16 April 2014

Black & White Sunset on the Pier

   So I'm back down to Falmouth, 3rd term, 2nd year. I spent the past month doing photoshoots for my previous design work, of which I hope to publish soon! But for now, third term could not have started better, with the sun shining bright & the beach only a few minutes walk away! My black & white dress is  a favourite of mine at the moment, it's bold, fitted & backless, but best of all is the quality & cut of the garment for the reasonable price of £30!!! Thank you Zara.
Trench Coat Peacocks £25
Black & White Striped Dress Zara £30
Leather Boots Office £50
Sunglasses Topshop £16
Remember you can find me on Lookbook, so click here to hype if you like!!

10 April 2014

The Truth Behind Real Style

   So recently I was asked to share what my favourite style tip was, part of La Redoute's campaign 'The Secret To French Style' -showcasing their chief stylists' seven most valuable tips for effortless elegance & a Parisian style - and it really got me thinking. I found it hard to summarise style with one short sentence, it is far more individual than that. So I questioned what style really means to me as an individual & how I could share my tips among every women. So here are my top 3 style tips, straight from my heart & with a designers perspective...

1. A winter's coat is an investment. 
Be it a staple timeless coat, or an annual statement treat, the coat should be an investment, a quality piece. Why? Because it can convert any summer's dress instantly into a winter's outfit. Team it with this years gloves & hat & you're all set! Personally I can not live without my trench coat! It goes with every dress I own. Roll sleeves up & leave open for an autumn look & tie it to keep you warm in the winter months. 
2. Trends are there to inspire, not to be followed. 
INDUSTRY SECRET HERE... Designers are not designing to follow predicted trends, nor do they design to create a trend that interlinks with other designers, they design around a concept that truly inspires them, an idea that they believe will have a powerful impact on their audience too. So my top tip is find YOUR style & find out what suits you & your personality. My style revolves around girly dresses, in particular one's in the style of Dior's 1950's New Look. I also love print, texture, feminine colours & sparkle!! And for example I know that trends such as layering or oversized dresses often do not flatter my figure, but they would look amazing on a tall, slender frame. Trends however are there to inspire you that particular season, so make them work around you, not the other way! You will look far more stylish in something that flatters you, that you know you look great in, rather than the latest couture trend that could do the exact opposite! Unless your Anna Dello Russo that is, who seems to be able to pull off anything!

3. This is my most powerful tip. Be confident in who you are. Confidence can carry an outfit a long way. Even if you may not feel confident inside, try to portray a more confident front, even if it's just in the way you walk -with your head held high & a bounce in your step. You'll soon start believing in that confidence & own it! Trust me!
Images courtesy of Elle.com, La Redoute, Tommyton.tumblr.com & jakandjil.com
For more on The Secret to French Style & a few of the pieces shown above please check out http://www.laredoute.co.uk/frenchstyletips/

31 March 2014

Anna Dello Russo by Lula

   How have I never visited Anna Dello Russo's website before? I found myself there recently by accident, and my oh my isn't it just a feast for the eyes! Not only does it include snipits from Vogue, but also anything & everything that is a cultural influence to here. It's like a Trendland purely for fashion. I also found these great gif image collages, created by Lula. A fun, inspiring way to show off such great style. I love them!

25 March 2014

Photo Diary : Time for a Catch Up

Dear readers,
   Sorry for my absence over the last few months, once again university has been pushing me to my limits! In the last 10 weeks I have had 4 project deadlines! But I have now rested & recovered & am hoping to re-vamp my blog by filling it with all the work I have been up to over the last 3 months. So thanks for sticking with me, and here's an update of my year so far!
   My New Year, spent with some of my closest friends, in the most glistening dress I owned, sipping free glasses of Champagne in Winchester. Followed by a Harry Potterthon the morning after ;)
   I also started back at uni, for the second term of my second year, completely oblivious to how much work laid ahead of me! Oh & my boyfriend brought me some of my favourite flowers to start the year off... before he left for a months work in America :(
So I got stuck into my Knitwear project work...

    And after 1 research book, 22 pages of knit samples, 30 pages of rough designs, 6 prints, 35 CAD flats, 10 final outfits, 35 final designs, a colourboard, moodboard, a customer profile, a presentation & finally a hand knitted full length dress (pattern created by myself)... I had finished the project!
   I had completed it just in time! The sun had come out & my boyfriend was coming back...
   ...with lots of American goodies! :3
   On Valentines day, we stayed in a cosy Newquay apartment for a few days, which sat right on a stunning private beach.
   My tailoring project, inspired by a nostalgic type of romance for Jil Sander, had me produce the most amount of work in the shortest amount of time. I had under 4 weeks to produce over 100 rough designs, a 6 pieces collection, a colour palette, CAD flats, a moodboard, illustrations, a sketchbook, a branding boards AND a tailored jacket. And then I slept!!!
   I will be posting my projects in more detail soon, so stay tuned, as they will be up as soon as I have done some photoshoots.
If anyone would like to be involved in a photoshoot, then please do message me, I will be happy for any help of any kind. :) But for now, stay tuned to see more!

19 September 2013

London Fashion Week SS14 'Frow' Giveaway!!

 Want your chance to grab a piece of the LFW magic? Well now you can, as I am giving away an official LFW SS14 front row goody bag to one lucky reader. And guess what, it's FULL of cosmetics, magazines and vouchers from fashion week, from the likes of Label.M, The Body Shop and Coast.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply follow these simple steps by 26th OCTOBER 2013...

1. Follow me on Bloglovin http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/1900440

Then just leave me a comment bellow with your name, email (and blog if you have it too) and I will email the lucky winner (and advertise their blog too). Good Luck!!! :)

18 September 2013

LFW Day 5 SS14

   So as LFW comes to an end (sorry it's a day late) as does my video blogs (for now). Let me know what you think of them! It was only meant as a temporary thing while I did not have photoshop, but if you liked it (ignore the bad quality, my normal laptop has a better quality webcam!) then let me know. But for now enjoy LFW day 5.
And here are a few photos from the day!
 I only have one ticket to show you for today, as the others were posted, sorry :/
For more on London Fashion Week, stay tuned. Soon to be posted . . . My Photos From LFW . . . LFW Street Style for AW13 . . . AND LFW Competition!!!

17 September 2013

LFW Day 4 SS14

   Day for of LFW, and it's almost coming to a close. Today may have been one of my favourite days yet, and this is why...
My outfit for the day (see my lookbook for info!)
 And here I am on La Redoute 
 Some of my invites for today... I don't know about you, but I always like checking out show invites, some of them are stunning, e.g. Mulberry SS14.
 And some of my photos from the day, more to come in the near future!!!

15 September 2013

LFW Day3 SS14

Day 3 at LFW, slightly quieter (be it the rain or the fact that it was Sunday) but there was certainly no lack of talent. Check out all the updates bellow...
What I wore today, underneath the coat that protected me from ALL that rain!!! Find out where it all came from on my Lookbook!
 Some of today's invites; I love how creative some invites are. Talking about creative, did anyone see the Mulberry invites? If not, Google NOW!!!
And finally some of my photos, more to be uploaded soon!

LFW SS14 Day 2

   So it is the second day of LFW, and I am already exhausted!!! But it has been worth it, as this season the designers have really raised the bar. Check out what I have been up to bellow, and stay tuned for more detailed photo reports of shows.
A few (unedited) photos from day 2.
And a few of my tickets.
On day 2 I wore one of my favourite printed backless dress from the H&M Conscious collection. See the full details on my lookbook!!

14 September 2013

LFW SS14 Day 1 - Photos, Video Blog & More

   So the first day of LFW SS14 has been & gone, and it was truly amazing. Been to some fantastic shows in some beautiful locations, had some great opportunities given to me today and been to several exhibits. But why am I telling you here, watch the video bellow to get all the details. More photos from the shows etc to come after LFW when I get my old laptop back so stay tuned!
A few raw & unedited photos from LFW Day 1
And some of the tickets today...
And finally my lookbook today (not edited yet) PLEASE HYPE :)