that amber light has faded and it's yours to commit to it

Sunday, 1 March 2015

After spending the last week with almost no internet or phone signal in Wales on a field trip, it feels somewhat cathartic to finally get to catch up with missed posts and LFW updates that have been hanging over me while I've been away. After this and the second batch of photos from Margate I will be officially up to date, which is definitely an achievement for me. I don't know what the next two months will bring as I know I have to start revising for my exams in May, but hopefully they will be as photogenic as January and February have been so far (I intend to continue taking film photos of anything that moves (or doesn't move) anyway).
So, here is my third and final London Fashion Week update (a week late, I know). I didn't manage to make it down to Somerset House on the Sunday but still got some pictures of my outfit in between running around London, getting caught in traffic and being rained on. I have to admit the S/S season is my favourite - February brings too much cold and rain!

I wore an amazing velvet embroidered jacket and colourful shirt from Beyond Retro, with crushed velvet leggings from Urban Outfitters and Asos shoes. The pom-pom earrings were hand made by Shirley, one of the ladies I work for at Hirst Antiques, and I still can't get over just how well they match the shirt colour-wise. It was so lovely to be able to represent the shop and Shirley's incredible handiwork at LFW, especially as statement earrings are a huge thing at the moment and as Shirley herself said, there is no point going anywhere in boring earrings - if you're going to do it, you may as well stand out.

I don't think there has been a collection this season that I haven't liked - seventies fashion has always been a favourite of mine, and so to have my personal taste suddenly a major high-fashion trend is amazing - everywhere I look is designs I love, covet, and can relate to. Here are a few favourites:

Stella Jean brought a vibrant mash-up of print and texture to the sophisticated and serene Milan scene, with her Indian Himalayas inspired collection boasting colour, pattern, embellishment and a whole load of style. Shapes were long and flowing with low waistlines and bishop sleeves, high and cowl necks and high-waist A-Line midis that will see us through perfectly from Autumn to Winter.

Burberry Prorsum is another collection that I am completely head-over-heels with. A distinct 70's flair runs through the etheral floral creations, with shaggy coats, suede and leopard print patchwork-ing and piecing everything together into a truly 'heartfelt and romantic' collection. The colour palette is deep, dark and wholesome, and brings to mind the dark, grainy photographs and faded fashion advertisements popular in decades past.

Dolce & Gabbana also cannot be ignored - once again creating a classical, elegant but also cutting-edge and modern collection celebrating motherhood. The clothes were at their finest - traditional, Italian and absolutely beautiful. Lace, silk, embroidered roses, sheer dresses and laser cut decor made the collection a wonderful celebration of female power, beauty and fertility.
(All runway photos from Vogue)

Anyway, in other news I got yet another set of film developed. I'm beginning to become one of those people who constantly has a camera on the go, and I'm loving it - there's nothing better than knowing you've caught a moment in time and immortalised it in a physical print. I've also finally found disposables that produce the effects I like all the time (the Kodak funsaver) and am loving the fact that I know how the pictures will come out quality and colour-wise.

1, 2 and 3 - Margate, plus watching the Sunset with my friend who was coincidentally there at the same time as me // 4 and 5 - Valentine's Day is always better when wearing glitter and dancing to Abba // 6 - A wall in my room feat signed Peace ticket & Peace photos.

Photos from our AS Geography trip to Wales including beaches, caramel lattes, daffodils and the famous £1.20 shop.

Tenby // Barafundle Bay

The trip was actually really successful as despite the freezing cold we managed to get loads of work done, and see some really beautiful places. We also survived a midnight attack from a wasp in our dorm room, terrifying sleep talking episodes and a four mile hike, and managed to make it much less like a school field trip and more like a week-long sleepover. I actually really miss it. Anyway, I hope you all have a good week!

marble stones sinking in the sand

Friday, 27 February 2015

Ever since I can remember I've always gone away to the seaside with my family during the half-term holidays, and this year was no exception. It was a perfect excuse to get out of London for a few days, let the dog have a run on the beach and do some art without any distractions. We spontaneously decided on Margate as I'd been hearing lots about the Turner Contemporary Gallery as well as it's vintage and antique shops, so it sounded like it would be a nice spot to visit (like Hastings was last year).

As usual I couldn't help but wear as many patterns as possible. I think I've passed the stage of trying to match patterns and prints, and instead now just throw together individual pieces I like, regardless of whether they really go together or not. I wore a Beyond Retro top and jacket with my old velvet trousers, Topshop bag (that I bought in a sale about 5 years ago..!) and The Whitepepper mustard shoes I got for Christmas. I'm completely obsessed with their colour and how comfy they are.

We arrived in Margate around lunchtime, and so trawled through the small selection of vintage and antique shops before stopping in a cute café to get something to eat. The shops are all located in the old town and pretty much all in one street, which makes finding them easy and browsing between them much nicer than if they were miles apart. Prices were also so much cheaper than London - the high price tag associated with vintage here seems to have bypassed Margate, leaving most shops selling clothes at what they are worth, instead of slapping on a huge value simply because it looks slightly retro. I bought a few bits and bobs, including a new little film camera to play around with! There were loads of cameras for less than £20, so I couldn't help getting myself a Olympus Pen as I've never had an Olympus before, and it is so much lighter and more compact than my Zenit (which I love but is so heavy).

Lunch was from The Cupcake Café, a beauty of a place that served the chunkiest sandwiches and amazing hazelnut lattes. I spent the rest of the day strolling through the shops before hanging around on the beach watching the sunset with one of my best friends who was coincidentally holiday-ing in Margate at the same time.

On the second day we managed to visit The Shell Grotto, an amazing underground labyrinth of shell-lined walls, that no one knows the origins of. It is possibly the most amazing thing I have ever seen in my entire life - such ornate designs that must have taken years to construct on top of the years spent collecting the shells that make them. I wore my new jacket I bought the day before with a jumper from Polo & Mocha on Etsy, a Beyond Retro skirt and Topshop bag.

I visited the soon-to-reopen Dreamland arcade and a huge charity bookshop (I bought several £1 art books) and completely reaffirmed my love for quaint seaside towns. I stayed for two more days which I will post pictures from soon (probably along with the film photos from the weekend which are currently being developed).
In other news, I just got back from a week long geography field trip today, which was beautiful and crazy fun despite being incredibly tiring and cold. I can't wait to get those photos developed either, but in the meantime here are a few little coastal pictures to summarise:

I plan to get myself organised this weekend so I can post my last LFW and Margate have a lovely weekend and I'll see you on the other side!