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.

My Name Is Prince Exhibition

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.

My Name Is Prince Exhibition

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.

My Name Is Prince Exhibition

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!

Wrapped up for Autumn in a Leopard Print Coat

leopard print coat

leopard print coat

leopard print coat

leopard print coat

leopard print coat

leopard print coat

leopard print coat

leopard print coat

Outfit Details

Leopard Print Coat | c/o Gap

Sunglasses | Ban.do

Orange Dress | Debenhams c/o St Enoch

Nails | Swoon

Hair | BLOW Shawlands

Sneakers| VANS

Ahhh. Does it get any better than a leopard print coat? Call me easy pleased, but I’ve had a spotted faux fur coat in my regular rotation for… how long? Ahem, let’s just say Richie Edwards and Nicky Wire have a LOT to answer for. So, I take great delight when I get to cosy up in my favourite print at the start of Autumn and even more when a new furry friend comes to join me!

I first spied this Gap leopard print coat during their AW17 press showcase last month and it was pretty much love at first sight. The oversized, vintage-influenced cut (those sleeves!) make it a little less structured than some of my other coats, but means it’s also super easy to throw on.

I should also mention that it feels just like a teddy bear – so soft and snuggly!

leopard print coat

Over the weekend, I wore my new coat while we were out and about on some of the chilliest days we’ve had in ages. We grabbed lunch at Bab’s (Greek fries = LIFE, dontcha know), did a little shopping (a ouija board-themed cake stand for all of my Halloween hostessing needs…) and went to see Mother! at the cinema (have you seen it?).

Leopard print coats get a bit of a bad rep and tend to be a love-it-or-hate it character in the fashion world. They tread a very fine line between rock n’ roll and ‘fabulous old lady’ – plus a lot of people see them as tacky (IMAGINE!). That may be the case but I fully intend to keep cosy in leopard print until I’m a fabulous rock n’ roll old lady; living my best tacky life!

A Sugar Coated Spring

I don’t know about you, but I am SO READY to retire my winter layers and get into the swing of spring! My faithful faux fur coat is starting to feel like a villain in a bad movie…just when you think you’ve seen the last of him, he comes back out. To celebrate the four day weekend over Easter, I put together this Spring-inspired outfit from some of the 80 stores at Buchanan Galleries, and spent a fun afternoon with Gary walking around our old neighbourhood.

Outfit Details:
Sugar Coated tee | H&M
Gingham skirt | Mango
Silver camera bag | Accessorize
Hair flower | Claire’s
Puma sneakers | Kids Footlocker (yep, really!)
Fuchsia Fever lipstick | Benefit Cosmetics at Boots

All available at Buchanan Galleries 

Hair by #BLOW | Nails by Swoon Nails 

We visited the Botanic Gardens, where it feels like a spring day all year round! I’d visited #BLOW earlier that morning for a quick hair appointment, and they gave me the 1960s fantasy bouffant of my dreams. It just goes to show that you can get the Priscilla Presley-meets-Betty Rubble hair you’ve always wanted (you just need the right salon!).

My favourite part of this outfit has to be the mint Sugar Coated tee from H&M. I’ve been falling in love with slogan tees all over again lately, and that pastel green shade has ‘Spring’ written all over it!

Also, can we just take five and talk about these creeper-style Puma sneakers? Yes, they are technically definitely from a children’s shoe store, but hey – if the shoe fits (boom boom!), who am I to complain? I walked around in them all day, from the Botanic Gardens, to lunch at West on the Corner, and back into the city centre again. Cute AND comfy!

I hope you guys have been starting to enjoy the sunnier days and got a chance to take it easy over Easter. Thank you for your patience and support with my blog rebrand also – I really appreciate it and can’t wait to reveal more!

Tell me, have you started wearing your favourite Spring pieces yet? And which cartoon character’s hair do YOU most admire?

Here’s to a sugar coated spring…