Sunday, 25 April 2010

The MAGIC of the disposable camera

While searching through hundreds of photos (in my computer folders, in boxes around my room, and on Facebook) so that I could fill my school yearbook page, I was struck how awesome all the photos taken on those disposable cameras you can get from Boots are. 
Grainy pictures from Paris:

Sunny magic in Italy:

My aunt thinks that this picture could have been taken any time in the last time forty years.
It's me, in 2008, in case you were wondering.

Capturing moments at birthday parties:

Pure white skin from Gracey.

Museum visiting:

I must now go and do my history coursework (due in tomorrow). 
Flo x

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Sports Day

I don't do sport. I don't enjoy sport. I regard anyone who tries to make me do sport with a great deal of suspicion and mistrust. 
So how did I get out of doing anything? Claiming I didn't know about it and then feigning injury. Works every time. 

(She won her race, by the way)

I'm wearing Topshop sunglasses, Lyle & Scott Cardigan and vintage scarf. 
Flo x


Empty timetable day

Thanks to some EXCELLENT timetabling by my school, I have no lessons every alternate Wednesday. Yesterday was one such day. So Mama Eastoe and I headed up to London for some girly-bonding-time/to see Grace Kelly at the V&A/to go to some magazine party she had been invited to. 
Unfortunately all the photos I took are dreadful because they come from my mobile phone - I left my camera at home. 

I loved the V&A. I hadn't been before (although Mama Eastoe said that I had but didn't remember), and I was just amazed by the sheer amount of objects there. I loved the court casts (above) and couldn't believe that they got them into that room. I did realise that they took them apart in Italy and rebuilt them when they got them back to the museum but still, WOW, they're absolutely massive and someone, somewhere in history did all the carving.
Unfortunately, the Grace Kelly exhibit was sold out for the day, so I am going another day. 
My favourite object was this staircase: 
This staircase is from Italy and my inner history geek loves that it survives from Medieval/Renaissance times and it was transported without being damaged or anything. I wanted to climb up it but health and safety blah blah blah. What the picture doesn't show you is how intricate the carving on the central pillar and the banister is.  
We then headed to Harrods for afternoon tea. 
Mmmm Laduree.
I had raspberry, chocolate and vanilla mini macaroons and Mama Eastoe had pistachio and coffee mini macaroons.
I also had proper French hot chocolate, ie. what is essentially melted chocolate, which meant that I was so full I couldn't eat anything else for the rest of the day. I could live off those macaroons for the rest of my life, especially the vanilla ones. 
Flo x

Monday, 19 April 2010

Rimmel vs Chanel

I love red nail varnish. It's my favourite colour. It's classic and goes with everything. 
I usually wear this Rimmel nail varnish - it dries really quickly, doesn't chip easily and its quite cheap as well. 
It looks like this when it's on:
But then I was poking around Mama Eastoe's dressing table, and I found this: 
I have been converted. It works so well, the colour is different to the Rimmel and it doesn't chip when I wear it to work. 
(Lady Gaga little monster hand)
Flo x

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Summer's here.

It felt like the start of summer today (the sun was shining, birds were singing, and I went out without needing to wear tights or over the knee socks) so Mama Eastoe and I headed over to Whitstable for some light shopping. 

We went to this gorgeous little shop that sold all sorts of odds and bobs for the garden. (There's Mama Eastoe, ignoring me and the camera).

I thought this mirror/water feature was pretty cool.
I took some more pictures, but my memory card was acting up. 
Also, I got some new shoes: 
They're from Office and they're called the Loose Lace (see, no tights!) My friend calls them "the Victorian chimney sweep boots". They're real leather and are really comfortable, but the stitching around the top does rub my ankle sometimes. 
Flo x

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Row row row your boat

My friends and I took a trip to Hythe to see our wonderful friend Hannah and we went rowing. 
The dream team (and Charlotte)

The cheaters/losers

You really wouldn't know we were in a river in this photo. But we are. Honest.

Hannah and Lora did have a good time. Honest. 

I wore my vintage scarf, Gap Kids denim jacket and Topshop dress. 

Charlotte passed her driving test. I've passed mine as well. Happy times. 

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

More Life Advice

Never go to a foam party when you're having a good hair day and wearing a new dress. Because your friend will think it funny to push you into the foam (that goes up to your waist) and put a load of said foam in your hair.


This is Charlotte. She's fun. She doesn't push people into foam.
I'm wearing a Gap Kids denim jacket that used to belong to my brother, my "Florence" necklace that I got for my 18th birthday, my new (and possibly ruined) H&M t-shirt dress and a hoop earring I found in my jewellery box that I'm wearing in an ironic way. 


My parting was ruined (to the extent that I actually had to comb my hair this morning) and it took ten minutes in the toilets to get all the mascara and eyeliner off my face.
Flo x

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Gloria has returned....

Gloria (my camera) is completely over her diva moment and is ready for action.
When I went to London with Grace for the American Apparel rummage sale epic fail, I got two excellent vintage bags, for £16 each, from Absolute Vintage. I don't normally like vintage things (I'm not opposed to the idea, but I like vintage things to be in excellent condition and not to smell weird).

I got really excited when I saw this bag - it was sitting on a shelf next to a Chanel and I could see it's tag said "£18" and I thought, just for a second it was Chanel too. But no, it's just a cute little quilted bag, that is surprisingly roomy. It can handle the pressure of my purse, lip balm, phone, iPod, sunglasses and notebook without breaking a sweat.  
It's a better shape than most of the clutch bags available on the high street at the moment and it's real leather, so I think it's going to last for quite a while. 

The other bag was I bought twas the snake/croc skin bag (on the left). It's really stiff and sturdy so I can bash it about a bit without worrying about it breaking (i.e when I run for the bus, because even though I've passed my test I still have to catch the bus). I haven't used it much yet, but I think it will become my new school bag. 
The bag on the right is a bag I bought this time last year from Topshop, and is affectionately known as the Lovely Lucky Bag. I can see in all seriousness that it saved my life. I don't use it much, because the strap is a weird length, but it will always have a special place in my heart.
Flo x
P.S. See the scarf hanging multi-coloured scarf hanging behind the vintage back? I knitted that myself. 

Friday, 9 April 2010

Shoes are for fashion, not function.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the most beautiful shoes in the world. 

That's right, I've kept their filling. Because they're that special.

Not only are they the most beautiful shoe in the world, they are also the most difficult to photograph. I could not get one decent photo of the back (the wedge is narrower and it's very dramatic etc etc).
With suede on the outside and leather on the inside, they are uber-comfortable and the wedge is really to walk on. Even after six hours. Impressive, non? Kudos to Topshop for that one. 
I wore them on Thursday and my friend moaned that I was taller than her, and also claimed to not understand why I was wearing them. She said she didn't understand the point of them. I told her they were for fashion, not function. 
Shoes are not always meant to be comfortable, however, these are, and for that, I am thankful.
Flo x
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