Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Last Minute Online Gift Guide (under £120)

If you're anything like me, online shopping is more appealing than all the queuing, buggies, noise and general drama that goes hand in hand with retail. So here is my gift guide! Spoil the ones you love (or are obliged to love) this holiday season. And what makes my gift guide different to the millions of other on the blogosphere right now? Probably not a lot but I enjoyed playing around on paint and I hope it inspires you in some small way anyway! Lots of love, have a great time whatever you may be doing!



for women L-R Hysteria Machine tentacle headband, Reckless Wolf body, Pip Jolley rose gold hair roller necklace, the vegan kind beauty box, my mum's favourite gift set from Ayurveda Pura, luxury tights from Wolford, Lime Crime Velvetine lip colour, Rose candle that melts in to a beautiful massage oil, Origins gift set, Barry M dazzle dust, Kerastase set, Jack Monroe's recipe book, Hell's Angel (for all sons of anarchy fans), Age of Reason headscarf, bracelet from Bibba, cat necklace and dog necklace


for men- L-R merino wool boxers (any man will thank you beyond belief, merino wool is the highest level of comfort!) , toilet mug, Komono watch, The Walking Dead Comic (the inspiration behind the hit tv series, this contains volumes one and two), Ted Baker M for Men (personally my favourite man perfume), poker chip chocolate decorations Lindor chocolates ,if in doubt a waterstones voucher(!), book by John Lydon, set of blended malt scotch whisky in cute little barrels(!), whisky miniature set and NYR mens skincare kit

Sunday, 7 December 2014

2015 Calendar

So while I'm in bed with tonsillitis I thought I'd blog about looking forward. 2015 is going to be huge and I'm determined to blog regularly again. Currently using an iPad, those who always blog from an iPad I salute you, it's not been so easy. Anyway. I'm not the best with keeping my calendar pages turned over, it's been March 2013 in my house for a while now. I remember as a kid getting so excited for the new calendar, browsing the stalls each year realising again and again you really can get any theme. I even made a few for grandparents, you know the type ,you peel off the sticky bit and add your own special photo (my 'photography' at 13 for every month must have got old). So here are a few of my favourites for the year ahead, all from eBay and so reasonably cheap I'm tempted to get two. Also look up Simon's cat on yt if you're not familiar (and while you're there look up Whack A Kitty- cutest cat vid ever) my favourite home tutor introduced me to the phenomenon eight years ago. Time really flies.


Monday, 1 December 2014

Beware Using Bleach This Crimbo

Hello one and all who want to dye their hair a crazy colour. This was my first venture...using manic panic.

This is a photo I took of Elle who also swears by Directions...
My second and favourite bright blue... My next attempt at pink...
A photo I took of Emma, she used Directions...
And again, me using Manic Panic
All of the above were done at home. No expensive hair dressers here. Ahem. Nowadays kids don't stare, whole hoards of people don't gasp and it's much more accepted to have crazy hair, which I love. What I don't love so much....is a big company like Bleach taking advantage of the open retail shopping market (unlike online shopping that's taken by Manic Panic and in the uk Directions). Lots of unknowing mothers and younguns spending their precious pennies on a bad product. Yes I said it, bad. I was considering buying this product, it's easier than ordering online let's face it but then phewawee I checked out the reviews. God am I thankful I checked out the reviews.


For more check out boots website. If one of my friend's said any of the above to dm I'd steer way clear of the product. These are only a few of the bad reviews I found. I'm sure it works for some but seriously take consideration before buying this product. I'm looking out for the condition your hair has that mine doesn't. After lots of bleach I expect that but I'd be awfully pee'd off if the first time stained my hair green for who knows how long! Happy holidays one and all!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

How You Doin'?

I'm alright thanks


Me in Chichester, my friend gave me a lift, we went to Bosham where I looked meaningfully at life. I went to Chichester to see my nan but couldn't as she was unwell. Left her coconut oil and beef stew made by my other half.


Travelling to Devon next!

cat and dog interlude...

floral foam (oasis) experiment! and a few from the garden centre with anna's parents below! Took a photo of the morning glory overjoyed because I've grown that bugger from seed this year and mine's bigger!








anyway hope y'all good! lots of love.
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Sunday, 8 June 2014

A million photos of Anna Sawyer and one of blue haired me.  

















Friday, 30 May 2014

Devon Outfit

Me taken by Chlay (click to go and check out her music, it's real great).
dress- asos tights- h&m shoes- asos jacket- vintage (all raided from chlay's wardrobe)

Saturday, 3 May 2014

My Favourite Blogger + Interview (Currys' #wonderblog competition)

~My entry for Currys' wonderblog competion, I'd like to win HP Envy Recline 23-m120ea Beats Edition. You can enter here! Ends Tues 6th May.~

Artfully Awear is a wonderful blog by Ariel Adkins. I started following her blog when she was working towards her graduate degree (in 2010) and seeing her successfully moving on is so inspiring. Her posts vary, expect to see her outfits inspired by all corners of art and fashion (my favourites Mike Kelley and champagne beige) to art to wear features. This blog is day to day art and beauty inspiration at it's best.






Read on for an interview I did with her. I'm always chuffed at how easy it is to discover and talk to amazing people on the tinternet. It's lengthy because I'm nosey!
At what age did you become interested in art and fashion?
Both of my parents were artists, so I grew up with a great appreciation for art and developed my creativity at a young age. My mother had an amazing sense of style, and I spent long afternoons at the Salvation Army and antique shops with her, in pursuit of great vintage clothes and household goods. In high school, I was forced to wear a uniform, which is when I really became interested in my own personal style; I wanted to develop ways to individualize what I wore.
How was your time at university? Do you recommend it to someone wanting to get in to the industry?
University isn't for everyone, but it was instrumental in setting me on the right path toward where I wanted to go. The experience helped to develop my interests and I was able to try new things and gain skills through experimentation. Even my graduate school years were spent honing my interests. I never want to stop learning!
What's been your favourite blogger experience so far?
By far, the highlight of my blogging experience thus far was the Artfully Awear + Pantone collaboration. They provided me with a palette of colors and I created an ensemble inspired by artwork that featured each of their chosen hues, 7 in total. It was a dream project, because I look to Pantone consistently for inspiration, and their team was very open-minded about the joint effort. I would love to work with them again.
What artist (dead or alive) would you like to collaborate with and why?
My favorite contemporary artist is Yinka Shonibare MBE, who creates stunning tableaux using mannequins adorned with colonial costumes fabricated out of Dutch Wax textiles. The tongue-in-cheek arrangements lend themselves beautifully to clothing displays and the textiles appeal to my color sensibilities, all the while making overt cultural and political statements. His work is closely related to Jean-Honoré Fragonard, who is another great inspiration of mine, albeit from a completely different time period and style, Rococo. I love Fragonard's depictions of excess, and the way clothing is featured as a symbol for wealth and grandeur.
Do you have any websites you use for researching that you recommend to a newbie?
My very favorite website which I use CONSTANTLY is Artsy. It's so easy to search through artwork of all different time periods and mediums, receive updates from artists that interest you, and you can even sort by color! I also read a lot of art blogs, which is often how I discover emerging artists. Some of my favorites are The Jealous Curator, Art Hound, and Hyperallergic.
You're based in New York, any secret shopping/eating destinations?
I'm a big fan of combining high and low (both in my sartorial and edible tastes). I have the best luck with vintage/secondhand stores and I frequent Buffalo Exchange, Beacon's Closet and Odd Twin in Brooklyn all the time. For a splurge, I love Opening Ceremony and Barneys (and make sure you check out the Barneys Warehouse Sale for bargains!). My favorite shoe store is United Nude on Bond Street.
For a real treat, I love to have dinner at Spice Market in the Meatpacking District and then head to the Top of the Standard (Boom Boom Room) for a cocktail overlooking the city. On the other hand, I love the secret hidden inexpensive gems in the city, like Prosperity Dumpling (the absolute BEST dumplings) and Habana Outpost for delicious Cuban cuisine.
What do you like to wear day to day?
I've always been most comfortable in dresses, and my favorite ensemble is a printed vintage dress, ankle boots, and a cropped jacket. I've been accused of overdressing before but I live by the motto "Always dress your best or you'll regret it"!
What don't you like about art and fashion?
Inaccessibility. Both fashion and art are irrevocably tied to wealth, which makes it difficult for some people to appreciate or develop interest. Fast fashion chains and movements toward street style inspiration have greatly contributed to fashion's democratization and appeal to the masses. There is not yet an equivalent to fast fashion for the art world, but things like public art programs and artist's collaborations with brands are essential to ensuring the presence of art in the community so that it can be seen and experienced by as many people as possible.
What's next for you?
In January, I'll be teaching an Artfully Awear class through Waverly, a program that inspires girls to do good through exposure to culture. I've never presented Artfully Awear in an educational setting before, so I'm excited about the opportunity. I recently started working at Twitter, which has been a great learning experience thus far, and has honed my interest in art and tech, while further developing my appreciation for social media as a means of communication. I've also been working for a while on a concept for a line of Artfully Awear clothing accessories, which I hope to debut in 2014.
Have a great week y'all