Monday, 19 August 2013

One mans trash, another mans treasure

One mans trash, another mans treasure

The saying goes that one mans trash is another mans treasure, it may take a tiny bit of vision and a little bit of time but sometimes the best things are not the ones brought to us in perfect good-as-new-condition they take a bit of work and attention to be made into something beautiful and worth keeping. Often in the end the things that made them un-wanted in the first place are the things that make they perfect in the end.
I have always loved fiddling through old and forgotten things, wether it is my Grannie's old button collection or a brimming full antiques shop I love the excitement of finding something that has been loved before.
The other day was the first time I went to have a look around Kempton Antiques fair a gathering place for a huge array of old previously loved pieces awaiting new homes.  It is a wonderful place to wonder and take in what ever there is to see, half the beauty is you never know what you will see; the un-expected is to be expected.
Here are a few things I found that happened to catch my eye...

 Assorted vintage medicine bottles

genuine beautiful printing blocks

Thursday, 25 July 2013

summer style 

It seems in a country in which  is rains more often than not, it shocks us all when the weather is finally decent enough to wear shorts with out shivering in stubborn british style or a t-shirt with out growing a chilly new mountain range of goose pimples down your sun deprived arms. 

With the sun for most creatures of habit comes the question "what to wear?", with out the comforting fall back of the trusted old skinny jeans and a wooly jumper it can be easy to become over-whelmed with all the options: shorts, skirts, dresses, jumpsuits.....the list goes on!

After psyching my self up and managing just about to tuck my winter friends away I decided to take a look at what I had and decide what I needed and compile what I have decided are my summer essentials (and a few extras!) here for you to see.

Flip flops
They are the ultimate summer shoe, sandals will come and go but fill-flops will all ways be there. These are the first pair of leather flip flops that I have tried on that are actually comfy to walk around in. They are beautifully useful and go with almost any out fit: shorts, skirts, you name it, they have it covered!

Hair band 
who doesn't  love a good hair band, this one is brilliant it can glitter up any outfit, night or day, up or down.
Summer hat 
 A floppy hat to add a bit of Audrey Hepburn to summer sun protection.

Isn't she just perfect?
Light jumper 
Even when the sun does come out there are times where how ever much we want it to be, a t-shirt isn't quite enough. With out having to boil inside with a thick heavy jumper this one is light but still keeps the chill off, as well as being a perfect pastel summer colour. 

Simple T's

They are never going to set the world on fire with excitement but they are essential for almost all summer out fits. The colour of this vest was what caught my eye along with the other slightly less vibrant striped version.
Little black (summer) dress

It may look fairly un-inspiring but this little dress is a definite friend it can be worn day or night with no fuss, it can be slipped on and off you go. A little black dress in summer can seem a little odd, but try it i promise you wont forget it.

Summer beauty is one of those things that can be so easily over done, to much make up can look heavy and make summer fresh skin look unnecessarily tired. A quick dash of sparkled nail varnish, a brush of blush and a swipe of tinted vaseline is all you need to look fresh in summer.

White is a timeless colour of summer this dress is a pretty shape and is completely easy and fun to wear.

Heeled nikes (other wise known as my babies!)
 These are my new babies they are wonderfully comfortable whilst still giving some height with a small heel. I love the grey as it will take me through summer and winter, paired with shorts in summer and jeans in winter- sorted! 

some cheeky little lacy socks to add a little something to my new friends.

I got quite excited with the neon and went for these two hot pink numbers to brighten any out fit!

love ring
A little bit of summer finger love in the form of a little gold ring.

Finally the piece de resistance something for when plain just isn't quite enough this little minx comes out and it makes me very happy!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

summer starts 

School has finish and summer finally is here, it started with a dash off to cornwall and back again all wrapped up in a sunny 3 day package- perfection.

We drank drinks that tasted of the hot summer days spent lying out on the beach, but were cool as ice to taste.

I wandered on the beach, camera in hand capturing anything that caught my eye. Here a sandy beach river carving intricate patterns in the fine grains of sand and shining stones in the clear water.

I have to say this little puss seemed to be making the most of the rays. splayed out in the bright sun only one simple question on his care free mind: "where to sleep to achieve the most sun filled bliss".

we had some some amazing food including this big mumma of a burger, (I have to say i think the Londoner would have been proud!)

A small sliver of a moon hanging above the shore delicate and small.

The sea lay still at dusk as if preparing to sleep.

The town lay quiet, a time of rest after a busy day in the pounding sun.

So many small streets to explore and so little time to do it in.

It was a beautiful three days, days that I will always remember for their perfection. Perfect because it was beautiful, memorable and calm with out even trying.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Saachi Gallery

Saachi Gallery 
It's the X-Factor of the art world- one day you are young "nobody" drowning in the hugely competitive world of art and the next you have made it into one of the most prestigious galleries in London, a split second fast track pass to fame. 
The Saachi Gallery is know for its modern, avant-garde and normally completely controversial approach to art. It rejects the conventional and welcomes with open arms anything that will provoke a reaction.
As you walk around anyone would have moments in the large open galleries where something just clicks and the art that is  before you is suddenly inspired and completely remarkable and other times those tired words that are used all to often in the mysterious world of modern art: "but i could have done that"manage to slip from our lips. The thing with this is, you haven't done it though have you, you didn't think of it first and now it is done and so there is no way of un-doing what has already been achieved.
 Modern art seems to always be pushing the boundaries of the publics idea of what art is.The question that remains is: how far can these boundaries be pushed is there an end or is it just as far as the bravest of us out there is willing to push it, and the rest will follow.

Its bright and bold but is it just a few blocks of colour or artistic genius? 
My favourite of the whole exhibition- an oil filled room.
The closest to perfection I think I have seen in anything.
Black plastic bag filled with sand.

Thursday, 4 April 2013


Its a place of the quirky and the un-expected, the old the new and just about everything else. There are vintage shops literally filled to the brim with clothes to sift through.  It is a bit like searching for shells on a beach: a lot will be rough and not what you are looking for but others will be beautiful and perfect. this is one of my favourite finds ... thinks...I am wearing them now and they are truly the most comfy things I have ever worn. 
They are cute, casual and completely unique!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Notting Hill

London, a place of amazing people, big lights and so many things to be seen and done it is impossible to do it all, and so now i have decided if we cant do it all we will have to try and do the best. 

The other day I think may be in the running for one of the best days i have spent in London. It was un-planed, spontaneous and took us to some truly beautiful and inspiring places.  
We got off the tube at Notting Hill gate station got out our little map and tried to head for where we thought the shops may be, lets just say we got a little distracted on the way.... 

We were wandering along pottering into a few beautiful shops, happy to finally see the sight of skimpy t-shirts and denim shorts, it is official summer is truly here. We kept winding along the little streets, un-fazed by the fact that we were no where to be seen on the map and we were sure the well trusted, used by Londoners every day A-Z "was wrong"!
As we walked along painted on a wall next to a gallery door was this picture...

The eyes were bright and inviting so we took it as our invitation to go in.
The work was stunning and different it wasn't something that has already been done it was refreshing to see something new and not just something that has been done so many times before.

There were some conventional pieces done on paper others were done on old battered oil drums and others on pieces of old wood. It was work that make you think, it look effortless but at the same time it was perfect. A beautiful combination.

If you would like to take a look which I would definitely recommend here are the details...

London Westbank Gallery 
133-137 Westborne Grove.
London W11 2RS

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Time for the taking

As we rush along in our busy lives, people moving by who have their own people to see places to go, to them we give not a glance. Time is lost as everyday tasks are done, left for the past, some as memories we chose to keep others left and forgotten. where is the time for the other things, the things that don't need to be done, the things that it seems there is no time for, time to just sit and doodle on "The Times" cross word, time to watch the sleepy dogs by the fire, just....because.....because you want to. 
The problem of time seems to be one that runs through all of our life's but is it really a problem or is the solution really very simple, the time is there, there for the taking.
Today I wanted to do it differently, to Today I took the time, to day I was there just to  watch the sun as it set on to the trees; totally un-necessary, but completely beautiful.
Here is the result...

What would you do if you had the time? Time in-between the other things, all the things that are there just to be done. With out much looking, but just a little step back I found that it is there,there for you to find, there if you want it. Take it, like I did and do with it what you want. To spend it wisely is not necessary to spend it well is. 
Read a favourite poem,one you don't have to read one that you want to.If you don't have that at first springs to mind here is one that I have found to be a good one.
One art 
The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster,

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster.

- Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident
the art of losing's not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like a disaster.