Friday, 25 February 2011

Boy by Band of Outsiders



Stumbled across this stunning lookbook from Boy by Band of Outsiders and I've fallen head over heels. The shoot stars Kirsten Dunst in a range of whimsical settings and is shot in Polaroid style, absolutely stunning.


Prepare to swoon.....









*sigh* hurry up Spring :)

Have you discovered any great S/S '11 lookbooks?


(PS Thank you for the Birthday messages- will be posting about my week of fun soon!)


Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Song of the (birth) day.....




It's my Birthday today and I shall mostly be listening to this. On repeat.....

Magnetic Man ft John Legend 'Getting Nowhere'




Off out now for a day of fun with my boy involving yummy lunch, cinema, chineese takeaway and maybe some cake if I'm lucky ;)

xx

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Elk




Today I want to share with you some stunning accessories from Elk, a company based in Australia with a love for natural materials and dreamy aesthetics. 

Now I didn't discover Elk by myself, I was pointed into its very pretty direction by a fashion PR that emailed me. Now, rreceiving emails from PR's is something I'm just not used to. Even though I've been writing this blog for a number of years, I'm only just starting to be seen out there in cyber space. 

So it was really lovely that my first experience was a good one- not only had this PR read my blog, she knew my style and had even read my work for Cellardoor. She showed me some beautiful accessories that fit into Limbo's style perfectly. 

I'm not sure if this is a usual occurrence or if I got lucky- either way, the email made me smile..... just like these gorgeous accessories.....







I especially like the hot air balloon theme running through their Summer range- so pretty. I'm coveting  pretty much everything on this site, such a gorgeous feel to it.

What do you guys think? 

Also anyone else out there had experiences with fashion PR's, good/bad? Interested to hear from the pro's ;)



Thursday, 17 February 2011

How to write a cover letter by Hunter S. Thompson...




(source)


I came across this through the lovely Muireann from Bangs and a Bun on twitter today...

it's a cover letter Hunter S. Thompson wrote to the Vancouver Sun newspaper in 1958 and it is possibly the best letter I have ever read. Ever.

For those who don't know who Hunter S. Thompson is, I suggest reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, (or if you're lazy, watch the film instead).



Vancouver Sun
TO JACK SCOTT, VANCOUVER SUN
October 1, 1958 57 Perry Street New York City
Sir,
I got a hell of a kick reading the piece Time magazine did this week on The Sun. In addition to wishing you the best of luck, I'd also like to offer my services.
Since I haven't seen a copy of the "new" Sun yet, I'll have to make this a tentative offer. I stepped into a dung-hole the last time I took a job with a paper I didn't know anything about (see enclosed clippings) and I'm not quite ready to go charging up another blind alley.
By the time you get this letter, I'll have gotten hold of some of the recent issues of The Sun. Unless it looks totally worthless, I'll let my offer stand. And don't think that my arrogance is unintentional: it's just that I'd rather offend you now than after I started working for you.
I didn't make myself clear to the last man I worked for until after I took the job. It was as if the Marquis de Sade had suddenly found himself working for Billy Graham. The man despised me, of course, and I had nothing but contempt for him and everything he stood for. If you asked him, he'd tell you that I'm "not very likable, (that I) hate people, (that I) just want to be left alone, and (that I) feel too superior to mingle with the average person." (That's a direct quote from a memo he sent to the publisher.)
Nothing beats having good references.
Of course if you asked some of the other people I've worked for, you'd get a different set of answers.
If you're interested enough to answer this letter, I'll be glad to furnish you with a list of references -- including the lad I work for now.
The enclosed clippings should give you a rough idea of who I am. It's a year old, however, and I've changed a bit since it was written. I've taken some writing courses from Columbia in my spare time, learned a hell of a lot about the newspaper business, and developed a healthy contempt for journalism as a profession.
As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity. If this is what you're trying to get The Sun away from, then I think I'd like to work for you.
Most of my experience has been in sports writing, but I can write everything from warmongering propaganda to learned book reviews.
I can work 25 hours a day if necessary, live on any reasonable salary, and don't give a black damn for job security, office politics, or adverse public relations.
I would rather be on the dole than work for a paper I was ashamed of.
It's a long way from here to British Columbia, but I think I'd enjoy the trip.
If you think you can use me, drop me a line.
If not, good luck anyway.
Sincerely, Hunter S. Thompson


It's going to make me think twice before writing a stagnant, carbon copy cover letter begging for an 'opportunity'....


Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Song of the week.....




This tune has been rolling around in my head for days. 

L O V E <3

Radiohead: Street Spirit (fade out)






(p.s I promise to write some more substantial blog posts again soon, you know ones with actual words, just been a very busy bee this week)

Monday, 14 February 2011

Friday, 11 February 2011

Submarine




This film looks 'effing brilliant...




And ya know what makes it ten times better? It was directed by Moss.




(OK, obviously not Moss, but the actor Richard Ayoade) 

Amazing.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Recent Work



One of the best things about writing is seeing how your words get transformed by brilliant design. Words are great, but I'm driven by visuals and love seeing beautiful imagery with an article- it just makes the experience much more visceral. 

With this in mind I wanted to quickly show you two recent pieces of work I've had published and the brilliant job that was done with the design/imagery.

First up is Cellardoor. Stunning imagery is at the heart of this magazine, and I love it when my short stories get paired with illustrations. Here's the magazine in full, my story ('Finding the Warmth') is on page 109...take a peek....





Next up is Think Local, remember me excitingly showing you my first printed article here? Well this is my third article for the mag and I'm really quite proud of it. It has been split into two parts and looks at Fashion's 'ones to watch'- this month: blogs and magazines. Read the article here.

I just love the design of it

 b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l






So I just wanted to take my hat off to all you clever design types and illustrators- you make writers like me look good ;)


Sunday, 6 February 2011

Seventy Tree



I don't know about you, but I love discovering new illustrators. I am so envious of their talent- I would LOVE to be able to draw.

Alas, I can't so I am merely an enthusiastic spectator :)

This week I came across 'Seventy Tree', (via Here Comes the Sun), cute and quirky doodles by Kerry Layton- a very talented Devon based illustrator.

 Check out the site here, and her blog here.

These prints are my favourites....

 (may have to treat myself to an early birthday present....)








Have you guys discovered any new talent lately?




Thursday, 3 February 2011

Today...


....is my mum's Birthday :)

Happy Birthday Mumma!

We went to Richmond for lunch and a stroll....






My sister wearing vintage.

Me wearing Primark turban, Topshop Coat and River Island jeans.

sister and mumma :)



Still to look forward to this month.....


Dinner party for mum's B'day on Saturday

Sea of Bees gig on 21st

My 25th Birthday on 23rd

Night out for my B'day on 26th

Fashion Weekend on 27th



(February 2011- you rock)


Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Look Lust: The Shirt



Another uniform related look lust, last time it was tucking in / trousers, this time it's the shirt. Maybe my inner fashionista wants a grown up wardrobe now I'm nearing 25? (eek). Either way, I apparently want to get smart.

I've noticed a trend forming on the blogosphere for sheer shirts and I'm totally falling for this look. The only shirts I currently own are my black Paperchase one for work and a too-small-for-me checked shirt that makes me look like a bloated cowgirl.

I think I need some new shirts in my life.

 Speaking of the sheer shirt trend, I particularly like how Jenn from A Little Bird Told Me wears hers...




Gawjus.

I do think I would like something a little less sheer though, just for the wearability factor.
I like the look of this jersey shirt from New Look.....




I love the neutral colour and the fact that it's jersey- would be so easy to throw over a pair of skinny jeans and at only £14.99 I'm tempted...

Are you guys loving the shirt trend?

.... and more importantly- should I get this one?!?

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