caught in your own creation

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Hello! I apologise for my general absence from this page / all other forms of internet and social media over the last two weeks - I've been away on a school conservation & biology trip (I scraped in on the excuse of taking geography A level) to Indonesia, living in the jungle then an island for a fortnight and a half. It was such a crazy experience and I have so many photos and things to share but I'll do it all in a separate post (also I've only just got back from three days worth of travelling home including five flights, so probably best to write properly once my mind is a little more collected). Here is what I wrote before I left:

In what feels like only a few weeks, I've finished my whole first year of sixth form, exams and all. It's been quite easily the best year of my school life (if not also my general life) so far, balancing meeting and befriending new people, travelling, going to a lot of gigs, finding my feet a little more in terms of what I want to do after college, and of course running this page. It has been the perfect transitioning period, during which I think (or at least I hope) both my style and personality has matured a little, and become much more reliable and less changeable than they used to be. This week has been a reminder of this - I spent Tuesday at a workshop with Tatty Devine (which I have loads to say about in a second!) before going to see the summer exhibition at the Royal Academy of art with friends. It felt very much like how I imagine life after sixth form might be like, on the days off I will have from an art foundation course. I then had a cute little 'crafternoon' on Wednesday, where a group of us hung out, made clothes from scraps of material or edited old pieces, and tie-dyed t-shirts we'd bought for less than a pound. On Friday, I spent the evening (and most of the night) watching music videos with friends, eating ice lollies at 1am and basically having a serious throwback to childhood sleepovers. It was weird to go from cute, teen things to older, more mature activities...switching constantly between the two, sometimes making it hard to even tell the two apart. Being 17 really is just that - you are still such a child, and able to enjoy the benefits of being one, but you are also rapidly maturing and the two kind of clash yet work together to create the sort of week I've just had.
Anyway, this outfit is from breakfast with Tatty Devine, which consisted of a dreamy combination of lovely ladies, warm, buttery toast, fresh orange juice and of course a lesson in how to make one of their famous bunting necklaces.

I wore a shirt from HFW Vintage in Margate with a silver crop top from Urban Outfitters and skirt from Primark. I will admit I did thoroughly enjoy sweeping through London in so much flowy fabric. The patterns are a typical combination of mine...they don't technically match but I liked both pieces separately and so felt they kind of worked when put together. The silver stems from my current obsession with silvery glitter, which is getting seriously out of hand (silver glitter socks are currently the only acceptable socks for me to wear). I also seriously enjoyed wearing an eclectic mix of silver jewellery I have collected recently, despite never wearing silver much before. I was strictly a gold coloured jewellery kind of girl but now I seem to be veering more towards silver...never say never I guess.

On Tuesday, I got to the wonderfully tucked-away Tatty Devine store quite early in the morning, and immediately fell in love with not just the amazing interior but also the boutique-y atmosphere of the place. It's visitors tended to be fans of Tatty Devine already, and it felt like you had stumbled across a secret haven, like the feeling when you discover a beautiful place in nature that you think may not have been discovered by other people yet. I was welcomed by the lovely Tatty family, Harriet Vine (one of the company's founders) and the lovely Jazmine who works for them now too! It was so lovely being able to meet the driving forces behind a brand I love and have known for so long, and to be where it all started really was something else. You couldn't help but be inspired, and that's before we had even started thinking about starting to make jewellery!

Over warm buttered toast and fresh orange juice, we were taught how to make a bunting necklace using jump rings, pliers and laser-cut flag pieces. I opted for the most monochrome colours there, which I liked as Tatty Devine pieces are often very bright and colourful, so I wanted to make something a little more unusual and maybe more every day that linked to my current love of silver and glittery things. It was so nice being able to have complete creative freedom about how you designed your necklace; having no limit or colour suggestions gave you the opportunity to really think about the kind of colours and vibe you were going for in the piece and what it would look good with. It was also interesting to see what other people chose, as it kind of revealed something about them, like a glimpse of their inner colours if that makes any sense?

The actual construction was fairly straightforward, and with help on hand from all of the lovely Tatty ladies you were guaranteed to leave the workshop with a beautiful, durable piece of jewellery. I found it inspiring in the sense that it made me realise how you can easily make jewellery yourself at home - I want to string together my own pieces now. Also, it's nice to know that you could have one of these parties and know that everyone would be able to leave with something they have made and will love.

It was such a lovely morning, thank you so much to Jazmine everyone at Tatty for inviting me, and to Harriet for putting up with my continuous stream of questions!!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend, I will be back with a more up to date post (and more about Indonesia) shortly!

hands chained to clouds

Monday, 6 July 2015

I think I can officially accept that it is summer now; the clammy humidity of the city sticks to your skin as you walk, and the sun beats down most of the day, at points making it too painful to sit anywhere but in the shade. Obviously, being England, our summers are probably some of the least intense, but for someone as pale as me, and totally unaccustomed to the heat, even 25 degrees can be a bit too much. I love the summer though - I've spent previous summers exploring London, running through fields to escape imminent thunderstorms, lazing in parks and heaths and just generally being very relaxed and 'teen', which is something I really want to do again this year as it is my last summer before legally being considered an adult. I think Wednesday was the hottest day of the year so far, and after sweltering my way through double art (forever thankful to my teacher for supplying us with capri-sun to aid our survival) I went to the nearby outdoor pool with some friends to cool off in the freezing water. Nothing beats the feeling of being unbearably hot, then jumping into an ice cold pool. Thursday was equally summery - my friend and I had no lessons in the afternoon, so left at lunch and went to a design exhibition before trawling through some of my favourite vintage and record stores. I also just made a smoothie, which is another thing I love about summer - the chance to drink icy drinks without being judged (I have always been one to order an iced coffee or frappuchino even in winter). Friday was also summery, with birthday celebrations for friends at the ponds, with picnic food, lemonade and music (plus a good hour at least spent walking through the heath as we managed to get completely lost trying to find our way there).

Anyway, these photos are from two Sundays ago, which I spend sleeping in after a late Saturday night, then running through Brick Lane looking for last minute clothes to take on my holiday/school trip in a week or so. I also bought a kale and pear smoothie and felt very east London. I wore a shirt from Blitz, waistcoat and shorts from Beyond Retro, shoes from Office, jacket from my mum's late teens and brooch and bag from Style by Portobello. I received my second box from them only to find two of the most 'me' things possible to find - a gorgeous tapestry bag (I adore patterns, tapestry especially) and an amazing brooch which is ridiculously my style and goes with literally every single one of my shirts. I really love how the boxes are chosen so specifically with the recipient in mind, so you really would get the most for your money as you (or the person the box is for) is much more likely to love every piece in each one!

I've been keeping the Dazed fashion page open on a tab on my laptop for the last few weeks, and I think it's safe to say that some of the collections and articles I've been reading have definitely influenced my style recently (and the outfit pictures above). One of the primary inspirations for me has been Moschino's SS16 collection, which featured crazy, colourful baroque-inspired patterns and styling, with a modern, pop twist. The baroque-meets-pop vibe had me by hello; I love texture and clashing patterns, and the extent of accessorising made me seriously want to cry a little bit (with happiness obviously). The modern, colourful take on such classic, aristocratic style really represents the obsession our generation has with history; the kind of past-meets-present, glorification of what we call 'the golden years' is a widespread trend, and this glorification of an incredibly old style exaggerates and demonstrates this craze, showing us just how much the past is becoming fashionable in today's modern world.

Another collection that makes me feel feelings is Gucci's SS16 collection. The start of a new phase for the design house, the collection draws on the slight vintage feel to Alessandro Michele's first collection for AW15, amplifying and really bringing it to light, holding nothing back and letting his romantic, bohemian and 70s-inspired styling truly take centre stage, without losing any of the smart tailoring and silhouettes of his previous work. The clashing prints, silks, huge collars and glasses are such a huge part my own taste so this collection speaks to me on a whole new level, and I am probably going to be spending the next few months trying to replicate the looks in any which way I can.

Anyway, in other news I finished another journal! My first small pocket-sized moleskine, it was surprisingly easy to fill up and I found it's small size almost more inspiring as each page was less daunting than a bigger book. Here are a few little photos of my favourite pages (it took me so long so I'm so proud it's finally finished).

I hope you all have a lovely week - check out Style by Portobello for some amazing hand-chosen vintage subscription boxes, perfect as a treat to get you through each month or as a present for a friend or family member. Also I will be back posting a little more regularly soon, life has been hectic (as usual) but the peace of the summer holidays isn't that far away!