Challenge 2015 – What feels like the end is often the beginning

It’s been a really long time since I last posted – and a lot has happened!

I’ve finished my stint in education! You’re now reading the blog of Abagail Emily Vincent owner of a 2:1 Fashion with International Experience Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree.

Well that’s a slight lie because I don’t actually receive my degree until 16 November when I graduate, but still, I think it’s a pretty big achievement and I’m nothing less than over the moon. There were times throughout my four years at University that I really felt like giving up, sometimes it was really hard. Fashion is a very competitive business and even being a student you can really feel pressure from industry and making sure what you are is what they want. Fashion is opinion based and sometimes people just won’t understand your stories, inspirations and way of working; you really have to push to make it all crystal clear for people to read and digest. That aside it was also the best four years of my life. I’ve learnt so many new skills, met friends for life a long the way, and created some memories that will last forever.

I thought now would be an apt time to share some photos of what I’ve managed to achieve since the beginning of 2015. I will post more photos in due course but these images are just a few of my first photo shoot from my Graduate Collection. I’m a little late to the party with these as this shoot is from back in May, but I just got round to quickly editing some photos on my iPad.

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These photos were taken by the gorgeous Meg Quick, my beautiful models were Lily Sadin and Aurelia Czech, and hair and makeup by  the super talented Navdeep Mahk (Magnifique Stylist).
Since finishing I’d be lying if I said everything has fallen into place. I’m still looking for a job, but that’s ok. I figure that most people who get a job straight out of uni are either 1. insanely lucky or 2. insanely talented and since I’m neither of the above I will have to settle for evenings in front of my laptop searching Drapersjobs.com for new opportunities.  Never the less I am lucky enough to have a part time job at home to soften the blow of being in tens of thousands Pounds worth of debt and keep me busy at the same time. Essentially – I’ve finished my degree but really its just the beginning of the journey.

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What I Wore Today – Drip Drip Drop Little April Showers

Each year that I see seems to go faster and faster and I find it really hard to believe that it’s actually the 14th April already.  Although I obviously have lots to do I’m not too sad that it’s April because the days are getting longer now and it’s so much warmer! We’ve barely even had any April showers and I’ve already managed to spend a few days in the garden taking in the sunshine and reading a book.

I went home for a lovely relaxing week just before Easter and had an amazing time seeing all of my beautiful friends and family, drinking a little bit more than I should and just generally having a bit of fun which is exactly what I need right now with all of the stress I’ve been harbouring.

Me and Paige took these photos just before I left for my journey home and even though it wasn’t actually raining I love this coat and now that it’s getting warmer its perfect! I picked it up when I was in Paris buying my fabrics as a little treat to myself and it’s just getting warm enough to wear.

I was too excited to get home that I forgot to get my photos from Paige’s camera, so better late than never! These photos are actually from just before the Easter holidays!

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White T-shirt – H&M
Denim Pinafore – Paige’s Wardrobe
Tights – Primark
Oversized Cardigan – Mango
Pink Raincoat – Zara
Earrings – Miss Selfridge
Watch – Swatch

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What I Wore Today – Sunday Funday

Sometimes working all day everyday can get a bit too much, sometimes it doesn’t feel too bad at all. Today was one of those surprising days when I woke up feeling great, not tired, and ready to go!

Almost every week I dread going into work but today just didn’t feel quite as bad especially knowing that once I’d finished I was driving to Banbury to meet Poppy for dinner!

I was a little skeptical this morning when I was getting dressed that I wasn’t wearing tights. I think in pretty much all of my outfit posts so far I’m wearing tights. This is because England is cold, and miserable, and wet. I recently got this skirt on sale from Miss Selfridge, it was an absolute bargain but I thought it was just too pretty to ruin with black tights underneath.

Of course, when I’m working at New Look I have to wear at least one thing that’s from the store so today I opted for my white embellished blouse. I actually got this one before Christmas but I really love it, especially the sleeve detail. Sometimes I find it a little hard to pair it nicely with things but my new skirt was the perfect opportunity!

Working in a clothes shop is sometimes hell purely for the fact that you see so many nice clothes every single minute of the day but you can’t afford to buy them all! I think I must probably spend everything that I earn there buying more clothes that I’ve seen on my shifts. I really need to walk around blind folded to stop myself!

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White Embellished Blouse – New Look
Silver Skirt – Miss Selfridge
Pink Shoes – Topshop
Watch – Swatch
Earrings – Primark

Aside from everything else today is also exciting because I just got Bloglovin! You can follow me by clicking here!

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!