Saturday, 25 October 2014

Black Velvet Shorts, Knits, Boots and Matching the Scenery

Shorts in Autumn

I've said enough times, that being at uni (doing art) has made me so much more conscious of clothes that are comfortable, so for long days I've built up a nice little rotation. The night before I'd been to the gym, had a wonderfully relaxed shower, let my hair air dry, painted my nails and sat in bed reading blogs, so I got up early in the morning to read a few more blogs and miss the sunrise! I was super prepared for uni but I still didn't really have an idea of what I wanted to wear that day, so in the end I went for my trusty velvet playsuit and this probably over-posted-about Topshop jumper. I'd just bought some new sheer tights which I'm hoping will feel a bit better with my longer skirts than thick opaques, so I wore them under my playsuit (I thought they'd look a little less harsh than black opaques) and as you can see they have laddered already. Fab! Good job they come two in a pack. I really like wearing these Topshop Chelsea boots (similar) with this playsuit too as they just feel really 'practical'. I love how my hair matches the trees at the moment so we took a few pictures in the Arboretum - where the colours are insane at the moment - in my lunch break and then I headed off for the rest of my lecture. Later Martin and I went to buy some Char Siu ingredients, then have a coffee and learn a little more Cantonese. 

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Reading Miss Robin: Arty Magazines and Finding New Print Shops

Reading Miss Robin

Hi everyone! So a while back I discovered this place in a student magazine (Left Lion) called Ideas on Paper. It'd taken me ages to work out where it was, but a friend directed me and I went for a little browse. Since becoming interested in graphic design I've become a lot more interested in magazines, and I knew that this place would have things to offer beyond the realms of Vogue and Cosmopolitan and into the more arty side of things. I really love layout design and want to acquire more volumes of beautiful photography and layout design, I've had my eye on In Clover magazine for a while, and I'm happy to spend more than your average glossy on something beautiful. I perused the shop and selected (after much deliberation - I had limited myself to JUST ONE) a magazine called Miss Robin. I chose it for the beautiful pictures and the pretty, zine-y, approach to their layout design. When I got it home I got a chance to properly look through - I was delighted to see that Kailey of Mermaidens was a contributor - and I spent a long time poring over the images. Like I mentioned before, the publication was beautifully laid out and the images gorgeous, and that is definitely where it's value lies.

Personally, I found it quite hard to keep up with some of the content. The issue was based around 'Twisted Girls' which I sort of got and sort of didn't. This could well be because there's something I'm missing here (I'm probably not cool enough, to be honest..!) but I did struggle when finding articles that weren't proof read (!) However, that said, I really did appreciate the magazine for it's beautiful aesthetic, and finding their contributors (and photographers, etc) online has been super inspiring and so were their editorials. I'd like to say I'd purchase again, but I'd probably have to have a really good flick through the next issue to make my decision. I'm excited to head back to Ideas on Paper, too, so hopefully I can share my further treasures here. I'd also like to end by saying that all my opinions are my own and this post was in no way sponsored!

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Changing Around the Desk Area (Plus PINK)

The Desk Corner

So, taking a break from my hard work, I thought I'd post some photos of my updated 'desk area'. Once I started uni the books and stacks of paper started to pile up again, and I had recently discovered that Ryman sell fantastic little file cabinets in really cute colours  for not very much money so I purchased myself one to organise my packs of paper and sketchbooks. I had to shuffle my desk over to the left to fit the cabinet in, and turn the trestles the other way around which I'm not exactly sure you're supposed to do but I did anyway. I quite like it anyway as I like to rest my feet somewhere when I'm working. 

The Desk Corner

I also started adding my loose bits of paper to the walls - I had the wall under the window set up before, but i've decided I want to fill the entire nook with work. I am enjoying adding illustrations and type that im proud of - it inspires me to do more work in that vein and reminds me what i'm good at. The colour samples came off the back wall and are now on the side for more visibility. It saves all my pretty things hiding inside a sketchbook where I forget to look. I'm really happy with this part of my room now, I say apprehensively that its finished although I hesitate. I would really like a shelf just under the window - duh, I think that's called a windowsill - to get some of my pen pots out of the way of my work space, and have somewhere to nurture some succulents. I've got lots more to share with you but i've been snowed under working for (and then feeling exhausted/frustrated by) a deadline that is tomorrow. Luckily, I'm now feeling zen enough to finish off this blog post and get a good nights sleep for my presentation tomorrow!

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Witchy Halloween Vibes and Hanging Out With Tori's Tales

Witchy Vibes

So, I had other posts lined up before this but I liked these pictures so much I had to post them first. Yesterday I went to finally meet a real-life blogger in Nottingham after finding Tori of Tori's Tales on twitter. We went for lunch at the Broadway Cinema as it's super vegetarian-friendly and Tori is a vegetarian. Sadly the place is not fantastically camera friendly, it's pretty dark inside (I mean, it's a cinema.) so I didn't get any snaps - we were also hurrying a little because both being students, we have a load of work to do and super-short deadlines. However, at a little bit of a loose end afterwords (otherwise known as convincing yourself you don't need to go home and do work yet) I met up with Martin who took some pictures of my outfit for me, then stopped in Cafe Nero for a cosy coffee and some Cantonese lessons. I can now tell you what my name is, know if you're asking me what my name is, ask what your name is , ask if you're well, respond if you ask me, and ask if you are too if you asked me first.

The morning was one of those mornings where I tried on 100 different outfits. For some reason I was reluctant to wear this dress from ARK even though I wanted to wear it, so I just put it on in the end. I love the slightly dipped hem - not usually something I go for but I think it works well on this. As you might have noticed I'm all about smocks at the moment so you can understand why I love it. I  It was definitely too cold for just the dress, which is a little thin, so I matched some old Primark tights with this H&M striped tee that I've had forever. Putting striped t-shirts under other things is something I love doing in colder weather. With the tomato-soup hair, the stripes and the black dress I was feeling kind of witchy - I am definitely subconsciously feeling the Halloween vibe - so I just went with it and chose my old, faithful, River Island buckled shoes and some darker make up than usual. For some reason, with my current orange dip dye I am less interested in 60s volume and more about soft, girly waves - I've been pinning my fringe back more and embracing the more fluffy, wispy look. I say this all the time but I can't wait for it to grow out more - my hair is so thick that when it is short it looks puffy, but when it is longer it looks much more balanced.

Thanks Tori for being my friend - it was so lovely to sit and chat about blogging and Nottingham and being creative.

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Autumn Wishlist: Coral and Blues and Layering

Joules. Chicwish and Romwe Wishlist

I've mentioned a few times that I had a colossal clear out before I moved back to uni - I gave away/donated every single thing I didn't love. I had the intention of buying only things I really love, and can imagine working with other pieces in my wardrobe. I imagine this is common practice for a lot of people, but I really am an impulse buyer - I buy something because I have 'nothing to wear' to an event without even checking my wardrobe to see if that's true first. I also buy things just because I love them without any thought whatsoever as to if I have anything that will go with them, which usually leads to having to buy stuff to go with them. Last year, my view to my loan was to just spend it until it ran out, but with the responsibility of bills this year (and a severely dented savings account) I have been trying to be more sensible when allowing myself new purchases. 

That said, I am going to have to do some shopping because in my clear-out, I cleared-out a lot of little jumpers and things that weren't really my style, but has left me with little in the way of Autumn clothes. Autumn is definitely about layering anyway - particularly when it's icy at 8am but bright sunshine by 12. I've wanted this Chichwish dress for what feels like such a long time -it has such a great 60s vibe and I love anything with that smock-y empire line, but it's not particularly autumnal. However, I'm loving jumpers-over-dresses which is the reason I chose my new Topshop Jumper  and I loved this red/coral jumper from the Joules - I actually like a lot of the Women's Knitwear - especially their signature animal jumpers that they bring out each season. I think my autumn/winter wardrobe has a tendency to be a little less colourful so it would inject some colour nicely. I can see it over this beautiful pleated top from Romwe, and all of it over the top of the Chicwish Dress to make it a little more autumnal. I am loving loads of the Leather Handbags, also from Joules, especially this beauuuutiful saddle bag - we all know how much I actually need to switch bags because I am wearing the life out of my New Look bucket bag. Joules' bags look really high quality, which is what I need for carting things to and from the studio - I've had many a 'school bag' break under the weight of portfolios and laptops. On the subject of good quality, I'd also love these amazing loafers from Hudson which would fit perfectly in line with not choosing black shoes all the time, and I know that my other pair of Hudson shoes are super high quality, long-lasting leather. I can also see everything working really well with other things in my wardrobe - especially that Joules Bag. 

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Cigarette Pants (again), A Cropped Jumper and New Look Loafers

Cigarette Pants (again) and Nude Loafers and Crop Jumpers

Friday I got to parade my fancy new flame hair to my lecture, I actually had a fair few compliments on it. I mentioned on twitter the other day that I went shopping, and I wore a few of my purchases. I wore my cigarette pants again (I did say that I would get a lot of wear out of them!) with this new, super-snuggly jumper from Topshop which I fell in love with at the Victoria Centre Student Lock-In. I've wanted a cropped (though Topshop categorizes it as 'shrunken') jumper that is appropriately tight - usually cropped jumpers are very baggy which wasn't exactly what I wanted to wear with my skirts and high-waisted things. I'm mostly looking forward to wearing it over dresses with the skirt fanning out prettily underneath it, but I wanted to try it out with a collared blouse and Friday's double-lecture definitely did not call for flouncy skirts or fuss. My loafers are from New Look which I bought just after the lock-in, whilst they were still offering 20%| student discount, so I got these for £17.99! I've wanted a pair for so long and it was between these and a black pair. I've been trying to avoid buying any more black shoes so I went with these and I'm really glad I did. They go with everything

Because Friday was such a long day (okay, a two hour lunch break, but you have to spend so long waiting about to go to two lectures that are unreasonably spread out throughout the day) I packed myself a lunch rather than waste money and eat unnecessary calories by buying something whilst out. I finally got to use this cute tiffin box that I picked up at TK Maxx before I returned to Nottingham - it inspired me to take along a little more than just a sandwich - I filled the other boxes with cucumbers and grapes. I think this week I'm going to make some nice pasta to put in my little boxes. The good thing is it's adorable - it got lots of compliments - and it has a little handle so it doesn't have to go in my already over-filled bag and I can put it down on the floor or out the way.

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Dreamy Tangerine Curls | BLEACH London Dye

The Big Reveal

Hi everyone! So I hinted at this on Twitter and Instagram and finally I am putting it on the blog properly. It was Megan's Post  that sparked my idea. I initially wanted to do the same as her and dye in a dark dip-dye once my blonde grew out, but then I realised - why wait until it had grown out - why not capitalise on the 'porous' blank canvas that is bleached hair and make by grown-in-roots-masquerading-as-blonde-dip-dye into exciting wannbe dip-dye. I wanted a soft girlie colour - I didn't really fancy a more outrageous colour like blue or green (been there done that!) I felt like a peachy pink was more in-line with a natural hair colour, but still a little bit exciting. I looked a little bit online and then went to boots and sought out BLEACH London's 'Awkward Peach'.

It wasn't until I got home I'd actually bought 'Tangerine Dream'. Yup, Orange. Still, I figured since I didn't want poster-paint pigmentation, I'd be diluting it, and a pale 'tangerine' is hardly that far from peach. Also, I was too excited to wait until the next day to return and get the right colour, so I winged it. I added a little dab to a huge handful of conditioner and left it on for 15 minutes. I washed it out and it looked...unremarkable. So, the next morning I added a big blob to the same amount of conditioner and ended up with a much more solid colour which kind of magically resembled ombre (probably just my poor application, really!) I love it, and It's certainly livening up the period of desperately waiting for it to grow a bit longer.

The Big Reveal The Big Reveal