It’s day 53 of the Olympic torch route and today it will travel through; Oxford, Abingdon, Wallingford, Crowmarsh Gifford, Nettlebed, Henley-on-Thames, Bisham Abbey, Maidenhead, Burnham, Slough, Windsor, Egham, Ascot, Bracknell and Reading.
Now, I know it can’t go to EVERY town and village in the land but why was Marlow missed out, just like why was David Beckham left out of the Olympic football team? They are both pretty, have great sporting prowess and I love them both but they weren’t included and it sucks. Many local people were up in arms that the torch wouldn’t be carried across our splendid, white suspension bridge and over the Thames where Sir Steve Redgrave began his rowing career. There’s no good answer to either of these questions which in my book we have missed out in both cases and feel a bit cheated.
Looking on the bright-side however, we’re less than two weeks away from the opening ceremony and the frenzy surrounding this iconic event which brings me nicely onto my ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ which is all things Olympic.
So, on your marks, get set, go:
- Love Lemonade is a funky online jewellery story with a great Olympic thing going on. They’ve got some gorgeous designs but my favourite is the Union Jack bangle stack in red white and blue, http://www.lovelemonade.com/special-offer-bangle-sets-c70/lemonade-copy-lemonade-crystal-bangles-set-union-jack-p949
- For laid back, stylish downtime, you can’t go wrong with the beautiful Stella McCartney Team GB collection. Made up of super-soft, uber-chic pieces that are made for chilling out but good enough to wear out too, and not just to yoga.
- Sporting design is under the spotlight at the Design Museum from 26th July to 18 November and is apparently a ‘must see’ collection.
- If it’s something eye-catching you want then you can’t put a foot out-of-place with a pair of K-Swiss K-ONA running shoes. They come in a striking red, white and blue Union Jack design and offer maximum comfort for when you are standing around waiting for the next race to start.
- If I had endless pots of money, I’d still write my blog as I love it, but I’d splash out on a vintage sports print sofa from Baker and Stonehouse (£2,399) and sit on it like Carrie B and tap away writing to my heart’s content.
- Pinky Laing’s new collection of luxury military jackets launch this week and I adore this truly British brand. They mix vintage with contemporary and the result is a stunning explosion of colour and style any true fashionista will add to their wish list http://www.pinkylaing/
- I know most people send emails and texts, but if you want to put pen to paper, Smythson’s ‘Best of British’ note lets are their nod to the games and the bold design and embossed details feel almost regal.
- There is some really unusual jewellery with an Olympic theme from Tatty Devine this season. The best, in my opinion, is the gold, Swarovski crystal studded medal that’s hung from a swatch of official Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Ribbon; www.tattydevine.com
- For kiddies it is easy, head to Next (http://www.next.co.uk/london-2012/). From the London bus bib, guitar flag t-shirt, sun dresses and pretty pumps they’ve loads of funky bits for boys and girls that look fab, won’t break the bank and don’t scream ‘I’m a tourist’.
- Finally, you can get in the mood with the re-release of the Chariots of Fire theme tune which is out on 13th July and bound to evoke memories from times gone by; da da da da da da…..