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

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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

 

Everyday makeup.

Makeup

Welcome back to my blog! I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Today, I thought I would share with you my ‘go-to’ makeup look that I opt for on a daily basis. It is simple and quick to achieve, which is great for days where I am running late, but still want to look put together (basically everyday!). All product details will be listed below along with some pictures of this natural and glowing look! So, if you want to find out more, then please keep on reading!

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Face: For the face I wanted to keep it as simple as possible, whilst still having some coverage, colour and of course, a glow.

  • LA Girl Pro Conceal – shade Green.
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – shade 1.
  • Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder – shade Transparent.
  • Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette – shades Subconscious and Shadowplay.
  • Bourjois Paris Bronzing Powder – shade 51.
  • Benefit Rockateur Blusher.
  • Mac Extra Dimension Skin Finish – shade Double Gleam.

Eyes: For the eyes I opted for a shimmery but natural look that would match perfectly with the dewiness of the skin, with minimal use of shadows in order to save time. I also attempted to make the brows look more natural rather than structured. I did this by using feathery strokes rather than sharp/ harsh ones, as well as making them thicker & lighter.  I love the way they turned out!

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – shade Ash Brown.
  • Freedom Pro Conceal & Correct Palette – lightest shade for under the brows.
  • Mac Paint Pot – shade Soft Ochre.
  • Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette – shade Bitter Start and Substitute for Love.
  • Loreal Paris individual eyeshadow – shade Wild Gold.
  • Benefit Roller Lash Mascara.
  • Maybelline Brow Drama – shade Medium Brown.
  • Mac Extra Dimension Skin Finish – Double Gleam ( for the inner eye corners).

Lips: For ease I chose to apply some of my Rosy Lips Vaseline; it provides a subtle hint of colour, whilst also moisturising the lips! Not to mention it can be easily reapplied throughout the day.

To finish, as always, I used a few sprays of my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, to make sure that my makeup stays on throughout the whole day!

So, that completes my natural everyday makeup look! I hope you enjoyed this beauty themed post! More to come soon.

Thanks for reading,

Chloe x