Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Floristry Taster - Week 4

Hand tied bouquet with green and white chrysanthemums, white germinis, white carnations, a green shamrock bloom, two strands of steel grass, some foliage beginning with 'p' and some last minute 'mini-lilies' that I also can't remember the name of. 

Spiral stems

And voila! The test of a good hand-tie: it stands up all by itself!

Tying the 'aqua-pack': The cellophane can be filled with water, making a nice gift.

Back home. All you need to do is unwrap the cellophane, cut the stems so they can drink and pop the whole bouquet, still tied, into a vase. Perfect!

My favourite arrangement so far. Can't wait for Mother's Day! Once you master the spiral stems it's relatively simple. Greens and whites are definitely my favourite colour combination - nice and natural.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Save Tatty-Bon!

Everyone's feeling the pinch of the recession just now and unfortunately independent retailers are suffering too. One of Glasgow's favourite vintage shops, Tatty-Bon is under threat of closure - but not before they celebrate their 3rd Birthday tomorrow evening from 5pm. You can read a fantastic interview with Lynne, the owner, on Beewaits.

I'm super skint this month, but I've squirrelled away a wee tenner to spend in the shop - spend £10 or more and get 20% discount!! But what can you get for your pennies?? I'm after a vintage leather jacket. It might come in over my budgeted tenner, but a girl can always find extra pennies for that something special, can't she?

Follow Save Tatty Bon on facebook for updates of in store events or follow @Tattybon on twitter for updates and tweet #savetattybon. Remember sharing is great but buying something would be better. Tatty Bon is based on 61 Parnie Street or online via etsy or folksy or direct from the site here.

Customised jewellery featuring your favourite cult icons - Jared being one of particular favourites. 

Customised vintage tshirts  - I wonder if Lynne has any Motley Crue in stock??

Handmade treats!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Miista Brielle Lace Wedges

Good proper stomping shoes. Get on my feet!! Miista Brielle Lace Wedges from Topshop.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The Horror, The Horror

Although it's Valentine's Day, I've spent most of this watching some pretty disturbing Butoh dance videos on YouTube after stumbling across Frauke on Fashion Installation.

Originating in post-war Japan, Butoh dance performances involve "playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments, and is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion, with or without an audience." (wikipedia) 

Kazuo Ohno

Sankai Juku. These guys are my favourite and by the looks of things, the most well known contemporary group. Check out more of their work on You Tube. Most of the embedding options were disabled.

Traditional Butoh from one of the Masters

More contemporary versions. "LuLu" is NSFW.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Floristry Taster - Week 3

leather fern // gypsophila // eryngium // iris // rose // statice

First attempt at creating a presentation bouquet. Can you spot the mistake? The top rose stem is making the cardinal mistake of crossing the other stems. 

Second attempt and problem sorted.

Attempting to master the all important 'spiral'

Voila! The finished product. I was quite pleased with what I produced this week. I managed to achieve my final look at only the second attempt. Like last week, this made me feel quite smug. Not only have I learned a new skill, but I've also learned that I have a really nasty competitive streak and will plough over anyone in an attempt to be 'teacher's pet'. This is not a good thing. But I couldn't help but beam with delight when the teacher came round and said, "Perfect. Yellow and purple is one of my favourite colour combinations." My heart skipped a beat and I did a wee dance inside. 

I got a call yesterday to say that next week's class has been postponed due to staff CPD at the college. What a shit excuse! It's Valentine's and I bet the staff just want the night off. So my hand-tied will have to wait. I plan to practice for a fortnight and have it mastered before I even get there. (See! How horrible is that?!!)

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Guns N Roses

Axl Rose turned 50 yesterday. Happy Birthday my fellow ginger ninja! Here he is posing in October 1985.

Doing his thang in a pair of leather chaps at Radio City in Anaheim, California, October, 1985 (Pic:Getty)

Onstage with Slash at Rock In Rio II on January 15, 1991

As I remember him, at the MTV Awards picking up best video for November Rain. And let's just leave it there. No one needs to see pictures of Axl AFTER 1992.

Instead, I'll leave you with some beautiful roses that arrived a work for me today. A total surprise from my sneeky but wonderful husband. Altogether now, "Awwwwww...."

Piercing Beauty

I'd never do it - because I'm a big fearty - but these Givenchy Couture shots really make me wish I had my septum pierced like Angelica or Aoife.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Before The Rain

ASOS turban // vintage Jaeger jacket // orange pussy bow blouse (£8 in the New Look sale) // H&M faux fur scarf // Topshop trousers // TK Maxx boots

Nipped into Shawlands on Saturday afternoon for a spot of lunch with Mr G and then a London Fog at Beanscene with Miss Lou. Left the house and it was cloudy but dry. Then the man upstairs must've left the bath tap running. It poured and poured and poured. The rest of the world gets snow. Glasgow gets pissing rain. And I choose to wear a tweed jacket with velvet cuffs n collar. Not a happy bunny. Hope you all had a good weekend x

Friday, 3 February 2012

Floristry Taster - Week 2

This week I made my very first buttonhole/corsage. I'm jolly pleased with it, even though I had to make do with a bunch of flowers from the Co-op. The florist I've been using didn't really have anything suitable in stock when I popped in at the last minute (2 hours before my class - eek!)

It was far more technical than last week's effort, which really appealed to my technical side. I like to have a bit of structure and some rules to follow/break.

My apparatus: leaves, florist tape, wire and ribbon.

Wiring my rose leaves (not the best choice as they are too soft, but for practicing they did the job)

Wiring the ferny stuff - not even sure what it's called *slaps wrist*

Taping the wires - probably the most tricky part

Wiring and taping the flowers (and my crap bow which I chose not to include in the final display. Not keen on them in general. Think they are a bit tacky.)

The final result from behind.

And from the front. 

Thursday, 2 February 2012

IMG Model Show Package

I stumbled over IMG's Model Show Package for Fall/Winter 2012 on LilyLoveLock's blog earlier today and couldn't help but 'steal' a few pictures. I'm not really a fan of any particular model, but I graduated in Art History so these collages really appeal to me. To see the full package visit the Fashionising site.

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