Louis Vuitton x Fragment Design Collaboration Harrods Pop Up

Posted on Apr 30, 2017

by Keanu Adorable Louis Vuitton will present an exclusive preview of their collaboration with Japanese creative Hiroshi Fujiwara?s acclaimed label Fragment Design, with a pop-up boutique located inside Harrod?s department store in London. Centred around on a fictional band, Louis V and The Fragments the collaboration reflects their stage wardrobe and merchandise.?Hiroshi is an influencer in the trust sense of the work ? he is a true icon of mine,? said Louis Vuitton?s Artistic Director Kim Jones. ?With this collaboration, I wanted to do something quite unexpected, something perhaps more youthful than we usually do.? The two first met over twenty years ago and, with this collaboration, their shared passions for pop culture, graphic motifs, sportswear history and the icons of menswear design merge, uniting references from Paris to Tokyo. The collection revolves around varsity items, and fresh bold embroideries and prints. An F for Fragment patch and motif decorate outerwear and knitwear. Accessories are playful; Boy Scout patches, rainbow metallic pins and varsity patches that draw on icons from the Louis Vuitton archive. Headwear encompasses a ranger hat and, in a nod to the eccentric styles of the 1980?s Paris-Tokyo beret. The pop-up at Harrods will offer a variety of items from the collection including leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories, as well as exclusive items offered only in the pop-up. The pop-up will be located on the lower ground floor in Harrod?s department store and unveiled to the public on April 27th for three weeks. Take a look at the collection online at Louis Vuitton?s website uk.louisvuitton.com anthonymcgrath405 Read the report »Read...

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Video Round-up: Family days out

Posted on Apr 30, 2017

Photo credit: SpeedKingz, Shutterstock Welcome to the April Video Round-Up post and what a response there was to this one. I was inundated with so many wonderful posts of days out during Spring, that it was so hard to choose just ten to feature. Thank you, everyone, who submitted videos for consideration. It really has made writing this post a joy. The first up is from Sweet Family Nothings with the most stunning capture of a family walk around Lake Buttermere. What a beautiful part of the country. Just breathtaking. If anyone is looking for some inspiration for a weekend away I would certainly recommend this part of the UK. Thank you so much for sharing this. For more beautiful scenery, you must have a look at the video from Hello Deborah where she takes us on her journey to Stourhead National Trust in Wiltshire. Such a beautiful National Trust House with the most stunning grounds. In fact, the grounds were so stunning that Deborah and her family spent over seven hours wandering and didn?t even make it to the house.  That sounds like a perfect way to spend the day. The Temple of Apollo is truly breathtaking and so worth a watch of the video to see or even a visit. As some of Pride and Prejudice was filmed here I think that speaks volumes! Continuing with the outdoors theme I?m linking a video from Linsey Leigh Vlogs of her day out with her family in Stratford Upon Avon. A beautiful capture of a stunning part of the country. The sun was shining which always makes everything look extra beautiful and the trip to the butterfly park looks great for families. The town of Stratford Upon Avon itself is somewhere I would love to spend the day photographing for definite. Such wonderful architecture. Erin Ek Rush shows us a video of her day out in the gardens of Harlow Carr in Yorkshire. A wonderful park with a nature trail and the most fantastic tree house for the children to play in. The grounds itself are beautiful. Definitely another perfect spot to let the children run and explore. Thank you for sharing this with us, Erin. For something the children are sure to enjoy, too, head over to have a look at Kirsty Uniterrupted?s video of their trip to The Gruffalo Trail at Wendover Woods. Kirsty downloaded the Gruffalo Spotters App prior to the walk which helped bring the characters to life for the children. Just a fantastic example of how technology can make outside fun even more exciting for children. This next video provides footage from the incredible Jurassic Kingdom at Osterley House in West London. Mummy Travels takes us with her and her children to look at over 30 animatronic dinosaurs. It really is outstanding and so worth a watch or a visit. The tour is running until 17th October at Osterley but will be...

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Single Parent Round-up: Bloggers to relate to, support & admire

Posted on Apr 27, 2017

Photo credit: bokan, Shutterstock Hello, and happy April to you all. Well, we?re actually not that far off from May really, are we? The Easter holidays are just coming to an end in our house but we?ve one last hurrah with an inset day on Monday, before the local little ones head back to school, most in their summer uniforms, praying for the spring weather to develop into a glorious British summer. Blogging is hard in the school holidays, especially when it?s just you that is responsible for everything but I have managed a little. My most recent offering to the internet has been in support of Flexible Working for Parents. Things need to change, not just for, but especially for single parents. It can be so hard to find employment that can give the flexibility that a parent needs, let alone for those that don?t have family near by or are doing it alone. I asked for submissions for this month?s Single Parent Round-up from the blogging community and I was delighted to connect with a ?new to me? blogger.  Matthew, who writes at Me and Mini Mees, is a father to admire. He is a single adoptive Dad of twin boys who are teenagers. They have faced early childhood trauma and the road they travel is not easy. This month, he has written about the heart breaking pattern that has emerged with one of his sons that at 17, still needs to be saved.  Single Mother Ahoy  who you will remember, used to write this very Round-up, has written an honest and brave post about the realisation that she is depressed. My heart goes out to her and I hope that she is practicing the self-care that she has recognised that she needs. A woman after my own heart is Pen of The Single Swan. I love her frank, honest, no-nonsense style of writing. She writes about a diverse range of subjects but this month, she has written a post that I could have (and pretty much have) written myself. It?s so nice to know that I am not alone in this feeling towards dating. What about you? Finally for this month, I wanted to share a post from Ellamental Mama. It?s not a new one, but it?s a good one. Again, I know exactly how she feels in this piece. I too have ?that? ex, the one before, as she puts it, ?I was broken?. She too lost all faith in her ability to make these dating decisions, but not about this one. Can anyone else relate to Craving My Ex? I hope you like the selection this month and revisit some old favourites or like me, find some new blogs and the people behind them, to relate to, support and admire. Until next month, and thank you for reading,  Hannah x About Hannah Spannah Hannah is a (now)...

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Bali Travel Guide

Posted on Apr 26, 2017

I?m an expert when it comes to Bali; you can literally ask me anything about Bali. And love Bali dearly. Here are some of the questions I regularly answer to readers from around the world and so this is my start at making an ultimate Bali travel guide. Before you read on I must say that Bali isn?t for everyone. However, I really think that?s because there?s so many myths and misconceptions about what Bali actually is and isn?t. A tropical island it may be, but a tiny paradise island with only quiet beaches it is not. Anyway, here goes. Where is Bali? Bali is one of the many islands (over 18,000 islands!) of Indonesia, set in-between the islands of Java and Lombok. It?s a 3 hour flight from the closest Australian airport, and 3 hours from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) which is a popular route for tourists flying from the West. Why is Bali so popular? With over 18,000 islands in Indonesia, Bali is a popular holiday destination because its culture is different from the rest of the country. Indonesia has the biggest Muslim population on the planet yet Bali is of a Hindu culture. Also known as the Island of Gods, the local Balinese people follow their own version of Hinduism. Beautiful temples, small and large, are scattered across the island and the locals perform ceremonies on a regular basis. The island first became popular with surfers back in the 1970s who fell in love with the world class waves, and has been the number one holiday destination for Australian?s ever since. With friendly locals, a laidback environment, and a coastline of sandy beaches, Bali has fast become accustomed to welcoming all types of traveler; from backpackers and those on a budget, to high-end luxury travelers that enjoy the finer things in life. In Bali there is something for all types of visitor. It must be remembered that Indonesia is a third-world country and, although you can spend big in fancy establishments if you want to, you can always walk across the street to a local eatery or shop and pay local prices. Imagine walking out of the incredible Potato Head Beach Club where it?s GBP6 for a drink, to a local restaurant (called a warung) where you can pay just GBP1 for your lunch. That?s one of the beauties of Bali; the low-end and high-end (and middle-end and every type of end) is all very much combined together. How big is Bali? It?s a bit of a myth that Bali is a small tropical island as, in fact, it?s a huge island of 2,200 square miles and the home of almost 4.5 million people. It has many villages, some of which have grown in stature to become mini towns. The main tourist areas stretch 10-15 kilometres from the airport along the coastline. However, there are also many other villages...

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Greek Bean Soup (Fasolada)

Posted on Apr 26, 2017

Fasolada is a traditional Greek soup, mostly prepared in cold weathers. It is a healthy combination of beans, tomatoes, carrots and various healthy spices. Bean lovers will appreciate this. Greek Bean Soup (Fasolada) Ingredients 1 cup white kidney beans 1 onion, thinly sliced 2 carrots, sliced 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 (450 g) can diced tomatoes 1 tbsp tomato paste 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp dried thyme ½ cup olive oil 1-2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped Salt, to taste Ground black pepper, to taste Instructions Soak the beans in cold water and let them stand overnight. Slightly rinse and drain in a colander. Transfer the beans to a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. After 3-4 minutes pour off the boiling water, add 3 cups fresh cold water and set over a medium-high heat. Once the water returns to the boil stir in the carrots, tomatoes, onions, tomato paste, thyme, olive oil, oregano and celery, and season with salt and pepper. Let the dish simmer over low heat for about an hour until the beans are tender. In the end, add the chopped parsley, give a stir and remove the soup from the heat. http://agirlcalledjack.com/greek-bean-soup-fasolada/ Tags: Bean, Carrot here in the manual Read this practical...

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