Monthly Round-up| Dark Florals

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Do you remember earlier this month when I posted thrifted finds? I showed you five dresses that I had found in Charity shops or from the back of mum’s wardrobe. In that post I promised to do a personal style post and here it is. This photo was taken just before my boyfriend took me out for a date at the Picture House in Canterbury. Which is this really good posh burger restaurant, I definitely recommend it. Each burger has a film inspired name which just adds to the charm, I had the ‘godfather’ which as you can image was meaty. If your a fan of man vs food then this place has the dish for you, its called the Terminator which is a meat feast with all the sides, it cost £20 but in true man vs food style if you eat it all you get it free.

The Godfather Burger from the Picture House

Its been a month since I first got back in to blogging and posted that article on Stella McCartney (read it here) which I am very pleased to say got featured in a IFB project round up. I submitted this post think I may as well give it a go and the next thing I knew I had been selected with made the perfect kick start. So much time and effort went into that post, I spend a lot of time reading through books (yes actual books) and various interviews to write a post that was informed and interesting. I don’t know about you but I get bored of simple seeing catwalk photo’s and sometimes I want to know a bit more about the designer them self, so I can understand what motivates and moves them to create the garments that I love.

I am a big believe that if you can do something yourself (and you’ve got the time), why not? This ethos inspired me to write this easy and simple DIY post (read it here) which gives you easy step by step inductions to create your own Dip-Dye shirt. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the results and what’s more its a really easy look to achieve.

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Since then I have also done my first beauty post with product reviews.  This couldn’t have been a more fun post to write as it challenged me to photograph my products in a way that was playful and had a bit more to the images than a white background. Part of what draws me to blogging is the creativity and the challenge to create posts that are more dynamic and useful than the last. One of the challenge has been creating beautiful imagery as I do like to delve in to photography, I am so proud of my most recent post ‘So much more than a man bag: Marvellous men’s accessories from Scandinavia‘ as I really took it upon my self to create an image that could hold it’s own. I would love to know what you think.

I didn’t forget to share my quirky side with you. Just take a look at ROAR-some Pre-Historic Jewellery and Jane Bowler an innovative fashion designer for a taste. 

I have some amazing posts in the pipeline including a series on Margate, so don’t forget to follow if you haven’t already.

Gem X

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Monthly Round-up| Dark Florals

Get a taste of St Tropez with statement Jewellery from Kat&Bee

Philomene beaded necklace . £320.00 Kat&Bee Jewellery

Kat&Bee Jewellery was founded by Kat Barry back in August 2010 out of her inherent passion for style and creativity. She works from her design studio’s in East London to create jewellery that is a perfect mix of contemporary energy and chaotic style. What I love about her work is the youthful energy which could work across all ages. There is something very sophisticated about her work but she doesn’t let that  deter from her creativity which results in jewellery that is very desirable.

There latest collection takes inspiration from the South of France, it capture the spirit of a place that can only be described as glamorous, laid back with a dashes of sophistication by the beach also known as “St Tropez”. I have never been to this sparkling gem of a place myself but I have heard enough about St Tropez to know that this collection capture the spirit of such a place. This collection indulges into a lifestyle which is set aside for the rich and wealth, and I can’t help but be a victim of the allure. This is one collection that I will be lusting over as unfortunately I don’t have the budget yet but its still more attainable than a weekend in St Tropez. If there is one piece of Jewellery I want from the collection most its this Philomene beaded necklace as  I love the way the sunset beads contrast with the Turquoise and off-set by the beaded chain.

 

 

Kat&Bee Jewellery, statement necklace, summer jewellery
Oceane Beaded Necklace . £280.00 . Kat&Bee Jewellery
statement jewellery
Florence Chain Bracelet . £165.00 . Kat&Bee Jewellery
Genevieve Beaded Bracelet . £210.00 . Kat&Bee Jewellery

Take a look at there St Tropez Collection here

I would love to know what you think about the St Tropez collection from Kat&Bee, let me know in the comment.

 

 

Get a taste of St Tropez with statement Jewellery from Kat&Bee

Thrifted Finds – 4 summer dresses that autumn will love.

Four dresses outfits

 

 

Everyone who know me will know that I love a bargain and what better place to find a bargain than in the back of your mum’s wardrobe and charity shops. Its the thrill of the find that makes charity shops so appealing; you can thrift through a lot of charity shops and not find anything but every once in a while you find that gem. One thing I love about fashion is every garment has a story and that’s why I love vintage and charity shop finds as they are memorable. I am going to have to do some personal style shots as I don’t think these images really show of the garments to its best.

Top Left:

Polka dot dress – Found in the back of mum’s wardrobe

I have so many fond memories of this dress. My mum used to wear this when I was a child and it just so happened she usually wore it when when we went to the Zoo hence its nickname – the zoo dress. I adore this dress as its tight fitting around the bust (without being too tight) and the waist then it flares over the hips. I feel really feminine in this dress but  also like how you can rock it up with a leather jacket and some black tights during the autumn.

Top Right:

Dark Floral Motel dress – Found in a local Barnardo’s Charity shop

I couldn’t believe it when I stumbled across this dress for only £3 its one of the most flattering dresses I have ever wore. Its a shame it doesn’t photograph well here but it really nips you in at the waist and skims over the hips. I really like this cut as it flatters you no matter what your shape is. This dress is my new favourite and was perfect to wear at a recent barbecue I went to with a denim jacket thrown over the top.

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Patchwork print Henry Holland (for debenhams) dress – Found in a local British Heart Foundation

This 50’s style dress with an under layer is perfect for the day and it cost me £8 which is a little more than I usually like to pay but I fell in love with it in the changing rooms. I brought this dress for a London weekend and it was perfect for going in and out of museums and galleries in as its very smart casual without trying to hard.

Bottom Right:

Navy and White body-con dress – Found in the back of mum’s wardrobe

This has to be one of my most versatile dresses, I can wear it as a dress or I can tuck it into high waisted jeans. This dress has seen many nights out as it saves any “I don’t have anything to wear” moments. The cut is very flattering as unlike some body-cons its cut with a curve so its fits around the body with ease.

 

Thrifted Finds – 4 summer dresses that autumn will love.

Sorry its been awhile…

I’ll skip the usual long winded apology for not blogging in a while and skip to what I have been doing while I’ve been away and how I feel I can make this blog more relevant for today. 

I was in Tesco today and the woman in front of me was at the magazine aisle saying there were no magazine for the modern woman. I’m not sure what this mend to her but to me I understood it as there are no fashion magazine that cater for growing concerns of the modern consumer (is it even appropriate to call our self a consumer). I realised that fashion magazines seem to avoid the eco questions and if they do write about it they seem to trivialize the issues. As a ‘consumer’ my self I look for cloths that both fit my needs and my concious. Fashion designer aren’t going to start catering for these desires other night but one way which us the consumer can do is only buy garments that we love. As Vivienne Westwood said “Buy less, choose well”. What she was saying here is that the key to sustainable fashion is choosing well, choosing garments and accessories which you are going to treasure. In the future I plan to blog about designs which have a sustainable ethos but also designer which I feel can hold a treasured place in your wardrobe. As a student my budget isn’t exactly high, so on the most part I will be sharing vintage, charity shop and high street where I feel choices have been made with longevity in mind. As a fashion student eco fashion has been becoming ever more important in my practise. I wish to learn and seek more information on the subject and as I do I will be sharing it with you as I feel like knowledge however small or insignification it may be should be shared.

I am interested in the concept of local fashion and what this means from a sustainable point of view. Local fashion not only means you are supporting local talent but you are also supporting the local economy. Local fashion is more sustainable as you know that people aren’t being exploited in the process of getting the product made. Local fashion is a small step towards a more sustainable future that is still fashion forward.

As a fashion student I know all to well the importance of trends and I feel it is important to show you the trends but to make it workable in a more sustainable way; whether through DIY, thrifting or local fashion.

I think its fair to say that I am passionate about fashion and making fashion sustainable. But another of my passions is travel. I feel that travel and fashion fits together well in a blog as they are both lifestyle choices. This will also give me the opportunity to blog about local fashion based on what I have learnt from my travels.

Since I’ve been away I’ve been to both Brighton and Calais, so await the blog post to follow.

Finally….

I just wanted to share with you this cute hair pin that I brought at Clutter City Spring Market at the Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich (http://cluttercity.co.uk/). It is by the talented jewellery designer Layla Amber (check out her website: http://www.layla-amber.co.uk/). After studying  Graphic design at Norwich University College of the Arts (now NUA) she started to experiment with her illustration by turning them into jewellery and soon after Layla Amber Jewellery was born. Her jewellery is somehow effortlessly simple and marvellously detailed. I  couldn’t not support this British designer with her beautiful designs. Its important that we support the growing talent in Britain not only does it hold up the british flag and support our economy but it also means you get something more unique and individual. This cute wooden and metal hair pin only cost me £3 so not only is it stylish, it doesn’t break the bank. It fits in perfectly with this seasons floral trends but its also a classic piece that can work time other again.

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Sorry its been awhile…

Margate Journal

 

 

 

 

Margate was the next stop. Having been inspired by the weather to trade in my Doc Martens for some more suitable shoes for the weather, I opted for these modern Suede green and wooden wedge. I could have walked in these shoes all day. The Denim summer dress is a favourite of mine which I have had since I was 17.
Dress is from Topshop and I brought it for £15 in the sale. The shoes are also from Topshop and they were £45. The sunglasses were £1 of the market. And the handbag is my trusted Vintage one.

I didn’t quite realise how white I was. I wear factor 50+ which although is a little oily it protects my skin nicely. I like to keep white as I can or wear fake tan as a tan may look nice now but it ages your skin considerably.

I don’t know if any of you heard but a Tracey Emin exhibition called “She lay down deep beneath the Sea” is currently showing at the Turner Contemporary. Which is her first major solo exhibition at  Turner Contemporary in Margate. I had read the reviews before I went and was quite excited but it has to be said I found it a tad disappointing. And in need of some life drawing lessons about how to get the shape of the head correct. Lets just say that next time my life drawing teacher makes a sarcastic remark about the heads in my drawings, I’ll just point out Emins drawings. Or may not.

However it was worth seeing the neon lights

Although her skill may lack there is no missing the intended beings of this exhibition. Its almost like looking into her personal journals and scribbles. So if your wanting a master piece look no further than the entrance hall (where you will see Rodin’s the Kiss) but if you want to see a person’s most honest thoughts look no further.

To read more on her exhibition at Margate: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/may/26/tracey-emin-margate-exhibition-turner

As I mentioned a second ago Rodin’s The Kiss was on display. This is an act work that I have written essays about and finally I got to see it in the flesh at 360 degrees.

 

Another Exhibition on show was that of Mark Wallinger called Sinema Amnesia. Which is basic term was a metal container with a projection in real time of the beach. In artistic terms it was a black void where you could tell what was real and what wasn’t. It was hard to believe that you were seeing the now as you forgot that it was light outside. And became incapsuled in the dark.

 

The Streets of Margate.

 

I decided to go into the vintage shopping area of Margate and rather than look at the array of clothes I got distracted by this graffiti fox.

 

And pig. They added character and playful (I like that word) charm. 

 

To be honest all the window displays were distracting me. This dart display is colour but not deadly (there were no points on the darts.)

 

In my wanderings I came across this very much loved Tree.

 

They made this building almost look like a newspaper. I always find these old advertisements charming. So if you work at an advertising firm, I recommend painting your adverts on the wall.

 

This image was taken in the plastic bulb outside Rough Trader.

 

Margate was all you would expect of a seaside town. There was seafood, fairgrounds, arcades, sand and sea, although there were no donkeys. It was half run down but on the other hand in was growing. The vintage shops were in there handfuls and the artistic touches didn’t go a miss. I would definitely go back for a day trip.

I took these photo’s my self.

 

 

 

Margate Journal