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Photo Diary: Weddings and Birthdays

Last week it was my 20th birthday so my baby came over to visit :) We went bowling and then to an American diner and after drinking with friends. The next day my uncle got married so we got all fancy and tried to act like cool cats who were definitely not hungover
I got my dress at Littlewoods. Its been reduced twice since I bought it which is more than annoying. I got my clutch bag at Coast and my heels at Dunnes Stores. I decided to get my hair curled which was a total mistake considering how windy it was that day.
I got the best presents for my birthday :) So far I've listened to all the records, read the first few chapters of The Last Picture Show and watched Les Chansons D'amour
Roll call : St. Vincent, Beat Happening, The VU, Dum Dum Girls, Les Chansons D'Amour, The Dreamers x3,  Edie, BB, The Last Picture Show, 60s fashion looks
a goose
hiding from the paparazzi
ace reading material and an even better movie
I bought this black beret from river island for "my college look" 
I also went to see Lucy. I'm not usually a fan of sci-fi or action movies but I really liked it, I think it was the girl power or the fact that I love any movie with Scarlett Johansson in it

Maisie Cousins

book of prints from her degree show exhibition in June
Maisie Cousins is one of my favourite photographers and its not right that I haven't made a post about her already so for the next few minutes I will talk about why shes the coolest gal ever :)
I love her photography because it celebrates adolescence as a unique, free spirited, limitless experience. From a person who's idol is Mr Blobby she knows how to have fun with her work. She photographs her South London friends using her signature bold use of colour. The styling is as important to the artists aesthetic as it is to the subjects individuality; the fur coats, party dress and neon club gear reflect a generation raised on a wave of hegemony. She creates a world in which Generation Y reigns supreme and the adolescent remains a glammed and glittered pleasure-seeking club kid.

Model Lauren Reynolds
Model Camillie Auclair
Model Billie Turnball
Model Emily Bador wearing clothes by Rosie Newton

Her six page series for Vice (Tubular Belles) demonstrates how her portraits often respond and extend to the external environment. I think she achieves a unique intimacy with her subject which gives the photographs  power and conviction. Her message? Pleasure in defiance

Tubular Belles series for Vice
Model Sylvia Toh
Model Matty Boven
Model Arvida Bystrom
A major aspect of her work is the exploration of gender and sexuality. Her feature in Vice (Loveless) shows a modern dissatisfaction and indifference to the subject. Her recent studies of the female nude explores aspects of voyeurism in reference to frequent themes of pleasure and indulgence. Her mission is to encourage body love, nudity is not used for shock value but celebrated for its beauty. Her recent collages are like scenes from sci-fi movies, women pose like Venus on a kaleidoscopic background of colour. Men are treated with the same consideration, adorned with glitter, tinsel and colour filters. The lines between whats is considered male and female are intentionally blurred creating a singular epitome of a Maisie Cousins subject. 

Model Sam Voulters for Loveless featured in Vice

Her work also extends to still life and video. Her still lifes explore themes of nature and indulgence. In an interview with cooler magazine she explains that her interest with indulgence began when after reading a quote from Lydia Lunch who said "I think its important to encourage gluttony in all its formats." Her video Crush is a lighthearted look at the relationship between woman and food. Her interest in video filters into her photography with layering and collages hinting towards a narrative. Recently she worked on a music video for Mokadem,  the video is very much an extension of her photography. Despite her success as a photographer, her dream is to become a filmmaker.


shirt - topshop
earrings - vintage
pop socks - dunnes stores
adidas - schuh

A few years ago I seen a girl wearing a Hawaiian shirt with a pair of Adidas and I thought it was the coolest, so being as original as ever I'm wearing my Topshop shirt with these purple suede Adidas from Schuh


A post dedicated to my new Meadham Kirchhoff striped glitter ankle socks <3 Im so in love

leggings - topshop
socks - meadham kirchhoff at topshop
boots - topshop