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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.



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.


Today was Ed’s (my sister’s husband) funeral, it’s been a very hard, very sad day. I was incredibly moved by the number of people that came to pay their respects and say goodbye to someone who was taken from us so unexpectedly. As I’m sure you will understand I didn’t feel like an outfit post today but, I did photograph my outfit on Monday. So here it is……

My dark purple pout is a favourite at the moment, the cheapest lipstick I own and it’s fantastic. I am by no means a beauty blogger but it has excellent staying power and the intensity of the colour is brilliant. This is the outfit that I wore to uni on Monday, when I had a bit of a revelation.

I’m sorry the images are so poor, it’s dark when I leave the house and when I get home these days so it’s hard to get any decent shots. Plus, we shot them in JPEG rather than RAW so I couldn’t even pull them back much.

Black Satin Vest: Topshop

Leopard Print Pleated Skirt: River Island

Boots: H&M

My black H&M ankle boots have been such a staple item in my wardrobe this autumn, so when Gem Fatale blogged a discount code I took the opportunity to get the tan pair 🙂

So a uni update; one of my modules this semester is called “Creative Entrepreneurship Preparation”  the purpose of this module is to write the proposal of what I will do for my major “Creative Entrepreneurship” module next semester. I’ve been working hard for this module, I’ve pulled together so much research. But I think I had got a bit hung up on the link between “Entrepreneurship” and setting up a business. But it doesn’t have to mean that, so after feeling overwhelmed at the thought of applying for funding for a business that I don’t want to set up; I’ve changed my proposal slightly.

I’ve often talked about my passion for pattern cutting and have been thinking for a long time about pursuing this as a career. I’ve done a lot of research since Monday; primarily using Drapers online (couldn’t be more relieved that I have a student subscription right now) which has enabled me to prove that pattern cutters are highly sought after within the fashion industry. I have made a few phone calls today and have had a couple of exciting conversations with London College of Fashion regarding their Post Graduate Creative Pattern Cutting Certificate. Basically what I am proposing to do next semester is to work on one or two design and manufacturing briefs to expand my portfolio and to apply for the post graduate course. I intend to include fabric print in one of the briefs so that all the research I have already done will not go to waste. I’ve got a lot of things to organise in the next few days but I’m feeling so much calmer and more confident that I am on the right path.

Sixties Vibe…..

I left my job at River Island about 2 months ago now, when I left some of the girls that I worked with had bought me this dress as a leaving present. Isn’t it lovely? I love the little cuffs, they fasten with black buttons. It’s from the Gigi collection, I think it’s my favourite River Island collection; it’s very sixties. Missing my 30% staff discount a little…..sigh.

I wore this outfit to work yesterday and my boss told me I reminded him of Sandie Shaw. Must admit I wasn’t exactly sure who she was. I just looked it up and she was apparantly the original Brit “IT” girl, she looks very cool so I’m rather pleased.

Uni is going ok, had a bit of a moment of clarity on Monday with Multi-Disciplinary Design. Unfortunately one of our group members, Lydia,  had gone home ill. But after talking with the course leader we were much clearer on what we have to do, I think everyone was as overwhelmed as we were. Anyway as I said, we are much happier now; we did some brainstorming and have come up with loads of ideas. Lots of research to get done before we next meet, really looking forward to it though.

The lecture I had to accompany this on Monday afternoon was on Creativity in Business. We spent a lot of time discussing what Creativity is and what drives and what restricts creativity. The general view seemed to be that rules, deadlines and organisation in general restrict creativity. But I disagree to a certain extent, I find it really useful to make lists and things to organise myself and scheduling helps me to get the most out of my time. I think that you have to have some time management and organisational skills to make the most of creativity. What do you think?



Legally Blonde….

Eeeeee so excited to be going to see Legally Blonde the musical with my friend Lucy tonight! We saw it together last summer in London and it was so good that we bought the soundtrack at the show. So when I saw the show was touring the country and coming to Stoke, I just had to get us tickets.

I’ve been doing fun things today, I’ve been and had my hair cut and coloured. I just realised today that I haven’t had anything done to it since May (other than getting my fringe trimmed from time to time) so it’s no surprise that I’ve got bored of it. I didn’t take a photo but the past few times I’ve been into the Oxford Street Topshop, the mannequins have had blonde hair and baby pink fringes. The idea was to put some layers of baby pink through the front but you can barely see it, so I’ve got to go back on Saturday morning for her to add some more sections in.

Top: Topshop

Shorts: River Island

Boots: H&M

Oh and I’ve also been buying new folders and other stationary for uni. I love buying new stationary, it’s like getting a new pencil case before you go back to school when you’re a kid 🙂

One of those days….

Had one of those days today, I’ve been working really hard all summer on a few different things and today I had a “am I doing the right thing” moment. Then my train was 20 minutes late making me miss my bus and so I had to hang around for an hour till the next one! Worst of all as the train was slowing to a stop my suitcase toppled over and I went with it; a proper ground swallow me up moment if ever there was one. One of those things where you would burst out laughing if you saw it happen to anyone but is horrible when it actually happens to you.

Anyways, my boy picked me up from the bus and took me for a drink. After a glass of wine and a chat I’m feeling much happier, although I have a bruise on my shin 😦

This is what I wore on injury day:

Leopard print top: H&M

Skirt: Topshop

Shoes: Irregular Choice



All of my hard work has paid off, I got a distinction for my foundation degree! It’s the equivalent of a first and I’m so so happy and so relieved. I always think that the thing about creative degrees is that your work is so subjective you never quite know how it will be judged. It puts me in a good position for my top-up year to get my honours degree.

So I’ve been a bad blogger lately, I’ve been working long shifts at River Island most days and just haven’t had much time. I’ve also been in a bit of a creative rut since finishing uni and as such my blog has lost a bit of momentum; I just realised I’ve spent way too much time recently looking at the Topshop, River Island etc. websites when I could be designing. My latest issue of Elle magazine had arrived when I got home today with the runway edit, I’m planning on sitting down with a coffee and using it for some inspiration. I needed to just switch my brain off for a while but feel like it’s time to get back to it now.

I haven’t got an outfit post today but look at my new shoes:

I’ve been hunting for a  pair of boat shoes for months and when a girl came into River Island the other day wearing this pair I just had to ask her where they were from. They were from Next and were a complete bargain, I would never have thought of looking in there it’s just not a shop I ever go in usually. Promise I will be blogging more again and being more creative over the next few weeks 🙂