A few weeks back I met Luke at a friend’s birthday party, who upon finding out that I’m such a great blogger (I’m joking!) invited me over to try his salon, Luke Jacob. I’m not one to say no to these things and after hearing good recommendations from my friend who usually goes there, I arranged a day and time to get my hair a much needed fix.
The other week I was invited to participate in an Alternative Street Art tour of Shoreditch and the East End. The idea was to go around the East side of London, learn a few things about the history of places, look and photograph some street art and then have a go at printing our amazing pics on the new smallest all-in-one printer.
And that my friends, is exactly what we did. Doug from Alternative London was our street art guru for the day and after meeting up at Shoreditch High Street station, took us around to our first stop, Brick Lane. On the way we managed to see a few bits here and there, as there’s always art everywhere, be it in the shape of stickers, paste-ups or graffiti, and all the mixed media pieces in between.
Here comes the sun…hopefully! Summer should be well and truly with us by now, so it’s time to get that wardrobe sunshine ready. Take your pick of the hottest new trends to see you through the sunny season in style:
Spending the Summer in a city like London can sometimes pose its challenge: one day it’s sweltering hot, the next day is cool and rainy. I have been thinking about what would my style tips be for having a stylish and comfortable Summer in London and this is what I came up with:
Wear a versatile length – Regardless of what the weather is, Summer maxi dresses are here to save the day! They’re versatile and can be worn whether the days are on the hot or the cool side, all you need to do is layer up or down or wear a pair of comfortable sneakers or let your toes get some sun with a pair of sandals.
Comfort and style – One of the things I have come to appreciate ever since I moved to London, is the importance of comfortable shoes, as one ends up walking so much. Whether a pair of flat shoes, sandals or sneakers (my current favourites), I can’t live without flats anymore. It’s not a problem, as they can be just as stylish as heels.
Wellbeing starts from the inside – When it’s hot and especially if you have to go underground (Central Line, eurgh), make sure to stay well hydrated and carry a bottle of water with you at all times. Do like me and get a cute bottle with binchotan charcoal in it to filter out impurities – it’s great!
There’s always the sun – Well, we’re talking about London so using the word ‘always’ might be a bit of an overstatement. However, when it comes out, it can be quite strong. As such, don’t forget to wear a hat (animal ears optional, haha) and the good old sunscreen.
Outfit details: Maxi Dress – c/o JD Williams; Flectarn Shirt – German army, purchased at the Mauerpark flea market last year; Brooch Selection – cat from Les Nereides, rhinestones was my nan’s and the bow was a gift; Animal Ears Cap – Ebay; Sneakers – New Balance, via TK Maxx; Tote Canvas Bag – Uniqlo x Kaws collaboration; Tassely Socks – H&M (have had them for years).
What are your style tips for the Summer?
PS: Dress courtesy of JD Williams, words and opinions are my own.
Anyone who has known me for a long time knows that I used to be an artist. Or at least dabble in a few things, having participated in exhibitions and worked as a colourist and animator in a previous life. In recent years, I got myself a “real job” and started focusing my attention and time on the blog and didn’t draw as much. The blog and the photos I had been taking for it became my main creative outlet. At the same time, I’ve always been fascinated by street art and the thrill of finding interesting and fun details, all the creative stencils, stickers or graffiti. This is something I’ve enjoyed for many years, having done many a street art hunting when I was still living in Lisbon.
However, for some reason, and although I really loved street art, I was always on the outside, looking in. Apart from one night back in 2009, when I went out with friends, armed with black gaffer tape and a pair of scissors and vandalised a few traffic signs in downtown Lisbon (see one of them here), I never really felt like I could participate. No particular reason, just never felt like I could get involved, maybe due to shyness, etc.
This year, that changed, along with a lot of other things in my life. I realised that no one is stopping me from doing anything except myself, so I set off to change that. I know that so far I’ve only done a bunch of silly stickers but I’ve been enjoying it a lot, both sticker bombing and doing more street art hunting. I have to admit that occasionally I think to myself that I’m a silly old woman, that I probably appear ridiculous for doing this at my age. But then I tell myself to snap out of it and just do the things I enjoy and not really care what others think. If someone doesn’t like it they can look the other way – after all, “I’m not a dollar bill to be liked by everyone”. I have to say as well that many people on Instagram have been extremely supportive and I have made some good street art friends and started doing sticker and art swaps with other artists. A great sense of community!
So far I have made a few different stickers, always with variations on the same character, and I plan to expand the artwork into small prints to paste-up. Hopefully just in time for my next Berlin trip, that street art paradise! Recently I had a new set of stickers made, as well as a trial run of badges. These are made of vinyl and a lot more resistant than my previous paper ones. I had a load of fun creating the artwork on Illustrator – I had to sort of relearn it as I hadn’t used it for years but it was well worth it, don’t you think? The badges also look great and have a lovely matte finish. I’m definitely having some more made and will come up with more designs.
I can’t wait to do so much more – I only wish I had more time…
Disclaimer: This latest sticker set and badges have kindly been provided by Camaloon, words and opinions are my own. Check out their Instagram and Twitter accounts for great printing inspiration. Also, thanks to my good friend Roger for modelling my badge on his extra stylish jacket!