Research – Trip to Versailles

This year is a big one for me as it’s the year I create my first full collection. With the help of my tutor at Coventry University I decided I wanted my inspiration to come from a very decorative source, being Versailles.

As I was basing what is essentially a visual dissertation on a certain location, of course it’s only sensible to take a trip to visit that place! Last week that’s exactly what I did!

On Tuesday 20th January I jetted off to Paris to get some essential research from what is most probably the most spectacular palace in the world. Luckily my Mum offered to come with me, as I didn’t want to go alone! Firstly, booking the trip itself wasn’t easy! This was the first time I’d fully booked something on my own, had to figure out how I’d get to the airport, the best times to fly, booking a hotel, and how to get to the hotel. Obviously I’ve booked things before, but this time it was all down to me, and it did feel like a lot of pressure!

By the time we’d finally got to our hotel in Paris on Tuesday we both needed a little sit down to recuperate from our journey! It was quite late in the afternoon so that evening we just got dinner from a restaurant close to the hotel and then caught a bus to the Eiffel Tower. (Because you can’t go to Paris and not take a trip to the top!)

On Wednesday we caught the Train to Versailles. It was pretty much love at first sight. I’d never been before so only had pictures as a reference for what to expect, but the pictures really don’t live up to how spectacular it is! It was free for me to get in as I’m a student under 26 and a European Citizen which is literally amazing as to how much you get to see inside. I think I walked around the whole place with a massive grin on my face because it is exactly what I wanted for my project. It’s so over the top, so highly decorated, the attention to detail is insane! There’s so much I can take from my little trip there and excited to start experimenting more with the colours, decoration, and shapes I found! (Watch this space for sneak peeks of my work!)

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While I was in Paris I also got the chance to see Museé d’Orsay, and the Louvre. There was a section in the Louvre about Versailles which was great as there was a tonne more that I can use for inspiration! There was even more little details like cutlery, crockery, pocket watches, clocks, etc.

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Abagailemily Louvre

After a hard day of even more research my mum treated us to afternoon tea at Ladurée. I had a pot of vanilla tea (best tea I’ve ever tasted) and a giant macaron with fresh raspberries and lychee cream filling. It was definitely an experience I’ll treasure as it was so nice to have time with just my mum to do something girly! The restaurant had lots to choose from and was so pretty inside, it’s something I’d recommend to anyone  looking for something a little different to do in Paris. Although it is a little bit pricey I’d 100% go again as it just makes you feel so fabulous!

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I had an amazing few days in Paris and I’m looking forward to going again next week to buy the fabrics for my collection! Exciting/ scary times!

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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

 

 

A Sweet Affair

At the weekend Jenny, Paige and I decided to explore a little bit more of Coventry and visit FarGo Village which is just off of Far Gosford Street in Coventry.

It was a little bit of a surprise to see such an inspiring and creative space in dull old Coventry. I’d heard of it before, obviously as I’ve been connected with Coventry for the last few years of being at University here, but I wasn’t expecting such a contrast in what it’s like. The only way I can describe it would be like a luxury creative space with unique and contemporary outlets.

On the FarGo Village website (Click here) they say they’re ‘bringing a piece of the Camden and Brick Lane independent shopping vibe to Coventry’ which I think is exactly how it feels. It’s really nice to see someone trying to bring something new to Coventry and hopefully get rid of its reputation for being so dull and boring!

FarGo Village has spaces for niche and unique retailers, artists studios, crafts, cafés, markets and areas for entertainment. Businesses are able to set up here because the rent is so cheap, which is so amazing because they’ve made the site so creative and interesting as well.

When we visited we had a little look around, and Jenny also wanted to take a few photos of us as a little practice as shes studying photography!

You can see her blog here! 

This was literally the perfect backdrop for a couple of photos, although I’m far from the perfect model it was really fun to mess around and take a couple of snaps that I could possibly put on here to show my outfit!

I literally just threw this outfit together as it was a Saturday, and I didn’t have anywhere else to go, I just wanted to feel comfortable and warm!

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Coat – Primark (Paige’s Wardrobe)
Top – Brandy Melville
Skirt – Topshop
Bag – Cambridge Satchel Company

I’ve wanted to try and push myself to put better outfits together for a while now, and I see no better way than forcing myself to do so by posting them on the internet.

Working in the fashion industry I feel like there’s no time to be lazy when getting dressed in the morning, and each outfit really needs to represent myself and my own style, rather than what everyone else is either wearing, or telling me to wear!

The Calm Before the Storm

About a month ago now I started my final year of University. So far, it’s not been easy.
I have a lot of work to be getting on with and deadlines always seem to creep up a lot quicker than they should!

I’ve been going through a phase of living my life by quotes at the moment (I have my bff Paige to thank for that) and I found this one the other day that I really think is relevant to my life at present.

Like lots of the other quotes I’ve been obsessed with at the moment, I found this on Pinterest! 

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It’s true because sometimes I think I get so wrapped up with how swamped I’m feeling and I forget to realise how GOOD I actually am! I need to remember that I’m only where I am today because of all the stress I’ve ever had and how much hard work I’ve put in.

I’ve got so far over the last few years, and I don’t think I could have got that far without feeling a little stressed at times! This is the last hurdle now, I have the support of my amazing family and friends and I know I can do it. It’s just going to take a little more hard work and determination.

I have so many good things going for me at the moment and I am truly blessed.