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!

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CINCO DE MAYO & MY DRESSING TABLE

Can you believe it’s already 5 days into May? I was just getting used to the idea of April and then May came along and punched me in the face. Almost half way through the year and I feel older by the second. I moved home from uni this week and after much (and I really mean much) effort in packing two cars full of my belongings, I came back home where I realised nothing had a place in my room anymore. My clothes had nowhere to go, my shoes were lined up around the edge of the room and the makeup…. Ah the makeup. Makeup is my weakness, my guilty pleasure. No matter how many times my mum will try to convince me otherwise, there is always a need for nine shades of red lipstick right? Right?!

Having grossly misjudged my hoarding capabilities, I finally decided to sort out my (life) makeup once and for all, the results of which are shown below. All I can say is, all hail Muji and Home Sense.

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Makeup brush holder is actually a small plant pot from IKEA, brushes are mostly Real Techniques (all are dirty, been putting it off), acrylic drawer set from Muji, glass jar filled with cotton pads from IKEA and metal and glass container for single eyeshadows from Home Sense.

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Mirror from IKEA, glass container for lip liners and lip glosses from Home Sense.

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Muji acrylic drawer set, perfect for storing all of my MAC lipsticks.

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The bottom drawer of the set has a jewellery divider. I swear Muji is the best thing to happen to makeup/jewellery hoarders like myself.

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The glass container that I keep some of my cream and single eyeshadows in, it was something crazy like £5.99 in Home Sense.

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Rather a lot of makeup. I have another set of drawers underneath this unit that hold all my eyeshadow palettes, perfumes, skincare and haircare.

MY INSTAWEEK

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Top row: [left] The Eiffel Tower, one of my most favourite photos ever! [middle] Saw this quote, made me laugh. Basically the story of my life. [right] My Dad’s birthday cake with sparklers, woo!
Middle row: [left] Doing uni work on the train home [middle] Saw Beyonce at The O2 Arena last week! She was unbelievably good [right] Because what’s a week on Instagram without a selfie?
Bottom row: [left] Saw this Chow Chow, it’s cute, I want it [middle] My pass for Blogger’s Fashion Week! [right] Spring has sprung in the UK!

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WEDNESDAY WISHLIST.

So with no earphones or book to entertain me on my train ride back to uni, I had to succumb (quite willingly) to the internet. Mainly the “shopping” corner of the internet. You know, that place that somehow lures you in every time you log on and whoops! suddenly you have another pair of jeans that you don’t need, three more lipsticks and a whole chunk missing from your bank account. Guilty as charged.

Whilst I did go on a spree somewhere between Stevenage and King’s Cross, I also held back and didn’t buy EVERYTHING I wanted. Here is a few things I could’ve bought to depress my bank account further.

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MY INSTAWEEK!

TOP ROW: [left] H&M Regent Street, London. [middle] Double rainbow on my last day at home! [right] first night at university. MIDDLE ROW: [left] my uni bedroom. [middle] specialist fashion magazines bought in Soho, London. [right] Beautiful scene found on Pinterest. BOTTON ROW: [left] Fashion show at LFWend. [middle] The uni I'm studying at! [right] Quote to live by.

TOP ROW: [left] H&M Regent Street, London. [middle] Double rainbow on my last day at home! [right] first night at university.
MIDDLE ROW: [left] my uni bedroom. [middle] specialist fashion magazines bought in Soho, London. [right] Beautiful scene found on Pinterest.
BOTTON ROW: [left] Fashion show at LFWend. [middle] The uni I’m studying at! [right] Quote to live by.

LONDON FASHION WEEKEND

So yesterday I attended London Fashion Week with some friends from my Fashion Journalism course at uni, and we had such a good time. We arrived at Somerset House for our dedicated 1pm-4pm slot and started off with a bit of shopping….. By bit I mean a lot. I bought myself two Balmain t-shirts, two Wishlist London necklaces and a Tasha Metcalfe necklace crafted from a real pigeon’s foot!

 

Balmain t-shirt.

Balmain t-shirt.

Balmain safety-pin t-shirt.

Balmain safety-pin t-shirt.

Evil eye necklace and silver ring necklace by Wishlist London.

Evil eye necklace and silver ring necklace by Wishlist London.

 

 

 

Necklace crafted from a real pigeon's foot. Grasping a pearl which turns endlessly in in the claw.

Necklace crafted from a real pigeon’s foot. Grasping a pearl which turns endlessly in in the claw.

 

Necklace by Tessa Metcalfe.

Necklace by Tessa Metcalfe.


We also watched the London Fashion Weekend trend fashion show presented by Vodafone, which we were front row for. All the photos from it are on my Instagram @_hannahstocking but here’s a couple of my favourites:

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I really enjoyed myself yesterday, even if my bank balance is crying out for help! Being a student isn’t easy. Taking after Carrie Bradshaw, I’d rather buy Vogue than dinner.

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!

xoxo

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

BUSY LIFE AND MACBOOK SUICIDE

So it seems like bleedin’ ages since I last posted on here! 2 weeks is a long time in the fashion blogosphere! So first of all, my life is all up in the air right now; I’m heading off to uni in a couple of weeks’ time and I’ve been busy sorting everything out for that, sorting accommodation, fees, things I need to buy, and enrolment blah blah blah etc etc etc.

So while all of that has been happening (on top of working 40 hours a week) my MacBook Pro (which is only 4 months old, might I add) decided to end it’s life on me. My laptop, in terms, committed technological suicide and I will now be without my beloved MacBook for *at least* a week while Apple and their ‘Genius’ *cough* team figure out what’s wrong with it.

*big sigh*

So all in all it’s been a crazy couple of weeks and the next couple of weeks are looking just as cray so I apologise for my imminent lack of posting! I will be back into the swing of things (hopefully) when I get my laptop back next week!

I will hopefully be doing a blog post on my starting uni; what I’m taking, the course I’m doing, my personal thoughts etc. in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned!

xoxo