Friday, 31 August 2012

Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton.

Back in February, I blogged about the delightful Yayoi Kusama exhibition and when I recently came across her collaboration with Louis Vuitton at Selfridges in London, it was the perfect follow-up! The life-size piece of her was great, but a little scary as I felt like I was waiting for her eyes to shift as I went to get a close up photo...yes, just like what you see in horror films!
The collection wasn't located in such an obvious place in Selfridges but once you were close by, there was no missing it! Even though I didn't care much for the actual garments for sale, the whole concession was beautifully designed and curated. It basically looked like some sort of sea urchin! Definitely worth having a look if you're around!

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Massive Attack - Angel (1998)

Love this song at the moment....although I feel like I've heard it in a cheesy alcohol or hair commercial but trying to block that thought out!!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Giveaway: $50/£30 voucher!


DEADLINE: Wednesday 5th SEPTEMBER 2012 / 20:00 BST
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!
I can't believe it's been a year since my last giveaway! This time round I am offering the winner $50/£30 worth of goods... and not only can you select from my Etsy Shop (mainly handmade) but from my ASOS Marketplace Shop (mainly vintage jewellery) too! Lots to choose from!! This Giveaway is open internationally!

TO ENTER (mandatory):
#1 Browse my Etsy Shop and tell me what your least favourite item is and why- yep, your least favourite! Even if it is to do with the way it's been photographed, you should be able to find something!! Be as honest as you please!!

FOR ADDITIONAL ENTRIES (optional): 
#2 Like my Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/nuvonova (If you already 'like' my page, just let me know so it still counts as an entry!)

#3 Share my Giveaway on Facebook.

#4 Follow me on Twitter. (Again, entry still counts if you're already following me!) - @nuvonova

#5 Tweet about my Giveaway.

#6 Tell me what you would spend your voucher on! 

#7 Opt-in to my email newsletters where there will be discount codes for my online shops, giveaway notifications, new product launches and more! (Just say 'yes' and I will add your email to my list.)


There will only be one randomly picked winner for the $50/£30 prize but the best comment (whether it is useful feedback or even if it just makes me laugh) will also receive something special!  

Each thing you do is equivalent to one entry, so there is a maximum of 7 entries! If you do all 7, please leave 7 separate blog comments to indicate each one!
The Giveaway ends on Wednesday 5th September at 8PM BST. Winner will be randomly picked and announced by Sunday 9th, and will have one week to respond to my initial email so please ensure that there is a way for me to contact you by - Facebook, Email, Twitter etc... Good Luck!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Building a PC.

I've had the same HP PC for a very, very long time...and it wasn't even new, it was passed down from my brother, while he went on and upgraded several times while leaving me behind! So, when my PC decided to not turn on for the millionth time, I'd had enough and organised getting myself a new PC!
My brother had recently built his own PC and when I saw it with a shiny white case and snazzy blue lights , I knew that was the one I wanted too and my brother offered to build me one too, to my specifications. It would fit in perfectly with my MUJI-IKEA hybrid room! I also loved how it was reminiscent to a Storm Trooper!! So, below is the finished product (it's a beast!!) which takes up almost half of my table space but looks good whilst doing so...which is a good compromise....and I do keep meaning to post about my ribbon holder, which is basically this curtain rod set from IKEA for £1.25! ..but that will come later.
It took about 5 hours in total but this included installing all necessary programs at the end and my brother having the occasional cigarette (yuck) break...and forgetting to do something therefore having to remove something that took ages to put in, just so he could add the aforementioned thing in.
Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to (try to) blog about the progress as I definitely found it interesting and didn't realise how 'easy' it was to build a PC. It was literally made up less than 10 parts!

First thing my brother did was to dismantle the case as it would of course be holding in all the parts.
Now during the entire time, my brother did often break out into a 'check out this badboy' while holding a freshly unwrapped part and looking as if he was Indiana Jones in the Temple of Doom (the bit where he is trying to retrieve the Sankara stones). I didn't really know how to react to this but as long as he looked confident (which he did), then I was happy with what he was doing! He then went on to install the motherboard which consisted of many little screw-type things to hold it off the surface of the case, so it looked as though it was floating. This is when my vintage shell cups came in handy (purchased over 2 years ago from vintagebella) to ensure all the parts were safe from rolling onto the floor and logically separated.

He then put in the CPU a.k.a 'the brain' which was a tiny piece that sat somewhere on top of the motherboard.

The wires were then released so he could start connecting all the components together.

He then showed me the stock cooler/fan that came with the purchase - which was a small, palm-sized piece.
But then showed me the cooler/fan(s) that I would be having instead...the piece without wrapping and the ribbed tubes is actually a water cooler! This was a big problem I had with my old PC, it was constantly overheating and would randomly turn off or not turn on at all... so I did specifically request that my brother get me parts that would control this problem once and for all. The fans were then applied into the case...which was a little tricky as my brother was trying to keep all the wires nice and tidy for me.
Next was installing the power unit and a little more faffing with the wires.

Then the memory r.e RAM r.e little blue futuristic combs was added in. I didn't understand what this was so my brother described it 'as the space for the CPU to think in' ...so, I assume that if the CPU is the brain, then the RAM is the skull!!

Then the final main piece was the graphics card...it definitely did not look like a card to me at all...I mean, it has bloody fans on it! My brother then opened up my old PC and showed me the graphics card in that...which is the red piece...and yes, that is dust all over it and yes there are a million wires and yes that is one measly little fan....no wonder it kept breaking down!

After everything above was added, my brother connected it to my monitor to check that it was working. After the all-clear - everything else was added, such as the DVD drive, Windows package etc...
I've had a good play with it now and it feels good not having to wait 5 minutes for the computer to turn on, or 5 minutes for something on a page to load!!! I just wish I got this ages ago!!!
Now, a little treat below (my first ever self-made video!) demonstrates it in gear when my brother first turned it on to test...and don't you love the blue lights!
...and lastly, if you're wondering what the image on my monitor is- it's this amazing wallpaper called 'Replica' by shutupandwhisper on deviantart.com.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Film Reviews: My Week with Marilyn (2011) & Ninja Assassin (2009)

Continuing on with my very mini film reviews is Ninja Assassin. This was just WOW! The fight scenes were incredible and even though the storyline was also great, it was the fighting that made it! I honestly don't know what else to say about it apart from if you want to watch a good fight scene, this is the film for you! In particular the final one where there is fire and 'special moves' ...in a non-cheesy way!


Next, and in total contrast, is 'My Week with Marilyn' starring Eddie Redmayne and Michelle Williams. Nothing actually happens - Eddie Redmayne's character Clark basically escorts Marilyn (Williams) around while she is in London filming 'The Prince and the Showgirl'. I found the storyline really boring actually and everyone apart from Michelle Williams was boring. Michelle Williams as Marilyn was amazing!! I couldn't believe how similar she looked to the real Marilyn....if anything, this film is only worth watching for that, and her first-class acting skills.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Restaurant Review: Ping Pong.

I've always wanted to go to Ping Pong as it generally looked like quite a nice place to eat. So, as my friend and I were walking around Oxford Street, London - a guy was handing out flyers for a free drink at Ping Pong and as it was extremely hot, we decided to get our free drink and something to eat! My friend had been before so I let her order what she thought was appropriate for us, which ended up being a selection of Dim Sum for us to share. This included mixed vegetable spring roll, vegetable sticky rice in a leaf, spicy chicken dumpling and Har Gau (king prawn and bamboo shoot in translucent pastry - below). I really loved everything, it was all very easy to eat and didn't leave me feeling bloated - which is often the case when I am 'eating-out' as my eyes are much bigger than my belly! So the sharing aspect of Dim Sum is definitely a positive one for me.
I would definitely come here again, and definitely just for a drink! I ordered the lychee and lime drink which had vanilla in it too...and wow, it was just delicious!!!!! I don't like the taste of alcohol at all so I always appreciate it when restaurants offer something more interesting other than apple juice, orange juice, soft drinks and tea for those that do not want a glass of wine!

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Moschino.

Spotted this cute chair at the Moschino concession in either Harvey Nichols/Harrods or Selfridges (sorry, took the photo a while ago and couldn't remember!) ...a great DIY idea!!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Folksy.

Just wanted to say a big Thank You to Folksy for featuring my handmade tutu skirt in their Summer Sampler and was also kind enough to send me a copy!!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Muay Thai Part II.

Continuing on from my previous post about starting Muay Thai, my sister and I attended our first session early in July, and despite that very first session leaving me with a limp for over a week, due to the fact that I hadn't done any type of exercise to that calibre in possibly 10 years (when I was in High School, and exercise was part of the curriculum!)...we have still been going, and I still get the occasional limp!
When I think back about it now, I am surprised that I didn't pass out as I was not dressed correctly either- I wore leggings, a vest AND a t-shirt! I don't sweat easily hence the layers, but boy did I regret it! My sister and I are enjoying it so much we now have our own boxing gloves, shin-guards and hand-wraps so we don't have to use the communal ones anymore!! ...and because of experiencing the latter, we are obsessed with keeping our gear super-duper clean..so no matter how tired we are, we will always spend 5 minutes after each session (in the gym) cleaning them. After researching and trialling, I have found that the best way is to wipe them (inside & outside) with antibacterial wipes, dry them with the hairdryer (on cold setting!!) and putting some socks-filled-with-cedar-chips into them (to absorb any other additional moisture which leads to the growth of bacteria) until the next time you use them. Leaving them on the window sill will also help, but as it has been quite hot in London, I haven't wanted to do this and leaving them in the shadow of my bag has been fine. We've been doing this about 4-5 times now and our gloves still look and smell like how they did when they were fresh out the box!
Here are a few (of many) reasons why I would recommend Muay Thai:
  • If you are easily bored - you do such a variety of things, there is no time to get bored!
  • If you want to challenge yourself.
  • If you need to be pushed every once in a while - our coach is very encouraging and pushes us, but without it feeling like boot-camp!
  • If you enjoy watching Martial Arts films -  we now appreciate the skill and technique of Martial Arts as a whole SO much more since we started doing Muay Thai!
  • If you want to tone up - I think I started to see a difference after 3 sessions but of course this will vary depending on your body type/metabolism.
  • If you want to feel like you could protect yourself if/when needed.
  • You will become more educated and in-tune with your body.
I hope this blog post has been helpful, but I am still very much a beginner and there is still so much for me to learn...hence why I haven't gone too in depth with what exactly I have been doing - I'm leaving that for a Part III! Also, when I first started researching on where to do Muay Thai, I came across a lot of places, much more than I thought. So, if you want to do it, I'm pretty sure you will be able to find somewhere local (particularly in London).

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Gingham.

I've always loved gingham so wanted to share these two cute gingham dresses purchased from ASOS.COM!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Two Steps From Hell - Enigmatic Soul.

One of the things I love about watching Epic-esque films (besides the storyline, costumes and action), is the soundtrack, they are always the best. My boyfriend introduced me to 'Two Steps from Hell' which is a music production company for film trailers and my-oh-my have they produced a lot of music for some of the most notable films - Harry Potter, Star Trek, The Dark Knight, X-Men, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones and so much more!! I actually couldn't believe that only one music company has generated all these amazing and recognisable songs.
Anyway, one of my most favourites is 'Enigmatic Soul' which I can't seem to find if it has even been used in a film trailer...but if not, it definitely should!!!

Friday, 3 August 2012

Film Review: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

A much anticipated film...The Dark Knight Rises!! My first feeling about this was that I loved it, but after thinking about it a bit more, I wasn't very sure. I then felt that I needed to have subtitles throughout the whole thing as I could barely understand what Bane (Tom Hardy's character) was saying most of the time, but I still thought his character was great. I really liked the storyline, in particular the revelation of Miranda Tate's real identity...I didn't suspect at all...however, once it had been revealed, the signs were definitely there. Because of who she really was, I did then expect her to have a bit of a fight scene (with Catwoman!) seeing as she did escape somewhere inescapable! ... I think this daydream fight scene could have been really good, so that was unfortunate.
Anne Hathaway as Catwoman was awful. At the time, I was so wrapped in the whole film, the plot, the other characters and the action...but as an afterthought, I really didn't like her. She was too prim and (very) annoying and made me yearn for Michelle Pfeiffer's edgy Catwoman instead. I also felt that a more petite actress could have been a much better Catwoman (like Pfeiffer) as I actually didn't find Anne Hathaway cat-like or sexy at all. I actually can't believe how wrong she was for the role which played a big part in my overall feeling for the film.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake (and later to be revealed as a key character in the Batman franchise) was a surprise to me...I was surprised at how good he was! At first, I thought he would just be one of those average characters, that does something heroic and that's that...but his character was really strong, likeable and I loved who he 'became' at the end. 
Overall, a little disappointing but only in regards to not being able to understand Bane and not liking Anne Hathaway as Catwoman...everything else was great!!