Thursday, 30 June 2011



If I could, I would.

No points for guessing which designer inspired this...

Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.

Dennis Raines is a printmedia artist living and working Seattle. Here are some some pages from his sketch books which give an indication of how he works and the processes he goes through in creating his work. I was really excited by these photos on his flickr because I think there is something so personal in what people write in their own books/ journals.

I have millions of moleskin and Smythson notebooks and doodle in them constantly. All in all I probably have 16 books bursting with pictures and stuff that happened to me between the ages of 9 and 22. I love the feeling of getting to the last page and then flicking back through them, and most of all reading some of the ridiculously stupid things I wrote years ago. 

Through the Keyhole: Iris Apfel

This extravagant home was featured in architectural digest and belongs to Iris Apfel, renowned American interior designer. 

It's totally eclectic and overwhelming. Surprisingly the design is less about the space and more about the objects that fill it, which I've always thought a bit of a mistake. I like bright, airy homes where there isn't a lot of clutter but that at are also sumptuous and cosy.


Sneak Peek: Victoria by Victoria Beckham

To compliment her main line, Victoria Beckham has designed another more mid- budget collection of dresses priced from £375-£995, that will hit stores in 2012.

She told WWD: 'The perfect little summer dress, something that was fun, something that was girly, something that was easy to wear, something that would take you from day through the night.

'I’m opening these designs to women and girls of all different shapes and sizes, people who maybe want something less tight and clingy and structured. 

'It also makes it more comfortable for during the day. You can wear them with a pair of flats or a pair of heels and they look great.'

Personally, I am disappointed and think these dresses look cheap and like they belong on the racks of a Miss Selfridge or an arrogant cat. I much prefer her more muted and more body concious designs.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.- Dylan Thomas

It's only July and still two months to go before I commence the LPC and then my training contract in the city.  Now it's been exactly a month since I left my last job and after a whole year of 9am-8pm days, I don't know what to do with myself.

In the past month I've spent waaay too much time in airport departure lounges; rewatched all the films from my Tennessee Williams box set; read a million random books; whiled away many an evening singing Russian Karaoke and bought more shoes than I care to admit.

However, the restless boredom that accompanies limitless freedom is beginning to grate. Hence, it is with renewed vigour that I'm updating my blog. I'm also toying with the idea of getting a job to fill the time between now and September. If anyone has anything interesting they need help with, let me know.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

There are three versions of this story, yours and mine, and then the truth.

Lust List: Pierre Hardy Buckle-fastening suede sandals

I love these Pierre Hardy Sandals from net-a-porter. They are just super cool and look comfy enough to wear around during the day. Will set you back £755 though.

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Monday, 27 June 2011

It's just too hot today.

33 degrees Celsius in London today. the hottest day of the year. I can't move. 

Lust List: Alexander McQueen Leopard Print Skull Scarf

They come in a million different colours and provide a welcome update to the McQueen Skull scarf and the leopard print scarf trend. I likey.

Time for my favourite Shakespearean sonnet---- 141

Sonnet 141, William Shakespeare

In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes,
For they in thee a thousand errors note;
But 'tis my heart that loves what they despise,
Who in despite of view is pleased to dote;
Nor are mine ears with thy tongue's tune delighted,
Nor tender feeling, to base touches prone,
Nor taste, nor smell, desire to be invited
To any sensual feast with thee alone:
But my five wits nor my five senses can
Dissuade one foolish heart from serving thee,
Who leaves unsway'd the likeness of a man,
Thy proud hearts slave and vassal wretch to be:
Only my plague thus far I count my gain,
That she that makes me sin awards me pain.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Fashion Frenzy

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know. Diane Arbus

My favourite photographer is without a doubt Diane Arbus (Birth name Diane Nemerov) (March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971).

Arbus committed suicide in 1971 and struggled with depression her entire life, looking at her work it seems that every image has an undercurrent of sadness. 

Rather than capturing beauty, Diane chose as her subjects people who were misunderstood, marginalised or lived on the fringes of society. The images are haunting and poignant and often have a circus-freak-show quality about them, but what I love is that their unapologetic honesty.

They may make for uncomfortable viewing but as Diane said "You see someone on the street, and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw", which is a sentiment reflected in her work.