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5 ways to spend Mother’s Day

By February 29, 2016 EVENTS
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Show you care this Mother’s Day by treating the most important woman in your life.

We’ve picked our top 5 ways to spoil your mum this Sunday, including special exhibition visits and afternoon tea!


Visit Kew Gardens Orchids Festival

Sunday will be your last chance to see The Princes of Wales Conservatory transformed into a mass of tropical colour. The theme for the orchid festival this year is colourful carnival, with the attention focused on Brazilian hybrids which take over the glasshouse in a series of displays. Highlights include Rainforest Tree sculptures, Bromeliad covered Brazilian carnival dancers in the pond and the vibrant tropical plant tunnel.

Make your visit to the Orchids Festival extra special by treating your mum for afternoon tea, including a glass of prosecco!

 Details:

Festival ends on Sunday 6th March

Afternoon tea: 1pm-3pm (£17.50 per person for a classic afternoon tea, £24 per person including a glass of prosecco)

Venue: Orangery Restaurant

Kew Garden entry fee: From £14 (https://goo.gl/u6saF6)


The must-see exhibition.

Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National Portrait Gallery is THE exhibition to see. This beautifully curated exhibition by Robin Muir maps the evolution of Vogue images over the last 100 years, including original prints from Vogue’s conception to iconic celebrity photographs.

Vogue’s various photographers, including Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn and Nick Knight, have been brought together in an show of iconic images. The exhibition not only shows the incredible photographic journey of Vogue over the last century, but it offers a behind-the-scenes view to how the world’s most famous magazine in made.

Details:

Exhibition ends 22nd May

Prices: £19

Venue:

The National Portrait Gallery


For the green-fingered mum

Discover the paintings of some of the most significant artists who explored the theme of ‘Painting The Modern Garden’ in the new exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. The exhibition displays artwork from some of the most important Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists of the early twentieth century.

Highlights include Monet’s incredible Agapanthus Triptych and Kandinsky’s Murnau The Garden II which are displayed alongside masterpieces by Van Gogh, Matisse, Cezanne and Renoir.

Make the visit extra special by visiting a special after-hours opening on Mother’s Day which includes a drinks reception in the RA’s Fine Rooms and free-reign of the exhibition.

Where: Royal Academy of Arts

When: Special Mothering Sunday evening, March 6th

Prices: £17.60 or £25 including the drinks reception.

More information: https://goo.gl/QdGQw3


Afternoon tea for 2

Fortnum & Mason is the original London tea house with experts with nearly 300 years experience. The fourth floor Tea Salon is a calm haven away from the flurry of shoppers outside. With a pianist adding to the atmosphere, sit back and enjoy the fine variety of sandwiches and pastries. Choose from a Traditional Tea, a Savoury Tea or the luxurious High Tea.

Details: Mother’s Day sittings are from 12pm-6pm.

Where: Fortnum & Mason

Prices: From £40


Spa treatment

 Treat your mum with a luxurious thirty minute Bagatelle de Gabrielle facial massage from the luxury skin care brand Omorovicza. Visit the pop ip at Clifton Nurseries for an invigorating facial treatment which uses a modern approach to the traditional Hungarian massage which targets the face, neck, shoulders and décolleté. The massge increase the muscle tone, improves firmness and eliminates excess toxins.

Details: Thirty minute facial massage

Prices: £25 (redeemable with any Omorovicza purchase)

Where: Clifton Nursery


Check out our top pick of Mother’s Day gifts in our edit here!

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By January 22, 2016 BEHIND THE SCENES, NEW ARRIVALS
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New season, new knitwear!

Want to be in the know about next season’s key shapes and colours? Look no further than our interview with the brains behind the new Spring Summer ’16 styles, our Head Designer Stephanie.

She tells us what inspired her designs this season by showing us a glimpse of her moodboard, and explains what qualities we will all be wearing this summer. Bring on the warmer months!


 

“This season, we’ve taken inspiration from the minimal 90’s decade, with particular emphasis on structure and simplistic silhouettes. We’ve used references from the archives of couture design and combined this with interesting yarn techniques for a modern feel.”

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“We’ve looked at primitive, tribal influences to inform our print designs. The main focus for colour has come from the work of artist Callum Innes. He uses a method of layering pigments of colour, which results in a vivid array of tones. We’ve translated these varying hues into a fusion of pale pink, grey marls and indigo ombré details.”

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“In this Spring Summer season, we’ve focused on using natural fabrics like washed silks, linen and cotton. Our signature summer quality, cotton poplin, gives you a freshness when worn making it perfect for warmer days! We’ve also experimented with hand-dyed fabrics, making each piece one-of-a-kind.”

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 “Box pleats, fused trims and slim forms are the key design details and silhouettes for the season. We have also developed the cape shape, which can be seen across dresses, tops and coats. I like to pair these pieces with our slim-lines styles to create an elegant shape that’s versatile and modern.”

Coming soon….

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