Saturday, 28 April 2012

Tropical x Lady

I've been loving the tropical prints at the moment, so I made this super cute flamingo pencil skirt. I think of the look as a combination of lady like looks and tropical looks. I call it tropical lady, although a friend commented that I looked like a 'Camden businesswoman' 

This is what I wore to the Aubin Cinema, which I first heard about on Betty magazine. It was a really lovely experience, we sat in one of the double seats, which has a blanket and footstool. It was so cosy and nice, I wish all cinemas were like this. The only problem was that I got a bit too comfy, forgot where I was and laughed too loudly at a bit no one else laughed at.

I've dyed my hair pink too, the purple wasn't working out. I dyed it bright pink all over and had a dream that all the colour fell out. Then three days later, I washed it and surprise surprise, the colour fell out. But only in patches. I went to the hairdressers and had her cut all the manky parts out. It's so much healthier now, but she recommended I get some of the kerastase shampoos and conditioners but at £50 for them, I'm not sure if it's worth it. Anyone else used them?

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

DIY Make your own Collar

Here's how to make a super cute detachable peter pan collar. You can make it in most fabrics (I've done cotton, lace and fur) and decorate it however you want. Any questions or if I haven't explained something properly just ask.

You will need;

  • Ribbon, any width you like and about 90cms. 
  • 2 pieces of Fabric at least 40cm x 25cm each. They don't have to be the same.
  • Pattern Piece which you can print off here. Download it and print it off on A4 paper. Mine looks different because it's my original draft.
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Either a needle or a sewing machine. I use a sewing machine.

Do this for both pieces of fabric. Cut your ribbon into 2 equal halves. If you are sewing buttons or attaching studs or anything else to your collar, do that now.

This is so they don't get tangled or stuck in the seams when you sew them in.

Pin the top collar and the bottom collar together with the right sides together and the wrong side facing outwards. Slide the two ribbons in where the arrows are making sure they aren't touching the edges and pin them in place too. Make sure the ends are poking out a little bit.

Turn the collar the right way out.

Stitch the gap closed. Press it flat with an iron. Unpin the ribbons. Your collar is finished!

You can see me wearing mine here.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012


1. Accessorize Pink Hat - I have a wedding to go to and am getting very excited at the prospect of a hat. I did get told off trying them on in John Lewis, for taking photos. How am I supposed to decide if it matches my dress if I don't have a picture!

2. Wallis Pleated Floral Skirt - This looks so much nicer on a person (or mannequin) than on the hanger.

3. Meadham Kirchhoff Lamb Tee - A little piece of the Meadham Kirchhoff S/S12 collection to keep forever.

4. Models Own X Hed Kandi Nail Polish - I love the rainbow sparkles, but I like all my nail varnishes to match which is why they are all Barry M.

5. Dorothy Perkins Rainbow Ombre Jumper - Madly in love with this ombre jumper. I can't work out how they dye in into so many colours or where the word 'ombre' came from. I'm pretty sure it's the same as dip dyed. Maybe this is like how my mum calls dungarees 'bib and braces' and jumpsuits 'catsuits'. She's not the only one, I heard a woman say that her daughter wanted some 'Bermuda shorts' and the daughter replied 'Muuuuum, They're not bermuda shorts they're board shorts'. Anyone else's mum use old fashioned words for things?

6. H&M Pleated Mint Skirt - Really feeling the mint green at the moment. I think everyone I know is getting a bit sick of me telling them just how much I love pastels.

7. Nail Rock for Oasis Nail Wraps - I haven't tried nail wraps yet, I keep meaning to and forgetting to buy some. I want floral ones and I really like the idea of Oasis using their own classic prints.

8. Oasis Bird Print Top

9. Apparently I can't count. At least not past 10.

10. Louche Cloud Jumper - Rainbows and mint, what a combo!

11. Ben de Lisi at Debenhams Pigeon Ornament - I have a real thing with pigeons. I'm terrified of one touching me (which anyone who has seen one fly near me can attest to) but I like the idea of them and looking at them. (I feel the same way about squirrels. Drawing of a squirrel? Cute! Actual squirrel? Run!) I also like pigeon's purple and green feathers and the idea that they are doves, but they've gotten a bit scruffy.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Lu Flux A/W 12/13

This is a collection I've been anticipating is the new Lu Flux collection for A/W 12/13. It follows on from Spring Summer '12 with the mixing of prints but this time with a more homey feel.

I love this oven glove scarf.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Things I Found and Liked

These super cute toy pug dogs were sent to various designers and auctioned off to raise money for street children in Bangladesh. The name of the project is Pug Dogs for Happy Kids. You can buy a tote bag with them all on.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

David Hockney

Having quite a cultured few weeks, having suddenly been to various galleries recently. Before it closed I went to see David Hockney - A Bigger Picture at the RA. It was insanely busy, with all advance tickets having sold out weeks ago. I tried to go when it first opened but the queues were just too big. Me and Abi decided that there was nothing else for it, we'd have to queue. I haven't ever queued like that in London for a gallery, only in Paris.

 I don't think you were allowed to take pictures, but I had a lot of 'texting' to do as I went round.

I really liked looking close up at all the details and patterns.

I was really impressed by these ipad 'paintings'. At first we didn't realise that they had be done digitally, but if you look closely you can see the edges are rounded. I think these are really amazing, because not only do they look just like all the other painting.

Roll on Damien Hirst.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Shoot for Ballad Of

I recently sent out my shorts from my final collection to be used in a shoot. This is the behind the scenes video.

Monday, 9 April 2012

New Favourite Tumblr

Actually an old favourite tumblr, but one I'm always going back to is Awesome People Hanging Out Together. 

I like the ones where they aren't at an event or working together on a film, they are just genuinely hanging out together.

Where would this even be? As if either of them own that green garden furniture?

Of course these two are pals.

I think Aziz Ansari is everything Tom Haverford wishes he could be.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Aztec Print Dress

Since my planned trip to Brighton got rained off (the first event of summer '12 to be thwarted by bad weather, probably of many) me and the boy decided to go into London and do more things off my 'list of things I want to do, but never have the time to'.

I wore my pretty, new aztec print dress which I'm super pleased with. I made it, from drafting the pattern to sewing it up, in under 4 and a half hours. As soon as I saw the jersey fabric I knew I had to have it and make a dress stat! I don't usually like Aztec prints or anything that could be described as 'tribal' but the pastel colours on this made it a must have. I also gave wearing ankle socks a go, after picking them up super cheap in Primark, but I don't think I'll brave wearing them with sandals just yet. The big black ribbon is one of my style staples. It's great for breaking up an outfit and super cheap too. I've also dyed my hair lilac in a bid to be more like Effie Trinket, although it hasn't taken very well.

We also went to see David Shrigley at the Southbank Centre, which I've wanted to see for a while since my mum went to see it without me. the exhibition shows more than just his illustrations and cartoons, but sculptures and animations too. I particularly liked the giant cup of tea (just the way I like it too, milk no sugars) and the rich tea biscuit nailed to the wall. I liked the idea of his 'public domain' art was made to last saying "I've never felt that I wanted anything I did to last, I don't want to perminantly alter the world, I don't feel I have the right to. Only the city council is allowed to change things forever."

There was also an exhibition by Jeremy Deller which I really enjoyed. There was a recreation of an art show he'd had in his bedroom whist his parent were on holiday in 1993 which I really liked the idea of. There was also the things from a parade he put on for the Manchester international Festival, a tribute to Manchester. One of the floats was a replica of a cafe in Bury, which you could sit inside (at the exhibition) and have a cup of tea and watch a video of the parade. I like the idea of art not being a thing but something that happened. I got annoyed at the sign though that said the places were 'main cities in greater Manchester' or something like that. Stockport is just about a town, not a city (which I'm allowed to say since I grew up there) and Tameside and Trafford aren't even towns. They are the 10 metropolitan borough councils that make up greater manchester. Do your research mr sign writer. There was also a video of all the things he had done that were art as an event not a thing.

I could say an awful lot more about these exhibitions but really I recommend going to see them for yourself.

Friday, 6 April 2012

What I wore Today

This is what I wore for a fairly unexciting day at work, since it has cruelly stopped being so nice and sunny and started being cold and rainy again, just as I'm planning a trip to brighton. I think this is quite a cute look really.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Uniqlo UTs

Missed the boat a bit on posting about this, but I was pretty excited about the start of spring for the new line of UTs from Uniqlo. If you haven't seen, every summer, japanese casual wear store, Uniqlo does a set collaborative t-shirts with anyone from Disney to a Japanese patisserie to a record label. (You can read me go on about them about 3 years ago here) The results are usually quite cool. I don't know why they only do them in the summer, people wear tees in the winter too, Uniqlo! This year is the 10th anniversary of the UTs.

The Orla Kiely ones had already sold out by the time I got to Uniqlo. They have some classic Orla prints and are instantly identifiable, but are still quite cute. I don't really consider these collaborations like the ones say H&M do, since they are more like licensing of images and corporate identity than anything else. They also don't have the same hype surrounding them.

These Lulu Guinness tee's, featuring classic Lulu iconography, wont be in stores until 14th April, you can bet I won't be missing out on these, since I'm quite the Lulu Guinness fan.

I like these Hello Kitty (who hasn't Hello Kitty collaborated with?) tees for the fact that they aren't obviously Hello Kitty. Another thing that is good about the UTs is that they are good quality and are only around £15 each. Myself and the boy have bought several over the years and a lot of them still hang in the wardrobe, which is good considering I've paid a lot more for tees and still have them go bobbly or come apart at the seams.

Finding pretty floral tees can be a bit difficult so these ones from Laura Ashley are fantastic. I like Laura Ashley, but more for their homeware since their clothes are a bit mumsy. It's good to have something a bit cooler that I can wear. They've gone back through the Laura Ashley archives and chosen out classic prints.

Uniqlo have 13 stores across the UK but since 3 of them are on Oxford/Regent Street and one is in Kingston (and I know there isn't on in Manchester) you'll probably have to go online.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Primark Picks

My friend came back to the UK from Hong Kong to visit and the two things she'd missed were Boots Meal Deals and Primark. They have some really nice things in at the moment, some very good designer look a likes.

I spotted this Christopher Kane-esque rainbow tee for £4.

And a bag that looks alot like a Mulberry Cookie Bayswater.

And another dress inspired by the one from Victoria by Victoria Beckham.

I got some very pretty ankle socks so I can try the Orla Kiely socks and heels look. And these floral shoes for £3!

I got this Primark nail art pen too, for the princely sum of £1.50. I'm usually quite wary of cheap nail varnish but since I'm not too skilled at nail art, I'm loath to spend alot on a nail pen. It comes in a variety of colours, in my Primark I saw white, silver and black.

It comes with a fine tip end and a very fine brush. I like that the tip has a cap with piece of wire in it to stop the tip from getting clogged.

The flow is kind of difficult to control, but I suspect I'd have that problem with most nail pens.

With a bit more practise, I might be able to achieve some of the fancier patterns. It comes with instructions as well. For £1.50 I can't complain, I'll definitely be picking up the white one.

An update on this... I had a little old lady tell me that my nails were 'not as nature had intended'. Neither's the bleached hair lady.
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