THE TWINS' WARDROBE

FASHION AND LIFESTYLE BLOG RUN BY BILINGUAL BRITISH TWINS HOLLY & SUMMER READ



One of the best things about going on a trip somewhere is outfit planning. I'm one of those people who usually packs for 2 weeks even though it's just a 4 day trip - for this trip however, I made more of an effort & only packed what I really needed. One travel outfit consisting of black skinnies and a comfy jumper, 2 day looks and 2 other pieces in case I wanted to change for dinner.

We had nice weather the first day, a mostly clear sky but a little chilly. When I bought this outfit, I did so with Prague in mind so I was determined to wear it there. First things first: the trousers are too big on the waist. The biggest issue I have with high rise trousers is finding something that fits over the hips but that fit around my waist - unfortunately this ones need a little altering as they are too loose on the waist. They are straight, slightly cropped and the fabric is so silky and soft! I ended up wearing tights underneath (I know, sorry) because it was quite chilly and I refused to catch a cold. The white blouse is new too, I fell in love with the flared sleeves even though it made eating very challenging. I would have preferred to have worn some mary-janes (or these ones from Topshop) but I wanted to travel light so went with the safe option of ankle boots.


We took these pictures near the Prague Castle. It's always a nice feeling when you find that perfect picture spot, somewhere nice, quiet and with good lighting. This street was surprisingly empty, considering it had several restaurants and cafes. It was only accessible by several flights of steps at both ends though, which I think discouraged any tourists! Some of the streets and squares reminded me of Poitiers where I live for several years whilst getting my degree - cobbled streets and little corner cafes. I always remind myself when travelling that it's difficult to find a location to take outfit pictures in when it's such an unfamiliar environment, and to not beat yourself up about it if you don't come across that perfect location.


I am also in need of some new shoes and bags. As you can probably tell, my clothes spending ban is now officially over. I have several new s/s additions to my wardrobe, however I need to stop borrowing Holly's handbag and get my own! I also don't have any spring shoes, I pretty much only wear my ankle boots or my dms which is something I'd like to change.

As I'm writing this it's Easter friday, I had a chilled day for the first time in weeks! I spent it doing my nails. writing blog content and freaking out over all the new Star Wars news (who else is in love with the poster for The Last Jedi?!) I'm hoping to share lots of Prague content over the next few weeks, so keep a look out for some Travel Guides & more pictures.

Summer wears:
Zara trench coat, paisley print trousers, white flared sleeve top, convertible bag
Vagabond Marja ankle boots

Summer x



It's hard to avoid all the heart-dropping crap on the news at the moment, and it's so damn easy to find yourself feeling utterly powerless in the face of something so great and devastating. The soul-consuming thoughts are omnipresent: what can we do? What can I, a 22 year old, possibly do? How do I make myself heard? What can I contribute? What is my path? Can I really continue to do my thing when horrible things are happening?


Regardless of the state of the world or the state of my life, keeping up a positive attitude and striving to be productive can be challenging. There's a part of me who wants to stay in bed (my safe place) and binge watch Netflix for 5 hours, and there's a part of me who wants to make the most of now, and work on things that make me happy, that could, in some far-fetched way, provide a moment of escapism for others. I've began to accept that, although I can (and plan to) join marches, spread the word online, and fight for what is right, I have an individual kind of power which only I can cultivate. The trick is discovering what exactly that is.


I met Daniel Radcliffe last week after seeing him perform in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Old Vic (review coming soon!) and I was utterly overwhelmed by his positive attitude. It's something I'd witnessed in his interviews, but to see it in person was quite mesmerizing.  (I know what you're thinking: um what is the link here? Can you talk about a famous actor and difficult social issues at the same time? Yup I'm going there, turns out you can be inspired by famous people and that's completely OK). At that moment a seed of thought was planted, which somehow grew and developed into this mess of a blog post. It made me think about my attitude towards certain situations and the things humans do in life which are so very vital to our happiness and to our legacy, away from the destruction and violence. 
It doesn't matter if it's a successful play, or a big-budget film, a poem, or a amateur blog post. Who cares? What matters is that we continue to create and share, even if we do it only for ourselves. Otherwise what is the point?


We half-expected to go home with no outfit pictures at all - it being so sunny and so busy - But we unknowingly found the best shooting location after wandering only a few steps from Oxford Street. It was the day after we got back from Prague, our legs and feet still aching (but looking rather toned - 40k in two days will do that to you!), and we just felt like we had to go out and make the most of the sunshine. It was warm enough for me to ditch my coat and tights, finally sporting my bomber jacket after being locked away in my wardrobe for months on end.


Full outfit is from Zara


Wishing you all a lovely week!

Holly

xxx



Hello everyone! I have a little play review for you all today. Holly & I got tickets for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead for our birthday, and so last night made our way to the Old Vic in London.

As a film & theater grad, I'm no stranger to Shakespeare plays and studying hundreds of on screen and theatrical depictions over the years. Although Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead isn't written by Shakespeare himself - it can be considered as a Shakespearean play.

The play centers around Rosencrantz & Guildenstern, and the events of Hamlet from their point of view. Originally written by Tom Stoppard in the mid 1960's, the two characters are described as 'excellent good friends' of Hamlet. Although Hamlet makes several appearances throughout the play, the play itself was centered on the friendship between Rosencrantz & Guildenstern.

Disclaimer: This review focuses only on the production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, taking place at the Old Vic Theatre in London. As we were unfamiliar with the play before we saw it, the review does not compare the mise-en-scene with the original text.

  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern: a firm chemistry between the two leads
The importance of chemistry can not be overstated for this play. Joshua McGuire plays Guildenstern and Daniel Radcliffe Rosencrantz, and the two never exit the stage. The incredibly rich, witty and funny dialogue is perfectly delivered, with the two interacting in a moving & effortless chemistry that feels incredibly genuine. With a huge amount of complex dialogue, this play isn't everyone's cup of tea, however it's so wonderfully written and delivered by McGuire & Radcliffe that it doesn't feel overpowering.
Considering that the two never leave the stage, it felt very well paced. The first 15-20 minutes in which they are setting the scene, the pace is slower than the rest of the play, yet the leads bring such vitality that combined with the dialogue, the audience's attention is gripped throughout. McGuire & Radcliffe both successfully convey the comedic tones of the play, their interactions so natural & flawless. The casting is truly perfect, with the leads perfectly intertwining humor and melancholy. 
  • A nod to Waiting For Godot
I'm quite certain that the words Waiting For Godot bring dread to every single person who has ever studied the performing arts. The start of this play is undoubtedly a nod to Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are alone on stage (as they are for the majority of the play), questioning who they are and how they ended up in their current situation, grasping at their memories for any indication of what/why/how they're there. Although Rosencrantz & Guildenstern aren't similar to Vladimir & Estragon in any way - the setting does feel familiar, but this is something that can easily overlooked unless you've seen or studied Samuel Beckett's work.

  • A different point of view on a famous story
Everyone is familiar with Hamlet in some way or another, having read it at school or seen in on screen or at the theater. Yet Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead brings a new point of view to a famous and well respected work of art. The fall of dear Hamlet through the eyes of his childhood friends. The other main characters in Hamlet are present, including Ophelia, Gertrude, Polonius, Claudius & Horatio - albeit only for a few scenes. The two main characters bring comic relief to what would otherwise be distressing scenes, such as Hamlet dragging Polonius's body across the floor to dispose of it, whilst they both attempt to stop him in his tracks yet fail in a rather hilarious manner. Yet, the play offers more depth and emotion to these characters that originally only have a minor part in Hamlet.
  • Production
I really enjoyed the production of the play - I was really impressed by Rosencrantz & Guildenstern's costumes, as well as the simplistic mise-en-scene. The main decor was a ladder to one side of the stage, 2 curtains that effectively created different spaces on the stage. The theatrical make-up of the other characters was just an impressive: the travelling theater troupe, all of whom had mime-type make-up. With few sound effects, the majority of the music was performed by the actors themselves (the troupe) The set reflected the situation of the two characters - walls covered in soft pink clouds that reached the ceiling, like being stuck in the veil that separates life from the death, heaven and earth. We had Dress Circle seats, so although we were very close to the stage, we had to turn to our left to actually see what was going on - but I would get those seats again as it allowed us to see the actors faces and expressions clearly.


  • Life, Death, Memories & Eternity - a short analysis written by Holly

I would highly recommend you go see this play before it ends (final performance Saturday 6th May 2017), if you do plan on seeing it, stop reading this review now to avoid the spoilers!

The play intertwines memories of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern's life with what we imagine to be their twilight zone. At several moments in the play, we find ourselves wondering what is happening - how did they get here again? Is this their past or their present? What is their present? Questions asked by the audience which in turn reflect the characters state of mind: they have moments of clarity, then utter confusion, not understanding how they came to be in this situation, and specifically what this situation is. 

They seem to be constantly jumping between re-living their last memories, the events leading up to their death, with moments of their 'present', their after-life, moments in which where there is a profound absence of progress. Nothing changes, their actions lead them no-where: take for example the opening scene, in which Rosencrantz and Guilderstern play heads or tails with their pennies. The result is, 90+ times in a row, heads. Repetition. The first indicator that something isn't quite right. There is no balance.

This plays on Guildenstern (Joshua McGuire), who questions Rosencrantz (Daniel Radcliffe) on their situation. What is the last thing you remember? At the beginning of the play it would seem that Guildenstern is the inquisitive one, though this is put into question as the play goes on. Just as both characters get their names muddled up, the characters' personalities (although similar) and behavior seem to flow between each-other, switching back and forth. This effect is maintained through-out, with some acts being repeated in a different manner by the other (i.e. when they act out the King of England).

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, however much they discuss what they could or should do, seem to have no control over their situation whatsoever. They talk and talk, seemingly unable to leave the stage, stopping themselves at the last minute. Almost like the stage is their prison, a prison of their last memories they have no choice but to re-live. In this respect they can be considered as spectators to their own lives: they can all but watch Claudius, Gertrude, Polonius and Hamlet. They have no power over Hamlet's life (almost as though their story, not-written by Shakespeare - can but witness the original tale, unable to intervene).

The mise en abyme of theatre in the play entertains this idea that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are but spectators: they unknowingly watch a performance which depicts their own deaths. This scene at the end of the first act, supports the theory that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have been dead all along, unwilling to move on, for fear of what comes next, but not wanting to be stuck in this darkness, desperately waiting for something or someone to come along to push them forward. Their conversations are the only thing that sustains them, that keeps them somewhat calm. Although it is plagued with moments of uncertainty, they find peace in eachother, and comfort knowing they are alone together.

The clever dialogue and nature of the characters, the dynamic duo, are the main focus of the play: they are the comedic drive, evoking constant laughter from the audience. The humour isn't one sided: a perfect mix of situational humour, and clever, witty dialogue. The play is heavy with dialogue: it demands your full, constant attention. So don't expect to relax when you walk into the Theatre: expect electric energy, constantly bouncing between the actors and the audience. It's the perfect theatrical experience.

And finally, behold one of the best selfies ever. Thank-you so much Daniel Radcliffe for greeting everyone who waited in line after the performance. Thankyou for shaking hands, talking, signing autographs and taking selfies with us.  A moment I'd never ever thought would happen.
Your genuine kindness and positive attitude will stay with us forever!




*We don't own any of the images on this review except for the above selfie *


Hello all! I finally have some film pictures to share with you all. I hadn't used our beloved Canon A1 since October last year, so I was very excited to buy some new film, a new battery and click away during our time in Prague. 

I've always thought that film pictures offer a different glimpse into your environment than digital pictures. Whenever we travel somewhere new, I always prefer the film pictures of the city than the ones taken on our DSLR. The graininess, the almost raw, untouched aspect of film photography that feels so much more tangible yet reminiscent of old family pictures taken decades ago. 


 

We used two and a half rolls of film during our stay, so instead of putting them in one huge post I thought I'd spread them out a little, so there will probably be about 4 or 5 film posts coming your way! These ones were taken during our first day in Prague, when we briefly saw the Charles Bridge before making our way up to Prague Castle.

Summer x
Holly - all Topshop


Ah yes, the art of the changing room selfie. Who doesn't love a good changing room? They have the power to drastically improve your shopping experience. Whenever I go to Oxford St (a little too much at the moment ahem), I usually always go to the same Zara opposite Selfridges, despite there being about 4 or 5 on that street. However I recently went in to the one on the over end of Oxford St (near Tottenham Court Road) and the changing rooms were 100x nicer, well lit with curtains and plenty of them. The store also had 3 stories so a lot more pieces on show that I hadn't seen in any of the others.

Lighting is the biggest issue in most changing rooms - if it's a tiny bulb located directly above you, chances are it's casting shadows in awkward places that deny you a proper and realistic reflection of your outfit. However, if the lighting is well placed, illuminating your entire body, you'll have a clearer view of your outfit and the little details and folds that would otherwise be overlooked. One tip is too definitely step out of your little room to the mirror often placed in the corridor - the lighting will probably be better there!

So I thought I'd share some of Holly & I's changing room selfies. I very rarely buy clothes after I've tried them on for the first time, preferring to wait a few days or weeks in case I change my mind. Changing room selfies allow me to look back on the pieces I liked, helping me make up my mind. I also always take a picture of the size and price, in case I decide to order it online later. Which pieces are your favourite?

Summer x


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