Tuesday, 31 August 2010

leeds festival

Hey guys! Well I'm back from Leeds Festival, I actually got back on Sunday night, as we left after Guns N Roses finished as we didn't particularly want to hang around in the campsite and end up set on fire or something!  I had such a great time, but I was definitely glad to get home and have a shower and sleep in my own comfy bed! In terms of the bands my highlights were probably Pendulum, me and my friend weren't even in the actual tent because of the amount of people but we still had a good old dance anyway, and then Weezer on Saturday, because the lead singer was just hilarious and then Queens of the Stone Age and Guns N Roses on Sunday night. Although theres a bunch of controversy surrounding GNR and Axl Rose's strop about curfews, it was actually so fun just to sing along to all their classic songs, and I just love Queens of the Stone Age and Josh Homme and I was so happy when they played A Song for the Dead to close their set. Anyway here are a few pictures:

 In the crowd for Dizzee Rascal.



I'm wearing:
Dress - Topshop

In the crowd for Guns N Roses (a few rows from the front!)

Hope the rest of you had a good bank holiday weekend!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

busy, busy, busy!

I have been so so busy these past few days with organising all my uni things, like accommodation and finance all of that, and I've had to get it all done in the space of a few days as I am off to Leeds Festival tomorrow! I'm super excited and will hopefully get one or two photos to share with you all when I get back next week!

Anyway this is what I wore yesterday just to run a few errands and do a bit of shopping. I wore my new pale pink maxi dress I got in the Topshop sale, which I mentioned in one of my previous posts and layered it with my sheer gingham blouse and my leather jacket. I actually really quite like dressing for this transitional period between summer and autumn because it means I can layer more but still wear everything with bare legs, because as much as I love my opaque tights I do really like being able to ditch them for a couple of months and show off my tan (or what now remains of it anyway!)






Dress - Topshop
Blouse - Urban Outfitters
Jacket - River Island
Belt - Urban Outfitters
Boots - Urban Outfitters
Bag - ASOS

Friday, 20 August 2010

results

So I got my results yesterday! I would have posted this earlier but I was out most of yesterday and then I've kept getting distracted today as well, so sorry its a bit late! You will be glad to know I did really well although I was a tiny bit disappointed with my results in Art and Textiles, although I wasn't all that surprised that I didn't do as well as I might have hoped as it's been a bit of an uphill struggle with them this year, mainly because I try to work quite conceptually and it doesn't translate well in A-Levels. So anyway, I got A* in both Business and General Studies (neither of which I was expecting but it was a very welcome surprise none-the-less!) and I got an A in Textiles and then a B in Fine Art. My place was also confirmed at Northumbria University to do Fashion Design, so I will be off to Newcastle in just a month's time! So I'm quite scared but also super excited at the same time!

Anyway this is what I wore to get my results, I'd actually been called by college on Wednesday to ask me to come in early so that I could have my photo taken for the local paper along with some other students, so I had to make sure I looked half decent so I wouldn't look crap in the paper! It took me ages to decide what to wear but I finally decided on wearing my denim shirt tucked into my floral shorts and I wore it with my usual accessories along with my flat boots paired with socks, which I think was a bit of a nod towards A/W, I can't wait to start wearing A/W stuff properly!


Shirt - Topshop
Shorts - Next
Bag - ASOS
Belt - Urban Outfitters
Boots - Urban Outfitters

P.S. Just wanted to say thank you so much to all of you who are following and commenting and for wishing me luck in my results, I'm really pleased with them so the comments must have paid off!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

counting down

This is what I wore yesterday. My mum, sister and I went shopping and we ended up spending a lot more money than planned! We started out in a shop called Joy and I got an oversized grey hoodie on sale for £13.50 ready for Leeds Fest and my sister got this super gorgeous draped floral dress, which I am very jealous of! At the moment Joy also have this offer on where, when you spend more than £75, you get a free maxi dress worth £35, and as we ended up spending well over that, we got the free dress! It was just a plain black jersey maxi, and as I already have my fair share of those, this one went to my sister, who admittedly looks better in a maxi dress than I ever could! We then went on to Topshop and I went straight for the sale where I got a khaki trapeze-shape shirt dress for £20 and a pale pink maxi for £10, while my sister got two Rare dresses for £10 each. My sister also got a black cropped blazer as well which was full price, it's her 13th birthday in a few weeks so she was being treated, lucky thing!

Anyway on to my outfit, I've been desperate these past couple of weeks to start wearing more of the A/W trends and I tried to incoporate this into this outfit. I had wanted to wear this with an oversized knitted jumper but it was too warm for that (which is definitely a wierd thing to say about the climate in England!) So instead I paired this dress I got from Matalan which I'd mentioned in this post with a crop top I got in a Topshop sale a while ago. I haven't worn this very much as the shape is kinda funny, but I really love the studding detail on the shoulders, and I thought it worked pretty well with the dress. I also wore my Topshop wedge boots out today and paired them with grey socks. I'd kinda hoped it would stop them from rubbing but it didn't sadly, I think I'm going to have to either layer up a couple of pairs of socks to stop them from rubbing or try out the technique of putting plasters on your feet where it rubs, soaking your feet in water and then wearing the shoes so that the leather moulds to the wet plasters, because I love these shoes so much and I want to wear them so much more!





Dress - Matalan
Top - Topshop
Bag - ASOS
Socks - H&M
Wedges - Topshop

P.S. Tomorrow is my A-Level results day and I am really scared about it right now! I never usually get so scared about results but this year has been a real struggle for me and I have worked SO hard, so I will be pretty devastated if I've done badly. It's not that I won't get into uni if I don't do all that well as I don't really need that many UCAS points to get in because of the nature of the fashion course, but I have such high standards for myself that anything less than a B will be really devastating! I got all A's last year so I'm hoping that'll keep my grades up, but the feeling of uncertainty is really starting to get to me now!

Friday, 13 August 2010

holiday in Ibiza: part three

So here's the final part of my holiday photos! On the second to last night, I wore a dress by Dahlia which I got on sale from ASOS last year. I love how this dress has this gorgeous draped skirt in a grungy print and then has contrasting panels at the bust with cut-out details at the sides, and I especially love it when I've got a tan! To let the dress stand out I just paired it with some bracelets and my cut-out sandals.


I'm wearing:
Dress - Dahlia
Sandals - Urban Outfitters

Anna's wearing:
Dress - Topshop
Sandals - Office

On our last day we just lazed about by the pool again and did loads of swimming, I thought I'd throw in a cute picture of my dad and sister mucking about as well as me with my hard-earned tan. I'd kind of hoped my tan would be better considering I've had two weeks in the sun but I ended up not going as dark as I had hoped. Oh well, there's always fake tan to keep it topped up!



On the last night I decided to wear my maxi dress that I had had mentioned in this post. I had planned on wearing it earlier in the week but then decided to wear other things so I only had chance to wear it on the last night. I paired it with my studded belt, bracelets and gladiator sandals, so I think I had a bit of a grecian vibe going on! The only problem with this dress is that when you've eaten quite a bit of food (which could not be avoided as the evening meal was a buffet) the fabric and shape is not very forgiving, so I really had to suck my tummy in so I didn't look so fat!


I'm wearing:
Dress - Topshop
Belt - Urban Outfitters
Sandals - Barratts

Anna's wearing:
Top - Topshop
Skirt - Topshop
Sandals - Office

Then this is what me and my sister wore on the way home, we'd bought some "I Love Ibiza" t-shirts which we customised. Me and my friends had done this when we were in Kos and my sister had wanted to do it on our holiday too. I suppose it's kinda cheesy in a way, but I think its a really fun little memento of a lovely holiday, and maybe you'll even see the top working its way into a future outfit post or two sometime!

I'm wearing:
Top - DIY
Skirt - Matalan
Sandals - Urban Outfitters

Anna's wearing:
Top - DIY
Jeans - Topshop

So that was the end of my holiday and now what I have to look forward in the coming weeks is finding out my A-Level results (definitely NOT looking forward to that one!), Leeds Festival over the August bank holiday weekend and hopefully starting at Northumbria University in September, which although exciting is also REALLY scary at the same time!

holiday in Ibiza: part two

Apologies for not posting this yesterday as I said I would, but I didn't get the chance! Anyway here is the next part of my holiday photos, as one of you asked we were staying in Santa Eularia, so it was the slightly quieter, more cultured end of things!

So we spent one of the days wandering around the town a bit more and had a look in some of the shops and we also had a look at the market. There were lots of stalls packed full of jewellery and trinkets and various other things. I really loved all the leather cuffs and bracelets and I was also looking out for some sort of rosary or cross necklace but most of them were silver, and as you may have realised, I'm definitely a gold girl!


I'm wearing:
Dress - ASOS
Bag - Elle Freebie

Then in the evening I finally got to wear my crochet dress from Topshop which I posted about here. I paired it with very minimal accessories, just my bag and a  few bracelets as I didn't want to lose the effect of the cut-outs by layering it with a belt and necklaces.


I'm wearing:
Dress - Topshop
Bag - ASOS
Sandals - Barratts

Anna's wearing:
Dress - H&M
Hairband - Miss Selfridge
Sandals - Office

Here are a few more pictures of us at the pool the next day.



Then in the evening I decided to pair my floral shorts I got in the Next sale just with a plain black vest and my usual accessories. I also decided to leave my hair straight as I was a bit late getting ready, as I wasn't feeling very well, so I didn't have time to style my hair properly.


I'm wearing:
Shorts - Next
Vest - ASOS
Bag - ASOS
Belt - Urban Outfitters
Sandals  - Urban Outfitters
Anna's wearing:
Dress - Miss Selfridge
Sandals - Office

Then the next day, as well as sitting by the pool me, my mum and sister wenr for another walk and wandered along to the beach for a bit of a paddle in the sea. We stopped off for some photos by some very pretty flowers as well.

I'm wearing:
Shirt - Miss Selfridge

Anna's wearing:
Top - Topshop
Scarf - Miss Selfridge


We had planned on maybe spending a whole day by the beach but it seemed like we would have to get up very early to even be in with a chance of nabbing some sunbeds as there weren't all that many of them really! So we just went for the next best thing and paddled in the sea for a bit. At least I could avoid getting absolutely covered in sand, it just seems to get everywhere!




I'll finish my post here for now and I'll hopefully post the last part later today!

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

holiday in Ibiza: part one

Hey everyone, I'm back again from my second holiday in Ibiza with the family! I had actually got back home yesterday so sorry that this post is a day late but, oddly enough, I ended up developing a pretty bad cold while I've been away and when I got back home yesterday I felt soooo rough and just ended up going to bed early! Still I had an absolutely amazing time despite coughing my guts up most days, and as I promised here are some pictures. I thought I'd post these in a few parts as I've got quite a few typical holiday shots to show you all as well as a week's worth of outfit shots so bear with me!

First off we have the pool, which although on the small side was just right for a really lazy week in the sun. There was a bit of competition for the sun beds though, I'd usually be out as soon as the pool opened so I could get a good spot!

Anyway as soon as we arrived we got out and had a wander around the town and checked out the beach. I just threw on a vest and this floral skirt I got at my local River Island for £4.50 when I went for a last-minute holiday shop. Bargain or what?!

I'm wearing:
Top - ASOS
Skirt - River Island
Bag - Freebie from Elle magazine a couple of years ago!

Anna's wearing:
Tunic - Topshop

As you can see the view as you walk along the seafront is pretty gorgeous!
 


Then once we'd checked out the town and the beach we headed for the pool and had a session on the sunbeds until we needed to get ready for dinner.

I didn't manage to get photos of the first night's outfit but I just wore my floral Topshop playsuit as seen in this post with black accessories. On the second night I decided to wear another Topshop floral piece, this time my knot-back detail dress with tan accessories. I also went for a bit of a different hairstyle, which I basically nicked off my friend Lizzy as she wore her hair like this a lot when we were on holiday and it looks gorgeous on her! So I thought I'd give it a try and see how it looked on me and if it was any quicker or easier than my usual hair style. I basically just clipped all my hair to one side and had kinda hoped that it would dry naturally in nice waves but because of the stubborn nature of my hair I ended up having to blow dry and style it anyway!

I'm wearing:
Dress - Topshop
Belt - Topshop
Sandals - Barratts


I liked the end result but it kind of ended up being more complicated and long-winded than  my usual hair routine so I didn't bother trying it again! Let me know what you think of it though!

Anna's wearing:
Dress - Topshop
Sandals - Office

The next day was yet another pool day and me and my sister went for a swim to cool off. It definitely worked as the pool was freezing!

The third night's outfit was another Topshop dress, this time this one-shouldered body con one which I paired with my studded belt and black sandals. As you can probably tell by now, I don't go for particularly complex outfits when I'm on holiday, as I figure it's too hot for layering and most of the time fashion is completely lost on most of the other people at the hotels we go to anyway, so I just go for an on-trend dress with quite simple accessories, so I feel good about myself but not too overdone!

I'm wearing:
Dress - Topshop
Belt - Urban Outfitters
Sandals - Barratts


Anna's wearing:
Dress - New Look
Necklace - Topshop
Flower - Topshop
Sandals - Office

Anyway I think I'll finish my post here for now and go to bed as I'm still feeling a bit rough, expect part 2 tomorrow!