This week I’m listening to: Here for you Gorgon City (Bearcubs remix)

June 25, 2014

Now that I’ve finished college I have a whole summer to fill so today my friends and I decided to do a little day trip to the beach. We decided to head to Brighton beach as it’s not too far from our home town on the train. From London Victoria it only took around 1hr and the tickets were inexpensive at £20 for a return. I have to say I didn’t realise Brighton was so cute having never been before, I loved all the little shops and cafes in the streets leading down to the beach. We were so luckily that the sun stayed out and after a lounging on the beach and strolling along the pier we ended the day with traditional fish and chips.

So this week’s “This Week I’m Listening To” is a song that I’ve been listening to a lot today (whilst on the beach) and a song that I’ll be listening to all summer basically. I loved the original ‘Here for you’ by Gorgon City featuring Laura Welch but I heard the Bearcubs remix on Annie Mac’s Sunday Night show a few weeks ago and I just can’t stop listening. It’s the perfect summer song.

HERE FOR YOU

 

Objects Without Meaning

June 17, 2014

Objects Without Meaning‘ focuses on creating well designed, minimal pieces- clothes to be lived in and filled with the “emotions and experiences of everyday life”. The brand are based in Los Angeles, USA but are stocked at The Goodhood Store for us in the UK too. I love the concept, of using simple silhouettes, leaving the wearer free to add their own “meaning” to the pieces through the way they style them.  

Their recent S/S14 collection caught my eye: featuring leaf prints, cotton gauze skirts and great denim pieces. I love the unisex silhouettes with the muted colour pallets- it just works so well. I love the styling for their lookbook too- shot by Setella Berkofsy


This week I’m listening to: ‘Everywhere you go’- London Grammar

June 14, 2014

I know I don’t usually post on a Saturday but It’s been too long been since I last blogged- I’ve been so busy these past weeks. I’ve just finished college and had my final exhibition yesterday. I’ve had loads of other commitments to contend with too. In my first post on the new blog I spoke about the fact that I was finally going to take the leap and have rhinoplasty surgery to change the size and shape of my nose so I’ve been busy sorting that out and have now booked a surgery date for the 4th July which is very close now but super exciting at the same time. 

So this week’s song is one I’ve been meaning to post as my ‘This week I’m listening to’ for ages but just never got round to it.  ‘Everywhere You Go’ by London Grammar is from their Nightcall single EP.  It was actually one of their earlier ones and doesn’t really sound much like their other stuff but I still love it. It’s perfect for listening to now that the days are getting longer and the weather’s warming up. 

LONDONN GRAMMAR 

 

 

College Project Update: Forget Me Knots

May 22, 2014

So for ages now I’ve been going on about my current college project but haven’t actually shared with you guys what it’s all about. My deadline’s approaching in a couple of weeks so I thought it would be a good time to give you an update on what I’m actually doing. It would also be really great if you could give me some feedback too.

This is our final project on the Art and Design Foundation course so we had to create our own briefs- basically we could do anything we wanted. For my project I decided to create my own brand of silk scarves. I’m aspiring to be an art director so I wanted to pick a project that allowed me to explore different mediums including graphics and photography.

The collection of silk scarves is inspired by the natural world and explores the contrast between symmetry and nature. All the scarves are digitally printed too. As part of the branding process, I’ve designed a range of packaging, labels, business cards, website as well as a lookbook for the brand.

Last Friday I decided to shoot the photos for the loobook. I’m a big fan of Juergen teller and Tim Walker and I wanted to channel this kind of aesthetic in my shoot- slightly whimsical but with a strong composition. I’ve been editing away at the photos I took last Friday all week so I thought I’d show you the digital lookbook that I’ve put together for the brand.

I would also just like to say thanks so much to my friend Rosie for modelling and to my dad for standing in the middle of the field on a boiling hot day holding the huge bit of board I used for the shoot.

Let me know what you think?


This week I’m listening to: Panama- Always

May 17, 2014

PANAMA

This week I’m listening to “Always” by Panama, the weather here has been really lovely these past couple of days and felt really summery so it’s been the perfect song to listen to. I’m spending the next couple of days editing a tone of photos for my college project so this will definitely be on my playlist for this weekend along with the Classixx remix version too. 

 


Advanced Style documentry review

May 12, 2014

Last week saw the UK launch of Ari Seth Cohen’s “Advanced Style” documentary . I’ve been following Ari’s blog for a while now- ever since reading a feature article on his work. The idea of the blog captured my attention as I’ve often thought that older women get overlooked in fashion. Advanced Style was started by Ari in 2008 as a way to showcase that getting older doesn’t mean you have to loose your sense of style. His street style photos depict stylish, creative women over 60 who use the New York streets as their catwalk. 

Personally I’ve never thought that ageing means you need to loose your individuality and blend into the background. I’ve been lucky enough to grow up with two Grandmothers who never believed that age was a barrier to style, so I decided to take my Nana along with me to The Curzon Mayfair to watch the film too.

Both feisty and full of life the documentary follows women who defy the stereotypes of what it is to be old. The film focuses on the way that fashion shapes these women’s lives and keeps them young. I laughed nearly all the way through. Despite depicting women in their 90′s, the documentary was refreshing- these women don’t care about trends, their style is wonderfully eccentric and their personalities are as vibrant and bold as the clothes they wear. I left feeling completely inspired and in total admiration of these women.

Advanced Style is screening at cinemas around selected cinemas in the UK until the 26th June. Click here to view locations and times.

Advanced Style

My Nana’s outfit:

Scarf: Harvey Nichols

Coat: M&S ( see similar)

Bag: Moschino

Advanced Style 2

Bag: Topshop

Shirt: Zara

Coat: H&M (see similar)

Skirt: Topshop

 

This week I’m listening to: Saint Raymond Everything Everything Remix

April 30, 2014

SAINT RAY

 This week I’m listening to the Everything Everything Remix of Saint Raymond’s “Everything She Wants”. I’ve been a fan of Saint Raymond for little while now, the 19 year old singer/songwriter released his debut album last year and has since supported Haim (my other favourites) on their tour. I love his original song but this remix by Everything, Everything is just so good. 

 


Deutsche Börse Photography prize 2014

April 27, 2014

A few weeks ago me and my friend went to London for a Museum and Gallery day which are always some of my favourite days out.  We went to the V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and The Photographers Gallery to see the Deutsche Börse photography prize.

The Deutsche Börse Photography prize is an exhibition showcasing work from photographers who have contributed to photography in Europe throughout 2012 and 2013, with the winner being announced in May. The exhibition showcases work from four shortlisted artists: Alberto Garcia- Alix, Jochen Lempert, Richard Mosse and Lorna Simpson- each with their very own style and unique choice of subject matter.

For me, out of the four artists it was the work of Richard Moose that caught my attention the most- his work stayed with me after the exhibition. I found Alberto Garcia Alix’s series of self portrait images a little too self indulgent. I found Jochen Lempert’s black and white studies of the human world, focusing on repetition and the abstract unevoking, and hard to connect. And although, I liked Lorna Simpson’s work, It just didn’t have the same impact on me as Richard Moose’s.

Richard Moose’s photography series captures the ongoing conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Shot with a discontinued infrared Kodak film, Moose’s work presents the conflict in a series of vibrant pink hues. The film was actually developed for and used in the Vietnam war consequently one of the biggest strengths to Moose’s work is that he confronts a modern conflict with old military technology, getting the viewer to reflect on the way that photography is used in war.  Mosse’s work brings a fictional quality to the very real horror of war, creating  images that are beautifully haunting.

The Börse Photography prize exhibition runs until the 22nd of June at the Photographers Gallery with the winner being announced on the 12th May. You can also see the piece “The Encalve” that Richard Moose was nominated for at the Vinyl Factory at Brewer Street car park.

 

Easter Weekend- Time to Spring Clean Your Life.

April 22, 2014

 

I’m officially launching the new blog today! I’ve made a few changes to the layout, which is by Blogzilla from Etsy- you can find it by clicking here. They were really great and even helped me to install the theme so I would definitely recommended them to any other bloggers. You’ve probably noticed that I’ve not transferred any posts. I wanted to wipe the slate clean so If you do want to go back and read old posts I’ve kept them all up on the old site which you can access by clicking here. I’d love your feedback on the new look and feel of the blog too so if you could let me know what you think that would be great!

So I hope you guys all had a lovely Easter. For me Easter always signifies a fresh start in the year, so aside from eating chocolate. I spent my day clearing out my room and my wardrobe! For me Easter isn’t just a time to clean your house, it’s about spring cleaning your life- a time for getting stuff done and my motivation has never been higher, so I’ve complied a list of goals for Spring:

1) EXERCISE- Pre Easter I was in an exercise routine, working out 4 times a week but then the Easter break came along and so did the chocolate and it all just went out the window. So as of tomorrow I’m getting back on the exercise band wagon!

 

2) CONFIDENCE- So this probably won’t be very popular but the appearance of my nose is something I have been uncomfortable with for a while now, I’ve alway felt unhappy with the size and shape, feeling it’s too big for my face. I’ve never felt confident or happy with my appearance. So I’ve decided to take the leap into having plastic surgery- having nose reduction surgery to make it more in proportion with the rest of my face. I’ve got my first consultation with MYA tomorrow and I can’t wait. I’m not trying to promote plastic surgery but if there is an area of your appearance that you cannot change yourself and an area that is really getting you down then It can really change your life. I’m going to be posting updates on how it’s going in the run up to surgery.

 

3) SPRING/SUMMER WARDROBE: So after my clear out it’s safe to say that I definitely need a new spring wardrobe. I’ve already got my eye on a few key pieces but I’ll be collating some posts on top spring buys over the next few weeks of pieces which aren’t that expensive but can really change your wardrobe.

 

4) FINAL MAJOR PROJECT (FMP): So I mentioned quite a few posts ago now that I’ve started my final major project for college now. As part of the project I want to get feedback on my ideas so I’ll be doing a weekly post on the progress and would really appreciate your feedback. I’m designing my and branding my own range of silk scarf’s it would be great to get your opinions on that too.

So that’s what I’m going to be busy doing this Spring, how about you?