Friday, 31 December 2010

Looking Forward To Spring.

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and got all the lovely gifts you were hoping for!
I'd like to say thanks again for the comments, I do really appreciate them :)

I've had more problems with my laptop charger so I haven't been able to post for a little while. 
Luckily I managed to find an old charger to use for now so hopefully this one won't break too!
I've also changed my layout a bit and am going to be adding line breaks to my longer posts from now on so remember to look out for the 'read more' button on the left hand side :)

I thought since I've posted more photographs/art stuff recently that I'd do a style-based post today as I'm still keen to keep a balance of both here.
I know it's still wintery and cold outside but personally I'm excited to see Spring collections working their way into the shops as I just can't find anything I want to buy in the sales this year. I've only collected a few images of inspiration here, but I'm already looking forward to it getting a little warmer!
Polka-dot Shirt Dress & Cropped Shirt: ASOS, Denim Shorts, Floral Crop, Pumps & Bag: Topshop, Long-sleeved Dress: Zara, Floral Midi Skirt: River Island, Trousers: Gap

See you in 2011!

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

A DIY Update.

I don't usually like to write about more than one different thing in the same post but I feel like I haven't posted much recently although I'm definitely feeling more inspired by the idea of bringing influences from fashion and film together in a creative way as a base for my blog. So, I thought I'd post these couple of updates of things I've been working on. I'm hoping this week to either make a few more things (I have some card designs in mind) or to start another coloured pencil drawing, which is something I haven't done for a while. 

The last drawing I attempted was of a still of Robert Downey Jr & Rachel McAdams in Sherlock Holmes which I had my outline prepared for months ago at Uni, but had never got round to my favourite part, the colour! I often find that by the time I get the outline sorted I've lost interest in the image I've chosen or moved onto something else. After an attempt, which I wasn't happy with, at the colour last week, I'm trying hard to find another image to draw.
 I usually prefer to post my photographs rather than art pieces, but I thought I'd post these two drawings from around 3 years ago that have been posted online before. These don't show colour pencil but annoyingly I can't find the scanned images of any of those, but if anyone is interested I will try and scan some others in.

Unfinished: Keira Knightley, Atonement


Saturday, 11 December 2010


I was planning to do a post on something else earlier today but I've been having trouble with my laptop charger so I've found these polaroids from last year instead. 
Hopefully I'll be able to post something again tomorrow!

I'm also trying to think of a proper name for my blog, any ideas?

Tuesday, 7 December 2010


These are just a few from a series of textile pieces I made at uni based on the scene 'Jack's Smirking Revenge' from the film Fight Club. Usually I hand stitch if I make any textile pieces but these were done using a sewing machine.
 Creating these pieces was part of the beginning of my interest in the relationship between characters and backgrounds (why they're so simple looking!).
Hope you like them!


Saturday, 4 December 2010


Really not enjoying this weather, but enjoying the photo opportunities!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

DIY Shrinkle Jewellery

I mentioned in my last post that I had just bought some Shrinkle paper to make jewellery with and today I decided to try it out so I thought I would post the results! I just used a doodle from one of my notebooks as a test piece to see how it all worked as I wasn't sure how much it would shrink/ how long to leave it in the oven etc.
The image I chose to use.


Friday, 19 November 2010

DIY Snood

So I decided it was time for a new project, and this is how it's looking so far!
(Excuse the awful photo quality!)

I also got myself some plain Shrinkle paper to make jewellery with so I'm hoping to try that out this weekend too!


Saturday, 13 November 2010

Just A Photo...

One of my favourite photos that I have taken recently.
Taken on Sony NEX-3


Sunday, 7 November 2010

A Little November Inspiration

Fairisle Scarf, Chunky Cardigan & Knitted Top: Topshop.
 Coat & Bear Mittens: River Island.
Necklace: Urban Oufitters.
Floral Dresses, Floral Pumps & Floral Clutch: Zara.
Brown Shoes: New Look.
Peter Pan Collar Dress: ASOS.
Bracelet: Pandora.
Rings: Forever 21 & Miss Selfridge.


Sunday, 31 October 2010

DIY: Scrabble Initial Necklace

This is a really simple DIY I did yesterday which I thought I could post here.
I've been meaning to do this for a while but couldn't find any old scrabble sets in the charity shops (I didn't want to pay £1 per tile on eBay!) but then the other day I found an old set at home.

The finished necklace


Monday, 25 October 2010

Matte Nails

Just a quick post today on Rimmel's Matte Topcoat. 
I've been wanting to get my hands on some of the OPI Matte polishes for some time now, but haven't been able to find anywhere that stocks them in the UK, so when I heard about this topcoat I decided it was worth a try. I've had it sitting in my cupboard for a few weeks now, but have only just found time to try it out.

NYC: 204B West Village

Monday, 18 October 2010

Look Book: Elizabeth & James

A little Autumn inspiration from the Olsen's Elizabeth & James range...


Sunday, 17 October 2010

DIY: Painted Rings


Black/Coral/Cream: Miss Selfridge, Amber/Purple: Dorothy Perkins

 This post is really just to give a quick and simple idea to change bargain sale pieces, or update old pieces, and make them wearable with your style.

I bought the cream ring from Miss Selfridge a couple of months ago and have been wearing it practically everyday since, and I love it. 
I have seen these in various other stores, with Dorothy Perkins (pictured) and Topshop both selling different coloured variations. Unfortunately, Miss Selfridge is the only one out of these shops to sell size XS rings, and the S sizes from the other stores are just too big for me. 


Trends To Try: Results

Leopard Print Nails
I think they turned out pretty well for a first attempt.
You have to be quite careful when applying the topcoat to make sure the design doesn't smudge, but other than that it was quick and simple to recreate this look.
I used H&M's 'Summer Fresh' as my basecoat.


Sunday, 10 October 2010

Trends To Try: Leopard Print Nails

Leopard Print Nails

Leopard Print nails are something I've been considering trying for a while now, and quite a few bloggers I follow have been sporting them recently too and they look great. At first I wasn't sure if they would suit me as I normally go for plain colours, but after seeing this image of Lauren Conrad's a few weeks ago I'm definitely going to give it a try! Although I've seen some examples using bright polishes I think this colour scheme would work well for anyone who is unsure or doesn't usually wear bold/patterned polish. Unfortunately I need to buy a white polish before I can try this out, but when I get round to it I will do a post of the results!

Image: Lauren Conrad's nails via Google search
The Elle website also has this video showing how to create a more abstract version of the look.

Other nail trends to try: Half Moon Manicure

Saturday, 2 October 2010

October Essentials

Faux Suede Leggings: Topshop £25, Boots: Zara £49.99, Cardigan: Zara £25.99, Whistle Necklace: Urban Outfitters £10 (sale item), Jumper: Next £16, Ring: Miss Selfridge £6, Watch: Urban Outfitters £24

Best Buy: From this selection the best buy is definitely the jumper from Next. At £16 I think this is an absolute bargain! It's very soft to wear and looks great with my current favourite colour, navy. It's quite difficult to see from this image but it has flecks of white/cream/brown all over it which I think makes it slightly more exciting than a plain coloured one. If you are looking to update your wardrobe with this season's popular camel colour this is a great item. It is also avaliable in an alternative colour, grey, and can be found in both the regular and petite sections. If you click the link below you can see the speckled effect in more detail!
NEXT Online

Although I decided on the jumper as the best buy, I have been very impressed with Zara recently too. The green cardigan is very reasonably priced at £25.99 and it is also available in camel (an alternative to the jumper for adding this colour to your collection). This season they have had some really lovely items and their colour palette is spot on for autumn. The boots pictured above (from the TRF range) are also a great find, they're so comfortable and pretty much look good with any outfit, whilst keeping your feet warm and protected from the bad weather of course! Although they cost a little more they should (hopefully!) wear well and last through autumn/winter, and are cheaper than a lot of other real leather boots I've seen in the shops.

Edit: since posting this I have had to return the Topshop leggings as they had a hole in them where the tag was, which is very disappointing. However, Marks & Spencer are selling a similar style for the same price which are available in black, grey (sale item) and a camel tone.
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