VOGUE SCRAPBOOK

Uni has been absolutely mind-bogglingly crazy these past few weeks and the next few weeks look just as insane. One of my assignments was to create a shopping page in the style of Vogue Scrapbook. I decided to go for the theme of a “dark fairytale” as seen on the catwalks of Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana for Autumn/Winter 2014.

We were then assigned to produce an accompanying photoshoot with the shopping piece and the result is below… I will do another blog post with the full range of photos included, but for now it’s just the one I submitted with my work.

zzzZDARK ENCHANTMENT INDESIGN2zzzZDARK ENCHANTMENT INDESIGN22

Text:
DARK enchantment
Ethereal illusions captivate the heart, mind and soul of those willing to be cast under its spell…

Once upon a time in a far away land where denim is all but forbidden, exists a wonderland of all charming dimensions where child’s play is not limited to those in infancy. Dolce and Gabbana led this season’s enchanted offering with Little Red Riding Hood capes all the better to be seen in, along with splendidly embellished creations evoking only the most magical notions. Forest greens, deep-hued ruby reds, blood-curdling blacks and a trickle of gold were all seen on the autumn/winter 14 catwalks by way of Valentino, Erdem and Alice & Olivia who all captivated the enigmatic motif of the classic dark fairytale.

Nature-themed garments decorated with appliquéd butterflies, birds and roses at Valentino nod to Cinderella getting ready for her grand ball, whilst over at Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton provides the darker edge to the fairytale matter with lurid evocations of past lands of make-believe. Fierce feathers provide the evasive charm to an otherworldly selection of garments of a luxurious couture-like quality. Gold accents are presented in all manner of accessories from filigree clutch bags adorned with jewels and chains; to gem-encrusted twinkly shoes by Dsquared² that will no doubt get Prince Charming’s heart racing as you skip off into the sunset. Pair your twinkly toes with equally twinkly fingernails with this season’s offering of ravishing nail lacquers from Dior.

The look comes into its own this winter with the release of Disney’s latest blockbuster Into the Woods starring the glorious Meryl Streep. Seemingly innocent, stemming from a Disney film, the undercurrents of style are of a feral innocence; this look is not for the faint-hearted. Snow White need not apply.

Follow the heart of your inner dark princess this winter party season and you’ll be in for a treat. From head-to-toe ethereal empress, to sparkly eyelids and a smattering of jewels with your LBD, however you don it you will no doubt be alluring; And with a tap of a wand you shall go to the ball, for you are the fairest of them all.

 

P.S. This was my first time using photoshop so please don’t judge me too harshly. I do enough of that to myself!

BEGINNINGS OF A SHOE HEAVEN

I finally got around to properly clearing out my shoes, I’ve now narrowed my collection to a measly 41 pairs. 41 may not seem like too much for a shoe-obsessed fashion student, but lo and behold, I ran out of space anyway. I’ve decided to rearrange and make use of the wasted space on my Billy bookcases from Ikea in order to store many of my all-black shoes.

IMG_6411.JPG

No doubt within a few months I’ll need to buy a whole new shelving system rearrange my shelves some more in order to accommodate some obviously much needed new feet cases.

BOOTS ‘N BRAS

DSC_0020

BOOTS | ZARA
BRAS | BOTH H&M


 

Because who doesn’t need boots or bras? It’s autumn and boots are a must (especially with the typically elusive weather with which we are begrudgingly compelled to put up with here in England). And bras are always a must aren’t they? I am already the proud owner of many pairs of practical black winter boots (five to be precise) but these beauties are from Zara and provide maximum warmth thanks to the faux fur lining inside; have rubber track soles to provide (hopefully) a steady and rather comforting trek through (probably) many journeys (uni-London-home-London-uni) and go with eeeeeverything. As for the bras? Well, they’re just rather nice.

LIFE UPDATE

DSC_0002
It has been a while since my last post and in that time I made it into the second year of uni, started working full time, turned into the ripe old age of 20 and watched countless episodes of Desperate Housewives (for the third and probably not final time).
Posts on my blog will no doubt be sporadic from now until September, when I return to uni to be reunited with my soul sistahs Hayley, Alice and India.
(I realise this post is rather narcissistic and not exactly fashion-related but hey; It’s better than nothing, right?)
I may have been rather quiet on the blog front for a while but I have been quenching my internet thirst through the addictive medium of Instagram, follow me over there for more regular post, which is more than can be said for over here on my blog.
From here on out I will make a vow to myself and to those of you still bored enough to actually be reading this boring blog post that I will post more often. I will. (Hopefully)

Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 13.22.55 Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 13.23.31 Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 13.24.12 Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 13.24.29 Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 13.24.44 Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 13.25.03 Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 13.25.40

THE TOWNHOUSE DREAM

Doesn’t everyone dream of living in a Victorian townhouse? And if you’ve never dreamt it, why not?! The best of them, located in Kensington & Chelsea in London and in Greenwich village across the pond in New York City are just magical exteriors that make you imagine the lives, the history and the trials & tribulations of those lucky enough to live in such beautiful surroundings. No? Well I do. Sadly, none of these houses are mine and probably never will be, but there’s no harm in dreaming and blogging about it is there?

Photos are all from Pinterest, follow me here.

2c39a4355c3c1e55bc67c79db8f843e4 7ca1dfbb5982004471ac27ec05d2c8d1 78fc838f503c366da8124ac2c04879d9 143beef53a2c78e7ab39cbd86f7e4f70 377e9ab08d682eda2a54dfeeb1b52f86 5440a1844f306954ed11ae7bde96f6f8 b034032162fcef5c58ed87de53ed11c1

FOLLOW ME ON BLOGLOVIN’!

I’ve never really promoted Bloglovin’ on here or anywhere on my social media before, mainly because I’ve never really used it myself. But over the past few days I’ve really found it to be useful when searching for my favourite blogs and reading the latest blog posts from my favourite bloggers from all over the blogosphere, not just the fashionites.

So click on the image below to follow me on Bloglovin’!

Untitled-6

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

20140606-132948-48588468.jpg

FROM LEFT:
Bangle  // Alexander McQueen
Watch // Burton
Bangle // River Island
Bracelet // Cartier

It recently occurred to me that 80% of my wardrobe is in fact grey. Grey is my go-to colour. Grey is my black. I love anything in grey, it’s so versatile for summer and winter, goes with every other colour on the Pantone spectrum and looks fab on every item of clothing , accessories and shoes. I realised as I thumbed through my clothes and accessories that the only item I do not have in grey is a watch. Until now.

I much prefer big men’s watches to dainty women’s watches as with a lot of the accessories I wear. I found this grey watch from Burton, which isn’t even a shop I that I would nelly browse in, but my local Burton is part of a concession store with all Arcadia brands (Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins etc.) and I found myself wandering over to the accessories.

It’s fair to say that my life feels a whole lot more complete with the final touch of grey in my wardrobe bringing the grand total to fifty shades, although not that type of Grey.

WISHING ON A SUNDAY…

I feel like a whole big chunk of my life is made up of wishlists. Wishlists for clothing. Wishlists for travel. Wishlists for food. Wishlists for pretty much every aspect of life that I am yet to have. Avenue 32 asked me to create a wishlist of items I love the most on their website, so I thought that on this fine Sunday, I would bring you said list.

My student loan will be a no-show once I’ve got my hands on that Jerome Dreyfuss bag. SJP is apparently a fan and that’s enough for me. And let’s face it, there’s no need to convince me to buy anything from J Brand.

AVENUE32

NECKLACE // EDDIE BORGO
SHIRT // VIVETTA
DRESS // EUDON CHOI
LEGGINGS // J BRAND
BAG // JEROME DREYFUSS
SLIP-ONS // JOSHUA SANDERS

So basically, Avenue 32 is where I’ve spent the past hour wishing, however some of these items are just a bit too nice not to make that wish into a reality, right? And I pinned that Eudon Choi dress a while back (Pinterest being my main source for wishing) and now I’ve found it Avenue 32…..

On a side note, I’ve been following Ascia of The Hybrids blog for over a year now and back in February she posted this  on the blog, an outfit featuring the Joshua Sanders slip-ons, and don’t they look divine?! Ascia calls them her mermaid shoes and I couldn’t think of a better name.

Well I know where my next pay check will be heading.

MY HANDBAG ESSENTIALS

DSC_0112It has to be said that I am rather fussy when it comes to the contents of my handbag, I like everything to have its place so that I can reach exactly for that thing at a moment’s notice. My iPhone is the same, I have all of my apps and photos in folders clearly labeled with what they hold. Perhaps I’m anal? Over-organised? Have-no-life? Possibly all three, but anyway here is the contents of my handbag…

DSC_0121The handbag that I’m using at the moment and considering my “summer bag”, although sadly the weather isn’t committing to it as efficiently as I, is by Nadia Minkoff. It’s such a cute bag for Summer and the lining is just as gorgeous…

DSC_0122Obviously first to mention of the actual contents is the most important: Beauty products. Here I’m being fancy and showing off my delicious new Chanel lipstick, but I generally carry around whichever lipstick I’m wearing that day. I also carry around a perfume dispenser (mine is from Sephora) which is such a handy device. You basically just decant your perfume into it and you can take it with you on the go so you don’t have to worry about carrying around full bottles of perfume. As you can see, it is the same size as a lipstick so really convenient.

DSC_0116I always carry a notebook around with me in my handbag, I find that writing notes in an actual book is much more tangible and satisfying that making a quick note on your phone. This leather notebook is from Home Sense.

DSC_0114Boring items to mention: obviously my purse and keys, I mean that’s a no brainer, right? My purse is from TKMaxx (doesn’t have a brand name on it, sorry!).

DSC_0117And last but not least, my life savers. My iPhone and my Filofax. We may have established by now that I’m a bit of an organisational freak so I like to keep my Filofax with me at all times, mine is the Filofax Pocket in Finsbury leather. My phone is the iPhone 4S.
DSC_0118