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Showing posts with label internet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label internet. Show all posts

Monday, 25 March 2013

Top Ten: Brooches and Pins!

Now, I love a good brooch; I think the right brooch can really complete an outfit. When I think of accessorising an outfit, I always think of necklaces, but deep down, I've always been a brooch-lover. When I was a teenager, my bag straps were always covered in button pins, and these days I often have one on my coat. This post is going to be a round-up of some of the brooches that have caught my eye recently. I think I'm going to have to start adding a brooch to my outfits more often!!
1.
rustic pine cone brooch
This simple pine cone brooch from cabin + cub design would make a lovely lapel pin. I've always loved collecting pine cones.
2.
constellation brooches
I love all of these beautiful constellation brooches from ShadeOfABonsai. I'd wear one to accent a dress, like Katie of Skunkboy Blog!
3.
woodland deer brooch
I love the detail in this deer brooch by Layla Amber via Hannah Zakari. It's all the best bits of a mounted deer head, without the death and... lack of wearability.
4.
plane pin brooch
Anyone who knows me will be well aware of my obsession with aeroplanes. I love this little red brooch by Hug A Porcupine via Hannah Zakari because it is so stylised. It reminds me of the vintage toy planes that hung from my Grandpa's workshop ceiling.
5.
paper plane brooch
Ahhh, and another beautiful little aeroplane brooch by stoicandpariah on Etsy. This one is unbelievably whimsical, don't you think?
6.
twin peaks brooch
I actually own another Twin Peaks inspired brooch by Kate Rowland via Hannah Zakari. I got it from a dear friend for my birthday, and I love it to pieces, but I kind of want this one too now! I love anything Twin Peaks themed, to be honest...
7. nerdfighter brooch
Another brooch (this one's definitely more of a lapel pin though) that I own. I am a self-confessed nerd and Vlogbrothers fanatic, so I was very pleased when Dan bought me this "Nerdfighter Pin" for Christmas last year. Sometimes I wear it to work in the library. It seems fitting.
8. tatty devine swallow brooches
I am in forever-love with practically everything made by Tatty Devine, and these brooches are no exception. I love that they come in pairs. I know that the nautical look goes in and out of fashion all the time, but I'll never stop loving it!
9.
Sylvia Plath Brooch
These Women In History Brooches by nappyhappy on Etsy are just PERFECT. My absolute favourite is the Sylvia Plath one (middle on the bottom row), but then it would be, I suppose! If I owned this brooch, it would be a struggle not to wear it EVERY day!!
10.
moonstone brooch
And finally, (this one is definitely out of my budget, but it's beautiful nonetheless!) this gorgeous moonstone brooch by CharlotteBezzant on Etsy. Moonstones are my absolute favourite semi-precious stone, and this piece has obviously had such careful and skilled craftsmanship go into it, that I just wanted to share it with you!
So there are my top ten brooches and pins! I wish I had enough money to own each and every one of the brooches shown above; they are all things of beauty!! I hope you enjoyed seeing this array of pretty things. The next "Top Ten" post will be for hair clips and accessories, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Autumn Resurrection.

Salut encore mes amis!

August and September flew by in a flurry of trying-to-be-employed-but-not-succeeding-to-be-employed, and here we are already, in October. I have a couple of lovely posts lined up for you, including a Rainbow Cake Tutorial, so stay tuned for that!

Me and Daddy Dearest

Here's a picture of my father and I (taken by my dear friend David Elbaz of GamraProductions) at Letchworth Station after a day of recording for my Dad's latest musical project. This is going to be a post in which I update you on the various musical endeavours with which I've been involved in the recent months. My Dad's old band, The Perfect Disaster (facebook and wikipedia) have somewhat reformed in order to record some new music. It's all on the horizon as we've been busy mixing and recording and doing technological magic on it, but if you can't wait here's a sneak peak of some of the new material.



So there's that. In addition to collaborating with mon père, I sing backing vocals for Robin Grey, a wonderful man who writes beautiful nu-folk tunes. I am very lucky to get to sing with him and other incredible musicians such as Basia Bartz and Caitlin Roberts who also play in Robin's band. I am aware that I am using many superlatives, and may be approaching 'gushiness' (a word I may have just invented...) Nevertheless, if you want to know what we sound like when we play together, watch this video:


Or listen to this:


Well, that's what I've been up to. I'll be posting some outfits soon, but until then, forgive me for plugging music I've been involved with! I am very excited about these projects and I want you guys to be excited too! (That's an order!) Until next time, here's a "cheeky" shot of Robin in the Abbot Street Studio recording some vocals for the new album. You should like us on facebook to see when we're playing shows, although I'll undoubtedly remind you!

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Adios! Stay tuned like I said, for the RAINBOW CAKE TUTORIAL, and to find out my AUTUMN GOALS FOR 2012!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

BEDA late than never! HAHAHAHA.

I crack myself up.

So, I've been enjoying five days of BEDA (Blog Every Day in April) posts, mainly from people who I enjoy watching on the Youtube community, such as Kristina Horner, Hayley G Hoover, and Kayley Hyde among others. I tried so hard to be a successful Youtuber, a few years ago, and became incredibly disheartened when my most popular video was removed, due to copyright violation. I had made a video about my favourite French Language songs, and had a really good response in the comments, with hundreds of recommendations, and people telling me that I have shown them new songs that they now love. I didn't realise that promoting songs constituted copyright violation, so it was a huge blow when my video got taken down.

I still feel depressed when I watch videos made by prominent members of the 'Youtube community', because I feel like that's something that I want so much to be a part of, from which I am mostly excluded. I watch the videos nonetheless, because like so many others, watching them makes me feel a little bit like I am a part of these people's lives.

Of course, I have enough of my own internet friends to keep me going. I have my own internet community, where I have made some of the best friends I could ever wish for. I spend so much of my time thinking about my friends, and writing to them, that I sometimes take them for granted. I realised this last night, as I perused another internet forum, this time one about teaching. Everyone on that forum seemed to be bigoted, closed-minded, and conservative. It really upset me, how so mahy of them seemed to be there simply to practise their sarcastic teacher remarks on each other. I retreated to my usual forum, and felt the warm glow of a community who understand and accept one another.Here are some of my beautiful friends, when we met for the first time, last summer. So much has happened since then, and I can't believe we have only been friends for such a short time. I am a very lucky lady indeed. I have learned so much from these wonderful people, and I have become a nicer person for it. I am still so jealous of Vic's clothes, Annis' pink hair, Rowan and Claire's enthusiasm for academia, and Ruby's sense of humour!

A couple of years ago, if you'd told me that I spend my time on an internet forum, chatting to people I'd met online, I'd probably have told you that "I'm not that kind of person". I cringe at my naive outlook now, as I've probably spent more time interacting with my internet friends than with my 'real life' friends. I have put 'real life' in inverted commas, because I despair at the thought that your internet life isn't your 'real life', and that somehow every interaction you have on the internet is invalidated by the fact that it isn't face to face. Almost all contact that humans have, aside from face-to-face conversation is mediated by some form of digital device. This includes telephones, and in some ways, even letters, if they are printed from a computer. So in what way are our 'real life' friends any different from our internet ones? I've met most of my friends from the internet, so are they now 'real life' friends too? I certainly enjoy meeting them, but I don't think that they are any more 'real' now that I have. I e-mail and text my 'real life' friends just as much as I see them, so are they 'virtual' now?

There is a huge misconception, (one that I shared, before I had really experienced an online community for myself), that there is a hierarchy of human interaction. This is probably because of the novely and relative infancy of technological communication and digital media. I want to break this misconception down. The internet has facilitated my friendship with people all over the world. I have now met people with whom I can be myself, and with whom I CHOOSE to spend my time. We often can't choose the people with whom we spend our time physically, for example at school and work, we are forced to spend time with people with whom we share no commonality apart from our geographical location. The internet allows communication and relationship building with people we actually care about! I am not intending to reverse the hierarchy of human interaction, by asserting that internet friendships are somehow more valid than those which begin face to face, because similarly, I have plenty of friends whom I first met in person, and love to pieces. I just want to break down people's prejudice against the way I form some of my frienships.

So, faithful few readers, tell me about your friendships. Do you have more internet, or meatspace friends? How do you tend to communicate?

I need to go and do some dissertation writing now. If only the words flowed so freely there, as they do here!

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Exams are OVERR!

Wow, so I have finally finished, and guess what - I still can't shake the guilty feeling, when I am browsing the internet, that I should be doing something more constructive... I combat this witht he "constructive" activity of internet shopping.

I have bought a second hand Randoseru:

The Deschanel Dress from Modcloth:

A name necklace from "mynamenecklace.co.uk"

And a hello kitty rice cooker from "jbox.com"...

I sound like a big japanophile, don't I...

Emma and I are going to make a joint purchase from Hannah Zakari. I needed a gold sort of necklace to go with my green dress for the Emmanuel May Ball. So I chose this one, with Emma's help:

I also purchased a block of Caca Rouge from Lush, and on Sunday, after a day spent helping to paint Dan's old warhammer, Dan is going to help paint my hair! Yay!

In other news, for the first time in forever, I managed to get a bra that fits. Good lord! Wow, I have spent lots of money... I don't even want to mention the DS that I bought for Dan...

:)

Ah, PS - I have discovered a wonderful blogger! http://cheapskatechic.blogspot.com/. She writes about fashion, and posts LOTS of lovely pictures of herself, and of clothes!

Monday, 10 March 2008

Melancholy

I haven't had the best weekend, to be honest. On Saturday I was meant to be getting my contact lenses, but the Optician had only ordered one eye, so I have to go back next week. I am especially gutted because I am in a charity fashion show on Wednesday, and I am not only the shortest in my group, but I am also the only one in the whole show who wears glasses. I am choreographing one of the Labels, Reiss with my friend Hannah, who is gorgeously tall, skinny, and quirky looking. So I am feeling a little under par there.

Then on Sunday I had an Oboe nightmare. I don't really want to go into it. it was just horrible and degrading.

For some reason, I have this abition to conquer the internet, one site at a time. I have created a youtube account, and I have myspace and facebook. I hate bebo, and I want to delete my bebo account.

I think it has something to do with my fear of being forgotten. I guess I sort of want to be famous. But not in an 'it-girl' sort of way. In an ideal world I would love to be a comedian. But I hate the way that all women who are comedians have to put up with the 'female comedienne' label. why can't you just be a comedian who happens to be a woman? why does it have to be such a big deal that you are a woman comedian? you never get "ooohhhh gosh, it is a male comedian!", do you? So I would love to be a comedienne, amongst other things. At some point, when I have a bit more time, I shall make a list of all of my ambitions. When I am feelinga bit more positive about myeslf, and my ability to achieve them!

I found an excellent blog the other day. But i can't rememeber the URL. I am gutted!!!