Wednesday, November 30, 2011

101 Things in 1001 Days: November Update

15% completed so far : )

#17 have weekly grooming sessions for 12 weeks (12/12)
#67 Develop a Personal Style that reflects who I am....did a mood board here
#79 Make a wish at 11:11 on November 11, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Drawing 14: Wedding Gown for MG (1)

Drawing 14: Bridal Gown. Nov 2011

Design for a friend who's getting married next March. 
I will be making the wedding gown for the church ceremony and luncheon; and the evening gown for the dinner.

We are going for a Vintage 30's look. The gown will be a 2-piece with detachable train. 

The top will have a corset base overlaid with beaded lace, with a raised collar and V-neck, and dropped sleeves. Button detail at the back. Mermaid skirt and matching train will be in duchess satin.

Keeping to the Vintage 30's theme, the bride will wear a pillbox hat with net front just covering the eyes, and a longer tulle veil at the back.  

This is my first bridal outfit  and I've never made a train before, let alone a detachable one.
So I'm as nervous as a bride!
: )

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Book 11: The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point, Nov 2011

Malcolm Gladwell has a way of making me examine my assumptions and look at things from a different perspective. I enjoyed reading his first book, Outliers and so I went out and bought The Tipping Point

The subject matter is different but the book was just as enjoyable. 

While Outliers examines why some people achieve extreme success ......think Bill Gates, the Beatles....and, I think, Steve Jobs also falls into this category, The Tipping Point looks at epidemics. Not just viral epidemics but also epidemics of ideas, fashion, trends.....why do some ideas gain popularity and traction and others don't? What is the tipping point from which an idea takes off? What is needed to reach tipping point? 

As the tag line says, it's the little things that makes the big differences. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Drawing 13: Portrait - Girl with Wild Hair

Drawing 13: Portrait - Girl with Wild Hair. Nov 2011

Love the Wild Hair!
This is last week's drawing. I drew the same girl in Drawing 12 here.

In Drawing 12, I had a lot of trouble with drawing the face and messed it up. So Drawing 13 is an attempt to get it right. Not great, though recognizable. I spent a lot more time than I planned to and had to stop, or I won't be able to do a drawing this week. So I left the shading incomplete. 

Must practise doing more portraits, AND speed up!

Friday, November 18, 2011

# 67 Get a Personal Style

Personal Style, Montage, Nov 2011

Fashion fades, only style remains the same
~ Coco Chanel

"I knew I needed a look and I got one." said Maria Callas, in the play Master Class. Me too. So I am getting rid of everything that's not "me" any more......which seems to be most of my wardrobe. But that's ok. I won't be wearing boring corporate suits anymore in my new life.

Some of the stuff can be deconstructed and reconstructed into something I will actually wear. While I'm at it, i.e. cleaning out my closet, those comfortable dropped-waisted faded jeans with the frayed hems will have to go. Faded is so not-elegant and the jelly belly is starting to roll over the dropped waistband.

Effortless.......Uncontrived. Not looking like I've spent hours doing hair or make-up (even when I have!)
Timeless........Modern classic's and Vintage look. 
Simplicity.......Minimalist. Design should be based on cut, rather than embellishments. Minimal accessorising. 
Natural..........No purple or green hair. no heavy make-up. Enhance rather than disguise. Natural fabrics.
Elegant..........Well-groomed, good posture, good manners.  
Stylish............Keep up with broad trends, but only pick those that suit me. Skip the ones that don't.
Creative........Classic's with a twist!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

100 years of East London Style in 100 Seconds

100 Years of  East London Style in 100 seconds. 
 From Youtube. Uploaded by Westfield Stratford

Love this!
A fun and quick fashion history lesson.

This well produced video takes us from Edwardian 1911 through the Flapper 20's, the war years of the 40's, the Swinging 60's,  Boho 70's, Punk 80's and Grungy 90's to 2011.  

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Book 10: The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini. Nov 2011

My mother was a librarian, and reading was encouraged in our home. I love immersing myself in a good story and with all the good writers out there, there are few books that I don't enjoy. 

 But once in a while, there's a story that stays with me long after I have read the last word and closed the book. Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner is one of these books.

Drawing 12: Girl Leaning

Girl Leaning, Nov 2011

I like this Benetton ad which I found in an old copy of Vogue, but was not confident drawing the whole group. So I picked the girl with the fizzy hair as I liked her pose which I thought would be quite interesting to draw. 

Unfortunately,  I had a lot of trouble drawing her face and in the end, managed to mess things up by wearing away the paper with the eraser, and there is no time to re-do this week. 

Next week, I'm going to practise drawing faces!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fashion Icons: Twiggy

from Youtube. Uploaded by 60sFashionLove

Mid-60's in London: The Beatles, Carnaby Street, Mary Quant, mini-skirts,  the Mod Look, short boyish hair, skinny and Twiggy.

Her famous crop cut, by Leonard of Mayfair, propelled her to fame at age 16. She became one of the first international super-models when she took New York by storm in 1967. Suddenly the waif look, boyish  crop cuts and big round eyes with long, long lashes worn with short, short skirts and A-line dresses were all the range. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Drawing 11: Girl Sitting on a Boat

Drawing 11: Girl Sitting. Pencil. Nov 2011

Old magazines are a great source of photos for practising figure drawing. 

This drawing is from a Nautica ad in an old Vogue. The model has that fresh Nordic look that goes perfectly with the white shirt and light blue sea.

I wanted to try drawing different poses but this sitting pose was quite a challenge for me. It's still not quite right...the angle of the face and shoulders need some tweaking. In the photo, the model leans forward more than I had drawn her. And I need to practise drawing faces too.

But time's up for this week. No time for doing any shading or colouring, so posting this drawing with all its glaring errors.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

November is National Novel Writing Month!

Image from, uploaded by asafresh

November is the month for NaNoWriMo.
National Novel Writing Month

Every November, budding novelists from all over the world get together on the NaNoWriMo site, and commit to writing 50,000 words in one month. Since everyone has a shared goal, the forum buzzes with questions, advice, support, sympathy and commiserations.

No plot? No problem, someone will provide a few ideas. Your novel-to-be is set in a dystopian future after the world as we know it, has dissipated in a nuclear cloud, and you want to know what are the effects of radiation on the environment? No problem, just post the question and someone will come up with an answer.

Those who manage to complete 50,000 words by 30th November get a certificate from the NaNoWriMo site and the satisfaction of having written 50,000 words which is practically half a novel!