Friday, 25 December 2009
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Saturday, 19 December 2009
I remember coming across TheLittleFox on Etsy many many months ago, maybe even a year, and loved her art but smaller sizes were not offered, until I recently came across her again! She had this 'Little Prisons' postcard pack which was just delightful!
When I received them, they just looked so adorable together and I can't wait to finish off my postcard album so I can add my art collection to it.
Sunday, 13 December 2009
I wanted some vintage-looking studs, with a beautiful stone, but they also had to be sterling silver or better, due to allergies. It was really hard because a lot of the vintage-esque jewellery I came across was made with plated gold or silver...until I came across spookychandelier on Etsy. Spookychandelier offered beautiful glass gems which were set in a gunmetal casing but... with sterling silver posts!I couldn't believe I never thought of that and wondered how many other places I had skipped without reading the information properly! Nevertheless, I was still slightly hesitant about the casing having an effect on my ears but as the price was very good, I went ahead and got them!
I've worn them several times now and my earlobes are absolutely fine, the sterling silver post is such a good idea and I hope to purchase some of the other colours in the future!
Saturday, 12 December 2009
So, when my 13 year old sister desperately needed a winter coat - well, she didn't really, she has coats, she just wanted a new one - I took her shopping and she absolutely loved a parka from River Island that was all ruched and full of loveliness, but also had a very high price. I think it's OK to spend a bit more money on coats, shoes and accessories as long as you get a lot of use out of them...but I know my sister would eventually tire of the parka so I took her to look at cheaper brands. We browsed Debenhams, a British department store and came across a concession called Red Herring and the perfect parka! Red Herring isn't very known, but often produces really lovely items such as these studded gladiator sandals I got back in July.The khaki parka jacket had great details and was on sale from £50/$80 down to £25/$40! My sister tried it on and it looked so cute...she really liked it but said she wished it had something more special about it, which is where I come in! We paid for the coat with my promise of studding it for her! I got all my studs out when we got home and my sister decided to go for only bronze studs, which I also agreed with, but I also added in some gold ones so it looked a bit more 'perky'.I initially wanted to put blocks of studding along the front of the coat, but decided to utilise the style-lines that were already there, and studded around them. I think I'll add a couple of more rows at a later date.
So, I guess my conclusion is that people should do more customization! It is really easy once you start doing it and even easier once you build up a collection of embellishments and trims that you can use.
Monday, 7 December 2009
On entering the showroom, I see the first (and eventually my most favourite) collection which is perfectly called Blush. It comprises of a beautiful colour palette of nudes, taupes, greys and blues. However, I was very disappointed at the lower table that was placed parallel to it which was filled with shoes and accessories in a colour palette that was the complete opposite to Blush. They were nice but in the wrong place! It was like putting a dirty, weeded pond in the middle of a beautiful field filled with the most beautiful flowers! Anyway, on a better note, the Blush collection had a strong vintage aesthetic in primary regards to their embellishments and prints which was just stunning!!
As I was leaving the showroom, I was kindly handed a beautiful lace print bag and a £100 /$165 voucher to spend in store! Luckily the expiry date is March 2010 so I might just be able to get some of the pieces I saw which I will definitely blog about!
Sunday, 6 December 2009
I thought it would be easier to navigate through Oxford Street without vehicles taking up half the street, but this time there were triple the amount of pedestrians also taking advantage of the day! There was such a strange calm while walking along the street and I hadn't realised just how noisy all the cars and buses actually were when they were there!!! There were also dancers in the street, people on stilts and a medieval-esque fair... it was quite surreal!!
Anyway, when I reached H&M, I was surprised at the amount of stock still left, I had expected everything to have gone as I had left home later than anticipated. There weren't many browsers either so I was able to get quite a clear shot of the main display. It was right at the entrance to the store with a small colour palette (which is always important for a small collection) of hot pink, black, dark nude and dusky pink. I was also surprised at how fair the prices were, which were not very different to the general H&M pieces. I went to try a corselette on a.k.a longline bra (my new fascination!) but I didn't notice the silly security tag that was fastened right on the hook and eyes until I was already in the changing room. I don't have patience with these sort of things at all so didn't end up buying anything. However, I found the corselette on the H&M website (1st image) so thought I would show how lovely it was anyway... and with matching high-waisted knickers - my dream lingerie pieces! Nevertheless, there will be a clothing range by Sonia Rykiel for H&M again in February 2010 which I look forward to seeing.
Saturday, 5 December 2009
I had seen her work a while ago but her art wasn't offered in smaller sizes, so I purchased from people who already did, just to make my life easy! However, this time, she was offering sets of her art in postcard sizes, which is the only size I now buy. The price was so good I couldn't resist buying a couple of sets, as you can see!They reached me very quickly and they were just incredibly beautiful. The detail was extraordinary such as a little heart tattoo on an arm, the perfect shade of red on lips and the perfect print on a perfect dress. I was in such awe!I mentioned the set of Christmas cards I purchased from Topshop last month featuring Fifi Lapin's illustrations, and I can most definitely see Pepperminte's illustrations going the same direction, and appearing in mainstream Fashion - if that is the direction she wants to take of course. Anyway, I have also been enjoying her blog which shows a lot of her new work which really is lovely to see. I can't wait to get some more of her art in the future, as there are so many more pieces I'd love!
Friday, 27 November 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Saturday, 21 November 2009
The story for New Moon starts with Bella cutting her finger while opening her birthday present while at the Cullen's which provokes Jackson to kill her. Edward, being the mind reader, obviously knows what is about to happen and saves Bella in time. Nevertheless, Edward feels that Bella will always be in danger if she is with him, so him and his family leave Forks. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were extremely good with this scene, it was very much as I had pictured it and I'm sure I could hear the odd sniffle from some audience members. Bella then becomes depressed and reckless, when she realises that she can see and hear Edward whenever she is in danger, so she embarks on riding motorbikes and cliff jumping! There are many revelations throughout the film which gives the viewer enough reason to follow the rest of the Saga.
Another important part of the second book was that it was more about Bella and Jacob, rather than Bella and Edward, who is only prominent in the beginning and end of the book... and due to high female adoration of the character based on the first film, I was worried that the second film might force the presence of Edward for public appeal... but it did not!
Kristen Stewart still had that awkwardness which I had always found endearing and suited the character of Bella very well... Overall, I felt that everyone was actually very consistent with their acting. Despite the higher budget for New Moon, I could still see Kristen Stewart's contacts! I know it is such a small detail, but surely there is good enough technology around to eliminate this! I also noticed that she was 'prettier'. I'd always found her beautiful, but she was even more so in this second installment.In fact, everyone just generally looked better, and so much more in tune with the story. When comparing the promotional photo for the Cullen Family for Twilight (which was truly terribly), to the one for New Moon, the difference is striking. While on the subject of looks, Jacob Black's hair was supposed to be 'crooked', as he cuts it himself... but after it was cut short (when he realises he is a werewolf), it looked more like the work of a professional hairdresser!... obviously this was to appeal to the female fans which was slightly annoying! I just hope that the next couple of films will be a bit more gritty! There is also a scene where Bella falls off her motorbike and cuts her head... Jacob Black then (unnecessarily) takes off his shirt to dab the wound, which stirred up a lot of noise from the females in the audience!... What happened to just ripping a bit of fabric from the sleeve? Anyway, I can't remember what exactly had happened in the book, so I can't criticise it too much!
The werewolves were represented quite well and the way each person transformed into them was exactly how Stephenie Meyer described it in her book. Although my friend asked me why they were always topless (when human) - because their clothes would rip when they transformed and they would usually tie their trousers to their legs to put on afterwards - but of course she didn't know this, so maybe this should have been addressed in the film. Again, an example of why it would be better to read the Twilight Saga beforehand.
When time is passing in films, they usually black the screen out and have the date shown at the bottom, or they state how much time has passed, i.e. 3 years later etc... so, I was quite impressed at how 'time passing' was done in New Moon when Edward leaves Bella and she sinks into a depression. It simply showed Bella looking through her bedroom window, and the camera going around her...each time it reached the back of her head which enabled the viewer to also see out the window, it would show the month, which was visual in both text and season... I really liked this!!During the run up of New Moon, I didn't really pay attention to new cast, so when I saw Michael Sheen on a promotional poster for New Moon on a bus, I knew he would play his part well! Michael Sheen's presence in New Moon suddenly gave the film panache and the authenticity that other cult, vampire films sometimes lack. However, I am probably being completely biased as he was in one of my most favourite vampire films, Underworld. Casting Michael Sheen as Aro in New Moon has to be one of the best decisions for that film!!! Nevertheless, I hated the casting of the other Volturi members who looked like boys from High School Musical with red contacts... they didn't speak or do much, so I can worry about them in the next film.The casting of Dakota Fanning as Jane was surprisingly good! She was better than I thought as I had always found her characters annoying and could not imagine her as a devious vampire...but she did a good job.I really disliked the actress who played Victoria in Twilight, and I still did in New Moon. She is nothing like the Victoria I imagine in the book and quite frankly, I can’t wait until she is killed off in Eclipse. She can't act at all, even if she's just standing there not having to say anything! However, on a better note, at least she was actually a redhead this time (like she was always supposed to be) and not a strawberry blonde with brown roots in Twilight.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
The main character in True Blood is Sookie Stackhouse who is telepathic and played by Anna Paquin. I think her presence in the program made it further appealing to me as I had always liked her as Rogue in the X-Men films. Unlike Blade:The Series, the first 10 minutes of True Blood confirmed that I would be watching all of it!It had a very comical opening which didn't even involve the main characters. You were very quickly introduced to a vampire, who had the most hilarious line, which was made funnier with his accent...however, it is just too rude to repeat on my blog so you would just need to watch it! This character reveals himself as being a vampire by flashing his 'fangs' which come out like spikes in the ground of a trap... and I loved the fact they were not typically in place of the canines, but instead in place of the incisors.
True Blood is simply about humans and vampires co-existing and details like vampires being able to purchase bottled blood in pubs and stores was almost...endearing! I also quickly noticed a similarity between True Blood and Twilight and wondered which was first - after some quick Googling, it seems like True Blood was first!
The more I watch this, the more I love it, each episode has been fresh and I can't imagine ever getting bored of it!!