Saturday, 8 November 2014

UNDERGRAD

 dress and bag from jessica buurman // fedora from choies // boots from h&m

University is hard work, I am so behind on my lecture notes and every lecture feels like lots of information are just being thrown in your face and all you can do is to slap it into your notepad and pray that you will somehow understand it when  you go back through it. I barely have time to sew because I've completely occupied myself with coursework, lecture notes, cooking, cleaning, seeing friends and oh, badminton! 

In case you haven't noticed, the long hair is gone! I thought it was finally time to rid the horrid coarse bleached ends and yes, I re-dyed my hair because I've got too used to having the ends bleached! I'm in the process of dye-ing it silver with the Direction hair dye, hopefully it wont turn out too bad...

The location for this shoot is actually just the end of the road of my student accommodation, it was raining and I didn't want to go far, so the garage men kindly let us have the vintage car in the background, made in the 1956, possibly painted by hippies in the 60's due to the paint job of the flowers visible in the last picture (yes we also had a little chat with them about the history of this car, which was actually very interesting). 

I adore this dress, from the pattern to the shape, it has a somewhat old-Victorian vibe, I'm a sucker for plaid, so I was thrilled to find this lovely cool toned dress from Jessica Buurman. I decided to add a hint of modernness to the outfit by wearing a (cool) fedora and a small satchel for a pop of colour.


Now that I have Natalia as my human tripod, I should have no excuses to have a lack of posts and dull locations! Finger crossed that I will be writing again soon :)
As always, you can hype this look on the side bar ->

Mannie xx

Friday, 29 August 2014

HOWDY + UPDATES

 top from urban outfitters // shorts from romwe // flannel shirt from salvation army // beanie from dresslink // boots from jessica buurman

GUESS WHO HAS GOT INTO UNIVERSITY?!!! Yep, that's right, your gal Mannie right here, all the revision has finally paid off! So it has been a while since I've done an outfit post, so here it is. And I thought it would be time for a little update too.

I managed to get into my first choice university to study mathematics with management with an A* in maths, A in textiles, A in chinese, A in the extended project, A in A/S further maths... along with a C in english aha! (For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, they are my A-level examination grades which are required to enter universities in the UK. Of course, I was absolutely thrilled with my results that I burst out crying when I opened my envelope in college.

Currently I've been busy packing for university (leaving in 2 week's time eeeeek!). I'm sure it'll be an amazing experience, even better than others claimed because my best friend Natalia has also got into the same university... I live in room 004 and she lives in room 005, I think we will definitely get sick of each other in no time haha!

Let's move onto this outfit, I have recently received a pair of boots from Jessica Buurman and I absolutely love it, I have never owned a cowgirl styled boots so these boots intrigued me so much I can't wait to get more wear out of them as I layer up some woollen socks with them in this coming winter!


I will definitely be back with another post sooner than you'd expect, so stay tuned :)
Meanwhile, you can hype this look on the side bar ->

Mannie x

Thursday, 31 July 2014

✿ STYLE CHALLENGE ✿ ft. Annika Victoria

Have you guys ever heard of the super duper awesome Annika Victoria from The Pineneedle Collective? If not then you have been missing out! Sounds cliché, I know, but I cannot express how excited I am to share this with you all!

So after a long time of stalking her blog over at The Pineneedle Collective, we finally began messaging each other and I took this opportunity to ask if Annika would like to do a YouTube collaboration with me, and she said YES! (Why does this somehow sound like a marriage proposal...I felt pretty fortunate nevertheless!)

Anyway, Annika came up with this awesome idea which is to compete with what we both love - clothes! She suggested a style challenge where we have to style one item of clothing and to come up with as many outfits as possible, whoever has the most points, wins!

Want to find out who was the winner? Watch our videos! The top one is my take on the challenge and the bottom one is by Annika :)


Okay... so I must confess, when we were filming, Annika did give me a hint of how many outfits she has put together... and I was determined to beat it, but I actually find that her outfits have more of a variation than mine haha!


Let us know what you think of our challenge!!

Love,
Mannie xx

Thursday, 24 July 2014

LUSH PORTSMOUTH Summer Skin Event + HAUL


My best friend Ella (ellabellemin) and I were fortunate enough to be invited to the Lush Portsmouth Summer Skin Event which took place a few weeks ago. I have finally got round to editing the footage I have from the evening and also introducing some of the products from the goodie bags we were given by them. 



^ group photo snatched from Becky's blog ;)

When Ella and I arrived at the store, we were greeted by fellow blogger Becky from beckybedbug, then we also met Amzy from amzyinwonderland and Alice from anniewritesbeauty, at the very end of the event we have also made friends with Vanessa at vanessaswhimsicalworld!

Throughout the evening, we had the chance to have a foot treatment with some of their lovely products such as the Stepping Stone which is amazing at exfoliation, along with the foot cream my feet were left very soft... like a baby's butt. I was also very exciting during the face mask making because it was interesting to see how the ingredients were mixed together to form a paste, we got a little messy but hey ho!

Below is a video of me talking you through some of the lovely Lush products!!


Thank you to the team at Lush Portsmouth, we all had such an awesome time and definitely a great first time experience!

Love,
Mannie xx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

WHITE WASHED

shirt from vateno // jumper from charity shop // shorts from jessica buurman // grey pork pie from topshop // shoes from dresslink


Is it awful that I've been feeling a bit of a post-exam blues? My last exam was over exactly four weeks ago and I feel like I now have too much time on my hands. Definitely not complaining, but it's just quite odd to know that I don't have to constantly revise and do past papers. Strangely I still feel a sense of guilt though whilst I was watching the CBS drama Elementary, an American version of Sherlock Holmes with a female Watson, pretty good. Maybe the sense of guilt is triggered by the fact that I feel like I should be educating myself every second, just maybe.

Two weeks ago I've had a photo session with my friend Eddie, I've had such a fun time and the lovely weather made it even better. It was a nice to have Eddie being a director too because I never know what pose to make or where to look, a professional experience! We managed to shoot all four of my somewhat "British inspired" outfits and this is the first one that I want to share with you guys!!

Eddie's links (You know you wanna click it yeah): 

Saturday, 7 June 2014

BAGS OF LOVE - Blooming Marvellous Design Contest

Hello dearies, it sure has been a while! Just like most of the other people my age, I've been working hard for my exams! I swear that's all I ever go on about in my blog posts.. exams, exams, and more exams. Ha! 

Well nonetheless, I found a little bit of time to enter the Blooming Marvellous Design Contest hosted by Bags of Love. With floral pattern being the print of the season, the contest brief is to design your very own all over printed t-shirt.


This contest is open until the 9th June 2014 and there will be a total of 5 winners who will get to win some lovely prizes! For more information on the contest, please click here.

Anyway, I began by snapping a couple of photograph of the beautiful orchid that my mother has taken very well care of. By placing it in front of a plain wall it allows me to remove the background with ease.


Then I just played around with the hue, saturation and arrange it with symmetry on Photoshop and finally, I uploaded the final print on the Bags of Love website and entered it into the contest!

I hope you liked this post and let me know if you're entering the contest too!! :)

Love, 
Mannie x

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

NEUTRAL ELEPHANT

  sunglasses, necklace and shorts from jessica buurman // shirt from romwe // jacket from dresslink // sandals from dressale


Rarely do I wear tan colour, I have always been avoiding such particular shade because I feel like it washes out my skin colour. But I was feeling "adventurous" so I decided to overcome my fear and rock this tan parka. The material is really thin so I think it'll be suitable on summer nights when it gets a bit windy! I'm loving my new statement necklace, it has beads for the elephant's eyes! Also, I finally jumped on the bandwagon and got my hands on a pair of skorts that have been seen on so many fashion bloggers. It's so sleek and clean looking I don't know why I took so long!

I feel like I should apologies for the lack of posts lately. Exams are fast approaching, in fact, I have 3 exams down already, but still 8 more to go! That's actually considered as quite a large amount for a-level... why did I put so much on myself ?! Good luck to everyone else who are also taking exams/finals right now!!

Love,
Mannie x