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the post i didn't want to make

OK so I haven't been around so much recently because really, I'm just loosing my interest in fashion. Of course I still love fashion and clothes, it's just that I don't think about it 24/7 like I used to and now I'm just too busy with work and classes to spend hours making posts. The turning point came when I was looking for boots and my friend gave me some uggs and I started just wearing them to lectures. I'm sorry I can't take them off! They're just too cosy and really don't look that bad. They're like cushions for your feet! I can't spend anymore money on cardboard flats that wear away after a month...


Hahahahahahahaha joking!! Ah I felt so mean typing that, I just wanted to post something REALLY scary! Happy Halloween guys!! xx 

P.S. the uggs in question were left at our house by my friend's friend, I couldn't pass up the opportunity for a silly post!

P.P.S. I am certainly not stopping blogging, I haven't even brought out Veruca Salt for the SS09 round ups yet!


the grass is always greener

I straighten my hair about once every week/two weeks so in the time leading up to it, when I'm browsing blogs and blogs and blogs FULL of boots and studs and leather, I think yes, I really want to break out my docs and wet look leggings and throw in a bit of tight lace this week. Then I wake up on a straight day and grab anything that will convert into an outfit within around five minutes and end up looking like this! Nooo!

I've started to wear loose curls if I use straighteners now but when I have normal ringlet twist things, the leather really doesn't wash! While an infusion of red riding hood and Alexander Wang sounds like it could border on awesome in your head, it just doesn't look right. At least straightish messy hair goes half the way to shake off my nice girl image, the doll curls cannot come. Funnily enough, I helped a friend out and modeled for her cousin doing training at Trevor Sorbet and he made my hair as straight as straight can be. I walked in the rain to lectures just to get it to do something but it stayed poker straight. I'm going to combat my problemo with laying out specific outfits for each day as I'm fed up of looking at my docs waiting to be worn! The prim dresses must stay on the curly side! I have been prim for about half a year, the black is calling.

P.S. Any Manchester people, where are you going for Halloween? We're trying to sort out the club most likely to be the fullest, although may resort to 5th ave. as it's small. Can I get away with being a zombie sailor...?


not such a knees up

Bare with me while this is the only image I can find to accompany this post. Everyone loves a little Olsen right? The reason being is that I just can't get myself to buy a pair of boots and can't find a picture that's half decent enough to put up. I think I am missing a boots loving gene.

This week the temperature has dropped rapidly and nothing sounds nicer than a pair of long, heeled boots. But no, that doesn't sound nice. I just can't like boots! I think it is the dislike of knee high pleather kitten heeled things that have given me an adverse reaction to the boots area of shoe shops, but I never ever look at boots. Today I went boot shopping- I bought trousers. And I never buy trousers!

I'm trying to work out if it's a case of boots being totally not my style, therefore I just don't gravitate towards them, or that I've never considered them so they naturally don't incorporate into the style I've created. Confusing? Is there anything you just don't ever buy? I was trailing around shops today (in my work uniform no less!) and I just can't look at a boot and think 'hello lover!'. There is about as much enthusiasm as if you would make me look at cars. Or maybe football.

Come to think of it, I can't conjure up any outfit that I would wear tall boots with? I do believe I had some in my first term of college that were slouchy suede and I'd always wear a grey H&M tight emo zip-up hoodie with little skater skirts and lacy tights. They were really slippy and I fell over in a road once, maybe I have suppressed the memory and turned it into boot hate! Gosh this post is a revelation, I must address my fear at once. Still, I can think of many things I'd rather buy than knee high boots, although the sort of security and warmth is very attractive, but hey if I cared about that I might as well buy some uggs!


eureka!

*+*+* Just a quick note as you guys were an unbelievable help on the American Apparel questionnaire: in New Product Development, a randomly chosen group of people on my course and I have to discover a 100% new product and spend the whole year on it. Luckily I'm in a very marvy group! Do any of you happen to go around thinking 'gosh, my life would be soooo much better if an xxxx existed!' Any ideas would be very welcomed, the crazier the better! We have been brainstorming all week and I said I'd put it out to readers (and revealing I have a website to lecture people is quite a big deal where gossip is concerned!). So do YOU have any Dragon's Den worthy ideas?

P.S. if you were going to buy anything from Borders, French Connection or Kurt Geiger, get a £5 Students In Need card and you might save the difference! Being a student is sometimes quite rewarding.


of course it's my course

I get a lot of emails like this:

Hi :), I hope you don't mind too much but I was wondering If I could ask you a few things about the course you're doing...I read that you're studying Textile Management at Manchester and wanted to know what the course was like from a student's point of view. What kind of things do you do, for example what is involved in the lab sessions? Also, what A Levels did you do, and what A levels would you say the course requires?...How do you find the course, and what other courses did you look at and where?...

This won't interest all you readers so do skip this post, but I type out the same reply to emails every week and hope this post will help a few people in the same position, and in the future I can just refer all emails here! I definitely don't mind answering questions so if you have anymore after this, don't be shy to ask! I know a lot of readers will be choosing their UCAS courses now so here goes!

So I originally wanted to study maths (I love maths, no joke!) and had the interviews and went through UCAS and everything, and settled on Manchester for my first choice, Cardiff second. As I've said before, I'd definitely recommend going to open days and looking around towns and buildings to see if they suit you. By around February/March I was realising that I probably wouldn't get the grade I needed to in Further Maths so looked to other options. I did English Lang and Lit, Maths and Media at A-Level and an AS in Further Maths in the A2 year, plus General Studies and some more AS levels in my first year which I didn't carry on. I was at a girls grammar too but went to college as it was super stuffy and bitchy, and I wanted a bit more fun and to meet new people! I started looking at UCAS at business courses and stumbled across my course at Manchester, Management and Marketing of Textiles. I emailed the uni and rang and they just transfered my offer; I then went to the UCAS open day for the course to check it out. The offer is ABC for three A-Levels. I would say that it doesn't really matter which A-Levels you studied for the courses I'm going to talk about, as they are so varied and every module starts from the bottom, so it's almost like any skills in textiles, fashion, media, art, maths, business, economics, science, etc, are just a bonus!

If you're interested in fashion courses I'd recommend doing them here if you don't want to/can't study in London. If I could turn back the clock I would have taken London into more consideration, but the course here was easy to transfer to. It's not too much like what the prospectus and open day say though so hopefully this will help.

I have most lectures with FTR (Fashion and Textiles Retailing) and DMFR (Design Management for Fashion Retailing). There is the business side of FTR who I mostly have lectures with, and the  clothing side have lectures with TDDM (Textile Design and Design Management). You choose your side if you're studying FTR in the first week. Sounds confusing but it's not so much!

With those courses last year for example here are the lectures I had. I wouldn't say this course is impossibly hard in terms of pace and content but there is a lot of subjects to contend with and you do go into depth- so time management is key. If you're thinking 'OMG science? accounting?' then fear not, because I hadn't studied any of these subjects before and they start right from the bottom. So in the first year I had...

-Applied production processes (APP) where I had labs every other week and two 1 hours lectures. This was about Spinning and Weaving in the first term, Knitting and Dying in the second. It's not like knit one, purl two stuff, it was all about the machines in textile factories. I found this quite boring as I'm not too sciencey, and the labs were quite heavy going as it was two hours learning about these huge crazy machines. You had a lab report after each lab class which was a few questions.

-Accounting for managers- They started riiight from the bottom so was easy to pick up and learn. Was only in the second term.

-I.T.- A fairly easy computer lecture with a booklet to complete on Excel and Access. Only one term.

-Introduction to Retailing- V. interesting, helped that we had an awesome lecturer who let us text him with questions during the lecture so we didn't need to stop it and ask in front of everyone! One term.

-Introduction to Textile Management- Same lecturer as above, cool subject. One term.

-Mathematical Techniques for Managers- Nice for me! I was surprised that we went from refreshing people's minds of hot to add fractions in the first week right to matrices and trig. One term.

-Microeconomics for Textiles & Clothing- Not too bad! Again, the subject seems totally alien but they start from the bottom. One term.

-Fundamentals of Textile Marketing- Why don't I remember this lecture?! Hold on yes, it was in the warm, cosy lecture theatre! Quite alright. You guessed it, one term.

-Textile Materials- again boring science, learning about all different materials and fibres and things like tex. Not too bad. Just a 1 hour lecture for the first term.

-Textile Testing- some lab classes every few weeks to study fibre properties in all different ways (yawn) and a 1 hour lecture on a Thursday morning that no one ever went to only because it was at 9am!

Reading these through, they don't seem very fashion friendly but the whole year is very veered towards retailing and so every topic has relevance if you want to get a good background knowledge for a future in management or marketing. The other courses I mentioned do not do all of these lectures. For instance, FTR replaced accounting, maths and economics with fashion and retailing, where they did the fashion show which I wrote about a few months ago and all these cool projects about fashion history. They make lots of mood boards and actually watch shows. I know this because I jealously watch my friend Katie study trends!

It's good to note that we only had two coursework essays through out the whole year, so apart from the lab reports, the outside work load wasn't toooo heavy for MMT. The fashion courses had projects and the fashion show to organise though, but they're actually fun!

Now I'm in my second year, I have muuuch better lectures and all the girls are remarking on how much funner it is. For instance this year I'm doing Global Sourcing and Purchasing, Branding, Fashion Marketing, New Product Development, and Retailing. Also a few other more bussinessy subjects like Costing and Economics, more APP, Organisations and Employment, etc.

I think the lectures have fancier names for what they really are! Also, each subject is worth 10 out of 120 credits that make up the year, and you need 40% to pass. If you get below 40% in an exam, usually you have to retake, but sometimes one fail is OK if your other marks are high, in terms of qualifying to get into the second year. Of course after that, all marks count towards your final course grade in the third year.

It might be worth noting that the courses I've mentioned went into clearing both this year and the year I entered, and the grades needed to apply went down a few letters. I wouldn't say this means that if you are given an offer and don't reach it, they will still accept you, because an offer is given for a reason I guess, and the course may not enter clearing again.

To make some sense of this then, if you love fashion but want to do a degree with more options and a bit more businessy, MMT might be right. If you love fashion, want to work in fashion and are creative but still want to work from a business style angle e.g. as a buyer, look at FTR. If you like the business aspect but are very arty and love drawing and designing, go for DMFR, and if you want to totally work the design side 100%, look at TDDM. I repeat, this course is not as hardcore bussinessy as I've made it sound! Also, out of about 200 students there are 3 english guys and around 10 international guy students from Asia. Think all girls basically!

A word of warning: doing a degree like this doesn't give you a magic pass to the fashion world, so I'm learning. Nowadays most people have a degree and it doesn't mean you have experience or skills in the area, just that you know a lot of theory! Over two hundred girls will graduate when I do and almost all will tell you they want to be a buyer. A buyer seems to be some kind of heavenly job and right now, lots of people are applying for their Year in Industry places around this field. Ah that's one of the BEST things about the Manchester courses- in your third year you can carry on studying or take the year out to get a job in the industry or study at an english speaking uni abroad (like I want to do!). Also Manchester Uni is a very strong uni to get a degree from, it says a lot.

Also, it might be worth noting that as Manchester is no St.Martins (I wish!), as soon as you tell anyone your course, all they hear is 'textiles' or 'fashion' and some can be pretty patronising. We often get 'looked down' upon by some people studying say Politics who might tell you that your degree is easy and a bit pointless compared. There's a lot of  'oooh so you can make me some clothes' or 'ahhh so you just look at dresses all day', to most of which, the reply is 'nope I'm going to an economics lecture, byeeeee!'


I'm eyeing you up!

      

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I'm hiding in the back of a random computer lesson typing this in my break, finally a moment! First I have to say Hi to the readers I met in a club called Zoo on Thursday night! Oh the horrors of the drunken things that I must have said but it was very sweet and I hope to see you again! If you live in Manchester, Zoo is one of my favourite clubs on a Thursday!

The trip to London was a total whirlwind and even though a tonne of stuff happened, it went by in a flash! Prepare for a looooong post. I would get a cup of tea before reading! So I went down to London on Monday on the train and met the first of many super cool people, as I sat opposite a lady about to have dinner at the House of Commons, oolala! I'm sort of OK with maps and directions, well at least I thought I was, but the days proved otherwise! I got on one tube alright but the one I changed to was rammed! I should have noted that you shouldn't get a train in at 5 as I sat for ages waiting for them to empty a bit but every one had people squished up to the doors, so in the end after about half an hour I saw a little spot and jumped on, suitcase and all! In my waiting time though I was just people-watching and London is just too cool. It's like everyone is style conscious, for example say even the business men wear trench coats and have leather briefcases. I can't remember the last time I saw a man in a trench coat! Also I've carried my Luella bag around Manchester and Birmingham a million times and it's not a big deal but in London everyone's eyes go straight to your bag and your shoes. Bag spotting on the tube is super fun!

I stayed with Melissa who's at Queen Marys so Mile End was a kind of dodgy area but her halls are so nice! I wish I'd been able to live in a flat last year rather than on a corridor. On Monday night we walked in and walked out of a very empty party and watched Road Trip (we somehow always watch that). She went to some lectures in the morning and I headed to Covent Garden. I settled on my red strapless H&M dress with the vintage sailor collar, white ribbed tights (which were £1 in Primark- it pays to shortcut through there!) and the patent bow shoes, which lasted all day without hurting! It took me ages to find the Hilton which was so not in the place GoogleMaps said it was! I got there a little early and waited in the very posh reception while some business men next to me discussed very important things. My interview with Gok was at 1.05 so I was sent up to a little hotel room and could hear him talking inside! I wasn't sure whether to wait so I pondered for a second and the door opened and a Specsavers lady said come in. How surreal, the real life Gok Wan just sitting on a sofa!!!! There was a lady interviewing him and a few more waiting so I sat on a seat opposite him and he said Hi and I was thinking 'oooooh my gosh!'. He's a REALLY lovely guy, everyone who came in he said Hi to straight away and as he was answering questions he included everyone and kept looking over when he said things and it was so strange! When it was time for me he said 'Hi where are you from?' and I was like 'Oh ummm Birmingham?' and he said 'No which publication?' Ahhh it so showed that I was an amateur! As I maintained throughout the whole time I was there, I said I was a fashion blogger but really just a normal girl! The other interviewers had dictaphones but I recorded the sound on my camera and sort of angled it up sometimes, so there are some video clips but all of the sound. I asked him just random questions as, while I was waiting, the other interviewers asked loads about glasses and geek chic and I didn't need to ask him the same, although he does have 160 pairs! I think I sound really funny as I was very nervous and a bit overwhelmed! Also, I couldn't stop smiling! The best bit was when I asked him what he was wearing on the night and he said 'Do you want to see?' and took me round the corner into his bedroom and showed me his McQueen tux and YSL boots! I wandered away feeling so crazy, just thinking goooosh Gok Wan?! He's just lovely and so kind and without doubt it was one of the highlights of my life! As I recorded the sound I was holding my camera so I've cut some bits out as they're of just my hands or really wobbly. The start has some dark bits still but the pink gaps only last around 20 seconds each. Watch for the end to see his outfit! Also the Specsavers lady and Gok mentioned my bag too, it's paid for itself in compliments!

I knew I'd have some time after my interview because I'd booked hair and makeup appointments quite late in the day so I had a brainwave of what to do...Some googling found that Catwalk Queen and Kiss and Makeupand all the Shiny blogs come from the Shiny Towers, which is right near Covent Garden so I arranged to pop in for a bit! I'm so glad I did because it was so great!! The offices are in this super sleek glass building with lots of different companies and sites in different corners and rooms, all typing away. It was like blogging heaven! Gemma and Isabelle are SO lovely! Isabelle and I had a chat over a cup of tea as Gemma had to meet someone for a little while and then we all chatted about blogging and fashion and London. It was amazing to talk to people who know all about blogging! We definitely geeked out with our blogging chats. Also I saw the patterned wall where they take all the pictures and film videos! I videoed a few questions with them so I might do a post with their answers for people interested in getting to the fashion industry, but they might hopefully be for the student newspaper!

I had to quickly leave at 4 to head to MAC. If you book a makeover there for £25, you get £25 worth of products and, as I didn't buy any new clothes or shoes for the event (shockingly!), I thought it was a good idea! I think my makeup was done by a girl called Christine and she was totally amazing. I told her I was going to the event and said 'just go crazy!'. There's no point in going to a makeup artist and having something normal! She asked me what colour I was wearing and what sort of thing I would like and I was just told her to do whatever she wanted! She used about a million different coloured eye shadows and liners and blushers and did these amazing pink and purple eyes which made mine look really blue and then a crazy hot pink blusher that sort of came from the eye shadow, it was wild! Loads of people in the little store were looking and the other makeup artists ere coming over and commenting, it was great! I would definitely go to the one on Neal Street and ask for Christine (or maybe it was Christina?), she has dyed bright red/pink hair! I wish I had a better photo of the finished look but the day was so full that it was hard enough just navigating to each place!

My eyes can be a bit sensitive so while they were being lined they kept watering! I had to hurry to my Toni and Guy appointment as I was already half an hour late (woops!) and again it was totally not in the right place on the map! So I was rushing around London, eyes watering, with this crazy bright makeup! I booked appointments before I went down to London and knew what a Toni and Guy salon would be like so booked the nearest one; it turned out to be the best idea! When I left MAC people on the street were looking at me and saying 'look at her makeup' but over the afternoon it sort of settled, or maybe my eyes just got used to it, and looked even better! Again I just said to the hair stylist that I was going to an event and sort of vaguely described that I wanted something straight but curly with lots of volume? She went to work and even washed my hair twice because the first time just wasn't right, and I was just went with the flow. She blow-dried sections and then curled them up, then undid them and back-combed some bits and pined some, and it was great! It turned out a bit Cheryl Cole-ish, sort of 60's with curled ends, the best hair style I've ever had done! It's lasted from Tuesday until now, which is Sunday, and is still the same! Again the stylists were coming over and watching as I had this big hair and crazy makeup and on the way back to Melissa's people on the tube were looking a lot.

I had a quick change into my vintage dress actually from Rumi of Fashion Toast's shop, Treasure Chest Vintage about a year ago! It was just an impulse ebay buy before I even knew she had a blog and I've worn it only few times as, even though it's a bit dressy for a club, it fits perfectly! It has a lace boned bodice and minty satin skirt with a big bow at the back. My thinking before choosing outfits for the day was that just because something is new, it doesn't mean it's better than anything you already have. When I was thinking about my wardrobe I remembered the and it just seemed perfect. Also I was about to buy some new shoes and if the SA hadn't disappeared into thin air in Office and I had 10 minutes left of my lunch break, I would have bought some. I thought I had absolutely no shoes suitable and then remembered this vintage lilac pair, about 4 inches high with perspex bows on the front. Outfit sorted!

I trekked all the way back to Covent Garden on the tube and got there just as people were going into the awards at around 8pm. The Hilton is gorgeous, all marble floor and glass doors, I think the awards were in a ball room. I had a green wristband and sat in the rows of chairs alongside the catwalk while the celebs sat at tables on raised balconies around the sides. It was extremely surreal to be there. The awards were for a competition held all over Europe to find a spectacle model and give them a modeling contract, among other prizes. The finalists were introduced and there were loads! My favourite was a girl with fabulous rich, red hair, how biased! Celeb spectacle wearers were given awards and then the finalists all walked down the catwalk modeling glasses in New Look clothes no less. As the judges at the end of the catwalk went off to decide the winners, there was an auction for the charity of the night, Kidscape. Gok Wan is their ambassador and he did his best to pump the bids out of the guests, even I was tempted to call out a four figure sum just for fun! There must have been many rich people there as bids for a session with Gok, a Jasper Conran suit and dinner with Rod Steward and Penny Lancaster all raised bids of thousands! I videoed most of it as it was a crazy sight, mounting in Penny Lancaster coming on stage to bargain with two women, one who I think was Gok's agent, out of £10,000 each! They played a heartbreaking video of children who the charity have helped who have been severely bullied and the money raised will go to sessions with more children. Lastly, the judges came back and Gok announced the winner, he loved that power! Sofie Jama from Denmark won 1st place; very much deserved as she was STUNNING, with the most perfect smile and figure! By now the audience were very merry from champagne, these awards were not a strict formal affair, everyone was cheering and chatting and having a good time! I was sitting there thinking 'gosh where am I!' It was crazy to be there!

As the awards finished, people started getting up and going in the room through the glass doors where the after-party was held. It was another grand room with a square bar in the centre, a huge picture of Gok on the wall and lots of celebs. There's a clip of it at the end of the video just as people were coming back in when the awards had just finished. I sort of assessed the situation (as you do) and thought 'right, I know no one, the world is my oyster!'. I know people who won't go to a bus stop by themselves but I quite like being on your own as then you have to mingle and end up chatting to people you wouldn't have if you'd stuck with someone. I went to the bar and found now green wristband people didn't have the free bar and a glass of champagne was £6. That's seriously cheap for champagne at the Hilton so I quickly popped to the loo, checked hair and makeup, went and got a glass and worked the room! Haha well I tried! It was fabulous really, everyone there was something to do with the media which, for an unknown person like me, is a marvy! I stood for a minute as the room got packaged and the DJ started playing tunes and then just went over to nearby people and said hi! Everyone was very friendly and after a while I met Owen and Niall from the show Loose Women who were very funny and my friends for the night! They had gold wristbands too so could get free drinks! I had a LOT of champagne.

A little bit into the night, a man came through the crowd and asked if he could take my photo. He had a big, fancy camera so I said yes, quite a few people were taking photos of me as I think they thought I was in the show or at least someone important as I had my fancy hair and makeup! A shout out to the people from Real People magazine if they're reading this far! A lady with the man took my name and I asked what it was for and lets just say they were from a preeetty popular magazine! I won't jinx it as they don't tend to put too many non-celeb people in there but I'm so hoping it will be in there!

My friends asked why I didn't get photos with the celebs around and the answer is that I was having too much of a good time! I'm not really a show-off-y person so didn't spend lots of time hunting for facebook photo opportunities! I met loads of lovely people though, Hi to the ladies in the toilets who were avoiding an old Scottish man too! There were lots of nice guys there though and certain editors are seeeriously forward...! I met a hot ex footballer too who kept looking over during the awards and in the end just went up to myself. Like I was saying to some random boys on the bus on the way back from a club a few days ago, guys are very shy nowadays! But hey, that's another rant! Back to the awards, I mingled lots and danced and met so many marvy people, here's a photo of Owen and Niall to finish! They are very cool. In the end I left at midnight! Now I must let my fingers rest as I started this post on Friday and it's now Sunday! All in all, I had a SUPER marvy time, met a hell of a lot of fabulous people and it was a totally surreal experience! I would love to live in London, I'm super jealous that Melissa goes to uni there! A huge thanks to the Specsavers people for inviting me!! There's also video on their site to give a better idea of what the event was like compared to my shaky videos!


stroke my shoulders

I'm just editing the video clips from the Specsavers awards and the Gok Wan interview (!!!!) but I can tell you I had a fabulous time! Lots of champagne and schmoozing and some super crazy moments! I also stopped by at Shiny Towers to meet the lovely Gemma and Isabelle of Catwalk Queen! Check out the post! I'll write all about it once the video is done as there is LOTS of gossip! In the mean time I am bursting with things to post, starting with this faux fur shawl I found in a charity shop. Somehow I'm experimenting with fabrics I never usually gravitate towards as vintage fur seems a bit strange but nothing a wash can't sort out. Also it's very soft and goes with just about everything!

 

Vintage pencil skirt, shoes, H&M corset

 

Viktor & Rolf for H&M shirt, vintage trousers, Miss Selfridge shoes

 

American Apparel dress, Monki lace top, Oasis tights, Topshop socks, purple Docs


hello!!!!

HI!!!

Firstly I am a seriously bad blogger. I am in the dog house of blogging. I've gone the longest I ever have without posting and that certainly won't happen again any time soon! I am not doing a Style Bytes, don't worry! I've got lots to tell and will quickly type as I have work in a very small amount of hours and should be in snoozeland!

For the past few days I've been a bit wary of coming back as I thought I might have forgot how to blog! It's great to fall into a routine of the daily blog reading and posting but I don't know whether I've mentioned it before, but because I'm renting a house with my friends it's not as easy to spend a good few hours online away from everything. To prove a point, I STILL haven't been able to see half of the Paris FW shows?!?!?! IT WAS WEEKS AGO. That is how bad things have got. I might cry!

I'm trying to remember where I've actually been when not at my desk. Well I started my new job which is pretty good, I workon lingerie in a department store so it's bras bras bras. I am nearly a bra expert. I am responsible for the bills in our house (me sorting money?!) so I have been ringing a million companies. I finally got a mirror for my bedroom as there are none in our rooms or the bathroom and I can't do my makeup in the hall mirror for the year! It's a massive full length thing and strangely I've never had a proper full length mirror before so we'll see what happens with photos. I don't think things will go back to the 'holding the camera in front of the face' pose but fellow tripod users might know that going back and forth to set the timer and trying to get the right focus/height/angle can be very tricky and takes lots more time, thus not so much time to actually write. My course at uni can be a sandwich where you take a year out to work in industry or study in a university abroad. I went to the year abroad meetings last year and it sounded amazing, you can go to France, Spain, Hong Kong, Sweden or the US. HK and Sweden seriously appealed but last year no one went to Sweden so I didn't see a presentation. I went to this year's meeting and no one can go to HK this year due to high numbers going previous years, which sucks a lot but it made up my mind, also cemented by an amazing presentation from a girl who just came back from her year there. So *crossed fingers* this time next year I will be blogging from the University of Boras in Sweden!! Judging by Swedish fashion bloggers, it will hopefully be amazing! I rushed home to Birmingham on the weekend because my best friend Louise had her baby on the 8th! She is without doubt just the most beautiful baby ever!! She looks like a little doll! Check me out feeling very nervous holding her as I'm sure my arms aren't very comfy! I am amazingly proud of Louise and her little family is wondrous. It's very tempting to head to Birmingham every weekend now! Lou and I even used to pretend we were Swedish ages ago to get free drinks when we couldn't get served!

If you've read these ramblings this far, you are in for a treat! I have just about THE BEST news possibly ever on Flying Saucer!!! I get invited to random event sometimes that are usually either not too relevant for here (despite the freebies!) or too far away in London. PR events and stuff, not like star studded affairs or anything. Well, not until now! It's very tempting to keep a secret for a few days but I can't stand suspense so in a nutshell I was invited to the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards 08 at a Hilton Hotel in London on Tuesday. It's quite funny as I just revealed I wear glasses when on the computer. I think this girl should win, look at the hair! An event with real celebs there was a very tempting invitation, especially as my friend Melissa now goes to uni down there. But the that swung it and made me alter train tickets within a flash- I somehow get an interview with GOK WAN! Non UK people may be a bit puzzled but Gok is like a famous stylish, whose show 'How to look good naked', where he takes women with no self esteem and turns them into confident bombshells without surgery, is huge here, and he's just finished a fashion series with Alexa Chung. He's aface of Specsavers and the ambassador for Kidscape, the charity the awards are in aid for. I have 15-20 mins with him and can film it! I think I will be VERY nervous and a little intimidated/star struck. Do you have a question for Gok? I would be great to ask himreader questions and get your name read out! The only question I can think of right now is: What the HELLLLL am I going to wear?!?!?! I might need your help on that one too! I have work in seven hours and need to fit some sleep in that time so more on this tomorrow! Thank you for still coming here and I am sorry and ashamed at myself for letting it get so long. Sweet dreams!

 


stresssss

Monki rose print leotard, Ann-Sofie Back for Oli skirt

I had to quickly post to say a huuuge thank you for all the questionnaire replies! I didn't think people would do it and it has been great to put into the coursework, although I'm finding it way hard to stay in the word limit when having to reference EVERYTHING. There are way too many things to say about American Apparel, argh if I have to type the name again I will cry! Did you know I sometimes wear glasses? I only got them in the summer as I figure spending a million hours at the computer can't be too great for eye sight! When I was younger I had glasses and had to wear a plaster over one eye sometimes to strengthen the other, which I hated! I walked into Specsavers and said give me any pair that's free without trying them on- I'm super particular about clothes but things like mobile phones or carrying Lidl shopping bags don't really matter to me? I got this skirt off eBay for cheap and it's become the safety skirt as it goes with everything. It's a bit too big so doesn't sit high waisted though. My friend is going to be induced tomorrow and it will be a bit of a dash back home as I accidentally said I would work on Saturday, though planned to spend the weekend at home for my Mom's birthday too. It's my first day tomorrow, I hope I don't mess up the tills! Ahhh I'm rambling, I also got distracted by style.com videos, it's impossible to play them in the background without looking. Eeek must work!


help wanted

American Apparel Uneck dress, H&M skirt & socks.

All change on the job front, I now work with clothes! I don't really think I can say which store but if you happen to be browsing around a department store on Market Street, again I might be a bit embarrassed in my uniform!

For some coursework on branding, my chosen brand is American Apparel. It would help me IMMENSELY and be totally awesome if you could answer a few questions for me? If I do OK in this coursework then it means I will do better in my degree and thus hopefully get a better job in the future, meaning I can buy lots of new clothes and so have lots to post about! So really you are sort of helping yourself too! Haha but seriously, it would be very helpful! Just comment with answers, long or short, even if you've shopped there or not...

1) How old are you? Male or female?

2) Have you ever bought anything from American Apparel? If so, what?

3) How happy are you with the fit/size/design/service/quality?

4) What makes you want to shop at American Apparel? How does it stand out from other retailers?

5) Do the prices make you less or more inclined to shop there?

6) How would you describe the typical American Apparel customer? Is this someone you aspire to be/someone you might dislike?

Added question:
7) The adverts/posing/styling are obviously quite sexual. Does this put you off or add to the vibe of the brand?

Thank you!! As a double thank you, I promise to post a photo of my best friend's soon to arrive baby girl, who I can't stop buying little clothes for! Her waters broke yesterday so it's only a matter of hours! Is it bad that if this was in my size, I would totally buy it. I bet a white AA leotard would be great with music notes all over it.

Baby-gro from Topshop mini- I couldn't resist!