Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Also, do you guys (followers) mind me posting random stuff like this as well as my fashion musings? I mean I did originally start this out to be mainly about fashion and style, but I'm aware I've been posting more about books and music and random rubbish...
If you could arrange for these super-rare uncollected first editions by Sylvia Plath, currently going on eBay for $5 each, to be delivered into my care promptly for December 25th I'll be sure to leave you out a HUGE tankard of whiskey and a Ginsters pie...
The two uncollected poems are "Dialogue between Ghost & Priest" (1956) and "Child's Park Stones" (1958).
The two poems are "Incommunicado" and "Firesong."
Million Dollar Month, written when Plath was a student at Smith College. A hard to find gem.
My plan would be to POSSIBLY recover these in some vintage fabric since they are so drab and boring looking. But I don't know if I could do that to Plath first editions...
SERIOUSLY, someone buy me em? I still don't have an eBay account :(
PS watch this looking out at the snow. Perfection.
AND ALSO anyone know where I can get the Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath NEW? Amazon only have used ones, and, like, I don't really like that.
Monday, 29 November 2010
As a subtitler this is the kind of thing I am SO tempted to do ALL THE TIME.
But, obviously, I don't.
Seriously though, it's not till you start writing down word for inane word what people ACTUALLY say on shows like Cash in the Attic or Homes Under the Hammer that you realise what a pile of S people will talk to fill air time...
Anyway, I digress. How is it possible that I have STILL not seen Harry Potter???
Got my 50wpm shorthand test tomorrow and lots of hand ins this week and next HOWEVER I must blog about this before descend into shorthand hell!
I'm not sure if I've mentioned before but I am a HUGE Christopher Kane fan. I've defo featured him on the blog somewhere I'm sure... Anyway I absolutely ADORE space/galaxy prints (I know I've said that before y'all) and as such was just about overcome with excitement at Kane's SS 2011 womenswear collection. I had planned on doing a post about it but the lovely Claire from Bee waits for no one beat me to it!
BUUUUUUT, this morning I wake up to discover Kane is going all out on a capsule menswear collection for SS11... DROOLNOMDROOOOOOL!
Pics from ELIXE (click on it to enlarge - pics are so freakin small on here grrr!)
Kane on his new menswear collection:
"I decided to launch menswear so I could wear my own designs, my friends were
forever asking me to do t-shirts off the back of the womenswear show themes, so my first shot at it was with the monkey tees;they were so popular I decided to keep it going.
So each season we sell men's tees alongside the mainline collection.
I find it difficult to find staples that I love, so I guess I am launching this so I can have a decent wardrobe! The inspirations differ every time, but usually taking the lead from the womenswear."
My favs are the cardigan, the bottom left tee and bottom right sleeveless hoodie. Oh, and the leather shorts, OBV! I don't know what it is, but there is just something so mystical and engaging about prints of space. Sometimes I actually go onto hubblesite.org and spend ages just trawling the gallery... I'm THAT cool.
Ahem! Anyhoo, I recently bought a galaxy-printed vest from Your Eyes Lie and while I like it, I think I'd really prefer a tshirt rather than a vest. Plus, if I'm honest, the fit is a little weird... (Too much side-boob action.)
I really like Your Eyes Lie's range of digital-print mens t-shirts which rip off... I mean PAY HOMAGE TO Kane:Digital-print galaxy T. Has been sold out online for months. RE-ORDER ALREADY!
Cloud Print T. Sigh...
I really need to start paying more attention to menswear.
Right, off to do shorthand. GREAT!!
Saturday, 27 November 2010
First it was a quirky Vivienne Westwood tartan Derby, then it was a classic Mulberry Bayswater, then the stylish Alexa, then a fabulously tacky Westwood Ebury, Now FINALLY I have definitely settled on my first gut instinct - the tartan Derby by Viv.
I'm lucky enough to own a few Westwood accessories already (earrings, a couple of necklaces and a purse. SWOON!) and I'm always surprised they aren't more expensive. In terms of the Derby bag, at only £349 for the large size it isn't ridiculously expensive - there might actuall be a reaslisic chance I can save up for one this time! (RIP the Alexa fund, you didn't last long at all.)
SOOOO I've decided to combine the majority of my Christmas money with my first month's pay next year and in then in February I'll hopefully have enough to breeze into Vivienne Westwood in Princes Square and walk out again with one of these beauties on my arm...
BUT WHICH ONE?
The Caledonia. My favourite... I think!
The Exhibition. Might go with more stuff?
Friday, 26 November 2010
PS where the eff was Gossip Girl this week? I planned my whole Wednesday night round it and it wasn't even on? Humph.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Also, the maw was very kind and bought me this lovely Topshop shearling coat last week for these icy mornings. Brrr! I've since seen about a bajillion trillion folk wearing it around uni though, but hey ho...
Here's a pic of me wearing it and looking like I want to kill myself...
PS haiiii squint.
Penguin Classics - the F Scott Fitzgerald Collection
Um HELLO Christmas present?
"And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter - tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms further... And one fine morning -
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past..."
Oh, wait, didn't you get the memo? I'm a HUGE GEEK and this is the kinda shiz that makes me MAD excited!
I was recently at a lecture by Jon Snow at Edinburgh University (nerd alert) entitled A Changing Media in a Changing World, where he made lots of interesting points about all the exciting advances in the media BUT shockingly (or perhaps not so much) he gave print newspapers a shelf-life of 25 more years MAX. I get that, I guess. That kind of news is so fleeting and insubstantial, it's out of date as soon as it's printed. People don't care about the physicality of news any more.
That said, he did say that no matter how plugged into the matrix we all become, books will never die out because people will always want to own something permanent, something that's fixed and never changes. You want to own the words themselves, they become your possessions, your thoughts. Yours. You own them metaphorically AND physically.
You can dress Gatsby up however you like, but I will ALWAYS choose reading the book - holding it in my hands, folding down the corners, tucking it into my bag just to keep me company - over downloading it online. Just doesn't feel the same, yi' know?
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Gotta be honest and say I am super apprehsive about this. I'd have loved to see someone like Tim Burton or Guillermo del Toro direct this... There's something ethereal and dangerous about fairytales that lend themselves perfectly to the dark and gothic.
But going by the trailer I'm not sure this will deliver everything it potentially could. I love Amanda Seyfried but hate, Hate, HATE the grating American accents in this. Don't really know why, it just grinds my gears...
However, to paraphrase a comment on IMDb - "Gary Oldman eh? Meh, I'll see it..."
Wildfox princess bride unisex T. Sugary-sweet perfection.
Make Love not Horcruxes glass pendant from Trophies on Etsy. Harry Potter-themed jewellery = winner!
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
I live at home in Glasgow with my dad, his girlfriend and our cat Oscar. My parents have been divorced since I was 7 and circumstances mean I don't get to spend as much time with my mum as I'd like. I've made my peace with the situation though, and it means that when we do see each other, the time is special and I cherish it all the more :)
It bugs me that I still stay at home as I have all sorts of mad plans and ideas for a pretty wee flat somewhere outside Glasgow, but I simply can't afford it at the moment. I'm also an only child and while I'm certainly no loner (honest!) I do enjoy my own company and space, so living alone is also a kind of weird dream for me.
I'm a complete geek. Please note this is not the same thing as being super smart - if ONLY I were some kind of genius! Alas, this is not the case. That said, I love learning, reading, researching and writing. I adored secondary school and my Undergraduate in English Literature and Philosophy at Glasgow University. I wasn't exactly the model student...missed tonnes of lectures over the years, never joined a single club - pretty much kept the same friends I had from school... You get the picture! BUT I loved reading and writing so much that after a year working full time in a good job, I decided to throw caution to the wind and go back to Uni to do a Masters in multimedia journalism. A scary decision that took me ages to work up to, but I'm so glad I did :)
My favourite authors are Margaret Atwood and Sylvia Plath. I encountered them both for the first time in 6th year at school doing Advanced Higher English. I had to go to a different school to do it since my school didn't offer it as an option, and while there I was in a really small class of around 15 or so and our teacher was this mad, funny, inspiring woman who really got my writing style and encouraged me to write fiction for the first time.
It's not something I do regularly now (mainly as I simply don't have the time) but I always remember she told me in a letter to "never give up, you have a memorable voice." How lovely! Anyway, I DIGRESS! As part of the course we had to read Plath and I fell in love. The Bell Jar, The Colossus and Ariel are 21st century classics - you either get that or you don't, I think. Atwood is another absolute genius. Everything I've read of hers has stayed with me for a long time afterwards. Most recently was Year of the Flood, but my favourite is probably Lady Oracle or Alias Grace.
I am a bit of a feminist. I almost don't even want to write that because of the negative, hairy-pitted, bra-burning, man-hating connotations, BUT nonetheless it's how I would describe my views. There are still so many inequalities between men and women, some explicit and others, crucially, implicit. You just need to google gender pay inequality to read hundreds of interesting scholarly articles about the fact that men and women WHO DO THE SAME JOB in certain industries are still paid differently - and an overwhelming majority of the time it's the man earning more. Why isn't this blatant sexism front page news?
There is a definite difference between how we treat men and women in the media as well, which really irks me. The media are so quick to crucify female "celebrities" about things like weight-gain and drunken behaviour, but derogatory articles like this about men are extremely rare. And depressingly it seems that more often than not it's other women who are so keen to cast the first stone. Men and women are different, clearly, with different strengths, abilities and traits. But equality is the issue, and I'm still not sure we are there yet.
It's not something that I'd say directly affects my daily life, but I do find myself thinking about these kind of things quite often. If you want to read some interesting books on feminism and the persistant inequality between the sexes I'd recommend Living Dolls by Natasha Walter and The Equality Illusion by Kat Banyard. I don't agree with everything they have to say, especially Walter (some of her arguments appear to be backed up by issues of class and wealth - smacks of snobbery!) but both make really interesting points and are easily accessible.
I have no formal training in fashion, so anything I say about it is purely a layman's opinion. I am passionate about it though, maybe more so than I often feel comfortable to admit since I tend to think, who the hell cares what I have to say! But FORTY FOUR SUNSETS is my blog and I'll damn well write what I like! My favourite high-street store is Topshop BY A COUNTRY MILE since I really don't think anyone else is up there in terms of fashion-forward designs, value for money and collaborations. I reckon Topshop deserves more respect from fashion insiders.
My favourite magazine is UK Elle and some designers I like are Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Gareth Pugh, Christopher Kane, Ashish, Burberry, Erdem and Chloe but there are literally hundreds more...
I'm a Cancerian, and one of those schmucks that buys into horoscopes in general. I don't live my life by them, but I do think there is definitely something in astrology. It probably comes from my mum - she's into a lot of that stuff... She's not religious as such but I consider her a very spiritual person.
Fellow Cancerians, today's horoscope from elleuk.com goes like this:
"Now that the Moon is back in her home turf of Cancer, you'll sense that all is right with the world again (at least in your world). All attention naturally gravitates towards you. Single ladies need to see and be seen, while committed Cancers need to be appreciated, worshipped and properly adored." Awesome!
I've had the same core group of friends for ten years. I still remember meeting Kirsten and Nadine on the first day of secondary school and asking if I could hang about with them - what a sado! So glad you said yes, ladies! Three holidays, several major lineup changes and twelve (???) boyfriends between us, we've had some hilarious ups and some pretty intense downs over the years but we are all at a stage in our lives now where we know we will be friends forever. Sad? Maybe! True? Definitely!
I feel so proud and thankful to have people like them in my life. Ladies, I love you!
(Natalie - I hate how you're not in this one!! But trust me when I say every other one of us all is hideous of me, or is totally inappropriate! x)
So, the people I'm tagging for this are ALL my followers. Yes, all 20 of you! Especially if you've ever commented on a post before, then I'd love to read your seven things. If you've recently done one then fair enough, but everyone else get on it!
Monday, 22 November 2010
EEEEK! Now, if I'm honest, I don't much care for the Beats... On The Road is frankly, for me, too long and rambling and over-hyped. CONTROVERSIAL I know but there it is.
Howl by Allen Ginsberg however is an altogether different story...
Affecting, beautiful, crude, violent, tender - a work of pure literary genius that gives something different and special each time it's read. *SIGH*
However, what with another of my American favourites - The Great Gatsby - being made into a film too (Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay and Carey Mulligan as Daisy - SWOON!) I can't help but feel nervous these might not translate to the big screen. Especially Gatsby. It's so atmospheric, touching and haunting, I fail to see how a film can live up to its awesomeness.
Anyway, Howl should hopefully be a safe bet I reckon, since it's not an adaptation of the poem (thank God - the mind literally boggles!) but rather an exploration of the obscenity trial Ginsberg faced after its publication. Plus, James Franco. Nuff said.
What do we all think?
Also, if you haven't read Howl or Gatsby, you absolutely MUST. Your life depends on it.
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Topshop slinky playsuit (they describe it as Peach but it's clearly gold, y'all)
House of Harlow necklace - Got this for my birthday and not had a chance to wear it - Xmas is the perfect time!
Is this outfit idea better than the £120 dress? I'm truly conflicted!
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
I still listen to 19 all the time. 21 can't come soon enough...
"My heart's happy and sad all at the the same time when she sings."
I got an amazing piece of news yesterday - I am now officially a fashion PR intern!
Just call me LC y'all!
So if anyone wants to contact me with any PR queries just fire me an email. Hopefully have more to say on this after Xmas and all my mental hand-ins are out the way. As we speak I'm currently trying to arrange an interview with a truly inspirational woman so fingers crossed I'll have more on that in the next few weeks too.
Things are good :)
Sunday, 14 November 2010
I love it all
So much, I call
I want you back