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THE WORK OF RYAN PICKART

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Lately I’ve become a little obsessed with the work of artist Ryan Pickart, in particular the painting above, entitled ‘Diana’. I’m in love with the textures and colours he uses, and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want Diana’s ruffle sleeved dress?!

And there’s something about his women, with their alabaster skin, flushed cheeks and mournful eyes…

I only wish he sold prints of his work, I’d be snapping them up!

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FINGER LICKIN’ | PICNIC SEASON

It’s finally picnic season and I could not be happier, I LOVE picnics! BBQs are great, but picnics are so damn easy and, for a sloth like me, eating while you lay under a tree in dappled sunlight is pretty much as good as it gets. Not to mention the fact that picnics are insanely easy to prepare – if you’re really not into cooking, then all you need to shop well and it’s job done (same goes for cheese boards).

I had my first picnic of the season a couple of weeks ago, we had cheese, olives, pistachios, hard-boiled quail’s eggs, chorizo, broad beans with lemon and ricotta on garlic bruschetta, warm roasted chicken and lemon and herb cous cous. It was pretty damn good, I don’t mind telling you! And I’m already planning the next, so I was smitten with this photo shoot when I stumbled across it on Roost. Shot for Kinfolk magazine, it perfectly sums up how simple and heavenly a picnic can be…

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{ images by Caitlin @ Roost }

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PHOTO // THE AMAZING WORK OF VIVIAN MAIER

I’ve recently discovered the incredible photography, and story of, Vivian Maier

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Dudes in yellow shorts (and socks!), you are rocking it.

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OFF THE WALL // ABSTRACT ART

I’m pretty sure it’s the longing for Spring that’s got me all in a tizzy for these brightly coloured abstract pieces…

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I can’t imagine a wall that wouldn’t be cheered up by these pieces, and they serve as fabulous inspiration for design projects, wether it’s fabric patterns or logos, the colour combinations, shapes and textures have got me buzzing…

01 // 02 // 03 // 04 // 05

p.s. 2 & 3 are by Michelle Armas, who’s work I have been obsessed with for quite sometime, and who also writes a great blog.

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a week of wishes // for the bookworm…

What’s Christmas without a little bookshelf or coffee table candy?

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on the shelf // fashion bibles…

The swirling nature of inspiration has always fascinated me, watching trends migrate from fashion to interiors to design and literature and all the way back again. Colours, textures, themes, shapes and form all flow back and forth from one discipline to another, shifting and adapting along the way until they become something new and fresh.

I’m constantly on the look our for new avenues of inspiration, and am currently craving a big stack of coffee table books filled with some of the greatest artists of the last 100 years.

The endless black hole of resource that is the internet is one thing, but thick glossy pages, peace and quiet (and no email!) just can’t be beat…

Chanel: Collections and Creations // Tim Walker: Pictures //Lanvin // Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation // Tom Ford: Ten Years // Balenciaga // Harper’s Bazaar // Dior Joaillerie: The Beauty and Craftsmanship of Dior Fine Jewelry // Jewelry International Volume IV: 4

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on the shelf // to kindle, or not to kindle…


the view from the Santa Barbara Airbus

Over the last couple of months I have travelled from Devon >> London >> LA >> Santa Barbara >> LA >> London >> Devon >> London >> LA >> Santa Barbara >> LA >> London >> Devon >>.


That’s a lot of air miles, and a lot of airport/train station time, and in my case, that equals a hell of a lot of books and magazines. I can’t help it, I am the first to admit that I have a bit of a problem when it comes to printed matter, I hoard it like my mum hoards rubber bands. 


So it comes as no surprise that various friends along the way were amazed (as they hefted my lead-like suitcases from vehicle to vehicle) that I don’t have an iPad or Kindle. And when I look at the rather daunting stack of reading material that I was carrying around with me, I can kind of see their point. 


I’ve always had a bit of a longing for an iPad, but I can’t quite justify the expense (plus, how many Apple gadgets do I need? Really?) plus I know that I’m far too easily distracted to get any kind of quality reading done on one, I’d be clicking off on an interweb exploring adventure at the first opportunity. 


But a Kindle is different, and friends of mine who read on them absolutely swear by them. And now I see that you can buy a white one (the grey always looked a bit depressing to me)…I’m struggling to find a reason NOT to buy one…

And in case you were wondering which books I had been lugging around with me, they are, in no particular order…
And the magazines? Oh, that would be 2 x Vogue UK, 2 x Elle UK, Lula, Bon, TWELV, Martha Stewart Weddings, Real Simple Weddings, Nylon, Monocle, 2 x Vanity Fair, Brides, Grazia, I could go on… I really do need help!

Do you have a Kindle? Do you love it? Or will you forever be paper addict like me?


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music box // currently listening to…

Some of the tunes currently keeping my toes tapping while I make plans for a mobile lifestyle

Because Ruby has the kind of soul that makes me go weak.

Because good pop music is good music. Period.
{and I may have a teeny girl crush on her}

Stevie. Enough said.

I hate to admit it, but there’s something about the boy…

L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N…so true..

Love the song, and the video cracks me up (although it will confuse anyone who’s not familiar with TT the first time around)

Because I’ve loved her since the beginning, and true love lasts a life time!

Hope your toes are tapping too kids!

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{ on the shelf } all change…

I am currently reading these two books in tandem (despite Tim Ferris telling me that I shouldn’t read more than one non-fiction book at a time. I’ve never been on one for following ALL the rules ALL the time!)
And I have to tell you, my life has kind of been turned on it’s head, in the best possible way. 
One of my (many) step-sisters (the one who runs 2 successful businesses) told me to read The 4-Hour Work Week years ago, but I was far too busy doing ineffective things to read it. I guess it really is true that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. 
And I don’t think I could ask for 2 better teachers. Ken Robinson’s book has been a startling insight into why my childhood in general and education in particular were such a struggle in so many respects.
I love my father dearly, but when it comes to education (and subsequently,  intelligence), he’s old school. My sister has always impressed him with her academic abilities and achievements, maths and languages come easy to her and she sees the world clearly through her university educated eyes.  While I’ve frustrated and (in my heart) disappointed him with my unconventional approach, no university, currently on my 3rd and 4th careers at the same time. I see so much of myself in him that I’m consistently amazed by how little he understands me and what I do (and more importantly why I do it that way). My father, who is fiercely intelligent, always jokes that he doesn’t want to play Scrabble with me because I get upset when I lose. We laugh and gloss over the fact that he’s never beaten me. Ever.  
But to him, it’s my sister who is intelligent because she’s clever in the ‘right’ way. She wears a suit to work, does big deals in foreign countries and gets big bonuses because she works so hard. He understands this. This makes sense to him. I don’t. 
So, The Element is reminding me that where I am, and how I got here is actually OK, that I’m on the right path. It’s also helped me to realise that beating myself up for not being great at the business side of what I’m doing isn’t the answer. Which is where Tim Ferris comes in – why suffer the guilt and sweat it when you can just outsource it! And use all that precious free time to do more of the stuff you love. Errrrrrr… duh! 
I picked up The 4-Hour Work Week thinking “this is going to be a Marmite book” and I was right, although I teetered on the brink of hating it’s infomercial tone at the beginning, I am now making prolific notes, and putting lots of things into action the second I read about them! (I do sometimes pause and wonder if I’m being brainwashed!)
So, lots of change afoot here, and lots of news to come. Watch this space!
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{ shutter bug } tumblr…

I was really into tumblr for a while. Then not so much. Then I was again. Then not so much. I’m guessing you smart folks can see the pattern I’m hinting at…
Anyhow, I’ve decided to give it one last chance, so my tumblr page has been given a facelift, and from now on it will be the home of all my iphone snappings be it from work, rest or play…
…there’s also an “Ask me anything” doodah. I have no idea what anyone would ever want to ask me, but there it is, just in cases. Come and visit sometime. 
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