RED: THE COLOUR OF THE SEASON.

Fashion, FCP

Welcome back to my blog! Today’s post will be short, sweet, and all about the colour of the season…Red! Everyone knows red screams Christmas and is always a popular colour at this time of year, but now more than ever the colour has been absolutely everywhere! Not only is it the colour of the Christmas season, but its the colour of the A/W ’17 fashion season too! It seems like every high-street window/shop display I have seen over the past month or so features the colour red, specifically bright red. I am someone who personally loves more monotone colours when it comes to clothing, however I have actually been loving red as the trend colour for the season! Although I wouldn’t wear, for example, a full red suit, I think bold red accessories such as a bag or pair of red boots, really help to spice up a typically plain outfit; they add a pop of colour that makes you stand out from the crowd. Below I have included some images of the colour red in fashion at the minute, and believe me, I could have found thousands of examples! Let me know in the comments if you’re loving the colour too!

 

Thank you for reading,

Chloe x

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OF THE MINUTE.

Fashion, FCP

Welcome back to my blog! Today I thought I would share with you a concept I created a few months ago whilst putting together my Fashion Communication portfolio; ‘Of the Minute’. My idea for this is to make it a reoccurring post which will feature different things I think are ‘Of the Minute’, these may include for example, brands of the minute, trends of the minute, fashion icons of the minute etc. For the first instalment below I have decided to focus on a few current and popular trends (of the minute) that I have noticed this past month of October. If you want to find out what they are, then please keep on reading!

  1. The Slogan/Branded t-shirt – Gucci started this trend off a few months ago with there iconic branded t-shirt (see picture), and ever since the popularity of the trend has continued to grow with online shops such as Missguided, as well as high-street retailers like Topshop bringing an abundance of options out. Personally I have boarded the slogan tee trend; I think they can be such as staple piece to an outfit that can be dressed down with trainers or dressed up with a blazer & heels. Speaking as someone who can’t afford the Gucci original, I’m here for the high-street’s alternatives!

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2. Sports Luxe/ Trainers/ Stripes- This trend is absolutely everywhere at the minute. I don’t think I can walk anywhere for 5 minutes without seeing someone with trousers that have a stripe down them ( myself included). Sports Luxe as a trend has been apparent for a while now, but with the re introduction/take on Adidas’ OG stripe the hype over the trend has reached new levels. And I am obsessed. Every online website I look on has sold out of there version of the trend, whether it be a smart trousers, a pair of joggers or even as simple as a pair of leggings. But I am determined to find more side striped items… before the trend dies that is. Trainers it seems have also had a comeback this past month or so with brands releasing new styles, as well as reviving the old classics, such as the Nike Air Max 97’s. Easy to wear, comfy and fashionable… what more could you want?

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3. Fur- Another big trend I have noticed recently since the weather has been getting colder is the emergence of fur jackets ( faux of course). With brand such as Zara releasing surprisingly affordable options, in addition to the more expensive versions from other brands, I feel like it is definitely the coat trend of the season. Additionally, a new take on the traditional fur jacket that have spotted recently has been the ‘teddy bear’ style of fur. Front runners of the trend seem to be Urban Outfitters and Missguided, as well as multiple Depop sellers copying the style. I need one in my life ASAP!

 

 

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4. 90’s revival- The last trend for this addition of ‘Of the Minute’ I had to mention is the 90’d revival trend. One key item that has been incredibly popular recently has to be the hoop earring; whether they’re big or small, gold or silver, it seems that everyone owns a pair! Once again, myself included. At first I was sceptical about the trend, but now I literally wear mine with everything… hoodie? Hoops. Dress? Hoops. Pyjamas? Hoops. It’s safe to say I’m addicted. Another element of the 90’s trend I have noticed whilst browsing online is square neck and halter neck comeback. A popular trend in previous years that has once again starting to reappear; one that I shall have to keep my eye on other the next few months. But I predict it will be a big one!

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Look out for the next instalment of ‘Of the Minute’!

Thank you for reading,

Chloe x

Has Nike had it’s day?

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Welcome back to my blog! Today I thought I would share with you my thoughts on a topic that has been floating around the fashion world recently… has Nike had it’s day? If you are interested in hearing my own opinion on the brand, including my POV on their recent advertisement choices, then please keep on reading!

Recently I came across a piece on Business of Fashion entitled ‘Nike needs to address it’s growing product problem’; the article itself discussed the evident downfall of Nike’s popularity and sales (check out the piece to find out more!). I found the piece of personal interest and so, decided to explore a little further into the brand of recent. This led me to develop my own ideas/opinions which I have listed and discussed below.

  1. The increase of high-street/online active wear- Active wear style clothing is absolutely everywhere at the minute. I can’t walk to a lecture at uni without seeing at least one person with a pair of trainers on or a pair of side striped trousers! Therefore I think the accessibility of clothing that was once considered to be traditionally sportswear only (i.e. wearing them to play sport in or go to the gym), but now is worn on a general day-to-day basis may have affected the brand’s popularity; you can buy active looking clothing in any high-street store or online clothing site now, rather than brands such as Nike exclusively stocking it. For example, brands such as Pretty Little Thing and Missguided sell a wide range of clothing that is from the active wear trend at the minute, but for an affordable price. This is due to the fact that it is only used for costume effect rather than to be worn for practical reasons, where as Nike as a brand are evidently more focused on the performance side of sports and active wear and so, their stock has a higher price range because of this. Consequently, more people are buying the trend pieces from fashion clothing stores, rather than from established sportswear brands because they are only interested in the trend/look of the items. Therefore, this is one reason I feel like Nike are slipping off the radar… they can’t compete in the same game that the high-street stores can.

2. Advertising- I believe that Nike has missed the mark with their latest advertisement campaign which featured Bella Hadid as the model, and here is why… I personally see Nike as a strong athletic brand, therefore, it was confusing to me as to why they decided to choose a model rather than an actual athlete as a means of promotion. Obviously Bella Hadid is an extremely popular model in the industry at the minute, so from that POV it makes sense for any brand to want her as their campaign model… the difference being that a brand who knows their audience and knows their own brand story would be more selective rather than choosing the obvious ( ‘Bella Hadid is popular right now, let’s get her to model for us because then we will be popular as a result’ feels like their logic behind the choice). For me, I believe that in order to stand out from other brands who have also been using popular / well known models recently, such as Kendal Jenner, Gigi Hadid etc, that Nike could have used the campaign as an opportunity to promote an up and coming female athlete, rather than a model who doesn’t play sport when promoting a sportswear brand. To me, seeing a strong female athlete, such as Serena Williams, would have been a much more fitting choice; it would appeal to young girls, give them a role model to look up to, promote females in sport, improve the brand’s image and consequently boost sales and the popularity of the brand. This is one of my own reasons/ opinions as to why the brand hasn’t been as successful as they have been in previous years… because their advertising campaigns do not successfully represent them as the sportswear brand that they are.

3. Competition- I feel like Nike as a brand have not been keeping up with current fashion trends as well as their rival sportswear brands have been. For example, Reebok, Fila and Adidas are brands which I have been seeing a lot recently in regards to the current trends of the 90’s rival, as well as sports luxe and street style/urban wear, all of which are becoming increasingly more popular as the weeks go on. Nike however have made little attempt to alter/change/modify themselves as a brand in order to suit these trends, nor have I seen any new releases if items/garments that I feel fall under the different trend categories previously stated. Therefore I feel that this is another explanation as to why they might be slipping off the map… in comparison to their competitors, Nike aren’t impressing the public or appealing to them.

Overall, as much as the brand might no be as dominant as they have been in previous years, I don’t think that this is the downfall/end of the Nike. I personally like the brand and shop at Nike when looking for new gym wear, however I wouldn’t ever browse Nike for trend related clothing like I would at their competitor Adidas for example. Despite this I am intrigued to see what their future plans/ releases will be! I hope you enjoyed this slightly different blog post; I am cautious to post about my views on fashion related subjects, especially when they concern such a well known brand. However, I feel like it is important to express your own opinion and view points on what is going on in the industry! I hope I will continue to be confident in portraying my opinions in the future… keep a look out!

Thank you for reading,

Chloe x

 

Project Pink: Text Edit.

FCP

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

PROJECT PINK.

FCP

 

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

NEW IN: Shoes.

Fashion

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

 

NEW IN: Jewellery.

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Welcome back to my blog! For today’s post I thought I would do something a little different; instead of one big collective haul, I am going to upload several smaller ‘new in’ hauls of items I have bought recently, starting with jewellery. So, if you want to find out what pieces of jewellery I have picked up in the last few weeks then please keep on reading!

I have been loving layering my jewellery (e.g. necklaces) at the minute, so I was on the hunt for sets of simple/ dainty gold or silver metal necklaces… and Primark certainly didn’t disappoint! The first gold set I picked up contained four chokers, each has a small pendant/detail in the centre, such as a moon or coin. My favourite one has to be the laser cut out choker ( far right); I love the almost Moroccan feel/vibe it has. It is good set to mix and match with, especially for only £2/3 (I can’t remember the exact price but all the sets were £3 or under). Another piece I picked up from Primark was a 3 in 1 necklace that has one gold, one silver and one rose gold slinky chain that are joined together at the back. It was only £3 but feels quite heavy/ good quality! A bonus factor of this necklace is that I can match it to any other colour of metal, such as my new silver watch that I picked up from Primark too for £8! Love, love, love. Moreover, to layer on my wrist I bought a set of 8 chain bracelets (that were also different coloured metals) for £2, from Primark, if you didn’t already guess! I love all the details of each individual bracelet; they look good put together or worn separately… very versatile! Also, some of the bracelets match other sets of necklaces I have purchased in this ‘new in’ haul, such as the Moroccan inspired ones, so great to wear them together with the other items! fullsizerender-52

More recently ( today in fact) I purchased two more sets from Primark. The first is another set of chokers, but this time they are a mixture of materials, including black faux suede, gold metal, with details including diamantes and pearls. I can’t quite believe how affordable this was to say you get 6 necklaces (£3)! I am in love with each one and cannot wait to wear them! I would definitely say to check these out in your local Primark… they might be my favourite purchase of the haul! Today I also picked up a more simplistic set which incorporates gold metal and also small pearls. The necklaces are each slightly different in length, and are joined together at the back, but will still look good layered with other ones I have bought! My favourite has to be the longest from the set; I have been on the hunt for one like this for a while to wear with low cut tops, so I was very happy to find out in Primark! And for £2 I couldn’t not pick them up! fullsizerender-51

The next piece in my ‘new in’ haul is a simple gold necklace, again perfect for layering. It sits at the perfect length ( top of the chest) to pair with choker necklaces like the ones above. It has two gold circles in the centre that are intertwined with one another on a thin gold chain. I love the simplistic style of this particular piece! It was £2 from, you guessed it, Primark! I also picked up a set of chain mix metal bracelets from Primark in their jewellery sale. Although they are adjustable, they still are a little loose ( I guess I have small wrists!), but I do still like the look of a few of them layered together with, for example, a watch. I think it adds such detail to an outfit, and for £1.50 they were definitely worth picking up! They are a mix of silver, gold and rose gold metals and each one is slightly different ( as pictured). The last item in the haul is a pre-layered gold necklace; each of the three thin chains are different lengths. So great to ‘chuck on and go’ without having to think about what other pieces they would go with! My ‘go-to’ necklace when I am in a rush for sure! There is a mix of a diamante pendant, a leaf pendant and a laser cut out diamond pendant, all of which look great together! Again, this set from Primark was only £3, I think it would be a good one to start with if you’re trying out the layering trend!

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It’s safe to say I am now all set in relation to the jewellery front! I can’t recommend Primark enough for affordable sets to layer with; they have so many to choose from…definitely have a browse in your local store! I can’t wait to play around with my new collection to find different combinations to wear! I hope you took some jewellery themed inspo from this post, and try out layering for yourself! A shoutout to ThePersianBabe and SophiaandCinzia on YouTube for the inspiration for my new jewellery related obsession, check them out! Keep an eye out for my next ‘new in’ instalment coming 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!

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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