Monday, 31 December 2012

2012.

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 The end of the year- a time for looking back, making resolutions you'll never keep, looking
at the year through rose tinted glasses and getting far too excited for a night that is actually
 just like any other night- but you still get your hopes up every single year.
I started writing this post by writing all the things I had done this year that have stood out
to me. Instead of just having lots of pictures to recap the year, I'm gonna make you read
bitches.
(but of course you can click on a word to take you to the link, I'm not that mean).

what I did in 2012:

- got a degree
- moved permanently to London
- became Beauty Editor at Notion Magazine
- went to PFW for the first time
- visited Corsica, Moscow, Paris
- was maid of honour at my sister's wedding
- reunited with my four older sisters (for the first time in 9 years all of us were together!)
- finished my disseration
- interviewed photographers for Dazed Digital
- Fell in love with Modern Matter magazine
- Published the first 2 issues of Rever magazine, as Creative Director
- finally got an iPhone (and subsequently became addicted to instagram)

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Now, I would make a 'what I hope to do in 2013' bucket-list type of thing but I'd rather leave things up to fate a bit more. Obviously there are things I hope to achieve and complete- and I'm going to keep them to myself until I realise them. (Which also saves me some explaining to do this time next year when I may not have crossed some off...)

Happy New Year!

Friday, 28 December 2012

SUIT.X2.

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Another suit in the tuileries. I love the texture of this one it, reminds me of what my
mother would wear when I was younger in Paris, or maybe it was the print of our
sofa?
Plus it sets off the bag's craziness, and somehow comes out elegant at the other end. On
my wishlist for the New Year. Is a suit acceptable for New Years Eve? Or are glittery dresses
still the ticket?

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

LA.BAUME.

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(vintage jumper and skirt)

When I get sent a product as amazing as Creme de la Mer, I feel very honoured, as it has to be 
one of the most amazing creams on Earth- and that's why everyone knows the name. Due to 
that, I wanted to put a lot of effort into shooting the product properly. 
Since I was in Oxford at the time I decided the Botanical Gardens would be the ideal place to 
shoot a cream that isall about vitamins, water and plants. So I bribed my mother into coming 
there with me to act as photographer, reminded her how to use my camera, and took to 
choosing our favourite locations in the gardens. 
As luck would have it, the sun came out on the frosty morning and lit the whole area 
beautifully. It was hard to take a bad photo in such great light and surroundings, and I 
thank my mama for doing a great job.

To read my full review of the product for work, click here.

Monday, 24 December 2012

WRAP.IT.UP.

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Inspired by Editer.com and their present wrapping tutorial, I decided to try it
myself. I love the idea of well wrapped presents- a good presentation (no
pun intended).

I used wrapping paper from John Lewis, chinese patterned paper as the cut outs,
and pink paper ribbon from Liberty. Now I'm all prepared (I'm most certainly not just
about to run out to get a last couple bits), so Merry Christmas to you all!

Friday, 21 December 2012

MELINDA.GIBSON.FOR.FARFETCH.

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When Farfetch.com decided to do their 'Unwrap' Christmas campaign, which involved four 
different artists created an original print which would be used as wrapping paper for 
Farfetch purchases this holiday season, I was very lucky to be invited along to exclusively 
interview one of the artists- Melinda Gibson- in her beautiful home and studio.

Having studied photography at London College of Communication, Melinda focuses on the way 
we see and look at things- namely within photography. Always working by hand, Melinda cuts 
out vital sections of photographs to see how this impacts our understanding of the image.
I love Melinda's design for Farfetch (second picture), as it includes many traditional festive 
themes and imagery- but not in an obvious way- there's no glitter or Christmas trees.

Melinda told me 'Here you have the nuances and the bits that reference Christmas, but without
 it being overly heavy or overt, glittery or sparkly. And that is what is present in a lot of my work;
the idea of using collage to decontextualize and then re-contextualise images through removing
 areas that we would naturally use to give a photograph context.'

To read the full interview (and explanation of the design) click here.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

CATS.AND.DOGS.

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Oh, English skies- why do you do this to me?
That's right, it's another 'English-girl-complains-about-the-weather' situation. Especially relevant 
for today, as it's already raining cats and dogs (A+ for use of very English expression).

But I must not forget that in Paris, too, it rains sometimes. Above are photos of when
 it POURED down outside the Rochas show in September. I was worried for my camera's well 
being. I kept snapping away- amazed that everyone was still looking so chic (even though I've 
lived in England for most of my life I still haven't mastered the concept of 'looking good in wind 
and rain'.)

Therefore, I will try and take some pointers from the Rochas show goers. I now want a big 
trench coat to wrap up in, plus a MiuMiu rain hat (a la Susie Bubble) to keep me fashionably dry.
I'm super duper it's-nearly-Christmas-and-I-have-loads-of-work to do busy at the moment, but I
will try and get an outfit post up soon. Maybe it will be me looking like a drowned rat in the rain.

AESOP.

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Heating, I hate you. Aesop, I love you.

The one thing I seem to forget every year about winter is the way the cold affects my skin. The 
cold outside, and the heating inside. I've got super sensitive facial skin (my mother sadly didn't 
pass me down her matte flawless skin) and every winter I continue struggle of finding a 
product which can find a happy medium with my combination skin.
This year may just have been my last struggle- as I've found that Aesop's botanical-pumped 
and laboratory made ingredients seem to be the answer that my winter skin has been searching 
for. (It's pretty emotional). My favourite being the Oil Free Facial Hydrating Serum which gives 
your skin an instant fresh boost, and keeps it hydrated without making it oily.

Bring it on, winter.

Monday, 17 December 2012

PINK.SUIT.

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Photographed outside the Viktor and Rolf show this September- this girl and her pink suit stood 
out to me. The perfect pink- and in such a great material. It's so simple and a great bridge 
between a very girlie colour and a masculine cut.

The perfect alternative to a glittery dress for the festive season?

Thursday, 13 December 2012

A.MOMENT.ON.THE.LIPS.

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Best way to get out of this wintery glump?
Pop a bright coloured lipstick on. 

My favourites from Nars, Autumn Leaves and Topshop make-up, Inhibition and Beguiled.
 


Friday, 7 December 2012

SEQUINED.COVERED.SWANS.

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FRIDAY PHOTOGRAPHERS

Lukasz Wierzbowski is my new favourite photographer, whose tumblr I can (and did ) spend
hours flicking through. So much life in his photos but they're also very calm and questioning.
They make me want to escape into them.
They also make me want to pick up my pentax again.

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