31 January 2011

27 January 2011

Circus Comes To Town

Haberdash House perspex animal necklace available at Beyond the Valley.
I spent tonight making my flat look more like a circus for Birthday season. This necklace tops it off just right! Look out for a tutorial on DIY bunting coming soon...

26 January 2011

I Heart Birthday Cake

My 21st Pink Treble layer sponge. With sprinkles.

Rachael's 21st, Cheese Cake. Or just a general pyramid of dairy vice I guess.
Aubrey's 1st Birthday.
Midnight for Seamus's 21st.
Kate's 21st
Seamus's 19th, strawberry sponge (later found out he doesn't like cream...)
My 21st- Free Chocolate and Strawberry Creme Brulee at the Royal Albert, Deptford.
My 21st- Peyton& Bryne Chocolate Mousse cake my parents had delivered to my work.
Nicole's 21st, Chocolate and Raspberry. No you can never have enough stuff ontop of a cake.
Heather's 21st
Another cake from Aubrey's 1st.
Aubrey's 0 Birthday, why wait a whole year to start celebrations?

My 20th.
Lucy's Birthday
Rhys's 21st... can you tell what it is ....ever?!

Victoria, chocolate, coffee, toffee, blue, glitter, triple layered, bundt tin, mickey mouse tin, rabbit tin, burnt, flat, stale, pixelated... I love Birthday Cake. Making them and eating them of course. As a self confessing Birthday Monster I love any excuse to make the festivities last as long as possible, and what better way of reminding everyone that you are still a Birthday Girl than with endless slices of Birthday cake to offer to anyone in a mile radius?
Birthday season is at last in full swing, and whether its for Aquarius/Capricorn whatever... there'll always be plenty of cake.

In The City It's Alright

Me and Aubrey had a clear out yesterday. Just put up a few items on Ebay. Mostly grungey/90s stuff so click away if that's your thing.


If the none too subtle hints over at Gawker are anything to go by, it looks like we can expect Blair and Dan to finally link up that incest-tastic GG swinging circle once and for all. Gosh that gap was annoying. Hopefully this means Dan won't have to make up ridiculous manilla- envelope excuses to attend every unmissable party/brunch/masquerade ball/catfight take down throughout the season. Good to have you back GG.

25 January 2011

Happy Burns Night!

All photos from Hello Mr Fox

In celebration of Burns Night I thought I'd post on my favourite blog based in Scotland- Hello Mr Fox. Hannah, its creator, studies in Edinburgh and I love the presence of nature and the wilderness in so many of her posts, so it's no surprise she studies Zoology.
Just as I fell in love with Stockholm through Sandra's writing at Niotillfem, Hannah's blog has also led me to fall in love with Edinburgh from afar. It's packed with second hand and charity shop finds from Scotland so I've saved all my christmas money for a wee splurge and I can't wait to hop on a train up there this weekend to explore for myself!

Monki Lovin

Leona Dress in Rose $10
Paula Jumper $25
Simone Dress, $30, Lindy Shirt Light Blue, $30, Leona Dress, $10, Lindy Shirt $30

I'm not the best dab hand at Polyvore but I really wanted to do a post on the amazing sale at Monki I came across today. Although the pieces don't look like much on their own, the minute I started adding accesories it's obvious there are some big team players in this collection. It might have gone into stores in 2010 but there's quite a few items that are really good basics to have at any point over 2011 in a wardrobe.
Anyone who is familiar with my wardrobe will know black and/or sheer are basically the key (only) things I love to wear, so I'm even more upset to see these dresses and blouses in sale at about £6- £20 per item. I thought I was miscalculating my SEK again but no!
I really hope Monki hurry up and come over to the UK, I can't bare to see such bargins out of my reach!

Patrick Wolf - The City

2011 you are nice and shiney

19 January 2011

The Only Thing Better Than Twilight...

... is projector sized Twilight.

18 January 2011

They Don't Make Them Like They Used To III

The final installment of They Don't Make Them Like They Used To is here...

Walk The Line 2005

Johnny trying out a different colour
"You look like you're going to a funeral!"
"Maybe I am..."

Reese Witherspoon as June Carter and co star Amazing Hair

Matching nightwear to the telephone is always a must in the world of June Carter.
The real Johnny and June...
Frankly it's embarrasing how much I love this film. It doesn't have any amazing interiors or a massive ensemble, and yet it just looks so good. I'm certain life for June and Johnny wasn't as easy as the Hollywood version but from what I've read they did know how to dress.
What I love about Arianne Phillip's work on the film as costume designer is that she made two very different characters through their outfits. In the photos above of June and Johnny together they are puposefully never co ordinating. June in an eye catching checked coat and Johnny inadvertantly even more eye catching with Raybans on for church. Before coming to Walk The Line Phillips had worked as a stylist for other musicians and this is seen in how strong June's wardrobe is. June Carter had been on the stage from such a young age and this is seen with the confidence her outfits are arranged; definetly no room for drab plaid. Altogether a wonderful reflection of the best parts of 1950s and 1960s, way before Don and Betty Draper got their hands on it.

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999

Tom Ripley looking delightfully out of place.

Amazing cardi and beret combo Marge!

There's something about Gwyneth Paltrow that I just prefer when she is in a cardigan and 1950s dresses. Maybe it makes her look more human.. anyway Sylvia nearly made it onto the list but the chaps don't quite cut the mustard. The Talented Mr. Ripley on the other hand, is chock a block full of brilliant suits, swim outfits and horn rimmed glasses. Why don't men dress like this anymore? Surely it's a no brainer, just look at what Tom Ripley gets away with fixed up so sharp. The entire film centres around Ripley's ability to deceive through appearance and I love watching the transformation process in the setting of a gorgeous Italian town and later in Rome.

Bright Young Things 2003

Say what you like about Stephen Fry but he does throw a good party...

Adam Fenwick-Symes and Nina Blount
Agatha Runcible and Miles Malpractice played impeccably by Michael Sheen.

It would have been a dream to work in the costume dept for this film, so much brilliant detail such as Nina's leather wrist gloves and broach here.

Too too shy making. Agatha Runcible is my favourite character in the film due to her impeccable dress sense and uncanny ability at one liners.

Stunning country not so casuals.
As a novel Vile Bodies is difficult to follow and Fry seems to have reflected this in the brilliant casting of so many well known talents. They all seem to vie for the audiences' attention, just as anyone reading Vile Bodies will find it impossible to follow one character through a journey in the novel. Stockard Channing is the perfect example of this- you feel her character Mrs Melrose Ape could fill up an entire film with her moral lectures.
Colonel Blount, my second favourite character. Tie? Check. Tissue? Check Fez? Check. Oversized horn?
Doubting Hall- another great name by Waugh
Adam goes to visit Nina's father, my favourite scene in the film. I love how the set is designed to appear at once wealthy and haphazard with a strong sense of faded grandeur.
Nina's flat is my favourite interior in this film... I love the set down stairs, so perfect for making a grand entrance.
When it's lit up like this it reminds me of Kettners, a restaurant in Soho, before its renovation a few years ago. Stunning.
Nina's beautiful dressing gown.

No it is not my aim to include a reference to Bright Young Things or Vile Bodies in every post I do, and I'm sure I'll stop soon, but this time I just couldn't help myself. Infact you probably shouldn't know that after a seminar I attended on Vile Bodies where I had spent sixty minutes listening to people slate Evelyn Waugh and basically completly missing the point of the novel, I decided to go down to the pet shop and purchase Aubrey so I could spend every rainy day watching BYT with perfect company.

The costume and attention to detail in this film help set the difficult tone to a story set in Interwar London. Partying bordered on an obession for the Bright Young People, and BYT shows perfectly how their outlook clashed with the rest of England who were able to follow their every move in the papers and largely found them repugnant. Scenes of lavish decadence stand in stark contrast to the asylum Adam finds Agatha staying in, and the flat Nina is found in at the end of the war. Coming out of the Victorian age and having survived a First World War, the Interwar period was an era of contradictions and this can be seen throughout BYT. The styling of Agatha and Miles are my favourites. Agatha in provocatively masculine suits and trousers whilst to a contempory audience of Vile Bodies Miles's outfits would probably have been downright shocking. Now they all just look stunning.

All BYT photos from Sweet Sunday Mornings blog.

La Vie En Rose
Pans Labyrinth
Gosford Park
Rosemary's Baby
American Psycho