UNI FOOD HACKS

Cooking was not something I was good at before I moved out and into halls. Not because I’m not capable but because I just never really had an inspiration or ambition to try and make anything other than macaroni cheese or toast.

Well those two meals get extremely repetitive after about a week of having them everyday so I have had to start at least trying to come up with something slightly more interesting while on a budget and with low cooking skill sets. These are some of my favourites.

Risotto: Risotto was always something my mum would make and I would love but I just presumed was out of the option. This however is not the case. you can have pretty much whatever fillings in risotto and the rice itself is so easy and takes barely any looking after. My favourite fillings for it are bacon and broccoli,Mushroom and any kind of Veg. It takes 20 mins however only about five of those twenty actually need monitoring. Price wise its a win because all you need it the rice itself which is cheap and then the cost of the meal is up to you depending on what you want to fill it with.

Bacon wrapped Cheesy Chicken: This is one of my FAVOURITE meals because its soooo filling and reminds me of home. Sooo easy to make and can go with whatever you want, be it chips or veg. It sounds like it could be pricey but when cooking for one person it is as cheap as anything else. Buy a pack of chicken breasts and freeze the left overs for another meal. Cheese lasts a very long time when in the fridge so that can be used time and time again and Bacon has a reasonably long keeping time as well so this meal can be re worked into many others in the future.

Stirfry: So easy to make and very cheap and cheerful. Stirfry packet sauces cost around 50p and noodles when cooking for one will last at least 5 meals. You can make it veggie if wanted or to save money and it will use up anything in your fridge. This meal takes less than ten minutes.

WHY COCKAPOOS ARE THE BEST DOGS

Lets just start by saying the is not based on facts but option. My opinion.

So i have a one and a half year old apricot coloured cockapoo called Bertie and he is the best dog in the world. For anyone who doesn’t know what a cockapoo is i shall give you some facts about them.

    1) They are a mix of cocker spaniel and poodle
    2) They are hypoallergenic
    3) They had a long life expectancy (around 15-18 years)
    4) They come in many different colours including apricot ,golden, black,brown and variations of all in between.
    5) They are the fluffiest puppies in the world.

    1. Now we have laid down the facts I will tell you why my dog Bertie is the best. He is currently while I’m writing this curled up next to me on the sofa on my feet. This is his favourite position and he will be your hot water bottle for as long as you will allow him. Bertie is so ridiculously cuddly sometimes i do think he is a needy human child stuck in a gorgeous fluffy body. Cockapoos as a breed are extremely loving and kind natured and will genuinely be everybody friend including all other dogs (sometimes is a downside). I could relay to you so many reasons why Bertie is the best but I think really all you need to do is see a picture of him to understand. So here he is… The best dog in the world!

LOOKING BACK ON 1ST TERM AT TRENT!

So my first term at Nottingham Trent has been and gone, I learnt a lot, met a lot of new people and now can reflect on wether it was what I thought it would be or different. I hope this post could give some tips on staying sane and making it through your first term.

I knew I was going to find it hard to settle in to University because I’m such a home girl. I love being in the comfort of my own house with my family and dog so I was prepared for some unsettledness but i don’t believe I was prepared for the scale this was on. This luckily only lasted around two weeks and then it became quite normal. Lets just say my first night of freshers was interesting and very short lived due to drunken emotions. Tip for freshers: If your sensitive or feel home sick do be careful with how much you drink because it will end up in tears. Speaking of freshers… don’t feel like you are obligated to go out. Try to involve yourself as much as you can but forcing yourself to go when you don’t fancy it just isn’t a good idea. I myself was an awful fresher and lasted a very weak 3 of 7 days, although I will say now I am glad I didn’t force myself as I would have just ended up wasting money.

Money itself is something that has been interesting. I remember at the very start of the term thinking “wow I don’t know why people ever say students are broke”, because at the time I seemed to have so much I was swimming in it. This is very short lived and you will very quickly find yourself eating your words or even worst not eating at all due to lack of money. This seems like hell but you soon learn how to budget and how to make a little go a long way.

The degree itself : I am very sure at this point that I made the right choice with my uni course because I find myself in ore during lectures at the knowledge and experience lecturers have. Although one small issue is finding the power in yourself to get up and into the lecture theatre. Don’t let yourself miss one because its a slippery slope into sleeping through every single one. Remember its your money your wasting nothing else.

Meeting new people can be very daunting but everyone is in the same boat and if you put yourself out there people will reciprocate the effort. Don’t worry if in the beginning you don’t feel like you belong because the people you spend your time with in the beginning won’t necessarily be the people you end up spending your time with after a few weeks have passed. Learn to treasure your own company and make effort with friends you make because its very easy to isolate yourself so force yourself to be proactive.

Please,please,please join a society even if you arn’t interested in the subject, Society’s are the best way to meet like minded people and gives you a night to look forward to each week. Don’t be intimidated because they are very welcoming and anything goes.

Reading this back it seems like I had an awful time but I can say that isn’t true but I cannot lie and pretend everything is happy days because sometimes it is hard and lonely. Just remember what your there for and don’t be too hard on yourself. Bring on term two!

BOYS AND GIRLS

This collection was my end of collage Fashion and Clothing collection. This inspiration was gender equality and I  was looking at the use of slogans and signs in marches for gender equality. I also got inspiration from the idea that children have no concept of gender and in early years dress up in whatever they want. In this case I have dressed both the girls and boys in tule over sides “princess dresses” to show the childlike naivety against the political signs and slogans.

A GUIDE TO CHARITY SHOPPING! PART II

 

To carry on from my previous post here are a few of my best charity shop finds

VINTAGE TEDDY-BEAR SILK LINED COAT!

I found this coat a good 4 years ago in a charity shop in kenilworth for £10! it was such a good find as the quality is amazing and I found it right at the beginning of the faux fur/ fluffy coat trend so had been worn year in and year out every Winter since! It has been washed multiple times and always comes out fresh and fluffy and adds interest to any boring outfit. Teddy bear coats have been everywhere on the high street this winter and have cost a good £60 upwards! HERES AND EXAMPLE OF A URBAN OUTFITTERS EQUIVALENT

REAL LEATHER MINI-SKIRT

I found this Leather miniskirt on a recent charity shop trip where I found around 5 items. This fits me like a glove and sits high waisted just how I like skirts to be. The Leather is in amazing condition and i haven’t taken this off every since. It looks amazing with jumpers/turtle necks and ankle boots for the  ultimate 60’s vibe which is my astetic. This cost me £4 and has also been all over the highstreet for much more and often only pleather. HERES AN EXAMPLE OF A FAUL LEATHER TOPSHOP EQUIVALENT

METALIC RUFFLE T-SHIRT 

I found this top a few weeks ago and although its nothing AMAZING i picked it up for a few reasons. 1) it being a trend piece, ruffles and metallic were both trending this past whole year and this will continue throughout 2018. 2) The quality. The t-shirt is from M&S which tells me it will wash well and not bobble. Its just a plain tee with a facelift, its as easy to style but adds interest and trend substance to your a look.

LEVIS JEANS

This is one of two pairs of genuine Levis Jeans I found in the same charity shop as the leather skirt recently. I always make Levis a priority on my list to look for every time i go into a charity shop because they are so well made, expensive to buy new and also hot right now for the 80’s/90’s revival. I particularaly search for Levis because the vintage shape fits my body shape better than jeans you can buy on the high street due to the snug waists and rounded loose fitting hips and leg. With the Two pairs I found on this trip i have frayed the hems to give a more relaxed and modern touch to them. A tip for finding Levis is to know the colours and feel. Levis jeans are distinctly better quality than other jeans and are much higher percentage pure denim than newer style jeans. You can flick through the jeans section very fast when looking for Levis as all you need to do is have all the jeans with their backs to you and flick through looking for that iconic leather label. One pair cost me £3 and one cost me £4. Much cheaper than the exact same thing “vintage” shops are selling for £25 upwards.

VINTAGE VELVET COCKTAIL DRESS

This is a beautiful Vintage cocktail dress I found a month or so ago. Its amazingly well made with darts and seams that make it fit like a glove. This was something I went out looking for but it caught my eye due to the quality of the fabric standing out at me. Its very 80’s party style which I love and this is my version of a body con dress which isn’t something I usual would wear. I think this dress is also trend based for this coming year as it has the velvet slip dress kind of feel too it which can be seen all over the high street at the moment. I haven’t yet worn this because i am going to shorten it to give it a modern twist and then I’m looking forward to having somewhere to wear it to.

KANGOL BERET 

This is my favourite recent find. I have been wanting a beret for a few months but didn’t want to pay the high street prices for something i knew i would be able to find in a charity shop if I looked hard enough. I was particularly hoping to find a Kangol one because it is the ultimate hat brand and the best quality. I was rummaging through a basket of hats and the logo jumped out at me. This only cost me £3!

 

If you found this guide at all useful please leave a comment! Feel free to follow me Here on my instagram to keep up with more finds and to see how I style these items. Thank you 🙂

A GUIDE TO CHARITY SHOPPING

I really think charity shopping should be classed as an art form. And for a charity shop lover like me living in Kenilworth is ideal, every other shop is a charity shop which means i often dedicate an afternoon to looking up and down the high street.

Over the past 5 ish years I’ve become an avid charity shopper. I am addicted to the idea of finding something special or something one of a kind. Ive put  together a list of 4 key things to follow if your looking to become a charity shopper or already are one and just haven’t been very successful till now. Ill also include some of my best charity shop finds to give you a look at whats out there. Also to you people who are grossed out by charity shops there is such thing as a washing machine!

1)Feel for quality:
Don’t spend hours looking through every single item on a rail, its just a waste of time. learn what good quality looks and feels like and eventually you will be able to look at a rail and the quality/branded items will just jump out at you. Your looking for thick luxurious fabrics. A trick if your shopping for men or items to sell on is to search through the shirts section. Make this easier for yourself by learning logos of brands and then its as simple as flicking fast through the shirts looking for that one stand out label.

2)Hit specific areas. You don’t need to worry about hitting every single corner of the shops. There a only a few worth while areas to hit and they are: Mens shirts,womens jeans/skirts, mens t shirts and accessories.

3) see it how it could be:I tend to look at an item with imaginary scissor lines, For example: A skirt can be shorneded or taken in , a t shirt can be cropped. A pair of jeans could be frayed. Use your imagination and think of how you could customise the item to suit you or current trends.

4) Understand your not always going to find treasure. Charity Shopping is a hit or miss situation, one trip you could find 5 items and another trip you will find nothing of substance but understand that they are constantly getting new donations and often when you find one item you will find more than one in one go as people tend to make donations of bulk and will have other items of your taste and size.

A YEAR IN MOMENTS AND OUTFITS

Firstly let me say Happy New Year ( little bit late but still acceptable I think). I hope everybody had an amazing 2017 despite all the rubbish thrown at us all within it. Lets hope 2018 is the year of taking control.

At the start of 2017 i remember thinking it was going to be MY year, I was going to pass my driving test/buy my first car, have my 18th birthday and move to university. All these moments have now been achieved and I feel reminicing is needed. I thought a good way to pin point times throughout 2017 and link to my love of personal style i would pick some of my favourite looks and give a little bit of an insight into what was going on in my life during that time.

February 2017: First time in NYC

This is one of my favourite moments from 2017. I got to visit my dream destination NYC with some of my best friends. I think everyone needs to visit New York at some point in their lives its s culture shock and will leave you with dreams and aspirations bigger than you thought were possible. I want to be wowed again like i was this day during 2018. There are many more places on my hit list to visit. This particular picture is of me and one of my closest friends Ella during a street art in Brooklyn which i suggest everyone visiting NYC does!

Outfit details: Vans old skool high-ups in metallic , H&M black knit & Gold M&S Crushed velvet midi dress (don’t avoid m&s they are changing with the times!).

August 2017:Lake Garda get away.

I had finished College and was relaxing all summer. Lake Garda is a dreamy place and definatly fills you with inspiration to dress like a sassy dancing emoji. This is a firm summer 2016&2017 summer favourite for meI felt so sassy in this look and it will defiantly be coming back out to join  me and my Aperol Spritz this coming summer.

Outfit details:The dress was a H&M special and sold out within a second for obvious reasons! The colour suits the lakes ascetics perfectly and gave a nod to the ruffle s/s trend. The shoes are Next (who i always check for shoes as I’ve found a few amazing pairs in there before.)Faux Snake skin lace up block heels.

September 2017: First week at Nottingham Trent University.

This post is from my first week at university and specifically my first day of lectures. You can see my lovely room in the background…Going to university has been eye opening to me. I have learnt so much in the first term that i already know was invaluable information. I have met people from places i had never even heard of and realised I am actually not too bad of a cook. I love this look because I think it is perfectly me. I feel confident and put together when i wear this but not boring which is something i try to never be. Therefore it was the perfect choice to wear to meet new people.

Outfit details: Top and knitted dress from Zara and shoes are converse.

October 2017: Settling in.

Although this isn’t a particular occasion i have to put this post in because 1 its one of my favourite looks and 2 it falls at the time where i began to settle into my new city. I love this outfit because its one that really suits my personal style. I am heavily influenced by 1960’s silhouettes and Mod trend looks. I think the 60’s silhouette is so flattering and timeless and this mini dress in leather pulls together my love for both those trends. I styled this up differently when it got colder with a polo neck , fish net tights and doc marten boots.

Outfit details: Dress is Zara, socks are Primark and my AMAZING boots that get many compliments from older ladies are Topshop.

December 2017: Theres no place like home.

Back at home again. Moving to a city really makes you appreciate home. Kenilworth is s relaxed and peaceful i am so happy to call it home. This is one of my current favourite looks because it is so relaxed and comfortable but i don’t feel any less sassy when i wear it.  I have Kenilworth’s charity shops to thank for this one. Don’t be scared to go into a charity shop. There are so many gems to be found for a fraction of the price “Vintage” shops sell them for.

Outfit details: Levis jeans and ruffle metallic top from local charity shop, Boots and faux fur bag from Topshop, Belt is vintage.

25th December 2017: Christmas Day.

Christmas came round again and although it was dysfunctional due to my house being a building site we managed to have a relaxed and food/ fun filled day. The older you get the more important who you spend Christmas day with is. This is hands down my best Christmas day outfit ever! And i can’t even take the credit for myself. My Mum knows me well. Although we have the charity shop to thank again for the fabulous Beret. Currently wearing the jumper while writing this.

Outfit Details: Beret is from a local charity shop and jumper and skirt are H&M.

So there it was , a  look into a few key moment and looks of my 2017. I hope you all are having a great start to your 2018. This blog post made me realise how many fab things I’ve found in the charity shops and has inspired me so keep looking out for a potential “Do’s/ Don’ts of charity shopping”.

If you fancy keeping up with my 2018 styling or just a bit nosy you can visit my instagram HERE!!!

THE PROCESS OF CREATING A CONCEPTUAL SHOOT!

Recently i was given an assignment which challenged me and my group  to create a photo shoot based off of an existing shoot which we would need analyse and condense down into five key words that we think best describes the shoot. We were also given an accessory to “sell” through the shoot. Mine was “Bag”. We would then have to come up with a concept using the five words and our accessory.

My given existing shoot was “Game,set,match” a vogue shoot by Craig McDean.

The five words we chose from the given shoot were: Gender submissive, surrealism,clashing, nostalgic and twisted romance. We decided we didn’t want to create a obvious handbag commercialised shoot so we started looking into other options for the accessory bag ,these were: prescription bags , plastic bags,body bags ,and oversized prop bags.

We decided on plastic bags as they seemed the opposite of glamorous. The concept was a robbery using plastic bags. We would incorporate gender swaps and surrealist props along with a carefully chosen location to make sure our shoot linked to all our chosen words.

These were our three chosen final images which were displayed along with a verbal explanation.

WILL 2018 BE A YEAR WITHOUT FUR???

Michael Kors has committed to going fur free starting 2018!!!….. Finally.

I know we should be celebrating that another designer brand is going fur free but i cant help but say it with a hint of sarcasm. It is ridiculous that as we come to the start of 2018 that there are still brands lagging behind in this area! Faux fur is so advanced and easily accessible compared to how it used to be that i believe there is just no excuse for any brand to not be recognising this. However , this is after all the reality so i would be stupid to not congratulate the brand on their choice weather its late or not as there are still many brands who haven’t made the commitment.

An image from a Peta march back in 2010 accusing Kors of using Rabbit and reptile skins in his garments.

The brand will phase out production by the end of December 2018 and this apply company wide including the Jimmy Choo brand which Kors acquired in January of 2017! This is a decision that has been made due to the pressure from animal rights groups and the changing taste from their consumers. Micheal has been quoted to say “due to technological advances in fabrications we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur” he then goes on to announce that they will first showcase these uses of faux fur in the runway show coming February 2018.

This decision from Kors allows the brand to join a growing group of established brands such as Gucci who went fur free October this year and also brands such as Calvin Klein ,Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger who have already made the decision to move from animal fur to faux fur. We still have a long way to go in means of o fur on our cat walks as 70% of designer brands still showcased fur on their runways during 2017 but Kors is another step towards ending the fur trade all together!

If you want to see more brands going fur free please sign the petition HERE!!!

BROOKLYN STREET ART!

These are some images from one of my favourite days in New York January 2017. We took the Metro down to Brooklyn and spend the day on a street art tour. This is something I recommend to anybody visiting New York it’s extremely inspiring and culturally thriving. These are some of my favourite images I got of the art that day.