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FASHION. BEAUTY. LIFESTYLE. an indecisive girl's life

Monday, 16 October 2017

My kinda Type


Typography has always been something that has interested me, not quite sure why but I just find the fonts people use to represent themselves or their brand a really intriguing topic. Like what makes people want to write in capital letters or swirly lettering? What are they trying to say?

This week on my course we went on a mini field trip around Nottingham (well mainly the streets near the city campus), we were given the objective to take photographs of any typography that caught our eye on a range of levels (so up in the air, eye level & down on the ground). Surprisingly when you look around it's shocking just how many different types of type there is- ever since this activity I just can't stop noticing it. I guess that means the task got me brain really thinking about it. 


If you know me well then you'll know that right now I'm having a bit of a yellow obsession... well I think to say to say a bit would be an understatement really. So it's pretty obvious I was gonna be drawn towards these images below. 


It's weird because I've never noticed this tyre shop before yet I've walked down the road it's on so many times. For me this was the best find of the day I'm just obsessed with how it looks- it probably wasn't entirely planned out to look like this but I love the rustic feel to it. I don't know if the owners would allow it but I think it would be a really good shoot location- especially for fashion items. Images against the wooden walls or tyres would be very Instagram worthy. It's worth baring in mind anyway. 


Green or khaki never used to be a colour I was attracted towards simply because despite it looking great on others it's just not a colour I would ever reach to wear. I never would have thought about putting white on green though- definitely something I want to experiment further with in my sketchbook. This font type below makes me think military- maybe that's the green background coming through but the way the numbers have been printed with gaps makes it feel very regimented and formal. Like it's not a casual font- it's bold, in your face and makes you want to almost obey what it's saying. 


Normally when working I tend stick to black or other dark colours as my font colour simply because I think they're the colours that capture people's attention more. Boy how wrong I was. Bright colours such as red and pink or even yellow (sorry) with black make a eye catching combination worthy of a little mention. I think when it comes round to creating my business cards as part of the self promotion   project later on this semester I want to try and not use black font just because I feel it's very standard and business cards need to represent you as a person- a standard font colour doesn't represent me. 


I know we're on the topic of type but I want to quickly talk about illustrations, I have been always been a creative person, there was time back in high school where I wanted to become an illustrator. Over recent years though I kinda lost sight of my passion for it, this year I want to get back to doing more of it- I'm going to try and set myself the task of doing 3/4 quick illustrations a week drawing everything and anything that grabs my attention. 


The irony of Peel Street peeling away *haha

Hope you've enjoyed this post. 
What are your thoughts on typography? Is it something you notice?
Surely you must have thought about it at some point simply because it's all around us- it's unlikely you won't come across any form of typography every day of your lives. Even your phone font has been carefully considered...

Take Care & I'll see you all soon.

X

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Better the second time round


Welcome back!

Second year is now is full flow again, I've got 3 briefs to complete, numerous sketchbooks and a whole lot of catching up to do. Summer was fab don't get me wrong but it feels great to be back in a routine again- I've even been managing to keep up with my gym schedule although I did skip it today to write this but let's not think about that. 

Honestly I think I forgot how much I loved being at uni over the summer- obviously I do miss home home but right now Nottingham feels the right place to be. Although if my dog could become the 7th member of our house then that would be the cherry on top of the cake.


So far second year in my opinion couldn't get any better- I love living in our house which is approximately 8 minutes from the main campus (dreams do come true), the suspected ghost seems to have vanished and just generally I feel so happy right now. Definitely feel I choose the right people to live with, I know people who fell out with their housemates barely even a week in so I'm SO glad that not us- we're just one happy little uni family.

Not gonna lie the clubbing scene doesn't quite feel the same, maybe because I'm old lol & am starting to get over the effort that goes into going out clubbing. Kinda want to try more bars this year but nevertheless I still enjoy a good old SU night out. Although an hour and a half queue for Ocean to not even get in is not the one for me. 


Course wise I've fallen back in love with what I signed up for. I feel motivated, excited and just generally a lot more interested than I was last year. Having been given the briefs for the first part of second year I'm super looking forward to working with new people, try new things and overcoming new challenges. It's only two weeks in and I've already overcome probably my biggest fear: approaching people in the street to interview. I'd like to think I'm a friendly, approachable person but the thought of going up to someone and asking about their style is one scary prospect. Still somehow on a recent field trip to London I over came it and actually it wasn't as scary as I thought- even more surprising but I actually found myself enjoying chatting to people. 

So you could say that life feels good right now. I don't what it is but I just feel in a good place. Feel like this year is going to be a good year even if I did start it off dropping my phone down the toilet resulting in me having to pay £350 back to my dad but even that can't shadow my mood right now (Well maybe it can a little).


Blog wise I am really gonna try to keep to a schedule which will be hard especially now it's no longer a requirement of my course (probably the second most heartbreaking thing I've heard since being back after my phone of course). My days off are Monday & Wednesday so I think posts on Monday & another day in the week will be achievable- I haven't decided if that day should be Thursday or Friday yet.

Before I go...
As of today I now have a creative instagram account: fash10n_lyfe 
I still have my personal one but this one will be everything fashion & FCP based, it's kinda a requirement for this year but if you fancy seeing more of what I do then give it a little follow.

What's been going on in your lives?

Take care & I'll see you all very soon.

X

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Ambitions N Dreams


In life even if you don't say you do, we ALL have ambitions and dreams, whether we know where we want to be next week or in 5 years, big or small we all have our own ambitions. 5 years time sounds like a long way off but in reality everything your doing at this moment in time will influence where you are likely to be in the future.
Not to like scare you or anything... 


I have always been an ambitious person, maybe slightly too ambitious sometimes. But I really do believe in the saying 'if you can dream it, you can do it', I wouldn't say I live my life by that saying or anything but it is something that sticks with me everyday. Growing up though dreams change, pretty much every person I know dreamt of being a singer or a vet at some point of their childhood... but as you grow your dreams alter and grow too. Maybe you've given up on that dream of being a world famous singer or maybe you don't want to be a vet anymore but the thought of having a house full of dogs is still very appealing (it is for me anyway).

I would say some of my dreams have change but some still haven't. I still believe in myself that I can make my first million- maybe not by the time I'm 21 like I've always dreamed of but it's still something I want to achieve. Sometimes we've got to be a bit flexible with our dreams because dreams don't work quite the same way in reality. For starters there are a lot more bumps in the road, whilst some people may dread these 'bumps', I am a strong believer in everything happens for a reason, people walk in and walk out of your life for a reason. It's all meant to be. Whilst some of you reading this may find that quite a naive way of looking at life but that's just how I do look at it. I saw a tweet this morning which I guess is what inspired me to write this post, it said something along the lines of 'if someone's meant to be in your life then they will come back into it, if they don't then they weren't meant to be in it to begin with'. 



I want people to share their dreams more with people because we really should support each other, no dream is ever unachievable. We only stop believing in ourselves not our dreams. 

Personally I have three big dreams in life: one to move to another country- growing up this country was always America and it probably still is, it sounds kinda stupid but I do really believe America is somewhere I'm meant to live. Secondly maybe over optimistic but I really want this blog to go far- maybe into even YouTube, I know there are so many bloggers out there but this blog for me is my biggest achievement. Finally, this is a dream I haven't shared with many people but I really want to build my own business, the thought of working for other people just doesn't appeal to me. I'm not saying working for other people isn't something I won't do but ultimately I want to be my own boss, I want to work for myself with a team of people who all see themselves as equal to one another. Perhaps most importantly I want to see the world whilst doing all of this. That for me is my biggest dream, I want to be able to say I've visited that place or I've worked in that community, I just want to experience the adventure of learning to love when you don't have much .
(lol that's me as a student really) 

I know this wasn't a very long post today but I really hope it gave you some 'food for thought', as second year approaches it feels at times like the future is coming quick and fast sometimes it just helps to say out loud what it is exactly you want to achieve. Saying it sometimes is all the motivation you need and hey if you don't achieve the full dream then it's better to achieve half a dream then to give up before you've even tried. You will never hear someone say 'I regret trying that'- you won't know until you've tried it after all.

See you all soon.

X

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Monday, 2 October 2017

Music Feels


Just a quick post on some tunes I have been playing non stop recently. 
I never use to be a massive fan of music (I know weird right?) like fair enough i listened to what I liked but it didn't ever give me the feels you get from playing music. Summer has got me l o v i n g it, like I actually think the sound of silence scares me now! Whenever there isn't any tv on, my music goes straight on. I can't bare to be without it, I think ever since I got some new headphones and a speaker for my birthday back in July, I have been obsessed! 


Don't be so hard on yourself Jess Glynne.
Okay I have to admit I know this song has been around a few years now but come on even you've got to admit it's a tune! At the start of summer I had my music on shuffle and this came on- I have been loving it ever since... It's just such a good, Summer vibes tune! And the lyrics are pretty right too, because we should all stop being so hard on ourselves, life has enough tough times on it's own- you are in charge of your own happiness so make it happen.


Ego Ella Eyre.
When this song came out I tweeted just how obsessed I was with it and Ella Eyre actually favourited MY tweet!!!! OMG I majorly fangirled, I can't even deny it. Ella Eyre is one of my most favourites female artist's, I just love her, I love her style and most importantly I love her music. Honestly I don't think there's been a song that she's done, that I don't like- not a single song! If you haven't heard it yet then pls give it a listen because this was my song of the Summer.


Bad at love Halsey. 
I like this song ironically partly because I am bad at love so lol it really means something to me. But I do really love this song- Halsey was of the artists I saw a Reading and honestly I have been loving her ever since. I am slightly shocked by the fact she's my age and can sing this well! I don't know what it is about her music, normally I wouldn't have thought it's my style but lately I just can't get enough of it.


Strange Love Halsey. 
Yes another Halsey song, what can I say? I probably shouldn't like a song for this reason but I do really love the album cover, it's very vintage but I like it. Strange Love is probably my favourite song of hers, just because it feels so 'real'- I can't really explain it but listening to this song makes me feel vibes I've never felt before. When I listen to it with my eyes closed, it takes me right back to Reading every time, so I know it's going to hold a special place in my heart for a long time to come.


Reggaeton Lento Little Mix.
This really was this Summer of Spanish music and I LOVED it! When Despacito came out a few months back I fell in love the second I heard it but personally I think I slightly over played it because now it feels too basic, don't get me wrong I still like the song just not as much as I did. lol I saw this tweet saying 'I don't know what gets played more me or despacito'... don't worry I could relate too. When Little Mix announced Reggaeton Lento (yes I struggle to spell it too) I was over the moon! I love Little Mix and Spanish music so combined it was hawttttt!

I know this has been a different type of post today, it's just music has been a massive part of Summer this year and felt I needed to blog about it. I'm so happy my blogging schedule is staying on track, the key? Blog in advance always- I was thinking about doing a blogging tips post over the next few weeks. Let me know if that's something you'd like to see. Back to uni means they'll probably be more fashion/ FCP posts than lifestyle & beauty but I am going to try to keep a balance between them all.

Just realised it's all female artists above- no shade to male artists or anything. I have loads of male artists I love to listen to but for me the girls have been killing the game lately. 

Hope you enjoyed the post.
What's been your song of the Summer?
Let me know in the comments below.

X

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Friday, 29 September 2017

Too good at goodbye


University is probably the biggest learning journey you will ever go on in your life. 
What I didn't expect uni to teach me is about fake friends....

Going through school I would say I always had a good group of friends, fair enough it wasn't a huge group but I do believe it's better to have a small group of close friends over a large group of friends you're not that close to. Especially sixth form for me was that time when I found the friends I really thought I'd remain friends with for life- or so I thought anyway.

I know I stay this all the time but university has changed me, I'd say it changes everyone. Out of my group of friends 3 went to uni out of 5, the other 2 went into full time work which was something they always wanted to do. And fair enough for a short period of time we all stayed friends, made the effort to meet up & talked on our group chat.



I would say we probably kept that up until this summer. If I'm honest I kinda knew it was coming... we had been drifting apart for a while and even when we did manage to find a time when we were all free, conversation wasn't the same, we were all at different stages of our lives- one of my friends has even recently got engaged! Obviously I'm over the moon with happiness for her but that just shows how much we've become different people. lol I still drink juice out of cartoons in the morning that just goes to show how immature I am.

Even though I knew it was coming it still makes me sad. It's weird to think 2 years ago I thought these were the people who were gonna stay in my life for several years yet here I am 2 years later saying goodbye. I've kept close friends with one friend out of the group though, she know who she is and if I'm honest I know we'll stay friends for many years to come. Just because we can go months without seeing each other but then when we meet up it's honestly like no time has past at all.
Friends like that are irreplaceable.



I guess the point of this post is learning to say goodbye to 'fake friends', these are the type of friends who don't make the effort with you, talk behind your back and aren't bothered if they go weeks without seeing you. It's weird the people I've become friends with at uni, I'm SO much closer to than most of my home friends, yet I didn't know these people a year ago! I think it would be harder to say goodbye to uni friends then it would to the majority of my home friends. I guess you bond differently, you know everything there is to know about each other. Whereas home friends would rarely see me without makeup, I would never have had an emotional breakdown in toilet cubicle with them and I don't even think I'd have shared my deepest of secrets with them through fear of judgement.



I want to make a point clear though, I am in no way shape or form throwing shade at anyone in particular- I'm just talking generally because it felt like something I needed to get off my chest. I get that everyone grows up, everyone changes, whether you're at uni or not. People change I totally get that and that's fine. But recently it felt like I've just got too good at saying goodbye, I know when the effort isn't two sided it's hard and really is it even worth your time? Should we waste time & hours of laughter on people who don't want to know?

When you;re a child no one tells you how hard being an adult is. Growing up is exciting but at the same time it's scary- it throws you out of your comfort zone when you least expect it. Everything you knew & loved isn't the same. When this happens all you've got to do is just accept it.
Accepting this has probably been a memorable point of summer. You shouldn't feel guilty just accept, sometimes it may be your fault the friendship ended but most of the time it'll be mutual- if people don't want to know, then they won't- you can't force it. Sometimes in life you've just got to accept it and move on. When one door closes another door may just be about to open. Embrace it!

Have you ever struggled with keeping a friendship?

Lots of love.

X

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Monday, 25 September 2017

FREAKS N GEEKS


Gucci is a brand that I certainly have come to love a LOT of the last few years, it hasn't always been a love of mine though... Whilst doing a lil bit of research for our summer brief, I stumbled across this collection released by Gucci back earlier his year.

First off can we just take a mo to appreciate the name: 'Freaks and Geeks' I think I'm already in love!


Following collaborations with photographers Petra Collins and Coco Captian, fashion powerhouse Gucci has now teamed up with illustrator, Angelica Hicks.

"With an Insta bursting with tongue-in-cheek pop culture references including LOL depictions of Kim K and Anna Wintour as you’ve never seen them before – not to mention Gucci going experimental with recent ad campaigns featuring meme’s and aliens – Hicks is perhaps the perfect collaborator for the Italian brand in 2017."



Ms. Hicks is a satirical illustrator with a royal family connection, known for her watercolor-and-ink drawings that poke fun at fashion and pop culture. Her father, Ashley Hicks, is an architect, interior designer and the second cousin of Charles, Prince of Wales. Her mother, Allegra Hicks, is a fashion designer and personality in London.

Ms. Hicks’s drawings have appeared in Elle, Lula and Cabana magazines, with assignments often commissioned on the strength of her Instagram account. On Thanksgiving, for example, she posted a drawing of Grimes dressed as a pilgrim, captioned “Pilgrimes.” Another, captioned “Santa Kors,” depicts the designer Michael Kors as Santa. Her insta is totally worth giving a follow!

Hicks big break came during her senior year at University College London, Ms. Hicks was asked by a family friend (Martina Mondadori of Cabana magazine) to illustrate place cards for a dinner honoring the Italian men’s wear brand Pal Zileri. The deadline was three days after her final exam. “Having to draw 60 portraits in two days really forced me to develop a personal style,” she said. Her cartoonish portraits are distinguished by bold black lines, wide eyes, high cheekbones and droll text. Soon after, she was asked to draw invitations for a Tory Burch party in London. “This is when I realized I’d actually be able to make real money from doing this,” she said.

Illustration have always been something I'm passionate about, it's certainly something I explored myself as a career option. Good illustrations that really catch your eye are hard to come by! Hicks style is the type of thing I would want to put on display in my house, they're almost child like but and the same time they have an adult touch bout them. Personally I love the soft pastel colours with harsh black, thick lines- it just works!


The collaboration manifests in a collection of limited edition tees with diverse illustrations, featuring the likes of ethereal Florence & The Machine front-woman Florence Welch; others see Gucci-fied depictions of freaks and geeks, while each comes in a limited edition metal box, also featuring Hicks’ illustrations.

To celebrate the release of the collection, Hicks took to the streets of Milan and New York to create two marvellous murals. Appearing at Lafayette Street in NYC’s super-cool Soho neighbourhood and Milan’s Largo la Foppa, in the popular Corso Garibaldi area; there’ll even be a special Snapchat geo-tag for when you’re in those areas to make sure your socials are looking double cute. Now these are something I'd love to see! I really hope more brands take on this approach of marketing. Slightly off topic but I've seen a lot of unique promotion around the new 'IT' movie, in Sydney they tied red balloons to drains and stamped the ground saying 'IT coming to cinemas soon', I just thought was a really great way of marketing! I know it would make stop & look at it, because isn't that the whole point of good marketing?



Probably very late to the party with this collaboration and this post may not even be telling you something you didn't already know. If I'm honest it still didn't stop me wanting to blog about it because it just really stood out to me. I don't want to give away what I'm doing for my summer post just yet because I'm still drawing conclusion on it but a post on it will be coming very soon so keep an eye for that. I just thought the promotion around this collaboration was really interesting & not what I'd expected but at the same it worked perfectly. Being a poor student and the fact I've found out about this collaboration too late probably means you won't be seeing me sporting a Gucci X Hicks tee anytime soon. What you will find me doing however will be looking more into how different brands promote new launches- potential new blogging series alert! 

Hope you all enjoyed this post. Thoughts on the collaboration?
Do you think the marketing murals were the right form of promotion for this collab?
I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. 

X

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Uni room inspo


Last year to be entirely honest even though I wanted my uni room to feel homely, I didn't put a lot of effort into. I was more worried about the fact that I needed to make friends and meet people rather than spend loads of time in my room making it look cute. 

This year though I want it to be a different story, I really want to make an effort with my room just so it's somewhere I will want to chill out & relax in. As well as that I want it to motivate me to do work. Having already moved some stuff into our new house last weekend, I tried to make an attempt to not over clutter it, because maybe it's just me but when my room is super messy and feels full to the brim I feel almost trapped, like I can't breathe- almost as if the room is suffocating me. Yes that does sound over dramatic, but if you can relate then I'm sure you get what I mean. 

So ever since I moved out of halls I've been pinning stuff on Pinterest for a lil bit of inspiration, and yes I'm already in love with what I've found. Obviously I won't share all of my pins with you guys simply because we'd probably be here until Christmas & beyond but I've picked out some of my favourites below to share with you all:

It's kinda ironic how I said I didn't want to overcrowd my room but here I am with a wall full to brim with tear outs... lol. But there's just something about this image- personally I don't think I'll do it quite to the same extent as this but for anyone who knows me you will no doubt know my love for magazines. I just find them SO inspiring, there really is nothing I love more than using them to give me inspiration. Over the years I've collected a LOT of tears outs so it's about time I put them to good use! I was thinking of doing this around my desk just because it'll hopefully encourage me to work- let's face it I need all the encouragement I can get! 

For anyone who is at uni already you will know the importance of 'making your room, your own' and photos of friends/ family/ memories are a great way to achieve this! Not only are they a comfort blanket for when you're feeling a be down but they really help you to put your own mark on your room. Last year I had a massive wall board by my bed which I covered with photos, this year I'm kinda feeling the light up photo string line. I just really like them vibes if you get me.

Praise the lord I have a double bed this year! No more single bed lyfe for me *cheers. In a student room especially, the bed is probably the biggest part of the room so obviously it's got to look cute! The second I saw this marble bed I was like 'oh hunny' you're coming home with me... I didn't actually get this exact cover simply because it was £40 but I got one very similar for £14- bargain or what. The pink, black and white vibes from the other images 100% is the look I want. I still need to decide what cushions I'm adding though...

Plants aren't a huge love of mine partly because I always forget to water them so unfortunately they don't live a long life with me... but fake plants are the way forward! I just think a fake plant by my window and maybe on one of the shelves above my desk will look so adorable! Even better they'll make me look like a domestic goddess who has her life so in order that she has time to water plants. They'll never know... 

Everyone knows a student room is a blank canvas- unfortunately you can't paint the walls so you just have to work with what you've got. Although I do love white walls... my plan is to add pops of colour via objects in my room. So I've got a blue rug, a pastel green lamp, yellow table and a pink throw. Yes my room is going to be very colourful! I even did a little DIY on my yellow table- when I brought it, it was oak coloured which I didn't fit the look I was going for but it's nothing a bit of paint couldn't solve. 

This was a bit of a last minute thought but I was shopping in Primark around a week ago and I saw a wire notice board type thing in there, it's not that big but it's perfect size for sitting on my desk. I thought it'd be cute to add my deadlines too and maybe any major pieces of inspiration. Just so it's close by. 

Hope you all enjoyed the post. Maybe it gave some of you inspiration too- I'd love to hear if it did. If you want to check out what else I've been loving on Pinterest then you can check my boards out from the link on the side bar. I am a bit of pinning addict #sorrynotsorry.

Take care & I'll see you all super soon with more.

X

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