Thursday, 21 May 2015

NOTD Essie Bobbing for Baubles



I got this colour a couple of months ago which you can read about here.
 
I've never had a colour like this and it's not usually one I'd go for but I was feeling adventurous and got it.
 
In the bottle it looks like a dark navy blue and to me it looks even darker/borderline black on my nails.  It's kind of like a bluey black rather than a navy.  I'm not entirely sure about the colour yet, maybe I just need to get use to it.  I think the name is cute though.
 
The formula is runny so make sure you don't' have a lot on the brush, a little goes a long way.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! xxx

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Life: University Research Essay

For today's post I thought I'd might do something art related so I'm sharing what I'm working on at the moment for my big essay as that's the only thing I have on my mind at the moment.
 
I'm looking at the Poesie paintings that were commissioned by Philip II of Spain and done by Titian.
 
 
Danaƫ with a Nurse, 1553-54
 
 
Venus and Adonis, 1554
 
 
Diana and Actaeon, 1556-59
 
 
Diana and Callisto, 1556-59
 
 
Perseus and Andromeda, 1554-56
 
 
Rape of Europa, 1559-62
 
(Images from Web Gallery of Art)
 
It took me a while to come up with an angle that hadn't been done before. The most common angle is comparing the paintings to the poems of Ovid which the subject matter is derived from. Other avenues include looking at the paintings as visual poetry, tragedies and the iconography.
 
After much stress and panic I think I've settled into looking at the paintings as messengers of power.  They were for Philip II of Spain, son of Charles V the Holy Roman Emperor, and were commissioned not long before he was betrothed and married to Queen Mary I of England.  Portraits were usually used to show power but I've thought of a couple of ways in which these paintings convey Philip's power as King of both Spain and then England.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! This is pretty much what my life revolves around plus all the other assignments I have. At least they're pretty to look at. xx

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Stuff I bought off EBay #001

EBay is a magical place. I always seem to find some cool stuff that is only a couple of dollars. That and plus free shipping makes me very happy.
 
My friends birthday was coming up and I knew she liked necklaces and Harry Potter so of course I searched EBay. I got her the time-turner necklace that Hermione used in the Prisoner of Azkaban and I also decided to buy myself something.
 
 
I first saw a Deathly Hallows Necklace on Mighty Ape but I didn't like that it was black. I liked this one because it was gold and it wasn't too big.  I also loved the long chain, I've been liking longer necklaces lately.

While it did take some time to get here I'm so happy I got it. It's simple which I'm also loving at the moment with just the triangle and the circle.

I bought the necklace here. It was only NZ$1.09 and there was free shipping.

Hope you all enjoyed this post! xoxo

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Graduation Gifts

I graduated last Monday and before we left my Mum gave some graduation presents! Can you tell I was excited? :p



 
When I saw the Pandora bag I got excited but I of course opened the card first because that's just what you're suppose to do.
 
I got another ring, which I'm kinda loving at the moment. It's made of a series of infinity rings, it's silver apart from one that's gold. I love it. It's the wrong size so I haven't worn it yet.
 
I also got another charm for my bracelet.  My Mum is obsessed with owls so when I saw it I just thought she got it because it was a owl, then I realised it had a graduation cap on. It's so cute and is a nice addition.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! xoxo