My Name Is Prince Exhibition at The O2, London

My Name Is Prince Exhibition

AKA: the one in which I nerd out about Prince, and tell you all about an exhibition that I have very little photos from…

When Prince passed away in April 2016, it shook me to my core. Losing my hero during one of (let’s face it) the toughest years we’ve had in a long time was unexpected and I felt physically winded for months afterwards. One of the most difficult parts, I think, was knowing that I wouldn’t see him play live again – there was always the next album or concept to look forward to, which of course meant another tour to get excited about!

Even though that won’t happen now, there are still new ways to maintain that electric feeling of passion and giddiness over Prince’s work that I first felt at eleven years old. This is due to many other die-hard fans around the world and a huge presence within the music community who strive to keep his memory alive.

When I first heard about the My Name Is Prince exhibition at the O2 in London, I was in. ALL IN (*picture me pushing a mountain of poker chips into the middle of a fancy table as I say this. Purple chips of course*). I read that this special event was a celebration of every era of Prince’s music, film and other creative projects and, not only that, it would be comprised of his iconic instruments, clothes, accessories and other personal artefacts from Paisley Park.

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I also discovered that the exhibition was being curated by the same people that put together the Elvis Graceland one that Gary and I visited a few years back, so I knew it wouldn’t be a cheap cash-in.

We booked our tickets and, on the first Saturday in December, we headed to London!

It felt strange being back at the O2, having seen Prince play the venue 3 times in the past but I had a really strong feeling that visiting the My Name is Prince exhibition was an opportunity to celebrate, not to mourn – and I was SO EXCITED to get inside and see it all.

So here’s the thing – photography was not permitted inside the exhibition and security was extremely tight (we had to give up our phones and cameras upon entry). If you know a little bit about Prince, this probably doesn’t come as much of a shock to you! But it actually made for even more fun as I hadn’t seen any spoilers online (how often can you say that?) and could have my own experience at my own pace.

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The first part of our visit was a VIP tour of three extra rooms that were off-limits to the rest of the attendees. This was extremely memorable and gave us the chance to see some really special belongings and equipment up-close. We even got to hold one of Prince’s guitars, which was still as he left it – traces of sweat, dents from his rings and all! Ahhh! I was walking on air after that…

I loved going through the rest of the instalments afterwards, and instantly recognised outfits from my favourite music videos, as well as poring over hand-written ideas, scripts and other rare pieces. The chronological layout meant that you could follow his career from the start and see how he evolved over the decades.

I don’t want to over-share the actual content, purely because I know there are plans for this exhibition to tour (it finished up in London yesterday!) – but what I CAN promise is that there is plenty to see, and it is a must-do for any Prince fan, if you get the chance.

For our visit, I wanted to dress in theme (natch!) and our lovely friends at Truffle Shuffle came to the rescue with these awesome matching Take Me With U tees. Twinning is winning, right?! My gal Lia at Swoon Nails also hooked me up with a gorgeous purple sequinned manicure for the occasion.

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Seeing so many legendary parts of Prince’s life and career in the one place was magical and a really amazing way to remember his talent, influence and sheer Royal Badness! It was a true celebration and I walked out of the O2 that day with new, happy memories to look back on.

Did you visit the My Name Is Prince exhibition when it was in London? Also, let me know who your rock n’ roll heroes are!

Friday Hi-Fives: From Aberdeen To London

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Hello, Friday lovers! It’s the end of another week, which means it must be time to sit down and hi-five again. How have you been? This week has been full of adventures by train for me, as I’ve travelled from Aberdeen to London and back home again. Tonight I’m even heading through to Edinburgh – no rest for this gal!

The last few days in London gave me a chance to meet up with a few friendly faces, including Erica and Jesse, as well as have some interesting chats about blogging and social media with the likes of Nuffnang and Talented Talkers. While in East London I jumped at the chance to have my nails painted be the super-talented Nancy – you can see the results here!

Do you ever take advantage of visiting shops and restaurants that you can’t access in your home town? On this trip I managed to squeeze in TWO visits to Wahaca (worth it!) and hit up H&M Home and & Other Stories before heading home.

Lately I’ve also been checking out what’s new at Arran Aromatics for Christmas at their Glasgow festive press night and had a lovely afternoon at Blythswood Square Hotel – it’s going to take more than a little wet weather to keep me indoors…

I’m looking forward to heading through to Edinburgh this evening to the National Museum of Scotland for their Museum Late: Victorian Sensation event, and start the weekend with some tattoos, music and magic! Before that though, let me share this week’s favourites and must-clicks with you:

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Here’s what Star Wars would look like if Wes Anderson directed it

Sometimes a REALLY great sweater is all you need to build a wicked look – I love this post from Megs

I’ve enjoyed catching up with part one and part two Nikki’s Biscuit Cruise

Donna’s cute thrifted outfit is what Autumn style is made of!

Would you rock any of these beauty looks from 80s movies?

 

Also Making Me Smile…

Bulletproof Coffee (double espresso blended with butter and coconut oil…I certainly FELT bulletproof after a cup…)

Having my caricature portrait done at Arran Aromatics – flower crown and all!

Celebrating our first ‘houseversary’ since buying the flat

Checking out the Ella Masters exhibit at Tatty Devine

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I hope you’re had an awesome week – whether you’ve been home or off gallivanting on trains! Let me know some of your favourites from this week too, and I’ll see you on the other side.

Love,

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Scrapbook: Happy 14

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London is somewhere that feels very much like a second home to Gary and I. Over the years, we’ve had many happy trips there – for concerts, events, relaxing, shopping and catching up with friends. Sometimes we’re even booked a stay ‘just because’! So it only felt right that we mark our 14 year (!!) anniversary by hanging out there.

I often compile these Scrapbook posts as a photo diary from our adventures, and also to serve as a mini travel guide – in case any of you guys are thinking of visiting a place yourselves. So, even though I’ve shared a London Scrapbook in the past, we did visit quite a few new places on this trip and I wanted to share the details…

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Where We Stayed

On this particular jaunt to London, we stayed at the Citizen M hotel at Bankside, instead of our usual haunt in Hoxton. Staying in a new area was brilliant, and it was really well-placed to either walk or hop on the tube (London Bridge station) to anywhere we wanted to explore.

The hotel itself was beautiful – with sleek, contemporary design and fun amenities. Also, the bed was RIDICULOUSLY comfortable – it might not seem like much, but it’s a total godsend if you’ve been walking around all day and want to relax!

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Shopping

It wouldn’t have been a trip to London without hitting a couple of stores. I love the well-merchandised stores and specialist boutiques in Carnaby Street – it’s such a pretty part of the centre of town. We stumbled across We Built This City by accident, but we were very glad we did. With its bright, airy interior and massive range of independent designers (including Scotland’s very own cutie, Karen Mabon) it’s well worth checking out.

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I really enjoy popping into stores that we don’t have back home – Selfridges and Liberty stock almost everything you can imagine, and I picked up a cute flamingo tee from high-street chain, Monki.

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We also hit Shoreditch (of course!) a couple of times during our stay and visited favourites like Tatty Devine and Beyond Retro. As you might already know, I also took a fun-filled tour of Lush Oxford Street – you can check it out here!

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What I packed

The day before we left, I got a new Canon DSLR camera and this trip gave me a great opportunity to get familiar with it. It’s super lightweight and has an excellent zoom – ideal for shooting from the hip and taking quick snaps on the go (like the two photos above).

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You never know what you’re gonna get with hotel toiletries (unless you’ve stayed there before), and when I travel I like to know I have good-quality beauty products with me. This ace travel set from Gordon Castle feels and smells amazing – and I reckon that has something to do with the fact that some of the ingredients come straight from the gardens at Gordon Castle itself. I’ve been keeping a tube of their Flower Garden hand cream in my bag lately and at under 100ml, it was also ideal for hand luggage (and silky soft paws!).

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Markets We Visited

We arrived at lunchtime on a Sunday, which gave us plenty of time to check in, freshen up and head back out. On a Sunday, Brick Lane and it surrounding streets really comes alive with its vibrant markets.

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Old Spitalfields market is also a must-visit, and has a really eclectic mix of fashion, crafts, food and much more.

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A stone’s throw away from our hotel we found Borough Market, which was mainly food and flower-based. Crowded with hungry locals and tourists, it was also home to Chegworth Valley’s fruit, vegetables and fresh juices.

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Street Art Spotting

I’m a sucker for anything colourful and creative, and London is brimming with unique and intricate street art. I couldn’t resist taking a few snaps while I was there.

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What We Ate

Gosh, what DIDN’T we eat?! I won’t share every single morsel but I recommend checking out a few places – mainly for your breakfast and brunch needs!

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These include The Breakfast Club (I’ve mentioned my love for this place before, too!) for breakfast, brunch, dinner, drinks – anything really; Cereal Killer Cafe for retro kitsch and cereal concoctions; and my new favourite, The Table for – are you ready? – sweet potato, almond and toasted coconut pancake with Valrhona chocolate sauce! I could happily eat this bad boy all day…

We also hit The Diner with our gal pal Erica for milkshakes and a catch up – hooray!

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Elvis Escapades

Once we heard about the Elvis exhibition at the O2, our mission was clear! We spent our anniversary day snooping around The King’s clothing, vehicles and other memorabilia at this excellent event. It was difficult to take clear photos inside the exhibit due to how low the lighting was (and we weren’t allowed to use flash), but it was a very impressive collection and we had a lot of fun checking it out.

For the rest of the day, we relaxed, ate pizza and went for a lovely walk along Southbank in the sunshine. Bliss!

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Coffee n’ Donuts

Brooklyn Coffee in East London does the most delicious coffee – I grabbed an iced latte to keep cool in the sunshine, and a yummy glazed ring from Vicky’s Donuts who had a pop-up in the store. Dum Dum Donuts at Boxpark are also well worth cruising over to as well if you can’t get enough of the sweet stuff!

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Phew! I think it’s fair to say we had an awesome time celebrating our anniversary, and I’m sure it won’t be too long before we are back in London again. If you seeing a bit more of where we went, you can see more of our Happy 14 fun times on Instagram (under #happy14).

I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of my Scrapbook series, and if you are planning a London adventure, that it might inspire you to add a few places to your itinerary list. And if you think there is somewhere I must visit next time, let me know!

‘Til next time, London,

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