Having been back home in the land or trees, sheep and more sheep for probably only about 5 minuets, I am already finding my mind drifting back to my life back in the big smoke. With sirens having been replaced by mooing cows, office blocks by sheep sheds, hard by soft water (whatever that means) and air by well, clean air, it has definitely made me realise how for granted I take living in a city like London. Now as much a love having to wait an hour for the next bus after the one you tired to get didn’t arrive or having to lean half way out of your highest window to get one bar of phone signal the peace and tranquility of the countryside can get a little tedious for a city lover like myself. At home I definitely miss having everything you could want or need on your doorstep with plenty of places to explore and beat the boredom.
Despite having been living in London for nearly a whole year now there are still plenty of places I keep meaning to visit. Borough Market however was one of those recently which I have managed to tick off the list. Now there is no way that I would describe myself as a foodie with the M&S ready meal isle getting far too much of my attention and money of late but going somewhere like Borough Market definitely makes you want to become one. With every meat, vegetable, bread and unearthly food on offer it is least to say you will leave feeling a little peckish.
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Now I may not be a member of the Hells Angels and I definitely don’t have a Harley Davidson tucked away in my garage (as if i even have a garage) but it doesn’t mean I haven’t used and abused wearing a leather jacket. Since purchasing this little beauty back in the spring from Topshop, there has rarely been a day when I have reached to put on anything else. With it being in my favourite colour/not colour black, it instantly brings out that inner rock chic which I had somewhere hiding within me and probably makes me look about 10 times cooler than i actually am at heart.
But never mind the jacket, lets talk a little more about that little interesting denim item I have on. As someone who for a very long time now has barely taken off her plain black skinny jeans and has never wanted to make a statement in the denim, thinking I really should not be drawing too much attention to those tree trunks. All in all these really shouldn’t be something that I am interested in however, some tiny corner of my brain (which definitely wasn’t the money saving part) propelled me to try these on in Topshop and I knew that they would fit perfectly in my wardrobe.
Over the past few years we have seen jeans move from the pairs of trouser that everyone wears for practicality and comfort into more interesting fashion statement pieces. Be it flared frayed hems, all over embroidery or the ripped knee trend which it seems everyone and their auntie has tried out, the high street is still continuing to come up with new and exciting reinventions of the humble jean. Topshop has been somewhere that I have always noticed to push the boat out with their denim pieces, probably to the extent where some other brands aren’t willing to go.
When I first picked them up I assumed that they would only work with other plain, neutral coloured items, keeping it all well within my comfort zone, but since trying them on with multiple different items i’ve realised quite how versatile they can be due to being made of the 2 colours of denim that go with everything. This is the first kind of this style that I have seen around in the shops and on the streets.This may be because nobody else likes them or just because they haven’t yet to be worn by some A lister to make them the next highly sort after thing. Whether they become a hit or a flop I will continuing jazzing up my denim these jeans this autumn winter.
(Hold on in there, I know there are a lot of photos)
For this look I have been channeling my inner man and gone all androgynous with one of my favourite styles of the high waisted tapered trousers. High waisted trousers and I have had a long lasting love affair for me (don’t tell the black skinnies) with last summer consisting in me living in my pair of high waisted black ones from Topshop with never wanting to wear anything else. Topshop have done their best again with this pair of dark navy pinstripe beauties.
I love these specifically being made from such comfy fabric, I really didn’t want to take these off, a tie waist band synching you in at the waist to add a more feminine touch and a great cut. These are a great versatile pair of trousers working casually during the day with a cropped jumper and and flat shoes, or dressed up in the evening with a nice lightweight shirt and heals (like I ever wear heals).
Finding this style such a flattering shape for me, I find them such a breath of fresh air from the normal jeans and T shirt combo all students are very familiar with. Being fitted and high waisted its nice sometimes its nice for the change to wear something a bit more form fitting encouraging you to put a bit more effort in and show off those curves. However I haven’t been afraid to throw on my biggest baggiest jumper over them in one of those just get out and go moments.
Now they may not be bright yellow covered in purple spots but being made in this lovely navy pinstripe to me they are a rather statement trouser so unsurprisingly the rest of the outfit consists of black, black and more black.
As you may have been able to tell this was my second little post from my lovely day in Bath. In England I don’t think you could ask for a better setting than the undeniably beautiful royal circle and crescent in the lovely sunshine and beautiful sunset (totally decided that is where I shall ‘summer’ this year). I’ve always loved this city and was very enjoyable to explore all the little nooks and crannies while taking some lovely little photos of this beautiful city.
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Orange, thats right it orange. Don’t worry you haven’t started seeing black as orange, Chloe Knott has brought an orange coat. Every year it comes to that time when the hunt for the new winter coat begins with last year coats coat feeling a bit over worn and tired. Instead of the normal black or dark grey this year I decided to mix it up with a splash of orange.
From going out to find one I knew I wasn’t wanting the normal black or grey and did want something different, thinking more in the ream of camel coloured. It was the camel coloured version of this coat which drew my eye to it but when I noticed the orange one I knew that was the one I wanted.
With wanting your coat to last the whole winter you want it to be something very versatile. Now if I was someone who wore a lot of different colours then the orange may not be the best for a coat that you want to go with everything, but as someone who has a very dark coloured wardrobe this is a brilliant way of adding colour to any outfit without much effort. I think this statement coat it a brilliant way to do this.
The main reason I love this coat so much is the cut. Its such a classic cut which works for everyday and for more smarter occasions and will go with most other items. Despite the fact I have been talking all about the fact that it is orange it’s not too bright and is a slight darkened/muted orange which I think make it a bit more wearable with lots of other things.
I got this coat from Zara for £59.99 which defiantly was the top end of my budget however for a good quality winter coat I that will get plenty of use I think it was a worth wile investment. For a long time I have looked at Zara coats and always admired them from afar with them usually being out of my price range so I’m very glad this year they have come out with some lovely ones with a slightly lower price tag.
If orange isn’t your colour this same coat comes in 4 other colours of black, grey, camel and yellow.
Coat – Zara
Jeans – Topshop
Shoes – Urban Outfitters (Dr Martens)
Scarf – Mango
Shirt – Vintage
Photos taken by Tom Flathers
As someone who is never keen for dressing up specially to go out in the evenings and likes to be able to have one look to carry them through from dawn until dusk so I tasked myself to try and come up with a look to do just that. Now this may not be to everyones taste, maybe its too dressed up for the day or not dressed up enough for the evening but for me its perfect. So this is what I decided to wear for a lovely day wondering around the city to going out for a meal in the evening.
For me I think the star item of this look is the skirt. As you can tell from some of my previous post that I am a huge fan of a midi length skirt and would 9 times out of 10 always choose a midi over a mini. I find it a very easy was to try and make an outfit look effortlessly put together and stylish with minimal effort going into it. Also I like not having to worry about pulling them down all the time and that little bit extra warmth isn’t something to go amiss. Also, finally its a pencil skirt with pockets! well one on the side to de precise. With it being a patch pocket on the side it doesn’t add any bulk to the item just skims down the side and adds a handy place for any phones/money ect. As well as this I love the wrap around and tie detail at the front, this is a style which is flattering on most body shapes, helping to give you shape and appear to slim you down. It make the skirt a lot easier to walk in compared to normal pencil skirts by freeing up the bottom of it.
The only part of this skirt I didn’t immediately like then I picked up on the hanger was the colour of it. Despite once loving it, nowadays maroon is one of those colours that I’m not particular keen on, probably with it being very close of pink. But with loving the fit and style I had to try it on and fell it love with it despite this. This was defiantly one of those finds which I think all us girls have been waiting for and I’m defiantly very happy to have picked this up by chance.
The way I have styled this item here happens to be the way I tried the skirt on in the shop.
While having a relaxed afternoon shopping I was wearing this dark green checked shirt and when trying them on together found that surprisingly they went together really well. With them both being quiet dark earthy colours the marron and the dark green go together really well and with the thin red/maroon lines running though the check of the shirt it helps to tie it all together. With the shirts loose fit and light weight fabric it helps to keep the outfit on the casual side clashing the more smart piece of the skirt with this relaxed fit item of the shirt. One thing I do like to do when styling outfits I like trying to pair together different items, some being smart and some really relaxed. Be it a pair of smart trousers with a relaxed oversized jumper or a silky shirt with a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans I love the clash of styles and the ability to make an outfit adaptable for many situations like this one.
If I hadn’t have worn this shirt by chance I doubt I would have put these 2 items together (especially with not at least one of them being black). Over the top of this I added my matching tartan green tartan scarf. At first I thought this might be overdoing it with double tartan but with them being a very similar I think it works well and better than adding in another print/pattern (and if you can’t in Scotland when can you ;) ).
As ever as someone who never wears heels I matched it all as ever with my Doc Martens and for me they will work for day and night perfectly well.
Outfit details –
Shirt (simular) – Zara
Skirt – Forever 21
scarf (simular) – Asos
boots – Doc Martens – Urban Outfitters
Photos taken by Tom Flathers
Now with starting any new university college or even job you are bound to be given the obligatory starting off project just to dip your toes into the water. This was no different for me with starting at GSA with our first project Drawing Beginnings based no the practise of mark making and drawing from still life. In an effort not to make it as mundane as it appeared I decided to try and make the project very much my own by developing some pattern designs from the mark making and still life sketchbook work. So this week I am taking you down a small trip on memory lane back to starting off at university (those long 4 weeks ago).
After being told to go on somewhat of a scavenger hunt to find possible mark making materials (please say you hate that term mark making as much as I do), after slopping them in some ink and various paint materials as groups we created these large mural like images all out of our different marks. When creating these all ideas of being neat and precise went out the window in exchange for being expressive and abstract.
As you can probably see compared to the rest of my group I decided to work solely in black and white just using ink and ignoring the brightly coloured paint used by others. This decision was based on the fact that I knew from starting this that I wanted to take these drawings into photoshop to edit and manipulate into patterns so didn’t want to overcomplicate them with colours and with not yet deciding on a colour scheme (although the odds of it starting off as a variation of red and blue were pretty high) I didn’t want to tie myself down within any of the source drawings.
Taking this combination of lines as a whole this is the design I produced this with my usual style of mirroring and rotating. I’m very pleased with this design with it being possibly my favourite coming out of the whole process (I promise it doesn’t go too far down hill from here) with one of my favourite aspects being the fine detail within the thinly crossing lines contrasted the the larger black spogges. Although I thinks it works really well as a finished black and white illustrated design I think this one would look really cool if colour was added to it creating an almost paisley inspired design but obviously in a slightly different style however when it comes to adding colour I would have to deconstruct it and go back to the beginning to create a repeatable section of it instead of trying to colour in the whole thing which would be madness.
2 more created from mark making experiments
When it got down to creating some of our own smaller scale mark making experiments I did decide at this point to start adding colour and surprise surprise as I had preempted earlier on red and blue were the chosen suspects – with a smattering of orange and various shades of blue to not limit it too much. A while ago I had the idea within my pattern design to of using oil paint to blend together a background with the pattern arising with various marks over the top. This was a perfect opportunity to try this idea out. Using some of the earlier mark making techniques I layered these on top of an acrylic paint background starting to make a pattern with it. As well as adding on top with the black ink with using oil paints as a base I was able to mark into them dragging the paint around creating another element within the design. I really wanted to try and replicate some of the flowers I had found and used for mark making within the designs by using the colours of them within the choice of paint and using the flowers them selves to print with creating the black flower splodges.
As I did with my earlier back and white drawings I mirrored, repeated and layered these scanned in images to create the new designs. Im really pleased with how these and the previous black and white ones have come out however I can see how my work is all becoming very similar using the same ideas and techniques with a lot of my designs. This could be considered as my style of working however I think it is still quite simple and could be pushed further and maybe isn’t the style which I ideally want to be creating.
In order to do this I took the jump and decided to try to start using adobe illustrator as well as photoshop. After plenty of blood sweat and tears (maybe subtract the blood for watching countless youtube videos) I started pick up some of the effects which I wanted to try and create.
I found that the marks I created using the feathers when sectioned out and played around of By some sort of happy accident when using the pattern brush tool created a really cool butterfly image. This wasn’t really what i intended to create but I’m very pleased how I managed to create it. Unable to leave my beloved photoshop for too long, I took this motif I had created and used and manipulated it in there, adding colour from some of my previous designs and layering design behind it until I has created a design with them which I was really happy with.
This final butterfly design is a lot more muted than the work I usually do however I still really like and it and is a good start at varying my portfolio a bit. I also love it when I create a design which has a lot different designs and layers involved in it knowing that a lot of different work came before it and wasn’t just simply created in 5 minuets.
Drawing from still life of a dream catcher. The still life element of this project was an area which I definatly struggled having not gained much inspiration from the items we were drawing. The dream catch was the only item which caught my eye with the design made out of wood in the centre and the lovely feathers hanging off it. I did first draw it in its natural colours of brown and beige but changed it when paining it into red and blue to link in more with my collection of other designs.
Final design of dream catcher kaleidoscope
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Now with the winter nights drawing in and the weather up here in Glasgow taking the turn, it is defiantly time to crack out the winter warming scarfs. (As if I am someone who doesn’t wear a scarf the whole yeah round.) So taking the opportunity when the weather wasn’t blowing a gail or raining horizontally to go out and take a couple of pics of probably my favorite scarf (big claim for me!)
To make it on the podium of favourite this has been a long suffering scarf of mine being one of the ones which started the whole obsession off all those years ago. Many a day has this warmed, tended to my neck and completed an outfit in one fail swoop. The 2 main things which made me fall in love with this one is the pattern and the size of it. Being a lover of a simple black and white pattern this was defiantly the first thing that caught my eye with this one. I also simply love the zig zag effect pattern which it is made up from. The uncomplicated repeat makes it worked wrapped around the neck or just hung around to flow downwards. I love how this scarf can instantly lived up a plain outfit just with monochrome without having to try and work with colour which as you know for me can be a struggle. Also with being a rather simple regular pattern it is easy to wear with other patterns, colours (and especially lipstick). Sometimes a simple black and white can be more eye catching and striking than colour. This one has also been my most commented scarf on over the years which has got to mean something right?
With now starting uni and finding out a lot more about weave, the process and the result you can get, I have a new appreciation of the designing and effort which went in to making this scarf (thank you Mr H&M).
Now to everyone who say ‘wow its so big, its like a blanket’ yes I do realise it is rather big but to all those short haired girls out there who feel the cold, sometimes we need a little bit more insulation around the old neck area (and with the fact it plainly looks cool, but thats always the excuse that we give ;) ). Too many times over my life I have looked at a picnic blanket or rug and wondered how good it would look as a scarf, but don’t worry, I haven’t started disturbing happy picnicking families in order to steal me a brand new fashion accessory. To be honest, this was one which I actually owned for quite sometime before I got the balls to wear it due to it being so big. At one point I was even going to make an effort to somehow cut it in half and sew it smaller (??) but thank god I changed my mind from that idea. Now just look how times have changed.
It disappoints me that it is starting to wear out a bit, getting bobbley and a bit scruffy round the edges that it has got to the stage where I have been tempted to upgrade to a new model (the shock and horror) with there being so many black and white scarfs around in the shops at the moment, however I do think it should have plenty of life in it yet!
So combining the pattern, the warmth and the general loveliness of it, this is what has got it to the place of my favourite.
Simular to mine:
With mine having gone out of the shops years ago I managed to find 2 very similar ones currently available both from mango. Mango at the moment have currently got a brilliant collection of scarfs out with me being far too temped to buy so many of them but did restrain myself (well…ish) Both of these are a lovely black and white woven effect with a simular zig zag pattern, with the second being surprisingly similar to my own. If your looking for a new scarf this winter i’d defiantly give mango a good browse.
Dark navy coat – Zara (actually a charity shop)
Black ripped jeans – Topshop
Floral orange cami top -Urban Outfitters
Black long sleeved top – Primark
Lipstick – Mac – Retro matte All fired up
Photos taken by Tom Flathers
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For years below the knee length skirts were something that I thought was reserved for the elderly population with them usually swamping you and making you look old fashioned. But with their second coming over the past few years they have become a statement item in my wardrobe. Long skirts I find are just so easy to put on and style well. Be it a days when you need to look smart and put together or just a day when you just want to cover up and save that little bit extra body heat they can be perfect for so many occasions.
Every once in a while we all have our eye on that one item in the shops which after seeing it once is constantly nagging at the back of our mind ‘buy me buy me!”. This skirt was defiantly one of those products. I was first struck by how different it is from the design and the print.
With it not just being a simple stripe with it changing from vertical to horizontal it really helps to add curves to the body in a modern and current way. I am especially loving the vertical stripes around the middle to help streamline and slim all those problem areas around the waist down (or just make you look even more amazing if you don’t have any!) This skirt also brilliantly combines so many different trends, bringing in the whole 70’s vibe with the large bold pattern and the classic elegant look of the slim fitting pencil skirt.
Now I’m not going to lie, when I first picked it up I did think that it had been oddly put back on the hanger with slits in skirts tending to be at the back or on the side. But to my confusion this one was defiantly intended to be on the front. This was defiantly a style which I hadn’t seen before I love how it brings another point of interest to the garment, making the eye draw to the centre, slimming you down and defiantly making it easier to walk at least!
Due to in my mind it being a statement piece, I decided to keep the rest of the outfit simple with plain black jumper and tights and tan coloured snood all from H and M, with my new plain black soft leather Doc Marten boots (sorry not in shot in any of the photos) which I haven’t been able to take of my feet since buying them and one last plain black item being my Urban Outfitters back pack. This skirt brilliant as a colourphobe like me could introduce a small amount of colour and print into my style just keeping it contained and not too bold.
(to read my blog post on styling statement items, click the link here ………….)
If you had told be I am going to love a garment which is below the knee, with bold pattern and have a slit up the front I would have laughed you out of the shop but this has turned out as defiantly one of my favourite looks of the moment and no doubt if i see anymore skirts in the same style to this one in the shops they may have to sneak home into my wardrobe (just don’t tell the bank balance)
Photos taken by Tom Flathers
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Skirt – Topshop
Boots – Doc Marten
Bag – Urban Outfitters
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