29 Jan 2013

Cute as a button

Blouse- Forever 21
Skirt- The Cinnamon Slipper (handmade by MOI!)
Shoes- Office
So all those hours of sewing and snipping have paid off and I have made my very own skirt. I can't get enough of it, having already worn it 3 times since...too much? NEVER! ha ha. I decided on black fabric as I knew it would go with everything this chilly time of year. Since I made my skirt I have bought a beautiful novelty bungalow sewing box, some more fabric and as we speak I am on my second skirt. I have most definitely caught the sewing bug!
This is my brand new necklace which is a tribute to my first ever dog Coco the Dachshund (in my opinion dachshunds are the best dogs ever! One day Coco disappeared and my mum told me she had gone to a big farm with lots of other dogs...I hope wherever she is she's a very happy dog!) I picked the necklace up at a trade jewellery fair the other week from a brand new up-and-coming designer. It was too cute to pass by...it had to come home with me!

What I am loving about my new hobby is the sheer amount of possibilities. 
I have always had a very acquired taste in my styling and in particular I am rather partial to a quirky print....
and sometimes the dresses I imagine in my head don't actually exist in the retail world.
ie: lobster print, jelly fish print, whale, dinosaur print dress....

Surely there must be a gap in the market for this kind of fashion? 
Maybe not...

Well you know what? I guess I'm just going to have to make them myself!

x Rebecca 

27 Jan 2013

Stitch 'n' bitch

As lots of you know one of my goals for 2013 was to start making my own clothes. I've made shopper bags and pillows in the past but I really wanted to get serious and create my own clothing. Almost as if she knew, my darling sister Amber blessed me with the gift of her machine and sewing kit for Christmas. 
This post is all thanks to her; she gave me the boost I needed; she inspired me to try my hand at making my own clothes; even the title 'stich n' bitch' was Amber's idea!
Armed with a box of goodies and a machine I set to work...but where to start?  As it turns out, making clothes is a lot more complicated than you'd think.  I realised I wouldn't be able to blag and muddle my way through, so I went to John Lewis, looked through the paper patterns and decided that a skirt was most 
likely the easiest thing I could start off with.
 Upon opening up the paper pattern I was extremely excited and couldn't wait to get started....little did I know it would be a while 'til I could actually get snipping and stitching.
I did have to read through the instructions several times until I actually understood what was going on, what meant what and which went where and why!
I had resigned myself to failure for my first attempt and so chose a simple little print of buttons for my skirt (I didn't want to spend a fortune on a fabric only to go and ruin it!), but once I got the hang of it Ioved it!  Gradually watching the pieces come intricately together to make a whole, the sound of the machine humming rhythmically in the background...it was almost hypnotic and so much fun! 

So after several hours- and I mean hours and hours- I finally finished my skirt.  I am so proud of it! It really is such an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment! I am so so so thrilled and cannot recommend to you enough that you make your own clothes.
This really is the beginning of something exciting and new for me and I am HOOKED! I cannot wait to make more!
TA DA! and here it is! my beautiful button skirt!!!
made by me!!!!!

24 Jan 2013

Who's that girl? la la la-la-la

Well, I woke up the other today and was tagged in not one but two fashion bloggers' posts regarding a 'get to know you' style questionnaire (which was so lovely of you girls!) Thank you to you both for nominating  me for the Liebster Award. I will be answering just a few questions as anymore and it'll seem to be an I LOVE MYSELF post! ha ha

Why hello there world!

11 Facts about me

  1. I am the biggest geek ever! my iphone, my macbook, my camera...I've been told I spend way too much time on my gadgets whether it be- editing photos, videos, general geeking, reading tutorials on how to do things on photoshop etc...yep that's me.
  2. I do not drink tea or coffee....yuck...green tea/chinese tea only....preferably hot chocolate though mmm.....
  3. I cannot whistle....sounds pathetic but seriously I've tried, I still do try but physically my mouth will not allow me to!?!
  4. I love and I mean LOVE FISH AND CHIPS! lots of vinegar please!
  5. I am happiest when I'm by the sea
  6. Sudoku freaks me out
  7. I love to bake cakes
  8. I am incredibly spiritual
  9. I love painting in my diary
  10. I hate wearing trousers majority of the time
  11. I know every lyric to songs from High School Musicals 1,2 and 3. yep!

First up friend and fellow blogging superstar Louise from Love from Lou Lou  I met at University when she took my photo for a friends Fashion project. This is me and the lovely Helena..hanging out with the flowers...many many years ago...you know as you do.
Louise Brooke Arnot
We've stayed in touch ever since loving each others personal style. When I first got started with my blog she was the first person I contacted. Giving me lots of blogging advice and words of wisdom which I have always appreciated! (thanks hun!).

These are her questions for me! 

1. What was the last song/album you downloaded?

Ellie Goulding- Explosions which I am completely obsessed with! It's a beautiful song and very magical!

2. Which country would you like to visit the most?

It has got to be JAPAN!!! I really need to go there. I will go at some point in the future with my boyfriend and come back with som

3. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Dresses with pretty prints of animals...or general quirky prints of things I love on them. I think sometimes it really must stop and I should buy more planier, serious clothing but the sheer joy it brings me is priceless! 

4. If you could spend a day in the life of someone else, who would you choose?
LANA DEL REY....random choice but I just love her...her style, her voice, HER LIFE! hahah....ok that really was an impulsive choice...ok but seriously now...who...ummm....Angelina Jolie?...Kate Middleton?...hmm....

5. What is your favourite film from your childhood?
Oh thats tough....it's between Mannequin or Splash...both films I still love till this day

6. What plans do you have for 2013?
Ouuu....Get my new presenter showreel up together of new stuff, build a new presenter website....my current one is rather shocking. Go to Fashion Week, go on holiday, see my friends, create lots of exciting opportunities for myself.

7. What fashion accessory do you like to collect the most? (eg.handbags, scarves etc.)
hmm....I love my necklaces but then again I love a good hat and a good bag.

8. What is your earliest fashion memory?
Meeting Isabella Blow and her telling me she liked the dress I wearing and saying I had a face like a doll....too cool.

9. What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it?
Blimey what did I read last?....Can't be the hunger games trilogy surely?....must be! IT WAS AMAZING! yes

10. If you won a million pounds, what would be your first purchase?
A house for my mummy and brothers

11. What has been your greatest achievement in life so far?
Ouuuu that one is a secret and shall be revealed very soon!!!! waaaaaaa!!!! Sworn to secrecy but all shall be revealed.

Note** I tried to select some bloggers to answer my questions but all of whom I followed the exceeded the 200 follower rule! :-( boo 

21 Jan 2013

Exciting News!

So later this month is expected to be an exciting time and I can now finally reveal what I have been bursting to blog about/talk about/share with you for what seems like forever!!! 

(Warning: lots and lots of exclamations marks in this post!) 
I entered and took part in Fashion One's search for the next 
'Fashion Correspondent'
 last summer and it really was one the greatest experiences of 2012 and probably...my life! (dramatic much, Becks?) 

As you can probably see from the trailer, I'm the chick with the red hair....
The Show's Judges are as follows: presenter Antonia O'Brien, the pop-cuture master extraordinaire Nik Thakker and fashion designer Fam Irvoll.

I can't go into too much detail at this point for obvious reasons but can only hope that you will be tuning in to watch when it airs.

Want to read more about it? click here: 

January 29th at 9pm in UK on 

 (and will also be available online) and at 10.30pm in other parts of Europe.


x Rebecca 

P.S Sorry for spending a whole post just blatantly plugging myself!

19 Jan 2013

Red bows in the snow

Dress- Vintage Coat- River Island Boots- Vintage Satchel- Camden Market
So the snow has hit England big time overnight! It's ridiculous how as a country we're  never really prepared for it; we have a few hours of snow and the news call it "The 18 Hour MEGABLIZZARD!" and everything comes to a standstill! Trains are delayed, roads are closed, and nothing works properly...but on the bright side I am loving the brilliant photos I've seen from fellow fashion bloggers!
Instagram goes crazy with beautiful snowy photos; I for one am guilty for this (it's got to be done hasn't it?)! As a blogger I am always grateful for an interesting backdrop to my outfits; I love the way snow blankets the mundane and renders it beautiful.  I picked this dress up from the last  

If you live near Kent I highly recommend going; it's always a must in my diary. Come to think of it, the next one is SOON! eeeek! Can't wait!!  I always- and I mean ALWAYS- find something amazing whenever I go. The quality of stalls there is fantastic, the cakes are great and there's always a group of retro 40's singers singing along while you shop....what more could you want from a vintage fair?!

Is it snowing where you are? Have fun in the snow all!!

x Rebecca 

14 Jan 2013

Eskimo Kisses

Today in beautiful Kent it began to snow! Which means to me only one thing....
I found this vintage coat about 3 years ago in a vintage shop and simply fell in love with it. I adore the embroidery, the furry hood and the toasty warm insides...it's been my faithful snow coat for all these years, providing me with the ultimate combination of heat and cuteness!

I picked up 
this black play suit from Topshop on Oxford Street in the sales..teamed up with my Topshop horsey blouse and vintage boots I was all set for this winters day (which- I might add- was -2 outside).
Coat- Vintage
Blouse- Topshop
Boots- Vintage
Hat- Urban Outfitters
 Errrrmmmmm the downside was walking around the park trashed my boots.....big style! 
Alas, the less glamorous side of things.
 These are my penguin gloves/mittens I got for Christmas

Eskimo Kisses

x Rebecca x

8 Jan 2013

Roses are red

Already a week into 2013 and it's feeling completely different. A chance to start again, get excited about what this year may bring and the beginning of all things new. I have a brand new diary (Christmas gift from Jon) to fill with my deepest thoughts, dreams and goals for my year, just like I do every year.
Do you keep a diary? I have kept a written diary every year since 2009 and I highly recommend it. Yes, there are times when I'm extremely busy and don't write anything for ages, then when I've had a brain wave or an exciting memory I jot it down. Or it might be I'll print out a load of recent Instagram shots and stick them in. 
I love looking back through them sometimes and laughing at some of the crazy things that have happened; it's wonderfully nostalgic and can be incredibly therapeutic.
The dress I'm wearing today is from ASOS.  I have had it for such a long time and it always gets compliments whenever I wear it. It's unusual shape, the stunning colours and floatiness makes it a wardrobe favourite of mine with boots in the autumn/winter time.
I will always remember this day as the day Jon and I went for a drive to find somewhere exciting to shoot this outfit....drove for miles...no where inspirational...bleak, wet, horrible scenery and ended up driving back home and shooting literately across the road from where we live! Typical! hahah

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