Monday, 27 June 2016

Monday Blues #15

I think we can all agree with this message, now more than ever.

Shoreditch, London

One of my favourite pieces of graffiti was on a bridge near Camden lock canals and simply read: Why do birds suddenly appear? Every time you are near? My heart melted.


Friday, 24 June 2016

Fuck


Is anyone else beginning to feel like we're in an episode of Black Mirror?

#brexit

Thursday, 23 June 2016

#INCROWD

Remain kind, remain open, remain tolerant, remain inclusive, remain together.


Use your vote!


Monday, 6 June 2016

Bibbidi-Bobbidi Bits & Bobs #15

RiRi x Dior campaign for her début sunglasses range has had me drooooooling! 


It's been just over a month since our dearly beloved left us and I'm still jamming to his albums all day 'ery day. Here is an interview from 1998 with the one and only scary spice (the BEST spice... jus sayin!). To any eagle eyed viewers, check out the cosmic crescent moon ear cuff Prince is sporting during the interview ~ ions ahead of his time! Also, check out 19:13 in and how Mel's hair GLITTERS... oh the '90s!


There's been a few articles I've read recently that have tickled me and this one in particular I adore. Six people from different walks of life are interviewed who have one thing in common: punk. They each share their reflections on their former wild days and how their life has vastly changed. It was such a joy to read and I love the concept that punk is a mindset.


"...so in the meantime I went to work in Harrods with green makeup on."

As I've finished my final year at uni I've been thinking about my next few steps and all signs point to travelling. It's articles like this - titled 'I ran a Scottish bookshop and you can too' - that give me wanderlust. Props to the writer, Dan, who had me giggling and getting strange looks on the DLR!

" I greet them with a friendly hello, which may come as a surprise to all who know me. But that’s who I am in Wigtown."


It's also pretty hysterical that the owner once shot a kindle which he believed "improved" it and has since had framed in the bookshop. I've bookmarked the article and am hoping to make a wee trip up to Scotland once they have some spare days (their bookings are currently jam packed till 2018) ~ fingers crossed I'll bump into Nanette!

"He’s interrupted by a man who walks in, looks us both up and down, and shouts, “POETRY?!” Shaun points to the back of the room."

How groovy is this solar system bike ride in Santa Barbara?! The scale model of the solar system is such a wonderful way for folks to visualise how vast it really is....



Did anyone else 'get a twig or a branch in their eye' watching this poignant short film?


I saw this fascinating YT video recently which explores what makes a story relatable, focusing on Pixar. If anyone (like me) is curious on what the rest of the rules are, you can find them here.


There was so many showstoppers at this year's Met Gala but I had to share my favourite. I LOVED the futuristic theme and think that Gigi & Zayn nailed it.


Gigi's knuckle duster rings and glitter silver parting were mesmerising. Don't even get me started on Zayn's armour ~ reminded me of a modern day Romeo Montague...


Honorary mention to Katy Perry's black lipstick and blue mascara combo. I wish I could get my paws  (I'm so punny) on her new Covergirl Katy Kat matte lipstick in the shade perry panther!

It wouldn't be a #BBB&B without a ridiculously optimistic wishlist ~ there's some right corkers today!

1 Lancôme Énergie de Vie Moisturiser 2 Adidas x Stella McCartney Pure Boostrainers
 3  M Missoni Circus Swimsuit 4 Topshop Silver Stripe Hayden Boyfriend Jeans 5 Zara crossover sandals 6 GUCCI Dionysus GG Supreme appliqué shoulder bag

1 H&M Jacquard-knit skirt 2 Oliver Bonas Hello Sunshine Floppy Hat
3 Bioderma Hydrabio Eau de Soin SPF30 4 Philip Kingsley Citrus Sunshine Swimcap

I've also been obsessed with practically everything on Lazy Oaf's site lately ~ they're such a zany brand! Here are some bits I'm lusting over...

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I saw this list of creative Disney themed cocktails recently and got inspired! Think I'll have to whip up a batch of Princess Leia's this summer!


I've been listening to RHCP's The Getaway and Dark Necessities like there's no tomorrow. I CAN'T WAIT for their new album to drop on 17th!

A May December might not be so smart...

Corinne Bailey Rae is also back with her new 'the heart speaks in whispers' album ~
it's been too long, my love!

Don't you recognise a fellow astronaut?


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Kalo Mina #1 THE LESSON

'Kalo Mina' is a greeting many say on the first of every month in Greece ~ it's essentially blessing your friends and family to a healthy/happy month. I thought I'd kick start a new series in which I'll share a poem on the first of every month that I cherish and that'll set the tone for the coming weeks. 


Maya Angelou was a magnanimous poet that I've worshipped for a long time and who has helped me through many rough seas. She once said that although she only gave birth to one son, she has thousands of daughters. "I have daughters who are black and white, Asian and Spanish-speaking, and native American," she said. "I have daughters who are fat and thin, pretty and plain, gay and straight. I have all sorts of daughters who I just claim. And they claim me." What a glorious sentiment.

There are two quotes of hers in particular that I cling to. Growing up with divorced parents, dual nationality and a chaotic childhood (to say the least), her quote about home always gave me great comfort: "you can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right". Another quote of hers has also underpinned my philosophy on friendship and strangers: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel".

I picked up a book of her poetry in a charity shop in Greenwich during my first year of uni and each poem silenced me. There is a wealth of wisdom that her work is soaked in. Here is the poem I'd like to share this month ~ let it wash over you:


Although there are countless poems in this book that echo through me, there is something about this particular one that lingers and soothes. It encourages me to keep on rolling the dice.


In many ways it also reminds me of one of my favourite lyrics taken from Talking Heads' Slippery People
"Fall on your face, you must be having fun".

I have a feeling they'll be many more of Maya's poems featured on my blog in the coming months...

Feel free to share any poems that have touched you recently!


ASOS Summer Wishlist // Part 1

You know the drill: summer is tying its shoelaces, ASOS is jam packed with killer key pieces and I've got no chill. Before we cannonball in, there are a few winter bits that I've been eyeing up:

When I saw Megan in these dreamy jeans back in February it was love at first sight. I love how she styled them with a baby blue polo neck and cosmic Stella McCartney flatforms!

Anyone else reminded of Pokémon evolutions? 1 / 2

Groovy jumper with BOOM/POW elbow patches = wardrobe essential. A few winters ago I bought a similar design from ASOS with daisy elbow patches. I still get a kick out of wearing it. I have my fingers crossed that they'll create a FLOWER/POWER version! ^_^ 1 / 2

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I'm down with anything that remotely mirrors this iconic Vogue Paris cover with Daria Werbowy: 

Ever since I went as Arwen for Halloween back in '14, I've been hooked on bell sleeves. 1 / 2


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It was only a matter of time before I jumped on the Bardot top bandwagon. 1 / 2

I have my heart set on this badass cap that Rihanna rocked recently:
 

At 70 bucks, I think I'm gonna have to settle for one of these:
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I was originally on the hunt for a pair of gladiator sandals or a pair similar to this killer Chinese Laundry pair I saw Vannesa Hudgens rocking years ago:


After scrolling for many moons I stumbled upon these beauties:

These quirky heels are also calling me:

I'm LOVING all things dusty pink this S/S!

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 No guesses for what business my family are in ~ you've reached the best level: jewellery! *haaaaallelujah* Let's start with the abundance of chokers I'm eyeing up...

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It's 5:10am and I can't tell if this is tacky or
THE BEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN?!

I love the juxtaposition of this over a boho dress.

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My general philosophy with accessories is the more peculiar the better!
Let your freak flag fly...


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What's currently chilling in your online basket?