Thursday, 21 August 2014

Mondrian and his Studios

A friend asked me to go along to the Tate and view their latest exhibition on the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. If I'm being honest, I didn't particularly want to go as I'm not a huge fan of his work but I convinced myself that I was being a little narrow minded and couldn't have an informed opinion unless I went to see it in the flesh.

As I walked in, to the left of the exhibition, I was met by a window looking into a life-size reconstruction of Mondrian's Paris studio. This was my favourite part.



Mondrian believed that an artist's studio should be a reflection of his current work which leads the development of contemporary art. He thought that an artist could not develop if their studio was 'a museum of ancient art'. I've got to give it to the man, I respect the dedication he had to his work, allowing his art to seep into every aspect of his life.



One thing I realised as I was wandering through the Tate was that although I may not be a huge fan of his art, it's certainly iconic; one of his pieces only has to appear on the TV or internet for a couple of seconds and it's instantly recognisable. It's unique.


The piece above is called 'Composition with red, yellow and blue.' (Apologies about the blurriness, I moved as I was taking it)

I felt that once I'd seen a few of the paintings in the style of the above, it became very repetitive as they were all so similar.

I'm glad I went to the exhibition and I do have a new found respect for Mondrian and the style he created, however it didn't fascinate me and I wouldn't rush back for another look!

I'd love to hear your thoughts about Mondrian's work.




Sunday, 10 August 2014

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil Review

Emma from Escentual kindly got in touch last week to see if I wanted to try out the newest launch from Roger & Gallet - their Fleur de Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil. During the last couple of years I've converted to using oil on my hair before styling it so I jumped at the chance to get my hands on this fig-scented oil which can be used on skin and hair.

I did a little research and time and time again the scent was described as being addictive, so as soon as Mr Postman delivered it, I quickly unwrapped it, took off the lid and had a good sniff! I didn't know what to expect as I'm quite particular with which scents I like, but true to all the reviews, the scent is delicious and really 'moreish' - I wanted to smell it over and over again. The aroma is a mixture of grapefruit, fig pulp and fig pulp - not a combination I've tried before, but one I'll definitely be using more of. 

The oil is made up of 96% natural ingredients - I'm trying to use more natural beauty products so I'm very happy about this. It contains a blend of grape, pomegranate, blackcurrant, apricot and sweet almond oils, rich in omega 6 and antioxidant vitamins A and E. I sprayed it a few times into the palm of my hands and massaged it into my arms and legs. It felt lightweight, not greasy in the slightest and left my skin feeling nourished; it also looked really healthy and not overly shiny. I keep sniffing my arms whenever I use it though as they smell soooo good!


I also used it on the mid lengths to the ends of my hair after I'd washed it and before I used my hairdryer and GHD's on it. Like the effect it had on my skin, it made my hair feel soft, silky and shiny. Be careful to only use a little bit though as using too much would make your hair greasy and don't use it in your roots (I spritzed the oil into my palm first - about the size of a 5 pence piece, then distributed it evenly into my hair). 


So overall, I'd definitely recommend this oil, even if it was purely for the smell, however it ticks all the other boxes as well and thoroughly nourishes hair and skin. The packaging is very pretty as well and ideal for gifts. The price of the oil is usually £25.50 making it more of a luxury buy in my book, however there is 1/3 off the Roger & Gallet range until the end of August at Escentual, making this oil £16.83 - so I'd pick it up whilst it's on offer! You can buy it here.

Thanks to Emma and Escentual - who sent it to me for an honest review. 




Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Mario Bertorelli

This evening I logged onto Facebook and noticed that 'Saatchi Art' had chosen Mario Bertorelli as their artist of the day. If I'm being honest, I've never heard of him before, but I clicked the link to the artist's profile and really enjoyed looking at his artwork. However, it was when I read the 'about me' section in the artist's profile when I felt really inspired by what he had to say (inspired enough to write a blog post about it and that's saying a lot).


The beach.


"For almost forty years I have dedicated myself to combining objective, dreams and surrealistic reality through collages, shadow boxes and kaleidoscopes . Collages have a dreamlike essence which completely disregard logical principles, as all surreal creations do. In the waking life 2 plus 2 equals 4. In dreams, 2 plus 2 could well result in red alligators atop underwater polka dots clouds, and so ad infinitum. Shadow Boxes have been defined as a box to keep dreams. Dreams form the other half of our lives that we, unconsciously, live when our experiences are arbitrarily represented with our senses only while we are dreaming. Dreams already appeared in writing circa 5000/6000 years ago in the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. A magnificent example of surrealism is the stream of consciousness writing in the last 25 pages of Joyce's Ulysses: there are no punctuation signs whatsoever in there, just as it happens with our mental processes. They are not hampered by any punctuation, they just occur, even smells, voices, songs, cries, fear, love and all the human and not so human utterances. I have also been a Cultural History professor for three decades. What's relevant about cultural history, dreams and reality? They are all inextricably linked in surrealistic images. There are no punctuation marks, no paragraphs separating a renaissance soldier from a NBA player or a Petra column from a Manhattan skyscraper or a horse's nose. It's all part of human experience and our mind can integrate them, rather easily. "
I dream a lot myself and thus could truly relate to Mario's ideas.


Alice, you are late.


Happy Birthday Venus.


Miranda and Ferdinand.


Out of time.


To take out.


 You can read more about Mario and buy his artwork here.



Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Recent times.

Hello to my blog's number one fan (my Mum) and anyone who happens to stumble across this post.

I've had a little blogging hiatus or maybe it's been more of a blogger's block. I've been thinking a lot about what I want my blog to focus on and I definitely want it to contain a lot more of my own photography. These photos below are from my trusty iphone but I'll be using my Canon a lot more, especially when I have a little training from a friend. 

The first couple of photos are taken when I went for a wonderful walk in the pouring rain and loud thunderstorm that shook my little village. I love walking in the rain when I'm all wrapped up and to make things even better, there was a glorious sunset as a backdrop.



My Uncle took my Mum and I out to a beautiful restaurant on my favourite street - Hope Street. The photo doesn't do it complete justice but it overlooks charming Georgian terrace houses and cobbled streets.


Sometimes it's difficult to completely relax, but gardening really helps me chill out and seeing it flourish over the space of a year has been amazing.


My beautiful pink lupin.


Finally, I went to a really cool African music concert in a park not far from my house. The music was incredible, everybody was there to have a good time and I got to try authentic Jamaican food - saltfish and ackee! I didn't take any photos unfortunately but I managed a little instagram video which I've posted below. PS - if you're on Instagram, it'd be great if you checked mine out - sophie_rossetti


Thanks for reading x

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Met Gala 2014 Fashion Illustrations by Katie Rodgers

Instead of posting photographs from the Met Gala 2014, which I'm sure any fashionista has already seen, and as I'm a huge fan of fashion illustration, I decided to dedicate the post to the most beautiful sketches drawn by fashion illustrator Katie Rodgers. The gowns were a tribute to Charles James, an American designer honoured in the new exhibition at the Met. 

I was shocked when I found out that Rodgers' drawings were each created in only ten minutes, using watercolours and embellished with rhinestones.  




Dita Von Teese cuts a killer silhoutte in Zac Posen


Karolina Kurkova's sculptural Marchesa


Sarah Jessica Parker's Oscar de la Renta gown was a modern take on James' famous petal dress, and was Rodgers' favorite of the night.



Blake Lively in Gucci. This dress was one of my favourites from the night.
Emmy Rossum's floral Carolina Herrera.


Sarah Silverman in Zac Posen


Solange in a bright Phillip Lim dress.


Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta.


Toni Garrn stepped out in a mermaid-shaped Topshop gown.


 Anna Wintour, the organiser of the Met Gala (centre).


Zoe Saldana in Michael Kors.




Suki Waterhouse in a Burberry design


The colours in this illustration are magical.

I hope you love these drawings as much as I do.