My Life as a Fashion Student.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Today's Outfit #09.

Hey Guys, just another outfit post, I love doing these especially as the weather gets hotter as I can whack things on which havent seen the light of day since last summer like the kimono I wore. So on with the outfit.

Just to add, these pictures were shot in my garden, it is so beautiful at the moment with all the flowers in bloom and all the plants so full, being outside in it just makes me feel to happy and summery.

Black High Necked Crop Top: ASOS, Ripped High Waisted Shorts: Urban Outfitters, White Studded Sandals: River island, Floral Kimono: Topshop, Black and Gold Leather Belt (a regular feature I know): My Mums. The jewellery isn't clear in these pictures but I piled on the rings, mostly gold with a few subtle colours and the midi rings all from Dorothy Perkins along with my chunky gold rectangular earrings. I also wore my Tiffany Mini Bracelet and my Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch.

To finish the look I wore my hair in a roughed up, side fishtail braid, I've only just learnt how to do them so have been sporting it on a regular basis now and probably will throughout summer now as its so easy and keeps my hair out of my fface or flapping around in the breeze.

I hope you've liked it and are also embrassing the gorgeous summer weather.
Until next time.


Thursday, 4 July 2013

Summer Buys and some Vintage Clothing.

Hi Guys, I realise I haven't been blogging regularly, I've just fallen out of the swing of it since being off of uni. I think it's just where I don't have a structure or timetable to my weeks and have got a bit lazy with my blogging. I do really want to get back into it especially as the weather is getting nicer so I can do loads of summer based posts like outfits and days out, I have created a list of posts that I've been meaning to do for a while so will start to make my way through them.

Onto the actual post... since my birthday I've had a bit of extra dollar to go out shopping, I hadn't shopped properly in months just due to a lack of money so I was rather happy when I managed to eek three shopping trips out. I'm not going to show everything as I've done outfit posts on several of the items or posted them on instagram so i've just photographed the most recent purchases as well as some recent vintage buys. The vintage pieces I actually got from a kilo sale that me and my friend Briony went to in London. It was an interesting experience, basically a large warehouse full of huge totes filledl to the brim with different types of garments but we got some good bits and it was a bargain!!! a kilo of clothes was £15, I got my three items for £10.

Lets start with the vintage.

 This dress is amazing, it fits so well and the material is quite thick so it holds in all the right areas. I don't really own much black so it's something a bit different. I don't know how clear it comes across in the pictures but it has some subtle details to it which makes it quite unique: the straps are split and because of this they sit close to the shoulders opening up the chest area, there are also two black sheer inserts under the bust which is different to the usual cut outs that you get which aren't very flattering if your not stick thin but these are a really nice detail on the dress, lastly it has a side split up the side which is bang on trend at the moment.

 The next find was this cute shirt, it is slightly oversized but I prefer a loose top and a tight bottom. I thought the print was adorable and summery, its also lightweight so I can still wear it in the warmer weather.

Lastly I got this midi skirt, I tried something on of a similar fit in Topshop and loved it but couldn't quite afford the £45 price tag, I really love the colours in the print and although it's not really a summery item it'll be perfect when it gets a bit cooler in autumn.
So there we go, three items for £10. I also got three really cute bows for my hair which I have been pairing with every outfit.

Onto the Topshop sale, I tried quite alot on but only ended up getting two items which are both so colourful and I can't wait to wear them.

First up, these gogeous cobalt blue trousers. They were reduced to £20 from £40 I think. They're a cigarette fit that come to just above the ankleand are really flattering. The jaquard pattern adds detail to them so I'd probably pair them with a plain white of black top of some sort.

I also got this skirt, It was scraming out to me from the rail and is just a bit lairy and different. I love the unusual print on it and the length is a bit different to whats about at the moment with it finishing an inch or two above the knee. It was a bit tight around the hips but opted for the smaller size as the next size up would have been too big for my waist so I'll just have to suck it in when I wear it.

I was a bit dissapointed with Bluewaters River Island as all their tops seem to be super cropped and I personally only wear a crop with highwaisted things so would have loved a normal length top but whilst looking around I found this dress an fell in love. I know I bought the vintage black maxi but this one is a bit more casual. It has a high neck to it which is a detail I really love at the moment and it also has a split, but unlike the vintage dress the split on this is more of a cut out which you can kind of see in the picture. It was a bit long but I can take it up if need be and it was only £22. Love it.

Lastly we took a trip to new look and this top was only £3 so I couldn't resist and the top is long enough to meet my highwaisted jeans and shorts. The stripes were also quite slimming and add something to a simple outfit.

So I hope you've enjoyed the post and let me know what you think,  will be  doing some outfit posts with them so stay tuned for that.


Saturday, 15 June 2013

May GlossyBox

Hey Guys, I know we are nearing the end of June but I still haven't done my May's Glossybox post. I don't really know why this is other than I've been a bit more focused on the fashion side of my blog with the 'Today's Outfit' which I hope you've all been liking. So on with the GlossyBox...
It was their 2nd birthday and the box was a good one, popping in some complimentary nail files.
Let's start with the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shine Spray, Full Size 125ml £18.95. I haven't used this product loads but I do generally give my hair a spritze with it when I straighten it just to add a bit of extra shine. A tip I'd suggest is to lightly brush through once you've sprayed just to avoid your hair sticking together if you've put a tad too much on. To be honest I use it mostly because I love the smell, personally I can really smell the ginger but I sprayed it and the boyfriend still choked and said it smelt like hairspray, so maybe it's just a girl thing where we are used to strong smelling hair sprays. Anyway, I'm not sure if I'd repurchase just because I use alot of shine and smoothing shampoos and conditioners but I do really like the product to give a sleek finish to any style.

Onto the Roger And Gallet Fleur de Figuier Sachets. Within this set was:
Eau Fraiche, Sample 1,5 ml, Full Size 100ml £32. This has such a lovely smell to it, it is floral but is also quite fruity, girly and summery. I love wearing this fragrance as I don't really have anything like this, for a floral scent it is quite  heavy I find unlike something like Marc Jacobs Daisy which is much more of a dainty, light scent. I would definitely buy this product especially for spring/summer.
Body Lotion, Sample 10 ml, Full Size 200ml £13. Unlike the scent of the same collection I find that the lotion isn't very fragrant which surprised me considering how strong the Eau Fraiche was. It does seem from using the sample that a small amount goes a long way but personally I prefer usung a thicher cream or a butter as this product also seems a bit thin in consistencey. The product was nice but nothing amazing so I probably would rebuy it but it was a good sample to try out.
Shower Cream, Sample 10 ml, Full Size 200ml £9. The shower cream, like the body lotion had a similar smell, I don't have much to say abou this product as my review of it is pretty similar to the lotion but it was a nice sample.

next up is the Beautiful Movements Cosmetics (BM Beauty) Prime & Create Mixing Medium, Sample 2.5 g, Full Size 20 g £20. I hadn't really used a primer before but this product converted me. I was worried when I first used it that it was going to make me look greasy as I do have oily skin but as I applied it it just left my skin feeling soft and made applying concealer and highlighter around my eyes so easy it was amazing. I cannot rave enough about this product, I love it and would definitely buy this but at £20 it is a bit pricey so in the mean time I have opted for a slightly more affordable in the mean time since my sample has now ran out. My current primer is B. Prepared Makeup Primer which is currently on offer in Superdrug from £9.99 to £6.66, bargain. This is a good, cheap alternative but if you have the money then invest in the Beautiful Movements primer.
Another amazing product in May's GlossyBox was Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Mascara, Full Size £15. I still can't get over how good the value for money the GlossyBox is, you get so much for your money and eveytime the little box arrives it's like christmas came early. Anyway, on with the mascara. the brush to it doesn't look like much and I generally prefer the plastic/rubber brushes but in this case it works.I love this product, mainly as initially it gives quite a light coverage whilst still managing to lengthen the lashes but if you want a slightly heavier look then you can layer it up but work quickly as the initial layer dries quite quickly. Another perk of this mascara is that it is water resistent which is brilliant for me at the moment as hayfever has caused my eyes to stream on various occasions and having this on avoids any panda eye makeovers. This is brilliant if you just want a light makeup day, at the beach or to just darken your lashes a bit. I would suggest trying any of Jelly Pong Pong's products as this is the second I have tried and both I have loved and became favourites in my makeup bag.
Last but not least is the Headline Colors Poolside Party Nail Polish, Full Size 10 ml £9 (Shade: Spotlight) .Initially looking at the bottle I wasn't too keen on the colour but tried it purely so I could review it on here and was quite pleasently surprised. In the bottle it seems a strange colour like a metalic, silvery bronzey purpley colour (so you now understand why I was skeptical) but when it's on it comes out a silver colour which I like as I don't really have any silver nail varnishes. the coverage was quite thick as well which is always good in a polish and dried really quickly. The quality of the Headline Colours I would say is worth the £9 price tag but I'm not sure if I'd buy any of the other colours but I will be sporting Spotlight on my nails again.
 Oh and lets not forget the pack of nail files. Always handy to keep in the handbag.
I hope you've enjoyed this post despite how late it is. Let me know what you think of the products.
Also stay tuned for Vintage Kilo Sale and GFW Goodie Bag Posts.

Speak soon


Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Today's Outfit #08

Hey Guys, this outfit was from Monday when Alex and I went up to Silverstone for the day so he could do his driving experience. It was a good day but obviously we spent a long time in the car getting there and back and the weather wasn't very good considering it's June! Choosing something comfty I opted for a jumper/sweatshirt dress and plimsols. I did wear some dnim shorts underneath just to feel a bit more comfortable. This was just a casual day outfit, perfect for travelling and doing a bit of walking.
Dress: H&M (bluewater store) //NEW//, Plimsols: Topshop, Bow Socks: Dorothy Perkins.

A pretty basic outfit but I hope you like it. I felt a bit like a cheerleader in the dress but it really was so comfty and the material isn't that thick so it is perfect for those british summer days.


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Today's Outfit #07

Hi Guys, so for those of you that do look on my instagram pages you would of seen that I've started uploading more outfit photos, I do plan on doing more posts about them but most of the time I take the photos neare the end of the day so it takes a few days for me to get round to blogging about them.
This outfit was from Saturday, I had been wearing the jeans all day at work but Alex took me out for dinner in the evening so i just changed my top and shoes to dress them up a bit.

And here we are... I had a bit of a spend up with some Bluewater vouchers I got for my birthday, these jeans were one of several items I got. I also splurged out and got Candy Yum Yum!! So excited, I've wanted this forever !!!
Anyways on to the outfit... Top: Zara, Belt: My Mum's, Jeans: Topshop  //NEW// , Shoes: Asos //NEW//
These shoes are so amazing, my lovely frriends got them for me and I am just in love with them so so much. Shoes have definately become a bit of an addiction so I may do a post soon about recent shoe purchases. I also realise I still haven't blogged about the May GlossyBox and my June one has came through so that will be going up in the next few days I promise.

Until tomorrow (fingers crossed)

Friday, 7 June 2013

Sisterly Today's Outfit #06

Hey Guys, so it's been a while since my last blog, I've just been busy either working, going out with friends, seeing family and it was my birthday so not had a lot of time to sit down and properly blog. I am going to get back into the swing of it now as there's not much going on for the next couple of weeks. Today's post is an OOTD with my middle sister, we were both feeling summery and had a little outing into town so thought we'd do a joint outfit post so here goes.

My Outfit
Top: Topshop //NEW//, Shorts: Urban Outfitters, Sandals: River Island //NEW//, Sunglasses: ASOS //NEW// Lipstick: MAC Candy Yum Yum.

Rhian's Outfit
Top: ASOS, Denim Jacket: ASOS, Flatform Sandals: Garage Shoes (Bluewater) //NEW//

I hope you've enjoyed, let us know what you think of the outfits.
Until next time.


Friday, 24 May 2013

Today's Outfit #05

Tonight me and Alex just headed out for dinner, nowhere fancy just fancied a few cosmopolitans. It is pretty cold out and been a bit grottythe last few days so I opted for a jumper a jeans. I think I'll be a bit sad when it gets too hot for a jumper.

The photos aren't brilliant as were taken on a phone again.

Blazer: Vintage. Jumper: Dorothy Perkins. Jeans: Topshop (Leigh). Belt: My Mums. Shoes: Zara. Bag: Topshop. Necklace and Earrings: Mums again. Braclet: Tiffany Mini. Rings: Dorothy Perkins. Phone Case (Breakfast At Tiffanys): EBay. Nails: Topshop (Eclipse).

Until tomorrow ...


Thursday, 23 May 2013

Reiss Group Collection.

This post is based on my most recent project at uni, it was a collaboration between design and textiles to create a collection for S/S 14 for Reiss so I thought I'd share it with you.
From initial research we came up with a general mood board and developed a muse: a florist from Hampstead who is modern, feminine and arty, and likes clean cut clothing to go from day to night.
We titled our collection to come 'La Femme De La Fleur'.
Going from here we then came up with a colour palette based on our imagery, two silhouette boards: daywear and evening wear and a print board. Rolling with our florist muse the textiles group developed their prints based on pressed flowers and organic shapes.

Once the boards were completed we could move on to designing and focusing more on our individual work. Coming together after the designing period we chose a final line up of 9 outfits, once this was selected we came up with illustrations and technical drawings. I'm not the strongest at these but I do try and it can be quite fun to just draw.



My Garments:

So yeah, that's it. Our show was last night and there really were some amazing collection that look like they've came straight from the store. Below is just a few of my favourites from the other collections, everyone did such an amazing job but I am so glad that it is over.


Today's Outfit #04

Hey Guys, I went to put yesterday's outfit post up last night but basically my boyfriend's laptop wasn't liking my blogger account so I'm uploading it this morning.
Last night we had an end of year fashion show for our last project which hopefully I will be getting a post up about that later on. So onto the outfit...

The picture isn't great as it's just from a phone but anyway. Jumper:Zara, Skirt:Topshop, Boots: Topshop, Socks: Dorothy Perkins, Necklace: Topshop, Earrings (can't really see them): Forever TwentyOne.

Hope you've liked it, let me know what you think. See you soon.


Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Ascot on a Budget.

Hey Guys. It's been about two weeks since my last blog... oops. Uni has been so hectic recently with the deadline that I have literally had no time to blog but I am now all handed in as of thursday and am now offically on my summer holiday (YAYYYY!!!). I'm only two days in really and I'm already feeling a bit lost with not alot really to do but because of this I will be directing my attention mostly to my blog and getting into a rhythum of posting every few days. Due to my abscense I have decided to do a post a day for the next seven days. I've had a list of posts to do for ages now so am going to work my way through them and hopefully you'll enjoy them.

Anyway with that little ramble over I decided to make this post about Ascot. My 21st birthday is coming up so I decided this year that to celebrate with my family we are going to have a day at the races. I'm so excited and can't wait to go but there is one issue... getting a dress, and to add to this I'm on a bit of a budget so searching for a dress has been very difficult. I've looked at so many but choosing one that's appropriate for ascot has been hard. I've narrowed down to a few but thought I'd share some of the ideas I've had for outfits with you... why not.

 So here are the chosen few. I'm not sure why but they are mostly block colour all bar one even though I love print. Starting from left to right:
  1. The Darinka Short Sleeve Bardot Midi Dress in Mint from Missguided, £14.99 I love this dress mainly for the colour as it just looks fresh and summery, I also love the off-the-shoulder shape and am yet to buy something with this detailing to it. It just seems really flattering and having the tops of the arms covered makes them look slimmer. It is in a jersey, bodycon material so I'm not sure if it's quite dressy enough for Ascot but at this price I might just buy it anyway for over the summer or for a holiday.
  2. The Petite Bodycon Dress in Tattoo Print from ASOS, £35. The print on this dress is so different, from a distance it does look like a blue/purple floral pattern but up close you see the detailed tattoo/oriental style print. I'm also loving white this summer and think it sets the dress off nicely. I'm not completely sold on whether it is Ascot but I love it and it's nice to wear something a bit different from what the masses will be wearing.
  3. The Lime Thigh Split Open Back Maxi Dress from River Island, £45. This dress is a bit more expensive but it's amazing. The bright lime colour just takes my breath away. I like the split detailing to the dress, also because hopefully it'll be hot mid june so having these would make the dress more comfortable to wear. The back is open with a crossing detail but this is in black which I find a bit strange but I can ignore that (it's on the back so I won't be able to see it anyway).
  4. The Bubble Lace Skater Dress in Bright Blue from Topshop, £40. the more I look at this dress I don't think it will be suitable for the occasion mainly because it is a bit short but the cobalt colour is stunning and really summery. I'm also really liking the fitted long sleeves to it even though it is summer or meant to be, it just makes it a bit different from your average skater dress. The lace overlay sets the dress off nicely adding just a hint of detail to make it a bit more exciting.
  5. The Midi Dress in Lace with Wrap Back in Cream from ASOS, £38. This dress has such a vintage feel to it I just love it. It seems like it would be flattering with the elasticated waist and comfortable to wear. I think it's the mixture of cream lace, with the free flowing skirt and the 3/4 sleeves that together give it that vintage feel. The slightly open back makes the design of the dress that bit more special and worth the money.
Well I hope you've enjoyed the post and let me know what you think of the dresses. Remember to check back as there will be posts everyday for the next 7 days including a tanning post and also my latest uni group collection for Reiss.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Summer Ready.

Hey Guys, this post is a bit different to my normal ones on fashion and beauty products mainly because I am being quite strict with my spending as I'm saving for a holiday and the fact that uni has completely taken over my life the last few weeks so I have had no time to shop. Like most of you I am trying to get bikini ready so I thought I would do a post on ways to help get fitter. I am no fitness guru, just your average size 10 girl trying to shift a few pounds feel comfortable in a crop top. If this all works out then I will do a post on that (but I wouldnt hold out for that).
So anyway, two key things that everyone bangs on about are diet and exercise and unfortunately there isnt really any way around it (no healthy way!). I am trying out a few things at the moment to regulate exercise and restrict the food.

  1. Don't bother cutting out a food group, eg carbs, its fine maybe for the last week before your holiday or something like that as it will rid you of a bloated looking belly but in the long term you will cave at some point and will be right back at the beginning again. Sure restrict them, but theres not really much need to cut them out completely.
  2. Install some kind of app on your phone or keep a food diary. I use my fitness pal to do this just to keep track of what I'm eating. I have now become and avid calorie counter, it just happened. You don't have to do this, just keep track of what you eat and substitute fast food and snacks for healthy alternatives. It doesn't have to be boring.
  3. Get Graze. Its like £3.75ish and you get healthier, lower calorie snacks than whats normally leerking in the kitchen cupboards. You can chose how often you get them or just order one off boxes. With this you still get things with chocolate in them or a flapjack but it helps with snack portion control .
  4. Vegetables are free! Eat as many as you like and treat yourself once a week.

  1. Most bloggers are youtube junkies, I certainly am so maybe take like 20 minutes away from the fashion and beauty ones and look at some workout videos. I admit I have watched numerous videos where the instructors are quite annoying and I switch over after about 30 seconds but there are some good ones.These are actually quite good as you can do them at home.
  2. Although I have a gym membership and access to classes and swimming within it, sometimes I just can't be bothereed to get ready and drive to the gym. My boyfirend who used to be a personal trainer bought the Insanity workout disc set. I love it, it is really difficult and after the 35-40 minute workouts my face looks like a tomato but you feel good for doing it. They are expensive ( i think it was £100 roughly) but there are loads of fitness dvds and videos which are alot cheaper.
  3. I don't always have an hour spare to workout so just for 5-10 minutes in the morning or before bed just do some toning exercises. Its not difficult to find some either online or buy a fitness magazine.
I hope you've enjoyed reading this post, I know it's something different and I'm not sure about doing another one but I hope it helped in someway. I have now realised nothing is going to happen over night, so I just have to stay happy and perservere with it.


Monday, 29 April 2013

April GlossyBox.

Hey Guys, so I'm getting a bit behind with my blogging, uni has been so busy I just haven't had the time but my april glossybox arrived a week and a bit ago maybe longer and I am absolutely in love with it. There are some amazing products in there and this months one is such good value for money.
To start with, this box is beautiful! The cute floaral pattern and pastel orange colour by Pearl Lowe got me excited just looking at it.

So... Product 1: Crabtree & Evelyn Somerset Meadow Hand Therapy. Sample size 25g. Full size 100g for £14.
I'm not a lover of hand cream just because I have quite soft hands anyway so don't really need it but also because I find so many of them leave some kind of residue leaving my hands feeling sticky or oily (not nice). Anyway I tried it and I now love it, this little sample lives in my bag. It uses macadamia nut oil, shea butter and vitamins C and E which leave your hands really smooth and it soaks in really quickly. It also smells lovely. This Somerset Meadow range is new and actually launches in stores today, I would definately recommend trying this whether you suffer from dry hands or not.

Next up is Essie Nail Lacquer in shade We're In It Together. Full Size 135ml for £7.99.
I have wanted to try the Essie nail varnishes for a while but they're just a bit pricey. I love the colour I got, it's perfect for spring/summer and has kind of an irridescent shine to it in the light. the only thing I found is that if you want a solid colour you do have to put 2-3 coats on but the colour is so pretty that I don't mind. I would definately consider getting a few more shades.

Product three is Illamasqua Medium Pencil in shade Manic. Full size 1g for £13.
I have to admit I haven't tried this yet mainly because I haven't had an occasion to test it out for but I love the colour. This pencil is meant to multi task between eyes, lips and brows. I don't think I'm quite daring enough to use it on my brows but shall definately be giving it a go as an eyeliner. The colour is so bright from just one stroke, it could make quite a cool eye for summer or a festival look. I wouldn't ever of bought this for myself so it's nice to get a product like this that's a bit different.

Onto Yves Rocher France, So Ellixr Purple Yves Rocher Eau de Parfum. Full size 50ml for £44.
 I got rather excited when I saw a little perfume in this months box. When it comes to perfume I don't favour a particular scent or brand and like to have a range to choose from. Somedays I'll wear a Marc Jacobs like Daisy which is really light and floral, then the next I might wear Paco Rabanne Lady Million or versace Yellow Diamond which are stronger and a bit more fruity I suppose. This Yves Rocher perfume is also quite strong and is described as a 'floral-woody elixir'. The more I use it, the more I love it.

Last but not least is Nip+Fab Dry Skin Fix Body Butter in Pistachio Sundae. Sample size 50ml. Full size 200ml for £9.95.
This is definately my new favourite product. It smells amazing! As soon as you open the tub you get this sweet smell like marzipan or battenburg (not quite pistachio) but it's sooo good. I like this more than other body butters I've tried in the past as the consistencey of it isn't as thick and it goes a bit further. You don't have to pile it on to get a decent coverage and the best bit is that the smell stays with you for a good few hours. I have nothing bad to say about this product and when I run out I will definately be buying another. They also do it in Mango Smoothie or Coconur Latte.

Well I hope you enjoyed my GlossyBox post, I love reading and seeing what everyone else got in theres.