Monday, 22 October 2012

Paintings Mark Two

Once again I've got behind on my posting. I have so many ideas buzzing round my head that I'm finding it so frustrating that I can't find the time to draw them to any decent standard. So I'm going to post some more paintings I did last week after completing my essay.

 This is my copy of Flaming June by Sir Frederick Leighton. I was given a card by my grandmother when I was about eight and since then It has been my favourite artwork. I was lucky enough to see it in the Tate a few years back as it usually resides in Puerto Rico. If you ever get the chance to see Leighton House in London do. It is utterly beautiful. In fact anything by Leighton is beautiful.

This was meant to be Penelope Cruz. But it ended up not looking like her so I just gave her big hair and dealt with it. I decided to draw her because I rewatched Vicky Cristina Barcelona. 
I have now decided I need to go to Barcelona and booked my flights this afternoon for January. Actually can't wait!

I'll get sartorially orientated again at some point...


Thursday, 11 October 2012


So I spent today hungover and did not fancy working (sorry Parents...) and therefore spent this afternoon drinking tea, painting and drinking more tea.

Here are some of today's results.

This is a revamped version of a 1920s photograph. I was a little obsessed with Geishas when I was about 15 and this reminded me of that...

This is a sketch of Crystal Renn walking the John Paul Gaultier catwalk a few years back. Her curves are to die for and I love the Amy Winehouse hair...

I hope you are having a great week. I'm going back to bed...


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Grey Days

As always it isn't really a grey day, I just realised that my drawings were all grey based and therefore I felt the title was appropriate. It is in fact quite warm up here, until you're playing korfball outside at 7pm. Ducking freezing.

This girl featured on an earlier post. She's in my seminar group and is always impeccably dressed. Last week she was wearing this beautiful grey cape with a collar and a whacking great bow on the front. She also had black flatform plimsolls on. I just love that she is always so well turned out, wearing something different and something a little quirky...

This is another well-dressed lady in my seminar group. She's about 5'11", very slim and beyond stunning. She also has fabulous style. Last week she was wearing a buttoned-up white shirt, grey sweatshirt with 3/4 length sleeves and black leather-look leggings. I usually hate grey marl with bright colours, but she was wearing acid green jewellery and this massive amber-coloured ring which covered the majority of her fingers. Kinda loved it. Plus her hair is always  perfect. I never understand how people do that.

This is what I wore the other day. The dress is a bracelet length, mini-dress with a grey checked print on it. I say mini-dress, it is not meant to be a mini-dress. My sister bought it when she was about fourteen and no longer wears it so I stole it. It covers my backside.That's all I can ask for. I wore it with black tights and some Kickers heeled boots I bought a few months back. They are so comfortable and have really long laces. The bag is a Billy Bag that I was given for my 16th birthday. It was my first proper handbag, and it is so beautiful. Supple blue leather with a floral lining. Oh and worn with big hair. Obvs.

I wore this to one of my tweed wearing societies the other day. Camel string vest top, with River Island striped pencil skirt and shoe boots. Over the vest top I wore a sheer embellished cream vest top from Primark. I never go to Primark but I just loved it. Worn with big hair and tweed. I actually loved this look so much. Now just want to wear midi-pencil skirts constantly. Going on an Ebay rampage...

I hope you are having a fabulous week. Only three days until the weekend!


Friday, 5 October 2012

Got me some new shoes...

Today was beautiful. St Andrews was shining and despite the fact that it looks spectacular in any weather it looked even better today. So what better way to procrastinate from an essay on Tartan samples (yes that's right) than to hit the charity shops? The shops up here are often extortionately expensive. Why pay £12 for a cotton jumper when you can get it cheaper from H&M?
On my travels I did find some rather marvellous items, but the definite steal of the day were two pairs of men's brogues. Completely leather, tan, barely worn and £17 for the two. I'm in heaven. As I've no doubt mentioned before it is nigh on impossible for me to find shoes due to a wide fit and high arch and so men's are often much better fitting. Also black leather shoes scare me a little. I blame school for that.

First pair are these Italian beauties from Rodi. I love the double layer for the lacings as I can get bruises from laces due to high arches. (Rage)
I'm not entirely sure why the drawing has come out so blotchy. But it has. And that is sad.

 This is a little close up. There are diagonally stitches under the lace holes which makes a really interesting detail. They only cost me £10.50 and considering I wore them all day they were so worth it.

The second pair cost me £6.50. The cashier looked very confused and kept checking to make sure that yes the price was indeed correct. These are English made. Joseph Cheaney? Apparently new they cost near £300. So I ain't complaining. Here is a front a side view...

And a front view.

So hopefully they will let my Docs have a nice rest. Thank you so much Cancer Research!

This is only a short post as I have to get back to the essay. Yay...

Have a great weekend. I'll be stalking Mr Pistorius...


Wednesday, 3 October 2012

What direction?

I'm just going to put it out there- I have a bit of a soft spot for One Direction. I'd say it is because I love their music, but, as true as that is, we all know that's not the real reason...
One thing I do love about them is their style. (Despite that fact that they probably have a team of stylists throwing striped shirts at them saying 'Wear this darling, it will bring out your eyes, make all women of all ages love you...') The name escapes me but a few weeks back I was watching a vlog where the girl picked up a Breton striped top and proclaimed that she loved it because it reminded her of 1D. Not because of Chanel or whatever.

And so it is that I found myself procrastinating whilst watching pop-videos on youtube. On revisiting 'It's Gotta Be You' I realised it was practically an advert for Jack Wills. All chinos and slim fitting tweeds. To be honest I wasn't complaining.

So here are some sketches...
Oh and to protect my dignity I did have to look up the names...

 Harry (Or the curly-haired one)- I guess it does help that this guy has a good base to work with. Tall, slim, flowing locks etc... but I do love this look on him. The matching greys of the pea-coat and skinny jeans contrast with the burnt orange top and white of the scarf. Plus I'm always a fan of skinnies and clumpy boots.

 Louis (or the one with the dodgy hair)- He always seems to wear braces with high-necked tops. This is an awful look on him. Which is why I prefer it when he wears a navy tweed coat and brown circle-scarf. Much better...

 This the blond one- Niall?- Apparently the Americans love him because he's blond and cute. Apparently. I'm a bit in love with the hoody/tweed jacket look. The high-necked shirt is wonderfully hipster and the mixture of colours is really interesting, especially with the neutral jeans.
This is Zayn. He recently got a lot of stick for getting a blond streak in his quiff, so he dyed it back. Apparently. This amuses me greatly. I'm not sure what I think of this look. I love the plum coat and blue chinos. And, hey, which girl doesn't love a tight white t-shirt (Marlon Brando in Streetcar anyone?) But it's his checked shirt. It is fastened at the top button only. This confuses me. Does anyone in the real world ever actually only fasten their top button? 
On another note- totally loving the leather sports bag. Yes please...

Liam is the one that looks like Harry but doesn't seem to get with women twice his age. I have a lot of time for this outfit if only because I could see it strolling down the St Andrews street and I myself would almost definitely wear a version of this. White polo shirt, blue sweater, tweeeeed and chinos, all bought together with brown workman boots. What's not to love?

So here endeth my 1D appreciation section. 

On another note the Dunhill Links Golf Championship is happening as of tomorrow. Celebrities descend upon our beautiful town to play golf with the professionals. In previous years we've had High Grant and Samuel L Jackson. This year however it's Michael Phelps and Oscar Pistorius. So guess who's celebrity stalking this weekend!

Hope you're having a great week!