27 Feb 2011

Hidden in the hamper...

Alex Monroe: Hamper Locket

This intricate Hamper Locket from jewellery-genius Alex Monroe contains a secret - a sweet little mouse has snuck along to join the picnic and share a tasty cupcake!
The locket comes in gold (£180) or silver (£156) and would make a beautiful adition to a feminine Spring outfit (so get your order in now!)

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26 Feb 2011

Red sky at night...

 Art by Lily: Slices of Sunset
On Thursday 24th February there was the most beautiful sunset so I got out my camera and took some snaps before it vanished into the night. Rather than just post sunset photos, I thought I'd try something different so worked on this quick photo-collage. What do you think? 

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25 Feb 2011

Colourful life...

 Etsy Finds: Colourful Life
1: Kaleidoscope locket by Alyson Fox - Verabel (£44.60)
2: Color-Coding necklace - Jewisha (£19)
3: Crystal Skull woodblock print - VizArt (£28.67)
4: 25 Kaleidoscope badges - ButtonsAndBadges (£4.78)
5: Many Rainbow Zebras art print - Saratpeintre (£8.70)
6: Bang Bang card - Vantiani (£1.30)

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24 Feb 2011

Secret Diary...

Style Crush: Billie Piper as Belle du Jour 
I'm not one to take style inspiration from a high class call girl (or any other kind of call girl for that matter), but whilst absentmindedly watching adverts between TV shows last week I spotted a dress in the Secret Diary of a Call Girl trailer that got my fashion taste buds all a tingle!  Intrigued, I watched the episode in question and fell in love with the look pictured above. For some reason this past season or two I have been head over heels with smudge print clothing so this dress was right up my street - I also love how the stylists for the show have teamed it with a skinny Reiss belt to give the dress some shape on Billie, and the gold necklace dripping from her neck complements the outfit perfectly. LOVE!
So who is this amazing dress by? A little internet sleuthing told me it is a creation by  Otswald Helgason - a German-Icelandic design duo known for their architectural silhouettes and euphoric kaleidoscopic prints. 
Clearer images of the dress:
I can't find the dress for sale anywhere so it must be a few seasons old, however Otswald Helgason do sell through ASOS so if you like what you see here then keep an eye out there for their newer designs.  
As for me, I plan to recreate this look on a budget that suits me! Last summer I bought a gorgeous smokey-purple/pink/grey//teal smudge print dress from Vero Moda that's similar enough to this Otswald Helgarson piece. I had been wearing it sans-jewellery but think I’ll now try teaming it with an gold dripping web necklace I have, black tights and some amazing heels and voila! DONE!
Have any TV outfits caught your eye recently? Do you find yourself watching Secret Diary and lusting after call-girl-couture? Let me know :)
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23 Feb 2011

Such a doll...

 Jewellery: Servane Gaxotte
 I don't know about you, but the term "doll pendant", usually rings the jewellery death knell for me as those two words, put together, conjure images of those horrific and tacky Argos-family-jewels clown/doll pendants… but Servane Gaxotte’s collection might just be the one to break that curse!
A young Parisian costume jewellery designer, Servane Gaxotte launched her brand in 1996 and the doll pendant collection in 2002 after imagining an articulated doll, Rose, dressed and lovingly accessorized, to be worn hanging from a chain.
Over time the doll collection has expanded and, as well as the sweet and chic Rose doll, jewellery lovers can also adorn themselves with beautifully dressed little animal dolls (cats, squirrels, monkeys and the most stylish little pigs since Miss Piggy). Pendant sizes range from 3cm to a hefty 19cm!
Each piece is so adorable but with a refined, rock chic edge making them wearable, statement pieces rather than just gimmicky items. I love the tiny knitted jumpers, the little skirts and tutus, the furry gillets... Yum!
Let's see some details:
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Web: click
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21 Feb 2011

Who's who?


 Costume Study: Doctor Who
I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of London's new Doctor Who Experience before it opened its doors to the public so took the oportunity to get up close with some of the TV programme's iconic costumes. From simple beginnings whilst the show found it's feet, to flamboyant designs as fashions changed, right back to stipped back and functional - The Doctor's look has changed dramatically over the years. See what you think...
 Above: William Hartnell (1963-1966) and Patrick Troughton (1966-1969)
 Above: Jon Pertwee (1970-1974)
 Above: Tom Baker (1974-1981)
 Above: Peter Davidson (1981-1984) - where is the celery?!
 Above: Colin Baker (1984-1986)
 Above: Sylvester McCoy (1987-1989 & 1996)
 Above: Paul McGann (1996) and Christopher Eccleston (2005)
Above: David Tennant (2005-2010)

It was so great to see these costumes up close as these characters have meant so much to children of all ages over the years. Seeing them in detail was a brilliant experience. I particularly love the flying duck brooches on Tom Baker's incredibly iconic costume!
Personally, I will always have a soft spot for Sylvestor McCoy's Doctor as it's the one I remember most from my childhood (my big brother even had a homemade jumper just like McCoy's knitted by our Grandma. Sweet.)

 
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18 Feb 2011

Anish Kapoor


 Sculpture: Anish Kapoor's C-Curve
On a recent trip to London's Royal Albert Hall for work, I decided to get off the tube a stop early and continue my journey on foot as it was a beautifully crisp winter day and a walk through Kensington Gardens seemed much more appealing than sitting on the underground!
I didn't expect to see any art in the park and was really surprised to come across some interesting sculptures by Anish Kapoor. After walking past Sky Mirror and not being entirely sure what it was, I came across this piece (above), a giant, mirrored curve entitled C-Curve.
The piece forces visitors to the park to reassess their relationship with the space around them as it projects an image of an upside down world from one side and a distorted "normal" world from the other. It plays with light and reflection in a beautifully subtle way and I loved walking around it, viewing Kensington Gardens in a whole new light!
This and other sculptures by Anish Kapoor are on display in Kensington Gardens until mid March, so if you are nearby between now and then the "Turning The World Upside Down" exhibits are well worth a look.

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17 Feb 2011

Pencil Sculptures


 Artist: Dalton Ghetti

Brazilian-born artist Dalton Ghetti's amazing micro-sculptures present a brilliant example of when the artists' tools become the art themselves. To create the mini masterpieces, Dalton uses three basic tools - a razor blade, sewing needle and sculpting knife. He even refuses to use a magnifying glass and has never sold any of his work, only given it away to friends as gifts. He is states: "I use the sewing needle to make holes or dig into the graphite. I scratch and create lines and turn the graphite around slowly in my hand."

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16 Feb 2011

Animal Magic...

(photos are all from The Animal Print Shop)
I absolutely adore the amazing animal photography of Sharon Montrose. With ten published photography books under her belt, Sharon is one of the most saught after animal photographers around. What's really nice is the fact that the animals pictured are all raised (and many rescued) by loving and dedicated people who care for them as their own.
Make sure you visit the Animal Print Shop (link below) to view more of these stunning images of real live animals - and why not treat yourself to a print or two whilst you're there. I love that there is an affordable, $25 (approx £15) option meaning people of all budgets can own a piece of Sharon's work.
I think I may need to splash out on a flamingo print. What do you think?
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Animal Print Shop: click
Blog: click

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15 Feb 2011

Prints And More...


ART & PAPER
Prints and more
1: Napoleon and Marengo - Karin Soderquist
2: Hello August - Ashley G
3: Otterly In Love - Keeki
4: Everything's OK - Karin Sonderquist
5: Houses - Krystina Litten
6: Magpies - It's Like Art
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14 Feb 2011

Valentines Finds...


VALENTINES
Heart-Felt Finds
1: Love and Hugs mug - Paperchase (£5)
2: Origami heart stud earrings from EATcreations (£7.67)
3: Headphone splitter - FredFlare ($16)
4: I Love You ring - Brook Farm ($225)
5: Diana Mini Wonderland camera - Urban Outfitters (£110)
6: Heart shaped cookie cutters - DotComGiftShop (£2.95)
7: I Still Know papercut - OwlyShadowPuppets (£10.22)

Happy Valentines Day
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13 Feb 2011

Creatures of Comfort...

Above: Handmade Arielle de Pinto necklace of intricate, crocheted silver and gradiant wave. Perfection! 
Above: Aesa little laurels necklace featuring powder-coated brass petals strung on a brass, rectangle chain.

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