Monday, 31 December 2012

Best Fashion Moments of 2012

I can’t quite believe 2013 is nearly upon us. I swear 2012 went by extremely fast – faster than it has before. I hope everyone had a good year and next year is even better for you! Lots happened in 2012 – from the Olympics to the Diamond Jubilee to London Fashion Week...again. Anyway, I've compiled a list of the best fashion moments of 2012 (in no particular order). So here goes...

On the red carpet...
One of the most famous carpets in the world, of course and it holds some of the most wonderful dresses and outfits to ever be seen.  I was looking through some of the events and selected a few of my favourites from this year. Obviously this isn't all of them but these are definitely some of the best.

Kristen Stewart - Not a fan of her or Twilight but love this dress.

 Alexa Chung in Marc Jacobs - Never fails to impress.

 Jessie J in Falguni and Shane Peacock - I discovered this designer from this outfit and love the designs! 

Krysten Ritter in Christian Dior -  Love the sheer vs opaque

Friday, 28 December 2012

Handbag

I wouldn't say I'm a huge 'bag person' and tend to use a limited number of bags but I do have some that I really love. The one below I got as a Christmas present from my Mum this year so I haven't used it yet. It was from a charity shop (you can find some really great things in charity shops) and is a vintage piece. I really love the wood look it has and the colour really stands out. I really like this lady-like type of bag - it's a bit more interesting and has more personality to it than a modern type one. 





The bag below I've had for a while now (it must be about 2 years now). I got it from River Island for just £15 which is a real bargain, especially considering the amount I've used it. It's a perfect size for carrying around while shopping with enough space for all of your essentials and the strap is really handy. The bag used to have a handle but it fell off (I haven't got around to fixing it yet) and some of the material is slightly frayed but it's still perfect.



I do have one more bag - it's beaded yellow and black (from a vintage market) but I seem to have misplaced it (I've literally looked everywhere) so couldn't take any photos at the moment. Photobucket

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

What did I get for Xmas?.....Fabric!

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and Happy Boxing Day! One present I got (as you can probably tell from the title) was fabric. My parents tend to give me fabric rather than actual clothes due to the risk of me not liking what they get me, although I don't think I'm actually that fussy (Ok that's a lie). Anyway, I haven't made anything in a while (the last proper thing I made was probably my prom dress) since it's hard to find the time as well as the motivation to actually start the project. I'd say that's one of my biggest flaws - I always have trouble actually starting big projects. I made the following skirt actually on Christmas day. I know, I know, it seems crazy to spend time making something on Christmas but I find it's one of the few days I have the chance to make something, plus I enjoy it (and there's no-one bugging you because they're all downstairs playing with their presents!). It took me about 2 hours so I'm quite pleased with it. It's not bad for a couple of hours work. I really like the style of it and the way that the fabric folds over at the front. It's a bit like a wrap skirt. I used two types of fabric for this - some plain black fabric for the lining and this really nice silver, stretchy fabric for the outside. I was actually really surprised when I finished it because nothing went drastically wrong. There was one point where the zip broke (I was so lucky I actually had a zip spare) but with a bit of effort and unpicking I managed to fix it. Obviously there are things I don't like about it - the stitching and the shape, but overall I'm fairly happy with it.
In the photos below, I'm wearing my skirt with a shirt from Topshop (a Christmas present) and a necklace (another Christmas present).






Monday, 24 December 2012

It's Christmas tomorrow!

Because it's Christmas Eve I felt I needed to celebrate this with a Christmas related post and some Christmas related outfits. Christmas is the best time to dress up and it gives you the excuse to wear sparkly tights or a really christmassy dress which you wouldn't normally wear for the other 364 days of the year. So here are a few mini collection/outfits I've created to inspire you....

 Jacket (Republic - £20), tights (Asos - £10), dress (Malene Birger - £54), earrings (Herve Van der Straeten - £390), bracelet (Asos - £12), shoes (Topshop - £15)
 
 Skirt and shoes (image from Pinterest), top (Diane Von Furstenburg - £518), tights (Asos - £10), necklace (Topshop - £22.50)

Friday, 21 December 2012

Time to dress up...

Last night I went out to a chirstmas party (only 4 days to go!) with some friends. It was a chance to dress up so here are our outfits for the evening....




Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Snapshot

I was just looking through some of my photos I took while experimenting with my new camera and thought these were pretty cool...



 These three I took with a really slow shutterspeed. I was in the car at the time (on the way to the cinema to see In Time - which is actually a really good film by the way) and focused the camera onto the lights on the road and on the cars surrounding. It was

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Rings and things

I found these two images recently that inspired me to write this post. I love the photography in both of them and the way that each highlights the jewellery as the main feature. Often in fashion photos you look at the clothes or the model so it's unusual to find photos like these. The rings below are really cool and it reminds me that I need more for myself! 


I really love this look (above). I think what's great about it is that the shirt is very masculine but the outfit is made more feminine by the necklaces and the pearls. It also has a very antique feel.


 I currently only have 2 rings (one from New Look and one from Topshop), though I love them both! My favourite kind of jewellery at the moment is gold - anything that's gold and has a edgy kind of feel is great. The great thing is that it can go with anything - literally anything!

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Who doesn't love a bit of velvet?

I think eveyone gets to this time of year and starts to feel the need to own something velvet (or it could just be me!). I've come to the conclusion it's something to do with Christmas and the fact that it's freezing outside (so so cold today). Velvet just seems very warm and comforting and it's definitely nice to wear. It's a perfect fabric for a Christmas party dress and is a stand out material that doesn't need to be overcomplicated. The type of dresses that I really love at the moment are velvet (deep blue, purple and red are obvious choices) with lacy collars and cuffs - I really want to make one of these but by the time I get round to it, Christmas will probably have been and passed.



 Asos - £33.50
 Topshop - £45
I love this dress so much!

 Topshop - £85
I saw these in the shop the other day and fell in love with them

Sunday, 9 December 2012

David Koma

David Koma has to be one of my favourite designers. He's not as well known as some others but his designs are incredible (often it's the ones that you haven't heard of that are the best and the most interesting). He manages to make each collection have a twist to it (as you'll see in a second) that means all of the designs would never be found on the high street (a good thing since it means they deserve to be on the catwalk). Not only this, but they are all incredibly well made and the detail is fantastic. If you look closer at the photos you will notice the quality of the pieces.
Anyway, here are some of my favourites....

Spring/Summer 10

This is one of his oldest collections. I remember Cheryl Cole wearing this dress on the X Factor and loving it (Cheryl Cole's dresses used to be the highlight of the X Factor - I love watching the judges come out just to see what they're wearing!).

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Who won what?

So the British Fashion Awards took place last week and there were some worthy winners among the nominated fashion faces. Here are the award winners...(I'm hoping to be among these one day!)

British Style Award - Alexa Chung


I really love Alexa's style and have always admired her clothes so I'm glad she won. Although her style isn't very 'out there', it feels so efortlessly chic and simple yet stylish. The way she wears her clothes seems to create the outfit and she always seems to wear the perfect thing for the occasion.  In particular, I really love the grey dress above and the shape of it.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Christmas heels

So I customised my one pair of black heels yesterday (New Look - £29.99). I really love this whole gold stud trend that seems to be everywhere you look. Although it has a whole feel of weaponary and is very dangerous (according to my brother), I feel like it can create a whole outfit simply with a few touches of gold. It has a great way of making anything you wear look very chic and stylish and can make a boring outfit look cool, exciting and way better than it actually is. Rather than studs, I used small gold beads to customise my shoes. Unbelievably you can't find studs anywhere in Hobbycraft (trust me I've looked around the whole shop) and this is the nearest craft store to me so I had to make deal with the beads. However, I think in the end these actually looked better. I may consider purchasing some studs from online so that I can use them for other projects though. My plan was to wear these heels to the christmas ball my school is having but this will depend on whether my feet can survive in them for the whole evening without suffering extreme pain! I didn't want to overdo it with the decoration so I only added a line around the heel and the platform which adds the perfect amount of shine to them. The only thing is I'll have to hope sure that the beads stay on (they should seeing as I used super glue) and don't fall off mid-way through the evening!


Purchased from Hobbycraft - one of the most exciting shops to go into! There are so many different things in there and it gives you so many ideas! Luckily I'm quite self controlled and can stop myself from buying a load of stuff. My mum and brother are the opposite though and often can't help but buy something (especially if it's on offer!). The only downside to Hobbycraft is that it's actually very expensive.


I used this extra strong adhesive for this. As you can see behind is my selection of glues which I keep in a video case - don't ever buy boxes because you can always find something to use that will work just as well. Also, If you ever attempt this yourself, always use newspaper. I've used glue without it and the mess is unbelivable!


The shoe before.


The shoe after.