Wednesday, 30 October 2013

instaupdate #5

Graffiti on Nelson Street | Meadow at Tokyo Dub | Squirell outside my house
Happy Daze | Amazing food | Chai tea & Cookie
New headdresses | Swans in Cambridge | Me in Cambridge
Great Expectations | Zombie Bride | Halloween pre-drinks

Busy busy past month! Ended September with Tokyo Dub festival and the next weekend went to Happy Daze at Lakota which is a crazily mentally decorated night and fancy dress, so obviously I was a fan! I also visited Cambridge to see my best buddy who goes to uni there which was really nice, its such a beautiful place. We explored a lot and did a load of weird Cambridge things like fancy dinners and even a Whinnie the Pooh society meeting. I got some lovely new colours of feathers in for my little shop. Had some amazing dinners cooked for me by the boy. And went to see The Great Expectations at the theatre with the Girl guide group I'm volunteering with.

Best night out by far was the Halloween Wonka Vision... where I went as some kind of vampire/superhero made up thing (you can kind of see bottom right corner!). Before that we traipsed through Bristol for the zombie walk, I used my trusty old zombie bride dress once again. 

Have any of you got any fun Halloween plans? Would love to see your outfits!

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Monday, 28 October 2013

home : ten top tips to make your new uni room more homely

home wish list

I am lucky enough to live in a beautiful flat this year so for the first time ever I've been interested in all sorts of interior bits and bobs to spruce it up with... so I thought I would start a 'home' series to share all these thoughts with you!

As a student moving away from the 'rents and into your own home has lots of advantages… however you're probably looking to make your student halls or house share a little less like a student hovel and a bit more like a student home. Unfortunately the pictures above are more like a dream wish list rather than realistic purchases, with my budget at least, but here are a few more affordable tips to make your box room less bland.
  1. Colourful wall hangings and cosy rugs make all the difference in white rooms with bland carpets. You can get bright ethnic throws and mats for inexpensive prices at local markets.
  2. As your bed will probably take up most of your bedroom, attractive bedding is essential. Matalan have an affordable selection and they're also reversible so you can have a bit of a change mid-week. Don't forget cushions and blankets too so you can ride out those hangovers in comfort!
  3. A blow up mattress, sleeping bag and spare duvet will come in handy if you have friends from home to stay… or even if you have a movie night in the kitchen.
  4. Photographs are another great way to bring colour to your space as well as being a nice reminder of home. There are loads of online photo printing services, like Snapfish and Photobox, from which you can get your first 50 prints for free. 
  5. If you prefer posters instead there are usually interesting designs available for free in flyer packs across cities...(really nice ones if you're lucky enough to live in Bristol like me!) Be careful with pins and blu-tack though because most student accommodation will take a hefty amount of your deposit for marks on the wall. Use white-tack or picture frames instead, or hang them on string with pegs.
  6. Cork boards can be an easy way to display pictures too. Along with magnetic whiteboards, they are also useful for keeping notes and reminders organised.
  7. Good lighting is an important aspect of making your room cosy. Most halls have nasty fluorescent lights so fairy lights, lava lamps and candles (if you're allowed them in your accommodation) will give the place more atmosphere. Mirrors are also good for reflecting light and making your room feel larger.
  8. When you're in a small space with a lot of stuff, storage solutions are crucial. Ikea does some drawer organisers which are be especially useful for art students with a lot of equipment. Wilkos is a great choice for boxes or baskets that you can either put on shelves or under your bed as well as desk and file organisers. If you want to spend a little more, Paperchase has a more decorative selection of file boxes and stationery sorters.
  9. You're unlikely to have much outside space (or any at all) so easy to maintain houseplants or cactuses can bring a bit of the outdoors inside. Look out for sales at garden centres or try Wilkos or Ikea.
  10. Finally, life may seem peachy with your new BFFs (best flatmates forever) but it might not always be that way… Invest in a cute mini fridge for your room to hide your treats/booze in and definitely get yourself a pair of earplugs!
Are any of you living in student accommodation? I'd love to hear your tips!

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

art as fashion - L'Wren Scott & Aquilano Rimondi do Gustav Klimt

My 'Art as Fashion' series was inspired by the the appropriation theme in the postmodernism project I was doing during my art foundation at the time. I haven't done a post on it for a while but after seeing a few Klimt inspired collections recently I thought I'd bring it back! I've already showed you my favourite painting of his.
Aquilano Rimondi, Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, Gold,
Aquilano Rimondi SS 2011, Gastav Klimt; Adele Bloch Bauer I (1907) The Kiss (1907)

Colour & pattern were the things that Aquilano Rimondi took from Gustav Klimt to inspire the prints in this collection. You can clearly see that the dresses above were inspired by paintings from Klimt's 'Golden Phase' as the striking prints used reflect the gold leaf patterns and shapes he was painting during this time. Other prints in this collection were inspired by Klimt's landscapes and flowers but all have that distinct texture.

L'Wren Scott AW 2013, Gustav Klimt; Johanna Staud (1918),  Hygeia (1901) 

The three dresses above are some of the most opulent and decadent of L'Wren Scott's collection and all three directly correspond to various paintings by Klimt (the middle is Judith and the Head of Holofernes 1901 or Danae (1907) not pictured). The designer, L'Wren Scott was fascinated by his work and processes and "wanted to see the girl walk out of the picture".

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