Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Year of Outfit Posts

Wow, can’t believe we’re at the end of 2011. So much has happened this year, a few bad things but it’s been a good year on the whole. Looking back through my posts of the past year I realised that all of my favourite pictures are those taken outside, nothing beats natural light. Not sure how I’ll get around that for the next few months as it’s so often dark when Dave and I are home at the same time; perhaps I’ll have to do photoshoots at the weekend! I’m sure we’ll come up with something.

I hope you all have wonderful plans for this evening, we’re staying in for a change. I’m still so tired from our trip and I have so much work to do. It’s funny I’ve been seeing on Twitter people talking about their NYE outfits all week; I’m cooking a lovely tea and then planning on snuggling up in my jimjams!

Here’s hoping that 2012 will be a wonderful year!


In Brugge…..

The boy surprised me by taking me away for two days, we got up at 3am on Tuesday and drove to Dover in the camper van. We spent two nights in Brugge, possibly the most picturesque place I have ever been. It was so nice to spend a few days just wandering around admiring the scenery, would definitely recommend it. It was freezing though, numerous coffee shops were visited to warm us up throughout the day. I even managed to get uni work done too, so didn’t feel guilty.

Leopard print top: H&M

Black cardigan with cream fur trim: Topshop

Black leggings: River Island

Fur trimmed ankle socks: Topshop

Black ankle boots: H&M

I know I haven’t blogged much the past few months, it’s just always dark! Hopefully manage it more in 2012, definitely one of my New Years resolutions!


Top: Topshop

Denim Hotpants: Topshop

Tights: Falke

Headscarf: Vivienne Westwood

Bought this Vivienne Westwood scarf off Ebay a few weeks ago, thanks to the wonderful ebay skills of VIPXO! I love it and have been wearing it loads lately. I bought the top in London in November, Dave had given me 10 minutes in Topshop so I literally had to run around but managed to find this little beauty. I couldn’t resist it because it reminded me of something I used to have when I was about 5 years old.

So I’ve had one of those “one week till deadline” weeks, i.e. mad panic. I don’t know what it is about me, no matter how organised and prepared I am; I still worry….a lot. But I think I’m ready, all my assignments are printed and I have my presentation ready for 10.40am on Friday…….eeeeek. Feel like I’ve learnt a lot about my learning style this semester, this course is so different to my foundation degree and it’s been a real challenge. I’ve become increasingly aware of my obsessive list writing!! Dave teases me but it really helps me to make sure I’m not forgetting anything and also to make a plan of how to tackle a work load. I’m hoping that next semester will be a bit more enjoyable as I’ll actually get to make the collection that I’m proposing, I’ve really missed the hands on creativity of making clothes. I’ve also included a timeline in my proposal so I shouldn’t have that first couple of weeks feeling lost at the start of a semester.

Feel like I’ve been locked away for years, cannot wait till Friday lunchtime when I’ll be able to relax and start getting into the Christmas spirit!

Pulling everything together……

This is the dress that I wore when I went to London on Tuesday, I bought it when ASOS had 25% student discount recently. I absolutely love it, I think the colour combination is unusual but it works fantastically (in my opinion any way). It was dark (never seem to get to shoot in the daylight atm) so the colour hasn’t come out that well:

Dress: ASOS

Boots: H&M

So I haven’t managed to blog much lately, I’ve just had a lot on my plate to be honest. But I have so much to write about uni stuff.

The past few weeks have been a real turning point for me; I had been really struggling with my project proposal. I have done a huge amount of research into setting up my own business but the more research I did the more I did not feel that I was on the right path. Early on in the semester we carried out a personal SWOT analysis; one of my strengths that I identified was my pattern cutting skills and after a minor melt down I decided that this was an area that I wanted to focus on.

I decided to aim my project towards the application to study post graduate pattern cutting at London College of Fashion. I popped in there on Tuesday when I was in London for a chat and was SO glad that I did. I got some really useful information which I don’t think would have been so easy to get by email or telephone. It showed to me that just putting yourself out there face to face really works sometimes, I’ve sent so many emails to people in the past and not got any response. I left LCF feeling truly inspired and excited for the possibility of studying there.

My proposal just seems to be falling into place now, all the research that I’ve done is coming together. I am doing my usual thing of writing list after list to ensure that I don’t miss anything out, I’d never thought much about why I do this before; it just really helps me! But now I am thinking more about my learning techniques, I also looked back at the VARK questionnaire I did at the beginning of the semester. It showed that I am a multi-modal learner but with a slight emphasis on read-write learning, I guess this is why my endless list writing helps me!

Yuki Miwa Christmas Press Event 2011….

I’ve featured Yuki on my blog a couple of times in the past and so was thrilled to be invited to their Christmas Press Event on Tuesday. It was a lovely evening filled with cocktails and cupcakes, I couldn’t eat the cupcakes but the Midori cocktails were lush!!

Here’s a few snaps I took of the evening:

I was particularly impressed with the tunics and shirts they had on show, I think this is something that Yuki does really well. They can be dressed up or dressed down, perfect for any occasion! I especially liked the one on the top left with asymmetric pleat detailing  and the one on the top right with the chain print back. The colour palette of the collection are all my favourites; navy, cream, a dark teal and rust. They’re quite muted colours,which I like; I think it adds to the classiness. Here are a couple more of my favourites:

Miwa Drape Snakeskin Cardigan – I love this it’s really unusual

Yuki Tokyo Sweetheart Jumper Black – I really want this but can’t decide whether to get it in black or cream!

Miwa Limited Metallic Feather Dress Grey- Miwa have got some gorgeous party dresses, perfect for all those Christmas parties coming up. I think this little number was my favourite.

If you would like to receive a special 15% discount then visit YukiTokyo and enter my discount code DESIGN152011 at the checkout.

It was nice to meet some fellow bloggers, I spent ages chatting to Emily from Wardrobe Block, her blog is great so check it out if you have a moment to spare.