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Hello! You may have noticed that Shiny Thoughts has had a freshen up! Finally, my new design is up and running and although I’d like to tweak a couple of things, it’s pretty much good to go! I designed the fresher look myself in Photoshop and then it was kindly built in WordPress (I moved from Blogger) by the lovely Andrew Jones Developer. It was a pretty messy move, buying server space and all, but I got there in the end!

If you take a look at the new pages at the top, you’ll see I’ve extended the London Fun section where I post up exhibitions I’m excited about and Pretty Places – a list of other blogs and things I’ve been involved with. There’s also a new Hello bit where I natter on about myself!

Lastly, I’d love to feature some new shiny places in my sponsor section of the sidebar so if you’d like to advertise your blog, website or shop and you’re a Shiny Thoughts kinda place then you can advertise through Project Wonderful or through me. Just visit the Q and Ads page at the top.  Thanks for reading everyone!


 Giving Lomo a go go! The CMYK Diana

Diana with Flash CMYK colourful plastic objects camera headphones xylophone

Diana with Flash CMYK at home camera

Fish and Chips sign Diana Mini Photographs London Carnaby

Diana with Flash CMYK camera with photos

Diana Photographs Lomography Clothes cakes

Diana with Flash CMYK camera back

Lomography Diana Photos Cat

I was really excited to finally try out a lomography camera – I’ve never used one before! And what better camera for me to use than one called CMYK in all my favourite colours?! I managed to get my hands on this beautiful Diana and Flash as I used it in my latest project, the TV snippet, Outfitting Britain where I used the camera to take snaps of things British. It was just the perfect colours for the project and gave me an excuse to give it a go! I must say it is rather tricky and expensive to get film developped but the excitement of going to Snappy Snaps and picking up the photos definitely outweighs it! Plus it comes with a big and beautiful hard-bound book of info and photos from Lomo and the romantic story of the brand.
Like everyone says, when we’re used to always using digital, shooting in analogue always makes you think more and then cherish the photos afterwards! At the top I have photos taken around Soho in London, in the middle are pictures of High Tea and clothes with Next for their summer press day (plus a dual exposure shot of me!) and then at the bottom are photos of the Tatty Devine jewellery I was kindly loaned for the project and my best friend and our cat looking very square-arsed! It’s good fun so do have a go if you can!
Thanks Lomography Carnaby for lending me the camera!

Inspiration – What’s Exciting Me This Month!

Tools of the Trade – Frankie Magazine / Display – Country Living Magazine and Peter Jensen – Unknown Source / Pigeons – a Creative Graduate / Festive Fruit – Eat Drink Chic / Ident Art Direction Bottles – Still from Jamie Cooks Summer / Table Display – Denise Bilder via Mademoiselle Robot / Collage – Sunday Times Style
I thought I’d take a little break from the Things I Wore and Things I was very Kindly Gifted and Invited To shebang and bring you a tad closer to my current thinking – A stroll, a doddle through my mind if you will! These are some of the images that I love at the moment and that are inspiring me through this year. Even though I’m meant to be in ‘Fashion’, I can see from these that I’m very much drifting towards products and objects, art direction and romantic imagery. Maybe that’s a bit of the blogger in me, and maybe a bit of nurturing Liberty has given me by working as a Visual Merchandiser. Either way, I’m excited to be working on some fun and insightful projects. My current one is going to be feature people who work in Fashion and their things; Objects that we can read into that tell us about their job, hobbies and past. I’m really looking forward to photographing the displays and of course, showing you – wish me luck!

Boxed In – Country Living Magazine / Loverdose Perfume – Diesel / Makeup Display – Grazia Magazine / Living Colour – Time Design Supplement Magazine
Hope these inspire you too!

Gift of the Gab


Adorable stationary and teddies by Alice Gabb (coincidence on the surname!)

Quirky headpieces by Now, Voyager like this cute clip on knitted prawn(!?) and bunny! The brand has a super cute website too!

High quality pompom accessories by the lovely Dot Your T’s and Cross your I’s

I absolutely adore these leather hearts by Hettie and Dave

Cupcakes by Great Little Cupcake Company – I had a crazy one which had green jelly inside! Like a children’s birthday party in a cake!

Gabbtastic Gig

Thursday was one fantastic night – A world of carisma, jazziness and lots of sparkle manifested in Koko, Camden thanks to the fabulous Gabby Young and Other Animals. It was no ordinary gig but a mini festival with Gabby’s adorable Gabberdashery stalls and her troupe of surprise performers on stage including jaw-dropping aerial artists who mesmerisingly rolled their flexible bodies up and down sheaths of red silk, I was jealous I couldn’t have a go myself! Then there swung in a gang of twinkly jazz dancers – pretty boys and girls free-styling while Gabby changed into a magnificent Inbar Spector dress. In between were gospel choirs and an alternative percussions group plus her Other Animals including a Panda dressed Double Bassist! What a fabulous feast for eyes and ears it was – you’ll have to have a listen while dressing up for a fancy dress party! What fun – Thanks Gabby and her lovely stylist Katie!

I will also try and show you all what I wore to the gig as soon as I can! 🙂

Wine Time – Denbies in Dorking

>Welcome to Denbies Wine Estate in my home town of Dorking in Surrey. It is the UKs largest single estate Vineyard and this year has won a fantastic accolade – Winners of the best Rose in the World. THE WORLD! incredible for England in my eyes. It’s one of those places you grow up with; whether running around it as part of my schools Sponsored Run or riding through the beautiful striped slopes on the train to London. It was even the setting for James May’s lego house in Toy Stories. It is a lovely place to take visitors for an amble so when my cousin came to stay, my whole family popped out for the day. We sat down on the chalk hills for lunch when a tour train came and stopped right behind us. We got a rather entertaining guide talk for free where we learnt those extra fun facts about our town that we didn’t previously know. After our walk, we sauntered into the beautiful large atrium cafe for a cake and tea where you can also go on tours of the distillery! I’ve not been myself though that’s definitely something I need to experience. It’s only 40 mins from central London so why not pop down for the day?! Rose anyone?

Shoes – Kurt Geiger / Socks – Topman / Ring – Found at Home / Most clothes customised a long time ago!

The Homely Hatch


Surrey Sunset
Aaah it’s jolly nice to go back to your home county when living in the big city (well just out of but shh!) and this most recent trip was one of the nicest for the rolling hills near Guildford were looking particularly splendid. On this fine evening, my boyfriend and I popped to the Wotton Hatch located on the Dorking to Guildford scenic route in South East England. It’s right near his house and is just beautiful with lush views and a quirky mirror arbour – not to mention serving food and drink on the rather exotic side of quaint British county resto menus. Ever the explorer, he chose watermelon, ham and ‘Chile Ice Cream’ whilst I chose a more reserved duck and plum ‘Pizza’. I wanted to show you my darling new skirt in a ‘swooshier’ light – here it is looking a little limper than usual but I love it. Have you found that once you’ve tried a maxi there’s no going back? Have you been sucked in my it’s comfiness too?!

Maxi Skirt – Charity Shop (thanks grannies!) / Vest – Criminal Damage /
Belt – Stolen from Boyf / Necklace + Earrings – DIY /
Navy Cardie – Topshop / Denim Jacket – New Look /
Sandals – Dorothy Perkins