Monthly Archives: April 2012

Overly Optimistic

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I have a confession to make, I think the awful weather these past few weeks may have been my fault. Ever since I optimistically brought a haul of summer clothing & accessories about a week ago, it has done nothing but absolutely pour it down! Sorry about that. Hoping it will pick up this week so I can do some proper outfit posts.

The wedges are yet another EBay buy, last year when I tried them on in Topshop I wasn’t sure if I liked them, so left them. By the time I’d got home I realised I wanted, no, needed them. We’ve all done it, decided to go back & get them the next day only to find them gone & sold out online too. This only made me want them even more and I’ve been manically scouring eBay since after a pair. I finally got my hands on them just in time (or so I thought!) for summer. They are the perfect summer wedge, just minimal & chunky enough for my liking.

I’m obsessed with cateye sunglasses and these AJ Morgan ones from ASOS are perfect, especially for the price. I never buy expensive sunglasses as I always lose them or sit on them, I’m too much of a klutz to spend good money on something so easily broken. I love the exaggerated, pointed shape of these and don’t even get me started on how perfect the nude colour of these Mango denim shorts are…

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Sushi

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This has been sitting on my desk for about 3 weeks in sketch form, I just couldn’t decide if I liked it enough to colour it & finish it off, really happy I did now though, as it turned out much better than expected!

It started off as a dream & I just couldn’t get the idea out of my head, so I sketched it out & messed around with the composition & positioning for ages, but just wasn’t happy with it no matter what I did, so I stuffed it down the side of my desk in frustration – this is where most things go I get frustrated with, drawings, garments, shoes, technology, you name it, it’s probably down there! I came across it again a week or so ago, whilst I was looking for something else, made a few adjustments & felt much happier with it, so got it coloured & finished up.

I guess most of you are noticing a theme with my illustrations by now, even when I try to draw pretty things like mermaids they end up dark, morbid & a little gory. I just can’t help myself, those themes always seem to seep through somehow. I blame my love of comics, horror films & gory video games! I’m also a vegetarian, so I only eat vege sushi, I wonder if that has something to do with this one?

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Dion Lee ‘Line II’ SS12

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The weather here is still awful but I just can’t get Dion Lee’s ‘Line II’ Spring Summer lookbook out of my head. I’m a huge fan of his, but this is just my perfect Summer wardrobe & it has me dreaming, praying for warmer days…

The relaxed tailoring & slouchy silhouettes pared with the neutral + black colour palette are so me it hurts, I want almost every piece. Luckily, being the diffusion line prices are quite a bit more affordable than the main collection, whilst still retaining that strong Dion Lee signature look. My favourites are the first two dresses, plus the white shirt outfit, they nail that relaxed yet sexy look with their mix of structure, draping & peekaboo details. Aussie designers seem to do this type of dressing so well, I find myself being really drawn to their cool, laid-back aesthetic recently, I can’t get enough of it, it’s like the best of NY, London & Paris all rolled into one.

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Moxham Anubis

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I fell in love, hard, with Moxham’s jewellery when I first came across it a good few months ago & have been deciding ever since which piece to get first, I finally settled on the ‘Anubis’ necklace in black. It arrived beautifully packaged from BENGT, who I have to say, have amazing customer service, my email full of questions was answered within a few hours & despite stating delivery was around six days, it arrived in two. I am so impressed with the service & the quality of the necklace that I feel quite a few more purchases coming on, I already have my eye on the ‘Flax’ necklace & ‘Taba’ cuffs in both black & nude!

This is Dorris by the way, you’ll probably see quite a lot of her, she was my first ever mannequin & although she is not of much use now, due to her battered state, I think she’s doing quite well for a 60ish year old lady & makes a great display piece. I brought her from a retiring dressmaker around 8 years ago, she was also her first mannequin & she let me have her for a ridiculously cheap price on the condition that I promised to take good care of her & still call her Dorris! As I’ve said before, I have a habit of naming inanimate objects, so this made a lot of sense to me & she has been Dorris ever since!

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Skull & Leopard

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It dawned on me a couple of days ago that I’ve been blogging for just over 5 months now & yet my Siberian Husky puppy Nico has, up until now, never made an appearance. Well, except for in illustration form – here. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ve probably had your fill of photos of him, but I thought it was time he made his first ‘official’ appearance, so our daily walk seemed like the perfect opportunity to get some outfit photos of both of us.

I think it’s a little scary how much we look alike, I used to find it strange how some dogs look so much like their owners & now I realize I’m one of them. We both wear ‘eyeliner’, dress all in black, have ghostly white faces & even seem to have a similar profile! I often wonder if people choose their dogs subconsciously because they see themselves in them, or if as dogs grow they take on the appearance of their owners…

I’m a bit of a tee addict & lately I’ve been buying a lot of them from Illustrated People, they have such a nice range of prints & the fabric choices & cuts are really quite exceptional for the affordable price. I find that’s rare amongst tee & jersey brands these days, unless they’re in the high – expensive price range you tend to get either a great print or quality fabric & cut, never both, this really irritates me, as to be honest, I hate spending a large amount of money on a tank or tee that will last maybe half a year before it gets grubby or starts falling apart. My only exception is band tees, I have loads on their last legs that I still wear, but as soon as one of my plain tanks or tees starts getting holey, faded or scruffy they get chucked. I’m currently in the process of making my ‘perfect’ tank, as I’m fed up with buying cheap ones or wasting money on them, however, my coverstitch machine doesn’t want to play, so it may be a while before you see the results…

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