I’ve met many great friends through my blog, taken part in so many amazing experiences, and been lucky enough to have some fabulous opportunities come my way, so when I was asked if I wanted to go cycling around the Science Museum as part of Santander Summer of Cycling I have to be honest I jumped at the chance.
It sounds a little cliché, a fashion blogger who loves Audrey Hepburn, but come on, no-one can deny that she is an icon, whether that’s of fashion or movies, and I love that she is the focus of a new photography exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, ‘Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon’.
The exhibition, which runs until October 18, features more than 70 images, exploring her early years, her dance career, her celebrated film career, those iconic fashion editorials and campaigns, as well as her humanitarian work. It really is her life story captured beautifully by some of the best photographers, including some of my favourites, from the likes of Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, and Norman Parkinson. The exhibit even features her last major photo shoot taken by Steven Meisel in 1991, which is one of my favourites of the movie star.
I probably go past the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel around 2 to 3 times a week, I’ve been to events there, I’ve even had a few meetings, and each time I step inside the beautifully restored Victorian Gothic building the architecture takes my breath away, so I was a little giddy when I found out I’d be spending the night before whizzing over to Paris as part of a press trip.
The façade is spectacular, Gilbert Scott really knew what he was doing, and even during my short stay I loved getting lost just admiring the architectural details, from the grand staircase, which if you’re a Spice Girls fan you might recognise, to the Gothic Revival metalwork, gold leaf ceilings, the stunning wall designs, and those tiles that are just asking to be Instagrammed with the #IHaveAThingWithFloors!!!
When it comes to store takeovers Harrods has the competition beat, last year they allowed Dior to move onto the fourth floor of its Knightsbridge department store, the year before that it was Chanel, and this month is Pradasphere, dedicated to the diverse passions of Miuccia Prada and her amazing Prada collections.