Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Second Star To The Right

Regardless of how old they remind me I am, breakfast throughout December will always be chocolate.


Here are a few groovy advent calendar's that have sparked my interest this yule:

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For any lovebugs out there, Hotel Chocolat create couple calendars which I must admit is so stinkin cute. I also spotted cat + dog calendars in Sainsbury's yesterday that melted my heart.

A lady popped into the sweet shop the other day and asked for 25 of our bestselling flumps dipped in white chocolate. Curiosity got the better of me and I just had to ask what the occasion was ~ I was not disappointment. Turns out her son - who is none other than Christian Beeston, young cartoonist of the year - is addicted to them so she is creating a DIY calendar for him. 

One of Christian's greetings cards, featuring one of Mac's iconic landmarks lol.

I also discovered that Christian is related to Kiwi illustrator Henrietta Harris  ~ what a small world, ey? 

Lesson learned: always ask.


P.S: Who else is eagerly anticipating LOVE magazine's iconic calendar? I hear Rankin is behind the lens this year!


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

You Had One Job, 'Murica


I'll just leave this eerily fitting poem here and continue to question everything.





Monday, 7 November 2016

Get Nasty

Tomorrow is a big day, America.





Friday, 4 November 2016

Brew Break #31 I Just Found Me A Brand New Box Of Matches

My first ever style crush was Daphne Blake ~ I vividly remember watching SD on Zombie Island on the daily back in primary school. Laugh all you want, but that lady's mauve and lime outfit was killer. Then 2002 came along and with it brought the movie with megababe Sarah MG kicking ass as Daphne and sporting these groovy lavender knee high boots:

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN!

There's something so autumnal and seductive about knee high boots. 
Exhibit A: Cara Delevingne in head 2 toe Burberry:


Here are a few other ladies taking their cue from Ms.Blake:



Jane B x


RiRi killing it in PaRHI

My dream boots are either a classic pair of stueys, or these Chloé moss green thigh highs:


Since those are a wee out of budget *awkward collar tug* these ASOS gems are on my radar.

What's your go-to A/W staple?


P.S: If someone invites you to Moonscar Island, say no.


Thursday, 3 November 2016

The Owls Are Not What They Seem

Good morning Queens!

I hope you all had a groovy Halloween! I had a busy week at the sweet shop decorating the shop with cobwebs/creepy crawlies and wore the same dress I wore when I saw Fleetwood Mac live three trips around the sun ago. As you may have guessed by now, I settled on a 'coven' theme... surprise surprise ;-)

How rad are these black cat earrings?! I picked them up at a local fancy dress shop for £3!



Found on the notice board at work:


My days at the sweet shop attract a wealth of eccentric characters ~ which is actually gold when it comes to writing material ~ but today we had some right corkers! I sold my first ever globestopper (in fact, this chap bought 8!) there was also an underwater Atlantis party being thrown and I had to improvise and create a bunch of 'shark bait' pick and mix bags! The soiree sounded bonkers, I almost asked for an invite!


As we love and leave October 31st, a new holiday approaches *shamelessly hums coca-cola's holidays are coming!* The season of gingerbread lattes, mulled wine and bucks fizz is finally upon us.


To celebrate, I'll be whizzing up a gift guide soon ~ for now, here's some groovy pins I've bookmarked recently that would make ace stocking fillers or secret santa gifts! Here's the latest bobbydazzler to my collection....

I picked up this '200 TODAY!' badge at my local artisan market, the treacle market for a quid!

 I'll be dotting my leather with a few of these real soon:

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I take my hat off to the internet, as there are some seriously rad pins swirling around ~ although I'm living for the day I find a pin of a Moe Szyslak flower!

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Also waiting for the right spice girls pin to spice up my life:


Pins are a great way to spread awareness for local organisations and charities! There's a biennial arts festival in my latest hometown of Macclesfield called Barnaby which recently released limited edition badges! I work part time at my local spoons too and have been rocking my snowflake and Christmas pudding badge all winter too to support CLIC


THINK GLOBALLY - ACT LOCALLY!

I hope you all had a safe and wild Halloween ~ let me know below who you dressed up as...

Bonus points for photos!

Have Faith In Your Own Bad Taste

This summer I reignited a hobby of mine: sketching. Many an afternoon was spent on my grandmother's veranda drawing the boats that went by with my father. I also was super inspired by my cosmic friend Marianna and the evenings I spent with her at her atelier, collaborating and sharing a bottle of red. 



This winter I decided to try my hand at Inktober and although I found the random daily word prompt creatively challenging, I found it extremely rewarding. It was also fascinating following the # and seeing the way thousands of artists around the world interpreted one word in various ways. 

Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow // September 2016

If you wanna check out some of my weird and wonderful doodles, here are a few links:
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I couldn't help but infuse poetry into the endeavor


During October I also discovered a bunch of artists that I am now enamoured with. Here are my top 3:

Lynnie Zulu (!!!!!!)





'No work today'

If you also joined the party, feel free to share your designs below!


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

#GetItOffYourChest

Some of you may of noticed throughout October that my blog had a wee revamp. In support of breast cancer awareness month, I redesigned my header 


It was so heartwarming seeing brands and local shops doing their bit to raise money and encourage ladies + MEN to regularly check their bodies! For instance, my dad's local barbers swapped their salon capes for bright pink ones. I've mentioned before how I'm subscribed to Coppafeel who frequently send text reminders to check myself. I can't recommend signing up to their incredible free service enough!!

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There are endless ways you can get involved: organise a bake sale, a sponsored run, or simply sport a pink ribbon. I also encourage you to incorporate the charity into your work ~ utilise your notice board! One of my jobs is working as a barista at my local M&S cafe ~ each coffee comes with a free shortbread on the saucer. Now if it was up to me, I'd swap it for a pink panther wafer throughout October. Or simply add a few drops of fuchsia dye to the original recipe. In fact, I might just write a letter this afternoon...

Coppafeel have recently launched a campaign where the public are encouraged to speak to someone about anything that crops up that isn't their normal: go to your GP, get it off your chest! To prompt dialogue, they're also asking us to share how we get things off our chest. Whenever I'm in a funk, I either go for a walk along the canals with my family, or watch old reruns of my favourite Greek soap, Είσαι το Ταίρι μου.


Since we're talking about cancer, it'd be a shame to miss an opportunity to touch on smoking. For the past three years, I've been a social smoker and it's not something I'm proud of. It was actually this time 3 years ago that I had my first cigarette, as I had just began uni and was struggling to find a stress reliever. If there's any freshers reading, I implore you to resist the urge to light up as it's a slippery slope. If you're looking for a way to unwind, sign up to Netflix. I also get that you may want to fit in or rebel, but trust me the coolest part in Grease is when Sandy puts out the cig anyway.



Feel your way...


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Kalo Mina #6 THE WISH

Since my birthday falls in November, Louise Glück's The Wish it is:


Remember that time you made the wish?

I make a lot of wishes.

The time I lied to you
about the butterfly. I always wondered
what you wished for.

What do you think I wished for?

I don't know. That I'd come back,
that we'd somehow be together in the end.

I wished for what I always wish for.
I wished for another poem.


Don't forget to make a wish...