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 

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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. 

 

PHOTOS | TOM FLATHERS 

Sparkly Leopards

Sparkly Leopards

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Yep now theres a title you weren’t expecting. Maybe just put it down to the fact I am running on very little sleep. There may not be any bejewelled wildlife in this post however I have ended up wearing something sparkly and leopard print at the same time and not on the way to a fancy dress party. How very un-me! I don’t tend to be one for a sparkle, at the risk of looking too much like the cross between a christmas tree and and my 5 year old self at a birthday party however in my new found urge to dress a big more adventurously (even if I have stayed within the realms of my beloved black)  

Before christmas in the shops you couldn’t move for sparkly knits and shear tops which despite my best efforts to make it work it always lead to me feeling far to dresses up. However some small corner of my brain  decided after spotting this lovely little number in & Other Stories that now is the time that finally mix up an effectively all black look with a bit of sparkle. The party season with all its glitz and glamour may be long behind us however thats no excuse for not being able to throw a touch of sparkle occasionally (seems a leopard does change its spots ;)

The fact that I’m wearing sparkles and leopard print has some how managed to distract from the fact I also wearing frayed kick flare jeans, another item that when I first saw in the shops I thought I would never be seen wearing. Denim is something that I have spent most of my life living in. From the bog standard black skinny jeans which have head my heart for many years to the classic mom jean which have become my new found love. However more recently I have been trying to be a little more adventurous within my denim choices. First seen within my Life in a Leather Jacket post last year wearing my beloved 2 tone mom jeans I’ve now followed the crowd into the realms of the kick flare. Part of me still isn’t a huge fan but after seeing these on Carrie from WishWishWish I was persuaded to give them a go and turns out, I love them! Being Asos own brand they were never going to break the bank on a piece which is probably only going to be a short term trend piece. 

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Black and white is back

Black and white is back

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There will have rarely been day over the last couple of years where black and white haven’t been staple items within my outfit. From dresses to jumpers my wardrobe has become a sea of blacks, whites and greys (with a couple of hints of red thrown in for good measure). Call it boring, funeral attire, stylish or simple one reason I like it in particular is that it is just easy. Dressing and shopping become so much simpler when you know that everything you buy and wear will mostly likely go with everything else in your wardrobe and never having to worry if that colour will go with anything.

The strappy top or dress over T shirt trend has been a huge trend this past season. Not only do I like the look of it but the practicality of being able to wear your more summery items into the autumn and winter months has been an added bonus. This little black number from Urban Outfitters has to be one of my favourites with it fitting like a glove but I love the edgier side of it with having the longer hems at the sides and the square strappy neckline (and was a lovely little sale bargain to boot!) Despite making more of an effort recently to add a splash of colour here and there, especially helped with my new found love of vintage 90’s dresses,  I will always be monochrome lover at heart.

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PHOTOS: TOM FLATHERS (at The Custard Factory, Birmingham)

DRESS (similar) | TOP | SHOES | BELT

Painting the town RED

Painting the town RED

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Now I can’t say that I am someone who is out every weekend “painting the town red” or blue or green or any colour for that matter. Staying in at home tucked up in bed with a mug of hot chocolate and an episode of the crown on seems all too appealing. However when it comes to fashion, a good old piece of red is definitely is a good enough to get out of bed for. 

If there is any colour that I am going to be wearing that doesn’t make me look like I am going to a funeral then it is going to be red. From tops to dresses to scarfs all of these nestle within my wardrobe in a variety of different shades. Its a good old trusty colour for me with never feeling too girly but is versatile when pairing with other colours. I feel its a colour that never really goes out of season, being bright and colourful for the summer months yet an obviously festive option for the christmas period.

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Ever since I saw The Little Magpie repeatedly strutting her stuff in a gorgeous pair of Topshop red tapered trousers, I had been on the hunt to find a pair for myself. Funnily enough after searching high and low from high street to vintage, it all came back to Topshop with exactly what I was looking for. With them being a slightly more muted and darker shade of red I don’t think they end up being too bright and in your face. This style of tapered trouser is definitely a bit of a Chloe signature with them being great at showing of a waist with not being too tight and restrictive. 

I’ve never been one to shy away from red on the basis of it being “fattening” because at the end of the day if you like it and feel good in it, the bloody well just wear it! 

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PHOTOS | TOM FLATHERS

TROUSERS | TOP

Theatre Focus | Posh

Theatre Focus | Posh

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A couple of now months ago (doesn’t time fly) I fully exercised all my newly formed photography muscles with photographing Student Theatre at Glasgow’s production of Posh by Laura Wade. This was rather different from my usual of flower and still life’s with actual people and flashing lights to think about but it seemed my lucky stars were aligning on this day as I was really pleased with the results. 

With the amazing venue of Cottiers Theatre being a renovated church which suited the play perfectly and such a talented cast and crew it was a  joy to work both backstage and as a photographer. 

Through a mound of around 230 final photos I have managed to narrow it down to my final favorite 25 photos (I tried for 20 but I just can’t let them go!) and a couple of promo images too.

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CALLING ALL BLOGGERS!

calling all bloggers

(At the risk of sounding too much like a WWW2 propaganda poster) Do you have a blog? Are you looking to collaborate with another blogger? Then fabric forward wants you! 

Im currently looking for any other bloggers or youtubers who are looking to collaborate on content with me. Be it an outfit of the day photoshoot, beauty review, monthly favourites or a lifestyle activity I would love to work with you and help us all make or blogs bigger and better. 

If your interested email me at chloenknott@gmail.com or message me on any of the social medias listed down below

I look forward to hearing from any of you!

Love c x

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My year in review

My year in review

December has always been a time of year that I have loved,  with it being my birthday month, the christmas holidays with all the lovely festive decorations and markets around decorating the country. Also, I may be alone on this one, but I do love it when the weather gets colder and the days get shorter (and no longer feeling guilty for staying in, in the warm on a Friday night).  

However December does have to come to an end and just as you’ve finished off the last of the turkey with your third night of turkey curry, its time to pack away those christmas decorations and get ready for a brand new year. 

Now with the feeling that a whole year had passed and that I am now a whole year older and what have I actually spent the last year doing was definitely something that was ringing in my mind. So, in a completely self indulgent manner I decided to put together this post to remind myself in brief what has happened in that year called 2015.  Also as someone who is rather sentiment and nostalgic I always love looking back over old photos and reminiscing from good times past.  

I originally intended for this post to just have 1 or at most 2 photos per occasion however there were just so many I couldn’t choose between so get ready for being bombarded with photos. So sit back, relax, and get ready for a lot of scrolling. I hope you enjoy! 

January kick started the year with a bang after being cast in a national tour of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream with Forge Production House playing the role of Helena. This had always been a dream role in theatre for me to play so I was delighted and so excited for the opportunity. After just a couple of initial rehearsals and read throughs we embarked on the hefty task of the promotion photoshoot. As any actor would do the whole cast (in the case of the pucks literally) jumped at the chance of getting in front of the camera to get some great shots. Who knew just throwing flower and paint around could create such brilliant results (just don’t tell the cleaners about how much mess we made).  

Click here if you would like find out more about Forge.

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Pucks – Sally Wood and Ben Butler

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Oberon and Titania –  Joe Mounfeild and Ella Rose Jones

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The Mechanicals – Marcos Spalding, Olivia Hutton, Jack Chambers, Holly Clack and Breanne Burton

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The lovers – Chloe knott, Tom Fitzwilliams, Imogen Jones and Kel Chambers

When not being in a midsummers rehearsal in February I actually had to knuckle down to working on my textile design portfolio for university interviews. I’m not going to lie, with all of it seeming to spring up on my out of nowhere and with so little time, sleeping definitely turned into a luxury item with pulling many many late nights to get all the work done. Luckily all the digital portfolios and essays and actually portfolio’s got done and all was left to do was drag it all across the county to interview after interview after interview.

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Here is a link to my online portfolio

With university interviews also dominating a lot of March there wasn’t really much room for much fun, but with easter falling in April it turned into a very busy month. First came a promotional photoshoot with Forge again for some short films where I got the chance to work on the production teams and feature. From getting up at 4 in the morning to shoot a sunset or going to visit an old metal asylum we had a lot fun creating these conceptual images. This all then ran into intensive week of Midsummers rehearsals and topped off with letting off some steam with a visit to Alton Towers (and somehow being convinced to go on all manner of scary rides. 

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Emily Gardner and Joe Mounfeild

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Joe Mounfeild and Ben Butler

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Arthur Godden and Aea Varfis-Van Warmelo

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Meg Lewis and Marcos Spalding

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Chloe Knott (surprise surprise) and Matt Owen

It’s not every day you end up with a noose around you neck

But don’t worry, it all a bit of fun really

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“point your guns in the air and say ahhhhhh”

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After the fun of easter was over in May it was full steam ahead with trying to complete my final collection for my Foundation Diploma. After days, weeks spent in the print room printing screen after screen after screen (and using far too much pigment than I should have for free) and many late nights slaving on photoshop, my collection finally became came together and  was ready for hand in on the 24th of May (as with any big deadline becomes ingrained in your memory forever.)  

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Whole collection available to view here

In June after a years worth of hard work I graduated from Hereford College of Arts with a distinction in my Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. After all the studying for the year was done I was asked to be the Assistant Head of Costume in a production of Our Town. Having previously done costume work I was delighted to get the opportunity do to this again and get the chance to visit Bristol Costume Services of to source them. (I’d never see so many clothes in all my life!) 

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Chloe Knott, Jack Chambers, Joe Mounfeild and Emily Gardner

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Sarah Brice, Marcos Spalding and the Cast

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The cast of Our Town

Finally after nearly 6 months of preparation and rehearsals in July it was finally the time for the A Midsummer Nights Dream tour.  This month was pretty much solely dedicated to it with it including having to build the set, put together and make the costumes and the final intensive rehearsals all in prep for the tour. Having never toured a show it was a slight shock to the system doing a show every night in a different venue, with no more lazy mornings sleeping in before a show in the evening when you had a long Journey to get the next venue. But is was brilliant to get to visit all the different theatre and performing the show on all the different stages, making every show in some way different.  

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The Cast of A Midsummer Nights Dream

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Ella Rose Jones, Chloe Knott and Joe Mounfeild

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Chloe Knott, Tom Fitzwilliams, Imogen Jones, Joe Mounfeild

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Moi beautifying myself

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All the different venues meant re-organising the costumes each and every night.

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Imogen Jones, Tom FItzwilliams and Chloe Knott

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Ella Rose Jones, Breeanne Burtons with the fairies

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Kell Chambers and Imogen Jones

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The Cast of A Midsummer Nights Dream

With quite a long period of down time before going of to university, with hating not being busy and having something to beaver away at, in August my homemade textiles brand Chloe Natalie Knott and this blog fabric forward we born. After being able to go back into college and freely use the print room (not going to let that opportunity pass me by) I knocked together a some more screen printable pattens and did lots and lots of samples. It was only when asked what I was going to do with them and told I can’t just let them go to waste that the makeup bag idea hit me.

I explain the whole process of these in one of my previous blog posts linked here

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In terms of fabric forward at first It started off as just another means of promoting my products and textiles designs. However I had been a long time reader of many a fashion blog, now i’m not claiming I am going to be the next Zoella, but with mixing together my interest in fashion and my passion for textile design, I thought I had a nice little idea on my hands.  

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My 3 favourite posts from the year…

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The rest of the summer involved some lovely mini breaks away, first to Norfolk with my boyfriend and his family (which I still have the sun burn tan lines to this day – it was hard to believe it was only England) and followed by a long weekend away in London town, again with he boyfriend. 

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Norfolk blog post 

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London blog post and OOTD post 

As September rolled around it was time for a new term to begin and this time it was the big one of moving away to University. My destination was Glasgow to study textile design at The Glasgow School of Art. It may not be to everyones cup of tea to move hundreds of miles away to a different country the first time they move out of home however I was always intended to try and get a long way away, If your going to do it why not do it properly, thats what I say. I think with having an extra year at home after doing A levels for my foundation year only made me more hungry with seeing a lot of my friends move away to move away myself and I think I appreciated it more when I did.

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Some examples of my work from the first semester at uni.

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More posts about some of these in more depth coming up soon..

In order to keep my passion for performing going I was keen to join any companies/societies I could find in Glasgow. Student theatre at Glasgow (STaG) which is part of the University of Glasgow, (but accept people from other Glasgow Uni’s lucky) is where I have currently found my feet and through the months of October to December I was lucky enough to perform in three of their productions, The Jungle Book, Clickaway as part of The Stag Nights festival and topped of with their main stage production of Macbeth. 

The Jungle Book – (As a Monkey – the role I was born to play ;) )

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Chris Duffy, Chloe Knott, Juliet Smith, Isabelle Ribe, Maya Stevenson and Aike Jensen

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Clickaway – Written by Agnes Checka

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Norliza Matheson, Cal Mar, Anna Rattray, Elliot Thompson and Chloe Knott

Macbeth – as First witch (blog post all about it linked here)

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Cait Lennox, Chloe Knott, Kirsty Fraser

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Chloe Knott, Sam Skoog, Kirsty Fraser and Cait Lennox

To round the year off nicely, with my first term at uni coming to an end and looking ahead to about a month off what better way to fill my time than crack down with the blog and get lots new outfit photos and all manner of things done in preparation for the new year. So stay tuned in the new year for all these photo goodies! 

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(have probably ended up being the person who has ridden this escalator the most in the process of trying to get this shot)

And christmas time wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a christmas market, Birmingham to be exact.

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I’m looking forward to what next year brings with plenty of exciting things planned here for the blog, I wish you a very (late) Merry Christmas and a Wonderful new year. 

If you haven’t already had enough of me from this post please feel free to comment and like and I would love it if you could follow me at the normal places..

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