Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Ice Skating + Valentino

I've been loving the holiday season in London this year and have been trying to partake in all the festivities. It makes you appreciate living in a city with 'real' season where you can feel the coldness of winter and all of the traditions that go along with it. Ice skating at Somerset House topped my to-do list so I made sure to book far in advance to make sure we could get in (they sell out quickly!). The rink is in the courtyard at Somerset House (also where London Fashion Week takes places) and it provides such a majestic setting. All of the buildings surrounding the courtyard are illuminated by colourful lights and the big, beautifully decorated tree in the middle provides the perfect festive touch. Loved it!

Lucky for us there was also a Valentino exhibition on at the Somerset House so we stopped in to browse the designer's amazing masterpieces before our ice skating date. I'd read about it in the fashion magazines so was really looking forward to perusing and the exhibit didn't disappoint. The pieces were laid out on a runway with cream and beige chairs that displayed names of famous models, socialites royals. These were mixed between the designs which documented designs through the decades , ranging from frocks in the 60's to Julia Robert's Oscars dress. Unfortunately I couldn't take photos inside the exhibition but there's a cool video you can view which takes you inside the exhibition. It's on through March so definitely worth a visit if you're in town. 

Christmas is so close now and I am just counting down the days until we head back. This week it's all about last minute shopping, Christmas drinks at work and planning Christmas menus!

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