Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Until then, I will mostly be listening to the back catalogue, including one of my favourites from 'Slanted and Enchanted'. This is one of many songs that immediately transports me back to freshman year at University, where I used to buy at least 2 CDs a week and listen to them obsessively on my silver Sony Discman. Happy days.
At the moment, their website is just a landing page so hopefully a fully-fledged menu and opening times are updated soon.
The Drums put on a lively show; influenced by Californian 60's pop, Joy Division and the Smiths, with a look straight out of a mid-period John Hughes film, they had the crowd smiling and dancing away. Definitely one to watch this year.
After years of playing tennis, my muscular calves prevent me from fitting into most high-street boots. Duo are my saviour - the boots are made to measure both foot and calf size. At £180 they are not a budget buy, but considering they are made to order, the cost-per-wear comes way down. I wore mine for the first time last night and they were the height of comfort even walking a couple of miles on a round trip from Camden to Kentish Town.
(Image source: Duo)
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
Cleanser: Dermalogica Microfoliant
Moisturiser: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser (Nude)
Mineral powder: Lily Lilo (Blondie)
Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage and/or YSL Touch Eclat (depending on the night before)
Brows: Benefit Instant Brow Pencil (unlike Lara Stone, I can't rock the transparent brow)
Lashes: Diorshow Blackout (if I'm flush) or 2True Black (if I'm not)
Eyeliner: Mac Violet Trance eyeshadow, dampened and drawn with a brush
Blush: Benefit-anything (Posietint and Benetint are top of my list)
Lips: It has to be red (L'Occitane rose shea butter or Chanel Rouge Allure in Passion).
Let the day begin...
...a gorgeously luxe MaxMara coat from the AW09/10 Collections. Costing almost £1,000, it is somewhat out of my price range, so I have been dreaming of a more affordable option. I found it in the form of a sumptuous camel-coloured wool/mohair wrap coat in the 'Young Fashion' section of an East London TK Maxx, for an eight of the cost of my beloved MaxMara!
The coat was designed by Edina Ronay, someone I know little about. After a spot of googling, I am even more intrigued by Miss Ronay, who starred in a number of 60's TV shows and films including 'The Avengers', 'Carry on Cowboy' and (my favourite) 'Prehistoric Women (Slave Girls)'. Now about that sparkly top...
(Image sources: Stylefinder and Starlet Showcase.)
At lunchtime I visited the Brigitte Bardot exhibition at the James Hyman Gallery on Savile Row. It is in the basement of no.5 and only has a small sign on the railing at street level.
Featuring 75 photographs to commemorate the 75th birthday of Brigitte Bardot, it is a fascinating insight into the beginning of paparazzi culture, effecting the dynamic between celebrities and the public.
My favourite part of the exhibition are the black and white photographs featuring Bardot's impersonations of Charlie Chaplin, taken when bored on set on Viva Maria in 1965. Cheeky, moi?
(Image source: James Hyman Gallery.)
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
Thanks to my wonderful print-obsessed mother, I also have a love of all things Liberty so the Prints Charming exhibition was top of my 'to see' list. The fourth floor of the Liberty store was transformed into an ode to the print, which covered everything from fabrics by A.P.C and Cacharel, umbrellas, diaries, a Skeppshult bicycle and gorgeous boudoir dolls by Amanda Fatherazi. The exhibition was beautifully and carefully curated with an eccentric flair that is evident throughout the entire store. My favourite department store in the world, hands down.
On Friday I visited the Hayward Gallery to see 'Walking in my mind'. My favourite works were Yoshitomo Nara's playhouse, Chiharu Shiota's 'After the dream' and the 'dots obsessions' by Yayoi Kusama, which included a room filled with inflatables which then opened to the roof garden filled with similar forms created in plastic.
Kusama's feeling of revolving 'in the infinity of endless time and the absoluteness of space,' and her view of herself as 'a dot lost among a million other dots' feels incredibly apt when viewing this with the rush-hour bustling of commuters and traffic in the distance.
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
This summer saw the installation of David Byrne's 'Victorian steam-punk' sound experiment 'Playing the Building' launch in London after a run in New York's Battery Maritime Building in 2008. Set in Camden's historic 'Roundhouse', the former steam engine repair shed, was transformed into a giant musical instrument, played by a steady queue of volunteers.