just trying to let the sun in and open up my eyes

Thursday, 5 March 2015

This week has been the longest and craziest week I have had for a while, and has left me feeling incredibly tired, dazed and confused but none the less excited for Spring (which seems to be almost upon us at last!) Trying to catch up with half-term/missed work from Wales has been daunting, and has had me up until the early hours most nights trying to meet deadlines. AS levels were originally easy to manage but all of a sudden have become really intense and stressful. It's not too bad though as I do like my subjects...but even so after spending about seven hours in total on our coursework essays for English with my friend yesterday I think I have actually forgotten how to write. Oh well.
In other news I have this last set of photos from Margate to post, from our last two days there (and my first set of film back from my new little Olympus Pen). I wore a skirt and top from Beyond Retro with an old shirt of my Mum's, a Topshop bag and coat and shoes from The Whitepepper.

My new-found love of necklaces is still going strong - I've always felt that I look weird in low-neck tops and so layering some necklaces seems to solve the problem. I also just love wearing jewellery at the moment and it's easy to pick up some little stones or charms to wear from places you visit.
Anyway, on the Tuesday I went to the Turner Contemporary Gallery to see the 'Self' exhibition, as it tied in perfectly with my current project in art. Also, the Gallery is free to visit, which makes a change as sometimes in London you end up paying quite a lot to get in to some art shows. The Gallery itself was beautiful, with huge glass windows, natural light and sea views, plus the chance to watch Felicity Allen as the artist in residence work on some absolutely amazing portraits of inspirational women for an exhibition in March (which I am definitely going to go back and see). While I was there she was working on a portrait of Rosie Wylie, and it took all of my self restraint not to just sit and watch the entire session.

The exhibition was really good, with work by Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Gilbert and George, Lucien Freud, Georg Baselitz, Maggi Hambling and many others. I could probably have spent the entire day browsing and sketching but managed to drag myself away with the promise of lunch in the same pretty cupcake cafe we had eaten at before. We then went for a wander and a drive and ended up in Broadstairs, an old coastal haunt of mine that was crazily nostalgic to come back to.

Broadstairs was just as quaint and picturesque as I remembered, and I spent a long time watching the sun set over the sea and wondering what happened in the time since I was there last, before getting a traditional box of fish and chips to eat on the way home.
I also found a charity bookshop and got way too excited about the whole 50pence book thing. All I can say is I think I am sorted reading-material-wise for a good few months.

The next day was our last day, and was spent wandering around the shops for the last time before heading home. I wore a leopard print top from Beyond Retro with a striped jumper from Primark, old leggings of mine and my new jacket from a vintage shop in Margate.

Over the last two days I used up my first roll of film in the Olympus Pen I had bought on the first day, and I am actually so pleased with how they came out! I still need to get used to the settings (as it's not an SLR there are no aperture or focus settings) but it can produce some really good photos if used right. Also, it shoots half-frame - meaning for every roll of film I buy I can take double the amount of pictures, and they print with two photos per normal frame which I love.

1: Rosie, Felicity Allen // 2: Felicity Allen, cafe door // 3: cafe, cafe door // 4: coffee, cake

5: Emin graffiti, houses // 6: trees, fossil shop // 7: fossil shop, fish and chip shop sign

8: old curiosity shop // 9: Broadstairs beach // 10: Broadstairs beach

11: beach, fish and chip shop // 12: fish and chip shop, Rosie on the beach // 13: coffee

Hope you all have a lovely week!

that amber light has faded and it's yours to commit to it

Sunday, 1 March 2015

After spending the last week with almost no internet or phone signal in Wales on a field trip, it feels somewhat cathartic to finally get to catch up with missed posts and LFW updates that have been hanging over me while I've been away. After this and the second batch of photos from Margate I will be officially up to date, which is definitely an achievement for me. I don't know what the next two months will bring as I know I have to start revising for my exams in May, but hopefully they will be as photogenic as January and February have been so far (I intend to continue taking film photos of anything that moves (or doesn't move) anyway).
So, here is my third and final London Fashion Week update (a week late, I know). I didn't manage to make it down to Somerset House on the Sunday but still got some pictures of my outfit in between running around London, getting caught in traffic and being rained on. I have to admit the S/S season is my favourite - February brings too much cold and rain!

I wore an amazing velvet embroidered jacket and colourful shirt from Beyond Retro, with crushed velvet leggings from Urban Outfitters and Asos shoes. The pom-pom earrings were hand made by Shirley, one of the ladies I work for at Hirst Antiques, and I still can't get over just how well they match the shirt colour-wise. It was so lovely to be able to represent the shop and Shirley's incredible handiwork at LFW, especially as statement earrings are a huge thing at the moment and as Shirley herself said, there is no point going anywhere in boring earrings - if you're going to do it, you may as well stand out.

I don't think there has been a collection this season that I haven't liked - seventies fashion has always been a favourite of mine, and so to have my personal taste suddenly a major high-fashion trend is amazing - everywhere I look is designs I love, covet, and can relate to. Here are a few favourites:

Stella Jean brought a vibrant mash-up of print and texture to the sophisticated and serene Milan scene, with her Indian Himalayas inspired collection boasting colour, pattern, embellishment and a whole load of style. Shapes were long and flowing with low waistlines and bishop sleeves, high and cowl necks and high-waist A-Line midis that will see us through perfectly from Autumn to Winter.

Burberry Prorsum is another collection that I am completely head-over-heels with. A distinct 70's flair runs through the etheral floral creations, with shaggy coats, suede and leopard print patchwork-ing and piecing everything together into a truly 'heartfelt and romantic' collection. The colour palette is deep, dark and wholesome, and brings to mind the dark, grainy photographs and faded fashion advertisements popular in decades past.

Dolce & Gabbana also cannot be ignored - once again creating a classical, elegant but also cutting-edge and modern collection celebrating motherhood. The clothes were at their finest - traditional, Italian and absolutely beautiful. Lace, silk, embroidered roses, sheer dresses and laser cut decor made the collection a wonderful celebration of female power, beauty and fertility.
(All runway photos from Vogue)

Anyway, in other news I got yet another set of film developed. I'm beginning to become one of those people who constantly has a camera on the go, and I'm loving it - there's nothing better than knowing you've caught a moment in time and immortalised it in a physical print. I've also finally found disposables that produce the effects I like all the time (the Kodak funsaver) and am loving the fact that I know how the pictures will come out quality and colour-wise.

1, 2 and 3 - Margate, plus watching the Sunset with my friend who was coincidentally there at the same time as me // 4 and 5 - Valentine's Day is always better when wearing glitter and dancing to Abba // 6 - A wall in my room feat signed Peace ticket & Peace photos.

Photos from our AS Geography trip to Wales including beaches, caramel lattes, daffodils and the famous £1.20 shop.

Tenby // Barafundle Bay

The trip was actually really successful as despite the freezing cold we managed to get loads of work done, and see some really beautiful places. We also survived a midnight attack from a wasp in our dorm room, terrifying sleep talking episodes and a four mile hike, and managed to make it much less like a school field trip and more like a week-long sleepover. I actually really miss it. Anyway, I hope you all have a good week!