Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Chandelier


I'm pretty sure this has been everywhere but I wanted to share it here too because I just can't put in to words how much I love it. 

Grab a cup of coffee, plug in your headphones and submerse yourself into this beautifully choreographed and haunting video. 

The dancer, Maddie Ziegler, stars in the reality TV series 'Dance Moms' which is pretty much the polar opposite to this music video but of course I indulged for a spot of morning viewing on my day off.


What do you think? 
M.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Tests


Adam took some test photos of me for a shoot he wants to do. Some of them came out pretty cool so I thought I'd share them as they show my outfit pretty well. 



White Tee - Jigsaw | Jumper - H&M | Jeans - Zara | Sandals - Lidl
M.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

London | Henri Matisse | The Union Theatre | Punchdrunk

EDITED: Just a note that I have added a couple of other things I have been up to this week...


This week I found myself helping out a couple of colleagues at the Union Theatre - Conveniently it is also very close to the Tate Modern so I thought it would be silly if I didn't make time to see the new Matisse exhibition while I was traveling that way anyway.


millenium bridge london



I am so glad I did, I know art is a very personal thing so it is hard to 'review' but I feel like this is one of the best exhibitions the Tate Modern has put on  recently; I feel like their curation is a little off sometimes, for example the Richard Hamilton show (which is still currently on) was good enough and held a lot of important work by him but I didn't feel connected to it and haven't found it very memorable - have you been? I would love to hear your opinion?


matisse cut outs

Anyway back to the Cut-outs - brilliantly curated (by Nicholas Cullinan)with just enough detail given for you to understand what you are looking at, but not too much to swamp you or drown your own initial feelings to the pieces. The work itself is a very interesting, I found the colours and shapes very powerful and was quite surprised at the size and scale of some pieces - ah anyway I feel I could witter on about this all day, so again if you have been yet please do let me know what you thought!?

I even bought myself a print (below) there were special Gouche printed ones for a reasonable £20 but I'm trying to be 'good' and went for the more economical £6 copy. Talking about money, the exhibition isn't cheap, coming in at £16 for a standard adult (not including the donation) - It is worth it though and has also convinced me to buy another ArtPass this year!




(Top and 4th image borrowed from the Tate Modern website)

  I went on a Tuesday morning at opening, thinking it would be quite quiet - I was wrong so I will be going back in a couple of weeks when I can have more time and space to myself to enjoy it even more.

Find out all you need to know HERE.  

ace of clubs the union theatre

(Image taken from the Union Theatre Twitter page)

I also mentioned the Union Theatre earlier, so if you are making a day of it in London and fancy some evening entertainment I will recommend 'Ace of Clubs' a Noël Coward musical which hasn't been staged since the 1950's - Think sailors, gangsters, jewels and a whole load of beautiful showgirls! plus i hear know the costumes are amazing ;)

(EDIT) One last thing, again if you are looking for something to do in London over the next couple of months;



 
 
(Image borrowed from the Guardian)

 Last night I finally made it to 'Punchdrunk: The Drowned Man' and I am so so happy I did. It is an incredible experience and I would urge you all to go before they close the doors on 6th July.
It was my first experience of the company (although I have been to other immersive events) and it was just beautiful and wonderful and I am seriously considering going back as there is no way you could experience it all in one night!

 My tips would be to relax and go with it, don't be afraid to loose your friends (it's encouraged and for good reason, go it alone, you'll find them at the end and will have things to talk about for days!



Phew so that turned in to quite a long post, do let me know if you have been to any of the above and let me know what you thought, good or bad I love to hear other opinions!




- Charlotte 



Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Banana Bread


This is a recipe my mum has made for as long as I can remember. I would request bananas on the weekly food shop, never get round to eating them and she would mush them up and produce this gloriously sweet & sticky loaf. 

It's super quick & easy to throw together and makes your kitchen smell glorious on a sunny Sunday morning. And because it's got bananas in I've always felt like it was healthy enough for breakfast.

Ingredients:

285g/10oz plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
110g/4oz butter, plus extra for greasing
225g/8oz caster sugar
2 free-range eggs
4 ripe bananas, mashed
85ml/3fl oz buttermilk (or normal milk mixed with 1½ tsp lemon juice or vinegar)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

Pre heat your oven to 180c and run a sink of hot soapy water... it's going to get messy !
Start by sifting your flour, bicarb and salt into a small bowl. 
In a separate, larger mixing bowl cream your butter & sugar together until light and fluffy, then lick your fingers. 

In another bowl get mashing !


In to your bowl of creamed butter and sugar add the bananas, eggs, vanilla and butter milk. I caved and bought this Flamingo glass from Ikea. It was only £1 ok !!! 



Now fold in your flour and bicarb mix. Fold away until all the flours mixed in and then some, just to make sure you won't accidently eat a pocket of flour ! 

Now pour your mixture into your loaf tin and bake for an hour. Once the timer pings, stick in a knife/ skewer to make sure it's cooked through. If there's still a bit to go I pop some tin foil on top, turn the oven off and let it finish baking through for another 10/15 minutes minute.


Et voila ! 



It might be time to make a start on these...


Now enjoy your creation for` breakfast with a nice big splodge of greek yogurt, a sprinkling of nuts and a milky cup of coffee in this thoroughly missed sunshine.





M.

Dauntless

" adjective 1. showing fearlessness and determination "

I'm on a bit of a teen fiction binge. After becoming obsessed with The Hunger Games and then feeling lost with the final installment not being visualised until later this year, I have filled the void with another dystopian landscape and bad ass female lead. 


I enjoyed the film but in my opinion it is aimed at a younger audience than The Hunger Games, however the books are still a gripping read and a touch darker than the films, which my twisted brain appreciates. But enough about the story, what I'm really writing about is the costumes.

Clothing plays quite a big part in the films, it's an easy, visual way to differentiate between the factions at a glance. The costume team was headed up by Carlo Poggioli who's worked on some pretty impressive projects in the past including, Van Helsing, The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Zero Theorum plus so many more including Television and Opera productions. He's won three prestigious awards and has been nominated for a Bafta, an Emmy and more.  

Pretty much everything you see in the films was made, using 50,000 yards of fabric and specially created dyes, it is quite incredible considering how many cast members and extras are in the film. Knowing this and then seeing the construction of the clothes just goes to show how much detail and passion went in to them.


Throughout the film I was particularly drawn to the uniforms that Dauntless wore. Head to toe black with quilting, reinforcements and armour like details create an array of textures and an almost shell like quality to the soldiers. 





Talking about Dauntless' costumes Poggioli says "We used a special fabric with some elastic in it. We used a combination of the 3D fabric that we made. So all the pants that Tris wore, it was a fabric we made with special elastic."


You can read about the other factions costumes here, plus have a click around as there are other articles about the makeup and other behind the scenes stuff.

Pretty much as soon as I got home I started clicking around the web to pull together my own dauntless uniform. It's tough & slimline and I challenged myself to avoid an all black look. I almost wish I hadn't done this now as I don't think I can live without any of this, and of course none of it is in my wardrobe... yet! 



Chain mail style jumper - French Connection
Slouchy Tee - Whistles
Knee detail jeans - H&M
Tough girl boots - & Other Stories
Pony Skin clutch - French Connection
Midnight blue quilted leather jacket - Whistles
Jewelry - Shop Dixi

Which faction's uniform would you choose to live in?
 M