Tuesday, 19 December 2017

A Fad: The Baker Boy Hat


[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Topshop ]


Just a short post of an observation I've made. A huge trend at the moment that's taking over my Instagram feed is the Baker Boy hat. I'll be sat in a lecture and all I can see is a mass of them in different fabrics and colourways. Obviously, the product is a fad but I'm wondering how long it will stay around for as it fits so well with the new season pieces coming in with that classic "London girl" look.

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Monday, 11 December 2017

FKA Twig's Instagram Magazine


In October of 2017, FKA Twigs launched her Instagram Magazine AVANTgarden. It utilises the recently new feature of being able to post multiple images in a single post. Twigs explains the "digizine" is "a way for me to express myself without any rules or guidelines, with imagination and care.” The zine is ten "pages" long and so a short but effective way of expression for the artist. I think the idea is really innovative and exciting. I love the fact it is accessible and free and would like to see other artists and brands take on the concept.

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Ethical Picks: Birdsong London




[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Birdsong ]


Birdsong is an ethical clothing brand based in London that practices fair working conditions hiring migrant mother workers to help get them into employment and using sustainable materials such as organic cotton. There t-shirts and sweaters are hand printed and jumpers hand knitted. I love their classic designs and the pops of colour in the motifs. They have a very affordable price point and so make ethical and sustainable clothing available to everyone. Their brand slogan is "No sweatshops. No Photoshop." and I love their natural and unedited photography, it's refreshing to see in the industry. Above are some of my favourite pieces from their current collection.

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Wednesday, 15 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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Monday, 6 November 2017

The Commercialisation of Feminism



Slogan tees and Instagram have combined to create an abundance of fake activists and feminists that might not be as forward thinking as they seem. Many high end designer brands in the industry such as Dior and Chanel are using their platforms as a way to project activism yet alongside the slogan t-shirt trend it had diffused down into high street stores and what could have been seen as an artistic way of getting messages across to the public about current subjects is lost. People are buying these products for the aesthetics and it can take away from the meaning and results in fake activism. Feminism has been commercialised and brands are making money from something that should be helping the less fortunate and most exploited in society.

A personal problem I have is people wearing these t-shirts and branding themselves as activists on Instagram is that the products haven't always been made ethically. The vision runs through my head of a "feminist" slogan t-shirt being sewn together by a seamstress working long hours for little pay in a factory that isn't safe. How is funding this exploitation an act of Feminism?

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

ETHICAL PICKS: NUDE ETHICS




[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Nude Ethics ]


Nude Ethics is an online store housing a small number of brands that use sustainable materials and carry out ethical practices. The collections are minimalist and curated with beautiful cuts and details. I love the fact that all the products can work together to form a capsule wardrobe and as the price points are affordable it's a great brand for new buyers of ethical clothing to start building their new wardrobe with. I love their simple lingerie designs and minimal jewellery. I also like the use of one-off reworked vintage pieces. Above are a few of my favourite items currently for sale on their website. I have my eye on the cropped t-shirt featuring their signature orange motif and I think this may be my first purchase from the brand.

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Monday, 16 October 2017

THE POWER OF WORDS + IMAGES





[ PHOTOGRAPHY: Myself + @rachtfcp ]


After producing outcomes as a response to our project on the colour pink, we were asked to consider the power of words and images. As my degree is focused on story telling it is important that I understand how each element effects one an other and how they can combine to tell different stories than they would individually. We had to create a CD cover, news article, advertisement and a graffitied advertisement using one of our final images. Each product and the words chosen to compliment them would affect the story the image would tell.

I decided to use my image firstly as an advert for sanitary product brand Bodyform. First of all the text I used "Periods are pretty. Period." created an empowering and positive advertisement campaign. However, the adding of the graffiti over the top changed the consumers view of the whole image and therefore leaving them with a negative portrayal of the brand as the graffiti questions the brands unrealistic marketing.

The online article I created came from a negative perspective and therefore effects the way the consumer relates to the image. The tacky pink pony doll and glitter assist the negative angle on "girl power" which validates the headline.

Finally, the album cover approaches the images in a positive, artistic way. I used the band name and song titles to work with the bold and messy images to create an aesthetic for a made-up indie band. I also added a parental guidance logo to add to the rebellious connotations of the images.

Overall this has helped me understand the significant effect that both words and images have on one an other and I will take this knowledge into my future projects.

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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

TRANSPARENCY:
FILTERS WERE APPLIED
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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FILTERS ADDED
NO PHYSICAL EDITING TO BODY

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)

TRANSPARENCY:

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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