Monthly Archives: January 2011

Seven Years….

Yesterday was our seven year anniversary, isn’t that mad??!! I wrote this post before we went out, thinking that I’d get Dave to take my photo when we got home. We had a really lovely evening but I’ve been feeling poorly an awful lot the past few weeks and all I wanted to do was put my pjs on. So there’s no photo of my outfit I’m afraid. Anyway, this is the post I wrote yesterday afternoon:

We’ve been together since we were fifteen, not meaning to gush and sound soppy but it’s been a great seven years and I’m sure there will be plenty more to come. We’re off to Loch Fyne for a celebratory meal in a bit. I’ve been so busy the past two days with stuff for uni, I attended the Mudpie Trend Seminar at London College of Fashion yesterday afternoon for SS12. It was a fantastic experience and I got some great primary research; I will write a proper post on this over the weekend when I have a bit more time. I’ve just been working on my sketchbook today, I’ve got loads of ideas that I want to get put down into designs this weekend too. EEEEeeeeekk soooo much to do!!!!!! I


Tomorrow is Haircut Day….

I wrote this yesterday but didn’t get around to adding the photos to post it. This does of course mean that today is haircut day, yay 🙂

Woohooo!!!!! Finally the day of my haircut is only one sleep away. I only trust my hairdresser Hope and she went to America for a few weeks around New Year and this was the soonest she could see me. Not really sure what I’m going to have done, hopefully she’ll have some ideas but I still want something that I can do in lots of different styles so don’t want to lose too much. On the other hand I am incredibly bored with it at the moment and want something really different. I was tempted to go back to a pixie style but it’s taken me so long to grow it and I know I would just be bored again in a month or two and have to start growing it again.

Mondays are my Start-Up Planning and Promotion day at Uni, I really enjoy it. We have to write a business plan as part of the module, it’s really interesting. I’ve been researching studio premises this afternoon, aswell as looking into funding opportunities; it’s surprising just how much help there is out there if you really look. I want to try to get my business plan finished this week but research always takes so much longer than I anticipate, I thought I would get most of it finished today but  there’s still a lot more to research such as marketing and packaging etc.

I went for a bit of colour blocking today, it’s  been so grey and horrid I wanted brighten things up. Bracken wanted to be in the photos today, his tail seemed to be in all of them so thought I might as well choose ones where you could see all of him!

Dress: Tesco

Tights: River Island

I’m looking forward to tomorrow, I’m having my hair done after work and then meeting my friend Lucy for tea. Can’t wait to see her, she’s went travelling around Mexico and Costa Rica. She’s been back for about a month now but we’ve both been so busy that we haven’t had a chance to meet up till now.

Black Swan…..

Wow, we just got home from seeing Black Swan and it was epic. Natalie Portman’s acting was incredible, I don’t think I’ve ever been so drawn into a film before. It was so intensely dark but so beautiful. Rodarte’s costumes were spectacular, I’ve been waiting for months for the film to come out after reading that they were doing the costumes. It’s such a shame that they won’t get the recognition that they deserve, read this article from Fashionista to find out why. I knew the film was going to be dark, but I didn’t realise just HOW dark it was going to be; I feel like I just need to sit quietly to calm down and let my heart rate return to normal!!

I’d definitely recommend going to see it, just be prepared! I want to watch it again, not for a while though.

I’m going to start on some uni work now, don’t feel like I’ve got anywhere near enough done today but then I never feel I’ve done enough! I’m researching designer/brands that I aspire to be like for my business module, I have rather a long list at the moment so think I’m going to have to narrow it down a bit. I think it would be better for me to research 10 or so really thoroughly rather than trying to research more and not having in depth enough information.

This is the outfit I wore today, it was the first outing for my Deena+Ozzy, Urban Outfitters boots. Aren’t they the shiniest, beautifulist boots you’ve ever seen?!! I saw them in the Oxford Circus Urban Outfitters but they only had a size 3 & 4 left, three weeks later they popped up in the sale on the website 🙂

Dress: Topshop

Tights: Falke

Boots: Deena+Ozzy at Urban Outfitters

Channelling My Inner Rock Chick….

Busy day today, spent most of it working on my sketchbook. I’ve got everything blu-tacked and made annotations in pencil at the moment but am happy with the layout so far so will start sticking things in properly. I’ve also discussed my FMP proposal with Tracey further, we have to have a mentor within the fashion industry as it has to be a live, industry linked project. This basically means that I need to get contacting some childrenswear and womenswear companies that I would potentially like to work for. Ideally I need to find someone who would be willing to be my mentor; they don’t need to do a great deal,  I just need to keep in occasional contact with them throughout the course of my FMP to get some professional feedback. 

My outfit today was channelling my inner rock chick. I’ve been looking for a high-waisted pencil skirt for ages but haven’t managed to find one that I really like (that I could afford at the moment anyway!). I also always have difficulty buying high-waisted stuff as my waist is so small, so I made my own. I really should make more stuff for myself, I love doing it,  just wish I had more time. But it all adds to my pattern cutting and manufacture experience so I’m going to do it more often. This only took me a couple of hours anyway and that included making the pattern:

A few silly shots for a bit of fun!

T-shirt: The Pogues

Pencil Skirt: Handmade by me

Tights: Topshop

Shoes: Faith

Belt: Topshop

A Little Bit of Self Indulgance….

Normally I would only post one or two photos of myself, I don’t think any of you want to see millions of pictures of my prancing around! But we stopped for an impromtu shoot by the lake on the way home and the results were pretty epic. Whenever Dave takes my photo there is normally only a couple where I’m not pulling a stupid face but today I could have chosen about 20, so on this one occasion I’m going to indulge myself a bit and post a few:

I know you can’t see a great deal of my actual outfit, but it was so cold I wasn’t brave enough to take my coat off! The coat is from Topshop, I got it in the sale last January: major bargain reduced from £90 to £30. Underneath is a vintage dress that I got from Ebay, I bought this about 18 months ago but it was another item that had got lost in my wardrobe! My little organisation session has caused some awesome re-discoveries.

So anyway, onto the important stuff. I seem to have been procrastinating since I got home, I often find it hard at the start of a brief; there’s so much to do but where do you start? So I’ve gone back to my old friend, the list! I always find it easier when I actually write down the things I need to do and all the random thoughts that are in my head: it makes it easier to focus on one thing because it means I’m not trying to remember all the other things that are going on in my head.

Research Baby!!!

I have been working my little socks off this evening! I haven’t got anything in my sketchbook to show for it but have loads of links to print off when I get into uni tomorrow. I’ve also booked myself a place on a trend forecasting event in London next week and my train ticket for Bubble London. I’ve started to write a questionnaire too; to take into some childrenswear boutiques over the next few days, I need to find out what they look for when choosing new products to sell in their stores and what they feel is missing from the childrenswear market etc.

I’ve almost finished writing my proposal, there are a couple of points that I’m struggling to complete; hopefully Tracey will be able to help me finish it off tomorrow.

No outfit post today. Dave didn’t have time to take my photo as he’s been so busy working on the car, so I put on scruffy clothes and went for a two hour walk with Bracken in the wood instead. A few homemade items coming up over the next few days though so keep checking 🙂

No interview dates from my UCAS application yet, I am worrying a little but trying to keep a cool head!

My 1930s Tea Dress….

I don’t think I’ve featured this dress before, which is surprising as it’s one of my favourites. It’s a 1930s silk tea gown, it was my first proper vintage buy from a shop called Tea Gowns and Textiles in Leominster. I love the coral coloured silk and the hand embroidery on the collar is exquisite. I had my second tutorial with Lindsay today for Start-Up Planning and Promotion; I discussed my business idea with her and we agreed that over the next week I need to identify if there are companies producing anything similar and also boutiques through which I could sell my product. I need to write a questionnaire that I could take to these companies to help me understand what they are looking for when they choose their products. I also need to come up with a rough idea for a range plan, Lindsay suggested 12 pieces e.g 2 dresses, 3 tops etc.  There’s lots of research and thinking to do, I’m really enjoying it though. I don’t want to see this as a brief for uni, I actually want to treat it as a  live project so that I could actually take the business plan and put it into action straight away. The sooner I get the research and everything for this done the better, there are a couple of boutiques nearby that I want to take the questionnaire to before the next tutorial so writing that is one of my priorities.

I wanted to get a better picture of my new brogues up too, I picked these little beauties up in the Topshop sale on Friday.

Dress: 1930s vintage from Tea Gowns and Textiles

Cardigan: Topshop

Tights: Falke

Brogues: Topshop