17 April, 2014

L I F E S T Y L E | Virgin Start-Up


You may or may not be aware but in just three months time I come to the end of my degree and four long university years, which will see me taking on the ‘real world’ and the first steps towards my future career. It’s the most daunting time of any person’s life as it is a giant leap into the unexpected. Despite studying Illustration I’ve known for quite a while my heart is not entirely in it. Sure I absolutely love drawing, but I hate being told what to draw and how to draw. I suppose it’s taken the thrill and freedom a little out of it for me.

Stepping out into the world as a fresh-faced graduate can get a little tiresome. It can take years upon years of interning and countless rejections before you finally get a grasp of your career path. For some it can be so disconcerting and disheartening that those post-graduation dreams can get cast aside and forgotten. For quite a few years now, my own dreams have been focused on opening my own vintage clothing and record store somewhere along the south coast. The idea of being my own boss and surrounded by beautiful clothes is my idea of heaven. However, as mentioned previously I study Illustration meaning my business knowledge is pretty slim, which has cast doubts in my mind of this ever happening.

However, I recently came across Virgin Start-Up, a non-profit organisation, that helps young people who want to start their own business and become entrepreneurs. If you’re 18 years old or over you can apply through their website for a government backed start up loan and if you’re approved you’ll be given firsthand free business advice from your own personal mentor, who will help you every step of the ladder. One of their most recent successes is a handmade chocolate company, YuCoCo, which sells the most gorgeous, handmade chocolates. Yummy! They've also just started to promote a brand new lingerie start up company that they've just helped in the process of setting up. Although I’m a little uncertain as to where my own career path is leading after the daunting graduation it’s helped a lot to discover the Virgin Start-Up scheme for when I feel brave enough to conquer my vintage store dream.


15 April, 2014

O U T F I T | Bournemouth Beach

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (available here)
Tie-Dye Shirt: Market Stall
Crop Top: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: Vintage
Necklace: Primark
Belt: Charity Shop

Yesterday marked one whole year since I met my boyfriend so as the sun was shining to celebrate we jumped on a short train journey to our nearest seaside of Bournemouth. It only takes around thirty minutes from Southampton, which means it's within arm's reach all throughout the summer. I was actually expecting it to be rather windy and a little bit chilly once we got to Bournemouth as I feel as if us British people set our expectations too high once the sun finally shows itself. Many a time when the sun comes out at the start of the year have I jumped on a train to the beach only to find myself shivering underneath a jumper whilst sat huddled on the sand. Luckily this time the weather was perfect! We spent the day strolling the beach, eating fish and chips (or battered sausage in my case because I hate fish!), rinsing all of our money in the Pier arcade and bathing in the rare sunshine. Somehow we defied all the rules and managed to win not one, but two cuddly toys from the claw machines!

I wore a rather summery ensemble with this lace bralet teamed with a mirrored, embellished vintage skirt I picked up months ago and had completely forgotten about. The tie-dye, longline shirt was also a winter purchase that I've been eagerly awaiting the ideal weather to wear! I just wish I could spend every Monday in the company of the sun, the sea and the sand.


13 April, 2014

O U T F I T | Stepping into Spring with TKMaxx

Dress*: c/o TKMaxx
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: eBay
Sandals: Primark

I was recently contacted by high street treasure haven TKMaxx to pick a dress from their current online range in order to help me prepare my spring summer wardrobe. I've shopped at TKMaxx for as long as I can remember as we have one local near to my home in Essex and an even bigger one here within walking distance in Southampton. Now, it's got to be said you have to have a lot of patience if you want to shop in store at TKMaxx, as they only have a selected few of each item they sell. It's pretty similar to vintage shopping but all the stock is brand spanking new high street or designer items at a fraction of the RRP. Now I'm a born rummager so I absolutely love their stores, but if that's not for you they also have an online website where everything is arranged in order and is stress-free!

I chose this black, textured embellished, shift dress by Tracy Reese for my spring capsule wardrobe. Although initially it may be seen as a rather festive party dress I was determined to make it more suited to summer. The unusual contrast textures and sixties stile shift shape drew me to it instantly. The past few days have been wonderfully sunny on the south coast so I slipped it on and paired it with my recent bargain white sandals from Primark and my current favourite sunglasses from Urban Outfitters. When it comes to styling this dress it seemed best to keep it simple as there's so many textures, patterns and embellishments going on in the dress alone. This dress is definitely an all-year round dress that'll remain a firm staple in my wardrobe for years to come!