Friday, 20 November 2009

Must See Exhibition

Anish Kapoor
Exhibition at Royal Academy of Art
-11th December 2009


University Choices

Confused. By Mushy Pea

Which university to chose?!

I'm in quite a dilemma really, i'm just in the process of getting my personal statement and ucas sorted. However i'm not too sure on which degree course to chose or even which type of art to chose from: fine art or fashion/textiles....urgh

My dream is to go into fashion journalism, but all the great fashion degree courses are so unbelievably competitive, that its sooo hard to get onto any of them! So...getting onto a fine art course may be easier, then I could possibly consider doing an MA in Fashion or Fashion/journalism.

I enjoy fine art and fash/textiles equally, that its driving me mad! However after speaking to tutors it seems it'll be easier to incorporate textiles into fine art rather than vice versa. So that could mean the best of both :)

Any ideas or advice that anyone has would be greatly recieved!!

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Make over!

This evening my sister and I were trying to do everything other than work! So we had make up to hand so decided to give each other make overs!

I decided to go for a "smokey-eye" "night out" look for my sister, here are a few photos:

It's quite a heavy, dark look. It is definitely a going out looking rather than a day time look due to the colours. Alternatively several different colours could be used to match eye colour, a dress, accessory etc.

I really enjoy doing make up, i guess it's just another form of art!

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Great Facial Cream!

I will soon be reviewing a new facial cream that i have found : Creme Fraiche by Nuxe

Stay tuned!

Life Drawing!

Over the last few days i have been doing life drawing as part of the art course that i am doing.
It has been a real eye opener for sure! It has been the first time that i have done anything like this before, and i really enjoyed it! The human body form is really amazing and there is so much to be learnt from studying it.I have been able to relate life drawing to fashion designing. I've found that it has helped me to understand the shapes and forms and styles of clothing that designers have to make for different shapes and sizes of bodies, that there is more to designing clothes. Not only does a designer have to create a beautiful garment but it has to fit like a glove on a body, therefore there is a great need to look at the structure of bodies - something like human architecture!

Today is my day off so i thought it was a good chance to update my blog and reflect on the last few days! After getting over the initial shock of drawing,painting etc... a naked lady, I found myself looking at an amazing form made up of all kinds of shapes,curves, lines that I had never seen before ( I can't say i study my body in such a way)

Monday, 19 October 2009

Long time no post!

It's definitely been a while sine I last posted!

Things have been so busy the last few months....

Going to Ibiza, trip away with my boyfriend,starting art school,my sisters 21st etc... I've met so many great and interesting people over the last few weeks/months.


Summer has been and gone, and i'm actually pretty happy that it's autumn/winter! I love the colours and sights that autumn brings. Especially studying at the biggest campus in Europe there is so much to see in the way of beautiful trees.

I get pretty excited when i look out of my window and see that its getting a bit chilly and windy outside so that i can pull my knits and boots out my wardrobe! I definitely have a much larger autumn/winter wardrobe than summer. I really enjoy layers and the different textures with knitted fabrics.

United Colours of Benetton

All Saints Gilet

I am definitely a fan of gray,brown,purple and black, but always with a touch of colour - accesorising with scarves, broaches, a coloured layer - something on those lines!

This last weekend i went to Oakham and Uppingham in the smallest county in England : Rutland. Both places are so quaint and despite the chilly weather a real delight to visit with endless cute boutique shops, tearooms, restaurants and country pubs! And with Rutland water near by there is plenty of walking,cycling & sailing near by or if you just fancy looking at the water from the comfort of a luxurious restaurant/hotel then Hambleton Hall is perfect! (if it's recently been pay day!)

I recently got a car so we're trying to visit all the nice places near by to where I live, so we can tick off Oakham and Uppingham!

We had a really great lunch at really sweet cafe near the Castle in Oakham :

Castle Cottage Cafe

Highstreet in Uppingham

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Cambridge ♥

Got back from a few days in Cambridge yesterday evening! I had a really great time spending a few days with my boyfriend :D However the weather was soooo hot...too hot really (well for England!!) It's definitely been a heatwave for sure....

Despite all the hot and sweaty weather we had a wonderful time exploring the beautiful city of Cambridge - as you can see in the following photos!

The iconic and world famous Kings College Cambridge

Punting down the Cam!

One of the splendid parks!
There is such a relaxed feeling in park's like these:BBQ's, people playing badminton,picnics,people playing music,sunbathing - all in such a cosmopolitan environment! Students from literally all over the world,coming together to socialise.

I really loved this street, the houses were so cute! Especially this one pictured here. The front gardens were so perfect but a cottage garden -perfect. I don't remember what the name of the street was, the area where these houses were, was a bit like a maze really! I would definitely have got lost if i hadn't had my personal tour guide lol

So this shall be one of my many residents in the future? ;)

Cafes,shops,art galleries
Cambridge is a haven for boutique,designer,high street stores

Places of Interest
  • King's College Cambridge & all other Cambridge Colleges : Visit the college and it's beauitful grounds (Clare College is just next door - it has stunning gardens) King's College Chapel holds services during the week but the Sunday Eucharist is what i would personally recommened seeing - the choir is amazing!
  • La Mimosa : River-side family run Italian restaurant. Great pizza and AMAZING pudding!!
  • Grand Arcade : Perfect for all your shopping needs under one roof if you prefer a mix of shopping centres and high street shopping
  • Aunties Tea Shop : Just around the corner from Kings College Cambridge. Seriously the best afternoon tea of scones& tea + everything else quaint essentially English!

Monday, 29 June 2009

Blazing Weather and Vivid Colour!


I can't believe this weather wow-wee! One minute it's pouring rain and the next its blazing sunshine, but i guess that's just typical British weather right? However! I am LOVING the fact that it finally feels like summer :D I am now able to wear summery clothes without feeling under-dressed :p Hopefully everyone is slapping on pleanty of sun creme to protect their skin with the Met Office issuing a heatwave alert amid warnings of extreme temperatures over the next few days!

Top tip - drink plenty of water and stay out of direct sunlight during mid-day! (I've learnt from past sizzling experiences.. :S)

With all this great weather it is a great excuse to rush out to the shops to get the latest summer must haves...of course! Here are a few that I've had my eye on recently :It's all about colour!

Neon nail polish

Essie nail polish

Statement sunglasses

Protect your eyes from the sun with a great pair of statement sunglasses
Manish Arora specs will be a key piece to any capsule closet. They may put a hole in your pocket but being hand crafted they should last a while! Coming in 22 different colours you'll be spoilt for choice!

Leopard print dresses- go wild with colour!

Robertor Cavalli colourful leopard print dress : cool and floaty

Rose-esque Pearls

Jeremy Hoye pearls are a perfect accessories to go with any summer dress/outfit

Flat gladiator sandals (dig them out your cupboard from last summer)

I love Alexander McQueens flat gladiator sandals

Beach/Summer Bag

To stick your towel, sun cream, mag,ipod in I would chose this vibrant Lanvin bag

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Madonna for Louis Vuitton

How airbrushed does Madonna look??

I was just doing some fashion catch up and came across this...

I think Madonna looks genuinely great for her age, there aren't many women her age that have the great figure that she does .However I think that there is growing old gracefully or being airbrushed to the max that the person is almost unrecogniseable to their 'natural' self!

I realise its something that ALL celebs seem to do with their ad campaigns etc but what type of message is it sending out? Where's natural beauty going?

LV Winter Collection 09

I realise it's the general style that LV does for example with Scarlett Johansson but they don't look real,both Scarlett and Madonna could be mannequins advertising the bags (which are absolutely divine!!) to be honest...

Also in magazines for example i find it quite amusing when a celebs photo has OBVIOUSLY been airbrushed/photo shoped, but the celeb denies it,saying its their natural self...when it's blatantly not...make-up is truly a god send but it isn't that magical

Autumn/Winter 2007
Louis Vuitton Monogram Motard Alligator Biker

An example of celeb photo shop denial

Stretching the truth...just a tad
Anyone remember her reality show : real women? bit of a hypocrite..

Summer Ball

Summer Ball

Last night was the summer ball! It was a really great night :D I can't imagine a beter night really : with my friends & parents. It just brought it home that it's really an end of an era, although its not set in quite yet...most likely i'll be feeling blue when i don't go back in september. Quite a few girls were crying at the end with the final song, but i'm definitely going to stay in touch with all my friends : with email,msn,texts etc there is no reason not to!

Everyone looked really stunning...alot of money will have been spent on outfits i'm sure :p So many Michael Jackson songs were being played!I guess it was to be expected, all radio stations are non stop playing his songs too but they are great songs so thats all good :)

String Divas - part of the evening entertainment, they were really
good, a mixture of music and dance!

Friday, 26 June 2009

Alice in Wonderland

Mad Hatters Tea Party Re-visited!

I was loooking through my photos and came across these :

I hosted a 'Mad Hatters Tea Party' - Alice in Wonderland, as part of an
art project! It was a great colaboration of antique chinaware, vintage clothing,
traditional cakes,biscuits and of course tea!

I was greatly inspired by John Galliano's/Vogue's Alice in Wonderland collection as shown below.In the pages of Vogue the land of merry unbirthdays and late-running rabbits shimmers to life again-as the world’s most influential designers dress the original little-girl-lost in their own visions (photography by Annie Leibovitz). I love the mixture of the beautiful haute couture with the classic illustrations by John Tenniel.

I think it's great when designers such as Galliano are able to bring classic stories such as Alice in Wonderland back to life through fashion, it's a whole new dimention for inspiration and creativity, i feel it can enable the designers to get lost in the magical fairytale worlds!

Vogue 2003

My Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Alice in Wonderland Inspired Outfit- for the modern day Alice :D...
Retro fit and flare dress

Anna Lou Head Band

White Ray Bans

Blue Miu Miu Bag

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Death of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson : Music Icon

I'm utterly flabbergasted- I can't believe it's true what I'm hearing and seeing!

I'm sitting watching Sky News at home, watching the breaking news flash up, it is being said that Jackson collapsed at his house in LA, paramedics were called he had been rehearsing for his concert in London . He was found in his house, unresponsive (no heart beat) seeming to have suffered from a cardiac arrest, since then information has been pouring out on whats been going on! He has said to have died at the UCLA Hospital in LA, USA.

It is such a tragic loss to the music industry, his music has brought joy and happiness to millions all over the world. I just can't believe he's gone! His music will never die. I hope he's at peace with himself and with the world now....

Millions of fans will be left devastated