Project Pink: Text Edit.

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Welcome back to my blog! Today’s post will be the final instalment of the ‘Project Pink’ segment . This post will depict our final challenge in relation to colour; taking the images from the photo-shoot ( check out my first pink related blog post for more info) and editing them using text. For the brief, we had four different text types we had to apply to four photos, these included; an article, graffiti, an album cover and a promotional campaign (two positive and two negative interpretations). We had free run of what the text could say, how long it could be, whether it was satirical or humorous etc. Basically there was no right or wrong approach! Below I thought I would share with you some of my draft ideas, and also my final 4 designs for the brief. So, if you want to see the end results then please keep on reading!

  1. Article- for this text type we had to add a critical piece of text to one of our images, such as a subtitle for a newspaper article. I decided to use one of the photographs I originally planned to delete; the image of my model staring out into the distance I thought was ruined by a ‘Premier Inn’ sign that could be seen. I FullSizeRender (72)thought about attempting to crop out the purple branded board, and using the image for another text type. However, I tried to think outside of the box an push myself to have a different perspective, one that was more creative than straightforward thinking. So, with that in mind I added a tag line/article sub heading to the image (below), in order to turn the photograph into something that deeper than a girl in a pretty dress. IMG_0671

 

 

2. Graffiti- For this text type I immediately started drawing words, phrases, messages etc. over one of the photographs by using the editor on the Instagram story. I am not at all experienced with photo-shop like other members of my course are, so I opted for Instagram as an alternative after remembering they had different types of ink styles such as a graffiti can one, that was perfect for this text type. I played around with a few ideas until I settled on the one below. This is my favourite edit out of the four as I think it has a strong message, as well as a strong and realistic visual appeal that is pretty self explanatory.

 

 

 

3. Album Cover- For this text type, I thought straight to my boyfriend’s band ‘Roberto Flamingo’ for inspo. I asked him for a list of there songs I could use that would match well with a photograph I had already selected. I then decided to again think out of the box a little, and choose to experiment with materials. Rather than writing straight onto the paper, or printing on top of it, I decided to use tape and stuck it straight over the image. I think this made the album cover more raw and edgy, and I really liked how it turned out! (and so did my BF and his band!).

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4.Promotional Campaign- For the final text type, I decided to take inspiration from myself in relation to wearing glasses. For the tag line of the promotional campaign I found a quote from google images that expresses a struggle I face all the time… people asking if I need glasses to see! LOL. I thought that because my model was wearing glasses in the image, whilst looking fashionable, that this made for an opportunity to take a satirical/ humorous pov that could be used to promote Specsavers to show the brand in a light hearted way. Taking inspo from campaigns by brands such as Ikea, who aren’t afraid to poke fun at themselves or take a slightly less conventional approach to persuading consumers.

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Additionally, I have also included a few images with texts that didn’t make the final cut, but I still enjoyed developing and creating.

I hope you enjoyed this final blog post on the colour pink! Let me know any of your thoughts in the comment section! I will continue to blog regularly over the next coming months leading up to Christmas, now with a mix of Uni and personal related content/ posts… keep your eyes peeled!

Thank you for reading,

Chloe x

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PROJECT PINK.

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Welcome back to my blog! For today’s post I thought I would share with you my latest project on my FCP course…project Pink! Below is the process I went through, including the stages; collect, categorise and analyse, in order to create my two contrasting pink mood boards. So if you want to find out more about my exploration of the colour pink, then please keep on reading!

Mood board Brief: Create two A2 mood boards on your colour (pink); one entitled ‘Love it’ and the other entitled ‘Over it’. You can include anything to do with your colour such as fashion, culture, gender, history etc.

My initial ideas on the colour pink:

  • Girly
  • Feminine
  • Naïve
  • Stereotypically a girls colour
  • Innocent
  • Sweet
  • Worn by feminine men
  • Pretty
  • Romantic
  • Mix of red (passion) and white (pure)= toned down.

My ideas after research on the colour pink:

  • Pink in prisons- ‘Baker-Miller pink’- Exposure to the colour has a calming effect on inmates.
  • The Great Gatsby- Jay wears a pink suit- 1920’s- masculine.
  • Pink has only acquired it’s feminine connotations in the recent past.
  • ’18th century it was perfectly masculine to wear a pink silk suit with floral embroidery’- Valerie Steele – FIT Director.
  • Late 19th Century- Freud Theories- parents differentiated sex of child- pink=girls.
  • Code Pink- women for peace, justice and equity- non-violence- powerful women.
  • Korea- pink=trustworthy.
  • Japan- pink is worn by men and women.
  • Moschino Barbie collection- Hot pink, girly, tight, blonde, over done etc.
  • Breast Cancer Awareness- Pink Ribbon- female Empowerment.
  • Pink combined with different colours = different message- hot pink and black=sexy, baby pink and white= innocent, pink and blue= edgy.
  • Pink Stinks- campaign to raise awareness of damage caused by gender stereotyping children.

After collecting a variety of images from google images, fashion magazines such as Wonderland, and Tumblr etc. I decided to then split up what I had found into categories for each moodbaord. Firstly, for the ‘Over it’ collage, I chose to focus on pink as a stereotypical colour, and then split this category into two further sections. The first being everything that was frilly, lacey, feminine, delicate. Specifically focusing on the colour baby pink, which connotes innocence, sweetness and naivety. The second half of the moodboard focusing on the colour pink in regards to it representing ‘Barbie’/everything OTT pink, this included hot pink, pink glitter and bright pink themes. Both of these interpretations of the colour pink, in my opinion have been extremely over done, emphasised and stereotyped and our westernized culture, even when looking at something as simple as a chick flick DVD cover…always pink! That is why I decided to put all the images that I thought fit into the ‘girly’ category onto the ‘Over it’ mood board…. and trust me, this collage couldn’t look any girlier if I tried!

For the next mood board I sorted out the images I had collected into several different categories, being careful not to choose too many. These included; men in pink, pink in culture, neon glow pink, edgy pink, women in pink suits and pink=power. I wanted this collage to be more eclectic than the previous one, combining views on the colour pink that don’t initially spring to mind when you think of the colour. First of all, I choose men in pink as a category due to the fact that pink as a colour is usually associated with females, consequently I decided to collect images of masculine looking men wearing pink to subvert this stereotype. Next, I decided to focus on pink in culture due to the fact that I live in the UK, I am only surrounded by a westernized view of the colour pink. Therefore, by researching deeper and further a field, I found images to suggest that in other countries pink has different connotations; such as that in Korea the colour pink suggests a person is trustworthy. Moreover, I found neon glow pink a particularly interesting theme, it presented itself as something new, modern and fresh, differentiating from the over done pinks included in the previous mood board. For the next section ‘edgy pink’ I decided to look at pictures I first put into the ‘girly’ category again, focusing on the background colours and set up of the shots. I found that the colour teal blue, when paired with baby pink changed the way I once viewed the colour, and so, decided to include my findings within the collage. I also decided to include women wearing pink suits as a theme because I think the concept both supports and subverts the stereotype of the colour pink; the colour still connotes femininity, where as the style of the garment expresses masculinity. For the final section of my mood board I decided to focus on the colour pink as a statement of power; I included images of Code Pink, and also the Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon. Both of these have strong messages, and by using pink to represent them, this changes the way the colour may initially be thought of (i.e. weak, naïve etc).

After positioning the images on my A2 pages, I had to edit until I found a layout/composition which I liked. I then decided to add annotations to the moodbaords that corresponded with the images to help portray my thoughts behind them. Below are the two finished collages… I hope you like them! Overall I am happy with how they turned out; obviously there is always room for improvement, and I am excited to see how the FCP course can push me and help me grow in relation to projects such as this one. The last pink related post will be coming shorting so keep your eyes peeled!

Thank you for reading,

Chloe x

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Over It Mood Board.

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Love It Mood Board.

 

 

PROJECT PINK: Photo-shoot.

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Welcome back to my blog! This week on the FCP course we were challenged to do a photo shoot using a specific colour given to us as the subject matter. My designated colour was pink ( and as I am sure you may have guessed, I was very happy about!). The shoot could have any concept we wanted, as long as it incorporated our colour in addition to portraying a message. Below I thought I would share the final images from the shoot, in addition to the initial ideas I had about what I wanted the story behind the pictures to be. I hope you enjoy!

Initial ideas:

One of the first ideas I had was to use one male and one female model as a way of portraying a physically oxymoronic image. The girl would be dressed in a feminine way, to depict the stereotype that pink is a ‘girly’ colour. In contrast, the boy would be dressed in a pink blazer (or something that would have a similar effect), in order to show that pink can also be a masculine colour. The picture would therefore be both subverting and supporting the westernized stereotype the colour pink possesses, whilst simultaneously looking like a editorial shot for a clothing range/ campaign.

Final idea:

Due to model troubles (aka I couldn’t find a male model, uni boys ay!), the photo shoot had to take a slightly different approach. This involved the female model wearing two different contrasting looks; one an overly feminine outfit as planned, and then an ‘edgy’ outfit, both using the same statement dress. This therefore still told a similar story, that pink is more than just a ‘girly’ colour, however in a different way then originally planned. I am still happy with the images, especially considering the fact that it was the first photo-shoot of the course, although I am sure there will be many more to come!

Styling:

Look 1

  • Pink satin shirt dress with ruffles: Zara.
  • Pink fluffy heels: Primark.
  • Pink faux fur: Primark.
  • Pink feather earrings: Primark.

For the first look I had in mind an image of extreme feminine glamour; going OTT with the garments’ textures was key to create an expensive editorial look (on a uni student budget).

Look 2:

  • (same dress)
  • Denim jacket: New Look.
  • Trainers: Adidas.
  • Glasses: models own.

For the ‘edgy’ look I wanted to try and incorporate current fashion trends, such as the distressed denim jacket and the Adidas trainers, but in a way that makes the look seem wearable to a current audience… I think I achieved this!

The setting:

For the setting of the photo-shoot I envisioned somewhere versatile; a place that would be appropriate to use for both of the looks. With that in mind I settled on the roof top garden above the university library, which is a beautiful setting; a little hidden treasure!. I think the setting helped make the shoot look more professional, as well as making the pink theme really pop.

Overall I am happy with the final outcome of the photo-shoot; I think I had a strong concept, and also a few of the pictures I think turned out great! ( I surprised myself… you never know I might turn into a budding photographer by the end of this course!)

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! It feels good to be back in the swing of things.

Another pink themed post will be coming very soon, so keep your eyes out for that!

Thank you for reading,

Chloe x

FCP @ NTU.

FCP

Welcome back to my blog! For today’s post, as promised, I thought I would go into a little more detail about the course I am currently studying at University. The course is titled BA(hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion or FCP for short; which, as I have come to learn, means a degree in shopping to most of my elder relatives, but I can assure you its much more than that! (although a degree in shopping does sound right up my street!). To help describe what the course entails I have taken information from the Nottingham Trent University (NTU) course guide, along with my own personal interpretation/ understanding of what I will be learning, doing and achieving over the next few years, in addition to how it differs from other fashion related courses. So if you would like to find out more about FCP, then please keep on reading!

Fashion Communication and Promotion is fundamentally a creative course, which  mixes design and theory, and focuses on the visual communication of brand, product and service in the global fashion industry; how the message and image of the fashion brand or product is best communicated to the consumer. This differs from other courses such as Fashion Marketing because we are focused on the story line of a product or brand, e.g. the lifestyle the brand wants the consumer to buy into, rather than looking at consumerism from a strategic point of view. However, there will definitely be some cross over points between the two separate but similar degrees over the coming years.

The course also aims for us to develop communication skills across a broad range of creative mixed media, this will include photography, styling, print and digital design etc. Which is one part of the course that I am very excited about; I am looking forward to expanding my repertoire of skills, taking a specific interest in improving my photography and computer/photoshop skills, as I have never previously had the chance to do so in the past, in addition to the fact that I think they will help to improve my blog! The skills we will learn can then be applied to different areas of the industry such as fashion media, PR, branding, advertising and trend forecasting ( another area I am definitely interested in).

Below are some of the key features specific to the FCP course at NTU that really stood out for me, ultimately aiding my decision to pick the university as my place of study for the next three years.

  • NTU is ranked in the top five best fashion schools in the UK, and 14th in the world. (The Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Ranking 2015).
  • Work on live projects and briefs with organisations from a range of market levels and sectors. This has recently included All Saints, Topshop, Stephen Jones Millinery, Unilever, and BMW.
  • Enter high-profile industry competitions like L’Oréal Brandstorm and All Walks Beyond the Catwalk’s Diversity NOW!
  • Benefit from the experience of guest speakers and industry experts such as John Lyle from John Lyle Brand Experience, Sally Denton from The Trend Boutique, and legendary fashion writer Colin McDowell.
  • 98% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (DLHE Survey 2014-15)

Not to mention we also get to go on several international trips during the course, the first one being a 5 day study trip to New York… I can’t wait! Whilst we are there we also get to visit Manhattan’s FIT! Definitely look out for a blog post in the near future documenting my stay! More include a trip to Tokyo in the final year, as well as a European trip in the second year and visits to trade shows and events throughout the year! In addition to the study trips, there is also an exchange opportunity with FIT which as an FCP student we can apply to take part in… all very, very exciting stuff if you ask me!

I hope this blog post has helped you understand the FCP course more, and that it has given you an insight on the potential content that will be featured on my blog in the future! Below I have also included some pictures of our first group project of the year; the FCP treasure hunt. For this mini project we had to discover hidden treasures in Nottingham, such as little book shops, cafe’s and music venues. In our groups we then put the photographs into a collage choosing the ones we thought best represented the city as a whole. It was a fun task to get us into the swing of the course, meet new people and also get to know the city we will call home for the next few years a little better. Additionally, I also created an Instagram account which I uploaded the photos to, and will continue to document images for the rest of my course! ( chloeolivia_fcp). Let me know what your thoughts are about the course in the comments below… it feels good to be genuinely excited about learning again!

I hope everyone has a good weekend, and I shall be back soon with another blog post on my next project!

Thanks for reading,

Chloe X IMG_0477IMG_0367

Welcome back.

FCP

Welcome back to my blog… long time no see! Over the past few months I have been MIA from ‘FaceandFashion’ for a number of reasons; but mainly due to the lack of inspiration/personal motivation I had been feeling towards it/blogging. This, is something that I never wanted to happen. The first half of my blogging year I truly loved writing, posting, taking pictures, the whole concept of being a blogger and was dedicated to it. However, as the months passed I couldn’t shake the feeling that my blog was too ‘amateur’ for my liking, and with little knowledge/resources to help change this, I began to feel deflated before even really taking off. So, with this negative mind set, along with some personal set backs, my blog came to a dwindling halt. Which again, I find rather saddening / disappointing.

However… I am back! And here’s why…

Nearly two weeks ago now (it feels like 2 years ago!) I moved to university to study Fashion Communication and Promotion (it’s a mouthful I know).  I am planning on posting another blog post dedicated solely to explain what the course actually is, why I chose it etc. but for now I wanted to explain why by doing the course, it means I have started up ‘FaceandFashion’ again.

On the course, right from day one, it is strongly suggested that we, as FCP students, create a blog that we can use throughout the three years of study. Constantly updating it with each seminar we have, project we do, trip we go on, and finally, by the end of the course, our blog should be able to communicate to not only the lecturers, but potential employers, who we are as a brand. That is why I have decided to re-launch my blog now as I feel that with the right guidance, support and resources, not to mention the constant inspiration, I feel like my blog will finally be in the place I want it to be… and I couldn’t be more excited about that! As you may or may not have noticed, my blog has already changed slightly (title/colour scheme), and will probably continue to be updated throughout my time on the FCP course. However, I have made the decision to keep all my old posts prior to this one; not only will they help to show growth as I move through the course, but also I am still very proud of them!

With all that said, I shall be back soon, and shall also be uploading blog posts on a regular basis (I promise!) . These may include posts on my course,  but I will also still blog about fashion and makeup related content, as that is what I am most passionate about, and also, where it all began!. I am very excited about the future of this blog… ‘FaceandFashion’ is well and truly back!

Thank you for reading,

Chloe x

 

NEW IN: Shoes.

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Welcome back to my blog! For today’s post I thought I would do another ‘New In’ post. For this addition I will be sharing with you what pairs of shoes I have recently purchased. So if you would like to find out what they are, please keep on reading!

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  1. The first pair of shoes I picked up are a pair of faux suede mules from Primark. Mules are everywhere recently, so I couldn’t resisted trying the trend out for myself when I saw these (image below) in Primark. They also came in baby blue and baby pink, which were both very tempting, but I stuck with the staple black pair as I thought they would be more wearable. I love these mules, and what they do when styled with an outfit! fullsizerender-57
  2. The next pair are also from Primark; they are a pair of denim look high heels. They have a strap that goes around the ankle with a gold metal buckle, and are also slightly squared at the toe, which surprising, I really like the look of. The heel height is perfect; not too high but higher than the previous pair so they look a little more dressy, great when I want to look a little more put together. I thought these shoes would be great to try out and see if I can style them… I might post a OOTD wearing them soon! Definitely feeling the 1970’s vibe! fullsizerender-59
  3. The last pair of shoes I picked up from Primark are a pair of black faux suede sling backs, also with gold hardware. I have been seeing this style of shoe so much recently on social media and in magazines paired with the ‘jeans & dresses’ trend, so when I saw a pair in Primark, again, I had to get them! They are a perfect day-to-day heel that I can’t wait to wear. They also had these shows in a variety of different styles, so definitely check them out if you can! fullsizerender-58
  4. The next pair of shoes are the only trainers in my ‘New In’ post, however I have been eyeing up a fair few in the past couple of days. These trainers (below) are the True White Hummus Old Skool Vans… and they are beautiful! The colour of these is my favourite thing about them; I can’t wait to wear them in the Spring/Summer months (when it gets a little warmer here), and I think because of their nude/tan colour they will go with so many things! They also had these in a pink colour which was amazing as well, but I opted for the ‘hummus’ shade as I think they were more ‘me’. I am so happy I decided to order these! fullsizerender-53
  5. The final pair of shoes in this haul definitely have to be my favourite… they are a pair of red ghillie lace up heels from New Look. I adore them! I have been on the hunt for a pair of red high heels for such a long time now, as I think they look absolutely killer on a night out with the right outfit, such as a LBD. So when I saw these on the website in the sale I had to pick them up! Although the heel is a little high, I think they are gorgeous and are exactly what I have been looking for! Beauty is pain right? LOVE LOVE LOVE!fullsizerender-61

 

I hope you enjoyed this ‘New In’ shoes addition post! More to come soon!

Thanks for reading,

Chloe x

 

DIY: Cut Out T-shirt.

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Welcome back to my blog! For today’s post I thought I would share with you a step-by-step guide for a DIY I recently did. So if you want to know how I turned a normal t-shirt into a cut out tee (that is bang on trend at the minute) then please keep on reading!

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  • A T-shirt
  • Sharp/dress maker scissors.
  • Chalk.
  • Pins.
  • A friend – you might need an extra pair of hands for some stages!
  • A4 piece of paper.

 

  1. Step one in this DIY is to research examples of cut out tops; I found two variations ( pictured below) to base my t-shirt on/ that I wanted to combine. https://www.missguided.co.uk/black-extreme-v-graphic-choker-t-shirt http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/deep-v-neck-boyfriend-tunic-6307580?bi=0&ps=20&Ntt=deep v neckimg_6119
  2. Step two is to buy a t-shirt; I used a men’s t-shirt ( size large a I wanted to wear it as a dress/oversized tee) from Primark which was only £3, and they had lots of colours to pick from! img_5827
  3. Step three is to use a piece of A4 paper and place it on the t-shirt and, once you have decided how big/ deep you want the cut out to be, draw a triangle on the paper. Don’t worry if the lines aren’t straight, as we are going to sharpen the lines up with scissors. fullsizerender-47
  4. Step four- Use a pair of scissors ( I used dress makers scissors  to ensure that the cut was as clean as it could be) to cut across the lines so you end up with a triangle that will represent the cut out. fullsizerender-48
  5. Step five- put the t-shirt on and, ask a friend/ parent to help pin the triangle shaped piece of paper onto the top, then carefully take the top off. img_6117
  6. Step six is to take a piece of chalk and draw around the triangle on to the top. This is going to at as a guide when we cut the t-shirt.fullsizerender-44
  7. Step 7- Remove the pins and the piece of paper from the top ( you may want to keep the triangle for reference if you try the DIY out again!)
  8. Step 8 is to carefully use the scissors to cut out the triangle shape we drew onto the top. Take your time at this stage making sure the cut out is as even, and the point of the triangle is centralised.
  9. Step 9- try the t-shirt on and make sure the cut out is as deep/ wide as you want it. You can then make any corrections needed until you are happy with how it looks. img_5993
  10. Step 10 is simple… rock your new DIY cut out t-shirt! img_6116img_6092

I hope you enjoyed this DIY blog post! Let me know if you try it out!

I recently started an Instagram page for my blog, and have featured pictures from this post on there, so it would be great if you could check it out! Find me @ ‘chloefaceandfashion’ and leave a love heart emoji to let me know you have come from my blog, and I will be sure to follow you back! More posts coming very soon.

Thanks for reading,

Chloe x

 

OOTN: Lace.

Fashion

Welcome back to my blog! Today, I thought I would share an ‘outfit of the night’ that I wore earlier in the week for a dinner and the theatre trip with my friend! I wanted to wear a few new items that I have picked up recently, whilst keeping the outfit smart-casual. I loved the look I created, let me know what you think too! Details on the items will be below with images as always. I am also sporting my new short hair in the images… and so far, I am loving it! It is definitely a big change for me (I have had long hair for years now) but I was feeling a big change! I think my hair cut is will help me find my new style and reinvent my overall image… if you can’t do it in the new year, when can you?! So, without further ado, I hope you enjoy this post, and please keep reading!

 

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Outfit Details:

  • Top- River Island ( check out my ‘January Sales’ post for more information!)
  • Bralette- New Look.
  • Jeans- Topshop ‘Mom’ jeans.
  • Scarf- Primark.
  • Shoes- Primark.
  • Bag- Primark.
  • Coat- Topshop.
  • Lipstick- Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in the shade ‘Androgyny’

More outfit posts to come in the future!

Thanks for reading,

Chloe x

Date Night Outfit.

Fashion

Welcome back to my blog! I hope everyone is having a great week. For my post today, I thought I would share an outfit I wore a few days ago for a date night with my boyfriend. Details on my OOTN will be below with pictures as always! So if you want to see what I wore for my meal out, then please keep on reading!

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  • T-shirt Dress- MissGuided.
  • Thigh High Boots- New Look.
  • Leather Jacket- Topshop.
  • Choker- Primark.
  • Bag- Primark.
  • Lipstick- Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in shade ‘Leo’.

I hope you liked my date night outfit! A new makeup themed post will be coming soon so keep your eyes peeled!

Thanks for reading,

Chloe x

 

January Sales Haul.

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Welcome back to my blog! Today’s post is going to be a Boxing day/January sales haul. In the past two weeks or so, I have taken full advantage of all the sales that have hit our high-streets, picking up lots of bargains and amazing pieces I thought I would share with you! So if you want to know what I bought, then please keep on reading.

I thought it would be best to split the haul up into sections according to the shops I bought the items from, so first… Topshop! I picked up a simple short-sleeved V-neck body suit for £10, it is a fine knit material. I love the feel and colour of this item (stone), and thought it is a good basic to have for layering! This piece is from the tall section, however I didn’t find it to be any longer than the other bodysuits I own! The nextfullsizerender-18 item I bought from Topshop was a slouchy long sleeved double layered T-shirt from the brand Escapology. I love the style of this item as it is quite oversized and relaxed, not to mention it is a really soft material! I got the top for £15 from £30; I am very happy with this purchase and can’t wait to style it! The final piece I bought was a large, and by large I mean the size of a blanket, grey knitted scarf. Once again the material is really soft, and is the perfect piece to keep me warm over the next few cold months! It was reduced from £28 to £10, a brill price for the quality!

The next shop I bought from in the sales was Zara. I don’t typically shop in Zara, but couldn’t resist having a little look, and I actually ended up buying a couple of items! Firstly, I bought a black strappy camisole velvet top, which has a muted floral pattern with hints of burgundy & grey, black lace around the neckline and up the side slits. I think this top will be perfect to layer over a black turtle neck, but also by itself as it has a gorgeous low V-neck back. I picked this item up for £12.99 down from £19.99. Finally I picked up a pair of shoes; they are black leather ballet flats, with studded straps that wrap around the ankle. I absolutely love this pair of shoes as I think they would add so much to a simple outfit, but they are also are comfy… definitely a big bonus! Again, this item was only £12.99. I might have to pop into Zara more often after these finds!fullsizerender-17

I also picked up a few sale items from River Island. Usually, I stay away from River Island when it comes to sales;  I find them rather hectic and disorganised. However, I did find another pair of shoes and a two tops from this years trip, which I am very pleased with! First, I picked up another velvet camisole top to layer. This one is blush pink in colour, and also has the same black lace detailing as the one from Zara. I bought this top for £10 down from £22, and once again I cannot wait to wear it! The next item is a black lace top with frill detailing. Although this piece is not normally something I would go for, I thought it was too pretty to pass up, especially since it was only £12. I think this delicate item could be styled in so many ways, and might even include it in an outfit post in the future! Finally, I bought another pair of black shoes ( you can never have to many, right?). These ones are slightly pointed and have two studded buckles across the front of the shoe. They are a sturdy faux leather material, so will certainly need breaking in a little. I love the look of these, taking definite inspo from Fearne Cotton’s style! They will go with lots of items I  already have in my wardrobe, and for £25 I am very happy I bought them… not that it took much persuasion. fullsizerender-16

On my shopping trip I also visited Primark; I bought quite a few items… but the majority of them were not in the sale ( I couldn’t resist!). I did however pick up a heather grey hoody dress that was reduced to £5! I bought it in a size 12 so it is slightly oversized rather than fitted, and it comes to the thigh/ just above the knee which is the perfect length. The material is really soft, and almost furry, so it will definitely keep me warm for the rest of winter. I can’t wait to style this versatile piece; I think it could be dressed down with trainers and a denim jacket, or dressed up with some knee high boots. It is simple, but I am certainly glad I picked it up!fullsizerender-14

The last place I shopped in the sales was Office. For a while now I have been after some white trainers to add to my collection, so I thought I might as well have a gander in the sale to see if  I could find any! I actually ended up ordering some online as they didn’t have them in stock in the store;  they are the exclusive Adidas Superstar 80’s in white, with a silver metal toe, and an off white sole. They are amazing! Not to everyone’s taste but I thought they were a great twist to the classic Superstar trainer, and will definitely add something to a simple outfit. I got them in a size 6 for £52.00 from £84.99. I think they were a great purchase that I am really looking forward to wearing soon! fullsizerender-15

That concludes my sale haul post. I am very happy with the items I managed to pick up; I think it was a rather successful shopping trip. I hope you enjoyed this post, and keep a look out for my next one!

Thanks for reading,

Chloe x