Wednesday, 26 June 2013


As some of you may or may not know, one of my biggest passions is currently fashion photography, I have done a few shoots in the past and assisted on others. One of my main goals for this summer and over the next few years is to help improve my knowledge and develop my skills towards something I'm passionate about. 
To help think of ideas and become inspired I look at previous fashion shoots, editorials and advertisements amongst other things. I have found both Pinterest and Tumblr the best for this and I decided that I wanted to dedicate a post to them on my blog. 

If anyone uses either of these sites or a similar style of website then let me know and I'll check them out, even if it's not a similar style to the clips above as I like to broaden my knowledge.

Saturday, 22 June 2013


Obviously it's the time of year when the weather starts to get that little bit nicer and it's time to get the summer clothes out. 
I've always wanted a pair of denim shorts but I refuse to pay £30 for a pair from Topman or Urban Outfitters, because of this I've decided to put together a little tutorial on making your very own pair of Levis denim shorts!

What you need -
- Levis denim jeans (They don't have to be Levis, or even denim, you can always grab an old pair of trousers that you won't wear again)
- Ruler 
- Scissors
- Pen / Fabric Pencil 

To start with you need to gather your materials, I managed to pick my jeans up in a charity shop for £4.99, looking in charity shops is normally the best thing to do if you're wanting to do this. You can easily grab a size that fits you and if you're wanting to experiment with bleaching or even try this out on a pair of jeans that you don't like as much in case you make a mistake, you wont waste too much money.

You now need to lie your jeans on a flat surface so that you can measure the inner and outer leg to make sure both sides match up. This is where you'll decide how you want your shorts to look, mark each side till you're happy. To help with this I used an old pair of shorts to get the rough length that I like then added a few more centre meters as I wanted to turn the bottoms up a little bit.

I normally put the jeans together to check that the straight lines join together before cutting along them, I wouldn't worry too much about this if you're turning the bottoms up or even distressing them slightly, only if you were thinking of leaving the harsher edge.

And there we go, a pair of Levis denim shorts! I would recommend adding a stitch or two in the inner and outer leg if you're going to be turning the bottoms up like me just to keep everything in place, but that's totally optional and you can tweak or change anything you like, the length, distressing, bleaching or even stitching onto them.

Hope you found this post helpful and I've added a before and after photo above incase it will help anyone. 
I managed to take the last photos using my remote shutter for my camera so hopefully once I get used to it a bit more I can start to post on lookbook, fingers crossed. It'll be a challenge to not get my cat in every photo though as you can see him peeking through in the background a few times!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013


A few days ago I was nominated  by the lovely Boonya to take part in something called the 'Liebster Award'.
I wasn't too sure what it was but after reading a few I get the idea behind it, so why not have a go! It's basically an award that you complete yourself and nominate up to 11 other blogs with less than 200 followers, within the award you have to tell a little about yourself and ask a few questions for other people to answer.

The rules if you want to complete the award yourself -
1) Mention who nominated you for the award.
2) Each person nominated must list 11 different things about themselves.
3) Answer 11 questions that the previous tagger has left you.
4) Create your own 11 questions.
5) Tag up to 11 people.

11 Things about me -
1) I'm 19.
2) I live in the North-East of England.
3) I'm going to study Fashion Communication at University in September.
4) I currently have a part time job in a shop called Office, I also work with a photographer named Sarah and also volunteer part time at a charity shop called Sue Ryder.
5) I love green tea, photography, fashion, graphic design, food and cats.
6) From my love of food, cooking is one of my favourite things to do.
7) I have been a Peskitarian for 6 years (I don't eat meat but I still have things like Fish, Eggs, Milk etc)
8) I would like to see myself as a hard working person who comes across as helpful and reliable. 
9) One day I want to live in London.
10) Owning my own house and decorating it exactly how I want it is definitely one of the things I'm the most excited for.
11) Although I only learnt a small amount of French in school I'd love to try to learn another language.

Questions from Boonya - 
1) What is your favourite clothing brand?
I think I'd have to go with Topman, whenever I need something and I'm in a rush it's the store I'd go to. Should it be a shirt, pair of jeans or even a pair of socks I know that I can run in and grab something that I like.
2) Which country would you like to visit the most?
I'd have to say America, it's been somewhere that I've always wanted to visit. A road trip to visit all the different states would be my idea of a perfect trip.
3) Do you play any musical instrument?
When I was younger I used to play the Piano but I've stopped over the years, I can probably remember a thing or two though!
4) Imagine you have £100,000 to spend, What would you spend it on?
I'd sort out the question above and probably visit America and Italy too. Once that was sorted I'd like to learn how to drive, spend a bit of money on upgrading my camera. I plan to try and spend a few summers down London gaining a bit more experience so I'd use some of it there and obviously spend a bit on some clothes! With the remainder I'd be safe and keep most of it for my first house or flat. 
5) Your best childhood memory?
When I was younger and we used to visit Disney Land in France, I have so many memories of all the rides and spending some amazing time with my Mam and Nana.
6) Your favourite ice-cream flavour?
Haagen-Dazs, Pralines & Cream, hands down!
7) Would you rather go skiing or scuba diving?
Scuba Diving, it's been one of those things I've always wanted to do and I've been fascinated with sea life for as long as I can remember.
8) What is your dream job?
I honestly don't know at the moment, definitely something within Fashion. At the moment I'd think either Fashion Photography, something within Publishing or the business side of Retail such as buying or merchandising. This is one of the main reasons I'm going to university, to improve my knowledge on different areas within fashion and hopefully decide on what I want to do.
9) What made you start a blog?
It's been something I've always wanted to do, I wanted somewhere to be able to post about different designers, DIY projects, post some photography. Plus, there isn't all that many menswear bloggers out there so I thought I'd help change that!
10) What is your must-have item in your handbag (apart from purse/wallet, phone and keys)?
I'd have to be quite boring and say a bottle or two of water.
11) Could you describe your blog in three words?
Fashion, Menswear, Creative!

My questions - 
1) What is your favourite fashion designer?
2) What would be your favourite meal of all time?
3) If someone came to visit where you live, where would you say they'd have to see before leaving?
4) Do you see yourself blogging in 5 years time?
5) You had the chance to create your own TV show - what would it be about?
6) What is your favourite animal?
7) What is the one item of clothing that you couldn't live without?
8) You can pick any job in the world right now and you'll be given it, what would it be?
9) Would you rather have a small modern flat in the middle of the city or a massive house in the country side?
10) If you had the chance to learn another language from a country or cook traditional food from another country, what would you pick?
11) Finally, how would you explain your blog to someone else in three words!

The people who I also nominate for this award are - 

If I've tagged you I hope you enjoy answering the questions and let me know once it's done, if I follow you and I've not tagged you then let me know and I'll add you to the list!