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Friday, 28 February 2014

New Vlog: My First Time!



It's not what you think. 

Although it does involve talk of Billie Piper, mutant hamsters and many other thrilling things, do you might want to give it a watch anyway! 

Let me know what you thought of this vlog in the comments below :)

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Frugal Spending March

As the year presses on and the end of February creeps closer, I've decided to set myself a little challenge with regards to my spending habits this March. My boyfriend and I are supporting ourselves through our final year of university and trying to save up as much money as possible to graduate and then move cities in the summer, so any amount of money saved really helps. With this in mind, I'm hoping to follow these rules I've created for myself as strictly as I possible can!

  • No spending money on public transport 


I live close enough to University and town that there's no excuse for ever getting the bus really, except for sheer laziness! My bank balance and leg muscles will thank me for this one. The exception to this one will be taxis home at night should I ever need them, because safety does still come first despite everything.

  • No buying snacks or food outside of the house


This is quite a bit expense for me really, whether it's pub dates with John or sandwiches on my 9-5 uni days, I end up spending quite a bit on food when there's plenty sitting at home waiting to be eaten. More packed lunches, home cooking, digging out my coffee flask and generally planning ahead more will help this one a lot I think.

  • No buying clothes, fabric, beauty items or makeup

This is a pretty big one, but surely I can manage for 31 days without buying new luxuries?! I have plenty of things waiting to be worn, sewn and used still, so this March i'm going to make the most of what I already have and find new ways to make use of it. Exceptions will be made only for necessary items like shampoo, toothpaste, etc, and also skincare items for myself because my skin does tend to break out a lot and painfully if I change my routine too much. 

  • No bargain hunting on Ebay

I am terrible for being sucked in by a low price and an 'ENDING SOON' warning, I have to admit, but it won't kill me to step away from the mouse-pad for just a month and resist the urge to nab bargains just because they're under £10. 

Of course aside from this plan, I will still have to spend some money next month, on things like energy bills, the house food shop, presents for friend's birthdays and my phone bill, but this should help me stick to a much stricter budget than I usually do, and hopefully benefit from that somewhat! 

I'd be really happy if any of my readers fancied doing this challenge alongside me, so if you are, please let me know in the comments and we can all struggle through together. Maybe there's something special you're saving up for, or maybe you just fancy the challenge of cutting back a little and watching what you buy for a while? I'll be using the hashtag #FrugalMarch to tweet my journey with this challenge if you want to join in or just follow along :) hope you're all well and having a great day. 

- Natalie XOX


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Too Many Hobbies?? There's No Such Thing!



So i've been watching the Great British Sewing Bee lately! Series 2 has just started and I'm already hooked again. Aside from the obvious appeal of sewing, tea and gentle competition on the BBC, something that one of the contestants said on last weeks show really stuck with me. She was talking about how she is the type of person who tries a lot of different things and just assumes they will be able to pick it up, and laughed it off with a comment about her terrible laminate flooring skills. I am exactly the type of person she describes, although the thing is, i'm not so sure it's a bad thing...

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Handmade Outfit: Anchors Away!


God it is painfully obvious that i'm not used to posing for outfit photos isn't it! I just finished this off tonight and I was in such a hurry to share, so apologies for my rubbish hair and makeup skills right now, I'll try and get some nicer photos another time!

Anyhow, this is what I've been working on for the last week or so: a matching nautical mini skirt and crop top, made from this lovely heavy cotton that I've had for a while. I made the skirt a while back and it needed the hem redone lately, and while doing so I spotted the leftover fabric and thought I'd give this a go. I've never made a crop top before and I used the bodice pattern from New Look Dress Pattern 6002, Bodice A. I found it really easy to follow, although the size 10 fit must be assuming all size 10's have 32F boobs with the amount of fabric I had to take in! (Click through for more photos and detail) 

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Top 10 Tips for Shopping in Charity Shops

Vintage Clothes Rack by Leigh-Anne Peach Photography, who you can check out here and here

It's probably not too difficult to figure out from my blog name that I really, really like a bargain, and although I am definitely known to frequent sale rails and clearance events, I do really like shopping in Charity/Thrift/Second-Hand stores. As I mentioned in my last post, I know the quality and prices can really vary depending on the shop and where you are, but I'm lucky enough to live somewhere where there are quite a few really cheap, really nice shops. I thought I'd put together a quick post today on what I think are the top things to keep in mind when searching through those charity rails!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

First vlog post!


Don't laugh at me aha! I have to apologise for my silliness in thinking that the video image would be mirrored as well... first time vlogger fail or what, eh?

My book review blog - - - - > Living Literary Life

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Hangover Self Care: Pampering, Pampering and More Pampering!

I'm back! We've had a lovely time this past weekend, and I got to do everything I wanted to do including: 
  • Meeting up with my best friend and her boyfriend for a meal and drinks. I haven't seen her since Christmas so it was great to have a good catch up.
  • Watching The Wolf of Wall Street at the cinema, which I really enjoyed although it was awfully long
  • Shopping! I got some daisy print leggings, some grey plimsolls and a cute onesie from Primark, some nice fabrics to make a spring dress from the local market, and some colourful lightning shaped fabric patches from H&M. 
  • Eating at some of our favourite places that don't have shops in our little town, including Barburrito and Nandos
And then when we got back last night, some of our friends and one of their friends came over for 'a few drinks' (which quickly turned into an awful lot of drinks), and although I've had a great couple of days, I woke up this morning feeling more than a little bit rough!

So, I thought today I'd do a little post about what I do to detox and chill when I've had a long couple of days and need to unwind. Click through for my five favourite forms of self care when i'm feeling rubbish!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Mini Haul: Bargain Lipstick, Books and Baby Gifts

Hello readers! 

The weather is ATROCIOUS here in Scarborough today, but I braved a little trip into town anyway so I thought I'd share some of the things I picked up with you all. For those of you who don't know, I live in a little seaside town on the north east coast of the UK, and since we live in a flat up on the cliffs it is perpetually windy all the time.

Now for those of you who may be slightly startled by the title, don't worry! I don't have any big news to announce! In fact, my adored baby cousin Oliver is turning two this Saturday, and since I can't be at home for his party I thought I'd get him some bits and bobs to send up in the post. He's so gorgeous, and I can't quite believe it's been two years now since he was born. I remember like it was yesterday, and not entirely for good reasons. I had horrific food poisoning and was terribly hungover, and so I spent the entire day he was being born sitting on the floor in my uni accommodation, throwing up and despairing when my mam called to say he'd finally arrived. Ahhh, to be a first year again. I got him a card and two cute little t-shirts to send up.


I also needed to pick up a book I'd ordered for University. We're studying 17th Century Literature this semester, which unfortunately means a hella lot of Milton, so I got myself a copy of Paradise Lost. I've read parts of this in the past but never actually studied it, so this should be 'interesting'...

Such fun times to be had

 I had to nip into Superdrug for some nail varnish remover, and I absolutely couldn't walk past the MUA stand without getting a few little goodies. They're so cheap and such good quality for the price, so I got some pressed powder, and two lipsticks, all for the amazingly good price of £1 each.

Shade 2 'Bare' and Shade 14

Shade 14 on the left, Shade 2 on the right
Feeling a tad bit windswept!
The nude shade is quite a peachy shade, almost a light brown sort of colour but with pink undertones, which I think will go really nicely with really big, dramatic eye makeup. My favourite is this little find though - Shade 2, which is a deep pink with tones of purple in it. This colour is one of my favourites in any of the lipsticks I own, it's really pigmented and different, but you can totally get away with it for a daytime look as well.

Powder is in Shade 1, which I am also wearing in the above photo

I'm currently working on a sewing project that I'm quite excited about right now, so there's a post coming soon about that! Tonight my boyfriend and I are off to see the comedian Ed Byrne at our local venue, and then on Friday we're going to Leeds for Valentines day and the rest of the weekend. We're going to a university open day, shopping, cinema and to meet up with some friends for dinner, so I'm looking forward to that quite a bit.

Are you doing anything nice for Valentines this year, or are you not bothered about it? Have you bought any MUA products lately, and what do you think of them? Hope you all have a wonderful week and a nice weekend, whatever you're doing :)

- Natalie XOX

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Graduation Style Inspiration from Fanny Crown Paris + Money Off!


Click to view this set on Polyvore


I'm having trouble coming to terms with the fact that it's already February. The year has flown by so far, and as the days begin to get longer and longer (and my dissertation gets a little more finished each day!), I can tell it's really not going to be very long until summer arrives and with it, Graduation day in July. John already has his lovely suit sorted out but I've been struggling with what I want to wear. I wanted something stylish that could take me easily from the morning ceremony to the evening party, with time for a semi-formal lunch in-between with my family and classmates. Add this to the fact that it's likely to be rather warm outside, I'm going to be taking quite a few photographs, and I want something that will look good next to John's dark grey and black suit, and I was having a fair bit of trouble. 

So, I did what I usually do when I'm stuck for ideas on what to wear - Polyvore mood board! This board is based around this beautiful dress from Fanny Crown Paris, described as a 'mid-long regency evening dress' on their website. It sells for £108.29, and although that is a bit more than I would usually pay for an off the peg garment, this dress comes custom fitted to your own measurements, which is well worth that amount I think. The rest of the site has some absolutely gorgeous floor-length dresses as well as more cocktail and evening dresses, so if there's an occasion coming up that you're also dress-hunting for then I'd reccomend giving them a quick look.

I chose this dress in particular as I really adore the colour. I think dark purple goes really well with my pale skin without washing me out, and it's really easy to accessorize with. The other main thing that jumped out at me is the draping on the bodice and skirt. I am so into draping lately, it is just so flattering and really shows off a level of craft and effort that you just don't see everywhere. The board I put together pairs it with silver shoes, a sparkly bag and a simple jeweled bracelet, just to contrast the darkness of the dress and bring out a slightly higher level of formality. The deep purple nail polish matches the dress nicely, while the otherwise neutral makeup makes it a really versatile look that can go from day to evening quite easily.

Here's a not-so fun fact about me: I never had a prom! My high school leaving prom was cancelled due to lack of interest, and I attended a local college from 16-18 who didn't have leaving balls or anything as a general rule. I've attended formal parties as part of my job and university experience since (such as last year when I was nominated for an award by my university, which was especially nice to attend), but my graduation day will be the first time I've ever really had a celebration for finishing a part of my education. I am also turning 21 just two weeks before graduation and hopefully moving to another city to the place I'll be studying my Master's degree at the week before, so this summer really is going to be one to celebrate for me.

What do you think of this look, is it something you would wear, or would you prefer something more or less formal? What did you wear for your prom or graduation ceremonies? Let me know below!

I am happy to be able to offer all readers of Broke Student Fashion a brilliant 15% discount off anything from the Fanny Crown Paris online store using the code BSTUDENTFASHION14
Discount is valid until the 30th March 2014!

- Natalie XOX

Monday, 10 February 2014

February Beauty Wishlist

This is a rather self-indulgent post going through just a couple of beauty items that I have my eye on! I'm on quite a harsh budget this month, as I think a lot of us are - personally, my bank balance still isn't speaking to me after the January sales madness. We have a complicated relationship, my money and I. So, until payday, I'll be quietly coveting these lovely, excellent value for money items from afar and planning which ones I'll be buying ASAP.

Sleek MakeUPs 7 Piece Brush Set, £12.99 at Boots



My current makeup brushes are mismatched and a bit past their best, and these look perfect with a neat little carry case to keep them safe and all together. Plus would you believe I don't own a single lip brush! Not good. I've heard really good things about Sleek and I've never tried any of their makeup or makeup tools, so it'll be nice to see what they're like. 

Natural Collection Pressed Powder in Cool, £2.99 at Boots


I've tried many other powders in my time and I keep returning to this cheap and cheerful one from Boot's natural collection. It matches my skin tone perfectly, it stays matte for a good long time, it doesn't clog or feel heavy on my skin, and it costs less than a boots meal deal. I don't really know what else I could ask for! I'm almost out of my current one, so I'll be replacing this soon.

Sleek Brow Kit, £8.49 at Boots



I have quite sparse eyebrows (due to some serious over-plucking when I was about 13 - be warned! It does happen!) and while I do use an eyebrow pencil at the moment, this little kit is something a bit different and it looks like it could be really useful. It includes a shaping wax, setting powder and little mini tweezers with some cute little brushes, and looks to be the perfect size for fitting into my makeup bag.

Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Creme Lipstick, RRP £13.50 but now £1.99 on Fragrance Direct!


Not going to lie, this lipstick has been calling my name since I saw it on Fragrance Direct a few days ago. I love the other Calvin Klein lipstick I own, and these are reduced so much right now that I can't imagine they'd be anything other than amazing value for money. Definitely going to go and order one (or two, or four) of these pretty soon!


Seventeen Phwoarr Paint in Fair, £5.49 at Boots

(Photo Credit: http://www.stylingo.co.uk/2-girls-1-review-seventeen-phwoarr-paint-concealer/)
Since my lovely and much adored Dainty Doll concealer has been discontinued (Whyyyyy oh whyyyyy) I've been on the lookout for a new one, and this has caught my eye. Let's be honest: my skin has issues, ranging from facial scars, to cystic acne, to seriously dark under eyes in the mornings, and I need a concealer which can deal with it all properly and sensibly. This looks like it could be the one for me, and I can't wait to try it out the next time I'm passing a store with it in.

What do you have your eye on currently? Have you tried any of the products listed here, and if so, what did you think of them? Let me know below! 

- Natalie XOX



Sunday, 9 February 2014

10 tips for Sewing and Refashioning Beginners


While I don't claim to be any kind of expert at sewing or refashioning, I have a couple of years experience now and i've learned a few things along the way that could have helped me quite a lot when I was first starting out. So, here are my top ten tips for those of you reading who are just starting to get into sewing clothes from scratch or upcyling and refashioning existing clothes.

1. Start Small

Do yourself a favour and don't make your first project a silk and lace ballgown sewn from a vintage 40's paper pattern. Grasp basics like how to sew different seams, and how to make things larger and smaller first, and get to know how garments and materials behave before taking on anything more ambitious.  

2. Tear It Up

Sounds strange, but it's not just for the fun of it! I found it very helpful when I was first starting out to take some old and unwanted clothes apart at the seams to see exactly how they fit together and use the pieces to get a sense of how to understand patterns for similar clothes. 

3. Use What You Have

It's always tempting to rush out and buy a massive stack of gorgeous new materials from your local craft store, but starting out with old/unwanted/ill-fitting/thrifted clothes and materials means any initial mistakes that may be beyond saving won't be too terrible. Actually, on that note...

4. Mistakes Will Happen

The first time I tried to sew a seam, I sewed straight and neat and just how I wanted it. Well almost - it was also sewn right it to the shirt I was wearing and I had to sit there for almost twenty minutes, topless, undoing all of my work. You'll have to unpick many a stitch before what you're making starts looking like something you would be happy to wear, but be persistent and make a point to learn as much as possible from your mistakes. 

5. Acquire (Essential) Tools

I put together a post a while back on sewing tools that I found were very useful, but really, it can be as simple as some good quality needles and threads and some good, sharp scissors. Once you've begun to use these regularly, you'll find that there are many other tools which can save you time, but buying every single sewing tool all at once in the beginning probably isn't going to help you learn to use them any quicker. 

6. Learn, Learn, Learn

There are countless tutorials, instructional videos, hints, tips and inspiration posts on the internet, so start making use of them. Find a tutorial you like the look of, then follow it 100% exactly as described the first time you do it. If it turns out good, then start looking at ways to change and personalize it in your own way. Also, don't forget your local library will very have some excellent books available that you can make use of. You should always be aiming to learn new things that inspire you and enthrall you.

7. Challenge Yourself

Once you've learned how to do a basic thing really well, move on and expand on it! If you've made a skirt, have a go at making a dress. If you've learned how to install a zipper, have a go at making buttonholes. Keep pushing yourself to try new things and you'll see progress in your work much quicker. 

8. Ask For Advice

By documenting and sharing your progress with others, you have the chance to get invaluable feedback from people who have been sewing for a much longer time and are likely more confident in their work and their ability. Don't be afraid to ask for advice on how to improve upon something, or make a process easier, as you might just learn something that you wouldn't have been able to read in a book or online tutorial. 

9. Make It Your Own

One of the main motivations I had for starting to sew, alter and change my own clothes was the wish to have more to wear that were completely unique and different to anybody elses. With this in mind, I think learning how to alter and draft your own patterns and come up with fresh ideas is key to becoming comfortable in your own ability. 

10. Have Fun With It

There's going to be disasters and frustration and wasted time and effort, but I've found learning how to sew has been a really rewarding process overall. I'm always learning new things and improving upon things, and it's all worth it for that sense of pride when you're able to answer that question of where you got that gorgeous skirt from with 'Oh this little thing? I just whipped it up last week in my spare time'. Enjoy learning more about fashion, sewing and your own personal tastes and just generally enjoy what you do. Because if you're not loving it, then what's the point really? 

I hope this post helped someone out there! Can you just barely hold a needle and thread, or are you a pro at sewing and altering your own clothes? Do you have any other helpful hints and tips for beginners who are just starting out at refashioning pre-loved garments, or did you yourself feel these tips are something you can benefit from? Let me know below!

- Natalie XOX

Friday, 7 February 2014

Fashion Tag Questions

After reading Mariel's recent blog post answering these Fashion questions where she tagged anybody reading, I decided to give this a go. This is the first time I've answered one of these and I feel like I should add a disclaimer: I don't know an awful lot about fashion. I love clothes and I love sewing and all of my knowledge comes from my own half-arsed sense of style and the odd flick through Cosmo. Okay, proceed at your own risk.

1. What is your favourite style to wear?

Thursday, 6 February 2014

What I Wore - First Day Back at University


Hello all! Just a quick little post today before I have to dash off to my afternoon lectures. Today is the first day I'm back in actual lessons for my final semester of University before graduation in July. It is so weird to type that, wow. Although I don't really care what I throw on to work on my dissertation in the library (usually just leggings and whichever of my boyfriend's hoodies is closest on my way out of the door...heh), I always feel better in lectures and seminars when I'm reasonably put together and decent looking. I don't like to be too dressed up either though, so finding a happy medium is sometimes a bit of a challenge. 

This is pretty much what I wore today! Pictures are not exact because my blazer is thrifted (paid £1 in a charity shop for it) and I had to alter it slightly to make it fit me better, so it looks slightly different to the one pictured here. The necklace is thrifted (50p in a charity shop), and my vest top is from Primark, because I cannot justify paying more than £2 or so for something I lose and stain and rip so often. Seriously, I must have bought about 10 plain vest tops in the last year and I have maybe two of them left - what happens to them?! Skinny jeans are from New Look - I love their jeans and they fit me really well, which can be a struggle sometimes for somebody as short as I am. The other shop I find great is Topshop and their petite range, however they're usually a tad bit out of my price range. Shoes are from Primark as well, and my watch is Hip Hop brand in the colour Lavender Dream which was a gift from my nana last Christmas. I have issues with watches that don't have numbers on them, and this one is completely waterproof as well as being comfortable to wear and easy to read.

Hope you're all having a great Thursday! :)

- Natalie XOX

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

New Year, New Look Collection : Kitsch, Cute and Vintage Styling

The blog 'Look What I Got!' is running a giveaway themed around 'New Year, New Look' to celebrate the second birthday of FBL! For those who are unfamiliar, this is a very welcoming community for Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Bloggers who have a facebook group and also run a very helpful Twitter chat every Tuesday from 8-9pm GMT at the hashtag #fblchat.

So, this post is going to be a roundup up of my own personal wishlist from the new season at New Look. I do a fair amount of my shopping at New Look when i'm not buying from charity shops and thrift stores, and I think they give really good value for money. Read more to see my personal favourite picks of their brand new clothes, accessories and shoes:

Rimmel Apocalips, Moisture Renew and Lasting Finish Lipsticks



I have a small confession: until midway through last year, I had never ever owned a lipstick. I didn't really know what to do with them, and I was too nervous to just go out and buy one in case it looked terrible on me. Then I received the lovely (and ridiculously good value for money!) Salvador Dali Rubylips as a gift last summer, and later decided it was about time I became acquainted with some proper lip colours. I approached a few knowledgeable friends for some advice and then a few weeks ago, my wonderful friend Catie was kind enough to send me some of her favourite picks from the Rimmel range of lip products, which I'm going to have a little chat about here. 


The products features in this post are: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in 101 Celestial, Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 220 Heather Shimmer, and Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 058 Drop of Sherry. They are all fairly different to each other, but all share a really high quality and standard of product which is to be expected from such a well known brand as Rimmel London. Read More: 

Monday, 3 February 2014

Review: CK Calvin Klein Delicious Truth



I ordered this lipstick on a whim quite a while ago, and since then it's become one of my favourites for nights out and general glamming up, so I had to mention it on here at some point. This is Calvin Klein's Delicious Truth Lipstick in Contrast, a great dark pink shade with a glittery hint to it. I know what you're thinking - CK costs an absolute fortune! Well, I bought this one heavily reduced for only £1.99 from one of my favourite online shops, Fragrance Direct. I'd really reccomend them for cheap luxury cosmetics - there isn't always a massive amount of choice as things circle in and out of being reduced, but when things are cheap, they're really cheap!

This lipstick comes in a long, thin applicator which fit into my overcrowded makeup bag perfectly. The lipstick itself goes on very smoothly despite the glitter, and doesn't feel grainy or dry at all as might be expected. It lasts pretty well when left alone, but doesn't stay on through eating and drinking very well, so if that's what you're looking for you should probably look elsewhere. As it is, you will leave super fabulous pink kisses with this on everything you touch, and I love it for that. I think it is just smart enough to look dressy, but subtle enough that it can be put with relatively heavy eye makeup and not look overwhelming like a sheer red lipstick might look. 



If you're on the fence about this and can find it reduced anywhere, I would really advise you to snap it up. I've not tried any of the other colours, but if the quality is the same across the board, I would happily pay more for this brand and still be satisfied I was getting my monies worth with every use. Sometimes quality just does pay off, and if it can be found on a tight budget, even better!

- Natalie XOX

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Sewing Inspiration

Spring 2014 Trends

These last few days have featured a plethora of posts on what are looking to be the most popular trends of Spring 2014, and some of them are looking really cute! I've decided to make a little post about my favourites, especially focusing on those which look the most wearable and give me the most inspiration in terms of upcyling and sewing. So! 

Cropped tops and jackets

I always think these are so adorable, and definite inspiration to keep up my all too infrequent gym sessions. I think converting a t-shirt to a crop top is a really easy project since there are so many ways to go with it. Ragged edges can work just as well as neatly hemmed and finished edges, and there are so many tutorials and ideas around that you can take inspiration from. Personally I'm thinking a cropped top in a plain pastel edged with some nice vintage lace. Cropped jackets may be a little more difficult to imitate in crafting, but I bet there's going to be plenty of cheap and lovely ones on the high street soon enough. 

Pastel and Leather

These go together so unexpectedly well, and I think a good amount of mixing pastels with darker leathers will work just as well as actual pastel shades of leather. Maybe even as simple as a pastel, flowery skirt made with a wide leather waistband as a great contrasting highlight. 

Embellishment

Beading, sequins, chunky crystals and all things sparkly were are all over lately it seems, and I am in LOVE. I'm tentatively dipping my toe into embellishing things by hand and although it takes an awfully long time, the payoff is really worth it. While i'm not quite ready to go the route of the above example and embellish an entire blouse, I do think I might have a go at maybe an embellished pocket or collar, with some nice big sparkly glass beads. 

Full skirts & Wide Trousers

While I'm at the gym worrying over my belly for my crop tops, at least I can rest happy in the knowledge that at least i'll be on trend not getting my legs out. I've only ever made one garment with leg holes, so making a pair of trousers is something I'm quite interested in working towards. Full skirts also aren't something i've ever really made (can we say 'pencil skirt obsession'?) but I love how they look and with the right fabric I think it could be a really exciting thing to do. 

Contrasting Collars

This I absolutely adore. It's different, it's easy, and it's incredibly wearable. White collars with simple block colours look dressy and classy, and other colours can be clashed together for a more casual and unusual look. I'm seeing a project in this maybe with two different thrifted shirts, cut up and remade together to make two very different tops. 

Spaghetti Strap Dresses

Finally, a really simple trend that on it's own seems a bit hard to pull off, but when put together with other items and accessories has real potential. Going back to my previous post on colour theory, I think this could be a great opportunity to put together a full single colour outfit, with a really simple dress over a shirt, with matching tights and shoes. 


So, those are just my top picks, I'm sure you all have your own favourites and own styles and of course it's important to decide what is going to work best for you. I'm going to try and really push myself this year in terms of learning more about sewing and dressmaking, and really take advantage of having a better sewing machine and some great reference books at my disposal. What about you, do you pay any attention to fashion trends by season, or is it just another article to skim through? Are you inspired to sew, craft and upcycle last years outfits by any of these trends? Let me know below! 

- Natalie XOX