Greenwich Market.

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When I went back to London for a bit, my friend came with me and I took her to Greenwich market. I love the atmosphere and vibe from this particular market. The bustle, the many little trinkets you don’t find … Continue reading

Summer Sales.

My work unit is centrally based in town. It’s in amongst all the typical high street shops such as Topshop, River Island, Superdrug etc and so when there’s a sale suddenly sprung up; we’re one of the firsts to know. … Continue reading

Inspirations, Aspirations and Determination.

This morning I had a brainwave. I was in amidst my usual college morning routine when I found out it didn’t actually have to go in – peeed off. But I wasn’t planning on going to one of my lessons … Continue reading

Phenomenal Women: Part One.

Throughout yesterday afternoon and evening I attended an event at Nottingham’s Playhouse: Phenomenal Women.

Six of Nottingham’s most inspiring, cultured women came together to provide a crowd of people with empowerment workshops, hair demonstrations, live music and also BeatFeet drumming workshops.

It was presented by Cultural Vibrations (Unity Through Music) and featured promoter and life coach Rastarella, author Caroline Bell-Foster, stylists Shayaa and Royal Natty, with live music from Hannah Heartshape and Jude Winwood on the kora.

I had a really lovely time and the message behind the evening was one driven by a group of powerful women with a goal. I joined the group during the ’empowerment workshop’ but only for a short amount of time and what I heard was the idea of ‘living loud’. Now I might get this wrong, and apologies for anyone involved reading, (feel free to comment and correct!) but to my understanding, it’s about not keeping shy ideas for the future. If you have an idea and you feel it could work, then it’s just about getting involved with the right people who can provide a starting base for you and provide you with connections to the right people and your business or talent would grow from there. In this case, the right people would be Rastarella and Caroline Bell-Foster whom are very lovely, friendly and down to earth people who enjoy helping others out there and have years of experience behind them building up a profile for themselves. There was one woman who has a gorgeous collection of handmade jewellery and she still needs help getting the hang of promoting herself via social media sites. The whole group got involved helping, explaining and it was great to watch someone blossom – without being patronising!

Another aspect of the evening, possibly my favourite, was jewellery making. It was run by a woman called Morag (aplogies if mis-spelt) and she brung in a heap of gorgeously patterned material and a whole selection of beads and tools for jewellery making.

We had a choice of making a ‘story’ of bracelets, a necklace or some earrings. I wear earrings more than any other piece of jewellery and I loved the set she had made beforehand and so my mind was set. All her collections have a vibrant colour scheme to them and some of the patterns reflect quite an African, tribal look. I want to say they have a ‘homemade’ look but that’s just obvious – but jewellery you find in shops that look almost battered  and worn in already? It’s hard to describe! I love her unique products and how she goes about recycling fashion into modern looking jewellery suitable for everyday use and appealing to all generations!

Below are images of the earrings I made. I might write a ‘how to’ on making such earrings in the future, if requested? 😉

xxx

University Decisions.

DSC_7051Choosing the right university can feel like a massive job and a lot of thought and research goes into it – it’s such a huge decision.

I’m right in the middle of the process and I’m – like many other AS level students out there – feeling very overwhelmed. I’ve got all these ideas rushing through my head of all the dream jobs and careers I’d love to head in the nearby future but then you’ve got to step back and get back to reality. What is actually possible? What am I capable of? How much do I really want this?

The dream job for me would be to be a fashion journalist, critique, designer and magazine editor. However I’m sure as you read that you rolled your eyes and thought I’m completely contradicting myself and well… I am. I still don’t know what I want and time’s slipping through my fingers rapidly. I’d love to be part of the fashion industry but what specialist sector is what I’ll decide later. I think that’s the best way to start, what idustry to you want to go in? Then think: what makes you happy? What do you want out of your career?

I personally find that money is a huge motivator for me as I grew up struggling and I’m not prepared to live my whole life like it. There’s so much I want to do and have throughout my life and nothing comes free nor very cheap. I’m good at writing, photography, being creative and I’m opinionated so I think I’d fit nicely into the fashion industry but it’s mega competetive. Am I ready for that?

I’m very determined and when I set a target I’ll try my upmost best to get there but then I think… is that good enough? So as you can see, I’m forever doubting myself and so then it springs to mind that I just throw myself at a fashion related course and make diversions from there.

I’ve found a fashion journalism and marketing course but it’s at a university I don’t feel is very highly accredited. Another university is simply fashion journalism but writing about everything can lead me into all different sorts of sectors and gives me a chance to try new things and write about them which, to begin with, sounds like a great start to me.

For now though, I need to stop worrying about the future and concentrate on the present. I won’t get anywhere if I fall at the first hurdle.

xxx