Halloween at Catfood Cake was so great. I got to taste and shoot their amazing fall range and speciality cakes.

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Chocolate Monster Cake, Blood Red Velvet(also available without the scary broken glass and blood lol), Spiced Pecan, and Chocolate Orange.

 

They went fast on Saturday when the bakery opens to the public to sell cake by the slice.

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Cupcakes were spook-tacular! Chocolate Orange and Spiderweb, Red Velvet w/candy glass, Candy Corn, Oogy Boogy Confetti Cake and Haunted Pumpkin Spice!

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Halloween Wedding Cake

Got to help deliver the best Halloween Themed wedding cake last weekend with Catfood Cakes! How cute is this?!

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So long, Seoul. Hello Daegu.

 

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Selfie on the train from Seoul to Daegu.

The whole reason we were in Korea to attend my friend Caleigh’s wedding. After a few days in Seoul we headed off to Daegu where the wedding would be taking place. We took an early high speed train across the country.

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Edible nostalgia/Food time travel

I got Dunkin’ Donuts for the journey because I hadn’t had DD in a literal decade! We had had one in Sydney,NS about 30 minutes from where I drew up but it closed sometimes around the millennium. They’re not really a thing in UK so I took the nostalgia opportunity. It was delicious. I ate three donuts in a hour and felt so sick… but it was totally worth it. I used to have a tshirt in high school that said FUNKIN’ GONUTS in the DD font and it was brilliant.

Daegu is much much smaller than Seoul. When my partner had mentioned to a colleague of theirs(who’s Korean) that we were planning a trip their reaction to the mention of a few days in Daegu was ‘Why the hell are you going to Daegu?!’. It’s not exactly cosmopolitan but we didn’t struggle to find things to do or see. Once we arrived we headed to the flat we’d rented to drop off our bags and regroup. My partner wasn’t feeling well so my friend Rachel(who was staying with us) and I headed out to explore the city and do a little shopping.

Rachel and I found a camera shop where I was able to  buy film for the wedding(sadly the roll I shot came out blank when it was processed), and several beauty stores. The highlight of our Daegu shopping adventure was visiting a Daiso which is  Japanese chain store I would compare to Poundland… so many amazing things for SO CHEAP! I bought some ‘bra-less’ stick on nipple covers because bras in 30 degree 90% humidity are fucking oppressive, and a battery powere Doraemon fan because I am weeaboo trash . Of course stopped(on more than a few occasions) for iced coffee and milk tea with boba! I love Bubble Tea so much I can’t even tell you.

More Bulgogi and some Soju were had that night for diner. Having travelled far, and jet lag finally starting to catch up with us we had an early night.

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The next day was Caleigh’s wedding! Rachel and I stopped in to visit the bride to be and deliver the wedding gifts I’d brought from the UK; a LOAD of Italian and British cheeses, a painting to decorate her new home with, and pair of vintage crochet gloves and a beaded handbag just for her.

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Gift wrapped fruit.

With loads to do before the big event we left Caleigh and did a little more wandering and shopping before heading back to our rented flat to get ready. The train station nearest the flat was next to a huge outdoor food market. It was like the Korean version of London’s Ridley Road(known as little lagos). The buckets of half alive fish were a bit much to deal with but the array of fruit and dried goods on offer was pretty amazing.

 

We almost missed the wedding, but it wouldn’t have been Caleigh’s wedding without some hilarious blip. We missed the shuttle to the venue due to construction and confusion, finally grabbed a cab that thanks to the language barrier took us to a hotel in the middle of town rather than the wedding venue. A quick scramble and with the help from the staff at the hotel who spoke english we got a second cab that got us to the wedding venue, which was half an hour out of town, just as the music started to play and the bride started to make her way down the isle!

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Congratulations Caleigh!

The wedding was simple and elegant, after it finished we skipped out on the after party having to fly to Tokyo early the next day. I regret that. I didn’t get to spend nearly as much time with Caleigh as I would have liked to. I got lucky and we ended up at the airport together the next day, her entire family flying to a holiday island for some quality time together. I cried a lot, but did get all the hugs I’ll need for the next little while before we see each other again.

 

Seoul far Seoul good!

Three days in and we decided we should spend our last two days visiting historical landmarks and proper tourist destinations;

We started with Gyeongbokgung Palace, and lucked out that it was open to the public for free on the day we visited! Sadly the Gyeonghoeru (Royal Banquet Hall) and Hyangwonjeong Pavilion were closed to the public. Despite the two sections of the Palace I was most excited to visit being closed it was still worth the trip.

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Visiting was like passing through a gate into another time and a very surreal experience on half of the castles backdrop is the towering city of Seoul, the other wild mountainside making it easy to imagine yourself visiting in the 1300’s during the Joseon dynasty.

The grounds are huge, with gardens winding between nearly a dozen buildings, each ornately decorated and with a unique purpose; King’s quarters, Queens quarters, Banquet Hall, Throne Hall, Quarters of the King’s mother, and on and on.

 

As the day was starting to heat up we decided to find somewhere with air conditioning to revive ourselves and take a break. Luckily we stumbled completely by accident onto the Ilmin Museum of Art which was hosting do it 2017:

do it 2017, Seoul is the 2017 Seoul version of the exhibition platform do it, which was developed from an idea that came out in a discussion between curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, and artists Christian Boltanski, and Bertrand Lavier at a café in Paris in 1993, regarding the questions such as “what would happen if there was an exhibition that wouldn’t ever stop,” and “how an exhibition become more flexible and open ended.” Based on instructions, manuals and game protocols written by artists, this exhibition platform enables artworks to been acted in unique ways in each version of its realization. In this sense, do it explores the possibility of artworks being presented as a ‘score’ ora ‘scenario’. Since 1993, the instructions which form the fundamentals of the exhibition have been accumulated by approximately four hundred artists including philosophers, film directors, and musicians, and have been actualized not only in art museums around the world, but also in outdoor public spaces, home, and through TV channels and online platforms, thus expanding and proliferating to this date. do it, the ever-lasting exhibition that incessantly produces newness and distinctiveness based on local specificity, has been recorded as the longest-running exhibition that has been presented in the largest number of places in history.

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One of the books I brought with me, that I’ve been reading to prepare to write an application to an MA in Curation was Obrist’s ‘A Brief History of Curating’ which I’ve been thoroughly enjoying, so to just happen upon one of his exhibitions was great.

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Being that it was our last day in the big city I did do a little proper shopping for myself. I picked up a Pokémon cushion compact from HOLIKA HOLIKA, and two highlighters one cream stick, and one RAINBOW HIGHLIGHTER compact because I genuinely couldn’t help myself. I’ve worn it once. I really love the cushion compact, it’s adorable and it has SPF 50! Great thing about Korean makeup is the great majority of it contains an SPF of one degree or another.

Our final day was pretty relaxed, we met with my friends again and visited the Poop Museum and Poop Cafe, the N Seoul Tower, and finished our final night in the city with Bulgogi!

 

 

 

 

Milan wedding 

June saw my lovely friend Laura get married. We were very lucky to be able to attend her beautiful wedding in Milan. It was in a castle!

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Film

Got some film processed!

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I had the negatives scanned to a disc… but I don’t have a disc drive… or a scanner… so window and magnifying viewer it is lol. Really can’t wait to see these; photos from around London, Laura’s hen party, and wedding in Milan, our annniversary holiday in Rome, photo shoots in the woods with the super talented Miranda Chisolm, and the amazing femme mini-meet-up in Shoreditch put on by h00kerproblemz and Alicia Amira.