So the final countdown is on and we are T minus 4 weeks until Christmas, I myself have only really started getting into the spirit this week after hearing the Salvation Army play in Victoria Square. I spent Saturday morning battling through the crowds to begin my Christmas shopping which I was pretty successful at. When I got home on Saturday after a crazy shift at work and finishing my shopping I was able to finally sit down and unwrap my Christmas present from the lovely people over at Argento.
I have always been a jewellery person, its just one of those things that I feel always makes the perfect present, you don’t have to always spend a complete fortune to find the perfect gift for a family member or friend. When the team at Argento asked me did I want to pick something I jumped at the chance to be able to show you guys what I felt was a great pick for a Christmas gift.
I decided to pick this beautiful sterling silver and turquoise ring. (link is to necklace ring isnt currently online) What I love most about this ring is that it is a statement piece whilst not being to much for everyday wear. Another great thing about this ring is that it is adjustable, I myself don’t have the skinniest of fingers and it is great to have the option wear it on whatever finger I want. I also think it would be a great layering piece to wear with all kinds of jewellery.
I also loved having a good flick through the magazine, I am sure you guys remember that I was lucky enough to help out on the campaign shoot a couple of months back and it was lovely to be able to see the finished product!
I hope you guys liked this little post if you guys want more Christmas gift ideas comment below
Until next time…TJ xo
” Fashion is the paints and style is the painting” – Elisa Mandelbaum
Back in around 2010 whilist going through a couple of fashion blogs, one of my favourite past-times, I stumbled across a closet interview from Stylelikeu. From that moment on I was completely hooked, I have probably watched every video or at least 99% of their videos by this point. I don’t think I could completely put into words what I gain from the videos but over the years I have primarily gained a sense of self-respect and self-love. The ethos of stylelikeu is the exploration of self and a move away from just accepting what society shows us e.g. Photoshop mass marketed churned out imagery. (SEE THEIR MISSION HERE)
Elisa and Lily are a mother daughter duo who set up stylelikeu in 2009 and have been championing self acceptance ever since. What really drew my to their work was the creation of the what’s underneath project. ( SEE MYLAS STORY HERE) it is a project to really get to the depths of what makes a person’s personal style and showing that it isn’t clothes that make a person rather the way in which they have developed throughout their lives that is the key.
One of the reasons that I chose Elisa and Lily as this weeks WCW ( women crush Wednesday) is that today saw the launch of their kickstarter project to raise funding to take the what’s underneath project globally and create an entire documentary about the movement. About 3 weeks ago I received an email from the SLU team asking if I wanted my testimonial be a part of the project, flashback about 3 months I emailed the SLU team just to express how much they have done for me without even realising it. I jumped at the chance to just to used in the wider context of the concept because I so passionately agree with their ethos. If you watch the video below I appear at about 4 minutes in!
What I hope others would learn from this website is that you dont have to conform to be beautiful, quoting one of my favourite closet confidential” Let your freak flag fly” we are all beautiful, we all have a purpose/ reason of existence and it is only through accepting ourselves that we can view the world as it is meant to be viewed.
I hope you guys like this quick post and I would seriously encourage you to head on over to their page and just watch a couple of the videos, I guarantee you will not regret it.
Until next time… TJ xo
Probably my favorite image using Inner Power necklaces
I am sure I have mentioned before that throughout my degree I have made a conscious effort to gain as much experience as possible in various areas of the fashion industry. As you would I have seen a few posts ago I have been working alot at Belfast Fashion week over the past eight seasons and through this I have made several contacts one of which is renowned local stylist Eve Brannon about a month or so ago now I assisted on an all day shoot for the Argento campaign images for autumn winter 14. The shoot was shot by the amazing Khara Pringle in her Belfast based studio. The concept was that we would use 2 different backdrops and shoot a very monochromatic palette so that the jewellery was the focal point of the shoot. I have waited until the shots have begun to appear in-store so that I don’t post any spoilers. This was the first shoot I had done which was an all day affair, I have had opportunities to do this before but I haven’t been able to stay due to other commitments.
The first part of any shoot is set up of all the different departments from the photographic team to hair and make-up. This is probably the lengthy and some what boring part of any shoot but it is so so important for the success of the rest of the shoot that you take time at this stage to make sure everything is right.
Then it is time for the hair and make-up team to work their magic on the model. They will usually have been given a rough brief of what the company that have ordered the shoot want from the look. The will have inspirational images to reference throughout the day and will be on shoot all day for touch ups and changes to the looks. They will work along side the photographer to ensure that the look transfers exactly in the photograph, for example an up-style might look brilliant in person but look rubbish in a photograph.
At this point my usual task is prepping the looks, helping organise them by retailer or theme, ensuring that we have all the items we are supposed to and if any items need steamed or adjusted ( pinned up in length for example)
The photographer at this point will do some test shots to make sure the lighting is working in the image and make any necessary adjustments.
One important tool used during the day is the laptop viewer, this previews each image as it is taken and allows the photographer to ensure all the details of the image are in focus.
The model in question was the beautiful Sif from Models One she had flown over especially for the shoot!
The rest of the day is then a mix of outfit and jewellery changes and of course a lunch break!
I hope you guys like this sort of post, helping with shoots is probably one of my favourite things to do I love any and all expierence I can gain and I am blessed to have built a great relationship with local stylists who allow my to assist on various projects. If you guys want any more info about how to get to work with local stylists or any info about any type of fashion voluntary experience drop me a wee email or tweet me @gingersnapsvtge
Until next time…T-J xo
Today’s special moments are the memories of tomorrow- Genie ( Aladdin)
I decided to try some Outfit photos playing around with some sparklers simply because I love all things Halloween and this time of year is my favourite. This past weekend was Halloween and unfortunately due to family illness I had to give the party I was planning on attending a miss. However it hadn’t stopped my mum stock piling sparklers.
Denim Jacket- Oxfam Vintage
Co-ord Set- New Look TOP SKIRT
Boots- Topshop SIMILAR
Hope you guys enjoy these super quick posts I am very busy with college work at the minute and cannot get to blog as much as I would like but I will keep trying !
Until next time… TJ xo
PS I am in love with the app pixlr which is where I edited all the photos