Following a plethora of exhibitions (London Fashion Week, Pure, Top Drawer, Bubble) our feet, eyes and minds (and not necessarily in that order) are exhausted and in dire need of a rest as well as some cultural input. Sometimes we simply feel like catching a flight and buzzing off to the sun on our own but the idea of spending more than one full day stretched out doing nothing is anethma to us. So we're delighted to have discovered Les Soeurs Anglaises http://www.lessoeursanglaises.com/ a delightful 'boutique hotel' in South West France offering some really interesting and inspiring creative workshops that last from 3 to 5 days. As well as knitting, textile and bookbinding workshops you can spend three days with the famous Roger McGough and learn to write poetry, or five days under the leadership of a screen writing expert. Food is home cooked (much of it organically home grown) and the wine is picked by an expert to complement both the region and the food. Am booking my flight now! to either Bordeaux, Angouleme or Riberac to make sure I get a place .....
Some sites that have written favourably about Les Soeurs Anglaises include Cornflower Books and The Reader. And to learn more about the region, Daunts has customised a great reading list specifically designed for anyone signing up for the workshops http://http//www.dauntbooks.co.uk/readinglists.asp?TAG=&CID==
Meanwhile, for those more interested in fashion and a birds eye view of London Fashion Week check out http://www.fabfrocks.blogspot.com/ where it was covered on a day to day basis from a bloggers perspective.
Friday, 5 February 2010
This week has been filled with non-stop birthday celebrations and I'm exhausted! With four seperate friends/family/boyfriends to provide with presents,cards, cake, my glorious presence etc all in one week, I've been somewhat looking forward to today and the start of the weekend.
But lo, I managed to squeeze a quick Facebook session in inbetween singing 'Happy Birthday' (surely the most tedius and uninspiring tune inflicted upon humanity) and realised that it was one of my close friends birthday celebrations in Oxford this weekend... I'm beginning to forget what I looked like without my party hat on.
One good thing about so many birthdays is that I get to go card shopping (which I love for some strange, slightly concerning reason) and pass on the genius musings of my favourite illustrator, Edward Monkton.
I think I'm going to give this to the boyfriend for Valentine's:
On that note, my new favourite site - Style Compare - have just launched yet another competition. They're giving away over £1000 - yes, over £1000 - worth of Valentine's themed prizes, and again all you have to do to enter is sign up to the newsletter.
Hope you all have a good weekend!