This month we are going international with designs inspired by destinations and events from around the world.
All the planning has been completed, the torch relay finished, the opening ceremony conducted and the competition has begun ... ”Let the games begin” as the famous saying goes and they sure have. With a huge bang and as spectacular as ever, the London 2012 Olympics are underway. The city doesn’t need the Games to make it famous as London is littered with historical and indelible landmarks that give the city its character and personality.
One of the strengths of London is the sheer variety of things to do and see. There is truly something for everyone. Shopping can also be the sole reason for people to visit London. Again, in terms of shopping, there is something for everyone – from vintage fashions, majestic department stores to chic markets.
Here are our Top 5 attractions in London:
1. The world-famous British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times from around the world.
2. The EDF Energy London Eye is a major feature of London's skyline. It is the world's highest observation wheel.
3. Take a tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around the Tower of London, one of the world's most famous buildings.
4. At Madame Tussauds, you'll come face-to-face with some of the world's most famous faces.
5. Abbey Road Studios is a recording studio located at 3 Abbey Road, St John's Wood, City of Westminster, London, England. It was established in November 1931 by the Gramophone Company, a predecessor of British music company EMI, its present owner. It is most notable as being the venue in the 1960s for innovative recording techniques adopted by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Hollies, Badfinger, and others.
To celebrate the London 2012 Olympics and everything British, Linen House have released a brand new quilt cover design called Abbey Rd under their Vintage label which is in store now. Bring the best of British style to your bedroom with this linen featuring a collage of popular London landmarks and English cultural icons. Printed on cotton sateen and shown with Big Ben European pillowcases and coordinating cushions.
Hawaii is our next stop on our international diary. The fresh, floral air energises you. The warm, tranquil waters refresh you. The breathtaking, natural beauty renews you. Look around. There’s no place on earth like Hawaii. Whether you're a new visitor or returning, Hawaii’s six unique islands offer distinct experiences that will entice any traveller.
It's warm in Hawaii, so pack your summer attire. You may want to bring a jacket or sweater for the evenings. Bring warmer clothes if you plan on visiting higher elevations like Haleakala National Park in Maui. Suits and ties are very rarely worn here. Bring some casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan on experiencing Hawaii's nightlife. You can buy an aloha shirt and flip-flops (or slippers, as the locals call them) when you get there.
Hawaii has six islands to choose from and they all offer their own unique experiences to the traveller. Below is a outline of each island to help you plan your trip.
KAUAI - The oldest and northernmost island in the Island chain is graced with dramatic, natural beauty. Outdoor adventures and romantic escapades flourish on Kauai. Explore the beaches of the Coconut Coast, see Waimea Canyon, "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific," or take a boat ride to marvel at the towering cliffs of the Napali Coast.
OAHU - Home to the state capitol and the majority of Hawaii's population, Oahu is a vibrant mix of natural and cultural wonders with the modern arts, entertainment and amenities of the 21st century. See pro surfers charge the big winter waves of the legendary North Shore, relive American history at the memorials and museums of Pearl Harbor, or soak up the sun and take a surfing lesson on Waikiki Beach.
MOLOKAI - With almost half of its population being of Native Hawaiian ancestry, Molokai is an island that has preserved its connection to the past and its love for the outdoors. Step back in time to the sleepy town of Kaunakakai, view the verdant flora in Halawa Valley, or learn about the works of Saint Damien at Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
LANAI - Without a single traffic light, Lanai is a true island getaway for luxury, romance and privacy away from crowds. Get away from it all at Lanai’s opulent resorts in Hulopoe Bay and Lanai City, see the rock formations at Keahiakawelo, or 4-wheel drive amongst the pine trees along the Munro Trail.
MAUI - The second largest island is home to what some believe are the best beaches in the world. The waters off of Maui are also some of the best places in the world to whale watch every winter. Wake up early to catch the Haleakala sunrise, stroll through the historic hot spot of Lahaina town, or drive the long and winding road to Hana for spectacular scenery.
HAWAII ISLAND - Larger than all of the other islands combined, Hawaii Island, or Hawaii, the Big Island, is vast enough to hold 11 of the world’s 13 climactic zones—from sandy beaches to snowcapped mountains. See waterfalls, rainforests and botanical gardens in Hilo, explore the calm and clear water of Kona, or view Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Why not escape to a surfing holiday in Hawaii - vintage style! Honolulu bed linen from Linen House Vintage features a collage of retro graphics and photo images printed on cotton sateen. The printed pattern reverse and piping trim add the final touches to this fun design!