Monday, 1 September 2014

1st September; Wearing what I want

Jumper- Handmade via Depop
Skirt- Pretty Little Thing
Crop top- Topshop
Socks- Primark
Boots- Garage

Right. So I don't usually rant about stuff on here but I really feel the need to get it off my chest so here goes haha. I know this is a pretty bold outfit, and obviously not to everyone's taste; but I like it. Me. And whats really annoying is when I'm out and about and people look at me like I'm walking around in a hot dog suit or something.  I don't know if its just because of where I live- Nottingham- and people don't "get" fashion etc, but it just really pisses me off that total strangers think its appropriate to stare at me with snobby faces. And to be honest its all basic bitches that are about 16 and wearing jeans and a Jack Wills hoody (sorry to stereotype but it really was) in little groups. It's ridiculous that a bunch of silly little girls can make me feel bad about myself but there you go. So I honestly applaud all those people out there having the confidence to wear whatever they want and not give a shit what people think, I think that's amazing. I really struggle with my self confidence and I won't go in to details, but I do find it distressing that people think its okay to stare at you and criticize what you're wearing to the point of making you feel bad. Fair enough I'm not saying like what I'm wearing, I'm just saying don't stare at me and give me a dirty look to look big in front of your friends. Be rude to me, and I'll be rude to you. Which is what I did, I just laughed at the people staring at me in a "I pity your basic-ness so much" way, which got them to stop staring and look embarrassed. I study fashion; I'm going to push boundaries. But now I feel I shouldn't be so bold with what I wear, because people look at me like I'm some sort of alien. 

However, we can't let people like that bring us down I guess. I figure, wear what makes YOU happy. Wear bright colours on a snowy day, or all black on the hottest day of the year; if that's what you want to wear, DO IT. But I have to say, I no longer plan to wearing my crazy clothing in Notts as I'm not looking to be the fashion freak. Newcastle however? There I feel I can wear anything, and that's why I love it. 

Anyway, sorry to ramble on, if anyone's actually read this I hope it didn't sound too angry or bitchy! We all need a ramble sometimes I guess! Also if anyone's ever experienced the same sort of thing, hope this inspires you to carry on being yourself and wearing what you that sounded cheesy as so I'll leave it here. 

Love Elizabeth    

Friday, 29 August 2014

29th August; Cow

Dress- Love at Topshop
Bag- I made
Boots- Garage
Scrunchie- Urban Outfitters 

Another furry creation making an appearance on the blog...I really need to stop making furry bags. I have 7 now. Yep, SEVEN. But I am quite proud of this one- calling it the "cow bag" hahaha- I made it in a heart shape but you can't see it that well. I made it out of furry scraps I got at the market for £1, and used the chain off an old evening bag and it was quite successful! The thing is, I never seem to find cute furry bags like this in shops so I figure why not make what I want for a fraction of the price. This dress was a sale bargain for £4.50, it was one of those things where I couldn't decide whether to buy it- I've never been a polka dot fan- but after trying it on I fell in love. I realise its almost a little prom-like, but I wore this as a day dress? But I guess it could be worn for going out as a smart-casual look. To be honest I was just looking for an excuse to wear it and going for posh cream tea with the family seemed like a good opportunity haha. 

I'm spending the day chilling and watching Netflix because I don't feel that great, plus this weather is grim as so it makes me not want to leave the house. I need to start getting organised to move back to uni, so far all I've done is throw all my art supplies in a box. How am I going to transport all my clothes?! On the way home last year I almost got decapitated by a laundry rack...somehow I managed to accumulate twice as much stuff as when I started? Ahh. 

Love Elizabeth xx

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

27th August; Animal

Dress- H&M
Top- Vintage
Bag- Charity Shop
Boots- Garage
Necklace- Topshop

So for so long I've never been a fan of anything leopard print, mostly because I always instantly think of 90's hooker in fake Jimmy Choos, i.e. tacky. Or Janice from Friends- the embodiment of leopard print clothing. However I found this slouchy jumper in a vintage shop for £7 and decided since Autumn is approaching, it might make a sweet addition to my wardrobe; I was right. It's got a slight mesh texture to it and I thought it would look good layered over my trusty black midi (an £8 bargain from H&M). It's got a cute polo-neckline as well which I love. Sometimes you just gotta go on a whim and try something different I guess! I put my hair in space buns again because I felt like changing my usual hair style, plus when I blow dry my hair it goes all straight and makes me look like a coconut. Wah. 

I've noticed my style is either very 90's grunge or crazily colourful? There seems to be no inbetween haha. I'm trying to make the most of being at home and blogging, before heading back to Newcastle for uni in a couple of weeks, so I'll be trying to post as much as possible. But this weather is not helping, today is the first day it's not been overcast and raining in like, a week...Why can't summer last longer? I do not want to start wearing tights! 

I have to say, I am excited to get back to uni though. It's nice being home but I'm ready to get my independence back and see my friends! I'm very much dreading packing all my stuff up though...especially as I seem to have bought practically an entire wardrobe's worth of clothes since coming home for summer. Any volunteers? 

Love Elizabeth xx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

24th August; Rugrat

Playsuit- New Look
T-shirt- Urban Outfitters
Earrings- Claire's Accessories 
Boots- Garage 

I literally feel like a children's TV presenter from the 90s. Or like I'm one of the Rugrats, i.e. colour overload! However I think this combo works, and you can probably tell I'm clinging on the the last glimpse of summer before I have to swap spaghetti straps for woolly jumpers...Although I am looking forward to getting back to my winter coat, I have to admit. I wore this playsuit for a night out last week but also wanted to try and style it for during the day, and layering it with this slouchy Tee seemed like the perfect option, and I added my mahooosive hoops to complete the look.

As much as I love this playsuit- which I do, I fell in love with the print straight away- I have to admit I'm quite disappointed about the quality. I usually don't shop at New Look to be honest, just because their range really isn't my style and I prefer something a bit bolder and unusual, but I really loved this playsuit and thought for £18 it was an absolute bargain. I did notice in store that quite a few of these playsuits were damaged and had rips in the seams, but I looked through and chose one that was in good condition. But as soon as I wore it, low and behold there was a hole in the seam. It's just the fabric is nylon and frays easily, and it hasn't been finished properly to stop it unravelling, which is kind of annoying. I've stitched up the hole and hoped it will last a bit longer, but its deffo going to make me analyse New Look clothing a lot more, because I don't want this happening again haha. Like, fair enough it wasn't expensive, but falling apart before its even been worn? Not ideal. Has this happened to you with New Look? Or any other high street brands?

Anyway, sorry for the ramble! But just thought I'd say in case anyone had seen this playsuit and thought of buying it for an event or something, because you never know. Hope you're all having a good bank holiday! :D

Love Elizabeth xx

Thursday, 21 August 2014

21st August; Trippy

*random photo in the vegetation* 

Two piece- by me 
Shoes- Garage 
Choker- eBay

Not gonna lie I'm pretty proud of myself for making this! I bought a midi skirt from a charity shop for £1.75 and made in in to a mini skirt. I had a load of scrap left over so decided to experiment and made a top which worked out really well if I do say so myself! I basically just made in to fit me and modelled it on myself rather than making a pattern etc. I fell in love with the fabric so that's why I bought it in the first place, its so unusual. I love two pieces, and the crazier/funkier the better in my opinion. I decided I better wear it sooner rather than later since summer is quickly disappearing- pretty sure it only arrived like last week wah :( so jealous of everyone still on holiday and going to festivals abroad. I'm gonna have to start wearing tights pretty soon, and say goodbye to going out without a jacket. Sad times haha. 

I've got about 3-4 weeks left at home before heading back to uni, so I don't really know how I'm going to blog once I'm back and without my photographer (mum/sister, who ever is about and I can persuade to take my photo). My mum still doesn't really get this whole "blogging" thing, this is the conversation every time I take photos; "Mum will you take some photos for me please?" "Later, I'm gonna do the washing up first/walk the dog/redecorate the whole house..." and then it'll start raining. Nightmare. But as I was saying, it's hard for me to blog regularly whist I'm at uni, so I'll have to see what I can do (might involve self timer on my camera and me posing like a loon in my room- I'm going back in the halls again because I go on placement in Jan eeek!). So just a brief warning my blog might not be as active! But I'll still be posting on instagram :) 

Love Elizabeth xx

Monday, 18 August 2014

18th August; Alien Glamour

Heels- Topshop
Choker- eBay

I have to say, this outfit made me feel more glamorous than ever- I think it's the heels. Plus in this dress I feel like I'm channelling 90's Kate Moss (Only not as pretty or skinny). This dress is so ME, it's silver and 90's and ahh I love it. Front Row sent me it to style up and I straight away thought "space buns and heart heels", I think I made a good choice, do you? I can't wait to wear it for a night out as well, although might have to alter the hemline and make it a wee bit shorter if I go clubbing in it haha. I've had these shoes a couple of months now (if you follow me in instagram you've probably seem them a few times haha) but have never managed to wear them (mostly because, if I'm honest, a night out for me can often end with me being v. drunk and breaking my shoes- which has happened more times than I care to admit). They are too beautiful to risk ruining in a night club. I got them in the sale for like £22 or something which was an absolute bargain. Now I just need to master walking in them and not falling on my buttocks. 

Despite the glam look I was going for, it certainly did NOT feel that way when taking photos. I tried to go for the effortless space bun hair, but I really need to practice them haha. I realise they're uneven and kind of messy, but I wanted to do something different than my usual waves. Thing is, I'm actually soo lazy when it comes to doing hair and make-up, because I find if I wear too much make-up or spend ages on my hair I end up looking worse than I did in the first place. Plus with a HD camera you can see all the make-up and it just looks grim if I plaster it on, so I try to put a minimum amount on (I have no idea how to edit or "airbrush" photos as well so what you see is what you get with me haha). Anyway, as much as I love this dress I also had another problem; undies. Because you can see EVERYTHING underneath it. I tried strapless bra, which you could see clear as day, and then braless, which was way too revealing for me to feel comfortable. I finally resolved the issue by taking the insides of a padded bra out- you know those removable ones- and just slipping them over my bust. As for pants I just had to brave it and go commando, I know this is probably TMI but I figured if anyone else was having a similar problem/was after a dress in this style, this might help. Also if anyone's had this issue in the past and found a way to resolve it, if you could let me know I'd be eternally grateful!! Because safe to say I am not leaving the house without undies, never ever.

What do you think of the dress?! Do you think I styled it okay? Plus if anyone has any undie-situation advice please let me know! 

Love Elizabeth xx