Guest Post: Compai in London

Help me welcome Justina

as today’s blogging guest! Justina co-writes a popular blog (of my all-time faves) called Compai, and I am so happy to have her here on Passport To Design to dazzle you with the inspiration she was met with while visiting the United Kingdom!

I have yet to visit England myself, but it’s up there on a long list of must-sees. Ready? Here’s a wicked photo-essay post from Justina:

London, Baby!

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.


My favorite building is a building in London. Not sure what it is, or why it says Take Courage on the outside, but the brick, the silhouette and the positive message are all intriguing and mysterious. I love designs that make you wonder.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

I took these photos in London last year. As a designer, I find traveling to be the best form of inspiration. I try to capture everything I can–from signs street art for graphic inspiration, to food and nature, for color inspiration– and also more literal subjects like shop windows and the local people. London is an amazing city for design inspiration because it is so multi-cultural, and such a different kind of multi-cultural than here in the States. Everything excites me, from Notting Hill to Brick Lane, the expansive museums, the river, the posh-ness and the gritty-ness, the undergrounds and the Liberty Shop.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

Image courtesy of Justina Blakeney.

I’m Justina Blakeney, co-founder of Compai,  designer, author, consultant, upcycler, and blogger.  After 7 years living and working in Italy and two years in Brooklyn working in publishing,  I now run Compai Creative out of L.A..


Compai Creative is a design studio and consultancy that provides design services, styling and creative consulting to fashion and lifestyle brands.

Thanks for such a refreshing post, Justina! I love how you were able to convey your thoughts about London and the inspiration you encountered there through photos. My university photography studio professor would be proud!

I highly recommend following Justina on twitter (@justinablakeney), checking out her fab blog, Compai, checking out her cool photos on Flickr and following along with Justina’s impeccable sense of style via her Pinterest forum. I promise you that this girl is a powerhouse of talent and inspiration. Just read her blog and follow your networks to see for yourself :)

Don’t forget that there’s another guest post up next Thursday again – stay tuned for some eye candy from South America thanks to Mary from MarnieStyle!

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7 Comments

  1. I love Compai too! And I also love London! I have only really traveled Europe, but London was one of those cities where I felt that I could move to and love it! Thanks for all the inspiration Justina!

  2. Such beautiful photographs. London is a city I’d love to see and you’ve inspired me to make sure I stop there one day.

  3. I’m not sure how I still haven’t made it to London, but hopefully one day soon I need to get out there.

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