2016 has been a year of loss and surprises and I know a lot of people are excited for the year to come to an end, I mean Trump became president, we lost music legends like Bowie, Price, and Lenard Cohen, we lost Carrie Fisher *insert crying emoji* the galaxy will never be the same without Princess Leia, and so many more great and inspirational people; now I could sit here and dwell on all the negative or I could take the time to appreciate my life in London, I’m going to go with appreciate my time in London. 2016 has been a crazy year for me but in all that craziness I fell more in love with London and all it has to offer. Continue reading “My favorite things about 2016 – London edition”
I’ve been in London for almost two years and over the years there have been a number of surprises in the capital…some good and some I could live without. When I made the decision to move to London I thought I had everything figured out, where I would live, my budget, the tube, and let me tell you even with all that preparation I still wasn’t ready for some of the surprises! Here are just a few of the things I’ve learned over the last two years. Continue reading “35 things people don’t tell you before you move to London”
God’s own Junk Yard is a slice of neon heaven tucked away in northeast London, with a variety of original and vintage neon signs. The genius behind this slice of neon heaven was Chris Bracey, who started designing neon signs for sex shops in Soho in the 1970s. His genius was not only limited to signs for sex shops, eventually he was designing signs for Hollywood filmmakers such Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan, and collaborating with photographers like David LaChapelle. Unfortunately, Chris passed about in 2014 but his dream lives on through his son, who now runs the business, and the neon warehouse that everyone is allowed to visit. Continue reading “Neon Heaven: God’s Own Junk Yard”
London is a city that there is always something going on at all hours of the day and night. There is no way anyone could get bored living this city, and if you do get bored you need to go see a doctor. The nightlife in London is interesting because there seems to be two types of people in this city – people who love happy hour and those who love late night dance parties. Whichever category you fall into there is a scene for everyone in the capital. After living here almost two years I have a massive list of some of my favourite spots, here are only a few of my go – to places. Continue reading “London Night Out – Shorditch edition”
I might have a slight obsession with brunching, but I am definitely not sorry about it! London is one of the best places in world for brunch and that’s why I’m already on my third blog article about it, the options in this city are endless. I could live in London for decades, and I probably wouldn’t be able to hit up all the brunch spots, even though that might seem intimating, it means I get try a new spot almost every week, which keeps my brunch obsession alive!
For those of you that might be a little confused, that is indeed the name of this exhibition ha! This urban art exhibition of Spanish urban street artist Sr X was put together by BSMT Space, and they did a great job. For those of you that might be a little too into political correctness and being polite, this might not be for you…Sr X’s pieces are satirical and hilarious. He critics our society in an interesting way through his art, primarily because when you look at his colourful pieces at first glance without thinking they just look happy characters living the life; it’s only when you really stop to look at them and think about what is being depicted and also written, do you realize that he is indeed making fun of society. His pieces reminded me of propaganda posters during and post WWII, which I thought was interesting because those were put together during a time where the government was trying to convince society that everything was perfect and that society couldn’t get any better, which is ironic because his pieces are clearly criticizing all aspects of our society in 2016. I think a lot of pieces are all about relationships, and how sometimes those relationships are difficult, misleading or even lost all together.
Overall, it was a really great exhibition that is not only “pretty” and funny but it also leaves you thinking about the society we’re living in. After I left the exhibition it really got me thinking about my places in society and whether or not this concept of perfection is all really an illusion.
The exhibition is up until September 11th at BSMT Space right near Dalston Kingsland
Free entry 🙂
Here are some of my favourite pieces
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Yayoi Kusama Exhibition
Victoria Miro Gallery – May 25th to July 30th
I am not going to pretend I’m an art curator or an art expert but I have always had a special place in my heart for the arts – maybe that’s because I always wished I was a talented artist – insert sad face. London always has free exhibitions going on and it would be ridiculous not to take advantage; any type of art essentially gives a glimpse in someone’s mind, even if only for a moment. Before going to this gallery exhibition I knew very little about Yayoi Kusama, all I really knew was that she influenced some of the greats like Andy Warhol, and she willing checked her self into a mental institute… The reason I decided to check out Kusamas’ exhibition was because I was mesmerized by the pumpkins exhibition; once I saw it on Instagram I knew I needed to see it for myself. Her take on pop art is quite exceptional and once I left the exhibition I understood how she influenced someone like Andy Warhol. Her exhibition is split up into three sections: Chandelier of Grief, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins and Where the Lights in My Heart Go.
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