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.
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:
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!
Hi everyone! August has been a really crazy month for me, I had a few weeks working 3 different jobs and I’ve ended up neglecting my blog. But here I am, back for good. I’ve left my retail job at River Island and gone back to working in the office that I used to work in before going to uni. I haven’t given up on uni, I’m just doing the office job 2 days a week so I’ll still be able to fit it around my uni timetable. But it’s better money and better hours.
Anyway on with a quick outfit post, I went to see my friend Emily in Stafford the other day. It was the first time I’d seen her properly in a long time as she’s been of doing a work placement in London. My hair is in desperate need of some attention and so I seem to be tying it in a top-knot quite a lot this week!
T-Shirt: American Eagles
Maxi Skirt: Topshop
Denim Jacket: H&M
Boots: River Island
I’ve had gel nails put on recently and finding that nail varnish lasts much longer on them, so I’ve been having some fun doing nail art. Check out my bondage style nails I did this week with Barry M in Bright Yellow and my Models Own Nail Art Pen:
My amazing ring in the picture is a recent purchase from ASOS, I just couldn’t resist it. Fierce or what?!
Like so many bloggers out there, I made the most of the Models Own fifty percent sale recently. I couldn’t resist sharing my little haul with you, I was very excited when this beautiful box arrived in the post:
It took me forever to choose which colours I wanted but in the end I went for: Bronze Rage, Gold Rush, Bubblegum, Coral Reef, Orange Sherbet and Grace Green. I also bought a Neon Blue eye paint, Blackberry Lipstick and lip brush. So far I’m really pleased with the quality of the nailvarnishes, the colours go on really nicely and dry quickly too.
I’ve been desperately searching for a pair of palazzo pants for about 6 months now, being above average height and with a very small waist has made it very difficult! They’ve either been swinging around above my ankles or literally falling off me. So I never bothered to even try this pair on when they came into our store a couple of months back, I loved them but all the other River Island ones I’d tried hadn’t fitted at all. But they went into the sale and there was a size 6 and to my delight they fit like a glove. I had been wearing them with a cream blazer but the weather was so beautiful that I didn’t need it:
Palazzo Pants: River Island
Glasses: River Island
I feel a bit like an extra from Grease in this outfit!! I wanted to wear my pleated skirt but make it a bit more casual than when I wore it with my Chanel style blouse, I think it works quite well. What do you think?
Pleated Skirt: ASOS
T-shirt: New Look
Frilly Socks: American Apparel
Pumps: New Look
Just a short post really, I’ve been working on the pattern and now the toile of the ruffle skirt of the second womenswear dress. It’s going well I think, but is going to use approximately 5 meters of fabric!!! I’m hoping to get the toile finished tomorrow and then I’ll be able to evaluate it properly.
I did have a minor melt down last night, panicking about how long I have left to produce 6 outfits! But after work today I sat down in a coffee shop and made myself a nice little timetable for the next few days; doing this always calms me down as it helps me to see how to actually make things achievable. The most important thing I need to do is work out my fabric meterages so that I can purchase everything when I go to London on Monday.
The sun has been shining again today 🙂 we even took my photograph outside at 6pm and the sun was still shining. Winter is finally on the way out, yay!! Not quite warm enough for no coat yet though.
So I had my interview today, I was very nervous. I hope that it went ok, I said as much as I could to sell myself to them! But they didn’t give anything away and it could be up to 2 weeks before I even find out if I’ve got on the course. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
The number tights gave out today, this is the problem with sheer tights. They cost me £10 and I’ve only worn them 3 times before making a hole in them. Check out my nails too, I did them last night to try to distract me from my interview. Pretty cute though eh?
Parka: Miss Selfridge
Boots: River Island
Nail Varnish: Barry M Mint Green, Barry M Pale Pink, Models Own Black Nail Art Pen and Max Factor 704
“Have you seen Coco?” My outfit today made me feel like Coco Chanel; very monochrome and sleek, even my nails! I bought the blouse in Birmingham from Topshop a couple of weeks ago but didn’t have anything to go with it, then I saw this beauty on ASOS with 20% student discount and free next day delivery: Perfect!! The purchase of the skirt could be justified because I wanted to have a close look at the pleating effect; what type of pleats, how wide they were and how much this increased the volume of fabric. The blouse on the other hand was just naughty, I tried it on and it just looked so 1920s: it was love at first site. Oooh, when I just went on the Topshop website to find the link to my blouse, I saw sooo many other lovely blouses that I want!! I wore my Irregular Choice shoes for the first time this year today; I love them, they aren’t very comfortable but they are worth it! They’re quite Gaga-esque don’t you think?
P.S. I’m totally going to have to watch Coco before Chanel again this week!!!
Shoes: Irregular Choice
Anyway, this morning I had my Start Up Planning and Promotion module. I was looking forward to showing Lindsay my business plan so that I could get on to the next part of this module, unfortunately technology failed me this morning and the library computer wouldn’t open the file on my USB. So now I have to wait until next week because she wants a paper copy. But, she did give me some handouts on things the plan should include; I have covered 99% of it but need some info on registering as a sole trader, VAT (although my forecast doesn’t predict I would earn enough in year 1 to pay VAT) and Health and Safety. I’m not sure that this stuff is actually relevent to go into the business plan but will at least need to go into my research file.