Okay, after my Alain de Botton rant…
1. An illustration of the Ryan Gosling Hey Girl meme. I am never going to tire of this. Also, you HAVE to read the story that this illustrates.
2. Beauty from Diane Di Prima. I read her Memoirs of a Beatnik years and years ago, and I’ve just ordered the whole book of Revolutionary Letters. Can’t wait. (h/t Something Changed)
3. I graduated this week! Which was great. Weird fact: Sanjeev Bhaskar is the Chancellor of Sussex University, so I was handed my certificate by Mr Kumar. I know, I was also confused.
4. This week was crazy with work, partly because we’re hiring at Otesha at the moment. As you can see though, I was awarded with joint employee of the week for my efforts (it’s very official). I was good cop 🙂
5. More brilliance from the artist Jenny Holzer that’s been going round the internetz this week.
6. One of the highest search terms that lead people to this blog is ‘lipstick’! And since I haven’t mentioned it in a while, here’s a brilliant video about wearing bright colours if you’re not used to it. I’m now obsessed with this girl.
1. I had a massive house tidy/clean/sort yesterday and it felt goooood. I switched up my wall clipboards too. The picture’s a bit grainy but you get the idea.
2. I am really getting into breakfasts. Breakfasts enjoyed this week have been porridge with blueberries and chestnuts, and pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. Yum. Those were two separate breakfasts by the way, not all at the same time (although that could be arranged).
3. I was pretty shocked and pleased to walk by this window display this week. Monkee genes are sold in urban outfitters and lots of cool kids wear them, so it was super to see that they are sweat-shop free. I think they’re around the £50 mark as well, so the same price as you would pay for a pair from TopShop anyway.
4. Quick lipstick update – I am still well into it. I bought this shade for myself for my birthday. It’s Gulabi by MAC and it smells of sweets. Bonus.
5. This is an amazing to-do list for everyone. Via Casper ter Kuile.
6. This is technically from last weekend, but I love this photo so much. We were playing that game with the little pieces of paper and three rounds (?!) and this was the charades round. You could act out a celebrity, a place or a climate change impact. By methods of deduction, we think this is Olivia acting out the potential stopping of the Gulf Stream. This doesn’t sound at all fun, but you’ll just have to take my word for it that it was. And that we are SUPER COOL. I PROMISE.
7. My sister turned 18 last week too! Look, isn’t she cute. I bought these bird rings that fit together. She’s got the snow bunting, I have the dove.
All the way back in August, I set myself 4 Simple Goals to complete before 2011 rolled around. I gave a little update in September, but it’s high time for another one, since we only have a month of 2010 left! So this week, I will be posting on each of my goals.
I have had the most fun with this goal – to wear lipstick. Some might say it was frivolous… and I don’t have a comeback to that. But I am truly a convert, I don’t think I will ever not wear lipstick again! It makes looking in the mirror that much more fun, and also adds a layer of intrigue to see whether you have got it on your teeth, clothes, cheek etc.
Here I am wearing Russian Red by MAC and I have to say, it goes on like a dream. I have also tried Rivoli by Chanel and the texture is a little too creamy for my taste. Now, someone get me a beauty editor job at Grazia, stat.
Keep your eyes peeled for updates 2, 3 and 4 later this week!
Part of my inspiration for starting a personal blog has been getting ridiculously into a few girl-bloggers over in the States, who blog about everything that I love – namely crafting, pretty things and enviable lives. One such blog is Elsie Flannigan’s A Beautiful Mess. She recently started up a “simple goals” project to complete before the end of the year, and I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon, especially as it would be good to have some small and achievable things in my head as I move cities and start afresh.
1. Learn to use my camera properly – My Dad got me an amazing digital camera a while ago for my birthday and although I’ve taken some wicked photos on it, I haven’t put the time in to ACTUALLY understanding how it works or making use of all the features, and so I’m not using it as much as I could. So I will be taking more photos!
2. Make a nice nest – I am moving to Brighton in T- 3 weeks. Arrrghhh. I have found a really lovely little flat which is a little eccentric and full of 70s furniture, and I think I can make it into a great little home and haven for myself. So I will be unleashing the decorating demon within. I will definitely be making this wall out of clipboards, inspired by another great blog, Smile and Wave.
3. Craft more – Last year, I made an online shop and crafted some incredibly cute (if I say so myself) plushies to sell and fundraise for my trip to the Copenhagen climate change conference. I got SO excited when I sold my first thing to a total stranger. Because I’ve been so busy this year though, I haven’t made time to craft at all really, and the shop stands sad and empty. That will change!
4. Wear lipstick – This is a stupid goal, but I like it. This year is going to be a lipstick year. I’m going to be walking around Brighton and people will turn and say “who’s that cool girl wearing lipstick”? Yep. That’s the idea anyway. What?