Thirty Seconds to Mars

A little collection of pictures from the Thirty Seconds to Mars show in London last weekend. I didn't take as many photos as I would have liked because my camera wouldn't focus with the changing lights, I need to figure out if there's a setting to fix this. Regardless, I had a blast with my best friend. The concert incorporated everything from acrobats to a stripped back acoustic session with just Jared and his guitar (my favourite part personally). I think the O2 arena is the biggest venue I've ever been to yet the crowd was quite well behaved. Back in Australia, I'd come home bruised and battered from gigs like this so it's certainly a nice change. Also we had passes and got to meet the band beforehand, they were all lovely (Tomo was especially hilarious) and I found eye contact with Jared Leto to be particularly dangerous, who wouldn't drown in that ocean blue gaze? Thankfully I survived to make this blog post.

What was the last concert you went to?

Get the Look - Jenna Coleman



Here's a new segment that was inevitably coming to my blog as I am (and I'm sure many of you are) constantly getting inspired by what people in the media are photographed wearing. First post is on Jenna-Louise Coleman's outfit at the 50th Anniversary celebration of Doctor Who last weekend. She looked perfectly preppy in a collared red wool dress by Vivetta paired with suede black heeled loafers. This is definitely something I'd wear in a heartbeat but without wanting to spend hundreds of pounds I found similar alternative pieces that will more or less give the same look. Unfortunately sans unique hand collar but perhaps a nifty DIY job could be on the cards.






Let me know if you like these types of posts.
Did you watch the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who episode?

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Convergence


 I love the fact that this pleated maxi skirt is made from quite a weighty material so it doesn't blow around and threaten to engulf me in the strong winds (a problem I've encountered far too many times in this unpredictable weather). I paired it with this jumper I recently got from & Other Stories, which looks plain grey from afar but when you get up close you can actually see the knit is speckled with little metallic bronze accents. The jacket was from that huge Zara sale a while ago now, I really like the way navy and orange look together.

Last night I saw Thirty Seconds to Mars at the O2 arena and it was absolutely amazing but I'm really tired now and my cold seems to have intensified (well what was I expecting?) I'd really just like to spend the whole day in bed, tell me that's acceptable on a Sunday?

Hope you all are having a fun weekend!

Marant


Isabel Marant pour H&M bomber jacket / Zara sweater (similar here) / Cooperative skirt / Vagabond boots / & Other Stories bag / Mockingbird pin

I'm not sure why the light is making my face seem so pale in some of these photos when I'm wearing the same foundation I usually do... ah well what can you do. Today I am wearing a bomber jacket from the Isabel Marant for H&M collection that launched last Thursday. I lined up bright and early that morning at my nearest H&M but still there were so many people in front of me that once I made it into the store, most of the range was already sold out. I thought it was rather annoying that they didn't have a limit on how many of each piece you could buy as I saw an older Asian man next to me grab pretty much half a rack of womens clothing to potentially sell on ebay. 
Did any of you check the collection out or get anything from it? 

Launch of Craze



Zara top / Zara necklace (sold out) / Topshop skirt / Vagabond boots / UNIF bag

Last week I attended the launch of Craze in Shoreditch. Craze is a newly launched online site stocking a huge variety of unique independent fashion brands. At the event, many of the designers set up display of their clothing and accessories for us to preview. There were so many gorgeous pieces out and I totally fell in love with a pale yellow coat with mint lace detailing by HANNA which the designer kindly let me try on. Another particularly memorable brand was Mr Gugu & Miss Go, who had fun images and designs digitally printed on jumpers. After that there was a catwalk show to model some of the clothing plus a competition to scout two models to become the new face of Craze. Unfortunately I only brought my small digital camera so I couldn't get any quality shots of the walking models, ahhh next time. I had a really great time at the event though and it was lovely to finally meet and hang out with Kayla as I've been following her fabulous blog for a while. Also these amazing ladies Lauren, Georgina and Amy were all such wonderful company, being able to meet some of the most fun and creative people is definitely one of my favourite parts of blogging.

Fitzrovia


 Here are the outfit details of what I wore to see Mojo. The coat I received as one of my birthday presents and I couldn't love it more, it is pretty much my definition of a perfect coat. I feel all lady like in it, plus the metal details are my favourite rose gold! I saw That Ted Baker also do one in a gorgeous cobalt blue but I think I'd get more wear out of this camel colour. If you've ever wondered into the lower level at Topshop Oxford Circus where they stock all the concessions, one brand that I particularly love from there is Miss Patina. They do really lovely vintage inspired pieces and this dress is no exception. They have also opened up an online store if the hustle bustle of Oxford Circus can prove to be a bit much on a given day.

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Theatre - MOJO

One of the things I love most about living in London is the rich culture of theatre here. Nothing is more magical to me than watching actors weave a tale in front of our very eyes. With no effects or editing to hide behind, everything is instant, raw and just hits that much harder. I go to the theatre as much as I can since I've been here but have hardly blogged much about it before, if it's something you guys would be interested in, I'd love to do more of these types of posts (without any spoilers of course). 

Last week the play Mojo opened at the Harold Pinter Theatre and I was lucky enough to get seats for the Saturday of the first week of preview shows. Mojo was written in 1995 by English playwright Jez Butterworth, a black comedy about gangsters and the night club scene in the 1950s and following it's debut on stage the same year, was made into a feature film in 1997. This newest revival boasts a star studded cast including Harry Potter's Rupert Grint, Merlin's Colin Morgan, Brendan Coyle from Downtown Abbey, and Ben Whishaw most recently of Skyfall fame. 

What struck me the most is how different, even downright opposite the characters these familiar faces embody are. Each showing true versatility as actors, Rupert's portrayal of anxious, jittery Sweets bounces effectively against Daniel May's tongue-in-cheek Potts. It's an impressive stage debut for Rupert, though I can't help but notice many similar mannerisms between Sweets and Ron Weasley which could purely be coincidental but is interesting nonetheless. Meanwhile Colin Morgan brings a fierceness to bumbling Skinny and his scenes with Ben Whishaw's character Baby (yeah these really are their names) are the highlights of this play for me, their relationship hilarious, tense and action-packed. As a long time fan of Mr. Whishaw, I try not to be biased when I say this but I honestly think he puts up the strongest performance in the play. His version of Baby is a grand mixture of psychotic abruptness and comedic timing, tinged with emotional lapses. He also does some amazing singing and dancing throughout and brings a noticeably more energetic side to the character than Aidan Gillen previously did. In my opinion, this is Ben's greatest performance to date and I really hope he gets recognition for it.

The plot is relatively easy to follow, essentially a murder mystery but focusing more on how the characters deal with it.  The stage sets the scene for the inside of a Soho club in 1958 and there are no mechanical props, resulting in a simple production that relies on the cast to fill the space and manoeuvre items. The play moves quickly though, a good balance of dramatic moments are interrupted with brief spells of comic relief, ensuring it never gets boring. As far as black comedies go, Mojo is not unnecessarily vulgar for the sake of it, something I find often rather irritating in many productions of this genre nowadays. Personally I would love to know more about the characters' backgrounds as a brief monologue about Baby's is all we get (which was quite intriguing in itself) and towards the end of the play I wanted a better understanding of why it is that some of them acted the way they did around the climax, but maybe I just need to watch it again to get more insight. The play runs for 2 hours and 20 minutes (including interval) and to me it felt much shorter, which is always a good sign. I thoroughly enjoyed it and already have plans to see it a second time.

Have you seen a play/musical recently?