Category: Life

My work space/desk! – A peek into my home.

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I love seeing other people’s work areas/desks/studios/bedrooms, so here are some photos of mine. I was asked to do this a few weeks ago for a friends website, and only got round to it so thought I’d post them here too!
I don’t have a studio or a spare room to work in (London rent is already bloody enough) so use half my bedroom as a working area for my illustration work/drawing/photoshop marathons. I LOVE toys.. and do collect them. I have a few vintage Fisher Price wheeled animals and lots of Lapin & Me toys as I’ve drawn them quite a lot for the shop in the past year. pens
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I found this Kewpie in a bin on Kingsland Road! Haha, I did have to wash it a lot, god only knows what it was covered in… The silver lamp above is Ikea and I love it.
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I do try and change the pictures here up a bit, I don’t tend to put much illustration up as I prefer photos, paintings or bits of design (doing illustration kind of makes you sick of looking at other illustration and I also think it’s best if you don’t!). But I do have some vintage illustration bits up, alongside two recent artists Nathalie Lete and Yoshitomo Nara because they are two of my all time favourites. Also I’ve got a few bits of Ana Albero’s work stuck up, an illustrator from Berlin who’s work I really like.pink
A cute little pen I got from Berlin & below some MT tapes. (I LOVE STATIONARY, especially Japanese!). tape

So there we go, where I spend quite a bit of time! I hope you liked this sneaky peek of my flat!

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

horseAt the weekend I visited Oxford (my boyfriends parents live there) and so we took a trip to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers. Both museums are incredible and a lot better than plenty of London museums so well worth a trip. You can get the bus (Oxford tube) for around £13 return and it only takes an hour and a bit from London! Both museums are so good to draw in, I wish I had longer to draw there! All photos in this post are from the Museum of Natural History, I’ll put together photos from Pitt Rivers museum in another post, I took sooooo many! Hope you like them!

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The building is AMAZING!
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Sundays in East London – Columbia Road flower market

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Sundays are where all the plant related fun happens! From 8am-2pm the flower market is bustling on Columbia Road. There is every plant and flower you can dream of: indoor, houseplant, outdoor! Most of which are under a tenner. You can kit your whole house out with beautiful bouquets for £20 if you please (why not?!)

crowd flowergirlThe best part about the flower market is the men on the stalls. There was an amazing guy today who was pretty much doing stand up the whole time. Apparently you should buy his flowers because – “I need money, I’m going on a stag weekend to North Korea”. He fully had a crowd!orangetree
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What I wore – Dress: Ark Clothing Shoes: Superga in Grey Sage Sunglasses: Topshop – Sasha Metal Arm (sold out in black but similar here!)  Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag: Zara  pinkpineapples How good are these pineapples!? I had never seen pink ones before.. You learn something new…
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Eating clean – 2014 fix my tummy.

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Food, fucking glorious food. I never used to be one of those people who ‘lives to eat’, more so I was a bit ‘eat to live’, until I got a full time job, a boyfriend who likes eating out and I moved to central London with some of the best places to eat on my doorstep. I guess you could say I got ‘into food’, like one of those annoying people who call themselves ‘foodies’.

For the past year and a half, I have suffered with IBS (I won’t bore you with the gory details), I had been not-quite-right for a while in the tummy department, which then ended up with me ill and in hospital with a kidney infection and a lot of pain. I had all the tests done to check for anything ‘serious’ and I did not have UC or Crohn’s (thanks universe), but something was/is still not right. Hence being told by doctors I am one of the many lucky millions of 20-something girls with IBS.

I cut out bread, and most other things (lol, panic disorder). Jokes about my brain aside, cutting out bread has got rid of a lot of the naughty toilet running behaviour that my body likes to do, but not completely gotten rid of my IBS. I try not to eat wheat at all, but it is hard (it’s in all the fun food, and those drunken walks home with bagels are happening far too often these days..). I also have realized it’s not just wheat, it seems to be yeast, rye, milk & cheese (lactose) and probably lots of other delicious stuff. I have to tell you, these exclusion diets are pretty boring..

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^Sugar free nutella, um yes please?

Out of frustration and annoyance that my stomach is fucked up almost every other day, alongside doctors fobbing off anyone with IBS to experiment with diet themselves, I have been reading quite a lot about the Paleo way of eating lately, and also the FODMAP diet. These both supposedly offer great relief to people with IBS.

I’ve gotta say, this also makes perfect sense to me, as I’ve found through trial and error that plain vegetables, fruit, meat and fish are probably the only foods that don’t make my intestines do a dance and make me feel like napping 4 times a day.

Also I am 100% a sugar addict. I could happily eat a pack of Tunnocks teacakes in one sitting, or for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everyone knows how bad sugar is so I needn’t explain why I want to eat less!

It all has to stop! The sneaky bits of bread, the sneaky bits of cake full of gluten and pizza once a week. It is no good, and you only get one body. Over the next few weeks i’m going to try and eat less grains, less sugar and more vegetables, meat and fish and see how it goes!

I guess I will be posting some experiments in ‘healthy people cooking’ soon. The Nutella up there has cost me about £12 in ingredients (one of which I had to source from amazon as even the giant hipster health food shop in East London didn’t stock it, major LOL @ HEALTH FOOD). That’s a fucking expensive Nutella. I’m too poor for this middle class diet shit.

Tonight I also tried to make a chilli sauce out of the Susan Jane White book above and it made me gag (however, it is a beautiful book with lots of amazing looking recipes..). Lets hope this good luck continues. On the upside I have been told about the best veg shop in North London so will be stocking up this week. Thanks Ava and Rose!

If any of you has advice or words of wisdom.. please do help a sister out. x

Hanging out with the dog pals

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The pals are Poppy and Daisy, my dogs from home! The doglets like to play on York Racecourse for big runs and playing with other dogs/pigeons/balls/treats. Doggy spam commence…
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Playtime..
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Gazing off into the distance..sisters
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I wonder if Daisy would be embarrassed by this shot? sky
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