Tuesday, 28 September 2010

getting into the swing of things

It's been my second day of classes and lectures today and so far I'm really enjoying it! It's hard work, we spent literally all day yesterday doing loads of different experimental drawings, which maybe didn't go as well as I would have liked, as it felt like I'd forgotten pretty much all of my basic drawing skills over summer!  And then this morning we had our first go on the industrial sewing machines, which was scary and a bit stressful to say the least, but I'm sure once I'm a bit more used to everything I'll enjoy classes even more.

Anyway I managed to get some outfit pictures done today! Granted they're not very good as I had to take them in my room in my flat so the lighting isn't great, but I will hopefully work out the perfect way to take them soon, but for now this will have to do! I went with my signature grungy layered sort of look today by layering one of my black maxi dresses with a top I got the other day in what remains of the sale in the Topshop in Eldon Square in Newcastle. I love the draped, swingy shape as well as the burgundy colour, and for £7 it was a bargain too! I decided to belt it to change the shape a bit and then threw on all  my usual accessories with it, as well as my leather jacket for that extra bit of grunginess (if that's even a word!)

Dress - New Look
Top - Topshop
Jacket - River Island
Belt - Urban Outfitters

P.S. Please ignore the fact you can see into my bathroom in the mirror! Will shut the door next time ha!

Sunday, 26 September 2010


Hey guys! So sorry about what is now a 2 week absence from the blog but as some of you may have picked up on, I have now moved to Newcastle to start at Northumbria University! I moved in the Friday before last and I have been so busy since then that I literally haven't been able to even contemplate trying to post until now. Anyway I thought I'd just show you a few photos of some of the new things that come with Uni life as I am still trying to work out the best way to take outfit photos, as I can no longer sneak outside into my garden and have a bit of a pose in front of my camera and tripod, so some general snapshots of things will have to do for now!

My new bedroom!

 The view from my window, I can see the Baltic!

And the all important wardrobe!

Apologies that the quality of these pictures isn't all that great, I took them when the light was fading a bit so they've turned out a bit grainy :(

Also thought I'd include a couple of shots from my first induction week on my Fashion Design course, everything seems really good so far and I start properly tomorrow, which is pretty exciting, however I'm not looking forward to the early 9:00 am start!

We'd been doing group work where we put together a storyboard inspired by a set of fashion images, and we then had to create a 3D shape on the stand using only old shirts! We then had to present our work to tutors and the rest of the class for a bit of an informal crit session.

Anyway, hope you've all had a good weekend and I'll be back soon with hopefully more outfit posts, a bit of street style inspiration and maybe even some of my work!

Sunday, 12 September 2010

last minute procrastination

I should really be doing my uni project right about now, but I had these outfit photos from yesterday which I wanted to post so I will do this first and then do my work! As you may be able to tell in the photos, I had my hair cut yesterday, only a very minimal trim mind! I have actually been really considering trying the ombre effect on my hair, so I'd asked my hairdresser if he'd do it for me and although he said he would, he said he was pretty reluctant to as he doesn't want to spoil the natural colour and condition of my hair. And to be honest I don't blame him for being reluctant, as I can have a pretty extreme reaction to anything different that's done to my hair, as I am very particular! What do you guys think, do you reckon I'd suit it?

Anyway, on to my outfit, I had decided to wear my Topshop floral dress and I paired it with this oversized kind of green-grey coloured jumper which I've only worn once before here in a kind of similar way, although I much prefer this combination of colours, this floral print just works a lot better with the colour of the jumper. I also wore this with a new cross necklace that I got from ASOS, I forgot to get any close-up pictures of it, but its made out of a cream bone-like material. I really love it but I'm still on the look out for the perfect oversized gold cross, which I'm hoping I will just one day happen upon in a vintage shop somewhere for a couple of quid! Oh and I wore my wedge boots again today, and it was actually not too painful! I think maybe these wedge boots may be quite comfy after all!

Dress - Topshop
Jumper - Vero Moda
Necklace - ASOS
Bag - ASOS
Boots - ASOS

P.S. This is in fact my 100th post! Woo!

Thursday, 9 September 2010

how do they do it?

This was Monday's outfit, as I mentioned in my previous post I had no luck in finding the right garment for my uni project on Sunday so I had to go into Leeds on Monday as a last resort to find something! I ended up wearing heels for a third day in a row and god did I regret it! Why is it that all these other bloggers can wear heels every day and not grimace in pain in all their photos? I even wore my "comfiest" wedges that I've worn on quite a few nights out and haven't had much trouble with, but I literally had to be helped round by my mum! They broke as well which was pretty annoying, but to be fair they were only £20 from Matalan and can probably be fixed quite easily really. I'm so disappointed in myself for not being more hardy about it and just moving through the pain like any good fashionista is supposed to, but it was really painful and I had a considerable amount of blisters as well! I will not let it put me off my heels though, and I'll keep wearing them and hope that one day my feet end up so dead and numb that I don't feel it anymore!

Anyway enough whining about painful feet, and on to my outfit. I wore one of my many Topshop sale purchases, this one is a khaki trapeze-shape shirt dress which I layered with my lace shirt dress. I was going to wear it with just an oversized beige cardi but the weather's still too warm for heavy knitwear strangley, so I went with the lace shirt. I think the colours work really well together as they're both kind of similar in tone. I'd put on my ASOS wedges to take these photos because I couldn't bear to wear the others for any longer, and the ASOS ones actually felt like heaven in comparison! Oh and also, I used my new ASOS bag as well, actually it's not that new as I bought it to use as hand luggage when I went on holiday but then remembered I had a bigger bag that would be more useful, so I hadn't got round to using it since then basically! It was only £11 though, so I don't feel too bad that it's just been sat in my room for a couple of months! 

Dress - Topshop
Shirt - Topshop
Belt - Urban Outfitters
Bag - ASOS
Boots - ASOS

Also thought I'd show you what I finally managed to find after going in about 4 vintage shops in Leeds. It's this really pretty little knitted top with absolutely loads of embellishment, which is meant to be from the 50's I think. I got it in a vintage shop called Upstaged Vintage, the owner there was soooo lovely and helpful, which was so great after a long hard day of traipsing across Leeds into all those different shops and not finding anything!

Look at how pretty it is! On one last note, I have finally started to use Twitter! I've actually had an account for aaages but I just never used it, but I did my first few tweets (tweet, is that right??) today and will hopefully try to keep up with it! So you can follow me here if you want to!

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

english country

This is what I wore on Sunday, I went to Harrogate with my mum to do some vintage shopping as I have a mini project to do for uni which involves finding a vintage/antique/thrift piece of clothing which has elements of interesting textiles, knit, embroidery or embellishment to then draw and use as inspiration for the textiles module that we start in the second week of uni. Sounds reasonably simple, but when you're as perfectionist as I am, finding an appropriate garment which has a number of these features along with it being complex enough to inspire whatever it is that we're going to be doing is actually really hard! So even though I went to a vintage fair and 2 separate vintage shops, I didn't find anything that seemed right, although it wasn't all awful because I did get a very nice faux fur coat at the vintage fair for £19! Bargain!

Anyway on to the outfit, I decided I wanted to go for a bit of an English countryside look, but still with a bit of my own touch on it, so I wore my mum's old cable knit jumper with my floral cullottes along with my heeled lace-up boots that I wore with a pair of cream socks. I quite like the effect of the cream socks with the black boots as it kind of looks a bit like a shearling-trim, well, from far away anyway!

Jumper - Vintage
Shorts - Dorothy Perkins
Boots - Schuh
Socks - New Look

Monday's outfit and the result of two days of vintage shopping to come tomorrow!

birthday celebrations

First of all, I am very sorry for not posting at all this weekend (and also posting this so late tonight!) but everytime I've sat down to write a post I've ended up distracted by some thing or other, so sorry about that! Which means I actually have 3 sets of outfit photos to show you, so I'll start with my first outfit which was from Saturday. It was my sister's 13th birthday and we went out for a meal, along with a bunch of her friends (I really don't remember being SO LOUD when I was their age!) so I felt like dressing up a bit. I decided to wear my floral playsuit along with my pale pink blazer which I'd actually kind of forgotten about over summer, it's kind of been wedged in my wardrobe behind a number of other things so I've not really worn it very much, which is a shame as it is super gorgeous! Also I usually find blazers too warm and bulky during the summer months so I kind of avoid wearing them really. However I will hopefully still get some wear out of this one in the coming autumn! I also wore my new ASOS wedge boots, they are really gorgeous, although they do pinch slightly so hopefully they will kind of mould to my feet better with more wear (please!!!)

Playsuit - Topshop
Blazer - Vero Moda
Belt - Urban Outiftters
Bag - ASOS
Boots - ASOS

Stay tuned for Sunday's outfit tomorrow! :)

Friday, 3 September 2010

start as you mean to go on (or not!)

I've been a bit naughty these past couple of days as I've bought two pairs of shoes, when really I should be saving and living on a budget in preparation for moving to uni in just 2 weeks! I really think I'm going to have to completely avoid the high street and all online stores while I'm in Newcastle, or otherwise I probably won't be able to afford to eat. Speaking of which I've actually been cooking for my family a lot this past week, because my mum's been poorly and I also really need the practise ha, and tonight I made the yummiest risotto. It was a recipe from one of those recipe cards you get from Sainsbury's, I always get so excited when I find new ones in store, it feels like I'm a kid and collecting Pokemon cards again or something!

Anyway back to the shoes, first off I got a pair of sandals from Office which were actually a bit of a bargain for £13.50 so I don't feel too guilty about those ones. But I also bought yet another pair of wedge boots from ASOS which were £65, so they were a bit more, but I did use the 15% off code which brought it down to about £55 instead. I justified the purchase with the fact that they're leather and closed-toe so should be perfect for the cold, wet winters of England with thick tights and socks, and should hopefully be quite comfy too so I can get loads of wear out of them!

Office, ASOS

So onto today's outfit, I didn't really do anything particularly interesting today, I just went into town to run a few errands so I went for a reasonably simple outfit. I wore my floral Warehouse midi dress that I'd posted about a while ago here along with my denim gilet, that you've seen on here all too often haha! I also wore my new sandals as I wanted to get a bit of wear out of them before I have to pack them away until next summer!

Dress - Warehouse
Gilet - Vintage
Belt - Urban Outfitters
Sandals - Office

I also now have a student account which means I now have a considerably large overdraft facility which seems to be constantly taunting me at the moment. I do not like how it makes it seem like you have money when you really, really, really don't! How do you all manage to avoid that pesky overdraft, especially when you're a student, or do you all just use it with gay abandon and worry about it later?