Tuesday, August 17, 2010

In Bloom...

When I first started this blog, I thought I would feature Art in it a lot more, seeing as I spent 3 long years with my head in books reading about Artists and Art Theory. I guess this hasn't been the case but there's no time like the present!

I'm a bit of a fan of early 20th century French prints and I came across this print at the V&A a few weeks ago. Georges Barbier was one of the greats and his prints often featured flamboyant fashion. He had also worked with Art Deco print master, Erté designing sets and costumes for the Folies Bergère. This fashion plate titled, 'L'Air' caught my eye with the woman in the bright floral print, stripey tights and matching orange shoes in the forground chasing after her hat in the wind. Quite a fun print no?
Georges Barbier L'Air
Georges Barbier, L'Air, 1925, engraving and pochoir.
In keeping with the floral theme of this post, I took some photos of the the courtyard in the V&A which is bordered by Hydrangea plants, all varying in colour from rose pink, soft lilac and pastel blue. I remember learning in school that the colours were due to alkaline levels in the soil...so obviously the V&A soil is quite confused!
pink hydrangea
blue hydrangeahydrangea nails
Ring (Alexander McQueen) Nails (Barry M-Berry Ice Cream)
I loved that my nails matched the lilac hydrangea and I realised that my ring was also in the design of a hydrangea bloom! Though, it was certainly a little more sinister than the ones gracing the courtyard.
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  1. first of all, i love that painting. Second of all, I love your nail polish, third of all I love your ring! :)
    x

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  2. I love your flower photos, so beautiful and the print is really interesting x

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  3. Beautiful ring and nail polish!

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  4. thst is a beautiful illustration!

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  5. So pretty, I'm sure I have seen his stuff before - glad I know the name now!

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  6. ahh reminds me a bit of toulouse lautrec, i went to a really good exhibition of his early work at the walker in liverpool. this is more colourful and fun though! i love that nail varnish too, i nearly bought a similar colour in m&s. (yes, m&s have nice nail varnish colours!)

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  7. Perfect match with those nail polish and flowers. I am also wearing that colour today :)

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  8. wow love the ring !!!! and uber heart the nail polish. God I am the same, I did interior design yet I never really talk about it in my blog. I guess after studying it's nice to talk about other thing's :P I love that print, I am a huge fan of Botticelli and go to a gallery at least once a month. Wish I had the Mc Q ring love the bloom's on the bloom's. Sorry that sounded lame :/ Thank you for all your comments BTW xxxx

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  9. You should do more of these posts!

    (Ah so jealous of your ring)

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  10. your nail color is fab! and lovely ring you're wearing too

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  11. Nice blog : )
    lovely posts ♥

    /Fashion Bowie

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  12. those flowers are beautiful.
    i love that nail color!
    mm purple.<3

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  13. more sinister indeed :)
    I love eartly 20th century french prints too! they are so beautiful.
    I didn't know you had studied art, how cool! People who have studied art seem so cultured...

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  14. This was really interesting, I like blogs who mix it up a bit and don't just talk about fashion, saying that though, I do love your ring! I would love to visit the V&A one day.

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  15. GORGEOUS post! And i love that ring.

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  16. GORGEOUS! my fav flowers of all time. they have already dried up here :( i had no time to go out and take pics of them. so sad...but i'm glad you capture a couple of pics! :D

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  17. That picture is beautiful!

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  18. That really is a fun print! And your nails looks fabulous next to the flowers.

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  19. I love that painting! and I love your ring so much. The flowers so cute.

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  20. Hi there-lovely pics, especially the last one, your nails against the flower look lovely, we had hydrangea bushes in my parents house when I was young, so one of my favourite blooms.

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  21. Your ring is sooo beautiful! love the flowers and matching polish too.

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  22. Very lovely!:-) Love the blog!:-) New follower!:-)

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  23. the flowers are beautiful. and i love the topshop blouse you got below - I had considered getting it in navy!

    and thank you for the vivi link xx

    http://pagesixxx.blogspot.com

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  24. Gorgeous art picture and I love your nailpolish and ring.:)SarahD

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  25. I love the flowers. I love that nail polish. So beautiful.

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  26. Winnie,

    you have the most beautiful view in everything...these flowers and nails are so cute and the art pic is fab!

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  27. Those hydrangeas are gorgeous! I love the way your nailpolish matches, too!

    Leia

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  28. what beautiful pictures, the flowers look lovely! i adore the v&a, and the fact that none of the flowers are the same colour, hehe. did you notice that they have lemon trees there too?

    love, jazzabelle. x

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  29. Georges Barbier's work is amazing! Great print!

    I've been looking for a nail polish just like yours!

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  30. beautiful flower and beautiful ring!!

    www.lovelywanderlust.com

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  31. The print is great, I love how color is used!

    The last photo is my favorite, your ring, nails, and the flower look so amazing together! I want that ring :)

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  32. I love the way the ring is something pretty turned into something twisted, and it's McQueen! You kept that quiet! Probably just as well as I would've distracted you with a Red Velvet, then pilfered it!

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  33. Loove your nail polish and your ring!

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  34. That print is so amazing. And I know what you mean, I keep thinking I ought to blog more about art and exhibitions given what I do!

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  35. Beautiful photos and I love your ring!

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  36. i really like that nail colour - & the ring of course. i love how they fit so well with the flowers.

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  37. I actually really like that print, not a huge art fan normally. Love that your nails and ring match, it's like fate

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  38. that first picture of the drawing is magical. love it!
    and the flowers are amazing.
    thanks for stopping by- and for the b.day wishes.

    xx ediot

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  39. your blog is so cute! i'm going to follow as soon as the follow button starts working! =D

    i love art. everything just amazes me and i love how it is so subjective so there isn't just a single meaning. i really wish i had majored in art history. if i could go back to the beginning i think i would have chosen that over business. blah.

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  40. l'air is so amazing! i love your floral shots and the nail polish is such a great shade! xxx

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  41. sweeeet blog!!!! !!! love the photos, really refreshing!

    xxx

    http://amaturecouture.com/

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  42. your nail colours are very pretty! it does, indeed, match the pretty flowers :D

    cute ring too! hehe

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  43. Love that illustration--I want to be a Georges Barbier girl! Your nails are so cute too.
    P.S. Yes, my sister is getting her PhD in history. She's studying trench newspapers from WWI and the "Imperial" troops--how troops from Australia, Eygpt, etc were portrayed in that day (I saw a rather shocking propaganda video w/ her at one archive).

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  44. Heya,

    thanks for commenting on my recent post... Jack Wills is a store in the UK equivalent to Abercrombie & Fitch or Hollister... here is a quote from wikipedia so you know what I meant about stereotyping.

    "The label has also developed a negative connotation within some state schools; its pricing strategy and ethos of traditional British heritage the company uses to promote itself, such as varsity polo, has led to many students in state schooling deeming the label to only be worn by those from public schooling and the stereotype associated with such students."

    Thats if your interested :)

    Adèle -http://moltocuriosa.com

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  45. i love going to the v&a! art sneaks into my blog occasionally too, it's nice when it does (:

    http://itscohen.blogspot.com/

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  46. Thank you, sweetie. I'm so glad you liked the YSL nail polish on my blog.

    You may already have too many purples (love the Barry M!), but - if there's room in your collection for one more...

    I bought Chanel's Paradoxal at the weekend and it's the most unusual and extraordinarily beautiful greyed purple.

    Sarah x

    http://stylesouk.wordpress.com

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  47. i love your nails and the ring ^^ nice photos :3

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  48. 1. That is such a lovely print, I'm partial to the art deco style myself :)

    2. Gahhh @ your nails matching the hydrangea! So cool :)



    Come say hi?
    xx
    MILK TEETHS

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  49. really nice post. i love how your nails perfectly blend into the flowers in the last photo! xx

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  50. So love the colors! The painting and the flowers. Great nail polish too.

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  51. L'Air..wow that is indeed a lovely plate.

    thyaudaciousness.blogspot.com/

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  52. I miss the V&A so much it hurts.

    Beautiful pics as always!

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  53. Lovely post (: what a coincidence about the ring and the nails!
    x

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  54. i love your ring ! <3

    xx,
    http://like-a-good-old-fashion-nightmare.blogspot.com/

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  55. beautiful illustration and flowers. and your ring is fantastic as well! McQueen was amazing

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  56. your nails are so cute, lovely flowers too.and the important things i love your blog :)

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  57. gorgous flower. and gorgeous painting. :) love your style too.

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  58. Your rings and nails always so perfect. love

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