Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Fine Details

When it comes to the patterns on clothing, detail is key especially when it comes to items of crochet and embroidery pieces. It makes me appreciate the people who design these clothes more and how much time and effort goes into each piece of clothing. Going back to the Met Gala of 2015, take a moment to remember Rihanna's magnificent gown, no matter how many egg/omelette edits it was by far one of the looks of that evening.
[photo sourced from tumblr]
Fact of the day: Rihanna personally searched herself “Chinese Couture” on the internet to find herself this assemble, the striking dress was made by designer Guo Pei. That’s not even the best thing about it, it took one seamstress 2 YEARS TO MAKE, that bit right there made me appreciate this dress a whole lot more, every detail was done to perfection by one woman, absolutely incredible.
I wish I was like Rihanna and can type up simple words on the internet to find exquisite designs, but instead I result to my high street where I love my bargains. I love the fine, intricate detailing of this tunic I discovered from New Look, literally the day it got stocked at my work, half of them were sold within two hours no exaggeration. But who can blame them with such a stunning piece of clothing like this, such a perfect and effective item for your summer wardrobe. Paired with lace up sandals and a small fringed bag, this outfit will be lovely for any summer day.

// Bardot Tunic: New Look // Lace Up Sandals: Primark // Bag: H&M ///

x toni x

Saturday, 20 June 2015


This is another post far out from what I usually do, but yet again is something completely relatable with what I talk about on my blog. It's coming up to my end of my first year college and as you may of known I currently study Creative Media at a BTEC Level. People may think doing BTEC isn't a lot of work because they don't do exams and is all a breeze, but it comes with a lot of coursework and hard work to get a high grade. I've had a love hate relationship with my course over my time at college, however I think recently it has been brilliant with the assignments we've been currently getting (practical obviously, essay writing of the bane of my life).
My next step after college is to go to university to persuade a career around the media of fashion and my latest project was right up my street. I could take this opportunity to make a fashion magazine yet add evidence to my portfolio I am currently building. A cover, a feature article and editorial of your choice all to feature into a magazine out right now. Because of my feature article being based around women's football (which I did at the beginning of the year) I was limited on what fashion magazines I could do.  My choice of magazine was ELLE, I chose this magazine because I could fit my article in the Health & Fitness section and base my editorial and cover on fashion. 

My perfect opportunity to experiment with fashion photography this project; I was cross between 3 ideas, my first one was to take full advantage of my work at do a New Look advert styling myself outfits with the top trends at my work, even though I wouldn't be able to keep all the clothing on the shoot it will actually be good to see if I can style clothes. My second idea was inspired a shoot I was in for someones final project in their fashion styling course, of outfits based of three block colours and create a small look book consisting of the colours, I'd probably go for blue, yellow and black.
However my third choice and the one I used for my project is my own interpretation of the 'Hello Meet' American Apparel campaigns.

In this case meet my boyfriend Jonny, who was the model for my editorial. In my written evidence I talked about the concept of the photos with the advertisement as well as bringing out the clothing. I took the photos myself which I am very proud of because the photos came out better than expected, I surprised myself if I am honest. Maybe fashion photography is a call for me, i don't know we'll have to wait and see; but besides the editorial I had to create my front cover as well which again I took the photo of and created it to look like a real issue of ELLE magazine, well an attempt.
The Joomag link is HERE if wanting to see my magazine in a digital format along with my feature article on women's football. Please check it out I would love to hear your opinions on my coursework, it has been the best assignment yet, I wish we could do this more of this.
A contest yet also an assignment. In my course we focus around TV & Film and in my latest 'Video Skills' assignment we were told to make a 60 horror film based on the opening of a story. Honestly when I got this task I was dreading it because horror is my weakest spot in genres because I can't watch through 60 minutes of a film, so how was I going to do 60 seconds. It wasn't until my lecture said it will be entered into a competition for the chance to win a Go Pro, I got on board to take this short film seriously. My chosen opening from a choice of nine was "DON'T BE SCARED OF THE MONSTERS, JUST LOOK FOR THEM. LOOK TO YOUR LEFT, TO YOUR RIGHT, UNDER YOUR BED, BEHIND YOUR DRESSER, IN YOUR CLOSET BUT NEVER LOOK UP, SHE HATES BEING SEEN.It was hard to plan how I could pull this off, however I made a mood board of ways to present this opening and trialed and errors with a few ideas until I got to my final take.

My original plan was to follow the story starer and base it in a bedroom and shoot the whole thing in one shot, it would've been a Point of View so the camera is the eyes of the actor. The plot was to wake up from a bag dream, switch on her bedside lamp and her slowly say the sentence; in each place she looks for the monster. It would end with her going back to bed, hearing thuds above her and slowly looks up to face this purple eye monster which would've fallen on her. Honestly didn't know how the ending would've been executed, it would've been a lot of post production work which I wouldn't know how to do. So on to the next idea...

When saying my final idea to my peers and friends, they compared it to the Blair Witch Project which honestly I've never watched until the previous day. I completely interpret the story starter away from the original setting and took it outside, making it a monster mystery. Plot is simple, a guy who is documenting his time in the woods is talking about his second day alone without his friends who are "lost", before signing off he hears a snap of the twig and follows the noise to find a note on a tree with directions of where his friends are. This is where the story starter sentence is used... I won't continue on with the plot but you must understand what goes on and I don't want to give you any spoilers. I will admit my entry was completely rushed because every time I schedule to film, something always came up, but however I personally think it is good, maybe not worthy of winning the contest but a good attempt of horror short film, as it's my first one.

*disclaimer: video will only be up on my youtube until 08/07/2015 so watch quick until the video is gone.*

x toni x

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Zara Sale Wishlist

Always broke when sales are launched and what other store to do this than Zara. I've been loving Zara clothes for the SS season and been waiting for the sale for so long; I've been waiting for certain clothes to become on sale for so long. I have too many items I want to share with you so I will show you my favourite 12 items from the sale which may influence them to buy; I highly recommend you check the sale out for yourself. Happy Shopping. 
Braided Suede Dress
Off The Shoulder Printed Dress
Image 3 of LOOSE-FIT TROUSERS from Zara
Loose Fit Trousers
Image 2 of EMBROIDERED TOP from Zara
Embroidered Top
Image 1 of FLOWING JUMPSUIT from Zara
Flowing Jumpsuit
Embroidered Velvet Waistcoat
Fringed High Heel Sandals
Image 2 of LONG DENIM SKIRT from Zara
Long Denim Skirt
Image 9 of JACQUARD FLORAL COAT from Zara
Jacquard Floral Coat
Tasseled Leather Roman Sandals
Image 3 of PRINTED DRESS from Zara
Printed Dress
Image 1 of Leather fringed and studded bag from Zara
Leather Fringed and Studded Bag
[all photos sourced from Zara]
x toni x

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Inspiring Future

Future is scary, however it's so exciting thinking where you could be in a couple years and imaging so many scenarios of where you will end up and finding your true calling; and being a college student being forced to think about my future so soon I can only think of what can get me successful and how will I get there. Back in March I talked about if it's too early to think about the future (POST LINK HERE) and now I begin to spectate for myself what it takes to get to the top.

Fashion is a career for me in some way and I want to learn and see for myself what it case to get to the top. I am lucky to be living in a city which is one of the top universities for Fashion courses and to have my mother as a link, I got the chance to visit the private viewing of all Fashion/Art & Designs exhibition. I had an opportunity to get dolled up for the occasion finally could wear my nude pointed pumps.
Outfit Details: // Sleeveless Blazer: Topshop (Bought on Depop) // Top: Missguided // Trousers: ASOS // Clutch: Wonderland Vintage // Shoes: Public Desire //

First stop of the evening was to an award ceremony where my cousin was nominated for a prestigious award for his work in animation, was a big category sadly he didn't win but after the awards it was on to the exhibitions. First was to the animation to watch my cousins work and from having a 3 month unit at my college, it was good to see someones work who's been doing the course for 3 year, not being biased or anything but it was amazing.

But the main reason of going was to see the courses I was interested which was the fashion related courses. I think I got some strange looks from the other spectators because I was taking it all in, the work displayed was absolutely breath-taking. Speaking to one student about her final piece in her Fashion Design work and it was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen, she was telling me that she was the first person to ever do what she did from the university; if only I had that original creativity like the students I would totally apply for fashion design.
The main course I waited for and walked up flights of stairs in uncomfortable shoes (I don't think pointed courts are for me) is fashion promotion/styling. The exhibition was beautiful of the fashion photography campaigns, sketchbook portfolios and fashion films it looked incredible and really inspired me, I had a lot of ideas of what I could do if I got into this course. I also personally talked to the students who have just finished the course about their experience through the 3/4 years and it was all positive and genuine I felt like I got more of an understanding of the subject through the students.

Looking through, this exhibition its probably just as good as any open day and has made me decide what course I want to do. After exploring through all courses I have found the one I am set on and I am clear of where I want to end up doing what I'd love. Anybody who is reading this who is wanting a career is fashion/fashion marketing, after talking to the students and course leaders I highly recommend to check out UCLan has it is highly praised and can get a good job offer at the end of it. I am considering moving away from my hometown for university, however this will be my back-up plan and a pretty good back-up.

x toni x

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Calm 70's Vibe

The 70's are back and taking the current season by storm. Shown in the previous fashion week, 70's inspired looks have been creative from the SS15 catwalk into high street for all of us to experiment with. Suede has made a comeback, no limits with the funky patterns and colours, fringe tops and skirts isn't just for festivals anymore and a lot of denim.
Bell sleeves are heaven sent in clothing, I have been adoring them recently and fits into the 70's style well and also brings that boho/gypsy approach to this era's trends. Crazy pants were a huge thing also back in the day, especially wide leg trousers, I picked vertical culottes which are coming back strong for summer once again. This minimal pair are a sure bliss to wear, most comfiest bottom wear I've ever purchased and ticks all boxes for 70's; however if I say so myself I am a HUGE fan of the denim flares which could be substituted for the culottes in this number.

//Bell Sleeve Top: Missguided //Culottes: New Look // Birkenstock Sandals//

x toni x

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Suede Dress

June has blessed Britain with a heatwave over this weekend and it's been a great time to finally wear my summer clothes. Suede clothing has been trending this summer along with the 70's/bohemian style. This fringe dress bring a western cowboy feel and is inspired by many festival outfits from the early festivals this year, only one month until Wireless. Luckily bought whilst a 40% off dresses offer was going on I just couldn't help myself, HOW I LOVE ONLINE SHOPPING (it's becoming an addiction).
Speaking of suede, I have bought a good 5 metres of faux suede fabric which I will be making skirts and tops for myself as my sewing journey. I have been practicing new designs of skirts and dresses that I will soon share for you, however it isn't up to selling standards just yet I am just saving up for an overlocker.

// Suede Mini Dress: Pretty Little Thing // Boots: Public Desire //

x toni x