I got back from Paris yesterday after spending a long weekend walking, drinking coffee and wine in equal measures and staring at everything/one with my mouth wide open. A highlight of the trip was a morning spent in the 18th, where we chanced across a food market and stall selling oysters and white wine in plastic cups which locals were standing around knocking back and chatting. I just loved it - what a great way to experience my first oyster!
The body of this woman carrying water is made from dried butterfly wings. Fear not:
An arguably strange buy, found at a car boot sale in Manchester's Trafford Centre.
One of the reasons I like car boots, flea markets etc so much is because of the random,
amazing things you can discover in the most unlikely places. Another favourite, also a find from our Northern friends (this time a flea market in Preston), is this Dave and Shirley name plate bracelet
I've been thinking about ideas for shoots and have been seeking inspiration high and low. While yet another 90s throw back is certainly not on the agenda, I did happen to come across a shoot in an 1994 edition of Italian Vogue that I thought captured the vibe particularly well. It probably helps Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista the models too.
Shot by Steven Meisel, the pictures capture the sultry school girl mood so well, without slipping in to being overtly sexy which can sometimes feel a bit wrong.
A misty (and grey) London afternoon by the river yesterday.
Charing Cross Bridge
Charing Cross Bridge, Fog on The Thames
Monet was one of the first painters I remember learning about as a child, and going to see his water lily paintings at the National Gallery. I think his Thames paintings get better as they get more and more blurred. Monet came to live in England during the Franco-Prussian war, and was inspired by Turner and Constable.