Thursday, 31 May 2012

May 2012: Who Said Recycling Is Hard Work?

When it comes to recycling, we fashionistas do it pretty much everyday and we're pretty good at it. We mix our wardrobes up and style things to make sure that everyday is different to the next, whilst still remaining true to what we love for our style. So here's some tips on how to do something a little bit different with your wardrobe and your style.
1. Change and mix up for your style (that's the pretty obvious one). One way to determine how much you actually wear an item is to turn all your hangers around in your wardrobe, when you wear an item turn the hanger back around: anything you haven't worn for over six months, get it on eBay! Jazzing your style with new items and new accessories is perfect. Jazzing them up with other friends and family's wardrobe is perfect too. If you're unsure, ask! Ask your friends, ask your family, and ask for advice from your followers, do a look book and tweet your looks so that people can see how you're styling certain items, certain looks and certain trends for the season: and if you're still unsure, go with your gut (he's usually right about those kind of things).
2. Being at college and having to do research for various projects is perfect for finding inspiration and new things. Just recently I came across a new up and coming trend called junky styling. In basic terms it means to cut up your old clothes and re-sew them to make new ones (cool idea right?) Take your boyfriends shirt and sew the cuffs into the inside of a blazer, cut up jeans and make them into a denim dress. It's a great way of making something truly unique, and putting your own twist on your style. All you really need is some old clothes or cheap ones from charity shops and a sewing machine. So get digging and dig deep, raid your friends wardrobes for things they don't wear anymore, go to charity shops constantly for their new stock because you know as the saying goes 'you never know what you'll find'.
3. And finally, make your own clothes and accessories or jazz them up; there are loads of websites and tutorials that offer help in making and putting together patterns for garments. It's so much more rewarding & a fun way to create unique and custom pieces than buying what everyone else is wearing. If you're stuck for inspiration, get yourself on Pinterest and look in some fashion magazines, they're a great source of inspiration. Buy spray paint and spray white shoes with pastel colours, jazz up pearl necklace with some patterned beads, use stencils to paint shapes onto clothes or even have a go at sewing lace, excess fabric or pockets onto your garments. Have fun and remember, creativity is key: who knows, you might one day turn out to be the next Alexander McQueen.

Let me see your creations through social media and don't forget to leave your ideas in the comments below:


Tuesday, 22 May 2012

May 2012: Summer Is Here!? 'WARDROBE!'

So it looks like the British summer is finally here (at least that's what I've heard). I'm blogging so much right now that I feel like I'm constantly chained to my desk, but it's so worth it, because I want to give you a fresh summer update. So from bralets to plastic, skirts to cat eye sunglasses, prints to pastels, I've got you covered, I've even threw in a little feature for you guys out there (well you have to look good too right?)

Let's start with peplums at River Island. These are EVERYWHERE right now: on tops, on skirts, on hats (no I'm just kidding but could you imagine a peplum hat!)


Next are bralets from Topshop. With summer finally on its way and the heat only rising, you can finally wear them. Pair them up with a pleated or peplum skirt or make a statement with a neon blazer and black boots.


Matalan are rocking the pastels and this season, they're the coolest and hottest colour to have on your back. The more you wear and mix together, the cooler you are, go pastel crazy I say.


Accessories can make or break an outfit. ASOS is the place to be for cat eye sunglasses which were shown on the runway at Prada.


Prints are BOLD (and yes the bold text is necessary). Miss Selfridge have some fabulous print on their pieces that is loud and proud.


So there you have it, you're all set for Summer. Let me know what TRENDS you're looking forward to rocking this season in the comments below, and as always, let's be social:


Saturday, 19 May 2012

May 2012: Only Stylish Boyfs' Need Apply?

When it comes to love, let's face it, it's a jungle out there. Men are still men, whether they're gay or straight! But being fashionistas do you always look for someone who is just as stylish (if not more so) than you are?

(Photo From Mens Style Power)
I got the idea to write this post whilst I was flipping through Company Magazine. Their cover girl for the month of June was Jessie J (fabulous woman), someone who's career I have hugely admired since her career in the music industry kicked off. In the interview for Company, she talks about the fact that she (like so many if not all of us) has a 'type'. For me there is no question, I look for a unique sense of style, a good sense of humour and someone who looks after themselves in as many 'areas' as possible (I mean noone likes to look at dirty fingernails and hairy toes, eww). But does it get to a point where we're just too picky? If we pull out too many threads to make what we think is perfection do we risk pulling them apart too much to create someone that is too perfect? I mean let's be honest, we don't want out boyfriends upstaging us in-front of our friends when their eyebrows are better plucked than ours. And god forbid that we pick at them too much that we end up scaring them away because we get too close with the shaver (believe me, I've been there). So the question I orginally wanted answering is this: stylish boyf's: yay or nay?

Let me know in the comments below, oh and as always, let's be social:

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

May 2012: Are You Being Served?

I'm afraid to say folks that this post is a bit of a rant, because oh yes Britain I'm ranting on behalf of you, on a matter that has long been buried under the sand for too long! Well not anymore: I'm talking of course about bad customer service.There is nothing worse in my opinion than going into a shop, handing over your hard earned cash, and receiving bad customer service. But why do we just put up with it, shaking our heads, tutting, rolling our eyes and yet still going back to the same stores even when we've been treated like shit?

Mary Portas (or as I call her Queen of the high street) is someone whom I have watched on TV for many years and who's career I have admired in a huge way. Her passion to revive not only the high street, but the way in which consumers treat their customers when shopping in their stores is inspirational. She's gone out of her way for years helping all sorts of people and businesses including charity shops, mobile phone brands and high street retailers in making sure that their customer service is one that's worth going back to their stores for. She's recently opened a premium clothes line for high street giant House Of Fraser which in her words is "a shop for women by Mary Portas". She's also introduced a line called 'Kinky Knickers' a line of knickers that were made, manufactured and sold by British people on British soil, which again in her words are "turning the lights back on for great British manufacturing".

Working in retail can be tough some days (I worked in retail for over three years) so looking at it from both perspectives is something that's easy for me. I personally have a big passion for customer service and I love helping people, making sure they're finding everything they want, dealing with problems. But the best thing to do if you're not receiving the service you want (and I can't believe I'm about to say this) is complain: simple as that, don't just stand there rolling your eyes, arms folded, shaking your head and tutting, find a manager or take it further if you have to, after all, you guys are paying our wages and we wouldn't have a job if it wasn't for you. It's your job to use the tools that are there in that space to help you with anything you may need or want, I mean let's face it, you wouldn't just employ a lion tamer and no lion, that wouldn't do at all now would it.

Where's the worst place you've ever had bad customer service? Let me know in the comments below and don't forget, let's be social:

Saturday, 5 May 2012

May 2012: Social Networking Is Fun!

So recently I have really branched out with getting my blog out there through the use of free social media, making sure I am on as many different platforms as possible, and slowly but surely it's starting to work. They're a fun way and free way for you to get yourself (and your blog) out to others whilst allowing you to gain a following and create traffic to your website/blog. So here's some tips and tricks to gain the most out of your social media.

1. Invite your Facebook friends to like your Facebook page. The more friends that interact with your page the more reach your page will gain, allowing your friends, friends to see your page and your content for free, kind of like a domino affect.

2. Offer exclusive content outside your blog such as talks or competitions. Add interesting topics, the latest news in the industry or offers so that people can see where the latest sales are on in stores!

3. Start a Pinterest page so that you can pin-board trends together for people to get inspiration. Or you can show people some of your favourite blogs, inspiration or things you get up to in your spare time.

4. Buy advertising on Facebook and Twitter. You can buy advertising to give your page a small kick out to more people for as little as 30p per click on Facebook.

5. #Hashtagging. Include these in as many tweets as possible. If you're writing about a specific celebrity or brand in your tweet, mention their Twitter name so that there's a bigger chance of them retweeting your tweet to their followers.

6. Branch out to other blogging platforms like Tumblr and BlogLovin'. Try as many different things as possible, and if they don't work out. just get rid!

7. Reach out to other bloggers and collaborate. Twitter is great for finding similar pages and bloggers that match what you do on your own page.

8. Keep your branding the same or similar throughout your networks/social media/websites. There's nothing worse than being confused  by old or missing branding.

9. Add links to all your websites/blogs/social media so that people can reach you on as many different levels as possible and make sure they all work, check them regularly

10. Put your social media links at the end of every post you write so that people can keep in contact with you or so that people can let you know if they like what you're writing or that they like your blog/website.

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