Wednesday, December 1, 2010

3rd year is hard!

Well this week has once again been a stressful one!

On Tuesday I had my first fitting for Pre Collection and although it went quite well I did my normal thing of getting really stressed and worried that I had too much to do. My mood wasn't helped by a ridiculous amount of snow which caused Uni to be closed at 2pm so have had no access to sewing equipment so I can start changes on my outfit.

On top of that I still had to go to work and walking in the cold, dark slipperiness was not fun!

I am feeling a bit better about everything now after I had a good night sleep last night and work up feeling ready to organise my work and although Uni was closed again today it meant I could focus a little more on my dissertation which at the moment is going quite well.

When I finally get back to Uni this is what I will be focussing on

I am making a jacket out of denim which is going to have this stripe technique as the main feature. I have worked out that I am going to have to pull of 3080 threads! So I am sure I will update with my progress on that as soon as get started!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

end to a long long week

This week has been long, tiring and at times stressful. I have had to temporarily move out of house while the letting agents finally sort out the problem with our bathroom so have had to move to Uxbridge to stay with the boy for the week. It has been lovely to spend so much time here but then with the thought of a 4 hour round trip just to get to work and uni it has not been ideal.

Although on a good note Barbara seemed to like the basic idea for my collection. It is based on 1970's American Skateboarders and I am really enjoying it. I still haven't got the right fabrics however so need to sort that out by Tuesday.

I have been quite stressed out with pre-collection so far although for some reason I have been finding a lot of time to do nothing! I have been making Christmas presents, knitting and watching films. The best film I have seen recently was How to Train Your Dragon. I love animated films and this one is really lovely.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Nothing more I can do now....

well after a day and a half I have finished my initial designs and have come up with an initial line up ready for my tutorial tomorrow. I am pretty happy with it although I think I need some different fabrics.

Lets see what Barbara makes of it tomorrow....

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Although I love the concept for my pre collection I have been finding everything I could possible do to not actually do any work.

I have been making Christmas presents, baking cakes, tiding my room....

Hopefully today will mark the end of my dilly dallying and the start of my serious designing!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

pre collection woes

stressful times again!

I am ill with what can only be described as the worst case of flu i have ever had yet I still have to concentrate on my pre collection.

I am basing it on the 1970's skate group the 'z-boys', if they were to come and conquer the english countryside.

I am really enjoying the project so far but it is moving forward so quickly I don't feel like I have time to breathe! I also don't cope very well when I am ill and its leading me to second guess myself and not be able to make decisions so everything is taking twice as long.

ah well another night of lemsip and toing and froing

Sunday, October 10, 2010

everything is cuter when it has eyes

After a very busy day at the Knitting and Stitching Show yesterday at Alexandra Palace, I sat down with my new purchases - one of which is the cute book by Anna Hrachovec of Mochi Mochi Land.

After looking through the whole book about 5 times I decided that anything is cute as long as it has eyes! I particularly like the Confused Moose, Pigs in Wigs and the Bed Bugs.

As I dragged my mum all the way round the show yesterday and she treated me to dinner I decided I would make her a Bed Bug as she fell in love with them when she saw the pattern

I loved knitting him. I can see that I am going to end up with a menagerie of funny little creatures...

Friday, October 8, 2010

ally pally

Tomorrow I am off to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally! I'm excited but hoping not to spend too much as I haven't knit much from my knit nation haul yet!

Hopefully this trip will kick start my blog writing again as I have been a bit rubbish lately!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

London Fashion Week Day 1

I am going to post my thoughts about LFW a day behind so I can get the most info available.

Friday saw the likes of PPQ, Felder Felder, Bora Aksu and Paul Costello take to the catwalk. I was hoping for brights and pattern and PPQ certainly gave me that.

I love brights mixed with black and the print and design of this dress in particular is stunning although I'm not sure about the fez styling...

I love texture in clothing whether it be naturally occurring in the fabric itself or if its a man made manipulation. My favorite has to be from new comer Hannah Marshall. The folds and pleats in the dove grey fabric are sophisticated yet edgy at the same time.

Felder Felder chose to showcase small slashes on otherwise plain jackets in bright pinks and blues. It reminded me of old school cowboy fringed jackets - in a good way!

Nearly every outfit in the Sass and Bide show featured highly fringed Elizabethan style collars. My favourite outfit also included a gorgeous beaded capelet which I think would be gorgeous worn day or night.

Although I love every aspect of fashion I love it even more when a garment has some functionality. This dress/top is exactly the sort of thing I love. The simple shape means it could be worn is lots of different ways and the large shaped pockets on the front would be a great place to keep a mobile or lipgloss!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Today is the day

Today is the start of London Fashion Week SS 2011. It seems a little crazy that today is a miserable day and I have sitting here wrapped in a blanket yet am really excited to see what we will all be wearing in the spring.

I am hoping for lots of brights, pretty prints and patterns and something a bit fresh and new.

I will hopefully blog every day with my thoughts on the best shows and what I will definitely be looking out for come March.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Top 5 Statement Animal Rings

I tried to post this yesterday but for some reason it was playing up so here it is now!

I love animal rings. They bigger and more random the animal the better! Here are my top 5 animal rings for Autumn/Winter 2010

Number 5

Everyone loves a bit on bling and what could be better than a crystal encrusted duck! This Topshop ring is a perfect example of what the high street has to offer this season. The duck stands proud on a gold tone band and would look great dressed up or down. At £20 its not the cheapest around but with all those crystals I think its worth it!

Number 4

There seems to be a mini trend forming at the moment for multi finger rings and this flying eagle example from ASOS is perfect. It is worn on three fingers so I am not sure how wearable this would be on a day to day basis but for a special fashion occasion or night out it is perfect. It would give a rock n' roll look to any outfit and at only £10 its a bit of a steal.
Number 3

I love the film Fantastic Mr Fox and this gorgeous fox ring reminds of its charm. With foxes getting such bad press at the moment this cute ring available from Urban Outfitters has come at just the right time. It is made of oxidised silver so comes with a price tag of £98 but since it wont end up turning your finger green or go all coppery it's a good buy.

Number 2

This cute little bunny reminds of the song 'Bright Eyes' in Watership Down. I love that this ring from Me & Zena would sit quite flat to the hand so it could be worn on a daily basis. Its available in either gold tone with green eyes or silver tone with blue eyes. It is £25 and it is definitely going on my birthday present list!

And the winner is...

I love random jewellery and this ring from Galibardy is just that. Although its not strictly an animal anymore (more of a skull!) it is stunning. It would be perfect for the glam goth look that rocked the Balmain catwalks for this season. The ring can be worn as is or can be threaded onto a chain through the eye holes and worn as a pendant. So with a price of £45 it is quite a bargain for 2 pieces of unique jewellery!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Magazine love

Hi my name is Sam and I have an addiction to magazines.

I end up going into my local WH Smiths about 3 times a week to see if there is anything new and exciting out and spend way too much money on them! I buy cooking mags, knitting mags, fashion mags and menswear mags and as soon as I get them I want more!

During my addicition though I find som truely great magazines. My favourite couple at the moment are Company High Street Edit and Oh Comely.

I bought the Spring/Summer high street edit from Company earlier this year and loved it and then completely forgot about it. I then saw it again on one of my trips to Smiths and decided to see if it stood up to my memory of it. And it did! I love the In Store Now feature which shows the best bits to buy from all the top high street stores. The whole magazine is well put together with a good mix of fashion buys, articles and photoshoots.

The other magazine I decided to give a go was Oh Comely. I hav flicked through the first issue but haven't bought it until now. I really like the light hearted style of the writing and features. I also love the use of pretty illustrations throughout and the layout style is fresh and modern. The magazine tagline 'keep your curiosity sacred' fits perfectly with the magazine and my own outlook on creativity.

definitely go buy these magazines. right now!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Top 5 Furry Autumn Coats

I have decided to start my proper blogging with adding a new Monday feature of my Top 5. This week I have chosen my Top 5 Furry Autumn Coats!

I love a furry jacket. There is nothing better than snuggling up in a fluffy coat, putting on your favourite mittens and scarf and heading out into a blustery Autumn day. Although we haven't seen the last of Summer yet there is definitely a chill in the air and there is no harm in investing in a lovely coat so you can be ready for when the weather turns.

Number 5

This cropped furry jacket by Pepe Jeans is available from from ASOS. Although it is not exciting on the design front it is a staple shape for any wardrobe. The colour is neutral enough to go with anything and could easily be dressed up or down. I can imagine it being worn with a pretty floral vintage dress and brogues. At £95 its a little pricey but would easily be wearable for seasons to come.

Number 4

If a full furry coat isn't for you then this New Look number could be right up your street! I love duffel coats of any style and by adding fur to the collar and front of one makes it almost irresistible to me. Again the colour is neutral and is going to be perfect for snowy walks in the park. It is a good length and would be perfect for petite girls as it won't swap you. At £55 I think it is a bargain for a knee length coat.
Number 3

I would be very surprised if anyone didn't know that Shearling was going to be huge for Autumn/Winter. A lot of the jackets and coats I have seen are tan in colour which I think is a hard colour to pull off. To get around this problem Oasis have come up with a stunning chocolate brown version. The waterfall front is flattering of every shape and the huge collar looks really snuggly, perfect for cold winter nights. At £80 it isn't cheap but I think the quality and style is worth it.
Number 2

I love Boohoo. They have a great way of getting gorgeous designer looks for less and this fox fur style jacket is one of those. It looks great with a wide belt to cinch in the waist and would be the perfect jacket for a winter girls night out. The thick pile of the coat is stunning and looks super cosy. At £60 its quite pricey for Boohoo but I think it is a great price for a winter coat.

And the winner is...

I am completely and utterly in love with this Zara coat. This real lambs leather coat is such a gorgeous shape with the rounded shoulders and slightly cropped sleeves is fashion forward while still being warm and practical for Autumn. The slightly curly fur on the jacket is not too bulky and not too over the top so could be worn for seasons to come. At £219 it is expensive and I will never be able to afford it whilst I am still a student but I can dream!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

My First Recipe!

Ages ago I bought a butternut squash for a recipe and it only needed half so I froze the other half and then forgot about it. I recently rediscovered it and decided I wanted to make some muffins with it. I read that you could treat it like carrot so I decided to pair it with walnuts and the result was really good! The muffins stay really moist with a lovely crunchy top. I will definitely be making this again!

250g peeled, seeded and diced butternut squash
200g self raising flour
200g caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice
175ml semi skimmed milk
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon olive oil
50g roughly chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 200 C. Line a muffin tin with muffin cases

2. In a saucepan boil the squash for about 20 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat, drain, and mash

3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt and spices

4. In a medium bowl, mix together milk, egg and oil. Stir in the mashed squash and walnuts

5. Fold the squash mixture into the flour mixture until just combined

6. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin, filling the cases until about 3/4 full and bake for 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack

Friday, September 3, 2010

sorry about the delay

I have been working lots of overtime before I go back to uni at the end of this month so I haven't been able to update my blog as much as I would like :(

Hopefully over the weekend I should be able to get down to some serious blogging!

Monday, August 30, 2010

a little bicycle update

Me and the boy have been working hard the past week to try and find all the pieces we need to complete the bike. These include an entire new gear system, new brakes and a pretty purple bell (of course this is the most important!)

Before the big changes!

Today I started to clean and polish all the chrome accessories on the bike and they are now gleaming and mirror like! I then decided that the boy should paint it so if anything went wrong it was his fault....but like the pro he is it looks amazing. I can't wait for all the bits to arrive so I can go a a ride on it. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks it will be done!

The pretty paint job!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Post ideas

I am thinking of trying to blog with a bit more purpose and structure. Although I like just randomly posting when I feel like I need to share it means that I post really erratically and I end up feeling guilty when I don't post more than once a week.

So I am trying to come up with different things to blog about each day.

so far I have come up with -

1. Uni work update
2. High street fashion reviews and outfit ideas
3. Craft updates
4. Designer runway reviews
5. Ways to cheat designer or high street looks

Not sure if I will use all these or whether I will even give this a go but I thought it would be a good idea to try!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Blackberry Fun and Shopping Disappointment

This weekend has been a good, homely weekend! On Saturday me and the boy went for a long walk along the canal and came across loads and loads of blackberries! We then spent ages getting covered in blackberry juice,get stung by stinging nettles and getting hook on thorns to get to the fattest blackberries! We ended up getting a massive back of them so I decided to Blackberry and Lemon Scones and although they turned out more cakey as the boy has limited baking equipment, they were still really tasty!

Today I decided I needed to go shopping for some lovely new autumn dresses and skirts but was pretty disappointed. New Look and a large selection of new things but it was all too pretty pretty and although I love looking feminine I like to have a bit of an edge. I did fall in love with these boots however and think that as soon as I get paid I will be investing in them!

I was pretty disheartened with what Topshop had on display so was only in there for a matter of minutes although I did spy this jumper that I have seen when I have gone in before. I love the little pom poms on it but I was a bit taken aback by the price of £35 so decided to by a plain jumper from Primark for £5 and will sew on some pom poms myself!

I did find a dress with pretty swallows on it and long sleeves and a mint coloured polka dot skirt from Primark but even then I struggled to find those bits. I think I will have to go back in a couple of weeks to see if more of the new Autumn stock has made it out on to the high street!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Homeless is where the heart is

We recently received our summer project and I was a bit stumped when we were asked to interpret the phrase 'Home is Where the Heart Is'. I haven't had a particularly interesting childhood and don't have a great tie to a home so wanted to base my project on something else!

As with all great projects I started with a spider diagram I decided to focus on the homeless. I found an amazing book that shows photos of houses that homeless people have made for themselves.

I thought I would share a couple of the inspirational images I have found so far

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I want to ride my bicycle....

A few years ago my lovely boyfriend made me a bike! I loved it but it was slightly to tall for me as I am so small, so it ended up going in the shed and I forgot about it! Well in an effort to get a bit fitter we have decided to try and get it the right size for me. At the moment it is in bits but hopefully it will look like this...

This bicycle is from the Pearl and the Puppets video for 'Make Me Smile'

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lucky me!

I am so lucky to have a dad like mine! After the stash I bought from Knit Nation I wanted to start knitting with it straight away - however that would involve hand winding each skein into a ball and with some of the skeins being up to 1000 meters long I was not looking forward to that!

I desperately wanted a ball winder but they are quite expensive and so I showed a picture of one to my dad and a week later he had made one! Just from looking at the picture!

here it is!

and here is the lovely ball it made!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

In love with this song

I go through stages of listening to songs over and over again and the moment this is one of those songs! I adore this video.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

look what i got!

Look at all the pretty things I bought!

Its all so squishy and lovely, I cant stop looking and cuddling it! I have some projects planned for some of it but not sure what to do with the rest yet! ah well!!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

guess what it is tomorrow!

I am so excited I can't even sleep! It is of course Knit Nation!!!!!!

I have made my list, got my maps and money sorted and have packed my bag.

I am hoping not to go crazy but I'm not sure how I will react with all the pretty yarn!

updates to come tomorrow!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

oops its been a while!

I have been rubbish with blogging other last few weeks. I keep meaning to post then I get distracted or tired!

I am currently trying to work through my summer project from uni, while trying to start making christmas presents ( I know its early!!) and trying to set up a folksy shop selling accessories and other bits I have made.

I am going to Knit Nation on Saturday and I'm really excited as I actually have a nice bit of money to spend. I have made a list for what I need for Christmas presents and for a couple of bits for myself.

Hopefully I will post a bit more over the next few days!!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

so hot!

I have really wanted to get on with some knitting this week however it has been so hot!

I did however go into London on Friday with my boyfriend. We went to the Sally Mann Exhibition at the Photographers Gallery and the British Art Now Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. I really enjoyed both and hopefully I should be able to get lots of ideas from them for my final year.

I love the composition and dreamy quality of Sally Mann's Photography. The Exhibition only featured black and white images but whilst browsing through a book of her work in the shop I saw some colour work as well.

I love going to exhibitions where there are multiple artists. You never know what you are going to see from room to room. I love these works in particular but it was a really interesting and inspiring exhibition all together.

Peter Peri

Pheobe Unwin

Caroline Achaintre

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

busy busy busy

This week has been a week of knitting!

I first thought I would update on my blanket...

It is getting big! It is starting to get too heavy for the needles so I may need to change to some metal ones for added strength.

I love all the colours together though

I also thought I would start to knit in the round more often. For some reason I had a phobia of double pointed needles and it is pretty tricky to begin with but now I get the idea I really love knitting this way.

I decided to test my skills by making a simple pair of socks for Fathers Day. I hope he likes them!

I have loved all the flower headbands that are in the shops at the moment but think they are over priced and not the best quality so I decided to make one myself! I love it :)

I love having the time to be crafty and really get back into knitting although I am slowly get more and more obsessed again!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

my first spinning!

After being inspired by all the beautiful handspun yarns on ravelry that i thought i would give it a go myself!

I bought a drop spindle and gave it a go this morning. It isnt perfect but I love it all the same. I think this is a going to be a growing obsession!

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