Friday, 5 September 2014

Sports Luxe

Possibly one of the comfiest trends around! Joggers, sweaters and backpacks? Hell yes. If I could live in leggings and a big tee I would, so this trend is perfect for me! Here's my favourite picks at the moment.

Quick ways to get the sports luxe look? High necks, like on the dress, tee & co-ord. Stripes, like on the leggings and waistband of the skirt. And leather. Add some high top trainers, or converse and ta da!
I'm in love with these high neck style tees & dresses, and you can't go wrong with a good co-ord set, and a backpack is the handiest thing, holds everything, and no more achy arms! 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Walking around Birmingham

I've been preparing for my third year at uni by trying to gather inspiration. I took a little trip to the city centre, visiting the Ikon Gallery and the new library. I also finally bought a DSLR camera, so I wanted to take it out! Just a few photos...

The view from the top of Birmingham library

Birmingham museum

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Window shopping at Selfridges

Being in Birmingham, surrounded by beautiful shops, I've developed a little liking for the most expensive things in fashion! I don't often indulge in these expensive splurges, but there's nothing wrong with window shopping! 

I'm in love with all the Ted Baker purses, but especially the black glossy ones. They look so chic, and so much more expensive than what they are. How could I resist a Michael Kors watch, just look at it, it's beautiful! I've been looking for boots like those Carvela's for ages! Can't justify spending £150 on some though :(

What splurge items have you got your eye on?

Thursday, 21 August 2014

How I got a Fashion Internship

The working world is a scary place, and a hard place to get into! The fashion industry is one of the hardest to break into, so internships are a nice way of working your way up, or just bulking up your CV. Part of my uni course required me to do a work placement (or in my case, several). I knew straight away that 99% of them would be in London, and for a 2 week placement I wasn't prepared to move/travel/commute to London everyday (i am on a student budget!). So I started looking at other alternatives, at home placements, and placements near me. Now I live in Birmingham, central England, so I thought it would be that hard to get a placement.. Oh how I was wrong!

If you are looking for a fashion design then quit now, and move to London. Unless you have a car and can drive to these middle-of-nowhere companies (F&F etc!). I on the other hand wasn't looking for design, I'm more into styling, PR, magazine or events. So I had a lot to choice from, but it still didn't make it easy.

I started by googling things like "fashion internships in birmingham" this got me practically no where. So here's my advice for you's:

1. Find the companies you want to work for:
Love a certain brand, magazine, company? Then find them. Find their email, and email them, find their number and call them. If your near them, go to their office! It helps to be persistent, and putting in the effort shows you'll be a valuable asset to them. You don't have to go in CV's at the ready, just a quick email saying who you are, what you're doing (studying/working), why you are looking for internships, what your looking for, and asking if they have anything that would suit you. If it's a small business, they wont be advertising for internships, because they probably wouldn't have even considered having interns yet.

2. Social media:
There are a few social medias set up just for interns, such as @ukfashionintern & @fashionworkie. There's billions more, but these are the ones I've used. They are connected to websites, however I found it much easier to use their twitter, as they would also retweet people looking for interns/paid work etc, so you find a lot more opportunities. Also try searching on social media sites! Things like "fashion placements in __" or "fashion intern in __" as people often post when they are looking for one, rather than making an official application form.

3. Make contacts:
Have a friend of a friend who once worked for a company you like? Contact them, see if they can pass on your name, or better yet give you some contact details. It never hurts to try, and you might even find more contacts through the search! Follow people on social medias who are interns, or are also looking for interns, you will both be doing each other favors!

4. Don't give up:
I found my last placement on the last day of searching, I was completely ready to quit before I stumbled onto their website, and it was the best thing I'd ever done.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Hemsley London

At my current placement I've had the opportunity to see where some amazingly creative people first started out! One of those includes Jayne Hemsley founder of Hemsley London. She designs incredible technical bags, to cater for the modern woman.

All the bags come with an ipad sleeve and view finder (the white bit), allowing you to carry and use your ipad without even taking it out of your bag! All have individual handy feature such as card holders, dust bags and the Hampshire can even double as a dog carrier! I love the spring/summer colours, and the same bags are available for autumn/winter in different colours!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

festival essentials

It's alll happening this year! First year in ages i'm going to a wedding, and first time i'm actually going to a festival! Wireless festival to be exact. No camping, so showers + sleep = happiness + not looking like a tramp for the entire weekend! I'm going with a few uni friends, the line up is amazing so it should be a really good weekend!

Playsuits are my favourite things at the moment, so easy to wear and so comfy! I saw this one in topshop the last time I was in and fell in love instantly! And kimonos are a festival essential, covering up in the sun without a hefty jacket is a must. Denim shorts are a staple, and i'm loving these styles of bralets, prefect for summer nights. 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

white is the new black

I'm loooving white this summer! Usually i shy way from it, too easily stained... but i've been a little daring recently, mostly sticking to white tees as opposed to dresses/bottoms. But i'm in love with these pieces:

tee // skirt // skort // dress // blazer // clutch

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

summer wedding styles

So I've been invited to a wedding this summer (my first wedding in 12 years!). I'm at the age were my friends aren't really old enough to be getting married, so it's not a regular occurrence for me. The wedding isn't till August but I've already been thinking about the possible outfits I could wear..

OUTFIT 1: £100.48
jumpsuit // earrings // bracelet // bag // shoes

OUTFIT 2: £107.50

OUTFIT 3:  £71.49
dress // necklace // bag // shoes

OUTFIT 4: £98.49
cami top // trousers // necklace // cuff // bag //shoes

What's your wedding guest style? 

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Recent buys

I haven't blogged in absolutely ages! Again all because of uni, i just get too busy, plus i got a part time job so i've just been rushed off my feet! Now its summer i have so much free time so it's back to blogging! Here's what i've been buying recently:

Topshop £24

River Island £14

New Look £12.99

New Look £24.99

ASOS £15

 ASOS £25

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Recent wears

Just a few phone pictures of what i've been wearing lately! 

jumper - asos, skirt - new look, tights - tesco, necklace - new look

tee - primark, jeans - asos, necklace - primark, sunglasses - specspost

tee - ASOS, trousers - topshop, necklace - new look

tee - topshop, jeans - ASOS, kimono - new look, necklace - newlook

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

my life through instagram #8

I haven't blogged in absolutely ages! Again all because of uni, i just get too busy, plus i got a part time job so i've just been rushed off my feet! Now its summer i have so much free time so it's back to blogging! Since I've been gone i've done a whole 100 day photo-a-day challenge, so i wont be showing you all my instagram pics, but here's a few of the highlights!

new jumper // making bread // magazine all finished and printed // love this picture // organizing my photos // placement time // warhorse // love this quote // selfie

yummy breakfast // selfridges placement // staff meeting turned into a night out // birthday night out // and again // pub catch up // cocktail time // hungover mcdonalds on the train home // belated birthday meal with the parents 

dip dyed hair // starbucks & films on the train // back into the uni routine // successful surprise party/night out // yummy coffee & walnut cake // vodka slushie to start the work night out // love starting a new project // lush bath // bar crawl 

bar crawl // amazing mug from harry potter studios // drunk selfie // true american // bbq feast // my friend has the most amazing house // another night out // and again // finally finished 2nd year

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Primark Spring/Summer 2014 Favourites

Since the s/s14 collection has been released, I thought I'd share some of my favourite.. I've got to admit that when flicking through some of the pictures I did think "oh primark why?!". Because some of their stuff is awful! However that's what you usually get with primark, you can't walk into their store and love everything, you (well I do) usually have to search through the hideous, to find some hidden jems!

wrap front jumpsuit - £17, lip print tee - £6, red lazer cut out shorts - £10, 
yellow pocket front bag - £8, monochrome wrap skirt - £8, silver stone necklace - £4. 

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

my life through instagram #7

Haven't blogged in ages, and I really really miss it! Definitely gonna get back into the swing of things as I have some brilliant ideas and a lot of exciting things going on at the moment!

bath time // night out in Manchester // birthday girl // make-shift beer-pong table

late night starbucks // stressful weekend dressing // curing the sore throat // the greatest prank (we moved his entire bedroom into the living room)

recovering from carnage // the housemates // halloween partayy // flour fight

early morning train home // the best thing about being home = home cooked roast dinners // back to designing // baileys hot chocolate

the uni girls // second coffee before a longg night of uni work // birmingham is too pretty at night // ready for christmas

i hate packing // bye bye England // can i stay here forever please?! // cat with a moustache!

santa riding in on a camel // spending christmas day by the pool drinking cocktails // second christmas dinner with friends // take me back!

third christmas dinner with the fam // 2013 rounded up // nye // nye again!

day 1 of a uni styling photoshoot // day 2: test shoot // board game night // 49 days of being a teen left

day 3: final shoot // friday night drinks at the mailbox // we found the cutest pub // my favourite photo from the shoot

second favourite photo // lush bath // finally booked tickets! // editing..