Tuesday, 30 August 2011

esra roise

I love her work. It marries two of my favourite things; illustration and fashion.

View her website here.

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Saturday, 20 August 2011

by the sea

I went to Wales with my family earlier this week. We went to the Welsh Mountain Zoo and Llandudno beach. I like walking along the shore, you can forget about trivial things and paddle like a kid.
I have to share this red panda's ridiculously cute face. He was asleep, but every now and again he'd pop his head up to have a gander at us. :)

The above outfit is one of my favourite go to, casual ensembles at the moment. The top is from Topshop and my trusty basic skirt is from H&M. It's good for work and general wear, I usually wear it with tights but for seaside purposes I wore leggings on that day. You can see the look on lookbook, here.

I got my welcome pack from uni the other week, things are really dawning upon me now.

Art wise I feel a bit stuck for inspiration and hope I will get back into things when I start the course.

I have been listening to a lot of 90's hip hop and have nearly finished reading American Psycho. It's way more grusome than the film. :(

Thursday, 11 August 2011

lusting over knitwear

I personally am actually looking forward to the cold seasons coming up (although lately it has been quite chilly...) because I personally prefer Autumn/Winter style and like to layer up in warm clothes! There have been loads of exciting new season previews about, I was surprisingly impressed with River Island and even Primark! Topshop have already got some knitwear in store that I would like to get my hands on soon. Usually I think their knitwear is overpriced but these pieces I have selected are reasonable (from £26) and look really snug! Perfect for cold nights in Preston;

Anyway...I must say I found myself rather distressed and saddened from the riots happening in my local city of Manchester, a place I have loved over the years. Me and pretty much everyone I knew simply could not stop watching the updates on the news on Tuesday night, just to see what could possibly happen next. These people did not have a reason, a message, a cause. Nor are they underprivileged; they have a house, a family and friggin' blackberries, along with expensive adidas tracksuits. They just wanted an excuse to be destructive, for a laugh. They add nothing to the community and then seek out to destroy it, when we pay for the money the majority of these youngsters out of work and education live off.

I feel so bad for all the businesses that will be affected by this. I was distraught to find one of my favourite areas in Manchester, the Northern Quarter was struck by looters and vandals. There are so many small, independent clothing boutiques, book stores, music shops and bars around there, many of which bring a lot of small designers and an element culture to us. But quite a few are going to struggle with the cost of damage now, some may even be sent under.

I really wish the best to all of the people affected by the riots, in other areas of the country as well. I hope restoration will come soon. Thankfully I think it has quietened down in most areas too. The council and community did a good job of cleaning up the city center yesterday morning. I feel I have lost faith in a lot of people, so it is reassuring to know a good amount of decent human beings care for the city they were raised in.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

want; from the gemma correll shop

If you thought her illustrations were adorable, then just look at her merchandise! Here are a few of my picks;

Yes, I am a fan of cats. The illustration on that tote bag is actually one of my favourites from her, so it is an absolute must have. Will be perfect for carrying around all my uni stuff!

Speaking of which, only a month till I move to Preston! I've actually spoken to a few girls who will be on the course and they all seem really nice. I'm getting excited now! I've also started a new job lately (finally got out of JJB!) at Office shoes and have been working lots of hours over summer, phew. Busy busy busy.

Will keep you updated soon!