Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Torre de Belem

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Being the sun-child I am we made the most of every sunset in Lisbon. On a trip to Belem tower the winter sun was reflecting over the Tagus River shining beautifully onto the tower. Built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon's harbor, the Belem Tower was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery. The stonework was intricate with plenty of history behind each sculpture and motif.
At a stone throw away the PadrĂ£o dos Descobrimentos stands tall, a monument that celebrates the Portuguese Age of Exploration during the 15th and 16th centuries. Lead by Henry the Navigator the statues of 32 other historical figures linked to Portugal’s discoveries stand either side of the ramps. With so much history and charm behind these two sights I would definitely recommend a trip to Belem.
In all honesty I have just discovered the joy of city breaks, I used to only ever travel to hot countries, where my ‘to do’ list would be; tan, sleep, tan some more, sleep some more.
I’m starting to grow very fond of little Europe trips, with so much history and plenty to do; it’s hard not to love.

Outfit – Coat/TedBaker Jumper/Primark Skirt/Vintage Scarf/Mango Shoes/Dune Bag/Dune Sunglasses/RayBan Rings/OttomanHands

Thursday, 22 January 2015

#TBT How it all began

A year ago we took a trip to London; a memorable touristic stroll down the Jubilee Walk that turned out to be the start to all this creativity I have been posting online since April 2014.
I was gifted a camera for my 16th birthday, long before camera phones were available (I feel a little old saying that!) It stayed with me 24/7, I would take pictures of everything from tree bark patterns, pebbles, clouds, people, trains, puddles to butterflies and dogs in the park, my list is endless. I take pictures of anything that inspires me and sparks new ideas; I have a very creative background, I eat, breathe and sleep art. Gurpreet on the other hand is a technology wiz, the polar opposite of me. He builds computers, programmes things and fixes my electronics when they break! Obviously I haven’t explained his talents well there, but the bottom line is, if it is powered by electricity I’m 99.9% sure he knows about it. Anything remotely creative and he is clueless, Van Gogh who?!
On this Jubilee walk I was snapping away like a tourist and decided to prep Gurps on how to take my picture. We took a couple of pictures here and there then carried on with our day and went home. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but when looking back at the pictures I couldn’t help but think, these images are great, if I could teach him more about composition, lighting and little photography tricks, he would be able to take relatively good pictures of me!

Since getting married we would make a point of going out every weekend and trying something new, exploring a part of the city we hadn’t been before, visiting exhibitions and taking the dog to new parks; basically anything other than sitting at home watching TV. We would take the camera with us and snap away. Little by little our pictures and content were improving each time, our work started to sync together and with some direction Gurps started to take pictures way better than I could imagine.
In the evenings I would spend endless hours flicking through blogs and magazines seeing so many creative beings achieve wonderful things and I couldn’t help but feel like I wanted a slice of that success. I knew I had everything it took to do what they do, I just wasn’t doing it. I don’t know why it took me so long to start this, part of me didn’t want to be judged by people I knew, I didn’t know how my ideas would be received: I didn’t know how to go about it and I sure didn’t want to blog to an audience of ‘no one’. So I just kept dreaming about what it would be like to achieve online success and recognition for my work.
A little later in the year, I was involved with an illustration exhibition which was the official turning point for me. In April 2014 I took part in Pen & Ink, I had the opportunity to display my artwork alongside other amazing artists. I knew if I didn’t start the blog then I would forever put it off for another day.

So there we have it, the journey began; Gurps and I would aim to take pictures once a week for the blog and I would try and share my artwork for people to see. I loved it, I love looking back at what we have created so far, all those weekend that could have been spent in front of the TV have turned into weekends full of memories, experiences and achievements. We both have built a portfolio of fashion styling, photography and art.
Originally I started the blog as Mitika’s illustrations, I wanted it to be the main portal for my artwork, but as time passed it became apparent we were spending more time shooting and I couldn’t spare enough time to create illustrations; this did result in a little confusion and mislead some people into wondering where the hell the illustrations from Mitika’s illustrations were supposed to be. Therefore we decided to join together and start Suri Times Two, a creative outlet for both of us.
If you are thinking of starting a blog my advice to you would be;
- Do it! Do not waste time on wishing things could happen to you, go out and make them happen for you.
- Everyone starts blogging to ‘no one’ that was my biggest fear and we have now just reached 16,000 hits and our first year hasn’t even finished.
- Creative people appreciate creative people, I have learnt that your friends may not always be the ones that support you, other people that recognise talent will find you and they will support you, I have been lucky enough to meet people that believe in my work and this keeps me on the right path.
- Be consistent. Before you know it, your portfolio will appear from something that started out as a bit of fun.
- Hopefully that helps, if you do have any more questions feel free to message me on any of the social media platforms, I love to hear from other creatives.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned, I have a really good feeling about 2015! #teamsuri


Saturday, 17 January 2015

Camel and khaki

Camel and khaki create the perfect pallet of earthy neutrals. This waterfall camel coat is luxuriously soft and very warm, allowing me to avoid layering up too much – big bonus as I usually end up wearing 3 layers when it starts to get chilly! I teamed it with a basic shape midi dress, I love midi’s like this because you can dress them up easily or wear with minimal accessories – a very versatile garment and can be worn in all seasons.
At the moment I am currently dog sitting, sorting through my art work and finalising things to do in Lisbon, outside my window it’s just started to snow in London and I’m loving it. (I’m sure I will take that back if it is still snowing on Monday morning) but for now, I’m ready to kick back, relax and enjoy a weekend doing everything I love.

Outfit – Dress/NewLook Coat/TedBaker Boots/Pull&Bear Bag/Gucci

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Gold 'n' stripes

First and foremost Happy New Year to you all, I hope you all had a wonderful season of festivities. The other weekend I was out for lunch with Gurpreet and we squeezed in a couple of quick shots through the window of Pizza Express, sure we got the odd stare here and there but I enjoy being experimental with these posts and love the outcome.
I am wearing jewellery by Ottoman Hands. I saw this brand when browsing the jewellery concession in the Topshop store at Oxford Circus; I was immediately drawn to the design details and ethnic vibe. These pieces make my creative mind run off to an exotic paradise, excuse me while I start pinteresting my holiday wish list!

Outfit – Earrings/OttomanHands Rings/OttomanHands Bracelets/OttomanHands 2, 3,4, Top/ToryBurch
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