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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!

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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!

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STYLE, ART – A Weekend in Cambridge

February 27, 2020
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A couple of weekends ago I made my way to Cambridge, the iconic university city. I had been there a couple of times before and the motive for the stay this time was not only to have some more opportunity to explore it but also to do a workshop at the Fitzwilliam Museum. I have worked with the Museum before and it was a pleasure to be able to come back, this time to do a workshop for students who are doing their A-levels, GCSEs and applying to university.

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We arrived on Friday the 14th of February, the weather was awful as that particular weekend saw a great storm all over the country. We didn’t get to do much but we did get to go out for dinner. This is what I wore:

Yellow Beanie – Unbranded (Ali Express)

Flectarn Shirt – German Army surplus, purchased at Mauerpark flea market years ago

Black Double Cup Strappy Bodysuit – Femme Luxe

PU Trousers – H&M (on sale)

Black Shoes – Dr Martens

Tote Bag – from the Gilbert and George exhibition at the Astrup Fearnsley Museum in Oslo

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We had a lovely dinner and got home fairly early, as Saturday was going to be a long day and I wanted to be fresh and rested.

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The next day we arrived at the Museum and I couldn’t resist taking a photo with the wonderful Bompas & Parr pineapple. Isn’t it gorgeous? I loved the green glitter on its leaves.

The activity that was programmed for the day would be to guide students through the creation of a paste-up piece of art, by defacing and altering existing posters from the museum, which would then be pasted on a hoarding-like surface, thus mimicking (legally) the experience of putting out street art. It was a great experience and I met some really nice and creative young people, who I believe will get a lot of interesting things done in the art world.

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I decided to wear something a bit comfortable and practical for the activity so this is what I wore:

Pink Beanie – Unbranded (Ali Express)

Gold Glitter Sparkly Short Sleeve Crop Top – Femme Luxe

Black Jersey Dress – Simply Be (I think, can’t recall anymore)

Black Shoes – Dr Martens

After the day at the museum, we treated ourselves to a nice dinner and once again went to bed early, the weather as still inclement and we decided to save our strength for some daytime explorations the next day.

We had a nice pub lunch – a Sunday roast at The Eagle, a historical pub right in the centre of the city, visited the Sunday Market and did a bit of wandering while the rain was kept away. I wore something practical, as we were planning on doing a lot of walking and would be travelling back to London on that same day.

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Yellow Beanie – Unbranded (Ali Express)

Black Long Hoodie – Unbranded (Ali Express)

Black T-shirt – Zara

Black High Shine Vinyl PU Trousers – Femme Luxe

Black Shoes – Dr Martens

My friend Stefani said it looked like I was walking away from an explosion, so I did a bit of quick Photoshop magic for a bit of a laugh and here it is:

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You have to play this song as you look at this photo, haha. I love a bit of comedy!

We spent the rest of the day at the Fitzwilliam Museum, their permanent collection is top-notch, plus they currently have on an exhibition called “Feast and Fast” mainly about food culture and history in Europe. I took hundreds of photos this weekend and it’s hard to narrow it down, so here are a few somewhat random ones from the museum.

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I hope to go back again at some point, the city is beautiful and there are amazing museums to see.

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STYLE – 10 DAYS (or so) in Norway

January 28, 2020
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The last couple of weeks have been spent in Norway, working, resting and generally going about life. I have been spending most of the days at home, as I work remotely but managed to go out a couple of times and had some fun.

I took some photos of the things I did plus the items I received from the nice folks over at Femme Luxe.  I have worked with them in the past (you may remember this somewhat recent post about a weekend in Cologne).

So here we go, get ready for a set of random photos from the last few days!

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Guest Post – Money, friends and family – 4 ways to kickstart 2020

January 28, 2020
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From health and fitness pledges to kicking that smoking habit, this new year has got everyone trying to make better choices and take care of themselves a little more. However, it’s not long before we start to break those promises and slip back into those old habits. So, wouldn’t it be better if we could make some changes that will make our lives better – not just for a couple of months, but for the whole year ahead?

Shaking off the last decade and starting afresh is an exciting prospect, but you may be wondering how you can make this your greatest year yet. Read on for 4 ways to kickstart 2020.

Make some financial plans

Take this opportunity to start planning for your future. Putting some savings aside for a rainy day is always a good idea, or making real progress towards that house deposit you so desperately want – a stocks and shares ISA from Wealthify is a great place to start. If you choose to kickstart your savings seriously this January, think of the financial position you could be in this time next year. You’ll be so glad you took those initial steps to get started.

Keep yourself healthy

Of course, keeping fit is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. However, most people fall back into old habits after the first couple of months because of the wrong mindset. If you look upon fitness as a punishment for eating the things you love and indulging yourself, then you’ll never be committed enough to “punish” yourself at the gym. So, instead of promising yourself to lose a couple of pounds, pledge to lead a healthier lifestyle and make some simple swaps instead. Ride a bike to work instead of the car, head to a dance class rather than sweating it out in the gym, challenge yourself to hit 10,000 steps a day, and find ways to make exercise fun!

Get more sleep

It’s a fact that none of us are getting enough sleep. Whether it’s due to stressors at work or at home, perhaps you’re up later than you should be due to bad sleeping habits, or your bedroom isn’t sleep-friendly. Kickstart 2020 with a pledge to get more sleep. Avoid screens past 8pm, establish a bedtime routine (they’re not just for children) and make your bedroom a sanctuary for sleep.

Spend time with the people you love

It might surprise you that loneliness is a common aspect of many adult’s lives. Thanks to our busy lives at home and at work, feelings of loneliness and isolation are common, which then go hand in hand with depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns. This new year, break the cycle of loneliness and reach out to those who mean the most to you. Pick up the phone and call your parents, make plans with friends and go through with them, enjoy mealtimes with family away from the TV and have conversations. Having regular contact with those you love the most will help kickstart the new decade in a constructive and mentally positive way.