The Wall Street Crash

My lovely friend Kat, who’s a qualified makeup artist and is studying a degree in the subject, recently asked me if I’d be the model for a 1920’s makeup competition that she was taking part in. Now, if you don’t already know, I’m ridiculously uncomfortable in front of the camera. I can tolerate the odd “Matthew, take a photograph of me in front of this beautiful landmark” type thing, because I know it’s my camera and I could always delete it anyway. Again, when I’m feeling pretty fly (hands up if you just mumbled “for a white guy”), I’ll take a cheeky selfie. But, the idea of putting that power into the hands of a professional, meaning I’d be unable to double check and delete any images that made me look bad, gave me the jitters. She’s my friend, though, and I was absolutely over the moon to help her out. Either way, I got to dress up as a rich 1920’s lady of leisure and that was pretty exciting.

For me, a full face of makeup is made up of my trusty mascara, winged eyeliner, translucent power on my nose and a bit of red lippy. Being put into the hands of a makeup artist, who literally has a suitcase full of makeup with her, was pretty daunting. I was met with primer, foundation, a ridiculous number of different eye shadows, false lashes and lots of other things that I don’t even know the name of. Honestly, it felt weird but I definitely wouldn’t look too out of place during the 1920’s.

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The brief was “Wall Street Crash”. Kat’s plan was to do a full face of 1920’s inspired make-up, before sitting me down alongside lots of other models, as all of the makeup artists performed their special effects magic. I was expecting a pretty tense atmosphere but I actually had a really good time – Kat covered me in fake blood, cuts and bruises, whilst I just sat there and watched the world go by. There was such a range of different looks going on in the competition room. Some makeup artists went for realism, like Kat, and some took it to the other (far) end of the spectrum with stilettos in eyeballs or shards of glass sticking out of the model’s skin.

Kat’s overall look was incredible. It showed how I was trampled during the people’s rush to the banks, hence the huge bruising to one side of my face. It looks bloody painful, right!?

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Ouch…

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Didn’t she do such a good job!? If you want to have a look at her makeup artist Facebook page, you can click here! She posts all of her makeup work – from beauty makeup to special effects – on this page, so it’s definitely worth a like.

What do you think of the final look?

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My Day in Photos | Museums Quarter

The Museums Quarter is a unique collection of museums in Hull’s Old Town, surrounded by really beautiful grounds. I’ve been visiting lots of museums for my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge, so I’ll tell you about these museums at a later date.

A few weeks ago, I visited this reasonably hidden little gem to take some photographs of the grounds! It was really cold and my little fingers couldn’t last long in the winter air, so I only got a dozen or so but it was worth the trip.

Even the walk into Old Town is lovely. The streets are cobbled and the buildings have so much character. I sometimes forget how much I do love Hull until I wander around here…

Here are a couple of snaps:

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-Morgan

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The Deer God

The Deer God

The Deer God is a strikingly beautiful and simple side-scrolling pixel art game. On the face of it, the game is simply an adventure game focusing on survival, reincarnation and karma. You play as a hunter who unintentionally kills a baby deer, instead of the fully-grown stag in his sight, when out hunting. As punishment for your violence, your spirit is placed inside a baby deer by The Deer God.

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It’s a very hypnotic game. This isn’t only because it’s a side-scrolling game (which I’ve found to be hypnotic in the past), but also because of the calming music, mellow colour scheme and lack of constant drama. For a long time, the purpose of your reincarnation isn’t known, and you instead just savour the natural surroundings. It really is lovely.

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Saying that, it’s focus on visuals doesn’t limit the story and action in the game. It’s fun, it’s addictive and although it’s relatively easy to complete the first time around, there’s a lot more to do before completely finish the game. That keeps it interesting.

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I’ve been playing this recently on Xbox One, and I highly recommend it!

-Morgan

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My ‘Go-To’ Youtube Channels!

Afternoon lovelies,

Because I don’t have enough to do already, it appears I like YouTube now too! Me and Matt have grown to enjoy a few videos in the evening, and when I’m working on something I sometimes put subscribed vlog catch-ups on in the background.
This post isn’t going to cover the obvious tutorial videos, help videos, programming videos etc. that I find myself using often, and instead will cover the channels I pop over to for fun when I have an hour or so spare!


BuzzFeed videos:
I always look forward to new videos posted on this channel. They’re usually quick 2-3 minute funny videos, but because they’re so short the time just flies by.

WatchMojo:
Yey, film! Me and Matt generally stick to the ‘Top 10’ film videos, but they also cover a whole range of stuff including books, actors, games, facts or general knowledge.

Screen Junkies:
Screen Junkies are the genius behind Honest Trailers. A sarcastic take on famous/hit films and they’re absolutely hilarious, especially if you’ve seen the films they’re mocking!

Post-modern Jukebox:
This channel is full of stunning vintage covers of (generally) modern songs. It’s definitely one of my favourites to check out, and the example I’ve included below is one of the most beautiful covers EVER. Listen!


Thanks for reading!

-Morgan

Hello, September! Hello, Autumn!

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I say it every year, but Summer absolutely flew by.

As much as I love the warmth, the light nights, the summer evenings and the time off University, I cannot wait until Autumn gets into full swing. It’s most definitely my favourite time of year.

It’s going to be a busy season this year. Both me and Matt are starting huge chapters of our lives. I’ll be going into a year long placement at Seed Software, and Matt will be starting his final year of University! On top of this commitment though, there is so much more I want to accomplish and so much to look forward to.

Myself:
I’ve never taken care of myself much. My mum was always really selfless, and I think putting others before myself is something she passed on to me.
This season I hope to put much more time and effort into keeping my skin and hair a lot healthier. I’m also still quite set on dying my hair blonde for the durations of Autumn/Winter, so we’ll see!
Hopefully, I’ll get into a proper skincare routine and stop being so simple with my hair and make-up. I currently have 2 ways to style my hair: straight or curly. I have 2 make-up routines: mascara and winged line with no facial make up or no make-up at all.

Home Life:
Even though I’ll have a lot less spare time, I should hopefully be a lot less stressed this year. We’ve debated back on forth on the subject of moving house, into somewhere with an extra bedroom. Our lease ends in November, so possibly!

Health:
As above, this is something both me and Matt are hoping to kick into gear as soon as we can. A death in the family is always a shock to the system. For us, when we found out the cause was as simple as heart disease, it made us think a lot about how we could prevent such things happening to us later in life. We always used to talk about exercising together as a hobby, but this month it’s going to happen. How, what or when is still debatable.
We’re also in the transitional phase of becoming vegetarian. Doing so, has worryingly limited the options we have. I have about 10 awesome vegetarian meals that we could quite happily live with, but besides that, when we’re lazy we’ll scoff chips or eggs on toast. We need to brainstorm some more lovely meals, so we don’t get ourselves stuck in an unhealthy rut.

Weather:
Of course, I’m going to make the absolute most of Autumn weather. Jumpers and long boots and woolly hats. It’ll be socially acceptable to refuse plans simply because it’s cold or rainy. Coming home straight from work, into pyjamas and putting the kettle is no longer a bit sad. The leaves start to change, and the conkers start to show! Autumn is really the most aesthetically pleasing to the eye of all the seasons!

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I think I’m most excited about a beautiful vintage coat I’ve had stored since early Summer. I found and bought it at a vintage fair despite the hot weather, I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t snap it up. It’s very similar to the Collectif Pearl coat, if any of you are vintage fashion lovers! It’s been far too hot to wear recently, but the time has come!

Wedding:
Exciting! September is when the saving and planning is hugely accelerated. We have mentally planned almost every aspect, meaning we know exactly what we want. We now have to start actually thinking about how all of the wonderful bits and bobs will come together!


Well I am now quite possibly the most excitable little lady in England. So many plans, so little time!

Alongside all of the wonder I have planned, there is Bonfire Night, my birthday, mine and Matt‘s 4th anniversary, Halloween and a lot of challenges left on my 101 Things in 1001 Days!

Let’s get cracking! 🙂

-Morgan

Disney | Painting The Roses Red

Evening readers!

Continuing down my Disney rabbit hole, I’ve collected up some lovely bits art that have been lurking around my Etsy favourites for a while now. If you’re an Etsy window shopper like me, you’ll probably recognise some of the styles – watercolour and silhouettes are featured everywhere right now – but if not, this could be a way to introduce you to some beautiful and simple pieces that I’ve fallen in love with (but have too little wall room to hang it all)!

Enjoy!
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Disney Art:

Vintage Dictionary Art:

These ‘Alice in Wonderland’ inspired prints are by AtThePrintShop who specialises in printing famous and both original prints onto vintage dictionary pages. I’ve seen this style of print before, that incorporates pages of the inspired book or the music score of a particular film, but the tiny font of the dictionary pages make the colour prints stand out massively. I’ve never seen print such as these with such beautiful borders, either, which is another reason I wanted to bring your attention to these little beauties!
They come in two different sizes: 8 x 10 or 13 x 19 inches.

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Watercolour Art:

I think these prints are the prettiest things that have ever been inspired by Disney. The silhouettes look like they’ve been filled with magical, multicoloured galaxies, but the lack of facial and background detail means they’re still so simple they could be featured in a room of any colour.
Although many artists have jumped on the watercolour bandwagon, these particular prints are by CocoMilla – they have hundreds of different designs, and on top of all the Disney you could dream of I’ve also found Star Wars, Doctor Who and Batman inspired prints.

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Thanks for reading – I’ll be posting my final chapter on Disney magic tomorrow, with some lovely Disney inspired clothing and jewellery.

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-Morgan