I know I haven’t posted in VERY long time but feel it’s time
to return, to use my blog as a method of keeping track of my purchases as I seem
to lose track very easily. I’m a few weeks into my first semester back at uni
for my final year studying Fashion Management at Robert Gordon’s University in
Aberdeen Scotland. To graduate I need to complete a dissertation which is
rather daunting and seems impossible at this time being. Last Friday I had to
hand in my Dissertation topic… I choose to research the influence Blog’s have
on fellow shopaholic of my age, to see ‘if Blogs have replaced Magazines for a
main source of fashion inspiration’. I certainly feel I no longer read endless
magazines articles, but instead I’m permanently looking for the next best blog
to follow to be updated on that individual’s unique style. On the other hand
such blogs are a bad influence on weak shopaholics like myself. I currently
have £5 to my name and that’s £5 of my overdraft so money that’s not actually
mine. Payday could not come quick enough. Below is some of the recent reasons
that have led to my poor state of affairs… although they can be seen as
investments, investments to my winter wardrobe.
1. Burgundy Jumper H&M
2. Bat Jumper H&M (my version of Topshop's J W Anderson Jumper)
3. Borg Denim Jacket Topshop
4. Primark PU leather Skirt
5. Topshop Black Midi Dress
6. Topshop Studded Peplum Top
7. H&M Contrast top
8. H&M Burgundy Grungy Hat
9. Black Boots H&M
10. LAST BUT NOT LEAST - Topshop Paisley Western Boots
You think i would be content with my recent purchases but the problem is I'M NEVER CONTENT! The words of wisdom from my father... 'When are you going to wear all these clothes?' its not a case of wearing them its a case of i have it this beautiful piece of perfection belongs to me! As you may have noticed i have quite the collection of boots that tend to be kept in my cupboard away from danger as if they were precious pieces of crystal. I have strict terms when it comes to wearing my boots; there cant be any chance of rain,snow or sleet, they are not to be worn out in town encase some drunken bum happens to spill any drink on them or me being the drunken bum happens to scuff them. The above two pairs of boots should be my last for a good while well i say that now. Even though i have very little money for the time being i still temp myself by going onto Topshop on a daily basis. I've seen a lovely skirt and shoes in the sale and have been begging my mum to borrow money to get them but to avail.
Well one will continue to try her luck... with 'Pester Power'
I realise its been a while since my last post... its just I've been soooo busy with my uni project and now I'm finished for summer so will promise to post more often. Above is the recent presents i have bought myself to celebrate the fact i am uni free till September.
My uni work was to organise a fashion show to raise money for the local charity The Archie Foundation. This is the fourth year of the show, so we had a target to beat lasts years total of around £11,000 and we successful raised £14,000 showing our hard work all paid off. I was part of the marketing team to promote the show below is the posters we designed...
I'm relieved it all went to plan and cant believe how much we raised... one of the modules Ive enjoyed the most
I've been working for Boots since October last year which i think has led to a new addition... buying endless supplies of toiletries. I find myself falling into the trap of believing the latest product are the 'greatest' and buy into the gimmicks just to see if they will benefit me as they advertise, for example i buy hair care products that promise to make you hair more manageable and quench the thirst of my dry hair due to the over bleaching i tend inflict on it. Another product i have an unlimited amount of is purple shampoos. From Lee Stafford to Poundland’s equivalent, I’ve tried the majority that’s on the market. I have a feeling that it won’t be long till ill need to seek help for my problem or open my own shop :/
But on the other hand my 'market research' can then be shared with you all to advice from my experience :)
One hair care product that has worked wonders is the Organix Moroccan Argan Oil (seen below). After reading numerous articles about the benefits of argan oil, it seemed to be the missing element from my hair care regime. The range comes in shampoo and conditioners too but i haven’t been tempted to try YET. This oil is a cheaper alternative to others that reach highs of £30, this one was only £6.99 and it probably works just as well. I’ve been using it for about a week and have noticed a big difference in the softness and shine of my hair. It's meant to be applied to damp hair but whenever my hair is dry i add some.
As well as hair, I splashed out and bought some Origins skincare to try help clear up my skin. After trying a number of face washes and moisturisers I decided to seek some advice from a family friend who works for Origins to help solve my skin care problems. She came to the conclusion that I maybe over stripping my skin of its moisture which then leads to oil being created that then leads to blemishes. I used to use Boots Witch Hazel and Tea Tree products, as I felt I had oily skin. I was given a few samples to try out:
Checks and Balance Foaming Face Wash
Modern Friction facial Scrub
High Potency Night-A-Mins (Oil Free)
Balanced Diet Moisture Lotion
I have seen a slight change in the reduction of redness in my skin. The lotion is lightweight for under makeup and the night cream is mineral enriched to brighten your skin. Origins products consist of natural ingredients that don’t damage your skin. The face wash is for all skin types, so it doesn’t over dry or give too much moisture. After the success of the testers I bought the night cream and lotion as I was so impressed.
Since my last post I've been busy with uni work doing online research of the topic 'Sustainable Fashion Futures'. One website that gives you an insight to what the future of fashion may hold is Forum for the Future.
There are different scenarios as to what they predict may happen. I advise you to have a read, some predictions are better than others e.g. that everyone will wear a uniform, everyone dressing the same ... seems bad to fashion students but then again i think we sort of dress like that anyway, all following trends on a global scale.
After a number of hours spent doing online research i was tempted on many occasion to scarp the uni work and check every sites 'new in this week' see what goods i could be buying instead and came across these...
New Look Peep Toe Boots £29.99
I couldn't believe how cheap they were compared to other shops. I seen boots similar to these in Urban Outfitters (seen below) a while back but they sold out.
I have a friends 21st next weekend so have an occasion to wear them, just need some outfit ideas planned, which may indeed take a whole week :/
P.s. Hair colour update the purple has completely faded so its just old grunny grey :)
Here's the recent items i have been investing my hard earned pennies on. I've created some outfit ideas for how i want to create the 90's grunge look. When i seen the Topshop Slip dress i thought it seemed rather fancy for my usual attire but decided i can wear my old faithful grey t-shirt underneath the give a casual feel along with some brothel creepers. I couldn't resist buying the Grey Speckle shorter dress again from Topshop since I'm hardly ever out of the midi length dress seen in older posts. You may also notice from older posts Ive had a fetish for tube skirts, when i seen this pastel pink Metallic Tube Skirt there was no second thought, i needed it, to kick start my pastel themed wardrobe for the new season ahead. Finally i bought the Daisy embellished Cami AGAIN from Topshop. I haven't yet wore it but when the hotter summer months eventually arrive it will be a staple piece i believe. Again i teamed it up with my grey t-shirt, ill just wear it with some denim shorts.
As promised here is my update on the purple rinse attempt ...
The aim was to get a mellow pastel purple ala Kelly Osbourne seen below instead Ive achieved a brighter purple more like the dame herself. I'm happy with it either or though, i know it will dull down and help create a 'grunny grey' look. I would like to apologise for the rough bed head look because i have actually just rolled out of bed :/ In the photos you can see how much breakage you get from this colour of hair. Not so much from the La Riche colours and toners its just the drastic effect that bleach has on your hair.
As you can see my roots are creeping up on me so wont be long till I need to go through the painful process of sitting with bleach on for a good hour weep weep. It seems as soon as your hair gets back to some degree of good condition you then need to bleach it again. But its worth the pain, although i do get alot of negative comments about my hair they are kept to a ratio of positives ones :)
I remember being younger and saying to my mum ... 'when I'm older i want to have rainbow coloured hair', well many years on that ambition has sprung to mind again but not quite to the same extent. I've been keeping an eye on Kelly Osbourne's ever changing purple rinse recently. The latest image of her to make my mind up was at the Grammy's seen below
I currently have greyish white hair and use and endless supply of purple shampoo, to block out the brassy tones. So when i seen Kelly's hair i thought it would be best to take it that one step further and just dye it purple.
Ive ordered the Crazy Colour in Lavender and La Riche Directions in Lilac to try them both. Knowing that they fade it can only help the colour of my hair... it will either be the purple rinse or once faded will help achieve the grey colour i have just now. So whats the worst that could happen ....
Even still Dame Edna's hair is very in right now. I ordered my hair dyes yesterday from Crazy Hair Colour
They do free delivery and discounts for the more you buy, not too bad considering these hair dyes can be quite pricey. So hopefully they should arrive by the end of the week so i can do my hair Friday evening. I'm working all this week so wouldn't want to chance a dye mishap with work the next day, i get enough grief from people at work with my grey locks so couldn't imagine the comments i would get. Here's some more images that inspired me to go for the purple rinse look
So I have a week long of work ahead of me and uni on thursday to add to the mix, so after a stressful week I should have a new post with hopefully a successful purple rinse in the style of Kelly O rather than Dame Edna on Friday.