STUDENT STYLE

A sneak peak at one of my posts for Swift London, enjoy!

University is the ultimate make-over. And whether tweaking or completely reinventing your style, every student has to think carefully about how to fill that tiny new wardrobe. Suddenly without a school uniform, sports kit, or even a dress code, picking what to wear can seem dauntingly exposing.  And with nerves as popular with freshers’ as alcohol, let your style be the first to speak.

That isn’t to say that your university defines your style. If you go to Oxford you don’t have to wear Jack Wills, and just because 90% of the time you are hungover or slobbing about, Ugg boots are not the only student shoe. You can go to lectures wearing Tom Ford glasses with a knitted sweater, walk around campus in a velvet jacket with a leather-bound book, or go to Sainsbury’s in a dragon onesie. Find your style, in between all that ‘work’, wear it with confidence, and the friend requests will come pilling in.

But just in case you don’t feel like being completely independent straight away, here is a little help/inspiration for A/W 2012 students looks.

Don’t want to make too big a jump from school to university whilst looking the part in the library? Team sharp tailoring with girly socks to make a great ‘first-day’ impression. Plus if you’re in your second or third year and have realised the cost of heating, roll-neck jumpers have hit the runway just in time to keep you warm and complete any geek-chic outfit.

  We’ve already seen the army jacket take over festival season, now team with skinny jeans or leather trousers, bulky shoes and a beanie to take the indie look to campus. Prints are hot at the moment and don’t be shy with mixing them. Layer’s and padding are key this season, so you don’t need to be too picky with what you choose to wear, wear it all!


Lace and velvet are stable fabrics this winter and compliment leather-bound books perfectly. For those philosophical roll-up smoking bohemian eccentrics, team your disheveled yet classic style with the timeless shoe – the brogue.

http://www.office.co.uk/mens/ask_the_missus/thorn_brogue_lace/70/9564/25122/1?fs=9564

To top it off, being a student means getting a good deal.  Uni-days has great discounts and offers and your student card will get you 10% off at most high-street shops. You’ll also find yourself with a lot of free time whilst at university, despite never having enough time to write that essay, so why not be creative. Buy a plain white t-shirt and experiment with tie-dye, or customise an old shirt with cute collar tips. Most importantly, have fun! x

https://www.myunidays.com/

https://marketplace.asos.com/listing/collars/collar-tips/531537

UPDATE

I have been really busy recently, so apologies for lack of posting. Apart from doing invoices (new office job), watching too much TV (revenge and homeland) and preparing to put my old wardrobe on ASOS marketplace (so I can buy a new wardrobe), I have been writing. Working for the new fashion company Swift London, my job is to blog about anything fashion or beauty related. The website isn’t quite finished yet, but i’ll post a sneak peak of some of the things to come – university fashion and nails! Plus I get to keep anything they ask me to review, which will hopefully be these Dior glasses I’ve got my eyes on at the moment.

PS If you’re doing Stoptober, good luck, me too! 

PPS My Recent Recommendations:

Wetherspoons just outside Liverpool Street Station – The decor and opulence of the place doesn’t suit the drink prices! Enjoy a cheap pint in luxury, (nb. luxury in comparison to all other Wetherspoons)

XOYO, Shoreditch. My friends and I ended up in this cosy underground bar/club the other week and although being the few just on alcohol as our drug of choice, a great place to go wild and have a dance. See http://xoyo.co.uk/ for gigs and what’s on.

Hell’s Kitchen, Brighton. Like sandwiches? Man do they pack them well in this deli in the lanes! Generous with the filling and with a large bread selection, make sure you pop in for some lunch. http://www.hellskitchendeli.co.uk/

And if you don’t watch homeland, click here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/homeland/4od

PPPS I don’t Recommend:

Putting vitamins in punch. It doesn’t prevent a hangover, it just makes it taste a bit funny.

What I Wore This Summer

Summer is officially over. I am following a Christmas Count-down on Twitter, mince pies are readily available to buy at most supermarkets and I’m making space in my wardrobe for padded, chunky items. But before I dig any fur number out, here is a tribute to my amazing Summer 2012, and the clothes those happy months allow you to wear!   And whilst we’re reminiscing, here is my band and maybe even song of the Summer.

First Aid Kit

The girls that made Paul Simon cry. One voice by two sister’s Johanna and Klara Söderberg that can’t help but touch and move. I accidently heard these girls at Bestival a few days ago and I am so glad I did. Their recent second album, The Lion’s Roar, was No. 1 in Sweeden and I don’t think it’ll be long until these two young, wild Sweed’s take the rest of the world by storm. They can probably teach us brits how to perfect the boho look too!

I was quick to label them a duo Laura Marling but these girls have so much more to give. With a bit more of an alt-country bite and hauntingly real and mature lyrics, these girls have a confidence that’s entwined with the delicacy of Florance Welche’s hands! They are hypnotising to watch. With barely any make up, their hair long and loose they command the stage. Whether their own song or a cover, their honest harmonies, which only when you’re fully immersed in their sound remind you that they are two singers, mix Swedish blood and American influences into the perfect blend of modern-country music. Have a listen, I think everyone’s going to be wearing lumberjack shirts or poncho’s soon in tribute of this magical new talent!

I will be making sure to book a ticket to their next gig! *****

Here is their website for more information

http://thisisfirstaidkit.com/home/tour.php

x

My Week at LOOK magazine

 So I’ve just finished my week work-experience at LOOK magazine. I did a lot of researching, writing, emailing, editing, interviewing and transcripting. And the office was right next to Pret so I ate a lot of sandwiches.

The team were lovely and I now know for definite that I want to write for a magazine. I was working with the News and Features department and was given a lot of responsibility in the form of writing my first piece for a national magazine. Centered on Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie’s pre-wedding regimes, I was told to find a celebrity dermatologist who could give me some quotes to integrate into my mini-article on the celebs bizarre treatments. After working out how to use the phone on my desk, I managed to get hold of three skin specialists. This is when I went through my first hurdle/learning curb: how to tell someone you’re not using their quote. Luckily everyone was understanding due to the strict-time deadline I was under, but thank god I listened to my boyfriend who reminded me that if you’ve forgotten to send an email in the day, save the draft and send it in the morning, not at midnight!

The finalised version should be published in this week or next weeks LOOK, so when I get a copy I’ll be sure to post a picture on here. I made sure I gave them lots of heads, but I’m hoping they chose ‘Jen’s Pore-Performance’, punny.

As the Rob Patz and Kirsten ordeal has blown up and taken up most of the recent media coverage, LOOK decided to do a feature on celebrity affairs, ‘How Other Celeb Affairs Fared..’ I was in charge of finding celeb couples that had survived affairs, couples who had broken up due to affairs, and couples who had tried to make it work but in the end separated. As soon as I see the edited version in the magazine I’ll put a picture up of that too! But let’s hope it means people will start going a bit easier on Kirsten.

On Thursday I went to a LOOK cover shoot with Millie Mackintosh.  Of course Millie looked cover-shoot perfect thanks to the uh-mazing wardrobe and hair and make-up. And with a beautiful location and an amazing team, I’m sure the final pictures will look stunning. It was amazing to see such multi-tasking and whilst Millie was interviewed on her beauty secrets, hair extensions were being put in, make-up was being applied, breakfast was being served and her new dog Herby was being watered. The day went smoothly, and be sure you get a copy in a couple of weeks! (I didn’t get any goss about Stephen, aka Professor Green, but I did get a tasty Salmon lunch, ooh and a few sneaky pictures…)

The location – Stone House

Of course the bathroom had a piano in it…

Herby & Chris, Millie’s doggy and the lovely fashion intern

I rushed from the shoot in Lewisham to Soho as I was interviewing Alesha Dixon that evening at her Impulse Fragrance Launch! After topping up my lipstick and making sure I knew how to use the dictaphone, I walked past the paparazzi and into Soho House. There I was greeted by a group of middle-aged guys in hoodies who made a few flirty comments then asked if I wanted to join them for some champagne…After kindly refusing (and later realising it was Greenday, damnit) I walked into the Picture Room which was styled like an old-school sweet shop, filled with cup-cakes, champagne and all things pink. Although I didn’t have time to get my nails done courtesy of Impulse, I did get a goody bag with lots of treats inside. Alesha was looking gorgeous in a green shift dress accessorised with neon yellow belt and heels and was so lovely to chat to. My interview went great and when it’s published in LOOK i’ll put up the copy. I will exclusively say though that she said she likes a guy with a good bum….get crunching boys!  Oh, and I bumped into Hustle’s gorgeous Matt Di Angelo and Made In Chelsea’s Proudlock on the way home, which was a great end to a great evening.

I spent my final day typing up my interview and interviews with Danny from The Script and Tara Reid about the American Pie reunion, all of which you have to look forward to reading in the up and coming weeks. All in all, I had an amazing experience and I can’t wait for the day someone gives me the opportunity to do it as a full-time job!