Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Humourous sign

Just came out of the gym...walking to the car...saw a sign in one of the doctor's surgery windows that read;


Monday, 3 May 2010

It's been a while

Sorry I have been a bit neglectful of this dear blog but I have been rushing to get all work finished. I am happy now to say that I have finished my second year now and hopefully if I have not let myself down, I will be starting my third and final year back at uni in September - ahhh!

We ended the year just like last year with a Journalism Party, where a couple of our lecturers who have their own  band; the Hudson-Temple experience (I think that's what it's called) play at a dirty club and all journalist students get together and get merry. We already have one guy in the band who plays drums from our course, and this year a girl had a part as guest vocalist...starting to think that by next year the whole lot of us will have a role in the band. It was a good night (as you can see by the photo of myself on the right and my dear friend megan), more so because I was able to remember the night because I avoided the dodgy vodka at the bar and stuck to trusty cider and black, which I am taking quite a liking to lately.

The following evening was spent at the pub with friends, one of whom has just arrived back from Afghanistan and it was nice to see that he hasn't lost his 'banter' skills. The next day I had a date with my favourite UK city, Manchester. Myself and four friends went to see Dance Gavin Dance (pictured) and In Fear and Faith which was a goody. The highlight of the gig was probably the cover of ‘Gangster’s Paradise’ which In fear and Faith came out with at the end of their set. It was awesome - made me almost buy a T-shirt, almost. What was more funny, were the accomodation arrangements;  myself and the bessie got ourselves a premier inn, the rest found themselves staying in a Muslim hotel with no TV and no alcohol - bad times.

The idiocy that went on after the gig, hitting bars and clubs on-route to Rock Kitchen, involved ripping tights, un-doing zips, spilling drinks, noticing that manchester is shaped like a horse's head, huge lamp shades and generally ruining peoples nights with our drunken slurs of uninvited conversation. At Rock Kitchen the lariness reached a new level and I can only say that the pictures I found on my camera the next morning, were quite upsetting -  it's amazing what one can do with parts of their anatomy. Crazy kids.

So now it’s bank holiday Monday and after sleeping for twenty hours or so yesterday, I am now bored and deciding what needs to be done this summer. The list so far involves, sorting out work experience places (preferably in Manchester), booking a hotel for another gig in Manchester at the end of this month, looking for jobs and trying to find some cities I can take myself to.
I really wanna travel this year, and with my best mate leaving for 7 weeks to be an oper (something I can’t spell), I need to do something to pass the time. First trip will be to Paris, then maybe Barcelona – I Love it! Then maybe Madrid, I plan to go visit my friend while she's opering in Italy so that’s an excuse to go to Milan right?

Hopefully this will go to plan and I’ll get to see some places which would make this blog pretty good - talk about the different cultures, how the fashion’s change, fun times, the bad times etc.

So -  stay tuned, gonna have to have a wee nosy at flights and accomodation, that's always a good place to start.And, for those of you who don't know Dance Gavin Dance - here's a video

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Clog On!

Yes, it seems the clog has made it's way into the top summer shoe trend's for 2010, and as reluctant as I am to say this - I kinda want a pair. Now the clogs I'm talking about are the high heeled, chunky sandals - not the  i-live-in-a-windmill-in-Holland style clogs.

Chanel and Miu Miu were rocking their clogs down the runways and it wasn;t long before they were selling like hot cakes! Fashion bloggers and celebrities were rocking the clogs and it seems we're dying to hop on the bandwagon too. They are a fresh take on a familiar style of summer sandal -  think back to last year when Pierre Hardy joined GAP to design their summer sandals that proved to be a huge sell out hit; appearing in practically every fashion magazine of the year!
Photo credits: Above: Flikr, Right: fashion tribes

The slip-on clog design has influenced a lot of the designs this summer eith many re-designing and experimenting with the slip-on design. Now a Slip-on heel, to me, doesn't sound that appealing - but I think it could work well for a daytime look- which is why they're so wearable. They are simplistic but unusual in their design but still allow you to mix and match all kinds of outfits and they'd bring it up to trend instantly.

Now I wish I could afford a £300 pair of Miu Miu clogs I really do, but alas I cannot. Instead I have waited to see what high street designers can do -  and decide whether or not it is possible to own a pair of clogs worthy of a "are they designer" comment.

So here goes, I have sat in front of my computer searching away, to find the best designer style steals out there, under £100.

1. £90.78 @ ">Free People 2. £97.36 @ ">Free People 3. £97.36 @ ">Free People 4. £65 @ Topshop 5. £45 @ Miss Selfridge 6. £40 @ Barratts7. £35 @ Barratts

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Plaits, braids, knots and twists.

If like playing with your hair and you like trying out different things.Well I've decided that after looking and over the amazing plait trends of last years catwalks, I have decided to make a little collage for anyone who wants to have a try.

Photo credits: Elle, and Hairdresser journal interactive

To help you on your way ...

here's how to fish plait courtesy of Youtube

Monday, 19 April 2010

DIY T-Shirt Dress

A while ago I bought a really big T-shirt off eBay (see previous post), and I wanted to make it into a dress.
Some large T-shirts don't need to be taken in at the sides if they are long enough, but this was like a tent!

So here's how I did it.
First, turn T-shirt inside out and decide roughly how much it needs to be taken in. Make mental note or make a mark with eye-liner and begin pinning down the sides. Pin both sides, and remember to leave about half a cm from the pin.
Sew from where the sleeve startsand sew down. After you've sewn each side try the top on to make sure the size is right.
Once the size is right, you need to see how much you are going to have to take in the sleeves. I liked the longer length of the sleeves on mine, so I decided to go for a bat-wing style. I marked out a diagonal line with pins so that the sleeves were tightest at the end. It's pretty easy to adjust the sleeves and there are plenty of good videos out there depending on what style you want.

Here's a slideshow and finished product...

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Tattoo Tights

When Chanel's models walked down the catwalk showcasing Karl Largerfield's Spring/Summer collection it was a fresh surprise to see the use of temporary tattoos.              

Photo credit: Style.com

The temporary tattoo's were available to buy but have since sold out (unless you venture to eBay) and would have set you back £100+. 

That's a lot more than the 20p temporary tat's I used to buy as a kid from the supermarket! Well, if you don't have the money to spend on temporary tattoos - don't reach for a biro pen - try out some tattoo tights before attempting to DIY!

Photo credit: www.grifebolsas.com

 There are many different designs and colours out there. I've picked out a few of what I think are the hottest pairs to wear right now!

1. Jonathan Aston @ John Lewis, £12                       

2. itsocks.co.uk, £9.60

3. Bebaroque tights @ Lilywigglesworth, £25.20

 4. Jonathan Aston @ MyTights, £12

5. Sherry Ann @ itsocks.co.uk, £6.99

The selection at itsocks is where i'll be going to pick out my pair - there's so much choice!
Hope this has helped anyone who has been looking for a pair!

Sunday, 11 April 2010

A few floral summer dresses under £30

Maybe it is the burst of sunshine that we have been having lately or maybe it was the fact that student loan payments have gone through... but today I felt the need to purchase a beautiful floral dress. Now I am not a very flowery person - I have one flowery top that I bought about a month ago and I worn in only once. I just cannot seem to make it work. However, when the sun is shining I have to admit I am a bit of a sucker for a floral dress, but since I only have one flowery dress already - these days are quite rare.

Here it is,,, £10 @ New Look

Because it's been so summery lately, and because of my bargain find, I thoughti'd scour the net a little to find my favorite floral dresses under £30. So here goes....

1. Boohoo.com, £20

2. Dorothy Perkins, £25

3. Asos, £16