Wednesday, 12 November 2014

a witch of trouble in electric blue

I started writing this post a few weeks ago but didn't have the chance to finish it properly. I got home from school at about 12 today (all of my lessons were cancelled except double art, best day ever) so I thought I would use the time to post this from my birthday/recently. Here's what I wrote before:

So yesterday was my 17th birthday. Weird to think just how different I felt last year, listening to Neil Sedaka's 'Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen' and blowing out the candles on the makeshift tomato vine cake my friends made for me. This year was none the less memorable; halloween was spent in full Wayne's World costume with my friends, dancing to Abba, eating cookies and homemade cupcakes, then celebrating when the clock struck midnight. I then was woken up the next morning with pancakes in bed, before going out to see the Tracey Emin exhibition at the White Cube in Bermondsey. I like actually going out and doing something on my birthday, otherwise it just feels like an ordinary day, and seeing one of my favourite artist's work seemed like a good idea.

I wore a jumper and skirt from American Apparel, that were presents from my parents. They perfectly encapsulate that 60s, casual, autumnal look that I love in the movie Ginger and Rosa, and are probably going to be my staple outfit for the foreseeable future. I also wore my new shoes (a birthday present to myself...I like to try and justify buying things I 'need' but don't really need) from Asos and my old Rokit bag.

The Tracey Emin exhibition was no less incredible than I had imagined, with huge white rooms showcasing her amazing embroideries, paintings and bronze work. It felt like a very personal show, with Emin seemingly exploring her own identity and sense of self through countless self-portraits and  deep thoughts on neon signs, letting you in on and exposing her most intimate thoughts and inner vulnerability and allowing you to follow her journey of almost self-discovery. It was fairly small, however I still managed to spend ages revisiting each piece, and then having a wander through the surrounding shops (I need to go there more often, the cafés look amazing).

Sketchbook pages // Ginger and Rosa screenshots // Zeum magazine

Anyway, as of more recent happenings I have had a weird week or so back at college, as the countless strikes/cancelled lessons/focus days that have been going on have meant I've been getting home at about lunch time each day and therefore able to spend the remainder of the day in my pyjamas, eating cereal straight from the box, watching American Horror Story (my addiction has returned-I watched series 2 about a year or so ago but now have caught up and ah so so good) and doing art. Art is one of those A levels which literally takes all of your time, but doesn't feel like work as it's so relaxing to do.
Also, I finally got my hands on Zeum magazine! It is so beautiful as always, and features so many of my favourite people and designers...and has a lil' page on me! It was amazing shooting on Abbey Road with Katie Silvester (whose photography is so perfect) and getting to hang out with ultimate babes Rachel and Isobel who are also featured.

Last but definitely not least I was sent a pair of glasses from London Retro for Glasses Direct. I loved the colour as they looked much less harsh next to my skin than black or navy frames do, and the shape was actually perfect. They also came really quickly, and so if you need a pair of glasses you now know where to go!
Hope you have a lovely week,

Friday, 31 October 2014

the edge of seventeen

I know I only posted yesterday but I'm going to forget to post these until next year or something if I don't put them up now. Also, I hope to have lots of new posts from Halloween tonight and my birthday tomorrow (eep - I am currently on the edge of seventeen and feeling like Stevie Nicks). I can't quite get over the whole 'seventeen' thing - it sounds way too old for my short and odd little self.
Anyway, a few weeks ago I went to Swanage for the weekend, as my family has recently rediscovered the Dorset coast and so tend to try and get down there for a little holiday as often as possible. I also am ridiculously obsessed with coastal towns - I love the British seaside and all it's shabby, windswept promenades, candy-floss smelling piers and noisy arcades. The Dorset coastline is a somewhat calmer and more peaceful coastline compared to the busy-ness of somewhere like Brighton, but I think that's what I like about it most. I spent the time strolling along the beach, eating in cute seaside cafés, and doing the obligatory charity-shop crawl (you just have to take advantage of how much cheaper they are outside of London!)

I wore my new favourite shirt from Beyond Retro that I am quite literally obsessed with, with a skirt from American Apparel, coat from Topshop and my usual Deichmann shoes and Rokit bag. I also braved red lipstick again (which I love but continue to get all over my face/teeth when I wear it out).

Swanage itself was really pretty - we stayed in a hotel that looked like a sort of castle, and had the cutest grounds and a greenhouse. There was also a good charity shop which had jumpers and roll-neck tops for £2, and a second hand bookshop I spent about three hours in. We also found a café on an old train carriage, which sold the most amazing cake (as you can imagine we went back on the second day we were there as well).

Sorry for the quick little post, I will improve (I have so much film to develop you have no idea). Have a good weekend and a awesome Halloween tonight...I am dressing up as Wayne from Wayne's World so I'm sure it will be an entertaining evening!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

you always were the one that knew

So it's half term at last. I don't think I can say it's exactly been a 'break'...with essays due during the week, exhibitions to see, people to meet and about eight pages of art to do, the holiday has certainly been busy. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing though - I quite like having things to do, and going to bed feeling as if I've spent my day actually being productive (something I can't say I am all the time during my usual school weeks). 
The holiday started for me with a noodle-eating and American-Horror-Story-watching evening in with my friend, then a trip down to central London the next day to go fabric shopping for some christmas bits and bobs I am making for the family. I wore the cosiest, cutest white shift dress from Superdry, with the brightest red Beyond Retro cardigan and my now staple Rokit bag and Deichmann shoes. I wasn't sure if Superdry would really have anything that suited my style, but they definitely proved me wrong when they sent me this number. I loved the shape and cute detailed neck of the dress, and was amazed that it came from the high-street considering how vintage it looks. In other news, I have recently discovered red lipstick, and am loving wearing the brightest one possible to clash with my pale skin, and am also loving 90s-esque high ponytails, which I have also recently discovered and have started to wear most days.

In other news, I saw the Gothic exhibition at the British Library (which is so helpful if you're taking A-Level English) and then on Tuesday met up with some of the awesomest girls (Hollie, Ophelia, Theo, Ibe, Agnes, Dani, Harriet) and spent the day strolling through Soho and China town. I used up almost a full disposable so there will be a separate post just from that day.
Also, I was sent an amazing Casio Sheen watch to review! The Casio Sheen collection are a range of light, sleek and slightly smaller and less in-your-face watches for women, with Swarovski elements to make it that little bit more than just an ordinary watch. I loved the light weight and clean, sharp finish - it was a huge change from my usual scratched, once-gold-coloured slip-on watch that I've been wearing for the last three or so years. I love the range and would definitely recommend one, even possibly as a christmas present for a parent or friend.

So that concludes my very short post, I have a few longer and more interesting ones on the way (I will organise myself at some point I promise). I hope you have a lovely Halloween and weekend, and thank you again Casio for the watch, and Superdry for the dress!