Monday, 20 November 2017

A FAD: THE PEARL BIKER BOOT



[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Zara + Very + Boohoo ]

Just thought I'd spill my thoughts into a short post today. As the A/W 17 micro trends and fads are starting to become very clear on social media, I've noticed a few that I think will die a sudden death as soon as we hit Spring. One of these is the pearl biker boot. Filtered down from the catwalk it's been replicated by most high street brands and it's all over my Instagram feed. Zara's seem to be a popular version that come in real leather for the price tag of under £90 but at the budget end of the high street you can pick some up from Boohoo for only £35. This pair definitely have the price tag of a fad item.

It's not that I dislike the trend but I won't be investing in some winter boots that will soon fade out of sight because of the little shiny plastic studs they're adorned with. Sorry Instagram.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

A RESPONSE TO MY PINK PROJECT





 [ PHOTOGRAPHY: MYSELF + @RACHTFCP]

Me and @rachtfcp paired up to create a photoshoot reflecting on our project on the colour pink so far. After brainstorming ideas we thought about how pink can stand out so much against other dull colours. We wanted to portray this as how it is a colour of expression and how many people use it to express their gender and sexuality without having to write it all over them.

I feel the extravagance and strange, almost disturbing images we produced really connote this. The tiara and broken up feather bower also add to the aesthetic of expression. The way the colours appear almost neon compared to the dark and dirty water was a key element for us. We also wanted to explore a range of pink shades in one image to compare the effects of each. 

As well as being a message of expression. I feel the image also reflects on how trashy and predictable the colour is and therefore shows both of its capabilities. The pink rubbish bin helps this side of the storytelling and the My Little Pony toy relates back to the Barbie trend I talked about in a previous post.

We also had to create a short moving image piece to compliment out photoshoot and I believe this reflects our message. Without any words or physical sound how images can speak to people and how the colour pink can connote deeper meanings than being just a tacky, girly colour.

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PINK: PATTERN + TEXTURE




[ PHOTOGRAPHY: CATHERINE LOSING + GOOGLE ]

 I've been exploring how the combinations of colour and texture and colour and pattern effect the connotations and aesthetics of images. The same shape skirt could be in a hot pink colour but in either a latex material or a denim material and send completely different messages. The latex hot pink skirt above appears strong and sexy. Whereas the light pink fur jacket appears more fun and luxurious, therefore completely changing the story the image wishes to tell.

In addition to the fur looking luxurious, the satin ribbon also has connotations of maturity and glamour. The darker pink ruffled image also holds these characteristics but they are magnified by the delicate ruffle technique applied.

I found it interesting that the piece of sculpture in the second image has a smooth rounded finish and for me it appears quite childlike, especially in the baby pinks associated with little girls.

I also explored pattern in my mood board and found that also drastically effects the storytelling of the image. The pink polka dot pattern appeared fun and vintage and the pink floral patterns is discovered also had a very vintage aesthetic as well as making the colour appear even more feminine than it stereotypically is. Layered underneath the fur coat the model is wearing a blazer and a shirt in quite masculine and traditional patterns but they have pink incorporated into them and it works well to bring out a fun and more feminine style of the tailoring.

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

PINK: PRETTY PREDICTABLE




[ PHOTOGRAPHY: IMAGES SOURCED FROM GOOGLE + PINTEREST ]

As I've been exploring deeper into pink I have discovered that it's pretty predictable. A lot editorials, campaigns and brands use it in its most simple format. This basic use of colour results in a girly, Barbie Doll aesthetic suggesting materialism and compliance to gender stereotypes.

It seems like the easiest way to create these unimaginative connotations is through shade and texture combinations. The baby pink and velvet aesthetic in image five is predictable. The shades connote girlishness and materialism and therefore together hold no deeper meanings. The highly bejeweled image to its right also achieves this unexciting outcome as heart shaped hot pink sequins and tacky embellishments create an excessive look.

As well as texture, decorative features of the garments in the images such as the ribbons on the Puma trainers and the ruffles in both the third and forth picture further connote youthfulness and girlishness and therefore aren't as innovative or exciting as those uses of pink I explored in my last post.  

I will further explore the colour pink in my next post where I will create mood boards on both innovative uses of the colour and predictable uses.

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

PINK: AN INTRODUCTION




[ PHOTOGRAPHY: IMAGES SOURCED FROM GOOGLE + PINTEREST ]

I'm going to pour some thoughts I've been having about the colour pink into this blog post. Understanding the use of colour and how its use can be positive or negative is part of my first project for my course. I gathered a few images of in which I believe pink has been used positively. They avoid the colour being misinterpreted as purely feminine and related to Barbie like ideals which are very outdated. They add edge to the images and have a deeper meaning than when the colour is used for its more stereotypical connotations.

The first image uses a bright, hot pink neon glow in the background to draw attention to the silhouette of the garment. The colour also adds a sexy attitude to the image without making it tacky or predictable. This is very similar to the sixth image where pink lighting is used to compliment the image. I think this shade of hot pink works brilliantly as a form of lighting.

I love the use of pink on the suits in the second image. The tailoring makes even the baby pink look more grown up and I believe that pink creeping into men's wardrobes is a positive use of the colour as it challenges gender boundaries in fashion and society as a whole. I am interested to explore this positive societal impact of pink. Similarly to image two in terms of challenging gender boundaries, image four is able to create a masculine image by juxtaposing the femininity of the pink fur shawl and the male underwear. The models facial expression and stance also offer a juxtaposition to the delicate millennial pink colour.

The fifth image uses a coral shade of pink on the eyes in a wet, vinyl texture. Normally when pink is used alongside this hi-shine effect it becomes stereotypical and old fashioned. However, the coral shade works well with this textural combination. It makes the colour a lot more mature than in its matte form.

In my next post I will be talking about the negative uses of the colour pink.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

EXPLORING THE OLD TOWN | CORFU 2017










[ PHOTOGRAPHY: MYSELF + @MY_LITTLE_DOODLE_BOOK ]

OUTFIT: 
TOP - TOPSHOP
SKIRT - VINTAGE STORE
BAG - H&M
SANDALS - OFFICE
EARRINGS - TOPSHOP
SUNGLASSES - PRIMARK

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NO PHYSICAL EDITING TO MY BODY

Oh I miss the weather captured in these photos. It has rained all day today and the fact that I'm flying down to Cornwall for Boardmasters Festival this week makes me less optimistic about the weather forecast. Being in Corfu was like a little snippet of paradise and exploring the old town was one of the highlights of the trip. I love towns left untouched with gorgeous architecture and lots of nooks and crannies to discover. All the houses and churches were painted in such pretty pastel colours. The town also had two fortified structures. We dragged our sweaty-selves up the more recently built fort and were greeted with a view of all the roof tops below and the sea beyond. In addition to the beautiful surroundings, my love for the trip was completed by discovering my new favourite outfit. Once the sun returns to the UK (if it ever does) then you will be seeing a lot more of this skirt and top combination.

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A WEEK IN PARADISE | CORFU 2017













[ PHOTOGRAPHY: MYSELF + @MY_LITTLE_DOODLE_BOOK ]

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A couple of weeks ago I jetted to Corfu, Greece with my family for a relaxing escape. We stayed in the Paleokastritsa area at the Akrotiri beach hotel. It was so gorgeous, with views at both sides of the hotel onto clear blue waters. I would highly recommend the area and also the hotel. The rooms were lovely, the food and entertainment were good and the staff were so friendly. It was very relaxed and the scenery was breathtaking. I spent endless amounts of time just floating around in the sea down by the beach to clear my head. Myself and Alice (my sister) also loved jumping into the sea from the "rocky beach" at the other side of the peninsula which the hotel was situated on. I wont lie, at first I was really scared of the deep and open waters but by the end of the week I became a bit more brave. My favourite part of the holiday was when we rented a speed boat and took it around the bays, jumping into the sea and swimming ashore.

I will have a few more posts up documenting individual days from the holiday over the next couple of weeks as well as coverage of my Boardmasters festival trip so keep your eyes peeled.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

ETHICAL PICKS: MAYAMIKO S/S 17





[ IMAGES: MAYAMIKO ]

As strange as it is, it's beginning to get a little too late to show you my favourite pieces from a brand's S/S 17 collection. Most of them are currently previewing their A/W collections and shooting the pieces for their websites and promotion. I guess that just shows the fast pace of the fashion industry. However, this is a good time to buy due to the sales. People Tree have a massive sale on at the moment with many of the items I was lusting over in my post about their S/S 17 collection that you can read about here. As well as the sales, these pieces are often great for transitioning into Autumn so you will definitely get year round wear from them.

Today I've picked Mayamiko to share with you. If you are into ethical fashion then probably already know about the brand but I hoped people that had never heard of them before would stumble across this post and fall in love with their beautiful patterns and colours. The brand in my opinion is personally affordable which is great as that means it is making ethical and sustainable fashion more accessible.

The pieces in these collections are gorgeous. Maybe not a recommendation for the minimalists out there but these pieces could sit very well in a more basic wardrobe to inject some colour. The pieces are also very on trend with big sleeves, ruffles and knot details. However, at the same time they are incredibly classic and would be treasured in wardrobes for quite a long time. My favourite piece has to be the knot dress in the Pandora print in the first image. Sadly I left it too late to purchase it before my holiday but I hope you might be able to grab some last minute holiday buys! If you buy anything from Mayamiko or already have any of their pieces then make sure to tag me in your photos to give me some styling inspiration.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

A LEVELS ARE OVER + I'M BACK






[ PHOTOGRAPHY: @oli_415 ]

OUTFIT:

DUNGAREES - CHARITY SHOP
TOP -  NEWLOOK (OLD)
FISHNETS - PRIMARK (NEW)
EARRINGS - TOPSHOP (NEW)

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FILTER ADDED TO PHOTOS
NO PHYSICAL EDITING

I finally finished A Levels a couple of weeks ago and I am relishing in the fact that I won't have to take another exam again, or at least for the foreseeable future. I was hoping to be a lot less stressed once I had left sixth form but I am still feeling that weight on my shoulders with organising university and work things. I don't think it helped that my first week of freedom was spent mostly drunk. However after a week in bed watching YouTube and Love Island and a mini break to the Lake District, I'm starting to feel more relaxed. Although, that may be the loss of blood after my donation today.

I'd set myself many things to do over the summer like stocking up my Depop and learning to knit (don't know when that's going to happen). Oh, and also changing my lifestyle to be more healthy and ethically conscious. At least I have until the 23rd of September to sort my shit out, so I might have time to squeeze in knitting.

Thought I'd write this post to let you know where my heads at. I will be a lot more active on my blog and social media from now on so if you're liking what you see then give me a cheeky follow on Bloglovin'. I will be adding a new "transparency" feature to my posts as seen above, explaining the editing of images used on my blog and other relative subjects. Additionally, I will be linking posts to other posts where the items of clothing have been styled differently. This should give you an idea of how to get multiple wears out of the clothing in your wardrobe and both new features should improve the ethics of my blog.

Thank you to @oli_415 for taking these amazing candid photos of drunk me and my friend.

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Wyatt&Jack Bouncy Castle Bag




Yes. You heard me. My bag is made from a recycled bouncy castle. 

I purchased my Wyatt&Jack bag a few months ago from Hillhouse Vintage on Depop (hilhouse_vntg) and I've been wearing it a lot since then. I followed Hillhouse because they sell great quality vintage bags and when I saw they stocked this Wyatt&Jack tote bag I had to have one. The first thing I loved about it was the bright orange colour and aesthetic. I then found out that they are made from recycled bouncy castles and deck chair canvas which is so cool and a hilarious thing to tell people when they compliment your bag! Furthermore, they are produced in the South of England where they source their materials from and this locality appealed to me. It's very roomy and I have no fear of it breaking as it easily carries a multitude of things, including my hefty camera. I would definitely recommend getting yourself one as the colour and style is very on trend and I bought mine for around £15 so they are affordable as well!

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Ethical Picks: People Tree S/S17



This is my first post here about ethical fashion. After watching The True Cost documentary in my textiles class I decided that if I was to be going into the fashion industry, I should be going into it demanding change. You could say I am entering on an ethical fashion journey. Slowly but surely I am starting to shop more ethically and sustainable. The first step was just shopping more consciously, in terms of considering whether I needed that sixth summer dress or that tenth jumper. I am now thinking like this every time I shop and I sometimes cave and I sometimes do not, but actively considering your impact on the world is part of becoming a conscious shopper. I will definitely be talking about this in more detail in other posts, but today I'll be showing you my top picks from People Tree's spring summer 2017 collection.


People Tree is an ethical fashion brand founded by Safia Minney over twenty-five years ago. They work closely with their manufacturers and all other stages of their Fair Trade and organic supply chains to ensure their clothes are ethical and sustainable. I am loving their range at the moment so I thought I would share some of their pieces with you. The prices range from about £25 for a t-shirt to £100 for a dress. Obviously, this is the more expensive end of high-street prices but they are good quality. They also have great sale prices so check those out! The cuts and prints this season really appeal to me as they are classic but still on trend and all the pieces would look amazing casually and dressed up, meaning you will wear them a lot more. As well as clothing, People Tree do some really pretty minimalist jewellery that I want to get my hands on. However, my very very top pick would be Safia Minney's  book "Slow Fashion." If you're interested in the fashion industry I would definitely recommend reading this book, I haven't finished it yet but I am loving it and I'll put up a review as soon as I have (though this may take a long time... I am a sloooww reader). See you soon with another post! 

All images from People Tree


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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Goals Aren't Going Great


You might have read my post on my goals for this year. It's quite an aspirational list and very much a personal journey in terms of health and well being, instead of travelling to a destination or something along those lines. I know its only March, and this might seem like I'm being hard on myself, but I'm not happy with the way it's all going. Mainly, because it's not really going anywhere. I'll eat healthy one day, then crave the next (I wish cakes in mugs did not exist... they're too easy). I'm letting my organisation slack, I'm spending too much money on things that I don't need. I'm writing this, not at yoga, where I should be at this time on a Tuesday evening, and I'm also writing this post to avoid my A-Level Media homework. Finally, I'm letting my self-care slip away. I'm also making no progress with blogging more frequently, as you can tell. However, this will be a year long process and I just need to give myself time to get into a routine. I'm gonna' try baby steps.

Some things I'd love to do are de-clutter my "stuff" and my mind. Try to make that side of life more simple so I have more time for the things I love as I know having lots of "stuff" isn't the cause of my happiness. This would involve really narrowing down my wardrobe, focusing in on what's really my style and buying fewer, better quality pieces. Also, I'd like to simplify my skincare and makeup routine. I don't have a complicated routine but I have lots of products that go unused. I've ordered the necessary things I need to start a bullet journal, so instead of having a planner and a blog planner and multiple notebooks I'll just have one place where I write and track everything. I've heard this will change my life, so I'll give it a shot.

So there, we're pretty much back to where we started. I'll keep you posted of any improvements and write regular check in posts like these as I think it's a great time for me to reflect upon myself. On a lighter note it's been sunny in the UK over the past few days and it's been lightening my mood insanely, which was much needed. I hope that your goals are going well and I hope you're having a great year so far, despite any wider events that may have occurred...


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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Leeds Women's March









I was in Leeds on Saturday with my sister, causally taking fashion photos for my media coursework when we heard a large chant coming from the next street on. We peeped our heads around the corner and discovered what was the Leeds Women's March. I had no idea one was happening in my city, I was aware the successful event was going to occur in the American capital but didn't realise I myself would be able to join in. Naturally, I had my camera with me so I got snapping to capture this memorable moment. My sister and I joined the march with no previous experience of a political protest. It felt so empowering. Even though people felt anger, there was so much positive energy. Everyone was so lovely. It was an amazing experience. I also loved the diversity of gender, age and race. It wasn't just a place to protest women's rights. I saw many signs against Islamophobia, homophobia and signs with just general messages of acceptance. These people were coming together as one big loving unity, and it was beautiful. I think that this acts as an example of how we should live our day to day lives. We need to accept everybody in society. Even Trump. We need to accept that he does have different views than us, and that we believe some of the views he has are damaging. We need to unite as a society, to educate people on acceptance and understanding, standing together against the views we don't believe in, and letting those in power know how we feel.


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