End of Summer look book

Untitled-1

 

Untitled-2

Untitled-3

Untitled-4

 

Untitled-5

 

 

Untitled-6

Advertisements

Exploring London | Borough Market

BBM-62

Untitled-1

Untitled-2

Untitled-3

Untitled-4

BBM-57

Untitled-5

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 With sirens having been replaced by mooing cows, office blocks by sheep sheds, hard by soft water (whatever that means) and air by well, clean air, it has definitely made me realise how for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. 

Untitled-6

Untitled-7

BBM-26

Untitled-8

Untitled-9

BBM-18

Untitled-10

Untitled-11

Untitled-12

Untitled-13

Untitled-14

BBM-81

PHOTOS | TOM FLATHERS 

Homeward bound

WHITLEY_COURT-51

Untitled-2

Untitled-1

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. 

WHITLEY_COURT-42

Untitled-3

Untitled-4

Untitled-5

WHITLEY_COURT-33

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. 

WHITLEY_COURT-37

Untitled-7

Untitled-8

Untitled-9

WHITLEY_COURT-15

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.  

Untitled-10

Untitled-11

Untitled-12

Untitled-14

3 months, 7 days and an hour or so

BLOSSOM-2

Untitled-1

BLOSSOM-8

Untitled-2

So Chloe, remember that time that you said you were going to take a little bit of time off blogging however it definitely wouldn’t be more than a week or two and you would be back on it right as rain? No?? Well with it having been 3 months, 7 days and an hour or so since your last post went up I would say that something somewhere went a bit wrong! 

However lets stop dwelling on my apparent inability to do a million things at once and on the fact that Fabric Forward is finally back down to business! 

I evidently decided that while somewhat melting in the 30 something degree heat in London that it was the perfect time to lock myself indoors, start tapping away at the key board and get this blog back up and running. 

 

Untitled-3

BLOSSOM-23

Untitled-5

Untitled-6

As well as some snazzy new pictures (I can totally still pretend that there is blossom out on the trees right?) the eagle eyed amongst you may also be able to tell that the old blog has had a bit of a re-vamp. As ever with me getting bored really easily I couldn’t help myself buy have a little re-decoration around this joint. After the probably 4 or 5 different looks this blog has had since being birthed I must say this has to be my favourite (she says until she changes it again in a matter of months). 

Anyway with my skin feeling like it is going to melt away from me at any moment (fyi turns out human flesh can actually start melting at 40 degrees, true fact that! – don’t say you don’t learn anything here) I shall keep this brief and return to my wild evening of being sprawled on my bed with an overheating laptop all while wondering how many grapes one can fit into ones mouth.  

Choa for now! (and hopefully won’t be for a 1/4 of a year this time!)

BLOSSOM-42BLOSSOM-43

Untitled-7

Untitled-8

BLOSSOM-58

Photos | Tom Flathers 

Lastminuet.com

Lastminuet.com

manc_1_2205

manc_1_2209

manc_1_2213

manc_1_2215

Yet again in a plea of getting a post up this week you join me trying to make some sense at 2am on a Friday morning maybe after having one or two drinks in the SU (so beware of some dodgey sentences). Nothing like lastminuet.com

Talking about being last minuet, In a completely water tight and seamless link, todays look consists of some of my most favourite throw on and go pieces when you have zero time and want zero effort. 

You most likely will be bored about me yacking on about these velvet trousers by now however I’m going to continue to do so. Since getting them as a sneaky bargain in the January sales they have barely been off my legs. From going out to dinner to a chilled out weekend they have been a staple for creating a quick and easy outfit yet still feeling vaguely put together. The fact I have now found a small rip in the nether regions, god knows how that got there, is more than disheartening. Paired with some simple layered T shirts (you will be pleased to know my addiction to Zara plain T Shirts is still strong with this lovely green and black striped number not being able to stay in the shop), my classic grey Zara coat and Adidas Gazelles, this creates a cool and relaxed look whilst being so easy to put together. Also with spring not quite popping its head up quite yet this look is perfect for the transitional period were in, as long as Storm Doris docent get too feisty! 

So with it being far far to late for someone who has to get up early for uni in the morning, yes believe it or not some students do have to get up early, I shall say farewell and hopefully see you next week slightly less blurry eyed! 

manc_1_2249

manc_1_2238

manc_1_2234

manc_1_2231

manc_1_2286

manc_1_2288

manc_1_2299

manc_1_2308

manc_1_2316

manc_1_2318

PHOTOS | TOM FLATHERS

Lacy days

Lacy days

chloe_knott_fabric_forward_ldn_changes-35

4

5

chloe_knott_fabric_forward_ldn_changes-37

Hello! As you may have been able to tell from the large black whole where last weeks blog should have been this weekly posting thing is going extremely well!. Anyway, my punctuality aside I am back today and we are going all old skool in terms of me just wittering on about something that I have decided to wear on one fine day (and other wicked fans feel free to continue the song.)   

3

2

chloe_knott_fabric_forward_ldn_changes-42

chloe_knott_fabric_forward_ldn_changes-5

If you have been over on my instagram recently you may have noticed that my all time love with all black outfits has been seeming to wain a little with items such as bright green jumpers and red trousers weaselling their way into my wardrobe (whatever next!) However there are always going to be days that old colour ignorant Chloe comes out and reverts back to a (nearly) all black look. With not being one of the girlies of girls, I don’t own a particularly large amount of lacy items. To be fair, this dress is probably as far as it goes. However the small amount on this lovely black Zara dress had my eyes pulling me towards it whilst my debit card was trying to pull me away.

chloe_knott_fabric_forward_ldn_changes-7

chloe_knott_fabric_forward_ldn_changes-9

chloe_knott_fabric_forward_ldn_changes-10

chloe_knott_fabric_forward_ldn_changes-12

chloe_knott_fabric_forward_ldn_changes-15

chloe_knott_fabric_forward_ldn_changes-16

In the short amount of time I have had it I have already found it to be a very versatile piece with it being great to layer up, with a long sleeves underneath or a jumper over the top (or both if you end up working in a tent over christmas, long story). Also for anyone like me who doesn’t like showing oodles of flesh in the summer this piece will be great in terms of keeping you cool with the strappy top and thin floaty fabric but keeping that cellulite from christmas that you haven’t quite managed to shift yet out of sight! 

chloe_knott_fabric_forward_ldn_changes-17

6

1

chloe_knott_fabric_forward_ldn_changes-47

chloe_knott_fabric_forward_ldn_changes-49

chloe_knott_fabric_forward_ldn_changes-52

chloe_knott_fabric_forward_ldn_changes-1

PHOTOS | TOM FLATHERS 

DRESS | TOP | BOOTS

Busting the January blues

Busting the January blues

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-15

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-17

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-19

So Monday the 16th of January came and went. To most people this is another normals day but apparently over recent years it has been coined as the most depressing day of the year. With the all the fun and festivities behind us and just enough time to let some of those new years resolutions starting to slip away, it can be all to easy for mid January to turn into a bit of a downer. However, having spent one to many evenings alone in the flat nursing a one too many bowls of weetabix and nearly resorting to watching everything in my subscription box a second time round, i’ve finally unearthed myself from under the duvet to get out and get proactive and try to set an example to myself for the rest of the year. Only time will tell if this works out or not! So here is a list of my best ways of trying to bust the new year blues this January! 

2

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-13

Taking up a new hobby 

Be it tap dancing or tiddlywinks there is never a better time than any than at the beginning of a new year to pick a new hobby. After all the socialising of the party season I will be the first one wanting to turn into a bit of a recluse and spend the best part of the month hiding under a pile of pillows. However taking up a new hobby will not only get you your creative juices flowing and your brain back into gear but it could also give you the opportunity to socialise more and meet more like minded people. And who knows what might happen, you find that you rather quickly become the best miniature model cake crochet-er in the country! (Genuine failed hobby of mine #807) 

5

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-11

Get out and get active! 

Now hear comes the old cliche of starting off a new year by getting fit and healthy. By this I really don’t mean you have to go out and sign your life away to a new gym that you will use once, get intimidated by the large muscly men and continue to spend your evenings at home binge watching Lost with a large bowl of trifle (got to put the weetabix down on some occasions). Getting the so good old fresh air pumping through your lungs from a simple walk around the park or leisurely bike ride can do you the world of good after being cooped up inside all day. After all, it will give you an excuse to try out that new pedometer that you were so lovingly given by your mum for christmas, not as a hint or anything! 

7

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-20

Go to the cinema 

With Brent and Bridget making their returns to our screens last year, cinema has definitely been on good form recently. But with awards seasons now well underway the beginning of a new year is always brimming with brand new brilliant films to take a good gander at. Whether it be action or animation that tickles your fancy, I find its a great way to pass the time in the cold winter night. 

8

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-32

Having a “spring” clean and getting rid of all the crap 

Lambs may not have started leaping, daffodils may not have started growing and spring may not have sprung quite yet however spring doesn’t have to be here quite yet to have a good old clear out. I always find having a good old cleanse of your surroundings at the beginning of a new year will make for a much happier and healthier you. All the stuff which we have manage to accumulate over the year that we have desperately convinced ourselves that we need can either be chucked out or given a brand new how for someone to love more than you. And besides, you need to make some room for all those brand new christmas presents anyway. 

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-33

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-35

Find some new meals. 

I know its a pain but with most of the tins of biscuits laying bare and selection of various cheeses all finished off, its time to put down the tin of quality street and find actual proper meals made with actual proper healthy things and stuff. I’m not saying go on some crazy celery juicing health kick (if celery juice is even a thing) however after having one to many batch cooked, reheated bolognese’s at the end of last year I definitely think it is time to broaden my culinary horizons and try something which isn’t 90% pasta! 

Now I just have to go and put all these into practise!

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-40

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-52

Photos | Tom Flathers

The classic coat

The classic coat

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-85

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-83

2

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-80

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-78

Every year winter rumbles on around (funny that) and it was finally time to tear myself away from my beloved leather jacket and into something a little bit more practical for the season. Despite last years orange number still being very much in my good books, Zara has pulled it out the bag again this year with this beautiful double breasted grey number which I have had glued to my shoulders.

Not to diminish my love for a good jumper but probably my favourite things about winter dressing is being able to crack out a good old coat and wrap up all warm and cosy. This look really encapsulates all of my favourite styles at the moment of with the ever so practical for the ankles culottes, a good knitted jumper and obviously a good old cosy coat. With the simple accessories of a chunky black belt and small and simple bag, they nicely finish this simple yet stylish look and keep everything very comfy with my Adidas Gazelles .

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-94

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-95

1

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-100

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-102

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-103

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-73

3

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-69

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-68

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-66

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-63

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-108

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-107

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-104

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-111

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-115

fabric_forward_chloe_knott_autumn-112

 

PHOTOS : TOM FLATHERS 

COAT | CULOTTES | JUMPER | SHOES | BAG 

Black and white is back

Black and white is back

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-22

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-21

untitled-2

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-19

 

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-17

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-16

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-15

untitled-1

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-12

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-11

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.

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-10

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-9

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-3

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-2

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-1

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-4

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-5

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-6

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-7

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-8

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-18

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-25

fabric_forward_brimingham_custard_factory-24

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

DRESS (similar) | TOP | SHOES | BELT

Shopping my stash

Shopping my stash

img_2095

img_2085

img_2112

We all love a good shopping trip, especially when it is free right? How do I have one of these I hear you ask.Well for me this came in the form of ‘shopping my stash’ as in finding something crumpled in the back of your wardrobe, realising that you actually really like it and want to try and re-invent it in a new way. This is what happened with this lovely little Zara checkered shirt of mine. As someone who probably does own one too many chequered shirts this one in recent times had been rather neglected. But in an effort to just put the beloved grey one down for just 5 minuets I grabbed this green one and once again loved how it looked. Paired with my Nobody’s Child black jumpsuit which I just can’t get enough of this was a great method of layering for when the summer nights are beginning to get chilly.

img_1948

img_1961

img_1978

img_1969

img_2035

img_2020

img_2031

img_2053

 

So many stripes

So many stripes

IMG_1398

IMG_1395

IMG_1412

IMG_1425

Untitled2

IMG_1471

IMG_1442

IMG_1539

Untitled-4

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.

IMG_1799

IMG_1809

IMG_1818

IMG_1860

IMG_1899

IMG_1909

Untitled-1

IMG_1992

IMG_1974

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

Untitled3

IMG_1708

IMG_1729

ALL LINKS

Brilliant photos as ever by Tom Flathers

 

YOUTUBE – http://bit.ly/1OZ7v1c 

FACEBOOK –  http://bit.ly/1qtU1Ff 

TWITTER – http://bit.ly/206TW6B 

INSTAGRAM – http://bit.ly/1YeK3ST 

500 PX – http://bit.ly/296984s 

PINTREST – http://bit.ly/1SbgcG9 

BLOGLOVIN – http://bit.ly/1UI3N36 

My design portfolio: http://bit.ly/1MjTQGD 

Chloe Natalie Knott Textile Design facebook: http://bit.ly/1SjgRWc 

Etsy shop http://etsy.me/20dSJdF 

 

 

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 .

EDIT_TOMORROW_50

EDIT_TOMORROW_48

EDIT_TOMORROW_52

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.

EDIT_TOMORROW_54

EDIT_TOMORROW_55

EDIT_TOMORROW_60

 

EDIT_TOMORROW_64

EDIT_TOMORROW_67

EDIT_TOMORROW_69

EDIT_TOMORROW_70

EDIT_TOMORROW_71

EDIT_TOMORROW_72

EDIT_TOMORROW_74

EDIT_TOMORROW_47

Brilliant photos as ever by Tom Flathers

LINKS

YOUTUBE – http://bit.ly/1OZ7v1c 

FACEBOOK –  http://bit.ly/1qtU1Ff 

TWITTER – http://bit.ly/206TW6B 

INSTAGRAM – http://bit.ly/1YeK3ST 

500 PX – http://bit.ly/296984s 

PINTREST – http://bit.ly/1SbgcG9 

BLOGLOVIN – http://bit.ly/1UI3N36 

My design portfolio: http://bit.ly/1MjTQGD 

Chloe Natalie Knott Textile Design facebook: http://bit.ly/1SjgRWc 

Etsy shop http://etsy.me/20dSJdF