Sunday, May 30, 2010

Cottingly Fairies

Remember this movie? It has to be one of my favourite of all time. Call me totally out of it, but it took me up till three years ago to realize that it was actually based on a true story, even though it says on the video "A true story" blah blah blah...

So, if you don't know the story, there were five photographs taken by Elsie Wright, 16, and Frances Griffiths, 10, cousins who lives in Cottingly, England. The first two were taken in 1917. The photos caught the attention of the media, so there was all thiss buzz going round as to whether they were genuine or not. This had all calmed down by 1921, 'cause, y'know, after a couple of months, no one cares about what was in the papers oh so long ago. Then in 1966 the Daily Express traced Elsie, who left open that she believed she photographed her thoughts. This caused a big media kerfuffle once again, until the early 1980's when the girls both admitted that the photographs they had taken were done using cardboard cutouts of faries copied from a childrens book. However, Frances went on to claim that the fith photo taken, the one with niether of the girls in it, was genuine.

First photo, taken by Elsie Wright, is of Frances Griffiths surrounded by fairies

Second photo is of Elsie with a foot tall Gnome

Third photo, of Frances

Fourth photo, of Elsie

The fith photograph, which Frances claimed to have been genuine, however, Elsie said that it was a fake, along with the rest. Both claimed to have taken the photo.
Genuine, or another fake?

Saturday, May 29, 2010

I love your funny face

Your sunny, funny face.

People in pictures being caught off-guard are so entertaining, posed funny faces can be pretty amusing too, though! This is a little tribute to celebrities/ models who aren't afraid to look a little bizarre in their photos.
Images primarily from

Thursday, May 27, 2010


Spring! Green. Grass. Fresh. Tropical.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Happy. Crazy. Silly. Super.

Monday, May 24, 2010


Sand. Light. Dusty. Dry.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Know me better!

So, because my blog is a newie, you guys won't know much about me yet, so I thought that as a starter I could answer these questions that Chantelle posted on her lovely blog. She is seriously the best image gatherer, so if you're looking for inspiration, go to her :)

(1) what is your biggest indulgence?

m&m's, they help me when I'm sad, happy, excited, nervous... Those candy coated wonders do everything for me!

(2) what is your favourite perfume or scent?

I am a perfume girl, perfume bottles are what dominate most of my dresser top! My favourites are.. Miss Dior Cherie au de toilette, the l'eau and the au de parfum versions don't do it for me, the original is always best! I ADORE Lola Marc Jacobs, which I got, along with the travel size version, and body lotion version in a set for my birthday. I never really liked Daisy Marc Jacobs until recently, it's definitely grown on me since my mom bought me the solid perfume version in a Daisy pendant, which I completely love and can't wait to wear. My other favourites are Tommy Girl, although it can be a bit strong at times, and émilie. émilie is a perfume I bought when I visited the fragonard perfumery in Grasse, France. At the time I bought it purely because it had my name (is that too conceited?) but then I discovered that was actually a really nice soft fragrance, kind of violet-y and candy like, but not too sweet.

(3) what inspires you, and what do you aspire to do?

What usually inspires me in my textiles work at school is other artists' work, I usually wind up taking their ideas in my initial work, but then interpreting them in a way that is no longer recognisable to have come from that artist. I find that really annoying when our piece for school actually has to represent that artist, because a lot of the time I feel bad copying someone else, wanting to do my own thing. I tend to generate ideas by thinking about everyday stuff, and eventually some kind of creative idea in whatever shape or form just pops up. People on the street inspire me, the way they look, or with people that I know, the kind of mannerisms that they have. Inspiration is everywhere and anywhere.

I aspire to work in fashion (isn't that obvious?) it might be in the business side of things, though I really don't find that as interesting as the creative aspect of fashion. Thing is, thats the side that everyone wants to be a part of! I guess if you have good enough ideas and want something really badly, then you'll go to it like a bullet in love.

(4) summer or winter?

Summer! It gives me so much more of a positive engergy, meaning that I can acieve more and just generally feel better.

(5) any favourite holiday destinations?

Las Vegas. Just the atomospere and the buzz you get from being there is so wonderfully overwhelming, the second I leave I just want to go back, I have never had a dull moment there. I also love Australia, my heart is there, and it's like my home away from home. It's were most of my family and family friends are, so every time we go over it's like this big reunion. The natural beauty of the country and the postive outlook of the people there blows me away every time, it's just so different to England.

(6) are you a jewellery, bag or shoe kind of girl?

Jewellery! I have this sort of pink girraffe wire thing with hooks on on my bedroom wall, I hang all my costume jewellery necklaces from there, then I have a mug stand with my costume jewellery bracelets and bangles hanging from it. I keep my more fragile stuff in a drawer. I love bags and shoes as well, but with jewellery I think there's more freedom in design, jewellery has less of a purpouse, whereas shoes and bags have a definite purpouse- to carry things/ to be put on feet, so the design possibilities are more restrictive, I think.

(7) if you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

Sydney, Australia, for the reasons I expained already!

(8) tell me some of your favourite books and movies:

My favourite books are The Tomorrow series by John Marsden, you can't buy them in stores in the UK, so when I was in Australia last I bought two full sets of the series- one for me and one for my friend's brother... needless to say the guy doing my purchase at Big W thought I was a freak :). I love tashen art books, I have the 25 years of fashion books from them, their Valentino book, and the book the have on the history of aparrel ads. I ADORE art/ fashion magazines, not the commercial ones that are 40% advertisements, like Elle and Marie Claire, but ones like Lula, Russh, 125, Gentlewoman, i-D and Wonderland. They cost a whole lot more but are so worth it.

Movies... I'll just give you a list, no need to explain any of them! Sex and the City, The Holiday, RV, Alice in Wonderland (all the versions of), Marie Antoinette, 500 Days of Summer, the Parent Trap and the disney version of Annie.

Tea anyone?

Friday, May 21, 2010


Believing in a feeling. Lost. Lonely. Free. Thoughtful. The unknown. Magic.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


For her 16th birthday in November, my buddie Sharpie is having a masquerade ball!
It's a long way off, but time runs away from you, so we've started coming up with ideas now, so any suggestions for food/ decorations/ whatever that is masquerade-y would be helpful :)