Friday, 31 December 2010

End of a Chapter

Well 2010 is coming to an end soon....can't say I'll miss it to be honest (it's been pretty pants) not one of my best years for sureee...

But 2011 brings a new start and what looks to be a very busy year
  • Carnage in Newcastle with the homie
  • Trip to Paris with the Jempson
  • Trip to New York with the Jempson
  • The start of work exciting!!!
  • My 21st!! oh myyy
And all the little things in between....and whatever else is yet to be's looking good folks

I'm hoping 2011 will treat me well, come on, I deserve it seriously

I'm thinking my New Years resolution should be to focus on uni work more, try my best at everything I do, and I probably should start growing up and acting like an adult.......  

Nahhhhhhhhhhh FORGET THAT! :) Fun all the way I say!


Thursday, 30 December 2010

Legs Eleven

My River Island purchases arrived today :D yay!

Brief run down of my goodies...

Was £7.99 Now £3.00

 I loveee this ring, I know it's slightly over the top but what the hell!
Was £16.99 Now £8.00
 Been looking for a new purse for a while and River Island ones always serve me well (my previous one lasting 3 years which is a record for me!) and this was such a bargain I just had to have it.
Was £25 Now £10
 Ahhh my Henry Holland suspender socks, LOVE! There extra long to create a ruched effect down the leg (when I first opened them I thought they'd been made to fit a giraffe!)
Was £15 Now £5
 Henry Holland mock suspender tights, wasn't sure about the leg pattern, but looked better than I expected, result.
Was £10 Now £5
 And my 'wannabe' Rihanna lace short tights, similar to the ones she wears in the 'Whats my Name' video, which will come in very handy when I'm freeeeaking out at how short a skirt or dress is!

All in all a good spending spree I think :) Oh I do love the sales....

Sunday, 19 December 2010

A little trip

I took a little visit to London last week. 

Visited the V&A museum which seems to get better every time. Explored the Peter Rabbit exhibition and the Theatre and Performance exhibition, which displayed loads of brilliant costumes from stage shows. 

After getting lost in there for what seemed like hours we headed off to Harrods...which I've never experienced before, so I was a little excited :) It was amazing! Like a giant Santa's Grotto. I got some shots of the window displays which were just a masterpiece in themselves. 
As you can imagine it was soooo busy with Christmas shoppers it was mental! Really made me feel Christmassy.

I'm also impressed with the fact I think I'm getting better at working out the tube.....sort of :)

Getting into the spirit

So with uni over with for a while, I thought I'd take the opportunity to chill out and do my own thing for a bit....starting with making an elf costume to wear at work! :)

Getting up at 6.30 on a Saturday morning is not top of my list of things 'I love to do', but dressing up as an elf made it a little less depressing. I got some impressed comments from customers and I also think seeing me helped them be less miserable, so all in all a job well done!

(oh and I'd also like to mention I realise I called Rihanna's new song 'Say my Name' instead of 'Whats my Name' in my last post. oops)

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

My new love

 Whipping off a black and white number to reveal some OTT underwear and perform 'Say My Name' on X Factor....whats the harm in that??? Apparently millions complained....ermmm yeah it's called fashion, it's a performance, a costume....GET OVER IT. *sighhhh*
 Ohhh I adore this, it's so cute yet still unique and interesting. A William Tempest design from s/s 2011, the flowers were added on as an extra to match the hair piece.....I think it works wonderfully! 

 I think perhaps my favorite of Rihanna's X Factor outfits.....I spent the entire performance trying to work out how she was wearing underwear...if she was that is! So elegant and simple, she looked stunning. 10/10!

Conclusion....I want to be her. End of.

A slight hiccup

Lastly the digital design project was a bit of a disaster due to the fact there wasn't enough time to get it done to a high standard......which I don't like, I'll be honest, I was disappointed with it, however I submitted in time and every page was complete so hopefully fingers crossed I won't have done tooooo badly :)

Anyway so that's semester 1 complete (ignore the fact I have a report to write, a project to complete and revision to do by the end of the hols) Now I can rest and enjoy the Christmas spirit....WOOHOO! Roll on the turkey!

The Damn Dress...

Okay I won't babble on about the project as a hole.... but my group had to design and make a dress including puff sleeves, a revere collar and a circle first we thought...riiiight so this is gonna be an ugly creation....but with hard work and some good ideas, we created something quite nice, in fact very nice even if I say so myself! We also finished a week before deadline (this was encouraged due to the fact we didn't want to loose a week of our holidays still working on it!) 

The Range

So for my design development project, we had to put together a development booklet, including inspiration pages, sketches, LOTSSS of developments, fabrics, colours, experiments basically pretty much everything you would do before deciding on a final range. It also had to be based on our chosen designer from the last project. 
Then we had to put it all together to create illustration boards and flat drawing boards, showing the outcome of weeks of research and more or less going metalllll!
So here you go...
Illustration Board 1

Illustration Board 2

Flats Board 1  

Flats Board 2

The flats boards are missing the fabric swatches here. I'm pretty pleased with the final outcome, if I could of spent longer perfecting each one then I would have but when time is against you....

Long time no Speak

Right firstly sorry for the fact I've been quiet for the last month.....hard for me to do let me tell ya!

You wouldn't believe the work load seriously, but it's holiday time now so hopefully this will mean more time to blog, not that I have much choice as I need to blog in order to complete my professional practice project over's complicated, I won't bore you with the details....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Soooo I shall get pictures up of what I've actually been doing with my time :) I think you'll be impressed...

Tuesday, 30 November 2010


I officially take it back......I HATE ILLUSTRATOR.....that is all.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Spare pennies

So I got paid on Friday and decided to treat myself as I found out New Look were doing free delivery...

Velvet Body Con Dress £9.99 from £14.99

Now I'm not usually a fan of velvet, but it's everywhere at the moment so I thought I'd give it a go, I also went for 'Hornblower Blue' rather than my usual black. I'm thinking this could come in handy nearer Christmas when the Christmas outings kick off!
Bow Tights £4.00
 I love these tights, I've seen them all over for ages, and I also saw someone wearing them at uni and they looked so cute, so I had to get them, I think they may look quite nice with the velvet dress??
Corsage Shoe £10 from £25
Velvet Bow Shoe £10 from £25

No I can never have enough shoes! I mean they were a bargain at £10 each! How could I not :) I'm sure they will be worn at some point, however I don't know where I'm going to store them! oops...
Wing Ring £4.99

Feather Ring £5.99

And if you haven't already realized, I have an obsession with jewelry (4 jewelry boxes full to be precise) IT WAS BUY ONE GET ONE FREE! Don't judge me I can't help it

So that was my spending spree this weekend, as you can see I'm a bargain hunter, I LOVE sale :) Pictures to come once it's all delivered!

Monday, 1 November 2010

New Love

I actually love Illustrator.
I just wish I had time in my busy schedule to use it more and to it's full potential! Yeah it takes a while to get the hang of it and to stop getting it confused with Photo shop, but my god, once you know what your doing, it's AMAZINGGGG!
Okay so maybe I'm getting a little over excited, but today after my digital design lesson I was so impressed with what I'd created.....I can't help it!

I'm actually ashamed to admit that at one point today I actually regretted my choice of a fashion design course and wished I'd have taken graphics! (I'm so sorry please forgive me love of fashion for ever doubting you)
We start designing our 10 garment range tomorrow, hopefully that will get me back into the fashion spirit!

Jewelry Splurge

When I'm let loose surrounded by shops on my own.....I can't control my purchasing.
It's a fact. I must admit I love being able to stare at something for wayyy too long and not have anyone nagging in my ear that their borrrrrred or tirrrrrred...
However like I said, it also means theirs no one saying 'Do you really need that?', 'It's a bit expensive' or 'Get it another time' resulting in me spending money which didn't realllllly need to be spent :)
And heres some of my buys...

    Above and Below image is a set of 4 from H&M £2.99

Flower Ring Sale Topshop £2.50
Bracelet Sale Topshop £3.75 Ring H&M £5.99

Also I'd like to thank Glamour magazine for my free Nails Inc nail varnish colour Jermyn Street!

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Work work work!

We're at the discovering trends stage in our project at the moment, and I'm finding it extremely difficult to find much information as A/W 2011/12 is a whole year away! 
However we can kinda mix and match this year, sorta make our own trends to fit in with our chosen designer, mine being Martin Margiela, which is actually quite fun...
Here's 4 of my trend pages, I'm quite pleased with the layouts and overall look, if I had more time I could have probably made them better, but when time is short...

Sunday, 24 October 2010


Valentino's Fall 2010 Couture Collection

Netted Skirt Nightmare... I have the mission of making 2 heavily gathered net skirts for dance costumes by Friday...
Doesn't sound too bad, until you take into consideration I have uni work that needs completing and 1 day off this week. Help. 
I've never even made a 'tutu' before :S it takes a lot more net than I thought. Anyway the first one is finished, taking roughly 6 hours (working late into the night I may add) and even if I do say so myself, is looking pretty damn good
Of course neatening and trimming is required but that's the least of my worries at this stage.

It does give volume to the skirt, so hopefully it will meet my clients requirements!
I'll let you know later if they brought the girls luck in their competition....fingers crossed :)