Sara Darling Welcome to my wibbly world of fashion, styling and writing! Thu, 04 Jun 2020 13:02:14 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 IS ROTTERDAM THE MOST CREATIVE CITY ON THE PLANET? Thu, 04 Jun 2020 12:57:34 +0000 After my pilgrimage to ART Rotterdam 20, I definitely think it is up there.

The annual art and design show was bigger than ever- read my review for Flush magazine here

By Sara Darling
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LIFE BEFORE LOCKDOWN, WITH FOOTBALLER MEMPHIS DEPAY FOR SCHON! MAG Tue, 19 May 2020 15:04:56 +0000 I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t know much about football. Especially Dutch football! So after being commissioned to interview Dutch legend, Memphis Depay, for the cover story of Schon! magazine, I got my head down to do some research.

Thankfully, there was lots to find out! Not only known for his skills on the pitch, Depay has a huge following as a rapper- just check out his Insta to see his antics.

But even more relevant, for the “Giving Back” issue of Schon! magazine, he funds an orphanage in Africa.

Buy your copy of Schon! magazine here

Memphis Depay by  Stephanie Pistel
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SISTERS MAKE SWIMWEAR WITH A CONSCIENCE Mon, 11 May 2020 14:12:07 +0000 Taking a dip in the Med might still be a dream for all of us based in the UK, during the pandemic, but our waters are warming up and there’s no excuse not to look great on your isolation swim in Costa Del Bournemouth.

One way to wow, is by choosing discerning swimwear- that is kind to the environment at a time when everything is topsy turvy.

TUCCA Swim is a new brand by sisters Helaina and Chloe Thomas, who have pioneered materials from the oceans to create a super soft recycled nylon, made from plastic bottles.

Read more about the girls and view the collection on SoEdited.

HOW TO LOOK GOOD IN LOCKDOWN Mon, 11 May 2020 12:45:21 +0000 The days are getting longer and the sun is peeking out, so lockdown or not, it’s nearly time to get your legs out!

You may already have adopted an exercise routine that fits with your current situation, or you may not! I’m not judging. But if you are looking for some inspiration, check out this Brazilian goddess Juliana Campos on Insta..

Feel the burn!

Meet my first Talking Travels and other stuff guest…. Fri, 01 May 2020 15:56:52 +0000 Destination photographer Natalie J Watts AKA Natalie J Weddings.

So, along with the rest of the world, I have been trying to remain positive during lockdown and have been exploring different avenues for my creative output as I haven’t been able to enjoy my usual jetset lifestyle (the garden and dog walking in the park don’t count!)

Podcasts have been part of my life for a while, and I love listening to people chat- it’s like eavesdropping but much more targeted!

So, as I like to chat (and to keep myself motivated), I got a mini podcast kit from Shure and got busy learning how the wibbly wobbly world of the Pod works. Actually, with this kit, it was remarkably easy! The very dinky microphone plugs into your smart phone, which slots perfectly into the table top tripod, so you can self-record video or do voiceovers of scenery at the press of one button. As the footage the saves into your iPhone photos, the conversion to a podcast is easy peasy!

My long term intention is to interview guests on my travels face to face, but for the moment, I have guests lined up for recorded isolation chats.

Listen to my maiden voyage with Natalie, and let me know what you think!

Talking Travels and other stuff

ADVENTURES IN OMAN Mon, 06 Apr 2020 15:41:51 +0000 Arabian delights don’t come more exotic than Oman.

With endless deserts, sand dunes, mountains and mosques, as soon as you embark from the plane, you enter a Disney fantasy world.

The perfect destination for adventurers, sun-worshippers and food-lovers. It’s the opposite in just about everything to its neighbour Dubai.

Read my review for Luxury lifestyle Mag here

HOW YOU CAN BUY SHARES IN A BANKSY Thu, 05 Mar 2020 16:25:24 +0000 There are art lovers, and art investors, but not many people can do both. However, thanks to the owner of the HOFA Gallery in Mayfair, investors can buy shares in selected artwork from the “XXI” collection, and part-own a slice of history.

This revolutionary scheme is the first of its kind in the UK, and is offering some very intriguing pieces of art. So if you have a spare $500, why not get in touch with A R T C E L S at HOFA.

For the full feature, check out more on the Bespoke Black Book here

A TASTE OF ITALY IN KNIGHTSBRIDGE Thu, 05 Mar 2020 16:13:44 +0000 I headed to Maia in Knightsbridge to sample their (aherm) cocktails and rather delicious menu. It was a tough gig (not).

With a comprehensive drinks list, I whiled away some time perusing the offerings, and opted for the intriguing Balsamic Martini, which was refreshing to say the least! Other classics were available, but I??thought the tartness of the vinegar would kick start my taste buds, and it certainly did!

Read my thoughts for Bespoke Black Book here

LISBON IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA Mon, 24 Feb 2020 16:54:03 +0000 Whether you are a first time visitor, or have been to Lisbon before, the contrast of old and new is spectacular. With the imposing S?o Jorge Castle with its Baroque design and dramatic carved spires dominating the skyline, there is plenty to inspire, and although the city is accessible by foot, be warned, the hills are steep!

My trip seems ages away- hopefully I will be back soon!

Read my review for Stylenest here

Whether you are a first time visitor, or have been to Lisbon before, the contrast of old and new is spectacular. With the imposing S?o Jorge Castle with its Baroque design and dramatic carved spires dominating the skylin
Living Art in Lisbon
Lisbon tram
MY FAVE AW20 TRENDS FROM LONDON FASHION WEEK Mon, 24 Feb 2020 16:10:57 +0000 LONDON FASHION WEEK has just left the building, and the Autumn-Winter trends for 2020 couldn’t have been more timely! Not that I am wishing my life away, but I could certainly wrap myself up in several of the key pieces right now! Roll on spring….

In the meantime, check out my report for IntoView magazine, and see if any of the collections get you excited…

Fashion is cyclical- trends are recycled and it’s hard to come up with something that is completely new. That is, unless you are deliberately re-jigging something old and transforming it with a new lease of life.

Ashley Williams