Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Saturday, 18 December 2010
I have, to oil the wheels of stress, bought some books to read, I can't face a massive tome so I have bought some light reading for the journey....and long wait.
I am currently totally absorbed by The Ultimate Guide to Mad Men, when the final credits rolled I had a huge MM hole in my life which this will plug a little, it is difficult to explain why this more then many other series rocks my boat but it does, I LOVE the music, the attention to detail, the fashion, the fact most of the characters are so flawed yet ultimately forgivable.. I could go on.. but the book is great in a very self indulgent way.
Next up Peter Bogdanovich's Who The Hell's In It
I love books about films and film stars, it's a world that fascinates me and horrifies me at the same time, that such magical world's can be created by such shallow people. I have read many, many books about Hollywood so I am looking forward to this one.
I may get inspired to cook in Cyprus by reading Elizabeth David's Is There a Nutmeg in the House? Although sadly there won't be as we are unable to leave any food in between visits for fear of cockroaches. The house is unsecure at present because of some ridiculous shutters his mother had installed, this means we have walls covered in lizard shit because they live in the space above the shutters roller mechanism, and the odd dead husk of a cockroach that accidentally wanders in.
Finally my airport lounge indulgence, I thought I would try a Peter James novel, although now it has arrived I can quickly see a PD James he aint!
These plus Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence should cover most delays and the early dark nights without a television.
I always get very, very melancholic at this time of year, I wistfully gaze at the decked trees of others and wish I could stay and for once enjoy a traditional family Christmas replete with crap television and family squabbles. Churlish I know since I will instead bask in warmer climes. Once I'm there I will be less irritable I hope.
Mmmm Trees, so where are this years photographs, well best laid plans as always. The intention was to crack it using my SLR, Kitty was to be my assistant and hold the dog, we were waiting until this week for the tree's to go up and low, Kitty is in bed with flu, the weather is atrocious and already it is Friday, I could cry, still always next year and at least I will be around for longer as we are unable to fly until the 23rd, although having looked at the temperatures in Helsinki ( next years Christmas holiday destination) he may be having second thoughts!
So Mwah, Mwah, back before you know it and I may even manage to avoid a stay in hospital this time!!
Friday, 17 December 2010
It is quite liberating going back to choosing the clothes day by day instead of checking to see if I have a photograph in my folder already, plus you get to see the right colour tights and which jewellery I chose.
I was still a little unsure as to whether my room would still be warm so layered up, by break the spotty thermal was off and it finally meant I could dress for a normal temperature rather than the arctic conditions I have endured since moving to the new school. Just as I was about to write the list I realised it is all from COS apart from the thermal which is Uniqlo, well at least it is not all from one season! You can just see a very pretty Murano glass necklace with it.
Probably my most flattering silhouette although the button straining on the skirt might suggest otherwise, it was because I was pulling the pocket...honest!
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Monday, 13 December 2010
as was this..!
Friday, 10 December 2010
Necklace by me
I found this cardie whilst searching for a lost hoodie for Daisy, I think I gave up wearing it when I caught a glimpse of myself and thought I looked like an American Football player, however I decided to give it another go.
Cardie Great Plains
What a mess these photographs are but the outfit was perfect, yes photographs can lie! I like the bronze boots with the bronze necklace, that is the problem though the boots clash with my silver jewellery.
Necklace Betty Jackson for Debenhams
Yeah finally cracked it,
Skirt +J Uniqlo
Necklace from a really lovely shop near The British Museum I thought I had a close up shot of it but deleted it by mistake, it is woven silver something I have always wanted.
Not in a million years did I ever intend to wear this in public but I knew I was going to have to wear the boots that snag my tights so these were going to have to take the bullet for me, I took the photograph ages ago after visiting the Japanese fashion exhibition it was my homage to Yohji! I'm pleased I wore it now.
Dress Great plains
Sadly leaning back highlights my paunch! still never mind, yes, these are bare feet, we have underfloor heating so my feet feel like they are going to combust all the time, plus those bloody trousers ride up when I'm wearing knee highs so I took off my socks.
Jumper Massimo Dutti
Not a brilliant week but now the heating is back on at work maybe some sartorial style can be restored.
Thursday, 9 December 2010
So visually quite cute but in terms of facilitating my Mojo, nil point. The care I lavished on getting this room ready you would not belive, I don't know what the matter is really, Instead I will bring the paints back to school tail between my legs and carve out a few hours each week in my office.
Alpha male never one to miss a trick money wise has decided to move his hideous sister and her vile children* in next year so he can rent her house out for a couple of years,, this way he can squirrel away even more money to invest in even more property. Can you believe it? No one likes the idea apart from him because as I explained he controls everything and so never has to compromise, stung by this he did at least attempt to justify his decision but could not other than to say I could have a new kitchen. I did not tell him to shove it but did mention that his sister is such a leach and her children so utterly destructive it will be us that have to leave once he has saved up enough money for a deposit on yet another house to mortgage. He of course declared this is nonsense, but it is an ill wind coming this way and I for one will not be coming home early once they arrive.
Having written this a few days ago I realise I sound more irritated than I am, I'm used to his behaviour, we have been together for 13 years which is the longest of any of my relationships, It has never been an easy conjunction of minds but we have agreed we are in it for the long haul and I believe him.
I have learnt from reading many, many blogs that I am very lucky and instead of dwelling on the negatives blogging has taught me to focus on what good can be extrapolated from any experience, which is what my intention will be. Less time in the house and more time for photography, plus I may screw an ipad out of him. Meanwhile due to contractual obligations at work we will finally be going on an adventure next Christmas, yes I know it is a long way off but for me half the fun is in the planning so I am finally getting to Helsinki...Yeah, via Berlin of course but even so how cool is that? Yes seriously how cold? Plus I have convinced him to rent a flat for our next stay in Berlin so we can feel more like a local, so you see some of the fringe benefits are worth it...mmm aren't they!
* I use the word children in the loosest sense of the word both in their twenties they should be old enough to have buggered off but instead cling to their mother despite fighting almost daily. On the plus side they do both work.
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
I did mention that I was hoping to sell some of my work, mostly this old collage stuff, but when I tried to book a table for a local Christmas fair it transpired they were fully booked last April, but now I know I will make sure I am first in the queue this next year.
When I went to scan these bits I realised I had far more that I previously thought so I will have to do something with them as for now I am wrapped up with painting. I have a tendency to do small batches of something before getting bored and changing focus.
I have many, many different kinds of these fans, I happen to love the shape of fans I did some small like this one and some huge A1 sizes ones.
This tiny collage is one of my personal favourites, it is so simple but seems to resonate in a way many of my others don't. My main problem is I tend to overwork them so they become to busy.
Second to fan shapes are the shapes of kimono's, I am obsessed with all things Japanese and it is my number one wish to visit Japan before I pop my clogs.
Then around the corner at the Rebecca Hossack gallery was an exhibition of one of my other favourite contemporary collage artists Peter Clark, The dog collages have to be seen to be believed they are so very, very cleverly put together
Monday, 6 December 2010
Still, what amazing walks they were, very beautiful ,crunchy, crisp snow and the silence....
In fact it was a kind of deja-vu moment from last January when I ended up back to work just to sit down. After two day cooped up I escaped to the big smoke, not a trace of snow to be found it was like a different world, the the foot of snow I had left behind just 20 min's away.
I had a ticket for GSK Contemporary, at first I thought the show was mediocre, but actually I was wrong, it was really good, what didn't work was the venue, the problem with Burlington House is it is so very beautiful inside, it fights for attention and always wins. it worked better as the Museum of Mankind where the ancient artifacts tended to merge seamlessly with the period detail, put anything contemporary in there and it is swamped. So really this would be a great exhibition had it been shown at the Barbican.
Afterwards I mooched about town before meeting Lucy for a pre theatre bite to eat at the much anticipated Deux Salons. I didn't like it much, actually the service was fantastic as is the space and they sell the best value dry martini ever. What I hated was the food, cooked by men for men, far too much meat and served in a pan which I hate. I ordered my favourite duck confit only for it to arrive with half a sausage AND a piece of ham hock! Plus what the hell were plates invented for? I realise it is a cunning device to avoid washing up and also to keep the food hot but even so.... I also had indigestion all night not least because we had to run over the bridge (why am I always late?) to Season's Greetings on at The National, 3/5 for me but very entertaining nevertheless.
So enough about me, lets get down to some visuals for you to skim...
First up one from last week, LOVE her style.
The shops upstairs are very grand too!
I saw this woman walking towards Bruton Street and loved her style, so no surprise that she walked into Issey Miyake then.
These dresses were at the Barbican exhibition, I loved them then and love them now, so clever.
What larks to be had here, you know those Keystone Cops movies where everything runs a little faster than real time? Well picture the scene at Miu Miu hours before the opening...
Vats of chrysanthemums.
It's at times like this I want time to stand still, London is so lovely at this time of year, yes I know I said that last week but I need to remind myself how lucky I am to have this, I don't covet what's inside much... OK, maybe just all of Yohji, but I do love peering in. I had said last year I would focus on corporate Christmas trees this year but I have been too sidetracked so a few shop ones may have to suffice, I do love this one with the red buses.