What I Wore Today – Working Weekend

Much like all of my other weeks, this week has been super busy!

On Tuesday I got set an assignment to make the first toiles for my collection, within one week I have to make two dresses, a pair of trousers and a jacket. This doesn’t sound like a lot but when you take into consideration that I’ve been working two jobs four days a week it’s pretty overwhelming! I made the decision on Tuesday after being set all of this work that it was time to say goodbye to my job working at the Students Union.

With all the work I’ve been doing for Uni recently I’ve been feeling a bit exhausted so before I had work at New Look today I told myself I didn’t have to do anything, just relax a little. I let myself have a lie in, it was amazing! I’ve been rushing around so much that I’ve not really had much time to put into my appearance so as a luxury I actually did a full face of makeup this morning. It sounds really sad but I really enjoy doing my makeup. I probably shouldn’t, but I feel a lot more confident when I have really nice makeup on a day apposed to when I’m wearing none.

The dress that I wore today is one that I bought a few weeks back when I had my little splurge with my staff discount (oops!!) It’s really comfortable and I love how tailored it is. It is a bit short though and so not ideal for having to bend down and pick up hangers and clothes that have fallen on the floor. One of my favourite things when I’m working is someone coming up to me and asking where my outfit is from and being able to show it to them and then they buy it! I feel like I’m doing New Look proud!

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Pinafore Dress – New Look
Black Top – Asos
Tights – John Lewis
Leather Boots – Asos
Silver Earrings – Accessorize

I have work again tomorrow but I have next weekend off and I’m going home! I’m so excited to see my family and all of my lovely pets! I miss them all so much when I’m at Uni! If I’m organised enough I’ll hopefully try and write another post on my outfit tomorrow because after work I’m going to Banbury to meet one of my best friends for dinner! So excited and I want to look pretty for her! I think that treating yourself to little things like dinner out are important when you’re busy, you always need to remember to take the time to enjoy life!

 

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What I Wore Today – If You Believe You Can

*Disclaimer – As an employee I receive 50% off of all full priced New Look stock, the following items were too cute to not buy, hence breaking my resolution and to purchase for an AMAZING price*

So I was at work the other day feeling a bit rubbish about my chosen outfit of the day. As an employee you’re basically a walking mannequin for the store, so should always be in the stores clothes, and hopefully make them look great! I don’t like to feel like I’m doing a bad job but last weekend I certainly did! As a girl in fashion feeling like you’re badly dressed is soul crushing.

New Look have just brought their new line out for the run up to spring and have some super nice pieces that I just couldn’t resist. I only work a 4 hour contact as my schedule is pretty busy, but I could not stand another weekend of feeling as bad as I did!

The outfit I chose to wear today was to a conference we were having at uni about freelancing and starting your own business. I love talks like that because they make me so excited for the future and things that I could potentially do with my degree. I really think that starting a laid back business from home is something I’d like to do, but it’s everyone’s dream so pretty unlikely! But you know what they say ‘If you believe you can, you’re half way there.’ One of my teachers said this back in the day at school, and it’s always stuck with me! It’s probably one of my favourite motivational quotes.

I wanted to look nice as it was a talk with people from industry and it’s no good turning up looking scruffy! I was really unsure on the boots I wore, they’ve been sat in my wardrobe since I bought them just after Christmas. I’ve been too afraid to wear them as they’re a little bit different from anything else I’ve worn before. I’m so glad I wore them today, they’re so warm and comfortable, and made me feel great!

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Check Shirt – New Look
Check Skirt – New Look
Over the Knee Boots – New Look
Black Tights – John Lewis
Oversized Earrings – Miss Selfridge

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Challenge 2015 – What I Wore Today – Booking a Trip to Paris

I should probably start this post with another apology – because the dress I’m wearing here is new! Well, it came in my ASOS package with my top from my previous post! But that IS it now, I don’t think I have anything else that’s new!

This outfit is actually from yesterday, maybe one of my 2015 challenges should be to post my blogs on the right days! I still have a queue of posts waiting from June!

Yesterday was just a casual day at uni, but we didn’t have to be in until 11am so I had lots of time to do things in the morning, which I really like! We had a portfolio review to decide what work to keep in our portfolios and what work is now out dated and should be gotten rid of! It was one of those days where you spend a lot of time waiting and not a lot of time doing, but I don’t mind because sometimes it’s good to relax!

My day got considerably more exciting at about 7pm because I BOOKED FLIGHTS TO PARIS!

I’ve decided that for my Final Major Project I want to take inspiration from the Palace of Versailles and its baroque architecture. I’m really excited to visit, but also a little bit nervous as it’s so last minute! With everything that’s going on in Paris at the moment I felt a little bit scared to go alone so luckily my mum’s agreed to go with me! It will be nice to have an adult chaperone for once! I’m sure I’d be fine on my own, but it will be really fun for my mum to come along too.

Anyway, this is my outfit from my super exciting day!

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White T-Shirt – H&M
Shell Dress – Asos
Earrings – Topshop
Necklace – Topshop
(Laddered) Tights – John Lewis
White Socks – Topshop
Patent Shoes – Schuh
Ring – Topshop
Fur Scarf – Asos
Red Coat – Zara
Silver Backpack – New Look

 

 

Challenge 2015 – Making 2015 the best 2015

This time last year I set myself a few resolutions for the following 12 months.

I’ve decided I wanted to do it again this year because it gave me something to focus on towards being a better, happier person! I think that this years goals might be a little bit more typical than last years, but here goes!

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Keep in Contact– Last year in Milan was amazing, and I made so many amazing friends! I want to make sure that I keep in contact with all of my friends and family, new and old! I think that keeping in contact is really important especially with the people that you really care about! I want to make sure that everyone knows that I do care about them by regularly calling, texting, or visiting! Sometimes I find it easy to slip off the face of the earth for the while, only speaking to the people immediately around me. I’m really rubbish at replying to texts, sending Birthday cards, and keeping up to date with people who I don’t see everyday, and this is something I want to work on.

Apply for more jobs – This is a serious and scary resolution. In 6 months time I will be finishing uni for good and at the moment I have no job to go into once I finish my degree. It’s really scary to think that I’ll be entering the big bad world really soon, and I need to start regularly applying for all the jobs I’d love to do to make sure I’ve secured myself something once I’m free!

Budget myself – It’s no secret that I LOVE spending money, but being a poor student and loving to splash out don’t bode well. I’m a self confessed shopaholic – I’ve spent over £100 on clothes this week, £45 on makeup and £700 on a new phone. This needs to stop! Admittedly, I don’t go around buying a new phone every week but I do need to cut down on my spending on clothes and makeup. It’s getting serious. I vow to budget myself to a tiny £20 a week which will include all of my groceries, fuel, and social activities, but not include anything towards my course. Studying fashion is not a cheap deal, I spend lots of money on materials, art supplies, printing, etc, so I will just be as careful as I can when spending on my degree! I think that £20 a week is a realistic budget to set myself especially if I stop buying lunch out every day! This year there is NO budget for clothes and makeup (weep).

Work on my brand – This is something that’s long overdue! I want to create my own website to host my portfolio of work. I’ve recently attained a qualification in Adobe Dreamweaver (Website design) so I want to use my skills to completely design this website from scratch! I also want to work on a new brand logo, and create my own business cards. This way I’ll be up to date and ready for whatever the world throws at me once I’ve graduated!

Cut down on Social Media – I live my life on my phone. Yes, I’m one of those sad people who can never put it down. I need to stop! Buying myself a new phone  seems to just be fuel to the fire because its so exciting, but enough is enough! I want to limit myself to only having a set amount of time on Facebook and Instagram each day, it’s just wasting my life! I’m not gaining anything from scrolling though these apps, I’m just being nosey.

Set aside time to read – This follows on nicely from my last resolution. Hopefully, with the time that I wont be posting selfies on Instagram I will be able to educate myself and read. I’ve never been a book person. I find my mind wandering to other things and my eyes just staring at words. I’ve tried audio books too, but I just can’t concentrate. I have monthly subscriptions to both Vogue and Elle magazines so this is where I want to start. Each month I want to READ my magazines cover to cover, not just looking at the nice pictures of things I want to buy (because now I’m on a budget I can’t).

Blog more – I really enjoy updating my blog so a smart thing would be to update it more! I’ve said a couple of times in the past that I want to post my daily outfits so this is a good place to begin! To make it more difficult for myself I really don’t want to be buying anymore new clothes so I’m going to have to think of new ways to wear the clothes I already own (or wear Paiges, too!)

Experiment with illustrations – One of my resolutions from last year was to draw more. I didn’t really work on it then, but I’ve said that I really do want to practice my drawing so I need to stop saying and start doing. I want to carry on drawing in my Moleskine sketchbook, and develop my own style for illustrating my designs.

Pay attention to my nails – I’ve always been a nail biter, but in the summer I stop and paint my nails at least 3 times a week and I love them. As soon as the weather changes my nails become weak and start snapping, and once they’re short I just can’t grow them. This year I want my nails to look nice all year. The only downside to this resolution is how long nail varnishes take to dry, but I think it’s important among my busy schedule I take some time out for myself, to pamper and feel good! I got lots and lots of nail varnishes for Christmas and have a new favourite brand, Ciaté. I’ve used a couple of their varnishes over the last week and I love how quickly they dry compared to others that I use!

Cook more – I like to consider myself quite the chef and I love experimenting with cooking meals for myself and others. I sometimes find it hard to find the time to cook so I’ll end up shoving chips and chicken nuggets in the oven, this is something I want to stop! Cooking my own meals is not only healthier but also cheaper, so it’s an all round winner! I think it would also be fun to learn some new recipes and try some new foods within this little resolution!

Hopefully this year I can stop wasting time and money on things that don’t matter and start focusing on the things that really do.