Tuesday, 22 October 2013

The Curated Shelf

A few months ago I read about a project called The Curated Shelf.  Since 2010, Louis Vuitton have been collaborating with many contemporary artists by inviting them to take the items that have inspired them and to curate a shelf or series of shelves, thus creating news pieces of art on display, and for purchase, in the exhibition space at the Louis Vuitton Maison (the flagship store on Bond Street).  Over the years the project has featured curated shelves from the likes of Tracey Emin, Juergen Teller, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Grayson Perry, plus many more.  Many of the artists have curated their shelves with inspirational books, or objects, such as 100 used up disposable cameras in the case of Jake and Dinos Chapman.

100 personalised disposable cameras: A Curated Shelf by Jake & Dinos Chapman (via anothermag.com)

Books, Books, Books: Juergen Teller's Curated Shelf (via anothermag.com)
Then I saw that one of my favourite bloggers - Alexandra Stedman of The Frugality - had taken the concept further by curating her own shelf, featuring favourite photos, magazine cover, candle and photo album - in short, all the 'bits and bobs' that reflected her personality and things she found inspiring.  Check out her blog post here.

I loved the idea of The Curated Shelf, and with one big bare bedroom wall plus a massive pile of magazines on the floor and countless items scattered all over, I felt inspired to give this project a go!

See my effort below.  I went with four mini shelves and 'curated' my shelves with my latest magazine reads, a print (fashioned out of a wallpaper sample in a frame), some of my favourite interiors tomes, and a gorgeous rose candle.

Ta-da! My Curated Shelves...

It's really easy to have a go at creating your own curated shelf - just use a shelf or bookcase you already have, or try these RIBBA picture ledge shelves from IKEA.  These are the ones I have opted for - they come in black and white and in two sizes - 55cm (£5.50 each) or 110cm (£8.50 each).  Then, just 'curate' with items that inspire you - books, postcards, prints, ornaments, magazines, perhaps even your favourite pair of shoes!  You can also change your edit of items whenever the mood strikes...

What would you have on your 'curated shelf'? Tweet me or send me a pic on Instagram!


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Cosy Up... Autumn Essentials

Summer’s over and the temperature has dropped considerably. The leaves might not have fallen or properly changed colour but Autumn (or Winter, judging by today) is truly here.  Time to put away the sandals and look forward to cosying up in snuggly coats, boots, gloves, scarves, and embracing winter hues either sartorially or though make up. 

My take on the season is leather (biker jacket and full skirt), leopard print (pouch clutch), a touch of tartan (a top), the colour pink (coat or accessories), pencil skirts (camo or pleather), held together by a great pair of ankle boots (check out Whistles or Zara) and styled with a ponytail (move over blowdries, style up your pony and get inspired by Matches’ great guide)

Getting a dark, berry hued manicure signifies the proper beginning of Autumn for me, and last weekend, right on cue I went for a much loved classic; Essie’s Wicked shade.  I’ve also felt the chill in the air, so have been snuggling into a huge grey woolly scarf and slicking on a dark berry shade of lip balm. Which shade to go for next is the big question!

Manicure in Essie Wicked

Alfresco drinks on rooftops are a distant memory, as Saturday nights now involve curling up on the sofa with a fluffy throw and season three of Homeland for company. All summer dresses have been swapped out for chic knits, trousers, skirts, coats and essential ingredient: packs and packs of pristine black opaque tights.  I’ve edited my wardrobe and filled two bags ready for the charity shop, which leaves the opportunity for some retail therapy for some autumn essentials come pay day!

See what's on my Autumn wishlist below!

My Autumn Wishlist
Clockwise from top left corner:
1. Yankee Candle Autumn Night Small Jar, £8.54 (similar), Yankee Candle
2. Peaked lapel wool coat, £150, COS
3. Short leather gloves, £39, & Other Stories 
4. Tuck stitch scarf, £55, Whistles 
5. Braided wool sweater, £55, & Other Stories 
6. IKEA Stockholm Throw, £25, IKEA 
7. Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in 'Cherry Me', £2.99, Boots (3 for 2 at the mo!)
8. Biker leather ankle boots, £79.99, Zara 

What are your Autumn or Fall Essentials? What's on your wishlist? Tweet me or Instagram me!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Just a note to say...

...Thank you!
A phrase we say practically everyday to partners, family, friends, colleagues, even strangers, when they give us gifts, do favours, donate their time or perhaps are just there whenever you need them.  When was the last time you send a proper thank you card or note to let someone know you appreciate something they've given you?  These days it's all about texts, whatsapp messages, tweets or perhaps a tagged photo or Facebook or Instagram.  I prefer the personal touch to express my gratitude via a handwritten thank you card or note.  It shows you have taken your time and effort in showing your appreciation, and is guaranteed to put a smile on the receiver's face!

My stash of thank you cards
I like to keep a box of thank you cards handy in a box, along with coloured pens, rubber stamps, envelopes, postcards and stickers to make the note extra fun!  That way I'm always prepared when I need or want to send a thank you.

Below I've rounded up my favourite thank you cards right now...

Clockwise from top left: 
1. Ella Thank You Cards Set, by Rifle Paper Co, £19.95 for eight, Liberty
2. Neon Thank You Note Cards, by Marby & Elm, £14.95 for six, Liberty
3. Floral Thank You Post Cards, by Rifle Paper Co, £9.50 for ten, Papermash
4. Merci Glitter Cards, £9.50 for ten, Papermash
5. Thank You So Much Mini Cards, £4.00 for ten, Paperchase
6. Bright Floral Thank You Notecards, £4.95 for eight, John Lewis

Send me pics or details of your favourite cards on Twitter or Instagram!

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