Monday, 21 January 2013

Photography/ Fun in the Snow

Since I last blogged, England has been coated in a thick blanket of snow. I'd been revising the whole weekend and hadn't ventured out in the blizzards yet, so I decided to walk the dogs with Mum - and grab a coffee from Costa's of course! 

I dressed for the snow the only way I know how: Russian style! Complete with fluffy cossack, a Marks and Spencers gem - I must add, sensible walking boots, jeans, black pea-coat and one of my many favourite jumpers we braved the cold.

On the way we passed the Church which looked gorgeous all white and snowy, but still retained that eerie gloom reserved for Church yards. 

Enjoy the pictures!

St Andrews Church, Cobham

Monty is loving the snow despite carrying around huge snowballs caught in his fur!

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Inspiration/ Spring is Coming

I don't mind the cold, only if it brings with it the promise of snow. But otherwise - the cold sucks! Biting at your face, chapping your lips and giving you that distinctly windswept hair look - what's to like about that?

So here's some inspirational photos to keep us sane while we patiently wait for Spring and all its bounty!


Thursday, 17 January 2013

Let's Celebrate/ The Liebster Award

Hi everyone. I hope your all having a good week - even if you are aching to get to the weekend like I am! Today I am just dropping a quick note to say that I have been - very kindly I must add - nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely author of Smize with Style. "What the hell is that?" I hear you ask. Well Liebster is the German word for 'favourite', and this award is issued out by fashion bloggers to their favourite blogs, so long as they have fewer than 200 followers. It seems like a really fun idea: you get to know bloggers better and see who're on their blog roll too.

How does it work?

The nominated winners of the Liebster Award can't just make their little acceptance speeches then toddle off stage; The Liebster Award is a never-ending cycle! You must write a post where you:
  1. List 11 facts about yourself. Yes!! More time to spend talking about myself!
  2. Then answer the 11 questions given to you by the blog who nominated you, so for me that's Queenly Tan - the author of Smize with Style. (If you are here because I nominated you, scroll down to find my questions for you.)
  3. Decide upon 11 new questions.
  4. Ask these 11 questions to 11 bloggers, of your choice, with less than 200 followers.
  5. Go to each of your nominated bloggers websites and let them know.
  6. Be a good sport and thank your nominator and give a nice little link back to their blog!
  7. Now you can have a little badge to show with pride on your blog too!

It's a great idea as it helps promote others, and in turn promotes the winners: a great little tool for small blogs. As the rules state, here are my facts. These are all rather random but true, so hopefully you'll find them entertaining!

11 Facts About Me:

  1. I can pick up nearly everything with my feet.
  2. I am half Irish, half Trinidadian. 
  3. My hair is super curly, except for a suspicious patch at the nape of my neck which is, weirdly, dead straight.
  4. In the history of my life I have played: the violin, the saxophone, the steel pans/drums, the recorder (challenging, I know), and now the guitar - which has lasted the longest and I hopefully won't be giving on any time soon. I am passionate about music, especially The Black Keys and Jack White.
  5. As a child I ran cross country races. The best I ever came was 11th out of 159 people.
  6. I am the daughter of a photographer.
  7. My favourite films are usually sci-fi, fantasy, foreign, gangster or comedies. My favourites include: The Godfather Trilogy, The Departed, Lord of the Rings, Amelie and The Holiday - oh and The Talented Mr Ripley, plus the Devil Wears Prada and The September Issue.
  8. I am a book junkie: I love the Fault In Our Stars by John Green, Shakespeare, and the Millenium Series (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
  9. I wear jeans pretty much 24/7.
  10. I own 8 pairs of Chuck Taylor All Star Converse.
  11. Vomit free since 2003! (gross - I know. But I like to celebrate!)
Questions from Queen Tan:

Q: What do you want to be 5 years from now?
A: Happy. Knowing what I want to do and be, doing well at university with an awesome job lined up for when I leave. Or travelling. That's always nice!

Q: What's your fashion obsession? (Bags, shoes, etc.)
A: Easy: jumpers of all shapes, sizes, knits and colours!

Q: Favourite colour?
A: I don't really have one. The ocean...

Q: Something you cannot live with out?
A: My family supporting me. They always know what to say to make me feel better, laugh and be inspired.

Q: Best childhood memory?
A: Right now, I'm living them :) Not going to lie - I have been so fortunate growing up that I can't fault a single moment. Sure, there have been regrets but they're in the past. Meeting a family when we were on holiday in Tobago when I was 8 and having a "it's a small world" moment. The kids' dad had the same boss as my mum and I got along really well with the girls and would spend all day everyday with them.

Q: What other hobbies do you have asides from blogging?
A: Like I have said previously, I like to play the guitar. I play netball and love photography! I am a textiles student so am busy attempting to make my own clothes - but failing miserably!

Q: Straight or curly hair?
A: Curly!!!!

Q: Ideal man, if any?
A: Someone who makes me laugh :)

Q: Describe your personal style.
A: Kind of modern and simplistic. I like simple designs and structures. Trend-wise I like the studs that were resurrected last season and I do love the Baroque maximallism of gold and black lace. (Think Dolce & Gabbana and Balmain)

Q: Do you believe in 'first impressions last'?
A: No because you can always redeem yourself if you work hard...but it always helps to make a good first impression.

Q: Motto in life?
A: Gaah, um...'if at first you don't succeed, try, and try again?' One night I came up with my own mantra (copyright Rachel Callender...hahaha!): "Sometimes you fall down, but you get back up again because otherwise you'd look like an idiot."

And the nominations are...

The Fashion Edition's Liebster Award Nominations!

  1. Blush & Zero
  2. Lazy Obsession
  3. Fashion Moriarty
  5. Nothing But a Pigeon
  6. Liberty Sarah Chrismas
  7. Afflatus in New York
  8. Thy Bliss Calls
  9. Dream World
  10. Garfunkel at Midnight
  11. Fashion From My Closet
That was harder than you'd imagine...

My Questions for You!!

(Yes - they are weird!)

  1. What is going through your head right now?
  2. What is your biggest regret?
  3. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
  4. Pro or anti Instagram? (@faultinourstars)
  5. Who is your favourite model? (i.e. this can be fashion or role model!)
  6. What, in your opinion, is the body feature that just doesn't get enough good press in the fashion industry? (nose, eyebrows...ears?)
  7. If you could live in any historical era, which would it be and why?
  8. What is one thing you don't believe in? (e.g. ghosts, evolution, U.F.O's...)
  9. If you were a book, which would you be?
  10. If you could go back in the past to be present for a historical event, where would you go and why? (e.g. I would say March 1st 1994 for Nirvana's last concert in Munich, Germany because I would have loved to be in the presence of the legend which is Kurt Cobain)
  11. Lastly: design a teeshirt, What would its slogan be?

I hope all of those who I nominated enjoy my ridiculous questions, and those of you reading this who didn't get nominated - I hope this got you thinking.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Inspiration/ Get fit!

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have gotten 2013 off to a good start! Last time I posted I was talking about my New Year's resolutions. I think one of the most popular changes people want to make in the New Year is to get fit. It sounds easy enough, but I think we all know it's a lot harder than just strapping on your trainers and going for a jog!

Here I have compiled for you some my favourite songs to get you up and running, and some inspirational pictures.

The Playlist:
22 tracks to keep you motivated!

  • Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
  • Kasabian - Fire
  • The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
  • Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
  • Foster the People -  Pumped Up Kicks
  • Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
  • The Kills - Cheap and Cheerful
  • Justice vs. Simian - We Are Your Friends
  • Ladytron - Ghosts
  • The Maccabees - Latchmere
  • Passion Pit - Take a Walk
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop
  • The Strokes -  Machu Picchu
  • Two Door Cinema Club - Sun
  • The Vaccines - If You Wanna
  • The White Stripes - Fell In Love With a Girl
  • Jeff Beck - Rollin' & Tumblin'
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll 
  • Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For?
  • The Drums - Let's Go Surfing
  • Dropkick Murphy's -I'm Shipping Up to Boston
  • Green Day - Kill the DJ

The Photos:

Gisele - Versace Studded Nappa Bag

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