Wednesday, 31 August 2011

How To: Styling a black maxi skirt for short girls

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How do you style a maxi skirt?

I have never been a maxi skirt/dress fan because I'm quite short, so I wasn't sure how to style it in risk of making myself look shorter! Now I like them so much, I recently bought 3 from River Island! The jewellery is from....well, you know where the jewellery is from, so I won't bore you with that. It's not so clear from the pictures but the bracelet is made of multi-coloured skulls. The nail polish is shade Sea Breeze by 17 from Boots.

I was so excited to hear that I have to be chosen one of the five girls that won a place to blog about the Look Show in London next month. I know I mentioned it last time along with the dorky photos I posted but I really am so incredibly overwhelmed by all the comments on my entry post! Thank you so much. I had stayed up until 5:30am to work on that post; drafting the writing and formatting the images. I was in the zone, and wanted to make sure it was all cohesive so I didn't want to sleep until I had finished it and needless to say, I felt like a total zombie the next day. Now I am so glad I stayed up to perfect my submission for the competition! Feeling like a zombie was totally worth it for an opportunity like this.

I had to leave the house for a few hours yesterday because I knew that if I stayed home,  all I would've done was obsessively check Look Magazine's website and their twitter feed all day long. I've done that before where I am sat waiting for an email and all I did was refresh the page and drive myself insane with anxiety! I went to watch The Inbetweeners movie and then we went to Wagamamas. Definitely calmed me down but I could hardly watch the film properly because I was thinking about the pending competition result at the same time. I usually reply to all the tweets I get but my twitter wasn't working properly, this has never happened before but I wasn't getting any @ replies even though I spotted them on the hashtag for LookShowWSC. I'm really sorry if you tweeted me yesterday about the Look competition results and didn't get a reply. I hope they turn up on my twitter feed so I can speak to you individually soon! Well done to the Top 20 shortlisted bloggers, I can't wait to catch up with all your bank holiday blog posts! And a massive congratulations to SarahCassieFrithaTara & Jade! I can't wait to meet you!


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Saturday, 27 August 2011

Last Days Of Summer


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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Chiffon Peter Pan Collar



I made this top years ago, and if I'm being honest, it looks much better left on the hanger! I remember making this, it was the last garment to sew up as part of my final major collection at uni. One day to go before the deadline, and I was still sewing. This top is made of chiffon and it is the worst fabric to work with. As floaty and dreamy it is, I will never ever use it again! If anyone's been on an industrial sewing machine before, they will tell you how fast they go. Add emotional stress and silk chiffon to that mix and you've got a big mess! I was so stressed out at the time, I actually cried whilst I sewed this up - So dangerous! I am lucky I've still got all my fingers! I lived to tell the tale, and I lived to show you this outfit post! :) 

My little sis (she's 13) did my hair here, she's a Youtube fanatic and has learnt lots of new hair styles so I let her experiment on my hair! She's so clever and I like the hair style she's done for me here. I'm not very good with up-do's! She also wanted me to show you all this video she recently found of a baby panda and a momma panda. It's cute and funny. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

An Overwhelmed Dork

My Monday blues soon went away when I found out that my blog is shortlisted for Look Magazine blogging competition. I was so excited about it all day and far too anxious and excited! To read my entry post, simply click here to view it. I am so overwhelmed by all the comments on that post. Thanks, everyone! And thank you to Look Magazine! And also a huge thank you to everyone on Twitter who sent such lovely tweets. Congrats to the other bloggers who got shortlisted, they're all brilliant, and good luck for the next stage for when Look Magazine choses the finalists bloggers.

Instead of celebrating that with an outfit post, I'm going to embarass myself a little bit here. Why not! Something a little different, mix things up a little bit! I'm going to break it to you... I am the biggest dork in the world. You knew that already, didn't you! Here are some out-takes from the last outfit post, looking far less composed! You know when a bee/wasp is buzzing around your face and people always say "They're more scared than you are!" or "STAY STILL"!! Well, I never stay still (as captured below), quite the opposite, in fact. Once I pulled a muscle in my neck because I (over)reacted so quickly. I really hate the buzzing. Gives me the heeby jeebies! I am truly pathetic!!!! 

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Sunday, 21 August 2011

Denim Shirt

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Denim Shirt Topshop / Jewellery www.temporary-secretary.com 

You may have noticed from most of my outfit posts that I am obsessed with a pretty collars and neck ties. There are lots of blouses with neck ties in high street shops at the moment - and I WANT THEM ALL!

But for something quirky and different, how about this, from our fellow indie retailer Hero&Cape?  When they asked me to collaborate with them and design a T-Shirt for their opening collection, I jumped at the chance!

Instead of illustrating a graphic for it, we came up with a clean design that was inspired by the style that I'm really in to at the moment. A cute Peter Pan collar graphic and a neck tie! On a T-Shirt! The T-shirt comes with a black bow neck tie brooch that I made for Hero & Cape. I can't wait to get the T-Shirt, and I hope to collaborate with them again in the future!

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Friday, 19 August 2011

Another Shoe Post!

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Remember my previous shoe post, when I showed you shoes I had bought that I totally couldn't walk in? This time, good news - I can actually walk in these! They are all so comfortable and don't made me do THIS! I loved all your advice on how to walk in high heels, and that the main thing to remember is that practise makes perfect. A few of you mentioned wedges too. As you can see, I found a pair in the New Look sales.

I also treated myself to two pairs of chunky heels from Miss Selfridge. I was going to return the Limited Edition pair but I've managed to talk myself into keeping them. Funny that. I love that the heel is made from a rubbery material, so there's more grip when you walk! (Honestly, the things I tell myself to justify keeping things I can't afford!! I have buyers remorse.) Anyway, I feel tall in them so it is worth it!!
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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Lace and Florals

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I bought this TopShop dress in March and I've worn it so many times (also seen here) I've worn it so much that one side of the lace has started to go really "bobbly"! I am not very good with nail art, but I love florals so I thought I would try this one. I actually did these floral nails AGES AGO but was a bit embarrassed to show you because they're not as good as the other ones I've seen. 

Thank you to everyone who has been so nice about my work in my #LookShowWSC post, I didn't want to say in that particular post but I was very nervous about publishing it! I am proud of my work and I used to be fine about showing people but I have such a complex about it now, something I developed in the 4th year of uni, I became such a jittery wreck!
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Thursday, 11 August 2011

Why I Started Blogging | My #LookShowWSC Competition Entry



Why I Started Blogging | #LookShowWSC Competition Entry


Blogging is relatively new to me. I started this blog only three years ago with a different vision, I didn't mean to turn it in to a fashion blog, that's just a very happy accident.

However, fashion is something I have always had an interest in, even at a young age. Dressing up in mum’s clothes, clip-clopping in her shoes, wearing her bags and stealing her make up! We’ve all done it, girls! I could go on all day about how much I love clothes and shopping, but instead, I will take a different approach by telling you how I took my interest in fashion to a different level and why I should be given the chance to blog at the front row at A/W 11 Look Show (#LookShowWSC).

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During secondary school, I had made my mind up that I wanted to use my interest and turn it in to a career. I wish I was good enough at maths so that I could be an accountant, or wish I was smart (and brave) enough to become a doctor, or a nurse so that I could help people. But I found my place and that place was fashion.

I was always realistic with my goals. After all, fashion is one of the biggest global industries. The two things that I had an interest in were learning how businesses work and of course, fashion! So I took business studies and textiles for my A-Levels, then I went to study National Diploma BTEC in Fashion Design at college, which led me to complete a degree in Fashion Marketing at Northumbria University. To me, fashion is more than clothes and shopping. For so long, (8 years to be exact) I have enjoyed learning about how the fashion industry works. 

So, why should I be chosen to blog about Look Magazine’s fashion show? From my experiences within both my fashion marketing degree and running my own business, I understand commercial fashion from both side of the fence (as a consumer, and from inside the industry). This has allowed me to have a more in-depth analytical view of how fashion is communicated and marketed to the public. I have an understanding of how to interpret an end-to-end concept and it helps that I have the technical knowledge and a strong appreciation of how a garment is made.

In addition, I know how blogging works. Having my own business and speaking from the brand's point of view, I understand how to work with bloggers. And as a blogger myself, I know how to work with businesses on a mutual beneficial collaboration. It is paramount that I show things on my blog posts that are interesting and aesthetically pleasing for everyone to read. And as you have noticed, I am very meticulous with the photography.

If I was given the opportunity to blog for Look Magazine’s fashion show, I would absolutely ensure that I would do it justice. I would want to make it feel as if my readers were right there with me!

I'm very dedicated and determined, and I put 100% in to everything I do, I wouldn't settle for anything less than perfect. I always make sure that I engage with other bloggers and that I interact with everyone no matter who they are. 

Finally, to conclude my entry to the LOOK Magazine blogging competition, I would absolutely love to take this opportunity to show you that I truly have a “passion for fashion” (my uni tutors would kill me for using that phrase!). Below are a few images of my own work to show the skills that I have acquired in the many areas of fashion, in hope to demonstrate that I would be a good candidate!

 
 

(All images featured in the post are original artwork and photography are created, illustrated and shot by me and are part of my fashion portfolio. Please don't take the images, edit, copy, reproduce or duplicate them.)
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Sunday, 7 August 2011

Bow Print Dress

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Dress MissGuided / Nail Polish Barry M


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Thursday, 4 August 2011

Very High Heels

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I'm really bad at walking in heels. Other women glide so gracefully in them and I just look at them in awe. The price tag doesn't neccessarily mean that the more you spend on a pair of shoes, the comfier they are (TopShop....I'm looking at you!) and I have low threshold for pain. Anyway, I need to start wearing super high heels and I wanted to show you some of my shoe purchases!

Us ladies really do put ourselves through hell sometimes..... just check out the video below of the girl in super high heels!


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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Quirky Homeware From Night Owl

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colourful jewellery charms
quirky coasters
real wooden coasters
animal illustrations
circus lion illustration
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"Night Owl is an ecclectic homewares company run by Jessica Rose Lennox. Upcycling reclaimed 
wood and vintage crockery with her hand drawn illustrations of British wildlife."

I am always keen to support other indie business. I also like showing and telling people something they've never seen before, something unique and a little different. This latest one I found is called Night Owl. I was sent some quirky homeware and illustrations a few weeks ago but  have waited until I got a chance to take some good photos so that I do Jessica's products justice! Her products feature hand drawn illustrations transferred on to homeware. The pictures above are some of the things Jess has made for me when we did a swap last week. This includes a gorgeous vintage porcelain heart trinket/storage (which I quickly filled with some cute charms!) and a beautiful floral plate. 

She also made me some amazing wooden coasters. My favourite is the bunny and the owls. There is one lovely product that I've not photographed yet because I want to share that with you another time! :) I highly recommend Jessica's shop, as it's full of unique items that you could buy for yourself, and perfect gifts for others. Her designs are something that you won't find anywhere else. The designs are great, the products are fantastic, the price points are affordable, and in my eyes, Night Owl can do no wrong! I love them and she deserves lots of success! Hop over to their shop and let us know what your favourite item is!

Edit May 2015: Jessica now illustrates pet portraits, you can find her over on her website: http://www.jessicalennoxart.com/


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