22 January 2015

The Design Studio: A mother-daughter duo

As if faux fur wasn't enough of a passion of mine already, combine it with another love for cosy layering and girly, pastel colour palettes and what do you get? The Design Studio, a new but rapidly growing mother-daughter run company.

Since just last summer, Sally and Lettie Pattinson have been selling unique and individual faux fur bomber jackets via instagram, with a website coming soon.

6 October 2014

Is it a coat? Is it a duvet?

Its been a looong time, Blogger. After a crazy year at college taking my exams and deciding to take the opportunity to do my art foundation a year early, I now find myself at the University for the Creative Arts studying a course which, even just a month into, I am in love with - and I'm now filled with blogging inspiration and motivation!

It was almost a year ago that I wrote a post for the Bloggers' Lounge's competition to style a Lyle & Scott lambswool scarf, which I was declared one of two winners for (and am now the owner of the cosiest, most timeless scarf ever). And as the temperature suddenly plummets and the majority of the UK have awoken to steamed windows and that pang of dread at the thought of leaving the warm duvet cocoon wrapped tightly around our shivering bodies, I thought it about time for another Autumn Style Update (which is just a fancy name for me drooling over my latest find).

21 June 2014

Artist spotlight: Lindsay Bottos

I've decided to start featuring artists and other creative persons that catch my eye on here, as after all this blog was created to act as an outlet for any inspiration, interests and ideas that I come across, and hopefully inspire others who read my posts too!

Although I only discovered her work recently, I am already finding myself obsessed with Lindsay Bottos' work. A photography graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art, USA, she also has a minor in gender studies, her interest in which is evident in her work. 

Rich Italian skincare? Sì per favore!

You may have seen my tweet a few weeks ago now that I had received this lovely little package of free goodies from Skin&Co Roma to try out and review! With my exams now finished and all the free time in the world, I thought it's about time I got back into this blogging business. And what better way to do it than with a review of these skin-nourishing products?

17 March 2014

London Fashion Weekend (at long last!)

I would like to apologise again for going AWOL on you, but college life is a little hectic at the moment what with university choices and the Extended Project Qualification (*shudder*) coming into the picture.

So with a few minutes of me-time to spare this evening I thought I'd share my photos that I took during my time at LFWEnd at Somerset House in February, namely the Julien Macdonald show that I saw which left me lusting after sparkling gowns that my 17-year-old self would never have the chance to wear:

19 February 2014

#LFW: Topshop Unique AW14's got it all

Firstly I'd like to apologise for my absence - apparently revising unit one of my psychology AS level is more important than watching LFW live streams(???). Anyway, with London Fashion Week now complete, I thought I better break this almost-month-long AWOL episode with a post - and what better than a paragraph of appreciation for Topshop Unique's AW14 collection.

20 January 2014

Cut-out for Spring with Christopher Kane

Every spring we're faced with floral prints and motifs in every form possible, from cutesy sundresses to sophisticated tailored trousers, it's a neverending trend circle year in, year out.

Thankfully this year Christopher Kane has broken this cycle and relieved us all of our misery.

Scrolling through galleries of designers' ready to wear collections with the idea of a spring trend report post in mind, I came across Kane's collection and fell in love. Fifty-four times. In an instant I abandoned the trend report and just had to dedicate an entire space on my blog to this range of botanical beauties.

16 January 2014

Liebster Award!

After my last post I received a comment from the lovely Alessandra who told me she'd nominated me for the Liebster Award!

I was so grateful and could hardly believe it as the usual thoughts of ohmygoodnesspeopleactuallyreadandlikemywriting flooded my head. But it turns out that a handful of lovely people do and that makes me very happy *resists from typing row of smiley face emoticons*

(By the way, Alessandra runs the cutest lifestyle blog, so you should all definitely check it out here!)

For those of you that don't know, a Liebster Award is an award given by a blogger to other bloggers, specifically created for blogs with under 200 followers to help them gain publicity, readers and all-round success!
And I was lucky enough to be among one of the bloggers chosen by Alessandra, so thank you thank you thank you again!

Here are the award rules: 

1. You must link the persons blog who nominated you for the award.
2. You must answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you.
3. You then pick an additional 11 people to nominate with UNDER 200 blog followers.
4. You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.

5. You must inform the nominees they have been nominated.

So now I get to sit back with my cup of tea and answer these questions set by Alessandra for her nominees:

13 January 2014

Body Shop haul for super fresh skin

A few weeks ago I tweeted in excitement at my Body Shop skincare delivery, promising to post my thoughts on here once I'd tried and tested each product - that day has finally arrived!

As someone who is constantly struggling to find skincare products that don't harm animals and don't contain artificial ingredients or frightening chemicals and don't cost a week's pay and actually do what they're supposed to, I prayed to the Good Skin God that this combination of yummy fair trade products would do the trick.

And they have! In under three weeks, by using these skin saviours I've seen such an improvement in my skin and I feel so much more confident wearing minimal make-up - despite my inevitable doubt at trying new a new brand and routine, I was pleasantly surprised after glaring and pinching at my tired, dull typical-student skin in the mirror for what seemed like a century, to see it transformed into glowing, dewy and moisturised-without-adding-tons-of-unnecessary-oil-and-chemicals!

6 January 2014

Lyle & Scott: Androgynous Winter Chic

As I sit here at my desk, warming my numb fingertips around a steaming mug of green tea (of course; the clue is in the URL), trying to lean as close to the radiator as possible without toppling inelegantly off my chair, I know one thing for sure: January is here. The month that schools mark as the beginning of the 'spring term' when actually, the UK's harsh winter weather is just beginning. (Let's just say I was on my way to college at 8:30 this morning and it was still dark. And raining. And freezing cold. My umbrella blew inside out so many times that I gave up and bitterly accepted that I would have to allow the downpour to soak me on my half hour trudge through the mud.)

And when it comes to the icy bite of January temperatures, menswear is the way to go. It is a well-known fact that in winter every young girl in Britain seems to kit herself out in as much menswear as possible - why, I ask, do they make mens' jumpers so much more comfortable? Must women always suffer for fashion, or in this case, warmth?