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Easter break

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Happy Easter everyone!

These last couple of weeks have been crazy. I’ve become so so lazy with my blog posts, I’m just making most of my time off work and University. Most of my holidays has been spent in front of the television and pigging out on pre easter chocolate eggs and cakes. I know I’ve put the weight on…

Here is just a round up of what I’ve been upto.

Firstly I went to visit a close friend in Essex, lovely spending time with her again. I had the infamous spray tan at Lauren Goodgers salon in Buckhurst Hill, sampled some delicious home cooked Indian food, traveled  around London and managed to browse my old vintage shops in the east end. I found the most amazing pair of lime green levi shorts from Brick Lane, such a bargain! I absolutely adore London, I think I have a love affair going off with the place, wish I could live there again.

The second week was spent back in my hometown with my best friend Holly. We went to the local fair, going on the bumper cars numerous times, who knew driving cars into one another could be so much fun. Ha!

I’ve had a great time back home, it’s so lovely to just relax and see old friends and family again. I’ll be back in Cornwall over the next few days or so.

So just to let you know I’ve not completely abandoned my blog, I will be returning to my weekly posts and choosing my pick of the week and reflecting on my last couple of months at University. These last three years have gone so fast!!!

Hope you enjoy reading my future posts and the rest of your Easter Sunday!

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Apologies and update on Paris

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Hey, I’m so sorry for the lack of posts in last two weeks or so, I guess I have a lot to catch up on. First things first I’m working on my portfolio for uni at the moment, that’s taking majority of my time up. Secondly I have gained my first piece of paid work for Cornwall Today, well chuffed if it all goes to plan. And thirdly I do need to update you of my time in Paris last month, long overdue!

Trying to work out the metro system was absolute hell and also not being able to speak french! Sadly my GCSE level french failed me. You know that scene in Sex and the City, when Carrie first see’s the Eiffel Tower and she lets a cry, I was like that except I didn’t let a cry. The popular monument was breathtaking, bigger than I had imagined! The view was absolutely amazing, I’m not usually one scared of heights but on the way up in the lift I did feel slightly weird. I would recommend everyone experiences it and the price isn’t too bad for six euros!  Had to take this shot. The architecture of the city is some of the best I’ve seen. Each building is so beautiful, It makes me think of Chanel and old fashioned  Paris.

You can’t come to Paris without experiencing a Chocolat Chaud…

Paris by night.

I really like this picture, I was struggling though to take it in the cold weather, my hands were shaking that’s why the picture is slightly blurry.

I had a fabulous trip to Paris on the eurostar. I would recommend anyone using it as it only takes two and a half hours to get there from London St pancreas. The price of the tickets depends on the time of the year, mine was only sixty pounds return but I think that’s because of going in Feb. Keep a look out for cheap deals on the eurostar website, you’re bound to come across something cheap. My next stop on the map is Milan in May with my mum to pre – celebrate my graduation.

PPA awards – outfit choices!

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Having won the chance to travel to London this week with uni for the PPA awards at UCL, I’m very much excited and also carefully planning what I’ll be wearing to the important event. Firstly I bought your ordinary pin stripped pink shirt  for the special occasion, then after finding my next purchase I quickly changed my mind and took it back.

I decided to check out Dorothy Perkins, sometimes they do have some cute bits in and also great sales items which I’ve found in the pass. This is when I came across an ordinary black and greyish white dress from the boutique, UTTAM london. I didn’t think too much of it when it was on the hanger, it looked quite dull and boring. Usually I would look for the brightest thing in the shop as I quite like clash items, but not this time round. I decided to try it on and put some small kitten boots with it for height and you know what, it actually looked really effective. Also a bargain at fifteen pounds and after using my student card, it came down to a small twelve pounds. I’ll let you know how it all goes when I come back on Friday.

This blue blazer was bought from HNM in Italy at Christmas time for twenty euros. I think the contrast of the colour’s will look fab with the dress.

🙂 x

Pillow talk

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I went to Plymouth yesterday with a couple of friends to go shopping. The first port of call was obviously good old fashion, Primark. I went with the very intention not to buy much and most of all, stuff that I didn’t really need to have. After half an hour with a basket full of clothing to try on, I decided to go down a floor and check out the homeware section. To my own surprise there was so much good stuff  to look at and plenty of it.

My main priority was to search for some new couch pillows and thats when I come across the best buy yet. For an astonishingly four pounds, I found this little beauty. I happen to love lime green and it goes extremely well with my green bed covers. What also brought me to purchasing this pillow was that it reminded me of the drawing Tom (Joseph Gordon Levitt) drew on his girlfriends arm, in the popular indie film ‘500 days of summer’.

For those of you who have just bought a new home or rented a place and looking for some cheap but good quality home ware items, check out Primark. They have a wide range of pop art pieces along with traditional vintage and English tea room. Much to everybody’s taste.

NYE Outfits!

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For most of the UK and women alike they will be trawling the sales racks looking for something new to wear on Saturday night. After all the christmas hype and over spending on food, this is one day a year where we can safely say it’s okay to be over the top with our dress sense. Essex girl Lauren Goodger knows how to dress up in style.

Online stores such as Asos and Boohoo have some great evening dress’s for the special occasion. Dorothy Perkins have an execellent sale on at the moment, especially the shoes. Here is some idea’s for you to experiment with –

Lipsy Ruffle One Shoulder Dress

Warehouse Sequin Dress – Available at Asos

This would look fabulous with some Topshop Studded Heels :

If you’re into the skater girl look, maybe this dress would be your taste. Lovely silk material which can be worn with delicate accessories or if feeling really daring with some hot red heels. Also available at Asos.

If you happen to be quite Boho or looking for that last little unusual piece to finish off an outfit, headpieces have become quite popular with celebrities such as Pixie Lott and Florence Welch, this could be what you’re looking for :

Hope you enjoyed this article and that it gave you some cool party idea’s. Happy holidays everyone, can’t wait until 2012!

First Night

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Today I was looking back at my photos and other people’s and I got this feeling somehow after leaving London that I was seriously missing out. I love the way you can be who you want to be there. You’re anonymous all the time. Even though it’s such a minefield filled with people, it’s also so quiet too. I like the way at anytime you will be able to find a club open or a form of transportation. Every day you are spoilt for choice of where to go. I didn’t really make that many friends whilst there. Even though I had plenty of opportunities, I never really found people that I really clicked with. It sounds really strange but I treated London as my friend and I do really miss it now, even to this day. In the future I will make it my plans to return, to carry on exploring the hidden city. I want to find the Peter Pan statue in St James’s Park, go to the Notting Hill Carnival. Visit Ealing again and go to the Soup Kitchen which was a wise experience, one I will not forget.

When I was there I saw things and experienced what I never had done before. I had to grow up and learn to cook and clean. Due to me been quite reliant on my parents before this, I actually surprised myself and fit quite well into the single life. It was just me and I got this feeling of freedom and also loneliness. It wasn’t the right time for me then, but I wouldn’t take my time back with London ever.

As I said previously I lived in Holloway, North London. This place was my home for the next year or so. My room was tiny, it resembled somewhat of a prison cell. The walls were grey with the paint cracking off. I remember my first day when we were all queuing up to get our room keys, there was bossy parents, Fussy parents and my parents who were the scared one’s. My dad was talking to some locals as we were waiting for a car park space, warning him to not let me go to Finsbury Park, which apparently was a terrible place for danger. I beg to differ. After I settled my belongings into my new room, it was that awkward time when you have to knock on doors and find out who your new housemates are going to be for the rest of the year. There was only two of them in at that point. They seemed friendly enough, I left them alone so they could sort their own stuff out, promising we would speak later on.

Not impressed by the layout of the flat seen as it was already dirty from the previous students, I only wanted my own room back even more. As I ushered my parents to leave, they looked very upset, as I was too but not showing this of course. I just kept repeating that I was tired and needed to sleep.  The door closed and then silence.  I realized I was free to do whatever, whenever I wanted. I felt suddenly agitated; stuck what to do I did what anyone else would do,  go make an effort with the housemates, so I did, playing along with all that charades. We walked to Highbury Islington, which was about a mile away from us. Entering Upper Street, the streets were packed of young students, considering it is a trendy suburb of Angel. It was becoming so late now so we looked for the nearest pub. We saw some lights on the corner, a gang of smokers were blocking the entrance. So we fought our way through to a pub called “The Library”. I don’t know why we chose this one but in the end we did, I was wishing at this point that we carried on going.  I remember running into the toilets talking to my friend on the phone who was asking what I thought already to the new change, leaving them behind in the bar waiting  with my double Gin and Orange for quite some time. The three of us seemed to get on quite well; I thought maybe this could be a good year after all.

We got back to the flat; I lived on the second floor with a total including myself of five people. I was still waiting for the other two to arrive. I sat down on the bed and looked around, contemplating how I could revitalize this room, the walls were actually Grey, I didn’t think Dulux produced such an awful colour. I unpacked my belongings, made a ham sandwich and put on a film, trying to ease myself into the new messy surroundings. Turning off the TV, I just laid in bed waiting for the silence, but low and behold I was in London, what the hell was I expecting! Feeling lost I sat on the perfectly sized window that fit me sitting on it horizontal with my feet touching the other side. At this point I felt relaxed. It was the only thing that calmed me. I liked to hear the cars rushing pass, the passing conversations. The noises in the end become my lullaby. I knew at this point I was in a new frame of mind and a new place.

Lorraine Williams Feature – I Dream in Clockwork

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As I entered the Penryn Flea Market I could smell the vintage aroma in the air. Excited about the new and interesting buys I may find I had the chance to look at a variety of knick knacks, Cupcakes, Shoes, Books and Jewellery to offer.  However it was Lorraine Williams- alter ego Fondant Fancy who had the most unusual stall there by far. Not a stranger to Vintage fairs, this is her first event down in Cornwall. A woman of many talents from a Jewellery creator to cake maker, I managed to have the chance to sit her down and have a quick chat with the newest installment to Falmouth. Already the co-founder of “The Great Cake Escape”, the quirky host of Dr Sketchy’s Burlesque Night decided to swap the buzzing streets of East London for the quieter lifestyle of Cornwall, with no regrets leaving the Big City.


Having a huge amount of projects under her belt already, Burlesque is just one of them. Bringing the tantalizing art to Mango Tango’s once a month, there’s always fun and frolicking, life drawing, with all abilities welcome. Just last month Cherry Shakewell came down from London to host a great show with dances involving nipple tassels. Dr Sketchy’s is a place where you can come along and sketch some of the most beautiful dancers, express your sexuality and just meet new people, also with a cheeky drink or too.

“The Great Cake Escape” a project that first started in London, Lorraine joined a close friend on a street art project. Not sure at first entirely what it involved, afraid it may be some street performances, she was happily convinced into to creating brightly colored cupcakes with little polemic messages inside them. Scattering them around the big city, in the most convenient of places such as telephone boxes, letter boxes and window ledges.“People don’t really have the time and because London is so dark, the colour really stood out against the background” she says. Due to the massive success and great fan base on Social Network website MySpace, this then sparked her to hold the same event in Truro. Their success went onto even being mentioned in the guardian and in top Women’s magazine Elle.

In the meanwhile she is busy creating her own Jewellery collection “I dream in Clockwork” which Involves picking up old watches and cassette tapes from markets in Holloway North London; she then began to make her own unique pieces by recycling the watches into necklaces, Cuff-links, Earrings and Broaches. Innovative and cool, she sells her pieces at local boutiques “Two little Birds” and “Tyto” in down town Falmouth. At the moment she is writing her blog “The Vintage Cream” where she has to upload a picture everyday of a different outfit. I heard her say that she could get to day sixty five at least. The Website breaks down wear she purchased her individual item of clothing and accessories.

We could say her style is a cross between Bettie page and Marilyn Monroe,bringing the Fifties to the high street of Falmouth. Rooting through Vintage fairs and charity shops you too could catch onto her individual style! But for now this girl’s extremely happy to be in Cornwall and getting  involved with local projects and trying out new things. We could say Lorraine brought a bit of the big city to a small town.