Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Monday, 29 August 2011
I have been wanting to start a series of posts on wardrobe classics for a while. I've been thinking a lot lately about buying those items that are so-so but nothing major and the feeling I get when I buy fewer but incredibly good quality lasting items.
In my mid to late teens, I was always into buying a few quality pieces, usually designer, that I would envisage myself wearing for years to come. When I went off to university, fashion took a back seat as the experiences of university life were so much more important to me at that time than keeping up with the latest trends. I got caught up in 'club culture' and my outfits to go out dancing in clubs became the main source for spending the few pennies I had on my student budget.
I then went though a stage of buying more clothes from high street shops. The high street has changed so dramatically over the last twenty years and developed amazingly in recreating designer trends at relatively good quality and at a good price and this has appealed to me for a number of years.
Lately though, I have been contemplating streamlining my wardrobe to include only those pieces I truly love. In the process, I thought I would take you through various parts of my wardrobe, showing you those pieces I deem as classic. They may be old, they may be new. But most importantly they will be pieces that I absolutely love, that I wear often, are of the highest quality and are an integral part of my wardrobe.
The first in the Classics series will be Jewellery Sets. I have one gold set, one silver set and one pearl set. The pieces I'm including here are to me truly classic.
Silver - Cartier steel Tank Francaise watch; Katherine Hamnett thin silver watch; White gold diamond ring; two sets of small white gold diamond stud ear-rings; Wright & Teague huge silver ring; Links of London silver bangle; Tiffany small bow necklace
Gold - Casio watch (currently my only gold watch that I hope to replace at some point); Vintage smoky quartz ring; Alex Monroe necklace; Rose, white & yellow gold knot ear-rings
I have plans for this series - Handbags, Jackets, Coats, Blouses, Jeans, Tee Shirts, Dresses, Shoes, Boots, Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Collars, Belts, Knitwear...
Sunday, 28 August 2011
Photography-lovers may remember the purchase of my first film camera, the Pentax ME. I promised to show you the results and here they are. Although truth be told this is not the actual first roll, that tragically ended up in the bin due to a lack of understanding on how to release the film. Major disappointment. So disappointed in fact, that I had to put away the camera for several weeks before I could be bothered with it again.
I bought the camera on eBay and was a little worried that it would even be in full working order. But once I got these developed last week, they turned out better than I could have imagined. The colours are so vibrant, they look as though they have been edited but here they are in their natural state. I took random shots more to test the camera than anything else, and often I took the same shot with a few of my cameras to see the differences between them all on the same subject matter, with the same light and composition etc. The camera is manual, so a lot more time needs to be taken with the focus, this is definitely not a camera for quick shots. The majority of the roll turned out very well indeed, so next time I will spend a little more time on the subject matter.
1, 2, 3, 4 - Looking up at the beautiful architecture in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
5 - Some buys from my trip to The Lake District, England
6, 7 - Pura Lopez shoes
9, 10, 11 - Keswick in The Lake District, England
18 - Saturday morning breakfast
Thursday, 25 August 2011
This month's Take10 challenge is rather a special one for us as our little Project has hit the one year mark. Although I have not been involved for the full year, this is my ninth challenge so far and I feel very lucky to be a part of the group. There is a lot of organisational work involved behind the scenes but each month when our posts finally go live, it is so rewarding to see the results from ten very different people.
And so for our Anniversary edition, we were each given a Diana toy camera from Lomography to style. I chose the Diana Mini & Flash En Rose (pink of course!) and this is how I styled it, within the Rose Garden of my favourite local Victorian park. I had a lot of fun taking pictures of the beautiful roses, while my trusty photographer (dad), took pictures of me!
Check out too how the rest of the group styled theirs - Susie (Take-out in Couture) ~ Sherin (Hi-Fashion)~ Ellie (Pretty Much Penniless) ~ Vicki (Magpie Girl) ~ Sarah (We Shop) ~ Harriet (Where's Harriet) ~Sabine (Psynopsis) ~ Jen (A Little Bird) ~ MJ (Dreaming Spires)
Here are a few shots that I took with the Diana Mini, it will definitely take some getting used to. I think with digital photography we become quite lazy and I must admit, I kept forgetting that this little camera does have some settings that need to be changed accordingly. What I do like with the Lomography cameras is the appeal of the imperfection. So any graininess from expired film, light leaks and the overall basic result in the photographs are all factors to be welcomed. The joy of film is that it gives a very different effect to the clarity and perfection of digital photography and actually is a very refreshing change.
Lomography Diana Mini Camera with Flash En Rose ~ Reiss Pleated Dress (old) ~
ASOS Floppy Hat ~ Top Shop Pink & Black Ribbon Shoes (old)