Friday, 2 October 2015

September Round Up

The Burlesque Ball Edinburgh, VOodoo Rooms Edinburgh, Paperchase accessories, ways to accessorise your work office, Lazy Oaf x Ragged Priest, Lazy Oaf x Casper, Mulholland Drive, #girlgangweekender
Watching: I was at home sick with my IBS recently and watched 2001 film Mulholland Drive while clutching a hot water bottle over my achy tummy. It's billed as a psychological thriller/ murder mystery and centres around a young actress who meets a woman with amnesia. They go in search of who she is. Then it all gets a bit weird and you're not sure what's real and what isn't. Normally I love a good mystery but this one clearly had no solution. I know it was a Cannes winner but I really found it to be style over substance, self-indulgent and quite lazy in its story telling.

Doing: something a little bit different, I went along to the Burlesque Ball when it came to Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh. Although I love the pin up look and love the idea of burlesque performance I've not actually been to a performance. Calling it a 'ball' is a bit of a misnomer- it was a sort of variety show of burlesque with some cheesy music in between. The compere was energetic and really got the crowd going with a bit of cabaret and I really enjoyed the multi-layered costumes that the performers had. I just wish it had been seated- it was a bit awkward standing.

Buying: with major changes in my personal life, I find myself between homes. As I'm a bit of an interiors addict, I'm finding it hard not to be collecting bits for my house I need to downsize my possessions not add more!) so I've moved my attentions to my work office. I share a decent size office with another girl so we've been adding girly touches. Mostly by way of pink filing trays and prints. I have been adding fruity touches to my half too- and Paperchase is making this easy with raindrop files, fruity post its and drawing pins. I also have a flamingo cushion and Pineapple touches from Primark. And of course my pink GIRL GANG pennant that Helen made for our last weekender.

Clicking: all the new AW15 collections. I love the Lazy Oaf collaborations, especially Lazy Oaf x The Ragged Priest mom jeans. I love the cute patch ones but the 'total mess' slogan is so fun! Have you checked out the Lazy Oaf x Casper collection too? G-g-g-glorious! I want it all. I'm also coveting the new The White Pepper collection that's available to pre-order now- with free shipping! Colour blocking, winking eyes and scalloped edged pinafores galore.

Roger Waters the Wall, Pink Floyd, Gerald Scarf illustration, Doors Open Day, D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, McManus Archives, Discovery Centre,
Watching: I recently took my dad and Heather for a family trip to the cinema. Since my dad is a huge Pink Floyd fan we went to see Roger Waters: The Wall. In essence this is a concert film but it also encompasses a road movie element where Roger Waters confronts his past. To me these sections seemed a tad self indulgent and took away from what is a truly spectacular stage production of a truly great album. The staging, effects and visuals from the concert were epic and I loved that they incorporated some of Gerald Scarfe's animation and illustrations. 

Doing: There's been a lot going on in Dundee so it's been fun to stay put on the weekends rather than traveling to Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Doors Open Day gave me a chance to visit many of the cities interesting buildings, including the D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, The McManus Archives and the Discovery Centre. I really enjoyed all of these but the discover centre was probably my favourite. They have a gallery showing work that mixes art and science plus I got to make an awesome plasticine microbe. That kind of learning fun should not be just for kids (even if I was the only adult at the table).

Buying: I moved into a new flat in Dundee at the start of the month so I've mainly been buying new house stuff. I forgot how many little things are needed. The first thing that was bought was a nice new doormat before moving on to bigger things like a bed and a wardrobe. It's finally starting to feel more homely now. The last thing that's needed is an internet connection. Which leads us to.....

Clicking: Due to a lack of internet I haven't been clicking an awful lot. I feel so out of the loop! To keep blog stuff ticking over I've been spending some of my free time at the local library but I don't want to outstay my welcome. My laptop is very old and loud and I am currently disturbing a number of people in the reading room. Fingers crossed we get wifi soon and I'll be able to catch up with all the online happenings soon.

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