uk days } part three

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i went to oxford street to buy a dress and ended up buying shoes. i hate shopping and had to soothe myself by...um...shopping

i went to oxford street to buy a dress and ended up buying shoes. i hate shopping and had to soothe myself by…um…shopping

after my failed shopping attempt (some have experienced me as a shopper, you know who you are!) i returned home to this yummy aubergine lunch prepared for me by nelli and tareq's housekeeper ludmilla

after my failed shopping attempt (some have experienced me as a shopper, you know who you are!) i returned home to this yummy aubergine lunch prepared for me by nelli and tareq’s housekeeper ludmilla

i ended up wearing my 'secretary' opening dress but needed to edge it up a little so borrowed this killer clutch and some bling from nelli

later on for dinner i ended up wearing my ‘secretary’ opening dress, edging  it up a little with this killer clutch and some bling i borrowed from nelli

later on at the ritz restaurant, michelle waits patiently for her caprice salad to arrive

later on at the ritz restaurant, michelle waits patiently for her caprice salad to arrive

me, christina and her wiggly tooth. both christina and i had our shoes off but sshhh...don't tell anyone!

me, christina and her wiggly tooth. both christina and i had our shoes off

tareq and me

tareq and me

a ritz chandelier taken by michelle. by the way, nelli, the birthday girl, WAS there but she refuses to be photographed. we're going to need to break her if she wants to be part of the alkandari family

a ritz chandelier taken by michelle. by the way, nelli, the birthday girl, WAS there but she refuses to be photographed. we’re going to need to break her if she wants to be part of the alkandari family

google maps was such an asshole to me this morning. or maybe it was just me. we had a bad day

google maps was such an asshole to me this morning. or maybe it was just me. we had a bad day

what a delight to find the rose issa gallery! the last time i was here was in 2012. i love that matthew's work was the first thing i saw when i turned into this street

what a delight to find the rose issa gallery! the last time i was here was in 2012. i love that matthew’s work was the first thing i saw when i turned into this street

matthew corbin bishop's 'gulf group', 'north africa group' and 'levant group' series. matthew works obsessively and meticulously to reproduce these stamps

matthew corbin bishop’s ‘gulf group’, ‘north africa group’ and ‘levant group’ series. matthew works obsessively and meticulously to reproduce these stamps

a very elegantly hung exhibition with beautiful, heart-moving pieces. here, works by farhad ahrarnia (the dig, composition no. xii), ayman baalbaki (american embassy), bita ghezelayagh (talismanic fragment) and shiah armajani ('my father had once a pear tree')

a very elegantly hung exhibition with beautiful, heart-moving pieces. here, works by farhad ahrarnia (the dig, composition no. xii), ayman baalbaki (american embassy), bita ghezelayagh (talismanic fragment) and shiah armajani (‘my father had once a pear tree’)

matthew and his stamps

matthew and his stamps

back home, today's lunch by ludmilla. she is taking really good care of me

back home, today’s lunch by ludmilla. she is taking really good care of me

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