Thursday, 13 January 2011
Dedicated follower of fashion
I love the powdery blue shade of this Laura Ashley charity shopped jumper, as well as the intricate cable pattern on the front. It has been invaluable in the winter cold, as I can wear two or three layers under it easily. The jodhpurs are American Apparel, bought from an amazing charity shop for £1.50 (I also got a vintage vanity case for a pound there!) and I wore them over tights from Next. The heels are also from Next, and match the colour of the jodhpurs perfectly. The beautiful mohair hat is one of my many Kangol treaures, and along with the blue leather gloves, used to belong to my great-grandma. The gloves were a late addition (my lovely mum actually took them off and gave them to me) and their main purpose was to hide the fact that my hands had turned purple in the cold! Poor circulation does not a good photo make. The bag is from ebay and the necklace belonged to my maternal grandma.
Dad took these photos of me when we were away in the coastal welsh countryside. Somehow, I quite like the bleak colour of the landscapes in the background. It gives the images a certain folorn feel. After taking the photos, my dad subsequently jumped in the freezing waterfall pictured behind! He is a bit of a cold water junkie.. I like river swimming, but mainly during summer! However, nothing beats the adrenaline rush or buzz of natural, icy water.
I thought that because the outfit had such a retro inspiration, I would round off the post with a thoroughly modern debate! I had a delightful little tea party (involving the best coconut and lime cake I've ever tasted) with a good family friend after school today, and we had an indepth discussion about the internet, its effects and the way it might evolve. I have been musing on this since I got home, and I thought I'd throw open some questions.
Do you think that eventually the internet will replace all books and magazines, and we will all download our literary material onto kindles or e-readers? Luddite that I am, I think there will always be room for printed books. For me, nothing beats the feel of turning pages or the smell of old books. And how could one put a coffee table photography book on a screen? It just wouldn't have the same effect.
Are newspapers in a different category? Is there a strong case for preserving natural resources by using e-readers insteed of papers? These are things that will only be read once or twice before being thrown away or (hopefully) recycled - it would save trees and paper if they were all presented on the same screen. I already keep up to date by reading the Guardian website.
Will the internet also change the nature of publishing? Will all new books have to be interactive and have razz-matazz features to keep the reader interested? As my friend remarked, one thing about having a book in front of you is that you have to commit your whole concentration to the page. It's not like the internet where everything is instant, and sometimes attention spans are shorter.
One point to make is that I mentioned listening to records at the beginning of this post. It seems that vinyl has had something of a rennaisance - obviously it will never be as popular again as music downloads, but there is still demand for record-shops and the like. Maybe two types of media, digital and the tangible can continue to co-exist? I certainly hope so.