I do love a good scarf and when British fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu turns his attention to a single silk square, the exquisite artistry of his prints can be truly appreciated.
I personally don’t know whether I’d frame or wear this beautiful piece, but I really love the simultaneous sense of abundance (of flora and fauna) and restraint (of design and colour). The dove grey silk crepe lifts it beyond any sense of chintz – not that you’d find even a whisper of that in Erdem’s sophisticated designs. £225 from Net-a-porter.
I’m tickled red, white and blue to see my Jubilee cake picks on top of many a cupcake, scone, pork pie and Victoria Sponge cake around the UK. Hurrah! Thanks to everyone who sent me a pic: you made me feel like I was part of your long weekend, all the way from Sydney.
Did you have a street party for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee? Did you beat the rain?
I love this photo of a 1953 street party celebrating the Queen’s coronation in Heriot Hill Terrace, Broughton (via Edinphoto). Look at the party hats! And the line-up of glass bottles with straws in them. I wonder what’s in the parcels wrapped up with string?
It led me to search for more historic street parties in Britain – there are some real beauties. I’ve assembled my favourite ones in this gallery. Enjoy!
Wee Birdy is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee!
Happy Jubilee Tuesday! I love the way that Britain’s retailers have fully embraced the pomp and pageantry of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with patriotic window displays. Not a bad retail strategy, actually, considering it’s a golden opportunity to showcase the very best of British products.
I also adore the very British sense of humour that’s evident in so many window displays – from bunting fashioned out of knickers in Frome to the Queen dressed in a sparkly Union Jack in Hebdin Bridge.
But no-one else could quite capture the splendour, eccentricity and wit of Selfridges, which outdid itself with its magnificent “Big British Bang” campaign, with each window portraying a typically British scene. The “food of royalty” window features a Pearly King and Queen in an East End caff, while punks take over the “changing of the guard” window. Brilliant.
I’ve pulled together a gallery of some of the UK’s best Jubilee shop windows. Which one is your favourite?
Special thanks to all the Wee Birdy readers who contributed their photos.
How has the Jubilee long weekend treated you so far?
The Thames river pageant screened on Australian telly at 10.30pm last night. I didn’t get to bed ’til 3.30am. But I loved watching every second of it, and the sight of that poor choir singing in the pouring rain while the royals restrained themselves from launching into a jig was British eccentricity at its best.
I thought the Queen looked fabulous in her white coat and matching hat – and how incredibly appropriate was her sparkling diamond Jardine brooch? Apparently it’s one of her favourites. And Kate looked wonderful in scarlet Alexander McQueen. I rather liked Pippa’s ’60s-inspired Orla Kiely jacket and skirt, too.
As most of you already know, I’ve got a ‘thing’ for fabulous design-led London souvenirs. So the Jubilee has left me positively swooning for Cool Britannia.
I’ve spent the last few weeks curating the best Jubilee souvenirs – and I’ve whittled it down to a top 17. There were many pieces that sold out – some many times over – like the Queen jelly mould, a YSL compact embellished with a crystal Union Jack and several beautiful Jubilee-themed Liberty scarves. So if you want something special to commemorate the Queen and the best of British, don’t hang about. They’re going faster than a stack of £1.99 umbrellas on a British summer day.