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When fashion is inspired by art and art is inspired by fashion; its just one big cycle; and it will continue to go around, then come back round again!

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A contributor to the De Stijl art movement, Piet Mondrian was (and still is today), known for his abstract compositions of primary colours (red, blue and yellow) in a black grid of vertical and horizontal lines, against a white background; Mondrian !

His classic compositions were also used as backdrops in the fashion industry, before taking the catwalk in 1965 in the form of an A-line shift dress by Yves Saint Laurent. This iconic “Mondrian dress” was debuted in the Autumn/Winter ’65 season in both a jersey and wool knee length style shift dress.

Since then, similar dresses and other garments alike have been re-inspired and reproduced. Some taking the runway like the infamous YSL piece and others straight to high-street stores or street fashion.

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…Ok, it wasn’t quite the “middle” of the week, but as far as i’m concerned and the calendar for that matter, a Thursday-Friday is not the conventional weekend. Long-story-short; I went away for a couple of days on a “spa weekend”- on a weekday! It wasn’t the the Maldives, but it most definitely was a well deserved and much needed break away. Not only was the spa relaxing, but it was in Malvern. As in; out of London! Away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Away from the capital smog and into some fresh country air. Admittedly, the countryside isn’t always my first choice. Hell, who am I kidding, its never my second or third choice either, nevertheless it was wonderful and like I said; a well deserved and much needed break away!

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Malvern, Malvern, Malvern…A spa town up north; surrounded by countryside and known for the Malvern Hills; it was the perfect little get away- before the big get away [Watch this space]. Even with 2 (and some) hours on the motorway, it was worth it.

Anyways, as I was saying it was a delight. I mean you simply can not go wrong with an indoor/outdoor heated pool, thermo power jets, a much needed classic steam room, 2 types of saunas and a weird salt room. Oh and lets not forget the 4 types of cold showers (one to which involved a bucket) and ice falling from the ceiling into an elevated ceramic bowl just for when it gets too hot and a little overbearing (i’m not complaining). The deck chairs, sun rays and natural light coming through the large glass windows made it all the more relaxing and stress free. Imagine living in a swimsuit, robe and slippers all day and having no where to go but the “facilities”. Like I said, it was the perfect little get away! And better yet- the food wasn’t half bad either! FineDining, i’ll say! We had dinner for two and breakfast the following morning-and I have to say I was impressed Malvern! It was posh plates of food; complete with perfect presentation; plus it tasted pretty decent.

Take me back any day, please and thank you!

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…Where a tasty lobster roll and classy cocktails are involved, you can not go wrong! As of late, I am obsessed with lobster. Grilled lobster. Lobster roll. Lobster smothered in garlic butter sauce. You name it; I’m obsessed. I mean as a seafood lover, you really can not go wrong when it comes to lobster. After trailing the new “It” places to dine; both  Burger and Lobster  and Steak and Lobster, as well as Bali’s hot spot for seafood and famous grilled lobster at Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia and not to mention the fancy Great Gatsby themed diner; Steam and Rye in one of London’s business districts; Monument/Bank, where the lobster brioche bun is to die for; I had to try the lobster dog at Madison Rooftop Bar and Restaurant in St. Paul’s!

Of course it was delicious and I certainly cleaned my plate, [well, chopping board!] Served with…

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…And it continues. The latest snaps from The View From the Top.

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…Dolce and Gabbana are quite literally opening doors in the fashion world this season, through footwear and what I can only assume was inspired by art. This black Dolce & Gabbana pump features a T-bar black jacquard body with a captivating hinged heel which opens to reveal a sacred heart adorned with pearls and beading [Moda Operandi]. They certainly are an interesting pair of shoes. They look like they were designed in reflection of a fairytale or some sort of fantasy, nevertheless for that unique and quirky statement piece this Spring, they definitely do justice. So heres to the weird and wonderful heel, brought to us this SS15 by a pair of Italy’s finest; D&G!

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My kind of “me time”.

As well as window shopping, actual shopping and being able to indulge in a delicious cake (or any dessert for that matter); art, galleries and exhibitons are also a part of my safe heaven. Especially abstract art, photography, impressionism, modern art and of course-anything fashion related.

As one of my favourite galleries, here are some pieces i found most interesting from my last visit to the Saatchi.


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For ten months the V&A Museum are showcasing a fascinating Wedding Dresses exhibition. With dresses dating back to 1775  up until 2014;  the visual progression really is quite spectacular. From your traditional white bride to your bright bride and a statement gown, the exhibit shows wedding dresses in varied lights.

Going back to the beginning (well close enough), wedding dresses were not designed nor made to be worn for just the one day. Made from cotton, polyester, linen and muslin; what a bride wore on the entrance of her marriage, was often what she fashioned throughout her marriage. As years went on, silk, satin and lace were eventually the norm.

From huge hips, extravagant veils and what looked like nothing more than Sunday’s best, to the infamous incredibly tight corset, teeny tiny shoes and layers of lace; came the one of a kind Dior gowns, exquisite Philip Treacy hats and unique Vivienne Westwood dresses; that we love and adore today!

Now the wedding industry is a multi-million dollar industry, (with most of the budget spent on the dress) and there are so many bridal wear designers that brides are spoilt for choice; making it more impossible to find the perfect dress. Eeeek !

To all the soon to be brides out there, good luck!

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IMG_5448Its been a little while but the journey of the view from the top continues.

So the snap shots might not be as exotic as they have been, but I’ve got to say, i am rather surprised with this weather. Its actually been some what decent. Maybe its because I’m not used to spending my entire summer in the UK, but I never actually thought I could have my legs out 5 days in a row. Its kind of bittersweet; Im impressed with the “typical British weather” but I’d still rather be else where-sippping on a cocktail in my bikini without a worry in the world.

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With the end of June slowly approaching and the weather on the up, it’s official; British summer is actually here. After 4 months in South America (majority in the sun) to having to spend my entire summer in London where “typical British weather” and rain are notorious, I was suspicious about the summer months. Nevertheless, sandal season is upon us and what better way to go about it than with an awesome pair of Marc Jacobs gold buckle up flats, matched with a colour-pop side bag. The foiled texture of the metallic shoes can complete a casual summertime-fine outfit; with a simple yet fashionable influence. Furthermore, the block-colour circular side bag is a perfect match with the geometric quilted detailing adding to the simply yet sophisticated look.

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