Saturday, 19 January 2013

There's no day like a snow day

Anyone currently living in the UK has probably realised that it snowed yesterday. It's not something we get to experience very often, but it really makes me appreciate where I live and how beautiful the English countryside is. Sometimes, I think I'd prefer to live in a town or city because there are more people and things to do. However, I'll always be a country girl, there's so much space, fresh air and gorgeous views - I can't really imagine growing up anywhere else(:

Here's a few of the pictures that I took yesterday, they're all in my garden, I think it looks kind of magical out there at the moment.

The big silver birch tree looked all sparkly in the light.

My garden is big, so there was a lot of untouched snow to jump in!

Wrapping up and enjoying the day I got off school^-^

My dog Zindel - waiting for me to throw more snowballs for him.

It was just field after field of white blankets around the village.

My ducks aren't so keen on the snow, they shelter under the bush.

These horses aren't mine, but the live in the field next to out house.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Textiles Project - 18th Century

Currently, I'm studying textiles at GCSE, hoping to continue with it in college at the end of this year. It's one of my favourite lessons, and of course a necessary subject for many jobs in the fashion industry. I've just wrapped up the project that contributes 60% towards my final grade - so it had to be good! The task was to choose one of the given themes and create a textiles piece inspired by research and designers from it. In the end I chose the theme 'Decades' but narrowed it down to the 1770's, when Marie Antoinette was queen of France and heavily influenced the fashion in that period.

The designer I was inspired by was Vivienne Westwood, specifically her 'Anglomania' collection. I decided to create an outfit with a traditional 18th century shape but using eccentric patterns and colours like those in Westwood garments. Here's the final product: (Sorry about the photo quality, it was dark when I finished)

The outfit consisted of a skirt, bolero and corset. The corset isn't included in these pictures because irritatingly, it didn't fit. I handed it in with my project and took a few photos where it was pinned in the back - but I kind of prefer the outfit without the corset.

 What do you guys think? It's taken me a long time to make, and it's the best thing I've made in textiles so far!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Wednesday Wishlist - Topshop

1. Nails in Celestial - £5.00
2. The Radleigh bag by Marc B - £49.00
3. Pippa keyhole dress by Love - £38.00
4. Structured blazer - £65.00
5. Blush spike aliceband - £10.00
6. ALLO pointed creepers - £85.00

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Looking Back.

It's been a little while finishing this post, but I've been trawling through my pictures to find the best moments of 2012. It's been quite a busy year for me, so I think it's nice to have a look back at my favouite times and have a record for the future as well! Thank you for reading, or looking if you just want to see the pictures(; x

Lolita Fashion evening at the V&A London
One exciting thing for me was getting my first taste of real Japanese fashion, something I'd been longing for since I was about 14. Not being able to go to Japan meant I had to just scroll through countless images on the internet to get my fix. So naturally, I jumped at the chance to go and admire some outfits and people in person. (There was a blog post a while back with more pictures if you are interested.)

Dip Dip Dip!
One of the most daring and exciting things that I decided to do last year was dip dye my hair green when it became a trend. After I persuaded my parents (mainly dad...) that it was a good idea, I went along to the hairdressers and bit the bullet. I only had it over summer because my school would flip if I turned up with hair like that, but I really loved it and I'm so glad I got to try something a little out of my comfort zone style-wise(: Again, there is a whole post on this if you're interested!

Bristol Fashion Week 2012
 It's become a tradition for me and my best friend to go to the Bristol Fashion shows twice a year. Although there is an exhilarating atmosphere at big events such as the Clothes Show, the cosy, close to home vibe from the Bristol shows is really something! It's always presented by TV stylist Mark Hayes, and TV hairdresser Andrew Barton and all the clothes are from High Street shops in the mall which you can go and purchase right after the show. I love it so much and look forwards to it no matter how many times I've been!

Weymouth Beach
 One thing I'm happy about was that this year I got to spend a lot of time with my friends and make lots of amazing memories, since this is our last year together at secondary school before we spilt for college. I'm going to miss them an awful lot, so making the most of the precious time that we have left is a must. A resolution of mine is to organise more day trips together so we can see eachother as much as possible.

Fashion Show 2012
 Another thing I got to do was take part in a fashion show for my school. It was all the art and textiles students from year 10, 11 and 12 showing the garments that they had produced on the theme of world cultures. I chose Japan and I got to design, make, style and model my creations on the catwalk. It was an incredible experience, though very scary, I would love to do it all again if I got the chance next year.

Fancy Dress Party
 It's only a small thing, but going to parties and events is something I've enjoyed, especially when I got to go with my friends. I guess I just love to dress up and put makeup on for an occasion, but little parties like those give me nights to remember and treasure for years to come(:

Treetops High Ropes Course
 I never thought I had a problem with heights, until I got put somewhere very high. I wouldn't go as far as saying it's a fear of mine, but I was very uncomfortable climbing across wobbly bridges and rickety ladders through enormous trees! Somehow though, I completed the course, and jumped off a 60ft ledge afterwards. As you can see from the picture, I was quite happy to have finished!

Family outing in Yorkshire 
As well as seeing friends, I got to spend some time with family that I rarely see due to them living far away from us. I really value all the time I get to see relatives, not seeing them often makes me appreciate the visits and trips that we do have. I'm so thankful that all of my family care so much for me and genuinly take interest in my life, giving me advice along the way. I know not everyone is as lucky as I am when it comes to this kind of thing, but I think everyone should try and make the most of who and what they have got.  

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Soap and Glory gift set full review

Peaches and Cream Facial Cleanser - £6.00
This is one of my favourite products that came in the set - I'm using it every evening now. I like it because it's really refreshing but also it feels as though it works! I haven't felt a significant change in my skin (yet) but I feel as though all my makeup is removed and it's quite moisturising surprisingly! I would really recommend this facial cleanser!

Smoothie Star Body Milk - £10.00
I'm not so sure about this moisturiser. I love the smell, it's really pleasant and lingers for a long time after applying. However, I don't really like the feel of it on the skin, it's not as smooth as other creams and almost feels slightly sticky? I'm not sure how to describe it! Of course I will use it up, but I won't be repurchasing it.
The Righteous Butter Body Butter - £10.50
I prefer this body cream to the 'Smoothie Star' one. This body butter is so much more moisturising and smooth when you apply it, and the scent is pretty nice as well - I like to put this on before I go to sleep so that it can soak in all night!
Heel Genius Foot Cream - £5.50
Ok, the foot cream is one of the best products in the entire set - I've never tried anything like it! For soft feet in the summer, I used to put vaseline on them and then wear cotton socks while I sleep so in the morning they were softer. However, this cream works even better, after just one night my feet felt so nice - especially my heels! It needs to be applied as often as possible for best results, but I find it works well after one night.
Hand Food Hand Cream - £5.00
I had heard a lot about this product and I kept meaning to buy one of the mini travel tubes to sample, so when I recieved this in the set, I was quite excited to try it. Happily, the cream lived up to my expectations, it feels nice, doesn't stay on the skins surface for too long and smells good as well! I might actually get some of the smaller versions so that I can carry it around in my bags because this tube is a bit big for that - good to keep in my bedroom though.
Thick and Fast Mascara - £10.00
I'll admit I already had one of these mascaras. But that was ok because it's my everyday mascara, and I'll surely be needing a new one soon! I use this almost everyday and it's one of the best mascaras I have found from the drugstore. It doesn't really clump and makes my lashes look very thick and pretty.

Sexy Mother Pucker Lipgloss - £9.00
I'm not really a lipgloss fan. I have many, but I don't wear them and I never buy them myself - all the lipgloss I own has been given as a gift. And here's another one to add! However, saying that, I thought I might like this one because it's supposed to be plumping and I was drawn in by that. I didn't like it. It tastes pretty gross and the tingling feeling isn't very fun either. I thought I'd stick it out though and see if it worked in the end. It didn't make any difference at all. Bit of a disappointment really...

Clean on Me Shower Gel - £5.50
The shower gel was my least favourite product that was in the set. I was quite disappointed really, I thought it'd be similar to the other products, but it was nothing special at all. The smell is ok, there is not really a fragrance, it just smells like nothing... Overall, this is just like an ordinary boring shower gel, and I prefer fruity and nice smelling gels.
Sugar Crush Body Scrub - £8.00
I really love this. It feels amazing on the skin, it's exfoliating but it isn't too scratchy like some which irritate my skin. The scent straight from the tub is very sickly and overwhelming, but taking little handfuls makes it smell really sweet and pleasant. My skin feels nice and soft afterwards, and I would really recommend this to anyone!