I haven’t posted anything in ages, I participated in another shoot a couple of weeks ago so I’m sure I’ll be posting the pics I soon as I get them. I also need to make another video, watch this space…
In the meantime I thought show you a project I’m working on for my photography class. I bought my first issue of Hunger magazine the other week, it includes so many cool fashion shoots that I found it really inspiring and decided to stick it in a few photos of my own.
All (OK, almost all) the items in these photos come from my wardrobe/make up bag. I’m particularly enamoured with my new cat ear hair band (in the bottom picture), it was another one of my sale buys this time from Topshop, I’m sure it’ll crop up in more of my posts before long.
I’m really into bright orange at the moment, I’m not entirely sure why but it may have something to do with these gorgeous heels…
Anyway this is actually an image of me believe or not, I do scrub up nice don’t I? It was taken by a talented young photographer called Josh Caudwell and the lovely make up was done by Eva Mobile Beauty.
I’ve decided to give modelling a try, I’m bored and still unemployed so I need something to do. Check out my portfolio here and give me a shout if you’re looking for a new face!
Yahoo! It looks like spring is finally here! Here’s what I wore today. I haven’t done a post like this in ages, that’s because I really don’t think anyone is all that interested in what I wear. But hey the sun is out and I wanted to show off my new sunglasses, they were reduced at H&M and only cost £2 yet they do actually look quite cool…
I’m not really one for living in the past, as you may have gathered from my previous posts I actually prefer writing about brand spanking new designers and trends. Fashion moves so quickly there is always something new to discover. This doesn’t mean, however, that I’m not interested in the past; the styles and fashions of yesteryear can be very inspiring, after all “fashion fades but style is eternal”. With this in mind over the weekend I visited the York Vintage Festival and this is what I saw…
This dress comes from a specialist vintage Bridal boutique (sorry, I can’t remember the name!) it looks very 1920s and with the new Gatsby movie coming out this year that’s very ‘in’.
There seems to be a lot of overlap between the vintage loving community and the ‘make do and mend’/crafty community so their were several stalls selling sewing supplies and vintage fabrics. With the ‘Great British Sewing Bee’ on TV sewing is something I really feel I should get into. This fantastic selection of buttons comes from online haberdashery store www.SewingStuff.co.uk .
There was also plenty of really cool home accessories, such as these incredibly cool cushions from Yorkshire based brand Little Mill House. If you are looking for something a little retro or quirky I suggest you check them out.
Other stalls such as Leah Halliday (see below) stock a range of vintage and handmade treasures that would make great gifts.
Oh and I saw the most amazing tea set EVER
Again I can’t remember the name of of this stall but I think it really demonstrates the value of visiting festival and fairs such as this; I mean could you find something like this anywhere else?!
Similarly there was a stall displaying vintage British fabrics that are no longer in production. For me this was the most interesting stall of all, it was really inspiring to see the creativity and innovation of the print designers and the companies that employed them. It was also a little sad as most of these companies no longer exist. There isn’t really much of a textile industry in the UK any more and I for one think that’s a real shame.
Anyway I’ll probably be doing a whole post on this at some point as I found it truly fascinating.
The festival also featured vintage furniture, some of which had been masterfully restored and updated such as these pieces. I wish I could remember the name of this company because this is the furniture that will adorn my dream home when I get on the property ladder (probably in 2040 or thereabouts).
So I saw loads of unique vintage finds, inspirational textiles, useful haberdashery supplies, oh yes and GUNS.
Yes actually WWII guns, to be fair this stall wasn’t selling the guns they were just displaying them, presumably to remind everyone that whilst our grandparents were enjoying tea dances, swing music and getting creative with utility dresses millions of people were dying in a horrific war. Well that’s history for you!
Still bit of a downer…
Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while, I really need to put more effort into this Tumblr thing.
Here is a nearly 9 minute long video of me talking about about handbags, please watch and subscribe to my YouTube channel.
I have being pinning quite a lot recently, here is a link to the handbag board I mention in the video and I’ve also created a board with all my favourite Farfetch finds.
Its my birthday tomorrow, again.
I think that when birthdays cease to be a joyous opportunity for cake and pass the parcel and become another grim reminder of the inevitability of old age and death its probably a good indication that you’re getting on a bit.
I’m getting on a bit. On the plus side there will still be cake.
Anyway to stave off my birthday blues I thought I’d compile a fantasy birthday list via Pinterest. I guess I’m very lucky in that my birthday falls just as the seasons are changing and giving us all an excuse to buy new clothes.
Not that I, or any of the people required to buy me gifts, have enough to buy anything on the list, but hey that’s why it is a ‘fantasy’ list.
See my list here.
In my video review of & Other Stories I did hint at my unease with some of their handbags. I really fussy when it comes to handbags; just as much as a ‘unique’ colour or faux brass fastening can really put me off. Out of all the bags available from & Other Stories, therefore, this is my favourite, its simple and stylish. It also, and forgive me for going out on a limb here, reminds me of a camera bag, I’m into photography at the moment so that appeals to me.
Take a closer look here
For my second video attempt I thought I say a little about H&M’s new brand, & Other Stories. I really like their clothing and I’ll probably be posting some pictures of it soon, in the meantime why not listen to me blabber on…
I have an important announcement to make, are you ready, can you contain your excitement?!
This blog is going multimedia! Yay! Wahoo!
OK, so I’ve started a YouTube channel. I been thinking for a long time now that this could be a really interesting way to take Dress To Please Yourself in a new direction. This video is just a test really but if you have any ideas about what I could talk about in these videos or if you think this is a horrible mistake please feel free to let me know.
I don’t think there is enough Gareth Pugh on this blog, ‘nough said.
I have a lot of relatives so I end up going to a fair few weddings, I can’t help thinking that these events would be vastly improved if more brides chose weddings dresses like this…
So I guess what I’m saying is that Pugh should open a bridal wear boutique.