Friday, 21 February 2014

University and portfolios and... stuff

So I'm applying for university this year and you know what? That scares me. A lot. I'm one of these people who seriously struggles when it comes to change. It makes me feel overwhelmed and slightly lost and I always need some things that are constant in my life at all times. That's why the thought of leaving home and going to university injects fear directly into my soul. Everything changes. 

Having said that, I've found the process of applying actually fairly enjoyable. Don't get me wrong, it's been one of the most stressful things I've ever done but because I'm applying for art college a lot of the process involves creating a portfolio and spending time doing one of the things I love most - all things creative. I've spent so much time over the past few months drawing, designing, painting, sewing, making models and taking photographs which I suppose is part of the reason why this blog has been so neglected. Anyway, I'm applying for all fashion-related courses so I figured some of the stuff I've done might be good to share on here.

One of my most favourite things was a kind of out-and-about fashion shoot in which I asked one of my best friends to model for me and manipulated her into all sorts of weird places.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Chiffon blouses and ukuleles

Trousers: New Look
Top: Blouse: Primark
Watch: Argos

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Satchels, day dresses and vintage shopping (picture heavy!)

OOTD:
Dress: Pie in the Sky
Shirt: Primark
Shoes: New Look
Watch: Argos
Bracelets: Various
 
Yesterday I went to a fashion show at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh. It was only a small one with a few designs which were all very good. The themes were pretty interesting, for example medieval and futuristic. I'm hoping to do some sort of design or art at university eventually so it was helpful to see the designs.

Being a pretty small fashion show, we kind of over-estimated the length of it so my friend and I had a lot of time to kill afterwards. We decided to head up to one of our favourite shops - Pie in the Sky (which is where I got my dress!). I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure Pie in the Sky is exclusive to Edinburgh. It's this really nice little shop with so many absolutely amazing things you  could never get in high street shops. It also has a really good vintage bit with levi shorts and knitted jumpers and silk vintage scarves etc.

I ended up taking about 10 things in to try on and eventually decided on 3 which completely cleared me out of money!
 T-shirt: £15.99
The Harry Potter fans among you will recognise the sign of the Deathly Hallows. As a pretty big fan myself, I had to buy it. I've been looking for one for a while so I almost screamed when I saw it. It's absolutely huge but it's great with leggings or high waisted shorts.
 T-shirt: £17.99
I've said it before and I'll say it again, The Strokes are amazing. If you think otherwise your opinion is invalid.
Dress: £20
I loved the mesh and the studs and just... everything about this dress and for £20 it kinda seemed like a crime not to buy it. I just need something to wear it to!

After that we walked a bit further up Cockburn Street - which is where Pie in the Sky is - because there's loads of other little shops that hardly anyone knows about in which we are basically the regulars! We went into a couple of vintage boutiques which were lovely and then we went to Who's Who, where we saw a collection of ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL satchels and I cried because I'd spent all my money already. I will be saving.
The main atrium in the Chamber Street Museum

x

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

How to: winged eyeshadow

 I love doing my eyeshadow like this. Not only does it look good for parties or whatever, it's also super easy.

What you'll need:
Black eyeshadow.
I used the black eyeshadow on the top right
 Some form of shimmery white or pale pink eyeshadow. I used the pale pink in the middle of the bottom row.
 An eyeliner pencil - mine is a rimmel one which I don't know the actual name of
Mascara - Mine is Rimmel Sexy Crves in intense black
Liquid eyeliner (optional) - Mine is 2 True waterproof eyeliner

1. Dust your top lid and tear duct with your shimmery eyeshadow.

2. Use your eyeliner pencil to line your bottom eyelid, only going about half way along. Draw a dot next to your eye where you want your wing to come to a point.

3. Still using your eyeliner pencil, draw a line from the corner of your eyelid to the dot and then up to the crease of your eye. If you don't have a crease just guess where it would be or decide how high you want the eyeshadow to come up.

4. Starting in the outline you just drew use your black eyeshadow to fill in about half of your eyelid. Use your finger to blend the black into the shimmery white/pale pink

5. Use your black eyeshadow to darken in your crease and then - if you want - line your upper eyelid with the liquid eyeliner.

6. Finish with some mascara.


Monday, 13 May 2013

Tie-dye: round 2

Since my last tie dye post ( Tie-dye ), I've had another go at doing some more of my own tie dye. These are just a couple of the few I've done as the others didn't work so well. As it turns out, pink and purple is the best colour combo. In the pictures, both items are still a bit wet and crinkled but once they're dried and washed they'll be ready to wear. I am absolutely in love with the jumper. Especially since Urban Outfitters are selling virtually the same thing ( for example here  and here ) for £25+. I prefer the ones I've made myself anyway. It's nice when someone says "where did you get that?" and you can say that you put in the effort and made it yourself for a fraction of the price. The t-shirt cost me £2 from Primark and the jumper cost me about £10 from H&M. The dye itself costs around £2 per pack, so overall I definitely got my money's worth!

What do you think?
x

Friday, 10 May 2013

Freckles, levi's and sunglasses


Jumper:H&M
Shorts:Vintage fair
Shoes:Amazon
Sunglasses:H&M
Badge:Vintage fair
Eye ring:Topshop
Silver ring:Unknown (sorry!)

Long time, no see huh? Oh well, sorry. 

Last Monday and Tuesday were absolutely beautiful here. It was really sunny so I sat outside all day and did revision (I'm on exam leave). I actually ended up quite badly burning my shoulders which I wasn't expecting in May in Scotland. The sun has also given me about 600 new freckles and has made them go really dark. I don't mind my freckles though, like a lot of people who have them seem to!

The jumper you see here has since been tie-dyed along with three or four other t-shirts. I could not be happier with it and plan on posting about it tomorrow.

What do you think?
x

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Tie-dye


T-shirts: homemade
Why am I wearing a different tie-dye t-shirt in every picture, you may ask. Good question. The answer is slightly complicated. 

One of my very best friends is going to Malaysia to volunteer in an elephant sanctuary next year and to raise funds for her trip has started making her own tie-dye t-shirts and is going to sell them at school. Obviously no good business gets off the ground without advertising so she asked me and a couple of other friends to model some of her t-shirts so she can make posters. These are just some of the results.

We got some very strange looks walking through town all dressed in tie-day and changing t-shirts at various points. However, it was a lot of fun and we got some really good photos. 

At the moment we're just selling them at school but at some point we might put them on the internet and I'll be sure to post the link if that happens!

x


Sunday, 31 March 2013

Denim skirts, studded collars and ukuleles

Skirt: Topshop
Top: Urban Outfitters
Denim shirt: Amazon

Happy Easter! 
:)x