Tuesday 30 April 2013

#100London - April Update

I'm going to keep this short and sweet because April has been an appalling month in terms of museum visiting. I actually only made it to the Science Museum and that was for their April lates session last Wednesday. I'd been meaning to check out one of the lates for a really long time now but something always came up, however last Wednesday I made sure I kept the evening free. Because the theme was Climate Change it meant the museum wasn't actually that busy which is a good thing as there's more space to explore and less queues. I loved the fact there weren't any screaming kids around and there were bars all over the place, being able to drink in a museum definitely makes up for the fact the drinks are crazily overpriced. I went to a talk in the IMAX cinema, the venue was cool but the subject matter of the talk was a little on the tedious side. I am really interested in climate change and was looking forward to hearing about how we can make a difference in our lives but the talk was more about stupid jokes than hard facts, still it was an enjoyable 40 minutes. There was tons of other stuff going on as well so I would definitely like to go back again and get more involved, maybe try the pub quiz.

So that bring my grand total to 15 museums which considering it is April that is appalling. I’m determined to make up for it over the next couple of months though. I’m checking at the Bowie exhibition at the V&A on Saturday and I’m going to pop into the Hayward Gallery to see the Light Show before it closes on Monday. I also need to pop into the British Library, Courtald Gallery and lots of smaller museums as some stage as well.

Where have you been this past month x

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Monday 29 April 2013

Return of the floral dress

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Dress - Warehouse *
Denim jacket - Tesco *
Creepers - Underground
Necklace - River Island

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wfkGCU on Make A Gif, Animated Gifs

The sun comes out and so does a floral dress. It may be clique but I do enjoy a floral dress once the weather gets a little warmer. I'm particularly fond of this ditsy number from Warehouse and I especially like the balloon style shape of the skirt. Of course any floral dress looks good with a denim jacket and there I go again adding an element of grunge with my trusty creepers. This dress has a cute cut out detailing on the straps as well and for once I'm not finding it too ridiculous short which seems to be the case with a lot of dresses I've bought recently.

This is the first time I've ever made a GIF and I think I turned out all right. Took me ages to figure out how to adjust the speed and size, the first one I made was moving so fast it made me feel sick!

Have you bought out your trusty floral dress yet x
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Sunday 28 April 2013

Hyperlink: On shoot with Rankin

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As you can probably tell from these pictures, yesterday was the most surreal and best day I have ever had thanks to my blog. Elodie and I were invited along to Hyperlink at the Tate this weekend which is a 3-day long festival celebrating art, music and fashion. After browsing the programme I saw that there was a Rankin workshop and knew the 2 of us has to get a place! During our 2 hour slot we got the chance to work with Rankin on his Destroy project where we had our pictures taken and then had to destroy the prints.

In all honesty this was an exciting but terrifying experience. As a fashion blogger one would think I'm easy breezy in front of the camera, well I am when it's my Mum taking my photos, stick me in front of Britain's most famous photographer and it's a whole other story. That being said as soon as I stepped into the studio (after hair and make up of course) in front of the big bright lights all my anxieties slipped away. Rankin has the amazing ability to make a subject feel instantly at ease and relaxed in front of the camera that I was able to soak up the blaring music and just enjoy my 5 minutes of being snapped. He directed me and told me I was doing a great job which made the whole experience easy. I absolutely loved it!

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Once the photography was done Rankin choose a picture to be used in the Destroy project and after all the photoshop business it was time to play around with paint and glitter to our hearts content. It felt wrong to destroy such an incredible photo but once I had an idea of what I wanted to do I got down and dirty on the crafts table. I went for a bit of a Ziggy Stardust theme with lots of bright colours and way too much glitter. The end results was totally OTT but I love it.

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After the work was done we chatted with Rankin and goofed around taking photos of each other. I got him to snap a few shots of Elodie and me on my camera which he said was very nice despite the massive crack in the screen. He even posed for a few shoots in my glasses which totally didn't fit him! All the prints were hung up on the wall with the Destroyed versions underneath which will be on display throughout the festival. I'm not sure what is going to happen to them afterwards but hopefully they'll find a good home.

Hyperlink is still running today and there are plenty of art, fashion and music related workshops going on for free so if you get the chance to go down to the Tate I thoroughly recommend it. This experience is something I will never forget and am eternally grateful to the Tate for inviting me along. It's not everyday you get to work with one of your favourite artists and now I have a lovely photo hanging in my hallway taken by the one and only Rankin that I will cherish forever.

Have you attended Hyperlink this weekend x

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Friday 26 April 2013

Celia Birtwell x Uniqulo

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Shirt - ASOS
Socks - Primark
Creepers - Underground

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I really love the new Celia Birtwell x Uniqulo collection, the bright colours and bold prints are right up my street but for whatever reason I missed the opening day and was only able to pick these trousers up from my wish list that also consisted of a few blouses. That being said I absolutely adore these jeggings, the colour and print are really fun and different from your usual floral style and the cropped leg is perfect for summer. They are my go to trouser at the moment and I can foresee them becoming very worn over the next few months, I'm actually tempted to pick up a second pair in green.

I think you have 2 options when it comes to styling these trousers, either go full floral and make a really girly outfit or do what I do and make it as least girly as possible. The denim spiky shirt makes every thing look a bit grungy and the addition of my new £35 Office sale creepers probably tip it over the edge but that's what I like so I'm sticking with it.

Did you get anything from this collection x

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Monday 22 April 2013

Sarah Chapman Miracle Mask

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Sarah Chapman Miracle Mask *

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Mix 1 sachet of the mask with 60ml of cold water

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Apply the mask quickly with the spatula

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Mask is dry and ready to peel off after 15mins

So I hope these seriously scary pictures of my face haven't frightened you too much! I've been testing this face mask from Sarah Chapman over the last couple of weeks and despite it's scary appearance I wanted to share my thoughts because it's a right little gem.

First things first, this face mask was a whole new experience for me because you actually have to make it up yourself. Before you complain about the hassle this involves let me just say it really didn't take long to do, in fact the scientist part of me loved the mixology involved. All you do is fill the included beaker with 60ml of cold water (it's marked on the side), add one sachet of the powdered mask and mix like your making a cocktail. After a few seconds you turn the beaker upside down, unscrew the lid and begin applying to your face with the included spatula. I actually found it easier to use my fingers but whatever you do it's important to get it on your face quickly before it beings to dry.

After 15mins the mask is dry and can be peeled off. Again, this was a new concept for me as I've never had a peel off mask before but as I stood over the sink I found the experience somewhat satisfying if not a little messy. Once the mask was off and I cleaned up any remaining debris with my normal cleanser my skin instantly felt softer, plumper and hydrated. A lot of cleansing masks leave my skin feeling tight, aggravated and in desperate need of hydration but my face felt really clean and soft after this aka happy skin!

This mask is on the expensive side; you receive 4 sachets for the price of £36 from QVC which works out as £8 a go, however this is a real luxury product and if you're after something a little special for a Sunday evening I would highly recommend it.

Have you tried a peel off mask before x

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Thursday 18 April 2013


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Top - Rockheim
Blazer - Topshop
Trousers - Topshop
Shoes - Deena and Ozz
Watch - Michael Kors
Silver bracelet - Black Tied
Turquoise bracelet - Bohemian Collective

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I realise I look like I'm wearing a blazer over my pyjamas but you know what, I love this outfit! I bought this top on my recent trip to Norway, it's from Rockheim in Trondheim which is basically a Norwegian music museum and an all round awesome place. Norwegians really do hit the nail on the head when it comes to their museum, all the ones I visited were really fun and interactive places with much more to offer than just text panels in front of glass panels. Rockheim was definitely one of my favourites and it was so interesting to learn all about Norwegian music over the last 50 years. I had no idea Aha were from Norway but my favourite section was definitely the black metal room, so angry and loud!

I feel a bit naughty because everything in this outfit is new, I picked up the blazer and trousers a couple of weeks ago. I really did not need another black blazer in my life but I love the shape of this one and when I tried it on with the trousers I thought they went together really well so you know I just had to have it. Talking about the trousers how cute is the elephant print? I do love myself some animal shapes on clothing and whilst these trousers are a little out there because they're monochrome they aren't too difficult to wear.

Have you been to any good museum lately x

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