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Vintage Christian Dior

Vintage Christian Dior

I had this Christian Dior vintage couture dress for my birthday and I’ve been waiting since then (August) to find an excuse to wear it. My mum found it in a little shop near her house, I don’t think they realised what a treasure they had. Everywhere looks so beautiful in the snow that we thought we’d make the most of it, Dave is really busy writing an assignment so there’s very minimal editing here. I bought the necklace from Topshop in London yesterday, pretty much in love with this outfit.

I’ll post about London properly tomorrow.



A beautiful spot…

We drove a different route on our way home from the gym last weekend and stopped after seeing this lovely stone archway to do a quick outfit shot:

Extreme Dip Back Top: ASOS

This top has just gone into the sale on ASOS and I’m so tempted to buy it in Nude, it doesn’t look nude to me; more of an pastel peach (bang on trend for SS12 ice cream shades).

Body Chain: Topshop

Leggings: Urban Outfitters

The whole place seems the ideal location for the photo-shoot, I didn’t want to take any pictures of the gardens without getting permission. I’ve been in contact with them and they have agreed I can do the shoot there which is one thing off my list, I hadn’t scheduled to organise the location for a few weeks yet but after stumbling upon the perfect spot I thought I would get in there as soon as possible!!

I spent a bit more time in the print room last week to add the final layer to my first repeat design.

Just as a trial and a first attempt I’m quite happy with it but I’ve got a lot that I will need to put into action when developing the final prints; lines on the screen need to be much finer as even with just one pull on the screen the lacey print has lost its definition. I’m also going to need someone to hold the screen still when I print the real thing; my screen moved ever so slightly on the final layer, you can barely tell but I can’t risk anything going wrong on the end product so I will need to secure the screen. I’ve come a long way but still learning.

And So It Starts….

A quick warning, this post may go on a while so you may want to make a cup of tea!

Let’s start with a little outfit post, this is what I wore to work yesterday. The skirt has been a bit of a staple of late, it seems to go with everything and you don’t have to iron it which is always a bonus.


Jersey Blouse: Topshop

Pleather Skirt: H&M

Boots: H&M

Today was the start of my final semester at university. Unfortunately I didn’t get to go in because I got stopped by the police driving home from work last night. It’s not as bad as it sounds; they stopped me to tell me I had a brake light out and then after checking the rest of the car told me that two of my tyres were illegal. So I can’t drive it until the garage change the tyres for me on Thursday which is a bit of a pain but at least it will be all sorted. As I wrote my project proposal last semester I’ve just spent the day working anyway.

In a couple of my most recent posts, I had said that I was aiming to do more outfit posts. I’ve basically failed at that and to be honest I can’t see it becoming a daily thing for quite some time. It’s difficult at the moment; I’m at uni, I work two days a week and have more family responsibilities than I used to. Plus Dave is a student teacher; teaching 5 days a week and studying all hours around that, we barely see each other at the moment without trying to take outfit photos. I’m sad but my studies have to take priority, I’ll try and fit in the odd outfit post here and there but I’m going back to focusing my blog on my experience as a fashion student. I have a lot of respect to all you bloggers out there, I love doing it but at the moment I just have so much on my plate.

Anyway, as I said today was the start of my last semester. When I wrote my proposal I had the option of writing a dissertation or a live project. I’m carrying out a live project; designing and manufacturing a childrenswear print collection, there are a lot of other aspects that are included and I have a huge amount of work to fit into 12 weeks! Although I’m fully aware of how much work there is to do, I feel quite positive at the moment; I’ve set out a week by week plan so I can just get straight into it. I’ve bought a day-a-page diary so that I can keep record of my time; it’s recommended we spend 400 hours working on this module which I’ve worked out to be 33 hours a week. There will be another module, which I think will be about 11 hours a week and so I’m hoping that keeping a diary will enable me to manage my time more effectively. Basically fitting everything in is going to be really tough, but if I start as I mean to go on it should make things easier.

The shape is to be inspired by 1920s-30s and the print taking inspiration from hares and lace. I’ve already been back in the print room working on my first repeat print:

It’s an appalling picture I know, but it gives you an idea. It was designed as a practice but I really love it and think that it would make a really beautiful border on a dress. Matching the print up was actually much easier than I’d anticipated but I only had four hares on the screen and so ideally I would use a larger screen so that I could print more in one go; in the long rung it would be more time effective and therefore more cost effective.

Spending time on the design element is really key to me; I’m aiming to study post graduate pattern cutting at London College of Fashion and so I need my design portfolio to be as strong as possible. I’m booked to go to the post graduate open day on February 4th, really looking forward to having a proper look around and having a proper chat with the course leader.

I have a million other things that I could write about but I’ll save some for tomorrow!

Broken Doll…

Cream Lace Dress: Topshop

Sailor Collar Jumper: Topshop

Cream Tights: Falke

Shoes: Miss Selfridge

First post of 2012! Hope you all had fabulous evenings. Mine was quiet and snuggley just as I intended; I made honey roast ham for Dave and honey roast vegetables for me…yum.

Today started bright and early with a 2 hour trek with Dave and Bracken, the rest of the day has been filled with uni work for both of us. As I’ve been glued to my laptop, today’s outfit is certainly not worthy of blogging. So this outfit is what I wore to my sister’s birthday meal the other night. It was really lovely but was the night we got home from Brugge and I was so tired I struggled to stay awake, my Dad’s girlfriend told me I looked like a broken china doll!

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!