Thursday, 30 April 2015

that joke isn't funny anymore

Student loan means only one thing - spending! I had a nosey on over at and found this lovvveerrrly pink dress from Motelrocks with a tie up back, perfect for the sunny weather. Here I've paired it up with my vintage came jacket and new flatforms both also from Ark (The camo I bought from ark a few summers ago and love cracking it out around this time of year). 
Keep an eye out for more of my ootd posts - I have loads of new stuff I can't wait to style and show you all! 

Saturday, 25 April 2015

On my travels today.
Vintage leather jacket - Blue Rinse Leeds
polka dot shirt - Vintage
Denim circle skirt - American Apparel

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Furs and Skins

For my current project "Sensing the City" I'm working with leather. And yesterday GH Leathers visited uni selling off cuts of fur and leather for discounted prices. I bought 5 pieces - 4 pieces of leather in different colours and a loooovvvveely grey rabbit fur that all came up to £25. I plan on using the pieces for sampling and hopefully making my final product. 

You can all follow my Instagram for quick updates of my progress for during this project! leanneyyyyy

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

is it really so strange

New Purchases

This week swampy students finally getting their loans in meaning only one thing, time to spend!
In typical fashion, me and my friends went to Afflecks Palace in Manchester. For anyone who has never been to Afflecks, it is basically a huge building with a bunch of independent boutiques, vintage shops, jewellery stalls, fancy dress and everything cute and quirky you can think of. It's a mecca for the weird and wonderful.
In one of the boutiques, Huk, I found the most awesome necklaces, knitted and knotted in bright greens, pinks and yellows, adorned with other dangly bits and sparkles. I went for this knotted multi layered chain. Big statement jewellery isn't usually my thing - I like subtle pieces in silver or gold. But this caught my eye, and thought it would look amazing layered on top of a plain high neck crop or any sort of casual t-shirt for a dressed down look.
You can see why I was so drawn to it in the first place - look at the colours!

I found it interesting to find thread weaved through the chain, gave me a lot of ideas of my own for updating pieces I have lying around at home. So quirky and different!
Yesterday out in the sun I styled it with my super old grey Topshop T-shirt dress for a dressed down look. 
On the day, I also picked up this super adorable plunge bra from Ann Summers. I had a fitting, as I haven't bought a new bra in forever, and found out I'm now a 36E rather than a DD! The bra is super comfy and fits me so well, and gives me a lot of extra confidence. The sales assistant, Abbey, was so helpful and made me feel so at ease in her care as she measured me up and helped me find a new bra. She was lovely! 

All in all, I had a super lovely day in town with my friends pottering about doing some girly shopping!

leanne x 

Monday, 13 April 2015

Thick skin and an elastic heart

So it's finally getting warm enough for me to ditch the tights and swap them for frilly and fun socks! 

Dress - loving youth label @ Topshop 

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Manchester School Of Art Year 1 and 2 Fashion Show 2015

Again, this is a long over due post, a personal review of my year's end of project fashion show.
The show was to showcase the work produced as an outcome from our most recent Realisation project (which I wrote about previously in my final styling photos). The show took place in our exhibition space in the Benzi building of the Manchester Art School on the 3rd of March.
Prior to the show, we spent one or two days preparing the models and their looks - the idea was to create a capsule collection where garments were styled with other peoples work. The result was fresh,   exciting and straight from the young creative minds of Manchester based fashion students.

Naturally - my work was included in the show! My dress was styled over patch work boho-esque dress by Polly Davis. I was so proud to see both our dresses being run down the catwalk, was so exciting and gave me a taste of things to come. Hopefully more of my work will be going down a catwalk some day! Photo credit for my look goes to Aly Henshall.

Here are a few of my own shots of my favourite looks by my peers from the show. 

The night was such a success, and everyone had worked so hard to get it to run smoothly. 
I can't wait for future shows! 

Tuesday, 7 April 2015


On the way back in to manchester today I quickly stopped off in Urban Outiftters to indulge in a new pair of shades - given this out of character sunny weather! 
For me, the bigger the better when it comes to sunglasses. I have quite a round face - so any small frames just look odd on me. 
For the past few years I've been taking on a Janis Joplin vibe for summer with extra large circle glasses, usually with  rose-tinted lenses. This year I thought I'd keep it retro with a pair of cateye shapes sunglasses - I feel these really suit me, better than the "John Lennons", and go with my grungy/50s aesthetic. I love the gold detail too! Definitely will be sporting these all summer. 🌞

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Realisation Photoshoot.

This post is long over due! Better late then never!
This term saw the most stressful project I've ever had to take on - Realisation. The brief was to combine the work of an "outsider artist", with a sub-culture. I chose to look at the work of Martin Ramirez and combined his use of repetitive lines with the outrageous aesthetic of the New 

Here are the final photos of the outcome of this project - in my garment I attempted to include as many receptive elements I could think of, especially repetitive lines. This can be seen in the skirt itself and the multicoloured stripe fabric I chose to work with, as well as the excessive use of ruffles on the neckline (a New Romantics twist there), which I embroidered black curved patterns onto white  silk chiffon. I'm very proud of my work, this is the very first garment I have made independently that actually fits a model perfectly!

In the shoot, I wanted to demonstrate the fullness of the skirt, so I asked my first-time model Natalie to twirl for me a million times. I used the burst feature on my iPhone to capture every frame. 
The styling I kept minimal - hair out of the face so that the neckline could be seen clearly, and little make-up to not distract from the busy, colourful skirt. Against a dark background allowed for the repetitive features of my garment to really stand out - to me it looks as if my dress is floating!
Overall, I was very pleased with the outcome of my project and my shoot. I have many improvements to make and mistakes to make sure I don't repeat in the future, but for my first ever garment at Degree level I couldn't be happier!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

only heaven i'll be sent to, is when I'm alone with you

coat - charity shop//bournemouth

So I finally made it home for Easter after a long and stressful term. 
Chuffed that I can now relax for a week or two!

leanne x

Savage Beauty @ the V&A - 17th March.

As a leaving present from my old job in Leeds, my wonderful boss bought me two tickets for Savage Beauty - a retrospective exhibition of Alexander McQueen's work. I was so privileged and lucky to have had the opportunity to firstly spend the day in London, and secondly experience McQueen's work first hand - and that is exactly what is was, an experience.

 Me and my friend Dani left for London around lunch time, packed lunches and fully charged phones at the ready, leaving Manchester Piccadilly in first class on Virgin Trains (we'd somehow been bumped up to first class. We weren't complaining!), and sat back and relaxed for three hours of extra leg room, free wifi and complimentary food and drinks for the entire duration of the journey.

The tomato soup and bread roll were to die for. 
We took advantage of the free food, and took everything we were offered. Which ended up saving us spending money in London for lunch!

We arrived in London Euston around 14:00, our time slot at the V&A wasn't until 15:00, so we slowly made our way to South Kensington via the tube. This was very exciting for me, as I'd never been o the tube before, and I'm so glad I'd chosen Dani to come with me as she knows London very well being a Southerner!

Upon arriving at the V&A, I was blown away by the majestic beauty of the building itself. I've never seen anything like it! We'd arrived early, so we had a strut around the rest of the museum before queuing for Savage Beauty. 

The permanent collections at the museum were very interesting, definitely right up my street - historic artefacts from different cultures and parts of the world including Renaissance Italy and ancient China. I particularly enjoyed the British History of Fashion collection, showcasing pieces from throughout fashion history. 

I loved these historic dresses. Top 1910s. Bottom, 1700s. 

Here's quite an unclear snap of me from the day. I was wearing a vintage dogtooth swing jacket my mum bought me from a charity shop in Bournemouth, my cord circle skirt from Urban Outfitters and my long sleeved roll neck jumper again a gift from my mum, which she got from Matalan. I also had on my vintage leather belt, which you can't see from the image. I wanted to be comfortable for the journey to and from London, yet remaining at a standard set for London and McQueen - so I went for mostly black. 

The exhibition itself had me gob-smacked. It was eery, and hauntingly intimidating definitely a direct representation of McQueen as a designer and his work. I found it extremely successful. The feeling of just witnessing the garments in person were enough to leave anyone speechless. Even when not strutting down the catwalk, they had the ability to shock and keep you questioning the conformity of what is beauty and the ideal female form. McQueen broke these boundaries, and made it seem possible to wear extremely low cut trousers, or a dress that was made from horsehair. We weren't allowed to take photos, but I took some on the sly - I just had to! 

I managed to snap the armadillo dress worn by Lady Gaga in her music video for Bad Romance. I was so starstruck - by a dress! McQueen and Gaga's relationship before his death in 2011 was an iconic one, Gaga was and is continuously inspired by his work. 

The day was a full and busy one, if I were to describe everything Dani and I got up to on our travels I'd be here for days. Stomping about London just confirmed my dreams of living it up in the capital at some point in my life, it's so beautiful. 

leanne x 

Friday, 3 April 2015

how soon is now

Pink crop top - Topshop, vintage kilt - Urban Outiftters.

This is my ootd from a week ago at my leather workshop at uni. 
This skirt I bought last summer from Urban Outiftters - I have an obsession with tartan skirts! This one is in typical kilt style with a button fastening on the side where the fabric overlaps its self and pleats on the back. I pair it with my pink rib crop top from Topshop, I used to shy away from pink but recently its all I look out for!

the street