Sketchbook Inspiration

I had a lovely Sunday in London, firstly, catching up with Fi from SOS and Reena from Fashion Daydreams and Frankie from Swell Vintage in Spitalfields. We happily ate cakes and sipped freshly squeezed lemondae from Leon’s. We also very briefly bumped into Jenny from The Style PA, so it was already, a productive day for meeting fellow bloggers!

Leon's Lemondade

…and also capturing the cute bunny scultpures just outside the markets.

Rabbits in Spitalfields

We headed on over to the Sketchbook pop up shop at Newburgh St. I do love this area for shopping as it’s less crowded than Oxford Street and there are an abundance of independent boutiques too.


Sketchbook is a fashion illustration magazine which features emerging creative talent, edited by Wafa Al Obidat. The pop up shop is like a living, breathing version of the magazine with works by designers and artists on show. With a full schedule of lectures from insiders on fashion, blogging and art, it’s a fantastic and inspirational place to be.

Laura Callaghan Illustration
Brightly painted walls among the video installations.
Video Installation
Wall art
Proof we were there…
Fashion Bloggers
Photo courtesty of Sketchbook magazine.
No guesses as to which photo is courtesy of Sketchbook magazine
Original Link Here

At the pop up shop, we met up with Kit from Style Slicker and bumped into a few more bloggers later on in the form of Danielle from Fatal Attraction 2 Fashion and the lovely Miggy from Miggy Likes The Internet.

I loved the canvas where visitors were encouraged to leave a message and take a photo using the disposable camera perched on top. I loved how interactive it all was.

Canvas signing 2
Of course, I had to leave my mark too…
Leaving a mark
Very mini cupcakes!
Minature cupcakes
I loved the wish tree, especially the one for more cupcakes.
Wish Tree

The walls were adorned with detailed illustrations. What a pity that at the end of the week, when the pop up shop comes to a close, these will have to be painted over again!

Office work

The painted room which was used as the music room that day was my favourite.

Music room strawberries

Such an awesome space and where the amazing Sheffield based band, Pocket Satellite played a live set. Go check them out, they are so good!

Music room 2
So pretty. I’d love my room painted like this!
Music Room

Normally Kit is on the other side of the camera…but we huddled into this little space for a quick photo!

Photo Booth2
Pretty printed tees were on sale by Lucia’s Boutique.
Lucia's Boutique printed tee.

The Pop up shop is such a great space and to top it all off, Wafa Al Obidat is only 23! To think she has launched a magazine and is the same age as me, is quite unbelievable and such an inspiration. It actually closes at the end of the week, marking an end to the three weeks pop up shop, so it was super lucky, that I booked my train tickets to London in time to catch this.

Cafe Carluccio's pasta

We ended our brief bloggers meet up with yummy dinner at Cafe Carluccios in Covent Garden. Possibly the first time I’ve eaten anything other than cupcakes with bloggers!

I had a such a great day in London and it was sad to head back home to the midlands. I am very glad that there are more plans in the making for future blogger reunions involving cakes and picnics!