Monday, 14 April 2014

Sample Sale Bargains!

T-shirt (mens) - Lazy Oaf 
Shoes - Miista

Two weeks ago, two of the most exciting brands of the moment held an unmissable sample sale in Dalston. Armed with little money, I managed to walk away with a tee I've always wanted and a bargain pair shoes! Amazing shoe brand Miista showcased their latest and past collection at discounted prices, including a large selection of sample shoes for £10. Luckily all the sample shoes were my shoe size 4! Keep that in mind for a future sample sale ladies!

I've always been a massive fan of Lazy Oaf. Their quirky cartoon inspired prints add humour to outfits and their designs are totally unique. I do love a pun and could spend all day laughing at 'twit' instead of Twix!

Miista snapped me for their street style feature on their blog too, check it out :)

Image from Miista

Friday, 4 April 2014

Dungarees & Sandals

Fluffy top - Primark
Dungarees - Monki
Sunglasses - Topshop
Snake arm band - Sanctos (Fancy Dress Shop)
Sandals - Vagabond

These dungarees may be a bit big for me but I love how oversized they are! I got them on sale in Monki in Germany and will probably taken them in at the waist. The arm band is from the fancy dress shop Sanctos in Southend and is part of my Cleopatra fancy dress outfit. I've always liked the arm band enough to wear it occasionally, something I prefer to bracelets. I find bracelets annoying as they get in the way and are easily lost; whereas arms bands if fitted properly, can stay put the whole day and add something different to your outfit. 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Eden Conference / Southend Passionate Women

On a beautiful sunny morning in Southend-On-Sea, I attended a wonderful conference for Passionate Women in Southend two weeks ago at the Cliffs Pavilion. Vibrant and energetic, the passionate women warmly welcomed newcomers along with old faces to the first conference of it's kind to the seaside town. Started by ambitious founder Adriana, Southend Passionate Women meet up on a monthly basis to inspire, collaborate, celebrate and support each other. The Eden conference was pulled together successfully in two months and was an action packed day full of motivation, personal stories and workshops.

After song and dance to Yolanda Adams' 'I Believe', the conference kicked off with the uplifting poem 'Passionate Women' by poet Susan Giles. Author Kym Cifti gave an inspirational talk on the dangers of fear overshadowing confidence and business woman Jill Poet spoke about the role of women and believing in yourself to create positive changes, inspired by Body Shop founder Anita Roddick.

One of my favourite talks of the day was by activist Anna Heim, who educated us on the beginnings of the women's rights movement and the transitional changes that occurred as a result. One unbelievable thing I learnt, is that women were refused to be served at pubs in England at the beginning of the 1980s!!!

Blogger Jamillah Yoozooph gave an interesting talk on living a life of minimalism; something I've been thinking of ever since. Jamillah's personal journey to finding minimalism after her materialist ways, made me realise that my own hoarding is masking a potential void. Therefore I plan on completely cleansing my possessions of things I do not need or have worn in the past year. I have too many clothes I have built up over the years from bargain hunting; edgy tops I have never worn from sales, various blouses from charity shop hunts and stacks of cheap jewellery that have turned silver / green. What's the point of keeping things that are taking up precious space or filling a void in your life? Read more about minimalistic living on Jamillah's Bare Beginnings blog.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Warehouse Fashion Shooters Festival

Last weekend I headed down to Brick Lane for the Warehouse Fashion Shooters festival in association with Elle Magazine. The free festival required a ticket that was either received in the post or by email, also containing tokens for making your own t-shirt and food by The Wandering Chef. There were various activities inspired by the festival theme of fashion and photography, with music provided by stylish DJ Whinnie Williams. There was a pop up gallery by my old uni UCA which was sponsored by Polaroid, who provided students with the latest instant camera to produce photographs for the exhibition. The first thing I did was create my own flick book which was also printed out and stapled together for you. With the backdrop of a city landscape, I waved my arms around!

I managed to get my nails painted by nail art legends Wah nails and even though I had to queue for a few hours it was worth it in the end! My nails and eyes even made an appearance on the Wah Instagram! Whilst bored in the queue, I shot the general atmosphere at the festival and created the highlights video above. There was only an hour left of the festival once I had got my nails painted and I was knackered. I didn't want to join another long queue to get my hair styled by Tony & Guy or to create my own t-shirt; so I swapped my food token for a wild mushroom tart and a shot of oreo milkshake then headed home. 

Hat - H&M
Fluffy crop top - Primark
Coat - Primark
Jeans - Levi's / Charity shop
Tights - New Look
Sandals - Vagabond