My very first fashion photo shoot

Well… that was just amazing! I had a a great week of work experience last week at Women & Home magazine in the fashion department. On the last day I was given the opportunity to attend one of their reader’s fashion shoots, where four models came in to model four different themes for this summer’s trends. It was in a studio in the heart of Shoreditch, which is a part of London I love and totally different from the bit where I live. Surrounded by stylists, hair and makeup teams as well as the photographer Liz McAulay in action was brilliant and very inspiring. The whole day was so extraordinary for me (someone who had never been on a fashion shoot). Definitely the best week I’ve had in such a long time, working with lovely people and being directed in what I hope will be a possible career path. I’d love to share pics but I can’t until the issue is out in the shops! Anyway, here is my outfit from the day: new casual trousers in black and navy tartan print. They were fab with a cropped black top I already had and some Black sparkly High tops. All from Urban Outfitters, surprise surprise aha.

 

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My trip to Marrakech

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was very fortunate to be taken on a wonderful trip to Marrakech with my family. The overwhelming levels of the way of life there were incredible and indescribable, a sensation only believable once you have experienced it. Involvement in their lifestyle is definitely an experience… I would definitely recommend a taxi ride! Even though you may find a foreign taxi ride a little off putting, I can assure you that the majority of taxis there are legit. Anyway, the taxi rides may have been one of the most exciting parts of my ‘Marrakech adventure’, dare I say. The craziness is surreal! It was just like being on a film-set! In one of my taxis, the speedometer wasn’t working… with the windows down and the radio on full blast (may I mention this was in pitch black), what an experience that was to remember! Don’t let me put you off! This sensation I am talking about is felt in the Medina (the walled city), where Marrakech comes to life. A combination of the contrasting fashion to what is ‘normal’ for much of the world’s population and interior design is significantly recognized. Marrakech, the capital city of Morocco, has a combination of Arab influences and traditional Berber (the people of North Africa). Despite this, a significant and totally unique style is conveyed throughout this fascinating city. The architecture, design and detail let alone the magnificent colours, is something that you simply do not find anywhere else.

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We shopped and browsed in the stunning souks (the market streets and alleyways) which seem secretly hidden away from the more lively open air section of the Medina. It is not the easiest place to shop, as many stalls are repetitive and difficult to find, but incredibly exciting – the pieces of jewellery, specific accessories and traditional Moroccan souvenirs are spectacular to view and possibly buy (that would be after bartering -negotiating down the prices by almost a third!). On my last day I found this beautiful necklace, a silver chain with a stunning silver detailed main piece with warm blue beads and turquoise circular charms. I have photographed it on a tie-dye throw that I bought in Ibiza at one of the hippie markets, Es Cana.

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During my relaxing break from reality, I knew I had to visit the magical garden, Jardin Majorelle. Designed in the 1920s and 30s by the expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle, it remains a popular attraction high today. The garden has been owned by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé since 1980 and Yves Saint Laurent’s ashes were scattered in the Majorelle Garden after his death in 2008. As you can see below, the variety of plants that live in this magical garden is extraordinary. Some come from all over Africa whilst others from Asia.

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A little bit about me…

I’m your typical teenage girl living in London – doing GSCEs and trying not to have a nervous breakdown. Life can be great but sometimes I wish I lived a million miles away . Everybody has something they like to escape to, and for me it’s music and fashion. I love to find new styles in fashion, music and interiors, and to see new places and experience different cultures. I love the opportunity to find new shops, creative designers and edgy locations. I especially love the boho look, and shopping in the hippie markets in Ibiza each summer. Fashion is a huge part of my life as it is for many girls, and I love to follow it. I also love to find new things in myself, such as what my view is on things that come into my life and how I live as a human being.

A few snaps of my bedroom, a place where I have been able to express some of my style:

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Monday muse…..♡

We all have those people  that we look at and think ‘oh God, wow’ and today for me I think I shall dedicate this post to Sienna Miller. Her natural beauty combined with her sheer style completes an outstanding look that always provokes envy in me.

I think what makes her so popular with her followers is that you don’t necessarily see photographs of her dressed in designer. Her casual effort with every-day fashion is what shines and says it all. Effortlessly remarkable at any fashion event, Sienna leaves trails of inspiration and admiration.

Telling Vogue that she had a laid-back approach to grooming including cutting her own hair, Sienna was also described as ”a professional free spirit who, annoyingly, seems to have more fun than anyone else”. Another description was of Sienna having ‘real chic’ and handling fame with a dose of reality.

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David Bowie exhibition at the V&A

David Bowie exhibition at the V&A

The other day I went to see David Bowie is, the exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum with my parents. His music is played a lot at home, and I’ve always been aware of how he used visuals and fashion in his work, so I was excited to see the exhibition.

The exhibition begins in the 1960s and shows the time that he grew up in and how he was influenced by what was around him at the time and how from very early on he was interested in incorporating theatrical aspects to his work.

There are lots of stage costumes here from all periods of his career, with all sorts of influences – some outer space, the clown costume I’ve seen in videos, and lots by Alexander McQueen who’s a favourite of mine.

There are giant record sleeves loads of old photos, and artwork and costumes related to many of the people he collaborated with, and a big room near the end with video of concerts from the 70s and 80s that looked really exciting.

Even being too young to appreciate David Bowie at the time, I found this exhibition fascinating and recommend it to anyone who is into music and visual design.