Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Charmaine Olivia

All images copyright Charmaine Olivia

I came across this San Francisco based artist recently via the lovely Tania of T like BubbleTea. Charmaine Olivia's artworks are insanely beautiful. I'm now utterly obsessed with her paintings, especially the ones I've featured. She also has an exquisite collection of silhouettes as well as drawings & illustrations.

Now I have the difficult decision of choosing which ones I'd like to buy prints of for my home... My definite two favourites are "Ophelia" (picture number 1) and "Obsidian" (picture number 3). 
Are you as in love as I am?

~ Clare x

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Oh Emily!

Emily Blunt for Vanity Fair, photographed by Michael Roberts & styled by Jessica Diehl. Dreaming of living in a more glamorous era this weekend...

~ Clare x

Images: Vanity Fair

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Mermaid

Who would be
A mermaid fair,
Singing alone,
Combing her hair
Under the sea,
In a golden curl
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne?

I would be a mermaid fair;
I would sing to myself the whole of the day;
With a comb of pearl I would comb my hair;
And still as I comb'd I would sing and say,
'Who is it loves me? who loves not me?'
I would comb my hair till my ringlets would fall
Low adown, low adown,
From under my starry sea-bud crown
Low adown and around,
And I should look like a fountain of gold
Springing alone
With a shrill inner sound
Over the throne
In the midst of the hall;
Till that great sea-snake under the sea
From his coiled sleeps in the central deeps
Would slowly trail himself sevenfold
Round the hall where I sate, and look in at the gate
With his large calm eyes for the love of me.
And all the mermen under the sea
Would feel their immortality
Die in their hearts for the love of me.

But at night I would wander away, away,
I would fling on each side my low-flowing locks,
And lightly vault from the throne and play
With the mermen in and out of the rocks;
We would run to and fro, and hide and seek,
On the broad sea-wolds in the crimson shells,
Whose silvery spikes are nighest the sea.
But if any came near I would call and shriek,
And adown the steep like a wave I would leap
From the diamond-ledges that jut from the dells;
For I would not be kiss'd by all who would list
Of the bold merry mermen under the sea.
They would sue me, and woo me, and flatter me,
In the purple twilights under the sea;
But the king of them all would carry me,
Woo me, and win me, and marry me,
In the branching jaspers under the sea.
Then all the dry-pied things that be
In the hueless mosses under the sea
Would curl round my silver feet silently,
All looking up for the love of me.
And if I should carol aloud, from aloft
All things that are forked, and horned, and soft
Would lean out from the hollow sphere of the sea,
All looking down for the love of me.

~ Lord Alfred Tennyson

Beautiful, non?

~ Clare x


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Roaring Twenties

An era of extravagance.

I'm extremely excited as my best friend has just purchased her wedding gown and it is stunning! She was tossing up between a 50's theme or 20's. She found her perfect dress and it's a 1920's style gown. So now the rest of the planning begins.... I'm in love with all things 20's and so today's post is dedicated to you, Katie.

These pictures evoked the jazz age for me. A little Gatsby, a little extravagant, and oh, so glamorous.

~ Clare x


Thursday, November 10, 2011


All photos by moi

My aunty recently celebrated her 50th birthday masquerade style.
As always, when my family gets together, there's a lot of crazy shenanigans and side-splitting laughter. The group photo above shows 3 generations in my family. My Grandmother is the one all in black on the right. The night was superb and I most definitely ended up with sore feet the next day from dancing the night away!

~ Clare x

Tuesday, November 8, 2011