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We Heart Hg2

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Our new favourite books are not just shelf candy; they’re the new carry-me-everywhere stylish city guides by Hg2. They’re brightly coloured, bound in snakeskinesque covers and feature the world’s most interesting cities. The guides combine engaging destinations, beautiful design with unsurpassed local knowledge.

What’s not to love?

Books by Hg2, all £10 each.

 

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Stress Free Travel

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17-10-2011 | In : What's the sp?

We love travelling!

So much so, we’ve put together a few tips and ideas we want to share with our fellow globetrotters; we all know there’s nothing worse than arriving at the airport all flustered, so here’s our disaster-avoiding little ‘how-to’ guide to stress free travel…

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Heritage Holiday: Cambridge

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04-10-2011 | In : Beauty, Fashion

The University and its 31 colleges dominate the centre of Cambridge. It lends the city the quintessentially English charm of a period drama. It was in fact Christ Church college in Cambridge that was the setting for parts of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, as well as Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland and it was also used to film parts of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter. The ancient looking shop fronts display women’s fashion from what seems a bygone era, the tea shops are sleepy and the Sunday market attracts a thick soup of tweed clad academics and students. But with the bicycles whizzing down the cobbled streets and the bells ringing from the cathedral you can’t help but slip into the rhythm of one of Britain’s most historical cities. It’s packed with culture; laminated posters for theatre, recitals, concerts, films and literary events hang from every inch of the railings of the ornately carved buildings and there are historical , garden and punting tours to keep the scores of tourists happy. If you’re heading to Cambridge for a heritage holiday, don’t pack your bag without checking our sartorial guide to 24 hours in Cambridge. Read the rest of this entry »

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Presents, Presents, Presents!

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30-09-2011 | In : Beauty, Fashion

Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries or just a bit of sneaky retail therapy; we’ve got it sorted. The best thing is, we don’t just do gifts for her, we do gifts for him too, which means you don’t need to scour for hours because we’ve got them all here. So if you’re stuck for gift ideas, let our experts save you the effort of finding your special presents. We’ve got it all – beauty gifts, fashion gifts, travel gifts , little luxurious bits and cashmere knits…Pendleton Blankets, Anya Hindmarch bags and luxury perfume. Take your pick!


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Hush beret, £35. 2. Vida Vida Mini Explorer, £50. 3. Miller Harris Citron Citron, £42. 4. Anya Hindmarch leather iPod case, £95. 5. Inverni Nordic flap hat, £100. 6. Zoe and Morgan earrings, £110. 7. Paul Yacomine Parfum de Coiffeur, £27. 8. Sophie Hulme keyhole belt, £100. 9. Hunter Fairisle cuff wellington socks, £26. 10. Diane Von Furstenberg metallic clutch, £255. 11. Gaucho Belts Capybara leather belt, £38. 12. Daisy Chakras gold charm bracelets, £86 each. 13. Anya Hindmarch large wallet, £19514. Anya Hindmarch nubuck make up bag, £135. 15. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel stripey socks, £30. 16. Phoebe Coleman gold star necklace, £108. 17Hunter cable knit slipper socks, £35. 18. Humanoid fingerless gloves, £94. 19. Miller Harris scented travel candle, £10. 20. Ecua Andino trilby hat, £60. 21.Treatment Range, Beauty Sleep boxed eye mask, £25. 22.Pendleton woollen blanket, £105. 23. Charlotte Sparre snake print silk scarf, £70. 24. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel heart keyring, £57.

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Facing Uncertainty: Portraits from Africa by John Kenny

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23-09-2011 | In : What's the sp?

3 Bedfordshire Gallery Covent Garden, is housing an outstanding exhibition of the photographic work from one man’s travels through some of Africa’s most remote communities. Photographer John Kenny began his tour through Africa in 2006, journeying through areas suffering from severe drought and famine. Equipped with his 10×8 format Chamonix camera, he took large format portraits of individuals from the Samburu, Turkanan and Rendille peoples. The strength of their cultural traditions shines in Kenny’s work, reminding us that global cultural diversity is still intact, despite the threat of climate change. Below are some snapshots from the exhibition.

Facing Uncertainty: Photographic portraits from Kenya is at 3 Bedfordbury gallery, Covent Garden, London from 21 September until 2 October, www.capitalculture.eu

 

 

 

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Sound Waves

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20-09-2011 | In : What's the sp?

We l-o-v-e this.

Sound artist Bill Fontana is creating a sound piece to be broadcast from speakers at the Wellcome Collection over the busy hubbub of the Euston Road. The sound in the piece will be that of waves gently hitting the pebbles of Dorset’s Chesil beach, an unusual eighteen mile stretch with a lagoon on one side. We feel soothed just thinking abut it, but as Fontana rightly points out it’s all about the unexpected contrast of beach meeting city. He says “ if you were to take a wonderful recording of Euston Road traffic and played it in the middle of a desert, it could have something magical about it that you fail to appreciate in its usual setting. ” Given our travel ethic we’re champions of happy displacement at sp.

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