UPCOMING LIFE CHANGES: GETTING READY FOR UNIVERSITY!

So in the space of two weeks I moved to university in Epsom where I’m studying Fashion Journalism. That is one of the most exhilarating, exciting, scary, ridiculous and utterly fabulous sentences I’ve ever really written about myself. For me, uni has always been something that I’ve never really been all that interested in. The career path I want to go down (fashion journalism) doesn’t actually require a degree; more so experience. But I applied for uni anyway not even all that confident that I would even be accepted; but my school kind of forced the application process on us (because it clearly makes them look better the more of us that get into uni) and so I went along with it, not COMPLETELY keen with the idea, but not knowing what else I would do at that point. So I applied to three places, was invited to interviews and created portfolios (with one helluva fiasco involving my whole portfolio and a broken motherboard ONE WEEK before my interview at my first choice university!!!)

The universities I applied to were:

– The University for the Creative Arts – BA Hons Fashion Journalism
This was my first choice uni, I went to the open day and really felt a good “vibe” from it, the course looked perfect and the points expectation weren’t that high, which was appealing. (I only need a minimum of 240 points or three C’s at A Level)

– Southampton Solent University – BA Hons Writing Fashion and Culture
This was my second choice uni, I really liked it; the course leader was really friendly, the uni had a nice atmosphere and it was centrally located. However it was a looooong way from home which is why it was my second choice.

– Northbrook College – BA Hons Fashion Media and Promotion
I was offered a place at this uni which I ultimately declined. The course seemed fine, but it wasn’t a proper university, just a college with some degree level courses. It was situated in a sleepy-town and had no student accommodation, it was also a looooong way from home.

So to cut a long story short, as I mentioned earlier, I declined my place at Northbrook and had UCA as my first choice with Solent as my second choice with an unconditional offer from UCA. I always planned on taking a gap year out of education to earn money, gain CV recognition and also gain self esteem and come into myself more. School kind of took the life out of me and I needed a break to become more of myself. So having taken that gap year I can now fully vouch for the fact that I am a much more confident person than I was a year ago, much more motivated and emotionally stronger than I ever thought I could be.

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So now I’ve been at uni for a week. What are my first thoughts?

Well…. The run-up to the “big day” (i.e moving day) wasn’t as nerve-wracking as I thought it’d be. At this point, I was really looking forward to going to uni to actually study and gain a degree in something that I absolutely love. As of right now I feel very motivated and excited with, I’m not going to lie, a bit of anxiety mixed in! The first 5 days of being here I suffered with really bad nausea; to the point where even standing up was vomit-inducing. Luckily, all traces of my vomit and pre-vomit have disappeared and I can now enjoy my first weekend as a student! (Sadly, no alcohol for me!)

As much as I miss home comforts such as the security of having my parents around, home cooked meals (!!!), my bed, familiar surroundings and a job with a steady pay; I really do love the idea of living (semi) independently. I’m loving the course, made some cool new fwends, and living 30 mins away from London is a MASSIVE bonus!

Any comments or questions about my course, other fashion-related courses or just uni in general, just leave below or drop me an e-mail! I’d be more than happy to help in such a tiresome and stress-ridden process!

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p.s. I apologise for the long rambling post!!

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PRINTED JEANS MANIA!

Printed jeans have become such a huge deal over the past few seasons and right now the trend is at it’s peak. The thing about jeans in general is that they are such a staple in (almost) anyone’s wardrobe (Daphne Guinness aside) and oh-so easily accessible. As for printed jeans, both the high street and high end market have some amazing versions, most of which will suit anyone with an ounce of flair. My own collection of printed jeans is in itself, extensive, and they’re always great conversation starters from people who love them, people who hate them and people who “don’t get” them. I for one love them, and for what my opinion is worth, feel that printed jeans will always be fab. Rest assured, I’ll be rocking printed skinnies when I’m in my 60s.

I tried to find my favourite 10 pairs of printed jeans on the internet and finally found them, after much umming and erring over deciding which ones to include (as there are easily about 76 pairs I could’ve chosen). I’ll put links in the captions so you can go ahead and purchase them too!

Stars & stripes! Selfridges have an amazing selection of jeans with their new jeans boutique! These are by Tripp NYC and are priced at £70. Buy them here:http://www.selfridges.com/en/Womenswear/Categories/BOUTIQUES/Holiday-Shop/City-escape/What-to-Wear/Stars-and-Stripes-print-skinny-mid-rise-jeans_150-3003037-IS9914P/?previewAttribute=Stars%2F+stripes

Stars & stripes! Selfridges have an amazing selection of jeans with their new jeans boutique! These are by Tripp NYC and are priced at £70. Buy them here.

These will go with anything! Black and white houndstooth jeans by Isabel Marant, £205 Net-A-Porter. Click here.

These will go with anything! Black and white houndstooth jeans by Isabel Marant, £205 Net-A-Porter.
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Kate Moss was seen wearing these earlier this week in London, I think they're really cool. They're by Paige, £260 Net-A-Porter. Click here.

Kate Moss was seen wearing these earlier this week in London, I think they’re really cool. They’re by Paige, £260 Net-A-Porter.
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Geo-fabulous jeans by Balenciaga at Matches, £515. Click here.

Geo-fabulous jeans by Balenciaga at Matches, £515. Click here.

These are my favourites by Current/Elliott. £240 from Harvey Nichols, click here.

These are my favourites by Current/Elliott. £240 from Harvey Nichols, click here.

 

How cute are these by Kenzo?! Love! £295 at Luisaviaroma, click here.

How cute are these eye print jeans by Kenzo?! Love! £295 at Luisaviaroma, click here.

 

At the more "easily wearable" end of the printed jeans spectrum, these skinnies will go with anything and are so easy. They're by Siwy at Farfetch, £183. Click here.

At the more “easily wearable” end of the printed jeans spectrum, these skinnies will go with anything and are so easy. They’re by Siwy at Farfetch, £183. Click here.

This tribal print is fab! Current/Eliott jeans, £213, Farfetch. Click here.

This tribal print is fab! Current/Eliott jeans, £213, Farfetch. Click here.

Ab fab, I love the panelling detailing. Current/Elliott £116, The Outnet. Click here.

Ab fab, I love the panelling detailing. Current/Elliott £116, The Outnet. Click here.

 

So preppy and cool! I'd love to see these with a neon blazer. Tory Burch, £72.50, The Outnet. Click here.

So preppy and cool! I’d love to see these with a neon blazer. Tory Burch, £72.50, The Outnet. Click here.

So there is my top 10 favourite printed jeans! I apologize that they’re all in a big looooooooong column, WordPress was playing silly beggars with me. The thrill about printed jeans is that they can be dressed up with heels and a blazer and tons of jewelery, dressed down in the winter with biker boots, thick socks and a scarf or thrown on in the summer with the cuffs rolled up and a pair of Havaianas.

Let me know where you stand on printed jeans! Which ones are your favourites?

PHOTOS: MY HOLIDAY IN ALCUDIA.

I had such a fab time in Alcudia, Majorca that I thought I’d share my Instagram photos on here! I stayed at the Hotel Maritimo in Playa de Muro which I would highly recommend if you are looking on going for a relaxing break there. The hotel was great, food was amazing and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful or attentive.

Here’s a small collage of photos from my week in Alcudia, 27th June – 4th July. I’ll do another post on the things I bought whilst I was there!

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JULY BLOGGER COLLABORATION WITH EJM FASHION: FAVOURITE SHOPS.

If you’re active on my Twitter you may know that I have teamed up with Enya Morrisroe at EJMfashion for a collaborative project in conjunction with our respective blogs. To view last month’s post on our top five favourite fragrances, click here!

Due to my holiday and other prior commitments on both mine and Enya’s parts, this month’s blog post is up a little later than anticipated, but hey, we’re all human right? In future, these posts with hopefully be up on the 1st of every month, alternating on our respective blogs, so stay tuned!

This month however is a collaboration of mine and Enya’s top four favourite places to shop! As you know I am an avid fan of shopping, if you can even call it something to be a fan of, as is Enya and together we came up with shopping to be our next topic! We certainly have a lot to talk about so I’ll stop rambling on and let you read what Enya had to say first!

EJM FASHION’S TOP FOUR FAVOURITE SHOPS:

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JACK WILLS HALIFAX
Jack Wills Halifax has been at the centre stage on my shopping list ever since last summer when they opened a new store within Dean Clough, Halifax Business Park. Ever since opening they offer all the seasonal lines and campaigns you’ll find in the original Jack Wills shop however, their prices are at an outlet price (for instance I bought one of their sweaters for £30 whereas in store it’s £69). Yet you’re still getting all the original Jack Wills stock you would normally see in any store.

To be honest it’s just like another Jack Wills shop with its great British house décor from the pictures on the walls to the pink and navy blue painted walls amongst the Union Jack flag. Yet you’re not breaking the bank and you’re getting more for your money when shopping the brand.
To top it all off the store is celebrating their 1st year of opening on the weekend of 3rd to 4th August 2013 with a birthday party. I’ll be attending since I’ve worked closely with the store regarding their brand awareness however, for the meantime until I do a post regarding the birthday party you can contact via their twitter handle: @JWHalifaxOutlet or Shop Directly in store.

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THEN AND NOW
Having first came across this luxury online retailer only a couple of years through a dear friend of mine. I’ve find it is a place to enjoy luxury and yet celebrate our emerging talent of brands and designers whilst shopping their goods available on site. Really the whole family is stored when it comes to shopping on thenandnowshop.com because the website caters for Womenswear to Childrenswear. The website of the store includes a great tool which is called ‘ Fashionista Fairies’ which is used when you’re stuck for something to buy  for an occasion regarding, whether or not it’s for you or a friend etc. It will help you decide whether or not the goods you’re wanting to buy is suitable or not. I’ve used it and it simply works.
It’s the only place online I shop when I’m in the mood however I don’t really shop online because I like to see the clothes and I believe that we should keep our high street and retail alive.
Tweet: @thenandnowshop Click and Shop: www.thenandnowshop.com

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TED BAKER
Ted Baker came to me through my ages of being 10-13 years of age because; Debenhams do Baker Girl by Ted Baker which is a fabulous clothing collection for children. From owning a range of their tops which were bought as a treat, Christmas, and birthday to getting my hands on the brands beauty products that’s when my love for Ted came into place. Even now I have the top draw from its beauty range which is filled with some of the brands products and my own beauty products from other brands. Yet the brands clothing is still my love because they are original and cannot be found anywhere else but within the house of Ted. Owning two of their handbags and travel kits to their perfect pumps and tees it’s still on my cards to the perfect indulgent when it comes to shopping. Tweet: @tedbaker Shop directly www.tedbaker.com

AND FINALLY..

Department Stores and High Street

Out shopping is what I like to do wherever I am!
I like our great department stores especially when I’m back in London because they open up all department and clothing which you won’t see up here in Yorkshire. Since we’ve got the Trafford Centre, Victoria Quarter, to shops on the streets a lot of department stores are a main feature within any town. This is a helping hand because I know that Debenhams to John Lewis will cater for my love for our London designers from the likes of Alice Temperley’s Somerset to Jasper Conran.
Yet at the same time I can buy my perfumes to branded make up etc. all in the same place.
As always I do shop our great British high street however I do have my guidelines because, I like to go with things which are a staple in the closet and have great quality. From River Island to Zara I find my feet when I’m out shopping with anyone.  I’m not a big fan of Primark however do own a pair of PJ’s and dress which was carefully picked out however I’m more a Topshop, Miss Selfridge, River Island kind of girl. Although I do like an indulge moment now and then.

 

AND MY FAVOURITE PLACES TO SHOP ARE…

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ALLSAINTS

I’ve always, always, ALWAYS had a huge love affair with AllSaints, so huge in fact it would give Romeo and Juliet a run for their money. AllSaints is always a “stand out” brand for me because they’re not afraid to push style boundaries and make everything their own. Nothing in the store is similar to anything else on the high street or even on the runways and still every piece is special, feels unique and ‘one off’. With many fellow high street brands trying (and failing) to imitate the signature cut of AllSaints items, the chain still comes out on top, showing those impostors who’s boss. With their price points aimed at the higher end of high street, the brand is definitely aimed at the more established shopper, both in life and in their style which makes their clothes even more covetable, appreciated and therefore loved. I love AllSaints, always have and always will. To check out AllSaints (which I sincerely suggest you do if you know what’s good for you) click on the above photo or click here.

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SAMMY DRESS

On the complete opposite end of the shopping spectrum, I also love Sammy Dress; an exclusively online retailer based in China. Sammydress offers a huuuuge range of clothing, literally thousands of items at excellent prices including shipping! I’ve ordered many many items of clothing from there as I’ve previously blogged about, and I’m extremely happy with the service I’ve received. I love how you can sit at your laptop, dream up an item of clothing you want and about 98% of the time, it’ll be on Sammydress! Catering to all sizes, styles and tastes, the site has so much to offer to everyone and I would thoroughly recommend a visit! I will warn you though that you probably won’t be able to leave the site without making a purchase! So click here if you want to check Sammydress out!

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ZARA

Zara is always a fashionista’s favourite store, if you’re an avid Pinterest user, you’ll know that a lot of Zara’s products have become cult classics on street style boards and blogs. That is no surprise when you consider the amazing quality of their products with the style capabilities of a high end brand! I particularly love the Trafaluc line, it always has some great seasonal pieces at brilliant price points. The Cambridge branch of Zara is particularly pleasing to shoppers because it never feels “crammed in” and crowded. The shop floor is always tidy and spacious even during the peak sales times and the staff are always (thankfully) willowing in the background rather than adopting the “attack the shopper” selling technique used by so many other shops out there today. To visit Zara’s online shop click here!

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H&M

It would be fair to say that about 80% of my clothes come from H&M. And I’m not kidding. I absolutely love this store. With it’s constant refresh of stock, great flow in the stores and no pushy sales assistants, the H&M brand is definitely a favourite (hence why I’ve listed it here, duh!). With amazig prices, great quality products and amazing key pieces, you can’t really go wrong with H&M. Perfect for basic items such as underwear, plain vests in every colour under the sun, jeans and shirts, H&M is definitely my go-to brand. Now with an H&M on practically every high street, there’s no missing their great deals; particularly the bigger branches in city centres such as London and Birmingham, who carry more stock and some of the more exclusive pieces H&M have to offer. Reason number 57685 to love H&M is their amazing array of designer collaboration, this year’s being Isabel Marant! I mean, really??? Is anyone else as excited for this as me?! To shop H&M online click here, although I would say visit in store, preferably the more inner city branches to get the full range of stock!

NOTHING LIKE A GOOD OL’ PINTEREST BROWSE TO MAKE A GAL FEEL BETTER.

So I haven’t been feeling well for the past week (having MAJOR girly issues… Say no more) and whenever I’m feeling down and low or ill and in need of a pick-me-up I always turn to Pinterest. Well in all honesty I turn to Pinterest whenever I’m feeling anything, but illness in particular is a good excuse for some down-time and therefore a good ol’ all night Pinterest sesh. So here is my (extra long) Pinterest post for you, all of which are photos that help add a spring to my step and a smile to my face. Enjoy! Follow me on Pinterest HERE.

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& OTHER STORIES SPRING PICKS

& Other Stories is H&M’s sister brand consisting of all classic, minimalist timeless pieces in a price range that’s affordable, but not throwaway fashion like H&M. Here are my favourite pieces from the current collection for Spring, you’ll see just how timeless they are, they don’t follow particular trends so as to keep a classic formula to their brand. For more info on & Other Stories go to stories.com.

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COVET OF THE WEEK…

So who knew that a monochrome dress would first catch my eye and then swiftly catch my heart? Well, it’s not that unusual considering my life seems to be in black & white. Not in a strange you-need-your-eyes-testing kind of way, but just because if you don’t know already, black & white makes me go weak at the knees. Now, the dress shown here is not dissimilar to the dress I’m wearing in my previous outfit post… I realise that. But I just loooooove it so much and I’m determined to own it. It’s like a mission, I WILL own this dress, it has my name on it.

It’s from H&M, costs £34.99 and is just so damn chic. If any of you have it, I hate you, you fashionable thing. If any of you have it in a UK size 8 and don’t want it, I love you.

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