But I don't want to wait

Friday, 17 April 2015

For some bizarre reason, the last week or so has decided to be unusually sunny and warm for London, meaning for the first time in months I have been able to leave the house without a huge coat on. I've even braved bare legs a few times, which although it isn't that warm yet, felt surprisingly summery for April.
Anyway, I was sent some really cute summery pieces from the lovely Alice's Pig to style, and so have been able to dip my toes back into summer dressing again. It's so weird not having to wear a thousand layers / take extra jumpers with you everywhere. I'm not used to it yet. I love it though - as much as I thought I was a winter girl, summer just makes me so happy - what beats long, bright evenings and warm sun that brings out your freckles?!

I wore the Chaplin's Chap Top, with the Little Greenie Shorts, my Asos shoes and Rokit bag. I decided to throw on a hawaiian-print shirt on top as well, as I do love a bit of pattern clashing and felt if I was going to wear bright green I may as well go for a bright shirt to match/clash as well. The top was so comfortable - a perfect long-crop fit, with soft and light material that would be perfect for hot summer days. The shorts are also amazing - perfect height on the waist, and that perfect length that is short and feminine without being uncomfortably revealing or too short. Also the colour is great - I wouldn't usually go for such a bright green, but I have definitely been converted. Summer festival shorts sorted.

Alice's Pig have some amazing pieces on their site, I really recommend you check them out! Sorry for the short post, I will have longer to write this weekend (once I am not waist-deep in art work for my exam next week!)
Have a lovely weekend!

kind of blurry like a VHS

Friday, 10 April 2015

This last week has really flown by - I knew it would, as having one week of no college is always a panic for me, trying to cram in as much as I can into the morsel of temporary freedom before getting back into the monotony of college and revision. It's actually been a really good week...on Monday I saw the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the V&A (it is seriously a must-see...one of the best the V&A have put on so far), on Tuesday I had a movie night with some pals and swooned over the clothes worn in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and then on Wednesday I painted and went to see Drenge play a small gig at Rough Trade. Thursday was mainly a try-and-get-some-work-done day, and today I spent the morning at the Tate with a friend seeing Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' before sitting on a wall overlooking the Thames. A good week in my books. Its one of those things - if I had been at home all Easter I probably wouldn't have had anything to do or anywhere to go, but of course the moment you only have limited time suddenly everything has to happen at once. I don't mind though - I love being busy. It's stressful, but I just can't not be at least a little productive each day. (Although my definition of productive may mean eating sushi and painting instead of hardcore revision kind of productive...)

These photos are all from a little day trip to Padstow as part of my holiday last week. I'd been before as a child but only remembered the beach. It is such a lovely town - a wonderful mix of traditional seaside and fishing village, but with modernised restaurants and independent shops that make it perfect for everyone. I spent the day buying lots of cheap secondhand jewellery, which is a new thing I am in to at the moment...working at Hirst has really opened my eyes to wearing and buying jewellery, and now I am becoming a little obsessed. It's a slippery slope.

I wore my black Rokit shorts with a shirt from Camden Passage in Islington, a Beyond Retro waistcoat, my jacket from Margate and backpack from Mi-Pac. I also wore my new shoes from The Whitepepper...I felt the need to have a pair for the summer, as my mustard ones are just so comfortable. I just love how much taller they make me (and the colour is to die for...I'm not a really pink girl but they just pick up the pink detail in the florals I like to wear and so they are so perfect for my wardrobe).

It was such a beautiful day (especially considering how storm-like the night had been) and so sketching on the beach was ideal. My new little moleskine has got me into sketching so much more, as whipping it out on the tube/bus/cafes etc is so much less intrusive and obvious than my old bigger one. 

Apologies for the slightly erratic writing / old photos, I am attempting to get two write-ups of geography coursework done today and so will get a much more cohesive post up soon. Hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sun while it lasts!

catch a lift on the last bus home

Friday, 3 April 2015

I feel like I've lost a week - the start of the Easter holidays has flown by so quickly, and I really haven't got it into my head yet that I only have a week left. I intend to do my usual, and fit as much as possible into my remaining seven days of exam-free liberty before going back to college.
I've done well so far - after spending the longest and loveliest last day of term with friends I headed off on Sunday to Devon/Cornwall, where I have spent the last week in a camper van. It's been something my family have wanted to do for ages and now seemed like the perfect time...I have to admit, it was not all plain sailing (going from a house to a space smaller than a room is tough, especially with the dog as well) but it was definitely an experience I would recommend (and wouldn't hesitate to do again!) We borrowed a gorgeous yellow VW from the lovely O'Connors Campers, and if it wasn't for a tiny bit of sporadic 3G signal I could have sworn I had gone back in time to the 60s/70s. I have quite a few posts worth of photos from the week, but thought I'd start with this little catch up as it feels like ages since I last wrote something properly here.

This was my outfit for the journey down...my dad simply raised his eyebrows and said "hmm...funky." I have no issue with this - not everyone has the same inclination to wear 67890 clashing patterns at once as I do, but for some reason I just don't feel complete without a few layers and some leopard print or something for good measure. The leopard top is from Beyond Retro, the trousers from Asos and the t-shirt from a vintage shop in Margate. The earrings are my little Bill Skinner frogs from Hirst Antiques.

Sketchbook/old journal/new journal update. I've just finished my jan/feb/march journal and started a new (tiny!!) moleskine to continue documenting every single part of my life. I guess my need to remember everything borders on obsessive, but I love it - imagine being able to flick through your parents' teenage journals? I like to think that my future children will find them entertaining, and they will hopefully be a point of reference/nostalgia for me in later life. I've started to try and sketch/doodle every day too...I don't do enough art (even though it's the main thing I do!) and so hope that starting a new journal will get me into the routine of visually recording everything as well as, or instead of, having to write everything down. 

Disposables from March...cute hangs, Mona!!!, pretty bikes/cafe.

These photos (all credit to the very-talented-with-a-camera Bridey Oakley) are from an early morning trip to see the eclipse a few weeks ago. We had a morning off school so trekked up to Ally Pally to watch it...unfortunately we didn't actually see anything, but had a nice morning in the fresh air. It was definitely more productive than the lie-in I would normally have had.

Mixture of Bridey's photos / my disposables from seeing my friend's band, Girl Ray, play a few weekends ago. They are actually really good and you should totally check out their soundcloud if you get the chance here...it was a good evening full of glitter, lino flooring, red velvet tiles and tube journeys.
Anyway, I apologise for the very mismatched/ unorganised post - I have some better planned ones from this week in Cornwall coming up over the next week so hang on in there, you never know (I still have faith that I will become organised yet). Have a lovely weekend!