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31 Days of Inspiration: Pretty Honest pt 1

Pretty Honest book

I’ll be frank with you, this is not my copy of Pretty Honest. It’s my twin sister’s. I have my own copy and I seriously have been reading it, but in order for you to understand why I chose a beauty book over a diet or mindfulness book for the 31 days of inspiration challenge you need to understand where I stand with make-up. About ten steps behind my twin sister. My sister’s always been into her make-up, which if I’m honest has made me pretty lazy when it comes to making decisions about my own. Despite being only 40 minutes older than me, she’s got years on me in terms of cleansing, foundation, eye lash curlers (horrible, horrible contraption that I will never let her use on me again) and general beautification. Where I have a cute little china mug full of my make-up products, she has a cabinet.

Her methodical approach to Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest came as no surprise this Christmas. And I’m trying really hard not to revert to type and just ask my sister to buy me the products she thinks I should be using, because as Sali says, we all have different skin types, and we should know our own skin better than anyone else.

Step one. Get to know my skin.

Step two. Look after it.

Easier said than done, however, Sali’s daily routine page spread has been genuinely helpful, and her revelation that toner is unnecessary made my week. I now have to somehow get to grips with SERUMS though… When did serums happen?!

(I’ve set myself a ‘Say Yes‘ challenge, I’ll be attempting to take charge of my beauty routine this January through the wisdom of Sali Hughes. I’ll illustrate my findings on postcards to share with you here and then send out into the world).

x

Listening to Febueder: Owing

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Say Yes

say yes

One of my close friends recently simplified and improved one of my rambles of a new years’ resolution as the classic ‘Say Yes’. So I’m going for it, and I’m combining it with my other two resolutions; 1. to take more time for art projects, and 2. to write more letters to people I actually know and care for (instead of just snail mail projects!), most specifically my mum who always sends lovely postcards and totally deserves to receive more.

Each month I’ll be ‘saying yes’, so embracing a new skill, going somewhere new, just, you know, trying something different to my normal routine. I’ll illustrate it on a postcard and then I’ll send that postcard out into the world. BOOM. Three New Years Resolutions in one project. Winner.

January’s ‘Say Yes’ will be combining a project for work (multi-tasking to the max), 31 Days of Inspiration, where I’ve been tasked with reading Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest and putting her advice into action!

For those of you who follow me for music suggestions, I’ll still be doing those. Say Yes happens to be my favourite song on Langhorn Slim’s Be Set Free Album (a foot stompingly amazing album folks) so rather apt for today.

Enjoy x

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Let’s Make Labels together, you and I


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Just a note to add to my general music recommendations…  I know I haven’t said much in a while … so … ‘hey’. I bought a label maker, and we’ve been making loads of little notes together – I even jazzed up the spice rack, uhuh, it’s pretty awesome actually, infact it’s this awesome. And yes, I joined instagram, and no, I don’t seem to be getting the hang of hashtags, but i’m going to keep trying godammit!

Stationery purchase of the month (so far): my Work Hard & Be Nice to People, Anthony Burrill for Rubberband notebook – with, you guessed it, bright. pink. pages. My heart fluttered so fast when I saw it I knew I wasn’t going to be able to walk away without taking it home. Isn’t it beautiful?! x

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Bob Dylan: Hand Lettering Experience

A very lovely person just pointed me in the direction of this awesome video. It’s all the lyrics (not just the odd word like in the original video) to Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues in beautiful hand lettering. Frame by frame,  the awesomely creative Leandro Senna has created a truly lovely project that clearly took hours of care. Check out the website for behind the scenes photos.

This is for any of you who love music and stationery as much as I do! x

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Stationery lovers: Pencils

I’m a big fan of the pencil. Here’s a collection of my current favourites:

Classic Rhodia pencils – I’ve been using mine all week.

Love these weekday pencils! From Etsy seller Amanda Catherine Designs

I’ve had these Inkit Gold tipped pencils on my radar for a while now

Complimentary pencils courtesy of Nonesuchthings

Batman. Need I say more?! Thanks One Up Designs!

Moleskine highlighter pencils

Moleskine highlighter pencils

Jeffrey Campbell Pencil Shoes

Jeffrey Campbell Pencil Shoes! I know, whoah.

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Paper Cinema’s Odyssey

My sister and I celebrated our birthday by watching Paper Cinema’s Odyssey last night. We’d already seen the show at Latitude Festival in 2012 so knew how amazing it was going to be, even so I spent the entire show mesmerised and smiling from ear to ear. It really is brilliantly done.

If you’re in London, and you want to see live animation at its best then head to the Battersea Arts Centre, the show is on until the 9th of March. Go! x

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The Bookshop Band, A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls was one of my favourite books of 2012 and this song by the Bookshop Band, For An Ending, inspired by Patrick Ness’ book is simply put, perfect.

If you haven’t done so already, I urge you to read the book x

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Oliver Jeffers, Picture Book Maker

Here’s a delightful video of my all time favourite Illustrator/Author Oliver Jeffers on how he makes such lovely books:

Courtesy of Vimeo and the man himself! Lush x

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London Calling

Happy New Year everyone.

It’s a week of reunions for me so I’m busy reminding people how great London is. And it really is great so I’m quite happy to do so! We’re off to see the Barbican’s Rain Room in a bizzle, fingers crossed the queue isn’t too long!

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