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Accessorise - Alice in Wonderland


A trend we have seen blooming since festival season is that of the flower band. True romantics are in love with this beautiful head deco. Darker shades of the bloom are cutting contrasting looks with rock-chics and edgier dressers. A-L caught up with Sophie King, founder of Crown and Glory to look at some of her recent creations.

Known as the crowning flower queen we can see why ladies certainly are in waiting for her beautiful creations. Back in 2011 Sophie King recognised the opportunity of creating the perfect hair accessory, not being able to find such a product she set off and created her market.

The result of that first spontaneous project was Crown and Glory, which in the time since the first collection of assorted, hand painted butterfly pieces hit the internet has expanded into an international fashion accessories brand that boasts fans such as Poppy Delevigne, Millie Mackintosh and Rosie Fortescue, popstrels Gabrielle Aplin, Amelia Lily and Little Mix and prominent fashion bloggers alike.

Quitting Spectator Sports


He was an American guy, fresh out of university, doing some mix of public relations and something like espionage for the Chinese government in Shanghai. Interesting guy - I'd been shooting pool by myself and he asked if I'd be up for a game. Sure.

So we chatted - he was in Shanghai to go through the Expo and talk to everyone foreign about their experiences. Being a young, white, American guy with a light East Coast accent, he blended in and was basically invisible. He was able to get an impression of what journalists really thought and people at the Expo really thought. He was getting paid decently for this and having a really fun time.

He added that he wasn't just there to make sure the publicity for the Expo was good: When he reported in that a number of people felt that workmanship setting up their display areas was shoddy and the local contractors had cheated them, Shanghai officials reached out to them, made it right, and took the contractors to task.

He seemed like a solid guy, athletic, hard working, smart, well read - kind of guy that's going to do a lot in life. I used to live in Boston, so I asked him if he followed the Red Sox or Celtics.

I still remember his answer. "No, I don't like spectator sports. Playing sports, sure. Spectator sports, no."

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