MY BLOG IS 3!

So today my blog turned three years old! It feels like I’ve only been blogging for five minutes, so I have no idea where the past three years have gone.

I am not the most consistent of bloggers, I’ll be the first to admit, and every year I set myself goals to ‘be a better blogger’, but at the end of the day I just think that I blog because I love it, I don’t want to force it. I love reading comments, the social media interaction with readers as well as emails sent to me, which I find amazing!

Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read my blog, my readership has dramatically increased in the past year. It is so very much appreciated, I’ve had such a great year blog-wise and can’t wait to see what the next three years hold. I finish uni this year so once I get my free time back I promise to get back into the wing of things with regular posts! DSC_0004

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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.

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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.

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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.

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’!

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

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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.

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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.

SHOWING LOVE FOR CAMBRIDGE

With such uncharacteristically gorgeous weather here in the UK over the past few days, (although as I write this I can see some angry clouds looming) I decided to go for a walk around my hometown, Cambridge, and take some photos. Whenever I’m in Cambridge I mainly head straight to Zara-H&M-Costa-Topshop-AllSaints-Boots-MAC and then probably head home (after one more peep in Zara, just one more) but this time I decided to actually stop and look around me.
I see these buildings all the time and yet I don’t actually see them. Cambridge is, in actual fact, a really beautiful place and I thought I would share some photos here.

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TODAY I’M WEARING… CLOSE UP

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Shirt: Zara
Cardigan: Zara
Necklace: H&M

I picked this shirt up from Zara last weekend and I really love it, it’s so versatile and goes with so many things. The cardigan is a wraparound in grey that i also bought in black. I had a similar one from H&M from a couple of years ago that I wore so much that its poor life ended after much love. The necklace is one that I’ve featured on here before, it’s a really cool coin charm necklace from H&M. There seems to be a Zara/H&M theme going on here….