Liverpool in Levi’s

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Embracing the British summer

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Summer in Britain, not exactly known for its days of blazing hot sunshine and wonderful warm evenings. It more often tends to be 5 random days in mid June reaching over 25 degrees (which obviously happen on days that you are stuck inside) which are then followed by weeks on end of on and off rain with the occasional bit of hail thrown in for good measure. Not exactly the best weather for cracking out the shorts and the T shirts really. Now shorts aren’t exactly a best friend of mine with my tree trunk legs preferring to be in their happy place being wrapped up in 3 pairs of tights.  However when if I see a beautiful  summer dress then it will tend to weasel its way into my bag and somehow end up back home with me. This ‘summer’ has been no different with long, short, patterned and plain ones all being added to the collection. So even when the weather is looking no better than truly pants I just try to embrace the breeze, throw on my favourite floral dress and remember there must be at least 1 place in the world right now which is 30 degrees and sunny. 

 

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This gorgeous cherry print dress from Topshop pretty much ticks all the boxes for me. With its collared shirt detail down the front, to its pretty blue and red print, to the fact that is manages to have no funny cut out sections and actually have with fully functioning sleeves! Actually managing to find a dress with sleeves that isn’t ridiculously short or low at the front has seemed to be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Last year urban outfitters came up trumps and this year it has seemed to be Topshop’s turn. From this i’ve learnt 60’s is the way to go with it’s slim fitting shift dress/shirt dress shape and pretty cherry pint print nicely bringing a touch of vintage to a modern outfit. Despite my yaking on about it being a gorgeous summery daytime piece I definitely think that this piece will stand the test of time being able to take you from day to night and summer to winter. Whack on a good thick tight and a chunky knit jumper and your good to go for a wonderful wintery look. 

 

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PHOTOS | TOM FLATHERS 

Spots and stripes

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So hey! Looks like I have somehow managed to just about squeeze a post in this week to make my weekly posting thing a total success ;) Anyway, while I sit here grabbing a quick dinner amid a crazy 12 hours a day week of tech rehearsals and trying to salvage 10 minuets away form downing in sequins and feathers, I thought why not now take a look back at a more colourful time when dressing didn’t consist of just black polo necks and skinny jeans. 

If there has been anything this year that I can say I have been truly obsessed with, other than Weetabix minis, Line of Duty and probably more Weetabix minis again then it has to be that of spots and stripes. Now I know these are 2 things which aren’t exactly realighting the world of fashion having appeared in every Tom, Dick and Harrys wardrobe for may years, however somehow it seems at the moment I can’t leave the house without wearing one or the other, or both. 

This striped number from Pull and Bear has probably been the most worn thing in my wardrobe recently coming out on hot days, cold days and all the days in-between. As for these blue spotted trousers from Nobody’s Child I think I can safely say that they are probably the comfiest thing in the history of clothing, ever, even including a poncho. Paired together with a bright red lip and some heeled boots that I can practically walk a marathon in (I wish) your good to go. 

 

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So many stripes

So many stripes

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Me and stripes have had a good old life long bond. Though thick and thin (literally), in the world of fashion i’ve found a decent striped print is something that can be very much be relied upon year on year.  This statement skirt from Topshop, one which I spoke rather adoringly about here, is definitely one of my more bolder choices being a stripy double wammy in the vertical and horizontal verities (and it leaps out the the realms of just black, white and blue.) Now you may be thinking I would be mad to pair this with yet more stripes but that I did with but with this thinly striped blue and white Zara number.

On this lovely day back in April I seemed to cash in all my lucky stars in the bluebell variety with some of the most beautiful scenery I think Scotland has to offer. Just have to pretend that I totally planned to wear blue on this day to match this and totally wasn’t a fluke.

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Obviously an outfit post nowadays could not be complete without the old leather jacket.

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Kentchurch Court Gardens

Kentchurch Court Gardens

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With this countries mini July heatwave coming to an end and with me now finally being able to function once more, and all of us now realising we shouldn’t have complained that much about it being too hot with it now raining, it seemed only right to reminis on the beautiful weather with a post all about my trip to the beautiful Kentchurch Court Gardens. 

This summer in particular I think I have had a real draw (just like a bee) to beautiful gardens and flowers. Sunny skies and pretty flowers, whats not to like? Maybe its me getting older (should I take out a national trust membership card already?) but Kentchurch Court Gardens has really tickled my appetite for all things floral and summery. With living the big city life nowadays its lovely and refreshing to come back to visits such beautiful  placed hidden away in the depths of the countryside.(totally haven’t been there 3 times in the past couple of weeks :/) 

Not only have I been hanging out with the flowers I have also rather unusually for me started wearing them too. With my new discovery of a fab little vintage shop in my home town packed full with more vintage dresses than you can shake a stick at, It has definitely made shopping trips in little old Hereford a lot interesting (and less purse friendly too.)   

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Flower Power!

Flower Power!

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Welcome to probably the longest outfit of the day post I have ever done, with the blossoms looked so pretty under the gorgeous sunlight, I think we got a little bit carried away with the camera. And why not when it looks so blooming pretty! (pun alert)

Now with a title like flower power you may be thinking I was going to go all 60/70’s on you with bold floral prints, flared trousers and knee length pvc boots.

Despite a surprising amount of those things coming back into fashion over the past few seasons (can’t say I was the first to see the floral flare coming back) I haven’t had the craving to adorn my legs with PVC quite yet, god help me if I do, but I have come with smidge of a floral pattern and a little bit of colour with this lovely teal flowered tea dress from Urban Outfitters. With the pussy bow neck tie, vintage style floral fabric and fitted A line mini shape, there is a some what of a wiff of the 1960’s about it.

With the sun having finally broken through the clouds it was a gorgeous day to grab out this dress and even get the old pins out despite how white and pasty they looked.

Get the look..

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Spotlight On – Bristol Docks

Spotlight On – Bristol Docks

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On my travels around the country over the christmas break Bristol ended up as one of my mooching places and I couldn’t resist the opportunity for a couple of cheeky outfit pics. I love Bristol as a whole with it being full of lovely independent boutiques and cute coffee shops with a great art and theatre scene and obviously dockland area. These docks have also been a feature within some of my textiles work in the past with the large cranes situated along the river side being inspiration within creating my final foundation collection (scroll down to see). 

 

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With December trying to impersonate September the weather was surprisingly warm for being supposedly the middle of winter, the coat and the scarf were flung aside in favour for this simple, preppy black and blue look. Yet again I cracked out the classic of shirt, cropped jumper and skirt look with a pair of nice thick tights because it may not have been cold, but it wasn’t exactly tropical.

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Jumper – H&M (Simular)

Shirt – Asos (simular) 

Skirt – Forever 21

Shoes – Doc Martens 

My Textile design work…

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This triangular motif I created from some of my photography of the cranes.

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Spotlight on – OOTD at the Glasgow Necropolis

Spotlight on – OOTD at the Glasgow Necropolis

Two outfit of the day posts in a row, i’m spoiling you ;) After having spent a lot of time wondering around the city finding cool locations for photos as seen in my last Style File linked here, we decided to head out of the centre of the city and over to Glasgow cathedral and The Necropolis. This was someone where recommended to me by a friend to go and visit and it was defiantly different to anything I had seen before. To sum it up it is a huge victorian graveyard comprising of approximately 3500 monuments and headstones. But it doesn’t consist of just your usual headstones. Along side these there are lots of very large cormemorative monuments which I didn’t expect to see. With these, when you start to approach it from the cathedral it makes it look from a distance rather large and intimidating. With it being a graveyard it defiantly has an eery feel about it and when wondering around and does feel quite off to go to it as almost a tourist attraction with effectively being a field of dead people but it was still interesting to look around and read of some of the people buried there from the stones and monuments.  

On this day the Glasgow weather decided to rear its ugly head and do its best to deter us with the wind and the rain however we didn’t let it dampen our spirits and headed to it in spite of this. 

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This day was very much a ‘put on chloe uniform day’; top, trousers, scarf and long coat with probably over 50% of the content being black. With trousers I decide to give the black skinny jeans a rest for one day and wear these high waisted beige linen trousers from Topshop. The main thing that drew me to these were the fit. They draw in nice and tightly around the waist and fit nicely around the hips and bum while still remaining nice and loose around the crotch and legs, just remember to breath in :) (and even better when they only coats you £7 in the sale! I don’t tend to wear browns or beiges at all but beige linen is such a classic fabric but I think these are a good way to introduce lighter colours and fabrics to my wardrobe. These would be an item probably more suited to the summer months however when layered up items they can work for some of the warmer winter days. 

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You really couldn’t dispute the view

With its blue and beige pattern this scarf from Zara I thought it worked perfectly paired with these trousers. Despite being being quite a muted colour pallet it defiantly doesn’t lack in the pattern department with a beautiful liney/zigzagy/squarey pattern (their all words right?). The colours on this are lovely mixing together the whites, blues, greys and browns making it go really well with many items. Now I’m not going to lie, it is massive and when the winter nights here in Glasgow to start to get arctic like, I would probably double well as a blanket, however, its not like this has stopped me before with big scarfs always being my favourite types. This has now defiantly become the key items in my collection.  

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With having 2 quite bold items in the scarf and the trousers I decided to incorporate my best friend black to keep the rest of the outfit simple. This consisted of a plain black long sleeved top from Primark and this lightweight black trench coat. When I say lightweight I really mean it, when it comes to keeping out warmth it is not top of the list, as it rather proved on this day specifically, but what it lacks in warmth I think it makes up for in style (cheese line alert). Being black it goes with everything and is easy to just throw on top of any outfit to give it that stylish twist.  

One thing that I did mix up from the usual was the ditching of Doc Martens for these brown suede loafers from Office in replacement. These may have not been the most practical shoes I realised for this weather, but a little bit of water isn’t going to hurt. For along time I have been looking for a pair of brogue/loafer type shoes to mix it up from just wearing boots all year round but never managed to find quite the right pair – with having quite small feet they tend to make them look even smaller. But after finding this pair in the office sale that whole it my shoe wardrobe seems to now be filled. I love the bright orangey/tan colour of these making them for me at least quite a statement piece. I also like how they are a more substantial shoe than a dolly shoe with the top coming up over the foot more unlike a lot of shoes like this which you find.  

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We topped of the day with a visit to our favourtie cafe after to dry off and for a well deserved milkshake.

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Outfit details: 

Coat (simular) – Topshop

Trousers (simular – more of a straight cut) – Zara 

Top – (similar) H&M

Scarf – Mango 

Shoes (similar) – Office 

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Style File – A Century of Style

Style File – A Century of Style

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Now don’t worry, I haven’t gone back in time this week and started reporting on the current fashions of the Victorian age, in fact this week I took a trip to see the A Century of Style exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow. As a textiles student its very important for us to visit as many exhibitions and museums as we can to learn about all areas of our trade. Ive always been very interested at looking at fashion from throughout the years having been to see exhibitions at the V&A in London and around the country, all about fashion through the decades so this one for me was not one to miss. Instead of just writing about what I saw I thought I would talk about how I think some of the fashions back then have influenced some the of the styles today.

I chose out 2 areas in particular to talk about.  I did my best to photograph what I could but with it seeming that the interior designer at Hollister had designed the lighting for the exhibition I struggled with the lack of lighting and occasional fire escape or cctv camera lurking somewhere in the background of the picture.  

Green velvet 

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Background information: 

‘Despite green being a dominant colour in nature there were relatively few natural dyes that reproduce it. For centuries any strong greens were created by over dying blues with yellow. Some softer olive shades used iron mordants to tint the yellow dyes.’ In the mid 1800 the first  true synthetic green dyes were created creating very vibrant shades of green. In reaction to these in the late 1880’s more softer pleasing tones of green returned to fashion and bringing back the use of natural plant dyes. 

‘Silk velvet was one of the most expensive materials to make due to the amount of additional thread required to create the raised pile. Its high price meant this its use was restricted to royalty, aristocrats an the clergy, but by the late 1800’s cheaper cotton velveteen was available which was increasingly worn by the affluent urban middle classes.’ 

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With it now being the middle of November and the christmas party season now popping its head around the corner you can’t really go into many fast fashion stores without brushing yourself against many velvet items (and then proceeding to feel it for a few minuets just because of the lovely texture.) 

As a young girl I remember finding on of my mums old ‘going out’ dress in back of her wardrobe from her youth that she’d held onto being a beautiful velvet green figure hugging floor length dress. Many a day I used to try and dress up in it myself but at the age of 7 and a measly few feet tall it was a tad too long. 

Nowadays, personally when it comes down to my wardrobe velvet isn’t something that I am a huge fan of feeling that it is a rather dressy fabric and not particular casual, and if it can’t be worn casually I doubt I will buy it. The only velvet item which I own is a pair of black velvet leggings from urban outfitters a few years ago which I have had a lot of use out of, pairing them very casually with a big jumper and scarf combo and some winter boots. With them being black the velvet was less noticeable and easier to match with anything to make a comfortable day time look. 

With it being more of a dressy fabric if worn casually I think it is very important to stick to less is more, just because those velvet leggings and top are the same colour does not mean that they match well. Keep it to one key piece be it a skirt or a pair of shoes and find some more simple and plain items to match around it. But if you are going for the dressed up look then why not go all out with a slinky head little velvet number, but yet again, make that the centre piece for your whole outfit and keep the accessories to a minimum. (may have to try and nick that dress back out of my mums wardrobe) 

Velvet on todays runways

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Velvet on the highstreet

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Red military jackets 

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Background information: 

‘Red has been and still is a popular colour for clothing. Crimson silks dyed using expensive imported cochineal – crushed shield insects –  were prestigious fabrics, reserved for royals and aristocrats in the renaissance period. Naturally dyed red flannel petticoats were worn by many people in the belief that they could ward off rheumatism.  Red was a dominant colour in the British textiles industry, which produced wool and cotton fabrics rebound for their colour and fastness.’  

‘In the 1800’s red, rather than blue was associated with the boys. This was partly because of its use in military uniforms. However it was also seen to be a strong and dominant colour suitable for the masculine sex.’ 

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Now despite it being an exhibition full of beautiful victorian lady dresses, for me the on piece or few pieces I should say that kept drawing my attention was that of these 2 red mens military jackets. This involved me spending far too long loitering around them getting funny looks from the security guard trying to take the perfect photo without any strangers or unidentified object getting in the frame. The bright bold colour I think was the main thing which drew my attention. One thing which surprised me with the whole exhibition as a whole was how brightly pigmented a lot of the garments were still in this day and age, having  lasted the amount of years they have and having been dyed with older methods. This pillar box red really grabbed may attention along with the flashes of gold within the buttons and on the lapels. These jackets look obvious military and upper class from the 1800’s by their characteristics but in spite  of this they still very much remind me of some of the formal wear worn by our royals today and also within the uniforms worn in competitive horse riding and hunting. This just shows the timeless nature which these jackers posses and how fashion from 100’s of years ago can still be relevant today. 

Now annoyingly when we initially think of military fashion in the 21st century cheryl cole (or whatever she is called now) springs to mind first. This comes with them being very much in trend a few years back and being championed by ms cole. For me it was never something that I bought into with it not particularly being my style however I do love the tailoring that goes along with a lot of the military.  When looking at military style within todays fashions you see pretty remains much within jackets and mostly Karachi green loose fitting army jackets much like the military uniforms of today rather than the fitted and well tailored uniforms of the 1800’s. But here are a few runway and current high street items relating to this style. 

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Some of my other favourites from the exhibition. 

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Love the black embroidery detail on this jacket

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very much reminded me of some of the scarves I own

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You cant really tell from this photo but this dress was beautifully covered in beading and embroidery

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If you want to see the rest of the lovely exhibition head down to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Musuem in Glasgow where the exhibition will be running until the middle of February.  

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Historial research gained from The Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum, Glasgow 

Photos taken on a Canon 1200D