Weekend in London


First of all, I have to start this post by saying WHAT THE HELL WAS MY LIFE LAST WEEK?! If you follow me on instagram you'll already know (or will have guessed) this is about showcasing my final collection at Graduate Fashion Week! I honestly can't put into words how rewarding it was to share my outfit in London and to speak to so many inspiring companies and individuals! I'm gonna share this photo on here because I just gotta show everyone my very own backstage photo, of the model wearing my clothes at my show (a big pinch me moment)!!!!!

Moving on from the incredibly weird and crazy day that was my show, we managed to sneak in a bit of time to explore some musuems on the last day. We were hoping for a bit more time but the exhibition space at GFW kept calling me back, so fingers crossed something comes from all the connections I made! 
Anyway, Sam had never ventured to South Kensington before so we went there for the Natural History Museum and the V&A as well as some much needed japanese food from Wasabi. It was so nice to just dump our bags for a few hours and wonder round all the amazing rooms there, we also had a sit out in the courtyard of the V&A which is still one of my fave spaces in London.

This was super quick with some small chit chat but it's nice to share my weekend with no pressure, other than showing some photos I took and telling you what I got up to! 

C x

I can do fun things now


Warning: this post is going to be quite heavy so if you're just here for the photos (I don't blame you) then I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them!

I almost don't know where to start it's been that long since I sat and wrote something down!!! But I have finally completed all my deadlines for final year which is an insane feeling if I'm being completely honest! Uni definitely became a priority for me since coming back after Christmas (okay the whole of this year) and I'm so glad that I put myself and my education first because I am so proud of how much I have achieved and how far I have come since applying for the course on UCAS back in 2014.

Now that I have a bit more time on my hands, I want to set aside more time to focus on doing the things that I love - which I necessarily haven't had the time to do over the past 12 months, especially without the guilt anyway. I still can't escape universities 'life' structure and organisation so I have wrote a small list (lets call it a bucket list so it sounds better) of things I want to set myself to do over the next few weeks / months before I enter back into the working world. This blog is definitely one of those loves I have neglected - and always seem to neglect - but after discussing with my boyfriend on its direction, I think I have an idea.

It's time to stop putting pressure on myself to post, to do this for myself and maybe a few of you nosey folk out there, so I've decided to make it more of an extension of my instagram / an online diary. I can pop a few photos on here, with a small or long explanation depending how I'm feeling and then hit the post button. It means I can put everything together in one place, sharing my days out, latest vintage finds or even just sharing the endless list of shoes I am lusting after! Afterall this blog is an extension of myself and the things I love, which leads me onto sharing what I got up to the weekend just gone.

With no pressures from looming uni deadlines, Sam and I wanted a fun weekend to celebrate the achievement of finishing university five-ever (longer than four-ever) and my graduate fashion show being a success (see here). Saturday we went to see the Faye Wei Wei exhibition at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, something I was particularly excited for as she is one of my favourite London based artists. It was so inspiring to see work from artists you admire up close! I almost want to go back again just for another look before the exhibiton closes early June.

We then visited Manchester Art Gallery to see what the new exhibitions were like; it's nice to be able to walk into galleries and musuems right on our doorstep and is something I would always consider when moving somewhere new. Anyway, I was inspired by the vases in one of the exhibition rooms, where I decided to channel my inner Amy Hodkin and take photos to draw from afterwards. Even though I predominantley draw fashion illustrations, I want to make an effort into expanding my style and drawing new things. I'm constantly inspired by peoples own unique styles and I'm incredibly excited by it, so this summer I just want to stay inspired and try lots of new drawing, collaging, creative techniques!

Sunday was meant to be another day of museum visits but this time in Liverpool, which didn't actually go to plan due to northern trains being annoying, so we tried to think of things we could do within Manchester. Living about 10 minutes away from Didsbury we decided to try the Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens as the weather was so beautfiul and we knew we wanted to make the most of it. So after a short bus journey we had the loveliest time soaking up all the vitamin D, walking around the amazing Rockery and drinking beer before an incredible tea of prawn gyozas, katsu curry and vegetable fritters (Shout out to the Marks & Spencer £10 Mix & Match Deal).

Gold Star for making it to the bottom! Thank you so much for looking / reading / being a part of this!
C x

Vintage is a part of me


Guernsey : Flea Market (similar)
Wool Skirt : Beyond Retro (similar 1 / 2 / 3)
Spot tights : Primark (similar)
Earrings : Milktooth
Bag : Vintage (similar 1 / 2)

Photographer : @mosquerasam

If you're an original follower back years ago on instagram and on here, then you may know that I'm extremely intruiged and excited by second hand shopping. I don't seem to share a lot of that side anymore, which may be due to uni priorities and living on a student budget with no part time job (the joys of a fashion degree). Since working on my dissertation which I briefly spoke about here, I've found myself being more aware of the negative effects of the high street. I can't say that whilst parading around in Primark roll necks and tights because that would be quite the contradiction. I still continue to buy high street clothingand will do far into the future, I even have a blog post coming up featuring this knit dress I've recently bought from Asos. By becoming more aware, which is probably down to my dissertation research, I have decided to try and cut down high street shopping and do my bit. 

I obviously don't want to sound preachy because I'm very last person you should come to about that. I'm in no way here to spout hate or be a negative nancy about fashion at all, I mean I've studied textiles and fashion for almost 8 years of my life!

This post is more of a discussion, or a means, to let you know that I'm bringing vintage back. 
*queue Justin Timberlake*
I mean it never went away, you always see me tagging similar items because I'm wearing old season stock or I've bought it from a charity shop, but I wanted to properly address it. With rarely buying newly released clothing and spending more time on eBay than I care to discuss, it helps make sense to introduce it here. I mean seriously some send help on my eBay addiction, my boyfriend can vouch on how bad it gets.

I love vintage shopping, going to flea markets, rummaging through charity shops and finding all the perfect gems! I wanted this blog to be a true reflection of who I am and what I get up to, so why not share more of what I love? With no real agenda to what this will entail, I hope you can bare with me as I introduce this exciting venture onto my blog (and instagram too). I mean you may have to wait until my degree comes to an end and I manage to find a fab graduate job to fill my bank account back up!

Quickly onto a brief discussion of the outfit which is pretty much all vintage / independant, and also a different look for me. I picked up the Red Guernsey knit whilst visiting a monthly flea market my family and I go to, which has become a welcome addition as I realised I was missing lots of colour and pattern from my wardrobe.

Gone are the days where I'd want to be in monochrome or muted colours, I'm longing for something with more colour, pattern and print within my closet. Now I'm not about to go crazy here, but we all know that dressing during winter and the colder months can be boring as hell. I wanna stick to my style roots but start injecting a bit of life into an otherwise dreary outfit, which is where finding this lil' red beauty has come in handy! It's such a thick knit which I wouldn't expect any less from a Guernsey, so obviously I was ecstatic!

Paring with this midi wool skirt that I've had around 12 months after finding it in Beyond Retro, it created a more dressed up outfit. This is why I felt it was a bit out of my comfort zone, I almost felt too grown up. Because of this I decided on polka dot tights rather than plain black, and these amazing earrings from Milktooth London, to make the outfit more fun and a bit more 'me'.

Fashion and styling is about having fun, trying new things out and potentially looking back in a few years time and thinking 'what the hell was going on here?!'. I mean I'd do that now but all my old posts are gone in order to start fresh, so check back in a few years instead.

C x

Lets all say 'Fuck Instagram'


Photography : Sam Mosquera

Coat : Charity Shop
Roll Neck : Muji
501 Levis : Vintage
70's Converse : Offspring
Earrings : Milktooth
Bag : Vintage
(alternatives linked below)

I feel like I haven't wrote blog posts consistently in so long that I almost don't know where you're meant to start with them. Hi, hello, im back, here's another post of my ramblings? See, it's weird right? It's funny because this coincidentally lead me to write another post about consistancy, but more on that another time. I'm here to share some thoughts on Instagram, well more about how we document our lives on social media and how much it's changing.

Recently my boyfriend and I have been discussing the wonderful yet horrible app that is Instagram and how much it's impacted both of our lives. Everyone and their mum's are talking about their love / hate relationship with it. I mean it is such an incredible tool to share day to day activities, follow your fave celebs and see what's going in the world, I even met Sam on there! But it sometimes leads to getting so caught up in what's 'perfect' and whether certain photos will actually fit in with your feed, that it's easy to loose sight in what the app was initially made for.

Things change and develop so it's obvious that Instagram has gotten bigger and bigger over the past few years. I would say bigger and better here but we all know we're fighting a losing battle with the creaters of the app tbh. What's bothering me is that when I look back and pretty much stalk my own profile, is realising how much I've changed. I was having a huge Instagram clear out, archiving images and unfollowing people that didn't bring joy to my feed; I would definitely recommend because it makes scrolling so much nicer, at the end of the day it's your account - you ain't obliged to follow anyone that doesn't inspire, lift you or bring you any joy. Anyway, what I noticed is how much my photography and personal style has changed through out the years of being part of instagram.

From living in Cardiff in 2014, Manchester 2015, moving to London in 2016 for my placement year, leading right back to Manchester, I could see that being younger and more care free, the days before blogging and instagram were as big as they are now, I was uploading what I wanted, when I wanted. I couldn't give two fucks about the perfect posting times, I was living in the moment and uploading on the go (times before drafts, scary I know). But having this detox and looking into my recent uploads made me realise that I hated what I was I sharing. I'd stopped posting photos of my uni work, my drawings, my try on session in changing rooms, what I had at costa that one time; everything has to look perfect, reflecting your style and philosophy. I got caught into the need for everything to look consistent and it turns out it just wasn't working for me.

The latest post on this blog (read here) has given an insight into the direction of this blog, social media as well as my personal goals. I wanna go back to my old ways, a bit more care- free and laid back. I wanna stay creative and share this with you guys.  At the end of the day I know it's only a social media app, it's a stupid first world problem, but I needed to get it off my chest and talk about it.

I mean Instagram fucks us over with the algorithm as it is, so why not just post what you want anyway? 

C x

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