I am a 26 year old shopaholic who doesn’t believe in wearing the same thing twice. I live in London in a 2 bed flat that I share with my friend and my boyfriend, who almost has as many clothes as I do. Needless to say having storage space is not a luxury I have. My bedroom is essentially a walk in wardrobe with a bed in the middle.
So here are a few helpful hacks to making the most of your space or lack of. Trust me I’m qualified.
1. A Bed is NOT just for sleeping!
I recommend buying a bed with either drawers attached or one that is high enough to fit boxes underneath. A divan bed is just not suitable for a dedicated slave to fashion. If it’s too late and you have already bought a bed, my thoughts are with you but you should of found me sooner.
2. SHOES are a girls Best Friend!
If you are lucky enough to own a pair or more, of expensive designer shoes I understand you want to keep the box and rightly so. They cost more than a pet they and they deserve to be treated properly. But for all your everyday shoes it’s time to ditch the boxes. There are some great shoe storage options available. I recommend for your casual flat shoes (eww) and trainers purchasing an over the door holder, not the racks they are terrible and will fall apart but the ones with pockets are great. Then for your heels you can get these great boxes that are clear so you can see which shoes are in them, they also feature sliding drawers so you don’t have to move everything just to get to the bottom pair.
3. Change with the Seasons
Just imagine, it’s spring/summer. Likelihood is you are not going to wear a thick jumper (if living in the U.K. Leave one out as a precaution). So pick out the A/W looks you won’t be wearing and sort through them. If they are just a basic shirt which you probably won’t wear again because you will buy something similar next year in a different colour, put it in a bin bag. However if it is something that maybe costs a bit more money, is Unique or looks timeless put it in a box and store them under your bed. Then when it’s time to change the seasons you repeat the whole process again.
4. Sell! Sell! Sell!
But what about the clothes in the bin bag I hear you ask? Well one option is to throw them away but that just doesn’t seem right. The best thing to do is either take them to a charity shop or if you want a bit of money for them but it’s not worth the hassle of setting up an eBay post, there are plenty of companies that will buy your items and pay roughly 50/60p per kilo. It’s not a lot however if you have a lot of bags it does start to add up. Some of them even take shoes and bedding. When it comes to the more expensive outfits or maybe evening dresses I suggest Once a year taking a look at what you have, ask yourself am I going to wear this again? Is this a timeless look? If the answer is no.. sell it! eBay! Depop! Instagram!
5. Love or Louboutins?
To all serious fashionistas try to avoid living with a significant other until you can afford an apartment with a Carrie Bradshaw style wardrobe.
I know having a minimalistic room or house is the dream but if you are shopping obsessed, sacrifices have to be made. So try taking it as a positive and a push you need to work harder. The more money you make the quicker you will get to a walk in wardrobe oh and of course that much needed pair of Louboutins.
For my birthday I was lucky enough to receive tickets for London Fashion Week Festival (If you’re stuck for gift ideas then this is a great one). LFWF is an event which gives you access to the best of British and International fashion including industry talks, designer shopping and trend and designer catwalk shows. Its basically a must see for all Fashionistas, so I grabbed a couple of my friends and off we went. I had the ‘Gold’ ticket which meant I got to view both Catwalk shows. So let me tell you what I discovered.
Designer Show – Teatum Jones
Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones are the designers behind London based brand TEATUM JONES! It is not a brand I am familiar with but I really enjoyed their show. The catwalk show featured many bold, bright fabrics. I felt like they had a story to tell, nothing was just a plain block colour. After researching this brand I discovered that this is what they are known for. On the catwalk I saw many many statement coats and bold shirt dresses
This was a fun show to watch however I feel like the trends of this season are rather obvious. So not sure I can say I learnt a lot but as I said there was some very pretty things.
‘Florals in spring are a given but this time they are in microscopic form.’
We all know florals is not a new trend, its basically a given when it comes to spring. However I do think its something that many girls won’t even try as they just aren’t that ‘girly.’ The great thing about the micro florals is from a far they just look like block colours. So I think it will introduce a new type of girl into florals. There are some great tailored outerwear looks around if you fancy playing around with a new take of florals.
‘They’re cooler and sexier with unusual fabrications and assorted dimensions.’
I think the interesting thing about ruffles this year is that we are seeing them in more unusual places i.e. down the back of a dress instead of the front. I think they are best styled with a more streamline look that way they can really shine.
‘Widespread neckline and sleeve experimention delivers dazzling result.’
We saw a lot of the ‘cold shoulder’ look last year but I think this year there has been a lot more experiments with the actual sleeves as oppose to just no sleeves. I have also noticed different necklines and a lot of asymmetrical shapes.
Check out my blog of the day to really discover what the festival has to offer and of course to take a closer look at the catwalks looks.
Award Season is over *Sad face*
Throughout the season I have been uploading videos of my personal best and worst dressed for each awards. Although as I have frequently said I’m not overly convinced everyone brought their A game this year, so it has made choosing the best a hard task. If you want to see my choices click on the thumbnail below.
With award season out of the way I wanted to do my top 3 from across all the awards.
1.Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture
If winning every award wasn’t enough, Emma basically won every red carpet she stepped out on this year. Although to be fair, being the favourite to win she probably had her pick of any designer and any dress so maybe it’s not the most unfair fight. I think she definitely left the best till last, with this Gold intricate flapper style gown. I particularly loved the fringe skirt. A dropped waist seemed quite the trend this year but once gain she did it better than the rest. The dress was tailored too perfection added with the simple jewellery and the Hollywood waved hair. She really did bring that classic old Hollywood feel a bit like the film La La Land did. I wonder if that was a coincidence?
2. Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad
Another big trend on the red carpet this year was princess dresses with an edge and the first one to step out in this style was Lily, she set the bar very high and in my opinion nobody else could compete.
I think the styling from head to toe was perfection. The messy up do with the bright pink eyeshadow and vibrant red lip gave that edge and definitely was a different take on the nude look that usually accompanies a princess gown. I have to say I love this colour on her but it would not suit me at all. The intricate beading of the dress along with the backless detail are the reason she made my ultimate top 3 list.
3. Adele in Givenchy
It is no secret that Adele has got curves and is maybe on the bigger size when looking at a stereotypical Red Carpet. However she brings it every time! She is a woman who knows how to dress for her body type (Or has a stylist who does). She always wears something that shows her and her figure off to its best and this dress is no exception. The colour really suits her and really makes her eyes pop. This look was actually seen on the runway however Adele opted to have sleeves added and with the delicate beaded detail, I don’t blame her. I love all the different textures in this dress, I think it makes it so versatile. I think the waistband and downward pointing lines really emphasise her curves in all the right ways. Adele’s Make-up is always something to envy, that, complimented with the sweeping up-do and diamond earrings made this my favourite look of the Grammys 2017.