Vintage London Theatreland

The architecture, the Ivy, lights and greasepaint, means it can only be London’s West End.

Vintage London Theatreland

Vintage London Theatreland

And witnessing “42nd Street” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, is like closing the seal on a living, tap-dancing time capsule right in the heart of London’s vintage Theatreland.

Royal Box or Stalls at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Royal Box or Stalls at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

I realize how unique the sense of style was for the minds behind “42nd Street,” in my vlog (below). Our giftings and therefore our imprint, no matter what our vocation, is so specific for the time into which we are born!

 

And in person, Bonnie Langford is nothing like the moody diva, Dorothy Brock, she’s playing at Drury Lane!

Douglas Rickard meets Bonnie Langford from 42nd Street

Douglas Rickard meets Bonnie Langford from 42nd Street

 

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Top 3 Hottest T-Shirts 2018

The heat is rising and it’s time for tees. Here are three hot, pertinent and unusual up and coming best sellers from my Redbubble shop I’d love to draw your attention to!

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Stage Door TShirts

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Stage Door TShirts

My most popular “Stage Door London” shirts are those from the back view of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Shown in Slim Fit Unisex | Classic | and Women’s Relaxed Fit.

Samoyed TShirts

Samoyed TShirts

My dog art’s simple line drawings make for a strong t-shirt design. How your Samoyed side in Slim Fit Unisex | Classic | and Women’s Relaxed Fit!

Andrew Jackson Great Awakening TShirts

Andrew Jackson Great Awakening TShirts

And if you’re really woke to what’s going on in the Great Awakening and enjoy history, you could honor Andrew Jackson’s presidential quote through all the summer in Slim Fit Unisex | Classic | and Women’s Relaxed Fit too.

4 days only: Classic & Unisex tees starting at $15. Other select tees starting at $20!

Butterflies, Easter Eggs and Tea Sets

 

A butterfly where you put your thumb on a Villari teacup

A butterfly where you put your thumb on a Villari teacup

Gold Painted Yellow Tea Set

Gold Painted Yellow Tea Set

Giant Easter Egg in London store

Giant Easter Egg in London store

Instead of catching butterflies I stumbled across some tea sets while shopping for Easter eggs!

Easter eggs

Easter eggs

Easter displays at Fortnum and Mason

Easter displays at Fortnum and Mason

Douglas Rickard Easter egg shopping in Harrods

Douglas Rickard Easter egg shopping in Harrods

So, take a tour of Villari’s very own blooming butterflies in this video, where the teapots look as mouth-watering at the Easter eggs!

Villari

Villari

Villari Butterfly Tea Set

Villari Butterfly Tea Set

Blue Tea Set by Villari

Blue Tea Set by Villari

 

Of all the Jewels in Mayfair The Largest Diamond In The World

Graff Diamonds New Bond Street

Graff Diamonds New Bond Street

Spring 2018 at Ralph Lauren

Spring 2018 at Ralph Lauren

Spring 2018 Burberry windows

Spring 2018 Burberry windows

Spring colors appear in high-end boutique windows and also on fashion adorning the denizens of New Bond Street.

A denizen of New Bond Street admires spring flower bulbs

A denizen of New Bond Street admires spring flower bulbs

Spring flower bulbs on New Bond Street

Spring flower bulbs on New Bond Street

Chanel on New Bond Street

Chanel on New Bond Street

And in this video, you’ll get a further burst of everything on the color spectrum yourself when I take you inside Sotheby’s Diamonds salon on the same street to see a 192.34-carat white diamond described as “blazing with brilliant firework-like display” as it turns in the light.

Sothebys Diamonds New Bond Street

Sothebys Diamonds New Bond Street

Douglas Rickard at Sothebys Diamonds

Douglas Rickard at Sothebys Diamonds

The largest diamond in the world

The largest diamond in the world

16 strange sights of London

Earlier this month I went on a walking tour of London like you never have or will experience again with a bunch of YouTubers!
I recorded 16 weird, sometimes creepy but mostly beautiful of the unusual sight and sound experiences along the way during “Lumiere London”. And I added my own tongue in cheek take on each of them.
So, starting with number one, let’s go!

1. Leicester Square, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Nightlife,”

1 Leicester Square Lantern Company with Jo Pocock Nightlife

1. Leicester Square, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Nightlife”

2. Chinatown, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Flamingo Flyway,”

2 Chinatown Lantern Company with Jo Pocock Flamingo Flyway

2. Chinatown, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Flamingo Flyway,”

3. Trafalgar Square, Collectif Coin: “Child Hood,”

3 Trafalgar Square Collectif Coin Child Hood

3. Trafalgar Square, Collectif Coin: “Child Hood”

Don’t forget to take in all the sounds too in this full ten minute video above.

4. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Ron Haselden: Echelle,”

4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Church Ron Haselden Echelle

4. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Ron Haselden: Echelle”

5. Hotel Cafe Royal, Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein: “Voyage,”

5 Hotel Cafe Royal Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein Voyage

5. Hotel Cafe Royal, Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein: “Voyage”

6. St. James’s Market, Studio Roso: “Reflektor,”

6 St Jamess Market Studio Roso Reflektor

6. St. James’s Market, Studio Roso: “Reflektor”

7. Grosvenor Square, Michael Davis: “Illumaphonium,”

7 Grosvenor Square Michael Davis Illumaphonium

7. Grosvenor Square, Michael Davis: “Illumaphonium”

8. Seven Dials, Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille: “Aquarium,”

8 Seven Dials Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille Aquarium

8. Seven Dials, Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille: “Aquarium”

9. South Crescent, Imagination: “A-BIT IMMERSIVE,”

9 South Crescent Imagination A-BIT IMMERSIVE

9. South Crescent, Imagination: “A-BIT IMMERSIVE”

10. South Crescent, Simeon Nelson, Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman: “Cosmoscope,”

10 South Crescent Simeon Nelson Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman Cosmoscope

10. South Crescent, Simeon Nelson, Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman: “Cosmoscope”

11. Tottenham Court Road, Cirque Bijou: “The Umbrella Project,”

11 Tottenham Court Road Cirque Bijou The Umbrella Project

11. Tottenham Court Road, Cirque Bijou: “The Umbrella Project”

12. Pearson Square, Ulf Pedersen: “Droplets,”

12 Pearson Square Ulf Pedersen Droplets

12. Pearson Square, Ulf Pedersen: “Droplets”

13. South Audley Street, Simon Corder: “Bough 3,”

13 South Audley Street Simon Corder Bough 3

13. South Audley Street, Simon Corder: “Bough 3”

14. Mount Street Gardens, Atsara: “[M]ondes,”

14 Mount Street Gardens Atsara Mondes

14. Mount Street Gardens, Atsara: “[M]ondes”

15. Berkeley Square, Cédric Le Borgne: “Was That a Dream?”

15 Berkeley Square Cedric Le Borgne Was That a Dream

15. Berkeley Square, Cédric Le Borgne: “Was That a Dream?”

16. South Molton Street, Lateral Office and CS Design (Produced by L4 Studio and Wireframe Studio): “Impulse”.

16 South Molton Street Lateral Office and CS Design Impulse

16. South Molton Street, Lateral Office and CS Design (Produced by L4 Studio and Wireframe Studio): “Impulse”

 

London 2017 Christmas Lights and Store Windows

It’s my annual review of the London Christmas store windows and Christmas lights in a double length, double decker filled vlog! I choose my three favorite store windows and wind up in front of a brass band at Piccadilly Circus, having covered Harrods, Selfridges, John Lewis and more.

Just as iconic as travelling down the River Nile by boat, being on a red London double-decker bus going down Oxford Street.

2017 Christmas lights from a London double decker bus

2017 Christmas lights from a London double decker bus

Fortnum & Mason has luxurious side windows full of their wares. Hear their clock and watch the William Fortnum and Hugh Mason figures in motion in my YouTube video.

Fortnum & Mason London at Christmas

Fortnum & Mason London at Christmas

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana communicate family, tradition and celebration in their very own Harrods Christmas store windows.

Dolce & Gabbana Christmas windows at Harrods

Dolce & Gabbana Christmas windows at Harrods

Watch them turn on the Harrods Christmas tree lights in this extra video of the occasion.

Douglas Rickard reviews Selfridges 2017 Christmas store windows

Douglas Rickard reviews Selfridges 2017 Christmas store windows

These 2017 Selfridges Christmas windows remind me of an old film set in wartime Britain like “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”. Walking past these windows is like watching a really British Christmas parade march past.

Ralph Lauren London Christmas Teddy Bears

Ralph Lauren London Christmas Teddy Bears

So I hope you enjoy my take on this year’s Christmas store windows all around London in my annual vlog (below)!

Starbucks break recording my London Christmas lights vlog

Starbucks break recording my London Christmas lights vlog

And (name misspelled of course!) at my fave Starbucks on Vigo Street with a Toffee Nut Latte, taking a break from recording!

Buying ACEOs and what you are saying

I wanted to share with you some Buyer feedback in my eBay store over the past year and what people have been saying about their ACEO art card purchases from me.

“It’s absolutely perfect, Thank you very much! ++++”

…wrote an eBay Buyer about what I call a delicate and powerful charcoal whippet portrait. Then again, let’s face it, with their speed and graceful looks, whippets are absolutely perfect after all!

absolutely perfect whippet ACEO

absolutely perfect whippet ACEO

Another eBay Buyer described my military ACEO art for the Armed Forces as…

“meaningful,”

…and this one includes Romans 13:3-4 printed on the border.

Meaningful military art ACEO

Meaningful military art ACEO

And…

“Wonderful – very pleased with multiple purchase… lovely detail and colors… fantastic artwork – high quality prints…”

…were the more than three lovely things this eBay Buyer said about these three princess ACEOs of mine.

Wonderful Princess ACEO art cards

Wonderful Princess ACEO art cards

So why not check out my eBay store for the ACEOs you’d choose to either gift or collect this upcoming Christmas season!