Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bracher Emden

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As I have mentioned many times before, I’m not usually much of a bag person, I will always go for a pair of showstopping shoes over a nice bag. That all changed when I came across Bracher Emden though, their handmade, sculptural bags are like little works of art & I don’t think I could find a handbag anymore ‘me’ even if I were to design one myself. I love the attention to detail & the ergonomic shapes, an indent in a clutch that’s just right for resting on your hand or a scooped bottom on a shoulder bag that means it sits perfectly on top of your hip. Each bag is handmade, so the quality & craftsmanship is second to none despite the very reasonable price tag. These little things & of course the futuristic designs that remind me of all my favourite superheroes & sci-fi movies are the reason I fell so hard in love with them. So, when the lovely Jess invited me down to the showroom to have a look at the collection, I couldn’t say no!

The stand outs for me were the new season white ‘Geo’ clutch with burnt in pattern, the floppy oversized clutches with geometric appliqué in lime & black, the deadly looking spiked lime clutch, the squishy cream tote in ostrich & heavily textured lamb leather & the heart clutches in collaboration with Bora Aksu. Which are your favourites?

The collaboration with Bora Aksu, which comes in 2 styles, the clutch & the large tote is on sale exclusively in the New Designers Accessory Space at Harrods from today & the others are available directly from Bracher Emden.

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Tomboy

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I’m a little addicted to black blazers, I have half a wardrobe full of almost identical ones & so this burgundy version sent by Glamorous is a really welcome addition to my collection. It works so perfectly at giving my usual all-black a little hint of colour & I love the faux leather detailing on the collar & pockets too, it immediately makes me think Teddy Boy. I decided to run with this idea, as I’m a huge fan of tomboyish dressing & paired it with my favourite black shirt & these great shorts I picked up in the H&M sale, so I could make the most of the last little bit of Summer were having. I just couldn’t resist keeping to the boyish theme & climbing the big old tree in the park for these photos either, just for the record though, it’s not something I recommend in 5 inch wedges!

Another thing I haven’t been able to get enough of are these ‘Runaways’ Sunglasses from Aussie brand Le Specs. Their chunky, angular frame & jet black lenses made them an absolute must have for me & I love that despite their purse friendly price, they feel really quite substantial. No cheap plastic frames & flimsy lenses, as I had expected, instead they have a nice weight to them which makes them look & feel much more expensive. I’d actually never heard of the brand before until Sunglasses Shop introduced them to me, I’m so glad they did though, I already have my eye on another 2 pairs!

PS: Yes, I’m still as pale as ever despite the 100°F weather in Florida! I spent the entire time slathered in factor 50+ & hiding out in the shade, I don’t handle the heat well at all, and honestly, I rather like being pale…

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19.08.12 – 26.08.12

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#1 : Pål Laukli / Just… Wow!
#2 : JM Ferrater for Harper’s Bazaar Mexico / Everything about this image is perfect & I love the slightly religious undertones with the crown…
#3 : Dion Lee Resort 2013 / Anatomical detailing is one thing I can never get enough of & this is exceptionally beautiful, look at that cut!
#4 : Angelina Jolie in ‘Girl, Interrupted’ / I’m a huge fan of Ange & this is one of my favourite movies, she is so perfect in the part…
#5 : Alberto Seveso / These high speed photographs of ink mixing with water are just stunning, what beautiful shapes it creates…
#6 : Wildfox Swimwear 2013 Lookbook / Loving the whole of this lookbook, but this particular image really stood out to me.
#7 : Alexis Russell Raw Black Diamond Studs / I need these so badly, their rawness makes them even more beautiful in my opinion.
#8 : I’ve always loved skulls, not sure why but this image really caught my eye when I was browsing Tumblr the other day…
#9 : Santiago Albanell for Harpers Bazaar Argentina / Love the gothic vibe here & I seriously need that dress!

10 Favourite / Most Played Tracks This Week…

Click to open in Spotify : [ Playlist for 19.08.12 – 26.08.12 ]

#1 : Kyla La Grange / Been Better
#2 : White Lies / Unfinished Business
#3 : Test Icicles / Sharks
#4 : The Bronx / White Tar
#5 : Refused / New Noise
#6 : Million Dead / I Am The Party
#7 : Stone Temple Pilots / Sec Type Thing
#8 : Audioslave / Gasoline
#9 : Nine Black Alps / Unsatisfied
#10 : The XX / Angels

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Best Of The Rest

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These are the last of the photos from our Florida trip, a round up of all the other parks & places we visited. I hope you’ve all enjoyed them & they haven’t had you bored stiff! Everything will be back to normal from Sunday, so keep an eye out for heaps of outfit posts coming up, I’ve been buying lots of things I can’t wait to show off!

Other than the 4 parks I’ve featured so far, we also managed to do Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Universal Studios & Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure. We spent that other 3 days at the water parks, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Blizzard Beach & Sea World’s Aquatica – Though there are almost no photos of the water parks for obvious reasons!

We loved Magic Kingdom & strolling around the very Disney streets, it really is a magical place & the fireworks were the best I think I have ever seen, it’s worth going just to see those, such a spectacle! Sorry about the awful iPhone photos of these by the way! I’ve been before when I was much younger & I have to be honest though, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the last time. I think mostly because I’m a huge adrenaline junkie & love big rides, Magic Kingdom is much more family orientated, so there wasn’t much I was interested in going on this time around. Plus, as it’s the main park tourists want to visit, the queues are huge even for the ‘boring’ rides, so we didn’t get to do as many of them as we’d have liked! I did get to try on a lot of hats though… It became almost a game by the end of the holiday, I think I now have a photo of myself wearing every hat available to buy at Disney World… Seriously, there are over 30 photos, I very nearly did a ‘Hats of Disney World’ post, but don’t worry I’ve spared you!

I think Disney’s Hollywood Studios is worth going to just for it’s main two thrill rides alone. Tower of Terror is a creepy hotel styled after an episode of The Twilight Zone, once inside you are taken in the elevator right up to the 13th floor where you crossover into ‘The Twilight Zone’. The elevator then suddenly falls the entire 199 feet right into the basement, it’s a real stomach turner! The other thrill ride & possibly one of my favourite roller coasters ever (no, not just because I adore Aerosmith!) is Aerosmith’s Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, a pitch black, indoor coaster that goes from 0-60mph in under 2.8 seconds & blasts out Aerosmith songs whilst you’re riding!

All three of the water parks were amazing, Typhoon Lagoon is more relaxed with a huge wave pool, lots of sandy beaches & a lazy river to float around in, whilst Blizzard Beach has all the huge water slides, including the 120 foot, vertical, free fall slide ‘Summit Plummet’ – If the queue wasn’t over an hour I would have rode this over & over! Aquatica is Sea World’s brand new water park & although I really enjoyed the majority of the rides there, I was severely disappointed with their signature attraction ‘Dolphin Plunge’, a clear water slide that shoots you through the middle of a pool containing 4 commerson’s dolphins. It was one of the things I was most looking forward to, but the slide scraped my back red raw & the clear portion that goes through the pool is much too short & you go through way too quickly to actually see any of the dolphins! It was a real let down.

Universal Studio’s two parks were both really fun, I definitely enjoyed Islands of Adventure best though, The Hulk roller coaster was so good we rode it twice (even despite the long queue!) & the Spiderman ride blew me away with its innovative use of 3D. The Jurassic Park area was really great too, with it’s main ride featuring life-sized animatronic dinosaurs that looked incredibly realistic. The only down side was Harry Potter land, I can’t stand it & Ollie totally loves it, so I got dragged around the entire area even though I protested (a lot!)… I might have secretly enjoyed the dragon roller coaster just a little though…
 
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Driving into Disney…

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Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom

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“Ahhh! This is the best ride eveeeerrr!”

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Fireworks at Magic Kingdom

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Soo many cute plushies!

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Couldn’t resist trying these on when I saw them! Nerd alert!

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Candy Apples at Downtown Disney

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One of my favourite rides – Aerosmiths ‘Rock N Roller Coaster’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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‘Tower of Terror’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios / This poster made me laugh – two of my favourite men all rolled into one ‘Kermit Sparrow’!

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T-Rex Restaurant at Downtown Disney

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Jurassic Park at Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure

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Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure!

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More hats!

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Sharks at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park!

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Lazy river at Aquatica / ‘Dolphin Plunge’ ride at Aquatica

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Sea World

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Sea World is another of the parks I enjoyed the most. Since I was small, I’ve loved the ocean & to swim, I’m like a fish out of water & it also houses some of my favourite animals, so it was obvious I was going to love our day here. We managed to catch two of the shows ‘One Ocean’ the Shamu / killer whale one, which was really beautiful & also the ‘Blue Horizons’ one with dolphins, birds & acrobatics, it was a real spectacle & a lot of fun. We spent the rest of the day seeing all of the amazing animals & doing the few rides that Sea World has.

My favourite ride was ‘Manta’, as your lying with your face to the ground instead of sitting, it really feels as though you’re soaring through the air like a manta does through the water, such a great idea & one of the most fun roller coasters I’ve been on in a long time. I also really enjoyed the ‘Wild Arctic’ ride, a helicopter simulator which takes you on a journey across the arctic, seeing the sights & animals that inhabit it. Of course, being a ride though, it ends badly with the helicopter falling down gorges & dodging chunks of falling ice, really good fun & possibly the best simulator ride we did! After the ride you then emerge at the ‘Wild Arctic’ base camp, where there are beluga whales, walruses & one very lazy polar bear!

Even though we did this day after Discovery Cove where we got to get really up close with the dolphins, it didn’t stop us spending a rather large amount of time watching the baby dolphins in the ‘Dolphin Nursery’ & the adults too at ‘Dolphin Cove’ where you can lean across & stroke them, they’re all very playful & seem to love getting a tickle & also squirting water at everyone, I guess the signs don’t say ’24 hour splash zone’ for nothing!

The rest of our day was spent wandering around the huge indoor aquariums Sea World is famous for, I really could have spent the entire day in there. The massive shark tunnel was a highlight, the photos really don’t do it justice, but there were some monsters in there! I noticed a few posters around advertising a cage dive with the sharks, I was super gutted I only found this out on the day as it’s something I’ve always wanted to do! The largest aquarium which houses many different tanks was also a favourite, so many beautiful animals & the section with the manta rays was amazing. There is little area where the glass tank extends from the wall right over the ceiling & it’s breathtaking watching the rays soar above your head, almost as though they’re flying!
 
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‘One Ocean’ show with the killer whales

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‘Manta’ rollercoaster

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Cheeky baby dolphin in the nursery coming to say hello!

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Dolphins playing at ‘Dolphin Cove’

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‘Blue Horizons’ show

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Inside ‘Wild Arctic’

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Lazy polar bear inside ‘Wild Arctic’

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Manta aquarium

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Beautiful reefs & fishes

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Lion Fish / Moray Eel

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Beautiful giant octopus

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Shark tunnel!

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More pretty mantas

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