Thursday, September 22, 2011

For the last five years of my life, I have spent my entire school life in a single sex school. Untrue to popular beliefs that this creates a very bitchy environment for girls, I have grown to love this system and incredibly comfortable with 'the way girls do things'. Compulsory education has passed swiftly and I am now in my last two years of school before university. The sixth form I go to, is a partnership of the boys' school and the girls'. After five years of having little contact with boys, I am now thrown back into a 'mixed' school education.
To say the least, boys are very different to girls. The phrase "men are from mars and women are from venus" seems like a suitable phrase to describe my feelings right now. I just find boys are so insensitive, harsher with their jokes and judgemental. They are more careless about other people's feelings and have no care for what anyone else thinks of them. To be fair, I might be a bit hypocritical myself in making such a snap judgement in the second week of school but this describes my opinion of them thus far. I hope this negativity shifts.
Actually, I think I might know why I have reacted so badly towards boys. I'm not someone who likes change; in many ways, I'm someone who, if something works adequately well, I would like it to remain the same. Starting sixth form has brought on a lot of change: new teachers, buildings, systems, more work, more people. Perhaps actually, this is a sign that I haven't yet adapted to change. For sure, I have to adapt myself to suit the world. I guess what I wanted to say is that I have to accept that a school system with boys works differently to a system purely with girls and that's a change I have to adapt to.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Bloody hell, it turns out I some how forgot how to add photos from the blackberry and spent about a hour doing the impossible repeatedly, hoping the same steps would eventually add the photo on in a sudden miracle. Bloody hell, that was tiring. Anyway, at least its uploaded now. Mum and I decided that it was time to invest in a good pair of winter boots for the harsh English winter to come. We went to Clarks and brought these from the children's section... The shoes they had on display were must have been for six year olds... They were tiny but they had a size which fit me so yay! Clark shoes are usually renowned for their decent quality so I expect these will last me a couple of winters at least. I'm looking forward to wearing them but if worn with tights, they make my short legs look even shorter and fat.
Also picked some glasses today, I don't really need them but thought I'd get some anyway because I'm doing a lot reading at the moment and it's quite straining on the eyes. Literally just picked the most basic 25pound pair since I don't reckon I will be wearing them that much anyway.
Aaah eight o'clock and I have a mountain load of homework... Speak soon :)

Friday, September 16, 2011


Hello reader, this is a testing post to see if the blackberry will post images on blogspot. I've recently acquired a blackberry and have become quite attached to it. If this new found convenience works, posting sixth form outfits shouldn't be a problem at all. I realise I am awful at continuing hobbies, I've given up quite a few because I just seem to have a lack of will power and determination or something... Still I keep going back time and time again to blogging... Hope this works and see where we go! :)

Sunday, July 3, 2011








Just browsing through the Alexander McQueen lookbook today. It seems an obvious place to start when getting back on the fashion blogging scene since he was one of the designers that first sparked my interest in fashion. When he passed away in 2010, I didn't know whether I would still like the brand. I didn't pay much attention to fashion that year anyway, so I didn't see much of the McQueen collections. In an art project, I included some of McQueen's 2009 designs as part of my development work but I largely ignored the latest collections.

The Royal Wedding of course drew global attention to the label. I was actually there in the crowds that day with my cousin (first in Trafalgar Square, then Hyde Park). We were both extremely shocked that Kate's dress (and Pippa's) were by the McQueen fashion house. In fact, as soon as the commentator revealed it was indeed Alexander McQueen, it was almost an reflex action, we both looked at each other, mouths dropped wide open. I'm no expert, but I just thought surely the brand was too unconventional for a classic wedding? Shocked though we were, we enjoyed the beautiful dress. It was so elegant and sophisticated. The lace sleeves, the flattering sihouette and the sweetheart neckline made the bride look truly phenomenal. I would be lying if I said I didn't wish for a similar dress for my own wedding. So Sarah Burton, I like!

This gown pictured is from the Pre Spring/Summer 2012 lookbook. It's not hard to see why this stood out. Again the silhouette is perfect and the intricute details are very elegant! Aaaah, I do like it.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

long time, no speak

It's been over a year since I wrote my last blog entry and what a year it has been! It has passed so fleetingly and sometimes, it feels as if time is robbing you of your life. I feel like I'm growing up so fast, that I can't keep up with this unstopping pace. This year was my final year of compulsory education. It has been undoubtedly the most intense school year to date. I have had to take up new GCSEs and complete the course in one year instead of the recommended two. This meant everything was condensed and with that brings a lot of stress! There were definitely times of despair and I'm-just-going-to-give-up-and-cry-my-troubles-away moments. But I'm glad I've persevered and that this academic year is over! I just hope my GCSE results will reflect the blood, sweat and tears that I've put into this year.

Next year, I will enrol in sixth form to study for A levels. I've had some taster lessons. There was a heavy emphasis on how hard the courses are and how hardworking we will have to be. A challenge will keep me stimulated. Two of my courses, English and History, require a lot of wider reading. I've already brought a few books from charity shops that I plan to read over the summer. I admit I don't read enough and I am a very slow reader, which will need to change.

So another emphasis placed on sixth form was that extra-curricular activities are really valuable. It's not that I'm a complete cave troll and lead an incredibly sheltered life but truth be told, I don't do that much other than the academics. That needs to change. My sixth form tutor-to-be gave me a sheet of asking me what my hobbies were. Well, I didn't have much to say. I wrote fashion journalism down. Since I wrote it down, I figured I should probably start writing again. I do miss looking through the latest catwalk shows and end of school is the perfect time to start again! See you soon!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Equestrian

I think when your interest in fashion was born after your love for art; you kind of develop an enthusiasm that is a bit of both - fashion illustration. What better way to show why I am particularly fond of it other than showcasing a Manolo Blahnik drawing? Admittedly, I'm not familiar with his work at all. But his drawings stamp such a firm print in my head that I go flipping through some recent Vogues so I can take some pictures of them (I only found one, as you can see).

His drawings are perfect: the shape, the fine details, the way light reflects off it and of course the actual design. I can't draw shoes, period. No wait, I can't draw a lot of things... And I'm not even being modest. So it's no surprise I'm left extra amazed at his talent.



Oh and after Googling more designs, I discovered he actually has a book named - surprise surprise - Manolo Blahnik Drawings. Something I'll definitely be hunting down.