For a while now I’ve been trying to figure out what I wanted to post on my YouTube channel especially as you normally find me behind the camera. So when the buzz about 360° video increased a couple of months back I realised exactly what I wanted to vlog.
A sense of place dominates the meaning of my social media so it only made sense that I’d give my readers a taste of what it’s like to be walking around the places I go.
So here is my first 360° video: The Rolling Stones sculptures on Duke of York Square that are part of the exhibition that is opening at Saatchi Gallery on 5th April 2016 and will be running until 4th September 2016.
But before you watch this video and in case you’re a 360° newbie, here are a couple of tips:
*At the time of writing this post, Safari doesn’t support 360° so it’s best to watch this video on either Chrome or YouTube’s app
*When watching the video feel free to look around – that’s the whole point of 360° video. If you keep looking straight on, you’ll miss a lot. But if you want to keep your head still, turn your phone in the direction of where the video is moving. If you don’t, you may end up just watching the road and missing the sculptures in this case.
I hope you enjoy my first upload and if you don’t want to miss the other videos I’ll be posting, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel here.
I’d known about BADA Fair long before I’d visited it for the first time last year. I’ve always regarded this annual event on Duke of York Square as the go-to for the interior design industry as well as individuals who are serious about antiques and fine art. This hasn’t changed. But what is different about BADA Fair 2016 is the recent appointment of Madeleine Williams. I’ve had the privilege of meeting Madeleine over coffee and to say I’m excited about the refreshed energy running through BADA is an understatement.
I’d also considered BADA Fair as somewhere the OH’s mother goes to pick up a beautiful piece of antique furniture, I hadn’t realised until recently that you’re as likely to come across a Warhol or even a Banksy as you are a piece of Victorian jewellery or antique rug. Looking around you really get a feel that you are amongst the best.
I had to take a snapshot of this parrot because it made me think of the man with the two macaws always on his shoulders as he walks around Chelsea and Fulham.
Beaux Arts London also impressed me last year and I had to make a beeline for their stand this year. I find their Modern British sculptures both striking and beautiful and their paintings exciting. There’s a fresh perspective on the world when you discover the artists here.
Each time I visit (and I’ll certainly be popping in again before BADA Fair ends for another year on March 15th), I discover another beautiful gem, striking painting or stylish piece of furniture. So my advice when planning a visit is to give yourself some time to browse and take in the exquisite details. If you love antiques, fine art or design you will be in for an indulgent treat.
I was never lucky enough to meet the music legend David Bowie, I never had a chance to see him in concert and only the other day when I was in a meeting, I expressed my regret that I never made it to the David Bowie is… exhibition at the V&A even though I’m a member. But like countless people around the world, Bowie’s music affected me for no other reason than because of its beauty: the melodies, the lyrics, the vast ideas which Bowie explored and the theatricality of his persona. Everything about this musician inspired me and today a lot of people woke up to the sad news that he had passed away.
There really were no words. The world was shocked and saddened.
But let’s not forget what a music icon David Bowie was and to celebrate what he left behind I just wanted to share three of my favourite Bowie songs, the ones I tend to play over again when I start listening to them – as I did today.
RIP David Bowie and thank you for the beautiful music.
It’s all in the detail any Virgo will tell you and today I decided to address this need for some colour in my day, especially after yesterday’s post. So as I made my way along the King’s Road – having popped into Waterstone’s …
… to pick up Amelia Freer’s much anticipated cookbook – (I’ve pretty much bought most of the healthy cookbooks and apart from Honestly Healthy’s, Amelia Freer’s Eat. Nourish. Glow. has been the only book I’ve been really into. And until today I’ve been longing for a recipe bible to be published. It was only by chance I discovered Cook. Nourish. Glow. when I popped into Waterstone’s to have a browse. I’m so so excited to try out her recipes. 🙂 … ) ….
And so after the serendipitous find, I headed to The Nail Boutique inside Chelsea Farmers Market to have my nails done.
The sign of a good place are its regulars and The Nail Boutique has plenty, which is one of the reasons I like popping in here. The cash only payments have only caught me out once. And as well as good manicures that come with relaxing hand massages, the friendly staff too, it’s just another excuse to step into one of my favourite Chelsea nooks: Chelsea Farmers Market.
After my nails were done and as I headed back to the office, my thoughts started to riff on how I spent the last hour: in order for me to feel good, I wanted to make sure my nails looked good. And in order to have the capacity to look good, I needed feel good in the first place.
That’s something I picked up from Amelia Freer’s last book in a roundabout way. Going for the quick fixes (in terms of coffee and sugar binges) when I’m in need of a quick energy boost really doesn’t work. Carefully choosing the right ingredients on the other hand does work. Otherwise it becomes a vicious cycle of highs and lows with little energy for not much else.
It’s only day two of not drinking coffee or grabbing a sugary snack but I’m already astounded at the amount of extra energy I seem to have. It now means I can keep on top of looking after myself because right now – just past 9.30pm and after a busy day at work and running around after Little Man – I still feel full of beans.
As I lay on my bed at an airport hotel and look back at the year, I’m not quite sure where the time has gone. 12 months have passed and 2015 is almost over and I guess I’m feeling somewhat nostalgic whilst there is also a large part of me that is very excited for 2016.
So before I sign out and get some shut eye before my early morning flight tomorrow morning, I wanted to muse on the highlights of my year.
Without a doubt my favourite exhibitions of the year were Hermès Wanderland at Saatchi Gallery and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A. Both enthralled me, they surprised me and they ignited my imagination.