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Wet Your Arty Whistle – 3 exhibitions to get excited about in 2015!

I am excited about 2015. As well as the usual hopes and promises a new year brings.

For me there are personal and business events happening in 2015 to get excited about, as well as a fantastic roster of art exhibitions!!

I’m so excited that for once there are exhibitions of my favorite artists and photographers! For now I have chosen 3 exhibitions to wet your arty whistle!

Marlene Dumas

2015 begins with an exhibition by Marlene Dumas. Her work is strange and beautiful, modern and classic. I first encountered it in New York at the MoMa museum. I had paid the main museum entry fee and made my way around the museum eventually making my way to the very top floor. Here on the top floor of the MoMa I gazed at the special exhibition of Marlene Dumas wonderful work, a refreshing sight.

I had to have the book of this top floor bonus exhibit! This is the book Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave

So in 2015 I have to see the new exhibition at Tate Modern!

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden, Tate Modern, 5th February – 10th May 2015

Barbara Hepworth

From the 24th June – 25th October 2015 at the Tate Britain there is the first major exhibition in London for almost 50 years of the work by Barbara Hepworth.  According to the Tate Britain website her ‘prominence’ is ‘often overlooked’ ‘in the international art world’. I find that to be crazy! I love Hepworth’s work, especially her sculptures. Her work had a massive impact on the world and she had huge success during the 1930s and then again in the 50s and 60s.

If you are ever in Cornwall, go to St Ives as her lovely home, garden and art studio is well worth a visit. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and this book, The Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden, is on my wish list because the sculpture garden was my favorite part.

To see her work and learn more about Barbara Hepworth head to this major retrospective in London next summer.

Babara Hepworth Tate Britain 24th June – 25th October 2015

Alexander Calder

Finally, in 2015 the Tate Modern has an exhibition of Alexander Calder’s work. The grace and elegant balance that Alexander Calder plays with in his work is beautiful to see. In my eyes his work is so contemporary, it would easily fit into any modern minimalist home.

Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture, Tate Modern 11th November 2015 – 3rd April 2016

Get ahead of the crowd with this book Calder (Album Series) which receives great reviews on amazon.


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How to Match a Green Dress

If you like wearing a green dress for work, there is no reason you can’t look smart and mix up how you style it.

On the left I have started off with black and green. Black and green are easy to match and you probably are doing this combination already! (moving anti-clockwise) Navy works equally as well next to green and is a smart alternative to black for work.

There are various different shade of navy from very deep dark navy to a lighter brighter version. Choose a shade that works for you.

 

How to Match a Green Dress

I have chosen to add a red belt in the next look. With regards to red with green, I would keep the amount of red to a minimum so you don’t look too Christmasy (or vice versa in a mostly red look). Here I have kept the majority of accessories as nude.

Pick out the red in a lipstick to create a unity across the look or if one red accessory is not enough!

Pink looks nice next to green and again go for a pink shade that suites your skin tone. Red and green are complimentary colours.

Because pink is a mix of red and white it works very well with the green and is less obvious than red.

Orange and green work well together. You can use burnt orange, deep dark orange or a bright orange. It all depends on the green tone and the colours that suit you.

Last but not least we move round to burgundy. Because burgundy, red wine or oxblood are shades of red they work well against green. These dark shades are a great alternative to black, navy or grey.


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A special Christmas Trip With Family or Friends

It’s nice to do things with friends and family at this time of year. You may not have time for any big event or get away i.e. like me your diary is soooooo full up till Christmas. If you can squeeze an extra special trip around Christmas time it’s well worth the effort. We are coming closer and closer to Christmas now but sometimes the last minute plans are the best! Personally, I think I’m going to arrange stuff for the days after Christmas.

London

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The ice skating rink at Somerset House, London for Christmas 2014. Image courtesy of the Somerset House website

Make a day of it in London. I love having a wander around London and looking at all the Christmas lights and decorations. Go to some of the big stores to see their festive window displays. Head to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park - free entry. Open from 10am to 10pm (from 21st November 2014 – 4th January 2014).

Then grab some skates for ice skating at Somerset House (11th December 2014 – 11th January 2015) or just sit in the Fortnum’s Lodge with a large glass of bubbly and feel smug that your not falling over on an icy sheet!

After some serious window shopping stay in the west end for a mulled wine at a pub, (try Pontefracte Castle on Wigmore street)  for a warming end to the day.

Paris
I always fancy heading to a Christmasy market abroad. But how about doing something different and heading to Paris for a Christmas outing?

Chrismas Tree, Galleries Lafayette, Paris

Head to Paris to see the amazing Christmas Tree at the Galeries Lafayette.

Go ice skating at the Grand Palais des Glaces, see the lights at the Champs-Elysees and the Christmas tree at Galeries Lafayette (with of course a bit of shopping!).

NYC

For a long weekend away, you can’t beat New York New York, especially at Christmas time. I love the hussle and bussle on the streets in NYC and they really know how to make it feel Christmasy. Go shopping and meet Santa on the 8th floor at Macys Santaland. The Mommy Poppins gives a great breakdown of the what’s, where’s, when and who’s of Santaland  (buy tickets in advance).

See the Christmas tree and go ice skating and then do a bit more shopping at the Rockefeller Centre!

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The magnificent tree at the Rockerfeller Centre, NYC that you need to go and see in person. Picture courtesy of the Rockerfeller Centre website


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Christmas Gift Giving – All Wrapped Up

If you struggle every year at Christmas time with wrapping presents. I’ve come up with some ideas for you!

  • Get a gift wrapping Book
  • Go on a wrapping course – one to one, group or corporate
  • Get someone else to do it!!
  • Choose some different and unusual wrapping paper

How about doing a wrapping course? They go on all across the country

Jane Means

Jane is a British ribbon designer and gift wrapping specialist and does courses in London, Glasgow, Hampshire, Manchester and Lincoln.

Eclipse Gift Wrapping (Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan)

Courses and Training

Gift wrapping services

All Occasions Gift Wrap (Wolverhampton)

A range of online, DVD and in-person gift wrapping courses

Creative courses online

Corporate Gift Wrapping Service

More Pretty Things

Gift wrapping courses: (Derbyshire and Yorkshire)

Corporate gift wrapping courses

Get yourself a book on gift wrapping! Books are great for giving you instructions to follow combined with some fab creative ideas.

Gift Wrapping by Lucy Berridge

Gifted Wrapping: Step-by-step Instructions for Stylish and Elegant Wraps for Perfect ‘present’ Ations by Christine Fritsch

Quick & Clever Gift Wraps: Quick and Clever Gift Wraps (Make it in Minutes) by Nicole Steiman

Gift Wrapping: Creative Ideas from Japan by Kunio Ekiguchi

Jane Means recently released a book on gift wrapping:

Get Someone Else To Do It

If you can’t manage wrapping due to a severe lack of wrapping abilities or you just don’t know when you are going to find the time you should get someone else to do.

There are people out there whose job it is to wrap your gifts and take some of the Christmas pressure from you.

Wonder Wrap – Kent

Urban Angels – London

Wrapsody

Thats a Wrap - Greater and North London and Essex

Wrapper Snapper (Pop Up Shop at Old Street Underground from 15th -24th December)

Sue Lacey – Warrington

Don’t forget that most top retailers online and in store will offer a gift wrapping service. Even if they don’t offer one the rest of the year, often they provide a special one at Christmas.

In their Piccadilly store Fortnum and Masons (one of my favorite shops!) does a gift wrapping service:

‘this is priced at £5.00 per item or free for individual items over £100′

Aspinal of London

A few online gift shops offering a wrapping service:

Selfridges

Stylish Life

The Present Finder

Jarrold – Norwich in store and online

Vintage Toys

To help make your gifts look a bit different try getting your wrapping paper from somewhere different this year!

Paperchase: I love paperchase. They seem to come up with such a nice range of different ideas each season. I buy a lot of their wrapping paper!

Not On The Highstreet have a variety of brands who sell various types of unusual, creative and quirky designed paper and wrapping stuff!:

Paper and bags made in India. Pretty range of brightly coloured and patterned designs: Namaste

From chalk board wrap and washi tape to wads of Art Nouveau paper: Pipii

From maps of London to a full skeleton. Different and unusual wrapping paper at the National Gallery.

Jean Means sells a range of nice ribbons, paper, bags, ribbon spools and other lovely bits and pieces for wrapping requirements on her website!

Stylish paper and coordinating ribbons. I like the crafty yet smart range of their items: Cox and Cox

At the Dot Com Gift Shop they stock a huge range of different wrapping papers. From flowers and Paris fashion to Christmas foxes!

See some ideas for wrapping your gifts in different ways here….

Full disclosure: Just to let you know that I’m an Associate of Amazon and if you purchase some of the items on this page via clicking on the pictures I will get a small payment!


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Deep Dark Red Autumn Winter 2014 Bags

Deep Dark Red Autumn Winter 2014 Bags
Time for some shopping?

Autumn Winter 2014, bags in a deep dark red colour are everywhere. I love this colour for a bag, whether it’s called oxblood, burgundy or dark red! It is a sophisticated, smart and versatile shade that can easily be incorporated into your working wardrobe.

How to style Burgundy, Oxblood or Dark Red?

There are different ways to work with dark red. Hopefully the following styling examples I have put together will give you some ideas.

Burgundy Styling
Styling Points:
1. Choose a pattern that includes the dark red shade in it:
2. Select matching accessories in the dark red colour:
3. Or a matching item of clothing:
4. Select another colour that contains red in it.
5. Deep dark reds go easily with navy, grey, ivory and black:


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Wrapping up Christmas – Some Creative Ideas to Try

Here are some nice ideas on Pinterest you could do if you want to wrap your Christmas presents with a little creativity!

Follow my Christmas board on Pinterest for more ideas.To make your wrapping that bit different think about how you can change the key components: ribbon, paper, decorations and labels.
Ribbon – You could go a different route and use some fabric fancy ribbons, strips of paper, knitting yarn, lace, felt strips, string or tinsel.string parcel gift wrapping ideas christmas
Christmas wrapping, pom poms, ribbons

Add some interesting ribbons

Paper – Select something other that is not normally used for wrapping such as music paper, white or brown paper, magazines or even fabric!
christmas wrapping paper - chic plain white
Gift packaging for the music lover.

Try using something different as wrapping paper. How about some Christmas carol music manuscript paper

Labels – Instead of just opting for labels from the shops that match the paper why don’t you make something a bit different. Stick on buttons, cut up old Christmas cards, make some from clay or use blackboard paint. The label world is as wide as your label imagination!

Christmas snowman gift tag label

Christmas Crackers - Hand made crackers, wrapping from the studio 2011

Here is a robin cut from an old christmas card and re-used as a gift tag

Decoration and extras – Instead of the normal bows why don’t you attach some bells, sweets, buttons, pine cones, a paper snowflake or a pom pom!
Candy, sweet wrapping

Tie some candy into your ribbon!

 

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Try some contrasting bright fluorescent paper ribbon!

Christmas gift wrapping pom pom ideas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If this is not for you then head to my other Christmas wrapping blog post to see your alternatives!


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3 Tips for Styling Blue Work Dresses

If you have a blue dress but you’re not sure how to style it or you’re thinking about buying one;

Try my 3 tips below for picking colours

3 Tips for Styling Blue Work Dresses
Just a little side note on working with 2 colours in an outfit. My personal feeling is that you need a neutral colour in there as well. Neutral colours such as black, white or grey. In my opinion if every accessory you add is red, it looks very much like you’ve tried way too hard!
I like to think of it as a recipe. For example:
70% main colour (Look 3. A blue dress)
20% Accessory colour (Look 3. Red belt, necklace and bag)
10% Neutral colour (Look 3. Black shoes and tights)

So now you need to pick your blue dress. These are some of the best ones for work I have found in the shops at the moment.

Add some blue to your Professional wardrobe
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