Thursday, 24 July 2014

now she's stupid in the street and she can't socialise


Sunday was a peaceful day - I spent the morning at Columbia Road flower market, the afternoon eating pineapple and watching documentaries for psychology, and the evening looking at holiday photos and barbecue-ing with family.  It's strange how into psychology work I've been. At first the idea of summer homework seemed like hell on earth, but the subject actually seems to be really interesting and has made me realise just how much I don't know about my own brain. My particular favourites have been the idea of attachment, and after watching the study of Curtiss and Genie I am fascinated by the whole idea that even things like chewing food, making eye contact, walking upright and talking are not things we inherit naturally and are born being able to do. I also loved the idea of 'Savants', people with incredible memory and intelligence (such as Kim Peek who inspired the film Rainman). To think that a tiny difference in our brains can give a person such an amazing skill and almost power is incredible. I've also started my art at last, and although I am still struggling for ideas (observation drawings based on the word 'good', anybody?) I have at least got a few pieces done. Who knows, this could be the first year I manage to do all my summer work on time...
(Also, I apologise for the awful photo spacing...for some reason it won't let me change it ugh)

I wore a slightly too-summery outfit for the slightly less-summery weather, but was typically happy as I got to wear my new American Apparel skirt and socks. The skirt was half price in the sale and is the colours I wear most, so of course I had to have it...and the fishnet socks had to happen too as I have been craving them ever since seeing an old photograph of my Aunt wearing a turquoise pair under her high-waisted, indigo denim Levi's, that matched the turquoise of her polo neck jumper. I seriously want a pair in every colour. The top is from H&M and the shoes from Office. 
Also, I finally got myself a sunhat! My crazily pale skin has finally got the better of me, and after burning my scalp (how?) I decided I really needed to just give in and protect my head a little more. I found this one in Beyond Retro and was so happy with it mainly because it's pretty big, and I've never been one for subtlety. 


Columbia Road was just as I'd remembered - bright, busy and beautiful in equal measure. The flowers smell amazing and bring such a vibrancy to the street, and the gorgeous independent shops offer perfect refuge from the crowds when they arrive. We managed to beat them this time, though, and the trick really is to get there early - you get the best pick of the flowers and no hot, compact throng of people to tackle. I bought a few more cacti and various other succulents to decorate my little workroom with, and found a cut-down vintage blue floral Laura Ashley smock dress in a £10 box in my favourite Jessie & Buddug which I just couldn't leave. I also bought one of their 'mystery packs', which contained a gorgeous vintage photo album that I can't wait to fill with cute little treasures.

Anyway, I better update you on the other bits and bobs going on in my life...I met up with the Shopcade team for dinner on Monday, and am so excited to be a part of their July Style Battle, which you can enter and find out more about here. I've also been watching Orange is the New Black obsessively, which is really unlike me as I'm not a huge series-watcher (I don't sit still for very long). Also, yesterday the lovely Amber Callender and I shot a series of cute photos in and around the Natural History Museum for Zeum Mag, and spent a very long time trying to get butterflies to land on me in the exhibition (I eventually got one, but they definitely preferred Amber's dungarees to my shoulder). 


I hope you are all having a good week...I'm planning on going on a central London crawl tomorrow to pick up the last few bits for my holiday, although it will probably result in me hiding from the sun in various shops (being pale is hard). Have a good weekend!

Monday, 21 July 2014

I'll say I can't tell you when


Once again, I seem to be posting a sort of Saturday catch-up on a Monday morning. I really do need to try and master the ability to post about things the day they happen, and not a few days later. Oh well. This outfit was from a typical trip to Oxford Street to try and pick up some last minute things for our holiday in a week or so. My family and I tend to go back to the same little house in France for two weeks every year, and to be quite honest those two weeks (filled with nothing but endless reading, sunbathing, swimming and basically enjoying having nothing to do) are the only thing that keep me sane for the rest of the year. There is something so relaxing about being somewhere that is foreign - no one knows who you are, no one knows what you are saying, you're not going to bump into old neighbours or relatives and you can sort of just live anonymously for a little while. It's so peaceful, and is going to be such a welcome break from exams and work and the panic of trying to cram everything in to the last few weeks of summer. It's also a nice way to refresh and recollect myself before starting sixth form in September...and will hopefully give me some time to carry on trying to prepare for Art A-Level (I need all the help I can get).





I wore my new floral top I found in a charity shop for about £3. There are so many where I live but only a really select few nice things in each of them, so finding anything often takes a good bit of searching. I had a field day recently though  and found this shirt, a 60s-ish Topshop shirt, a long floral skirt for France and a cute old jacket that looks like it belonged to Saffy from Absolutely Fabulous. The shorts and bag are from Rokit and the socks and shoes are from Topshop.



In other news, Dahlia Fashion sent me a really beautiful white dress and asked me to try and style it in three different ways. The colour alone was something new for me, as I don't wear much white - however I really liked it, and think I'm definitely going to be wearing it more often. The shape was so pretty and timeless, with the modern cut-away back panels that remind me of the flowy crop tops being sold in American Apparel at the moment.






For the first outfit I went for a very simple white-on-white look, and wore the dress with white tights and white lace-pattern kitten heels. I thought this was a nice, toned-down way of wearing the dress and would be perfect for both day-time garden parties or barbecues as well as evening events.




My second outfit was a more eclectic mix, and took a few more ideas from the sixties theme I had been following. I chose to wear the dress with a cropped leopard jacket from Beyond Retro, and a red bow bracelet from Hirst Antiques. I loved the way these pieces worked with the white lace, and felt the white gave them more of a classy feel than if the dress had been black or some other colour.




My last outfit was a typical odd one - for the more adventurous, I thought pairing the dress with a pair of bright patterned tights would give it that quirky, summery edge. The tights and shoes are Topshop.

Anyway, I hope you have a good week, and thank you to Dahlia for the dress.


Friday, 18 July 2014

I want to knit you a sweater, want to write you a love letter


Hello! This is my last post of old photos...after this I am finally up to date (yay). It only just hit me this week that I actually don't have that much summer left anymore - a mere two weeks to go before I whiz off to France for two weeks, then back a week or so and then college. Ugh. I don't want to think about it - even though I am looking forward to my subjects, I am enjoying this little bit of freedom way too much. I've done quite a lot and haven't had many lazy days, but it still feels like there is so much left to do before I am ready to settle down into routine again.
Anyway, these photos are from a cute Sunday lunch with the whole family a few weeks back. We drove out to Virginia Waters (near Windsor) to meet my Aunt, Uncle and Cousins, and spent a lovely afternoon walking through the cool woodland, watching the swans and then of course enjoying the inevitable Sunday roast (which is something everyone should totally do more often). I also had creme brûlee (ignore awful spelling I have no idea) for the first time since I was a bub and yes, cracked the sugar top with a spoon like Amelie. (If you didn't get that reference you have to watch Amelie, it is the best film in the world ever.)





I wore my new dress from Joy which I got in their sale for £15. It may or may not be two sizes too big for me, but I couldn't resist the cute floral print for the summer. I wore it with Topshop shoes and vest (the whole too big thing meant the dress fell down a lot) H&M tights and my Liberty bag I found at an antique market in Spitalfield's. I guess it was a slightly unusual and quite simplistic outfit for me, but then again I like the fact that my style changes quite a bit, and can be quite normal in some circumstances but absolutely bizarre in others.






In other news, I swam in the ponds again the other day - I can't get over how refreshing it is to be so surrounded by nature, with no chlorine, no tiles, no concrete...nothing except a few stray leaves and some ducks to keep you company. It makes a nice change from a normal pool, and you can totally pretend you are in the countryside (which I seem to do a lot). I am looking forward to getting myself to some art exhibitions over the next two weeks too...I've really begun to miss the quiet of galleries and museums, and the effect of seeing so much creativity in one place. I also really need some inspiration for my summer art assignment, which is to produce three pieces on each of the themes Good, Bad and Ugly. It sounds easy but trying to think of one image or idea that would completely encapsulate a word like 'Bad' is actually really hard (or maybe I'm missing something?) Hopefully I'll come up with an idea soon.






Also, I set up an Etsy! I've loved the idea of selling my clothes for a while now, as I just don't have room for them all and don't wear some of them half as much as they deserve to be worn. I know Hollie, Tessa and Flower amongst others sell on the site so I thought why not join in? Everything is pretty cheap at the moment for what they are, and I have loads more that is going up over the next week so keep checking back! I hope you find something you like!
Also, Sofia of So Loves Vintage chose the winner of the giveaway, and she chose Bakti Jethwa! Congratulations, if you email your details to info@solovesvintage.com, Sofia will get your prize sent out to you!
I'm shooting some new posts this weekend so will be back soon! Hugs