26.2.10

Currently


Listening To: A self-made Big Bang and Jay Chou playlist. It sounds weird but it works; I'm currently rediscovering my old love for 'Lies' and 'Haru Haru'. And listening to Jay Chou always puts me in a good mood.

Eating/Drinking: Coco Pops accompanied by a HUGE mug of coffee. Still wish I had a coffee machine with me... making my own is such an effort and tastes funny.

Wearing: My 'I ♥ Paris' tourist shirt from last summer and checkered pink and black pyjama bottoms. OOTD anyone? Haha, I joke ;)

♥ Working on my fashion, culture and history essay at the moment. Although the deadline isn't for another six weeks, I am so organised and such a complete nerd that I had to get started on it. I'm seriously stressing that I'm going to fail... And I have a huge stack of reading to get through as well, which just keeps building up.

♥ Travelling a ridiculous amount over this next week and a half. I'm planning on a relaxation day, spent mostly indoors if possible, catching up on work and things. Tomorrow I'll be up at 7am to get ready for London Fashion Weekend, out the door by 9am to meet Tasha and get the train. Then I'm going home from London :D Thennn, on Tuesday I'm going to London for the day and back to Uni from there. And to add to the mix, next Thursday I'm off to Paris for a long weekend.

♥ I went to see 'The Lovely Bones' at the cinema on Wednesday. It wasn't all it was hyped up to be in my opinion haha. It was quite emotional in parts though. I also bought the book yesterday, and read a chapter of it this morning. The book > the film.

♥ I'm getting sick of running out of money. Hate budgeting, or attempting to budget. There are so many things that I want to buy but I have no money at all.

♥ SO excited for Alice in Wonderland 3D to come out =D I cannot believe my livestream of the premiere cut out last night. Even hearing the music and about all the surrounding products is making me happy!

♥ My birthday on Tuesday is officially being spent at home! Or part of it anyway. Spending the morning at home, the afternoon with Florence and the evening in Southy with the flatmates!

♥ Finally: love the colour schemes of the fashion glossies at the moment. Marie Claire, ELLE and InStyle currently all sport pastel purple and pink colours - so adorable.

XOXO

Celebrity Fashion Lines: Yay or Nay?

What happens when... Celebrities think they are creative and want money.

Celebrity fashion lines. Every so-called celebrity has one, whether they're an A-lister (rarely) or a D-lister (as the majority of them are) I can't help thinking that celebrities are only turning to fashion now as an easy source of income. Many of these celebs have already explored the entertainment business and ventured into the many 'get-rick-quick' schemes available to them, such as launching perfume ranges, fitness DVDs and more. How often is it that such fashion collections that stem from these become popular in the fashion world?

Sometimes however, a celebrity fashion collections becomes a fully fledged label in its own right, take the following for instance:

Kate Moss at Topshop
(image sourced at Google images)

Many people, myself included, were sceptical about Kate Moss' then designing stint for Topshop, thinking it would just be an extension to her wardrobe with no additional designing effort. My my how wrong we were! Topshop paid Kate £3million for her work :O And as her first collection launched on 30 April 2007, all of us in the UK were stunned at her skills.

I personally love the Kate Moss range for Topshop. It is pretty much an extension of her wardrobe; you see Miss Moss flaunting her designs on herself everwhere! Although some criticise it as being 'made for skinny girls', the range is extremely wearable with a variety of day and evening clothing.

Sienna and Savannah Miller (Twenty8Twelve)
(image sourced at Google images)

Now I have never been a big fan of Sienna Miller circa 2006. I never really bought into the boho trend, therefore never bothered to think much into and of Sienna Miller. I'm not sure I'm even qualified to critique her, seeing as I haven't seen her acting or modelling work (Yes, she really has done it all!). She launched her collection with sister Savannah in 2007, and it has pretty damn well :O

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (The Row, Elizabeth & James)
(image sourced at Google images)

Followers who personally know me or already know me quite well will know of my pure adoration of Mary-Kate and Ashley. I absolutely LOVE these girls and have done since their Two of A Kind days haha. /endnerd. Watching these girls grow up at the same time pretty much that I have has meant that their style has rubbed off on me. I love their ability to go from a casual look to glam and gorgeous for the red-carpet; Ashley especially is always appropriate for events.

The Row is more of a high-end fashion line, but my favourite is their Elizabeth & James line, which is a "contemporary collection" inspired by unique vintage pieces from their personal wardrobes. If only I could afford to own a slice of Olsen clothing-pie...

Lauren Conrad (LC by Lauren Conrad, The Lauren Conrad Collection)
(image sourced at Google images)

I love Lauren Conrad perhaps a little too much but Lauren's venture in the fashion industry was a bit lacking in my non-expert opinion. Notice how I use the word "venture", when her all-along aim has been to design clothes?

I think overexposure in LA, on reality television and other endorsements has made me a tad overcritical of her designing... *sad face* Her pieces are gorgeous, if not ridiculously simple and overpriced. Lauren is a prime example of why I am critical of celebrity-fashion lines - she has now also endorsed make-up products and written her own books. *more sad faces*

Nicole Richie (House of Harlow 1960)
(image sourced at Google images)

And to end on a positive note (I was going to write about Nicole's former best friend, Paris Hilton, but I'd be here forever just ranting about her! :P) I LOVE Nicole's jewellery collection. As a reality TV starlet, it could have been so easy for Nicole to go down the route of endorsing every possible random product (Paris for BK anyone? Haha!), but instead, Nicole has designed a classy and beautiful range of jewellery named after her daughter, and she seems totally serious about the collection.

Whew. Long post, sorry about that haha! So, celebrity fashion lines: Yay or nay? Comments?

XOXO

24.2.10

Catwalk Notes: Burberry Prorsum AW10

Picture the scene: it is Tuesday 23rd February 2010 in glorious rainy London, fashionistas are bustling around hurrying to catch fashion shows at London Fashion Week. Big Ben strikes four times for 4pm, the online stream countdown whittles all the way down to 0 seconds, a scramble to get to seats on time. It is a momentous occasion in fashion history. Burberry is back on hometurf in London.

Christopher Bailey, designer behind Burberry, said: "It is wonderful to do it in London, back in our hometown, in the heart of Westminster, Old London. We've found ourselves a dynamic building this year."

As the most important and influential names in fashion, including British editor of American Vogue, Anna Wintour of course, descend on London for the "highlight of London Fashion Week", fashion lovers and bloggers alike hastily load and refresh the online streaming of the show.

Rain pours outside the fashion tent in greycast London and simulated rain pours on screens inside the tent, all the more reinforcing the quintessential British-ness of Burberry. In true style though, just moments before the show begins, models and celebrities are milling outdoors in classic Burberry trench coats and black umbrellas, posing for the press and giving brief interviews about their expectations for the most anticipated show of the week.

"I want to unite the world with this collection... It all comes from the foundations of Burberry and what we believe in, not just the clothes and shoes and handbags,"

Anna de Rijk, the opening model of last season's show, said: "There's a very chilled atmosphere backstage, very effortless cool with a good energy. I'm very excited, there are a lot of feminine and warm pieces."

Announced earlier today as the 'Burberry Cadet Girls' collection, celebrities and fashionistas hustled to their seats, put their Burberry 3D glasses on and waited as the lights dimmed and the music pumped.

Overall, it was an amazing collection, as could only be expected from Mr. Bailey himself. The first range featured olive green dresses, teamed with military jackets, and wool-lined brown leather jackets, with hints of gold.

My favourite pieces were the navy blue pieces. Skinny waist definitions and thigh high boots made for a sexy cadet look as promised. The shearling heeled boots are definitely the next BIG thing. Hair was kept long and flowy, very ethereal looking. Faces were nude and understated, with all the focus quite rightly placed on the clothes.

As the lights faded to black, a flurry of press scattered across the tent to get quotes from Anna Wintour and the many celebrities in presence, such as Mary Kate Olsen, Carey Mulligan, Kristen Stewart and Kate Hudson.

And to finish: what exactly was Kristen Stewart doing at a Burberry catwalk?! She was just tapping her foot throughout the show... so annoying.

XOXO

21.2.10

Ins & Outs #2

Ins & Outs #2

INS:
♥ Went to see Valentine's Day at the cinema again with the flatmates to celebrate Steph's birthday. I was ridiculously excited when the trailer for Robert Pattinson's new film 'Remember Me' came on. Yes, girls, I am a Pattinson fan haha.

♥ Sam gave me a belated Valentine's Gift! :O Never been so surprised in my life! I got an adorable Hello Kitty Valentine's card, a huge box of Ferrero Rocher choccys and UP on DVD :)

♥ Been ridiculously productive all week. My first portfolio draft hand-in is tomorrow, so I've been cramming in layout research and drafts, interviews and photoshoot plans.

♥ Seeing two of my best friends from home on Saturday was so good! Had a nice catch-up and shop, and I bought a pretty purse amongst some other things ^_____^ I love purse shopping and matching purses with Kayleigh like I always used to.

♥ Woke up today to 4 adorable blog comments, and reached 59 followers. Nothing makes me smile more when waking up on a lazy Sunday morning, so thank you very much :)

OUTS:
♥ My Uni timetable has now been reduced to just 5 hours a week. Five teaching hours is absolutely ridiculous, considering the amount of work we've been set this semester. To be fair, the majority of it is creative work but paying £3225 for 5 hours is just... Ugh.

♥ The weather makes me angry here. On Friday, it rained, snowed, was sunny and then rained again all in the space of about 10 minutes. Wut?!

♥ Lack of money. Standard for a Uni student.

♥ Splurging on iTunes is the worst idea ever. You don't realise until your iTunes receipt comes through. Ew.

XOXO

Shopping with the Besties

Hello all! I realise I've started blogging at pretty unsociable hours recently haha, it really is the only time I get to myself at the moment though :(

Today I met two of my best friends from home in Southampton for shopping and catch-up time! I honestly couldn't even begin describe how good it felt to see them in my lovely new "home". I've known these girls since I was 11 and it was so nice to see them, especially because things can get too much at Uni.

I didn't spend too much :( I'm saving my BIG spending spree for London next weekend, which I will probably photo blog for you all.


Even though I do have a gorgeous Gucci purse, I absolutely adore shopping for new purses :) I like unzipping all the little sections and finding nice clasps and weird places to put things. Anyone else? Managed to find this beautiful pale mint green purse in Accessorize for £12 ;) And like the cool people we are, Kayleigh and I bought matching ones... just like when we were about 14. *thumbs up*

I also got an adorable "China doll" style necklace from Accessorize, which was £6.

Thennnn, I went to Boots, where they had a couple of offers on.

Ruby & Millie have a 3 for 2 offer on their make-up brushes - win! I actually have been saving for MAC brushes, but thought I'd try these... I bought:

- Eyeliner brush 7mm
- Medium eye brush 7mm
- Eye smudge brush 7mm

They also had a half price offer on No 7 electricals, so I bought No 7 Heated Eyelash curlers for £7.49! Will be reviewing these shortly ;)

Hope you're all having fabulous weekends!

XOXO

20.2.10

Review: Lush The Godmother and Honey I Washed The Kids Soaps

Long time no speak ;) Successfully filled an entire folder with my portfolio pieces and I haven't yet found the motivation to go and purchase a new one, so I have some spare time to blog properly at last. Also, I have now reached 51 followers and 600+ blog views :D Thank you thank you thank you! This means a lot to me :) Giveaway at 150 followers I think!

On Tuesday, I purchased 2 Lush soaps which I am finally reviewing for you!

The Godmother Soap
£2.65 - 100g


I bought a lovely big chunk of this soap! It smells unbelievably good; so nice and sweet! It is a pretty feminine soap, so I would recommend keeping it in your bathroom, rather than making your kitchen etc. smell girly :)

Unlike most of the Lush soaps, this one is made for your hands only. Clearly I'm a douche and have since attempted to use it in the shower. Complete and utter fail. It is really moisturising for your hands (definitely not on your body... copious amounts of cocoa body butter were used to counteract this!) It smells exactly like Snow Fairy shower gel, which is a popular Lush product.

Verdict? Slice it into little pieces and keep in your bathroom. I live in Uni halls of residence so my kitchen is chaos anyway, but I would generally presume that this soap would get erm, wasted(?) in your kitchen? So worth the buy.

Honey I Washed The Kids Soap
£2.95 - 100g


This is probably one of the most popular Lush soaps in existence! I had a lovely long 'heated discussion' with Heather (friend from Uni) about which soap was better; Porridge vs. Honey I Washed The Kids. Comments below with your opinion?

This smells like caramel and toffee and vanillary kind of things. YUM. It is one of my favourite Lush scents. It doesn't lather amazingly, and isn't the most moisturising of products, but it is so worth the purchase for the amazing scent!

What are your favourite LUSH soaps? Any recommendations for me?

XOXO

19.2.10

Curiouser and curiouser...

Hello my lovers ;)

I have promised a few of you girlies that a Primark haul photo-blog will be coming soon, and I do not lie... I WILL get round to this eventually, I've just been ridiculously busy with Uni-related work recently.

My desk here in my Uni room is absolutely covered in magazine cuttings, A3 layout designs, photoshoot brainstorms, post-it notes and more weird things. It is an organised mess in my expert opinion :)

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I've also just finished writing my fashion and beauty based feature on Alice in Wonderland. Although I'd been putting this off FOREVER, I finally sat down and did my research yesterday and busted out 780 words of it today. It's only a draft... when my final piece is done, I shall maybe upload it here for you all to have a gander at!

And from my Alice in Wonderland research comes my blog for the day. Not only have top designers, such as Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane and Alexander McQueen (Rest in Peace), designed one-off Alice dresses, but Tom Binns has again designed a range of Alice inspired jewellery for Disney Couture! *squee*

These are some of my favourite pieces:

Mad Hatter Necklace
£29



Silver Pocket Watch Necklace
£39
Inspired by the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. So unbelievably adorable.


Gold ID Key Bracelet
£25

Gold Clock Earrings
£14


White Rabbit Cameo Ring
£25


Red Queen Crown Earrings
£14


Gold Curiouser and Curiouser Earrings
£28


Glass Drink Me Bottle Necklace with Mini Cork
£29


My life will be complete when I own a piece of Disney Couture haha. Cannot wait for the release of Alice in Wonderland, hopefully by then I'll be sitting in the cinema, made up in Book of Shadows make up, wearing a White Rabbit cameo ring, holding a Coke in one hand and a bag of pick and mix in the other :)

XOXO