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Instagramable Moments: March 2015

From swarovski-covered Mercedes sightings to street art festivals to beard exhibitions, it’s been an interesting month, but full of quieter moments as well. There’s been time for magazines and tea, spring flowers, a bit of light shopping and some creative cake baking. One of the best parts was finally finishing and launching my photo notecards on etsy.

Here’s a look back at March via Instagram:

1. A bling car. March started out with a sunny walk through Knightsbridge, the home of fast cars and lots of bling. This Mercedes was parked near Harrods and was attracting quite a bit of attention as usual. It’s owned by Russian Daria Radionova who had it covered in one million Swarovski crystals.

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

2. Street artist Neonita at work. Stu from Inspiring City invited me out to Femme Fierce, an amazing festival in the Leake Street Tunnel that took place on International Women’s Day. Somewhere around 150 female street artists from around the world for its 3rd year. Neonita was one of my favorites.

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

3. Street artist Simoni Fontana at work. The Femme Fierce artists each claimed a piece of the wall in the tunnel on which to create their murals. Some 9,000 people showed up to see them in action on the day of painting. This is another fantastic artist, Simoni Fontana, at work.

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

4. Street artist Emily Evans with Georgie’s Believe in Me piece. I didn’t actually blog about Femme Fierce, so I’m sharing all of the photos I added to Instagram from the event. I took a ton, but these are some of my favourites. This one is of Emily Evans who was actually working on the paste up to the left. The work in front of her is by Georgie, the final piece a statement against child marriage. There were quite a few hard hitting pieces created that day that were all about women’s rights.

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

5. A collaboration by street artists Cbloxx and Aylo. This one is a collaboration between Cbloxx and Aylo who are part of the Nomad Clan. There’s a great interview with Cbloxx I stumbled upon that’s worth a read. Some great stuff all around from this show. It should still be visible if you are in the area and walk through the tunnel. It’s just off of South Bank in Waterloo.

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist
6. First signs of Spring. The end of February and beginning of March bring spring blossoms in London. The weather may swing back and forth between Spring and Winter, but the flowers give us hope that the warmer temperatures are on their way. This was near a church on Walton Street in Knightsbridge.

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

7. Little Observationist mini photo notecard launch. Earlier this month, I launched 20 collections of mini photo notecards on my Etsy shop. So far, I’ve sold three boxes. Thank you! Remember how amazing it feels to receive a bit of snail mail you actually want to read? Use these to spread the love. They’re all handmade with my original photography and there are a ton to choose from.

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

8. Oakley, laptop guardian. As usual, Oakley has made it into my Instagram feed a few times this month. One of his favourite pasttimes is to sit on whatever it is I want to use at the time. He sits on novels, magazines, cookbooks, mail, paperwork, my coat, my shoes, etc. The laptop is a favourite.

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

9. A beard exhibition. Jorge and I went to Somerset House one afternoon to visit photographer Mr Elbank’s exhibition of portraits – all people with impressive beards. Fascinating. I didn’t write about it here, but Jorge wrote with more photos on his blog, Hunt for Design. Also check out #Project60 on Instagram and Twitter for more.

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

10. Sunday mornings with Kinfolk and tea. Ah, the beauty of a quiet Sunday morning when all the world is still asleep. I tend to wake up early on weekends whereas Jorge sleeps pretty late. The streets don’t fill with people and cars until mid-morning on Sundays either since the shops are still closed. Lately, I’ve been spending these lovely few hours with Kinfolk‘s latest entrepreneur issue and a cup of tea. I’m bouncing between Fortnum and Mason’s Breakfast Blend and Harrod’s English Breakfast – both of which I once got for free and now can’t stop buying. I know, I know…

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

11. A Somerset House selfie. Ah, we’re back at the beard exhibition. It was freezing this day, and super windy so we were itching to get back into the warmth. It had been a while since we took a selfie though. Seize the opportunity, right?

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

12. An unexpected piece by Pegasus. I’m always surprised when I spot a piece of street art in Knightsbridge. It’s not exactly an edgy area and although I’ve come across a few pieces, the always seem out-of-place (though in a good way, since I love street art). This is a piece by Pegasus, taken on a side street in SW7. A car was parked just in front, but luckily the owners were on their way back so I waited for them to leave.

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

13. Bouquets in Spring colours. Around this time of year, the florists tend to display their pretty blooms outside. Maybe not all of the trees are blossoming yet and some of the planted flowers are taking their time to poke their heads out of the ground, but these outdoor patches of colour certainly contribute to a feeling of Spring.

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

14. Cat in a COS bag. COS is having a huge sale this week. Who can resist these things? And Oakley always appreciates a new bag / box to play in so it’s all for a good cause, right? First thing he did when I put the bag down was crawl inside head first and then turn around and stick his head back out.

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

15. Remnants of a wedding. I love walking past the Chelsea Old Town Hall (where we got married last year!) on a weekend. The steps are almost always littered with confetti and sometimes you see bridal parties posing for photos. Normally the confetti is something like little paper hearts, but these were big beautiful petals. I would have loved to have walked by as they were being thrown!

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

16. Colourful house in Notting Hill. Last week, I wrote a post about the colourful houses in Notting Hill. This was one of my favourite photos that I took while I was wandering around the back streets – the cherry blossoms, the bright blue paint. It’s in my shop (along with a few others from that day).

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

17. Crepes in Portobello Market. The same day I walked around Notting Hill, I allowed myself to get swept up into the Portobello Market crowds for a few hours. As usual when I find myself there, I caved in and bought a nutella and banana crepe for lunch. There’s a blog post if you’re interested in more pics!

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

18. Snail mail with cat jokes. Ah, snail mail. Every few weeks, I come home after work to a letter from my grandma and it completely makes my day. Last week, a pretty Easter card arrived with a note inside telling me a few short stories. And, something she adds on occasion – a handful of cat-related jokes that she has clipped from the local newspaper and saved to put a smile on my face. Never fails. #StillLoveSnailMail.

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

19. Window stalking, interrupted. Like most indoor cats, one of Oakley’s favourite ways to pass the time is staring out the window. There’s a pub across the street and being on a bus route and so close to King’s Road, there’s a lot to look at. I was actually using the natural light to take photos of the new postcards in my etsy shop and so I was standing above him when I took this photo.

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

20. Spring garden at Designer’s Guild. I sold a box of my mini Cats of Athens photo notecards, so I took a walk to the post office on Saturday morning to send them off to Oxfordshire. Between the post office and stopping for tea at Gail’s, I got distracted by the Designer’s Guild and wandered out into the garden where they sell flower pots. I loved the bright walls and swaths of fabric. Made me with I had a garden. One day!

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

21. Easter cake. If you stopped by the blog on Monday, then you’ve already seen my Easter cake recipe! It’s carrot cake with lemon cream cheese frosting. If you’re baking this weekend, it should go over well.

Photo by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

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