Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

When I was in college, Halloween was the best time of the year.
Now, I'm mostly just happy I don't have to worry about it - 
Halloween isn't nearly as big in London, so you actually have to seek out
an event unless a friend is having a house party.

The holiday still holds a special place in my heart though.
So maybe I'll watch a few scary movies.

If I was going to dress up, these are my top 5 costumes for this year:

1. Moonrise Kingdom


2. School Picture


3. Holly Golightly and "Fred"
(But not the obvious Holly Golightly)


4. Tie: Daria or Team Zissou Crew Member



5. Carl Fredricksen from Up
(OK I'm not a small boy, but I still love this)

(No idea where this originated from because I saw it on Pinterest)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Kate Spade Idiom Collection

I am a big fan of Kate Spade in pretty much every way.
At the moment, I am in love with her idiom collection.
This jewellery is both classic and bright and features
a punny tie-in with the idiom on each individual piece.

There's not much I love more than a good turn of phrase,
and a few of these have just been added to my Christmas list.

Monday, October 29, 2012

London Guide: Affordable Art Fair

I had a fantastic weekend full of art and cooking.
I went to the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea this Saturday,
and I was seriously impressed (and wishing I had a few more months
of work to prop up my bank account and fund a few purchases).
Unfortunately, the Fair is now over for this year, but I would
recommend checking it out next year to anyone interested in art.

As I said, I visited the Battersea location, but the Fair is also held
in Hampstead Heath, which I would assume would make for some
excellent surroundings and quite a nice fall day out.

I purchased my ticket online in advance (about 2 hours before arriving)
for £12 to avoid waiting in the queue once I got to the venue,
which was in Battersea Park - just past the boating lake and overshadowed
by the imposing, architectural wonder that is Battersea Power Station.

"Affordable" in this context means £40 to £4,000.  The Fair is set up
with different stalls for each gallery, exhibiting the artwork of a number
of different artists.  The Fair also featured a number of workshops,
activities for kids, coffee and cake stands and a wine bar.
Overall, the atmosphere was pretty amazing.

Being at the Fair felt like being at a gallery - but not a gallery
full of tourists, one filled with art lovers who were excited about 
what they were seeing and who were looking for something they loved.

The following are some of my favourites from the day. 
I've tried to include information about the artists and gallery,
and I've used my own photos were possible. I was in a bit of a hurry
taking the photos, so some of they certainly are not the best.

Nadia Tsakova:

Carla Vize-Martin:

David Eustace:

I have a bunch of names written down and still can't work out who this is, but I love it:

Richard Roberts:

I really liked these mixed media prints by Orson Kartt.
If I bought anything in my price range, it probably would have been one of these (£125 each).
I know these print-on-book-page prints are all over Etsy, but
Orson Kartt uses apt books and witty tag lines to create a cohesive print.

 I also really loved these book shelf prints by Phil Shaw.
He scans in the images of the books and then paints/prints over them.
If you look closer, the book titles are not what they seem (see more here).

This Kate Middleton painting was done on the pages of Romeo and Juliet,
with Anna Karenina hanging next to it.

Claire Brewster:

Emma Johnson:

Tobias Till's London A-Z:

Charlotte Farmer's Around the World in 20 Globes:

Cinema Redux of Jaws by Brendan Dawes:

Rob Ryan at TAG Fine Arts:

Movie posters by Brandon Schaefer:

Up with the Larks by Gail Brodholt:

Harland Miller:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wish List

1. The peplum trend has been around for a while now. I only ventured into
peplum with one basic top from Topshop, because I thought 
(contrary to claims it does miracles for the figure) it put my proportions
out of whack. That said, this dress cures my peplum fears.
You just know this Tibi dress is going to be flattering.

2. It can be said that I have a thing for maps.  It can also definitely
be said that I have a thing for London.  So I love this World Map of London
by Angus McArthur and Allison Hardcastle, with typography denoting not place
names but elements of London culture that those places are famous for.
I also love London maps that feature the Thames as white space.

3. The Cambridge Satchel Company does trunks now.  The Steamer Trunk
makes all of my preppy dreams come true (and at a really nice price) -
but I'm not sure I could choose which colour to buy.

4. Due to my conservative day job, my nails are pretty much not allowed to
stray from the traditional pink-red spectrum, if they're painted at all.
However, I'm pretty sure that on the weekends they want to be painted
with the NARS Andy Warhol collection, all with Warhol-relevant names.


New York Dolls:

15 minutes:

Back Room:

TV Party:

Photo Booth Collection - Back Room, Chelsea Girls, Soup Can, Silver Factory:

5. These glitter t-strap ballet flats from j. crew would make my feet pretty happy.

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