Monday, 27 July 2015

Coletterie - Wardrobe Architect: Week 9

Hi Everybody,

Here we are at Week 9 of Wardrobe Architect, and this week is all about 'The Capsule Wardrobe'.

So I created my silhouettes for Autumn/Winter 2015 (as we're already in July let's think ahead!) based on the basic shapes I came up with in Week 4, these will be the basis of my wardrobe for the coming season.

Silhouette 1: 
A- line or Skater Skirt.
Cami Top or Tee.
Long-line Cardi.
Chunky Scarf

Wardrobe Architect: Capsule Wardrobe. Silhouette 1

Silhouette 2:
Semi-fitted Dress.
Chunky Scarf

Wardrobe Architect: Capsule Wardrobe, Silhouette 2

Silhouette 3:
Skinny Jeans.
Long-line Cardi.
Cami Top or Tee.

Wardrobe Architect: Capsule Wardrobe, Silhouette 3

Silhouette 4:
Skinny Jeans.
Cami Top or Tee.
Low Shoes

Wardrobe Architect: Capsule Wardrobe, Silhouette 4

Silhouette 5:
Cami Top or Tee.
Loose Fit Shirt (Worn Open)

Wardrobe Architect: Capsule Wardrobe, Silhouette 5

So there we have the basis of my AW wardrobe. I've actually ended up with one more silhouette than I had in Week 4, but I think that's a good thing as I like having a bit of variety. This is also the first time I've used Polyvore, I wasn't too sure when I first set up my account, but it seems to be a good tool for creating mood boards for outfit ideas and trends. I think with a bit more practice I should get the hang of it!

Anyone else worked on the Wardrobe Architect project?
How did you find setting out your seasonal silhouettes?

Em x

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Sunday Sewing

So despite the amount of time I spent playing around on my shiny new laptop (read about that here) I ended up having a pretty productive Sunday at the weekend. A friend of mine had asked me to alter the length of two dresses she owned. The dresses spent most of their lives at the back of her wardrobe, only getting occasional summer outings as the lengths were just that little bit on the short side.

We all have those dresses and skirts, you know, the lovely pretty ones you don't realise are a bit inappropriate to wear to work until you forget to bend your knees when getting something off the floor and flash the entire workplace your very large/small/average sized knickers!

So here are the dresses pre-alteration...

As there was no excess fabric in the dress hems or dresses themselves to use we decided to put a band of fabric the the bottom of each dress to give that extra length. I've done this on some of my own clothes and it's a great way to give yourself a bit of extra coverage if you want/need it, but also to give any clothes a bit of a revamp. My friend picked out colours from the print she thought would look nice and off I went on a fabric source. For this project I was looking for a light blue or pink for the feather print, and a dusky rose, deep maroon or grey colour for the floral print.

I honestly thought I was going to have the hardest time trying to match that dark maroon colour but my trusty fabric shop had the perfect match! It turned out finding a light pink or blue was harder!`

I ended up finishing the edges of the two bands in slightly different ways.
I could find any thread in a close enough match to the pink fabric so instead of overlocking the seams in an off white/pink I pressed the seam allowances under and stitched them to themselves. 
A nice little technique for finishing seams there if you don't have or can't get to an overlocker!
I also gave this one a roll hem.

I somehow already had thread that matched the maroon fabric well (who would've predicted that!?) so I overlocked all edges for this band and gave it a pinstitch hem.

Simple yet effective!

Some snipping of threads and an extra press later...

And... Ta Dahh!!

Can't believe how well the colours match the dresses, and they are definately far more suitable to be wearing in the office now! Haha!

As these alterations are pretty easy and quick to do I was thinking about writing up a little 'How to' guide on lengthening dresses & skirts. I know a lot of people who would probably get rid of clothes that were too short for them rather than alter them. What do you think?

Hope you like the job I did on the dresses :)

Happy Sewing!

Em x

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Coletterie - Wardrobe Architect: Week 8

Hello Everyone, 

As per usual it's been a pretty mad couple of weeks. Particularly the past week, where we had an unfortunate computer/hard drive issue in my house. A lot of files were copied onto a hard drive and then deleted off of our home computer to free up some space, we had a lot on there! Unfortunately the files didn't copy over properly and we lost a lot of things :( Including a lot of files I've used or been working on for this blog and my own creative ventures. 

*Cue frantic recovery searching!*

Unfortunately the recovery didn't go as well as planned, but luckily it turned out our family photos have all been uploaded to photo printing sites so we didn't loose anything there. Normally I'm pretty good at backing files up to a couple of places, but obviously sods law is that this happened just as I was thinking "Oh I haven't backed up in a few months!" 


But I've made peace with the fact that the majority of the missing files were mine and bitten the bullet and bought myself a swanky new laptop that I'm writing this on now! I haven't had my own laptop since I left university, my uni laptop very kindly waited until I'd done all my hand ins before it took it's journey to laptop heaven! So I'm very excited to have something all of my own again, this way I don't have to wait in line to use the home computer and can keep my work separate.

So enough of the rambling, let's get down to it and on to Week 8 of Wardrobe Architect, which is all about hair, make up & beauty.

I've had a variety of hairstyles over the years, from waist length hair when I was a kid to shoulder length layers, various bobs and even a pixie cut. But they style that sticks out most to me was the bob with a blunt fringe. I had this hair cut in varying lengths and colours for about 4 years. And although it took a bit of upkeep - anyone with a fringe will tell you that! - I loved how it could be quite a statement, and even dressed up an outfit of the most casual clothes! 

I've been growing my hair for the past year or so, and it's now past my shoulders. I haven't had very long hair since I was about 8/9 years old so I thought I try it out again. It's also completely my natural colour as I gave up dying my hair in my final year of uni (didn't want the upkeep during the most important year of my degree!). I'm enjoying the longer length and being able to experiment with styles a bit more. 

In makeup terms, I think I'm pretty low key. Day to day I normally wear a natural base, either powder or foundation with black eyeliner on the top lid and some mascara. Some days I'll wear some bronzer too. Sometimes I like to switch it up with a dash of lippy, but that really depends on my mood and what I'm wearing! For the evenings I tend to make more of my eyes, with lots of eyeliner and smokey eyeshadow. Again I might switch this for a statement lip.

I think the way I wear my hair & makeup is very reflective of my personal style. It's pretty low key and easy to wear. I like to think they reflect me as someone who enjoys hair & beauty and taking care of themselves but who doesn't have it at the forefront of their mind all the time. 

I do have quite a bit of product but I wouldn't go as far as saying I collect it. The past few years I've stopped saving products for 'special occasions' or 'for a treat' because I'd open a product and then by the time I'd get round to using it again, it was 2 years later and probably not suitable to be anywhere near my face/body! 

In terms of colour, I love dark smokey colours and metallics for my eyes, as well as jewel tones of green, turquoise & purple. For lipstick I go for reds & pinks, in bright & rich tones. These fit perfectly into my colour palette from Week 5! And as with my clothes I tend to stay away from light colours or peachy tones.

When it comes to perfume, I love the stuff but I only wear it when I'm going out. I don't wear it day to day. My all time favourite perfume is Pure Poison by Dior, it's quite a strong scent but I've worn it for years, and I think it settles really well onto the skin and has quite an intriguing scent. 

I wore Pure Poison for years and have only stopped wearing it in the past year when my stash ran out and my parents bought me some perfume on the way back from their holiday in duty free! (I've kept the last bottle I had though, just coz I think it's pretty!). I'm currently working my way through the Miss Dior perfume collection. These are lovely scents, very light and fresh. So I think they're a good change from my old favourite!

I think my morning routine is pretty basic, I tend to spend about 20-30 mins getting ready in the morning, as in getting dressed doing my hair/makeup and getting my things together for work. I actually get up far earlier than that as I like to have a nice relaxed breakfast in the morning! The Ginge cannot understand this at all! But I hate being rushed and I hate being hungry!
I'll get up and eat breakfast then wash my face and clean my teeth, before covering my face in moisturisor. I'll then get dressed and do my hair before spending about 5 mins on my makeup. 

I think my hair and beauty routine fits well into my descriptive words from Week 2.


My routine isn't high maintenance, but I do like to use with different colours, products and looks when I go out. I've added some more images to my style board that reflects by hair & beauty style as well as styles I would like to incorporate in the future, so have a look and let me know what you think. 

Let me know about your hair/makeup styles and even your morning routine. 
I'm nosey so I'd love to know! ;)

Em x

Saturday, 4 July 2015

" A spoon full of sugar..."

Right at the start of the week I felt pretty under the weather, I came home tired and with an awful headache. I couldn't shift the headache or summon the energy to go to my weekly exercise class. But my lovely Mr had just the thing waiting for me when I came over to his house. He'd cooked dinner and told me he'd got one of my favourite films to make me feel better. He'd hit the nail right on the head when he revealed it was in fact the Disney classic Mary Poppins.

I cannot tell you how many time I watched this film as a kid! Even now it's one of those films that always makes me smile. But now I'm older (big kid!) I love looking at all the costumes as well. My favourite being the Orange suit with pink bow tie, that Mary wears in the chimney sweep scene. From what I can find on the trusty internet the costumes for this film were credited to 3 people; Gertrude Casey, Chuck Keehne, Bill Thomas and Tony Walton.

mary poppins photo: Disney Mary Poppins Costume mary_poppins.jpg

mary poppins photo: POPPINS! mary_poppins.jpg

Who can forget Bert & Mary's trip in the drawing with Mary's gorgeous white dress and Bert's candy striped jacket?!

mary poppins photo: Mary Poppins poppins.jpg

mary poppins photo: Mary Poppins destinyscard281_zps2230bc8a.jpg

I actually read the original Mary Poppins books by P.L Travers last year, and although I enjoyed them, for me the two characters of Mary Poppins are completely different. So I think of them as separate stories. But definately worth a read if you're interested in the character.

It's also worth watching Saving Mr Banks that came out a couple of years ago, which tells the story behind the making of Mary Poppins, and the input P.LTravers had to the film. How much of it is true or exaggerated remains to be seen but I enjoyed it none the less!

Anyone else read the books or watched both films?

As always loads more pics from the film on my Pinterest Board Disney Things

And finally a little something to put a smile on your face...
My favourite scene from the film.


Em x