Category: Inspiration

Barbican – The Conservatory

The Barbican, my favourite place in London (probably). I just love it, it has everything good (see: delicious cake, live music, exhibitions) AND… The Conservatory – a wonderful hidden giant garden in the centre of London.
There are all the plants, greens and concrete you could ever need, and ponds with fish. It is possibly the best place ever?hennbsconcrete conservshot2 hangingbasketsgreenlight leavesandtrees pink
Dress: The White Pepper Necklace: My Flash Trash
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So many Cactus’ (or cacti?!)potscacti2 walkwayup windowsAmazing ponds… and how good and matching is this girls outfit?
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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

horseAt the weekend I visited Oxford (my boyfriends parents live there) and so we took a trip to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers. Both museums are incredible and a lot better than plenty of London museums so well worth a trip. You can get the bus (Oxford tube) for around £13 return and it only takes an hour and a bit from London! Both museums are so good to draw in, I wish I had longer to draw there! All photos in this post are from the Museum of Natural History, I’ll put together photos from Pitt Rivers museum in another post, I took sooooo many! Hope you like them!

The building is AMAZING!
Canis lupus!
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Girl crush, #girlboss – Sophia Amoruso


I am in love with this woman, she is really inspiring. Sophia Amoruso is the founder of Nasty Gal vintage, an ebay shop that started on the side, turned million dollar e-commerce business. She’s a full time child of social media, who’s business was basically transformed by sites like MySpace.

Sophia was 22 when she decided to sell vintage clothes on eBay after vintage stores were adding her on her MySpace account. She thought she could start her own eBay store to make money as she had a keen eye in local thrift stores and liked styling and photographing her friends. What I like best is that Sophia did not set out to make Nasty Gal a multi million pound business, it just sort of happened, with lots of hard work. When she started Nasty Gal she had been working in a sleuth of rubbish jobs that she hated to pay her rent, Art school admin, lawn watering, Subway sandwiches, and so on! We have all been there (well, anyone who has to pay their own way and start at the bottom).

1000 positive feedbacks later, and $1500 for an $8 dollar coat, Sophia was sick of not being able to ‘own’ her customers on eBay, she couldn’t send them customised newsletters or promotions, and would easily lose customers due to the UI of eBay’s search and ‘similar seller’ functions. She promised her customers that was coming, and set about building her own shop with the help of a high school friend.

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Turns out her eBay customers stayed loyal, she bombarded MySpace with countless ‘bulletins’ and used illegal software to spam ‘add friends’ in certain areas and age groups, and it worked! Her shop launch was a sell out. Realising that re-stocking vintage was becoming unsustainable when it was selling so quick, Sophia started going to trade shows and buying new designs from upcoming designers. She would pick the ‘weird’ stuff, the clothes that most shops don’t buy. It was trial and error, some customers hated it, some liked it, and she watched her stock carefully to see what her customer liked and disliked. She was very focused on the customer at all times. From speaking on social media to them personally, to making sure she was keeping the Nasty Gal customer happy and in mind during all aspects of running the business.


^ The good old days :’)

A few years pass, and Nasty Gal gets bigger. The power of social media helps Nasty Gal to take off even further than it already had. Eventually she upped sticks after a couple of moves into suburban locations, and settled the business in LA, which is where the business resides currently and continues to be a success.


I work in tech by day, and one day hope to have my own online business. Stories like Sophia’s fill me with inspiration. It doesn’t matter what your past or your age is, you can always start something small yourself. You just have to have a good idea, be into it, work hard and be savvy about it. Working crappy jobs, having no money/being poor and less experience than others doesn’t have to set you back. It can all be learning experiences and contributes to how you form your future! It’s how you go about it and teach yourself along the way that matters. Carpe diem and all that!

Sophia’s new book #girlboss is out in the UK at the end of May and I can’t wait to get it.

The video below is an awesome interview, it’s 2 hours long though so watch it when you have time, I swear it will make you start writing out your own business plan!

“It’s not the camera that takes the picture; it’s the person.” – David Bailey

This weekend I went to see Bailey’s Stardust at the National Portrait Gallery, it is definitely worth a visit if you have time to go before it ends at the beginning of June.
I love his fashion photography most of all, and have a soft spot for all of his photos of Queen Moss…
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^Man (sorry I have forgotten who) with dogs, one of my favourites!eastend
Bailey’s portraits of the East End were also a highlight of the exhibition, these huge ones were so good and there were plenty more! katemoss nelson
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Goldwork embroidery at Hand & Lock, Pinterest x Mastered


I was invited by Pinterest to go to an embroidery class at Hand & Lock, an amazing embroiders based just off Oxford Street. They have been around since 1767 (mind blown) and embroidered for Micheal Jackson (the iconic military jacket!), the Queen and Marilyn Monroe, to name a few..

The studio is amazing, colourful cotton, threads and embroidered goods everywhere, it maintains a very British aesthetic with flags hanging off the ceiling and old paper goods stacked up high.

Before the event I had never embroidered in my life, only sewn giant lions and attempted to make shift dresses (badly). Oh the things I learned!

First off, goldwork is for the pro’s. It is super time consuming but ultimately satisfying like any repetitive creative task. If you can do this, I salute you! It’s an amazing skill and to get it perfect and neat is super impressive!
There is also a reason hand embroidered items are expensive. A LOT of time and love goes into this, it took almost two hours to embroider a tiny leaf!  Looking at these photos now I feel even more impressed than I would have felt before the event…

Pinterest cake pops, oh they were good… (naughty)cakepops
Some ‘here’s what I did earlier’, how amazing!
Perri’s leaf, mine was only half as photogenic… Perri is also super lovely and works at Mastered, which I’d not really heard much about before, but it looks like it has some pretty interesting online courses.

It was actually so good to get to know some other people who use Pinterest lots, as there is barely any social interaction on there usually and I met some lovely people. My obsession with that website continues!