Sunday, 20 June 2010

A Nightmare in Wonderland

So finally here are the final selection of images from my final major project. The whole project was called my obsession with Alice and I looked into loads of different Alice's....Myself, My Great Grandma, Friends, Alice in Wonderland, Alice Dellal, Alice Temperley and Alice Cooper just to name a few.

I looked into my dreams and nightmares as well as mine and other Alice's phobias and came up with my final shoot "A Nightmare in Wonderland" which was a collaboration of aspects of the research I had done as well as influences from all the other Alice's.

Thanks to my beautiful model Gemma for her hard work on the day and for putting up with my crazy ideas!!

3 songs I love so much at the moment that they get their own playlist!!

Airplanes- B.O.B feat. Hayley Williams (from Paramore)

He Loves You - The Pretty Reckless (Taylor Momsen.....still not over you!!)

Billionaire - Travie McCoy (DE-FREAKIN-LISH MALE!!)


Friday, 18 June 2010

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Shit me, im in love....

I'm ridiculously in love with these totally insaaaaaannnnneeee dsquared2 skeleton heels!!!

Maison Martin Margiela '20' The Exhibition

Since the 3rd of June an exhibition at Somerset House, showcasing the work of designer Martin Margiela has been open and i'm desperate to go, I just need to find a day where I am free and this is proving difficult!

The exhibition titled '20' is a celebration of one of contemporary fashion’s most influential and enigmatic designers over the past 2 decades.
No other fashion house has had quite the same impact on our understanding of fashion and its relationship to history, craft, commerce and innovation. 20 years on, Maison Martin Margiela’s radical questioning and rethinking of what fashion is, how we clothe the body and ideals of human beauty, is still as groundbreaking as ever.

It was the designs from Martin Margiela's haute couture collections that initiated an interest in the use of unconventional items and materials when creating garments of clothing. Although the designs can be considered to be recycling objects, the fashion house does not approach its collections with the intention of producing or marketing them with an ethical stance.

Although the use of unlikely objects in the haute couture collections are really interesting to me, the aspect of MMM that really appeals to me is the visual promotion of the brand, the clinical approach that has been adopted. Sales advisors wearing long white lab coats, the typewriter font used in literature and the re-occuring use of white and grey as the colour schemes in the promotional material, website, flagship store and concessions found in department stores all create a constant feel about the brand which allows the clothes the be the forefront of the fashion house.

I personally prefer MMM's ready to wear menswear collections more so than the women's wear, due to the fact that I feel that It is a lot more wearable, but still has an aspect to it that is slightly unexpected.
The menswear collection that Margiela bestows upon us may have a completely different aesthetic from their womenswear lines but they’re equally as great. There are few houses that can cut a jacket like Margiela do – whether for the severe womens line or for their more relaxed menswear and this season was filled to the brim with gorgeous tailoring.

Maybe this stuff isn’t for everybody but the Margiela man is who I like to think I would be if i were a man, and I think this collection is just about perfect.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces from the Spring Summer 2010 menswear collection

Thursday, 17 June 2010

and then there was three...

Two good friends have just got into blogging, one being more keen to update than the other!! Even so, take a look at their blogs and save them to your bookmarks!!


Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Daddy...I WANT A PUPPY!!!

I love French Bulldogs so much, they are small and cute, but at the same time look a bit mean and not too girly.......just like meeee!!!

Tuesday, 15 June 2010


Yesterday was the day I had been anticipating and dreading for weeks.....RESULTS!!!
As one of the most competitive people around of course I had my heart set on a distinction, but I had a feeling in my stomach that I wouldn't get one. So when I got a text from Ellen, (I couldn't go and pick my results up myself as i was on a mind numbingly boring training course for work) saying that I had got a distinction I was soooooo happy....and yep I cried!!

Well done to all of the UCA Art foundation class of 2010. x

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Plum vs Blackberry

In the space of twenty four hours I treated myself to two new items, A new Blackberry Bold and a new lipstick. Is it wrong that I love the £8.00 lipstick sooooo much more that the phone???
I had seen Topshop's new range of make up advertised on their website, and had stuck my finger in a lip balm tester whilst paying for something a few weeks ago, but hadn't deliberatly paid attention to the range itself. So whilst shopping in Kingston on Tuesday thought i'd have a closer look.

The first thing that I noticed was how tactile the packaging was, it was begging to be picked up and opened. The lipstick tubes are white and matte, which is such a change from the typical black glossy lipsticks you generally find. I also love the hand painted look to the packaging, as it detracts from the stereotypical sleekness of typical makeup branding. I instantly fell in love with a nail varnish and a lipstick. For ages I have been searching the high street for the perfect dark plum lipstick and "chicken yellow" nail varnish, and up until now have been failing miserably. That was until Topshop created the two colours id been looking for a lipstick in 'Vamp' and a nail varnish in 'bee's knees'.....both perfect for me!
The lipstick didn't scream " i'm a goth", likewise the nail varnish didn't make me look like id smoked since birth so I was happy, and at £13.00 for the pair I didn't think I could really go wrong!

On my way home I got a bit carried away with thinking of an outfit to go with my plummy coloured lipstick and decided that my new, black silk play suit and black peep toe wedges with my hair being freshly bleached, it would be the perfect way to introduce my new lipstick to the world!

And as for the Blackberry, I guess I will just have to keep reading the manual!!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Girl crush of the month!!

Taylor Momsens, UNREAL!!! x

What I have learned in the last nine months

I officially finished my Art foundation at UCA, about two weeks ago. Since then, time seems to have passed by so quickly due to the amount of sleep I have been catching up on....nine months of art is defiantly exhausting! But I had to go in today to collect all my work that wasn't needed for our end of year exhibition. It only occurred to me today, that over those sleep deprived, nine months I have experienced so much, that I need to appreciate the opportunities I have right now, rather than moaning about late nights and too much work, then looking back in the future and only realising then, actually how good things were, where I am right about now. So apart from dealing with being skint, deadlines and sewing machines, my time at UCA has taught me some essential lessons in life.......

I <3 Sharpies
Facebook, blogs, Ebay and Skype are my biggest distraction
It's ok to be 23 and be a student. There is no shame in taking a step back to do something that you love rather than continuing doing something that doesn't give you goosebumps when you think about it......the same applies to men.
When I am collaging I am at my happiest...paper..Prittstick+stickers+magazines+letraset+stencils=HEAVEN!!
There is no shame in pre-drinking and the Aussie bar is always open!!
Mannequins need to wear nappies!
TRIFT stores are exactly the same as THRIFT stores
Not all art students are emo's
If you want something really badly you will cry, get angry, blame yourself for not being good enough...but only when it is the right thing for you will you feel like this.
When times get hard, hit Red Bull
Photo shoots are so unbelievably stressful and make you want to cry, but at the end of the day when you sit down at your laptop and look through a selection of beautiful images it is all worthwhile.
New York feels more like home to me than my own house.
There is no point in trying too hard to be individual, because in the end you will loose your identity.
Life is better orange!!!
And finally.....I have a group of disgustingly beautiful friends that i love very very much, without you loosers this year would potentially have sucked hard but you made it better than I could have ever imagined! <3

"Once Upon a time there was a little girl who dreamed of blogging....."

Oh, how I dream of lazy summer days, filled with a new pair of Ray bans, a British Wimbledon champion, eating the fruit from a jug of Pimms and my hair getting whiter in the sunshine. For now, unfortunately the reality of this British summer is that there has been so much rain I pretty much managed to dissolve a new pair of espadrilles walking in puddles.
As my plan for the 4 months I have set aside as my summer, between finishing Art foundation at UCA in Farnham, Surrey and before starting a Ba in Fashion Promotion and Communication at Nottingham Trent university in October, included setting up a blog I thought that I should use the weather to my advantage and stay inside and blog. So here is a collection of what is me, What I did, thinks I like...and things I don't, what inspires me, the clothes I wore and some work that I have done. x