I’m in the middle of A levels at the moment, and although it’s hard work, I’m enjoying my subjects – Fashion, History, and History of Art. I also chose to do an EPQ (Extended project Qualification) and for this I’m making a short film, on street style clothing. Part of the fun was the research I’m doing into classic Hip Hop culture, the clothes and the environments that created the style. Continue reading
You Say You Want A Revolution is a major exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. The subtitle is “Records and Rebels 1966-1970” and the exhibition is about the way music and young people rebelled against the way society and governments expected them to be. As someone very interested in the Hippy styles, obviously I was looking forward to this and I’m pleased to say it didn’t disappoint me. Continue reading
Recently I was really lucky to be offered a few days’ work experience, working for the Head of Fashion at Stylus. Stylus are a company that analyses how consumer lifestyle trends impact product design and consumer engagement across industries. So they watch what the public are doing, what their influences are, and then predict what they’ll be interested in. That way, companies have a better chance of their products being popular if they’ve been developed with some of this research.
The fashion department were analysing sportswear as part of high-street fashion, so I helped out with this research and helped put mood boards together. I also attended a meeting with ASOS executives, talking about what brands would be popular on ASOS going forward and why, and how to position those brands.
It was a really fascinating few days with lots of very clever people, showing me just how much goes on behind the scenes in fashion that the general public have no idea about. Also, it was eye-opening to see how many different really interesting careers there are in fashion that initially you wouldn’t expect.
Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty is a retrospective of the fashion designer’s work at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
I was lucky to get to see this. It is a transfer of an original exhibition that took place at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in the summer of 2011, and represents every collection of Alexander McQueen’s career. Continue reading
With my birthday money, I purchased a new coat for the upcoming winter. I knew I wanted a boyfriend style coat and one that is totally different from any other coat I’d seen before. When I walked past this lilac coat on the rails in Topshop, I’ll admit, I tried it on for a bit of a laugh. But when I looked in the mirror I kinda fell in love with it. I absolutely adore the colour anyway, and the fact I had found my dream coat in my favourite colour made me 100% sure I had to buy it. It’s so cosy, I love the wool-ly look about it, and the silk inner layer. I also love the casual pockets that are the perfect size to have my phone in and for it not to fall out.
Here, I am pictured next to one of my best friends in her recently purchased boyfriend/blazer styled coat. Hers is from Zara. The colour completely suits her as well as the style.
Despite the terrible quality of these pictures, I was unexpectedly however positvely surprised by the turn out of my lace mask, considering it was my first attempt. It was very popular amongst people at the party I attended. I coated it with silver glitter, to match the Chanel eye makeup I went for. I will definitely use this technique in the future.
For the steps to create your own lace mask, take a look at my last post.
Another technique I am dying to try out is the lace mask. If you are going for a more delicate or subdued look then this costume is perfect. It’s an alternative way of expressing individuality and creativity. All you need is a piece of lace and eye-shadow. A perfect piece of lace would be with an open pattern to allow the design to be as defined and bold as possible however still delicate and detailed. Apply your foundation as normal. Then, use setting powder over the areas you want your lace to be to make-sure your lace mask stays perfect throughout the whole night. After putting the lace into place, use a brush to start spreading the eye shadow over the lace. Apply glitter over the design with a powder brush carefully. Continue with any other eye/lip makeup.
The older you get, you either love dressing up for Halloween even more than you did as a child or much less than you did as a child. For me, I’m kind of somewhere in the middle. I no longer want to dress up as a witch with an ugly nose, a cat to follow me around and with a long black wig itching my head to pieces, a deadly angel staring out of the window at terrified little kids or a zombie with flappy skin and blood trickling down the majority of my face (these were my favourite dress-ups I ever pulled off for Halloween). So for those of you who want to make the effort but don’t fancy dressing up to look like you’ve just woken from the dead then, like me, why not take the opportunity to try and advance your make-up skills? I already love glitter and how beautiful it is when applied as makeup. It’s something that I’ll buy loads of for music festivals I am yet to go to and all sorts of adventures life has yet to bring me. Halloween is all about expressing your creative side, even if you avoid the traditional horror character. I don’t think there’s a better way of expressing yourself than covering half your face in glitter! Glitter has been incorporated into many high fashion brands this year including trending on Chanel’s runway as it blended into one of the fashion statements of the year – the cat eye. Going as a cat for Halloween is a very popular option, so change your look up a bit by adding glitter under your eye.
Different colours compliment different eye and skin tones. If you have blue or green eyes, then try out silver, gold, turquoise and pinky/purple glitter. If you have darker eyes, then gold, red and bronze will definitely bring out your eyes.
Topshop sell all sorts of glitter and eye makeup products. Take a look at their eye makeup section.
I have recently fallen in love with moonstone jewellery. I love the transparency and the mysteriousness of the stone, particularly if it is surrounded by a slightly irregular shape. I love how the name conjures images of the moon glowing at night. They possess a mysterious shimmer which alters in different light. The Romans believed it was born from solidified rays of the moon. In India, one of the countries of origin, the moonstone is regarded as a holy, magical gemstone. They also are believed to bring the wearer beautiful dreams at night.
Moonstones can be incorporated into all types of jewellery, not just rings. However, the rings appeal more to me, simply because of their unique detail that sits around the moonstone. I love how each ring tells a different story.
Moonstone is a sodium potassium aluminium silicate.
There are many shops that you purchase one of these beauties. All of the rings below are from one of my favourite jewellery providers shopdixi. They too sell all kinds of jewellery with all kinds of stones.
Shopping is one of my favourite hobbies, but it’s not as enjoyable when you can’t spend all you want. When you can get anything you lay your eyes on for £1, why not go a bit mad?
East London is one of the best places I like to shop for anything out of the ordinary. Yesterday morning, two friends and I made our way over to a vintage sale where nothing was more expensive than £1. It was the perfect shopping experience that is nothing like anything in south-west London, especially during revision for our science GCSE!
The first thing I found whilst rummaging through the heavy rails of clothing was a pretty blue/purple jumper with the typical winter Aztec pattern. It jumped out to me whilst hanging next to a few white and creamy coloured knits.
I just love these pairs of trousers. They are nothing like anything I have and are perfect for a lazy day at home or an outfit on the beach.