Obviously make up and beauty related topics are what I normally blog about, but my interests are varied and hopefully if you are a follower of this blog, you won't mind me venturing out to other topics. Being interested in all things pretty also transcends to home decor, and I am always looking for ways to beautify my home. I went to Greenwich market yesterday, a favourite place of mine where you can find some unique and beautiful items. I noticed a shop there before that I hadn't seen before called Elephant Parade. If you live in or have visited London recently you will probably have noticed these giant elephant statues dotted all over. The idea behind Elephant Parade is to raise money for, and ultimately save endangered elephants. I absolutely love elephants, I think they are beautiful, powerful yet gentle creatures and one of my favourite animals, I couldn't imagine a world without them. My Mum is also a big lover of elephants, which is probably where I get it from so when I saw the Elephant Parade shop I had to have a browse. The shop was full of statues of elephants, in various sizes, each one a unique piece of art. Elephant Parade started in 2007 in Rotterdam and has come to London for 2010. There are about 250 different painted elephants and you can buy statues of each of the larger, original ones. The larger ones will be up for auction in July, and the smaller ones available in the shops are limited edition, the number available depending on how many the artist made. I bought myself one, and one for my Mum for her birthday. They are both from the 2009 Elephant Parade held in Amsterdam. I kind of wanted London ones, and thought that's what I was buying, but I didn't realise until I got home that the parade has been held in various locations before. I think they are both gorgeous anyway, and it was so hard to choose. If you want to have a look at the elephants, you can buy them from the website here and here. Next door to the Elephant Parade shop is a shop called Lush Designs. I have been lusting after a light shade from there for about a year (!) so after moving rooms I thought it was as good a time as any to finally buy one. Lush Designs is a small independent shop that sell interior textile items such as light shades, cushions, as well as clocks and bags with quirky prints on them. I really wanted a large light shade, and managed to find myself one in the sale part of the shop marked at £20, down from £38, I'm such a bargain hunter! It was a little damaged, but it's only a crease mark, it's not ripped and you can't tell once the shade is hanging up. I love the monkey design on this one. Check out Lush Designs here.
I love that my room is finally starting to take shape. I will have to post a picture of the whole room so you can get a real feel. Enjoy the rest of your weekend ladies. xXx