Thursday, 18 September 2014

A day trip to Liverpool: Part 2

I ventured to Liverpool for the day last weekend and finally got to visit a menswear store I have been following for a while. Weavers Door was established to provide the gents of Liverpool and beyond with stylish, well made and top quality clothing from niche unknown brands, to brands who really are at the top of their game. The shop itself is located in Cavern Walks which is right in the centre of town and very easy to find. We were greeted by Lee as soon as we walked in and he was so friendly and helpful to talk to. We got chatting about football (standard when the bf is in tow) and Spiel magazine which they stock.

The brand selection is fantastic, particularly British Brands such as Alain PaineJohn Smedley, Sunspel, Barbour and Sheffield based favourites Mamnick (who I've featured on here before then google decided to delete the post, thanks google) As well as international brands like Danish favourites Norse Projects and Soulland.

A big display of British brand knitwear in an array of fantastic autumnal colours. My favourite piece (bottom row, far left) is from Alan Paine. A very dandy nep yarn jumper, I love the earthy colours and it would look great with a pair of tobacco chinos.

Edwin have got an excellent offering this season, they are spot on with their knitwear colours and their heavy plaid shirts are perfect for the inner lumberjack!

I really love these heavier shirts and wear them over a T-shirt as an alternative to a jacket in the cooler months. 

A great looking boot by Fracap, perfect for winter walks. They would look smart with a pair of dark denim jeans and the Edwin Jumper featured above. Fracap Scarponcino M120 in Arabian Tan £179.99

There was also a great selection of Folk clothing my favourites being these socks (they remind me of a really old computer game?) and this lovely rust coloured jumper. I like the unusual "patch work" pattern and the raglan sleeves. I can't find them on the website yet so keep your eyes peeled.

A few other bits that caught me eye...

The navy version of my Sandqvist Stig bag £95, very smart!

North West magazines represent!! Proper Mag & newbie Tusk.

The store is really easy to navigate with clothes arranged by brand then sub divided by item type. The Weavers Door store is open 7 days a week 10am - 6pm (11am - 4pm Sundays) and is located at 1 Cavern Walks Shopping Centre, Harrington Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE.

Find out more by visiting their website

Thanks for reading :) 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

A day trip to Liverpool: Part 1

There are still huge bits of our great nation I have never ventured to, so in the past year or so I have made a point of exploring new places at weekends. This Saturday was no exception so off we ventured to a city I'm quite ashamed I've never visited before...Liverpool. 

First stop was the Metropolitan Cathedral in all it's beautiful concrete glory. A huge and very imposing structure. In 1960 architects all over the world were invited to design a new cathedral for Liverpool. The winning design, the one that stands today, was by Sir Frederick Gibberd. Building began in 1962 and was completed in May 1967. It's part brutalist part I'm not sure what? Inside it is equally impressive but hard to take photos (very dark) so you'll just have to take my word for it and visit yourself.

Photo from the fantastic website
Next it was time to find a spot of lunch, we headed to MelloMello on Slater street, a vegetarian cafe by day and jazz bar by night. I'm not a vegetarian but I find vegetarian cafes and restaurants to be a lot better at gluten free options and in this instance I was not disappointed. I opted for a cheddar cheese and red onion marmalade sandwich (on gf bread) then afterwards we shared a gf lime and chocolate cake, yum!. It's very reasonably priced with the everything for two of us including drinks costing around £10.

We ventured down to the docks after lunch and I was blown away by the beautiful architecture! From the three graces (photo below) of the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool building.

Edward V11 stands in front of the Royal Liver Building.
To the modern glass architecture of the Museum of Liverpool 

And the imposing yet complementary Mann Island Development.

Here we paid a visit to the Open Eye Gallery to visit the "Not all documents are records: photographing exhibitions as an art form" exhibition. It featured the works of Ugo Mulas and Hans Haacke. Lots of black and white portrait/street photography (right up my street) documenting art shows. It was a slight inception moment as I was looking at an art exhibition of photos which documented other people looking at an art exhibition. It's on until 19th October and is well worth a visit (it's free entry too!)

The amazing radio city tower which had shut before we had chance to go up! :(

Finally after wandering around and taking in the sights and sounds of Liverpool we headed to Lunya for dinner. They serve Catalan and Spanish inspired dishes and have the most amazing gluten free choices. We decided to get a few tapas dishes which included; gluten free calamari (yes I know), patatas bravas, pickles, chorizo, sardines and pluma iberica. It was delicious and the atmosphere was great, very busy (we booked earlier in the day) and there is an over flowing deli downstairs full of cured meats and tasty things in jars!

Inside Lunya, photo from
There was so much we missed out on and I can't wait to visit Liverpool again, it's a great city! Keep your eyes peeled to part 2 of this blog post as I paid a trip to Menswear store Weavers Door.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Nigel Cabourn Autumn/Winter 2014

A look at the great new collection from Newcastle based Nigel Cabourn. With the usual heritage and military inspiration you could literally face the Arctic in the new range. 

 Coastal Command Jacket - Individually made from British redwood sheepskin. 

Fair Isle Crew Neck - More stylish knitwear less Christmas Jumper.

Everest Parka Orange - A classic Cabourn piece redone in a bright and cheerful orange. 

WW1 Roll Neck - I love this roll neck, especially with the apliqué anchor badge.

To see the full Autumn range visit Nigel's website

Monday, 18 August 2014

Volunteering in Nigeria

I have some very exciting news to share with you all. With a heavy heart I have decided to leave my job and in October I will be venturing to Nigeria for 3 months as part of the International Citizen Service (ICS) to volunteer with Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO) ICS is a UK government-funded development programme that brings together 18 to 25-year-olds from all backgrounds to fight poverty in overseas and UK communities.

It was a tough decision to make as I love my job but I've always wanted to volunteer. I'm so excited for the next chapter and curious for the places I'll see and the people I'll meet. I'm hoping to be part of something that can make a real difference to someones life, I'm under no illusion that in 3 months I'm going to have built an orphanage, hospital, school and adopted 20 children but if I can help in any way or contribute to the bigger picture of fighting poverty then I will be so honored. 

Whilst I am in Nigeria I will be living and working in the Imota and Ijede communities in the Ikorodu area (South of the country next door to Lagos) and I will be undertaking my volunteering with the Women advocates research and documentation center (WARDC) which was established in 2000 to promote respect for human rights, gender equality, youth development, equity and social justice. The organisation's specific objectives are:
  • Advancing education, research and self-development and positive change in society.
  • Promoting gender equality as a principle of human rights and a development role.
  • Advocating for the re-balancing between men and women in terms of resources, legal rights, participation and equal relations.
  • Emphasising the specific needs of young people in order to promote justice development and the achievement of equality in policies, laws and social relations.
  • Contributing positively to the advancement of the legal system in Nigeria that will support development.
  • Promote a governance system that is people-orientated.
I'm hoping there will be internet at some points so I will be able to keep you all updated and I will be taking my camera to document it which I'll post on here on my return.

There's just one more thing...I need to raise £800 for VSO. This will allow them to continue to bring about positive change in the developing communities where they work. This £800 does not pay for my trip or anything to do with my placement as this has already been paid for by the government. The money I raise will enable to great work of VSO & ICS to carry on around the world, empowering young people and women and helping to fight poverty!

If you would like to sponsor me you can do so by clicking here. I would be so grateful for any donation.

You can find out more about VSO and ICS by visiting their websites.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Percival Clothing: Japanese Polka Dot Shirt

A lovely shirt from London based brand Percival. Made from soft yet structured Japanese cotton it features coconut buttons, breast pocket and all an over polka dot print. It's perfect for in between the seasons and you could roll up the sleeves and team with soft chino shorts for park BBQs or button up to the top and pair with some reverse pleat trousers (a lovely charcoal pair) for office days.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Photographs by Mike Brodie

One of my favourite art websites is Booooooom! it's always full of inspiring images and artists, a recent post really captured my imagination and I wanted to share it with you. Mike Brodie spent 3 years from the age of 18 travelling America train hopping and photographing the people he met. These photos could almost be stills from a film and they fill me wanderlust and wonder. I want to know they're stories, where they are going and why. You find out more about Mike over at his website. 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Inspirational Industrial Homeware

When I think of homeware trends I tend to think of floral scatter cushions, fairy lights and "shabby chic", trends that have been dominant for (too many) years now. Well this year there is a new, more manly, homeware trend in town, which has a distinctly more industrial flavour. 

Think robust, hard and flat materials like concrete, marble, metal and stone. Materials that have previously only been used for exteriors or floors have crept into the homeware section. But rather than being cold and uninviting, you have something rather more beautiful, sculptural and delicate. I've picked some of my favourite pieces to give you some industrial inspiration. 

1. Etsy is a goldmine for concrete related homeware and it's a great place to get inspiration. I love this concrete lamp, it's painted gold inside which gives a nice contrast against the matt grey. Handmade in Berlin, each one is handmade so you know you are getting something truly unique. Concrete hanging lamp £121.50 GANTlights on Etsy. 

2. I have ALWAYS wanted one of these boards! They are hard to come by and can often be way over priced and too tiny to be practical. Well the guys over at Harrop and Penny have come to the rescue and stock them in 3 great sizes. They are made in England too! Noticeboard £40.

3. Another gold/concrete combo, this time on a wonderful geometric succulent planter. Perfect to add a little greenery to your desk or around the house if you don't have a garden. £44.96 from ConcreteGeometric on Etsy

4. Previously only used as a murder weapon on Cluedo the candlestick has been having a bit of a renaissance of late. I love the marble patterns contrasted against the smooth shiny surface of the copper. Chunk of Marble Small by Menu £48 available from The Goodhood Store.

5. There is something very satisfying about changing the date on a perpetual calendar, this one is made in England by Green & Blue and changes like a church hymn board, lovely stuff! Perpetual calendar in Navy Blue £65 available from Dyke and Dean

6. Who needs a lamp shade when this bulb is practically a work of art in itself!? Nearly 20cm in length, it's a whopper so watch your head. Globe mega Edison filament bulb £20 from Dyke and Dean.

7. Paperweight, book end, table decoration? Whatever you want to use it for this geo shaped cement piece is a great price and an easy to way to invest in the industrial trend. Geo shape by Serax available £12 from The Goodhood Store. 

8. Don't be confused by the cold marble exterior, this cushion is 100% silk, feather and down stuffed softness. Marble cushion grey by Ferm living £57 available from The Goodhood Store. 

9. These replica milk bottles do lean on the "shabby chic" side of things but with a cool slate grey paint job they definitely have an industrial feel. Porcelain replica vintage milk bottle £21.96 from urbancartel on Etsy. 

Do you like what I've picked? Have I inspired anyone to head down to their local B&Q to pick up a bag of cement? Thanks for reading :)