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!
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.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, The Strokes are amazing. If you think otherwise your opinion is invalid.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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!
I've got various clothes-related things to talk to you about today.
The first thing is that I recently made a couple of my own tie-dye t-shirts. I've really been fancying one of Urban Outfitter's tie-dye tops recently but at £30 a go, that's not really something I can afford. Instead I bought a few packets of fabric dye from John Lewis and some cheap t-shirts from Tesco and Primark.
I'm pretty proud of the results. I only dyed two of the 6 or 7 t-shirts I have so there'll be more where that came from. The one on the right was a bit of a gamble as to whether the dye would work on top of the black but it did and I'm extremely happy with it.
The second thing is that I went to a vintage fair on Saturday. I'm a fan of anything vintage so I was pretty excited. I had reason to be. Everything was so beautiful and I wished I wasn't so skint. There was a mix of beautiful old clothes, shoes, accessories and trinkets but also some gorgeous hand-made things, and the best thing was, it was incredibly cheap. Doc Martens for £25 anyone?
A slightly blurry picture from my Instagram of a rack of cosey grandad jumpers.
I bought a pair of Levi shorts at a very respectable £12 and a 'The Strokes' badge for £1 because they're one of my favourite bands.
I also did a bit of high-street shopping after the vintage fair. I've been looking for a denim skater skirt for ages and I finally managed to get one!
Skirt: Topshop - £28
I liked this one because it's quite thick which means it'll keep me warm, and also there's a zip which makes getting in and out of it a lot easier. I reckon this might feature quite a lot in my outfits in the near future.
Ring: Topshop - £7.50
I also bought an eye ring because I've been sorely lacking in quirky little pieces of jewellery lately and we can't have that!