New AW Zara Coat!

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Since getting caught up within the rain & the storms last weekend, I decided it was about time I purchased a snuggly, waterproof Autumn, Winter coat, and it wasn’t long before I found the perfect one! I visited Zara a few weeks ago and couldn’t keep my eyes off this coat, i’d tried it on in store, in a size small and it was fitted, warm and rather chic! With its gold and black colour way and soft, creamy, gold, faux fur hood, I knew it would prey on my mind, so I decided to bite the bullet and invest in this quality, bang on trend coat.

Zara showcase so many fabulous items for this commencing leaf crunching season and with the weather warnings slowly creeping up on us, regarding the chances of possible snow and more rain later this month, it was a rather good time to have a look around. The coat was priced at £89.99 and to be honest, I felt that this was pretty reasonable, for a coat that should last me a very long time, ljust ike my previous ones have…(after all the thought of standing outside in the cold, without a coat like this, already gives my the shivers!) Brr.

I would recommend this type of coat/jacket for anyone. Not just because of its ‘snug as a bug’ feel & look, but because of its versatility. The hood and other elements of the coat is removabl, which is perfect, if you were to continue wearing it right through to spring. Plus, its gold embellishments, press stud and zip up detailing features, to me, adds a touch of luxury! It’s also an easy item to pair with any outfit, for the day time or in the evening. I think it is fair to say it’s a winner! Wahoooo.

If you’ve purchased a fabulous coat this season and you’re feeling prepared for the British weather to intensify, which coat have you purchased? I can’t wait to see how snuggled we all are, especially with bonfire night on its way! :)

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Happy Halloween!

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There’s not long left until midnight on this spooky Halloween evening! Which I thought would be a rather appropriate time to upload this post! I felt inspired by the accessories and items I had around me at home, and since most of the fashion blogging world had got creative today, I decided to join in with the fun!

So, after work, I came home…put on my black floral head crown from Wild Flower Crowns, which I’m sure you’ve seen featured in a few of my previous posts, as it’s perfect for so many occasions throughout the year…and truly got into some sort of gooouley character! Quickly following, the deep vampy lips made an appearance & deep red glitter eyes, which I think looks rather creepy yet cool!

I also love to experiment and upcycle with various items that I see lying about around my room, and I thought this spike, skull statement necklace from H&M would be perfect placed upon my forehead, to add even more umph to this look & the flower crown! I purely created this look as a bit of inspiration for future Halloween events or occasions that may pop up our way! It was easy to create and with the addition of a cool rara skirt, which I’d turned inside out and placed upon my shoulders, the look was pulled together pretty quickly! So if you’re stuck in the costume department, or can’t afford to go out & purchase one, have a look and see what’s lying about around you, you may surprise yourself once you put your creative style brains to the test! 😀 If you created any cool, creative looks this Halloween, let me know in the comments below, i’d love to see them!

Oh, and me & my boyfriend carved some pumpkins, take a peak below…if you dare :p (we named them ‘Earnie & the Bat’)! Ahem.

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| Lipstick | Kate Moss | Also used for the eyes |

| Floral head crown | www.wildflowercrowns.bigcartel.com |

| Neck fabric feature | Skirt | Topshop |

|Spike & skull Necklace on forehead | H&M |

| Pumpkins | sainsburys |

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‘Wild Bella’ Autumnul Floral Head Crown

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If you’ve not already taken a peak at Wild Flower Crowns & their gorgeous array of delightfulness, then I suggest you go and do so…immediately (well, immediately after you read this post :p). I’ve already blogged about WF & their creations this Summer, but I am pleased to say that I am once again, admiring & styling up another beautiful addition.

This dusky rose pink crown is fresh, feminine and frightfully delicate. It’s large roses suit most hair types and styles, and especially if you’ve got big hair, like me! I wanted to show you just a few shots of me styling up this beauty, with mainly a few head shots and the aim of showing you a full outfit post later on in the month (I just couldn’t wait).

This pink crown is perfect for all Seasons and can be styled up accordingly with the use of other accessories and appropriate clothing items. I feel that pink is such a fresh and beautiful colour for this time of year and is perfect for those progressing icy days!  I’ve worn my crown with an Autumnul knit pink scarf, which I think adds a hint of warmth and softness to the look.

Additionally I wanted to see what I had lying around my room to add a little bit of sparkle, and ofcourse, with my forever experimental styling bubble brain, I decided to pair the head band with a statement, silver, diamante necklace! Which at first I thought I looked like a crazy lady, however if professionally photographed on a Fashion shoot, I think this look could work well…and consequently result in some rather quirky and striking shots. (Thinking of upcycling and utilising what’s around you & all that!).

I also wanted to keep my Makeup light and feminine, by using similar colours and a hint of smokey eye. Have a look at the images below and be sure to watch out for my full outfit post! (Especially if you have Blog’lovin where you will be automatically updated with my latest posts :). Oh and head over to WF crowns either on Twitter, Facebook or on their website to view their lovely head pieces.

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| Wild Flower Head Crown | www.wildflowercrowns.bigcartel.com |

| Knitted pink scarf | H&M |

| Necklace | Headpiece | London Market stall |

| Lipstick | Illamasqua | Liv & kontrol |

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Fashion Literature

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Whether you are heading off to University within the next coming Months, or you just feel like a little boost of inspiration, in terms of creative guidance and ideas…this Blog post might be just for you. :). I have been mesmerised with Fashion literature since I was a tiny tot, and still am. These types of books weren’t around as much as they are now, so as soon as I could get my hands on one, it was like finding gold! I would bury my head into them as much as I could, and now, being at the ‘maturing’ age of 23, I wanted to share with you how helpful they can actually be.

Yes, we have the internet where Fashion images and tips & tricks, on how to do this and that are everywhere, however sitting down in the comfort of your own home, or wherever you fancy, with your fairy lights on and a good book in hand…(oh, and also no worries about your laptop battery dying on you)…, I can assure you, that this type of sketching and skill enhancing occasion, can be very therapeutic.

Reading upon Fashion literature, for me, has been an insightful way of improving my creative skills. As most of you lovely readers know, I have had an obsession with drawing, sketching and designing for years and there’s no greater way of trying to better yourself than being shown via an illustration, as well as a detailed description, or a ‘how to’ guide, within a fab book. Most of the books I own, as you can see are predominantly illustration, dimensional and technical based. From an early age I have saved up my pennies and have been bought a variety of these types of books & I have never found them as beneficial as I did, when I headed off to University.

If you’re beginning a Fashion Studies Course, or a similar Art based one, where illustration and technical drawings are a key element within your classes…then I would without a doubt suggest in investing in a number of different books, where you can go to and study from. I find it’s not your usual, pretty boring studying, but it’s a relaxing way of enhancing yourself, your skills and your abilities to draw. Throughout my time at University, despite the Student Loan being a complete saviour when it comes to paying certain bills etc, and I’m sure some people would admit to using it to boost their experience within freshers week etc, but I assure you, that spending your money wisely and budgeting for certain types of Fashion literature are going to be a huggge help to you! Plus you can keep a book forever.

The prices of these books can totally vary and now days, Fashion literature can be rather costly, with some books costing around £50 or more (wowza)! But if you look on websites such as Ebay or Amazon, you are sure to get a good deal. Alternatively, I spent many a day in my local and University Library, where I was able to hire out books for free or I simply spent my time pottering around local carboot sales, as you never know what goodies you may find for around the 50p mark!

It was important for me to understand the fundamentals of sketching and essentially, learning the official terms and words for a certain technique, for example. My biggest obstacle throughout University, was Pattern Cutting…I feel that you have to have more of a logical mind and a deep understanding of measurements, angles and basically Maths, which personally, I think should be drummed into you a lot more, within your lectures! However when you have a class of 60+ and only 1 or two tutors to go around aiding you in a particular area in your two hour class, I found that a good book was just the ticket…predominantly to give you that little bit of boost that you may so desperately need! Especially when deadlines are looming!

I did however, adore sewing, styling and generally illustrating everything…(it’s just what I’ve always done). So with the extra aid of a great Fashion book, your knowledge and inspiration bubbles can literally bloom wonderfully! So, below are just a few of my favourite books, that I feel have helped me a great deal throughout my life so far, and especially within higher Education, although anyone of any age and education level can have a go at delving into these beauties! The below literature is a mix, from some of the best technical drawing books to photographic street style!

Do let me know if you have any Fashion literature favourites and if you’ve managed to find some bargains in the book department! I really hope this has helped some of you a little. Big smiles :), Holly x

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It’s all about the Jeffers!…

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Creating & completing that all important ‘statement piece’ is done so, by the majority of females, patrolling the net for that very exciting new shoe release! And, here we are, we’ve found them! (and oh my lordy, what a GEM). You see, these almighty ‘Jeffers’ – dressed up, or down, just eluuudes all connotations linked with FASHION, and will bring you anything but a FROWN!

Ahem ^-^…now I’ve got that descriptive, little rhythmic number out of my brain (and stop reverting back to my love for my old school English literature lessons, poetry & generally rhyming anything and everything!), I will now bring myself back down to my ‘normal’ 22 year old self, and tell you why these are so bloomin fabulous!

1) They complete any outfit with a bold, strong, statement ‘Kapow!’

2) They now come in a variety of styles, designs, patterns…and even translucent heels!

3) They pretty much go with everything…especially the LBD! As they sure can rock up and strengthen any pretty little number and give it that bit of umph that it probably needs.

4) They are comfortable, fashionable and personally, I think they’re one of the most prefect shoes to bring to a shoot.

5) And, finally, if you’re a shortie, like me and have had many years of feeling a slight bit of nostalgia, familiarity and comfort towards the ‘Yellow Pages’ advert – (fellow shorties, you will know EXACTLY what I mean when I say this)…these Jeffers are by far, the best thing that could happen to our little leggies, especially when we are in wishful, taller times of need! (Make note, being a shortie tortie also has its benefits!).

| SHOOT IMAGE – TAKEN AT DERBY UNIVERSITY – BEHIND THE SCENES OF MY DEGREE PROJECT |

| JEFFERY CAMPBELLS – OFFICE SHOES – BULLRING (BIRMINGHAM) |

| MODEL – MAUREEN | CAMERA ASSISTANT & LIGHTING | LAWRENCE 

| OVERALL MESSAGE: | THEY’RE RATHER HOT! |