Thursday, 25 September 2014

Turtle Neck

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(Outfit Details: Top - Primark, Skirt - ℅ Missguided, Shoes - Topshop, Bag - Primark, Hat - Primark)

Another 60s inspired outfit of mine, can you tell that I'm seriously loving how it's currently on trend at the minute? All of my favourite high-street stores are filled with 60s-esque pieces and I've been in my element - much to my bank account's distress, but these things just need to happen sometimes.

Taking full advantage of the last few summer days (well, it was sunny at least) I decided to wear a cropped long-sleeve turtle neck I bought in Primark's sale last year. It was one of those didn't-realise-it-was-that-cropped-until-I-tried-it-on purchase's and I've always felt quite reluctant to wear it. However, upon spotting this A-Line skirt, I knew it would be the perfect fit. High-waisted enough to make this top not-so-scary to wear, I love this combo and how flattering it actually is, win win! Autumn/Winter always screams dark coloured clothing, but after receiving this wool skirt I'm definitely coming to realise that pastels in the winter need to happen. I chose to wear my black fedora from Primark, which hasn't really seen the light of day in a while, despite how much I love wearing it. And following on with Primark, this bag which I picked up a number of weeks ago has rarely left my arm since. I love integrating leopard print into my outfits (just as I typed this, I rushed onto the Topshop site in the hopes that leopard print skirt would be back in stock… and it was, only one in my size - fate!) and it's structured shape is wonderful.

xxxx

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Beamish

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(Outfit Details: Dress - ℅ Little Mistress, Jacket - Dorothy Perkins, Shoes - Topshop, Bag - Primark)

 Today's outfit photographs come from one of my favourite places near where I live, Beamish. Described as a living museum, these photos were shot in 'The Town' area of the site, which is a high-street based off a typical North East town before the First World War. There's everything from a old-fashioned sweet shop (which do the best sweets ever in paper bags) to a newspaper office and a pub, all authentic to fit the era, with every member of staff wearing appropriate costumes. Whilst we were visiting, an old woman was crying on the street, and we later found out she actually lived in one of houses in the street (all of the buildings in the street were moved from previous, lived-in locations), which I think is pretty cool. There's also plenty of other things on offer, such as working railway, a tram  and bus system which takes you around the site, a traditional fairground and much more. The perfect location to shoot at, right? Well lets just say I'll be taking full advantage of the year-long pass… ; )

Despite the fact there's no area of the park yet set in the 1960s (although a little bird told me they're currently building a 1950s area featuring diner, cinema and hotel - swoon) I couldn't help but wear my go-to hairstyle at the minute, the beehive. With the sixties in mind, this shift dress from Little Mistress has quickly become one of my favourites. Not entirely the most flattering shape for my body type (in a whole load of the photographs I was sporting a serious food baby, uh oh) it's frilled sleeves had me at hello. Trying to step aside from my monochrome habits, I chose to go for the navy and pink option, which is a colour combination I'd never think to pair together, but alas it works, don't you think?

xxxx

What's your favourite era? Any that inspire your personal style?

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sunday Low Down #10

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(First of all, how adorable were these cocktails at Friday's blog event?!)

So, I've decided to change my Sunday posts around a little, it began to feel like a chore and blog posts should've feel that way, right? In the light of that, today's sunday post may be a bit of a ramble, whether that be a good or a bad thing.

The past week has been pretty hectic, filled with catch-up with friends, university preparation and ending on a high in the form of a blog event at Love Niche with a lot of my favourites. On Thursday night I attended a local fashion event to photograph on behalf of a magazine, which was a whole lot of fun. I always find myself panicking that I haven't enough experience under my belt, and since I study Fashion Journalism, it's very much based on contacts and what skills you bring to the table. And yet I realised, my writing and photography has been featured a number of times in a fashion magazine (that the editor of Vogue reads, or so I'm told), I'm now invited to events both as a journalist and a blogger (which is pretty damn cool) and here I am with a blog doing better than I ever could have imagined. I'm working with some of my favourite companies and places, I'm helping to photograph outfit posts for other local bloggers and I'm loving every second of it. I rarely give myself credit, but it's something I'm determined to work on. Because, I'm in a good place right now.

In terms of blogging, I've been thinking a lot about it's future. Don't worry, it's not going anywhere soon, I promise. Yet something hasn't felt right. So whilst my posts may be sporadic over the next few weeks, it's because I'll be focussing more time into where this blog is headed and what I want from it, so please do let me know your favourite posts to read! I look at my favourite bloggers and think to myself, why isn't my blog like that? Why can't it be as good? And it got me thinking, there's no reason why it can't be and there's no reason why I shouldn't at least try, right? 

I return to university on Tuesday to begin my third and final year. And if I'm honest, I'm not really sure how I feel about it. University hasn't been that ground-breaking experience everyone goes on about for me. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy the course itself and the modules, I'm one of those who people who loves to learn (and I even quite like some of the exams.. yeah, I said it). But everything else? Not so much. After not doing so well in my A Levels, I became a very self-motivated person and I tend to do things my own way or no way at all. My second semester of second year at university my attendance was shocking (for a few personal reasons which I'm not going into) and yet I got my best grades to date. The module I attended no lectures and 2 seminars all semester? Got straight firsts, weird huh. However, this year means I get to tackle my dissertation, which involves creating my own fashion magazine - everything from the design, to the features to the editorials and their photography - all of my own work. This year is going to be super busy, filled with deadlines, presentations and assignments coming out of my ears. I've told myself from the very beginning that final year I'd do everything in my power to come out with a first, and you know what? I'm going to do just that. And I couldn't be more excited. Bring it on.

xxxx

How has your week been?

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