Friday, March 27, 2015

Fujiko Nakaya Fog Bridge

Last month I went to see Fujiko Nakaya's Fog Bridge installation, which was taking place at Pero's Bridge in Bristol. I am always excited by installations like these, especially if there's an interactive element, and as it was billed as "A chance to literally walk in the clouds" [New York Times] I had to see it!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Welcome, Spring!

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is finally springing! It was the Spring Equinox on Friday and already the change in light levels, warmth and plant life has been noticeable where I live. One of my favourite things about Spring is all of the beautiful flowers-I love the colours and the delicacy of these early blooms, and they help to make Spring one of my favourite seasons (along with Autumn). Indoors I've been enjoying the frothy fairy skirts and divine scent of some Bridal Crown narcissi,

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review: Dr Bronner's Magic Soap Rose Castile Soap

I've been trying to only buy "natural" (as in paraben free, with natural ingredients) skincare products for a while now, as I feel like they agree better with my very sensitive skin. One of the things I've been meaning to try for ages is castile soap, a multi-purpose soap with very few ingredients, but I never seemed to find it in high street shops. So I was very happy to receive a small bottle of Dr Bronner's Magic Soap Hemp Rose Pure Castile Soap as a Christmas present!

It took me a while to get around to using it, as I like to use up products completely before moving on to the next. But I have now been using Dr Bronner's Hemp Rose Castile Soap in the shower for about 3 weeks, and I absolutely love it! 

It's very different from more widespread shower gels and liquid soaps. For a start, it really is a liquid. It doesn't have the gel-like consistency of a lot of shower gels and liquid soaps, it is pretty much the consistency of water. I don't mind this at all and I feel like it makes the soap go further, but it might take a little getting used to. It also doesn't lather into a mass of foam, as it doesn't contain any foaming agents. It still produces a pleasant amount of bubbles though, and soap doesn't actually need to lather to have a cleaning effect. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Hatched Matched Dispatched-and Patched! at the American Museum in Britain

Christening cloaks

A few days ago I was lucky enough to get a preview of the new exhibition at the American Museum in Britain, titled "Hatched Matched Dispatched-and Patched!". It aims to tell the stories of peoples lives through textiles, from christening gowns to mourning garb. I think this is something people can really identify with as even in the modern age, so many of us have textile items linked to memories or events-whether it's a treasured wedding dress, a quilt made by a family member, or just a favourite piece of clothing. In the past these sentimental, personal associations would have been even stronger, as so many textile items were handmade, often taking months or years to finish. They were often created for specific rites of passage, and then used frequently for the rest of the maker's life. 

Friday, March 06, 2015

Mushroom, Glass and Crystal Bracelet

As you may have noticed, I'm rather fond of mushrooms and toadstools, and I often can't resist buying things with mushroom motifs. 

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Ebook Review: Watersmeet by Rachel Cotterill

Watersmeet is probably best described as a fantasy romance, which also weaves in adventure, magic, and the battle of good against evil. The main character, Ailith, is a potter's daughter from a small village, living in a historical fantasy setting which seems to be loosely based on feudal era Britain. Her life has mainly consisted of work, chores, family, and the fruitless search for a husband who won't be intimidated by her literacy, until a strange old man comes to visit and reveals her magical abilities. This brings a whole new set of problems-magic, although it has the power to help people, is forbidden under the strict religious laws of her society. Her life quickly changes, and she finds herself on a quest far from her village, far from her former life, on her way to the castle of a Baron with a fearsome reputation...

Monday, March 02, 2015

Outfit of the Day: Black, Rainbows, Butterflies and Fishes

It has been so grey and miserable recently that one day I decided to counteract this by wearing the brightest dress in my wardrobe.

It's a rather beautiful rainbow coloured butterfly print, which I actually found in the children's section of Primark several years ago. Being short has its advantages sometimes.

As the dress is meant for summer and rather thin, I kept warm by adding a plain black cardigan to match the black details in the print, and wrapping myself in a beautiful multicoloured shawl. I really like this shawl, it reminds me of sunsets. 

Some wine coloured tights and my trusty black boots finished off the outfit.

I also adorned myself with a self-made necklace of rainbow fish.

I really love this dress, it is so colourful and happy, and really brightened up a grey day.

Outfit details:
Shawl-gift, cardigan-charity shop, dress- Primark kids section, tights-M&S, boots-H&M Kids, necklace-made by me.