1. I made another video for The Otesha Project with Josie Long and Sarah Corbett from the Craftivist Collective. Editing it took FOREVER and it didn’t have all the bells and whistles I wanted it to, but I was still pretty pleased with the result.
2. I went to go visit my grandparents this weekend and my grandpa dug up some hilarious photos from when I was little. Here I am rocking out to a boombox (you can tell it was the 80s) looking like a little grumpy old man. I still look exactly the same.
3. I came across this photography project called Switcheroo by Sincerely Hana where she asked couples to switch outfits. Cute cute cute.
4. Loving these old-timey adverts for social media! Found on bumbumbum, lovely art and design blog.
5. London Fashion Week finished a week ago but these are my personal style swoons. The Orla Kiely show didn’t use models but cardboard cut-outs, very pretty. And this Giles Deacon dress… if I was a princess/willing to mire myself in debt… sigh.
6. This comic from Emily’s Blog made me laugh out loud because I too have had this conversation about a gajillion times. It is especially poignant since I am supposed to be making curtains today. I am not.
7. One of the first things I do when I move to a new area is find a Japanese restaurant! E-Kagen on Sydney Street in Brighton is one of the best Japanese restaurants I have ever been to in the UK, no jokes.
1. I bought this reeaaally pretty 70s dress from my new favourite shop – Wolf & Gypsy Vintage in Brighton. And it was only 25 squids, bargainous. I want somewhere nice to go now.
2. My dad is in town with work so I’ve just been to dinner with him and his colleague. I had a flick through his colleague’s guidebook to London which I found hilarious. Growing up in the UK, I’ve always been aware that I have a very “western” perspective on Japan. So I enjoyed flicking through this book and imagining how Britain would have appeared to me, had I grown up in Japan. Judging from this, marmite, teapots and smarties would have loomed large in my mind.
3. I spent yesterday afternoon filming Josie Long and Sarah from Craftivist Collective for part two of our Josie Long & Otesha meet… series. Here they are putting up a cross-stitched mini protest banner outside RBS in Liverpool St. I kind of love and dread the editing bit since I like learning new things but not when I have no idea what I’m doing.
4. I have an addiction. It’s magazines. I love them, I can’t explain it, I can’t justify it. Although I am trying to wean myself off of slebrity gossip ones so I was overjoyed (and I’m not exaggerating) to find a new magazine called Oh Comely today. It describes itself as “a magazine that inspires people to be creative, talk to their neighbours and explore new things, rather than buy stuff or lose weight.” So I can even feel virtuous while reading it.
5. One amazing blog I have discovered via Oh Comely is Missed Connections. Sophie Blackall is a Brooklyn-based illustrator who reads the Missed Connections bit on NY Craigslist and makes pictures of them. She says “Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I’m trying to pin a few of them down.”
6. I like Kimya Dawson. I like Peggy Sue. So this makes sense. I wish all of them would be my friends.
7. One last video that’s been doing the rounds. It’s BRILLIANT. I am definitely guilty of taking iphone pictures of “new age fun with a vintage feel”! God. Apart from that I hope I escape relatively unscathed. Although of course I’m always up for a vegan crunk night.