Friday, July 18, 2014

Green & a touch of red

Hello everyone!

Wow this weather. is. amazing. It was 37.5' yesterday here in SW France and pretty much the same here today but with more humidity! I know a lot of people don't like close humid weather but I love it, I love the smell of earth and rain and the feel of hot summer air on my skin! Apparently we are getting thunderstorms tonight but hopefully not too much rain!

 We took these pictures earlier today, as soon as we walked outside we knew we had about 5 minutes before it started raining and funny enough as soon as Holly switched the camera on a few drops began to fall. It's always tricky dressing for this kind of weather, it's always best to wear something light that won't stick to your back and make you feel disgusting and in need of a shower. I decided to wear my leather green top with some shorts, sandals & simple make-up. I love this top because the fit is great as it isn't skin tight so I don't get too hot in it. Holly wore these amazing white shorts with a red embroidered floral design with a simple black top & slip on sandals. Living in this climate you would think that Holly & I would be pretty tanned right? Well, no. We remain as pale as ever (believe it or not we have got fake-tan on here!) with hundreds of freckles covering every inch of our skin. Oh, the joys of being British! Have a lovely w-e, Summer x

Holly is wearing: 

Top: Topshop
Shorts&Shoes: Zara

Summer is wearing: 

Top&Kimono: Zara
Shorts: H&M
Bag&Shoes: ASOS

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Floral Zara Dress

Hello everyone!

Finally the weather has brightened up! Last week it rained quite a bit here so Holly & I weren't really in the mood for taking pictures, but it has been so so nice here today & I finally got around to wearing this swing dress I recently bought from Zara. I love how it hangs nice and loose, and it's not too tight under the arms which is great! We're spending pretty much all of time here in the countryside this summer, so most of the time I just throw on a dress and some sandals. Hope you guys are having a lovely start to the week!
S. x

Zara dress, Asos bag & shoes

Friday, July 11, 2014

Thoughts on "Tuf Voyaging" by George RR Martin

Hello everyone! Today I decided to write a short review about a book I finished last night. I didn't go to bed till late because I wanted to finish it as I only had some twenty pages left! I've mentioned it a few times in recent posts, I had to write a post about it because it's such an interesting book.

This science fiction book discusses the themes of environmentalism and absolute power : "Tuf Voyaging" follows Haviland Tuf, a space-trader who becomes the owner of the last remaining "seedship", called The Ark, of the Ecological Engineering Corps of Earth. Ok, first I should probably explain the concept of ecological engineering. It's basically the idea of integrating ecology and engineering, and so designing (or redesigning ) monitoring and constructing ecosystems to benefit both the environment and it's inhabitants. (If you want to learn more about the concept, google Howard T. Odum) . So we follow this character on his journey through space, offering help to distant planets with ecological problems and his attempts at solving them. The book is an ensemble of several short-stories. I don't usually read many sci-fi books, I'm more into fantasy and post-apocalyptic genres, but I decided to give this one a go as I'm a huge fan of George RR Martins A Song Of Ice & Fire novels. 

First of all, I need to talk about the main character, Haviland Tuf. I have never come across a character like this one before. Described as an unusually tall, pale, bald, overweight cat-lover who seems to be rather content on living on his own on a 30 kilometer-long spaceship, he is an honest, humble man. It took me a while to get used to his language/vocabulary use, the only way I can explain it is basically he talks in a way similar to Spock from Star Trek. Although we know very little about his back-story, I found his character intriguing and I loved his wit and sarcasm. 

Not only do we read about extinct animals of earth, but George Martin's imagination doesn't seem to have any limits! Plants that live off air pollution and chemical waste.. to give you a taste, here is an extract from the chapter Loaves & Fishes :

 " This is our analysis of the thing he calls omni-grain', the counciller said. ' Incredible, really incredible. A gene-tailored hybrid, completely edible, every part of the plant. The stalks grow waist high, like neograss, very high in carbohydrates, crunchy texture, (...) but primarily useful as fodder for food animals. The heads yield an excellent cereal grain with a better food-to-chaff ratio than nonowheat or s'rice. The yield is easy to transport,  stores forever without refrigeration, is impossible to bruise and is high in protein.  ..."

and another from Guardians :

" From Old Poseidon came vampire eels and nessies and floating tangles of web-weed, transparent and razor sharp and deadly. From Aquarius Tuf cloned black raveners, poisonous puff-puppies, and fragrant,  carnivorous lady's bane." 

It's only towards the end of the book that you come to realize the ideas the author wanted to develop. At the start of the book, during Tuf's first problem-solving attempt, a reoccurring character points out her fears of what would happen if such a spaceship would fall into the wrong hands. What would stop this person from destroying entire planets with plagues and monsters? It is a seedship, containing millions of species (plant, animal and disease alike) from countless worlds, and so it is also considered a very powerful warship which can technically be very useful in terms of inter galactic battles. During the last few pages, you come to realize all the different aspects that would come along with the existence of such a spaceship. Can you imagine how different the world would be, if we discovered a way of transforming the environment to our own benefit? The different thoughts and ideas such a concept could entail, in terms of religion, philosophy and morality? Can being in control of such a power corrupt you? And let's be honest, if such a thing existed, who would own it and what would it really be used for? I love the world, or should I say Galaxy this story is set in, because the possibilities are endless. I couldn't stop thinking about what life would be like there, how the government would work, or inter-world communication and tourism. I've never read something so thought-provoking and engaging. The one thing that I wish we learnt more of is Tuf's life and back-story, I would love to know more about him. 

I just found out that this story is set in the same universe as GRRM other works, which include With Morning Comes Mistfall A Song For Lya & Dying Of The Light.

I would definitely recommend this if you're interested in science-fiction and the environment, and of course if you're interested in the concept of ecological engineering, modeling and biological warfare.

Please let me know what you think of the post, it's my first try at writing a book review! Now I need to decide between the last Vampire Academy or the last Mortal Instruments book. Ah, decisions decisions.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A touch of lace

Hello everyone!

It's so nice to come back to the city for a few days and relax, Summer & I have been so busy working the past few weeks, we wanted some time to ourselves so we could re-energize, work on the blog, meet up with some friends, and stay in bed all morning! We decided to take these pictures inside today, we just couldn't be bothered to go out, it was raining, and it's always nice to play around with the natural light coming through the huge windows in our flat. Summer is wearing her new lace top and midi skirt both from ASOS with a special family necklace. I didn't do anything special today so I kept it simple with my H&M shorts, basic cami from Topshop, and this amazing woolly cardigan from Charlotte Russe (I think it's the perfect item to wear when you're at home and you want to be all cozy!). I'm also wearing my new slip-on sandals from Zara, it seems to be the new trend at the moment, but these are made in a way that they don't slip off your feet when you're walking, which is great. 
We both decided to wear eye-liner in these pictures, it's always nice when you have the time to apply it, & L'Oreal gel liner is so good, my eyes water alot, so I always used to end up smudging it and it looked awful, which is why I never put the effort into wearing it, but with this product it NEVER smudges, it's waterproof. I'm so happy with it!  
We spent the rest of the day blogging, blasting movie soundtracks, and reading Game Of Thrones and Tuf Voyaging, both written by George RR Martin (I suggest you guys read the 'A Song Of Ice & Fire' books, there is so, SO much more compared to the series, & it's so magical. We will write an article on books soon!)
Hope you guys like these photos! Have a lovely week!

Holly xx

I really should have cleaned my shoes, sorry!

Friday, July 4, 2014

June in film // Canon A 1

Hello everyone!

Here is yet another lot of film pictures we took recently. Hopefully we'll be doing another outfit post soon, we're currently moving so it's very chaotic here! This first picture is of a book I'm currently reading. It's about the concept of "ecological engineering" and it's a really interesting story!

 My Nan was going through some pictures the other day and came across some from her childhood and teenage years, including the pictures she received from my Granddad during the war. Their story is so beautiful & touching, and looking at those old pictures made me realize just how special film photography is, it captures a time, a moment, a feeling. It was quite emotional seeing pictures of my Granddad that I had never seen before. I asked my Nan if she would mind if I shared their story, as it is very special and deserved to be known and shared. I will start working on it soon, it will take some time considering all the scanning and research I have to do ( finding out in which sector of the military he served in etc ). I only wish he was still here now, he was an incredible man.

Blogging at my grandparents house :3

Does this bridge seem familiar?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Friends & coffee shop stops // Canon a1

Maeve, Jake, India & Holly

Hellllo everyone!
I was woken up at 7 this morning by the kid I was babysitting. 7 am. On a Saturday urgh. Where do kids get all their energy from?! At least I had a good nights sleep, poor Holly wasn't as lucky!
We're back at home at the moment currently helping my parents moving loads of furniture from one place to the other so it's a little chaotic right now, but I still have some film pictures I haven't shared yet. I took these a couple of months back, our friend Jake came over to visit so we met up with Maeve & India, and went out together in town one afternoon. Jake has a pretty cool wardrobe, I wish I had that denim jacket.

I've been thinking about writing in french on the blog as well, any thoughts? Have a lovely week-end peeps!
Summer x

Kaine, Jake & India!