetlights looked like these...
Wonderland Tent
Bestival view
Sigur Rós are an unbelievably amazing band and their beautiful music drifting around the festival felt epic and of course they played Hoppípolla which was a definite crowd pleaser.
Sigur Rós
What I love about Bestival is that it's not just about the music. We went to the Bestiversity tent which held talks on world issues led by inspiring people. I stopped by for a talk from the charity, WaterAid for an insight on the important work that they do and what we can do to help.
Next door to Bestiversity was an Arts Tent where people had decorated lots of spoons and forks! They look not unlike many of the festival goers who were all in fancy dress!
True to my word, I had a lot of tea and there was a plentiful supply from around the site! One of my favourite places was this wonderfully decorated Tea & Toast van.
Tea & Toast Van
Bestival is so dreamy and surreal. This was the Wishing Tree, inside were DJs doing their thing and it looked absolutely stunning in the sunset.
Wishing Tree Sunset
On the last night the main event was of course the brilliant Stevie Wonder who was everything I expected and more. The arena filled up to the max and the hill had just turned into a sea of people, which was quite an incredible sight.
Stevie Wonder
Crowd Snow Fireworks
The night ended with a whole bunch of fireworks which was the perfect way to end the weekend. We had glorious weather and looking back at this post puts a big smile on my face! So one last massive thank you to the Echo Falls team (especially Charlie!) for asking me to come along and looking after us and also to my friend Rachael for agreeing to be my festival buddy. It was an incredible weekend (check out the Echo Falls Facebook for other bloggers different experiences!) I'm sad that it's all over but super glad that I am home with running water again! I'm very very tempted to go back again next year...


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