How To Be Blindsighted By Positivity

When I first went into the business of self employment, I didn’t think it would necessarily be easy, but I did expect to make some sales.  Now, two years in, I am happy if I get an extra like on the Facebook page or an extra hit on the Tictail.  Sales are mostly a pipe dream.

I started out with aspirations of becoming a wedding dress designer.  I had designed a load, and even made one.  I made another.  I had a photoshoot with some friends.  I got a broken toe in the process. 

Then it stopped.

I tried marketing, online stuff and in the directories.  I couldn’t afford to do fayres with no money coming in.  I even had a go at organising my own wedding fayre.  It was a drizzly day when it finally came round, and i’d had problems with both non – payment and table suppliers cancelling.  I was accused of not advertising, not making banners, not doing this and that, and I had pretty much given up before it had started.  The tables were cheap compared to the usual cost, yet I was threatened with legal proceedings for the matter of £35.

It all died down, I stopped being self employed and once again became unemployed.  It was one of the worst experiences of my life that was of my own making, having to give up the dream and work for someone else.  Except that didn’t really happen either.

I’ve picked it back up again, but on a much smaller scale.  I can’t afford to make the wedding dresses, and a lot of the jewellery I have made was made during my seasonal work.  When I make a sale, I buy new stock.  I have done an Indiegogo to raise money for new stock, and that was quite successful.  Only one pledge is still to be fulfilled.

I’m always beong moaned at for being negative.  The fact is, when something is my choice, I can be massively positive and enthusiastic.  And it usually comes back to bite me in the arse.  My insolvency is proof of that.  I’m not bankrupt, by any means, but I was seriously considering it this time last year.

I guess the moral is – go for it, but it doesn’t always go the way you want.  Keep that in mind.

George.

Princesses At The V&A

Exciting so so can’t wait – the limited edition Disney dolls are coming out in October !!!!  I don’t care if i’ve got an early at work that day, i’m staying up online to buy this Eric and Ariel dolls the moment it turns midnight on the 15th.

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I collect the Disney princess dolls because of their costume.  Think about it, the princesses and princes are dressed to represent the culture and fashion era they are attributed to, and to nail the era, how character are dressed is key to showing the styles of men and women of the place and time period.

To see and understand further the fashion evolution for all eras, many people go to the renowned pride of Britain masterpiece – The Victoria and Albert Museum (the V and A to us on trend folk and citizens).  A centrepiece of art and design trophies, including real princesses dresses including examples from Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’ by Catherine Walker, to HRH Princess Margret’s blue cocktail dress by one of her favorite Parisian designers Jean Desses.

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I purchased two magnificent decadent V&A books this week -‘The V&A Gallery of Fashion’ and ‘V&A Ball Gowns’.  Each are full of beautiful and exquisite pieces of clothing from distinguished places and designers.  I knew I wanted these books from the moment I saw the trademark symbol of the The Victoria and Albert Museum, defining the quality and craftsmanship of the information and products featured. I opened the V&A Ball Gowns book and fell in love with the Erdem dress 2008 and Stella McCartney dress 2011.  

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Erdem dress 2008 

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Stella McCartney dress 2011

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Bellville Sassoon 1964

Vibrant colour, sophistication with a touch of chic and delicate pastel with avante garde beading, just three dresses that represent the different ballgown looks, with patterns and cuts of the fabric and haberdashery touches that the ballgowns book discusses. 

Please either request this book form your nearest Waterstones or borrow it from your local library, where you can photocopy all the images and words and decorate your wall (within copyright laws of course!).  This book is the encyclopedia of fashion full of historical and contemporary garments with engaging information making you want to go to the actual Victoria and Albert Museum instantly.  Of course, I have many many favourite sections in this book.  One is the tennis dress by Hepburne Scott (1926) that I think easily can be a summer evening stroll dress as well as it being a competitive uniform from it’s day.

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Hepburne Scott 1926 

Each chapter has a brief introduction of culture and society of the period the following garments and accessories are from.  Many of the V&A pieces are over 100 years old (personally, i’d hate to see that dry cleaning bill for care of each piece!).  This image below is a true fairytale piece.  If I won the lottery, i’d pay to have a photo shoot in it, though no one should buy this dress, the V&A is it’s permanent fairytale castle. 

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Mantua gown 1753 – 55, silk brocaded with gilded silver thread. 

My best parts have to be the modern and contemporary fashion now chapters, where designers are scientists, experimenting with their fabric, pattern, cut formulas, color and design.  A new spectrum of creative formulas are evolving.  The renowned Gareth Pugh created a piece combining two elements – leather and metal – now historically, yes, you may think done before, leather shoes metal buckle.  No, a material combination of two elements formulating a new fabric for the world. 

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Silvered leather dress 2011.

In the same year, Prada went scientific, taking the highly popular material plastic and thought – forget packaging, we’re going to use it for a component to form a shoe!  Below shows their vibrant magical result, I adore the heel, the best part. 

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The front cover image is this beautiful evening coat.

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Elsa Schiaparelli 1937.

From the front, tailored Savile Row approved, but from the back, artisan magic arrives.  Elsa was a creative magician, and all her pieces were exquisite in cut and design.  Simply makes you pick up this encyclopedia of fashion perfectly.  

Lucy xxx

Eau De Telford

I stepped foot into Telford’s Primark on a Saturday at half eleven.  I survived, and I lived to get the dress.

I got the dress George showed me last week in Birmingham, and the only one left was my size.  Could it be a sign?  Good timing?  Someone had mixed it up with the tops in the mens department where I spotted it.  Either way I got a new very pretty dress to twirl around Shrewsbury in and do cross stitch.

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Observing my new dress I instantly knew I needed some matching shoes.  I’ve never been keen on Primarni shoes, so went to a trustworthy fave of mine – Dorothy Perkins, where I spotted THE SHOES in the window and nearly knocked over a faux model or two to reach them.  I had to have them because they tap into the everlasting print trend which I adore and have a cut out on one side – a homage to modern tailored.

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New shoes – tick.  New dress – tick.

Conundrum.

My perfume is still full and i’m still in awe of my River Island bag I got the other month.  In other words – no bags took my liking.  So I headed to Waterstones and while mooching at books in the classic section, and spying some Linda la Plante I spotted the word – perfume.

Part of me thought wow make your own perfume – grown up George’s Marvellous Medicine, but perfume perhaps, you never know!  It wasn’t sadly, but it is an intriguing account from a Parisian fragrance writer.  I’m hooked already even though im putting down for Eurovision – Come on Bonnie Tyler!!!!!!

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Now to label my new threads before Eurovision…

Lucy xxx

Dresses You CAN Wear All Year Round

My chest of drawers consists of shift dresses (smart dresses as some High Street shops like to name them now), compiled into sections – top draw for current weather / season, and bottom draw for next weather / season.

Currently, due to the great British climate, i’m wearing my dresses with medium denier tights, my legs are warm and not cold like my mum constantly keeps going on about. If I was wearing natural tan tights, then yes, i’d agree, but seriously, i’m wearing like a mini knitted cardigan, but with sleeves for my legs instead of my arms…

Shift dresses are the perfect tailored dress to me, because one dress can easily carry you from one event to another, they can cross all style borders, smart/casual and smart/occasion. My collection of dresses do this for me, I easily pick a pair of my shoes and choose which tight denier is appropriate. Simples.

I get my shift dresses from a number of shops, mainly Debenhams and House Of Fraser. I can get all my favourite brands in one go, and also pop into River Island and Miss Selfridge, whichever is next door.

These dresses i’ve so got my eye on, come the summer sales i’ll be heading to straight to my nearest, biggest House of Fraser.

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After I get all my shift/smart/day dresses I need, i’ll head to Coast, my favourite brand for occasion wear,

Lucy xx

The Things We Do For Our Nans . . .

I cleaned out my wardrobe this evening, got rid of some tops that I no longer wish to ever wear, and during this clear out I actually found a dress that . . . can’t believe i’m saying this . . . goes over my knees!  :O

Gobsmacked!  How can this be?  All my dresses are on the knee or maybe just slightly above, how can I possibly wear and have this dress!?  Then I realised, it’s my ‘going to my nan’s in Prestatyn’ dress.  I wear it to please my nan, who likes my dresses, but prefers if I wear  flats (OMG) with them!

Nan, I love u dearly, but im never gonna wear flats.  The day I wear flats is the day you see Piers Morgan, Ian Hislop and Jeremy Clarkson all having a bromance picnic together . . .

I’m unsure whether to keep this dress, or put it in the ‘no longer wanted’ clothes pile.  It’s a good make, a John Rocha summer print dress from Debenhams, Stockport.  If I get rid, i’ll have to make my nan get used to one of my shorter dresses that everyone else knows me for, but that means nan will make me traipse around Rhyl’s cheap version of Peacocks and Shoe Zone AGAIN (shudders).

Not going thru that again.  That”s it, the dress is staying.  But in very back of the wardrobe.

Or I could hem it . . . maybe  . . .

But it has soooo made me want to wear my cherry dress and red tights tomorrow, and my pink tailored coat I got from Oasis in the sale.  I saw it in mint green the other day, wish I had money to have that one.  I have nothing in a mint pale green shade, maybe i’ll hint at my nan, or i’ll make a deal with her.
I’ll wear this dress, if you get me this Oasis pale mint green coat.
if it’s a tailored coat, then i don’t mind if its over my knee.  I love that, but a dress over my knee is only for my nan.
Lucy x