Through the Darkness

One of my favourite iPhone apps is Lo-Mob. The camera is nothing to shout about but the editor is rather brilliant. I upload regular iPhone pics onto the app to edit them. Just a bit of fun.

Here are some recent views from my strolls.

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Save my Skin

My skin is dry-as-a-bone. I also suffer from patches of eczema at this time of brrr-year. Here are two products that have served me well all year and are still holding their ground in the chill.

//Haus of Gloi's Pumpkin Butter "Aether".

Scented with the pureness of "absolute nothingness" and formulated with the goodness of shea butter and pumpkin seed oil,this is my favourite body butter for serious moisturising.

This has a creamy, yet smooth and silky texture. I find that this glides onto my skin is quickly absorbed leaving little greasiness. Don't frown at my grease! I need this to keep my skin moist.

Pumpkin seed oil is an excellent source of antioxidant cartenoids, essential fatty acids and zinc.

//Kiehls Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion:

This is my lighter alternative to the Aether butter mentioned above.
It is scented with an interesting slightly earthy, citrus, herby waft that may not be everyone's cuppa tea but it suits me fine as it doesn't linger for too long.

This is a very thick lotion and I am surprised that it is packaged in a pump bottle. This doesn't apply as silky smoothly as Aether but it does pack a good moisturising punch, and it leaves my skin soft and irritation free. This is an excellent after-sun for me as it adds a subtle radiance to my skin without being too greasy.

Both the above potions work very well to keep my skin moist for many hours. They also succeed in keeping any irritation and itchiness at bay.
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Security Gates Made to Measure + Install

I just dunno why the husband thinks it's fun to take photos of me with random sale sign posts.

I also just dunno:

Why I am loving the Frozen Planet series on the Beeb when I despise coldness, hell is a frost bucket// I dunno why running makes me angry//Or why I love natto (Japanese fermented beans)// Why do I think better whilst hula-hooping? I DUNNO.

Burgundy cords from GAP + Snood from Topshop + Shirt by Supreme + Cardigan from PRESENT + Bag from See by Chloe + Lipstick is Tongue Tickles by Rouge Bunny Rouge.

//Listening to: "Giving up the Gun' by Vampire Weekend
"Your sword's grown old and rusty
Burnt beneath the rising sun
It's locked up like a trophy
Forgetting all the things it's done

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Fushigi Shop

After much noodle whirling, we have a new name for my little shop window:

Pronounced: FU-SHEE-GHEE.

Fushigi is a Japanese word that's definition means; mystery, wonder, miracle, strange, marvel, curiosity.

In celebration of my little shop window's new name I have made my 1st collection of bracelets:

True to the Worshipblues way, these are limited editions and each design has a little tale to tale. I hope that you like them.

Spread the word
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Gold is my Nude

I can't wear nude lip anything! It makes me look quite ill in a crack-head sort of way. Utterly inelegant and perfectly wrong. The closest that I can comfortably get to nude lips is a pale but sparkly gold, and no one does this better than CHANEL.

Once in a while Chanel bring out a golden gloss and this year they wooed us with Sparkle D'or.

Strip away all the jazz-hands-coz-it-is-CHANEL and what you have is actually a clear gloss packed with golden shimmery bits. Now bring the jazz-hands back and add some table-top fireworks because the shimmer is ever so refined. No chunky gritty bits here! This gloss catches the light ever so nicely. Think pretty almost ethereal wowness.

This works well over nude lippies. It's like magickness and it works to bring the shades to life. I do this with //MAC's Shy Girl and //D&G's Nude.

I bought this in Selfridges. It is a Limited Edition Item...BEWARE!
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I like soap. I especially like handmade soap. Wanderlust is a persistent infliction of mine.

I have recently used up a bar of Future Primitive's Wanderlust soap.

Future Primitive's website description of the scent:

A late summer cargo from distant shores. Cologne-splashed Englishmen in starched ivory linens and panama hats bring bushels of citrus fruits, wooden crates filled with Rosemary leaf, oaken barrels filled with West Indian Bay oil & rich perfumery from old town apothecaries.

I think that the scent description is very accurate. This is certainly a unisex scent that Hiro and I were happy to share. It has a lingering spicy freshness with bursts of citrus that hold these contrasting elements together nicely.

This is a generous bar that lasted us a few months providing a good lather despite London's hideously hard water. A remarkable point to note about this soap is that it does not go slimly and disgusting in your soap tray. A wonder indeed!

I look forward to trying more soaps from Future Primitive's interesting range of bars and I am actually eyeing up the Inches Lane hand made soap as I type.

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It is estimated that there are approximately 4000 abandoned buildings in Lisbon (last counted in 2008), add to that the glaring truth that this is also one of Europe's fastest shrinking urban populations and what you have a harvest of neglected deserted edifices scattered throughout it's limits.

See what we saw:

Our obsession with abandoned, neglected decaying buildings soared to new heights in Lisbon. I have to be careful what I say for it wouldn't be right to give away too much detail about these locations. Seek and ye shall find.

The immense trepidation and overwhelmingly claustrophobic mix of anxiety, fearful inner disquiet, and at times utter disgust I feel whilst exploring the interior of such places is almost explosive. I wont deny that leaving each place is followed with a tremendous sense of PHEW!!! Relief! Combined together, somewhere within is the thrill of why I do this. I am addicted.

Big love to
Hiro for the smashing pictures.

✈ Currently listening to: Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun.
"We are always running for the thrill of it thrill of it
Always pushing up the hill searching for the thrill of it
On and on and on we are calling out and out again
Never looking down I’m just in awe of what’s in front of me"
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I Sewed This Fing

My sewing machine and I are good friends. We positively relish new sewing challenges. Here are a few things that we 'ave been putting together.

I made a little insulated bread basket.

Little goldfish that wallow on the surface.

Waves simmer within.

I use the highest quality Japanese fabrics that I could find. Linen on the outside and a smooth cotton inside. I used a cosy wadding as an insulator and even gave it some handles.

You may very well see this and more home-ware appear in my little [SHOP WINDOW]

Thanks for listening!

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Fore♡er Polaroid

My stack of Polaroid photos keeps growing. As they grow, I love them ever more.

Here is a stack of Polaroids from our trip to Berlin that I have scanned in your viewing pleasure:


Altes Museum

Berlin Wall

Berliner Dom

In this digital age, the magic of Polaroid images is ever more charming to my soul. These photos were taken with a Polaroid 1200 camera and film.

Thank you for allowing me to share them with you.
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Where's Wally

Welcome to my slightly rubbish version of that aforementioned and commonly known spotting game.

I did not purposefully intend to impersonate the elusive stripy fellow It just happened....

These photos were taken in the temperate climate of of recent trip to Lisbon.

//Brogues from Kate Kanzier//Tights from Tabio//Shorts from Whistles//Top from GAP//Scarf from Topshop//

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

This is an exceeding odd little book.

Perhaps you should read it too.

It's got lots of very strange photos and the story is unconventional and a rare brew of fantastic with creepy bits and magical bit and proper bonkers bits too.
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So Long Summer.

Thank you for the happy times. I hope that you make a prompt return next year and that you will bring with you your most brilliant and dazzling smile.

These photos were taken by Hiro whilst we camped in Norfolk this summer. They mirror my feelings most well today.
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Ode to Os Gemeos

I spotted this Os Gemeos grafitti on our way to our hotel from the airport in Lisbon. I literally screamed out..."OS GEMEOS" when I saw it. I seldom get so excited about street art but this...THIS was different. See this in person was a dream come true.

The scale of the piece was magnificent.I have long been a fan (from a far) of their work and seeing their work up close and in person was just awesome.

Os Gemeos are, Otavios + Gustavo Pandolfo. They are identical twins and they hail from Sao Paulo,Brazil. Their dream like creations are now iconic examples of Brazilian street art and have even graced the walls of our very own Tate Modern with just as much ease as it dis the street walls from whence they started.

When we dream, everything we dream has yellow tones', Gustavo Pandolfo explains. 'This is something of ours, myself and my brother. We use it in our painting. We can't use another colour. We have to use yellow.

Hiro found this clip to share with you and it accompanies his photos above perfectly. The video shows the creation of Os Gemeo's and Blu's works in the Saldanha area of Lisbon. The soundtrack was recorded after dinner.

I have mentioned Blu's work before in a previous post that you can find [ HERE ]. Blu is no stranger to our East London Streets.

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{Slicker Than Your Average}

My hair has the capacity (and and audacity) to block a 2000W vacuum cleaner. It is thick, coarse and frizzy and it takes much effort to control it. Splendid hair products are like little angels in bottles for me and finding a good hair oil has been at the top of my hairy wish list for many many years.

I don't ask for much! I just want it to tick the following boxes:
  • Make my hair shiny
  • Tame the frizz
  • Resist humidity
  • Smell wonderful
  • Not be too heavy and turn me into a chip-fat head!
I happened to stumble across Percy & Reed's collection of hair products a couple of months ago and I thought nothing about trying their No Oil, Oil.

Percy & Reed's hair oil offers a choice of 2 formulas. One for thick hair and one for fine hair.

This immediately passed my sniff test. It has a clean powdery fragrance that is inoffensive and refreshing.

I have been using this for a while now and am really happy with the results. I use this on wet hair when I plan to leave my hair wavy and I use it on my dray hair as a finishing product after I have been at my hair with the GHDs. A little goes a long way so the £14.00 price tag is worth the splash out as this will last me a long while.

Formulated with the silky and light goodness of pomegranate seed oil, this does a great job of banishing my frizz and adding shine to my matte hair without weighing it down and leaving it greasy.

This is now my HG hair oil and I will certainly be buying it again. Oh and I love the packaging. Illustrations get me every time!

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