Kew Gardens

Earlier this week, it was my boyfriend's birthday so we ventured out to Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (on me).

I think over the years living in London and for several on my own, what started off as a few cacti's from Ikea to add some greenery to my flats because lets face it, being able to afford a flat in London on your own let alone with a garden is rare thing nowadays, soon spread to a little hobby of mine.

Obviously because of these factors, I got hyped up on all the plants and went a bit OTT with photos inside Kew. If you like looking at exotic plants, palaces, oh and walking a lot, then I would strongly recommend Kew for a visit. I've seen reviews where some have felt that the entry price is too expensive at £15 an adult but I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised when it actually took us a lot longer to get round the whole thing than I expected and was well worth the money in my opinion!

So I was able to narrow my millions of photos to these few and an OOTD as well.

The Palm House

The Palm House

The Princess of Wales Conservatory

The Princess of Wales Conservatory

The Princess of Wales Conservatory

Now for my OOTD:





Unfortunately the weather wasn't as great as I had hoped and a part of my regretted not wearing tights! I love my basics when it comes to tops and I've found Uniqlo as the perfect place for them. Not only because they are affordable but also pretty good quality. This Supima Cotton Modal Long Sleeve T-Shirt in 'Gray' set me back a very fare price of £9.90. It comes in a variety of colours and I won't lie, I have several of them in different colours so I can mix and match more. 

My faux leather jacket is from H&M, I bought this a few years back now but remember it was just under £30.00. 

The skirt is a recent purchase of mine and if I say so a complete bargain. It's from Cos and I found it hiding in the depths of the sale rail with 30% off the original price. To my surprise when I got to the till it was in fact 50% off and I strolled away with a skirt worth well over £50.00 for a lot less! Cos continue to add more items to their sale and with higher discount so I strongly recommend still giving it a shot.

Those close to me will know that I am a bit of a Disney nerd (yes at my age) and I cracked into buying a pair of the Vans x Disney collection. I decided on the grey Mickey Mouse slip-ons as I found them the most versatile in the collection to team up with outfits that I wear. At £52.00 they are a set back but in my eyes, totally worth it. 

My beloved Sandro bag was a birthday gift from my boyfriend. It's one of those bags which is very deceiving to the eye as it looks like you won't fit much in it at all but in fact it's quite the opposite! When it comes to the price, all I know is that it was very expensive so it's a secret. 

Planters

Last year it was macrame plant hangers which stole my heart, this year I am all over plant stands. Living in London without a garden of my own means I've had to get creative with bringing the outdoors indoors and space. I probably have too many potted plants all over the room and some could do with a better home. The beauty of plant stands it that it not only displays your plants in a completely different way but can transform a plant to stand out against the others.

These are just a few of my favourites:

Ivy Muse is a Melbourne based brand who design plant stands and a variety of other botanical wares. Their stands aren't just beautiful but functional and it is clear that a lot of thought has gone into the designs.


Quay - Ivy Muse 'Nightshade' Collection


Quay from the Nightshade collection is perfect for a variety of pot sizes and shapes as well as allowing space at the bottom for a tray where you could even put more plants. I was thinking a cacti or two personally.

This year we have seen geometric shapes become widely popular in interiors as forecasted. Ivy Muse have drawn inspiration from this and created the Geoscapes Collection. My favourite out of all of them has to be the Butterfly stand.


Butterfly - Ivy Muse ' Geoscapes' Collection


The Butterfly stand also has it's clever design hacks to it. It isn't just for one large pot but has space around it to allow smaller pots to fit in.

Both stands are set at a price of $170 ASD which equals to around £82, not that bad and they also ship worldwide!

Now a plant stand which is a lot more local can be found at the Goodhood Store in east London. Goodhood specialise in providing brands which are not based on current trends, but to their own brand identity. A long standing favourite store of mine since moving to London in 2009.


Ferm Living Small Plant Stand (Right)


The plant stand designed by Danish brand Ferm Living is a simple design and made out of iron which has been powder-coated. I think this picture shows just how much variety it has to offer with it's ability to hold pots in all shapes. Goodhood stock the smaller version on the right for an amazing £27.

Serpentine Pavillion 2015

Serpentine Pavilion 2015. Photo taken from: http://serpentine.cosstores.com/serpentine/introduction/


The other weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to check out this years Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery. It's a special year for Serpentine Galleries as they celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Pavilion commission. The Serpentine Pavilion itself is known worldwide for its architecture and presenting innovative temporary structures by some of the most influential architects.

This year Spanish architects Selgascano designed the Pavilion. It consists of translucent, multi-coloured fluorine-based polymer which make up its layered and weaved structure. The final product isn't just eye catching and very photogenic, but full of detail with the intricate weaving and webbing.


Taken on my iPhone 6


In conjunction with this, one of my favourite brands Cos, have been supporting the galleries Park Nights programme of live events in art, performance, theatre, film and poetry which are hosted in the Pavilion. A limited edition backpack has been created to celebrate the series of events and is designed especially for men and women. The backpack itself stays true to Cos' simple but functional and contemporary design, made out of a soft canvas with leather trim detailing. All proceeds from the backpack will be donated to the Serpentine Trust, which is pretty nice of Cos. The backpack is available from the Serpentine Gallery gift shop as well as the following Cos stores; London Covent Garden, Brompton Road, Spitafileds and Kings Road.


Cos x Serpentine Limited Edition Backpack. Photo taken from: http://serpentine.cosstores.com/serpentine/introduction/


I have to say, I fell in love with the bag instantly and even more in person. If I had around £80 spare I most definitely would have gone for it.

Now for a little OOTD taken inside the Pavilion:


It was a pretty hot day but I'm too much of a trouser girl to say goodbye to them for the summer heat (which has disappeared now). I'm loving linen at the moment as its perfect for those warmer days, allowing you to have a bit of coolness and freshness still. I found this linen long sleeved shirt in H&M for a nifty £14.99, jeans are vintage Levi's purchased from Rokit quite a few years ago and are still going strong, Goodhood 'Stay Free Forever' Tote bag from the Goodhood Store and Adidas Gazelles from Office. 

Introduction

I've finally done it, after a three year hiatus from blogging I have made the decision to return. Following a number of changes in my life and deciding to go forward in pursuing a different career path, I felt that now is the time.

So, what is El-Sen?

'El-Sen' is a slight play on my second name but with a Scandinavian-esque twist (in a way). I completely admire Scandinavian design and minimalism which has a strong influence in my Interior Styling and general choice in fashion/lifestyle products.

I hope that El-Sen will be an area in which I can share and explore many of the things I am passionate about in my day-to-day life. These include lifestyle products, interiors and fashion.

With that, I would like to welcome you to El-Sen and say a huge thank you to those who have encouraged me to do this again.