art, Lifestyle

Art – Starting the year organised

January 9, 2020
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Happy New Year everyone!

One of my goals for 2020 is to be a bit better organised, as my art career progresses, it is necessary so I am able to keep working to my full potential and not drop the ball on deadlines and projects, as well as keeping a decent social life. This is something that I always say, you don’t have to work harder, you have to work smarter in order to obtain results and that’s what I would like to accomplish.

You may remember I have worked with Colorland previously when I created a photo book so when they approached me to create a wall calendar I couldn’t say no, as it was just what I was looking for! I do use a diary to keep track of things but I always find that it lacks the possibility of seeing how full the calendar is at a glance, when travelling is happening, etc.

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A wall calendar is a perfect way to see what is going on, when the busiest time of the month will be, etc. I picked the largest format available, as I find I always need space to write things – I am not good at writing small and neat, I’m afraid. As you can see it allows me to have enough space to write what my plans for the day are. Or the main ones – I find that the diary is the best way to go granular and write more detailed to-do lists. As you can see, my first quarter is already filling up… No wonder I need to stay organised!

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The ordering process is very simple, you can upload photos directly from your computer or get them from your social media accounts by connecting them to the Colorland site. All you need to do is pick the right template for you and add a photo to each page. I picked a few of my art pieces to add to the calendar as I think it would make sense, to keep me inspired to keep working! I love the result and I am sure it will be a great help to keep me organised. Another interesting feature is that you can start the calendar anytime you like. We are already in January so if you are ordering something today, it wouldn’t make sense to order it with a January page, right? You can start it from any month you like and just have the subsequent 12 months on it.

As a brand ambassador for Colorland, I have a code for you:  MUSHROOMCAL – just enter it at checkout and you will get a discount. The usual price for an A3+ sized calendar is 23.94 GBP, using the code you would get it for just 4.49 GBP + 5.99 GBP shipping cost. Good deal, no? Since many people asked before, this offer is UK only, I am afraid.

To see more pages of the calendar, head on to my Instagram, as I’ve posted a couple of videos on there.

 

 

 

art, Style

Style – Weekend in Cologne

December 17, 2019
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It’s been a while since the last time that I have done a style post on here, so here it goes. I received an email from Femme Luxe recently, requesting collaboration and offering me four outfits of my choice. I thought to myself, “I do miss a bit of blogging and four outfits would really come in handy for the trip to Cologne”, so I said yes. The thing is, I hate packing and I hate planning outfits in advance so I thought this would actually be a perfect idea to resolve that problem.

I went on their website and managed to find a few things that did fit my current style. They have a great variety of things, such as the Bodycon Dress that I got. I was also trying to find a Jumpsuit or a Body Suit but unfortunately, I couldn’t find something in my current size. I’ll have to keep looking, as some of them were pretty cool!

So back to the trip and the outfits: I planned to strip to come and visit my friends in Cologne, plus participate in a group show featuring a few select urban artists. Basically a two for one situation! I needed a nice dress (not too nice, it’s an urban art exhibition, not a hoity-toity gallery, after all) and I found the perfect one:

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I’ll have to admit that it wasn’t easy to squeeze into it but with the help of Spanx, I managed, haha. Forgive my dorky face but I was quite happy that evening, met lots of people and put faces to a lot of Instagram names! Plus my friend Swenja (who I was staying with) did my hair. Doesn’t happen every day and it was super fun! You also get to see the skateboard I created for this show – I know I am biased but I am not the only one to say that it looks even better in person as you can see the glitter that I added to some of the areas.

The second outfit I picked was a lounging set. I figured that considering that some of the plans for the visit would be to go pasting, I needed something that was practical. So here’s what I picked:


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Outfit Description:

Black Short sleeve loungewear set– Femme Luxe

Pink Boots – Dr Martens

Mustard Yellow Rollneck Top – eBay

Checkered Over thing – Some pop-up store up in Brick Lane, near Rough Trade Records a few years ago

Black Beanie Hat – H&M

That day I went pasting in the Ehrenfeld area, with Planet Selfie and 8armstohug and we had a lot of fun until someone decided to threaten to call the police on us and ruined the mood. Ha well, it’s what you get for being a paste-up artist, I suppose. As I have moved all of my photos to my laptop which has since died on me, I am unable to post some more photos of the area. Hopefully, I will be able to get them back at some point, but just not in time for this post, unfortunately.

On the third day, we stayed home most of the day, except for a quick local paste-up mission in Opladen and meeting with friends in the evening for drinks in Cologne. I am afraid I didn’t get to see much of Cologne, as most of the time was spent hanging out with friends, making food and eating it plus rummaging through the local charity shop (where I found a wonderful 70’s dress). So this is what I wore on that day:

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Outfit Description:

Oversized Khaki T-shirt Dress– Femme Luxe

Pink Boots – Dr Martens

Black Rollneck Top – Primark

Black Beanie Hat – H&M

Onwards to the forth and final outfit, on the last day. I have to note that it was raining so much and so badly that we decided to stay in and take the photos in the living room instead, plus try on a pair of my friend’s shoes for a slightly different look, haha.

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Outfit Description:

Black loungewear set– Femme Luxe (yes, a different one, this one has a ribbed texture to it)

Patterned Rollneck Top – Orla Kiely for Uniqlo

Black Beanie Hat – H&M

High Heel Boots – from my friend, I can’t remember the name of the brand.

I have to say that it was also really cold and we froze our asses off, so not very inviting to go out and be a tourist (not to mention that my chronic fatigue requires me to have to take things nice and slowly). At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter, as we had a great time and the main goal of the visit was to spend time with friends.

As for the Femme Luxe outfits, they served their purpose well, I like some of their designs but I would caution that even though I ordered the 12-14 size (my current size), some of them felt a bit on the small side.

PS: the Femme Luxe outfits were gifted and my opinions are my own.

art

Art – Creating a Photo Album as a Reminder

August 26, 2019
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In this digital age, it can sometimes be hard to remember every single thing you’ve posted on social media. The way it’s presented it can sometimes be a little bit awkward and in my opinion, nothing beats a physical book, whose pages you can touch, feel and smell and go through at your own pace.

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When Colorland approached me with the proposal of testing their photo book making tool and printing website, it occurred to me that it would be nice to have a book with a few highlights of what I have accomplished in the last 3 years that I’ve been working on my urban art project.

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The image selection process was easy and I was able to pull out images I had already used on Instagram, making it a lot easier than having to sift through thousands of photos on my hard drive (which you can do too). Going through all these images made me realise that despite the impression I usually have that I never get enough done, it’s actually not true. I’ve laid the imagery out chronologically and it makes for interesting viewing – plus the realisation that my work hasn’t been stagnant for these past few years, I can see some sort of evolution in it and that makes me happy.

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I think it was a great idea to have this book made, so when I have those low mood moments when the “imposter syndrome” hits (I honestly don’t know any artist who doesn’t suffer from this, at least not anyone who isn’t self-aware), I can just go through the book to remind myself of all I’ve done and how far I have come. Sometimes it can be difficult to realise how much progress you’ve done when you’re constantly working so hard in the present moment, that it can feel that you’re not moving forward. Looking at all of these photos made me realise that it’s not true, I am moving forward (or somewhere, not sure where yet).

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Colorland were graceful to also not only give me the sample book but also created a personalised discount code for my UK readers. By using this code, you will be able to order a Photo Book Classic A4, 36 pages for 5,99 GBP + shipping. Just go right on to Colorland.com, create your book and enter the code MUSHROOM at checkout! Let me know if you get one, I’d be curious to see all of your creations!

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Disclaimer: I have received my book as a sample, no payment has been received.

travel

Guest post – Places That You Must Visit While Travelling to Asia.

June 29, 2019
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Asia is the biggest and most populous continent of this planet and home to around 4.4 billion people. It covers a third of the world’s land area.  Asia has the oldest civilization with most crowded cities, highest peaks and tallest buildings.

And believe me, guys visiting Asia will make you surprise the way it makes me. Like I was very much allured by the Asian culture and place. So, the time when I got chance I gather my stuff, pack my bag, made my Air Canada booking and head towards Asia to explore, experience new cultures and develop myself in the way I never expected. 

“Sharing is caring” this is what I believe in. Here for your head start, I bring you places. By visiting these places in Asia, you’ll experience different cultures and terrains that’ll leave you speechless. So here are the places that you must visit:

 

  • Bali, Indonesia

 

There’s nothing better than a great destination like Bali as you never get bored! Bali has plenty of options, from the best and cheapest of Indonesian beaches, the perfect beachfront location, the highest mountain with clear seawalls, a spectacular view every hour, the great natural beauty, the fabulous culture.
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Bali offers a nice variety of activities to keep you busy and to stay in your element. The best activities are beach clubs, and the best beaches are among the first ones that you find an exciting location. 

I remember this feeling and that I had while spending my days in Bali. The beauty of Bali is simply breathtaking. The sea is just beautiful, and the island is very picturesque and easy to find places to spend a day.

 

  • Tokyo, Japan

 

One of the reasons the visitors who visit Japan always drawn to Tokyo is the sheer abundance of Japanese culture. There’s much to do around Tokyo, shopping and attractions. 

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With its magnificent scenery, unique architecture and friendly locals, people always bring back memories of the fun life overseas. But there are a few things you must know about Tokyo before you travel.

You should know that most of the things you will find in Tokyo seem simple, but they are quite extraordinary. You will always find shops selling high-quality clothes for all seasons, as well as an endless variety of new souvenirs from around Japan and around the world.

 

  • Jakarta, Indonesia

 

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Jakarta is home to millions of people from across the globe. Here, you can see and experience a mixture of cultures, languages, wealth, and poverty. 

Enjoy the best nightlife in Asia but by collaborating with the horrible traffic. Enjoy the weekly “car-free” day in the heart of Jakarta near the Hotel Indonesia. 

 

  • Phuket, Thailand 

 

Phuket attracts thousands of tourists every year from all over the world, with many taking the easy way out with a flight from Singapore or Kota Kinabalu and flying directly to Pangasinan. 

 

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With great scenic views of Chiang Mai and the surrounding mountains, Phuket is the perfect place to soak up the stunning scenery with a full bar and great dining areas. 

The city’s main beaches and islands are also popular places to go after the heat of the day. Some of the most popular spots in Phuket are the famous temples in Chiang Mai, the popular beaches in Phuket, Phuket Valley’s traditional towns and Phuket’s beautiful beaches, including the famed Phuket’s famed islands. 

Most Phuket locals can be trusted to offer up a delicious and authentic lunch and a hearty dinner when needed, as there are plenty of places nearby where you’ll be able to dine.

Finally, to end up with that perfect place to go for a nightcap in all aspects of the city, you can visit the stunning floating tourist hotel, named after King Sumatra of Thailand.

 

  • Goa, India

 

Goa, a state situated on the western coast of India which attracts a lot of tourists every year. Goa is one of the places which is known for its spectacular beaches. If you are travelling to Asia, then I recommend you to visit Goa and spend some time exploring its beautiful beaches. 

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For a start, you can visit the most popular Candolim beach, where a lot of travellers visit to soak up the sun. 

If you are looking for less crowded beaches than Anjuna beach is the right place for you in Goa. Also, you head towards the Chapora Fort from where you can enjoy the view of sandy coastline. 

Further, you can’t miss the most beautiful beaches in Goa, Palolem. Most beautiful because of its natural bay covered by a lofty headland on both sides. Moreover, Goa is also loved by adventurers, as there are various recreational activities and plentiful sports to fun in the sun.

 

  • Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

 

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Kota Kinabalu is one of the places on the Northern side of the Island of Borneo. It works like a gateway for the tourists came to visit the Mount Kinabalu, Tunku Abdul Rahman marine park, and the Padas river for the white water rafting.  

Enjoy shopping in big shopping malls and appreciate the panoramic views from Signal Hill Lookout point, or visit the Floating Mosque.

 

  • Ladakh, India

 

If you are in love with mountains, then Indian destination Ladakh is one of the mountain destinations that you should visit once. I’m saying this because you can experience breathtaking pristine scenery in Ladakh. 

 

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It is a large region, but its population density and number of nomadic residents is low. Also, most travellers enjoy spending time in nearby town Leh.

Another reason to visit Ladakh is that the town is located at a very high elevation. So you can imagine the time you spend there will be left you with an amazing experience. Also, it is the home of the 17th century King of Ladakh.

Moreover, you can also explore various temples and monasteries in the old town. All in all, it is a place one should visit once in their lifetime.

 

  • Beijing, China

 

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Beijing, the sprawling capital of China, has around 21.7 million population. The urban area of Beijing covers up to 500 square miles, with stretching back history 3000 years. 

Enjoy the loveliness of ancient and modern architecture such as Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City complex ( above the imperial palace). Visit the Great Wall of China and the National Museum of China, has an amazing collection of ethnic relies. 

At last 

I wish you to have the same experience, the way I had. But before you start your journey, I prefer you to set a plan or decide places in advance that you visit. And for understanding it properly, you can through this blog “Tips to Make the Most of Your Trips.” You’ll learn tips that you should do before and during your travel. 

A little advice, get the required amount of money in cash before you start your journey or after landing on an airport. Because it’ll be difficult for you to find the money exchange centre or ATM which is compatible with your card.

 

Beauty

Guest post – 10 Curly Hair Tips for Holiday Travelling

June 16, 2019
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If you have curly hair you certainly know that caring for it is no easy task and it can get even complicated when you are on travel. Travelling for holiday comes with a number of challenges to ladies with curly hair. This means that if you have curly hair you must adhere to some tips and tricks that will help you care for your curly hair and ensure that you don’t damage them while away on holiday.

In this article, we highlight for you some 10 curly hair tips for holiday travelling that should help you:

1. Find the right products for curly hair while abroad

One of the major worries for ladies with curly hair is the products used to maintain that kind of hair. Perhaps if your duration of travel is going to be short, maybe a week or two, it can be easy for you to come along with your curly hair products from home to your destination. However, if your travel is going to last for many months you will need to find an alternative source for the products you use on your curly hair when at home.

2. Find the right kind of shampoo while away

As you pack to leave for your holiday away ensure that you are carrying enough stock of your curly hair shampoo. You definitely don’t want to get there in a foreign country and fail to get your usual shampoo from the shops. Trying to clean your curly hair with a different kind of shampoo can cause problems on your hair. If you like, you could first check from online stores in that destination that you wish to travel to if your usual hair shampoo exists in shops there. Only then can you can be sure that you will get it when you finally get there.

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3. Make efforts to find the right conditioner while abroad

Sometimes getting the right conditioner that’s ideal for your curly hair while in a foreign country may be hard. You should, however, be able to find one that is almost similar to that which you use while at home. Like for instance in Asian countries finding curly hair conditioning products can be quite of a hassle. For this, it makes sense for you to carry with you enough supplies of your curly hair conditioners when you are planning to visit Asian countries.

4. Carry with you your own silk pillowcase

Carrying your own pillowcase will not only make your rest comfortable but it also goes a long way in ensuring that friction is reduced while you sleep. Curly hair is known to easily get damaged when it is exposed to friction on rough pillowcases that you may find in a number of hotel rooms.

5. Carry a diffuser with you

You should carry with you a diffuser but just ensure that it is travel-friendly and small enough to easily fit into your bag without taking much space there. Carrying a diffuser with you when on travel comes in handy when you wash your curly hair and need to dry it quickly.

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6. Always carry a scarf
As you move around during your travel ensure that you wrap your curly hair with a scarf. This will help to keep your curls less frizzy and also more moisturized. Just ensure that the scarf you use is colourful to help give you that great overall look that’s appealing to everyone who sees you!

7. Carry essential oil for hair conditioning

There are a number of essential oils for hair care and conditioning that you could carry for your curly hair. You can carry with you coconut oil as it a general purpose oil that you will use to help condition your curly hair as well as your body moisturizer. Just ensure that you are keeping this in a safe pack such as a Ziploc bag so that if in case it leaks, it won’t ruin other things in the bag.

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8. If you are going to holiday more at the beach-side look out for the dryness of your hair

If your holiday is going to be more centred on the beach and swimming activities just ensure that you do heavy conditioning to your curly hair to prevent dryness.

9. After swimming rinse your hair

Just after swimming it is advisable to rinse your hair with clean water before you return home as this will help to rinse off both chlorine and salt water from your curly hair. Leaving chlorine or saltwater on your curly hair makes it get too dry and will easily break.

10. Just ensure you style your hair securely before you set out for your holiday journey

Doing this certainly prevents any chance of your curly hair getting entangled something that is known to easily damage curly type of hair.