WATCH // Top 10 films for a girls night in

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

I'm currently planning a really fun girls night in with two of my closest friends from the Art Foundation art course I did. We're going to indulge in some guilty pleasure films and maybe also some very delicious homemade pizza (If I don't burn it, that is). In preparation for this, I've compiled a list of a few of my favourite films to watch with my girlfriends. In no particular order...

Josie and The Pussycats
This is one of my favourite films ever, mostly because I always wanted to be in The Pussycats. Based loosely on the original cartoon of the same name, it's about three best friends in an all-girl rock band, who mysteriously become superstars overnight. The soundtrack to this film is filled with punk-pop tunes from the fictitious girlband, and also a huge guilty pleasure of mine. You definitely need to watch Josie and The Pussycats if you haven't already seen it before.

13 Going On 30
I've lost count of the number of times I've watched this film. I'll admit I was recently a little heartbroken to sign onto Netflix and see that it wasn't there anymore. It's about an awkward 13-year-old, Jenna, who wishes she was 'Thirty, flirty and thriving' and wakes up to discover her wish had come true. She finds herself living her dream life in New York, until she's reunited with her childhood best friend Matt, who grew up to become Mark Ruffalo. I will never get bored of this film.

Did you know that Clueless is based on Jane Austen's novel Emma? Only this adaptation of the novel is set in Beverley Hills in the 1990s, as it follows queen bee Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) as she attempts to play matchmaker to her friends and teachers, and transform new student Tai (Brittany Murphy) into one of the popular girls at school. Seriously quotable and an absolute classic chick flick. Oh, and how much do you want Cher's wardrobe?

Legally Blonde
Another favourite film of mine, Legally Blonde stars Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, a blonde and bubbly sorority girl who enrols at Harvard Law School in the hope of winning back the love of her life. However, things don't exactly turn out the way she'd planned. This funny and feel good film has a really great message behind it. There's a real theme of friendship and girl-power too, making this movie the perfect choice for watching on a girls night in!

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
A comedy about two best friends (played by Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino) who, in a desperate attempt to make their unambitious lives sound a little more impressive at their 10-year high school reunion decide create fake careers for themselves. This film also has funny flashback scenes and an endless amount of hilariously relatable quotes. It's definitely the kind of film you need to watch with your BFF.

Mean Girls
I, like many other people my age, could quote-along to this film the entire way through. Written by comedy queen Tina Fey, Mean Girls is undoubtedly the most important teen movie made for my generation. It pretty much kickstarted the acting careers of both Amanda Seyfried and Rachel McAdams ("...none for Gretchen Wieners. Bye"). If you've never watched Mean Girls, where have you even been for the past 10 years?

Frances Ha
This funny independent film follows the ups and downs of a 27-year-old dancer living in Brooklyn, New York. I went to the cinema to see this film with my best friend when it came out. At the start of the film, we joked that best friends and flatmates Frances and Sophie were like us. I don't really want to tell you what happens next and ruin the story for anyone who hasn't seen it, but watching it definitely made me appreciate my bestie more.

Dubbed "the female version of the Hangover", Bridesmaids is about a single 30-something-year-old woman asked to be the maid of honour at her life long best friend's wedding. This film is so great because the characters are extremely funny and relatable. So much so that one of my closest friends has even changed her WhatsApp icon to a picture of Kristen Wiig's character, Annie. Huge love for this movie.

Coyote Ugly
Aspiring songwriter Violet Sandford moves to New York City to pursue her dream. Struggling for money, she lands herself a job as one of the "Coyotes" in the notoriously wild bar, Coyote Ugly. All of the songs she writes are actually real life LeAnn Rimes hits, such as ' Can't Fight The Moonlight' (which also features on my cheesy, motivational pop playlist). This is such a good film to watch when staying in the house.

Sex and The City 2
Both Sex and The City movies are absolutely terrible, guilty pleasure films and aren't a patch on the brilliant TV series. The sequel is so bad it's good and it does have some fun moments, like the SATC gang singing "I Am Woman" in a karaoke bar. One time my friend and I ended up watching this film twice in a row, since the DVD just kept on playing. Why didn't we just switch it off, you ask? I genuinely have no idea. Awful film, great for a girls night.

What would be your perfect movie picks for a girls night? Comment below.

WISHLIST // "If money were no object..."

Monday, 29 June 2015

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Multi-pocket skirt // £719.25 // Alexander Wang
This is a really practical piece that I would definitely buy, only I wouldn't because I'm unemployed and still have all of my student loan to pay off. If I could afford to buy this, it would be a really great staple item in my wardrobe that I could wear for literally almost anything. It's smart, classy, dressy and casual all at once. I'm certain it's worth the money.

Falabella alter snakeskin fold over tote // £725 // Stella McCartney
I've always felt like choosing a really expensive handbag is similar to choosing a perfume, in the way that it has to suit you. I then decided a Stella McCartney Falabella would hopefully some day be mine. I am such a ridiculously lucky girl since I received the black Falabella crossbody clutch bag as a joint birthday/graduation present this year (My face when I opened it...). If money were no object, I'd definitely go out and get the larger Falabella tote in black snakeskin too.

Mock Black classic motorcycle jacket // £1150 // Acne Studios
This is the single most perfect leather jacket ever to be in existence. I keep saying to myself that, when I get a proper job, I'm going to save up enough money to buy it. This would be the one really amazing thing I'd have in my wardrobe and keep forever. Sadly, I can't see myself having enough money for it anytime soon, since I've just finished uni and I'm hoping to move to London as soon as I can. For now I guess I'll have to dream on...

Classic Jane 105 wide front strap sandal // £620 // Saint Laurent
I'm a little bit in love with python accessories, and these heeled sandals are absolutely gorgeous. If I could easily afford to, then I'd definitely have to get a bit of Saint Laurent in my life. The truth is I really can never really see myself spending this much money on a pair of high heels, unless I was somehow filthy rich.

Vintage sequins mini V-neck dress // £4,800 // Marc Jacobs
This is the most ridiculous thing on the list, because it's not practical at all. I feel like most of the things I've chosen are somewhat sensible, despite their high price tags. Once I win the lottery, I'll buy my dream sequinned Marc Jacobs LBD (it's technically gunmetal, so is it a LGD?) and wear it to an imaginary event that I will never, ever go to, since none of this is ever going to happen anyway. Why, you ask? I don't play the lottery and you've got to be 'in it to win it'. Maybe I should start...

If money were no object, what 5 things would you buy? I'd love to hear them - Let me know in the comments below!

SKETCH // House Of Holland LCM debut

Sunday, 28 June 2015

I really enjoy sketching some of my favourite looks from fashion shows, so I've decided to start a section on my blog for it. After all, these drawings only end up either sitting in a sketchbook somewhere or being thrown away - I think it would be nice to show a couple of them off!

As you may know, earlier this month was London Collections Men. An event which seems to be growing each year, for designers to showcase their menswear collections in shows and presentations around the city. It is essentially men's London Fashion Week, which I think is so cool. I love that menswear is becoming a much bigger deal these days.

After almost 10 years of designing bright and poppy womenswear, Henry Holland recently presented his debut Menswear collection at LCM. The whole concept was inspired by lad culture, with a sport-meets-street kind of feel. Slogans emblazoned on tracksuits and football shirt style tops, with cool statement jackets and lots of loud prints and colours.

My favourite look is the blue gingham tracksuit because it reminds me of some of the things I was completely obsessed with whilst creating my own graduate catwalk collection. While the concept behind my work was all about feminism (which is definitely not lad culture!), a lot of my sketchbook pages were filled with pictures of fried eggs and greasy spoon cafes with kitsch gingham curtains. I even created an entirely blue gingham look, shown on the catwalk in May. Perhaps one of the coolest things about studying fashion is that you develop a personal aesthetic, which grows and changes a lot. You're subconsciously keeping up with trends, creating mood boards on places like Pinterest. So to see this awesome House Of Holland menswear look that reminds me of my collection is really great, because it means I was kind of on point with a couple of things. I also just really like eggs and gingham.

I completed this sketch in 30 minutes, using pencil, felt tip and a tiny bit of digital collage. I've never really illustrated menswear before, since I'm a womenswear designer. I think it's turned out quite nicely for a first attempt, but it's fairly similar to how I draw womenswear, so I'd be keen to sketch more menswear to develop a completely different style.

Did you see House Of Holland's menswear? What did you think? Comment below.

SHOP // Summer Sale Haul

Saturday, 27 June 2015

When it comes to shopping, I am the polar opposite of an impulse buyer, often spending many days and weeks deliberating over any potential purchases. I also tend to avoid shopping in sales completely, since I can't handle the mad rush and disorganised rails. Despite this, I managed to pick up some great pieces in the summer sales this week. Since I knew what I wanted to buy, I didn't have to spend ages trawling through a chaotic mish-mash of fabrics and sizes. Here's what I bought...

Harrington Jacket // £65 now £30 // Topshop
This jacket is absolutely perfect. It's so clean looking and it definitely seems like it was bought somewhere a little more expensive. This was an online sale purchase since my local branch of Topshop doesn't seem to have a lot of the things I like in stock. I bought the jacket and matching trousers for £50 (£57 cheaper than it was originally!). I am a huge fan of wearing co-ord outfits and had been lusting over this particular one for a very long time. An absolute bargain. I can't wait to wear these with my chunky wooden heeled sandals for a cool 70s look.

Saddle Stitch Cigarette Trousers // £42 now £20 // Topshop
These are the matching trousers for the jacket above, with the exact same white stitch detail. They're very comfortable to wear and would also look really nice paired with a oversized white tee for a more casual look than the full suit. I also really like that this cigarette style is cropped too.

Striped Popper Front Cropped Tee // £16 now £8 // Topshop
I had tried this on in Topshop a couple of months ago whilst searching for something to wear to my best friend's birthday drinks, but had decided to go with a nice dress I'd seen instead. Very happy to see that it was now only half price in the sale. I'm a huge fan of bretons and striped tops in general, and this little one was too cute to miss.

Black Wrap Front Crop Top // £18 now £10 // River Island
This was probably the most impulsive buy, since I hadn't seen it in store previously. I had been looking to buy a wrap-around ballet-style top like this for a while, so I guess it wasn't too unexpected of me. I wore this out the other night with black high waisted jeans and heeled sandals - Feeling some "Sandy from Grease meets Black Swan" vibes, which can only ever really be a good thing.

What do you think of my summer sale haul? Did you manage to find any great bargains for yourself whilst out shopping recently? Let me know in the comments section below.

LISTEN // Wolf Alice

Monday, 22 June 2015

Photo via: DIY

Wolf Alice are a London-based four-piece whose music I have been following since late 2013. Needless to say, I'd been eagerly awaiting their debut album, 'My Love Is Cool', which was finally released today on the record label Dirty Hit.

Their sound is indie alt-rock, with a few 90s shoegaze and grunge influences thrown into the mix. Lead singer Ellie Rowsell's vocals are gorgeous and dreamy, with occasional punk-rock screaming - As a live act they are energetic and absolutely mesmerising. You might enjoy this album if you were a fan of Honeyblood's self-titled debut.

Hearing this record for the first time today was every bit worth the wait. It's an absolute joy of an album from start to finish. My favourite tracks from it are 'Your Loves Whore', 'Silk' and the new re-recorded version of their older single 'Fluffy'.

'My Love Is Cool' is now is available to purchase for download on iTunes or on both vinyl and CD from Dirty Hit - You can also have a listen right here on this blog using the Spotify widget below!