Trend Watch: Burgundy

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As I've mentioned plenty of times before, Autumn/Winter is my favourite season to dress for. I love all of the different textures and the deeper, darker colour palettes that are seen in all of the stores. One colour that I've particularly been loving this season is burgundy, it's a classic shade but makes a nice change from the usual black or grey that people so often tend to wear at this time of year. It's such an easy way to add colour to your wardrobe because it's so versatile and not too in your face - even those who tend to stick to monochrome outfits can easily incorporate it. I also love how it looks great in so many different materials, from leather to velvet, as well as on different products - whether it's a coat or a pair of shoes. I feel like it really embodies Autumn and looks so cosy, especially when layered, meaning it's grown to be a staple colour of mine when shopping for the colder months. For these reasons, I thought I'd provide a little bit of styling inspiration as well as putting together my picks of some gorgeous burgundy pieces that are currently on offer on the high street.

Patchwork Suede

Elie Saab SS16 Ready-to-Wear

Elie Saab is a designer much-loved for his couture pieces - gorgeous embellished formal gowns fit for a princess - but there was something about his spring/summer 16 ready-to-wear collection that was different yet caught my eye during Paris Fashion Week and made me appreciate his designs even more, hence why I decided to dedicate an entire post to his show rather than doing an overview similar to my NYFW post.

Moving slightly away from his signature red carpet-friendly style, Saab presented a bolder yet more wearable collection for spring/summer with the modern-day woman in mind. The mention of the vivid colours (pinks, blues, greens, and reds) used could be enough to scare those who embrace minimalism away, but contrasting these hues against a substantial amount of monochrome assures that the collection isn't just for those with a colour palette that involves every shade of the rainbow. His take on floral print isn't one that would be dismissed by The Devil Wears Prada's Miranda Priestly either. Choosing to pair it with the classic stripe or adding a black trim to the garment is a winning combination ensuring that the florals are not too girly, but instead fresh and grown-up. Sound too stereotypically feminine for you? Despite the ruffles, lace, and light and floaty silhouettes, the collection also had a sporty vibe about it achieved by the colour blocking, bomber jackets, and a pair of jogger-style trousers with vertical stripes down the sides. If you're one for a more androgynous style of dress then you also won't be disappointed, the lace trousers should be right up your street.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition

Whilst I was interning at London Fashion Week, I managed to squeeze in a visit to the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition on the first day that it was open to the public. Though I hadn't heard about the previous two exhibitions (Series 1 and 2) as they were located in different countries, I was interested in attending this one as I'd read about it and thought the concept was interesting, especially from a marketing perspective. Plus, who can decline free admission and Louis Vuitton?

Interning at London Fashion Week SS16

Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram may know that I was interning throughout London Fashion Week this season. Now that those 5 hectic but amazing days are over, I thought that I would blog about my time to give more insight to anyone who is thinking of doing it in the future or is just interested to know what it involves. 

First things first, I found my internship through the website Fashion Workie and it was with a fashion and beauty PR agency called POP PR. Two weeks prior to LFW I went to London for a briefing at their office (along with around 10 other interns) to be given all the details that I'd need to know before starting. Some people didn't attend this and I don't think it is 100% necessary if you can't make it, but in my opinion it's nice to put a face to a name prior to starting and it definitely reassured me and calmed my nerves.

Soon LFW was upon us and I was ready to begin my internship. I had to wear all-black (kind of a blessing in disguise as it meant I didn't have to think of a great outfit each day) and arrive 2 hours before the start time of each show. Typical tasks that I did as soon as we arrived included taking rails of clothing backstage and placing press releases/magazines/leaflets on all of the seats in the venue, making sure it was set up correctly. As there were many interns plus actual staff, these jobs got done relatively quickly so there were times that we spent feeling like spare parts, but this unsureness soon disappeared after the first day once everything became more familiar.

New York Fashion Week Favourites: SS16

As September arrives and the various fashion weeks around the world begin, I seem to spend more time glued to Instagram or Vogue's website to see what new looks have hit the catwalk for Spring/Summer. This year I decided that I would add all of the looks that I love to my Pinterest board dedicated to catwalk fashion (see here), but I also wanted to share some in a blog post too. So here we have, in no particular order, my favourite shows from New York Fashion Week!

Gothic and glamorous monochrome designs with lots of silk and lace means that this collection is right up my street. I love how the different textures are used, adding more interest and edge to the pieces.
With design details (e.g. ruffles, fraying, and cut-outs) that make the garments look incredibly flattering, Jason Wu's SS16 collection defines modern glamour and sophistication. Naturally, my favourite looks are the black and white ones but there were also some gorgeous pink and green pieces that are worth a mention.

September Wishlist

September is well and truly upon us and although it's thought of by many as the dreaded back to school/college/uni month, I have personally been quite looking forward to it. It may mark the end of summer but that means it's time to start shopping for the new season, which just happens to be my favourite to dress for. If you're like me and read the September issue of your favourite fashion magazine last month then I'm sure you're excited too - I actually picked up 5 September issues of different magazines, that's how much I love Autumn/Winter. 

Visit the stores and you'll be confronted by lots of suede, knitwear, and autumnal colours (let's just ignore the sale rack in the corner offering about 30 pairs of white jeans) to die for, hence why I was inspired to make this wishlist as if I didn't own enough A/W pieces already. 

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Labradorable, £21 - I spotted this lipstick at my local MAC counter and loved it. I'm a sucker for a deep lip colour and can't wait to get back wearing them throughout the colder months. What I specifically liked about this one is that it isn't matte for a change, but has more of a glossy balm-like finish which looks really pretty and would stop lips from drying out.

Topshop Bardot Heeled Ankle Boots, £45 - No A/W wardrobe is complete without a pair of black ankle boots and a new season calls for a new pair. I love that these have a slight heel and a pointed toe - they remind me of something by Acne but for a fraction of the price. 

Print Advertisements: Are They Still Relevant?

As a Fashion Management/Marketing student being up-to-date with current promotional strategies is important for me, so after reading an article on the Business of Fashion website which posed the question "is the purpose of a campaign now likes and shares rather than a lasting beautiful, printed image by a top photographer and an association with a respected title?" (Stoppard, 2015) I was inspired to write a blog post about whether or not I still believe print advertisements are relevant. 

With the rise of social media and fashion bloggers, it's true that getting the right person to star in your ad campaign or promote your product on their Instagram account is highly likely to boost brand awareness instantly due to mass sharing on the Internet, but does this mean that the gorgeous images we see when we flick through glossy magazines are no longer needed? 

As I highlighted in a previous post of mine, I still believe magazines are influential in the fashion industry but perhaps in a different way than they were years ago. Each month I become excited to get latest issue of my favourite fashion magazines and flick through the hundreds of pages of greatness and since studying fashion I find the advertisements even more appealing than before. However, what these advertisements don't do is urge me to go and purchase from the brand, like seeing their product online might. I simply just appreciate them from an aesthetic point of view - this doesn't mean that they aren't working effectively in a promotional way though. As a student, it is clear that I cannot afford to be purchasing from the majority of brands which advertise in high profile magazines but even so my awareness of the brand becomes increased and also the desirability of the brand. I mean, we can all appreciate an image which presents a lifestyle or persona that we can aspire to, even if it is unachievable for most.

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation Review

It's been a while since I did a beauty post (or any post actually, oops) so today I thought I would review a foundation I recently purchased and have been trying out. I had been on the lookout for a new base as my bottle of my usual go-to foundation, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation, was coming to an end and I wanted to try something new so I paid a visit to the Bobbi Brown counter. The girls on my local Bobbi Brown counter were super nice and helpful when I was choosing and they recommended what they thought would be the best foundation for me then showed me several colours. What I specifically thought was great was that unlike on most counters, they tried 3 colours and asked for my opinion on which I personally liked the best rather than just telling me which one I should buy. I came away with what I believe is the brand's newest foundation, the Intensive Skin Serum SPF 40 Foundation in the shade Sand.

Dresslink Haul & Review

I've always been skeptical of online Asian retailers selling clothing similar in design to popular high street and designer offerings for minimum prices (and by minimum I mean minimum, around £3+ per item) as I've read reviews and seen images of items arriving and looking absolutely nothing like the image shown on the site, plus I'm always wary of using my debit card on new sites. However, I have always been intrigued as I have also seen some great reviews and let's be honest who doesn't love a good bargain occasionally when it comes to clothing?! So, when Dresslink approached me and offered to send me some pieces of my choice I was happy to accept and see what the outcome would be like. 

As I know sometimes disasters can happen when you pick items from sites like Dresslink, I decided when I was browsing to go for what I thought were safer options that were less likely to arrive looking like something completely different to what is shown in the image. I also watched a few Dresslink haul videos and read some reviews which all recommended to size up, as Asian sizing comes up quite small. For this reason, I only chose to purchase tops this time as I have quite long legs so I didn't want to risk it with bottoms. Something that also helped when choosing was when you go on each individual product's page there is a size guide and a section for customer reviews and images. 

I ended up choosing three items from the site which I chose to be shipped via ChinaPost with tracking and they arrived within 2 weeks which is amazing considering they said it could take up  to one month so I cannot fault the delivery, although my tracking was inaccurate and all in Chinese which wasn't too helpful.

Current Favourite Fashion Bloggers

When asked to place stores, magazines, and bloggers in order according to which are most influential within fashion your answer up to even a couple of years ago would probably be different to what it is today. In fact, not only that, each individual's answer is likely be different to another's at any point in time. For me each hold a certain amount of significance, however I think that most of us can agree that the rise of the fashion blogger has definitely altered the way in which many consumers are influenced to make a purchase and I am included that. 

I would say that I have been a reader of fashion blogs for around 4 or more years now and it is evident how things have changed in that short amount of time. Before I would browse from time-to-time just to gain outfit inspiration whereas now I read blogs much more frequently, almost daily, to find key standout pieces that I'd like to add to my wardrobe. Don't get me wrong, I still love to go in store to have a good ol' browse but I must admit bloggers have made shopping a lot easier when I'm not in the mood for spending hours searching for the perfect product. Because I feel like bloggers influence my style and purchase decisions quite a lot, I thought I'd share with you (in no particular order) my current favourite fashion bloggers so you too can gain some inspiration from them. 

Styling Summer Dresses with Bonprix

Bonprix is a retailer I had never heard of until I was recently approached by a representative of theirs showing me digital postcards they'd created styling their new collection of summer dresses for top holiday destinations around the world. Comparable to Next, Bonprix is a catalogue retailer catering to women, men, and children with many affordable products available in a range of sizes. Though I wouldn't say I am the target customer for Bonprix as I think their womenswear is more suited to a slightly older consumer, after browsing on the site I did come across a couple of items that I would personally wear. Therefore thought I would share with you how I would style one of their summer dresses and prove that garments from one retailer can be worn by consumers of a variety of ages.

Styling Summer Dresses w/ Bonprix

Drinks at The Shard

New In: Charlotte Tilbury Makeup

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may know that last Monday (the 13th) was my birthday. This year, I couldn't come up with many ideas of what I wanted as a present when people asked (side note: is it just me who always seems to want things until birthdays or christmas come around?) but there was a few Charlotte Tilbury makeup bits that I have had my eye on. 

Charlotte Tilbury is by far one of my favourite makeup brands and has been since I purchased my first item, the 'Uptown Girl' palette, back in late 2013. You aren't just paying a high price for the luxurious rose gold packaging as lovely as it is, but Charlotte Tilbury's products are actually worth every penny as they just do their job fabulously. The quality is consistently incredible, the colours are carefully selected to suit different skin tones/eye colours, and everything I've tried lasts really well. I received three new products from Charlotte Tilbury for my birthday, so I thought I would give mini reviews on each of them as although I've only been using them for a week and a bit, I have definitely formed opinions on them already.

The Oversized Striped Tee

Zara Sale Picks | SS15

As the sales have been going on for a week or two now most seem to have started fizzling out, with only the unwanted items and the awkward sizes left behind to grab. However, though slightly biased as it's one of my favourite shops, I think that Zara's sales are some of the best on the UK high street. As their items are already good value for money, when prices are discounted during the sale season you can pick up some amazing bargains and there always seems to be good items left even towards the end unlike in other retailers. I've been into my local store a couple of times recently and on one occasion I spotted so many items on sale I was having a tough decision choosing what to buy. Because of this, I thought I would share with you some of my picks from Zara's online sale.

My Makeup Staples

When I do my makeup in the mornings there are certain products which I use almost every day, absolutely love, and constantly repurchase when they run out. These are my fail-safe products which I have tried and tested hundreds of times and work really well for me. I like to call them my makeup staples as they form the basis of my everyday makeup look and then I can add in the other products which I like to change up depending on how I feel. I haven't included any blushers/bronzers, eyeshadows or lipsticks as these tend to be the products which I do like to change and I simply couldn't pick one staple but I may do a separate post on my favourites from each of those categories in the future.

Recent Reads #2

It's been about 2 months since I shared my first 'Recent Reads' post with you so I thought that I would update you on some of the books that I've read since then. Most of these books I bought as I'd heard a lot about them and they also fit into the thriller/psychological thriller genre which I love at the moment, but there is one exception which is practically the opposite. I actually really enjoyed all of the books I'm going to speak about this time but there were definitely a couple of standouts for me.

First up is Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson and this is one that definitely stood out to me and I couldn't put it down. It is about a woman who has lost her memory and can't remember anything when she wakes up each morning. She becomes unsure whether the people around her that she is supposed to trust are telling her the truth about her life and what happened to her. It's narrated through diary entries that she begins making to try and improve her memory and figure things out which really allows you to step into her shoes and try to understand what she's going through. Really suspenseful with lots of twists and turns which I thoroughly enjoyed. Anybody who loves a psychological thriller I would completely recommend this to, the way the story pans out is very unsettling but great to read. 

A Summer Sale Shopping Haul

I've been feeling the need for a wardrobe refresh for a while now, I have a big bag of clothes to sell sat in my bedroom and I need to do another clear-out ASAP to add to that. The second stage to a wardrobe refresh though is the best part, which is obviously buying new clothes to fill the empty space. Who am I kidding, there's still no empty space in my wardrobe even after a clear-out, however this does not stop me buying new clothes.

In recent months nothing has grabbed my eye too much even though I love the SS15 trends but on Monday I went shopping and picked up quite a few bargains in the sale which I thought I would share with you as I felt like it was my lucky day. I have also added a couple of things which I've bought on different occasions over the past few weeks too.

Textured Throw-On Coat Topshop, £79 £40
Let's face it, I probably didn't need this coat at all but I thought it was such a classic style yet different from what you usually see. It is quite lightweight but can definitely be worn throughout the year and it's a pastel blue colour with a peachy underlayer giving it a really unique colour. I don't have any coats that aren't neutral or black so this is a nice addition to my wardrobe and it's surprisingly versatile. 

June Wishlist | Weekday

Weekday Wishlist

I've recently discovered Weekday which is a fashion brand influenced by Scandinavian style providing staple pieces that would fit into the wardrobes of many. As a lover of basics and simplistic yet chic outfits, discovering this site was practically a dream come true. I found myself scrolling through and wanting pretty much everything - even some of the slightly more daring yet gorgeous printed pieces. 

It was pretty hard to narrow it down, but here are 8 of the many items that I am currently lusting after from Weekday: 

1) Tam Top (Bra), £12 - A lingerie drawer essential with a flattering, clean cut. 
2) Pingis Playsuit, £45 - I think this playsuit could just be thrown on in summer with a nice handbag and shoes for a chic but easy outfit.
3) Istanbul Shorts, £18 - A staple piece for everybody in summer which would go perfectly with a plain tee and a tan for a laidback, effortless look.
4) Cupro Singlet, £18 - I love the pastel blue colour of this and it's thin, flattering straps. It would go nicely alone paired with jeans/shorts or with a cardigan on top when it's slightly colder.
5) Move Trousers, £45 - A more daring choice, but from this recent post you'll know I'm loving wide-leg trousers and these would look great with a fitted black top if you're looking to make a statement. 
6) Zingoalla LS Tee, £27 - Off-the-shoulder is a trend this season and stripes are a timeless classic, so the two together are a great combination. This top could be worn throughout summer and would see you into autumn/winter too. 
7) Plie Strap Dress, £30 - Another item which is simple but would be great in everybody's wardrobe because it can be styled in so many different ways and layered up with different pieces.
8) Sinjin Singlet, £23 £11 - The silky look and the straps at the back just sold me on this top. It would look super pretty dressed up for the evening and I love the colour too.

I really, really wish Weekday had a UK based store but for now I will happily settle with the e-commerce option which I will hopefully be making an order from very soon... 

What other online brands would you recommend for me to check out?

Eating at Shake Shack

A couple of weeks back when I was in London with my friend Livvy we were on a mission to try places to eat that we hadn't visited before, as we often fall into a familiar routine of eating at the same restaurants and cafés. I wrote a post about where we lunched (see here), so I thought I would blog about where we went for dinner too as there has been a lot of hype around the restaurant.

We have been wanting to visit Shake Shack, the American fast food restaurant chain, since it came to the UK in 2013 but as we are pretty impatient and there was always huge queues every time we were in the Covent Garden area around lunch or dinner time, we have missed out. This time, though, we decided that we would go for an early dinner because we so desperately wanted to go there. This worked out, and when we arrived just before 5pm there was practically no queue at all. 

The £10 Lace-Up Sandals

The lace-up sandal trend is one which has been seen on both the runway and the street for SS15 and I personally love it, so I knew I had to buy into it. There is a variety on offer in stores at the moment at different price marks but when I saw these in Primark for £10 about a month or so ago I just couldn't resist. They are a black faux suede finish with pointed toes and they lace up to the ankle, though there are zips at the back so you don't have to unlace them each time you wear them. I particularly like that the toes are covered and also when flats have a pointed toe it is always a plus for me as they elongate the legs without the need of a heel. Being from Primark they aren't the best quality but they're actually surprisingly comfortable as well as super flattering on the feet. Oddly, I got a UK size 4 (I am usually between a 5 or 6) and they fit perfectly which is lucky as they were the last pair in the store. 

If you can still get your hands on these then do as they are perfect for the warmer weather and I haven't stopped wearing them since I bought them because they just go with everything. I am not usually a lover of summer shoes - ankle boots are my absolute favourites - but I think this trend has definitely changed that this season! 

I will most likely do a 'trend watch' post (see others here) soon about more of my lace-up sandal picks so stay tuned for that if you are interested and if you want more before then you can check out my Sassique scrapbook page on them here.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely week!

Empty Products | June 2015

Over the past couple of weeks I have found myself running out of various different beauty products leading me mainly to wonder why products always seem to run out around the same time. Not especially good for the bank balance when it comes to repurchasing. 

As this has happened, I decided that I would write an 'empties' post to give you my opinions on what I've used up. It's a very odd concept taking photographs of empty products rather than beautiful new ones but I do believe that once you've used a product for a long amount of time you usually would have formed a solid opinion on it, so here goes. 

Bobbi Brown Corrector, £19 - It takes me what feels like ages to finish most make up products as I like to switch up what I'm wearing often but this is probably one of my all-time favourites hence why it's completely empty. If you have dark circles under your eyes like me then this is perfect because it's a peach-based, easily blendable formula that colour corrects incredibly well. I wear the shade Extra Light Bisque. It is quite pricey but absolutely worth it and it's currently available for 10% off on John Lewis!

Trend Watch: Wide Leg Trousers

Images sourced from Pinterest and Sassique
One of the main items of clothing that I have been lusting after the moment is wide leg, loose fit trousers. I actually tried on the perfect pair of striped ones in H&M which fitted like a dream but stupidly left them behind which I have regretted ever since. My friend even went back the next day because she knew how much I loved them but my size was all gone. 

The main reasons I've been loving these trousers is because I feel that they add an instant air of elegance and sophistication to an outfit and they are also a staple piece to have for summer in the UK, where it isn't always warm enough to wear a skirt or pair of shorts. Additionally, they would be easy to style for day or night and are an alternative to culottes if you prefer. Luckily for me, there is such an extensive range available on the high street currently varying from basic colours to vibrant patterns so I thought I would share some of my finds with you today.

Current Trend: Wide Leg Trousers

My personal favourites are a high waisted fit as they elongate they legs, especially when worn with heels, and would look great paired with a crop top. I also think striped ones are just gorgeous but equally H&M and Boohoo have the perfect boho patterns on offer which would fit right into anybody's holiday wardrobe. As these wide leg trousers seem to be everywhere right now, I will hopefully find a pair to rival my left-behind H&M ones. We will see...!

What spring/summer product are you wishing for most right now?

Choccywoccydoodah Café

Chocolate lovers this one is for you, so if you're a healthy eater only you may want to click away now as this could be enough to tempt you! 

On Friday, my friend Livvy and I were trying to make a decision of where to go for lunch whilst shopping when I remembered the hidden gem Choccywoccydoodah located just off Carnaby Street on Foubert's Place opposite MAC. This place is essentially how it sounds - chocolate heaven. I knew of Choccywoccydoodah previously as my 18th birthday cake was made by them (see here) but I haven't heard much about their café apart from seeing a few Instagram photos and only discovered it was actually there sometime late last year. To make a change from the usual places we'd visit for lunch, we decided to go in.

The café is situated on the first floor of the shop and is a relatively small space yet not cramped at all, making a nice change from some of the other super-packed places to eat that you come across in London. It is decorated with some pretty quirky furniture and has lots of character about it. As you'd expect, the menu - given to you on a big chalkboard - strictly consists of sweet options including milkshakes and slices of cake. We were told that their most popular options are the hot chocolate and the dipping platter.

ASOS Channels For Love and Lemons Lingerie

I have spoken a lot about ASOS recently, I know, but it honestly is one of my favourite places to shop at the moment so I find myself browsing on their site quite often and I just love it. As I was scrolling through the 'New In' section I was stopped in my tracks when I came across some bras and knew I had to share them as they reminded me instantly of the brand For Love and Lemons.

For those who don't know, For Love and Lemons is a lifestyle brand which sells a gorgeous range of clothing and lingerie most recognisable by the lace and embroidery used on many pieces. I always see this brand on Instagram (@forloveandlemons) with their beautiful images being reposted and people going mad for the lingerie so when I saw these ASOS 'dupes' for a fraction of the price I immediately thought "blog post".

For Love and Lemons 'Bat Your Lashes' bra in Highlighter Yellow

New In: NARS Make Up

Sometime during last week when I was stressing about finishing my assignment I found myself on ASOS and conveniently they had up to 30% off on beauty products. Feeling in the mood to treat myself I purchased two items from NARS which I have been longing to try.

The main reason I actually went ahead with the purchase is because the Radiant Creamy Concealer was in stock and had 10% off. I have heard SO much about this product and apparently it's usually quite difficult to find in my shade 'Vanilla' due to the popularity. I colour-matched myself by googling swatches and reading descriptions and though I would usually be afraid of getting make up online I was pretty sure it would be fine plus I believe you can return unused products on ASOS. The shade 'Vanilla' turned out the be perfect for me, it's a fair colour with slight pinky tones and just a touch lighter than my skin tone. I've used this concealer a couple of times now and I completely understand the hype around it. It glides on so nicely and feels really light and creamy (as the name suggests) yet gives a great amount of coverage and is the best I've used for dark circles under my eyes so far. I think that pairing this with the Bobbi Brown Corrector would be the perfect under-eye combination meaning I'm super tempted to repurchase that as I've run out. Though I haven't been using this product for long, I would recommend it to anyone wanting to try it.

My First Year at University

Just yesterday I handed in my last assignment for my first year at university, which feels crazy to say as it seems like only yesterday I was just starting. I thought I would do a blog post about this as not only is university obviously a huge part of my life right now but also my course is fashion-related and I know that people are often interested as to what it involves plus it will give anybody who wants to do a similar course some more insight. Heads up, this might be a bit of a wordy post but I'm going to try and make it as concise as possible! 

First things first, the course I am studying is BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing/Management at the University of Southampton. I believe the entry requirements for this course were ABB at A-Level (though this information can be checked on the website) and previously I had studied no fashion/marketing/business-related subjects. At A-Level I studied Media Studies, Psychology, and Spanish so there's no need to worry if you think you should've taken Textiles or Business Studies. Though these subjects may give you slightly more knowledge to begin with but as long as you're interested in studying this subject and are willing to learn then you should be absolutely fine.

Before I begin speaking about my course I thought I would speak generally about starting university. As I live close I decided to stay living at home which means I travel to uni on the train each day which takes about 30 minutes. For me, this experience is fine and I'm completely used to it now. I've never had a problem with travelling via train and because I always bring something to read with me it doesn't seem like long at all. If this is something you are considering but are worried you will be the only one/you will miss out then I don't believe it has really affected me in a huge way and I know others on my course who also live at home too (and travel further than me). My main piece of advice for starting first year is to just talk to people as everybody is in the same position, if you live at home you may have to make a little extra effort as you're not living in accommodation with everybody else but ultimately you will make friends just as easily from my experience and it doesn't take too long before you're settled into the routine. I would also say that another good tip is you need to manage your time well but don't put a huge amount of pressure on yourself, you can still have fun and first year doesn't count.

Onto my course specifically, when people ask me what I'm studying and I say "Fashion Management and Marketing" I get a LOT of replies like "so, are you designing clothes and stuff?". The answer is no. The clue is sort of in the name. I chose this course because I wanted to get into the business side of the fashion industry, I think people often just assume design is the only route available but that is absolutely not the case.  Fashion Management/Marketing still requires creativity but this is balanced with being business-minded too. As reading about modules online can be a bit tedious sometimes I thought I'd give a brief description of what areas I've studied this year to explain what the course involves.

Met Gala 2015 Style Favourites

Today marks the beginning of my last week of my first year at university, so with my final deadline of the year looming I haven't had a lot of spare time on my hands which is why this blog post is a week late. I couldn't pass up on the chance to share my favourite looks from this year's Met Gala though,  despite the fact that everybody has most likely seen them everywhere already.

The Met Gala is one of my favourite events to style-stalk celebrities as everybody goes all-out to look incredibly glamorous. This year the museum was celebrating the opening of the China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition and as always many of the attendants dressed impeccably. The overall trends I spotted were plunge-necks, florals, and embellishment (plus extra points for a bold lip colour) and let's just say there were definitely some questionable choices but the best ones made up for it!  Here are the gowns that I was admired the most: 

My absolute favourite look from the evening was Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in this gorgeous Atelier Versace gown - when does Rosie not look incredible though? An understated dress compared to some (cough, Rihanna, cough) but I thought she looked stunning and love the cut of this dress, which shows off her perfect figure.

Recent Reads #1

I've always been a big fan of reading since I was young but until recently I hadn't found enough time which is an awful excuse because you should always have time to read, even if you do it before bed. However, now I'm travelling to uni each day by train I have a little extra time which I like to spend reading and I am definitely back to my old book-loving ways. I've read quite a lot of books since the beginning of the year but I thought I'd do a blog post about the 4 most recent I've read in the past couple of months. I'm going to try and keep it relatively short because I don't want to give anything away but hopefully this will give you some suggestions if you're stuck on finding books to read at the moment. Please also remember, I am not a literature expert and my thoughts may not be correct but I love hearing other people's honest recommendations so thought I'd give it a go. 

April Wishlist | ASOS

Confession time: I never used to be a fan of ASOS. Even as a fashion obsessor, I used to get bored and frustrated having to scroll through masses of clothes and ending up finding nothing that jumped out at me enough to make a purchase. Some days this feeling still exists because, after all, shopping is a lot about the experience in my opinion and staring at your laptop screen scrolling for what feels like forever isn't the best way to spend your time. However, a couple of years later I can definitely say I have been converted and by that I mean as soon as you type the letter "A" into the search bar of Google Chrome on my laptop it autofills as "". 

Recently, I have been really stuck with finding clothes I want to purchase especially in-store. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love many of the S/S 15 trends but I haven't found them translated into many pieces on the high street that I am willing to part with my money for. Sure there's a lot of denim, suede, khaki, prints, and more around but none which I've really fallen for. And lately, I've been trying only to purchase clothes that I really fall for and are wearable instead of buying on impulse. A friend discussed this with me on a recent shopping trip, commenting "we both buy things that we think are pretty then realise we have nothing to actually wear them with." 

This and the fact that I don't specifically know what items I'm looking for has meant that I have been an avid browser of ASOS over the past couple of weeks due to their wide choice and the best returns policy. Whilst searching for new wardrobe additions I always add items to my saved list, so I thought I'd share with you some which I currently have my eye on and if there's anything you're loving definitely leave the link in a comment.

From top, L-R: 

ASOS Denim A-Line Mini Skirt in Indigo, £30 - If you read my post on denim you'll know that there was a skirt from Topshop I really wanted but it sold out and this is the closest I have found to it so far. 

ASOS 90's Sundress with High Neck in Stripe, £25 - I have a dress in this exact same style which I got last year with a monochrome floral print and it's the perfect item to throw on for a hot day. Plus, I love stripes! 

ASOS Waist & Hip Belt with D Ring Buckle, £8 - I've been searching for a plain black belt to pair with jeans for a while and love the look of this one which isn't too thick or too thin. 

Cheap Monday Tight Skinny Jeans, £49 £34 - Love the colour of these as jeans from Cheap Monday to wear on an everyday basis and the sale price has me very tempted even though I've just bought 2 new pairs of jeans... I must resist.

Glamorous Utility Shirt, £32 £19 - Another sale piece I spotted and thought would be very versatile to wear with jeans, skirts, or unbuttoned over tops and dresses.

ASOS HAILEY Heeled Sandals, £35 - I've also been on the hunt for some sandals for summer and as I love a bit of a heel these are one of the contenders I'm considering buying, I just haven't yet decided what colour I want. 

Little White Lies Cold Shoulder Dress in Lace Cutwork, £130 - Oh, if only this was £100 cheaper I would have to have it. It screams Coachella and would be such a cute summer dress especially if you had a tan.

Cinderella: The Costumes

On Saturday evening I went to the cinema for what seems like the first time in ages to see the new Cinderella movie. I loved the film itself (despite some emotional scenes which I should've known were coming!) and would definitely recommend any Disney fan to go and watch, but of course what caught my eye and I knew I had to share my thoughts on were Cinderella's costumes. 

Trend Watch: Denim

Images sourced from Vogue, Pinterest, and Tumblr.
Denim has been a year-round staple for a long time in a lot of people's wardrobes but this Spring denim is a huge trend. It was seen throughout the SS15 catwalks, including Burberry and Stella McCartney, and every retailer has denim all over their website homepage right now ready for their fashion hungry consumers to shop the trend. Denim is coming at us in more ways than just one too. Think jackets, skirts, dresses, jumpsuits, and more, meaning this is a trend that even jeans-haters can buy into this season.

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