The love affair between coffee-&-commerce can be traced to way-back. Take Lloyd’s of London, which started life as a modest coffee shop and very quickly became the hub-&-hangout for merchants, ship owners and insurance brokers. Movers-&-groovers of the mercantile world. Trade was never off the menu and this little café off Tower Street developed into the world’s leading market in marine insurance.
Interestingly the background sounds of cafés-&-coffee shops are so conducive to work, they are even being piped into offices. It seems they have just the right amount of noise-&-movement to inspire creativity. If you can’t make it to a coffee shop, Coffivity’s the perfect alternative, that’ll pipe the sound of coffee-buzz straight to your ears. Honestly! Give it a go.
A Taste of Sister Snog
The sweet spot Sister Snog loves the most is in Covent Garden. More Salon de Thé than humble coffee shop,
BB Bakery is nestled on the corner of Chandos Place. This is where Sister Snog hangs out every Tuesday to meet prospective members of The Tribe who are serious about joining.
An oasis of style-&-taste
A boutique bakery that’s a pure delight. Viennoiserie-&-patisserie sit side-by-side with cupcakes-&-cookies, meringues-&-macarons. Croques-&-quiches are served with an ample garnish of salad. And fresh baguettes, brimming with filling and a side order of vegetable crisps, turn lunch into luncheon. The walls are a canvas dressed with illustrations of leggy ladies sitting on phone boxes, taking their pooch for a walk, flipping a crêpe or heading out to shop-till-they-drop. The windows are a gallery of illustrious sugar frosted sculptures, adorned with an eclectic array of embellishments. Butterflies. Paper parasols. Jewels-&-gemstones. All originals.
See you for a scone
If coffee shops have become an unofficial office, then [...]
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The Princess of Punk becomes a Dame
In 1977 she pioneered the pink and black jersey collection with holes and beaded safety pins that earned her the name of “Princess of Punk”. Imagine being instrumental in making safety pins a fashion statement. Her famous punk garments have been an example for other designers to follow. She has been designated as a “punk hero” by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in their recent (May, 2013) exhibition “PUNK: Chaos to Couture”. Quite an accolade for someone who’ll is in her sumptuous 70s. Not to mention her recent trip to Buckingham Palace in February where she was bestowed the title of Dame as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Zandra Rhodes has certainly made her mark on the landscape – packed it in and has an absolutely fabulous fan base and diverse client list to die for.
The Zandra Rhodes Fan Club
Her fans have included Diana, Princess of Wales, Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Freddie Mercury of the rock group ’Queen’. She continues to clothe and design for the rich and famous around the world from royalty to rock stars including: HRH Princess Michael of Kent, Debbie Harry, Bianca Jagger, Kylie Minogue, Anastasia, Paris Hilton, Joan Rivers and the late Isabella Blow. Zandra’s dresses are the ultimate dress-up dress. Helen Mirren, star of “The Queen” wore a Zandra Rhodes when she received her award from BAFTA and Sarah Jessica Parker dressed up in a Zandra for “Sex and the City”. Her vintage pieces have long been collected by Tom Ford and Anna Sui and have been worn by Kelly Osbourne, Ashley Olsen, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
The wonderous world of Zandra Rhodes
Zandra Rhodes’ collections are sold [...]
The professional storyteller
There are very few responses to the infamous elevator pitch that would actually get 99 out of 100 people pricking up their ears with curiosity. Apart from the immortal three words in three seconds (rather than sixty): ‘I’m a Storyteller’. The age old tradition is now very much a profession and storytelling is a career. There’s even a qualification for it. Haven’t come across it as a degree subject as yet, but that’s not to say this wouldn’t happen in the future. For now, if you want to learn the art of storytelling check out The International School of Storytelling based in East Sussex. Or if you want to book a Storyteller they’re listed in the – you’ve guessed it – Storytellers’ Directory.
It’s a crack!
If you fancy hanging out with some cooler than cool storytellers in London Town head over to The Crick Crack Club. Quite possibly the ‘UK’s most vivid and exciting storytelling organisation’ (according to Ian McMillan of The Times). They’re a pretty active bunch in [...]
Rainbows are one of Mother Nature’s wonders. They create a multi coloured riot. They also crop up again-&-again in the world of the savvy entrepreneur. Who’d have thought rubber bands could lead to a global phenomenon worth millions. ‘Rainbow Looms’ is the rags-to-riches story of the decade. A blockbuster starring Cheong Cheon. If neccesity is the mother of invention, his kids were the catalyst to the jackpot as today the ‘Loom band craze’ has gone crazy. Even celebrities including Kate Midleton & Pope Francis have been spotted wearing a loom bracelet in public.
Rainbows owe their beauty to an array of colours coming together. Perhaps that’s why brands have been following the rainbow for quite-some-time too. The Biggest of the Big Guns have done it. Apple’s rainbow logo was the symbol of the company from 1977 to 1998 and has become one of the most iconic logos in design history. Microsoft married MSN with a butterfly while NBC, the oldest broadcast network in the States, took inspiration from a peacock to symbolise their first colour TV transmissions. Super brands such as Polaroid, Google & Ebay have all used bursts of colour as a hallmark. Even good ol’ BT got in on the rainbow act.
Find your rainbow with Sister Snog
Sister Snog has also joined the party by adopting a technicolour dress code at the first business event of 2015 to reflect the eclectic mix and variety of sectors represented by members. Just as Apple notoriously banished beige from the desktop, Sister Snog always adds a splash of creative flair to every business event, leaving Sisters to put their individual spin on it. January’s #fabulousfriday lunch was awash with hot primary shades of red, [...]