Twin Me

 

 

Have you ever wanted a mini you to greet you after a long day at work, or an army of GI Joe sized figurines with your face at every doorway and window of your home to deter would-be burglars?

Of course you do, so where do you go, to Twin Me that’s where.  

 

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Offering 3D printed replicas in varying sizes and poses, Twin Me can give you the perfect gift, yourself.

 

 

Also available are freakishly realistic silicone masks, brilliant for Halloween, or again for deterring would-be burglars, imagine somebody breaking in then immediately be confronted by a 6 foot tall figure of a little girl looking straight at you with a sadistic smile on her face, no thank you very much!

 

 

 

The Time:  Mon – Tue: 12pm – 8pm, Wed – Sat 10.30am – 9pm, Sun 12pm – 6pm

The Place:  127A Queensway, London, W2 4SJ

Price:  Vary

Contact:  twinme.co.uk email info@twinme.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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Tilly and the Buttons

 

Fashion has become very fast, trends turning over in a matter of months and wages disappearing in hours in the pursuit to stay en vogue…ain’t nobody got time for that, so what to do?

Make it your self, and Tilly and the Buttons are here to help.

 

London College of Fashion Trained Tilly Walnes (pictured at top) started her fashion blog almost a decade ago so she could share her passion for making clothes with the world, over time the blog evolved into a business so Tilly and her team could teach others how to make their own clothes too.

 

Online courses with step-by-step lessons, jargon free easy to use garment sewing patterns and an award winning book are a few of the things on offer from Tilly and the Buttons, if you’ve ever wanted to create your own wardrobe (literally) then go check her out.

 

The Time:  Depends on when you purchase a course

The Place:  In the comfort and safety of your own home, and West Dulwich

Price:  Vary 

Contact:   tillyandthebuttons.com

 

 

 

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Street Sweets

 

Sweetie lovers rejoice (& pre-book an appointment with your dentist) a street market dedicated to all things sugar, pastry and cake has made a temporary home on Covent Garden’s Mercer Street.

 

Just desserts is a fortnightly street market selling a variety of cakes, brownies, tarts, pavlovas, gelato, basically everything you might want as an after meal treat (because no meal is truly complete without a dessert). 

So if you have an addiction to the white powder (SUGAR, I’m talking about sugar!) or just feel like checking out a new market head on over to Covent Garden. Why not, right :0)

 

Dates: August 24th & September 14th

Time: 11am – 6pm

Where: Mercers Walk, Mercer Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9QR

contact: Twitter @justdessertsldn

 

* info used from Londonontheinside.com, Eventbrite.com

* images used from twitter.com

 

 

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A Taste of Barbados

During these days of minimal sun we could all do with a dose of Caribbean culture and warmth, so this Saturday and Sunday head over to South Molton Street by Bond Street Station for some Bajan 5 star cuisine, a mixture of live music including Calypso and Jazz, Art, health and wellness demonstrations and last but not least Rum masterclasses.

Not a bad way to spend a chilly Saturday in May.

 

  • The Time:  From Friday 5th – Sunday 7th May, all day
  • The place:  South Molton Street, London, W1K 5QE
  • Price:  It’s free baby (thought so attractions maybe have a cost)
  • Contact:  Google search!!!

 

  • Images used taken by yours truly
  • Info used from eventbrite.co.uk

Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart. The more you eat them…

 

… the more you fart.

 

The musical fruit has taken up temporary residency in Selfridges Foodhall to celebrate 50 years of the bean’s popular slogan ‘Beanz Meanz Heinz’.

From 27th March to 23rd April you can visit the pop up bean bar on the department store’s ground floor to grab a beany bite (how many times can I say ‘bean’ in one post), dishes include ham hock, scrambled egg and crispy bacon all teamed up with the famous tomato bean.

 

So if you’re a fan of the nation’s favourite orange food, after the Wotsit, then pay the bar a visit this Easter holiday.

 

The Time:  Every day of the week between 27th March – 23rd April, 9am – 7pm Mondays to Saturdays and 11.30am – 6pm Sundays.

The Place:  Selfridges Ground Floor Foodhall, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB

Tickets:  It’s free baby, meals start from £3 each

Contact Info:  For further info click here

 

*Info used from timeout.com & selfridges.com

*Images used from timeout.com and taken by one’s self 

A Sale with Style

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Car boot sales, we all love em. Getting up at some crazy hour of a weekend morning and venturing into a field or school playground to grab a bargain from a group of mad people who have been up since 4am…it’s the British way and I f’ing love it.

But what if you’re looking for an era specific item such as a record from the 70’s, or outfit for your swing dance class (swing dance is fun don’t mock it, I did almost break my face and leg but that’s neither here nor there), well then you NEED to head over to the Classic Car Boot Sale.

 

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Situated 5 mins from Kings Cross Station the CCBS offers vintage wares spanning across the decades, a live DJ playing golden oldies to keep the atmosphere lively and those who, like the gentlemen in the picture above, like to get dressed up for the occasion. I do love me a pair of two toned full brogues.

Vintage clothing and accessories, vinyl records, homeware and collectibles are all available, plus your foods and drinky-poos, vintage cars will also be on show, so if motoring is your thing then that should be reason enough to head on down.

 

  • The Time and Date: Click here for details
  • The Place:  Classic Car Boot Sale, Lewis Cubitt Park, Handyside St Kings Cross, London N1C 4UZ
  • Tickets:  Click here for details

 

 

DIY Arty Madness

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The land of the cool (Hackney) are playing host to Hackney Flea Market’s DIY Arts Market on Sunday 6th September.

Lots of handmade goodies, both the edible and non foodie kind, lovingly produced by skilled artisans, crafters and people who just love to create will be on offer for you lucky people.

If old skool vinyl records, hand flattened plates, one-off embroidered patches or sculptures of semi naked ladies (look at pic above) are your thing then get your arse down to the market, make the most of your Sunday damn it!

 

  • The Date: Sunday 6th September
  • The Time: 11am – 6pm
  • The Place: Epic Dalston, 13 Stoke Newington Road, Stoke Newington, London, N16 8BH
  • Who do you call: If you’re interested in trading at the next/any Hackney Flea Market event contact Mark @ hackneyfleamarket@gmail.com

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The Pigeons gossip again!

Cheap & freeness London 13th – 19th Oct 2014

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Welcome to a week of Cheap & beautiful Freeness. Enjoy.

 

  • London Horror Festival – The Etcetera Theatre, Camden

Get in the Halloween mood early with the London Horror Festival. From the 13th-31st The Etcetera Theatre in Camden will be staging a number of performance art pieces that’ll make a chill run down your spine, but hopefully not down your leg, if you have a small bladder I would recommend go to the toilet before the show begins.

There will be at least 1 performance a night, though many of the shows will run for a number of evenings. If you’ve ever wondered what a charming Frankenstein would be like, or where in Dante’s nine circles of hell you’d find Shakespeare’s Richard II then this event is perfect for you.

Address: Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street , London NW1 7BU

Contact: www.londonhorrorfestival.com

Cost: From £8 – £11.50, tickets are a little cheaper on concession

Date: 13th – 31st October 2014

 

  • The Water Poet Pork Pie Off – The Water Poet, Spitalfields

It’s time for battle, if you’re a lover of the pork pie then get yourself over to Spitalfields for The Water Poet’s Pork Pie Off. In celebration of ‘The Great British Pub’ the best in the pie biz will be showing off the talents in the hope of being crowned King or Queen of the Pork Pie.

Craft beer on tap and tasty treats from the competitors will be available on the night. It’s your civic duty to support the traditions of our fair nation, pie and all!

Address: 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX

Website: www.waterpoet.co.uk

Cost: £4 ticket, you’ll receive a pint of craft beer and some pie tasters from the pork pies in the competition.

Date: Tuesday 14th October 2014, from 6pm

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  • Levi’s Student Lock-in – Levi’s Flagship Store, Regents Street

Levi’s flagship store on Regents St will be holding a student shopping event on Wednesday 15th Oct. If you’re of the student community and are after a sweet deal, plus a bit of booze (the will ask you for ID first) and some tunes then head over to their facebook page for more details about the night.

Address: Levi’s Store, 174 – 176 Regents Street, London, W1R 5DF

Contact: www.facebook.com/levis.gb

Cost: It’s free baby!

Dates: Wednesday 15th October 2014, the start time has not yet been released, keep an eye on Levi’s tweeter account for details, click here.

 

  • Dirty Old London Tour – Bishopsgate Institute, Bishopsgate

Explore the filthy world of Victorian London during this talk with Lee Jackson. Find out how the people fought to turn the cesspit of a Capital into what we know and love today, with the peculiar beginnings of the public toilet to the intro of public baths.

Address: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH

Contact: www.bishopsgate.org.uk

Cost: £9, cheaper with concession, tickets available here.

Dates: Thursday 16th October 2014, starts at 7.30pm

 

  •  Rotten Hill Gang – Paradise by way of Kensal Green, Kensal Green

“West London favourites, Rotten Hill Gang, return to entertain you with a high energy live set of big instruments and even bigger vocals. Resident DJs in support playing a mash up of hip hop, house, disco and party favourites.”

What more needs to be said.

Address: Paradise by way of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London, W10 4AE

Contact: www.theparadise.co.uk, email: clem@thecolumbogroup.com

Cost: £5

Date: Friday 17th October 2014, 8pm – 2am

 

  • VIP Records and Music Fair – Central Hall Westminster, Westminster

To all you music conosur out there, get down to Westminster on Saturday 18th Oct for the largest record, CD and music related memorabilia fair in the Country.

Any and everything music based available under one very large Westminster roof, plus there’ll be a cafe so there’ll be food too.

Address: Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, Westminster, SW1H 9NH,

Contact: www.vip-24.com

Cost: £3 entry, £6 for early birds from 8.30am-10am

Date: Saturday 18th October 2014, from 10am, 8.30am for early bird entry

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The best way to save your local

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The act of shopping has become far to easy now-a-days. You want a table, go online to Ikea, they’ll deliver one in 5-14 days. Looking for some glasses, check Argos or Ebay, they have thousands and sellers will ship within 3 days, no hassle…or at least minimal hassle, you never no with Ebay. The majority of us have forsaken our local shops for online conveniences, we should all be ashamed of ourselves, me included.

So what can we do to resolve this, start shopping in our locals again of course, and what if you could grab a drink or 2 while you’re at it?

Well guess what, you can, ta da welcome to The Shop NW10.

This lovely little establishment sells all your favourite beverages & cocktails, plus chairs, art, furniture and just about everything else you can get your hands on, except the  walls, bar and the staff (I’m guessing). What a bloody brilliant way to keep your local economy thriving, go to the shop grab a bottle of wine for later, some chairs for your mates and a beer while your at it, shopping is hard work after all.

It’s also a lovely place to go for a date or a night out, especially if you’re on a budge as the cheapest cocktail on offer is £3.50 called the ‘Size Zero’, great if your date is afraid of those pesky calories.

The quirkiness continues as the cocktails are served up in jam jars, except the ‘Shop Credit’ (great name) which comes in an old school milk bottle, and has a touch of wormwood vodka, topped with Prosecco, that genuinely sounds amazing I don’t care what else is in it!

We should all be more mindful of our shopping chooses, especially if they come with a beer bonus.

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The Time: They open from 5pm-12am Monday – Thursday & 11am-12am Friday – Sundays

The Place: The Shop NW10, 75 Chamberlayne Road,  Kensal Rise, London, NW10 3ND

More details and contact: Check www.theshopNW10.com, Tel: 020 8969 9399, Email: bookings@theshopnw10.com

 

  • Images used from societeperrier.com & poppyloves.co.uk
  • Info used from theshopnw10.com & thenudge.com

 

P.S. the beer bonus is not free!

Fashion have a night out…don’t forget your Vogue!

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Ok I know I wrote a little something about the Vogue shopping evening back in 2012, a very ‘little’ something, but as the event is in it’s 6th stylish year I thought I’d write a little more.

Back in the distant past, 2009, the Fashion’s Night Out event was born in New York, in the hopes that it would encourage consumers to help the economy by spending a little dough. The brainchild of Vogue, the C.F.D.A (Council of Fashion Designers in America) and NYC & Company, the evening was such a success that it was held in 15 cities international the following year. Now in 2014 the initiative has grown to more than 30 cities in 19 different Countries, helping to raise millions in globally retail sales and for charity.

Although no longer held in New York the FNO will continue to bring a touch of excitement to London’s West End.

On the night expect stores such as H&M, Anthropologie, J.Crew and pretty much everywhere else to offer cocktails, live music, discounts, master-classes and even the possibility of meeting a fashion icon or two, until 11pm. There’re far too many stores and promotions in this event to list, so if you want to find out what’s available have a little clicky here. 

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The Time: Officially the event is from 6pm – 11pm on Tuesday 23rd September 2014, however some stores may start earlier on the day.

The Places: Stores on Oxford Street, Regents Street, St Christopher’s Place, Brook Street & South Molton Street will be participating.

Tickets: No tickets needed, just show up with your lovely self and enjoy the night.

More Info: Have a looky at www.vogue.co.uk for more details, or check your fav retailers website, if they’re in the area I’m sure they’ll mention it.

What you’ll need: Flat shoes, a large bag for all your goodies and a surly model stare so you’ll fit in with all the fashionable folk…I’m kidding of course.

 

  • Images used from livincool.com & thailandfacts.com
  • Info used from wikifashion.com, condenastinternational.com, nytimes.com & vogue.co.uk

 

Shop and be fabulous darling, muah, muah!