Thursday, 11 September 2014

Are tech and fashion followers poles apart?

"Google glass with its sci-fi aesthetics"
 
With an increasingly technological world, huge technology companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Google bring out shiny new devices seemingly every week. The danger of its impersonal and cult type appeal pushes many fashion fanatics to the opposite end of the spectrum. Justin Cooke, former Topshop marketing chief and former Vice president of Burberry PR, argues in Ami Sedghi's article for the Guardian; "Fashion [is] too scared to innovate with tech." Cooke sees the opportunities lost to increase audience through partnerships with those like Google seen in London's biannual London Fashion week.

London fashion week - Topshop Unique AW13

And far from unpassionate, technology offers options for sought after personalisation. Cooke's opinion is supported by wearable devices, where fashion and technology collide and take off if created with an eye for fashion. For example, Google glass with its sci-fi aesthetics.
But far from shaking in its boots as suggested in Ami's article, fashion embraces movement towards tech with Decoded fashion, a global forum for fashion and technology. Though its possible that big companies will not lead this revolution, but more likely designers will work with specialised technology start-ups. So whilst I agree with Cooke, technology used by fashion brands is vital to get quick and easy feedback from customers through social media, but this has not gone amiss, even traditional brands are utilising these avenues with facebook pages, instagram accounts and fully interactive webpages. Fashion is now more international than ever and it has technology to thank.

The Row and Brooks Brothers Instagram accounts
 

With both industries relying heavily on trend-forecasting aided by social media, is this a match made in heaven?

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Badly Torn maybe

Jacket: New Look (old) | Top: New Look (old) | Jeans: Topshop | Flats: New Look
 
Very coincidently this outfit is mostly New Look, which believe it or not is actually somewhere I don't shop very often. I have worn this top SO many times, and these flats were a major bargain in the summer sale at £4! But my favourite part of this outfit is the ripped jeans, these were my little treat to myself after results day. I'm sorry you can't actually see the rips in these shots, however, I really do love Topshop's Leigh super soft ankle grazers, perfect for those with shorter legs (despite these still bunching up a tad) and majorly comfortable. A perfect daytime outfit, warm enough for the breezy early autumn and with a memorial to summer through pineapples.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

To cross a body of water

Top: Dorothy Perkins | Shirt: Topshop | Skirt: Vintage | Sandals: Dorothy Perkins | Necklace: River Island | Nail Varnish: Barry M Bikini | Nail varnish (toes): Barry M Gelly nail effects Rose Hip.
 
My trusty summer sandals making another appearance, this time with a more complimentary nail colour, rather than a pop of colour like usual. A quick trip on the ferry from Instow to Appledore called for a very casual outfit and whilst it was windy and I was splashed, it was a peaceful journey overall. I picked up this skirt from the clothes show around Christmas time from a small stall that had handmade skirts and other vintage bits and pieces. The texture adds a little to a boring outfit and the light green suits both summer and winter wear. Though the Devon villages and towns I visited were lovely, the highlight had to be a small "petting zoo" with rabbits, guinea pigs, chicks, chipmunks, kittens, puppies and calves...I was in pure heaven! One little bunny decided to have a quick nap on my lap and luckily he/she didn't pee on my new jeans (outfit post to come soon ;))
 
 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

#nofilter

The marvels of our setting sun never fails to spur the inner photographer.
 
The peace and quiet of Instow also gave me some time to think over all the changes coming my way soon. The 14th of August finally gave me confirmation that everything I worked for over the past two years was worth it. There were a lot of tears and headaches, not to mention a sob or two, but I got into my university of choice on a Fashion management course and I'm so so excited to face the challenge ahead. I had a huge change of heart in my first year of A-levels from aiming to be a veterinary nurse to a career in fashion and I really didn't know if it was the right choice for me (and I still don't!) but I can't bear the thought of giving up on it without trying. I move in to my accommodation on the 19th of September which is approaching like a bullet train, and I'm going to be thrown completely out of my comfort zone. Here's to hoping I land somewhere even better.
 
I'll be continuing my blog along my journey, a huge thankyou to everyone sticking with me for the ride x

Saturday, 23 August 2014

South West England: Runners and Raglan

 
Top: Topshop | Shorts: Topshop | Sandals: Dorothy Perkins
 
I'm back from holidaying in the quaint seaside village of Instow in Devon and its been killing me not to blog whilst being without wifi :'( This relaxed outfit was a much loved repeat wear I'm not afraid to admit, I fell in love with runner shorts this summer and these denim effect ones are super easy to pair with anything! My second love has been my bargain footbed sandals that have near lived on my feet, adding a bit of femininity with the floral print. My final obsession is raglan tops, given the chance I would have one in every colour, but for now, simple black with 3/4 sleeves completes this oober casual outfit.
 
Excuse the windswept/blinded by the sun me, but look how pretty and peaceful it looks.
 

 Motor car acts 1888 and 1903
 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

A capricious notion

 
Dress: Thrifted | Flats: Topshop | Bag: Thrifted | Necklace: Monki | Nail varnish: Barry M Hi-Shine gel nail paint in Rose Hip
 
Believe it or not, this was a very adventurous outfit for me! I find it really hard to find girly summer dresses that I like and equally as hard to pair them with the rest of my wardrobe. But a moment in a charity shop left me with a flash of inspiration. First, this small dark brown satchel caught my attention, I loved that it was worn in places to give it a vintage feel, even though I think its Primark originally. Then, this dress behind the counter just struck me as really simple and cute, though I didn't like the original buttons, it was a quick fix to change them. It a teeny bit too big, but I like that it has more length and room to fill out when I go for a big meal. AND the best part of all is that this whole outfit only cost £17.45 :) (Shoes £7 in Topshop's post Christmas sale, dress £5.50, bag £4.95 and the necklace was a gift).
 
I also opted for a light pink shimmery lipstick, which is way out of my comfort zone normally. However, when I swatched this in store it was simply too pretty to leave behind. Again I was dead pleased that it was reduced and I had a £1 off Rimmel products voucher, so I think I paid about £3 in the end. Eeeeeek!
 
I get way too excited about bargains...
 
 
 Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Fancy (210)
 
 

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

It's so fluffy I'm gonna die!

 
Top: H&M, Skirt: Motel Rocks, Wedges: New Look, Bag: River Island, Necklace: River Island, Nail varnish: Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Greenberry.
 
Safe to say, anything of a fluffy texture is just captivating to me. This skirt was a birthday present to myself back in February and though best suited to winter wear, I really love it for nights out too. Being high waisted I find it flattering and comfortable to wear and despite the light pink looking near translucent against my skin tone, its such a lovely colour to pair with black pieces. These black suede cut out wedges were bought for my end of high school prom 2 years ago and they're still going strong even after many nights out, dead impressed! Finally, I added some pops of colour with the nail varnish and necklace, with my poor overused envelope clutch bag to finish the look.
 
I was going to find a nice scenic area to shoot this outfit, unfortunately the weather was not on my side and a quick run outside in-between rainy spells was the only option. Really looking forward to next week and my holiday in Devon for some nice (weather permitting) beach shots :)
 

 
 

Sunday, 3 August 2014

To fringe or not to fringe

Eyeko skinny liquid eyeliner (Navy), Maybelline color sensational lipstick in Midnight Plum (338)
 
Today I thought I'd switch it up a little from the normal outfit posts and just have a chat about anything and everything. I really can't believe how fast this year has flown by so far and I feel like so much has changed since January. I've finished college now and its less than 2 weeks till results day (PANIC STATIONS!), but I'm so excited about the prospect of university and all the opportunities it brings. I want to keep working hard on blogging, being consistent and enjoying every minute of it, and slowly but surely I'm getting to where I want to be.
 

And talking of change, I'm forever debating what to do with my hair! I do love having a fringe but some days its such a pain in the ass! (See: http://www.company.co.uk/beauty/hair/fringe-problems-hasHtag) Should I keep the fringe? Grow it out? or just go all out and dye my hair wild colours? Knowing me, I'll be keeping it the same for a while longer anyway.
 
I have, however, been trying to switch up my makeup a tad, pictured above is my favourite look at the moment. I keep my base makeup very simple and steady as my skin is so quick to breakout, and I do adore my dark matte lipsticks. So I tried a new slightly lighter shade of lipstick with a bit of shimmer and I was actually really impressed. As well as changing my black gel liner for navy liquid liner, mostly inspired by it being free in Glamour magazine and some friends suggesting it was worth a try. Eyeko liner pens as a whole have not impressed me, but I do love the colour and staying power of the liquid itself.
 

For now its only a tiny makeup revamp, we'll see where the rest of this year leads me.
Change is not a thing I relish, but its time for a new undertaking :)

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Thankyou to Abi at http://myw0rldmyview.blogspot.co.uk/ for nominating me for a Liebster award! I've already been nominated previously, but I'll still answer the questions here since there some real good 'uns :)

1.What's your favourite thing about blogging?
How it encourages me to be creative and reflect on myself.

2.How often do you post?
At the moment, twice a week.

3.What's your favourite film?
I love most Disney films, but I'd pick Tangled if I had to.

4.What's your favourite post to write?
Outfit posts are the main part of my blog, but recently I feel lifestyle type posts are really enjoyable.

5.What's your favourite son right now?
Something beautiful - Needtobreathe (album: The Outsiders).

6.Do you try and reply to all of your comments?
I do, I think its really important to say thank you and show support back to other bloggers.

7.Is there anything you don't really like about blogging?
Follow for follows wind me up ;)

8.What's your favourite food?
Most things sweet, probably dark Belgian chocolate cookies.

9. What type of blogs do you enjoy reading?
Travel and fashion blogs.

10.When did you start blogging?
October 2012.

11.Do you think you'll ever stop blogging?
Though I think my blog will change a lot in the future, I hope to continue and see it grow for a long long time. Until I've achieved what I set out to achieve.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Moody florals and runner shorts


Top: Dorothy Perkins, Shorts: Select, Sandals: Dorothy Perkins, Necklace: Monki.

I like to live life on the edge, and by that I mean, I ate an ice cream in my outfit before taking pictures for the blog :P This was just a super relaxed look for a walk in the countryside. I've recently fallen in love with track or runner shorts, got my eyes on the denim ones on the market at the moment. My simple grey versions with a cherry motif are REALLY old and in all honesty, I think a darker colour would have worked better. I stumbled across this light cami the other day and its a blessing in this heat wave, plus its really easy to pair with most of my wardrobe. But the real gem was the moody floral footbeds in the sale for only £12, chuffed to bits.


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Summer Ball

Dress: AX Paris, Heels: Missguided, Flower crown: ASOS, Bag: River Island, Necklace: Vintage.
 
The past two years have been some of the hardest and most wonderful, it all ended with my leavers ball at the botanical gardens. What I wore, as you can imagine, took weeks of planning and searching. I eventually settled on a simple LBD, in the most flattering shape being a kick out, which acted as the blank canvas in which to add to. Paired with my beloved metallic chunky heels which stayed bang on trend. Then, my own little twist with a feathered lilac clutch and a flower crown of classic summer colours. Overall, it felt fun and comfortable, the perfect last outfit.
 
The evening itself was made wonderful by my lovely ladies (pictured below), we've all helped each other through the struggles of A- levels and had plenty of laughs along the way. All looking gorgeous themselves, I think we made quite the stunning group :)
 


 
(Last 2 pictures courtesy of Mick Sheldon photography: http://www.micksheldon.co.uk/)
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Crops and little pops

 
Top: H&M, Jeans: H&M, Flats: Topshop, Necklace: River Island, Nail varnish: Rimmel lasting finish Tangy Tangerine (705).
 
Its officially summer here in Britain, and as much as I love A/W fashion, not having to wear a jacket that ruins your outfit is just fab! Simple and very much built for comfort, acid wash "skinny" jeans rolled up keep it casual, whilst being fitted around the waist to look more 'put together'. This crop top has become a fast favourite, perfect for layering under sheer fabrics, with high waisted skirts or on its own for brave days. I'm always keeping it light when it comes to jewellery, so a single silver pendant necklace to match my obsession with metallic flats works a charm.
 
I'm back and blogging for good.
 
 
 

Monday, 21 April 2014

I blame you and that smile

(Right)Top: H&M, Necklace: H&M, Skirt: Topshop, Shoes: Topshop. (Left) Jumper: Topshop, Skirt: River Island.
 
An Easter Sunday outfit, fully inspired by the blooms of spring. By some coincidence, me and my sister both sported a moody floral piece. I pick up this sheer crop top after a good search around H&M and I decided to pick up a black off-shoulder crop top to wear underneath too. Best paired with high waisted skirts for a more formal and feminine look. I continued a light, spring feel with the acid wash denim, contrasted by the harsher metallics. The final new piece was a statement necklace, bringing it back to my less feminine comfort zone.
 
 

Nail Varnish: Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish (33)