Sunday, 31 October 2010

fade to black

Again, I'm so sorry for being a crap blogger at the moment. I feel like I should also apologise for apologising so much as it seems to be something I've done now at the start of every post, but still, I am very sorry! I was meant to post this outfit on Friday but just didn't get round to it and then my family came up to Newcastle for a couple of days so I've been busy shopping, spending time with my sister and eating a bit too much! As they were staying for the weekend I thought it would be fun for my sister to stay in my room while my parents stayed at a hotel nearby, so she could experience a bit of the student lifestyle, even though she's quite a few years off it yet, and also just have a bit of a laugh and eat lots of junk food without mum and dad telling us off haha! As it turned out we weren't very good at the whole pigging out thing as I'd cooked us some enchiladas on Saturday night that we had with some other Tex Mex based snacks but we were so full we had to throw a lot of it away! I absolutely hate wasting food so it was possibly the hardest thing ever to have to throw away what I'd so lovingly made!

Anyway, as I said this outfit was from Friday, it's not the most interesting thing I've worn but I had to rush out to uni on at 9am to finish off a sample I'd been doing in our Garment Construction module and I didn't have much time to come up with anything more creative. So I just threw on my black maxi skirt with my favourite faded old Metallica tee and my shearling trim denim jacket. I also had straight hair because I basically couldn't be bothered to curl it!


 
Tee - Metallica
Skirt - Matalan
Jacket - Primark
Belt - Urban Outfitters
Necklace - ASOS

P.S. Am I the only one who isn't all that bothered about Halloween?? Still, happy halloween to those of you who are!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

love, love, love!

Apologies for the pretty sporadic posting of late, uni life is really getting in the way of blogging but I'm doing my best! This outfit was from Wednesday, which is my day of lectures, and I decided to wear my Luella t-shirt that I've had for a couple of years now that has yet to be seen on this blog. I don't know if any of you will recognise it at all but it was from the Autumn/Winter 2007 show and can actually be seen in this look here. I'd bought it on the Luella website when it was on sale, although I can't for the life of me remember how much it was, I could take a guess but it would probably be wrong, so lets just say it was considerably discounted! It was the start of my little collection of Luella pieces which includes this bag, a dress similar to this one but longer and in black and a shirt similar to this one but in black and white polkadots, all of which I've bought at outlet stores or on sale, because I could never afford the normal retail prices!

I've kind of been in love with Luella ever since her Spring/Summer 2007 show with all the cute graphic prints and that quintessential British, girly-meets-punky kind of style that she became so famous for. And you can probably imagine how bummed out I was when she ceased trading during the recession last year, so I like to think the Luella pieces I have are a sort of investment and might be worth something more in the years to come! I would also very much like her book to add to my collection as well, so mum if you're reading this, that's one less Xmas present you have to think of! ;)

T-Shirt - Luella
Shorts - Next
Jacket - Urban Outfitters
Belt - Urban Outfitters
Necklace - ASOS

I went with a bit of a Luella-esque look, which was a mix between girly and military, by pairing my tee with floral print shorts and my new army jacket. I got this on sale from Urban Outfitters the other week and I love it so much! However it's not the warmest of jackets and it's suddenly got super cold up here in Newcastle so I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to be able to wear it! I think my faux fur is going to be my coat of choice for the next few months to be honest!

P.S. Today, we discovered that there are maggots behind the cooker in our kitchen. Both dead and alive. So I have been slightly freaking out all day. I don't get why they're there because we keep the kitchen really clean?! And we can't get it sorted out until Monday as maintenance aren't available until then! It's the halls' fault anyway because they didn't even bother cleaning and filling the gap in the floor before we all moved in and now we have to live with maggots! It actually makes me feel really quite ill!

Monday, 18 October 2010

fantasy fur

As I mentioned in my previous post I went home this weekend and had the loveliest time.  I spent Friday and Saturday just sat around watching our new TV, eating ice cream (Ben & Jerrys obviously), playing the Wii with my sister (Just Dance 2 is definitely worth having a go at, so much fun and such good exercise!) as well as getting to sleep again in my lovely double bed! Gosh I missed it! Then on Sunday I had to pry myself out of bed and travel back over to Newcastle and this outfit was from then. These pictures were actually taken in Newcastle by my mum outside the Laing Art Gallery, which I have yet to have a look round even though I live about 5 minutes away from it!

Anyway I'm wearing my amazing faux fur coat that I had mentioned briefly in this post here, which I got at a vintage fair last month in Harrogate for a bargainous £19! This has probably got to be the best £19 I've ever spent as this coat is completely perfect. Its just the right shade of brown,  not too dark and not too light, while being the perfect oversized shape with perfect length bracelet sleeves. Not only that it is so warm and comfy, it's going to be an absolute essential over winter! Although I've worn it a considerable number of times so far I haven't actually worn it in an outfit on this blog yet, but I suppose its better late than never!

I decided to wear it in quite a vintage-y but also grungy sort of way yesterday, so I paired it with my nude, zip-detail slip dress from Topshop as well as a pair of biker style boots. This is another item which has yet to appear on my blog, even though I've had these for probably around 2 years! Weirdly enough I'd actually bought these boots for a halloween party so that I could dress up as Alice in Resident Evil, where I wore said biker boots with a red silky midi length nightie I got in the market that I customized to have an asymmetric hem. It wasn't exactly my best work but I suppose I did kind of look like her, even though I always had to inform people of who I was dressed up as! Is it just me, or is that the most annoying thing about fancy dress? If you're ever at all orginal in any way, no one ever has a clue who you're supposed to be and you end up just getting a load of funny looks! Anyway, I digress. I haven't actually worn these boots since then as I felt like they made my legs look fatter than usual so I steered clear of them, but then I started seeing other people wearing biker boots with pretty dresses and skirts and I just wanted to give them another go. So, here they are! I'm still looking at getting perhaps a cheap-ish ankle length pair, but these will do for now!


Coat - Vintage
Dress - Topshop
Bag - ASOS
Necklace - ASOS
Boots - Debenhams

Thursday, 14 October 2010

something old & something (kind of) new

I think I have only ever worn trousers in an outfit post once before on this blog (which was in March here) I suppose it's actually quite an accurate representation of the frequency of which I wear trousers/jeans because I just don't find them as comfy or flattering as dresses and skirts. However I do wear them on the odd occasion and the other day I finally pulled out these khaki peg/harem hybrid trousers I got from a New Look sale probably about 4 or 5 months ago, which I was yet to wear. My reason for not having worn them yet was that, at the time, they were a bit tight on my legs so I was going to lose some weight before I wore them. And although I'm pretty sure I'm the same size now as I was then, they actually seem to fit really well now, so I thought I should really start wearing them more!

Anyway, I decided to pair them with my trusty cable knit jumper which I sort of tucked in at the front and then left untucked at the back, to get a bit of that dipped hem effect I love so much. I also love the fact that this jumper was free off my mum considering a similar style is £48 in Topshop! Having said that I've seen plenty of these sorts of jumpers in various vintage shops, there must have been at least a dozen in Blue Rinse in Leeds when I was there last! Anyway, I then also paired this look with my leather jacket and usual accessories to kind of give it a bit more of a grungy edge, because although I love the muted colour combination, I definitely needed to throw in a bit of black as well!


Jumper - Vintage (mum's)
Trousers - New Look
Jacket - River Island
Belt - Topshop
Boots - Urban Outfitters

Right now I'm really looking forward to going home for the weekend tomorrow as we have a new TV that I really want to check out and I've also really missed playing on the Wii, which is kinda sad but, oh well! I will also hopefully get out of the house at some point and get some pictures that aren't taken in my badly-lit room at uni and then I will also be able to pick up the things I've bought online this past week (namely three new dresses, an army jacket and a replacement for my ASOS cross necklace which broke the other day!) I know that I really should be living on a budget now I'm at uni but all the mid-season sales are just wayyy too tempting!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

repeated

Yesterday's outfit was a similar combination to the first outfit in my last post. I wore my new Primark jacket again paired with another floral dress, this time one from ASOS that I bought in the sale last week which my parents brought up for me when they visited at the weekend. I absolutely love this dress, the shape and print are lovely and I completely ADORE the dipped hem at the back. As some of you may have noticed I have actually developed a bit of a thing for dipped hems (some examples here and here) but this one is definitely my favourite one yet. The shape is just perfect, it has lovely, slightly frilly sleeves as well as a cute cut out detail at the back which I unfortunately forgot to photograph, but it's such a gorgeous, comfy dress that I felt really good in, which is the most important part really!

Dress - ASOS
Jacket - Primark
Belt - Urban Outfitters
Necklace - ASOS
Bag - Luella

Anyway, I'm much happier with my photos this week and I think I am definitely going to stick to using Photoshop to edit them next to each other like this, as well as just generally improve the colour/get rid of my university-lifestyle-induced dark rings beneath my eyes as well haha!

Also, just wanted to say great big hello to all my lovely new followers and everyone who has been commenting, you guys really make my day and I'm so glad that you're all enjoying my posts! Expect another outfit tomorrow as well as hopefully a few photos of some things I've been doing in class soon!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

hours

There is literally not enough time in the day for everything I need to do! Every time I've tried to post this past week something or other has got in the way, whether its been trying to do uni work or just generally not feeling in the right mood to write a post, something has always got in my way, and I am so sorry for that! It also doesn't help that I'm feeling pretty uninspired right now, doing work seems to be a real uphill struggle and when I'm trying to keep up with everything else thats going on as well, it just gets sooo hard to do anything! I also think my blog needs a bit of a revamp too, in terms of layout as well as photography as I'm still finding it pretty hard to get decent outfit photos, again my lack of feeling inspired is also affecting this too sadly!

Anyway enough of the complaints though as I have a couple of sets of outfit photos from the past week which I thought I'd just post even though I'm really not happy with the quality/composition of the photos. I'm trying a bit of a different format with them in putting them next to each other though, so please let me know what you think!

This was just a quick outfit I put together last Sunday, I recently bought the shearling trim denim jacket from Primark and I thought it would go quite well with my floral sundress from Topshop.

Dress - Topshop
Jacket - Primark
Belt - Urban Outfitters
Necklace - ASOS

Then this outfit was from Wednesday and it was kind of inspired by some of the looks in my last post. I wanted to wear one of my maxi skirts belted at the waist and this grey Dorothy Perkins one was the best for that. I then just wore it quite simply with a plain black vest top and my leather jacket. I think this outfit would be just that little bit better if I had a black bustier/bralet style top to pair it with, but I have not had much luck so far in finding one in black thats not too expensive, so the search shall continue!

Vest - ASOS
Skirt - Dorothy Perkins
Jacket - River Island
Belt - Urban Outfitters
Necklace - ASOS

I will hopefully also post some shots of work I've done in the past couple of weeks (mainly moulage or draping on the stand to those of you who aren't clued up in design vocab!) later today/tomorrow as well as some other general shots maybe, so watch this space!

Friday, 1 October 2010

want/need

I am currently desperate for a long skirt. Not your usual jersey fitted type or a hippy, tiered type but one of those long, high-waisted slightly 50's style skirts in a sightly sheer fabric that drapes and swishes in all the right places. Here are few looks that I absolutely love involving said skirt in some form or another.



I've seen that Zara have a few of these skirts in at the moment like this one, but I'm just not sure any of them are perfect enough to warrant spending £30-£40 on. There is also the amazing American Apparel one but at £52 that really is a no-go. I'm hoping I will one day just happen upon one in a vintage/charity shop for a few pounds but until then I think I'll have to do without. Same for aviator jackets, until I find a reasonably priced, preferably vintage one somewhere I think I'm just going to have to steer clear for now. Is there a gorgeous A/W piece you're desperate for right now but just can't find at a reasonable price?