• On the Radar Triptease
    5th September 2013

    Triptease

    AUTHOR The Milk Maid
    A walk along my local high street often involves several stops to gaze longingly in the windows of estate agents at homes with prices to make my eyes water - I call this house porn. Another form of self-torture reaches beyond my neighbourhood and extends globally. Dreams of far flung and exotic holiday destinations often lead to endless searches on the internet gazing at white sandy beaches and luxurious suites, I call this holiday porn - categorically not to be confused with the other kind of porn commonly found on the world wide web!

    To add to the later indulgence is my discovery of Triptease, a new take on travel reviewing and inspiration in glorious technicolour. From budget to boutique, frugal to fabulous, if you’re looking to book a break, Triptease is a new online social community that offers impartial and unbiased viewpoints delivered on a visually appealing and aesthetically stunning image led platform.

    (As a foot note, if you’ve stumbled across this post via a misguided Google search I apologise you haven’t found what you were looking for but hope you still found this stimulating.)

    www.triptease.com
  • On the Radar Design Museum Collection: Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things
    4th February 2013

    Design Museum Collection: Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things

    AUTHOR The Milk Maid
    PHOTOGRAPHY Luke Hayes
    30th January 2013

    The Design Museum has opened a permanent collection devoted exclusively to contemporary design and architecture from the twentieth-century. Exploring exceptional everyday items and graphics or objects inherent to communicating a national identity, the exhibition includes a study of the Anglepoise lamp (the single most copied, parodied and collected in the history of design) and profiles the Olympic 2012 logo, now a globally recognised icon.

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    The exhibition presents six key stories through hundreds of items, offering a diverse investigation into the impact of design on every aspect of our lives. Speaking of the exhibition Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum explains "Design matters at every level. It is what makes daily life a little better; it is about the big economic changes that the world is going through. It is about the designers and the manufacturers, but it is also about the users. It is a unique way of making sense of the world around us."

    From the banks of the River Thames to the leafy borough of Kensington, the opening of this permanent collection marks a milestone in the journey towards the future of the Design Museum at its new home.

    www.designmuseum.org
  • On the Radar The Grey Area at Browns Menswear
    2nd November 2012

    The Grey Area at Browns Menswear

    AUTHOR The Milk Maid
    PHOTOGRAPHY Piece by Mr. Gresty
    Browns is something of a dynasty and Mrs B, Joan Burstein, something of a legend as she and the store have discovered and nurtured designers such as Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and John Galliano. Now, the dynamic London store has evolved into an art gallery, collaborating with Maison Twenty to house the work of 20 emerging artists.

    If Mrs B's keen eye and taste in fashion designers is anything to go by, this collaboration will no doubt feature the stars of the future.

    'The Grey Area' will be in the Browns menswear store until Christmas, where these one of a kind pieces will be available to buy.

    www.brownsfashion.com
  • On the Radar BV 'Live' by Beach Tomato
    11th October 2012

    BV 'Live' by Beach Tomato

    AUTHOR The Milk Maid
    8th October 2012

    As the non existent summer subtly morphs into a dreary wet winter (sorry to sound so negative), thoughts of far flung destinations and white sandy beaches are creeping to the forefront my mind.

    While not quite the same as a two week trip to the Caribbean, online beach magazine, Beach Tomato, have collaborated with the British Virgin Islands to bring scenes of their picture post card beaches to cheer up urban areas of London.

    BV 'Live' is a gorilla exhibition of six traffic stopping visuals by up and coming French artist, Victoria Lacroix, placed around the streets of Soho and Shoreditch. Find any 3 of the hidden artworks and enter to win 11 days on the BVI's most idyllic beaches, a little cluster of heaven.

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    This glimmer of hope is a much needed ray of sunshine.

    For full instructions on how to enter visit the Beach Tomato website
    www.beachtomato.com
  • On the Radar Heels on Wheels by Katie Dailey
    4th September 2012

    Heels on Wheels by Katie Dailey

    AUTHOR The Milk Maid
    I still have the scars - under my chin and on my knee - from falling off my very first bike as a small child. Until a couple of years ago I'm not sure I'd been on a bike very much since that fateful tumble!

    It was while I had someones armpit in my face on the tube that I thought perhaps cycling to get around London might be a preferred option and so began to do a little research. Unfortunately this bible of a book, Heels on Wheels, by fashion editor, Katie Dailey, hadn't yet been printed so I've made some knicker flashing and near miss mistakes, learning how to navigate the busy roads the hard way.

    Sharing her own traumas, but mostly pleasures, insights and advise, Katie's book is the ideal introduction, or reintroduction to cycling - saving anyone keen to get back in the saddle from embarrassing and dangerous mistakes.

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    Written in simple prose Heels on Wheels isn't patronising but informative and humorous; covering everything from choosing your bike, preventing thieves, safety and basic bicycle maintenance to avoiding hat hair, arriving polished and sensible but stylish sartorial choices.

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    Her snippets of wisdom, savvy advise and stylish insight is accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Clare Owen and the ideal read for anyone keen to be released from the shackles of public transport while maintaining a blow dry!

    Heels on Wheels by Katie Dailey is published by Hardie Grant Books and available to buy on Amazon