Art

medium_1341764718Having studied History of Art I think it is safe to say that I am completely and utterly in love with art, in fact I loved art even before I studied HoA… But I’m not in love with your Tracey Emin‘s of the world though, I personally am not a big fan of the YBA’s work, plus ‘My Bed’ I mean seriously?!…
No I am much more into your good old fashioned art. I’m talking Rococo, Neo-Classical, Baroque, Late-Renaissance style, now that to me is art!
Anyway the reason I really wanted to write this post is to draw your attention to a little piece of art I particularly love. Fragonard’s, The Swing (as seen below) now I won’t tell you what is going on in the painting, its for you to research/figure out if you are so inclined as to do so, but I will show you a fabulous model of the work (as seen above) created by the modern day Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, I love that he’s created a sculpture of The Swing, how fun to be able to walk around a sculpture of my favourite painting! I only wish I had known about it back in 2001 when he first created it. The Tate own it, but it’s not currently on display, which sucks. You can however see The Swing by Fragonard at my favourite gallery in London, The Wallace Collection.

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Art Deco Living

 

I am not a fan of Art Deco, however there are elements in these drawing rooms that I love.

ea6463697684This is my favourite room, and I would love to take elements from this and use them in a room at home.

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I love the coffee table

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So.

So recently I have not blogged at all. I haven’t even thought about my blog and I think sometimes a little distance is just what you need to get back into something. That being said, I have also been crazy busy with
1. University (I always question why I think it is a good idea to do a heavily essay based subject along with a heavy art based subject alongside one another…oh well)
2.A little project I have going with my mum and cousins (more on this at some other point in the year…), and
3. I am currently up to my eyeballs in Interior Design work, its stressful, its fun, its creative and my god, it is TIME CONSUMING!
I have spent most of my life on a building site, choosing floor tiles, windows, paints, kitchens, dressing show homes, and on the occasions when my mum has built (not her self physically) our own homes I have had so much fun decorating my room and helping out with decorating our own personal space. I thought in honesty that doing an Interior Design course was going to be a piece of cake, not because there wasn’t going to be loads of work involved, but because growing up, it, along with property developing, is what I have known.
Well I did not realise there were so many long winded convoluted ways to design a flat…. I mean seriously, I don’t know about you but I have always struggled in art and now clearly in interior design, backing up where my ideas come from. Mostly because they come to me when I am in the shower for instance, or walking the dogs, there is no rhyme or reason to my ideas, I just come up with them and then sort of want to run with it and not think about anything else. This is something I really need to get out of the habit of doing if I want to pass my course with flying colours…. perfectionist in me speaking. Anyway here’s a little sneak peak of my desk last Friday night.
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Urgh

Blocking-Out-that-Writer’s-BlockJust a quick rant really. I have done absolutely nothing on this blog at the moment and it is driving me nuts because I want to blog, and yet I log onto blog and nothing comes out, I can’t think about anything to talk/blog about. Its not like I don’t do anything, I recently went to a book launch hosted in the RBS building near Heron Towers, I saw Giselle at the Royal Opera House, it was stunning. I had dinner at The Drift and I can’t wait to go back for more cocktails and good food, it really was fantastic. I guess its not even that I don’t have enthusiasm for The Pink Cashmere, its that I just have a mental block on blogging.
I’ve googled bloggers block, writers block etc and well whilst I come across some good articles and blogs I just can’t seem to get out of this rut. Does anyone have a good tip to get over this?  HELP ME I’M STUCK!

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Oman

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So I am going to Muscat the capital of Oman (in March) and I am incredibly excited! First off I have never been to the Middle East and so I am incredibly excited to finally go to a region of the world I have wanted to go for so long. Secondly, what do I wear?! I mean I’m no fool, I know its not KSA (Kingdom Saudi Arabia) and from the blogs I follow in Dubai and Muscat, not to mention the gorgeous magazine Emirates Woman, I can get a pretty good sense of what the fashion for the region is for a Westerner. So no I’m not asking do I need an Abaya, I know I don’t. What I want to know is what should I wear to go Camel Riding? What do I wear to go into the desert? These are things I have never done in my life, have no experience with, tell me I’m going to Barbados, well I know what to pack, Malaysia I know what to pack (Yes I am aware Malaysia is also a Muslim country so dressing is going to be similar to what I wore in KL), Paris, Cabo these are places I know how to pack for. But Muscat!? Deserts!? Conservative culture (I don’t wanna look like some ignorant tourist who flaunts around in an arse skimming outfit, not that I would anyway)
So if anyone has been to Muscat, Oman, please let me know what would be on your packing list? And also what would be on your must do and see list?

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Running

photo-36I read this article the other day, about a 15 year-old from Dubai who is running a marathon on every continent, and well, it just made me feel plain lazy!
So last year I was doing pretty good with the old running thing. I was going a few times a week, and if I wasn’t running then it was yoga or the gym (admittedly I’d rather run than go to the gym) but then it got to Christmas, I got ill, I got better but then I went away for a week etc etc, there were a million reasons I could come up with in my head to not run. The thing is I could of just packed my trainers and run abroad, I didn’t need to not run, yet I told my self, no don’t worry go in January. So its January and I have only just been for my first run, and my my how quickly one becomes unfit, its actually annoyed me that I let it slip so much, so as a late New Years resolution I am going to aim to run at least 4 times a week, or if its really awful outside as it often is in the UK I am going to go to the gym instead.
I’m also signed up to do the Windsor Half Marathon in September, I don’t think I have the mental strength to want to run an entire marathon!

What a lovely way to start the New Year

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Well I am off to Barbados for a week, what a wonderful way to start the New Year, I will be sure to post some pictures when I get back.