May 29th, 2015

Shop Profile – Tilly Trotter’s Brides

As part of my Textiles Coursework I contacted Tilly Trotter’s Brides, so that I would be able to complete a shop profile on her recently founded shop. I contacted the lovely owner Sian, and we agreed on a time when I could visit the shop to take photos and ask her some questions.

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Tilly Trotter’s Brides is a Bridal boutique based in Royal Leamington Spa (Warwickshire) that provides the whole Bridal Shopping experience. Upon arriving at the Shop I was greeted by a bubbly Sian, who gave a lovely welcome and made us feel comfortable straight away. I was truly amazed by how stunning the shop was and how beautifully the layout had been completed. Towards the front of the shop there were six rails (approximately 40 wedding dresses) full of a variety of gorgeous gowns with different styles and cuts.

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At the back of the showroom, there was a dressing room and a comfortable sitting area with mirrors and magazines. Sian’s shop prides itself on the fact that it does not only sell you the dress, it provides you with the whole package, the styling, the exciting experience, the after-care and of course, the champagne!

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The designers that Tilly Trotter’s Brides stock for their Wedding Dresses are Atelier Pronovias, Charlie Brear, Steward Parvin, Watters Wtoo and Cymbeline. They also stock a few Bridesmaid dresses, and flower girl dresses. The designers she stocks for these are Maid to Measure and Nicky McFarlane (the designer of Kate Middleton and Prince Williams flower girl’s dresses). The shop also stocks bridal accessories and shoes (more information can be found on the website here)

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The website is full of glowing reviews especially complementary on the customer service of Sian herself. When I was asking the questions, she replied very helpfully and in detail and it was clear that she has a lot of knowledge in the fashion industry, especially bridal. She gave me such a warm welcome and was extremely patient while I was taking photos and wandering about her shop. To find more information on Tilly Trotter’s Brides, visit the website, Facebook or Instagram.

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With Sian’s previous 15 years experience in high-end fashion brands like Dior and Burberry, you are in safe hands when it comes to your perfect dress. I would love to contact her in the future with any enquiries and if I was planning a wedding (little way to go yet I think) then I would definately trust her to get it right.I think Sian has done an incredibly fantastic job in establishing her brand in such a short space of time and I would love to see her shop continue to grow.

Ellie x



May 26th, 2015

How to draw Fashion Figures

So, today is a different kind of post. I’m going to be teaching you how to draw fashion figures. There is no particular way to draw them, and you will probably find your own adapted method of how you like to draw but this is just my way of doing it.

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So to start with you’re going to need a black fine liner pen, a pencil, a pencil sharpener(my lego block is queen), a decent drawing pad, a ruler and a set of decent pencils. Oh yeh and a rubber, definately a rubber. You will probably end up needing to rub out a few bits the first time but once you’ve drawn it through once it will be a lot easier the second time 🙂

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As for colouring pencils, if you tend to do drawings frequently or you take textiles or art, so will have to do some of these types of drawings in the future, then I recommend investing in a good set of pencils. I definately recommend the ones I have. You can buy them here.

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So, lets start with step one. Although this may look like just a line on a page (okay sure it is just a line on a page, but an important one) This is where the whole of your drawing will be based from. This is the line in which your character will be leaning, so choose your pose now and draw the line based on how the figure will be leaning. Remember to draw lightly for all of these steps because you will be rubbing out some of the help lines later.

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Now we draw in the basic features of the body. The slant of the shoulders should be higher up on the opposite side to the lean. The legs will begin just where your line starts to turn to the side and the waist is found in the middle of where the legs begin and when the shoulders are. When drawing the arms, do quite dramatic bends because we will soften these, when we develop the shape of the body more.

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In this step the figure starts to look more human, less cyborg. Connect the head to the shoulders with lines that somewhat resemble a neck. Add in the hips and the torso, remembering that the line we drew is the waist, so is therefore the smallest part of the torso.

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The knees should be about halfway down the legs, so draw a small line and work out which side of your legs the calf would be and mark with two dots how wide the leg will be when it gets to the knee (it won’t be much smaller than it was when the leg began).

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Now try and draw the legs in, do it as lightly as possible as this probably won’t work first time round (cough *fourth time round*) Try and keep the lines quite straight but when it comes to the knees add a natural bend and slim the leg down right to the calf. Hopefully, if you drew the calfs in from the step before, it should be easier to see how wide the bottom half of the legs should be.

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When it comes to drawing the hands and feet, I always find that the drawing looks tidier if I don’t draw in the fingers and toes, so, my method is to draw these weird block feet and hands, but if you find any nicer alternatives, please let me know in the comments.

So that is our basic figure done! If you want to go on further and continue to draw on clothes and hair then just keep going down for the next steps 🙂

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What I like to do is choose an inspiration, wether it be a model o a catwalk or a celebrity at a red carpet event, it doesn’t really matter but it’s easier to see how the clothes fall on someone when they are wearing it. So I chose this beautiful picture of Rose Huntington-Whiteley (because who wouldn’t choose her) wearing this stunning white dress by Burberry.

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I started off by drawing in her hair on a side part and slightly wavy. Then I drew in the dress, being careful as to where it fell, what details where on it and what accessories she was wearing.

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To finish it off I outlined the figure and the main features in black fine-liner. This step is optional but I like that it makes the drawing look cleaner and more finished.

Ellie x



May 23rd, 2015

Black ‘n Blue OOTD

As we are only about one month away from ‘official summer’, you would expect to be seeing a few more days filled with sun than days like today. Having said that, this week hasn’t been too bad when it comes to temperature, I think it’s probably just when I decide to get my camera out, that the clouds seem to make an appearance.

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So, for today’s outfit, I decided on this peplum top, which I don’t tend to get as much wear out of it as I should. Last summer, peplum was a big trend, which I think this year has started to reappear again in the form of skirts, dresses and again tops.

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This peplum top in particular is from New Look and I decided to dress it down today with my trusty joni jeans from topshop.

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Top: New Look // Jeans: Topshop // Leather Jacket: Nasty Gal // Boots: House of Fraser



May 18th, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Basics Pallete Review

Last Christmas, my friend bought this Naked Palette for me, and honestly, I had never been particularly good at eyeshadow or eyeliner, and I definitely did not wear it on a daily basis. But since, I had heard that these particular palettes had particularly good reviews I thought that it was time that I actually attempted to try some fancy eyeshadow.

I think this palette is such a brilliant palette to start on because it has a lot of basic colours and all of them are matte apart from one of them. Here is a picture of the swatches on my hand
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I love the colours in this palette. They are brilliant for basic looks and smokey eyes (i’m still trying to master that one). The only small detail that could be improved personally for me is that the colour ‘foxy’ is extremely close to my skin tone, being very pale and all that, therefore i don’t use that one as much as the others. But I do sometimes use it for a base layer, so even the most unused colour in this palette come in handy! My favourite colour out of all of them has to be venus. It is such a pretty colour and by far the most used colour. I mainly use it for hi lighting the tear duct and sometimes I just wear that colour all over the lid on its own, it is soooooo pretty on a night out.
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I have worn these eyeshadows out on a variety of occasions, never really for a whole day so I can’t comment on how long they stay on but I have worn them for about 4 or 5 hours at a time and they didn’t seem to budge one bit. The colours are quite pigmented, therefore I think this palette is going to last me quite a long time!
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As for the packaging, I am such a fan of the sleek and very portable design. This makes it very helpful for if you did need to re-apply during the day or night. An improvement in the packaging could be that it came with a brush, as that would be helpful, so you wouldn’t have to get a brush as well, however I think some of the other Urban Decay palettes do come with brushes.
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Here are some of my favourite looks that I like to wear (attempt to wear):
Natural
Dramatic Smokey Eye
Everyday Smokey Eye

Ellie xxx



May 13th, 2015

Ted Baker Focus Designer

Ted Baker is a large well-known designer based in London but has spread to being known from all around the world. Known for its ‘No Ordinary Designer Label’ headline (which after research I found out was first created because they used to provide a laundry service for every shirt purchased), Ted Baker’s first store was opened in 1988, based in Glasgow but grew incredibly quickly, to now over 350 stores worldwide.

I think Ted Baker has some great design features and many of the clothes are modern and incredibly classy. Here is a collection of some of my favourite women’s clothes and accessories from the Ted Baker Collection:

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Embellished Collar Dress // Neave Ballerina Skirt // IIla Cocoon Coat // Indya Embellished Jumpsuit // Hazie Wool Wrap // Jayla Metallic Scalloped Cami // Rose Gold Ankle Strap Sandals // Short Wrap Coat // Sunglasses

These are the Ted Baker Items I currently own:

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I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS. I can wear it on a night out or dress it down for a girly shopping trip. My favourite part is the gold bow on the front as it is such a delicate detail but adds so much to the bag.

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I haven’t actually had a chance to wear these yet so I can’t say much about them, but I’m looking forward to wearing them down to the pool and beach when I go on holiday later this year.

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This Bikini is beautiful. It has a rose gold bar at the front of it and I think rose gold is such an in-style fashion this year. It has a basic triangle shape but the stripes add interesting dimension.

I, personally am not as much of a fan of the bath products and fragrances as much as I am of the clothes and bags. My favourite items that Ted Baker sell are probably the bags. I went looking round Debenhams a few weeks ago, and the quality of there bags have improved vastly! Especially the leather ones they have brought out. I think they are a perfect size for A4 books and look really basic yet elegant.
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May 11th, 2015

Basic Pastel OOTD

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Pastel colours are a must-have when it comes to spring and summer and this basic top from forever 21 adds some colour to this otherwise pretty boring outfit.

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I bought my Caterpillar Boots as an investment as warm boots for a ski trip I went on this January. I think it’s fair to say that I got a load more wear out of them then I could have ever imagined. They are literally the most comfortable things to wear and I could almost style them with most every day outfits I own. I love the fact that they are chunky and therefore are quite slimming on the legs and also have a slight grungey feel thing about them.

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Top: Forever 21 // Jeans: h&m // Caterpillar boots // Jack Wills Rucksack // Sunglasses: Pepe Jeans



16 year old fashion and lifestyle blogger Ellie Ramsay

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