Saturday, 21 November 2015

Weekly Inspirations


The Perks of being a Wallflower

I read this a while back and fell in love with it, I can't believe I haven't mentioned it sooner. Its composed completely of letters that Charlie, the protagonist, writes to a stranger, he writes about his experiences at school and what's going on around him. He is clearly intelligent from the outset, shy, and not very sociable. This book really captures moments of true reality and human emotion, I don't want to ruin the plot so I won't say much more but this book really changed me, and I don't say that often about books. It made me think a lot about life, about people, about how our decisions affect us and those around us. Read it, just read it.

Station 11

A friend recommended this book to me, and even though it wasn't anything like I thought it would be, I still enjoyed it. Its about a virus taking over the world and killing most people off. The remaining survivors have to try and rebuild society. Some people create villages and live together, others decide to live alone, and travel. There is a group that does nothing but travel from place to place, performing Shakespeare, why they do this is questioned multiple times, I think its because art is important, its not trivial, its essential to our existence. What would (or should) be most important to hold onto when there's nothing left? It made me think about art and how it connects us to our emotions and each other, and "survival is insufficient" you have to live.

The curious incident of the dog in the night time

My little sister said I should read this, she knows me so well. Its written in an unconventional style of voice, from the perspective of a 15 year old boy who have behavioural issues. Even though I felt the plot could be a little better, and there are a lot of parts I wouldn't consider essential to the story (aka they should have been edited out) I really enjoyed this, and I would recommend it to anyone, everyone.


Nine Inch Nails

I've gotten really into Nine Inch Nails in recent years, but more so now. Their songs just seem to fit the tone of my novel, so I like to listen to them when I'm creating scenes and plot developing. The Hand that Feeds' is a classic, and one of my favourites.

The one I listen to the most however, is 'Something I can never have' a beautifully tragic, haunting masterpiece of human emotion. Flyleaf also did a thoroughly decent cover of this song too. Best listened to with headphones in.


Jessica Jones

This only came out a few days ago on Netflix but I'm already about halfway through the series. Its based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name, mostly associated with Luke Cage (also known as Power Man) she is a private investigator, a heavy drinker, blunt, honest and solitary by nature (and necessity) she is the female superhero the small screen has been lacking for so long. There are plenty of female heroes in the Marvel universe but very few of them have been immortalised in film or TV. Jessica Jones is gritty, funny, dark and interesting.

Kat Von D

Just as a person, she has been inspiring me no end. Every time I watch her on Youtube she is surrounded by (and wearing) pure art. What I mean by that is, she'll be wearing a dress inspired by 18th century maids, the hundreds of tattoos she has, her incredible make-up, her house is full of fine art, antiques, strange curiosities. She's into photography, architchture, make-up, fashion, paintings, sculptures, taxidermy etc etc. All the forms of art basically, and I didn't realize until I started watching her that I'm into all those things too.Except taxidermy, no no no, just no haha.

She also speaks in a lexicon of references, I learn a lot from her. From watching just one video I'll discover a cool new (more likely very very old) book I would like, a poet, a musician, or a film to watch.

I love her new Beauty series on Youtube called 'Kat's Beauty Chat' in which she calls on her photographer, make-up artist, Tattoo artist, painter friends to sit in front of a camera and talk all things beauty, it also has some very cool make-up tutorials.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Outfit of the Day

I've been trawling through Lookbook and stalking the Vogue Youtube channel in search of style inspiration lately. I've been in a huge clothes rut lately, wearing the same things day in and day out, so I bought some new things and had a massive clear out of my overstuffed wardrobe. I suggest doing a clear out at least twice a year, and not just so you can buy new clothes! if you don't wear it and it isn't a special piece, give it away, to friends, family, charity, don't hold on to things you don't wear.

I got this peasant blouse at Tk Maxx for £20 which for the quality is pretty good.

It has draw string tassels at the collar with silver studs, and a floral stitching neckline.

Shoes are black Converse trainers, £48

Jeans are skinny fit from Asos, £35

I've been searching forever for the perfect nude lipstick, its very hard to find flattering nudes for anyone darker than a medium tan (may write a seprate blog post about this soon) but I've finally found two, one is Birkin Brown by Charlotte Tilbury, the other is the one I'm wearing in the photo - shade 48 in the new Rimmel Kate Moss lasting finish nude collection.

Eye shadow is 'Substitute for love' all over the lid and 'freshly toasted' in the crease, both by Zoeva, Eyeliner is Stila Stay all day. Mascara is Maybelline Lash Sensational.

Base is Loreal True Match, concealer is Maybelline fit me, powder by Fashion Fair, blush is MAC in Razin, brows BH Cosmetics brow kit and Loreal brow artist plumper, highlighter the pink shimmery one by MUA (Superdrug) which if I remember correctly is only £3?! its a fantastic hightlight that gives skin serious glow.

Nails are by Nails Inc in Grosvenor Crescent, a deep plum like brown that's so dark its almost black.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Weekly Inspirations

Katie Melua - Wonderful Life

I first heard this on a television advert and 10 seconds in I was already googling the lyrics to try and find the song. Its 'Wonderful Life' originally a song by the artist 'Black', Katie Melua covered it and made it, in my opinion, so much better. I've probably played it 50 times already.

Lana Del Rey

Another day another undiscovered unreleased Lana track. Although I discovered this one a while back, I'd forgotten how much I love it. Its just the creepy, mellow and thematic kind of song I like to listen to while scrolling through Tumblr and drinking coffee. Other gems include 'Money honey', 'Chelsea hotel' and 'Children of the bad revolution'.

First Aid Kit

Another song I heard on an advert and loved, Its a very cool sounding song, and I really like the video too, the whole thing is like a performance art piece.


Clouds of Sils Maria

I never rated Kristin Stewart until I saw her in 'The Runaways' (Watch it, its brilliant) but I never realized how many other films she'd been in. This was good, if you can't stand people talk about the art and craftsmanship of film and film actors then step away from this one, but for me, even with all the pretentious crap that came out of their mouths, there was still a lot of sincerity, and I loved the plot even if I was frustrated with the ending.

Paper Towns

This was an unexpected love, I love John Green, but its very easy to over-romanticize his work (see The fault in our stars) so I planned to avoid this adaptation. However, it was interesting and cute but not in a monstrously cliché way. I appreciate that Margo isn't necessarily meant to be a likable character because too many are, and that's not realistic. It was good but not one I'd probably watch again.

Around the web

Motivation podcasts from Jess Lively

I'm very into podcasts lately, its a nice change to walk down the road and be listening to something with a little more substance than pop songs. If you go on her website she has many podcasts with different guests on topics such as buisness, love, parenting, blogging, beauty, motivation, etc. I'm also huge into the BBC iplayer author podcasts, great interviews about the writing process, publishing and the creativeness of writing.

Getting to know Daniel Radcliffe

This video I found on Vogues Youtube channel, they have this series called '73 questions' where as the name would suggest, they ask celebrities 73 questions in quick succession. What a great idea? Its like an in depth hour interview squeezed into the space of 5 minutes. If you're as huge a fan of Daniel Radcliffe as I am then you should definitely check it out. His answers are brilliant, some of them random, some personal, its very insightful and quite funny too.

Alexa Chung - The future of Fashion

Another recent gem from Vogues Youtube channel is the fashion web series they did with Alexa Chung. She interviews fashion designers and students about the future of fashion, How can you get into fashion? Is it as superficial as we think it is? This is a great series, even if you don't want to break into the fashion industry.

A beginners guide to fitness

I get asked a lot of fitness related questions, how do I find motivation to get in the gym? What exercises are best for weight loss? I...