Mathematical Beauty – Is the Golden Ratio really the key to beauty?

 

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Maths and beauty? Are the two really linked?

In a sense, yes.

The term ‘Golden Ratio’ was not used until the 1800s, but the mathematical
ratio, arguably, dates back to Ancient Greece.

It’s all to do with proportions. My limited knowledge of maths would be fibonacci-1601158__340.pngpoor at attempting to explain the real formulation, but a specific proportion also known as 1.618 is deemed to be ‘aesthetically pleasing.’ Rumour has it the proportions are embedded within the Parthenon, and the ratio has been proved to be within
nature – a spiral arrangement of leaves and ‘perfect flowers’.

Developments have extended the Golden Ratio to human faces, claiming to deem some human faces more pleasing than others. Historical examples which fit with the Golden ratio include the bust of Nefertiti and slightly later example of Audrey Hepburn – who ironically stated “I never thought I’d land in pictures with a face like mine.”
So what does this mean? That something is beautiful just because of it complies with the golden ratio? I mean, maths is either right or wrong…..

Nope, definitely not! golden-beauty

The formulation may be always right, and tested continually on different objects but what is ‘aesthetically pleasing’ is surely dependent on your own tastes or other individual qualities within those objects.

A flower may be beautiful with full petals which coincidentally falls into the proportion of the ratio – but so is a wilting flower, a brightly coloured flower, a fake flower.

And the Parthenon may be spectacular, perhaps for its equal columns, but also for its historical context and the beauty and interest of its ruins. Or maybe it’s not aesthetically pleasing to you at all.

As for faces – surely you are drawn to particular features of a face rather than proportion? You may be drawn to someone’s beautiful eyes or their unique beautiful smile. Individual qualities may not even be part of their face, but something deeper – their warmth, compassion or general personality.

Beauty is not dependent upon maths.

What do you think? 🙂

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Mad Hatter…

So, I am still on the topic of hats.

I thought I would write a blog post about a selection of hats from my own hat collection. In regards to my blog challenge, Breakfast at Tiffanys, these hats are very with the time!

I am lucky enough to have received  some these hats from my mum – who made them!

First of all, I would like to introduce my hat model, Angellica. I decided to adopt Angellica because I love photography and it’s really difficult to photograph myself wearing hats single handedly as it doesn’t quite capture the whole effect of the hat. (Plus she’s super cool, and anything looks good on her)…

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This little blue beret was given to me and simply told ‘do whatever you want with it’ – so therefore, I change it around all the time! Currently the decoration is this simplistic but effective peacock feather – draped across the eye for a mysterious yet alluring look…

 

 

These two beauties were made by my mum!  The first hat is a beautiful large brim hat. It reminds me of the Breakfast at Tiffanys one with the inverted colours! Instead of the accent tie it has a simple cream bow; and lined with black fabric. It’s perfect for a nice summer’s day, it would make a simple outfit look amazing!

The one to the right is a unique design – hopefully I will get to go to a quirky wedding or a race meeting soon!

This black number is my favourite hat EVER. Out of the two other hats, this one is the most Tiffanyish one! It has the identical brim – but shows it’s originality with the beautiful handmade flowers and individuality stitched beads! I feel very 1960s in this. All i want to do is fling my hair into a topknot but this hat on and wear dark sunglasses and I’ll feel like a movie star!
The hat includes sinnemay, and tiny white crochet flowers. It is too designed, and made by my mum and it took absolutely ages! However, the end result is absolutely beautiful – I love this hat more than anything!
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I’d thought I’d go all posey and try to take a full length photo of the outfit, but my camera was having none if. Maybe it got sick of my many selfies 😉 So I’ve found a semi suitable one that kind of gives an impression of the full length outfit. Another one will be take in my next post for the finale! I chose to wear the black one for it because I just couldn’t take it off! Still, it is similar to the large brim £4 one – so perhaps if you bought a plain large brim hat you could decorate it to make it unique! My mum’s hats have inspired me to start making my own hats, so take a look at milinery books and courses and see what you can come up with!

Why Norway is amazing.

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I’m stepping away from ‘vintage’ in this post only because I went on a magnificent holiday and really want to do a quick blog post about my trip!

My 21st was in November 2015 and instead of having a big party I wanted to visit Norway to see the Northern Lights!

I was also booked into a dog sledding tour which came of a surprise. I love doggies, especially huskies – it’s my dream one day to own a Siberian husky called Norse :’)

Here are 9 reasons to why Norway is amazing, and why you should visit!

#1: The views. I did not get bored of the surroundings of Norway – the snowy mountains and calm crisp lakes and fjords. Not one bit.

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#2: There are less people. I am a self confessed introvert, in that I love to be by myself often. I’m a little shy but not anti social – I do enjoy company but I am perfectly content on my own. Norway is very rural, especially the North of Tromso which I went. Communities are staggered with lots of bare land in between and when there are houses there isn’t many, showing that people are in close knit with there neighbours. People are around but there is the easy option to be alone, surrounded by the beautiful views!

#3: You are connected to the modern world – the internet – however it seems easier to just shut it off and enjoy a peaceful life. It was nice to just sit round a open fire with a hot chocolate admiring the views on the top of a mountatin!

#4: People are genuinely nicer. I was only there for 4 full days but I definitely noticed the increase of lovely people. Everyone was so kind and caring. For example one of our guides was driving us to the resort from a city in snowy conditions – she stopped every time we came across a stopped car to check to see if people needed help!

#5: People are better drivers. I get anxiety over driving and other drivers in England because some people are absolutely crazy. The Norwegians are the safest drivers in the world – despite the snow and ice you feel alot safer (I want to invest in snow tyres)

#6: Dogs. Okay so there’s dogs everywhere but there’s huskies! The resort I stayed at, Malangen, had a kennel of about 40 dogs which they keep, train and look after. All the dogs are ace and have their own personalities and they are so loyal!

#7: The cold. So the weather is unpredictable, snowy and cold. Normally I feel the cold really easily, but when in Norway and layered up it’s not an uncomfortable cold. The wind isn’t as sharp and icy as expected, it’s a perfect condition!

#8: It was nice to not be conscious of how I was dressed or how my hair looked. I didn’t wear make up the whole time and my skin is a lot better! I began to appreciate nature and the place more rather than spending ages getting ready in the morning.

#9 Oh and how could I forget. You get the chance to see phenomenons like this:

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A little Spring Clean…

I’m not the tidiest person in the world. Not even close. However today my room put me over the edge and as I finally have a couple of days without any other commitments, it seemed like the perfect time to give it a good tidy.

I’ve been ‘instagramming ‘sections of my room all day, so I thought I would just do a blog post instead (mostly to prove to myself, and my mum, that it was tidy even if it is for just one day)

I thought I would give little details about certain vintage/general items too, just for background effect. I find my room is an intergration of different themes, including different areas and genres of vintage.

This was the state of the room before:

It might not look that messy; however there are clothes everywhere, a suitcase which has been sat for a month and isn’t fully empty, bags and shoes all over and just MEHHH. Nothing has a specific place, (everything seems to be shoved onto the dressing table) so I spent all day giving everything a suitable ‘home’ :’)

 

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I’ve always desired a proper vintage style dressing table, with the 12606798_10208578723768641_265743705_nbeautiful attaching mirror and all that jazz.  I am quite content with my wooden dressing table though, and perhaps one day when I have my own house (and a lot more money) I will be able to purchase my own 🙂 The table lays under the window, so I can fit the big mirror on the windowsill. My room is very dark, as it is at the back of the house, so I need all the natural light possible 🙂

For some reason this has turned into a 1920’s performance scene, with the bright colours decorating the mirror. I have 2 Venetian style masks, one actually from Vienna and the other a replica homemade mask which I purchased. The actual Viennese one is hiding behind the scarf, with only the feather visible.

And everyone needs flowers in their life! I can’t real deal with real flowers (I get too emotional when they die) so I have fake roses in different colours. I didn’t have a vase to hand so I stole one of my parents used Fortnun and Mason jars :’) It’s absolutely perfect for the long stems and the duck egg blue matches my feature wall 🙂

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I completely gutted the entire dressing table and went for simplicity. I put this in black and white to reflect the vintage tone.

I put a doily in each corner of the table separating different items. I love this shot because it shows my perfume alongside a cross stitch of Mary – my mum had done it for my late Grandmother and it got passed onto me 🙂

 

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Another heirloom I have is my maternal great grandmothers cabinet, formally known as the ‘Tallboy’. It’s in my room because my Dad isn’t one for sentiment like me and my mum are, are we were afraid he’d try to bin it so I rescued it and banned him from my room hehehe. For some reason it took me ages to set up this simple scene on the top of it. I wanted to put my two glass angels as a central focus. Again they were passed down to me from my Grandmother and they are
so pretty I want to always look at them 🙂

Obviously my idol Audrey Hepburn has to make an appearance and there she is, behind the biggest angel. On the other side is my name sake cross stitch explaining the Welsh origin of my name. In the middle is just a ceramic vintage style bowl. In it are all the spare bits of jewellery I have – I didn’t have the patience to sit through it 🙂
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My bedside table is a  little boring at the moment, however I have to mention my wonderful Buddha and even more wonderful first doggy, Alfie. I took that photo of Alfie a few years ago before he went to Doggy Heaven and it was the first photo, taken by me, which I 100% loved.

The Buddha came into my possession from an unlikely source. I have quite a few Buddha statues; all in different rooms so I never am without the guide of the Buddha. I’m not a Buddhist – however it reminds me to relax and be mindful. My sister’s partner had rescued this Buddha from a place he was working at, after finding it on a Cherry Picker, or ‘Genie’. (I think this was supposed to be a practical joke, however a Buddha and a Genie? Really? Well, whatever makes you laugh) The poor Buddha needed a lot of TLC, he has paint marks on him (some one had tried to give him rosy cheeks and lips) and he’s missing too middle fingers. But he’s happy.

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Here’s my jewellery station, along with my trusty hat (and now wig) model Angellica. The clock is from Dunelm – it was in the sale and I got it £9.99 🙂

My bed set is also from Dunelm, however this was more expensive. I love bedding sets, especially with matching pillows, throws and fashion cushions. I fell in love with this one ages ago, and I saved up specially to buy it :’)

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Finally, I jazzed up my door with pictures from an old calendar. I love war time ‘Propaganda’ with the bright colours and texts. I wish this still happened in the modern world. I hate the boring old newspapers and posters. People need to bring art back!

This was my rambly post and my description of my vintage style (and now tidy) room! 🙂 I would love to know your little vintage elements :)x