Thursday, 31 July 2014

Postcards from Gibraltar

Outfit – Dress/Zara Necklace/Zara Belt/Warehouse Earrings/Swarovski

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Animal instincts

When driving towards Nerja on the south coast of Spain I caught a glimpse of street art along the motorway; like any city Malaga has its fair share of graffiti, but this piece definitely stood out.
It just so happened I was in a leo print dress; I have warned you about my animal print obsession (here) excuse the beach hair, we were not planning on shooting; but this art was too amazing to pass by.

Outfit – Dress/Newlook Sandals/Primark Rings/Primark Necklace/Primark

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Floral Kimono

A white crochet dress is a summer staple, it compliments sun kissed skin, can be accessorised with virtually anything and worn day or night. I added a pop of colour with this beautiful floral kimono from M&Co. I love the oriental and botanical prints out this season but the odd colour combinations used commonly put me off. This one on the other hand ticks a couple of boxes for me;
1) The colour palette on this exotic print is executed well and orange is one of my favourite summer colours, it highlights Asian skin tones and sun tans.
2) Relaxed fit for ease, off the shoulder is usually how I style it.
3) Can be folded into a teeny tiny clutch to keep at hand once the suns down (massive bonus for me as I’m always cold!)

Outfit – Dress/Zara Kimono/M&CO Heels/Zara Necklace&Earrings/FolliFollie Bracelets/Primark

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Lunchtime sketching

A blog title with the word ‘illustration’ and not a piece drawn/painted uploaded so far, I think this post is overdue!
For as long as I can remember art has been my thing, my little niche, my talent and my form of therapy; it comes to me so naturally, my mind automatically over analyses everything from brick shades and archways to tire tracks and pebbles, I unconsciously contextualise everything I see on a daily basis into art and inspiration for my projects.
Here are a couple of my daily sketches; they take between 15-30mins to complete. I upload all illustrations to my twitter feed if you like to see work in progress shots, I have also started an online store on Etsy, it features my Black and white collection for the Pen & Ink exhibition I took part in a couple of months ago.
Sharing my art was one of the reasons to start this blog so I hope you like it!


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Costa del Sol

Mijas is a stunning town on the coastline of Spain, beautiful streets, plenty of culture and breathtaking scenery. A little heads up for you, the locals take siesta seriously, kitchens open at 7pm; we learnt the hard way! Non-the less walking around and soaking up the chilled out atmosphere was definitely a highlight. You know that feeling of no technology, no phone, no Internet, no real contact with the outside world? That’s how it felt in Mijas, the most idyllic place to sit, kick back and watch the world go by while you collect your thoughts.

Outfit – Top/RiverIsland Shorts/MissSelfridges Sandals/Dune Earrings/FolliFollie Rings/Primark Necklace/Primark Bracelet/Butler&Wilson Bag/India

Friday, 11 July 2014

Prints and patterns

The perfect setting for a summer vacation; sun kissed colours in a quaint Spanish village; patterned tiles and white walls adorned with floral vines. I’ll keep this post short and sweet; I’m top to toe in Primark. Done!


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Earth Tones

I love living in London, a city rich in culture and creative arts for everyone to soak in. Tate Modern is an amazing space promoting the enjoyment of modern and contemporary art. The Henrie Matisse exhibition was one that caught my eye, it has already influenced many in the city and one of my favourite takes on his style was the Liberties shop window. Our department stores are renowned for their attention to window display details. Liberties did not fail to impress, a great visual of creativity, colour and imagination.
The exhibition was a beautiful insight into Matisse’ ‘carving into colour’ series. Pages of his sketchbooks were laid out, details from his archives displayed and a stunning collection framed to see up close.
I was first introduced to his work in Primary school, my memory is crystal clear; the day we had to recreate one of his most iconic pieces ‘The Snail’ in 1994, even back then art came to me naturally and creating Matisse inspired pieces felt effortless. His use of bold colour blocks, stylised shapes, compositions and layered scale boast an innovative mind-set like no other.
Unfortunately photography inside the exhibition was prohibited, all the more reason to visit and see an amazing slice of modern art for yourself; view with an open mind and view from a child’s perspective, view to question every placement, colour choice and detail. Its art like you have never seen before.

For walking around town I picked easy wears; comfy boots, plain black t and my new love a beautiful zebra patterned skirt. I have always had a soft spot for animal prints, cant go wrong with teaming it all up with gold accessories; perfect match if you ask me, I absolutely love them!

Outfit – Top/Primark Jacket/Mango Skirt/Zara Boots/RiverIsland Bag/Mango Watch/MichealKors Necklace/Zara Belt/Charles&Keith
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