Magical Views of London at Night

When the lights go down, London becomes a dreamy place. Without all the rush and crowds that fill the streets, it feels like you’re seeing the “real” London – a city full of lights and beautiful beyond words.

“By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.” Samuel Johnson

Words aren’t enough to describe how stunning I think London is at nighttime, so here are some of the photos that I took:)

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Hope you enjoyed this post! If you did, don’t forget to check out my Chasing the Sun in London post, where I share views of London on gorgeous sunny days.

What do you think of London at nighttime? You can comment to let me know, I really appreciate your feedback!:)

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Mademoiselle Privé : A Unique Chanel Experience

I’ve mentioned Chanel’s new exhibition Mademoiselle Privé at Saatchi Gallery earlier in my LV Series 3 post as an exhibition not to miss – after visiting, my opinion is definitely the same. It is a unique exhibition, or rather an experience that offers an insight into the classic yet glamorous world of Chanel, created firstly by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, and then by Karl Lagerfeld.

The exhibition is similar to LV Series 3, in the sense that they both draw on dim lighting, digital technology and can be considered as “multimedia exhibitions” as they involve different forms of media such as audio, video, texts, animations and more. Also, they both greatly encourage visitor engagement.

In fact Mademoiselle Privé carries the use of digital technology & visitor engagement one step further, as there is an app of the same name specially made for the exhibition, in order to enhance the interaction between the exhibition and the visitors.

When you first enter the exhibition, a mirrored staircase greets you, which is the reconstruction of the original one in Chanel’s apartment, where she used to sit to observe fashion shows taking place downstairs, without being seen. So if you have downloaded the Mademoiselle Privé app and hold your phone to the staircase, you’ll be surprised to see Chanel’s apartment in Rue Cambon!

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The first parts of the exhibition focuses more on Coco Chanel and the most important and symbolic places in her life. After the mirrored suitcase, you enter a room full with hats, boxes and amazing illustrations, that symbolizes the first ever shop of Coco Chanel in 21 Rue Cambon, where she used to sell the hats she made. The voice of Geraldine Chaplin (as Chanel) tells that she used to put the hats into cake boxes, and other interesting facts about her earlier experience in the fashion world continues to be heard as you walk around.

An enlarged version of one of the diamond pieces from Coco Chanel’s first and only jewellery collection “Bijoux de Diamants” in 1932 is displayed in a huge bird cage – making it appear even more glorious and charming.


One of the most interesting parts of the exhibition to me, is where Chanel’s most important totems such as lucky numbers, pearls and the color red are displayed in different forms and shapes.

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Then there’s the futuristic and somewhat laboratory-like room of Chanel’s iconic N°5 perfume.

I really enjoyed the “Jardin à la Française”, the impressive model of a garden that seems like a small labyrinth, and the walls of which are inspired by Chanel’s symbol, opposing C’s.

Moving on to the Haute Couture section of the exhibition, where special pieces of Chanel’s jewellery collection are combined and displayed together with Karl Lagerfeld’s haute couture designs made for this exhibition. The portraits of different celebrities such as Keira Knightley and Julian Moore , wearing the designers’ pieces and jewels are on the walls of the room, surrounding the mannequins.

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Finally, on the third floor of the exhibition, there are three very interesting workshops which again show the interactive side of the exhibition, and allow the visitors to get a more in depth knowledge about different topics.

Chanel N°5 Olfactive Workshop is, as understood by the name, offers the secrets of this iconic perfume.

Lesage is a famous embroidery atelier that is one of Chanel’s artisan partners. The workshop under the same name gives an insight into craftsmanship, and is for the ones who want to learn more about embroidery from professionals.

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Lemarié, the couture flower and feather maker is also a part of Chanel’s artisan team. It’s workshop is for people that want to know more about feathers and the creation of flowers, such as the iconic camellias of Chanel made by Lemarié.

I didn’t have a chance to join the workshops as I haven’t made a booking in advance, but I think that they all seem really interesting and informing, so I’d recommend you to try and join if you’d like to learn more about any of the specific topics.

I really enjoyed my visit to this exhibition, as in my opinion it was a unique experience involving many special elements that are able to take you to a different atmosphere. The exhibition ends this Sunday, on the 1st of November, and admission is free.

Here is the link to Chanel’s official website for more detailed information on the exhibition.

I’d love to hear your opinions on the exhibition as well, hope you enjoyed this post!

 

Weekends are for Breakfast Lovers

 

As all Turkish people, or most of the people that have visited Turkey know, breakfast is literally the most important meal of the day in Turkish culture – especially at weekends!:)

 

A classic Turkish breakfast for 2

 

So, as a Turkish breakfast lover in London, I started looking for the best places to have breakfast since I came here last year. Here are some of the places that I tried and think are great!

1) Granger & Co.

I’m a very huge fan of scrambled eggs and this place definitely knows how to make the most delicious ones. Its an Australian restaurant that has three branches in Clerkenwell, Kings Cross and Notting Hill. I went to the Notting Hill one which is a small, warm & cozy restaurant, and the staff try their best to help you even if its crowded. I strongly recommend going there, as besides their velvety and succulent scrambled eggs, they have a very rich breakfast menu with many different options of pastries. Their ricotta hotcakes with banana & honeycomb butter are also amazing.

P.S: Make sure to go there early to avoid waiting for a table, but even if you have to wait for a while its definitely worth it!

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2) L’Eto Caffe

This cafe/restaurant is famous for its heavenly desserts, however the breakfast is also one of the bests out there. It has many branches but we went to the one in Soho with my friend’s recommendation. My friends had eggs royales and I had scrambled eggs, (I told I was a huge fan!) all served with avocado and were really really good. They also have great pancakes and crepes, and there are literally so many options of different coffee and especially teas , it makes it hard to make a decision. So you should definitely not miss this place since there’s something for everyone!

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3) Holborn Dining Room

This restaurant is a more chic option with its stylish and impressive interior design. For breakfast I shared an omelette, of course scrambled eggs:), and pancakes with blueberry compote with my friend. I didn’t like the scrambled eggs that much but the pancakes and especially the omelette were delicious. They also have a great selection of pastries and lighter food such as granola and porridge. The service was great and the staff were very friendly, so I would definitely recommend checking it out!

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4)Breakfast Club

It isn’t possible not to mention Breakfast Club in this list as it was the first place that I went for breakfast in London, and it’s one of the most popular breakfast spots:) It’s such a unique place with its decoration and details, and even though (surprisingly) I didn’t try their eggs, my friends really liked the eggs royales they had. I love their famous pancakes with berries – I think they’re one of the tastiest pancakes I’ve ever had. Probably most of you have already been there but if you haven’t, go and reward yourself with those amazing pancakes!  Also bear in mind that there’s always a long queue in front of it so you should go early.

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So, what are your favorite spots for a great weekend breakfast?

Chasing the Sun in London

20151021_190101000_iOSSunny weather has always been a great source of inspiration to me, and ever since I came to London, I’ve always thought that it’s the most beautiful on sunny days even though they’re not many – or maybe this is what makes them special:)

I love taking photos when I catch a glimpse of the sun in London, and on this gloomy and rainy day I wanted to share some of them. Hope they’ll inspire you as well!

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Hope you enjoyed!:)

Frieze Art Fair

Yesterday I had the chance to visit Frieze Art Fair, a world-famous international organization that presents more than 160 contemporary art galleries, the most popular works of different artists, lectures of significant people and so much more. The fair is over but I wanted to share my impressions in case you missed it, or couldn’t get enough of it like me:) Keep on reading to find out more!

It was my first time visiting Frieze, and I can say that from now on it’s definitely a must-go event for me! It was in a big tent-like construction made specially for the organization in The Regents Park. As it was Saturday, it was very crowded inside which made it hard to walk around, but I was determined to see all of those amazing works:) Even though at first I thought that it would be hard to explore the whole place in one day, I was wrong since it was very well-organized and I was able to see all of the galleries in a few hours.

As soon as we started walking around, I felt really fascinated and even overwhelmed because there were literally so many beautiful and unique pieces on every corner. Some of the most striking works of contemporary art were displayed, and installations, sculptures in different forms and works where mirrors and reflections are prominent were seen a lot. Besides the works of the most famous artists such as Tracey Emin, there were also works of emerging artists which I thought was great.

The fair also included a Sculpture Park in the English Gardens, consisting of 16 works by different artists. I wasn’t able to see all of them but especially the huge balloon painted with oil as earth was impressive.

I loved almost all of the works presented, but since it’s not possible to put all of those photos here, some of my favorites are below:)

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Hope you enjoyed it, thanks for reading!

 

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Inflatable Felix, Mark Leckey,2014
Jiri Dokoupil, Untitled, 2015

 

Glenn Brown, Mercury Sent to Admonish Aeneas, 2015

 

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Haegue Yang, Sonic Sphere, 2015

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition

Louis Vuitton Series 3

Fashion and art collaborations have become quite common nowadays, for example especially high-end brands like Chanel have done many exhibitions in different parts of the world and continue to do so (Mademoiselle Privé Exhibition started two days ago at Saatchi Gallery).

Louis Vuitton is one of those brands that show a great interest in the art world; as their numerous collaborations with artists in the past also point out (e.g. their collection with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in 2012). As it can be understood from the name, “Series 3” is the third of their “Series” exhibitions – the previous ones have started in Los Angeles and Tokyo, and then continued in other cities.

I have visited the exhibition about a week ago. It’s at the 180 Strand building near Somerset House, and it’s about the brand’s artistic director’s inspirations for the creation of the Autumn-Winter 2015 collection. As a whole I found it quite successful, as the designs of the brand are displayed in a minimalist, virtual and dramatic atmosphere; this way the focus is always on them. For instance the all-white mannequin sculptures that are decorated with LV accessories make the products stand out significantly.

The use of dim lighting and different videos giving an insight to the creation process are outstanding, especially the ones that show how LV bags are hand-crafted are very interesting. There are also catwalk videos which are shown in separate vertical screens, which make you feel like you are in an actual fashion show. Finally, one of the greatest parts of the exhibition to me is the part where a craftswoman working at the LV workshop in France gives detailed information about the bags and answers the questions of the visitors.

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Craftswoman from the workshop in France

Here is the link of Louis Vuitton’s official web page that gives detailed information about the exhibition if you’d like to find out more.

I hope you enjoyed my first post, would love to hear your thoughts!