watercolours & first ever youtube video!

Ok as I went bang on about youtube last time, I thought I should give it a go!

And my friend let me tell you it’s time consuming! I struggled for a while but then imovie finally gave me a hand and now it is finally uploaded!

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So here it is my first video on a safe subject for me that is my watercolour and drawings. I am quite excited now (although exhausted!) and already thinking to try harder videos (well much harder to make) on makeup, fashion…

I want to make one on the clothes I brought here in New York, and how I team them up maybe? Not sure how it’s going to go yet, you will see soon enough…

Here is the address of the store I mention in the video,

Couleurs du Quai Voltaire, 3 Quai Voltaire 75007 Paris France

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I have been enjoying a refreshing Hampton’s break this past weekend, I had a blast! It was just wonderful! I will do a post soon on the house where I stayed, especially on the garden! I loved it so much!! I had a lot fun painting and drawing there.

As a little side note here, I have also been thinking seriously to join the Youtube sphere, as I really want to have more of my own videos featured on the blog. Videos are such a great way to showcase my drawings and talking about their location, inspiration all that stuff.

I recently got into Youtube way more as I have no TV and been hooked on many videos on make up, wardrobe style and all that… I think I could do really good one myself, no offence but some are just bad although lots are amazing as well. I am thinking to do some on my wardrobe, on my shoe collection (I do have some beautiful ones..), on my vintage finds, ok I do have lots of ideas on this and I am actually very excited to start this video idea. Although I kind of have no clue how to physically do it but will try hopefully very soon. So watch out youtube!

This post is way over due! I have now finished my professional studies at Parson’s and these are the result, or as they called it my mood boards.

I discovered this amazing thing that mood boards are! (the annoying thing is printing out all the online images though! but Pinterest is here to the rescue!) And it’s such a great way to organise your thoughts and ideas and makes everything a bit more, how should we say.. professional?

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I had as you can see I had three themes, the first is florals, (almost in your face florals!) with inspiration from Matisse Paintings, some photos of actual flowers, some editorial piece on florals with graphic accessories, (stripes and floral bit trend coming!!) a vintage dress found on Instagram, and the amazing tulip dress by Celia Birtwell, and some of her beautiful drawings. Finally a photo of front book store I went back in Paris. I really liked how the image is cut up in the stripes. I actually used that cut up technique on the localised print that you see on the two girls with the jumper. I have used that stripe idea into my other board too.

Here below I put the three printed looks that are on the boards but are quite small and hard to see.

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Then my second board is also floral but more artsy? More bohemian perhaps? I looked at this exhibition of Van Gogh flower painting and I love his irises so much! I love the bouquets and the movement of the flowers falling. I have also looked at a painting by Pierre Bonnard, at his use of colour (LOVE HIM!!). I have also included a painting by Vuillard, I really like the mix of print into this small cramp space that he created onto his canvas. I added a magazine clip of look more bohemian with all over prints.

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So here are the images with my flowers inspired Van Gogh,and the looks from girls with my prints.

pantalon 2 tenpull yellow 3 skirt straight 1 pull yellow 2My last board was the most difficult and more rushed that the other two. I had fewer item on this and my teacher pushed to do more on this one especially and experiment with new ideas. He wanted me also to use fabric and try paint directly onto the fabric. It was challenging but fun too. I didn’t work as much on the actual print as I had very little time.

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So on this board I included an article on the Paul Poiret first perfume, called Nuit de Chine, dated 1913. I saw it at the Met exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass”, and was fascinated by this idea of what is exotic. My teacher also recommended me to look at this artist called Erte. I have inserted many of his work into this board. I put as well a drawing (also found at that same exhibit) from Yves Saint Laurent on his idea of the perfume Opium.

All of those prints are localised and from the fabric I painted upon it. It’s a new experiment for me as all my print start from a drawing made on paper. But I will definitely use that technique again!

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Voila, I hope you enjoyed this post and more to come very soon!! Enjoy xx

Sorry another skyline photo but couldn’t resist that pink sky

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You know some days you wake up thinking too much or maybe reality is catching up on you, and all your fears of life, or from life takes over your day. All the questions, doubts comes up, “the of I am making the right decision?” “how am I going to have enough money?” bla bla…

Anyway today was one those days where I just got tired of telling myself everything is going to be alright and actually really wanted to speak to a friend because I knew I would get no judgement and she could hear me out. But my friend today didn’t answer, because of the New York London time difference it makes it hard to catch up with my London friends. I am sure she had a good reason for not answering today, but today I am feeling a little low.

I just not enjoying so much New York as I though I would. I am having so many questions I don’t know how to process all of them, and I don’t know where I am heading… I think I feeling a little lost and I hate that feeling.

I guess I feeling a bit lonely too, and for a while it’s the first time I have time, time to think about me, my life, what I want for myself. I always do think every new year about that, but this time I feel it’s more profound, maybe it is because I am now 30, and I am becoming more and more (old?) an adult I suppose and have to make serious decisions, and I am scared. I feel alone and scared, but I suppose we all do in life.

Not to say I am complaining, I am enjoying New York and it’s very expensive life, but glad to leave it behind, I feel it’s not for me. I was lured by it’s glamour and international appeal. But it’s much more a fun city to visit, living is totally a different thing, and feels very similar to London, but not quite the same too american for me.

I feel a bit like a an alien here. I feel I don’t belong, well I know I could but actually I don’t want to, I don’t want to make the effort, I feel I need to be else where. I want to be where it’s exciting and new for me. I am thinking seriously about Brazil, I am scared, I am actually really scared. But maybe that’s a good thing, life after all is about taking risks.

Sorry this post is a bit kind of a mid life crises but wanted to be real and share what’s going on with me, as I use this blog a bit like a diary. So there you have it, a confession on wednesday night with pink New York skies.

India or the Met follow up

So this the last follow up from the Met that I have currently. I have been to a few other exhibition since then, but I wanted to share those wonderful intricate textile from the exhibit at the Mat called, Sultans of Deccan India.

Such a richness, and incredible details in those fabrics. I had to share it with you. I just love the patch work feel on some of them, and all the little characters doing different things…

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Chester or my first weekend out of the city

So that was last weekend, I lot happened, I moved house in New York, and I had the magical experience of taking the train from Grand Central (a wonderful experience, felt like in between a gossip girl episode and an old movie) to go to Chester near Old Saybrook.

I had a marvellous time swimming in the neighbour’s pool (salted water as well amazing!), eating everyday fresh barbecued food, going on a motor boat (first time ever! and tanning well going red…), sleeping, reading a lot, and painting watercolours too. Such a dream combination, I couldn’t come up with it myself.

IMG_5149View from my bedroom. IMG_5159IMG_5145IMG_5142 IMG_5150 IMG_5153 IMG_5152IMG_5164IMG_5170IMG_5184This wonderful little terrace was my favourite place, to read, to have some peace, to have a nice little chat with whomever came by, or as well draw or paint.

As I was waiting for the watercolours to set I decided to arrange and sharpen my colour pencils. I got them so long ago at Muji. I think very soon I will need a new set non? Some are ridiculously small and very hard to use as well.. IMG_5175IMG_5183IMG_5180IMG_5194IMG_5198To finish off this was my view as I came back Sunday night, back into the big city. I just love that mesmerising view, my iphone is already full of thousands of shoots I take almost everyday…

Can’t help myself, I am only here for a time and then on to the next thing so I might as well enjoy it don’t you think?

I want a “Salade”!

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So do you want a salad too? Right? Wonderful and amazing store that is the famous Didier Ludot store.

I know it well, (well it’s window!) I never got in as I know I will come out either with a crazy bill that I cant afford (which being somewhat sensible will never happen), but most probably I know I will come out feeling totally depressed I knowing I will never own such beauties that resides in that store. (Most to be honest are almost museum pieces!) I drool over the spectacular pieces in the window and that is enough for me.

Beauty initiation

I discovered this wonderful website, Violetgrey.com and I love their humour and this definitely an amazing one liner, had to share it.

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First of all though I am in total bliss right now, I have a new New York view and a new place to stay, and just not to expand hours on it (because I could easily…) I just want to share that I am beyond happy!

First and foremost look at that view!

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As I shared in my previous post, I wanted to share about beauty and my new expanded make up (due to my amazingly generous cousin of mine) and it’s wonderful powers.

Starting with a few pictures for some inspiration.

JPG bkstg Couture Fall 2015Love that photo so much, and I do love that eyeliner look a lot, that something I never quite (well let’s be honest not at all…) mastered, but Nikkie (my amazing cousin, my beauty master!) is going to show me soon.

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I had to put Julianne in the mix, she looks phenomenal and is beyond chic. I would be so happy even if I can replicate 1% of her chicness and elegance.

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photo 1-18 copySo I came with my one make up bag, the pink Mulberry one (ok it was bursting almost not zipping up..) and left with all those extra ones. photo brushesAnd a make brush set! with it’s own bag! I tell you AMAZING!!! (I apologise for the many times amazing has been used already and it will be used even more as this post carries on.. Sorry but not sorry!)

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Most of my eyeshadows are from L’Oreal, but let’s start from left to right at the top, L’Oreal Color Appeal Trio pro for Green eyes, it was a trio set made for Aishwarya Rai; Estee Lauder Signature Silky Eyeshadow duo N02 Cappuccino; This one is also from L’Oreal (it’s was broken so remixed it and put it in a new container) Smoky eyeshadow in N305; L’Oreal Color Infaillible in N 009 Permanent Kaki; the two pen eyeshadow are from Charlotte Tilbury (I absolutely adore them!) Colour Chameleon Golden Quartz For Hazel eyes for the day, and Smoky Emerald for Hazel eyes for night; my very old khol from Bourjois in N 01 Extra Noir; L’Oreal Color Infaillible in N 607 Blinged & Brilliant; L’Oreal Color Infaillible in N 888 Ice Latte; L’Oreal Color Infaillible in N 012 Endless Chocolat; Hard Candy All lid up in N 742 Fancy Pants; Hard Candy All lid up in N 571 Quick Sand; Hard Candy All lid up in N 574 Pinning 4 U.

colours eyeAll L’Oreal from left to right, This one is also from L’Oreal Smoky eyeshadow in N305; L’Oreal Color Infaillible in N 009 Permanent Kaki; L’Oreal Color Infaillible in N 607 Blinged & Brilliant; L’Oreal Color Infaillible in N 888 Ice Latte; L’Oreal Color Infaillible in N 012 Endless Chocolat;

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leopard case From left to right at the top, my fail safe trusted Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Conceal & treat stick in N 2 Fair; Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder spf 15, in Real Sand; my can’t live without it eyebrow gel designer by Kiko Make up Milano; Rimmel, London Wonder’full Mascara with Argan Oil; A sample from Gerlain Cil d’enfer so volume mascara in 01 noir; a new discovery (thanks to Nikkie!) Elf Translucent Matifying Powder.lipsticksmy wonderful (and growing a bit quick I must say..) lipstick collection, I will put the detail underneath each of the brands together as it is clearer and easier to see for you.bobbyAt the top Bobbi Brown lip color in N 10 Red; Bobbi Bown Art stick in Sunset OrangelorealL’Oreal Collection Exclusive, top clockwise, Liya’s Red N 407; Blake’s Pure Red; Julianne’s Pure Red.chanel lipAt the top Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet N 37 L’exuberante; at the bottom Rouge Coco N 440 Arthur.charlotteCharlotte Tilbury In So Marilyn and lip liner in Kiss’n’telllip restMany other brands mixed up, at the top left, Lime Crime in Suede Berry; Rimmel London Kate collection in N 20; Bite Beauty Luminious creme lipstick in two shades, Tangerine and Lingonberry; Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesumo.

Voila there you have it all my make up collection in New York, now off to Grand Central to take the train to Chester, so excited!!!

dreaming on Couture and New York reality

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So Couture is in full swing, and aside for what’s it is currently known (amazing craftsmanship, amazing clothes…) it is the collections I like the most as it makes you dream. It allows you to conjure up a look, and even some elements are transpositional into your own wardrobe. See here this model (and absolutely gorgeous girl!) she stands out not of what she’s wearing but before of her strong make up. Her face stands out because of her defined red lips, and her beautifully drawn eyebrows. What she is wearing isn’t that important, it’s what she exudes and that’s what makes her stand out. She stand strong and confident.

What I am learning here since I am in New York and with the knowledge of my wonderful cousin here is that make up can be such a powerful tool. She know so much that I don’t on applying make up and what it can do to transform you. We are having so much fun together on our make up tutorials and sharing our make up routine. She also gave me SO much make up and I will soon (after my New York moving, long story..) share it with you guys.

I am enjoying so much New York, I feel now that I am a little more settled into a New York state of living (although not with the flat situation but now it’s all resolving itself thanks god!!) I am going away this weekend to Chester, and will also definitely share this experience with you. In a few weekends I will also go to the Hampton’s, so excited about that too!

So going back to couture, I have selected a few looks that I love..

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Armani Fall Couture 2015, Love those feathers.. (kind of have an obsession with feathers… probably steaming from my love of old hollywood and glamour…)

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Alexandre Vauthier  Alexandre Vauthier Couture Fall 2015 

Some of you know, I have an obsession with Lindsey Wixson, it all started when someone told me I looked a bit like her (biggest compliment, made my day!) and since I can’t help it to look at the shows and marvel at her beauty and quirkiness, and try and hope I can steal an ounce of her beauty….Alexandre Vauthier2This look here is so simple but wearing that maxi statement earring makes the look stand out, that’s something we can do without buying out of this world expensive couture. Alexandre Vauthier3

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Jean Paul Gaultier Fall Couture 2015,his shows always fascinates me and I love that they always have a strong identity and personality with humour.

So this show is all about my natal land, Brittany, where the stripped top, the “Breton” top originated. I love too many thing to say it all here, but the hats that we call “coiffe” are amazing!! They make the girls so majestic and elegant, it almost transform into something with an oriental vibe non? All the gold details and sheer elements makes all those “breton” elements wearable and so modern.

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Chance or cercle prive?

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Every Chanel show is continuing to be or having to be a show stopper or you can call it an instagram meltdown, and this time it’s Chanel Casino. With is private circle of invited, Julianne Moore (which I totally adore!) and Kristen Stewart, G Dragon Rita Ora, Vanessa Paradis and her daughter, a highly cercle very prive and very cinematic indeed.

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Couture mash up

So as most of you well informed people already know the Fall Haute Couture show has started!! And as you are so well informed you know by now that I am also late! but in fashion lateness is ok, and I have been enjoying too much my first 4th of July in New York, so I haven’t been blogging a lot… (and any spare time has been dedicated to my class presentation happening tomorrow at Parson’s, I will share with you all my mood boards and all once it’s over I can relax a little..)

Revenons a nos moutons, (meaning let’s get back to the subject here!) ZTHE COUTURE!! yes so I decided this time to put it all mixed up as it is nice to see together what designers are thinking and imagining in their looks.

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