DIY Sundays...

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So this Sunday I decided to get creative and made a fashion collage for my bedroom wall. Collages are something which I loooove doing, even at the age of 22... (yes I know I probably should have outgrown them by now), but there's something about them that I find so therapeutic. I've always been a creative person and absolutely love making things, so I thought I'd put my boring Sunday to use and re-do my board, rather than binge watching netflix like I usually do on a Sunday!

All you need to make this is:
- A large cork board (I got mine for £10 from Dunelm Mill) 
- Scissors
- White/Blue Tac
- An old Elle/Vogue magazine (which you don't mind slaughtering)
- A good playlist on in the background (mine was Miguel's album) 
- And your imagination!

Once you've got all these things ready, it's pretty simple. Get flicking through your magazine and just snip and rip away at images and adverts that catch your eye. I went for a black/white/pink theme, as that's the colour scheme of my bedroom, but in a magazine like ELLE (which is what I used), there's tons of colour choice.

I began by roughly layering black and white images side by side for my background, so I knew that there wouldn't be any gaps on the board. Once you've got them in place, just stick a bit of white tac wherever to make sure the images aren't going to slide around when you hang it on the wall. 

Once you've got your background sorted and the entire board is covered, the rest is entirely up to you. And for me, this part was where I abandoned the scissors. I went back to the magazine and flicked through and ripped out any brand names, such as Moschino and Chanel. I chose to rip them instead of cutting them, as I thought it looked a bit rougher and more like a collage, and it just looks more spontaneous and creative than it would do if you neatly cut them into rectangles. 

I am such a perfectionist when it comes to making things like this and I'm embarrassed to admit that it took me 3 hours to rearrange every image until I was completely satisfied with it. Then the fun bit was randomly sticking the brand names anywhere I fancied. I could have gone a lot more OTT with the labels, as I had ripped up a load more, but I didn't want it to look too loud and messy on my wall, so I left it as it is, which I thought looked pretty cool. 

I know you didn't really need a description of how to make this as it's pretty simple, but I just thought I'd share with you how I made it anyway, just incase. It's a fun and cheap project which can spruce up any room and can be done however big or small you like. You don't have to use a cork board for this, you could just head down to a car boot sale one Sunday and pick up some old frames and take out the glass and do it that way too. It's entirely up to you!

For something which didn't cost me a penny to make and only took up 3 hours of my day which would have been wasted watching Orphan Black on Netflix, I'm absolutely chuffed with the final result and love how it looks in my bedroom.

Happy Sunday!



Accidental Autumn Haul

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Whoops I did it again...featuring Topshop & Primark

You know those Saturdays where you 'pop into' Primark to buy some candles and find yourself leaving £50 poorer...

Primark and myself tend to have a love/hate relationship and as soon as I walk through those doors I just know I'm stepping into dangerous territory. Will I come out empty handed, or will I come out with a rabbit onesie, 52 packs of tights, a penguin shower pouffe and enough candles to host a ceremony? Who knows? 

Anyway, this week I actually only went into get new bedding and a packet of tea lights. Did I come out with either?...I think you know the answer. Instead, I ended up with this beautiful jacket which I adore! It's not my usual style as I normally stick to black or white jackets, but I tried it on and fell in love. The colour is perfect for Autumn and compliments my hair and skin tone perfectly. It was a little pricey for Primark at £25, but was well worth it. The material's almost suede like and is super soft on the skin.

Next, I got this cute two-tone black and taupe duffel bag. I already own about 30 handbags, but for
some reason they're all either clutch bags, summer bags, rucksacks, or massive bags, so I was after a cute little duffel bag just for everyday wear, when I don't fancy lugging my big handbag aroynd. It's not leather obviously, but thought it was quite cute and stylish for winter. It actually goes perfectly with the jacket too. Added bonus.

I also had to pick up a few little bits and bobs as well, because lets face it, you can't go into Primark and not come out with some face wipes and candles now, can you? I picked up my favourite ever eyebrow pencil, which I mentioned previously in my make up bag post, some cleansing wipes which I actually think are pretty good considering they're only £1 for two, a vanilla candle and a basic black and white striped top which I desperately needed to layer under my dungaree dresses.
Although I bought waaay more than I intended to, I was chuffed with my purchases and did actually need everything. (Well, maybe not the jacket, but hey ho).

Topshop mini haul... 

all black everything as usual...

I picked up this cute MOTO button front A-line skirt which I actually already own in white and blue (whoops), but just thought it was an autumn/winter essential which will look so nice teamed with black tights, black heeled boots and a cute top. And at £28, it's actually pretty reasonable for Topshop. (But maybe that's just me trying to justify the fact that I now own the exact same skirt in 3 different colours...)

Next, I picked up these gorgeous MANDOLIN chelsea boots in black, as I desperately needed new leather boots for Winter. I'm super fussy when it comes to picking new boots and had already tried on a load in Office, but didn't find any that blew me away. These fit like an absolute dream and are so well made, as all Topshop boots usually are. They were £75 which I thought was decent for a pair of sturdy, nice leather boots and I'm pretty sure I'll get my money's worth this Autumn and Winter.

I also cheekily bought this gorgeous plunge lace up tunic. I hadn't seen it on the website or in any of the other stores before and it's pretty unique, so I thought I'd treat myself to it. It was £30 which I guess is quite a lot for a day dress, but I liked it and thought it would look really nice with these new boots and some thick tights in winter. It just seems like it would be the perfect Christmas market/dinner outfit. (Yes I'm already thinking about Christmas markets...I'm a tad excited.)

And there we have it, my accidental Primark & Topshop mini haul. Which I most definitely shouldn't have done, considering I am currently an unemployed graduate with no job. But hey, at least I'll be a happy, well dressed unemployed graduate with my new shiny boots.


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