Stir It Up

Song of the Week 19
Stir It Up
Bob Marley

I'm pretty sure I don't know a single soul who does not love Bob Marley. This is my all time favourite of his as it creates instant positive vibes and the calming lyrics send me away to a sweet place. I'm finally ready for some relaxation and Marley is always a good place to start, so here's to a good week!



London Loves

Recently I took a trip to London for artistic adventures, involving galleries and street wanderings galore. We called at the Royal Academy of Arts to view the Anselm Kiefer exhibition; a truly thought-provoking and inspiring presentation of painting, sculpture and photography - a must see. 

The National Gallery showed us exquisite mosaics scattered over the floor and gilded frames golder than ABBA's greatest hits. Swinging around Trafalgar Square felt rather Kinks-esque albeit the (slightly terrifying) street vendors, yet the winter chills and setting sun softened the scene showing London in a beautiful golden haze. 

Later on came the Tate Modern, a tranquil establishment of modern art. We witnessed a whole host of wonderful pieces, rooms, interactive set ups and - most importantly - the book shop, one of the best and most thoroughly art-filled I have ever been in the vicinity of. I also sought out a real Picasso before taking a stroll across the millennium bridge just across from the large brick building that houses the gallery.

We took a turn through London at the brink of the evening, lights up and Christmas festivities in order. Waving goodbye to London I felt a tinge of nostalgia from the days of visiting such art galleries as a child. I will forever and always recommend London for everything - especially art.



It's a Stormy Monday

Song of the Week 18
Stormy Monday
James Brown

A funky tune for a funky week. Get yourself grooving to this rad James Brown song, one that I've always loved since time began. I've been a bit behind on posts lately due to an atrocious amount of  work for A levels and designing the set for our school production. Anyway I'm back now and will have new posts up this week! 



Insta Summary - Nov 2014

November has sure been an interesting month! Most of it hasn't even been instagrammed due to the fact that I've been travelling around a lot and doing a lot of (mostly art) work. Even so, I'm totally getting into the winter spirit now and can safely say I'm ready for Christmas!

1- A throwback to the summer of love
2- My submission for the the band Peace's music video using #worldpleasures
3- Funky fireworks
4- Doodling session with henna
5- Bristol party - wearing wavy garms
6- Saw The Orwells live at The Fleece in Bristol!

You can see my instagram here and my other insta summary here!



Always N Forever

Song of the Week 17
Always N Forever
The Orwells

Me and a few friends are seeing the up-and-coming Orwells in Bristol tomorrow, so to prepare myself mentally I've been listening to them constantly for the last week. The whole of the album Disgraceland has an amazing high school nostalgia feel about it which makes me want to travel both in time and in distance to Chicago, Illinois and take the small-town American way of life. Enjoy!



Becoming Bowie

As you may be able to tell by now I am an avid fan of David Bowie. Possibly the androgynous avant garde style he expressed through the character Ziggy Stardust or the variety of different styles and music genres he has performed have made it so. 

Anyway, I was informed of a fancy dress day for Children In Need a few weeks ago and, being a sixth former, I left it (slightly) to the last minute. The hardest part was choosing what to go as! In the end I settled for Bowie as the make up is somewhat fun to do and easily recognisable and impressive. I was not quite prepared for the effect that being dressed in a leotard with garish colours smeared across my face would have on me. To cut a long story short, I spent the day relishing in my newly found element and feeling like an ever powerful space invader.

More Bowie posts here!



Upside Down Disco

Song of the Week 16
Upside Down
Diana Ross

I found this on an amazing disco playlist on Rookie a while ago and it was the song that stuck out the most (they are all amazing though of course!) I love working to this song because it gets me right into the mood. I hope this tune gets you through the mid-week and into the weekend ready for you to get upside down and funky.



POP! - Inspiration


I bought the Autumn/Winter 2014 edition of Pop magazine at the end of the summer, and I was amazed by the amount of good content - and the size of it! I thought I'd put together my favourite images from this issue, to get the inspiration flowing. I especially love the shoot of the second image due to the soft retro style which give me a warm feeling inside. The pairing of the cacti and bold print in the spread above is wonderful as well, as I would not think to put those two together, yet it works so perfectly.

Included in this issue are free Grimes inspired stickers which gave me almost too much excitement! Together with the beautiful shoot of Grimes herself, it really put me in a let's-get-vibey mood and put this magazine very high up in the world of fashion magazines for me.

I hope you find inspiration from these pictures too!



Taste Of Submarine

Song of the Week 15
Stuck On The Puzzle
Alex Turner

This song is part of the soundtrack for the wonderful film Submarine, written and performed by Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys. The whole album is a masterpiece and choosing my favourite was a task, yet I had to go for Stuck On The Puzzle because of the relaxed and nostalgic vibes which perfectly match how I have been feeling this week. It's also perfect to work to which is a bonus!



Insta Summary - Oct 2014

My Instagram has been fairly barren lately due to insane work deadlines and the fluctuation of social happenstance. To get myself back into the swing of things insta-style I thought I would start doing a monthly post on my fave pics of the month. 

1- My friends Alice, Sophia and I ready for our sixth form icebreaker.
2- With festival season finally at a close, I reminisced my lasting wristbands.
3- Borrowed vans sneakers.
4- Feeling sassy in cat costumes for a Halloween party.

Hope you liked this post! You can also check my instagram here and watch this space for more!



Sally Can Wait

Song of the Week 14
Don't Look Back In Anger

This song has a very direct link to someone very close; someone who has sadly had to move away. We used to listen to it together so upon it hitting my eardrums every time memories surface of nostalgia and naivety - I feel this song perfectly encapsulates the emotions of a lost friend. Enjoy.



Sculpture Sepelchre

Last week I went on an art trip to Gloucester Cathedral to take a look at the free sculpture exhibition called The Crucible 2. As well as seeing some insane art pieces I witnessed the cathedral in its full beauty. 

Some of the floors were spectacular and so intricate.

These were my favourite stained glass windows because they flow and have a striking blue colour which reminds me of a Monet painting.

This piece is called 'The Anatomy of an Angel' and it is by the artist and sculptor Damien Hirst. I loved this piece and it brings back memories of seeing a giant version in London when I was younger.

And to finish, a giant squashed netball! The architecture of the cathedral was amazing and all the art work was really interesting and thought-provoking. I would definitely recommend popping down if you're in the area and having a look!



Feelin' Rebellious

Song of the Week 13
Rebel Rebel
David Bowie

More Bowie! Coming back from our sixth form icebreaker last night, I was reminded of this song due to its rather fitting title. I send this to people all too often and I will never tire of its punchy guitar and retro vibes - a Bowie victory for a fun night.



Stencil + Spray

I've been getting creative recently with plain t-shirts and spray paints. It all started when I was inspired by Joan Jett of the Runaways who has the famous Sex Pistols home made band t-shirt. Portrayed in the movie by Kristen Stewart I watched her quickly whip up this masterpiece so I just had to make my own.

I started by simply making a stencil of the chosen band - I'll never have to buy official merch at this rate! You can do this either by drawing and then cutting or printing out a picture if it's intricate. Don't forget to cut it out in inverse like above and keep the holes of the letters.

Then, all that's left to do is spray over the stencil onto a plain t-shirt - mine are from good ol' Primark. There are interesting things you can do like mixing colours and placing the stencil slightly apart to get a 3D lo-fi effect.

And that's it! I hope you liked this simple DIY for creating kick ass t-shirts, and remember there's a whole world of things you can create, you just got to think them up.



Psychedelic Grunge

Today I have decided to show you one of my favourite outfits ever - one that probably gets worn too often. This results in scared neighbours and confused onlookers. Anyway, I was given these velvet leggings when I was younger and tossed them in a draw in disgust, only to realise years later that they are a rare beauty and are now a cherished part of my wardrobe. As for the denim jacket you have undoubtedly seen it in previous posts here and here, due to its unlimited wearability and functionality and the flannel shirt - stolen from my sister - thrown on adds a level of Seattle grunge. 

I also wanted to showcase this wonderful t-shirt which I picked up in my favourite local vintage store for £5. It is your typical rainbow tie-dye top made so much better with the print of a frog saying 'relax' on the front. To finish off the outfit Doc Martens are always the one and also details such as button badges and a homemade necklace.



Ode to Demarco

Song of the Week 12
Freaking Out The Neighborhood
Mac Demarco

I heard about Mac Demarco through a variety of the free magazines in our independent music shop this summer - after browsing for hours and walking out of the shop stacked with free goods. This song really stood out because of the chilled out bluesy vibes and effortlessness, which make me just want to lie down, forget about the world and float into a mystical musical abyss. Also Mac is such a cool person, so bonus points!



Confetti + Gelly

More nail posts coming your way! I've decided to start showing some of the things I do to adorn  my nails in daily life... So here I've used the famous Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Blue Grape - a personal favourite of mine - and the super exciting Barry M Confetti in Sour Apple. The confetti is easy to just throw on over the electric blue to add texture and a bit of zing. Gelly nail polishes are everything they are made out to be; quick-drying, long-lasting and bright, which is why I keep it close.



My Next Girl

Song of the Week 11
Next Girl
The Black Keys

With the Black Keys' new album floating around and making waves I thought I'd travel back to the first time I ever listened to them - upon the release of the album Brothers. The bluesy beats and catchy lines make their songs so unique and interesting to listen to, I would definitely recommend giving the whole album a listen and of course their new stuff!



Jazzy Jars

Just a quick post on an easy way to organise - and brighten - up your life. And guess what? It's basically free!

Some say I have a thing for jars, yet in essence it's just that I like to go the cheap way when there is one. All you have to do to achieve jars of this colourful variety is wash out an old food jar (nutella ones are best) and use your imagination to decorate it in wonderful ways. For these ones I have used spray paints, acrylic paint, nail polish and the ever useful Tulip paint pens. 

Not only do they look cute, but they are very handy for putting art supplies in - especially ones you used to decorate them with in the first place!

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