Sunday, 28 April 2013

"She wanted to be extraordinary, to possess a savage glitter.” ―Joy Williams, The Quick and the Dead"




It feels somewhat strange to be doing an outfit post on what I had always intended to be just a blog for my illustration but you guys requested them now I'm in Japan, so maybe clothes are a big enough part of me to make outfit posts a little part of this blog! And I guess this is a blog of my life too, and really I'll take any excuse to show off my new boots.

So my tshirt is from a vintage shop in Portland, Oregon. When I was backpacking across America I stayed in Berkeley with an aging activist friend of my boyfriend's. He really showed us a fantastic time and Berkeley had this incredible feel to it. Like somewhere where people really thought about why it was worth fighting for  a cause. It was like stepping into a place where changes for good are pushed forward. This tshirt was sort of my way of having a momento of that. 



This necklace has almost become a staple piece of jewellery for me. It just seems to go with everything I own. I'd been eyeing it for about a year! I'm very lucky to have a talented friend working at Tatty Devine, so when she invited me to use her discount I knew this necklace was at the top of my list. 


The grouse brooch was a Christmas gift from my mother. She finally seems to have come round to my penchant for animal bits and pieces (usually picked up on my travels) so she knew this vintage brooch would fit right in. 

The skirt is new and from Wego. I wanted to go to Wego originally because one of my favourite Japanese models Amo shops there (yes I am apparently that person). It turned out Wego is pretty neat, and in a pretty fan-bloody-brilliant mall in Shibuya (more on that later), and much unlike most everything else I like in Japan, is priced very well indeed! It plays on the idea of American style sportswear meets vintage. I'd been looking for a skirt like this for aaages in just the right colour, so when I saw this in the bargain bin I was chuffed!



The boots. My new babies. I've lost count of how many years I've lusted after a pair of Tokyo Boppers. So many years of saving photos of cool kids posing for Fruits magazine and refusing to pay such high shipping for them. Even searching for replicas, which of course, pale in comparison.  My third day here I knew what I had to do. I was a woman on a mission! I'm not going to lie an say they're easy to walk in, but they are super comfy so no regrets, those years of wanting have been happily reconciled ;)  xxx

Friday, 26 April 2013

A Trip to the Shrine

monks

Good Morning! It's still not sunk in that I'm in Tokyo now. I LIVE in Tokyo! I've resolved to take more photographs to try an not show such a touristy side to Japan. I've had requests for pictures of my neighbourhood. Which I think people would think would look something like the beautiful hazy pictures over on Hello Sandwich, however I'm really very central, so I have to look harder to see those little beauty spots. But there's definitely a wealth of things to share with you (I actually live next door to a shrine...). However this is only my second post from Japan! On this day we visited Yoyogi Park. Which after so much grey and concrete of the big city, it's easy to see why people flock here, and the Meiji Shrine is really beautiful. I really want to learn more about the shrines and temples I see here. I've already started to get clued up on how Buddhism and Shintoism seem to go hand in hand here. Anyways I hope you like these pictures and I'm hoping to step up my blogging game from here on in!








Weddings at the Meiji Shrine are apparently a very regular occurance. Even so I was so happy that I got to witness something so very different from any wedding I'd seen before.








Caught these two little lolitas on the famous bridge to the park from Harajuku. I will return to Harajuku and take pictures don't worry! I was a touch overwhelmed on my first (well, second visit in 9 years) and was also shopping 'til I literally could no longer shop. I've had requests of posts of my purchases which I think I can handle ; )  






Couldn't quite get this collage to mesh but I wanted to share it with you as an excuse to use my papers from Loft and Tokyu Hands, two massive amazing shops with a craft focus!

Ok so I've had requests for outfit photos (which I was collaging together but that's okay, I can do both)  and blogs of what I've bought (I'm somewhat street fashion obsessed so this country is dangerous for my purse strings!) So I hope you look forward to those and in the mean time I'm sure I'll keep finding things to show you lovelies
xxx

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Konnichiwa!

Swan Boat

Konnichiwa readers ! Another foreign greeting for you there which if you've heard that word before you'll know that I am now in Japan! I've got myself a working holiday visa so I can stay here for a full year if I like (and if my funds hold out..shopping is sooo goood here). I've been here before and ever since then I've wanted to come back and properly experience the country as much as I could. Of course I'll be sharing my adventures with you so here's a few photos of my first day wandering around the geek district of Akihabara and hanging out in Ueno park.






Getting interviewed about Dragonball Z (I think I said one sentence..) for NHK tv.


love her knitted sailor collar








Swan Boat
Next stop, Yoyogi Park
xxx

Sunday, 7 April 2013

American Dream


Even though I'm in Singapore right now it wasn't long ago that I got back from my major trip across the United States and down into Costa Rica. I'd like to share with you some images I took with my 1970s Halina camera. These are what I think are the best of the two rolls I got developed. This actually takes me up to one of the last states I visited so the final roll of film I reckon must be full of  Oregon, Washington and Costa Rica. Stay tuned for those.


Possibly a voodoo grave in New Orleans, Louisiana







New Orleans was as beautiful as it was fascinating





Daniel Johnston's famous frog, Austin, Texas.


Monument Valley, Arizona





Ridiculous Vegas, Nevada.








LA, California. One of my favourites of the bunch.


At the Strange Magic exhibition of Tavi Gevinson and Petra Collins









Yosemite National Park, California. 


Thursday, 4 April 2013

Red Dot Design

Selamat Petang from Singapore! (I hope I typed that correctly). So I will be out here until the 12th visiting my dad, step mum and half sisters. I actually grew up in Singapore and visit almost every year so the novelty has somewhat worn off so my posts from here will be less.."backpackingy" than any I've made before but I do rather enjoy being here and like to check out the museums while I'm here and Red Dot Design Museum is the first one we made it out to. I was actually pretty stoked about seeing Red Dot as I tend to prefer design museums to fine art ones and hadn't made it before (it has weird opening times). I do feel a need to explain the lack of picture quality in this post, I did that incredibly clever thing where you remember your very heavy camera and forget the SD card so had to get by on my blackberry so bare with me! 



I wanted to share my favourite projects with you. The first one is the The United Bottle Scenario. These guys have manufactured a bottle called a PET bottle. It is not only recyclable into things like textiles they plan to use it as a temporary building material in times of crisis. 



Slightly less serious now. This is a Copernico Pendant Lamp. It folds completely flat! And then you can pull it out to look however you want..I want one, just wish it wasn't over two grand...


Moss Pencils..when I first saw these I thought it was ridiculous..why would anyone want a mossy pencil? But as Sirampuch Eamumpai of I'm Curio put in the blurb it "plays with its haptic appeal." Which basically means it elicits a non verbal response in you - you wanna touch it. An jeez did I wanna touch it. They had little black ones in the gift shop but somehow when it didn't look like moss it just wasn't as much fun.


Produced by none other than Faber-Castell so why the hell haven't I seen this before? It's aimed at kids okay but..why? As someone who travels a box of paints gets bulky quickly! They should find a way to make these stackable as well as connectable into a thin tube, or even individually! Not sure how cost effective it would be but for travelling light with only the colours you want or need they are pretty great!


Why was this so much fun? I was made a fool of by a pencil I couldn't explain why I wanted to touch an now this lamp made my sister an I way too happy. This piano lamp is made up of individual circuits, so you can "play" the keys to turn them on and off. I remember playing with dimmer switches and those lamps that you tap to turn on and off when I was younger but always got told off, whereas this lamp almost wants you to play with it!


Graphics and Illustration ran down the middle, things were not labelled well! So I shall include a source if I figured out who it was by.


Liu Hanli (who I can't find a website for but this could be because it's in Chinese) did these very cool posters under the title "The Seasons of Life".


                                                              This was just a neat display...


En Masse- On the Nature of masses in theory and presentation by Eva Eisner


Wonderful interesting piece called I AM from Alt Group in Aukland (who have an odd website so if you want to see more of this group's fantastic work I would check out Dean Poole's page as he is their creative director.





It's done with PAPER. Sweet sweet collage. Made by the tactile illustration powerhouse that is Katrin Rodegast. Love it, want it on my wall!
Next stop was the new Art Science Museum which I remembered my camera for..