The start of a new series. Maybe. Accompanied by one of my favourite songs.
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I love, love, love this John Lewis advert. From the costumes and the hair and make-up, right down to Paloma Faith’s beautiful rendition of Never Tear Us Apart. It’s perfect.
Speaking of amazing costume design, has anybody been watching The Bletchley Circle on ITV? I just want to climb into my television and steal everything on screen, despite the fact that the program is centered around a serial killer obsessed with young women. And I’m sure all of you will have noticed that Downton Abbey is gracing our screens once again? My TV has never looked so good.
So that blogging ‘storm’ I promised turned out to be more of a light drizzle, which is apt because recently there’s been nothing but light drizzle in Edinburgh. Consequently, all I’ve been doing is dreaming about eating fruit and drinking cocktails on a sunny island, far far away. Preferably in this Shakuhachi bikini and with one of Sarah’s latest creations in my hair. The weather is supposed to let up over the next few days, so I’ll try and pull myself together and get some posts up.
Song: The Wardrobe – The Chronicles of Narnia
Unfortunately, we hardly took any photos at the weekend. I did take my camera to the German Market with the intention of taking pictures there, but it was so windy and rainy that we pretty much just stocked up on treats and headed home.
Instead, I thought I’d put together some pictures depicting the magic of winter, my favourite season of the year. Surprisingly, we haven’t had much of a winter yet in Edinburgh. I think I’ve seen frost maybe once? So weird. I’m tentatively wishing for snow again, which is probably stupid because it caused several flight cancellations for me last year and I would quite like to get home for Christmas. Still, it’s so pretty and, as everybody knows, snow = the perfect excuse for a break from revision.
There is so much talent and creativity floating around the blogosphere at the moment. Three people in particular, Sarah, Anja and Tara-Lynn, are constantly knocking my socks off with their brilliant ideas and ambitious projects.
In my opinion, these ladies are living the dream: working for themselves and doing exactly what they want to do. In the hope that you’ll be just as inspired as I am, I thought I’d share some of their latest endeavors here.
[Images taken from here, see also for photo shoot details.]
Sarah is a genius. That’s the only possible explanation. How else could she come up with such wonderful designs? Not only is her jewellery unique, you can also tell that a lot of care and attention to detail has gone into every element, from the hand water-coloured paper right down to the findings that hold it all together.
I bought one of her necklaces from the last collection and I can honestly say that it’s one of my favourite pieces of jewellery. It’s incredibly well made and the design is so versatile that you can wear it with anything (in fact I’m wearing it right now).
The extra great thing about these is that the styling was done by another talented lady whose blog I regularly devour, Siri. Have you seen her Polyvore sets? Siri has the best eye for basics and knows how to style them in a way that will have you clicking through on every piece in the desperate hope that you’ll be able to afford it.
I am so excited that Anja has brought out her own line. Her first mini collection is full of wearable basics made out of fabrics such as silk charmeuse and rayon and she’s also sourced some fantastic prints. I am loving the space witch vibes that I’m getting from these pieces.
It really doesn’t seem that long ago when Anja was posting about her sewing lessons and I’m amazed by how far she’s come already. She must be one super-talented lady, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Ann-ya in the future. Inspiration central.
[Images taken from here, see also for photo shoot details.]
Tara-Lynn’s knits just keep getting better and better. I think part of the reason why I love them so much is because I’m so inspired by Tara-Lynn’s aesthetic in general. I love the simple, slightly androgynous feel to her styling. And then there’s the fact that those knits just look so incredibly chunky and cosy.
If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know that I’ve just started knitting myself, but it’s taking me so long! I now have a much greater appreciation for Tara-Lynn’s talent, she must be some kind of knitting machine.
Here we are, a jumble of pictures for you to feast your eyes on, hand-picked picked for their autumn-y vibes and colours. Most certainly not just something to distract you from the fact that I don’t have anything else to post. Fourth year is keeping me busy, I’m afraid. I have so much work and reading to do and I have to admit, it’s harder than I expected it would be. And do you know what makes it harder yet? Being almost certain that I don’t actually want to work in my chosen field when I graduate. Doh!
The weather’s been weirdly warm here for most of the week, but yesterday I walked home in the mist and rain. I didn’t mind because foggy days suit Edinburgh well, thanks to its many moss-encrusted stone walls and buildings with turrets. There’s already a carpet of crispy orange leaves on the pavements outside my window and knowing Scotland, it won’t be long until that carpet turns to snow.
[P.S. A handful of these came from my Tumblr, so if you're looking for more inspiration... Just sayin'. ]
Today has been all about getting things done. I’ve been finishing projects that I started as long as three years ago and it’s a relief to finally have some of them out of the way.
One of the more recent things I’ve been meaning to do is scan in this feature from The World of Interiors magazine. I don’t usually buy it because it’s quite expensive but as I was flicking through it at a service station on the way home from Wales, I came across these albums and decided they were far too beautiful not to share. [Okay, so I actually bought it on eBay when I got home because a) it was cheaper and b) I'd already spent the last of my pennies on trashy real-life magazines, but that's beside the point.]
They were made by a lady called Sylvia Drew, who documented her family’s events and outings between 1909 and the early 1930s. I adore the art deco aesthetic she’s applied to her layouts and the style of her illustrations, which almost look as though they’ve come from a children’s book of that era. Unfortunately, these were the only pages photographed for the magazine. I found some more information on the albums here, but no more pictures.
I was inspired to try and make something similar myself, but then I remembered my last attempt at a scrapbook a few years ago and thought better of it. Do any of you keep a scrapbook?
All scans from The World of Interiors magazine, September 2011 issue.