Sunday, 20 July 2014

Summer wardrobe favourites

I'm definitely bad for buying a new piece of clothing or an accessory and becoming obsessed with it and wearing it ALL THE TIME. I don't necessarily think that this is a bad thing however - on the contrary, I hate it when I spend money on something and never get good wear out of it. As long as you accessorise a piece differently, I think you can get a good few months wear out of it before people start wondering if you ever actually wash it. This summer I have a few things that I've barely stopped wearing and appear to create the base of my summer wardrobe. Here are the culprits:

 Dungarees dress:
I actually nicked this little dungarees dress out of my sister's wardrobe because she's had it for months and hasn't touched it. I thought it was simply too good to go untouched for such a long time it has to be surrendered to the stuff-that-was-never-worn-and-is-now-out-of-fashion pile. I think there was actually a week where I wore it four times. It's just so versatile - you can pair it with basically anything you want; a fancy blouse, a baggy vest, a lacy crop top or just a good plain-old white tee (my personal favourite!). The other thing I love about it is that it's really short. 'A bit promiscuous, are we?' I hear you say. Nope, do not fret! My extremely short legs make a lot of dresses look too long, so this little dress is a gem on when I want to look in proportion to my legs (Which is most of the time, so that might explain why I wear this so much ha ha ha.)

Dress: Primark
 THIS. This dress is the absolute holy grail of summer dresses, I'm telling you. It's light, its summery, the colours are fab and the pattern is even more fab. I love the shape, even if it is slightly guilty of making my legs look weird as I mentioned above. But, that's easily fixed my hoisting the dress up a little and putting a thin belt round my waist to keep it in place. I actually also really like the fact it has sleeves because Britain isn't the warmest of places, even in the summer so this means I don't need to take a cardigan or a jumper incase a breeze picks up. AND THE BEST BIT YET... it was an absolute STEAL at £5! That's right. I was so happy with it I went back and bought two more in different patterns. One of them actually has short sleeves but it's the same shape apart from that.

 Shoes: New Look
Every girl in the universe needs a pair of summery heeled sandals. Preferably tan because it goes with everything. I bought these in New Look a few weeks ago for going on holiday. I bought them for about £40 but I believe they're now in the sale for £18 if you'd like to get your hands on them (Damn you, New Look!). They're real leather which is so so soft and they're comfy and easy to walk in. Not to mention they look good with literally everything.

Belt: New Look
Ok, this one's maybe technically cheating a little bit because this would probably appear in my Spring, Autumn and Winter favourites too but what the hey. This belt is probably one of the biggest staples in my wardrobe. It goes with anything and everything and I can wear it as a hip or a waist belt. I'll usually pair it with high waisted shorts or jeans but sometimes I like wearing it as a wasist belt with a dress. It's pretty, practical and comfy and I don't know what I'd do without it. It's also the second tan item on my list because I love tan (my boyfriend brought this to my realisation when he pointed out that I was wearing a tan belt, bag and shoes, and mentioned how I never seem to be parted from at least one of my tan belt, bag or shoes.) so that's maybe another reason I love this so much.

So. Which of these are your favourites? What are your summer wardrobe favourites?


Friday, 18 July 2014

Denim skirts, daisy wreaths and festival talk

Skirt: Tesco (high fashion :) )
Daisy wreath: Primark
Midi rings: Topshop
Bigger rings: New Look

I've been totally in love with this daisy hair band wreath thingy. When I bought it I wasn't really sure whether it was meant to be a bracelet or a hairband but it's stretchy and waaay too big for my tiny baby wrist so I've been wearing it round my bun for the last like, three months. I actually originally bought it to cut up and wear as separate flowers in my hair for my prom but I liked it so much I didn't bother. I'm going to Leeds festival next month so I'll definitely be taking it with me to wear over the tangled mess my hair will be.

I find that at festivals my hair doesn't get greasy as such, it more just tangles up into one big dread-lock no matter how much I wash it. I sometimes go for more than a week at home without washing my hair because it just doesn't get greasy, so four days will be a breeze on the grease front. 

Last year I went to T in the Park and had a ticket for the 'refresh' tent - basically a block of flushing toilets, showers, a hair-washing station, a big tent full of free hair and make-up products and, probably the best thing, a manicure station. It sort of takes away from the idea of a festival, being clean with washed hair but everyone is pretty grateful for it when they've had a big cup of pee chucked over them. I actually didn't bother showering the whole weekend (ha ha ha) but I did get my hair washed - something I came to regret immediately because the woman just chucked the conditioner in and didn't bother sorting out the tangles which only made my hair 100x worse than it already was.

However, there's none of those luxuries at Leeds (or I don't think there is, anyone been?) so I'll be surviving on portaloos - yaaaay! I've heard there's showers but I don't know whether or not I'll bother. 

I feel like this post is getting quite long so I think I'll cut it short here but I have a lot more festival-related stuff to rant about so I might do another post about it closer to the time I'm going!

Do you like festivals? Have you ever been to Leeds fest?


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Burgundy velvet and recycled wardrobes

I've had the house all to myself this week because my family have jetted off to Turkey without me (cheeky!). It's been kind of nice though. I've had free roam of anything and everything - the tv, the fridge, the best armchair in the house and, crucial to this blog post, my mum's wardrobe.

I'm one of those lucky people who live in a family where everyone's roughly the same size (short with stubby legs and long torsos :( ) and so I basically have three wardrobes. My mum, my sister and I tend to interchange our clothes a lot of the time and I'm lucky in the sense that my mum has - or at least had, back in the day - a pretty good sense of fashion. She's one of these people who refuses to throw things out in the hope that they'll come back into fashion in ten years time and, thankfully for me, she seems to have a pretty good eye for it. This week I've been rummaging through the deepest, darkest depths and picking out some really lovely things, amongst them this fitted, velvet-feel burgundy skirt.

I wore it to my friend's 18th along with this black and white crop top I bought from H&M for £3.99 and a pair of brown leather sandal heels from New Look. I also paired it with some fairly dark lipstick to try and make it a bit matchy-matchy because who doesn't love matching clothes and makeup?!

Do you recycle your mum's clothes from back in the day?


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Procrastination at its highest

Dress: TKK Maxx
Shirt: Primark
Boots: New Look
Necklace: a gift
Watch: Urban Outfitters
Beaded bracelet: Homemade
 Dice Bracelet: Charity shop

This morning has been spent making smoothies. Very productive revision for the exam I have tomorrow, huh? This one is really simple. All that's in it is some ice-cubes, a pot of vanilla yoghurt and a handful of raspberries. I just used a hand blender as I seem to have lost my smoothie maker (how do you lose something that big?) and sprinkled another little handful of raspberries on the top. Honestly, it tastes like heaven. It's nice and cool because of the ice and the yoghurt adds thickness which is a handy trick if, like me, you don't like banana which so many people seem to think is the only way to add texture to a smoothie. I never believe the "you can't even taste the banana!" because I can smell it from a mile off and even the smell makes me feel a bit queasy. I think smoothies are really good brain food and also, they taste like they should be unhealthy, when really you're drinking a big cup of health. I love them!

This is actually yesterday's outfit and I will apologise now for the very vacant looking face. I'm a fan of looking happy in photos but it apparently itdidn't work here? I don't know?

What are your favourite smoothies? (preferably no bananas!)

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Snap it

Recently I've just been feeling the urge to take my camera everywhere with me. Sometimes I don't use it at all and it stays in my bag, other times I have it hanging round my neck with my eye glued to the viewfinder. I don't know, some days I just feel in the mood and others I don't. 

I went through a phase a while ago where I was obsessed with looking at other photographers' work and spent hours on the internet (Hedi Slimane I love you!) looking for new photographers to obsess over. I kind of stopped as I started applying for uni and stuff (more on that situation another time) as I was just so busy but I've really got back into it the last couple of weeks. I've always been a fan of black and white. I feel like it just strips a photograph down to the bare necessities and it really lets you focus on the subject. Someone I came across and instantly fell in love with was Lee Jeffries who photographs homeless people in London and his photography really is absolutely compelling. If you take anything at all away from this post, please let it be a love for Lee Jeffries that is as strong as mine!

Anyway, I've also been looking at a lot of street photography and it got me thinking. The concept of it is so interesting. I decided I would really have to give it a go which I guess is where the need to carry my camera everywhere has emerged from. I love photographing people, I just feel like humans are so interesting and we totally take them for granted. Like, seriously, I think humans are an art-form, especially when it comes to photography. I really still find this street malarkey quite a daunting thing, however - I think it takes a lot of courage to photograph complete strangers so, unlike my new best friend Mr Jeffries, I've tended to keep my distance from people, at least for now. 

In fact, I quite often just get my camera out and photograph my friends when they're not looking. I think that's the best way to create something beautiful - when someone doesn't know they're being recorded so they act completely naturally. I think more and more I'm realising that that's something I really like doing; photographing people when they're not paying attention. That as well as just completely messing about and catching people being silly and happy.

So this is what I've been up to. I think my favourite shot is this one in Starbucks of one of my bestfriends, Detta, who you'll see features a lot in my photography:

What do you think? Do you have any suggestions for my next photographer crush?

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 monochrome

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

Sunday, 16 June 2013

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

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