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Before reading anything about Jordan Sullivan's latest body of work, The Young Earth, I took a look through the Los Angeles-based writer and artist's exhibition gallery. I saw hazy landscapes of various terrain that appear as if they might have... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Swelle Life
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Spanish artist, SpY, has transformed the façade of a building in Paris with the phrase "I'm Not a Real Artist", as part of Nuit Blanche, the city's annual arts festival that runs from dusk 'til dawn. The letters were applied... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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A tree for Christmas doesn't get more minimalist than this. (Well, I guess it could, if it were just a line drawing of a tree done right on the wall. But that wouldn't be very festive.) Deborah Bowness is not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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Fur. The mere mention of the word makes many cringe. In western urban culture, it's a contentious topic that divides us into two groups: those who deem fur fashion to be gratuitous and cruel, and fur consumers who don't care... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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When I first arrived in England nine years ago (to the day, actually), just as the holiday season hit full swing, I noticed lots of references to pies. "Ooh I love Christmas, I get to gorge on pies for a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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Earlier this week, I was in the comments section of a blog I frequent, and someone had posted a photo of a shirtless, young guy with red hair sticking his tongue out cheekily. People were asking who he was, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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Gamsei by Buero Wagner, emulates the ambience of a Bavarian beer hall through amphitheatre-style benches against opposing walls, thus eliminating the common separation of bartender and guest. The latest design awards to be handed out have come from World Interior... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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The other day my friend in Toronto sent me a photo of a pair of sunglasses she had tried on, wanting my opinion. Yes, it's now November, but neither of us thought anything odd of buying an accessory meant for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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"For the princess to be waiting to be rescued by some dude...I never really got that." Keira Knightly, you have my attention. I like Keira. She's witty, self-deprecating, and a great actor. Kind of an anti-celebrity. She even got married... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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There's a great new way to get food to people in need, and it's very easy to support. Trussell Trust, the charity that works to combat food poverty in the UK, is “selling” empty food cans at delis and at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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The Sculptured House, also known as the Sleeper House since 1973 when it featured in Woody Allen's sci-fi comedy, Sleeper, is so cool it's painful. An elliptical curiosity in concrete and glass perched on Colorado's Genessee Mountain, it was built... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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A still from Handprint, directed by Mary Nighy. Photo courtesy of White Lodge and ASFF The BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) has teamed up with London College of Fashion to establish a new fashion film strand at this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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(Email subscribers: click the post title to view the film) Trevor Undi has outdone himself in the fashion film genre. Sure, Chanel offers the most dazzling and copious fashion subjects, but what to do with so much history, so much... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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I order meat regularly online. I also support my neighbourhood butchers. However, the shop closest to me is limited in its range of meats and cuts, so while I do drop in regularly to support the local independents, I tend... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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For spring/summer 2015, PPQ presented clothes to wear to 'the coolest party of the fashion season', finished with high gloss hair taken to a creative extreme by the Toni & Guy session team, resulting in a 'modern day tiara' of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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Knitwear designers studying in Italy are invited to enter the Knitting for Juliet competition launched by Fashion Ground Academy of Italian Design in Verona, the city of love, and Romeo and Juliet. The competition will bring together emerging talents and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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I was recently asked if I would like to review the Magic Layer top from JML, which you may have seen advertised. When I read that the top promises to retain heat yet doesn't feel like you're wearing an extra... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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It was not possible to walk past Nicholas Rose's luminous, contoured lamp shades at 100% Design the other week, I felt like a moth drawn to a flame. The Leeds-based designer has an affinity for colour, and combined with a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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I think we could all use a dose of soft, pretty and innocent right now. Paul Costelloe brought his unabashed femininity to the runway in his SS 15 collection of throwback dresses, skirt suits and coats, but his 'Angels' had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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While I love the idea of going out to eat and catching up with friends, and having everything taken care of for you, there's nothing more enjoyable than creating your own wonderful Sunday brunch at home, just the way you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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Carmen Dell’Orefice...if this is what being in your 80s looks like then I'm looking forward to it! The legendary model, who once declared to Vanity Fair, “If I die, it will be with my high heels on”, is set to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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On my way out of London on Saturday, I stopped by Five Guys in Covent Garden around 2pm to review their famous burgers and fries. I'd never been as we don't have a location up in Newcastle, but I knew... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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Intel recently debuted its MICA smart bracelet, a collaboration with Open Ceremony With no hope of Google Glass becoming mainstream any time soon, it seems the place to wear your tech in 2014 is not on your face, as expected,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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This is what 'sex on a motorcycle' hair looks like! Well, it does to Jean-Pierre Braganza. For his SS15 show, 'Architectonic', he asked the Toni & Guy session team to create 'dishevelled, very beautiful, soft, flowing, long hair' to complement... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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The film series, #UnlockArt, produced by Tate and supported by Le Meridien, concluded with the release of the last of eight films, What's So Funny?, decided by an online poll. It was a lighthearted end (though humour was present in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at The Swelle Life