Tuesday, 13 April 2010

I really should be....

I really should be packing. I really should be tidying. I really should be doing something productive! Unfortunately for me I get distracted too easily. I found a bunch of old Elle magazines under my bed. I love looking through old magazines and seeing how styles have changed, what you used to think was cool and obsess over! Some of the shoots in these magazines are so beautiful, as well as the adverts that ran alongside them. Here are a few adverts which caught my eye. These are all from the 2004/2005 issues of Elle, I can't believe that it was 6 years ago, it seems like yesterday!


It's a shame that the colours didn't come out bright on these photos because in the magazine the colours are so vivid and bright that it catches your eye and tropical beauty comes into your head.

Stella McCartney:Sonia Rykiel:
Burberry: The stunning as usual Kate Moss showing off Burberry. I am in love with this advert. To me this advert conjures up images of summer. Who wouldn't want to be sat on a swing in the summer wearing a burberry dress surrounded by roses!?
Miu Miu:Those feather head dresses are so beautiful!
Moschino Cheap and Chic:I love the merry-go-round in this advert. Looking at this advert makes me think of the Alice In Wonderland vibe that seems to be around everywhere at the moment.
The simpleness of this advert is what caught my eye, that and the red hair!
Right I really must get on and do something productive as London times await this evening. I can not wait to be back in Laaaaaandan town, for some reason it always brings with it excitement and I don't think I will ever tire of being there.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

A little bit of a catch up part two...

The end of February seemed to be a bit of a blur and everything seemed to go a bit pear shaped, but hey things all work out ok in the end don’t they? So March arrived and the fun times carried on...

With Easter around the corner it would seem only right to consume many eggs

And it seems like spring is finally on the way and the freezing weather is behind us

Train journeys aplenty
And baking wheat free polenta cake
My hair was cut short again
Managed to escape work for the week to see my boyfriend in sunny Jersey
We saw a pheasant. I got over excited and nearly caused a car accident. Standard really!
Gorged on many a delicious meal
Walked many a beach
We saw bears and meerkats And had some sushi
Stayed at a posh hotel and had a relaxing massage before sitting out in the sunshine

Then back home to reality and work, not so fun times. It was my brother’s birthday so some more celebrating had to be done, so not all bad then!

The clocks changed this morning which meant we lost a precious hour's sleep, at least this means that the days will be getting lighter, a true sign that summer is on it's way. I'm off to bake some blondies, never made them before so could be interesting!

Saturday, 27 March 2010

A little bit of a catch up, part one...

I can’t believe that it was over a month ago since I last wrote anything! Hmm let me try and bring everyone up to speed with what I’ve been getting up to. So February was...

filled with beautiful flowers from my boyfriend

Delicious food with my mum and gran

Many a shopping trip to Birmingham and spending too much of my wages whoops!

Yummy gyoza soup

Happy times with this girlie, she is the best

A bit too much time spent in the baby food section, note to self no matter how much baby food sounds tasty it is not, it will always resemble sick!

Too many starbucks drinks

London trips checking out the uni for next year. We managed to fit in a bit too much of this:

Who doesn’t love a bit of Wagamamas though?
Managed to go to a very cool bar on Bricklane, I envy my friend for living 5 minutes away from it!
Yes that is a fishbowl of mojitosThen shopping and taking in the delights of Liberty and Carnaby StreetI love the floral print!

Went to the amazing lomo shop and brought my first Diana camera.
I've been using my new camera but haven't had the film developed yet so it will be interesting to see how they turn out.
Hope everyone had a great february!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Heart Delights

Isn't this the cutest fabric? I got it from Lush today, technically it is meant to be used for wrapping gifts, instead I am going to turn it into a bag!

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Easy like Sunday Morning

Sundays in my opinion were meant to be lazy, there is something very satisfying in doing nothing much and having no plans. Today has been filled with sitting in coffee shops, watching America's next top model reruns with my mum, reading the Sunday papers and getting angry with the sewing machine! I have been working on making a practice bag which was going well until the sewing machine randomly stopped working. Crisis averted the bag turned out pretty well so I shall be making some for real next time.

Flicking through the Style magazine from the Sunday Times I came across the Taylor Swift article. Normally I am not a fan of Taylor Swift, she seems a bit too goody goody for my liking, that said though she is beginning to grow on me. I didn't read the article but the photos caught my eye, they were originally from the New York Times Style Magazine. In them she looks beautiful, like a porcelain doll complete with pigtails and bows. For some reason she also reminds me of Cassie from Skins in the pics, how I wish Skins was still what it used to be!

If you got a copy of the Sunday Times this week I'd definately look through the Style mag, there are some very beautiful things in it. Particularly check out the Paris couture article, oh how there are too many wonderful dresses to look at!

Sunday, 31 January 2010


So things have been a little bit sketchy in more ways than one. Life suddenly has been catapulted into this topsy turvy world where things do not make sense anymore. Have you ever felt that moment when you feel so indescribably happy that you can't help but smile and everything seems like it is coming together? If you feel like that then fantastic, remember that feeling and hold on to it for as long as possible, do not try to sabotage it and ruin it for yourself. This may sound really daft but I am being completely honest here, make yourself happy and put your insecurities to one side.

Right so random advice aside the other sketchiness in my life is that I have finally done something about my lack of artistic ability, or rather I am about to! I am going to attempt my first efforts at fashion sketching today. I have brought the pencils and the sketch book so I have no excuse to put it off! I guess practice makes perfect!
One of my favourite fashion illustrators is Rene Gruau who worked with many designers and magazines to create these stunning pictures. His work was also used for advertising including Cinzano, Air France and not forgetting the Moulin Rouge. I think his work is magnificent and captures the old school sense of glamour. He worked with fashion houses such as Givenchy, Balenciaga, Lanvin, and perhaps most importantly Dior; where he gave them their 'New Look' collection in 1947. Even though he was Italian, to me his pictures always seem to capture that highly sort after Parisian chic.

Here are a few more pictures for you to enjoy

Saturday, 9 January 2010

A little bit of Alison Mosshart

This weekend has been hectic, crazy working hours in my new job mean that I am shattered! Nevertheless I am still managing to spend a crazy amount of time looking on the internet and reading magazines, one of these days I will actually do something more productive with my time! The new issue of Vogue arrived on Friday which brought with it much joy; I am so glad that the postman is still able to deliver in this snowy weather! The current issue has got a lot of lovely things in it, Vogue you are not helping me in my quest to be good and save money. One of the articles that caught my eye was an interview with Alison Mosshart, one half of the band ‘The Kills’. You might say that I have had some what of a girl crush on her for awhile now. When Kate Moss started going out with Jamie Hince of the Kills they became known as one of the fashionable couples to look out for; well when Kate Moss gets involved with anyone or anything for that matter it becomes the new IT thing doesn’t it? When seeing photos of the two of them together though I always wanted to see Mosshart, where were the photos of her looking all rock and roll cool? Alison Mosshart always has that typical rock vibe about her but that’s the thing that is most appealing. It always looks like she has the fuck it attitude to go with her skinny jeans and baggy shirts that other people cannot carry off as well as she can. I will always remember the Abbey Road sessions with the Kills; she had on some gold boots and I just thought wow she looks cool. Yes it sounds daft but gold shoes can make me think that about a person! Then there were the music videos, ever seen the video to their song ‘Cheap and Cheerful’? If you haven’t I recommend you check it out because the makeup is different and unlike anything else I’d seen her with. Think red glitter lips (and I mean complete ott glitter), big blonde wigs, marching band hats, bright eye makeup and not forgetting her trade mark black skinny jeans. However the one bad thing I find with Alison Mosshart is that she looks so damn good when she is smoking, she makes it look ridiculously cool; it makes me want to pick up a packet and puff away yet in reality it is a filthy habit and will only ever look good in photo shoots and models.

Cheap And Cheerful Video

Mosshart’s rocker image would often make you think of someone with an intimidating persona, I know for a fact that is how I would feel if I saw her in the street. Vogue has picked up on this and in the article it actually takes a different approach; it shows a very different side to her. From reading the magazine it seems that she is a genuine, down to earth person who has strong interests and passions. I am glad the magazine has shown this side to her and has not painted her to be this rock chick that only cares about herself and her music. I would have liked to have seen more photos to accompany the article but then when am I ever happy with the amount of pictures in magazines (if it were up to me I think magazines would just be completely filled with them)! If you’ve got Vogue I definitely recommend reading the article, you might not like the Kills but you might find yourself warming towards Mosshart. My boyfriend tells me that she has just started a side project with Jack White and so I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more of her in 2010.