Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Winter Solstice Vibes

Six months ago, I went to an event at The Yard in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, to celebrate the summer solstice. I was so enchanted by The Pickering's event and hospitably, that the next morning I decided to write a post calling all spiritually like minded folk and to offer a glimpse into the night (Here's a link to my summer solstice blog post)

A few weeks ago I was over the moon, pun intended, when I received an email from Sadie Pickering kindly inviting me to their Winter Solstice Ball as their guest blogger. I was happy to hear that once again I'd get to see Kirsty Almeida perform live, which is an experience in itself!

Once again, the quirky dress code was a glimpse of what was to be expected on the night: Wild Winter... go with your imagination: Nature, flowers, headdresses, feathers, black lace, velvet, the wild and the magical...

...Any excuse to do a little online shopping ;-)
Velvet boots - £37.99 Missguided
Sun, Moon and Stars skirt - £22 Motel Rocks
Sun statement necklace - £12 Topshop

Every time I pop into The Yard, its magically evolved to fit the occasion...

Tables were laden with candles, crackers and crystals!

As I made my way through to the bar, I found myself in a wonderland of candles, wine and spells! The lovely barmen were adorned with masquerade and animal masks... it was like entering Narnia!

The pinnacle of the night had to be the scrumptious three course meal cooked by Arthur Potts, followed by the evenings entertainment: Kirsty Almeida & the Troubadours! I managed to take a video of the band performing a spellbinding rendition of Joni Mitchell's 'River', which you can find on my Instagram @DaisyWyer . There's also a video there that I recorded in the wee hours of Sadie and some friends jamming!

As I went to the event on my lonesome, Sadie was very kind enough to seat me on her family's table, where I was lucky enough to meet lots of creatives and indulge in some fascinating chats. I was actually sat next to Sadie's cousin, Catherine Laura, who is an unbelievably talented underwater and fashion photographer. Here's a shot of Sadie that Catherine captured this summer in Deià, Majorca...

I hope you all had a cosy Winter Solstice and made some BIG wishes for 2014!

 If you're ever in the area, I can't recommend celebrating the solstice at The Yard enough. After a glass (or two) of vino, you'll feel like you've been transported to the masquerade ball from Bowie's 1986 Labyrinth.

I'm already looking forward to my next visit!

You remind me of the Babe!

Saturday, 21 December 2013

My Muse

I can't believe it's been four months since I last blogged! So much has happened since my last post back in August; some good, some bad... but all for the best! I've finished sixth form, spent the summer working as PR & Marketing Assistant at Nutrition Rocks, worked at V Festival, travelled to Prague with seven of my closest friends and experienced love in all its treacherous glory. 

But most importantly, I'm now officially a Londoner and have begun my Creative Writing degree at Greenwich University. I love love love my course and have made some pretty amazing friends for life!

To dip my toes back into blogging, I thought I'd share a few bits and bobs that have been inspiring me lately creatively and existentially... 

Mick Jagger & Chrissie Shrimpton

Drew Barrymore circa 1992

C. S. Lewis quote 

Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg

'The Kiss' Gustav Klimt 

Shoshanna, Inglourious Basterds

Love After Love by Derek Walcott

Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo and Juliet

Tracey Emin

Une Femme Est Une Femme

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie
Stop Making Sense - Talking Heads
Amok - Atoms For Peace

Lemonia Square, Corfu

Art means different things to different people,

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Style crush #2: Margherita Maccapani Missoni

When it comes to Bohemian fashion, who immediately pops into your head? Sienna Miller? Nicole Richie? Kate Hudson? For me, it has to be Margherita Missoni! As you probably guessed from her famous surname, she is the heiress to the Missoni fashion house, founded almost 60 years ago by her grandparents Rosita and Ottavio. 

Boho-chic is all about the details and whether it's with a gold headpiece, turban or statement necklace, Margherita Missoni knows how to accessorize! 

...there's just something so charming about her experimental attitude towards fashion and the way every outfit effortlessly exudes her free spirit nature! 

Can we also take a moment to marvel at her beautiful, Romany themed wedding?

Margherita returned to her gypsy roots by wearing a whimsical wedding dress, along with a statement veil! The intimate reception took place on a farm, where guests wined & dined Moroccon-style at low tables surrounded by an abundance of cushions and were entertained by fortune tellers...

Margherita is currently pregnant with her firstborn who she has already affectionately named Otto, in homage to her grandfather who passed away earlier this year. I'm sure her bambino will be one happy, hippie boy - thanks to his stylish mamma...

Margherita embracing her bump in a beautiful Kimono
Taken from Margherita's instagram @mmmargherita

Vive la vie boheme!

Monday, 24 June 2013

Summer Solstice Vibes

As you may already know, last Friday was the Summer Solstice. This is the celebration of the first day of summer and occurs when the sun is at its highest point in the sky. However, this weekend was extra special as there was also a 'Supermoon', this is when the moon reaches its closest point to earth. I've been doing a little research and apparently this can make the moon seem up to 14% bigger & 30% brighter! To celebrate, I spent the evening at The Yard in Cheshire, for their women's only 'Rose Moon Light Night'...

"Dress in your colours, perhaps add a splash of red or gold (the colours of the solstice) and be sure to wear flowers in your hair..." 
Dress: Topshop  Kimono: Boohoo  Boots: Daisy Street  Daisy Hair Garland: Claire's Accessories  Luna Necklace: Urban Outfitters

We all ate alfresco and tucked into a smörgåsbord of delicious vegetarian food. Edible flowers were also scattered across the dishes to add a bohemian vibe (and made for some pretty photos!)

The room was a sea of women wearing bindis, flower headpieces and ethereal dresses. There was also various entertainers dotted around: Indian head massagers, a fortune teller and two crystal healers. During the night, I had my tarot cards read, Aura cleansed and Chakras aligned! According to Zaida I have lots to look forward to...

Everybody was also asked to add their wishes to the wish tree, which was later burned. Apparently it's a Pagan tradition to burn wishes during the Summer Solstice as the smoke carries the requests to the Gods.

I've pinched this photo from Sadie Pickering's twitter.. hope you don't mind Lovely!

After everybody had practically reached enlightenment and were in a Zen state of mind, the pinnacle of the evenings entertainment began. The singer songwriter Kirsty Almeida performed a really intimate gig surrounded by an abundance of fairy lights and tapestries. The Yard's owners daughter (and my friend) Sadie Pickering also played a few of her own songs... but I was so mesmerised that I completely forgot to take any photos!

Just before the evening drew to a close, we all gathered in the garden to light a bunch of lanterns & catch a glimpse of the full moon... it was the perfect end, to the perfect night!

I've left some links below of Kirsty's SoundCloud and Sadie's music video. There's something so soothing about their voices...

From the moment I walked in, I was in my element. I often get called 'hippy dippy', so to be in a room full of spiritual women on the same wavelength as me was amazing. The energy, the ambience, the sisterhood, the live music, the food... everything was so beautiful! The tickets were also very reasonable at just £18 (with £3 from each ticket donated to Green Peace). If you're ever in Cheshire, you should definitely pop into The Yard... even if it's just for one of their famous juices!

I hope you all had a wonderful Summer Solstice and made some BIG wishes for the future... what did you wish for?

Love and Light,