Monday, 24 February 2014

The Arthur Miller List

There's so much about the world I want to know. Thank goodness for playwrights and artists.

107. Watch an Arthur Miller play
108. Read an Arthur Miller play
109. Read an Arthur Miller novella
110. Watch a film written by Arthur Miller

Saturday, 22 February 2014

77. Game of Thrones

Making progress on Game of Thrones. Also started the English Patient which I found for 99p in oxfam last week. Started reading it and found it a really nice read, which means I'm saving it now for when I can have a some full days devoted to it, preferably in the sun.

86. Buy a new Coat

Denim jacket from Topshop

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Advice from the french

If you're going to take some life advice it might as well be french;

Also I've finally gotten round to 64. Start a photo albumn of old buildings! I'm thinking of starting a viso for my findings but for now my humble iphone album is all I need.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Re do my room

My room needs some love.
Ideas at the moment are to; put in shelves, hang up frames and get boxes to sort out junk. I really like the idea of a white canvas and bright colourful objects popping through to bring some life into the room very easily, and I love the idea of framing jewellery. I've also really gotten into scandinavian design since uni. It's expensive but I'm hoping things like textiles will be easy and cheap to incorporate. Here's some of my inspiration at the moment;

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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Fiction in Real Life

So in the last post I mentioned the fact that I haven't really been posting. Part of this is obviously because I work but if i'm honest I wasn't feeling any joy or inspiration from the list. Part of the problem is that I am a very very very fickle person, but also I don't really feel that many of the objectives translate very well to blog. I've introduced 2 new solutions to this:
1. To not be scared to reduce posts to simply photographs, documenting progress of seemingly ordinary yet rewarding tasks.
2. Create some new resolutions to add to the list

So I'm introducing some new ones, and more importantly basing them on things that never fail to inspire and excite me; fiction.

In secondary school my ambition to live in London was fuelled almost fully from bright white interiors of middle class somethings and old but lovely exteriors in Richard curtis films (it still is), whilst almost every Danny Boyle film convinces me that carpe diem is essential to any happy life. Likewise, my love of Paris is a mixture of Amelie and Paris Je T'aime, and my picture of Italy shaped by the beautiful cinematography of the Talented Mr Ripley and the cultural richness of the books.

My next idea is to come up with some resolutions based on fiction. For example in Amelie, Amelie makes an active decision to help people with powerful actions of anonymity. What if I were to do the same?

Here is my list so far;

1. Perform a spiritual ritual (based on the Darjeeling limited)
2. To get out of my comfort zone and possibly perform in front of people (Wadjda)
3. Attend a Jazz club with jazz lovers (talented mr ripley)
4. Bury a memory box to then unearth one day (make a map to also find it) (Amelie)
5. 'hunt' (most likely fish) an animal, cook and eat it (Withnail and I)
6. Grow something to eat (another year)

And as is the nature of the list, I'm sure I will think of some more resolutions.

45. Wear red lipstick

I realise I've not posted for a while. I also realise that in doing so I am essentially fulfilling the demise of any new years resolution which makes me feel a little bit better (we're all human) but also a little bit of an idiot (i should have seen this coming! *shakes fist to the sky*). So let's start again.

I managed this week to get round to buying a red lipstick and wearing it! The purchase you see above is Paul & Joe Lipstick refill full pigment collection rouge 304. No it wasn't very hard and it was all over pretty quickly thanks to the fact I was going out to eat, but what I will say is that from doing so I've actually learnt something about lipstick. 

1. Firstly, lip liner, that thing you read about in magazines and think 'whatever, lipstik is LIPSTICK' is actually quite vital. Sadly I didn't put this into practice. I will now. Without it your lip colour will end up uneven as it spreads around your face.
2. Secondly, prepare your lips. Get a toothbrush or rub in some sugar and exfoliate. Again, this will help even up the colour.
3. Thirdly, try and buy a thick lipstick. My resolution was to wear a red lipstick but I do actually own others. These have been thicker and much more matte, hence why I never really bothered with liner before. In the future I think I will always opt for that option.
4. And finally, if you've got the liner, don't be scared to have a dense colour. I have a tendency to stain my lips but actually with time and care a nice thick and more importantly even coat will leave a nice polished result.