Saturday Southbank

14 March 2012

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It's fun to be a tourist in your own city sometimes.  We spend so much time rushing from place to place that there's never really a chance to take in our surroundings. I guess that these sort of exploration posts I like to do really started when I lived in New York for six months back in 2010 and I really made the effort to discover something new every weekend.  Since I've graduated, I've been trying to replicate this idea in between all of the errand running and social-media checking and it's also allowed me to revisit places from my past that I'm now able to see the brilliance of with fresh and slightly more grown-up eyes.  I don't think I've visited the Tate Modern for several years and after spending a few hours there last Saturday, I'm slightly confused as to why.  The V&A had tended to be my museum of choice due to the obvious fashion connection, but there's definitely a lot of worthwhile inspiration to be found slightly further along the river.  Even though I've lost my student status, I still want to keep the creative juices flowing and reverting to my 15-year-old, GCSE Art obsessed self with her quick sketches and postcard hoarding.

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Although photography wasn't allowed, luckily the guards were pretty lenient in the mirrored room at the end of the exhibition and I could go back to my sneaky photography roots!

The best thing about seeing exhibitions long before the end date, is the less than frantic atmosphere. Sure, the gallery was still busy as I'm sure that most have the numerous articles about the Yayoi Kusama show all over the place, but luckily the crowds didn't stress me out, commuter style. I can't believe that I'd previously been unaware of her work until seeing something on a blog a little while ago, but at least the magic of the internet prevailed and I was able to learn a little bit more about the Japanese artist's life and inspiration.  As you all know that all things dotted and abstract are right up my street and I loved the repetitive element present in most of her works, making the ordinary seem abstract when reflected en masse.  It's somewhat fascinating to follow artists who put so much of themselves into their work and leave no stone unturned and towards the end you can become a part of the work yourself with the various installations.  I would definitely make sure you catch this if you're in the area before the beginning of June and I'm intrigued to see if any designers pick up on the nature of her patterns for their SS13 collections. 

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Blazer - Whistles 
Sweatshirt - A.P.C 
Skirt - Vintage 
Ankle Boots - Vagabond c/o Spartoo shoes 
Necklace - Little Nell 

How nice has the weather been in London recently?!  I'm so used to winter-ising most of my outfits with the hidden thermals/thick tights combination and it seems strange that Spring has come around so quickly after making the personal resolution to embrace it more.  Looks like it might soon be time to try out the printed trouser trend.  Until then, I'm trying to get more wear out of my Whistles blazer, which gives most outfits a collegiate flair plus my wedge ankle boots, which were comfortable for the majority of my wandering.  The necklace was a recent find from Little Nell jewellery and the purchase of the A.P.C top a few months ago made me twinsies with Daniela.  Before my little cultural trip with my friend Claire, we grabbed a quick bite to eat in nearby foodie Borough market, which boasted crowds that make me extremely scared for the Olympics! Undeterred, I ventured into the throng and found a tasty pork sarnie to eat.

fruit and veg borough market

How have you been spending the recent Spring weekends? It was nice to revisit a few areas that I hadn't seen in a while and I certainly won't be leaving it as long before my next visit to the Tate Modern.  I swear that I'm not being paid by Boris Johnson, but it's a really great time to be around the capital at the moment and there's always something going on in the various museums and shopping areas.  It seems I'm filled with similar feelings that I had after each successful weekend I spent in New York, when things really started to click.

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  1. Lovely photos, I'm so jealous you get to live in London and be so close to amazing exhibitions. Spring weekends in France tend to revolve around doing very little and going to farmers markets which isn't so and either. I also love your outfit! Perfect for the start of spring

  2. Ahh, I wish so much that I lived in London! Hopefully one day! The last time I went to the Tate Modern I wasn't too impressed (then again it was a few years ago and I was incredibly hungry the whole way round), but this exhibition looks marvellous. If I'm ever in the city I'll most definitely have a looksee.

    Emily Wears Things

  3. Hey, this is one of my favourite places to be a tourist in London. Especially in the summer when the beach is there.

    A x

  4. Really want to go to Yayoi Kusama Exhibition, now seeing your post I definitely am going to go it looks amazing!! :) x

  5. I love weekends like this in London, hoping to move there asap so they can become a more regular thing for me! I remember reading about that exhibition in Vogue, hope I make it before it closes!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

  6. Great post, love the pics, looks like you had a fab time. I'm always dragging my friends out and about in London as being a local it's easy to take what's right on your doorstep for granted. Haven't visited the Tate for a while so will make it a priority before the exhibition closes. x

  7. Your posts are always so lovely! I'm so excited now for when I go to Uni and I can live in London - I can't see me not acting like a tourist all the time though :D xxxx

  8. Thanks for linking to my little shop :) and I adore that blazer, it was worth every penny!

    Penny x

  9. I'm a huge fan of Yayoi Kusama so I'm gutted I haven't been able to see this yet! I saw some of her work when it was exhibited at the Haywood a few years ago. She is mind bogglingly good and such an interesting person too!

    Loving your photos as always :)

  10. really enjoyed this post. i've only been to the tate once but i loved it, we sort of went in there to get out of the rain but it turned out to be a great choice. what's where the potato merchs is now then?

  11. I am loving your photos!!

    And also that blazer... its perfection =) Great outfit as always


  12. My my, I've been dying to visit, really hope it won't close before I wake up and decide to go one day! Loving the documentation, love the details you shot!