DISCLAIMER- blog: standard student behaviour. woops. please humour me, by forgiving me for occasionally projecting the (generally inane/mundane) ponderings from my brain into a pretty font. it's just that blogging's quite relaxing. like sudoku, but with letters.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Like a Sunday morning

An ideal Sunday activity? Long chats over cafe cake.

Lyrically famed for its ease. Officially proclaimed The Day of Chillax. It has even been fondly awarded a seperate newspaper to the rest of the week on the assumption that, as you'll be looking to leisure out on the sofa/park grass/bed/beach all day, you'll probably need something to do while you're down there. Glossy supplements a-plenty slink from the broadsheets, soothing 9-to-5-ed eyes with the bright and the beautiful. Sunday might be the weeks last, but least it is not- from inside our snuggest hoodies, we can saunter through arts, fashion, literature and photography from across the globe, without padding further than the newsagents. Culture as easy as one, two, cuppa-tea.

But... it's Monday tomorrow... for many a day synonymous with clock-watching, uniform, railway platforms...  morning streets a drifting panorama of umbrella domes and parapets, weary pinstripes and pencil skirts housed beneath.
These artists take the edge off the commute by keeping it weekender all day every day...why save easy-access culture for Sunday best?

Carmen Chang- Before I Die
(have a nosey at her website here. The photos below are from her website.)

It's one simple question with an endless flurry of answers. Carman Chang transformed a street corner in New Orleans into a real turning point (see what she did there...). Leaving chalk for passersby to fill in the gaps, she conjured a charming harmony of the quirky, the cliché, the random and the romantic from what could have been just another walk-on-by.

(see more gorgeous wire designs here. The photos below are from their website.)

The Dutch design house Demakersvan rejects the idea that basics should be... basic. Under their steely touch, the humble fence becomes capable of so much more than simply splitting apart A and B. It might even distract from the destinations it divides, unfurling and flowering into a sight-to-see in it's own right.

Iepe & The Anonymous Crew
(have a looksy here for more on the film they made...)

Adding a little colour to the commute at an intersection in Berlin, Iepe and his team of guerilla painting cyclists tipped rainbow puddles onto the road, which were spread and stretched onto previously joyless grey concrete by over 2000 vehicles. It was all water-based and environmentally friendly, so hopefully no-one got cross, and there was nothing left to do but enjoy driving through what looked like a giant's paint-ball fight.

Here's hoping your weekend is worth the wait, and Sunday is the relax-a-thon it should be... :)  

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

You've been a very naughty girl, go to my room...

Kasia triangle bra and Kasia big knickers

I'm pretty lucky, in that quite a few things make me genuinely happy. You know, that eye-creasing, smile cracking hopping-from-foot-to-foot that somehow makes you feel like you're fizzing and glowing at once. Of course, there's all sorts that make me the more common-or-garden sort of perky, like the obvious sunlight through the curtains in the morning, or a tinny car radio piping pop, and steering-wheel-tapping pleasure, into a drawn out journey, or particular varieties of pic-n-mix. But then there's the rare stuff, the gold label of happiness that only appears from time to time, but that makes you frantically want to ring your mum and tell her all about it, very fast and even more high-pitched, when it does.

At the risk of sounding vaguely smug, I've had some very merry moments across the board lately. And up there with the best of them has to be the offer of an internship with luxury lingerie brand Lascivious. In contrast to the cool factor of this opportunity, my reaction was flailing myself around the kitchen like a puppet on manically jangling strings, until setting fire to my tasselled poncho on the hob, while simultaneously pasta-cooking and animatedly enthusing to a housemate. I can confirm, however, that I am in my final few days of the six week placement, and have not yet set myself, or anyone else in the studio, alight. Thank God for microwaves.

One of the reasons why I applied to Lascivious was because of the striking yet classic femininity they show through their brand (as well as being all sorts of sexy), and the Autumn/Winter collection, released on July 27th, demonstrates this perfectly...

Kasia waistcoat, with Suki bodysuit

Kasia waistcoat, with Suki bodysuit

The Lascivious Autumn/Winter collection struts effortlessly ahead of the competition. The Kasia set is on-trend with fringing- boldly framing here and coyly concealing there, it's a true weapon of seduction- as are the Suki pieces, a crisp, slick interpretation of the fetish looks that are whipping the season's catwalks into shape.

The Josefine basque's lace curves smooth the body into its chicest form- with an air of Parisian glamour, you'll just have to get the silky boudoir and tall-dark-and-handsome to match.

Josefine basque and briefs

If I had to choose a favourite, it would be the Niki set, if not purely because it solves that most basic of bedroom problems, since the dawn of the brassiere- a zip instead of a bra clasp. It's the latest in boyfriend-friendly technology.

My six week stay with the genuinely lovely Lascivious ladies has flown by, and I would like to thank them very much for having me, and for being so eager for me to learn from and enjoy my time with them- I hope I've been handy! I will be sad not to see you all next Monday morning, but I hope we can stay in touch.

I suppose all that remains for me to say is I'm going to be adding a piece or two of this brilliantly naughty lingerie to my Christmas list- because Santa, I've been a very, very bad girl all year, I promise...

Visit Lascivious here and see for yourself!

Photos from Lascivious website and Asos.com.
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