Sunday, July 19, 2009

Florence & the Machine

A journalist friend got me a free ticket to Lovebox festival this weekend, and I got tosee Florence and the Machine perform for the first time.

Florence and the Machine - Lovebox

I haven't bothered to check her music out before partly because of the hype and partly because the 70s/art nouveau/clowns and fairies aesthetic seems to be aimed right at my demographic (thanks Bat for Lashes!).

She was immense though- what a performer- she went from cute to siren to fucking madthing in a half hour set. And her voice is just fine.

It doesn't hurt that she is achingly, aspirationally beautiful too. She had fake eyelashes on upper and lower lids and two gold rings shaped like raptor claws. As for her hair, well it just reminded me how much I need to go and see the JW Waterhouse mermaid painting again.

Nice lyrics too.

I'm off to cut in a fringe and order her album...

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Charity shopping


Spoils from last week; Ronald Regan, Mary Pickford, mother of pearl box and Jocob's Room by Virginia Woolfe


I feel like it's been a year since I did proper outfit photos. It's probably inevitable seeing as I barely have time to do the things I absolutely need to do, let alone frivolous things like photograph myself every morning. But, I'm finding that living life unexamined (even in the most shallow way) make it so difficult to mark time. Months go by, I gain weight, don't cut my hair, wear the same skirt three times a week and no one picks me up on it.

At least photographing myself every morning gave some much needed scrutiny.




Caroline Weeks

From the launch of Songs for Edna in Dalston a few months ago. A really magical evening.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mr Tesco

Wise words from Sire Terry Leahy:
“There was no magic silver bullet, no new fangled business theory - just a series of improvements that we rolled out to deliver for the consumer, and earn loyalty...stick to the strategy of listening to customers. Never deviate from it, but accept that it means constantly changing tactics - in other words, how and what you deliver for consumers,” he advised. “Second, … nothing is sacred. Question everything - especially things which people tell you “can’t be changed”.”
“Third, loyalty has a price. It may demand short term pain - such as investing in lower prices - but it delivers medium and long term gain,” he added. “Finally, hold your nerve. Following the consumer means spotting trends and taking risks, not waiting for your competitors to move first....Find a business that has plans created on the basis of abstract theories and assumptions, not on what consumers say and think, and you have found a bankruptcy waiting to happen.”