Sunday, 20 November 2011

Recent Purchases

I have been pretty frugal with my 'clothes money' since coming back to Uni and realising that my loan doesnt stretch as far as it did last year, now that I have a house and have to pay bills and spend my money on serious things rather than fun things! However, I have managed to find some bargains and treated myself to a few items:

Crop Top- Forever 21- About £15
I bought this top in London this week and although the photo doesn't really do it justice, it is a beautiful top and all lacy on the back

Sparkly Blazer- River Island- £15
I snapped this blazer up in the sale a while ago. It looks kind of trashy in the photo but it is so nice and goes with so much more than expected

Cardigan- Forever 21- £20
This is another one I bought in London. I love the Aztec print at the moment and this cardi is so soft and flattering

Hat- Primark- £6
I deliberated over buying this for so long because I always buy hats but never wear them. I am so glad I did buy it though because it dresses up any outfit and looks so glamorous 

T-shirt- Primark- £3
This top is from the mens section. I just cut the sleeves off and made it in to a baggy t-shirt-dress
Hope you are all having a lovely weekend! xx

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Dazed and Confused Exhibition and a Little Bit of London

Whilst in London I headed to the Dazed and Confused exhibition at Somerset House. Although it was only small, the photography used in the magazine over the years is spectacular. Here are a few photos I sneakily managed to take:

Here are a few more photos from my London trip
Postmodernism exhibition at the V&A
The view from the penthouse apartment we stayed at for the night
Classic phone box photo
Grazia shopping event- Carnaby Street
M&M Store
Kingly Court
Christmas Tree in Covent Garden 
China Town 

Friday, 18 November 2011

London Windows

This week I spent a couple of days in London on a trip wholly for 'research' purposes. I had a fabulous time with my two friends galavanting around all the hot spots and it almost felt like a little holiday! As my current project is on men's grooming, we spent a lot of time wandering round the male beauty departments, as well as going to a couple of exhibitions, namely the V & A 'Postmodernism' Exhibition and The Dazed and Confused Exhibition at Somerset House, which I loved. Another of my main aims out of the 2 days was to explore the window displays (some of you may have read my previous post about surreal windows) as I need to write an illustrated essay on the topic. I found some gorgeous displays and also discovered the key trends for visual merchandising this winter. They are as follows:

1) Outside Inside- There were loads of windows rocking this trend. Key components included twigs, trees, leaves and woodland creatures inside the windows, and in a lot of visual merchandising in store. 

2) Birds- birds of all different shapes and sizes were everywhere, however I particularly noticed a lot of peacocks, and peacock feathers and prints. Others included owls, swans and doves. 

3) Lampshades and chandeliers used as 'heads' - The previous trend for Spring with heads of flowers has been changed for the colder months into lampshades. However, stupidly enough I didn't get any photos of this!! 

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Surreal Windows

I am currently writing an illustrated essay on a topic of my choice. I have decided to base it on surrealism and fairy-tale and how these themes are used in fashion, and in particularly window displays and fashion photography. I have just been doing some research and I wanted to share with you some images I have found. This is why I LOVE fashion and how ordinary things can be turned into these amazing spectacles and works of art.