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As an art buff, I appreciate most artistic efforts. However, I will forever be obsessed with abstract art in particular. The vibrant colours, outrageous shapes, exaggerated lines, original themes and insane ideas are far more interesting then those of perfectly normal, classic and traditional influences from fine art. Don’t get me wrong; as I said; I appreciate and have been inspired by the classics, but abstract art is definitely more me.

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VFTT 292 Tile Series 1.3

Across 2 years, 13 countries and 4 seasons, The View From The Top reaches over 300 posts. What started as an inspired photo challenge, has now become a visual journey of my travels as well as day to day living captured in squared snapshot views from the top!

Focused around imagery of the waist down (legs and feet), often featuring specific items/ objects (exotic fruit/ entry tickets) and more so, my surroundings (the beach/ landmarks); The VFTT takes on the same basic layout in every shot to express consistency across foreign settings and to explore a sense of creative consensus of different views. In other words, and something I picked up on my travels; Same Same but Different; The VFTT series could not be described any better!

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Inspired by ancient traditions and the Sicilian Cart, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have created a special Sicilian Carretto eyewear collection. With only 100 numbered pieces, the mixture of both optical and sun glasses have been individually crafted by hand; representing the definition of “One of a Kind”; as no two glasses have been decorated the same – making each one completely unique!

Made from canaletto walnut, each frame has been delicately hand-painted with images, symbols and iconography of Sicilian folk culture and history of the Italian island’s famous artistic mode of transport; the Sicilian Cart! Just like the original Sicilian Carretto, every one of the 100 limited edition pieces in the special eyewear collection, reflects Sicily’s tradition and culture through the ample use of of bright colours, multiple layers of paint, Carretto motifs and a great attention to detail!

Personally, I think this is amazing! Dolce and Gabbana have out done themselves in terms of creative inspiration, but on this occasion I have to compliment  the artists/decorators for the precision, time consumption and delicate craftsmanship. The results are truly beautiful. I only wish I could afford a pair and be one of the lucky 100! The pieces from this special eyewear collection are definitely collectable pieces, worth treasuring. Like any high-end limited edition fashion piece, I’m sure these glasses will increase in value and be considered a stylish investment!

 

 

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Coming from Brazil where the merchandise is far less authentic, I went a little crazy when I got to Peru. From traditional stripped gringo trousers, the cutest fabric backpacks, alpaca jumpers, blankets, scarfs and socks to pretty patterned purses, quirky leather handbags and funky footwear; I’ve become obsessed. I mean how can I not? Everything is so awesome. The bright colours. The cool textiles. The unbelievably soft baby lama apparel. The unique patterns. The authentic essence. I love it all and I can not get enough.

So I’ve gone passed denial and reached acceptance now, because since landing in Peru I haven’t managed to walk through a single textiles market and not buy a thing. After holding back my shopping addiction for 10 weeks, I’ve well and truly had a relapse- now I have no control. So yes, I’ve become a market junkie.

I’m not quite sure why or how I’ve gone back to embracing my inner shopaholic; it’s not like I’ve been able to walk into Zara, Topshop or Selfridges in the past 3 months. Nevertheless, I now have two pieces of extra luggage filled with South American goodies and I can’t wait to get home and utilise them all. I’m actually quite looking forward to summer in the UK. With less than 3 weeks to go; bring it on!

As London Fashion Week approaches, NYFW draws to an end. After spending hours online; admiring, dreaming and adding to my wish list; I have chosen a few of my favourites from the runway!

With the colour orange being a summer favourite of mine, I am happy to announce that the ooh so bright and vibrant tone remains in the colour pallet for Spring Summer 2014. And I can not wait. For me, Monique Ihuiller does this best; with her crop top and maxi skirt combinations, plus I am absolutely loving the orange and pink combo that completes the collection.

Looking very Carrie Bradshaw, another personal favourite is Delpozo . He is definitely doing it for me this season (SS14), with all those fabulous gowns; also taking the form a crop top+skirt kind-of-dress. AAA-MAZING!

Noon by Noor SS14 is going for the casual glam look; with pencil skirts, jump suits and maxi dresses. Not my kind of casual; because lets face it, you need money and status to dress like that and for it to still be considered some what casual; yet still glamourous enough to step on to the red carpet.

Alexander Wang is also going for “casual” this time down the runway. He also keeps it relatively mono chrome with his ‘Parental Advisory’ theme. Different. Nonetheless I love it.

Naeem Khan has also left a lasting impression on me this year, with what I can only describe as a 3-piece; red and white patterned ensemble. This specific outfit that took the runway, features a bando, high-waisted shorts and a matching robe-like-kimono-type “over coat”. Despite my lack of real words for his design, Khan’s simple, unique and sexy, yet some what classy ensemble is a definite favourite. I will certainly be looking out for the high street equivalent.

Leaving summer behind, and as we are forced into coats, jackets, hats and scarfs; I am just counting down the days until  winter is over. Bring on SS14!

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