Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Back to School Wish list ft. Zaful (ad)

Back to school season is fast approaching, and we could all do with some more affordable everyday options to brighten up the approaching winter months. When the team at Zaful approached me to make a wish list, I jumped at the chance. I've seen Zaful all over Facebook, Instagram and Youtube recently and was intrigued to see what they had to offer. They have a huge range and as is usual with such websites, sometimes it can be a little difficult to see the wood for the trees. I'm hoping this wish list will help you narrow down their range a little when it comes to doing that all-important back to school shop. The pieces I've picked are fun and playful, whilst still being reasonably practical for school, college or university. All items are under £20, too!

They also have a great selection of checked shirt dresses from £11 that scream primary school summer-dress vibes.

The Zaful team have kindly provided us with a 10% off discount code. It’s romper season, so why not click the banner below for some ideas on how to rock a romper before summer ends for good?
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Are you looking forward to going back to school?
Elly xxx

Monday, 4 September 2017

Books, books, books: 3 recent reads

I have been reading an awful lot recently, so I thought it would be a nice idea to incorporate this into the re-brand of my blog. Each month (or maybe even more frequently than that!) I'd like to pick three books I've recently read, and just have a little chat about them.

This month we've got a mixed bag; from existentialism to contemporary art to speculative feminism. Let's get on with it:

1. Albert Camus - The Outsider (Translated by Sandra Smith)

This book was one of my father's favourites. He both read it and taught it, and was able to discuss its nuances for hours. For some reason, I've only just read it. At home the only version we have is in Camus' original French, which I am able to read with some help from a dictionary. To make life easier, I've also bought myself the Penguin translated version, which will help me a lot when I eventaully come back to read the original text.

This book is short, very gripping, and can easily be read in one sitting. What struck me about it is its intense sensory landscape, and how this is juxtaposed with the complete indifference and detachment of the protagonist from his own life and society's mechanisms at large. Meursault appears to be intensely interested in everything life presents to him, down to the minute intricacies, yet somehow remains apathetic towards the everyday in a way that verges on the absurd.

It's a book full of beautiful imagery and is food for philosophical contemplation - definitely worth giving up a few hours for.

2. Ana Benaroya - Illustration Next: Contemporary Creative Collaboration 

This book was a treat to myself, from myself. It's a collection of work from 50 illustrators, all practising now across the world. It contains interviews with all 50 artists, alongside full colour spreads of their work. There's a real mix in this book, and it's a pleasure to flick through. I've found a few new favourites thanks to this book! Interestingly, Benaroya turned this project in to a collaborative one, pairing up the artists and giving them each a word as inspiration. Through doing this, she unearths and disrupts their creative practices, giving both artist and reader food for thought.

It's a fabulous, inspiring book which places illustration where it should be - at the forefront of contemporary artistic practice. 

3. Naomi Alderman - The Power

The bookseller at my local Waterstone's recommended this to me when I was purchasing Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. He described it as 'feminist sci-fi', and a story involving girls suddenly developing lethal electrical 'skeins' couldn't really be described as anything else. It asks questions about what life would be like if women had physical power over men, as well as playing around with theories of power at large. It's a fun little ride, and although I can see how the feminism could be seen as flawed in some places, it's an interesting piece of speculative fiction nonetheless.

Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

Elly xxx


It's been a while (2 years, almost exactly) since I posted on this blog.

Since then my life has changed immeasurably. I've graduated for one thing, got myself a part-time job, even started up my own card making/illustration project. More poignantly, I've recently been hit with a huge shock, one that I'm not sure I've yet come to terms with. I suppose this is partly why I want to come back to this blog.

Writing has always been a source of solace, excitement and great pride for me. Admittedly, since completing university, I've started to miss it. It's a way to work through things. I've always been fascinated by the idea of crafting with words, seeing meaning come to life on the page as a painter creates marks on a canvas. I've been doing a lot of reading recently.

This blog is probably going to take a slightly different tone these days. I'll still post about the things I love, of course. Fashion will still play a big part. Yet I also want to place a larger focus on culture - art and literature in particular. My degree is in the History of Art and English Literature and I don't want to lose sight of the passion I have for writing about these subjects.

Watch this space.

Elly xxx