Thursday, 28 August 2014

A weekend in the country

Hello!

Recently Tanya and I had a weekend in the country to enjoy a little couple time.

I don't have loads of pictures because the hotel likes to keep them to a minimum, plus Tan and myself where making as much use of the amenities as possible. We spent our time in the spa, gym, swimming pool and restaurant, but I couldn't resist getting a few snaps of my outfit.


Living in a city, you forget how beautiful the country is... and what ducks look like!

I had on:



The journey would have required 2 trains, 4 buses, 1.5 taxis and a horse, but very kindly, and quite out of the blue, BMW Park lane, offered to lend us a car for our journey (specifically a 640d).

As you can see, she was quite a beauty and full of gadgets and buttons that I fiddled with the entire ride (especially when Tanya fell asleep).



Thanks for reading!

Jim

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Mulberry Photo Shoot

Hello!

A few months ago, Tanya and I were asked to do a photo shoot with Mulberry. The images were released a few days ago, and they are terrific!


We both had a really great day and, of course, we took lots and lots of pictures for ourselves.
I wont bore you with many words, because these pictures speak thousands.

Enjoy!




My outfit consisted of:
Grey suede jacket - Reiss
White shirt - T.M. Lewin
Navy trousers - Dockers
Suede loafers - Russell & Bromely















Thanks for reading (looking at the pictures!)

Jim

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

NEW YORK BABY!

Hello!



Last week, I was invited to spend a few days in New York to celebrate the release of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 on DVD and Blu-Ray (vlog to follow).

Here are a few sights, plus a couple of very 'New York-y' outfits.


Whilst wandering around Brooklyn, I went for:





The next day was spent walking through Manhattan.

Walking lots, and lots... and lots.

and a denim jacket that I bleached myself (just by filling a bucket with a water & bleach cocktail an leaving it for 20 minutes).





Whilst I was in New York, I found some time for a little shopping. If you'd like me to show you what I bought in a blog post or video, let me know in the comments.

NYC is still one of my favourite places on earth and I want to visit again very soon!

Thanks for reading.

Jim
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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Drawing Tanya

HELLO!

I haven't drawn a straight-up pencil portrait for about five years, but the urge to draw something beautiful suddenly came over me.

Seeings as it's been so long, I wasn't expecting miracles, but here's how it went.


I raided Tanya's Instagram and found a photo of her face that I liked (it was very difficult, she's not very nice to look at). 


Next, using a pen and a ruler, I plotted a grid (mine is made up of square inches, but you can make yours bigger or small).


With pencil, I then lightly drew out the grid on the paper I was going to work on. This time I made it from inch and half squares (making my image 1.5x larger than the one I was copying).

Using the grid makes life much easier when you're trying to get an accurate image; you can focus on one square at time and really make sure that all of you lines are in the right place.

Then I sketched out the lines of Tan's face before erasing the grid.


Once the main lines were down, I began shading and adding detail. 

It was at this point that I realised that I was actually working in the wrong sketch pad. I had picked up my pastel paper pad without thinking. Pastel paper is a little too textured and lumpy-bumpy for the pencil drawing I had in mind, but decided that I had come this far, so I may as well stick with it.


As a result I couldn't get to the detail I really wanted, and I kind of lost patience with the hair, but you get the idea. If I'd been sensible, I think it could have been pretty good!

NOTE TO SELF: ALWAYS CHECK THE SKETCH PAD BEFORE YOU DRAW (this is not the first time I have done this. I spent hours drawing a horse the other day, and couldn't work out why it kept smudging, only to realise that I was doing it on marker paper).

If you would like me to, I'll keep you posted on anything else I draw. Just let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

Big love,

Jim
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Friday, 18 July 2014

Last day in Cannes!

SALUT!

If you read my previous post, you'll know that I was in Cannes for a few days.


Yesterday started with breakfast. We asked for 4 eggs, scrambled. What turned up at was 4 portions of scrambled eggs... The language barrier gets you into all sorts of mischief!


I gathered my essentials:
Rayban Clubmaster sunglasses - to keep the sun out of my eyes,
P20 once a day, factor 30 SPF - so I didn't get burnt,
My phone - to tweet about all the fun I was having,
My IPad - so I could read my book via the kindle app,


and headed straight for the beach.


We stayed lounging by the sea all day, enjoying activities such as reading,


eating,


AND PLAYING IN THE SEA!







After hours of fun and relaxation, we went back to the hotel to wash off the sand and salt and sticky suncream... and the rest of the sand you find in places you wish you didn't.


My outfit:


Cannes is an unusual place; during the day you can sit on the beach wearing pretty much nothing - in fact most guys have the tiniest little swimming trunks on, and many of the ladies go topless... I have no idea where to look - but when the evening arrives, if you don't look presentable, it's hard to get a table in a restaurant.


Tanya looked pretty incredible too.


On our journey for food, we walked along the beach front and through the port at sunset,




and ended up at a restaurant (that turns into a nightclub after midnight) called BĂ„oli.


It was very dark and atmospheric, so the only picture I took that was worth using was of some lettuce.


After our lettuce (and the rest of our meal), we decided to leave before the place turned into a club and went to get some ice-cream instead. Priorities.

Tanya had mint choc chip (boooooring) whilst I went for Ferrero Rocher, which blew my mind!


Thanks for reading!

Jim
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