Monday, 28 July 2008

Right, so I have been being lax!

Time for a mega-sized update!

It's been a busy few weeks for me, just for a change. I have finally, after wanting to for so many years, started swing dancing. It's enormous fun. I thought I had no rhythm at all, but I seem to be holding my own in class. It's also incredibly good exercise. So good, in fact, that I am worried about...ahem...ruining my vintage dresses. Sorry if this is TMI, but does swing dancing ever make one sweaty! I now have a pressing need to buy a pair of proper dancing shoes and a few repro dresses. It's unfortunate that repros cost more than actual vintage in most cases!

The shoes I have my eye on are these:



by Aris Allen.

And one of the dresses I am thinking of investing in is this:



It has the perfect combo of cotton and very short sleeves, which make it perfect. From Big Beautiful Barbara Brown. Of course one dress is not really enough. I need to go find some vintage-y strappy tops and light skirts. I was so hot last week (and with the weather like this, I'm thinking this week too) that I am seriously considering wearing a playsuit! Well not really, but it'd be so much cooler. Which brings me to some shoot pics. These are the digital versions of the shoot that I did at the beach a few weeks back. I am really quite pleased with them. My purple playsuit also was worn out in public for the first time ever yesterday - I was feeling especially brave and it was SO HOT! (Playsuit is also from BBBB, and my swimsuit is by Ashley Dean.)






I'll be updating my site soon so please do go check out the rest of the set when I do. They are on my Myspace already. :)

Though playsuits are hardly the most practical of garments for us Brits, I do love them. I am particularly coveting this one, again from BBBB (I swear I am not being endorsed by them, chance would be a fine thing!)



Isn't it just the most adorable thing??

Anyway, the Friday before last, I went to a wedding. Despite living a fair way away from me, the bride and groom considerately (*wink*) had their wedding only 3 miles from my home, making it very easy for me to get there and back. Some photos:

Me and my old friend Ruth. I think we're singing to Metallica.


Me and the groom, Stewart.


A load of old college chums.


Mm, good posing!

My fabulous dress is from Whirling Turban though despite its gorgeousness, it was hell to spend an entire day sitting and dancing in due to the boning. Bah.

I will end this post here to avoid boring any potential readers too much. I will however continue later as I have so many more pictures to share, including more from the Studland manor hotel shoot I mentioned in my second to last post and the results from the Club Shepway Bathing Beauties parade last weekend. Toodlepip for now!

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Club Shepway Bathing Beauty Parade - July 20th 2008

Taken from Lady Lucie's own Myspace Blog. Come down and see me in the Parade!

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Join Club Shepway at the Leas Lift Folkestone on Sunday 20th July to celebrate 100 years of Bathing Beauties, and re-live the dream where the first ever British Beauty Parade took place!


The day's attractions include funicular cabaret, featuring in-carriage performances from escapologist Evil Uncle Tony, the musical delights of Miss Ivy Page, plus your chance to learn to hand jive in 40 seconds with the Reverend Boogie!


Remember… don't miss the hotly contested crowning of Miss Club Shepway 2008 at 2pm, with your host, Evil Uncle Tony!


Competing for the title this year will be:


♥Dangerous Dolly

♥Fleur de Guerre

♥Miss Golden de Licious

♥Miss Ivy Paige

♥Veronika Valentine


+ more to be confirmed…


This event is FREE and not for profit! All are welcome, please come and join the fun to celebrate this centenary anniversary in Club Shepway Style.

The project is funded thanks to the Arts Council, and is a Folkestone Fringe event, working in context of the Folkestone Triennial contemporary arts festival - why not make a day of it and visit the public exhibits?... One of which; Mark Dion's 'Seagull appreciation unit' will be located at the Leas Lift for the day!




This event will be held at The Leas Lift, Lower Sandgate Road, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1PR. The nearest Railway station is Folkestone Central.





More information can be found at:
www.clubshepway.com
www.folkestonefringe.com
www.folkestonetriennial.org.uk
www.leaslift.org.uk

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Fashion and fantasy musings

When browsing through wardrobe_remix on Flickr, looking at all the cool and not-so-cool outfits, I always wish I had something to contribute, but I never do. Partly because I don't own a digital camera so couldn't take a picture of myself, but mostly because I really never accessorise! It's something I think I just don't "get". The thing that the most stylish fashionistas seem to have in common, is that their outfit is always accentuated with something (or some things) out of the ordinary. Be it a jazzy belt, a clashing scarf, a pair of tights in a bright shade, it's always *something*. But I never invest in accessories like belts, scarves, hats. I think I tend to baulk at the prices of such items in shops, I can buy a vintage dress on eBay for less than the price of a belt that's been cheaply made in the far east...plus I can never find things that go with my look. I realise that half the point is putting things together that don't go, but then I am into vintage fashion, as opposed to just fashion. Ho hum.

So last week, I was in one of the least glamorous locations known to man, Maidstone. "I spent a year there one week" as the old joke goes! Well, it was a week, and it did indeed feel like a year! It was a 'Creative Workshop' with the other copywriters and designers on my team, and I thought it went very well. It was like a strange hybrid between really hard work and a relaxing holiday! I got more sleep than usual, in a very, very comfy bed; and we got sooo much food! I am seriously amazed that I only put on 3lb, and I can lose that in a couple of days. But it was quite hard, and I am pleased to say that I did come up with the required creative goods. :) I also managed to start, and completely finish, Last Argument of Kings, the last book in a trilogy I enjoyed immensely: The First Law, by Joe Abercrombie.

I thought I was ruined after I discovered George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire. I thought nothing could be so entertaining, so gripping, so gory. I actually gave up reading fantasy for a few years as nothing even came close. Nothing at the local library anyway. Well and the fact that Mr Martin has taken approximately 647 years to write the latest instalment. Anyway, I read a lot of great, and not-so-great detective novels in that time. But then I discovered The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch and I got re-hooked on nerdy fantasy. So I went to a different library and scoured their SF section, and picked up The Blade Itself, the first in the First Law series. I was hooked from beginning to end. Then, when I went on a (very classy, I might add) holiday to Lanza-grotty with my mum and brother, I bought my bro the first two in the First Law series as a belated birthday present, hoping he'd let me read the second one while we were away! He did, and loved them so much, he bought The Last Argument of Kings the moment we got back and read it before me! What a git! I should add that I also bought him the George R. R. Martin books, and actually got him into reading again. And he likes Joe Abercrombie even more. He's even been pressing copies on his mates, trying to get them into him!

Anyway, suffice to say it is an absolutely cracking read. It's a fantastically well-written series, and the characters are so ... full of character! They have both good and bad sides, and unlike some books, there were no character chapters that I wanted to (or *gasp* did!) skip through. The battle scenes were particularly epic, and suitably bloody. My only niggle is the ending! I am praying that Mr Abercrombie left so much potential story deliberately, so he can continue it in the future! I want to know about Ferro's vengeance! I want to know if Logen escapes from that evil Black Dow (I knew he was rotten to the core)! I want to see Jezal catch a break and Bayez get his comeuppance! So fingers crossed, we haven't seen the last of that world.

*ahem* that is quite enough nerdery for one day, back to being a poser! Yesterday, I went to a 'group shoot', namely a large collection of models and photographers, in a lovely old manor house hotel. The rooms and gardens were lovely, and I think (hope!) I will get some fab shots for my portfolio. I have only seen a couple so far, but then it only took place yesterday. I am also awaiting pics from the beach shoot of a fortnight ago and a wedding and fashion shoot I did a week ago. I will be updating when all those are back...no more shoots for a while now.

Enough waffling, have a couple of piccies.


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