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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!


The Brownie Guide…

I wore this outfit to work on Tuesday but didn’t get a chance to photograph it as I didn’t get home till late. It seemed a shame to waste a cute outfit so I wore it again today, although I didn’t wear the glasses on Tuesday. I work in an office full of middle aged men and they rarely get my dress sense as it is. It was whilst wearing it at work that I got told I looked like I was in the Brownies! Completely accidental but it does a bit, I had to remind myself of the Brownie Guide Law:

“A Brownie Guide thinks of others before herself and does a good turn every day.”

It’s a pretty good rule to live your life by I’d say, don’t you agree? Oh, and yes I am wearing my H&M boots again…

Blouse: River Island

Skirt: Topshop

Tights: Accessorize

Boots: H&M

Had a good day at uni today, I had to give a presentation this morning on my Creative Entrepreneurship proposal. I felt really happy with how it went, quite difficult to reflect on something when it went so well to be honest. It would have been easier if I’d reached this point sooner so I had more time to pull the proposal together, should be ok though. The only comment my lecturer made was to suggest that I enter the Fashion Fringe competition and use this as part of my work, I’ve had a look at the website since I’ve got home and it looks like a good idea. Feel like it would fit in with what I’m aiming to achieve.

I spent another couple of hours in the print room again today, I feel like I’ve taken some giant leaps forward since last week:

I think because I had thought about the layout and colours etc and done a few sketches of what I wanted to get done. So when I went in there it was just a case of setting up and doing it. Colour mixing is proving a bit tricky, Sue the technician had told me that the inks dry a lot lighter than they look when mixed but it still surprised me just how much lighter. This will come with practice though, I’m still very pleased with the progress I’ve made in such a short space of time. Back in there on Tuesday morning before I head off to London, I’m hoping to try out foiling; I want to try as many different techniques before submitting my proposal on the 16th December.


Stargazer……

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.


Shiny shiny goodness….

Rediscovered my Deena + Ozzy patent gold boots this morning. They are so shiny and pretty, I wore them with fur trimmed socks and I think it looks really cute.

Jacket: New Look

T-Shirt: Topshop

Leggings: River Island

Fur Trimmed Socks: Topshop

Boots: Deena+Ozzy, Urban Outfitters

So I went a little bit gothic with my make up today, as close to dressing up doe Halloween as I got really. I’ve got sweets but secretly hoping we get no trick or treaters so that I can eat them myself! Completely shattered today; I was awake most of the night stressing out about uni and just as I got to sleep, Bracken woke me up by being sick on my bedroom floor. Between the two of us we’ve been feeling really sorry for ourselves this morning. But he seems much better this afternoon, his tails wagging again and I’ve settled on my proposal for my main project. We’re having an early night tonight and we’ll be back on top of the world tomorrow.


Wish I had a Pensieve….

Yes I know that’s not how you spell pensive but I do really mean a Pensieve!!

We had a refresher session on reflective learning on Friday and the “pensieve” in Harry Potter was used as an example:

Dumbledore: “I use the Pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one’s mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one’s leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form.Harry: “You mean… that stuff’s your thoughts?Dumbledore: “Certainly.

Wouldn’t that be a fantastic thing to have?! I quite often feel like I have too many thoughts in my head, it would be fantastic to siphon them off and examine them one by one! This is basically the purpose of keeping a reflective learning journal, but I think visualising it in this way will help my reflective practice in the future.

This was what I wore to said lecture on Friday. I was buying a pair of shoes off the Topshop website, but when I saw this playsuit I couldn’t resist adding it to my basket. The colour is simply exquisite and the cut is really lovely too:

Playsuit: Topshop

Glasses: River Island

Boots: H&M

Oh and my friend Laura did a little doodle of me in my geeky glasses. Cute yes?


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?

 

 


Enrolment Day….

So last week I had to go into uni to enrol onto my final year, I am now officially studying “Entrepreneurship for the Creative and Cultural Industries” or “ECCI” for short! It looks like it’s going to be so different to my Fashion Foundation Degree, I just really hope that it’s what I want it to be. I think I will have to keep a Reflective Learning Journal again so you’ll be kept well up to date with what I’m learning and how it’s going.

Maxi Skirt: Topshop

Scarf: River Island

Denim Jacket: H&M

Ankle Boots: H&M

Vest: Tesco

Looking forward to getting back into it but already missing the summer. I’ve been so busy the past few months and have gained some fantastic experience but really excited to get back into academia, who’d have thought it?

I’m so in love with this maxi skirt from Topshop, I really wanted the maroon coloured one too but there’s only big sizes left on the website. The boots are becoming a bit of a staple at the moment too, they just go with everything and were such a bargain (they were only £14.99). I’m going into town tomorrow so think I may have to see if they still have the tan ones, although the number of pairs of boots in my wardrobe is getting a bit ridic now. What are your autumn staples?