Fashion Design Sketchbook

17.4.15

Hello! The reason I haven't been that active on my blog for a few months now is because I'm in my 4th year at University, and it has actually taken over my life. Every spare moment I have is spent doing university work. I'm studying Fashion Design at UCLan, and I've decided to use my blog to showcase my work a little bit.

TRAVEL: AMSTERDAM

15.2.15

A few weeks ago I went to Amsterdam for 2 days with my boyfriend. I had never been before, and I was really looking forward to it, but didn't know what to expect. We stayed in the Grand Hotel Downtown, which was lovely, and in such a cute area! We managed to fit in loads of things, and even if you have only one day, it is plenty of time to do and see a lot of things - as long as you don't mind being a busy bee! (and wear comfy shoes!)
Firstly, start off with some breakfast, I loved Bagels and Beans, a bit like Subway. but healthy. and with bagels. So not really Subway. But anyway... I got the smoked salmon one, which was soooo good! After this tasty breaky, wander over to the Anne Frank House, (you can get a tram ticket for 1hr, 12hr, 24hr or 48hr, but I found that you could easily walk to a lot of places, and see Amsterdam along the way!) Make sure you book for the Anne Frank House online in advance, and you'll want to go early in the morning, you'll beat the queues then.
After Anne Frank, catch a canal boat from outside there. The cruises last for just over an hour, and they go all around Amsterdam. You get to see so many different parts of Amsterdam, so it's a must!
You'll probably be hungry now. Go and find somewhere that sells fries with mayonnaise.
A museum is a great idea after a bit of food. I went to the Van Gogh museum, which I found really interesting. Of course it's going to be interesting if he's got a museum all to himself. There are other museums, so do some research before hand to see which one is your favourite.
There is the Sex Museum, which is very weird. And also near the red light district, which is kind of something you just have to see. I went during the day, and it was just an awkward experience for someone who's embarrassingly awkward anyway. I just didn't know where to look. Do I take in the culture of Amsterdam, or, as I decided to do, just look at the ground trying to not make eye contact with any women in the windows, or any men coming to and from the windows. Anyway, moving on... apparently there is also a museum full of pictures of cats. Cute!
After which ever museum you decide to enjoy, the Heiniken Brewery tour is great. Book online for a cheaper ticket. Also, you get two drinks of beer on the way round too, and a free gift! Win win!
Go back to the hotel and freshen up. Maybe even have a nap or something, I don't know. Then go out for some grub. Then to a bar, but, drinks are pretty expensive. (€26 for two double vodkas!!!) so if you don't want to spend the rest of your money on some drinks that won't even get you drunk, go back to the hotel and call it a day.
Of course, you don't have to do this, but there are a few ideas for any one planning to go to Amsterdam! Let me know if you have been to Amsterdam before, and what you enjoyed the most!
I haven't been posting in a while, and I have good reason! I'm in my final year at uni (ahh!) which has basically taken up all of my time. But after uni has finished, I'm going to focus more on my blog! Hope you're all great!

OOTD: LONDON VIEW

18.9.14


This is the beautiful view from the apartment I was staying in the other day. I could have looked at it forever. You could see all of London. The Eye, The Shard, St. Pauls… Of course I had to get an outfit photo out on the balcony. A super-casual outfit, as I was going home that day.
Before I went home, I went and had lunch with some other bloggers - two were from L.A, and they’d never had a Full English before, so of course we had to go and take them to have one. We went to The Breakfast Club, and it was so amazing! The decor was just so cute, and the food was soooooo good!!! I’m almost drooling just thinking about it now. The two Americans loved it of course (all apart from the black pudding, but that is understandable.)

Jacket and T-shirt - Matalan | Jeans - Topshop

OOTD: EMBANKMENT

16.9.14


The other day I walked along embankment, looking at all the street performers/getting annoyed with the amount of people getting in my way, and we stopped to take some photos opposite Big Ben. The jeans are from a vintage shop in San Fransisco, and the top if from American Apparel. I love this look because depending on what shoes you wear, it can be super casual - like how I wore this with converse, or quite dressy, if you wear with heels. Both look great!
The top has an open back, so I made sure I wore a nice bra - I bought mine from Urban Outfitters.

Jeans - Vintage Similar Here | Top - American Apparel | Bra - Urban Outfitters

OOTD: BIG KID

14.9.14


So I came back from America, and a few days later I was on a train down to London, with a friend to chill out for a few days before working at London Fashion Week for two days. We've been roller blading (which is my new found love after roller blading down Venice Beach in Los Angeles), wandered around hackney, and went to a rooftop cinema to watch 'Empire Records', which was really cool, you got blankets and everything, but I was still really chilly. Maybe I shouldn't have worn a skirt. This was my outfit yesterday, which made me feel like a big kid.
Dungarees - H&M | Crop Top - Primark

SAN FRANCISCO - THREE

28.8.14

A few days ago I went to the San Francisco Zoo. I love going to zoo's and seeing all the animals up close, but sometimes it makes me so sad if I see an animal looking miserable in its little pen. The majority of these animals looked pretty happy though! :) I got to feed a goat as well, so that was my day made.

After the zoo, I walked along the coast line, it was really pretty, reminded me a little of some beaches in England.

SAN FRANCISCO - TWO

23.8.14


Yesterday I walked up to Fisherman's Warf, which was really cute! I kind of felt a little bit like Cornwall actually. It was a nice heat too, but, once I got home and looked in the mirror, I realised how sunburnt I had got! (hello sunglasses tan!) Not a good look - lesson learnt need to remember to wear suncream even when it doesn't look that sunny!
I've felt like I've done a compete work out walking around San Fran - there are so many hills! It's great for the legs!
Crop top - Topshop | Jeans - Matalan | Bag - Zara
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