Wednesday, 19 November 2014

blue light

blue light

Blue light underneath my eyes
Blue light between the clouds
Breathless whispers, weary sighs
Blue vision my mind shrouds.

Blue flowers open up their eyes
Stare into my pale soul
Pale blue tears from pale blue cries
Would another make me whole?

Blue shades shut out the silver light
Blue shadows frame an ending
Thrust upon a morn blue bright
A new blue thought descending. 

lazy inspo post because this week is busy and blue is a pretty colour.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

hiding from the rainfall

This morning I finished reading Tennessee Williams' memoirs. I loved them but it made me sad because I would have very much liked to write to Tennessee Williams if he was still alive. I thought that of the women I read about in "Women of the Beat Generation." It's my own fault, I suppose, for tending to read books by/about the dead. However, I am also reading "How I Live Now" at the moment and I got the chance to speak briefly to Meg Rosoff in person a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps I'll write a letter to her.

Nothing of much consequence happened this week, but last night I finally watched Kill Your Darlings, which I did enjoy though I was slightly disappointed by it. That's probably because I had wanted to see it for so long, but I didn't particularly like its portrayal of the early days of the Beat Generation. There wasn't one character that I was particularly fond of, even though Dane DeHaan is hot as Lucien Carr and Allen Ginsberg is bae. I complain but there were some great parts and I still recommend that you watch it.

Today I wore a faux fur scarf that was a gift, Primark chain necklace, thrifted dress, belt from Portugal and Rocketdog shoes. I look like I'm going out to a posh restaurant but really I just went to the library to run the arts and crafts club.
In the below outfit that I wore in Portugal, I am wearing River Island sunglasses, Republic top, dungarees that were a gift and Nike Air Force 1s.

Defacing books usually makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable, but every time I pick up my copy of "Wuthering Heights" another cluster of pages falls out so I didn't see the trouble is tearing out the page with one of my favourite passages on it and sticking it in my journal. I bought the sheet music from a charity shop, the other images on the right hand page are from Pop magazine.

From an editorial in Hunger magazine, quotes from my tumblr written onto post-it note paper, photo from Rookie meet up October 2013. Bookmark that I got when I bought a couple of books at Shakespeare & Co. in Paris last year in the summer, extract from "The Second Coming" by Yeats.

I hope you all have a good weekend! Here is some music I've been listening to lately:

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

magdalena the queen, bye

Earlier this week John David Pfeiffer posted this fabulous video of Magdalena Frackowiak announcing that she will be walking in this year's Victoria's Secret show. Magdalena always manages to come across as so confident and self-assured without appearing arrogant. Her very appearance is enlightening; her versatile editorials burst with energy and sophistication.

This self-assured attitude from the 30 year-old model is expected from someone who has had a career as spectacular as hers. She has appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and Love magazine and walked for Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton. The self-declared "queen" has a lot to back up that confidently applied title.

It's easy to see why Magdalena is "the queen." Aside from her enchantingly beautiful features, Magdalena "the queen" has a bubbly interesting personality- her Polish accent adds an exotic charm and when she speaks her genuine passion for what she does really comes across.

Having spent a year studying architecture at an American university in Paris, Magdalena has a keen eye for visual culture. She is currently working on her own jewellery line which is hopefully coming soon. It is evident from her personal style that this collection of her own creation will be the epitome of chic and elegant style. "It's a lot of work...because I'm doing almost everything by myself," Magdalena explained to Fashion TV in October last year with her endearing Polish lilt. "When I have free time I work on locks. I carve the locks myself so every piece that's going to be out is gonna be done by me."

Magdalena is never short of words and always makes a point of asserting her independence. She works hard and has achieved a lot; it has never just been handed to her. She can wax poetic about fashion, making her passion for it really shine through. "For me, Dolce & Gabbana is a family" she explains, tilting her head matter-of-factly, "When you think about Dolce &Gabbana you have a beautiful image of the woman in your head; a beautiful, confident woman."

Although she regularly updates her Instagram (@frackowiakmagdalena), Magdalena has not been active on Twitter for several months. This is a shame as, given her video on John David Pfeiffer's Instagram and the captions that go with her own snaps, she would be quite the social media presence.

Growing up in Gdansk, Poland, Magdalena's mother sent her photos to a Warsaw modelling agency's competition, which she won, at the age of 16. Five years later she was appearing on international runways every season. Despite appearance of her glamorous campaigns and lifestyle, Magdalena is always honest in interviews and with that she is relatable. "I'm not lonely because I always work with many people but at the end I am lonely because I go to the hotels and there is no family there," she said backstage at Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2013. When she has a day off, "it's laziness, just doing nothing."

Magdalena is married to athlete Wotjek Pastor. The couple modelled for a gorgeous campaign for jewellery company "Yes" after announcing their engagement last year. A photograph of Magdalena wearing a Chanel couture wedding dress was posted to Instagram, but taken down shortly after. Hmm...

A fashion lover, Magdalena has got to wear some of the most intricately, artistically created pieces in all the most beautiful cities in the world. Appreciating the gorgeouness of the clothes she gets to wear she said of Alessandro Dell'Acqua Autumn/Winter 2009-10, "It is a fabulous collection. I would wear it myself, on the street, right now. I would not give the clothes back. I would just get out!."

And with that, let's take a moment to appreciate Magdalena's flawless off-duty style:

Magdalena is the queen, bye.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

portugal photo diary

A couple of weeks ago I went to Portugal for ten days, as my dad's friend has a villa out there that we went to for the first time four years ago. I loved the views in the more tropical environment and all the architecture was lovely. Everything's really colourful but nearer the cities the building look so neat and white. I also adore the atmosphere in small Portuguese towns. Culturally it is so different to being in the UK. There seems to be a stronger sense of community and it's much less materialistic. I spent most of the time reading, lying in the sun and eating multiple vegetable kebabs (seemingly the only vegetarian option available) at some lovely restaurants.

On our second night there I wore my American Apparel bodysuit, Miss Selfridge shorts and New Look sandals. I tried to style some outfits that I had never worn before so I have a number of photos ready for future outfit posts. I haven't had a chance to wear this bodysuit much because I bought it in September and it has got colder and colder since then.

The beaches were beautiful, but the sea was mostly too choppy to swim in. I spent the morning of the first day of November on the beach listening to Lorde and reading F. Scott Fitzgerald short stories. It seems surreal now that I'm home to such a dark and damp winter. We went shopping one day and I bought a faux fur gilet from a Portuguese shop that I can't pronounce the name of. On Halloween the tennis club held an October Fest where literally all the food and drink was free which was lovely because they had nice rosé but not so great because the only vegetarian food available was plain salad. Cool.

I will post further photos from Portugal in the coming weeks. I hope that you all have a good weekend.