This is a bit of history on three of my favourite higher end fashion brands. I have been treated with bits and pieces over the years and I’m keeping them British! Jo Malone
-Jo Malone describes itself as ‘quintessentially British’ keeping it true to its roots in London since 1994. They aim to fill our lives with beautiful scents for both men, women and homes. With their black and white signature wrapping, their products are unmistakable and provide a certain class putting it at the forefront of perfumery. My favourite scent is their ‘Pomegranate Noir’ and I’ve managed to collect the perfume, body lotion and candle.
TIP: The brands below can be found in TK Maxx for discounted prices!
-All Saints was established in 1994 by Stuart Trevor and Kait Bolonbaro.It began as a mens label sold only to Harrods and Harvey Nichols. It has a powerful connection in the music industry getting involved in many collaborations e.g. with Kings of Leon. Rappers such as Tinie Tempah and Jay-Z have mentioned All Saints in their songs. It is recognisable for its edgy, ‘rough; look which I personally love to incorporate into my outfits.
– Ted Baker considers itself ‘no ordinary designer label’ . It was founded in Glasgow, 1987 as a mens shirt specialist. By looking at their products it is not hard too see they have a little quirk to them making them distinct and beautiful. It is one of the fastest growing leading lifestyle brands in the UK and this has been achieved without any advertisement.
(Information is from the websites linked and photos are my own)
It’s that time again… Since the last Comic Relief was in 2015, its back and Red Nose Day is on Friday the 24th of March! With this charitable season, comes along a whole new range of limited edition merchandise in the form of T-shirts, aprons and various bits of stationary promoted by nationally loved celebrities.
The T-shirts have quirky photographs of various animals wearing accessories, with their names on them. The photographs were taken by Rankin who is a very successful photographer who has worked with various charities in the past including, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Women’s Aid and Children in Need. The pictures, in my opinion are not actually particularly pleasing to look at. However, I think this is what will help them sell as they are a relaxed style and easily recognisable as Comic Relief merchandise. By adding the names by the animals, it adds personality and who doesn’t love animals?! Especially the French Bulldog, Albert! Celebrities such as Jack Whitehall and Game of Thrones, Masie Williams have been used this year to help promote the charity. They may not be the most fashionable new range of clothes but as far as making people smile and contributing to charities amongst Africa and the UK, they suddenly look more appealing. The merchandise can be purchased online from the Red Nose Day website or in TK Maxx Stores.
With final payments for a holiday to Kavos due soon, it is safe to say I have been trying to spend as little as possible. As someone who loves to treat themselves regularly and as I pass countless shops everyday whilst going to work or university, learning where to get a bargin is imperative. Here are a few of the recent purchases I’ve made for £11 or less:
This lovely blouse was purchased from one of Britain’s high street classics, Topshop. I picked this up for only £10 reduced from £32, what a bargin! Topshop generally prices their products the same as most other high street shops but they can reach quite high. They usually however, have at least one sales rail most times of the year. Also they always give a 10% student discount (excluding sales items) which makes you feel like there is always a sale on!
Slightly off topic but for me, no outfit would be complete without giving my face a little TLC so here are some beauty essentials:
Arguably the best high street powder is I’m sure you will have come across this, Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder (£3.99). This is an essential for my teenage skin that I wear everyday and as its so cheap I have several so I can keep one in my bag and in my room.
This is by far my favourite nail polish colour, so much so that me and my mum bought it each other it for christmas just by chance! The Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in ‘Love This Sweater’ It the perfect nude colour, the only that I have re-purchased which isn’t a strain on the bank at £3.99.
If I could chose only one eyeshadow palette to use for the rest of my life, it would would be the Urban Decay ‘Naked 2’ palette. This is a higher end product at £39.50 but I use this on a daily basis and because of the amazing colour pay off, it has lasted me over a year and counting! My ‘go to’ daily eye look is using the flat, thin end of the brush provided to put ‘blackout’ along my upper eye-line to work as a soft eyeliner look.
My most repurchased products for my face are without a doubt the Revlon ColorStay Foundation (£12.99) and Collections Cosmetic’s Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19). The foundation is one of the more expensive high street foundations but with two formulas and a selection of colours I promise you won’t be disappointed. This full coverage concealer is ideal for under eyes, covering blemishes or brightening. I have several so there is always one in each of my bags which is not struggle as it’s so cheap.
Paolo Sebastian has released their collections for Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter this year!
With the work of 26 year old Paul Vasileff behind it, Paolo Sebastian is a fashion label that has taken off since its first launch in 2007. The Australian label is inspired by old fairy tales and fables and I think this is very clearly represented throughout all of the collections. Not only do they use delicate, feminine, flowing fabrics but they incorporate many birds and aspects of nature such as leaves to give that ‘princess’ appeal. These hand-crafted dresses innocently sparkle as if caught by rays of sun and the models used to show off the designs have that ‘no makeup’ look, seemingly un-styled hair as if they are fresh from nature which I feel mimics the theme of the dresses. Lots of the designs have sheer parts so lots of the body can be seen, however this is done in such a tasteful way, it is not portrayed as sexual but instead this is usually where the use of nature comes in. For example birds will be used to cover up, emphasising the purity of the ideas. All colours are soft and neutral with the odd faded lilac, pink or touch of blue and the settings used for advertising are either traditional high ceiling ball room type spaces or old castle settings. Due to the exclusivity and price of these dresses, they are typically worn by extremely wealthy brides and celebrities such as Giuliana Rancic so the chances of me ever being able to wear one is slim, but a girl can dream!
Here are a couple of dresses which have always stood out to me from his Spring/Summer 2015-16 collection:
Even the most busiest of celebrities and models need a bit of down time to get down and dirty with their pets. These are some fashion icons spotted with their bestest of friends, for once they aren’t the main focus of the photograph!
Paris is a famous fashion icon and socialite, setting trends for years. Her latest work includes a hair care range being released in Lidl. Her most famous dog Tinkerbell sadly passed away in 2014 but this is her newest ‘yet to be named’ family member.
Hiya, today I have an interview with a special guest! Not only is she my best friend, she is an aspiring model. This is an interview with Rosie Sweeney about what its like to be a new, young model in Glasgow:
What made you want to be a model?
-From a young age I watched Americas Next Top Model with my mum so I would say this is what brought it to my attention. Then since I had done a few fashion shows I realised it was something I enjoyed and decided to take it further.
How did you start your journey?
-Around April last year I helped one of my mums friends out by modelling at her business events. She happened to be signed to the agency that I am now with and sent photos of me from that night. The agency then got in contact and called me in for an interview.
Whats your favourite shoot/job?
-I definitely most enjoyed the fashion show for Saint Genevieve because I was able to meet other models through this.
Is it something you’d want to do full time?
-Unless the opportunity were to arise for this to happen, I intend to keep it as a part time job as I am more interested in going into textile design in the long run.
Whats the worst part?
-It is quite difficult to find work in Glasgow, sometimes it can feel although you work is not paying off.
Whats the best part?
-I would say the fact that it has built up my confidence has been the best part. Also meeting other people through it is a big perk.
Whats the next step?
-I am going to look into getting more and more test shoots over this year in order to give my folio more variety and hopefully this can take me further within the industry.
Click ‘here’ to see more of Rosie!! (photos are my own)