Monday, June 20, 2016

Poitiers, France in 35mm Film

Holly, Parc de Blossac

I've always felt that film captures memories more beautifully. Not just because of the colors or the grainy aspect to them, but there's just something about shooting on 35mm film that you simply can't always achieve on digital. These pictures were shot during our last semester at University, whilst we were living in the French town of Poitiers.

Already I miss my flat, it's wooden creaky floorboards and french charm. The narrow cobbled streets and the ancient churches & cathedrals spread throughout the town. The architecture, capturing every light of the day so beautifully, especially at dusk. I miss walking through the square to get myself a super cookie or croissant aux amandes, I miss being able to walk to Zara and to the cinema. Spending hours wandering around the park. And most of all, I miss seeing my friends every other day. I've loved living in this town, already I feel isolated in the countryside, especially with the chilly rain that seems to loom over our heads every day! These pictures capture Holly & I making the most of Poitiers!

None-the-less, I'm happy to be home and I can't wait to start enjoying the summer. Keep your eyes peeled for another film pictures post soon, and after that perhaps a little post on the french countryside house & gites? (If the sun ever emerges from the clouds!)

Holly, Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Poitiers

Holly, Parc de Blossac

Summer, Parc de Blossac

Summer, Parc de Blossac

Holly,  Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Poitiers

Holly, Parc de Blossac

Summer, Centre-Ville de Poitiers

Holly, Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Poitiers

Friday, June 17, 2016

Sheer Embroidered Jacket

It's been a crazy few weeks. Finishing uni, moving out of my flat and then finishing my new bedroom at home, but things are finally starting to settle down a little. Except the weather. We had almost a week of hot summer weather but it's rainy and grey once again. Taking outfit pictures in the countryside is hard enough, but having to take them inside is even harder. It's so frustrating when you just can't seem to make it work! That being said, I will definitely shoot this jacket on another occasion somewhere pretty!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DIY Part 1: the transformation process of my new bedroom

Hello everyone!

As I've mentioned before, my new room at home is currently being finished off so I thought I'd put together a collection of pictures to show the transformation process.
My parents and brother have been building our new home. As Holly & I shared a flat since we were at University, whenever I came home I saw another piece of the house puzzle being put together. Part new build, part renovation, my bedroom is part of the renovation side of the house. This isn't the first house renovation/build I have experienced, but it's the most exciting as it's the first time I'll have my own bedroom at home. Instead of going into loads of detail, I'll share pictures as they speak louder than words.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

#BeachDayMusts with Adore Me

#BeachDayMusts on Polyvore x

It's SO great to finally have summer weather! Even if the clouds will soon be back for a short while ready for some stormy nights, I always enjoy this time of year! I can't wait to blog my summer outfits. Things are finally starting to settle after a busy couple of weeks, so we're looking forward to being more active on the blog!

This week we teamed up with Adore Me to share some of our Beach Essentials! I love going to the beach, but being a pale, sensitive being, I have to prepare my trip well.

Stripes for Spring

June may have arrived but the spring rain hasn't ceased just yet! This time of the year is always awkward to dress for. I usually struggle a little during these in-between transition periods, when you can finally wear a light jacket out yet it's not warm enough for bare legs, when all you want to do is wear dresses but instead you find yourself reaching for jeans yet again.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Old Rooms

I've been dreading writing this post...This is the last month of living in our little flat in the town of Poitiers. I can't believe three years of university are over. If I could, I would continue to rent this flat throughout the summer. We moved in three years ago, just as my parents moved out of our old house to build a new one. I didn't have my own room at home in the countryside until this month. It's strange to think I moved out of home at the age of 18. I'm aware that not everyone is so fortunate to move out so young and to have their own flat to themselves for three years. It's definitely something that I have not taken for granted.  

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Art of Showtime's Penny Dreadful

Showtime's Penny Dreadful is in it's 3rd season, and with each new episode the show's standard is elevated. Created by John Logan (Gladiator, Aviator & Bond franchise) with a cast brimming with talent (Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Reeve Carney and Helen McCrory amongst others), Penny Dreadful is one of the best shows on television. This article contains minor spoilers from ALL 3 seasons. You have been warned!

A psycho-sexual horror thriller, the show is based around famous literary characters such as Doctor Frankenstein and Dorian Gray in Victorian Era London. Like the title suggests, the show is referring to 'penny dreadfuls', a type of  'cheap' literature that was immensely popular in 19th Century Britain, also known as penny horribles & penny bloods. As the show progresses, more famous characters are introduced such as Doctor Jekyll and Dracula, with several mythological and biblical characters also making appearances such as Hecate and Lucifer.

There is so much to say about this show and I can't praise it enough. The writing, the directing, the mesmerizing talent of each cast member...but today I thought I'd focus on the visual art aspect of it.

Set in Victorian Era London, the show offers numerous creative opportunities. Whether it's the intricately embroidered dresses, the Industrial Revolution of London or grand ballroom dances, Penny Dreadful brings the historical aspects of London, intertwined with fictional literature, to life. And it is stunning. Horror is an essential theme in the show, with blood-filled scenes and some gory images throughout the seasons. This is a trigger warning for blood in the images below

I do NOT own any of these images.