Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A quick life update - and I got a job! :)

Hey guys :) hope you're all well! I thought I'd have LOADS of time to blog when I finished uni, but as per usual my life is still hectic! I found myself a job last week which I'm really happy about, I'm now working at Costa Coffee and hopefully training up to be a Barista which is really exciting (even if it is nothing to do with my fashion degree, I definitely needed a long break from fashion!) so that will be taking up a lot of my time. I'm so excited about learning to make coffee properly, and an aim of mine has always been to make those 3D coffee faces like these! :D

 I've also decided that I need to start saving up for lots of fun things. Firstly, I already have Reading Festival booked with some of my girlies, so I'm gonna need some spending money for that! Secondly, me and Joe really want to go to Amsterdam this year, so I need to start saving for that as I want to do everything. Thirdly, I want to start making and editing more YouTube videos, so I'm gonna need to start saving money up for a decent camera as I can't constantly be borrowing Joe's haha. I posted my first ever video the other day (which I shall post at the bottom of this post) and now I've really got the bug to make some more!

(Photos by Rosie Ashbourne)

Me and loads of friends went camping for the weekend last week for Joe's 23rd birthday and it was literally one of the best weekends of my life! Joe has been obsessed with camping since forever, and even more so since his recent Canada trip, so it was lovely that all his best friends came for a big adventure which lasted all weekend long, and we all ended up loving it more than we could've ever expected! Joe and his friend Matt (who he went to Canada with) made sure that we had all the possible camping luxuries available, including a massive waterproof area, a fry up in the morning, constant hot drinks and music, and not forgetting marshmallows. I videoed the whole weekend so when I next have the free time I shall be editing it into a little 'vlog' to post on YouTube, for both me and you!

Above is my first ever YouTube video, please subscribe to me if you have an account as I shall be uploading more often as I get to grips with filming and editing on Final Cut Pro :) yet again, please excuse the cheesy music as I haven't quite worked out the whole 'music on YouTube' situation!

Thanks for reading :)
I'm gonna try my hardest to blog more often as I'm starting to get some routine back in my life!
I have my induction at work tonight so from now on I'll know my rota in advance :)
Love Dani

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Graduate Fashion Week 2014 (And my first ever YouTube video!)

So a few weeks ago was Graduate Fashion Week 2014 and our university was one of hundreds to have their work displayed at The Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, East London. Although my collection wasn't in an actual fashion show, we had our final fashion show being played on a loop on four iPads as part of the wall display. My university is Norwich Univeristy of the Arts and our display consisted of mannequins with garments on, our portfolios on show, the changing iPads and a giant moodboard of our final work.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a ticket for one of the fashion shows, which showcased the work of Norwich University of the Arts along with Bath Spa. I really wish I'd gone to see more as it's so nice to see other universities work too, but there are many more years to come and I'll definitely be going back to Graduate Fashion Week as I just love the buzz. The lighting itself was probably better for people on the front row, so I didn't get the best photographs and I wasn't able to film outfits go along the whole catwalk, but some of the collections were amazing - some of my favourites being Grace Weller from Bath Spa and Sophie Fisher from Norwich University of the Arts.

Being a graduate myself this year, I had a lot of fun looking at all the other stands and collections. Some of the work was literally incredible. There were lots of pieces I would take home and put in my wardrobe, and there was a lot of funky, bright pieces that were amazing to look at. It was really inspiring to see all the innovative work from the other universities and you could definitely see the difference from one uni to another.

There were lots of cool things going on throughout the week, including talks from fashion designers and many competitions. Below is the set-up from one of the competitions where you could style your own outfit using the clothes provided and win a whole photoshoot to be featured in a famous magazine (I can't remember exactly which one it was!) but it closed just as I was about to enter, nooo! Also remember the children's game of 'Guess how many sweeties are in the jar', well this game was 'Guess how many words are in these fashion books' and you got to keep the whole lot - jealous!

After a tiring, long day at Graduate Fashion Week, me and my friend Vic decided to go to the famous fish and chip shop named Poppies after a few recommendations, and I must admit that it totally lived up to its expectations! I went with chicken, chips and a coke, and it was soooo lovely! The whole inside was decorated like a little vintage diner - even the way you paid your bill at the end was cute! :)

And finally, the long awaited, first ever YouTube video! This was my first ever time trying to film and edit a video, let alone doing it with Final Cut Pro which is quite confusing even if I do say so myself! But after a few hours fiddling, I soon got the hang of it. It took around a day and a half to edit the whole thing, and I still have no real idea how to do cool editing, how to put on decent music (excuse the absolute cheese, it was all I could find!), how to do cool fonts etc! So if you have any Final Cut Pro tips, or general YouTube tips, feel free to leave them below for me, as I'm hoping this video will be the first of many :D

Thank you for reading :)
Did you get to go to Graduate Fashion Week this year?
Which were your favourite collections?
Please go subscribe to my YouTube channel as I'm hoping to make loads more videos this Summer!
Love Dani :)

Thursday, 10 July 2014

I graduated from my fashion degree! :)

There have been a severe lack of posts on my blog lately, and that's because I've been a very busy girl! I finished my university degree and had the fashion show featuring my final collection, then I had to move all my things back home and prepare for my graduation! I found out just over a week ago that I graduate with a 2:1 from Norwich University College of the Arts and on Tuesday I joined all my friends and family in celebrating our graduation together! :)

Me and the fashion girls who have all been through blood, sweat and tears together over the last three years! I'm so proud of us all, I can't wait to meet up again soon and I'm gonna miss them all so much! You literally get so close with people being in the same studio together day in and day out, love you my rats and goats! :)

My dad, my sister, me and my mum :) we were literally so lucky with the weather on Tuesday, we graduated at 10am (so we were up at 6am getting ready, collecting our gowns and getting professional photos by 8.30am!) and the sun was shining for us! We had a little bit of rain around lunchtime but then the sun came out again for the afternoon! 

Me and my lovely boyfriend Joe :) we've been together five and a half years, but 5 of those have been spent at different universities and in different towns so I'm super happy to be going back home so that we can eventually be together properly! Love you loads Joe!

Two of the loveliest boys I've ever met! We were part of the Oak Street originals and I'm sure I'll get to see them over the Summer :)

Amy has been the only one who has been through my uni experience in the exact same way that I have. We've lived together and been on the same course as each other for the past three years and I literally could not have done it without her. All the stress has been worth it though and I love you my little Essex babe, excited for all the fun things planned this Summer! :)

My best friend Courtney, me and my little sister Liv. So excited to be moving back home so that I can be right near these guys, I've missed them so much these past 3 years! There are gonna be so many fun things coming up this Summer with these two and I can't wait! :)

I swear that the blonder my hair gets, the more me and my sister look like twinnies!

Getting to meet and shake hands with John Hurt was one of the highlights of the day. (He might be better known as Ollivander from Harry Potter to you guys..."The wand chooses the wizard, Harry.") He is the Chancellor of our university and he was so lovely! :)

Thanks for reading :)
I'll definitely be putting up another post once I've got sent the professional photos, and got the higher quality images from my boyfriend including ones with my housemates :)
Love Dani :)

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Wednesday wishlist #17

Another week, another wishlist. This one is looking rather dark and gloomy seen as it's basically Summer, but we all know I don't really like to wear colour whatever the weather! I'm so glad that uni is all over now so that I can start getting into a proper blogging routine again, such as posting my Wednesday wishlists weekly and just generally being able to blog as often as I like. I'm also enjoying actually having the time to read my favourite blogs again which is nice :) Either way, here are my picks from this week:

I literally feel like the only blogger who doesn't have a Naked Palette set. Now I've finished uni and I'm gonna be earning some money again I've decided I'm gonna treat myself, but I don't know whether to go for the 1, 2 or 3, does anyone have any suggestions on which one is better? I have blonde hair and green eyes, and I wear anything from a golden nude to a black smokey eye, but I really can't decide on which one to go for!
This past term at uni I've gotten really lazy with dressing and just been chucking on loads of my old band tees, and I've really enjoyed it! I've decided that I really like wearing boyfriend tees again so I've been on the lookout for a couple of own-brand t-shirts to buy. I feel like independent brands are so much more original than Topman or H&M mens, and I came across Blitzed Clothing which I really like and they don't break the bank either! I love the black with the white font and the little daggers, it would look fab with a leather jacket and black skinny jeans!
I've been a massive fan of Regal Rose for years now and I swear their pieces are just getting better and better. I'm so in love with this necklace (and I noticed it even made a cheeky little appearance in Made In Chelsea last week too!) It would look so lovely toughening up a summer dress and a leather jacket or kimono.
New Look have definitely pulled it out of the bag this Summer with their S/S range and I want it all! It's making me really miss my New Look staff discount, there are so many lovely crochet pieces! This playsuit in particular could be dressed up or down so easily and I know I'd get loads of wear out of it this Summer! It's such a bargain price too! :)
How cute are these little cactus candles?! There are three in a pack and would make the cutest little gift, I don't think I would want to ever light them though!
Just like every other blogger, or person my age probably, I've been on the lookout for some Birkenstock dupes. I can't quite afford the real thing yet as I haven't got a job yet since finished uni, but these ones I've found from Next seem to be the next best thing, and for only £20 I might have to get the black and the white pair! :)
This is another product which I have just heard non-stop about through the blogosphere and I really need to try it out for myself! It's supposed to take off your eye makeup really well, and also works as a cleanser too, but is so cheap! My housemate has started to use it and she swears by it too :)
Oh God, the further I get down this blog post, the more I realise that I'm influenced so much by what other bloggers and YouTubers say! The final product is also one that I've heard non-stop about recently and I would really like to try them out myself! This is also something I'd have to treat myself to when I get a job - the gorgeous set of Zoeva make up brushes! They're supposed to be amazing quality, and they're Rose Gold which is my favourite! :)

Thanks for reading :)
Are any of these products on your wishlist too?
Or do you have any of these products already?
I wish I was at Glastonbury today!
Love Dani :)

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Dottie Rocks personalised 'Floral Danielle' pencils and prints :)

I've been super excited about writing this blog post since me and the lovely Karen from Dottie Rocks started exchanging emails a few months ago. Back then she was just about to move studio and I was just about to finish my final stretch of uni so we planned what we'd make but then didn't speak for a little while as we both had our separate busy times, then recently she emailed me to let me know that my little package was on the way to me and I was so excited to receive it!

 Dottie Rocks personalised pencils and prints*

Dottie Rocks is a gorgeous little online shop, who's stock is currently being sold here on Etsy, and specialises in personalised pencils and prints. I am such a girly girl when it comes to stationary and homeware, so I'm in love with everything in the store! It ranges from Bridget Jones quotes on pencils to Coco Chanel quotes printed with gold foil, and every other girly movie or show in between!

I am absolutely in love with these pencils! They remind me of primary school where everyone used to have them with their full names on, so to have pencils with my blog name on is so nice! The packaging was absolutely gorgeous too, I didn't want to take them out of it! When I move back home from uni, I'm gonna make my sister's old room into a studio for myself, and these will go so perfectly on the desk :). Even though there isn't an option for personalised pencils on their website, Karen is absolutely lovely and would definitely be able to make you a personalised set to buy, so give her an email if you're interested!

I was also given the option to have some personalised quotes made for my little studio room which I am so excited about. I'm planning to make it really girly with white walls and inspirational walls so these will go perfectly right in the middle! I'm absolutely obsessed with Pinterest at the moment, and I love all the inspirational quotes on there so I decided to pick two of my favourites for my prints. The quality of the prints are really good, printed on thick card, and the gold foil letters look so professional, they would be a lovely gift! I will definitely be doing a little studio blog post when it's finished so keep an eye out for these prints up in their new home :)

Thank you for reading :)
Which is your favourite from my little Dottie Rocks post?
Would you get some personalised blog pencils?
Love Dani :)

Thursday, 19 June 2014

My new favourite handbag - the HanaRoo 'Sahara Dream' :)

Since dying my hair blonde, I had been on the look-out for a beige coloured bag to go with my new look. I've always loved the colour beige, especially on handbags (my best friend has the most GORGEOUS beige Mulberry bag) but I'd always felt that beige would look a little boring with my brown hair. So after taking the plunge, I needed to find a handbag to fit all of my needs. It needed to be big enough to carry all of my random junk on a daily basis, it has to be comfortable to carry and obviously I had to like the look of it! When I was contacted by the lovely ladies over at about reviewing a handbag, I jumped at the chance and came across this beauty almost straight away - it must've been fate!

This bag is literally exactly what I had been looking for. The detailings on the buckle and hoops are more of a rose gold and the shape of the bag is so sophisticated - I undoubtedly think it looks a lot more expensive than it is! The bag doesn't have a zip to close it as I had been looking for, but it is definitely safe because the buckle requires being turned to unlock, and then you have to open the whole bag up which would be almost impossible when the bag is being worn. I have been wearing the bag with the long strap (which is also removable if that's not your thing) over my shoulder to make it more comfortable as I get a really bad back when I have bags on my lower arm for too long, but this has been really comfy to use and I have had many compliments so far!

You can see how many things I've managed to fit in this bag and that's not even on a day when I've stuffed it full! There is a zipped compartment for my iPhone and other valuables too. All in all, I really love this bag and I can see myself using this daily for a long while! I'm sure you'll see it in some outfit posts during the Summer as it will be perfect for all the fun picnics and riverside walks to be had! :)

Thanks for reading :)
Do you like the look of this HanaRoo bag?
Which is your current favourite hangbag?
Love Dani :)

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Wednesday wishlist #16

Hey guys :) yet another Wednesday wishlist, as I wish for way too many items and never have any money! I actually wrote this wishlist post a few months ago for a fellow blogger as a guest post but it never ended up getting posted so I thought I may aswell post it on my blog instead! :) I ended up buying the candle, kimono and Tangle Teezer, and they were all so worth it!

Get 20% off using discount code 'floraldanielle' and making the dress only £28.00 :)
I am still so in love with this print! I have already bought myself the long sleeved crop top and pencil skirt in this pattern, but I think I'm going to have to invest in this dress too! The skater style is really flattering, and the back is tied up with an open lacing detail!

How cute is the detailing on this candle case?! They do them in all different colours and flavours, but for Christmas I think the warm vanilla sugar flavour sounds gorgeous! I'd also love to get my hands on the Pink Lemonade scent!

I don't own many Mac products (a few lipsticks and one foundation to be precise), but after trying my friends concealer, I've decided to take the plunge! It was so thick and covered up any dodgy areas on my face, and you barely need to use any so it would last for ages!

I absolutely love the Kate Moss for Rimmel lipsticks. I wear the red shade 01 and the nude shade 08 on a daily occurrence, and this purple/burgundy shade is next on the list!

During Summer I was on the look-out for a nice kimono, but I just couldn't seem to find one anywhere, so I came to the conclusion that I was just going to have to make my own! I recently stumbled across this one on Select, which I have to admit I never shop on, so I was really pleasently surprised! This is literally the exact type of kimono I was looking for! Burgundy velvet with a lovely pattern and fringing - perfect! And such a bargain price too :)

I already had Tangle Teezer in pink but it seems to have ran away! I'm sure it's either at my mums, dads, boyfriends or at uni, but I haven't been able to find it in months, and I need it to keep my hair under control so I'm going to have to invest again! I really can't explain how good these are, I didn't understand the hype until I bought one myself, it really does untangle your hair so gently, whether it's wet or dry!

Lastly, but definitely not leastly, is this gorgeous ring from Dixi! If I could afford to buy all of their rings, I definitely would as there are so many lovely ones! I particularly love this one as it has a really boho feel to it, and I love the three different coloured stones in it :)

Thank you so much for reading guys :)
Which is your favourite item on my wishlist?
Love Dani

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Fake Tattoos nail and finger tattoos :)

 I'm eventually back to blogging about some beauty related products and I'm really excited about it! It's actually really frustrating to not have time to blog, especially when you love blogging and I've got loads of fab new bits to blog about! :) Today I'm gonna be talking about these nail tattoos from Fake Tattoos. I love having nice nails, but I'm not very good at nail art, so these are a fun, cheap alternative! When it comes to real tattoos too, I personally love them (I've only got one at the moment) and I plan to get loads now I've finished uni and actually have some money to spend on myself, but I think Fake Tattoos is a great idea to test out what size you would like your tattoo and positioning too, as it's a pretty permanent decision to make!
Fake Tattoos nail tattoos - £6* (Currently on sale for just £3.80!)

I was kindly sent these nail tattoos to try out from the lovely people over at Fake Tattoos. I didn't actually have any choice in which ones they sent to me so I think they picked pretty well to be honest - pastels and girly, very me indeed! I decided to test them out with some similar pastel colour nail varnishes too.

These pastel Models Own Hyper Gel nail varnishes are my current favourites at the moment, but you can read a full review of those here if you like :). They're really thick and easy to use in just one or two coats, and the colour shades are gorgeous!

These nail tattoos are actually ridiculously easy to use. You must make sure that your nails are clean even if they're painted and then cut out the desired tattoo. Take the plastic cover away slowly and press the tattoo onto the nail using a wet tissue or cloth. When you feel that the paper backing is sliding away you can slowly remove it and let the tattoo dry. Another thing to do to ensure that the tattoo stays is to paint it with a clear top coat afterwards.

The outline of the nail tattoo is almost unnoticeable once it has dried and I love how quick and easy they are to use. I'd love to try some out which have letters on so that I could spell out a word or something! They are very opaque which means that it doesn't actually matter which colour nail varnish is underneath because they will cover over any colour.

You can see that I still had loads of the nail tattoos left to use for another time. You get 82 per pack, which is two pages full of nail tattoos to choose from! I would probably only use one or two at a time on a statement nail so these are definitely going to last me for a while!

My housemate and I actually tried them out on our skin to see if they would work as a 'fake tattoo' and they actually did! We even managed to fool people for a day or two that they were real tattoos so that was fun! :)

Thanks for reading :)
Do you like the look of these nail tattoos?
What do you usually do to your nails when you fancy a change?Love Dani :)

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Catch-up on the last few weeks, and my finished final collection! :)

I'm baaaack! :) After many weeks of scheduled blog posts and guest blog posts from some lovely ladies, I'm finally back on my own blog and ready to get back into blogging on a weekly/every other day occurecnce! I've missed it so much, but I've had some of the busiest/worst/best few months of my life.

I've loved and hated working with printed fabrics this term. I created this print and had it digitally printed onto silk satin to make some linings for my garments and also a shirt for my collection. It's not the cheapest fabric, and having to line up the prints to get them matching is not easy, but I love the way it looks! This has pretty much been my view for the past few months - walking to and from uni. This and the inside of the studio or my bedroom.

I've really enjoyed working with delicate fabrics such as tulle, organza and lace this term. Even though they've been a right ball ache to get right, and they move out of place ALL THE TIME, I love how they look! I'm definitely gonna continue to make for myself after uni, I'm so excited to go fabric shopping and it being for me and not for my collection or uni work!

Some of the places I used the printed silk satin - in this unfinished shirt and in the lining of my shorter cape :)

A sneak peak of a photoshoot I did for my final collection. I will do a full blog post of the final images sometime soon, I'm so happy with how they came out! The photographer is amazing and the model was stunning :)

My little sister (pictured), my mum, my dad, my boyfriend and my best friend came up to visit me to see my end of year Final Collection show which was so lovely! Unfortunately it was two days before my final deadline so I couldn't really spend too much time with them as I had to go back home and get on with work! The two days later though, I got all my work completed, labelled and handed in!

Here is a sneak preview of my final collection from the show. I will also be doing a full blog post on the full collection and hopefully some more close-up photographs (I'm waiting to get some photos back from the photographers!)

Thanks for reading :)
So that's it now, uni is finally over and after Graduate Fashion Week it's the Summer!
Are you finishing university forever this term too?
Love Dani :)