NFW: Creative Quarter Spotlight on Nottingham Independent Fashion

Nottingham’s first official fashion week kicked off this weekend

 

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A showcase of local independent brands run by Creative Quarter and Nottingham Business Improvement District was the opening event of NFW, taking place this week. Located at Sneinton Market on both Friday and Saturday evening, the event was way more than just a catwalk. It included exhibitions from the best of Nottingham’s own designers, including ULLR & SKADE, Thrift Generation, Genius clothing and more. There was a live band to open the evening, a beer stall and free glitter. All my favourite things! It worked so well having such an event at Sneinton, with the urban white backdrop and rustic features it really emphasised the contemporary clothing.  Continue reading “NFW: Creative Quarter Spotlight on Nottingham Independent Fashion”

York Visit

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SUNGLASSES Chinese Laundry

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Last weekend I took a trip up to York to see one of my closest friends and check out the city (and nightlife)! People have told me how beautiful York is but that really doesn’t do it justice. I fell in love with the abundance of character and culture you’re immediately immersed in, and the quirkiness of the old buildings and streets. Beth showed me some of her favourite parts, including the incredible art gallery, and shops to make any vintage lover (like me) weak at the knees. I’ve been rooting around for ages trying to find some retro sunglasses, and I found the perfect pair in Chinese Laundry, one of the coolest vintage shops I’ve ever seen! Also: the fudge shops give out free samples (?!!) and there’s an alley where some of Harry Potter was filmed. I will be returning.

 

 

Style Icon: Jamie from Vinyl

My brother got me into watching Vinyl – a new series produced by Michael Scorsese and Mick Jagger about a record company in 1970s New York. I’m a sucker for anything vintage, and I wish I had lived through the 70s purely for the sex drugs and rock n’ roll music scene and funky clothing. But, alas, I was a 90s baby, so watching this show is about the closest I’ll get to living that era.

Jamie Vine is by far my favourite character: played by Juno Temple, she rocks the huge frizzy hair and sassy ‘I don’t give a f*ck’ attitude. Every episode I find myself lusting over her chic wardrobe; an array of flares, bold colours and statement boots so typical of that decade. She’s so cool it hurts.

The power of an LBD is so underrated, it’s the most simple staple outfit ever but wins every time.They suit everyone and the styling possibilities are endless – but teaming it with a slice of pizza takes the ‘cool girl’ look to the next level. I also need THAT suede dress in my life. Nuff’ said.

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I love the clash pattern of this dress combined with biker boots and the effortless style it gives off. (But then again anything looks good next to James Jagger..he’s definitely the eye candy of the series). Puffy sleeves are a simple way to jazz up any outfit, and the quirky antique-esque jewellery adds to the laid back look. Her hippie vibes can be channelled for festival season and beyond – I always try and incorporate some bohemian aspect into my outfits, whether it’s a full on dress or some funky socks or layered necklaces.

Seriously crushing on the psychedelic pattern of this dress (left) right now, and the cute retro style of the little black and pink number.

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Apart from Juno, I’m obsessed with the music in the show. Every electric episode is an addictive 60 minutes of new and old artists smashing it with rock music, including the likes of Royal Blood, Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Also, Mick Jagger’s pretty cool son James Jagger features as the lead singer of band ‘Nasty Bits’ in the show (so… you know, you should probably check it out…).

Top music picks:

Royal Blood – Where are you now?

Iggy Pop – I dig your mind

David Johansen – Personality Crisis

Kaleo – No Good

David Bowie – Suffragette City 

Nasty Bits – Rotten Apple 

(All images not my own)

Peace x

Uni for dayzzz

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WHITE SHIRT // SKINNY JEANS // CROC HEELS: all Topshop

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SPORTS BRA: Calvin Klein

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LEATHER JACKET: Topshop

Choosing smart/caj outfits for uni is tough when all I wanna do is snooze my alarm and turn up late to my 9 ams in a baggy hoody and leggings. But this outfit is pretty comfy and I can look relatively presentable at the same time.  The croc heels are an all-time favourite buy from Topshop and they instantly make any outfit look more dressy.

Last weekend I finished my second term of first year (cry) and after finally submitting a 2000 word essay I spent Friday night out drinking in Camden with my cousin and her mates as she’s going travelling (big thanks to her for taking these pics). We went to a few pubs and bars and then headed to Koko which is a really cool nightclub venue in a former theatre.

I’m also really psyched right now because The Last Shadow Puppets’ new album, Everything You’ve Come to Expect is out and I’m going to see them in July at Alexandra Palace in London!  ‘You used to be my girl’ is a favourite among others and the Miles Kane and Alex Turner combination still sounds as dreamy as ever.

p.s. I’m selling tickets to this year’s Reading Festival at £216 each, so if you want one or know of anyone that does pleeeeeease holla at me! My email is lilyrose_97@hotmail.co.uk

Peace x