Tuesday, 25 August 2009

A vampire amongst zombies.

I was ment to do this post a few days ago but me being very unorganized, I've somehow managed to be a bit behind schedule. The other day I (and my Mum) headed to the area of Brick Lane to see the Rankin exhibiton. For those who don't know, he's a famous photographer. At first I didn't realize how many nude shots he had done but I loved seeing his shots of the many celebrities he had photogrpaher - from Jarvis Cooker to Kate Moss, Hugh Grant, Keria Knightly, Daniel Craig, Britney and Lindsay Lohans recent cover shots for Elle Magazine. I think I like Rankin so much is that his photographs are simple, with plain backgrounds and no really showbiz glitz but they are still really effective, especially the close ups.

I also managed to meet him and rather shyly we had a small conversation.

Anyway, I couldn't resist going into a few shops, especailly all of the vintage botiques around Cheshire Street which I love.

In the end I limited myself to two beautiful pieces. The first is a off-white coloured cardigan with lace, bow and pearl beads detailing, I just love how its so detailed and pretty. Its from the laden showroom, on of my favourite shops where, whenever I go to brick lane, I always buy something.

The other item is a vintage white cricket sweater from beyond retro, I've been after one for a while and was actually debating buying my school cricket jumper that all the boys have to have but this vintage one - with its cute little buttons - is way better!

Both of the pictures look so much better in real life, its hard to properly photograph something thats really pale!

Finally, thank you so much to everyone who commented on my last post, I appreciate every word and to Jazz in particular, you can find her amazing blog here. She did this great picture of me and I really want to say thanks for taking time to draw me and I'm really flattered!

Again, I know this hasn't been the most fashion-filled post but I am planning to do a photo shoot soon!

How was your weekend?

Sophie xxx

Saturday, 22 August 2009

No place for a paper doll.

Brighton has to be one of my favourite places, and with lovely weather, it was an amazing day out. I spent most of my time inside the quirky shops, which are found in the Lanes, I love them because of their uniqueness, you can only get those types of things in Brighton.
I spent nearly an hour and a half trecking round a shop which originally I though was full of 'junk' - they had vintage playboy issues, boxes full of old photographs (wish I did love) and every single episode of friends on video tapes. But, I found too many vintage/retro treasures and it because one of my favourite shops.

I didn't buy anything but came close to buying a white lace blouse and a cameo necklace but then decided against it because although both items were under 10 pounds, the blouse didn't fit and wasn't in great condition and I already have my share of cameo!

I visited my favourite fudge shop, and bought 200 grams of delicious, fresh vanilla fudge (I'm trying to eat all naughty food before I get my braces on monday!) and then had a coffe in a sweet cafe called 'inside out'.

After visiting a few more shops, one including a hat shop and a party shop we decided to go up to the pier where of course I spend many 2p's in the arcade and couldn't resisit going down the helter-skelter which I always used to do as a little girl.

Settled on the beach, and had the classic Brighton meal of fish and chips before running away because really large sea gulls were coming a bit too close for my liking!

Not a very fashion-filled post but I am heading to the relm of vintage tomorrow (Cheshire Street & Brick Lane) to spend some birthday money!

Second of all -

I've been tagged by the lovely Laura of buttonsandribbons.blogspot.com!

So here are 10 facts about me -

1 - I am scared of growing up. Sometimes I wish I could actually join Peter Pan in Never Never Land and stay a child. I think the prospect of age and responsability is too daughting.

2 - I prefer night to day, I always feel more inspired and awake at night.

3 - I scream whenever I see a spider. Period.

4 - I never really thought I would be the type of person who would end up having a blog - and a successful one at that!

5 - Unlike most people my age, I love old bands such as David Bowie, the Who, the Smiths, the Clash, Blur and so the list goes on ...

6 - I'm a real nerd for photography.

7 - Right now I'm in my living room eating popcorn (like I always do), blogging whilst watching little miss Sunshine.

8 - I'm planning to write to Vivienne Westwood.

9 - I'm considered a shy girl and I barely speak to people who I don't know but as soon as you get to know me I can't stop talking!

10 - As a child, I believed in faires and I think that a part of me still does!

Ok, so now for the tagging -

I am going to tag Roz of clothes cameras and coffee, rosa of j'adore mode and sadie from sadies wardrobe!

Toodle Pip - Sophie xxx

Thursday, 20 August 2009

All of us are lost in darkness. Dreamers lern to steer by the stars.

I started the summer with 8 weeks, to me 8 weeks of joy. Those 8 weeks have somehow transofromed into two weeks, though joyful non the less. School already seems around the corner and with the sun behind a cloud - winter seems a lot closer.

Had my usual late teenage start today and decided what better way to start the day with a peice of leftover birthday cake and a cup of hot tea?
I also managed to sneak spoonfuls of delicious golden syrup throughout the day, I'm not sure what I love more - the sweet taste or the rich colour which makes patterns when you let it dribble off the spoon?

Today wasn't entirly wasted, however.
I went out to the high street and watched the world go bye for fifteen minutes before deciding to do a charity shop raid, I purchased a dogtooth top which was originally from wharehouse for under 4 pounds which was good value for a top in its condition. I'll save it to show you for a rainy day.
My Mum maid my sister and I do our chores which I didn't mind too much, all I had to do was organize our photo albums and whilst doing so I found a 'Brownie six-20 camera, model C made by kodak limited'. It's a huge chunky retro thing the size of a brick and had a musky leather scent which I love. It was my great grandads camera from around 70 years ago.
Still, I'm determind to get it working because, acording to my Dad, its results are stunning.

In the meantime - heres some of my vintage finds including the cream 1920s styled hat with bow detailing and of course the lilac dress with the fur (scarf?) which I found in a box of my Mums - she still doesn't know I've taken it!

Au reviour lovelies
Sophie xxx

Monday, 17 August 2009

The Birthday Post.

Ok, my birthday was yesterday but I was a bit too busy to do a blog post on the actual day, so I'm taking the time today. It was a pretty early start, I guess my excitement was my alarm clock, I woke up the household which was followed by opening my pressies.
I was a bit spoiled - a white wrought metal manikin which was beautifully detailed, its already covered in my jewelery and vintage hat, two DvDs (vicky christina barcelona, which I have already watched three times and Audrey Hepburn's 'how to steal a million'). I also got some lace tights, catch kidson floral tissues (?) loads of keyrings, charms and other rather random things.

The rest of the morning was spent making cakes and decorating our garden, with the bunting which took my mother and I three hours to make, and then we had my birthday bbq where all of my family (oh and next door neighbors!). It was lovely, and the weather even turned out to be ok.

Sorry about the bottom right picture (above), I finally lost it and exploded into an official giddy teenager ditz.
Also, my cousin told me that I share the same birthday as Madonna, so happy birthday Madge!

How did you lovlies spend augusut the 16th?
Also, thankyou to FinieRamos for giving me my first blog award! x

Sophie xxx

Thursday, 13 August 2009

some like it hot

Home sweet home.
After three weeks of lolling in the swimming pool and sun (yes! sun!) and putting my [very bad] spanish speaking skills to practice, it feels a little odd to be back in my room, munching and popcorn and typing this wheras a few hours ago I was eating tapas. Lots of tapas. As well as paella, parmier biscuits and warm chorus dipped in lovely cafe con leches. I'm craving them already. I guess I didn't waiste all my time - some of my precious spanish hours were spend going to a midnight fiesta, watching madesgar 2 in spanish in a park and going shopping, well you could call it shopping but the only shops around are ... hmm ... for slightly older people. My lazier days were suplied by countless magazines (i.e. teen vouge, elle, instyle, two issues of look and glamour) as well as Sylvia's Plaths, the bell jar, slightly disturbing but amazing non the less.

The holiday blues have already got to me but not for much longer as its my birthday on sunday!

um heres a few pictures (out of the 70) that I took in spain:

Thankyou all for the great comments - I will get round to visiting your blogs but coming home to 330 emails, it may take me a while to get slightly organized!
Sophie xxx