Monthly Archives: July 2012

08.07.12 – 15.07.12

FAIIINT, Inspiration, Black, Grey, Red, Skulls, Bones, Blood, Moon, Stars, Galaxy, Universe, Nebula, Diamonds, Grunge, Neon, Writing, Jewellery, Rings, Barbara I Gongini, Night of The Living Dead

#1 : Vadim Stein / I’ve spent over an hour devouring this guys portfolio today, absolutely breathtaking work, B&W at it’s best…
#2 : Ken Taylor / One of my all time favourite illustrators, I love his bold graphic style & I’m especially fond of his movie posters!
#3 : Keith139 / Heart Nebula… I’m so longing for some clear summer skies so that I can get my telescope out again…
#4 : Olivia Steele / “See You On The Other Side”
#5 : Zlatimir Arakliev / Another photographer who’s work I can’t get enough of… This whole image is perfection, loving the nails & rings!
#6 : Alex & Chloe / If I ever get married, this is my idea of the perfect engagement ring…
#7 : Barbara I Gongini S/S 12 / Oh, I would love to be draped in this whole collection head to toe…
#8 : Unknown / Blood Moon…
#9 : Night of The Living Dead (1968) / “They’re coming to get you, Barbara!” I’m such a huge zombie movie fan & have been re-watching loads of old favourites this week, this is possibly my favourite one, it never gets old!

10 Favourite / Most Played Tracks This Week…

Click to open in Spotify : [ Playlist for 08.07.12 – 15.07.12 ]

#1 : Crime In Stereo / Small Skeletal
#2 : Death From Above 1979 / Blood On Our Hands
#3 : Dinosaur Pile-Up / Barce-Loner
#4 : Kings Of Leon / Charmer
#5 : Beastie Boys / Sabotage
#6 : The Horrors / Count In Fives
#7 : The Strokes / Juicebox
#8 : Young Guns / Bones
#9 : Black Rebel Motorcycle Club / Berlin
#10 : The Long Blondes / Lust In The Movies

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Nelly & Fashiolista ‘High Heels’ Party

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On Wednesday we were invited to co-host the Nelly & Fashiolista ‘High Heels’ event in Nottingham at Coco Tang. I don’t get to attend as many events as I’d like to, living a little way from London & being unable to drive makes it sort of awkward, so I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to go along to one so close by!

We decided to shoot some outfit photos before we left for the party & it was a good job we did, as again, I barely got to take any during the actual night! We didn’t really have the time to & I always feel super awkward having outfit photos taken when there’s a whole room full of people! Does anyone else find that cringey or is it something I should just get over?

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As with the last party Nelly threw, it was a seriously fun night & the guests were spoiled with yet more free shoes, goodie bags & competitions galore! Personally, I had my eye on the platforms with the ombre heel in red & also the black version, though predictably, I loved all of the spiked & studded styles too!

My task for the night was to judge the shoe design competitions, anyone who knows me will know this is one of the worst things you could ask me to do, I am so indecisive & I felt so mean picking only one favourite, they were all so good! I was also in charge of the One-Piece competition, getting the girls to dress up in a One-Piece & do silly poses for the photographer for the chance to win one themselves! Not wanting to miss out, I pulled one over my own outfit & wore it for almost the entire night! The guys at Fashiolista were even kind enough to let me take home the one I was wearing, though to be honest I don’t think I’d want it back after it’d been worn all night if I were them either!

We had a great night talking to all the girls, trying to decide which pair of heels we liked best & laughing about how silly I looked in my dress & heels + the One-Piece! And I got to meet the lovely Aisling too, who also came along to help! I won’t lie, I’m probably enjoying the comfort of the One-Piece a little too much… It’s not really my thing at all, but I think I’ve been seduced by it’s snugglyness, I’ve barely taken it off since!

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01.07.12 – 08.07.12

FAIIINT, Inspiration, Skulls, Bones, Skeleton, Blue, Pink, Black, White, Pale, Pastel, Baby, Smoke, Gothic, House, Mood Board

#1 : Infrared Photography by Yiu Yu Hoi / So dreamy & beautiful… Like another world…
#2 : Alexandra Valenti / Another photographer who’s work I’m seriously crushing on at the moment…
#3 : “Bone – Anantomy Illustrated” book by Josip Kelava / In love with this idea of taking 16th-19th C anatomy illustrations & adding a graphic twist! I’m obsessed with these type of illustrations anyway, but the graphic edge makes them seem so fresh!
#4 : Gorilla leggings by Trash / I need these so badly!
#5 : Erupting volcano / Nature is so beautiful & awe inspiring, love the colours here too…
#6 : Smoke / Really wish I knew who this was by, I’d love to see their other work…
#7 : Gothic house / This is my dream house, I absolutely love gothic architecture!
#8 : Björn Johansson / Gorgeous typography, the whole set is just stunning!
#9 : Vanessa Rivera / Love the mixture of watercolour & digital vector work here, really awesome!

10 Favourite / Most Played Tracks This Week…

Click to open in Spotify : [ Playlist for 01.07.12 – 08.07.12 ]

#1 : Bat For Lashes / Horse & I
#2 : PJ Harvey / The Last Living Rose
#3 : Sonic Youth / Sacred Trickster
#4 : Fight Test / The Flaming Lips
#5 : MGMT / Kids
#6 : Florence & The Machine / What The Water Gave Me
#7 : Goldfrapp / Beautiful
#8 : Feist / Graveyard
#9 : Devendra Banhart / Noah
#10 : Bon Iver / Holocene

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Leather Notebook Cover

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Since spying the Hermès Ulysse notebook cover a little while ago, I’ve not been able to get it out of my mind! My only issue with it was the price, I know I’m paying for the superb quality that Hermès is known for, but it’s really not justifiable to me at the moment. Honestly though, even if I had all the money in the world I don’t think I’d be able to bring myself to spend £150-£300+ for what is basically a very nice piece of leather with a few press-studs attached & a Hermès logo. Especially not when it’s so easy to DIY!

My notebook comes with me everywhere, so I thought I’d take inspiration from this & make myself something similar. As I’m making it from scratch I wanted to make it a bit more in keeping with my own aesthetics. I love the clean lines & minimalist look the Hermès has, but I’m a sucker for leather items that look battered & distressed, plus I had the perfect bit of scrap leather for the job! This took literally 20 minutes & there’s no sewing required!

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Supplies : Leather (at least enough for you’re notebook) / Notebook / White pencil or chalk / Shears / Hole punch

If you don’t have shears, make sure you have either a rotary cutter, or a good pair of scissors that will slice through the leather & not just tear it. The hole punch is optional, depending how you want to fasten it, though if you don’t have one, anything sharp that will stab through the leather will work.

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Take your closed notebook & draw around one side with the pencil. When you come to do the other side, this is really important, don’t simply flip it over. You need to ‘roll’ it on its spine over to the other side, this way you’re accounting for the fabric needed to cover it when it’s closed. Notice how the rings on mine don’t match up to where I stopped drawing & there is quite a gap. You’ll know it’s right if when you open the book out flat & place it on top, it looks as though the leather is a bit wider than it should be.

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Once you’ve traced around the whole book, add a little allowance around the edges. I added 0.5cm, just so that the leather would hang over & the book would be totally covered. If you want to add a tab to fasten it like I have, draw that on too. Don’t worry about being neat! I wanted a distressed look to mine, so I did the seam allowance by hand so that it wasn’t perfectly straight & even all over, but if you want a super neat finish like the Hermès one, use a ruler.

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Cut it out & wipe off the pencil. You can fasten it however you like, press-studs, buttons, clips, buckles, studs, the options are endless. I used a spike stud for mine, purely as it was lying around! For this type of fastening, punch (or skewer) a hole in the tab as wide as the stem underneath the spike. Make a small slit, about a few millimeters in length, out from the hole. This allows the bigger part of the spike to fit through the hole. Fold the tab over to where it would be when the books fastened & mark. Then punch another hole & attach the spike.

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Wrap it around your notebook & you’re done! I chose to wrap some leather lace around mine too (first image), as the leather was very thin & floppy, just to keep the notebook from slipping out when it’s in my bag & I think it adds nicely to the old & distressed look too. There’s lots of other ways you can do this if you want a more secure cover also, or you could glue it on & make it permanent!

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Black & Nude

FAIIINT, Black, Nude, Outfit, WIWT, Jovonnista, Pleated, Maxi Skirt, Moxham, Anubis, Necklace, Bracher Emden, Jean Pierre Braganza, Geo, Clutch, Angie Gooderham, Ring, ASOS, Tank top FAIIINT, Black, Nude, Outfit, WIWT, Jovonnista, Pleated, Maxi Skirt, Moxham, Anubis, Necklace, Bracher Emden, Jean Pierre Braganza, Geo, Clutch, Angie Gooderham, Ring, ASOS, Tank top, HR Giger, Alien, PrometheusFAIIINT, Black, Nude, Outfit, WIWT, Jovonnista, Pleated, Maxi Skirt, Moxham, Anubis, Necklace, Bracher Emden, Jean Pierre Braganza, Geo, Clutch, Angie Gooderham, Ring, ASOS, Tank topFAIIINT, Black, Nude, Outfit, WIWT, Jovonnista, Pleated, Maxi Skirt, Bracher Emden, Jean Pierre Braganza, Geo, Clutch, Angie Gooderham, Ring, HR Giger, Prometheus, Alien, Sci FiFAIIINT, Black, Nude, Outfit, WIWT, Jovonnista, Pleated, Maxi Skirt, Moxham, Anubis, Necklace, Bracher Emden, Jean Pierre Braganza, Geo, Clutch, Angie Gooderham, Ring, ASOS, Tank top

Incase you hadn’t already noticed from the layout, black & nude is one of my favourite colour combinations. Nude is usually the closest I get to wearing a colour that could be considered ‘girly’, though I think it has an edgyness to it also, especially when paired with black. I love wearing a nude tank top or dress that is almost too close of a match to your skin tone, add black accessories & I think it looks so striking & beautiful, plus it’s always fun to watch people in the distance gawk at you thinking you have nothing on!

I haven’t been able to stop staring at this Bracher Emden clutch since I received it last week, I think I’m in love. As I’ve mentioned many times before, I’m not much of a bag person, it’s usually shoes that make my heart go weak, but this is a different story. I think in part it’s is due to the strong Sci-Fi feel about it, I’m a huge nerd & love anything science fiction related, but mostly I’m a massive fan of HR Giger’s work & that was my first thought when I saw this clutch. It doesn’t help that I’ve recently watched Prometheus & the Alien quadrology (no, not including those awful Alien Vs. Predator movies!) a fair few times in the last month either! But then adding to that the beautiful construction & the fact it’s part of a collaboration with Jean-Pierre Braganza, one of my current favourite British designers (& I would guess also a huge Sci-Fi nerd!) & I was smitten!

And yes, I’m wearing my Moxham again! I couldn’t resist though, it is such a perfect match for this pleated maxi from Jovonnista, toughening it up & giving it that little bit of edginess that I always like to have when wearing anything overly feminine. I have way too many maxi dresses / skirts already, but I couldn’t say no to this one, the pleats, uneven hem & the ideal my-arm-almost-blends-into-it nude… Perfect!

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