Backstage at Graduate Fashion Week...

Monday, 15 June 2015

I have had a crazy month, but to finish my first year I went with my uni to Graduate Fashion Week, to help out backstage with the show. My focus in particular was on my third years collection which you can see in the photos below.

Designs by Gabriella Sardena

The overall winner of the big prize at Graduate Fashion Week went to Manchester's own Hannah Wallace with her amazing Menswear collection. 

'The Bone Season' Review ...

Saturday, 9 May 2015

'Even a dreamer can start a revolution. 
Nineteen year old Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing...'

Another bloody book review! 
(I can't help it)

As we all know I love fiction, and this is definitely fictional. When a book has a glossary and a map it does kind of mean it's going to need a bit of brain power. To begin with I did find some parts quite hard to follow at first with a lot of new characters, worlds and words being introduced very quickly.

However I could see this becoming the next Hunger Games. With a strong female lead, the story begins in Scion London where the inhabitants are split into the naturals and the clairvoyance. These clairvoyance or unnaturals have supernatural abilities which vary in strength and rarity. Paige being one of the rarest clairvoyance, a dreamwalker is employed to break into people's minds and steal information.

But Paige soon realises this world she has known is a lie and the world beneath hers is controlled by creatures called the Rephiam. An inhuman race who trade safety against the Emin monsters who are primed to invade the city.  

I really enjoyed this story and became really involved as the story progressed. I loved the relationship between Paige and her Keeper and I really hope this will be furthered in the future books (which there have been rumoured to be seven in total!). 

This book definitely has a darkness to it and mixes a revolution theme with the supernatural, keeping all the unnatural parts believable. 

My Rating 4.5/5 

(Cannot wait for the next six)

'Yes Please' Review

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

This seems to be fast becoming a bit of a cult book. So clearly I had to get involved.

I am not a Amy Poehler fanatic by any means. Usually I refer to her as Regina's mum in mean girls, but regardless of this I really enjoyed her book.

The funny/witty anecdotes are in twined in life lessons for her readers, while some stories left me needing to watch 100 re-runs of Saturday Night Live on YouTube, I didn't feel like not being as familiar with her work hindered me in anyway.

The book is split by large quote pages which I kept flicking back to every now and again for a pick me up. I also really loved the chapters where she got other people to write for her or footnote their thoughts on the things she was talking about which she justifies by clarifying that 'writing is hard'.

Overall it just made me want to be her best friend more than anything and reminded me to stop every once in a while and make sure I'm not taking life too seriously.

My Rating 3.5/5

Spring Iridescent Accessories...

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Iphone case from Primark sale, Shoes from here

Celebrating 1st Birthday... with a Pinterest worthy cake

Sunday, 29 March 2015

To celebrate, here is the easy-peasy Pinterest worthy cake recipe! 

For three tiers: 
- 8 eggs
- 16oz self-raising flour
- 16oz butter/margarine 
- 16oz caster sugar 
- 2 capfuls of vanilla essence  

Mix all ingredients together. Put into three tins as equally as you can. Bake at 180 degrees for 25 mins. Then leave to cool. 

For the icing I made a basic buttercream and coloured it with baby blue food colouring. 
Make sure the cakes are cool before icing!! 
Cutting the tops of the cake so they are all even I filled each space with buttercream and stacked on top of each other. 
To get that Pinterest finish you can use a tutorial like this

A cake for the baking incompetent! 

Thank you for all the love this year! 

Instax Mini Review...

Friday, 27 March 2015

 I love a good camera. And by good camera, I mean one that doesn't require a lot of thought. 
I love my Pentax ME Super and still hold onto the 90s kid in me with a disposable camera always floating around. So I have really been wanting to get hold of one of these! 

So on my not so recent trip to Tokyo I picked one up with a bunch of film, because if you're going to need instant photos, its going to be in a place like Japan. 
Since then I have fallen hard. 

I really love the fun element of this shoot and snap camera, There are very few things you have to mess with before getting a great vintage looking photo. This camera is really great for wanting to capture memories on a day or night out, even for the technophobic amongst us. 

There is only really one problem. The price. 

Picking up mine in Japan was much cheaper than the inflated Urban Outfitters prices. But even after buying the camera, the film (which comes in packs of 10) is outrageously priced but as my friend pointed out can be a great gift for birthdays or even stocking fillers *christmas warm fuzzies*. 

So if you are looking for an everyday camera, I would not recommend this, unless you have robbed a film factory. But as a way of capturing special days with friends, its fab.

Sorry for being so quiet recently! Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things, lots of spring inspiration, baking, books and shenanigans coming soon! 

Let me know if any of you have the same camera or any others you think I would like!  

(Also how cute is the lucky cat fabric)