I Miss Falmouth

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One thing I distinctly remember about uni, was the countless amount of times I said "GET ME TO A CITY!" when the clubs would close at 2 and the high street would consist of the smallest amount of chains, leaving just stand alone, unique, little places that shut their doors bang on 5:30pm. I mean, don't get me wrong I adore living in a city with the buzz and late night openings, but I don't half miss that sleepy, little Cornish town clinging to the end of the UK that was my home for 3 years.

Apart from it being home to the best uni...These were some of my favorite places that I have found myself reminiscing over, that seem impossible to find an equivalent to in a city.

First Up, Provedore. A family run business serving the best coffee and heavenly breakfast, that can honestly put right any sort of hangover. Hot chocolate bowls the size of your head and the most delicious, buttery toast and gooey eggs that will leave you full up and smiling all day. Also it's right next to the launderette, so it's a perfect excuse to spend an hour here whilst you wait for your clothes to dry.

Next up, The Deli. It's gorgeous courtyard makes it the perfect outdoor spot for lunch. It serves the biggest sarnies and home cooked goodies, oozing with deliciousness. A must for anyone who loves good, hearty grub.

Gylly Beach. Being lucky enough study at Woodlane, this idyllic little stretch of beach and its cafe are the perfect get away from any stress. With toast fit to jam a door open (the best kind) it is the perfect environment to relax and enjoy the beautiful view, whatever the season . In the winter, you can snuggle up outside below the heaters with a blankie and wine! Perfect!!

Dolly's tea room. Vintage tearooms that serve tea and cake by day, cocktails in teapots and tapas by night.
Stunning interiors and an array of creative books and magazines, make it very easy to spend a lot of time here, made better by the help of their very cute, golden Labrador.

Beerwolf, alcohol and books, two of my favorite things. Situated in an old looking pub/bookshop, drinking cider surrounded by books, with a stuffed cat looking over you never felt so right! BUT MIND THE STEP OUTSIDE THE TOILETS! although fun to watch, it ain't so fun nearly having a heart attack when you are the one to forget...

The Cove, Maenporth. This is the best restaurant I have EVER been too. My two visit's here I have been blown away. The food, the service, the view - It is all top notch and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Toast, I first set eyes on someone very lovely in here so it will always be a favorite place of mine, and a place I have probably consumed one too many shots of quite different flavors..Jaffa Cake anyone?

St Michaels. This wonderful hotel and spa has just been voted the best in Cornwall and I can definitely see how. This is one of the things I miss the most. Located in the best place, a brisk walk down to the seafront, then a lovely gym session, followed by a swim, hop in the Jacuzzi and a sauna. This will be a gym I compare all others too, they have managed to set the bar prettttyy high!

Espressini. An artisan coffee shop by coffee lovers who really know their stuff. With tons of different blends on offer, I can honestly say it will be one of the best (and prettiest) cappuccinos you will ever have. With local talent exhibited, it is a lovely place to sink in to and really appreciate the creative surroundings of Falmouth, from art to coffee.

Willow & Stone. Anyone's birthday or anything cute needed for the house this is the place to go. From door knobs to glittery postcards, it is a place where it is possible to hear yourself saying something like "Of course I need a cast iron wild bore bell" or something alike. BEWARE!

The coastal walks, a lot of places in Falmouth are just a hop and a skip from the beach, so whether it is sunny or frosty, it is the perfect place to strip off or wrap up and go for an explore along the coastal path, nothing can quite beat that Cornish, sea air.

So overall, Falmouth was where I had some of my happiest and most fun memories. I feel beyond lucky that I was able to study and live in such an amazing place, that will be one of my favorites forever, along with the many wonderful places that make it what it is.

Thank You Cornwall :)

Final Exhibition

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So June is speeding along and I can hardly keep up. Uni is coming to a close and people are leaving me already. Friday was our private view and final exhibition which saw some extremely impressive portfolios and designs along with some very strong cocktails and onion bhaji's (Thanks to triple medal winner prits)

Some awards were also given out...I won the most important one...'Best Accent' which i can only thank the mighty jano for - so thanks for blessing me with a welsh accent mummy:) 

swanzee till i die

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FREEDOM. - The words I never thought I would hear.
 After 3 very busy and stressful years it has finally come to an end and now i just wish i could do it all over again. Last week was Freerange in London, and whereas the thought of London usually fills me with dread - Sooty noses, no apologies when you are knocked flying, £7 for a gin and tonic...I was pleasantly surprised and fell in love with its fast pace and late night opening hours. We visited a 24 hour bagel shop at 11:30pm and this was when the love affair with the big city started. 

Free range was lots of fun and i got to see some lovely friends from home. Generous amount of free wine and welsh accents always makes a good evening.

My brilliant, blogger Becky Bees wrote a review here:

In having some free time it has allowed me to look back over my collection and write about each outfit. I already feel all nostalgic and want to do it all again.

 1. Hoody Dress.
This is one of my favorites which came from playing with the concept of changing the dimensions. It was originally one long pattern piece, Staring from the hood and continuing around to the neck hole with a hole in the middle of the pattern to put your legs through. I simplified the pattern and this was the end result. It added a very sporty element to the collection which was accidental but worked very well with all the other pieces.This has a bamboo, high neck, body con dress underneath tight to the figure contrasting with the over sized hoody.

2. Hole leg skirt.
This outfit came from looking at the dimensions of a skirt. Essentially a skirt is one tube, 2 holes. So I experimented with limiting and expanding these. Putting a hole for the leg to come out of and adding extra panels and room for movement made the standard, reversible skirt a lot more interesting.Likewise with the upper body having one tight slinky arm against a sleeveless one.

3. Hooded midi.
For this outfit I placed shapes on the body and cut 4 holes for the arms, neck and legs. I tried them on all body parts until i found the shape that i wanted, then worked into this. It has a very big collar which you can either wear down or pulled up over your head. There is a slinky, bamboo top underneath with snug thumb holes which contrasts nicely with this over sized, comfy dress

4. Drawstring dress.
The inspiration for this dress was similar to the hooded midi but i attached stings inside so when you pulled it, it distorted the shape. From this i kept refining it and decided on a drawstring just under the arm which can be left loose or pulled right to the top for a more ruched effect. At the back of the neck are some super long, hoody strings which move nicely when walking. This also has some very snug, extra long bamboo leggings.

5. Spiral seam dress.
This dress was from my original lineup and was the only survivor. It was the simplest thing but there was something about it that i loved. I changed the seam so instead of going down the sides it spirals from the back neckline around the body to the point at the front. It is in bamboo and double layered so it has a nice weight to it that bounces when you walk.

6. Hooded skirt.
This reminded me a bit of a very contemporary wedding dress. The collection goes gradually from black to white, with this outfit as the last one. It sort of represents my journey of being in the dark and it getting better and better for me. This came again from looking at the dimensions of a skirt and challenging these, so it is still one tube with 2 holes but just changing how it would normally look and work. 

Photographer - Sarah Rebecca Holliday http://sarahholliday.wix.com/sarahhollidayphotography
Model - Marianne Kakko

My song choice was seven nation army, the glitch mob remix

It had a good beat to walk too and added a sort of utility vibe of marching, it still gives me goosebumps when i listen to it.

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These last 2 weeks have been a manic whirl wind and now it is almost all over I am starting to feel quite dizzy. I haven't had a chance to do anything other than work so this is my first chance to put some pictures up from my Shoot!

I was extremely lucky to work with some incredible models and photographers throughout the whole process.

For this shoot:
Photographer - Gavin SF http://www.gavinsf.co.uk
Model - Marlene Christine Saevareid



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This morning I woke up to an exciting inbox of edited pictures from my shoot


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Drawstring Dress


Behind the scenes

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Today I was extremely lucky and got to shoot my collection with the most wonderful models and photographers. It was so surreal seeing my collection finished and on people. I am comparing it to a mother who takes her baby for thier first photoshoot to display on the mantle piece...This has become my baby over the last few weeks and it made me feel very proud. Here are some behind the scenes shots from today. I am beyond excited to see the finished results!!


And of course the day wouldn't be complete without a professional dust roller - In the words of chamillionaire "They see me rollinn, they hatinn"
A very successful day:)
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