26.6.15

Time Machine Tees - A New Fashion Label


Image :Time Machine Tees

Well todays post was going to be a shout out for a Kickstarter Campaign. Graphic Designer Alicia Mundy aims to launch her own T-Shirt label featuring photographs from the 19th & 20th century which have been given Alicia's own twist to bring them to a new audience BUT having just checked now the campaign is in its last day, I'm pleased to see that she has hit her target! 

So a huge well done and congratulations to Alicia! 

If you like the look of these designs you can follow the brand as it grows on Facebook and if you love them so much you want to get involved in the Kickstarter campaign then even though the target is hit you can still back it in these last few hours! Visit the campaign 
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24.6.15

Home life - Getting the Boho Biba Vibe

If you follow me on Pinterest you may have noticed that I've been doing a lot of pinning of home interiors with a boho/Biba/seventies feel.


We're soon to be moving and a new house feels like the perfect time for a bit of change. I've always been a fan of the Opium Den look and bohemian styling with layers of texture so this is my new challenge for the new house. 




I know it won't be to everyone's taste but I'm quite excited at creating the rooms. So apologies if I'm filling up your pinterest feed with images like these, but I thought I'd explain why!  

Wish me luck!
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20.6.15

Going seventies themed with the Jarrolds Blogger Event #Norwich

I've mentioned before that in Norwich we have an independent department store called Jarrolds. It's a beautiful store from an architectural perspective, very grand on the outside and beautifully ornate in detail. The history section on the website starts at 1770 and goes right through to today, there's a huge amount of artifacts and imagery so that section is well worth a browse if like me, you love history and there's some fantastic pictures of shop staff which form a wonderful look at fashion and style of shop girls of the past.


The theme of the stores latest blogger evening was the seventies. The fashion world has gone a bit wild for this era and are making lots of statements about the seventies being back. Now it might be because I love vintage style any way and have a genuine interest in fashion history but does the seventies ever really go away? 

Many summer/autumn collection from catwalks to runways often have some kind of seventies influence from floaty dresses to short A-line skirts and floppy hats. Fashion is indeed one big cycle of style. 


So how did the Jarrolds team do the seventies trend? Well in true Jarrolds event style before we got to see any fashion we were treated to some fizz (soft drink for me though as I had to go home and edit some shoot images after!) and some scrummy canapes which were once again almost to pretty to eat. Almost.



The event took place in the Jarrolds furniture store, The Granary as the fashion floor which was the original location is having a super makeover and it must be huge because it's not relaunching until September 8th! They did a brilliant job on the beauty floor when they gave it an overhaul, the improvement was massive so I'm looking forward to seeing how they also make the fashion floor modern whilst maintaining some kind of traditional Jarrolds department store feeling.

Bearing in mind the last fashion show I was at was London Graduate Fashion Week where the seats for the show were high wooden benches (read that as not ideal for short people...) being invited to flop back in a leather sofa as models passed by felt somewhat of a luxury! 



There were just four models each with one look so the showcase was actually over quite quick but following on from that we were talked through the styling of each look from clothes, through to the hair and makeup - the moodboards were on display and the makeup for each look was too, giving us an opportunity to swatch and explore all the different brands and have a closer look at the outfits.





We were also talked through how these waves/curls were created by straighteners/wands and then given a relaxed look by running fingers through the curls to break them up. 

Each models makeup was the makeup artists take on a modern wearable seventies inspired look and what I did like is that each model wore a variety of brands rather than just one. This seems much more reflective of a typical makeup bag - I know I certainly like to mix and match brand names myself.

This idea then tied in to a new service Jarrolds are going to be offering which I think is a BRILLIANT idea - which is in effect a makeup stylist who will work across the brands to advise and create looks for customers which means they can tailor pick to suit your needs/likes. 

For example I love Chanel lipsticks and eyeshadows but the Chanel foundations make my skin erupt so if I went for this makeup stylist option the advice and styling would be tailor made for me. 

Jarrolds like most department stores do offer makeup services, the cost of which is redeemable against purchases so if you are going to treat yourself to some new makeup why not book in for this service and have your makeup done too? 

You'll probably pick up some new ideas, you'll get to try out several new products and you'll get brilliant value for you money as you just made the ££ you just paid for that new lipstick stretch to the treat of having someone else do your make up to! I did this when I bought a lipstick there.

I didn't get a chance to chat to all the bloggers but did meet Georgia who writes georgiaadolpho.com and Hannah who writes over on hannahjanewilliams.co.uk which was lovely, so I now have new blog reading material too.

We also got amazing goody bags and rather me just say oooh look what I got, I'm going to tell you about about a couple of the products that I've now been using for about a week and am hooked!

Firstly I turned 38 this year and am very aware of  the changes in my skin that have been happening over the last few years. This doesn't seem to make me stop the late nights and my love for a good vino but it does make me think that I need to look after my face more!

I'd been researching serums for a while but was yet to really commit further up the price range than Boots no.7 so when I saw the Lancome Genifique serum I was super keen to try it.

now the blurb on this product says

Our #1 serum for softer, glowing, younger-looking skin.
At Lancome, every skincare routine starts with Advanced Genifique Serum.
Applied before your moisturiser, this skin saviour reduces fine lines and gives you a radiant glow, no matter your age, ethnicity or skintype.
14 years of research, 7 patents. Exclusive self-loading dropper.
After cleansing, apply one drop of Advanced Genifique Serum evenly across your face and neck and gently massage in the formula. Follow with your chosen face cream.



After the first few days I noticed a difference and several days on I'm feeling there is definitely a change. My skin feel softer and firmer and this creates an amazing base for my makeup. I'm really really loving it, I will be buying this once my goody box bottle runs out. It's not cheap but a little goes a long way. Prices start from £35 and increases with bottle size.

The other product I love love love is the Lancome Hypnose mascara. The blurb says 

Turn up the look of volume of your lashes with Hypnose!
Build up to 6 times more volume without clumping. The PowerFull™ Brush helps deliver volume that you control. Glides through for lash separation and even application from base to tip.
Benefits : made to measure volume, smudge proof, ultra-light
And it's true. At £22.50 it's a few pounds more than Benefit's They're Real which has been my go to for my short not very full eyelashes BUT it's less drying and builds really easy. Now this version isn't as hard wearing as the Benefit one but does come in a waterproof version which I'd be keen try. I'm not going to be giving up my Benefit mascara completely but for something gentler and easy to remove the Lancome Hypnose is fab.

My final top pick of all the awesome goodies is a shameless and not very subtle hint for my husband to buy me a bottle of Tom Ford Velvet Orchid for Christmas. The sample is just lovely and it reminds me of a less heavy version of Opium (one of my popular fragrances of my youth!)

Thanks to the Jarrolds team for a lovely evening!



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5.6.15

A Cocktail Masterclass with Mr Postles Apothecary


If you've been following the blog for a while you'll know that I do I like a good cocktail and it's fair to say my expertise is more in the drinking them than the making them....So when Norwich bar Mr Postles Apothecary got in touch to ask if I'd like to join them for a cocktail making masterclass it seemed the perfect way to combine important cocktail education with my tried and tested tasting skills....

I hadn't been in the bar/restaurant previously but it is somewhere I walk past on an almost daily basis. Recently under new management and having undergone a total revamp it hadn't gone unnoticed on my regular walks in to that part of the city but I hadn't yet ventured in. Had I realised they did some crackling good cocktails on a 2 for 1 offer on Monday-Friday I probably would have checked it out sooner! 

The decor is perfectly suited to the bars name with lots and lots of old medicine type bottles decorating the place. 


Firstly have to say a big thank you to mixologist Adam who was not only informative but also coped with me being behind the bar which only encouraged my child like tendency to repeatedly ask 'ooo what's this?!' 

I'm also incredibly clumsy so it's a brave person that puts a cocktail shaker in my hands who doesn't want their bar redecorating but I can report nothing major happened although it's tough turning a bottle of booze upside down to add shots to glasses without spraying it everywhere. Who knew?!


Blogger Kate shakes it like a Polaroid picture

We tried several cocktails, choosing which ones took our fancy from the huge menu. Taking it in turns to make them under Adams guidance I think we did pretty well and took tasting the menu incredibly thirstily seriously, like the dutiful cocktail researchers that we are....







Adam also showed us some exclusive sneak peeks of cocktails coming soon....




Mr Postles are offering these masterclasses as group activities and if the fun we had is anything to go by these will be a fab way to go out and enjoy a cocktail or two with a more hands on twist! Visit the Mr Postles Apothecary website for more info. 

Would I go back? Ummm... I was in fact in there again today having a meeting. Over a drink. Or two, obviously.....




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3.6.15

My First Post back was destined to be about Photography : WITH WEX PHOTOGRAPHIC

Hello!

My self imposed mini bloggings break is over. If you follow me over on social media such as Instagram or Twitter, you'll know that I haven't been on a break due to travels to exotic shores but I have in fact just completed   survived my first year as a 'mature' (allegedly...) student on a BA (Hons) photography degree at Norwich University of the Arts and so I needed to take some time out to throw everything at getting the final part of the year completed. 

It's been a big life change as you can imagine but it has also been a truly brilliant year and like many students adjusting to their first year at uni I've parted with my fair share of blood, sweat and even tears but I'm so pleased to have made it through the year and to report back that I survived!

Despite the fact I have what feels like a million things to update you on and blog about, it seems only apt that I'm back in the blog seat with a post on a night time adventure I had with Wex Photographic. 

The night before my recent final project hand-in of year one I was running around wasteland on an exclusive workshop organised by Wex Photographic shooting the rehearsal of the 451 event which was part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival

The event was described on the NN Festivals website as:

Closing the Festival’s Outdoor programme, this incendiary open air performance explores the story of a dystopian society where books are banned and firemen employed to burn them.
Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s visionary novel Fahrenheit 451, this is a breathtaking 360-degree surround performance with immersive sound installation, high-octane dramatic action and pyrotechnics to engulf your senses.
Dotted through this post are my images taken on the night. The event's description sounds as exciting as it actually was! Even though we were at the rehearsal we still got a flavour of the pyrotechnics, full on book burning and dramatic hunting action from the fire fighters who were full of menace as they set about rounding up the book readers. 






The people joining me on the workshop were all competition winners. Wex are fantastic supporters of creativity and you may recall they also sponsored our Norwich Fashion Week Vintage Show too, in which they also ran a workshop competition, so it's well worth keeping an eye on their website as you may just also find yourself on shoot experience that money just can't buy! 
 The workshop was very mixed in skills from those that have shot festivals (so are used to working in the dark!) to part time photographers and those hoping to become photographers.... and then there was me! Now I may know my way round my camera but as you may know I tend to do fashion/fashion portraiture so this was WAY WAY WAY out of my comfort zone or indeed really what I know.  I'm,not used to shooting in the dark without flash at all! 

Fortunately the photographer Damien Demolder who was leading the workshop is a photographer extraordinaire and he was fantastic at taking us through our settings prior to the the start of the show, and really helped us make the most of the hour's rehearsal. 

It was a case of expect the unexpected because although we had the show description we didn't know exactly how the rehearsal would go and it soon became obvious once fire started being made and whistles were being blown, that this show would cover ground and sky - so we really were running around non stop for the full rehearsal as the action moved to various parts of the area and back again! 
Wex also run workshops that money can buy (as luck would have it!) and I've been on one of their fashion shoots and it was also extremely good. What's nice about Wex and their workshops is that you get a interesting mix of people at all different levels and the proffesional photographer running the class works with you to help you learn. If you're open to having your creativity and skills pushed then these are an ideal testing ground.The good news is they're not just Norwich based either so take a look at the events page.
Something else Wex have coming up on 7th June that is in Norwich though, is a photography symposium - a whole day of talks by photographers from various genres including....and wait for this..... Peter Everard Smith who was assistant to Lewis Morely- the photographer who shot *that* picture of Christine Keeler sitting astride the chair. 
I'm not even going to add a picture, because that image is SO iconic you know exactly the one I mean! For full info on all the talks take a look here.
 I have my tickets so if you see me come over and say hello! 

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