Projects and People

WHY HOBBIES ARE IMPORTANT

April 21, 2016

LedByLucy-Pottery-ClassWe are often encouraged to do hobbies as youngsters. I remember I used to do dance on a Monday (jazz, freestyle and rock ‘n’ roll), netball on a Wednesday after-school (hated it), then drama club at lunch time with the occasional outward bound holiday thrown into the mix (so much fun). But as time passes we often grow out of them, because our vocation is unrelated and they get left behind.

I’ve always loved being creative. Art, textiles, photography, reading and writing are favourites of mine. One of my main reasons for starting this blog was so I could continue to practice and grow in those areas after leaving university. But the digital and social media side can dominate sometimes. That’s not always such a bad thing, but I have been craving to get my hands on a project that feels completely organic and none digital, resulting in a physical creation.

ledbylucy-making-potteryI went along to a pottery studio (something I’ve never done before) and did exactly that. I didn’t use my phone for inspiration from Pinterest or Google which has become the norm in the modern world. I simply sat down and began to paint using brush strokes that felt relaxing, colours that caught my eye, creating a pattern that was simply what I felt like doing in the moment.

This pot could of quite easily turned into a project. For example, a gift for someone. That would’ve been efficient use of my time, killing two birds with one stone. But that automatically comes with a specific brief or deadline, and we have enough of those day to day. I purposely didn’t take it too seriously and enjoyed the process rather than focusing on the end result. It was so relaxing!

ledbylucy-painting-pottery-berlinHere is my finished pot. It isn’t perfect but I love it. It’s a bit like a horcrux from Harry potter…hear me out. Rather than containing a fragment of a dark Wizard that makes Harry’s scar hurt… it reminds me of that calm and serene feeling that I had as I created it.Handpainted-pottery-orange

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Travel & Places

FIVE BEAUTIFUL THINGS TO DO IN BERLIN

April 9, 2016

Berlin’s complex history, squat dwelling punks, plentiful graffiti and 24/7 club scene are often what first spring to mind when you picture Berlin. And whilst all of this enriches this cool city I often find myself craving a taste of the traditional beauty, you know the type that isn’t spray painted?

Here are some of my favourite, beautiful places to visit in Berlin so far, this list is ever growing. So please let me know your hidden gems too.

LedByLucy-Lake1. Müggelsee and Wansee Lake

Berlin is a landlocked city and the nearest coast is many miles away. However, beautiful lakes encircle Berlin.  My favourites are Müggelsee and Wansee, both have clean and clear water. Finding your own quiet little beauty spot on a sunny day in Berlin is so relaxing and peaceful.

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LedByLucy-Blog-Engagement-Dress-White-Bocci-Berlin2. Bocci Gallery:

If you are looking for magical, twinkling beauty in Berlin then you must visit Bocci 79. It’s an impressive old courthouse with original features such as stained glass windows and grand spiral staircases. It is decorated entirely with magnificent lights designed by Bocci. This is a real hidden gem and you may find that you are the only visitors here, which makes it all the more special. A visit here leaves you feeling a little like you just stepped in and out of a surreal film, where everything is truly dazzling.

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LedByLucy-Berlin-Forest-Blog3. Grunewald Forest:

One of the most amazing things about Berlin is that it is surrounded by forests. Every weekend we go to the forest for a bike ride and watch the leaves change colour, I love it. When it is particularly sunny we head to Grunewald, which is just so vast and magical. You may even spot a wild pig running through the undergrowth while you are there.

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Vabali Spa4. Vabali Spa:

From the moment you pass through the 80 metre teak wooden entrance lined with bamboo leaves and babbling fountains you begin to relax and forget that you are in a city centre. vabali is an expansive private resort over 20,000 square meters in size. It has an outdoor area, a dining terrace, carved wooden statues, poolside lounging areas, cosy four poster beds for relaxing in, a heated outdoor pool, a freezing plunge pool and a variety of  saunas. It is a real oasis and escape from the city.

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ledbylucy-flower fairy-botanical5. Botanical Gardens:

Step into a tropical climate filled with exotic plants and flowers from all over the world at Botanischer Garten which boasts the second largest tropical greenhouse in the world. My imagination was running wild picturing the types of people that walked through the grounds back in 1679.

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Fashion & Beauty, Travel & Places

BOTANICAL GARDENS BERLIN

April 6, 2016

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My Grandma always used to take us to the botanical gardens for days out there when we were little. I have such fond memories of escaping the cold into a tropical climate filled with exotic plants and flowers from all over the world. With these treasured memories in mind, I decided to visit Botanischer Garten Berlin, which boasts the second largest tropical greenhouse in the world.

As I entered through the gates and explored the vast grounds at Botanischer Garten my imagination began to run wild. Picturing the types of people that walked through these glasshouses and grounds when it was first built back in 1679.

We visited over the spring bank holiday weekend but I would love to return again in Summer to see the grounds in full bloom.

Wearing: Zara Tweed Dress With Layered Skirt/French Connection Saddle Bag/Black Ballet Pumps

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Travel & Places

ENGAGEMENT PARTY PREP: ASKINOLOGY

April 3, 2016

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ledbylucy-Askinology-reviewI was booked into Askinology months ago then swiftly forgot all about it. When the appointment popped up on my calendar two days before my engagement party, I was beyond grateful to my past self for the timing. I love those moments, it was exactly what I needed.

I dodged my way through stressful London rush-hour crowds to get to my appointment. Askinology is tucked away in the beautiful, Victorian Leadenhall Market and as soon as you step though the door you get that wonderful ‘ahh’ feeling that spas give you.

Once in the treatment chair I began confessing my skin care routine, slip ups and triumphs. After listening carefully my beauty therapist Melody suggested that I have the ‘Plump Up The Volume’ treatment to quench my skin’s thirst with hyaluronic acid and ‘OMG Break Out’ to combat breakouts. My skin was massaged and buttered with delicious smelling ointments leaving me feeling totally dreamy.

Finally it was suggested that I try the ‘Phantom Facial’, an LED mask that bathes the face and neck in low level light of 3 wave lengths to stimulate new collagen, calm redness and inflammation and treat acne. And, quite frankly makes you look like a Storm Trooper (see below).

LedByLucy- askinology-phantom-facialLedByLucy-Askinology-LononOnce all of my treatments were over I was given the option to help myself at the beauty bar and fix my face ready for the day ahead of me, which is stocked with mineral make-up so as not to undo any of the good work that my skin had just been privvy to.

I was ready to head back into Central London again, only this time feeling a little more serene and relaxed.

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Projects and People

ENGAGEMENT PARTY DECORATING

March 28, 2016

LedByLucy-Engaged-DecorationsLedByLucy-Party-Decorations-Tissue-PomPomsFor the venue of our engagement party we chose Ye Olde Kings Head, which dates back to 1622. Not only was it frequented by King Henry VIII, but it is also said to be Chester’s most haunted pub (if there were any ghosts they certainly had the party spirit). We chose it because it’s full of charm and character. It has low oak beams, suits of armor, a roaring fire, central location and cask ales a plenty. The perfect place for a party.
The venue is already so interesting in itself, I didn’t need to do anything crazy with the space. Instead I chose to add some fun, bright and funky colours that would really pop and guide our guests to the party. I went for a colour palate of hot-pink, turquoise and orange with gold and lemon accents

LedByLucy-Party-Decorations-BuntingLedByLucy-Engaged-Decorations.PartyLedByLucy-Engagement-Party-DecorationsI worked with the designers at Hello Party to create the party theme ‘Shine Bright’ which consists of posters, bunting and banners. It is now available for everyone to order which is super exciting.
You can add in your own photos, messages and captions to the decorations, which gives you the opportunity to add some lovely personal touches to your party. I chose the lyric ‘pop that pretty question’ from Primadonna Girl by Marina and the Diamonds (my favourite song) for the bunting which was hung above the DJ booth.
We’ve actually kept some of the posters from the party and put them up in our home as a little reminder of this lovely night.
To complete the look I also added 30 tissue pom-poms and balloons which matched the colour theme. I love the way that these turned out, they really complemented my posters, but be warned, the pom-poms take ages to assemble. My advice is to get a group of friends together, put the music on and make a night of it!

We had so much fun at the party and both agreed that it went so quickly, we want to do it all over again this weekend!

To see what I changed into for the engagement party check out this post: Engagement Party Dress, Wearing White