Sunday, 28 April 2013

Hey there, graffiti man!

This is my favourite bag and jacket at the moment. I'll try not to rinse it out but I'm not making any promises.

Levi Denim Jacket - Afflecks Palace
T-shirt - Zara
Bodycon Skirt - H&M
Clarks Desert Boots - Office
Bubble Backpack - Asos Marketplace

but I recently found the exact same bag on ebay for £1.50 grr.

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Face makeup routine | everyday by Shauna

Hey guys it's my friend Shauna again with her second video. She was doing so well with her other video but there was an issue with it so she had to re-upload it. Make sure you check that out to! Subscribe to shaunsmac18 to keep up with her videos.

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Welcome to the 60s

Mary Quant
This is one of my faves along with the 90s. It was such a change from the 1950s as British pop culture took over. This is the decade when teenagers took over and created their own looks. Also designer Mary Quant who was credited for the creation mini skirts and hot pants. Although some may argue that it wasn't her.

The mod fashion movement threw away the pale colours of 1950s and replaced them with bright skirts, PVC dresses, floral hippy patterns and gogo boots. False eyelashes were also brought to fame as women and girls wanted to their eyes to look wider and brighter like Twiggy's. It was seen more as luxury though and only those with filled pockets had access to them.

Fashion was also influenced by style icon, U.S First Lady Jackie Kennedy who wore pillbox hats, clean suits and Oleg Cassini's items.

The Face of '66

Twiggy became the face of 1966 at the age of 16, she was internationally known as the first supermodel. Her underdeveloped boyish figure and big blue eyes, I think is what lead her to success and to be a fashion icon. An idol towards teenage girls as she brought out the best of the horrors of adolescence. Twiggy herself spoke out against really thin models and said that her own build was natural - "I was very skinny, but that was just me natural build. I always ate sensibly - being thin was in my genes." She retired in 1970 after four years of modelling.

Flower Power

Of course the 1960s is also known for its hippie trend. The mad colours and patterns were seen all over the show in the late '60s. I'm not the biggest fan of this trend. I think that there is too much going on. Tie-dye shirts, floral print maxi dresses, psychedelic and paisley patterns were the way forward. It is said to be the youths' way to showing "anything goes." 

Model Amanda Lear wearing a outfit by Ossie Clark,
 taken in 1968.

*I don't own any of the pictures above.

Get the '60s look

AX Paris high neck dress
£25 -

£9.17 -

Lace up oxford shoes
£62 -

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What do you think of the '60s?

Monday, 22 April 2013

Get Ready with Shauna

The girl in the video below is my mate Shauna. She's an aspiring makeup artist. Which I think is so cool, basically I think anything creative and artistic is interesting. She has made a youtube account where she'll be doing makeup tutorials and all things to do with health and beauty. Oh yeah, she'll be doing vlogs too and she's asked me to be in some of them! Although I hate hearing a recording of my voice. Anyway back to Shauna... This is her first video she uploaded yesterday and I really think it's worth checking out. Click on the video so you can see the description which shows the makeup used in this video. Her youtube account is shaunsmac18. SUBSCRIBE SUBSCRIBE SUBSCRIBE!

Sunday, 21 April 2013

How to stretch your jeans

Do you have jeans that don't fit? I ordered a pair Levis 501 jeans of ebay a couple weeks ago, I guess that's another tick of My Wishlist. This is my first purchase of ebay and what a great site it is. Everything and anything is on there. Right now I'm basically getting rid of all the clothes clothes I've never worn or the ones I have which I think still has some value. Anyway, back to point of this post...

There was some issues with the delivery so the seller kindly sent me an extra pair, the same size but in a different colour for free! How lucky am I. The free pair of jeans fit perfect but the one I originally ordered was a bit too tight. Weird right considering they were both the same size. I was 100% sure I got my measurements right but I guess I was wrong.

  • I don't want return it and then waiting for another pair to arrive. 

  • I don't own a waistband stretcher. 

  • It only takes about a week to lose 1 inch of your waistline but that requires exercise. I've been saying I'm going to join the gym since last year. I actually might start this week if I can find the motivation.

But I manage to stretch my jeans with these simple steps. It was a bit uncomfortable though.

  1. Wash your jeans. Turn them inside out before you put them in the washing machine. All jeans are different, so look at the label for tips on what temperature to wash it at. 
  2. Do not put them in dryer. It may cause it to shrink.
  3. While your jeans are still wet put them on. They don't have to be soaking wet they can be damp.
  4. Or you can put them on whilst dry and get in a bath with warm water. Stay in the bath for a couple of minute until your jeans are completely soaked.
  5. Make sure you move around. Do some stretches! Put a towel underneath you so there is less water to clear up afterwards.
  6. Keep them on until they're dry. They don't have to be completely dry an hour will be enough.
This method is for your waistband and around your thighs. It worked great for me and now my jeans fit perfect.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Just a bit of fun!

On the way home from music practise I decide to walk from the bus station. I see my friends. Of course I got distracted and it took me a while before I set of home. Of course I had my camera, they got a hold of my camera. It turned into some kind of photoshoot. Anyway they wanted me to put these on...

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

The Golden Age

What I love about fashion is that it's always changing and every decade has their own signature look.
Dior's New Look 1947
The 1950s was known as the "Golden Age" in America. The decade that brought Rock and Roll music, TVs and bikinis.

The 1950s was a big step forward for fashion. In 1947 Dior's "New Look" was launched and it still had big impact during the 50s. It was full of skirts that dropped below the knee and emphasized a woman's waist. Women looked elegant and classy. They would show of their figures without revealing too much flesh.

Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina
Shorter hair was the way forward during that time. It moved away from the stereotypical view of women having to have long hair. Of course you all know about Marilyn Monroe's blonde retro waves. My favourite hairstyle was the pixie cut which was popularized by Audrey Hepburn in her debut film Roman Holiday and Sabrina. I think that the pixie cut is quite a boyish look but the clothes during that time were very feminine.

Women wore a lot of high waisted clothing during that time to show off their thin waist and curves. They'd mainly wear a midi length skirt or dress that comes in at the waist and then spreads out. It would be accessorized with a big fur coat or scarf. The skirts and dresses are the type of items you'd love to twirl around in when you've got it on. All the clothing pushed towards that hourglass figure unlike the 1940s.

Patterns such as flowers, stripes and polka dots were seen everywhere.
No woman would leave their house without wearing gloves. It wasn't worn to keep hands warm during cold days. It was an accessory. Many young girls went for the poodle skirts and tight fitted jumpers.

Many famous names such as Christina Aguilera and Dita Von Teese keep 1950s look alive. Here is how you can.
*I don't own the pictures above
1950s Look
River Island polka dot top
£25 -

Asos Full Midi Skirt
£38 -

Rocha.John Rocha brogue shoes
£28 -

Alan Hannah Pearl Necklace
£16 -

Miss Selfridge bow belt
£12 -

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Going Solo

So today was the first time I went shopping on my own. It was really good; I got things done much quicker. This was great because once again, it was raining in Manchester. You don’t have to follow anyone in to the shop they want to go to and no one is moaning at you to hurry up or anything. I was so proud of myself; I stuck to the amount I could spend. Also I had a little bit more because I returned one an item.

Everything was going great until I got into the bus station to go home when a woman approached me (this story has a happy ending).

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

D&G Autumn/Winter 2013-2014, Ready to wear.

This post is a bit late but it's better late than never I guess.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have cooked up another collection of gorgeous items of clothing. The attention to detail was oh so wow. That's the best way I can describe it. The duo's mosaic pieces is what grabbed me the most.

The key items for me were definitely the accessories. These caged heels reminded of a garden you'd find in a Shakespeare play.
*I don't own any of these pictures.

Find images of the full show on Vogue.