Finally, I'm back. Again I had to take a lil break from posting on here because I have been so busy! Studying a masters, working part time, being an intern, having a boyfriend and trying to have a social life is actually difficult, who knew?
Anyway, in amongst all of this uni work I (somehow) managed to escape to Paris for 2 days to celebrate my younger sisters 21st birthday. I had never been to Paris before but it is one of my sister's favourite cities. I was lucky to have her as my tour guide as we had such limited time so I have decided to share some of my top travel tips for anyone who only has 2 days to explore the magical city of Paris.
Who loves chocolate? I know I definitely do. So when Fairy Bakes Aberdeen - a new home bakery business - approached me of course I was more than willing to give their goodies a try. The main concept of the business is loaded brownies, and when I say loaded I mean covered with tonnes of chocolatey goodness.
Well, I'm sure you've noticed animal print is having a moment (unless you've been living under a rock). Yes, animal print has made a come back and it is bigger, bolder and brighter than ever! The catwalk was overrun by crazy animal prints at New York Fashion Week this month setting the scene for this key Autumn/Winter 2018 trend. Designers leading the way with this animal print trend included Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein and Carolina Herrera.
Once again Ibiza did not disappoint. After taking a year off last year to go to Hideout Festival I returned this summer to the White Isle for the 4th time. I was on holiday with a group of 9 girls so you can imagine there was lots of hysterical laughing and our apartment looked like a giant explosion of clothes and makeup (packing to go home was not fun). When it comes to holiday fashion basically anything goes and I love trawling through Insta for Ibiza outfit inspo. I like to buy from platforms like depop where you find little independent brands and talented people who can make you custom pieces so a few garments in this edit will be from depop/independent UK brands. Anyway less of me rambling and more pics.
We were only on the island for 4 nights - short and sweet- but outfit planning was still super stressful. Below are details of my 4 night time outfits.
Yes you read that title correctly. I am heading back to uni to study a masters degree (who would have thought it). Next month I will be returning to RGU to embark on a new academic journey this time studying MSc Digital Marketing.
I still can’t quite believe I have enrolled to study a masters degree. There was a time when I never even thought I would get into uni never mind be studying a postgrad! Back when I was in 5th year at school and it was getting to that time when everyone was deciding what they wanted to do next I always knew I wanted to go to uni. However, in 5th year I failed every exam. I remember crying to my mum - my uni dreams had been crushed. I still had 6th year to redeem myself but I knew there was no chance of me getting all the entry grades required for uni in one year when I had just done so terribly. Anyway in 6th year I managed to get 2 higher grades I got a B in Art and a C in Biology. This was enough for me to get into college.
So I have been really busy since graduating from my undergrad uni course. Along with trying to accumulate as much hours as possible at my part time retail job I have been interning with a dress company called Must Have Dresses UK here in Aberdeen where I have been working on their social media and marketing.
Must Have Dresses is a dress boutique where the main concept behind the business is designer dress hire. Women can hire a designer dress for a special occasion and then return the dress after a few days. After graduating from university in Aberdeen - now business owner - Vishwavara Archer worked for corporate Aberdeen and her designer dress hire idea was just a distant dream. However, after taking some time off to have her two children she took the leap of faith to pursue her dream of a career within the fashion industry.
There was a gap in the market for designer dress hire within the UK – with only a handful of businesses throughout the UK offering this service – so the concept behind Must Have Dresses is unique within the North East area. Fast fashion is so ingrained in today’s shopping culture especially amongst women. You know how it is, no outfit repeating allowed. So, the concept behind Must Have Dresses means women can hire a designer dress for a fraction of the price it would cost them to buy it then return it after. Essentially this method of shopping saves women money and critical wardrobe space.
Below you can see me playing dress up in one of the dresses available for hire - that Vish kindly lent me for free. The dress I’m wearing is a heavenly encrusted Frock & Frill dress. This dress is called the Erin maxi dress from this year’s Spring/Summer collection. The floor length dress is a almost nude colour with gold and rose gold embellishments and sheer sleeves.I styled the dress back to front so the V shaped neckline plunges at the front (proof it could be worn either way). The dress gives an almost 1920’s/Gatsby glamour vibe and if you look at the rest of Frock & Frill’s designs I think that perception is very fitting with their brand image.
Like so many others I graduated from uni this week. My graduation ceremony took place on Wednesday afternoon. Our ceremony was held at His Majesty’s Theatre here in Aberdeen and it was a proud day for my friends and myself. Afterwards the celebrations continued with my family and my boyfriend. The traditional thing to do seems to be to go for a meal after the ceremony so we headed to All Bar One - which I highly recommend.
This one’s for all of the 'not girly' girls amongst us. So a couple of weeks ago I went to the Perth races with my friends. We had a really fun day out - I had no idea how to bet but I enjoyed watching the horses race past and it was a good excuse to get all dressed up. But there lied my problem. I had no idea what I was going to wear. In all of the pictures I had seen from the races, all of the girls were dressed very fancy and the boys looked super smart. I soon realised when I was looking online for inspo all of the top online retailers had edits. Sections on their websites specifically devoted to a day at the races or 'occasion wear'. JACKPOT. Sadly scrolling endlessly through the pages and pages of clothes on these edits I was disappointed. Seas of pastel colours, flowery patterns, floaty skirts - the epitome of girly and that is just not me. So! I have decided to create my own edit of things I have found online that I think would look fab at a special occasion such as the races or a wedding or even just a night out!
(Firstly you can see the blazer dress I wore from the Missguided x Madison Beer collection which I styled with red sock boots from Ego Shoes and a pink bag with a red heart on the front from Skinny Dip London).
So for those of you who don’t know I was at Riverside Festival in Glasgow this weekend and I had the best time! The festival is all house and techno music and is held beside the River Clyde in the centre of Glasgow. I loved being back in Glasgow and it was even better that i was going to Riverside Festival for the first time! I went with my boyfriend and we stayed in this amazing apartment from Air BnB which had the best view. Over the weekend we seen lots of different DJ's like Patrick Topping, Green Velvet, Skream and Jackmaster.
The festival is only 2 days hence why this is a ‘quick’ guide. As the festival is in Scotland I was a little worried about what the weather may be like when I was deciding on outfits as you know it can be so unpredictable but luckily we were blessed with scorching sun all weekend! Anyway let’s get into the interesting bit! I didn't actually get that much photos because I was too busy enjoying myself (I know and I call myself a blogger) but you can see some below.
So most of the time I always dress in black but for festivals I like to (try) add a bit of colour! I am obsessed with small sunnies (much to my boyfriends dismay). I can’t help myself but try colourful makeup (even though I am by no means good). If something comes as a co-ord I'm definitely buying it (makes life so much easier) and lastly trainers are a must (because who wants sore feet? - not me).
Yes it’s that time of the year again! (Time is passing way to quickly I know). Monday seen all of the biggest names in fashion grace the steps of the Metropolitan Museum in New York yet again for another successful gala this year celebrating its 70th anniversary.
This year’s event theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Described by some as the most controversial theme yet! Dedicated to religious influence in fashion and - reported by vogue - to have around 150 pieces on display.
Hungover from celebrating the bank holiday I fell asleep really early and never seen any of the red carpet. So after catching up yesterday I will let you in on my top 10 favourite looks from this year’s event. I think the celebrities done well this year with regards to interpreting the theme and as expected there was lots of white, black, gold and silver, luxurious fabrics with some encrusted garments that must of taken months to create.
Katy Perry in Versace