Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration goes on tour!

Cute as a Cupcake cupcakes at the ACOFI book tour at Tatty Devine. They were delicious.

(Apologies in advance for the lack of photographs. For more images of the event, please visit Amelia’s Magazine.)

Can somebody organise my life for me? Where are the hours and days going? I barely say hello to them before they sneakily vanish, lost forever. I haven’t been blogging as much as I’d like to, or completing as many job applications as I should do, or achieving any short-term goals. A time machine would be so appreciated right about now. But as there is no such device in existence, yet(I live in hope), I shall waste no more time and tell you about some of the things I have been up to this month. First up, Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration Book Tour!

An engaged audience at ACOFI book tour at Tatty Devine in Covent Garden

My blog didn’t really take off until earlier this year when I wrote about Amelia’s Magazine, after which, I have found myself deep in the ebb(well okay, not that deep) of the fashion blogging circle, so it was only right that I attend the first of many book tour events for Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration, especially as it was taking place in my ‘hood.

Post presentation social

Unfortunately I arrived late due to having to attend the Save it with a Scarf launch at Liberty London, so I had missed most of Amelia’s presentation. The Tatty Devine store in Covent Garden was filled with an eager audience, which flowed out onto the steps of the store and as I as peered into the shop, I caught Amelia’s animated and encouraging enthusiasm and advice on the importance of social networking and Twitter in particular.

Thereafter there were questions and answers, the eating of the cutest cupcakes by Cute as a Cupcake and thirst quenching with Juiceology drinks and the distribution of luxurious Dr. Hauschka samples which my skin was very much in need of. I met many a talented soul including illustrator Gemma Milly, Maria Papadimitriou of Plastic Seconds, Veronica Crespi of Rewardrobe and admired many a beautiful creature (Amelia always seems to attract pretty folk – see here) and said a very brief ‘How do you do?’ to Amelia’s lovely mother Ursula again who wore another wonderful Tatty Devine creation (unfortunately I was rather lazy with my camera and didn’t take a picture). Of course I had completely forgotten to bring my copy of Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration to sign – very much a ‘facepalm’ moment, so I shall have to chase that up at the next opportunity.

Amelia and Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration have been all over the UK this month, but if you’ve missed them fear not! You can still catch the book tour at the Tatty Devine store on Brick Lane on Tuesday 7th June from 6pm – 10pm.



Akeela Bhattay is a Brummi born, London based freelance creative writer, storyteller and sometimes fashion stylist. Her work has been published on Huffington Post UK, ABTA Magazine, Welcome to London magazine, Haute Arabia, Amelia's Magazine and The Longest Stay. She can be found ferociously typing away at her laptop or sharing images of her travels on Instagram, whilst enjoying the perfect espresso. Lover of vintage, gadget geek and Xbox gamer and has a penchant for hurtling off into a daydream coma.


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