The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit at the V&A in London has been hyped for a while now. As a member of the museum, I’ve probably been hearing about it longer than many… and I’ve been extremely excited ever since it was announced. I remember excitedly telling Clementine about it, in the hopes that she would come down and see it with me (bless the +1 on my membership– I can bring a friend along! I also brought her to see the Horst exhibit last year).
As is the norm for temporary exhibitions, photography was not allowed, but I splurged and grabbed a copy of the book being sold in the shop (I also get 10% off shop purchases… no, this is not an advertisement for the V&A Membership, although I do highly recommend it). So I will show you some bits of it as I run through some of my thoughts on the whole display.
Everyone knows that Alexander McQueen is an icon. He pushed boundaries in fashion and created some truly stunning pieces. I am not a particularly fashionable person (I own many floral dresses from New Look), but I love art. I especially love art that involves the outward expression of humans via the presentation of their bodies.
McQueen’s work deserves to be seen in person. You can look at a photograph, but it’s difficult to understand the sheer brilliance of the detail that is in his work. Everything is so intricate. It all looks chaotic, but everything is perfectly in place.
The exhibition itself is exquisite. It spans several rooms, all perfectly designed to enhance the intricacies of the designs. In no way are they blank canvases for the work to show against, though. They’re just as gilded or garish as each collection they hold.
For me, I’ve always loved the Clan McQueen tartan pieces. But the real captivating moment for me was rounding the corner to watch a holographic Kate Moss float down the runway like a ghost as John Williams’ theme from Schindler’s List played. I could have watched it forever.
If you get a chance to check out the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A before it closes in early August, DO IT. I know I definitely intend to go back and get another look!
Well before even thinking of moving to England, I dreamt of visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Like basically everyone, I’ve been obsessed with the books and films for my whole life. And one of my longest running crushes is on Emma Watson.
Although I’ve lived here for over a year and a half, I had yet to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour. But, this weekend, my friend Clementine is down south from Glasgow for her last visit before returning home from her year of studying abroad. We are both big Harry Potter fans (again, who isn’t?), and I knew we would have a fabulous time geeking out together over the whole thing.
The experience was… well, overwhelming! In a good way. I kind of babbled to Clem a lot at the beginning. I remember saying “I’m dying” and “I am going to vomit” a lot at first. My hands were in full-anxious mode, hovering near my neck and mouth, which is my characteristic nervous gesture. But, I eventually calmed down and became completely entranced.
Naturally, I brought a camera along, and snapped a whopping 229 photos! I have very kindly narrowed it down to a (still whopping, but) more manageable 25. Yes, this post is image heavy, but I think it is worth it.
If you have a chance to go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour, do it. I loved every minute!
Monday night I got home from work, and straight into my running gear. I hadn’t been running in about a week, since I’ve been babying my right knee a bit after it was acting up. I stuck my phone on charge for a little bit. Realizing I felt super hungry, I checked my health apps on my phone and noticed I’d eaten a small lunch. And Runkeeper informed me that I’d only rested my knee for 6 days.
Armed with excuses, I decided to skip the run and treat myself to dinner at Coggings & Co instead. I’d heard rave reviews about them and their gluten free burgers, and as an added bonus they are a 4 minute and 30 second walk from my flat. It just made sense to go there.
To drink, I got a raspberry lemonade. My meal was the burger with cheddar and bacon with chips cooked in beef dripping. I did not have dessert, and I regretted it immediately, because affogato was on the menu, and that is one of my favourite things ever.
I already mentioned not being able to order one of my most favourite indulgent treats, so it is a safe assumption that I quickly filled myself with this burger. It was juicy and had plenty of cheese and bacon (without feeling overloaded with grease).
I’m not 100% sure, but I think their gluten free buns are provided by the Sussex Bread Company. This is a dedicated gluten free bakery in Worthing. Now, Sussex-based restaurants listen up: if you aren’t using Sussex Bread Company for gluten free buns, I want you to ask yourself “why do I hate my gluten free patrons so much?” These guys are the undisputed KINGS of the gluten free bun. And Coggings & Co are winning major points in my book by providing these beauties at no extra cost.
I’m used to paying extra, and I know that gluten free food can be costly, but it is so refreshing to find a restaurant that realizes that some of us do not have a choice when it comes to not eating gluten, and that it’s not always fun to end up paying way more than your friends for a less than superb meal.
Let’s be honest, there’s only one problem with this place and, again, it’s that I can get to it from my bed in under 5 minutes. I’m going to need to start running a lot more to make up for such yummy food with such easy access!