Tuesday, January 29, 2013

LOS ALAMOS REVISITED

Thanks to the lovely ladies at Betty Magazine, I was able to share with you these great photographs, which were a result of two British men traveling around America between 1965 and 1974. The rest of the images can be seen and purchased from Steidl, which is tempting, but the price tag just a little bit ridiculous!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. 

P.S. I own a very similar top to the lady in the second picture. Beyond awesome. 




Monday, January 28, 2013

FOOD, EUROPEAN STYLE

My sister was complaining today that I didn't properly utilise this blog whilst I was away. Which is true. Apparently there weren't enough food pictures, or scenery snaps or holiday happenings in general. So here I am, attempting to rectify the issue. 

The following is a pretty picture heavy post of all the lovely food of my travels. I know I have already posted about food, but I don't care, that was months ago, and really, food takes up an enormous part of my life, so naturally, it also featured heavily in my travels too. 

 Chestnuts in the market

Green, veiny cabbages 

Antipasti course (four other courses followed) 

 Pastel coloured delights

Deer ragu for dinner 

 delicious macaroons

 lunch in Lucca with Aleks

French savoury delights

tea with Cecile

 Galette and Crepe for dinner with Cecile in Rennes

 lunch at River Cottage Canteen at Axminster

 Christmas dinner

Cheese at Daylesford Farm shop 


Lunch at Daylesford Farm cafe

Sunday, January 27, 2013

IF ONLY

My favourite look from the Couture Spring 2013 season, another beauty by the could-do-no-wrong duo at Valentino. I adore the hint of the 70s with the long sleeves and the dirndl skirt effect, but it is kept thoroughly modern with the use of sheer fabric and variety of applique across the skirt, bodice and sleeves.

Simply heavenly.



Images from here.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

FRIDAY JANUARY 18TH

A little over a week ago now I attended the wedding of a dear family friend. I had strict instructions to ensure that I had arrived home from Europe in time for it, but was very glad I did, as it was a lovely event. 

The parents were up from the Valley, staying in a hotel on St Kilda road (the wedding being on it too), so we went over for drinks prior to the ceremony. 

The first image is of me doing a last-minute sewing job on my mother's dress, as the lining was hanging a bit too far down in places, so a few simple tacks held it in place.


I feel like my [recently cut and coloured] hair looks a bit like a wig in these photos, but oh well, i've always wanted to have a wig, so can't really complain! Here I am with the rest of the family (this was the best version out of many, even with my father's eyes closed)


The beautiful bride and her soon-to-be husband


Taking in the proceedings


The bride, her mother and her sister


Bloody gorgeous!


Saturday, January 19, 2013

BECAUSE ONE IS NOT ENOUGH

Two posts in one day?! I couldn't help myself, once I got browsing the Pre-Fall collections I couldn't get enough! I was going to compile a post dedicated to all the looks I was liking, but then I came across Giles, and it well deserves it's very own post. 

As the wonderful Tim Blanks says, this collection exemplifies Deacon's love of the contrast: lurid glam vs. stock-tie priss in this occasion. I am loving the leg o' mutton sleeves, the empire lines and the flowing fabrics. Apparently the polka dots are even versions of a ventilator from a fetish mask. Brilliant! 

Enjoy. 








All images from Style.com

Friday, January 18, 2013

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

Being in Italy studying and whatnot prevented me from doing a lot of faffing about on the internet, like I normally do (perhaps this wasn't such a bad thing, my internet consumption could also be called an addiction...) but now that I'm back and my assignment isn't due for two weeks at least, Style.com here I came. 

The following images are from Erdem's Pre-Fall 2013 collection. They have probably blogged to death by others in the last few months, but meh, they're pretty and colourful and crazy and clashy, which, for me is a pretty damn good combination. 





All images from Style.com

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

THEY DON'T MAKE THEM LIKE THEY USED TO #2

So what would you know? Here I am again, publishing another post! I think, for once, the New Year has come with quite a few changes. For one, there is this and then there is me, awake at the crack of dawn and GOING FOR A WALK! Yes, you heard correct, I, Clare Evanson, willingly did exercise. I have to admit though, that I am doing said exercise in a pair of beaten up old Converse, and the path I choose to take is greatly influenced by the ability to look at all the pretty old houses along the train lines in Kensington. 

But anyway, enough ramblings, onto the post! 

I mentioned in my last post that I had picked up some jewellery from Topshop that reminded me of the type of stuff on display in the British museum. Now whilst I did take plenty of snaps of such items myself, the whole taking a picture of something that is behind class does not often turn out to be images of the highest quality (being able to see my reflection in the image is one such point), so I bring to you today a small selection of the wonderful stuff on display currently at the British Museum, all from different cultures and places, but all wonderfully ancient. And shiny. 

Enjoy.
All images from the British Museum image database: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I'M BACK! AND I'VE BEEN SHOPPING...

SORRY PEEPS! Turns out I'm a pretty lousy blogger. I just don't think it comes all that naturally to me, and though I enjoy the end product, I sometimes find it a tad hard to find the motivation to create something good! 

BUT I'm determined to change my ways - New Years Resolution if you will (alongside tap classes!) - inspired by a good friend telling me that as soon as she gained internet connection after a month without it, her first stop was my humble blog! So, in an attempt to get back into the swing of things, here is the first post of the new year...and it's all about showing off my shopping...sorry, not the most inspiring! 

May this be the first of many more to come (and hopefully ones with more exciting content, and maybe even some sewing!), and I only hope I have not lost my friend as a regular reader! 

FRENCH PHARMACEUTICALS
Between finishing my uni course in Florence and going to the UK to spend Christmas with family, I made the trip to the capital of Brittany, Rennes to see my french friend, whom I've known since a French Exchange done way back in 2005 with my high school. Whilst I explored the city, ate, drank and caught up, I did have a special request to make of her - to take me to a french pharmacy so that I could stock up on all of the lovely skincare products I had read about on the net (mainly what Lisa Eldridge, the Nigella of makeup, had recommended). WARNING: I have become quite the skin care junkie, so apologies if this is all a bit dull! So, from left to right we have:

Avene Eau Thermal Soothing Contour Cream - have been wanting to start using an eye cream for a while, and I knew I could restock it easily here in Australia. Plus I use other Avene products, which I have been happy with. 

Nuxe matte lip balm - matte lip balm?! A brilliant invention, that gives soft happy lips sans shiny or stickiness! Genius. And a lovely glass pot too. 

La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid - A light, matte, high SPF facial sunscreen to wear under makeup for our horribly hot summer days

Bioderma Hydrabio Light Cream - Very hydrating facial moisturiser, which I have been using at night time, as it does not have any SPF. Very light but completely nourishing

Bioderma Crealine H2O - A very gentle, very effective cleanser and toner. Can be used to take eye makeup off without any irritation, and clean the face without any redness or reaction. 


COSMETICS
Apart from the brush at the top of the image, I didn't really go with the intention of picking anything specific up. These all just came across my path, mainly in London (Selfridges, Boots and Superdrug being that main stores purchased from). From top to bottom:

Suqqu Cheek Brush - THE SOFTEST BRUSH EVER hands down. Also probably the most expensive brush...is Japanese in make, I seriously think they use kitten or bunny hair for it! (NOT fact, only guessed by it's softness)

No. 7 (Boots brand) Foundation brush - cheapish staple

MUA Fire Engine Red lip liner - this beauty cost me 2 pounds. God I love British drugstore makeup. Was purchased after the YSL lipstick, to match it's orangey-red colour

No. 7 nude lipliner - a staple

Origins Cream Eye Shadow - lovely tawny brown colour and lovely creamy texture that sets quite well on the eye, preventing creasing

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup - After repeatedly going back to Estee Lauder beauty counters to stock up on samples of this foundation, I stopped being a tight arse and purchased an actual bottle of the stuff at duty free in Heathrow

YSL lipstick - Off to a wedding on Friday and wanted an orangey-red colour for my lips. Alas, the highstreet/drugstore lipsticks didn't have the right colour, so had to treat myself to a little YSL loveliness


ACCESSORIES
It is always somehow very satisfying to know that you have a mixture of the rather expensive with the cheapest of cheap (and stuff somewhere in between). Case in point this next image. Burgundy Beanie from the Men's section of H&M, something like 7 euro. Then there is the Mulberry handbag, 'pheasant green calf hair', priced originally at a crazy 1200 pounds, but I picked up this beauty at the Mulberry Factory Shop post-Christmas sale for less than 1/3 of the original price! Winning. And finally, a pair of L.K. Bennett heels, also on sale and purchased for less than 1/4 of their original price. 


JEWELLERY
A bit of gold bling to liven up any of my dark outfits. The blue necklace was acquired from Zara in Florence, so quite cheap and cheerful. The two bangles and the ring was picked up from the Topshop flagship store on Oxford Street, but are not Topshop brand, but rather one of the independent brands they also sell. Can't actually remember the brand, but I was very much taken by their rough, bashed about quality. There is something ancient about them, like they could easily look right at home in display cabinets in the British Museum.


And finally (phew!) some random purchases. The green leather bag is from Topshop, picked up on the very last day, after looking for something like it (albeit in black) for the whole trip. The perfume is Stella McCartney, purchased in Singapore on the way over and worn every day since. British Elle magazine, in their cute smaller size, perfect for the plane and finally some M&S mints, in a cute tin!! (haha it's the simple things in life) 


AND THAT IS IT!