eyes that pretend they don't know anything, I like that sort of thing

Monday, 23 May 2016

Back again with another overdue post ~~
It feels slightly unreal that I'm completely finishing school in a week. No more lessons in the same way, no more 10 minute walk to college...it's going to be so different but I'm really looking forward to the change. My summer plans begin quite early too...I will be in Paris before my exams begin, then Berlin and Vienna afterwards. It'll be such a nice break, plus a chance to explore and get some inspiration before starting my art foundation course in September.
Anyway, these photos are from a day trip to Margate a few weeks ago. Margate is one of my favourite seaside places as it has an amazing art gallery and amazing charity shops, as well as being close to Whitstable which is just as lovely. We visited both in one day, on the Bank Holiday, and it was grey and wonderfully quintessentially British.

I seem to have been inspired by schoolboy uniforms...the checked shorts are from Beyond Retro, the jacket was part of a suit in a charity shop that my friend's mum spotted and told him to tell me to buy. The blue glitter shirt is also from a charity shop, I found the cow print socks on amazon and the shoes are from Monki.

All jewellery is from Hirst Antiques.
I love spending time by the seaside...I have a habit of taking a trip out of the city before exams begin, as I always find it really calming and it helps to clear my mind before the onslaught of stress and panic begins. It's so refreshing and also not hard to do in a day - luckily, London is not too far from the coast by car or train.

I visited the Turner Contemporary gallery to see the Joachim Koester exhibition; it was a fascinating mix of film and photography, and also there was work by Yinka Shonibare on display in the entrance. It's one of my favourite galleries and never fails to put on captivating shows and brighten my day. I also went shopping and couldn't resist a few amazing charity shop bargains including a 35mm camera with built-in flash for only £2.50...what a dream come true?!

I ended the day with hummus in pitta and salad from a fish and chip shop, which I ate on the beach overlooking the rough evening sea. It was a calming and satisfying end to the day and I really wish I was back there - nothing beats salty, fresh sea air blowing through your hair, brightening your skin and making you feel seriously alive.
In other news, Jonghyun's newest song is an absolute killer and the music video is SO BEAUTIFUL...you can watch it here although I included some screenshots to convince you just in case my enthusiasm wasn't quite enough...

I love the really saturated colours / bright contrasts / everything and want to wear block colours all the time. I hope you are all having a lovely week!


words get lost in the morning heat

Monday, 16 May 2016

Ah, this post is very overdue. I am aware. I wrote the entire thing, links and all, sometime last week but managed to delete it by accident...the sheer anger at losing all the time I had spent had rendered me unable to bring myself to write it again for a while, but I'm facing it now as I am really excited about this post and have things I really want to talk about!
Anyway, a few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be invited down to Tatty Devine's Shoreditch studio to have a go at making my own personalised name necklace, one of their most famous designs. Tatty Devine is one of my favourite jewellery brands as they are so unique and have such a clear style (they mostly work with colourful perspex!) and yet manage to come up with so many interesting and innovational designs and concepts. There really is something for everyone when it comes to their products and so I couldn't wait to find out more about their process.

To begin making my necklace, I had a peek at the examples in-store and fell in love with the glitter perspex, which I chose instantly when presented with all of the colour options. There are so many to choose from, so it wasn't the easiest decision but I chose silver to match the silver pattern on the hot pink jumper I was wearing. Then, using the online generator, we tested out my name in different fonts. There are a few options but I quickly settles on "Sundae"...I loved the rounded letters. It is really great seeing what it will look like beforehand though as you can double check you like the look and can read your name clearly in each font.

After I had chosen my font we laser-cut the design out of silver perspex, and I chose a pearly lightning bolt charm to attach. I liked having a different perspex to the silver glitter and loved the way they both stood out so much from my jumper.

The store itself is so beautiful - working in a jewellery shop myself, seeing every shelf and surface covered in a collage of crazy creative pieces was pretty much what I imagine heaven to be like. Huge perspex pieces hang in the windows, and the radio plays upbeat songs whilst you browse each collection.

As is no surprise, I wore the necklace immediately...I loved the way it looked on my jumper and have since found it very difficult to not wear! I went for a springtime 80s sort of vibe with acid dungarees and hot pink jumper from Margate, pale pink fishnet tights underneath, sparkly socks and Monki shoes.
I had a fantastic time at Tatty Devine and really recommend you check them out for both amazing jewellery and great inspiration! Thank you to everyone at Tatty!