Style

Style – Lockdown Fashions part 3

July 7, 2020
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With lockdown now easing and some businesses opening their doors, things are somewhat returning to normal.

Personally, as I am still supposed to be shielding, I still have to be more careful than most people and I am still maintaining a distance and limiting my outings to the strictly necessary. It is not ideal but considering that I am preparing to move and leave the country soon, there are loose ends that need to be tied. As such, I have been venturing further and further from home in the last few weeks, within reason of course. I am avoiding public transport and all of the places I have been to are within walking distance, even if a bit further away.

So, the first outfit I wore on what was probably the hottest day of the year so far. Unfortunately, I had to venture out of the house, as I had a couple of errands to run – go to the post office and send out art to my customers, pick up some prints at the printers, do a bit of shopping, the usual stuff.

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Unfortunately, none of my housemates was home that day so I just had to improvise! Luckily I took the photos as I was leaving the house, when I got back I was dripping in sweat and looking worse for wear!

Outfit details:

Sunglasses – I can’t remember the brand but I got them from TK Maxx a while back

Pink Tie-Dye Oversized T-shirt – Femme Luxe (gifted)

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Tube Socks  – Uniqlo

Sliders – Shoe Zone

 

The next outfit I wore on a day out with my friend Ross, he cycled over from Hackney and we walked to one of the local cemeteries for a peaceful walk. It was the first time I went in West Ham Cemetery and it was a very touching visit. As it happens with many of London’s cemeteries, there are graves dating from Victorian times, all the way through so many young men fallen during both World Wars. It is like walking through a bit of history. I took many photos, I might have to share them on a separate post. Here’s just the one for an idea of what it looks like:

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Even though a cemetery isn’t the most cheerful of option, it was an interesting visit and it was empty, which is a good thing when you are trying to avoid crowds.

Ross took my photo at the cemetery entrance:

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Outfit details:

Scarf – from a shop in Oxford, can’t remember the name anymore (gifted)

Sunglasses – As above

Coral ‘California’ Graphic Print T-Shirt – Femme Luxe (gifted)

Palazzo Trousers – Uniqlo

Neon Pink Trainers – Stan Smith by Adidas

Bag – a gift from my friend Lili

 

On my next outing, I ventured a bit further away from home. I walked over to Hackney Wick, passing through the Olympic Park. It was a nice and quiet way to say goodbye to London. It is a bittersweet feeling, happy to leave and the reasons for leaving but sad to leave my lovely friends behind. Had a great day out being responsible with masks and pasting up some artwork – I have created a new series of paste-ups as a way of saying goodbye (or see you later, rather) to London.

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I will be making some more for other areas before I leave, I hope they last for a while as I won’t be able to come back so soon, due to the pandemic.

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Some of my friends adding some of their own work on the walls of Hackney Wick.

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Outfit details:

Mushroom Face Mask – Shein (totally on brand, right?)

Charcoal Oversized Hoodie Shorts Loungewear Set – Femme Luxe (gifted)

T-Shirt – my own design (currently not available)

Navy Rainbow Socks – H&M

Trainers – New Balance

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I love these socks, I’m glad I brought them home from the sale!

The next outfit I photographed at home – I used the self-timer this time. The weather has been so weird that it was raining lightly when I did the photos. I wish they had turned out a bit better but the light doesn’t help and I am not sure I wanted to wait for the next sunny day as it might never happen!

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Outfit Details:

Haori Style Jacket – Zaful (I love the 80’s synthwave vibe this piece has)

Wine One Shoulder Ruched Slinky Midi Dress – Femme Luxe (gifted)

Yellow and Gold High Top Trainers – Reebok

 

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Just some quick detail shots of the shoes and the top pattern. Hopefully, the weather will get nice again, I miss taking decent outfit photos!

I should share some more photos of my recent outings if I find the time for it while I finish packing!

 

 

Style

Style – Lockdown Fashions part 2

June 17, 2020
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These last few weeks I have been shielding (I do as I am told, thank you NHS) so I haven’t been out much, except across the road to take photos of these latest outfits. That said I haven’t been out shopping but that doesn’t mean I haven’t found some good gems online – because I did!

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The first outfit in the series features a skirt I bought online and arrived just before lockdown – it was hard finding an excuse to wear it when most days I just sit around and home working or watching Netflix but I just had to try it on one day. I have called it the Amazing Technicolour Dreamskirt because it’s what it is – an explosion of glittery colours that make me happy just from looking at it. The t-shirt reads ” Shoot your Shot” and I had to get it for the sole reason that it reminded me of a song by the wonderful Divine, of the same title from 1983. Listening to Divine is another thing that always sets me in a good mood!

Outfit details:

Sunglasses – Yves Saint Laurent (via TK Maxx)

Slogan Print Crew Neck T-Shirt – Femme Luxe (gifted)

Bag – Gift from my friend Lili a few years back

Rainbow Skirt – Ali Express

Sliders – Shoe Zone

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Here’s another outfit I wore recently – it was fairly hot that day, but I wanted to break the boots in as I picked them up on sale from a vegan shoe company.

I tried to get our cat Thomas interested in them but alas she didn’t really care for them. Ha well, cats!

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Outfit details:

Hairband – found it in my storage room while I was packing some of my stuff, can’t remember where I got it from!

Short-Sleeve Boxy Loungewear Set – Femme Luxe (gifted)

Active Shorts – Alice Liveing x Primark

Cat Boots – Koi Footwear

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Another cosy outfit – I really liked this set, will be wearing it often on slightly colder days!

Outfit details:

Grey Frill Waist Loungewear Set – Femme Luxe (gifted)

Trainers – New Balance

T-shirt – to be honest I can’t remember which one I wore on that day

80’s style sunglasses – Got them from Primark 10 years ago! They’re super cute, I wish they were a bit better quality.

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Last and not least, one of my favourite recent outfits! As the lockdown is easing up in the UK, people are emerging to a new reality – one that includes masks and social distancing. As such, I decided to include one in this photo, as the outfit is cat-themed anyway!

Cat Mask – From a set from Ali Express

Haori Jacket style overshirt with Maneki Neko motif – Zaful

Pompom Socks – Monki

Saddle Shoes – Can’t remember the name of the brand, got them from eBay in the US

Black One Shoulder High Neck Bodycon Midi Dress – Femme Luxe (gifted)

And with this last outfit, I shall continue to dream about going out, seeing my boyfriend, seeing my friends and generally having a somewhat normal lifestyle.

Once again, many thanks to my housemates Retta and Voni for being patient and putting up with my photography requests!

 

Lifestyle

Lifestyle – Handmade macrame pot holder

June 15, 2020
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Sometimes the Universe has a way of providing, and this post is about one such situation (kind of). I will explain: I am still sat in London, waiting for borders to open and travel to become a possibility once again… but that doesn’t preclude me from making plans and thinking about what I would like to have in my future home. I even got a new rug, that I had delivered recently – just look at it, isn’t it gorge? One thing I know: I don’t want to have a home that’s completely furnished with IKEA items (even though I know we will be getting some anyway) and personal touches are always a good idea.

With that in mind, I had been thinking I wanted a suspended plant in one of the areas of the living room. Lo and behold, Lovecrafts contacted me and asked if I would like to test one of their tutorials, one of them being, you’ve guessed it, for a macrame pot holder. Talk about serendipity, right?

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They sent me the material I needed – some soft cotton yarn in orange (the colour I picked, there are a lot of options to suit any colour scheme). Apart from the yarn, you will need scissors and something you can use to work on- I had a bit of balsa left lying around and I used that. I also found it useful to use painter tape or masking tape to gently secure the yarn, as I was doing it by myself. If you have a friend or family member to help, you might as well ask them to give you a little hand instead. I also had a pot lying around, that I thought would be useful to check for the structure and how it looked, even though I think it could use a slightly bigger pot.

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I started by reading the instructions and watching the video tutorial for the macrame pot holder and started preparing the materials, by cutting the necessary lengths. I used my metal ruler but I guess that some measuring tape would also do the trick.

Once I laid out everything and started the middle section, the more complicated part started – the actual knotting! Don’t let it phase you though, it seems more complicated than it actually is.

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After enough rows of knots were completed, it was time to finish the bottom and trim the excess yarn and voila!

 

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A new potholder ready for the new home! I didn’t have an adequate plant so I Photoshopped a fake plant on it instead, I think it gives you a pretty good idea of what it could look like!

This was an easy and great project to make – between cutting lengths and finalising it, it took under two hours to finish, making it a perfect project to do on a weekend, for that good sense of accomplishment that comes with making your own stuff.

Disclaimer: The materials used in this post were gifted by Lovecrafts.

 

 

Style

Style – Lockdown Fashions

May 22, 2020
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What have I been doing during this lockdown? Quite a few things, actually. Between packing up my stuff to move, learning Norwegian and working on a couple of projects and commissions, I have also been spending more time cooking nice food and generally trying to have the best time possible, given the circumstances

I also got a few outfits together, as I received a few more items from Femme Luxe – and although most of them are lounging or casual items, they were the perfect excuse (and motivation) to actually wear something nice and not just PJs.

Here’s the first outfit, worn on a shopping outing a couple of weeks back:

 

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Outfit Details:

Black Oversized Hoodie Shorts Loungewear Set – Femme Luxe (gifted)

Sunnies – Moschino, via TK MAxx a while back

T-shirt – Mayhem band tee (got it when we saw them play in London last year)

Badge – gift from my friend Oliver in Germany

Leopard Socks – Poundland

Fluffy Sliders – Shoe Zone (they’re super comfy!)

 

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A few days later I went for a walk with my housemate in the neighbourhood  – I really needed to loosen up my hips, as all this inactivity is being quite detrimental to my wellbeing. It was a lovely walk and I wore an outfit for the occasion as well. I can’t stress how soft and comfy the oversized jumper is, like being hugged by a sheep.

Cream Sherpa Oversized Jumper – Femme Luxe (gifted)

T-shirt – Gift from LA based artist Little Ricky

Active Shorts – Alice Liveing x Primark

Sports Socks – I want to say Uniqlo but I can’t remember anymore

White Pompom Shoes – from TK MAxx

Watering Can Purse – Pylones

 

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Another day at home, wearing something practical, while I did some more packing in preparation for my impending move. I did my makeup for fun as well, and you can see me wearing one my my favourite liquid lipsticks from MAC. The loungewear set is the exact same one as in the first photo but just a different colourway. I really like these, super easy to wear and I can see myself wearing them quite a lot in the future, as I mostly work from home.

Taupe & Black Oversized Hoodie Shorts Loungewear Set – Femme Luxe (gifted)

Headscarf – A gift from years ago, still love the amazing colour combo

T-shirt – A gift from Kate Butch zine, a US-based queer zine I have collaborated with in the past.

Pin Badge – a gift from my friend Marta back home in Portugal. It reads “we are all going to die” and it’s a tongue in cheek reference to the positive messaging around COVID-19.

Winged shoes – Jeremy Scott for Adidas

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It took me a few days to get round to photographing this lovely dress but only because I wanted to wear it with my finally finished squad jacket. My good friend Ross and I decided to get matching squad jackets, a sort of “bestie” jacket almost 4 years ago. We went to Primark and bought the same jacket. Since then, we have been adding patches to the jackets, on and off and after almost 4 years it is finally complete! I am so happy that I can move forward and work on a few other battle jackets I have in the making.

Details:

White Slinky Newspaper Print High Neck Midi Dress – Femme Luxe (gifted)

Jacket  – Primark

Patches – Miscellaneous, mostly from eBay

Leopard Socks – Poundland (they’re a current fave, as you might have guessed)

Pink Shoes – no brand, bought them a few years back when I visited Portugal.

 

And that’s it, for the lockdown style (for now, at least). To have a look at the art projects I’ve been working on, check out my Instagram page.

Many thanks to my housemates Retta and Voni for being the style photographers during this period!

Style, travel

Style – Art Trip to Hamburg

April 28, 2020
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What a strange time to be alive! I’ve been meaning to do this post for weeks now, but for some reason, it just didn’t feel right. Maybe it was the shock of being in lockdown and isolation, who knows. But what has to be done must be done eventually and I actually felt like revisiting the photos taken on our trip to Hamburg.

I was invited by Bona Berlin to participate in the “Femmes Vandales” art show at the UrbanShit Gallery in Hamburg, alongside many other super talented female artists, as a celebration of Women’s Day. It seemed like a great excuse to go back to Hamburg and have a nice weekend away. This was an action-packed weekend and I was exhausted by the time I got back to London but it was well worth it. It very lucky that we managed to do it as things started getting a bit worrying regarding coronavirus by the time we were flying back. The next day I went into self-isolation and later an actual lockdown was announced by the British Government. Sadly the exhibition had to close early due to the lockdown in Germany but keeping everyone safe is the most important thing.

As for the clothes packed for the trip, I timed it so I could wear the new pieces I eas gifted from Femme Luxe, and put together versatile outfits, reusing some of the pieces (like the hoodie and the boots, for example) every day as we travelled with cabin luggage only.

It was a great vernissage and opening night on Friday, seeing old friends and meeting other people I only knew by name on Instagram.

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The show was full, with new people coming in all the time, I would class it as a great success!

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Some of my pieces, all pizza-themed, under Caro Pepe’s portraits. I also showed the skateboard I made for the show in Cologne back in November, as it was still in Germany.

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Some of the art on show, featuring artists from all over the world.

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What I wore to the vernissage:

Brown Hoodie -Primark (bought on sale)

Gold Glitter Sparkly Shift Mini Dress – Femme Luxe (gifted)

Pink Boots  – Dr Martens

Bunny Bag – Local shop

The weather was very cold and the rest of the weekend was extremely busy, meeting people, making art and generally having an awesome time. Saturday was time to head to the area around Mathildenstrasse, to meet with other artists and put up some art. We did a pit stop at Marambola’s workshop, to do a collab with China Girl Tile and plan our outing. If you visit the Karolinenviertel area you will be able to find some of my art, as well as a few pieces I brought from some of my artist friends in London. Huge thanks to Marambolage for letting me borrow her pens and put up some paste-ups on her workshop’s facade!

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Some of Marambolage’s pieces and two tiles by China Girl Tile, one of which I customised and gave it the skull and rainbow treatment.

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As I knew it was cold and we would be running around with friends, we took the outfit photo at the room we rented for the weekend:

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Pink Lace Puff Sleeves High Neck Top – Femme Luxe (gifted)

Bunny Bag – local shop

Nude SLip – Primark

Red Scalloped Skirt – Roman Road Market in East London

Pink Boots – Dr Martens

Sunday was no less busy, I headed out to do a lot of pasting with a few more artists from the art show, and we ended up having the opportunity to collaboratively decorate a trailer at Anderswelt, an all-day sort of club. This was organised by Bona Berlin and it was a great time!

 

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Happy dorky smile, haha.

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The completed bit – I wasn’t too happy with the skull, as I am not used to drawing at that scale, but it was fun to do a few drips, as I hadn’t done any dripping for quite some time.

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I planned on wearing something practical for that day and it worked out quite well.

Black Oversized Sweater Mini Dress – Femme Luxe (gifted)

Black Knee High Socks – Can’t remember! They’re pretty generic.

Pink Boots – (You guessed it) Dr Martens

It was super fun to spend more time with the other artists and do something a little bit different.

The next day we still saw my friend Michel before he got his train to Berlin and we had a few hours to go around and see a bit of the city (even though we had to take many breaks, as I was pretty exhausted by this point). Later on, we headed to the airport and that’s when we started hearing news about the virus spreading in Europe.

This is what I wore on that day:

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Black Polka Dot Organza Mesh Top – Femme Luxe (gifted)

Nude Slip – Primark

Black Pleather Trousers – H&M (on sale)

Pink Boots – Dr Martens

It was a wonderful weekend, had a great time with my boyfriend, my friends and making new friends. I can’t wait for things to regain some normality, so events like this can happen again. Until then, stay safe and wash your hands!