Gingham Frills

Happy Sunday!
How are you all?

For the past week I have been helping out on a film production as a costume designer and set photographer and I'm loving it! I've not done anything like this before and its nice to see what goes on behind the scenes and how much work it actually takes to create a film, even a short 15 minute one. You may have seen a few photos on my Instagram about it, I think on one of the photos I captioned that its difficult not to fall asleep between takes/scenes. This is because I'm not part of the filming team, I can't always be in the same room where they're filming which is understandable. The last thing I want is to find that I'm in the background somewhere eating or just playing on my phone haha :) The days were quite full on and we often had 19 hour days but it was all worth it and can't wait to see the finished film!
I have really enjoyed being apart of the film production and it has given me an insight into film which I could potentially combine with fashion design. I have actually created a fashion promotion film before and I really enjoyed creating that so maybe this is something I could go into?
If you want to take a look of the film I created you can view it here on my flickr. It's called LOOK BENEATH THE SKIN and its a t-shirt collection I designed and printed that is meant to show that we are all the same underneath (hence the name). Let me know what you think of it! (Please bare in mind that I created this in 2013!)









Trench Coat - Topshop
Gingham Top - Topshop
Jeans - Topshop
Loafers - Topshop
Bag - Zara

Anyone else loving gingham at the moment?! 

As soon as I saw this gingham top, I knew I had to have it! It is perfect for the transition into Spring and throughout Spring/Summer too. I love the ruffle and bow details too, it really makes the boxy shape feel more feminine. My favourite detail of the blouse is that there is a slit from the cuff up to the elbow with a bow fastening at the cuff. I've not seen a detail like that before and it really adds to the blouses look. 

Since the weather is ever so slightly getting better and warmer, I thought it would be a good time to bring out the camel trench again. Unfortunately for me, I misjudged the weather on the day and it was quite windy which is due to the lovely storm Dorris (you can probably tell by how windswept my hair is! haha!) and so I was rather cold. But on the bright side, I have an outfit for when Spring gets here! I want to invest in some red ballet style shoes or boots so I can add a pop of colour when wearing this top/outfit; so there may be another outfit post with this top soon!

Thank you so much for reading and hope you enjoyed it!
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It's been a long month..

This past month has been so busy and I'm so glad it's nearly over! I wanted to try and blog in my spare time whilst on my internship but the long days have left me with hardly any time for myself let alone blogging. Where I work on the weekends as well, the spare time I have I want to relax and sleep, which is annoying when I really want to get back into blogging. Today is an odd day off because I'm not feeling too great and couldn't make it into work. So I'm making the most of it by lounging on the sofa watching Netflix whilst doing a bit of blogging and maybe have a nap or two. 

I haven't got much to blog about at the moment, I just wanted to update you all and just have a general chatty post for once! I'm planning to create a few DIY posts soon (when I finish my internship next week!) so I'm looking forward to creating them for you! :) Also I have a Topshop haul coming up too! Even though I haven't had much time to blog this month, there are some exciting posts coming up in February! What other sorts of posts would you like to see more of on here? 



These photos are from the beginning of the month so my hair is pinker here than it is right now but I'm getting my hair dyed tomorrow! What colour shall I go? So far I've been lilac, silver/grey, blue and pink. Was thinking of a mint green but I don't think that would suit me! haha, Maybe I should have a mix of colours this time... all pastel colours of course! At the moment I'm thinking to go back lilac but that could change before tomorrow.



Coat - Charity Shop (Originally M&S)
Top - Topshop
Jeans - Topshop
Fishnet Socks - Primark
Loafers - Topshop
Bag - Zara

Like I mentioned above, I finish my internship next week and just out of curiosity, who would be interested in reading about my time there? Let me know in the comments or via social media! :)

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!
Have a good day!
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Hello 2017!!

Happy New Year Everyone!!
Hope you all have an amazing, happy and healthy 2017! 

2016 has finally come to an end and what a year it has been.. for me personally, it has been a rollercoaster of a year. 2016 had it's negative parts but I'm focusing on the parts that were amazing! For instance, me and my boyfriend Harry went on our first 'proper' holiday together, okay it was only a week in Devon but it was one of the best weeks of 2016. I did plan to write a post about our time in Devon but it kinda got side tracked. Is it too late to post it now? This year I really want to travel more so hopefully there will be more weeks filled with adventures and happiness! and I will post about them this time! ;)

How are you starting the New Year?
I'm kicking off the year with an exciting work placement and not having to be back at uni officially until the beginning of March! This means I will have time to blog more and since I will be in London most of the time, I have the chance to gather lots of content for the blog!
*I'm also planning to move my blog over to Wordpress and to finally have my own domain!

There are so many things I want to change/do this year and I have decided to share my main three goals for the year. *Advance warning - The first two are not exactly 'happy' but these are things that I want to change in order to be happier and healthier this year.




My main 3 goals for 2017 -

1. The main thing I want to achieve in 2017 is to stress less -
2016 was filled with many stressful days, I admit that I do get stressed easily but I want to change that. Uni was one of the main triggers for me stressing. I know university isn't going to be a walk in the park and I knew this when I first applied for uni but when it gets to a point where you want to quit your career goals and leave uni to get rid of the stress, it's not right. Again, it is probably down to me allowing myself to get stressed that easily but still. I want to organise myself more and get into some sort of routine that will reduce my stress levels. Take more time out for myself and not let uni affect me as much as it has done over the past year and a half.

2. Another thing I want to concentrate on is making more time for 'Me' and doing more of what makes me happy! -
- Don't let uni take over my life (like I have let it over the past year).
- Don't let work take over. It's only a job and it's only in retail. It's just a stepping stone towards my future career. If I need time for myself and recover, then work can be pushed aside. The same goes with uni. I want to look after myself first. It's been so difficult in the past and it has affected my health and I don't want to be in that position again.


3. Travel more!!
I really want to travel to more places like Greece and Italy, especially Rome! I have been wanting to go to Rome for years and have never been able to go. So this year, I want to at least start planning to go and maybe even book it! Other than travelling around Europe, I also want to visit places in the UK such as Devon (again), Brighton, Manchester and Liverpool. If you have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments as I would love to try and visit a few places.

 Other things I want to do this year -
- Experiment with my style more - I have loved changing and experimenting with my personal style this year and can't wait to push it further in 2017!
- Visit home and family more!
- Blog more and push my blog forward
- Read, I love reading and I used to read so much but over the past year I have only read about 6/7 books (that's hardly anything for me). So I really want to read more this year, if you have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments! :)
- Go for long walks
- Take more photos - digitally and film! I have an Instax mini 8 camera and love using it but because of the cost of the film, I only really use it for special occasions. I need to bulk buy film or something so I can use it more.
- More days out to castles, zoos, London trips etc.
- Start the Happiness Planner or start a Bullet Journal
- Exercise more - start running
- Eat healthier! I say this but I'm currently stuffing my face with Maltesers...Once all the chocolate has gone from over Christmas, I'll be healthy! I promise! ☺




Leopard Print Coat - Topshop (in the sale for £40!!)
Metallica Top - Topshop
Pleated Skirt - Topshop
Bag - Zara
Velvet Boots - Primark

Lastly, I just want to thank each and everyone one of you for all the amazing support you have given me and my blog this year! I really appreciate all the likes/comments/shares you have given me and I'm so grateful for all the opportunities that my blog has given me! 
I look forward to pushing my blog further and sharing what I love with all of you! 

As always, thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!
Hope you all have an amazing year!! ☺
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Clashing Era's - Uni Project

Hello!

Sorry, I have been a bit absent on here recently. I have spent the last couple of weeks running around trying to get everything done for my uni deadline. But it's all done now! Well, the first project at least.    I have had so many ups and downs with this project but I'm glad it is finally over and I'm so happy with how my final garment turned out! I don't usually share my uni work on here but I love this coat so much that I thought I would share it!

*This is probably the quickest outfit shoot I have ever done! It took less than 10 minutes and this was the morning of my deadline! 



The inspiration behind this project stemmed from a visit to Leeds Castle. I loved the interior and the luxurious materials used for garments and furnishings. Most particularly, the 17th Century interiors etc. So I decided to use that as my main inspiration and then clash it with a completely different era for the silhouette and then modernise it. I loved researching this project as it was everything I loved, especially all the intricate details!




Coat - Handmade (Uni Project)
Jumper - Primark
Leather Look Jeans - New Look
Silver Boots - Primark

I really struggled to find the fabric though. I had very particular fabric choices and it was a nightmare trying to find anything that matched my 'vision'. I think I visited London fabric shops 3 times within the space of a week! Luckily, I found this poly mix wool in the colour I wanted and then found the embroidered lace straight after. It was literally a 'third-time lucky' situation. 
If you follow my social accounts, you may have seen that cutting out and prepping this lace took forever! I spent a whole week prepping it all as I had to attach the lace before I could put the coat together which left me with less time to make it. But I managed it! I'm so happy with how it turned out and it matches my research and designs too. 

Let me know what you think! :)
Thank you so much for reading and hope you enjoyed it!

Michaela
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Barnardo's - Outfit for under £10!

An exciting post for you all today! It's all about the charity, Barnardo's!
I was lucky enough to be invited to guest post on The Thrift by the lovely Barnardo's team and I was more than happy to accept! You can see the post here. You should definitely check out their blog! They have some great posts and some DIY's too!

I absolutely love charity/thrift shopping! I'm always popping into Barnardo's stores to look for a good bargain or two. I recently visited a store in the cute town of Rochester, Medway. The store was lovely and the staff were very warm and welcoming. After spending a good half an hour (or more) rummaging through the rails of clothing and accessories, I settled for some printed trousers that were originally from Zara (they even had the tag still attached!) and a plain high neck top which was originally from M&S. 






Really love the print on these trousers! 



The trousers were £4 and the top was only £3!! I managed to buy an outfit for only £7! I couldn't believe it then and I still can't now. I found two items that are in amazing condition for under £10 and I can style them all year round!
Now the weather has gotten colder, I can't wait to style these trousers with a chunky knit jumper or an oversized coat. I think a trip back to Barnardo's is due! Maybe I could do a haul post next? ;)

Do you go charity/thrift shopping? If so what's your favourite item you found? :)

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it! Also a huge thank you to Barnardo's for inviting me to guest post for them!

Have a lovely day!
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