Friday, 24 April 2015

Travel, Bath Abbey

                     
                        Destination- Bath, Somerset, South West England
     Point of interest- Bath Abbey (The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul)
     Architectural style- English Gothic architecture, perpendicular style characterized
                         by fan vaulting roof, vertical lines and a big windows.
    
                    For visualization imagine it with an organ introduction play.

One of the top three places (along with Roman Baths and Royal Crescent) you simply
must visit when going to Bath. It`s not only about an architectural style or spirituality,
it`s mostly about it`s history. Take a little journey to Abbey that will connect you with
a past and fill you with a peace.  It`s in an easy location in the heart of a town, we
took a stroll to it on an early sunny morning on our first day in Bath and I can fully
assure you this place must be seen to be appreciated.

 photo IMG_0698_zpsx78npqcm.jpg
                                  Fan vaults, Victorian interior restoration

Sue Simon`s "One Man`s journey to Heaven" (Bath Abbey Diptychs) are on 
                               display until November 3rd, 2015

Whilst attending a performance of the Bach`s St. Matthew Passion, Sue Symons
conceived of a presentation of the life of Christ that would bring together her love of
lettering, decoration and needlework.

An artwork in two parts, traditionally on two hinged panels, joined together as a pair.
Work began in January 2006, and roughly, 3000 hours later, was completed in
January 2007. Originally entitled One Man`s journey to Heaven, the series took on
its additional name when purchased on behalf of the Abbey in 2007.

 photo depycts_zpsjonejm8w.jpg
 photo IMG_0700_zpsgk182dgt.jpg  photo IMG_0710_zpsimqteq8l.jpg  photo IMG_0704_zpstcilkurc.jpg
                                         Bath Abbey carved Klais organ

 photo IMG_0680_zps5pm1gxrn.jpg  photo IMG_0708_zpspnt58ise.jpg
Many of glass windows were completely destroyed in April 1942, during the Bath
Blitz Second, Second World War. East window was entirely blown out and had to be
fully restored.

 photo IMG_0707_zpsob2nmkpj.jpg  photo IMG_0709_zpsmaib752k.jpg  photo IMG_0703_zps5ccqbt8e.jpg

For those who`s interested in Perpendicular Gothic architecture, prime places I`d advise
to see are King`s College in Cambridge and Westminster Palace, London

                                           Fairytale in a bag

Monday, 20 April 2015

Outfit, cape

Oh dear, it`s finally an end of a school Easter holidays and those who have children
know exactly what I mean, as we probably all have the same feelings today. (relief..)

I`m back from my little trips to thrilling places all around UK, now ready for a more
certain schedule and thinking about taking a new direction for this blog. Well, since
art and history are coming from my background and still remain to be the topics that
mostly fascinate me I`ll be happy to share with you a beautiful architecture, art and
fashion in my future posts. Stay tuned!

 photo 2_zpsw6glehke.jpg
 photo 1_zpsk15me87i.jpg
  Cape Fraggi// shoes Clarks// top M and S// handbag vintage Elekon Chic Boutique

 photo 3_zpsw1wiocyp.jpg
                    photo 4_zpsobdeazqo.jpg                                                                             photo haveagreatweekahead_zps5a093405.jpg

                                              Fairytale in a bag

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Bath, point of interest- boutiques

Question to ladies. When first coming to a new city, what are that initial things you are
checking out?  As for me, whenever I try not to look around, all my attention will be
with local boutiques, even if I desperately need to find a parking space or a hotel, who
can stop us ladies from watching a fashion and people on streets who wear this fashion?

Another good point  I tried to find out of this, for my excuse may be but anyway, if
I ever get lost in an unknown place, way back will be found followed by shop windows,
carefully observed earlier.

As a consequence, girls, we`ll start our way to old Georgian city with it`s boutiques shop
windows, what else can give us a better insight into it`s stylish life?

 photo IMG_0689_zpsjrnogs4b.jpg  photo IMG_0695_zpsjd8hksgj.jpg

 photo IMG_0687_zps5sfbohfa.jpg  photo IMG_0693_zpspv35jfta.jpg  photo 1_zpsmqeioxrj.jpg  photo IMG_0691_zpssxbpbpgj.jpg  photo IMG_06891_zpsdqmt1vea.jpg

                                       Fairytale in a bag

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Outfit, 22 weeks, April in 2015

At the moment I tend to buy capes for an obvious and quiet practical reason- I need
to cover my growing bump, and  I`m happy all types of  them like capes, ponchos,
waterfall cardigans are in trend now, these will be very handy things to wear through
my pregnancy months.

 photo 3_zpsmbvf1f7u.jpg
 photo 2_zpsxfd3s1wq.jpg
        Top, leggins ebay.co.uk// shoes Clarks// handbag vintage etsy shop here  photo 1_zps80dzqxh1.jpg

                   photo 4_zpsnhmj8xsz.jpg
                                       Spring days are days to remember
 photo IMG_0653_zpsigsrshnf.jpg  photo IMG_0673_zpsxwgywitw.jpg
                         A little posy my daughter picked up for me .  photo IMG_0649_zpszgwho1sb.jpg
                                       St.Pauls Cathedral in clear sky

                                              Fairytale in a bag

Friday, 10 April 2015

"Fashion rules" in Kensington palace

As promised earlier, I`m sharing my impressions about the visit to an Exhibition
"Fashion Rules" which is on in Kensington Palace now until Summer 2015.

As big lover of fashion and an international relations graduate, I was looking
to explore Royal fashion in terms of diplomatic dressing, in another words, what
fashion rules exist and how they should be followed in politics.

There were totally 5 rooms with 21 dresses featured, three eras from elegant and
truly fascinating 1950s wardrobe of HM the Queen, 60-s-70s displays devoted
to Princess Margaret and bright 80s were presented by several dresses of Diana,
Princess of Wales.


 photo 1_zps98plzr14.jpg

                                                    HM the Queen

 photo queen_zpsacbqx2ki.jpg
               Silk chiffon dinner dress designed by Ian Thomas, 1970
       Dress and coat by Norman Hartnell, worn by Queen in 1972 and 1974

 photo queen2_zpsl9iu1bzd.jpg
Gown by Norman Hartnell (who also designed Queen`s coronation gowns in 1953),
worn for the opening of the New Zealand parliament during a Commonwealth
visit in 1963


                                   The Princess Margaret, Countess Snowdon.

Younger sister of Queen Elizabeth, rarely mentioned in modern times as a fashion icon,
she was a real trendsetter of her times, her fashion as well as her life had a huge public
interest. She had considerably more freedom in following quickly changing fashion than
her sister, and also was able to choose more daring and modern styles. To be honest with
you, I gazed at her outfits with admiration, and upon leaving a room, I was desperate to
read and know more about her life and style.

 photo margaret_zps0schpbo2.jpg  photo queen1_zpsbx4qfu16.jpg
    Silk kaftan and turban, designed by Carl Toms,1976, worn to fancy dress party
       held on Mustique island, her Caribbean residence (private island, part of
                                        St.Vincent and the Grenadines)

 photo margarate_zpshqjazejv.jpg

                                                      Lady Diana`s dresses

I was particularly interested to see this display as I know most of Lady Diana`s dresses
were auctioned off, and she herself sold them for charity in London in 1997.

 photo diana1_zpsib9u2z9o.jpg
                         Drop waisted dress designed by Jacques Azagury
                          was worn in Florence, 1985 and in Toronto, 1986

 photo diana_zps5q6gflrr.jpg
                 Scarlet red silk dress designed by Bruce Oldfield, worn in 1986
                                       during royal tour to Saudi Arabia


Normally, I try to be really positive with my thoughts on blog and not to come out with
quick conclusions and criticism (even so called constructive), in this case I`ll say I
expected something grand when I head out to Kensigton Palace, unfortunately it didn`t
happen, for one small reason, there wasn`t enough dresses on display and while I enjoyed
touring around The Palace and it`s gardens I left with a feeling I haven`t seen as much
as I  intended to see that day to feed my fashion history interest.

I`d advise about 45 minutes to see the whole exhibition, an hour if you want a detailed tour.

                       Exhibition Fashion Rules will be running until Summer 2015,
                                        sponsored by Estee Lauder Companies

                                                 Fairytale in a bag

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Easter holidays and Westminster Cathedral

Well, Easter Weekend is finished, and I`m so happy we were blessed with a gorgeous
weather, how was yours long weekend?

Judging by the pictures below, this is now going to be a religious post (I`m not even
a catholic). I just love taking an inspirations from all sorts of stuff especially nature and
architecture so Visiting a Westminster Cathedral in London which is a Roman Catholic
Cathedral  and a famous historical building this weekend was a fantastic opportunity
and a pleasure to see mosaics art, marble-work and of course light a prayer candle.

 photo IMG_0591_zps3cxu2z0o.jpg  photo IMG_0601_zpsiiqp6usk.jpg
                                         Lightning a candle is a prayer

 photo IMG_0602_zpsqo0x0t3j.jpg
                                     Westminster`s Cathedral Tower
   64 metres high, the Tower is also open for public to observe London from above.
 photo IMG_0595_zpsvj67cmqi.jpg  photo IMG_0597_zpswjkgkicw.jpg  photo IMG_0592_zpsbrsqpd2u.jpg  photo IMG_0594_zpsplwtdiox.jpg  photo IMG_0599_zpst5q8eyuh.jpg

                                             Fairytale in a bag

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Friday, 24 April 2015

Travel, Bath Abbey

                     
                        Destination- Bath, Somerset, South West England
     Point of interest- Bath Abbey (The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul)
     Architectural style- English Gothic architecture, perpendicular style characterized
                         by fan vaulting roof, vertical lines and a big windows.
    
                    For visualization imagine it with an organ introduction play.

One of the top three places (along with Roman Baths and Royal Crescent) you simply
must visit when going to Bath. It`s not only about an architectural style or spirituality,
it`s mostly about it`s history. Take a little journey to Abbey that will connect you with
a past and fill you with a peace.  It`s in an easy location in the heart of a town, we
took a stroll to it on an early sunny morning on our first day in Bath and I can fully
assure you this place must be seen to be appreciated.

 photo IMG_0698_zpsx78npqcm.jpg
                                  Fan vaults, Victorian interior restoration

Sue Simon`s "One Man`s journey to Heaven" (Bath Abbey Diptychs) are on 
                               display until November 3rd, 2015

Whilst attending a performance of the Bach`s St. Matthew Passion, Sue Symons
conceived of a presentation of the life of Christ that would bring together her love of
lettering, decoration and needlework.

An artwork in two parts, traditionally on two hinged panels, joined together as a pair.
Work began in January 2006, and roughly, 3000 hours later, was completed in
January 2007. Originally entitled One Man`s journey to Heaven, the series took on
its additional name when purchased on behalf of the Abbey in 2007.

 photo depycts_zpsjonejm8w.jpg
 photo IMG_0700_zpsgk182dgt.jpg  photo IMG_0710_zpsimqteq8l.jpg  photo IMG_0704_zpstcilkurc.jpg
                                         Bath Abbey carved Klais organ

 photo IMG_0680_zps5pm1gxrn.jpg  photo IMG_0708_zpspnt58ise.jpg
Many of glass windows were completely destroyed in April 1942, during the Bath
Blitz Second, Second World War. East window was entirely blown out and had to be
fully restored.

 photo IMG_0707_zpsob2nmkpj.jpg  photo IMG_0709_zpsmaib752k.jpg  photo IMG_0703_zps5ccqbt8e.jpg

For those who`s interested in Perpendicular Gothic architecture, prime places I`d advise
to see are King`s College in Cambridge and Westminster Palace, London

                                           Fairytale in a bag

Monday, 20 April 2015

Outfit, cape

Oh dear, it`s finally an end of a school Easter holidays and those who have children
know exactly what I mean, as we probably all have the same feelings today. (relief..)

I`m back from my little trips to thrilling places all around UK, now ready for a more
certain schedule and thinking about taking a new direction for this blog. Well, since
art and history are coming from my background and still remain to be the topics that
mostly fascinate me I`ll be happy to share with you a beautiful architecture, art and
fashion in my future posts. Stay tuned!

 photo 2_zpsw6glehke.jpg
 photo 1_zpsk15me87i.jpg
  Cape Fraggi// shoes Clarks// top M and S// handbag vintage Elekon Chic Boutique

 photo 3_zpsw1wiocyp.jpg
                    photo 4_zpsobdeazqo.jpg                                                                             photo haveagreatweekahead_zps5a093405.jpg

                                              Fairytale in a bag

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Bath, point of interest- boutiques

Question to ladies. When first coming to a new city, what are that initial things you are
checking out?  As for me, whenever I try not to look around, all my attention will be
with local boutiques, even if I desperately need to find a parking space or a hotel, who
can stop us ladies from watching a fashion and people on streets who wear this fashion?

Another good point  I tried to find out of this, for my excuse may be but anyway, if
I ever get lost in an unknown place, way back will be found followed by shop windows,
carefully observed earlier.

As a consequence, girls, we`ll start our way to old Georgian city with it`s boutiques shop
windows, what else can give us a better insight into it`s stylish life?

 photo IMG_0689_zpsjrnogs4b.jpg  photo IMG_0695_zpsjd8hksgj.jpg

 photo IMG_0687_zps5sfbohfa.jpg  photo IMG_0693_zpspv35jfta.jpg  photo 1_zpsmqeioxrj.jpg  photo IMG_0691_zpssxbpbpgj.jpg  photo IMG_06891_zpsdqmt1vea.jpg

                                       Fairytale in a bag

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Outfit, 22 weeks, April in 2015

At the moment I tend to buy capes for an obvious and quiet practical reason- I need
to cover my growing bump, and  I`m happy all types of  them like capes, ponchos,
waterfall cardigans are in trend now, these will be very handy things to wear through
my pregnancy months.

 photo 3_zpsmbvf1f7u.jpg
 photo 2_zpsxfd3s1wq.jpg
        Top, leggins ebay.co.uk// shoes Clarks// handbag vintage etsy shop here  photo 1_zps80dzqxh1.jpg

                   photo 4_zpsnhmj8xsz.jpg
                                       Spring days are days to remember
 photo IMG_0653_zpsigsrshnf.jpg  photo IMG_0673_zpsxwgywitw.jpg
                         A little posy my daughter picked up for me .  photo IMG_0649_zpszgwho1sb.jpg
                                       St.Pauls Cathedral in clear sky

                                              Fairytale in a bag

Friday, 10 April 2015

"Fashion rules" in Kensington palace

As promised earlier, I`m sharing my impressions about the visit to an Exhibition
"Fashion Rules" which is on in Kensington Palace now until Summer 2015.

As big lover of fashion and an international relations graduate, I was looking
to explore Royal fashion in terms of diplomatic dressing, in another words, what
fashion rules exist and how they should be followed in politics.

There were totally 5 rooms with 21 dresses featured, three eras from elegant and
truly fascinating 1950s wardrobe of HM the Queen, 60-s-70s displays devoted
to Princess Margaret and bright 80s were presented by several dresses of Diana,
Princess of Wales.


 photo 1_zps98plzr14.jpg

                                                    HM the Queen

 photo queen_zpsacbqx2ki.jpg
               Silk chiffon dinner dress designed by Ian Thomas, 1970
       Dress and coat by Norman Hartnell, worn by Queen in 1972 and 1974

 photo queen2_zpsl9iu1bzd.jpg
Gown by Norman Hartnell (who also designed Queen`s coronation gowns in 1953),
worn for the opening of the New Zealand parliament during a Commonwealth
visit in 1963


                                   The Princess Margaret, Countess Snowdon.

Younger sister of Queen Elizabeth, rarely mentioned in modern times as a fashion icon,
she was a real trendsetter of her times, her fashion as well as her life had a huge public
interest. She had considerably more freedom in following quickly changing fashion than
her sister, and also was able to choose more daring and modern styles. To be honest with
you, I gazed at her outfits with admiration, and upon leaving a room, I was desperate to
read and know more about her life and style.

 photo margaret_zps0schpbo2.jpg  photo queen1_zpsbx4qfu16.jpg
    Silk kaftan and turban, designed by Carl Toms,1976, worn to fancy dress party
       held on Mustique island, her Caribbean residence (private island, part of
                                        St.Vincent and the Grenadines)

 photo margarate_zpshqjazejv.jpg

                                                      Lady Diana`s dresses

I was particularly interested to see this display as I know most of Lady Diana`s dresses
were auctioned off, and she herself sold them for charity in London in 1997.

 photo diana1_zpsib9u2z9o.jpg
                         Drop waisted dress designed by Jacques Azagury
                          was worn in Florence, 1985 and in Toronto, 1986

 photo diana_zps5q6gflrr.jpg
                 Scarlet red silk dress designed by Bruce Oldfield, worn in 1986
                                       during royal tour to Saudi Arabia


Normally, I try to be really positive with my thoughts on blog and not to come out with
quick conclusions and criticism (even so called constructive), in this case I`ll say I
expected something grand when I head out to Kensigton Palace, unfortunately it didn`t
happen, for one small reason, there wasn`t enough dresses on display and while I enjoyed
touring around The Palace and it`s gardens I left with a feeling I haven`t seen as much
as I  intended to see that day to feed my fashion history interest.

I`d advise about 45 minutes to see the whole exhibition, an hour if you want a detailed tour.

                       Exhibition Fashion Rules will be running until Summer 2015,
                                        sponsored by Estee Lauder Companies

                                                 Fairytale in a bag

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Easter holidays and Westminster Cathedral

Well, Easter Weekend is finished, and I`m so happy we were blessed with a gorgeous
weather, how was yours long weekend?

Judging by the pictures below, this is now going to be a religious post (I`m not even
a catholic). I just love taking an inspirations from all sorts of stuff especially nature and
architecture so Visiting a Westminster Cathedral in London which is a Roman Catholic
Cathedral  and a famous historical building this weekend was a fantastic opportunity
and a pleasure to see mosaics art, marble-work and of course light a prayer candle.

 photo IMG_0591_zps3cxu2z0o.jpg  photo IMG_0601_zpsiiqp6usk.jpg
                                         Lightning a candle is a prayer

 photo IMG_0602_zpsqo0x0t3j.jpg
                                     Westminster`s Cathedral Tower
   64 metres high, the Tower is also open for public to observe London from above.
 photo IMG_0595_zpsvj67cmqi.jpg  photo IMG_0597_zpswjkgkicw.jpg  photo IMG_0592_zpsbrsqpd2u.jpg  photo IMG_0594_zpsplwtdiox.jpg  photo IMG_0599_zpst5q8eyuh.jpg

                                             Fairytale in a bag
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