Feeling Inspired: Ginger and Rosa

Fashion, Lifestyle, Movie


For being someone who would class themselves as rather internet savvy it is only in the last two months that I discovered Netflix.Last night I was browsing through and discovered Ginger and Rosa, a Sally Potter movie released in 2012 which at the time I do remember seeing the trailers but it didn’t appear in any local cinemas and went to the back of my mind. I have included the trailer below and I urge you to watch it before continuing with the post so that the rest makes sense.

So naturally as you hopefully see from the trailer, this movie is visually amazing. As someone who is very into the visuals in cinematography this movie really caught my attention. Everything from the costuming, set designs and character depictions was for me breathtaking. I thought the movie was cast beautifully, I cannot wait to see Elle Fanning grow and develop into an adult because seeing as she was a 13 year old American during the filming , the fact that she was totally believable as a 17 year old English girl living post Hiroshima Ban the Bomb times.


The main focus of the film for me of course being that as I am a fashion student was the costuming, as soon as I saw Ginger and Rosa’s first matching outfits I was almost transfixed. Once I had watched the movie ( it is under 2 hours and a very easy watch) I immediately picked up my Fashionary and began to sketch.

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One of the key items featured throughout the movie is the duffle coat. Both girls throughout up until a point dress pretty much identically and they both sport oversized long wool parkas, something which actually this last A/W 13 was a huge trend and continues into the new year. It is one of those staple pieces that we all should have in our wardrobes.



The oversized shirt , probably a men’s shirt which features heavily throughout.

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I love the connection that is made through the very obvious similarities that are made between Natalie, Ginger’s mother played by the very so fabulous Christina Hendricks and Rosa Ginger’s best friend played by the up and coming Alice Englert.

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-Ginger-Rosa-2012-Stills-alice-englert-32604083-2048-1366 BOMB by Sally Potter

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Overall I would definitely put this movie into my top 20 movies ( I am a bit of a movie addict so I cannot narrow it down to below 20) I really love the characters, the imagery and of course the costuming which was done by Holly Waddington , her first time billed as costume designer.

I would love to know what inspires you, when was the last time you watched a movie that got you very inspired to be creative or to just think about something which ordinarily never crosses your mind.

Check out reviews and plot outlines on IMDB:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2115295/

Make-up: Why I hate it and what I use

Beauty, Fashion, Make-up

When I was about 15 I discovered the YouTube beauty community, for the next couple of years I devoted my time, efforts and spare money ( I got a job at 16 to fund my habits) to amassing as much make up as I could possibly own. I work in a fashion retailer which requires me to have a different outfit each month as my uniform. I saw this as my opportunity to match my make up with the outfit, I have vivid nightmares about a green and blue maxi dress which I totally thought went perfectly with blue eyeshadow and green eyeliner MEGA CRINGE!

This went on till I was about 17 and kind of gave up with make-up spare cash now began to help enhance my shoe collection ( which is still growing to this day) At this point I discovered liquid eyeliner which has now become my signature, now I am still not great at matching my eyes but I have hooded eyes so only I notice if they are uneven. Ever since I have cut back my make-up collection, finishing up Urban decay eyeliners, throwing out sleek eye palettes and realising that I didn’t need to be collecting lipsticks that I would never actually wear.

Quick Rant:

I think today’s social media generation, specifically girls watching beauty YouTubers needs to be shown that there is more to life than having expensive make-up one quick YouTube search will call up alot of very young girls who have this perception that they need to be in a full face of make-up. For me up until about 16 I didn’t wear anything other than eyeshadows and mascara and of course a tonne of black eyeliner ( I was a scene kid at this time)


Yes this is indeed 15 year old me, oh dear lord. But going back to my point I YouTube searched a particular foundation range which has been very popular and I discover hundreds of videos of young girls with great skin applying heavy duty foundations because a certain Youtuber has done a review stating that they need this. It breaks my heart a little bit that these girls think that they need to use such expensive, heavy make-up in order to fit in but I think I will save the rest of this rant for a separate post I am planning.


Now at the age of 20 almost 21 ( 22nd March and I am terrified) make-up now for me is just as little as I can get away with. I will only put on make-up if I am going to work or college except for eyebrows, you know the way they say eyebrows are sisters not twins well my eyebrows are second cousins twice removed.  I have a bit of an obsession with highlighters which probably makes me look like a Christmas fairy most of the time but if I could share one thing I have learned:

Make-up is for Me , It is to make me happy I don’t wear it for others so If I want to be as glowy as a Mermaid that’s ok. If I want to make my eyebrows look like baby caterpillars this is also ok. If I want to leave the house blemishes showing with a bit of lip balm then this is also ok. I don’t need to care how others perceive me as long as I am happy. 

With that being said my most comfortable is with some foundation, eyeliner and highlighter and this is what I use:


My entire face in one image 🙂


Mum is a bit of a QVC addict and so through this we have both discovered Laura Geller so for my foundation I use a mix of Rimmel Match perfection ( one of the few true pale highstreet foundations) I then use a bit of the Laura Geller powder foundation to set my forehead and chin, or if I am being lazy I will only use the Laura Geller.

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For blusher I don’t really use alot but I do use another Laura Geller product, Brulee apple blusher from their latest today’s special value from QVC. It is a mix of pink tones, brown tones and glowlyness which transforms into a lovely coral colour on my cheeks. I also use the French Vanilla highlighter from the first TSV Laura Geller set I got at Christmas. It has a bit of a yellow tone but on my skin it just gives a natural glowlyness.

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Eyes are last and I usually begin by putting a light brown or pinky colour all over my eye to help the eyeliner stay in place. At the minute I love the seventeen cosmetics tattoo me eyeliner because once it is on that is it , it wont go anywhere unless I use a oil-based eye make-up remover. I love Rimmel pro eye brown pencils because like I said I have awful eyebrows that take alot of effort to tame and the pencil allows me to achieve this very quickly.

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And that’s it , I hope you can tell it never really looks like I am wearing alot of make-up but it is enough for me , I get up at six in the morning and spending hours getting ready isn’t an option.

I hope this post was interesting I am sorry it’s very long but I am going to start up a series for my mini rants so that they don’t take up so much room on other posts, if you would like this let me know and please if you have a topic or opinion on something that you want me to talk about let me know xx

In love with: Ashish Fall 2014

Fashion, Style

If you are into your fashion as much as I am you are totally aware that it is fashion season with all the designers and fashion houses showing their Fall 2014 collections worldwide. At the minute the worlds attention is on London, I was looking forward particulary to one show Ashish. Ashish is a London based designer whos work usually involves alot of sequins.

I have included the show video from Topshop’s youtube and I urge you to watch the show there because from the photographs its hard to get the full concept of the show.

To sum up the looks in 5 words:

1. Prom Queen

2. Grunge denim

3. Japanese Kawaii


5. Alien lights


I need everything from this collection however the buffalo light up shoes are a personal favourite, here are some of my favourite looks, enjoy!

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Chloe Norgaard looked like a My Little Pony and I am totally ok with that!

The middle top reads LOVE WILL WIN and with everything featured in the news recently it was a perfect end to the show.



New York Fashion Week: My favourites so far

Fashion, Style

Its that time of year again when all the big names and establishing designers launch their new collections, this time round it is the Fall 2014 ready to wear collections. For me I always have a preference to Fall fashion because I am very into layering and more recently big coats. SO far it’s just New York that has began the showcase but already we are seeing a lot of the key trends emerging on the catwalk.

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One of my favourite shows so far was the Alexander Wang show, the only way I can think to describe it is a mix of safari, tech, alien, cowboys vibes which all mashed together just seem to really work.

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Another one of my favourites was  the Derek Lam show, what I loved most was his mix of colours and layers. I am a very tactile person and the use of contrasting fabrics in this collection really appeals to my own design ideals.

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MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela ( its there diffusion line) also showed a really love mix up of textures and fabrics. Also its no secret of my love for a bit of sheer and dark colours which this collection has in leaps and bounds.

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Finally for the minute The Row. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have grown up and now produce a series of fashion lines, the most premium of which is The row. I cant help but love the Yeti outfit and the huge coats, perfect for the harsh Northern Ireland weather.

I am looking forward to seeing what else the fashion industry has to offer over the next few weeks. If you want to see all the shows yourself head on over to:


for full catwalk rundowns, detail photos and FROW celebrity spottings