Sunday, August 29, 2010

Chloe Fall Lookbook

I can't get these Chloe Fall 2010 Lookbook pictures out of my head. There are some flippin' ugly 'looks' - not included below obviously - but there are some really lovely ones too. Maybe I can get behind minimalism and simplicity a little bit...




(All images and the rest of the lookbook from RDuJour)

I particularly love the last one. So serene. Not practical but serene.

Chuck x

P.S. "αντίο" (for now at least)


Saturday, August 28, 2010

(Mid-Afternoon) Morning Muffins

So I felt like muffins this morning. I hadn't planned them and I didn't have any exciting ingredients but I felt like muffins nonetheless. I should also add, in the interest of honesty, that I'm using the term 'morning' fairly flexibly for 'when I woke up'... Anyway, I decided to whip up (in a Nigella style) some impromptu muffins. I based them on a BBC recipe for 'yoghurty cupcakes' that came up when I searched muffins. Sounds weird, tasted pretty good...


Ingredients
  • 150g butter
  • 300g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 250g Greek yoghurt
  • vanilla essence
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

Recipe

  1. Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs, yoghurt and vanilla essence and mix.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into a bowl and then fold into batter.
  4. Dollop generously into muffin cases and bake at 180C for 10-15 mins.
  5. Eat with more Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit.

Honestly, these were a bit too sweet for my taste - more of an afternoon tea thing than a breakfast thing - but they did have a great consistency. I might make them again using a thicker, less low-fat yoghurt, far less sugar, maybe some wholegrain flour and some oats perhaps? Or maybe I'd just embrace the sugar, smother them in cream cheese and call them a sweet not a savoury. Whatever. A quick bake.

Chuck x

Friday, August 27, 2010

Archive

(No idea where I got this, it was on my PC. Credit where it is due etc.)
Chuck x

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Great Sleeping Bear


(Photo source here)

When I first saw these pictures on Lost.net I assumed they were available for purchase. I assumed I could buy one, snuggle up in it forever and lead a happy, ursine life. I was properly excited. Well, a tragic life lesson here: to assume is to make an ass out of u and me (see what I did there?? ass-u-me, brilliant!). It is actually a piece of art created by Eiko Ishizawa. Devastated.

Chuck x

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Aviator Again

So everyone is talking about aviator jackets. So I am using the term 'everyone' rather flexibly, whatcha gonna do about it? The fashion world at least - magazines, blogs et al - is abuzz with them. Obviously major snaps are going to Christopher Bailey because a) the aviator jackets he sent down the Burberry Prorsum AW10 catwalk are luscious, b) his look is the one being most closely mimicked by the highstreet and c) he really pushed the style with an impressive, even single-minded devotion - there were 12 separate variants on the aviator jacket in that show! I would further add that Bailey has done a great thing by uniting, in a single garment, high fashion and snuggliness. Those two attributes form a venn diagram that doesn't meet anywhere near often enough so thank you, fine sir. However, amidst all the furor let us not forget the most glorious and beautiful aviator jacket of the season:

Oh, Mr. Kane... Shiny? Yes. Wide shearling collar that looks as soft and pure as freshly driven snow but oh so much warmer? Yes. Embroidered? Yes. With pansies?? Oh yes. I was looking at it again today and it just so fab. I could and would wear it every day. And no, if you were wondering, I have not embraced 'the New Minimalism' in my own personal wardrobe for all it is admirable on others!
I am planning to sit out the aviator trend unless I find the real thing (i.e. a real aviator's jacket rather than a fashion copy) in a charity shop miracle or the Christopher Kane jacket arrives on my doorstep as a result of this post *c'mon God!* because I am poor and I am pedantic. I have yet to find a high street version that cuts the aesthetic mustard brilliantly enough for me. That said I like this Urban Code from ASOS one a surprising amount. Probably because it is 100% leather and they have kept it pretty simple. At £150 it is in keeping with a lot of the high street prices and considerably cheaper than the £395 Topshop one. Should you have the disposable income I would suggest that you went forth and prospered in this bad boy.
And this has been my 'on trend' chat. Huzzah!
Chuck x

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cornish Fairings

Sure, you thought Edinburgh was exciting but let's get real here, the thrill of the festival and the buzz of the city pale in comparison to the rural joys of a bit of home baking. I am now back doon South visiting the boyf (hearts) before I jet off on my next mini-adventure - I know, I know, it has been a mad, fairly self-indulgent summer but student realities will be kicking in quite soon enough - and we took the short opportunity to do what we do best... *drum roll for witty innuendo (in-your-end-o, thanks Tod)* ...some nice cooking! Wow my parenthesis are getting out of control. Reel it in. Deep breaths...

OK, back on track. Today we made some Cornish Fairings. Have you heard of these as a biscuit type? I hadn't and I can't for the life of me think why since a) they're delicious and b) I'm normally so on top of my biscuits! I would describe them as a kind of ginger cookie actually because they are much chewier than I would normally associate with biscuits. Somehow they feel as indulgent as some kind of triple chocolate chip creation - don't know how they manage this without the chocolate, some kind of miracle presumably. Oh yeah, and all the butter and golden syrup maybe? Anyway, extra cool points because the recipe came out of R's parents' Garden Club's monthly magazine. It is true, I am gangster.

This is how the perfect Cornish Fairing should look:

(So proud!)

And without further ado, the Recipe:

Ingredients
  • 8oz plain flour
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • 2 tspn baking powder
  • 2 tspn bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tspn mixed spice
  • 3 tspn ground ginger
  • 1 tspn cinnamon
  • 4oz butter (I always use salted out of habit)
  • 4oz golden caster sugar
  • 4 tbspn golden syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C, grease and line some baking sheets. Let us get the sensible/boring bits out of the way at the beginning.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients together into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Rub in the butter with your fingers until the mixture has a breadcrumb kind of a consistency.
  4. Add the sugar.
  5. Add the golden syrup.
  6. Smush! That wasn't quite how the Garden Club put it but that is the general effect - 'mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon' is probably closer to their wording. Each to their own.
  7. Roll mixture into walnut-sized balls and place on lined baking tray.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes. It is apparently important not to open the oven door in the first 8 minutes, we didn't test the Garden Club on this since they sounded frighteningly authoritative.
  9. Leave to cool (ish) on the tray.
  10. Guzzle with cold milk.

Amazing. Very possibly a new, non-chocolate favourite. Warning though - these are quite sweet so there is a risk that if you try and eat more than say six in a row you might feel a bit ill... Just saying, I learnt the hard way but you don't have to.

Thanks Garden Club. Thanks R.

Chuck x

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tea-Shirt

I've got to be honest, even I didn't know I had this much to say about tea but there you go, you learn new things about yourself all the time. Although I guess that my obsessive tendencies aren't really news as such... Anyway, how cute are these and how great is my title pun!? It just came to me in a moment of genius. Frankly, I don't know why they haven't marketed them under that name, so much snappier than Hanger Tea. And everyone loves a pun, that is just a fact. Sure, they're not very practical in terms of proper tea/hot water circulation and there is a lot of packaging but they are very sweet. Love the little wardrobe (fine, box - spoilsports) that they come in too.


(Hanger Tea)

Ah, tea miscellany. You (clearly) give me so much pleasure. I wonder when this tea kick will end? Who knows. I guess we will have to wait and see...

Chuck x

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A New Take on a Photo Mug

Phwoar! Look at this lense mug, isn't it great?? I want to drink my daily gallons of tea out of it. I want to cradle frothy hot chocolate and coffee in it. Photojojo also shows it as a cocktail flask with umbrella and as a baby plant pot. So versatile. So smart. So want it in my life and my kitchen...

Chuck x
P.S. This totally works with my current tea theme!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bleached Brows Cont.

How amazing does Marion Cotillard on the cover of the Vogue Paris September issue!? The bleached brows look fabio. Mysterious, alien, totally different... Very exciting.

(FGR)
Chuck x

Liking Love

Let us get this clear, I do not care for LOVE magazine. Seriously, its byline is 'LOVE: Fashion & Fame'. *Vom in my mouth*. There is a reason I don't buy Heat or Hello/OK - fame is boring. Famousness by itself is not an interesting attribute and an interest in it is vapid and dull. Ouch? Maybe but that is how I call it. So, for all Katie Grand's brilliantness, I find LOVE tedious and irrelevant. Having said that, the covers of the new issue are kind of tempting...

There are eight choices and out of these I am finding myself particularly drawn to Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Sienna Miller and Alessandra Ambrosio. Rosie is classic bombshell in Dolce & Gabbana leopard print and voluptuous, glossy red lips. It is her gorgeous, red Veronica Lake curls though that I am finding irresistable. It is a similar colour to when Scarlett Johansson went ginge recently and it looks fab. I need to work on my waves, so high maintenance though!


(Veronica Lake, source here)
I love this hard-core, sexy look on Sienna too. Obviously she does pretty, girly fashion-lite very well but I think it is great to see her looking really powerful and almost unrecognisable. Mmm... Dark, slick and glossy.
Also breaking away from her traditional look (in this case Victoria's Secrets) is Alessandra Ambrosio. I generally find her bronzed sexiness rather dull but she looks great here! Obviously this is a classic fashion perspective rather than a real world or male perspective! (Man Repeller). Anyway, I am loving the dark hair and bleached out brows. I think they work really well here - a vair strong, alien look as I am sure Tyra would say.

(All LOVE covers from Fashion Gone Rogue)
Chuck x

Thursday, August 19, 2010

M.I.A - XXXO



As yet unconvinced by the song but loving the video. She looks gorgeous and maybe it will be a grower?

Chuck x

Even More Tea, Vicar?

So I am on a bit of a tea-themed high at the moment (here and here)... This time it is for real though! I am feeling a bit poorly so I am curled up on the sofa with a snuggly blanket and my new favourite tea. It is a rose tea from a lovely Glaswegian company called Brewhaha. A) Brilliant name - I love the word brouhaha and I can never resist a pun. B) They were at the food festival in Edinburgh this weekend and they were adorably friendly and enthusiastic. C) The packaging is totes cute, her name is Bunty. D) They have a whole variety of exciting teas - we bought the rose, the berry and the peppermint. E) The rose tea is particularly yummy because it is a 'normal' tea (i.e. a black tea that you can drink with milk) scented with roses and rose petals and as much as I enjoy floral/herbal teas my go to tea is builders. Milk is so comforting. And apparently Jude Law is a big fan!

The Brewhaha Tearoom is in Glasgow but they have stockists around the world (apparently they are now being stocked in China!) so email them at sales@brewhahatea.co.uk to find one near you. Otherwise they should have an online store coming along in the next month or so. Phew, I'm already feeling sad about finishing my pack.
Chuck x

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

More Tea, Vicar?

More tea and more Etsy goodness, this time from The Secret Tea Party, who illustrates for Amelia's Magazine among other places. An appropriate name indeed. I love this card! Not to be narcissistic or anything but this was pretty much made for yours truly...

I also really like 'the ever so lovely book of excuses'. It is much cute. And full of useful excuses for when I get into naughty mctrouble (mc because I'm in Scotland, obv)...



(Photos from The Secret Tea Party)

Tea!

Chuck x

Linkety Link

I am lurving India Knight's 'Ultimate Comfort Reads' post - 'the literary equivalent of hot chocolate'. I am totally on board with the idea of comfort reads, see my love of Georgette Heyer, so I like to see others' take on the matter. Ms. Knight's choices (compiled with readers' help on Twitter) seem perfect for snuggling up with...

I can personally vouch for:
- The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith <- a particularly brilliant suggestion, I think
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
- Anything by Georgette Heyer - maybe start with The Grand Sophy <- YEAH! Power to Georgette! Spread the love. Just going to put my 10 cents in and suggest The Devil's Cub as a starting point though...
- The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
- Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (also Nightingale Wood by the same author, which I didn't know but am now seeking out) <- I LOVE Cold Comfort, one of my favourite films too, and yet I didn't know about Nightingale Wood! Amazon here I come...
- Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild <- obv.
- What Ho, Jeeves, Code of the Woosters and Uncle Fred in the Springtime by PG Wodehouse (but any, really)
- The Mapp and Lucia books by EF Benson
- Mariana by Monica Dickens
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott <- lovely but I would raise you LMA's Eight Cousins, ultimate childhood fave.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- The Darling Buds of May books by H.E. Bates (these also work marvellously if you're feeling fat - bonus) <- love, love, love. bigging up Kent too!

I can't wait to schnuggle with:
- Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
- The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield
- Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamund Lehmann <- also, Dusty Answer
- Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (and everything else she ever wrote)
- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
- The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard (bliss, plus there are tons of them)
- Forever Amber by Kathleen Windsor
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell <- been on my to do list for aaages...
- Travels with my Aunt by Graham Greene
- Hens Dancing by Raffaella Barker
- The L-shaped Room by Lynn Reid Banks
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
- The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
- Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons by Lorna Handvik <- how good does that sound??
- 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
- Heartburn by Nora Ephron
- The Lord Peter Wimsey books by Dorothy L Sayers
- The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
- The Molesworth books by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle
- A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
- Not That Sort of Girl by Mary Wesley

I sadly do not approve of:
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë <- what is comforting about WH?? no no...

I love how many Persephone books there are on the list as well. Beautiful editions of neglected works by women? Hell yeeah. They make brilliant presents too... Anyone?

Chuck x

Monday, August 16, 2010

Tea Time Treats

We went to a sweet craft fair yesterday at St John's church in Edinburgh that is on, I believe, for the duration of the festival. There were plenty of the traditional, knitted monstrosities but there were some really cute bits and pieces too. All of us made purchases despite the fact that all of us were/are varying degrees of broke - that demonstrates how nice and how reasonably priced some of the items were. I am planning to cover all our crafty buys since I think that small-scale, handmade goodness always deserves a cheer (woop!) so here is our first item or something like it...

My lovely friend Rebecca bought an equally lovely tea cup and saucer ring from Cut & Paste by Kimbarelly. It was only £7, which I think is excellent value, and it is adjustable for those of us tragically cursed with fat fingers. I didn't get to take a photo of Rebecca's before she rushed off (sorry for making you almost miss your train!) but I found the below, which is pretty similar, on Kimberly's Etsy page. It is currently sold out there but she had plenty at the craft fair so I am sure she would be amenable to selling you one if you emailed her (kimbarelly@gmail.com). She doesn't currently seem to have a website but maybe she will get one, who knows... Anyway, I wish her well and many sales because she seemed vair nice when I spoke to her briefly today and who doesn't love tea-themed everythings?


As well as the tea cup I also liked her Coloured Geometries (possibly the wrong name? sorry...) range. There were these rings and the brooch is also available on Etsy here...

(Photos from Cut & Paste by Kimbarelly)


Anyway, late late v important date etc. Big up Brits on Etsy. Woo.

Chuck x

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Scarves Found

Today I Like: these Philippe Roucou scarves As Seen in passing On StyleBubble. I like that they are called Objets Trouves (objects found), it appeals to the poet within. They are 'printed with anonymous Polaroids, images lost, found and then used to create an imaginary story. Each one reveals an everyday-ness, both ordinary and extraordinary, from the past and the present'. To be honest the bumpf is rather off-putting and painfully over-written but still hilarious:

Through their work M. Chérie and Philippe Roucou show us the common values of private imagery while underlining the universality of feeling. The significance of the ‘Objets trouvés’ series of scarves is nestled somewhere within the tension between individual and collective.

Valorising these Polaroids, witnessing them and inventing a story is tantamount to revealing their uniqueness and preciosity, not to mention their potential status as a work of art. By turning anonymous photographs into fashion, with a nod to contemporary art, M. Chérie and Philippe Roucou’s scarves link intimacy with universality, banality with exception.

Ignoring this drivel though the scarves are pretty! I like the Objects Found nature of things, the colour palette and I am interested to see how they would look on...


(Photos from Phillippe Roucou)

Chuck x

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A-a-a-a-cappella!

Oh my gosh. Brilliant evening. Went to an acappella-off at the Underbelly in Edinburgh. As you might be able to guess this is like a dance-off but with accapella - crazy, yes? It was AWESOME. All the King's Men (of King's College London) faced off to Out of the Blue (of Oxford). There were five rounds - medley, choreography, sentimental, something and something. Songs included Don't You Want Me (Human League), a Black Eyed Pea Medley, Larger than Life (Backstreet Boys), Poker Face, Tender (Blur - a.maz.ing)... I was at the very centre of the very front, right in the heat of the action and I did get quite flecked with beat-boxing spittle but it was worth it! I'd love to be able to sing like these boys...

All the King's Men:


Out of the Blue:


These videos don't really do them justice so try and check them both out if you can. I think they both do/have done some mini tours and they're at the Festival if you're up. Otherwise they both have CDs - do it. In the end All the King's Men won the battle but it was really close and they were both fab so congratutions to them.

Go acappella!

Chuck x

Linkety Link

I'm currently in the process of making bunting for a friend's new flat. By which I mean we have bought all the ingredients and that was quite hard enough! The haberdasher (cracking word) was pretty much on the other side of Edinburgh - much walking... Anyway, the jist of this wee anecdote was that I'm still on a theoretical interiors kick! Haven't got round to organising anything exciting for my new flat and don't really have any money to do so but I'm storing up ideas for when I do. A new favourite tumblr is The Decorista; fab photos of gorgeous interiors. These are a couple that have gone into my 'inspiration' folder...

(Kitchen - flowers, table cloths, bagels, clean white cupboards and pretty kitchen lamps)


(Bedroom - antique chair, real fireplace, giant oversized/Alice in Wonderland mirror, 'nuff said)

(Bedroom - big white bedstead, white curtains, helpfully instructive 'silence' print, helpfully instructive 'kiss' pillow. This makes me want to learn to embroider in a big big way, project?)
All photos from The Decorista

Looking forward to working my way through her archives and uncovering my future (fantasy?) decorating plans.

Chuck x

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Recent Reads Cont.

Upping the ante on my massive shoe post I thought I would conclude my round up of my Sicilian reading matter (Pt I. here). I have been saving the best until last - these were the books I loved and most heartily recommend...

1) Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found - Suketu Mehta: I'm generally a fiction rather than a non-fiction kind of a gal but there are always exceptions. This is an exceptional exception. It is a part history, part autobiography, part travelogue portrait of Bombay. I may be slightly biased by my personal interest in India but I found it fascinating and really well written. I think that it can be difficult to write gripping non-fiction but Mehta nails it. There is real narrative drive and a connection to all the varied characters Mehta meets. These include bar dancers, gangsters and Bollywood directors. The book feels impeccably researched, Mehta becomes actively involved in the worlds that he writes about; he becomes a writer on a Bollywood blockbuster, he meets and becomes something like friends with powerful, underworld gangleaders, he is on the speed dial of the vulnerable, self-harming dancing girls. The author communicates his affection for the city beautifully, it is very catching! I already wanted to go to Bombay but now my need is urgent. A brilliant book about a fascinating city, read it if you have any interest in India or Bombay.


2) A Place of Greater Safety - Hilary Mantel: First of all, this is a BIG book! My copy clocked in at over 900 pages. I read it in two halves because I started it at Easter and then had to put it down for the summer term (I barely get any pleasure reading done during term time because I have so much academic reading that I need to do) and then I picked it up again in Sicily. To be honest, it didn't really benefit from having a massive break in the middle, no books do, but this was probably exacerbated by the complexity of the plot. This is a 'historical novel' but that doesn't do it justice. Like Wolf Hall it is fiction constructed around deeply researched historical 'fact'. I think Mantel, in her historical novels, works within 'known history'. I keep using appostrophes because the concept of history is fluid, as y'all know, and there is a much finer line between history and fiction than we learn at primary school. All history is a fiction we construct and I like to think of Mantel as a continuation of this process. Anyway, A Place of Greater Safety looks at the French Revolution, focusing on the characters of the revolutionary (kind of) leaders Camille Desmoulins, Georges Jacques Danton and Maximilien Robespierre. Over the course of 900 pages, unsurprisingly, you become very attached to them and their families. The events of the Revolution were crazy and Mantel writes them brilliantly. I loved it, became very emotionally involved in it and cried solidly for the last 30 pages on a busy Ryanair flight. A good review then!


3) The World According to Garp - John Irving: Love love love. Love love. Love. I enjoyed The Cider House Rules a few years ago but for some reason I never got around to reading Garp until now. It is crazy and irreverent and hilarious but still plot-tastic (very important) and warming. It made me laugh out loud, at one point I giggled so much I fell out of my hammock in front of a large group of 15 year old Italian boys, a proud moment. It is bizarre and tragic and moving although my friend who read it before me mostly just thought it was weird. Garp's mother impregnates herself with an injured aeroplane bomber's sperm rather illicitly. She becomes a world famous feminist who isn't a feminist. Jenny Fields is amazing! The book encompasses the whole span of T. S. Garp's life. T. S., not short for anything, is a writer although this isn't pretentious meta-fiction. I loved how much story there was in the book, there are so many events - I can't cope with books where nothing happens! Many many things happen in Garp. And there is an entire spectrum of deliciously mad characters. And it made me laugh. And and and... and you must read it! Now.


Hurrah for books!

Chuck x

A Plethora of Shoes

* N.B. Might have got a bit carried away - picture heavy post! * This is neither very intellectual nor very new but I was looking through the Elle Spring-Summer Accessories report today and phwoar, there are some shoes! I am maintaining that this is still topical because it is August and it is theoretically high summer right now. Sure, I was soaked to the skin trekking through cold, grey Edinburgh today but I am solidly clinging on to dreams of summer... Also, on a deep and philosophical fashion point (oxymoron? never!), I think we can overlook things in our - fashion blogs, mags etc. - constant quest for the new and the shiny. The below are some of my favourite SS10 shoes and I would argue that they are still fashionably relevant even if they are (almost) last season *gasp*. Are they even two seasons old since we are about to have the SS10 shows in September? I can't keep up with the fashion world sometimes...

Anyway, hot shoes!

(Versus - would happily trot into autumn with these on my feet)


(Versace - I know these are very 'fashion' but I'm still liking them...)
(Surface to Air)

(Pollini - love these, they remind me of the slightly similar Chloe ones that I still long for)
(Nicholas Kirkwood)

(Nicholas Kirkwood)


(Lanvin)


(Kurt Geiger - I mostly just think these are cute...)


(Jil Sander - these don't get any less beautiful)

(Church's)

Mmm... gratuitous shoe porn. Lovely stuff.

Chuck x

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Cheggings?

So I wandered into Zara today and tried on a very curious pair of 'trousers'... There were a chino-legging hybrid. A chegging - that word is a present from me to you, Grazia. Seriously, when did that happen? Who thought that was a good idea? Also, probably exacerbated by Zara's weird-ass sizing policies, the chegging presented almost unprecedented Camelflage opportunities.

What is the world coming too? What could possibly be next??

Chuck x

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My Multiple Personalities

Thanks to the wonderz of the interwebz (feeling z-tastic today, probz because I am pretty street) I recently stumbled across the illustrations of Caitlin Shearer. Her blog, Art by Caitlin Shearer, is full of her beautiful drawings. It is a wonder that Lula hasn't snapped up her irresistable prettiness yet but I'm sure they will in time. That said, I think there is more to her work than whimsical girliness (not that that isn't fun too). She draws some of the women I am in my head, or at least the women I want to be; pristinely elegant 1940s movie stars, mysterious Bloomsbury sex kittens, sweet but edgy fashion darlings... Of course none of these women tally up much with my real self but one day they could! They could! In the meantime I'll just fantasise about them via Caitlin.



And she's only 21! 21 in July. So young, so talented. Good luck to her.
Chuck x