Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Respice Finem.




After photoshooting the other weekend with this lovely lady I have started giving the etsy store a bit of a overhaul. I've re-jigged the listings for the three necklaces above - I'm gonna be working on the rest AND adding some new items over the next couple of weeks. 
I've been so busy recently I just haven't had chance to do much craft wise so it's nice to ease myself back into it.

I'm also offering 15% off all items in store with the code SUMMER15. So feel free to treat yourself.

Sunday, 26 June 2011


I have a new necklace for sale over in the store.

I've been waiting for these supplies for a while so I was pleased to be able to take a bit of time this morning to sit down and put these necklaces together. 
The stones are large faceted chunks of labradorite - it's a Feldspar mineral which means it crystallised from magma! Each chunk is a beautiful stormy grey colour and when the light catches it there's a lovely blue and golden iridescent sheen. 

Friday, 24 June 2011

Forever only takes it's toll on some

Dianne shot some photos of me over the weekend (post processing by me) - These were my favourite ones!
You can find the lovely headbands/bracelets for sale here!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Dear Oh Deer

This weekend I was in London visiting my friend Dianne - check out her blog, it's all kinds of amazing!
The main reason for my visit was to see Ryan Adams play at The Barbican on Monday - which was fantastic! But I went down on Saturday so we could hang out, drink gin and also have some productive photoshoot times. Di wanted to reshoot the jewellery that she makes as she's planning a big relaunch of her etsy store tomorrow.
On Sunday we went to the park and I shot Di wearing her earrings and some of my necklaces, she shot me wearing her necklaces and headbands. 
I think this is my favourite shot of Di, I'm enjoying the depth of field and her face!  

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Leeds College of Art

That's me!

Last Friday I went to the end of year show at Leeds College of Art.
It was the first day of the exhibition so it was fairly busy! I didn't look at work from all the courses but I checked out Visual Communication, Photography, Creative Advertising and Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design. There was some really great work on show (not in the Creative Advertising department though *cough*) and it made me miss studying at the Art College!!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Outfit #2.


Laura asked for a post featuring the American Apparel Disco Pants... and here it is! 

Top - Topshop
Pants - American Apparel
Shoes - ASOS
Necklace - Camden Market

I didn't want to look like the missing member of KISS (that's my halloween costume!) so I tried to make the outfit more casual by pairing the pants with this loose top from Topshop. I like how it's slightly sheer. It was quite a bargain actually. £16! And it comes in loads of different colours - which are completely wasted on me as I don't really wear colours - I got this black one and a cream version though!
These shoes are all kinds of amazing. I got them from ASOS towards the end of last year and I don’t get to wear them enough! I threw on some silver bracelets and a silver necklace to match the silver buckles.

Yesterday I saw one of the birds that works in the Leeds AA store trotting round town in the midnight blue version of these and goddamn I want them too!! Or maybe I can get the shorts in midnight blue. Hmmmm.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


I've been rereading 'Kingdom of Fear' - Hunter S Thompson’s autobiography - If you haven't read it I can't recommend it enough! It's no secret that one of my favourite books ever is 'The Rum Dairy'.

For anyone who hasn't read The Rum Diary this is what it's about (according to wikipedia) ‘Set in the late 1950s, the novel encompasses a tangled love story of jealousy, treachery and violent alcoholic lust among the Americans who staff the newspaper.’ and it deals extensively with a fear of “going over the hill” and growing old. The prominent characters are typical of Thompson's work; violent, maniacal and alcoholic, stumbling through life. It is written in a highly paced and rather exciting style, also typical of his work.’

Side note - Generally the books I like cover these themes. See the work of one of my other favourite authors Tennessee Willliams. His plays have similar recurring motifs, such as social mores, greed, superficiality, decay, sexual desire, and death.

Anyhoo, Thompson is the king of quotes.

"Life should not be a safe journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly use up, totally worn out, loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a ride!"

I really agree with that. My 'live fast' tattoo ain't for nothing you know. But lately I've been getting the feeling that I may sometimes spend too much time rushing through life, hungry for the next thing. I suppose there's something to be said for savouring the moments too rather than casting them aside and hurrying on to the next. 

while I'm quoting - here's a great Tennessee Williams quote -
"We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it."

Monday, 13 June 2011


Another Monday, another list of things I fucking love. 

- Bob Dylan Saturday, followed by Tom Waits Sunday – the way it should be.

- Toasted bagels with butter and raspberry jam for breakfast – Such a simple pleasure!

- Making new friends. Especially ones who cook for me – thank you!!

- Doing push-ups till I feel like I’m going to vomit – this feels better than it sounds!

- I read an article about these abandoned 'pods' in Japan and was reminded of how much I want to go go back to Japan and travel round photographing the abandoned theme parks. Check out these photos! So sinister! I love it!

Paint drip table? Yeah go on then.

 - These two articles from Vice. I'm not the biggest Vice fan going but something about these pieces just tickled me.
Possibly the description of of the dark side of girl-on-girl friendship as a dark side that is 'located many fathoms below a sea of dark, cold, sharky waters...'. Dramatic much?

Hmmmm. What else??

- Photography by Christopher Bush - awesome stuff.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Saturday, 11 June 2011

All tomorrow's parties...

Last night I went to a gig at Santiago put on by TNS & Hempen Jig. 
Six bands played including Bootscraper and X Ray Cat Trio. It was an excellent night - as expected! The bands were awesome, everyone was there, some dancing happened, sloe gin was consumed. 
These are some silly candid photos I took - tomorrow I'll put up photos of the bands and stuff!
Have you guys been to any good gigs recently? Tell me about them!