Thursday, 11 December 2014

5 minutes with illustrator, Rachel Miller

I get to do some pretty cool things with my blog, but one of the best things I get to do is show off my friends. This week’s post is an interview with a friend of mine who works as a freelance illustrator and is pretty darn talented. I've always been envious of people like Rachel who can draw, so my way of expressing myself creatively was through a lens. I've been lucky to know Rachel for over ten years; we have known each other since we were 10 years old. I catch up with her and talk about the world of illustration, whether doing a creative degree is worth it and where she gets her inspiration from.

Rachel Miller

How did you get into illustration?
It all started when my Aunt gave me an illustration book for Christmas when I was about 17. I can’t say that I had much idea about the possibilities around illustration and graphic design at the time and the book really excited me! I was studying Fine Art, not fully enjoying the course, so it was definitely an eye opener and from then on my work started to take a completely different direction.

How do you overcome your creative blocks?
The best way is to just keep sketching, sitting and thinking about things for long periods of time will never get you anywhere! Even if you aren't happy with the work you are coming out with the trick is to keep pushing an idea and eventually things will start to take shape.

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Where do you gain inspiration from?
I usually find myself endlessly scrolling through the tons boards and pages I follow on Pinterest and Instagram. I have also a few particular illustrators calligraphers that I will regularly turn to.

You went to UWE, do you feel like your degree helped you develop as an illustrator?
Definitely! Was lucky enough to get onto a course which was perfect for me at the time. The course allowed you to be incredibly free with your ideas and you were always pushed to enter competitions so I managed to get fair bit of experience in working with live briefs. I feel like I have come a long way in 3 years.
war illustration Rachel Miller
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Who would be your dream client to work for and why?
Harpers perennial is a book publishing company and is a branch off Harper Collins. They publish a large quantity of reprints with re designed covers, which are always beautiful.

Describe your artistic style in three words.
Organic, subtle and exploratory.

Who are your favorite illustrators?
I tend to like illustrators who are either use a lot of ink and watercolour in their work or specialize in collage. Anna Wright’s bird prints, which combine both techniques, are definitely among my favorites. I am also very into more surreal collage artists like John Stezaker and Hannah Hoch. Jasmine Dowling is probably my most recent craze, for her beautiful brush calligraphy! Her work is definitely my motivation to master modern calligraphy.

What's in the pipeline for you?
To keep creative and motivated!

Keep an eye out for more of Rachel's Illustrations on my blog as we're currently working together to create a new header! Something which I'm extremely excited about, as so far it's looking amazing! Check out her Instagram and Website here! 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

My Christmas gift guide 2014.

It's December which means it's nearly Christmas and I'm finally allowed to be excited about this time of year, (I've been looking forward to it since August.) I thought I would compile a list of Christmas present inspiration whether it's for yourself, dad, boyfriend, mum or someone you have for secret Santa. I hope that my list gives you some of the answers that you've been looking for. I've popped links underneath the pictures to make it that much easier to shop. I really hope you like this post as for some reason it took me ages to put this altogether, I think I might have got distracted by all the Black Friday discounts over the weekend!

My Picks/For the girls:

1 - Camera, 2 - Topshop sequin skirt, 3 - Not that kind of girl book by Lena Dunham 4 - Charlotte Tilbury's Dolce Vita eyeshadow pallete, 5 - Real Technique brushes & 6 - River island shoes 

I'm pretty much obsessed with everything on this list and I'm sure any girl who loves fashion & beauty would be happy to receive any of these gifts. I’m a bit of a magpie so this section list is looking very sparkly however I think it's allowed, it is Christmas. If you're feeling very generous this Christmas, I think this camera would make such a great gift for someone who loves their photography. I first spotted this camera on super-blogger The Londoner's site, if it's good enough for her then it's definitely good enough for me! However, if that's quite not in your budget then these make-up brushes from Real Techniques will make any girls Christmas. I really love the silver handles, I think they'd look great in a cute mason jar amongst all your other brushes.

For Boys:

 1- The Simpsons notebook,  2 - Richard adoyade book, 3 - Tom Dixon candle, 4 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle keyring, 5- Mclaggan Smith mug and 6 - Rapha travel set.

Despite having a dad and a boyfriend, I still find shopping for men/boys quite tricky. I often find things that I would like and then realising that I shouldn't be shopping for myself. I've tried to cater to everyone here and I think I've found a few gems. If you're looking for a cheap stocking filler then this Ninja turtle keyring from Lego is so cute and great little gesture. 
I have included a few pricer items including this candle. I know traditionally  you wouldn't buy a man a candle but this one by Tom Dixon is pretty special, and wouldn't look out of place in any bachelor pad. 
My dad is a bit of a cycling nut so I know a little bit about what cyclists like. I gave him this Rapha set last year and he really loved it. I think the packaging is really stylish and I've heard the products inside aren't too bad either, so this is a must for men who are into cycling.  

Gifts under £15:

1 - Star bright bath melt from Lush £3.50 each, 2 - Accessorize bracelet £15, 3 - Eyelashes by Cheryl £6, 4 - This Works duo £22, 5 - Topshop highlighter £9, and 5 - Notebooks by Paper rifle £13.95

Every year you're bound to be involved with a secret Santa of some sort so I've picked some budget friendly gifts which I'm sure your recipient will love! If not these gifts would make great stocking fillers. I've tried to pick gifts that were all under £20 but the this works duo was just too much of a good offer to resist.
I actually own the ring that matches this gorgeous bracelet from Accessorize and I absolutely love it, it's so sparkly and I receive so many compliments so this bracelet is sure to create a similar effect.
As a bit of a make-up junkie I'm always on the hunt for the next best highlighter and I've had my eye on this Topshop one for a while. If you're friend loves make-up as much as me I'm sure this gift will be a massive hit!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Autumn Tag

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I spotted this doing the rounds on a few blogs so I thought I'd join in as I really love the autumn/winter time. For all you bloggers out there I'm not tagging anyone so if you fancy doing this tag post go for it! I think it's such a fun one to answer.

Favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
I actually only drink two hot drinks as I don’t like tea or coffee! The two drinks I like are Hot chocolate & Camomile tea,  so it would have to be either of them!

Accessories- what do you opt for: scarf, boots, gloves?
I love wearing little bobble hats and mittens in the colder months so they would have to be my favourite accessories!

Music- what's your favourite music to listen to in the Autumn?
Well one of my all time favourite songs is Sweater Weather by The Neighborhood which is pretty weather appropriate so I’d have to pick that song.

Perfume- what's your favourite scent for this time of year?
Pour Femme by D&G is lovely and smells really rich, The Elizabeth & James Nirvana black smells quite similar in terms of its top notes so I’d have to pick these two!

Candles- what scents will you be burning this season?
My Zoella Beauty candle & Fairy Dust candle by Lily flame.

What do you love most about Autumn?
I know it’s too early to say but I love knowing it’s nearly Christmas and of course the fashion!
smokey bronze make up looks
Favourite makeup look?
Anything that has my three favourites: a pink nude lip, a bronze/copper smokey eye and of course the winged eyeliner - it's my go to look for nights out! I love the style of make-up in the images above, they sum up my all time favourite look! I pinched these photos from Pinterest, (the last image has been created by my favourite MUA, Charlotte Tilbury!)

What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?
Although this is not autumnal I just saw Damon Albarn at the Royal Albert Hall, which was something that I had been looking forward to for ages. I obviously also love the more traditional events like Halloween and Fireworks day!

Daisy x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

What I've been up to, October.

So I've not blogged for a little while, as if I'm totally honest I've not had much to blog about. I've been updating my instagram, twitter & pinterest daily, but running a fashion blog is so hard when you feel like your outfits aren't particularly inspiring. If you did fancy seeing a  fashion post you can check my last one out here! So for this Sunday's post you're getting a 'What I've been up to in October' as I love putting all my favourite images from instagram together, to show you all the cool things I've seen & photographed. 
I suppose you want to know what I've been up to? I've left my previous internship (the first photo in this set was actually taken on my last day) and I'm now interning at Biscuiteers, which I absolutely LOVE, it's so much fun and I'm learning a lot, which is great! Eating a couple of free biscuits here & there might be one of the reasons why I like it so much... I've also been trying to explore London more at the weekends and make the most of the best city in the world, (I might be slightly biased but London is so magical at Christmas.) I've taken quite a few trips into central London recently and I've seen a few exhibitions, saw the incredible Matilda the Musical, gained A LOT of Christmas present inspiration - my imaginary list is extremely long and that's about it!
Hopefully I'll be back with a fashion post soon. Let me know what you've been up to in the comments below, especially if you have any Christmassy or festive plans. I'd love to know!