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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

#82

Vogue Festival


On the weekend of the 21st May, it was the highly anticipated Vogue festival, with a –list guest speakers and the hottest bloggers in tow, I was in good company as I attended some of the sold out talks.


Saturday had discussions from fashion royalty, such as Grace Coddington and Alexa Chung, as well as a makeup talk with Charlotte Tilbury and Kim Kardashian West herself. This was a big deal. I managed to bag some last minute tickets to see Juergen Teller discuss his famous fashion images with editor in chief, Alexandra Shulman and Gregor Muir from the Institute Of Contemporary Arts. Teller is the German photographer behind the famous Kim and Kanye rural shoot last year, featuring a scantily clad Kim sprawled in the mud. These images, which were featured in System Magazine, were part of a collection by Juergen, who is known for his ‘out there’ imagery that is often gritty and unusual. After the talk, I went to Vogue World, which was a pop up Vogue themed venue in Kensington. Full of the trendiest people in London, it was the fashion place to be. Fashionistas from all around the world were queueing around the room for manicures, hair braiding and makeovers at their special Bobbi Brown counter. There were Vogue styling talks that anybody could attend, with Vogue’s elites stylists giving their hot-tips and trend forecasts. With limited edition Vogue merchandising being sold and customised, there was something for everyone if you had time to enjoy it all.


After a short while of wandering around Vogue World, I remembered that Kim Kardashian’s make-up talk would be starting soon, at 13:30. Wandering back over to the Geographical Centre, where half of the talks were held, I stood by a posh looking gate hoping to see Kim arrive. It was 13:20 but she had already entered the building. Questioning what I was doing with my life, but realising how infrequently the socialite is in London, I made the decision to wait. Especially considering I was one of the only ones waiting. An hour and 40 minutes later, with 9 security guards, the road shut due to paparazzi and at least 50 other questionable people like me, Kim left the building. Walking right past where I was stood, with her equally famous husband in tow, I finally got to see a Kardashian.


On the Sunday I went to see the ‘A career in Fashion – where to start’. This same day Dolce & Gabanna were doing a talk, as were the creative director of Gucci and Roberto Cavalli’s Peter Dundas. Hosting my talk was Vogue’s Fashion Editor Kate Phelan, designer Mary Katrantzou, talent scout Lulu Kennedy, Vogue model expert Rosie Vogel-Eades and Harrods head of accessories Simon Longland. They discussed how they got to where they are in their careers, their career highs and how to ace an interview. This helpful talk, essential to anyone passionate about the fashion industry was end to the perfect weekend.

My outfit for the Sunday featured my absolute favourite pink trousers from Zara. They are so comfy yet so on-trend I just want to wear them everyday. Paired with my Zara biker jacket and Asos body, I accessorized my look with a Topshop belt and Office shoes.




Thank you Vogue festival!

Thursday, 7 April 2016

#81



 This outfit look was taken in the South of France last week after a brief holiday for some sun. Unfortunately, we couldn't find much sun, but it was still lovely to be away from rainy Britain, even if it was just replaced by cloud. I just love this outfit, having been thrilled to find these jazzy trousers in Topshop for £11 in the sale a couple of weekends back. My new Adidas trainers were an attempt of mine to wean myself off my trusty Superstars, hallelujah it worked and my metallic favourites can have a break for a while. Now this bag... this bag is THE bag that my dreams are made of. Screaming Anya Hindmarch vibes, my Zara bargain is now my wardrobe essential. I want to use it all day every day. Bit of a Zara theme here, as my gorgeous biker leather jacket and black metallic top also were purchased from the store late last year. Have to say I felt very chic wandering around the French lanes in this ensemble.


Sunday, 20 March 2016

#80

When there is nothing else to do all weekend, put on your favourite outfit and get someone to snap it... or at least, that's what I did! This blush pink coat from Mango was purchased on my birthday, with this shade being so 'in' right now I needed it in my wardrobe. It seems to go with everything else I own and it's my ideal Winter to Spring transitional coat. My shirt was a birthday present from Zara, I love the twist on the classic white shirt, it works so well with black trousers and can dressed up or made to look casual. My shoes are also Zara, I am obsessed with them! Silver shoes are my weakness, and I couldn't stop thinking about these after I first saw them. The chunky white sole makes them on - trend and the brogue style means they are perfect for walking around all day in.



Friday, 18 March 2016

#79

These pictures are from last Saturday, where I celebrated my 20th birthday in London. Hitting my twenties seems a little daunting. Of course I know i'm still young -  half way through my student life and believe half a loaf of garlic bread warrants a dinner. But 20 does seem very 'adult' - especially when I still call my mum regarding: 'how long it takes to cook a jacket potato' or 'how do I get this burn out my shirt?' How am I suddenly supposed to be an adult when I still feel like i'm 17? With absolutely no idea where all my money disappears to (most probably magazines, chocolate and shoes) or how to set up my printer on my own - this adult thing just seems a little too much too soon.

This outfit is one of my personal favourites. This Zara jacket was a birthday present and I love it. Bomber jackets are huge this Spring and I was really drawn to the floral navy and pink pattern on this one. These jeans are honestly amazing, when the light shines on they become super holographic! I got them from Topshop online in a mad panic knowing they would sell out and sure enough the next day they were all gone! I adore them, the 'Boyfriend' fit is so comfortable and they get so many complements. Paired with my polo neck from New Look, trusty converse and Zara bag, I felt my birthday outfit was perfect!



Thursday, 4 February 2016

#78

I have recently discovered that I need to undergo some dietary changes and have been 'advised' to go a couple of weeks without dairy. As a chocolate/cheesecake/cream fanatic, I can safely say that this is way harder than I thought, and I only started yesterday! Whilst my tummy screams its hunger for my favourite foods, my brain is fighting back, knowing I will regret it hours later. Unfortunately, will-power seems to not be my strongest point. I bought a soya milk tea today, disgusted by the bitter taste and in need of some relief I wolfed down a crème egg whilst my friends weren't looking.
I need to give myself a serious pep-talk. As a child, pizza was one of the only things I wanted to eat, cheesy delicious pizza. As a grown up, not much has changed; I deserve some sort of membership to Pizza Express due to my loyalty and custom as I return practically week after week.
I. Must. Resist. Temptation.
As I type this, I find myself watching last weeks Great British Bake Off for Sports Relief, hardly making the lack of dairy products seem any easier as I watch four celebrities battling with creamy choux buns and butter cream icing - yum.
If I'm going to do this properly, I need to shut my eyes and run through the chocolate aisle, throw out my Mr Kipling cakes, forget the pizza, and get a grip. Fast.


Back to fashion, my outfit today was the ultimate 'cookie monster' look, with my blue fur coat from Zara that I bought last year. Trying to keep the rest of the outfit simple, I paired it with my denim shirt from Asos, River Island black jeans, Adidas superstars and Zara bag. Coloured fur is one of my favourite trends at the moment, finally something practical and in-style, I can't get enough. If my funds would allow it I would have one in every colour...maybe one day. Also featuring my new short(ish) hair.


Wednesday, 30 December 2015

#77

Bits & Bobs

It has been a long time since my last post, and considering it is almost the new year, I decided to try and do one last one of 2015. There is a lot to catch up on, but first and foremost, 2015 has been a great year. I am settled into university life, and now in my second year - loving every minute of it. Getting to study fashion, something that has been one of my greatest passions for as long as I can remember, really does feel amazing. Over the summer this year I got my first ever internship at HardlyEverWornIt, I spent three amazing months working in central London in the industry I love. I then returned for their annual event in November at the Play Boy Club - certainly didn't think I would be saying that this time last year! I cant wait for 2016, and to see what I will be saying this time next year...scary!

This term at university one of my units was to create a fashion story for a fashion publication, acting as the role of a stylist. This was an amazing project to get submersed into, it really opened my eyes to what I would actually like to do post-uni. I decided to do my fashion shoot for Elle Magazine, and chose a Valentines Day theme with everything in pink and red. Below are my final images, and I feel very proud of them. All of the styling, photography and post production work was by me, and my good friend Ellis Richardson did the makeup and hair, with the beautiful Luisa Hackney as my model. (Please note all of the clothing information is false, as this was required for my unit).
 
Yesterday I braved the sales and went shopping. Was so pleased to pick up these dungarees I had wanted for ages practically half price in Topshop. My wonderful boyfriend gave me the very cool, retro looking jumper for Christmas that I have worn underneath from Urban Outfitters. Worn with my absolute favourite shoes at the moment, my holographic Superstars from Adidas. Sorry to all my friends, you are probably going to get so sick of seeing me in this outfit - I can't get enough.

 
 Finally, I hope everybody had a great Christmas - and has a great new year! See you in 2016!





Saturday, 17 October 2015

#76

A piece of reflective honesty...

I am a magazine addict and proud, always have been, always will be. From my Mizz days, to Company, InStyle, Vogue, Glamour, Look, Love, Hunger, ID; I've read them all and I absolutely refuse to part with them. Never, however, have I found myself so involved and empowered than by the latest issue of Elle that I purchased last week. The November Feminism issue, their third in the series, really provoked something within me.

The campaign #morewomen priorities female solidarity with the aim of proving that women are stronger when they work together. I think this is so important, but let's not deny that this isn't always easy. Women are so often pitted against each other, naturally competing against each other, rather than working together. This is such a frequent occurrence, especially with girls around my age. Women intrinsically judge and critique their female counterparts, particularly if you fall within my age demographic (late teen / young adult). Let's be honest, it is so easy to mentally put down other women when we feel threatened by their capability and success, their knowledge and beauty. Even when we know it is the wrong thing to do, it's sometimes easier to do this than to admit that this person might be superior to us. So often we find people put others down in order to bring themselves up, pointing out flaws we weren't even aware we had. I can totally relate to this. I have had people criticising me on characteristics that I had never before perceived as negative; being too slim, my accent, being too positive within myself, too unusual. Yet, as our modern day culture is filled with this attitude towards women, can we blame girls for acting like this?

When the media constantly sets women up for failure and shames women, how can we ever teach young girls to act any differently? We never see men being compared in the way women are. From the hair colour to the manicure, every inch of female celebrities is scrutinized, the press desperate to find a reason to fault someone. Yet men are treated so differently; it doesn't matter 'Who wore it better', that concern would never arise. We need to stand up against this and not let anyone else define who we are or what we stand for. In order for equality, we need to help empower women rather than discouraging them. Lets embrace our individualities, our talents and skills, so that we can embrace them in each other.


Sunday, 30 August 2015

#75

These pictures were taken yesterday as we explored the caves and ruins of Cotignac, like all good climbers, I decided to wear metallic gold lace up sandals and white shorts, obviously.
The scenery and views were stunning, despite suffering some slight vertigo clambering up rusty stairs of which the ticket man warned us to walk 'one at a time' - dodgy. The red roof top tiles are synonymous with the french riviera, a beautiful day spent.
My outfit, albeit a little un - thought out, consisted a Bershka top, Asos white shorts and Office gold sandals - the perfect summer outfit, perhaps more suited to shopping and sightseeing, though.







Friday, 28 August 2015

#74

I am writing this post whilst sitting in the South of France, soaking up the glorious sun. Every time I come here, I fall in love with this part of the world all over again. Not just because of the perfect weather, but the food, the scenery, the culture. Yesterday was the first day of our holiday and the morning was spent wandering around a Provencal market. Despite the fact that I never ever buy anything, they are still a lovely way to spend the morning.
Yesterday's outfit was an Asos gingham off-shoulder top, a current trend that I seriously am obsessed with - I look for tops and dresses in this style everywhere!
My shorts are Topshop and part of the 'Mom' collection, and whilst I don't suit the jeans from this range, the shorts give a perfect relaxed fit.
Office glittery sandals that have been featured before, and a Dune red faux - snakeskin bag that is my new love.

Today we went to the gorgeous Lac de Saint Croix - pics to follow!



Monday, 17 August 2015

#73

This blog comes in the midst of a stressful period of moving house, which we will be doing at the end of the week. Despite finding the packing process to be painfully boring, coming across forgotten memories, clothes and bits and bobs is always lovely. 
Todays outfit is a continuation from my last blog and my seventies obsession this summer. I fell in love with this Mango jumpsuit as soon as I saw it on the mannequin - it had to be mine! It's so cute with its little star decoration and cross over back. I have been aware that out in public when my top half  is covered there is a slight chance people may think I am in my pyjamas, but hey, that was a trend a few seasons ago anyway!
My belt is H&M and my hat was bought in Paris along the Champs-Élysées earlier this year. My platforms are from River Island, I find the silver crackled effect leather design makes them the perfect accessory to any outift. 
Also just wanted to show you my nails - burgundy nails are my current favourite.



Saturday, 18 July 2015

#72

So to say the least, it has been far too long since I last blogged. Since the last time I posted, I have finished my first year at Southampton Solent and have been living in London doing an internship at HardlyEverWornIt.Com (If you haven't already heard of it - check it out fashion lovers - it's amazing)
So far, it has been a great summer. I love being an intern, I have learnt so much valuable experience in such a short space of time.
Living in London is awesome too, there's such a unique buzz that feels like a world away from being at home in the country side.
Today we walked from Greenwich to Blackheath across the park - it was so pretty, especially today in the glorious sunshine.
Of all the current trends this season - the 70s look is definitely my favourite. I find the flares, fringing, suede and platforms to not only look cool, but be so versatile.
Today I wore my Lira black floral flares with an ancient grey crop top from Topshop. My denim jacket, also Topshop, has become an absolute favourite. I dare say I am a little addicted to wearing it, but it does make the perfect summer jacket.
My silver glitter sliders from Office have also become a favourite, and despite a rocky start, are the most comfortable sandals I have ever owned (trust me, that's a lot of competition).
This bag was a recent purchase from the Aldo sale, and unsurprisingly, it was the tassel fringing and pompom detail that won me over.








Monday, 27 April 2015

#71

On Saturday I finally was brave enough to get a full fringe cut in, and I love it! I'm so glad I did it I wish I had done it sooner. My first outfit is what I wore to Portsmouth yesterday, when me and my boyfriend James went to the Retail Outlet. The fringed top (there's a theme here) is from Urban Outfitters. The leather jacket and ripped jeans are from Topshop, this jacket is my go-to, I wear it all the time. My sandals are my latest obsession, I got them from River Island on Saturday and they're so comfy whilst still looking cool. Also they add height, which is a bonus.
My second outfit is something I wore today. I got this jumper yesterday from French Connection, after looking for something yellow for ages. Yellow is definitely my favourite colour for clothing at the moment, it's so summery and I love the statement it makes when worn with something black. This necklace is from Accessorize which I think is the perfect match, and jeans Topshop