Friday, 25 February 2011

LFWeekend.

After jealously lusting after other bloggers who told of their time at London Fashion Week, it was finally time for the likes of myself to take a sneak peek into the fashion industry: thank goodness it's Friday, London Fashion Weekend commences. Having never been before - to either Somerset House or London Fashion Weekend - I was first thoroughly impressed by the beautiful venue and secondly by the fashion on offer and the glamorous gals: you could certainly tell you were at a fashion event as everyone was just far more groomed and made a little bit more of an effort, much to my preference, I must admit! So, how was I to keep up to these on-trend, stylish and fabulous street-style photos I have seen all over the blogs this week? I had been planning on wearing my new block colour dress from H&M... But what with? I always find this sort of mid-season slightly difficult to dress/buy for and felt I needed to mix it with some more A/W pieces: my mother's Fenn Wright Manson black duck feather jacket would do the trick perfectly, along with some pale pink tights, black platforms, black eyeliner and a beehive as big as it would go. Yes, I may have missed the decade of the moment by a good ten years, but 60s is timeless..




Then we bumped into girls who had to leave before their 2pm catwalk, so we kindly took those tickets of their hands for them and saw Bora Aksu and Mark Fast's S/S11 collections. Along with two trend compilations, namely Swan Vesta and Lady Brights. I was slightly more struck by Mark Fast's collection, especially the final fringed dress - and also the shorter, swing version - displayed by the astonishingly tall and slender model. I won't really say any more, just urge you to read this article, because it does actually bring to life some very real truths, I feel, perhaps. Nevertheless, the collection was quite insane with such heavy, fine fringing and massive platforms.





And finally, I purchased a clutch. £45 to £5. Absolute bargin babaaay, with perfect colours for Spring.

UO x

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Brick Lane.

Half term has rolled in quickly and it already feels like it will be over too soon! Life seems to be speeding by at the moment with so much to do, in so little time. After sitting at the hairdressers for three hours today though, I feel I have earned myself a little break to do a post. So I thought I'd inform you of a first: our day at Brick Lane.


So, yesterday, some friends and I met at the deliciously late time of 12pm to take the district line to Aldgate East. Equipped with map and list of stores and their addresses, we set off and walked for what seemed like lifetime through various Indian restaurants when we finally came to Rokit. From there on it was vintage shop to vintage shop, and, although they were all well-stocked and lovely, did not purchase. Plus, I really found that once I'd visited three or so, the rest just blurred into one. However, the lovely lady at the aptly named Vintage Store, photographed myself and Lucy, which is always flattering and we witnessed the work of Invader. Then we got famished and all I wanted was an Eat. so we got the number 8 bus and wound up somewhere with an Eat. Then realised it was right next to Liverpool Street Station and found our way back home..





Now, I must say, as for the blue furry jacket I was a bit like, oh god, is this chav chic? Then I thought, heck, why not?! I did enjoy wearing it and it kept me cosy aha!

UO x

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Annie Armitage.

A few months ago, a couple of my friends and I partook in a photoshoot as part of a competition, run by Annie Armitage, who describes herself as ' a photographer who specialises in producing timeless images', set in an urban environment. It was a brilliant day and Annie was such fun to work with, especially when shooting on a brick wall outside a building site. You can just imagine what it would be like! Aha! When we went for our viewing, it was challenge to decide which ones I would actually like to take home, as, I'm sure you can all empathise with me here, but I seemed to find faults in myself in all! However, finally chose three and here are the results...



Now, if you live around the Kingston area and are between the ages of 15 and 18, then girls (or boys), you are in luck because this lovely lady is running a competition which means you get a free shoot and then select a photo to be put forward to be judged in front of a panel of experts. You then have the option to purchase any of your shots! If you are interested please contact  annie@anniearmitage.com

So happy to see my followers slowly creeping up! Bloglovin it, facebook it, follow. Thank you gals and guys.

UO x





Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Birthday Tilly.

Another gal's birthday calls for another lovely day: this time up to good old Oxford Street for Tilly's birthday. I was dying I mean, absolutely gasping for some new anything, so this was exactly what I needed! Browsing through the many rails in Topshop, all I seemed to pick up was shorts, whether it be tasseled and suede, or multi-coloured and crotchet or soft with brights. A subconscious message to fill that empty, lonely looking rail I think. (remember, this?) And, luckily, did come away with a pair! So excited about them 'cause they're super summery... Just think, tanned legs, high heels, floaty shirt and large floppy brown felt sun hat picnicking in the park. Which, sadly, seems so far away, as I write this snuggled up in my leopard print blanket - with arm holes?!  Along with a few other things, I also bought a lovely woolen block colour dress in H&M and fell in love with the whole gorgeous collection! Think 60s, bright pink suede skirts, black and white, golden buttons and tight fitting 3/4 length jumpers. Will definitely be saving up my money as I am now completely broke for that...





1. My hotpants 2. The print which I have just fallen in love with. Want to get the jumper to match! 3. My dress 
4. The lovely buttons that trail all down the back 5. The shoooooes I bought in the sale for £30! Delighted!
 6. My mint cable knit socks. Can't wait to wear with clogs, shorts and a white shirt. Like vibrant prep.

It's my School's Birthday on Friday, to mark the end of term, and need to wear something green - my house colour - and completely lacking inspiration. I was planning on wearing these shorts with which I seem to have found myself stuck in a rut... Any ideas?

Happy Valentine's Day!

UO x


Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Yellow Top.

You certainly know Spring is coming when you pick up a canary yellow top in H&M and must have it. The sun is rising earlier, setting later and the air is milder. I'm slipping myself into the occasional pair of shorts already! Anyway, so, I bought this top - which my friend immediately greeted with 'Anne Widdecombe' - and am now feeling desperate for a little more of the shiny, bright and cheerful colour in my life. It was then that I started to see this colour everywhere; on blogs, on the catwalk, in the sky and, most importantly, now, in my wardrobe.





1. the eponymous top 2. Anne Widdecombe in her famous position, which my top was clearly inspired by 3. Geneva, from A Pair and A Spare, wearing her Christopher Kane inspired earrings. I hope to make myself a pair! 4. Running theme at the Paris & New York shows: Giambattista Valli, Doo-Ri & Stella McCartney (from Vogue.co.uk5. Love the scalloped edging

It is lovely to see the number of followers slowly creeping up, so thank you to all the new ones, and the trusty old ones. Will be replying to your comments from the last post as soon as possible, but time seems to be speeding by at the moment: or maybe it really is? Had my brain warped by this today in physics...

UO x

Friday, 4 February 2011

Kensington.

As many other young fashion bloggers are probably aware, GCSE Art has its many ups and downs, but this day was certainly one of the perks. In our own clothes, we ventured up to Kensington on the train, then tube, to begin our second book on 'Pattern and Texture in our cultural heritage'. We strolled, much to the frustration of our teacher, along the high street attempting to quickly snap at the decadent second storeys of the shop front buildings. My photography here is pretty sketchy, for which I apologise... I will just blame it on the pressure of speed.

See that man on middle left hand window?
 He was pretty confused as to why a gaggle of girls were enthusiastically taking photographs of him.

Onwards we ambled, toward Holland Park, into unknown territory, for myself at least and I was baffled as to why I had never been here before: beautiful houses smattered with blue plaques along tree lined streets. This was going on my list of where I would like to live, alongside an apartment in Paris or Cannes or New York,. but maybe later on when I am a yummy mummy? And yummy mummys we certainly did see in Holland Park, out walking with their luxury pushchairs. 


Picture taken by Fran Barker. That's Tilly, having a little pose there. 
Also only shot of me full length from the day in my black pencil skirt feeling quite sophisticated. 

Once in the park itself, we had an hour to sketch in which, on my part, not much sketching was done. At all. Due to the freezing temperatures we had already endured, my hands we in no fit state to draw and by draw I simply mean create anything that looks remotely like the real object So, after a few half hearted attempts I resorted to taking as many pictures as I possibly could, with the resolve to finish them at home. From here we went to Macdonald's, at first much to my disgust - I'm really not a fan of it! - Or, at least I thought I wasn't... But actually rather enjoyed my meal! It's probably just because I was famished and cold... So much so that I shared a second portion... Yeah, just famished and cold, that's it... Finally, stopped off at Leighton House, in which we were not allowed to take pictures, and I urge you all to visit, it is so beautiful.


Also, I have created a facebook page for Union Olivia, so feel free to like!

UO x