The other week, I spent a really girlie and rather sensory day in London. If perfume and Vogue (plus a little window shopping) is your idea of a match made in heaven then I’ve got a couple of good suggestions for you to wile away a pleasant few hours in the capital.
I met with my lovely friend and fellow blogger Natasha from Candy Pop, bright and early outside Selfridges, ready for a look (or should I say sniff) around the new Avery perfume gallery on the fourth floor, which is nothing short of an olfactory experience. This decadent environment is full of shiny surfaces, polished copper, marble and plush upholstery enough to satisfy even the most ardent magpie but really it’s your nose that’s in for a treat. Forget the usual experience of perfume departments (or Saturday morning teenage binges in Boots, trying all the Impulse fragrances – ahem), these are exquisite, unique, unusual scents created by a range of artisan perfumiers. The salespeople are professional, knowledgeable and passionate about their product without being pushy.
Feel free to enjoy a wonderfully indulgent half hour (or longer if your nose can take it), wafting around trying some of the world’s most niche perfumes and colognes. Some testers are even provided on feathers rather than the usual strip of card as well as classic mouth-blown glass olfactory boules that allow you to truly appreciate each aroma. Be prepared to fall in love with a handful of new smells you never thought you’d like or try. In an age when we’re all striving for the unique and individual, a ‘signature’ scent is something many of us crave. And if you can’t afford to have your own personalised perfume created for you then you’re more than likely going to come close here. I left with a heavenly smelling bag of testers and samples, wondering if I could drop a few hints to the mister for a Mother’s day / anniversary gift.
Afterwards we took a brisk walk across London (to clear the senses somewhat) and take in a few sights, including the obligatory wander past Liberty’s windows and flower stall, which was looking particularly pretty ahead of Valentine’s day (cue blogger cliche instagram frenzy). We were on our way to the press preview of the new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery; Vogue 100 – a century of style, which showcases the amazing range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916. My photos won’t do it justice but it was brilliant and takes you through every decade of Vogue’s history, with famous and infamous shots you’ll know and love plus many more photographs that have never been published or made public before now. Take a girlfriend/mum/sister and wallow in the wonder of it all and in case you’re trying to convince your man to go with you, it’s not just models in frocks but more of a who’s who of fashion, beauty and celebrity. The exhibition runs until 22 May 2016, more details here.
Loved this photo of David Hockney (one of my personal heroes and favourite Yorkshire people), looking very young and cool in his studio, which I’ve never seen before.
By the way, in amongst perfume and Vogue (and eating and talking), we also took some photos for an outfit post, taken in one of London’s iconic streets, if you fancy a read.