Sorry its taken me so long to write my ‘difficult second album’/2nd blog post – the will was there but its been a crazy couple of weeks here at Lee Renée HQ! On the jewellery side, loads of very exciting things to be announced and tell you about in the next couple of weeks once I’m allowed to scream it from the rafters! But on the fun factor quotient that’s been pretty off the scale too. My Olympics was top and tailed with Festivals so my experience was more ‘cultural Olympiad’, apart from when we went to see the Men’s 10k swim at Hyde Park – glorious to soak up the atmosphere and see so many smiley people in London, but didn’t have the foggiest who actually won the swimathon. For me, the Olympics started 2 weeks ago on a farm in Bruton, Somerset at a lovely bohemian music gathering of about 5000 called Farmfest where it’s all about the hog roast, the stunning countryside, chilling with friends, hearing new music and brushing your teeth with gin in the morning to shake off last night’s hangover! This year they added live Amateur Wrestling, tug o war and a bouncy castle assault-course to proceedings - felt just like Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening if viewed through a crackpipe!
It was our friend Tim’s 30th birthday, so on the Saturday we had an amazing adult version of a Kid’s Tea party near our tents, with party hats, cakes, sandwiches, lots of Pimms and even more red wine. When The Standards played that afternoon they got the whole music tent to sing Happy Birthday and orchestrated an impromptu stage invasion – wonderous and mega cute.
As London has been awash with colour and crackling with heat and excitement for the past fortnight it’s made it a truly beautiful place to live, with parks and funfairs popping up on the Thames– everywhere I look recently there’s a new installation or something bright and shiny to attract the magpie in me.
I had to give airtime to Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with artist and dotty glam-ma Yayoi Kusama – she has created a surreal and visually breathtaking window display that goes up 2 floors – disturbingly lifelike models of her intertwined with playful 12ft red and white shiny polkadot tentacles and cute yet sinister cactus-flower eyes – I like my art to be slightly bonkers and red is my favourite colour in the world so this ticked all the boxes.
Last weekend we were at Hyde Park with 100,000 other revellers (although the bar crush made it feel like double that) to watch Blur and The Specials. It was an amazing gig, the sun shone, they played their heart out and we missed Russell Brand singing I am the Walrus on the tele so all good (love you Russell, but please no).
That’s it for now, have a lovely weekend in the sun, Lee x