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Fashion, London

Balenciaga Exhibition at the V&A

A few weeks ago, my friend and I visited the V&A Museum to view the Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition. The exhibition features a selection of vintage clothing from Spanish designer, Cristóbal Balenciaga, as well as more contemporary pieces by his successors. I went mainly for the vintage pieces but was impressed with the exhibition on …

London, Travel, Vancouver

Captain George Vancouver: From UK to Vancouver

Today marks the 260th birthday of Captain George Vancouver, the namesake of Vancouver and Vancouver Island, BC (as well as Vancouver, WA and others). I had long been curious about Captain George Vancouver, one of Britain’s greatest explorers, and decided that when I moved to the UK, I must visit his birth and burial place. …

Travel, World of Costume

Harewood House & ITV’s ‘Victoria’ Costumes

Harewood House is the family seat of the 8th Earl (David Lascelles) and Countess (Diane) of Harewood in West Yorkshire. Until I visited, I thought it was just another ‘abandoned’ heritage property and did not realise that it is still in use and also managed by Harewood House Trust! This neo-classical Georgian manor was built between 1759-1771 for …

London

Afternoon Tea at Cafe Liberty

Up on the 2nd floor of Liberty on Great Marlborough Street in London is a small cafe where shoppers can rest and enjoy some refreshment. Cafe Liberty offers breakfast, lunch, brunch, and afternoon tea every day of the week. There are 2 options for afternoon tea: Cream tea (plain & fruit scones with strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream, as …