Saturday, 24 August 2013

Life (and death) drawing with Art Macabre for Time Out



I've been meaning to post a link to my latest article for a few weeks- you can still read it if you download the Time Out issue July 30th- August 5th for the ipad.
I had such a great time posing as Cleopatra for Art Macabre- below is a sketch Kate Shields did of me. There was a slightly iffy period where the editor sent me the initial layout and it included my nipples and everything. I had to explain that I'd definitely considered nipples to fall into the 'nothing explicit' description I'd specified- I had no intention of becoming the new Time Out page 3 girl! 
In case you missed the recent re-release of Cleopatra at the cinema, it's currently on Netflix. There was also a great show on BBC about the making of the film, plus of course the Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West 'Burton and Taylor' TV movie. Now we just have to wait for the much rumoured Angelina Jolie remake of Cleopatra...?
I'm going to try and get better at posting what I'm up to in a more timely fashion- here are some pics from the midsummer ball I produced for Kensington Palace back in July. 
I'm having quite a quiet month during August which is nice- we've been out of town for a couple of weddings and countryside breaks as we're not having a proper summer holiday this year. It's just so great having had some proper summer weather in the UK for the first time in ages!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Cornwall Road Trip with Free People


A few years ago, I posted about Free People, an American brand I'd come across and fallen for. Good news! They now also have a dedicated UK site, and they're taking a road trip round Cornwall to celebrate the last of the summer sun in style. They'll be serving up morning yoga, hair-braiding, live music and more, all accompanied by the obligatory VW campervan. 

Here are some of my favourite looks from the site at the moment- I'm a huge fan of maxi skirts, especially for British summer weather. I usually just hitch mine up if it's sunny enough to get my legs out! In fact, I was at a lovely countryside wedding a couple of weekends ago where I wore a maxi dress. At one point in the evening a fellow guest said to me, ' Wow- your dress is amazing! Is it adjustable so it can be different lengths?' To which I simply replied- ' Er.. no, I've tucked it in my pants.' Oh, the glamour.
Sheer delight lace kaftan- some FP pieces can seem a bit pricey to me, until I consider that I would probably happily get married in this dress, which would make it a BARGAIN.
And finally, here are some pics I took of my family in Cornwall back in 2008. Please bear in mind I wasn't really snapping these with my blog in mind, so the quality isn't super. I also may get into serious trouble from the kids, who are obviously all much older now! We were determined to do the traditional, retro Cornwall trip and stayed in a VW Campervan. Let's just say, I would not recommend it for a family of 6.....! We still had a blast though, and the kids all still go every summer to surf.















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