Kingston Uni //

Posted on: Monday, 14 April 2014

Just a little update on my life. I am drowning in coursework, stressed out to the ninth fold but can confirm I will be attending Kingston University next year as apart of their Fashion Design BA Honours. It was a tough decision (I think I am allowed to brag in saying I got offers from all of my choices including two unconditionals but this only made the decision more challenging) but due to the area, their specialism in knit and ever growing reputation it came out (after hours of list making, deliberating and comfort eating) on top. Also the fact that there are wild deer roaming about in the park next door means I can satisfy my nature cravings and make some new furry friends.

Pictured above is the work of one of last years graduates Anna Yates who's collection inspired by Claustrophobia I found both beautiful and intriguing.

I'm hoping to be Kingston's next great success story.


Inspiration //

Posted on: Sunday, 13 April 2014

Been super busy working towards the end of my final major project. So much to do and so little time. These re some mood boards I put together for my model and make up team to give them an idea of my styling, design and photography ideas and thought they looked pretty so am sharing them on here too.

Please note none of the pictures used are my own and have been derived from various online sources and are for my personal work only.


Wool & the Gang

Posted on: Monday, 7 April 2014

Received a rather lovely box of goodies once I got back from uni sent to me by Wool and the Gang; it felt like christmas all over again! I bought (or I should say my darling mother bought) a couple of knitting patterns, some 'shiny happy cotton' in nude pink, some jersey 'mix tape' yarn in cinder black & sahara dust and a DIY knit kit to make a rather pretty and delicate Gigi bra. I was rather chuffed with my haul and found that I got a few added extras including stickers, needles and cute little pin brooches which I am rather tempted to stab through to my hand bag.

I would be lying if I said that these yarns and patterns were cheap; they certainly are a much more luxury brand when it comes to the art of knitting but the quality of product can't be overlooked. The patterns are easy enough to follow (even if they are printed on folded pieces of paper so ridiculously small that they will almost definitely get lost amongst the midst of my bedroom) and I love the fact that they actually design wearable garments rather than the usual boring drab you see in haberdashery shops across the country.

Considering I have never knitted a garment before I was rather chuffed with the outcome of my knit kit; I have a love for all things lingerie related so my new Gigi bra is a perfect addition to my wardrobe and the fact that I made it myself makes it all the more adorable. It took me a day and a half to create and although it didn't turn out as pictured (i'd like to say the changes in stitch design were intentional but really they were just me misreading the pattern) I actually prefer the mixed textures and variety in my version. If you are just starting off on your knitting adventures, or even if you are a super pro, I'd recommend this knit kit to all, plus you get to pick your colour. (I'm still shocked I didn't go for white or black).

As for the rest of my life I'm currently working hard on coursework although I am currently on my holidays, I've been sent some pretty gifts from The Ragged Priest and Lily Lulu fashion (style posts coming soon) and one of my instagram pics is going to be used in Look magazine so life is pretty sweet at the moment.


Berlin; Part I

Posted on: Tuesday, 1 April 2014

A few snaps from my trip to Berlin earlier on this month. Will be editing some more soon.

It's such a wondrous city.

Glitter & Grunge

Posted on: Saturday, 29 March 2014

models/ Roxanne Johns & Charlie Barker
mua/ Katy Short
tog/ Rosemary Pitts

A trio of positivities

Three good things that have happened this week;

1. I finally finished my edits of the beautiful Charlie Barker and Roxanne Johns in collaboration with hair and make up artists Katy Short. Be sure to check all these lovely ladies out if you don't already know who they are. I will follow up this post with some of my favourite shots.

2. Last Thursday I attended the Lily Lulu Fashion charity event for Cancer Research. Not only did I get plenty of freebies including some overly decorated cupcakes (that looked more like works of art not edible fancies) & some sparkly lilac nail polish but I was also given the chance to list my three favourite pieces from their newest ranges with the prospect of being sent one or more in the post. I've pinned my hopes on a metallic silver bodycon dress with full length sleeves and which holds a certain air of cyber space meets modern minimalist. I've got my fingers and toes crossed that I might just get one.

3. Today has been a day of positivity. I won a super awesome silver pleated skater skirt from The Ragged Priest (this love of metallic things seems to be a running theme) on instagram, had some fun burning pieces of paper with incense sticks and just generally feel, well, awesome. I'm not 100% sure where all these positive vibes have originated from but I'm certainly not complaining. I have decided to dedicate an hour each evening to blog posting/online networking so you can expect more things here soon. I'm determined to make this blog thing work.

DMU Contour Show; Backstage Access

Posted on: Saturday, 15 March 2014

Last minute opportunities are always my favourites and working backstage at the DMU Valentine's contour show was certainly an added bonus to my week off in February. Crammed into the back rooms of one of Leicester's biggest night clubs alongside clothing racks, models, designers and dressers I felt right at home reminiscing to my days working backstage at LFW. With DeMontford University running one of the very few contour degrees in the UK it was exciting to see what such a varied and vibrant group of designers were creating in their final year.

With suspender belts, bikinis, lace thongs, boned corsets and silk bustiers on mass it was certainly the most sexy yet elegantly clad group of models I had yet to witness. At times I forgot to take photographs, instead analysing and absorbing the skill and intricate detailing that had gone into constructing each beautiful piece. I've always longed to be able to create my own underwear; I wouldn't however have a clue where to begin so I take my hat off to these girls for the time, effort and dedication they have put into mastering their craft.

To say it was manic would be an understatement, with male models to dress too, rehearsals to take place, stalls to set up and a ridiculous number of people to organise it was down to the students themselves to organise the mayhem. Despite the chaos however there was a light hearted nature to the event with lots of smiles and laughter and even a chihuahua dressed in a onsie. I just wait with baited breath for their designs of the future.

I see you.

Posted on: Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The days are getting tougher and the work load keeps on growing. I've been to London, Nottingham, Berlin & continued my life in Manchester and I've started my final major project. I have a contributing writing job for a major online fashion platform and have upcoming photoshoots in the making.

So life is busy.

Here's an edit from my most recent shoot with Charlie Barker and Katy Short. Full upload of images coming soon. 

LFW AW14 Creatures

Posted on: Thursday, 27 February 2014

With little time and the constant threat of rain sadly this season my street style game was slacking. I did however capture a few little gems including a snap of the forever gorgeous Chloe Norgaard (second from top) and an awesome Asian girl with some insane plaits. Who doesn't love a girl with corn rows and beads in her hair?

There is a possibility that I will be working as a contributing street style photographer for a pretty awesome fashion blog soon so you guys can look forward to lots more of my 'Creatures' posts.

Rory Parnell-Mooney; CSM MA Show 2014

Posted on: Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Shielded eyes, architectural lines and pure simplicity were strong themes in the newest collection from Rory Parnell-Mooney as his menswear creations stormed the runway at the Central Saint Martins masters show. Clean shapes, bare torsos and what can only be described as the manliest dresses I have ever seen were layered up with a minimalist attitude that made my heart swoon. More please.

Fiona Blakeman; CSM MA Show 2014

Posted on: Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Leather net panelling, fish net and jersey were heavily draped into beautiful, textural gowns in this collection by Fiona Blakeman; another CSM MA graduate. With high necks, full length sleeves and skirts that plunged to the ground these dresses covered every inch of the body yet it was the open cut panels, obscurely stitched into the body of these gowns, that left, at times, very little to the imagination. Despite the vast sections of almost bare skin these garments still held an air of elegance as they debuted the catwalk with the various draped layers of fabric moving gracefully like a dream.

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