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 

Homeward bound

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So here it is finally, then end of my first year of university has finally come around with only 3 more days left to go. With most of the country having broken up already and having fled their dingy halls bedrooms and in the words of Michael Mcintyre got thoroughly “gabzeboded” on the final night of term, it been something that has felt like a long time coming for me. However its finally approaching and I can safely say there is nothing more I want at the moment that a good old rest back home. 

I’m not going to lie it was a strange experience starting over as a first year again, especially with the first time around not exactly going to plan. It definitely made it all the more nerve racking knowing that it so could easily not be all plain sailing and that this is my last chance at getting it right. 

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I can’t say that I have exactly fitted well into the model “student lifestyle” with going out to get drunk, a light workload and living around constant noise all being things rather low on my list of priorities. Their have been many moments when I have just wanted to run away and leave it all behind with only the fear of what the hell would I do instead keeping me going. 

However despite all with this, if there is one this that all of this has taught me it is that even if you feel like you are trapped in something that you don’t enjoy, it really doesn’t have to be like that forever and doesn’t have to be the rest of your life. 

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With uni not giving me the enjoyment that I needed I had to push myself to find things that I did enjoy and that made me happy knowing that they won’t necessarily find their ways to you on their own. At periods when you haven’t had a day of in 3 months and have been working all nighters to get shit done you wonder at times have I gone too far. However having experienced a couple of “pinch me” moments over the past few weeks, its nice to feel like all your hard work has been paying off and not just lead to nothing.  

Anyway, despite this all seeming a bit doom and gloom I am actually feeling rather positive about what is ahead. Uni does eventually seem to be looking up, i’ve found somewhere I’m looking forward to living in and some good things to focus on, hopefully the only way is up from here.

 For someone like me who likes to live life at 100 mph it can be scary to look at a 7 week gap in the diary and see very little to fill it. However I am going to make sure that I take this time to properly relax, recharge and fill up on some good old country air and be back ready and rearing to go for the year ahead.  

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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. 

 

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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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TROUSERS | TOP

1 year of Fabric Forward | What i’ve learnt about blogging

1 year of Fabric Forward | What i’ve learnt about blogging

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So that year milestone has finally arrived.

With my habit of dropping hobbies as nearly as quickly as starting them (those golf lessons only lasted a matter of weeks), it is a minor miracle that we have actually of this far. Having not done anything to celebrate one of my own birthday for the past few years, I can’t say I have cracked out a cake quite yet however having managed to stick at this semi constantly for the past year I thought it should be given at least a small nod somehow. From horse riding to knitting after taking up something new for over a year, you would hope you have learnt a few things new about it and blogging has been no different. So without further ado here are some of the things which this year has taught me about blogging. 

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Technical stuff it hard!  

From SEO’s to HTML’s no matter how much you consider yourself a wiz on the computer with being able to use Iplayer and photoshop at the same time, coding will always seem to be another language to you. 

That writing isn’t the easiest things to come to me.

You may have noticed in the early days of the blog, nearly 1000 word essays seemed to be the order of the day, competing with War and Peace in terms of time taken to read.  This is something which didn’t last particularly long realising 1. I’m not exactly the next Charles Dickens and 2. I don’t exactly have the size of following of Charles Dickens  

Staying consistent can sometimes be hard (as exhibited today!).

No matter how many days that I give myself to sort the photos and write a new blog post, you can almost guarantee that I won’t end up doing it until the morning of wanting to post it. 

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That it is harder to get your blog noticed than I first thought.

With everyone and their dog seeming to have a blog nowadays to make someone read yours rather than one of the big guns’s seems to be a never ending struggle. I guess many many more tweets is the key. 

Whenever your eating out you feel obliged to take photos of your food.

I don’t think I can scroll through instagram nowadays and not see a picture of avocado on rye bread served on perfectly dainty crockery anywhere. 

Learning more about what suits your figure.

No matter how comfy and marshmallow like those big baggy winter jumpers are, sometimes when put on camera you realise their not the most flattering thing for you. A good old waist belt never did anyone any harm! 

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There are only so many times that your home city will come up with new and exciting places to shoots photos. 

 

That at some point or another no matter how well you thought you hid it on the extremely public on the internet one of your friends of family will find it, and spread it.

Any new blogger out there will know the feeling of panic that rushes through their veins when someone tells them that they have been reading their blog, then you just have to remind yourself, you did put it out on the internet. 

Check, check and check again!

Even if you are damn sure that when you wrote that post you couldn’t possibly have make any glaringly obvious grammatical errors or spelt any words practically backwards its highly likely that there will be a mistake lurking in there somewhere. it is aways good to go back and check everything through if nothing more than to save the embarrassment of having your friends scribble their hypothetical red pen all over it. 

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Finally, to end on a positive note after realising they all seem slightly negative, it is a great way to journal your life and look back at where you have been and what has happened over the past months/years.

Its like having all you photo albums at the click of a button! 

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Photos – Tom Flathers 

Bourton on the Water

Bourton on the Water

No don’t worry, I haven’t spelt the word Bourbon wrong, Bourton on the water (annoyingly) doesn’t have anything to do with any kind of chocolate biscuit. (However I cannot confirm or deny how many were consumed in the making of this blog post). While roaming around the Gloucestershire countryside we landed up on the beautiful cotswold town of Bourton on the Water. With is old fashioned sweetshops and beautiful quaint streets it feels like you’ve stepped right into pintrest as the epitome of British living .

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I’m not sure this photo could get more British if I tried, maybe only with the addition of a cup of tea and a cream tea.  With eventually  giving up on trying to get a clean shot with nothing it the background only then did a post van and a horse trot into the picture.

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Brilliant photos as ever by Tom Flathers

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Red dress in Rotherwas

Red dress in Rotherwas

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Brilliant photos as ever by Tom Flathers

 

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Isle of Arran | Part 5

Isle of Arran | Part 5

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For one day only gone are the baggy jumpers and large scarfs. For my last instalment in my little Isle of Arran series we’ve gone and got a little bit sexy, oh yes (throws up in mouth at the mention of the word) or I would like to think so anyway. Or it could have ended up more likely with me looking like a painted sack of potatoes leaning agains a sink. 

Anyway, with wanting to make the most of our stay we decided to use the hotel for one shoot as well. 

With my room having the biggest bathroom I have ever seen, with it being about double the size of my room in my flat, I kid you not, it was a great little set up for another cool little shoot. 

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Brilliant photos as ever by Tom Flathers

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Swimming pool Photoshoot

Swimming pool Photoshoot

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Its not everyday that you wake up at 5am to go to your local swimming pool to put on a red dress and do a photoshoot. Now this isn’t particularly  unusual for me with some of the photoshoots and short films we’ve done in the past, getting up at the crack of dawn to get the perfect sunrise in the middle of a forest. Least this time it was in a nice and warm building, even with the addition of water. 

But this time I did feel a bit of my depth (literally, 3.8m of diving pool depth), with having not stepped foot in a swimming pool since my school days, trying to swim and stay afloat while clothed was a bit of a task. Put it this way, I had to learn to tread water pretty quickly.  

I was rather impresses by Mac Ruby Woo surviving at the mersey of the pool, cant quite say the same for the eyeliner as it dribbles down my face.  

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My partner in crime for this shoot was the brilliant Arthur Godden, who managed to haul himself around in the pool in near full suit not just a small dress (I have a feeling that would have looked odd). He managed some rather impressive flash and photography umbrella holding while treading water, somehow that didn’t get photographed.  

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Definitely braver than I was when it came to swimming underwater (I need googles :P )

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WHAT I WAS WEARING 

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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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Congratulations of wading through the mountain of photos, for more Fabricy forward goodness have a look at …

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Festive Favourite 2 – The bright red lip

Festive Favourite 2 –  The bright red lip

When you think of typically christmassy colours, red is definatly for me the one which springs to mind first and If there is ever an excuse to wear bright red lip, then christmas time it the time to do it. Bold lip colours are always something I would associate more with the winter months with being surrounded by the darker autumnal colours and darker winter clothing. It was always one of those things that I looked at the other people wearing and dreamed of being able to confidently pull it off. Now I’m not claiming that now a days I can effortlessly pull it off but I now managed have the confidence to wear it on a every day basis

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My favourite red lipstick and the one I’m wearing in this post would have to be this classic from Mac ruby woo.This one is very much the classic bright red in my eyes with being light enough and dark enough at the same time. This is part of their retro matte collection. For me I would never go for anything other than matte. With the colour its self being so bold you don’t want to overdo it with piling shimmer or gloss onto that as well. Also, obviously you cant dispute mac’s staying power with their matte lipsticks. With this one being their retro matte formulas it is more drying than their others so by the end of the day can be a bit uncomfortable on the lips but if you keep them well moisturised before and after its perfectly fine.  

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A couple of my other lip favourites:

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Mac’s Russian Red – another Mac lippy, this one is slightly darker and more of the classic ‘movie star red’ and is very comfortable on the lips. If you find ruby woo a bit to drying then this is a great alternative.  

The Bourjois rouge edition velvet liquid lipstick in 04 peach club – So this one isn’t strictly a red and more on the side of an orangey red is on that I still wear a lot. This one tends to be my more red alternative in the summer months with it not being quite as brightly pigmented and lighter in colour. With it being a liquid lipstick it is very weightless on the lips. 

The Rimmle Kate Moss lipstick in 107. In terms of lipsticks from the drug store Rimmle would tend to be the brand I would go to with having such good formulas and colour ranges. The Kate Moss range has to be my favourite one of theirs. Again this one isn’t really a red more of a dark pinky plumy colour and overall a lovely berry colour for the winter.  

The rest of the products I used for this look I have all detailed in my everyday makeup routine post here. 

Products: 

Mac Ruby Woo

Mac Russian Red

Bourjois rouge edition velvet liquid lipstick – peach club

Rimmle Kate Moss lipstick 107

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Etsy shop 

Photographs taken by Tom Flathers at St Fagins Castle in Cardiff 

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