Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Eve

Just a quick little post on Christmas Eve, with my Christmas jumper and Christmas hat. My mum told me she wanted us all to have a Christmas jumper on Christmas day and I was so gutted because I'd seen such a good/bad/ugly one in a charity shop in Wood Green, just a week before, that I really regret not buying. I got this one with a cat on from one of those cheapo clothes shops where everything is £5 or £10. It reminds me of the kind of thing that Angela from The Office would wear.

I made my hat in literally 5 minutes. I just cut out 2 holly leaf shapes in felt glue gunned them to a hairband and then glue gunned on two red pompoms. It really was so easy!

Apologies for the awful pictures, my camera charger is broke so I'm using my iphone camera. I trying to decide if it's worth upgrading to DSLR camera or not...

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Wooly jumper frilly skirt

I got this jumper ages ago from a charity shop, it looks like it would be super cosy, but actually the wind whips right through it. I need to wear my heat tech underneath it to not freeze! I'm also quite worried about wearing it when it rains, I can imagine it would be so heavy if it was wet. It would smell I bet too. I don't mind wearing long sleeves and a collar underneath since it's so itchy.

The skirt is from topshop, I have 4 of these skirts in different colours. I wear them all the time, sometimes all at once, sometimes as petticoats. I also end up lending them to people, i recon the cost per wear must be pennies.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

In my dreams...

Here's a wishlist of things I'd love to have, but really are a bit beyond relms of possibility. 

1. Miu Miu Embellished Jumper - I love this pretty jumper so much.
2. Markus Luptfer Sparkly Letter Brooch - I love anything with my name or initial on. And anything sparkly.
3. Miu Miu Embelsihed pocket skirt
4. Charlotte Olympia Christmas Pudding Shoes and 5. Charlotte Olympia Christmas Pudding Bag - I love these shoes so much! It's very fortunate/unfortunate for my bank balance that they are £500+ otherwise I'd definitely buy them despite only being able to wear them for one month of the year.
6. Stella McCartney Knickers
7. Lulu Guiness Souviner Shop Handbag
8. Sous Vide Water Oven - I'm pretty convinced that if I had one of these, I'd be as good at cooking as Heston.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Vintage christmas book

I found this book in the window of a charity shop in Basingstoke. It was only £1.50 too. (Does anyone else feel bad when they get a real bargain from a charity shop? I always think 'Oh you could have gotten so much more for that' or is that just me?)

It was published in 1947 and is in pretty good condition considering. It doesn't have any colour plates, but lots of illustrations. They are simple, which I like, all in just blue, black and red. It's a very pretty book and I'm pleased with it.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Granny's Wardrobe

I am particularly pleased with this outfit because both the dress and jacket are taken from other peoples wardrobe. I don't know why I especially enjoy that but there you go.

I got the dress from my sister when she cleared out her wardrobe before she went away to uni. It's the sort of thing I like, but I'd never buy because it's quite plain. I think it suits me though and fits quite well. I may have to trace off the pattern to make myself another one.

The jacket I took from my granny, which set her off trying to give me another bunch of crap I don't want (She is always giving me things and I'm like 'what do I want this for?') but I liked this. I think it's quite in keeping with the baroque trend which I like.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Things I Found and Liked

Pimkie Color Forecast

Pimkie Color Forecast from Color Forecast on Vimeo.

This cool website comes from European fashion brand Pimkie (which isn't in the UK yet, but I remember going to Spain and looking forward to shopping in Bershka when I was younger.) It uses cameras on the streets of Europe's fashion capitals hooked up to computers to work out what colours are being worn right now. This video explains it alot better than I do.

Pimkie Color Forecast - Technical video from Color Forecast on Vimeo.

I really like the idea of this, and although I don't think it actually has any practical application  it is interesting to see the idea actually work. It's a step forward towards something bigger and better. I also love the song on the first video.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Things for a Homemade Xmas

One of the most important things I think about homemade presents is the presentations. It shows you really care and put thought into your gift. I've chosen some of my favourite items for homemade gifts.

1. Cake pops are super easy to make but look really impressive. This box from Lakeland really adds a professional touch.
2. Brown paper gift tags - You can get these quite cheaply in places like wilkos.
3. Pretty Ribbons add a nice touch to everything. These are from John Lewis.
4. & 5. These cute gift boxes are perfect putting little sweets and other pretty little gifts in.
6. You can stick these lovely stickers on everything to Christmas it up a bit. I use plain cellophane bags from waitrose for my sweets and seal them with a Christmas sticker. These are from John Lewis too.
7. Didn't spend summer hoarding jars? Don't worry you can buy them cheaply in Tiger.
8. These paper bag are amazing for putting sweets in too! They're from Ikea.
9. Put together a nice hamper of bits and bobs in a lovely box. I'm putting together beauty bits for a make-up mad friend, lovely american chocolates for another friend and homemade chutney, sweets and candles for family. These are from Tiger.

There's also some really good ideas on a rosie outlook.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Bows and Stars

I went to the V&A to go see Hollywood Costumes, on Friday, with my mum, auntie and cousin, since my sister had been raving about it. We didn't think we'd get in since all the advance booking tickets were sold out, however on the day we could get tickets. This exhibition is well worth the £14 (unlike the ballgowns one), although it was bloody rammed. You basically walked around in one big queue. It was also like this when my sister went. I didn't get any photos because it's quite dark in there, also there are people telling you off for taking photos. I won't say what/whose costumes are in there, because I think thats part of the fun. I will say that there were some really iconic costumes, some really surprising costumes and some really nice costumes. In someways I was almost surprised that they had managed to get hold of these items, although after Harry Potter Studio Tour I shouldn't be. It was also the most technologically advanced exhibition I've ever been to with fancy screens, projections and shadows where nothing is there (look on the bird cage on 'The Birds' bit)

We also saw the Light from the Middle East photographic exhibition, which was an odd exhibition in someways as the only thing connecting the photos was the middle east. My favourites were a series of photos of Egyptian (I think) workers from South Sheilds in the 70s. I liked the way they all wore a smart jacket, but some had a big wooly jumper underneath because it's so cold. I also liked a series of photos of women where they traditionally have objects that show their aspirations, but because the were westernized they had cool sunglasses and pepsi. I didn't take any photos, because I think it's weird to take photos of photos. I really recommend both exhibitions.

Since I don't have any pictures from the exhibitions and I managed to get some picture of my outfit, I'll share those instead.

I tied a length of ribbon around my neck ala this blouse, I think it looks quite cute.

 Jumper; TK Maxx Tee; Charity Shop Skirt; Homemade Shoes; New Look

Tuesday, 27 November 2012


1. Bow Collar Blouse - This blouse is really cute, but I could probably do something similar a length of ribbon.
2. Animal Face Tupperware - What could make your leftovers cuter and more appealing than these pretty lunch boxes.
3. Missguided Rose Gold Metalic Skater Skirt - I love this skirt from the Missguided advert, it's only £15! I can't believe it hasn't sold out.
4. Miss Selfridge Flocked Kimono & 5. Boohoo Fringed Kimono - I really want a kimono style top, so I can look like Jessa (the English one) from Girls. She's not my favourite (that's Shoshanna) but I love her style. My sister has a really nice one, but she won't give it to me.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Spiked jumper, spotty trousers

I finally got around to taking some OOTD photos. Now that it's dark at like 4 o'clock, always raining, my photographer (aka the bf) working longer hours and my funny days off, trying to get some taken is a more difficult task. However yesterday, despite everyone talking about the rain, it pretty much held off for us. 

This is my vintage vogue look, I felt like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face taking this photo.

The jumper you'll have seen before, I did the spikes in the shoulders myself. I've worn it loads since spiking it, even if I do have to hand wash it now. I think of it as defence for rush hour on the tube. I just love the collar poking out of a jumper look and for me it has an added advantage; I have super sensitive skin and most jumpers itch me, especially around the neck. The collar stops the itchy wool from even touching my skin!

The trousers are from Primark and are pretty similar to the Topshop Flocked Spot Trousers except for the fact that these ones actually fit me and don't have weird folds in them. One thing about wearing flocked anything, it picks up dust and fluff like anything. I have to de fluff them as soon as the come out of the washing machine and about a hundred times a day when I wear them.

It's the perfect outfit for a lazy sunday of going to the supermarket 3 times because I kept forgetting things and burning the fudge I was trying to make.

Jumper; H&M
Top; Topshop
Trousers; Primark
Shoes; TK Maxx

Monday, 19 November 2012

Homemade Presents; Making chutney

I love christmas and I spend alot of time getting ready for it. One of my favourite things is giving people presents. I'm a big believer in thoughtful gifts (has anyone ever received a 'gift set' and thought just what I wanted) but I don't think you have to spend a lot money to give well thought out presents. I give a lot of homemade presents so I've lots of posts planned with my ideas and advice on them.

It's early days, but if you're going to make christmas presents you need plenty of time to make them! Last year I made Christmas Hampers with 2 kinds of chutney, fudge, coconut ice and peppermint creams. It took quite a while to get all these items made, but it was really worth it as people seemed really pleased with them; My bf's mum called his nana on Christmas Day to tell her about her hamper and I've spent all year being asked if I'll be making coconut ice again this year.

Chutney needs to sit for at least 4 weeks to not taste vinegary so it's time to start making that now. I save up nice jars all year, but you can always buy them in shops or online. You can also buy some cheap jam (I've seen it for about 34p in Sainsburys) and make some batches of jam tarts to get the jars. Plus everyone will get jam tarts!

I really recommend Mary Berry's Chirstmas Chutney recipe.

I made this recipe up based on several different recipes I found online and it worked very well for me. You can also find lots of great recipes online. This made 5 jars of chutney.

I used;

650Kg of Red Onions
650Kg of White Onions (buy your onions at a vegetable market - they will be cheaper)
150mls of Red Wine Vinegar
150mls of Balsamic Vinegar (Don't worry about buying fancy vinegars, it all gets boiled up anyway so it won't make much difference)
6 Cloves of Garlic
4 Tablespoons of Honey
200g Caster Sugar
Waxed Discs

Peel and chop all your and garlic onions up. I do mine in the blender to get them extra fine. Did I mention your house is going to smell like onions and vinegar for days?

Put them in a massive saucepan with a little oil, till they go soft. Don't turn the heat up too high, you'll burn them.

Pour in the vinegar, honey and sugar and bring to the boil.

Let it all simmer and reduce the liquid away. You'll know its ready when if you mix the onions, the gaps don't fill with liquid. Just before all the liquid is gone, put your jars (without the lids) in a hot oven to sterilise them.

Once all the liquid is gone, carefully take your hot jars out of the oven, wrap it in a tea towel so you can hold it steady and fill each one up with chutney. Put a waxed disc on top of each jar and screw the lid on. If the jar is hot enough the poppy thing on the lid will seal back up.

Leave the jars to cool.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Must haves for A/W 12/13

I had a job interview recently where I had to show the key items for this season. I didn't get the job, but I do have this;

What do you think?

Sunday, 11 November 2012


This is my entry for the Glamourous blogger competition. I love Glamourous's range, it was quite tough choosing what I would buy on a spree. I actually went a little bit over the £200, which was quite easy...

1. Black Baroque Shorts - I'm really loving the baroque trend and these shorts are perfect for it!
2. Green Sequin Shorts - These also come in pink and black and I had a real tough time choosing what colour I liked best. Honestly I'd buy all three.
4. Leopard Collar Playsuit - This playsuit really reminds of a Vivetta one from last A/W.
5. Embellished Collar Top - This top would also look amazing under a jumper, which is a favourite look of mine at the moment.
6. Houndstooth Shorts - Wow, considering it's freezing outside, I'm really feeling shorts right now. I do love shorts with tights.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012


I don't usually like to do posts like this, but I'm really pleased with how my halloween costumes turned out. I know I shouldn't be so impressed with myself, what with actually being able to sew and all... but I am! I got my sewing machine fixed, so I was all excited and agreed to make 4 halloween costumes. I don't subscribe to this being scary on halloween lark. I don't think there's enough selection of scary things to be. I take an american/mean girls approach and just dress up as what I want. This year I was a Pocahontas mostly because I wanted a feather headband, which I think is a great accessory.

I made my friend Hannah a bat, because she wanted something sparkly, that involved wearing disco pants.

And I did the bf a Dr Horrible costume, which no one else got what it was, which disappointed him. I was pretty pleased with the lab coat, especially as I had to draft my own pattern and I don't really do much menswear. (a lack of bust darts threw me...)

But everyone knows the best thing about halloween is... ITS NEARLY CHRISTMAS!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Think Pink

So I've just had a week off work, I thought I'd do a lot more posts, but I didn't. I thought I'd do a more full stop, but honestly I got caught up making halloween costumes. And then showed up to a  club after a party where no one was dressed up. I have been exploring London's charity shops a bit more, so they'll be a post on that too. I also went to see the little black jacket exhibition at the saatchi gallery (unimpressed) and Tim Walker at Somerset House (loved it).

Now the clocks have gone back it's probably going to be even harder to get outfit photos, but I managed to get these just before the sun went down. I'm still really loving wearing bright pink with my orange hair, I know this hat is a bit last year but I really like it. I stole it from my sister, who says it used to belong to her friend. My jumper is vintage and my skirt is from Topshop via the charity shop.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Tim Walker

I am a huge Tim Walker fan. His style of dreamy, fantastical, fun photography is something that really appeals to me. During my degree, 'Pictures' was always my favourite starting point for initial ideas and inspiration. Although I was really disappointed when I missed out on tickets to his upcoming talk at Somerset house, to accompany his new exhibition 'Story Teller', I remembered that I had already been to a lecture he gave whist at uni. The lecture was for photography students with a big sign on the door saying fashion students would not be allowed in because of a "lack of space". However, any fashion student will tell you how they are constantly reminded that being pushy gets you places and that the art of the blag is a most important skill, so on the back row were about 1/3 of my fashion class. Honestly I think the talk was wasted on some people. Whist I sat furiously scribbling notes and thinking that I must go back through my issues of vogue to search out the images discussed, one boy in front of me merely wrote the date and the words 'Tim Walker' at the top of his otherwise blank page! At one point what couture was had to be explained. 

When I looked through his website at all his images (I really recommend doing this) I found so many images that I never realised were his but are in my boxes of photocopies. I suspect that 1/3 of my inspiration came from his images.

Here is what I took away from that talk. 

Tim Walker spoke about trying to create a fantasy that doesn't exist and that fashion isn't real, it's a complete pretence. I can imagine you'd feel that way if you saw behind the gloss and glamour of fashion, like meeting someone you admired and them being crushingly dull. He said that fashion photography was the dream side of photography, that it could be a fantasy.

He talked about how the shoots aren't completely storyboarded or planned and explained that there is a lot of figuring it out on the day involved. He spoke of a "fudged effort" and that it can be hard to plan as you're following the mood of something in you head - which I could really relate to. There is also the element of just spotting the right moment for a photo, such as when the model was just waiting about or a piece of the set has fallen, that photography was instinctive. He said he didn't always work this way, he used to be more scripted taking polaroids (which can be seen in his book Pictures) to choose what best depicts what he wanted.

There are usually around 20 people on set for the shoots; Tim Walker himself and his assistant, the set designer and three or four people helping them, the stylist and stylist's assistant, hair and their assistant and makeup and their assistant as well as the model (a fair few assistants then!).

The size and spectacle of the shoot relies heavily on the budget set; Italian Vogue -which has some super Tim Walker stories in it - has a smaller budget than British Vogue and it is Tim Walker who proposes the ideas to the magazines.

For this photo the stylist didn't want the rabbit head and the wings and he really had to fight to have them included.

This shoot was based on willow patterned china. He talked about how sometimes (such as in this photo) you are creating a stage to perform on and you have to work with the set. This shoot took 2 days.

He talked a lot about the Roald Dahl shoot for Vogue, which is one of my favourites. For this shoot he took the stories and characters that he liked and developed visual ideas. He liked that Roald Dahl didn't like TV so he thought it would be funny to have a giant TV. The TV itself is made from cardboard and polystyrene. To him fashion is just a piece of entertainment and he like the idea of telling a story that amused him.

At the time I got the impression that the photographer was fed up with the big fantasy set pieces in Vogue. I remembered this when I saw a shoot in Vogue that I was certain was the brain child of Tim Walker but in fact was not... I thought that they'd have to find someone else who'd do the big elaborate sets.

He said he'd been doing the set pieces for 10 years and that he was becoming more interested in simpler portraits, like these ones for Vogue, which I have always found memorable. The McQueen photo became iconic after his death and he spoke about photographing him. Tim Walker said that he had always thought of McQueen as a 'rebel pirate' and wanted to capture that. He had made for McQueen a cross bones bow tie and wanted him to have a skull on his head. McQueen hated the idea and instead wanted to just sit with the skull as he had liked it. 

He said he only had one hour with each person and he had to carefully consider how to capture them and their personalities. Vivienne Westwood arrived in an outfit that he felt couldn't portray Westwood as punk because it set a soft mood for the photo. Sometimes he doesn't want to direct the person, he doesn't want to shatter anything, just create an honest photo.

Speaking about how he had been taking photos of people he'd found on the street and friends of friends, he described as just people he found interesting with plain simple backgrounds. He said he didn't want to be pigeonholed and that taking portraits was very refreshing.

He spoke about how he had been taking photos of people he'd found on the street and friend of friends, just people he found interesting with plain simple backgrounds. He said he didn't want to be pigeonholed and that taking portraits was very refreshing. I have noticed him doing more portraiture work in the magazines. He also said that photographing someone at the table makes the portrait easier. I did notice that a lot of his portraits are done sat at a table.

Remarking that a portait is only as good as the person in front of you, whereas a set piece is more about the effort and the model, he shot in colour for the first time on his first shoot for Vogue. One thing that Walker is known for is that his photos are real. Those cats are really pastel colours, it's not been photoshopped in. He said that he doesn't use photoshop because he likes to stick to what he knows but is beginning to embrace the technology a little more now. He also said that having something real infront of you can create a better reaction, a better photograph. He loves his set photography and described it as 'photographing your imagination'.

All images are from Tim Walker's Website. 
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