Friday, 10 October 2014

A heart of steel starts to grow

Hello cherubs! It has been another busy week for me; I'm starting to feel like I'm running on a treadmill that never stops! There's a lot to think about with uni. My dissertation is constantly looming over me, as I imagine it is for most final year students! I'm trying to think of it as 10, thousand words essays. But that still doesn't help when I remind myself of the other 10 assignments I have to complete, wahhh! As well as that I am fully enjoying my sports committee role for Women's Hockey, it is keeping me well occupied! In fact, we have our first joint event with the Athletics team on Thursday, so if you are a Derby University student reading this then please come along to support us!

As you can see on the poster we are also donating 10% of our profits to Alzheimer's Research UK. Alzheimer's is an issue that is very personal to me, and I believe with more support and awareness we can make life easier for those suffering with the disease and support their families. So if you do come along to the event some of the money you use to buy your ticket will be going to an amazing cause!

Anyway on to the fashiony bit: I think you're all going to get sick of me banging on about how much I love tartan and plaid, so I'll just shush this time. However, I love this dress that I recently got from Ark (yes I am predictable). It's still available as part of their Autumn/Winter line so if you're a fan snap it up soon! I'll also add here that students can get 20% off at Ark with Unidays, so it is well worth snapping up this bargain. My fave feature of this dress is that fact it has a smock-like structure, so it looks kinda oversized. This also makes it super comfy! I paired the dress with some chunky sandals and this adorable, dark green bag that I got from Primark for only £8! 

Dress: Ark
Handbag: Primark
Shoes: Redbox in Derby

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Little lights in our hearts

Hello darlings! I am sorry it has been awhile again, it's just been so so manic. I can't believe I've only been back at uni for two weeks, it feels more like two decades with the workload I've been managing. I'm feeling very excited and slightly daunted by this academic year. It's my final year before I officially become a teacher and thinking about the future has me a little anxious. I've also got some extra responsibilities this year at uni because I have taken on a committee role for one of the sports teams, so it's all busy, busy, busy!

Anyway, I have begun to slip into Autumn fashion over the last few weeks; cue tartan, plaid, tweed and rich tones and colours. I think my favourite trend of Autumn/Winter are the adorable little squares of tartan and plaid. The cosy, blanket-reminiscent fabric has been seen to be a key piece on the catwalks of Tommy Hilfiger, Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs, some of the most uber-cool designers. I actually got this black and white plaid dress from Ark (no surprise) in Spring, showing that this style can be worked throughout the seasons, using the right accessories. As I was going for a look that would transition well from Summer to Autumn, I chose to pair the dress with a denim jacket and jellies (a popular item of the summer) to still maintain some of the Summer fun! I hope you enjoy the pics and let me know what you think!

I also made a video to go with the outfit post. Check it out!

Denim Jacket: Levis
Dress: Ark
Handbag: Accessorize
Socks: Topshop
Jellie shoes: Redbox in Derby
Scrunchie: Primark