Wednesday, 23 December 2015

SANTA CLAUSE IS COMING TO.... CATH KIDSTON


So a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited down to the Cath Kidston store in Exeter to "snap a selfie" with their very own Modern Vintage Santa Clause! It was an event to get shoppers into the Christmas spirit this year, to be quite honest myself, I haven't been feeling the Christmas spirit this year, probably due to exams... but hey let's not dwell on that depressing subject! 

Anyway, I was greeted by a cheerful Santa in a bespoke Cath Kidston Bramley Sprig suit, now if only every Santa around the world wears such beautiful gown, wouldn't it just be the best! 


I had a little tour around the store and no surprise, my Christmas spirit was alight again as I saw so many wonderful festive ornaments and products! Some adorable little crochet Santa and Mr Snowman on your tree anyone? Or how about some snowman salt & pepper shakers for your festive dining table?


And of course Santa wouldn't be able to complete his annual task without his trusty little elves! Oh how I want to become an elf myself just so I can get my hands on one of those charming outfits. 

If you still have time before Christmas, make sure to pop down to one of your local Cath Kidston store to get your festive spirit on! 

I hope you'll all have a merry Christmas, and a wonderful new year! See you in 2016!!

Love,
Mannie x

Saturday, 12 December 2015

I'M TWENTEEN

skirt from jessica buurman // top from primark // coat from dorothy perkins // boots from h&m


Guess who has just turned twenty a week ago! Or as I call it twenteen because I refuse to believe that I have been alive for two decades already and yet to achieve something astonishing. Jokes aside, I'm very grateful for a happy and healthy life. My twentieth birthday was wonderful, with surprises from my best friends who bought me a beautiful Patisserie Valerie cake, absolutely delicious.

The second year of university has been going well even being overloaded with coursework from the very first day back, but it's all over and done with for now... for now because I still have a few exams in January! I can barely have time off to do some relaxing thing, this photo-shoot was postponed so many times because of work ha. Tis now the Christmas season and I really want to film some festive videos but I'm still struggling to balance my time well...

In this shoot I'm wearing a denim blue a-line skirt. I'm in love with it because it is very well fitting and comfortable. I styled it with a striped knitted halter-neck top and a cocoon black coat! It was freezing during the shoot and I was shivering non-stop when I only had the top on, but hopefully that wasn't too obvious from the photos! 


Thank you to my pal Samuel for snapping these lovely photos, check out his flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/131699041@N02/

Show me some love by hyping this look on the side bar!!  >>

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Mannie xx

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

TAKE ME BACK TO 1995

  dungarees from jessica buurman // shoes from ebay

Well that's the first year of uni over! Got a pretty good result in my bag and hopefully second year will be even better. In the course of this year I realised I'm a lot more grown up than I thought I am (although still my inner child surfaces now and again), went through a lot of tears as my friend travelled to Australia for four and a half month, fell out with a friend for the first time in my life and no idea how to deal with it. However, I am ever so thankful for the new friends that I have made during this year who makes my maths lectures a little less tedious, and my revision period a little more enjoyable. It's not the end of the world, they said.

I did a little some different with the editing this time round - instead of bright saturated photos I decided to let them look like they're taken on a film camera from the 1990's, goes well with the dungarees! Dungarees are great because you can wear all types of tops and nothing could go wrong, from sweaters to blouses, as well as the popular trend of turtle-neck crop tops, although I feel like they're not for me because they put emphasis on my enormous head!


Thanks Panda for being my photographer ;)
Hype it, side bar, go! ->

Mannie xx

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

PEEKABOO MIDRIFF

   sunglasses & shoes from jessica buurman // cardigan  from salvation army // top & skirt are made by me

How's it going my dearies? I think this is one of my few favourites outfit photos taken, probably because it was taken by my mother instead of the usual tripod! She hasn't picked up a camera in years but now she's considering doing it more often. These were taken when I visited home over the Easter break, but now I'm back at university and currently procrastinating in my room. Oh how I miss not having to cook for myself! 

Over the last month a lot has happened, I went to the city of Bath for a visit with my awesome friends and of course, I took the chance to make a vlog out of it. I spent quite a bit of effort into editing so it would be great if you can have a watch in the video below!

I made this cropped lace trim top along with an a-line skirt to match, quite proud of myself because I made it from scratch with no pattern to follow! Although there is definitely room for improvement. I wore the pearl embellished shoes with this outfit since cardigan does bring out the hint of white on the shoes pretty well! I'm also digging the gold bracket on the heel, a very nice touch overall.

Jessica Buurman shoes: http://www.shopjessicabuurman.com/okery-pearl-embellished-oxfords-p-12091.html



Now I am off to the library to begin my dreadful revision, you can hype this look on the side bar and see you later! ->

Mannie xx

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

"LOVE YOUR CLOTHES" – FARA Charity Event in London


How often do you throw clothes away? Whether it becomes too tight/loose on you, or that you just don’t quite find the style attractive any more, or it could be worse, when it belongs to your ex’s which you thought was a good idea to steal from them when you two were still together. Anyway, have you ever wondered where the clothes go to after they’re donated to charities?

Most of the clothes of course, would end up being at store fronts which are to be sold and the money earned will go towards the charity, but that’s just the basic. How about the clothes that end up being neglected there for weeks and weeks since no one else may be interested in them?

Well, designers Grace Clark and Anna Crawley have been taking clothes and fabrics donated through the chain of FARA charity shops and sprinkle their magic on them to turn them into some unique and contemporary clothes and accessories!


You’ll get a chance to join in this event, which is aimed to inspire others not just to buy clothes that are made in this way, but to give it a go yourself!

Here is an invitation for you all to come and attend, the event is on Thursday 19, February at Fara, 28-32 Pentonville Road, 6:30-8:30pm.


“Love Your Clothes” is a not-for-profit organisation supported by the UK Government, which aims to raise awareness of the value of clothes and help us make the most of the clothes we already have. If you would like more information on this organization, head over to http://loveyourclothes.org.uk/

A little fun fact: Making an item of clothing from your wardrobe last just 9 months longer can reduce the carbon, water and waste impact of our wardrobes by a shocking 20%!

I have always been keen on sustainability in fashion & upcycling clothes since it does extend the ‘wear-life’ of clothes in my wardrobes as well as lessening the negative environmental impact of junking items that we no longer wear. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to this event since I’m all the way in Exeter University, but I do hope some of you guys can make it to this wonderful, creative event!!

Take care!
Mannie xx

Sunday, 18 January 2015

BRITISH ACCENT

  pork pie hat from topshop // cardigan  from choies // shirt from romwe // skirt from jessica buurman // shoes from ebay
Hope you've all had a lovely Christmas and welcome to 2015! I went to back to my home town for two weeks, it was wonderful to see my friends again after so long! Anyway, my January exams are over, and it turns out that I did very well in the module I absolutely hate (computing for maths) but did awful in the modules that are just a bit more developed from a-level (calculus...). Surprisingly my parents found it very amusing and cracked up when I told them about it over the phone.

This second semester, I have promised myself to be on top of my notes and won't end up being in a hectic state before the exams, well... that's not exactly going well since I'm currently procrastinating... 

For the past few days my flatmates and I have to going crazy searching for a house for next year, and we seem to have found a wonderful house in the city centre! We're so excited to move in next year, although it is still another 7 months away!

I've been quite into the British fashion lately, I figured stripes and  checked patterns are the way to go, so I'm matching my blue vertical striped cardigan with this lovely checkered printed skirt from Jessica Buurman, paired with a chiffon white blouse and some burgundy tights for a pop of colour (plus I will never let go of how beautiful the combination of dark blue and burgundy is). I also bought myself a pair of platform brogues as a Christmas gift, it's definitely going to get many wears! The skirt I'm wearing is in a size S, it fits nicely on me (I'm a size 6-8), however it does feel a bit too tight right after I had dinner, but I suppose that happens with every other item of clothing!


Also, here's a little funny screenshot of comments on one of my videos on YouTube to brighten your day:

I think that's the end of my rambling, I hope you will all enjoy 2015 and make the best of out it!

Mannie xx

Saturday, 8 November 2014

UNDERGRAD

 dress and bag from jessica buurman // fedora from choies // boots from h&m

University is hard work, I am so behind on my lecture notes and every lecture feels like lots of information are just being thrown in your face and all you can do is to slap it into your notepad and pray that you will somehow understand it when  you go back through it. I barely have time to sew because I've completely occupied myself with coursework, lecture notes, cooking, cleaning, seeing friends and oh, badminton! 

In case you haven't noticed, the long hair is gone! I thought it was finally time to rid the horrid coarse bleached ends and yes, I re-dyed my hair because I've got too used to having the ends bleached! I'm in the process of dye-ing it silver with the Direction hair dye, hopefully it wont turn out too bad...

The location for this shoot is actually just the end of the road of my student accommodation, it was raining and I didn't want to go far, so the garage men kindly let us have the vintage car in the background, made in the 1956, possibly painted by hippies in the 60's due to the paint job of the flowers visible in the last picture (yes we also had a little chat with them about the history of this car, which was actually very interesting). 

I adore this dress, from the pattern to the shape, it has a somewhat old-Victorian vibe, I'm a sucker for plaid, so I was thrilled to find this lovely cool toned dress from Jessica Buurman. I decided to add a hint of modernness to the outfit by wearing a (cool) fedora and a small satchel for a pop of colour.


Now that I have Natalia as my human tripod, I should have no excuses to have a lack of posts and dull locations! Finger crossed that I will be writing again soon :)

Mannie xx