Monday, 31 December 2012

Dress Rehearsal

Hey Guys!
So yesterday we had our dress rehearsal where I work. As it's performances all week, I'm hoping to show you what I wore for the whole week! Wouldn't that be exciting! I like to dress up more for work than I do for Uni, so it's more visually exciting seeing what I wear to work rather than winter wear at Uni.
I tried this outfit on for Christmas, but decided there was too much going on, so proceeded to rummage thought the rest of my wardrobe! But having reviewed the look, I've decided that I actually really like the mis-match appeal of it. To the rest of the world, I'm sure it looks like a causally compiled outfit. But to me, and my slight OCD-ness, the layering on the tops looks messy and there are kind of too many colours going on that I don't feel match. But really when I was thinking about what to write, I realised that the look does piece together rather well. Obvz, green and orange are complimentary colours. That means when placed next to each other they help to emphasise the partnered colour, i.e the green looks greener against the orange and vice versa. The collar that's visible from the shirt underneath is a muted addition to the colour pallet, as the is black from the leggings. So it doesn't add any "mess" to my appearance. The shirt and vest go well as not only do they fit together, as shirts and vest have done for many years, they keep me even toastier too. Bonus!
I love my leopard print boots (Maybs a little too much, but everyone has the tacky section in their wardrobe. Mine happens to be full of leopard print!). I think that the brown colour scheme of the boots goes well with the orange/salmon pink vest. Also, browns and greens are seen as earthy tones when together. But if the grass you're looking at is the same colour as my cardi, I don't think it's natural. HeHe!
As I was wearing pale and colourful tops I let my curls tumble over my shoulders. I wore my hair in a bit-up-bit-down style, with a matchy green grip. I got a pretty golden, paper crane necklace from my sister for Christmas. I wore this as it's really subtle, but has a jewel in so catches the light nicely. My Miss Selfridge ring-bracelet combo has similar tones to my outfit. So rather than wear a bracelet and ring, then loose the ring when washing my hands, I wore the ring attached to the bracelet.
Change of scenery, literally. I took a quick pic in the theatre.
 
Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Jewellery Party

Hey Guys!
Not too long ago I went to a little evening do, that was a Jewellery party. It was a little like the Avon parties but this time the jewellery was laid out on the table and we could play about and try things on. I've been to the Host's house before and she had a Shoe party, which was Totes amaze! Lots of Zandra Rhodes shoesies which were a dream! But like the Shoe Party, all the jewellery was super expensive. So it was more of a look and dream, for me and my Mum, than seriously consider what it would go with.
This is what I decided to wear. It was a gaggle of my Mum's friends and then me. They know I'm into fashion and like to (over) dress pretty and look good. I didn't want to over dress because I know that I always used to do that at the "Grown Up age of 13", as I used to think. So I went for a smart/caj look. I would have loved to have worn heels, but I had been to London all day and my feet were tired! I think that the leopard print boots add a hint of quirkiness and makes the striking look more fun. Whenever I whip out the blazer I usually end up looking pretty formal. But the pairing of the leggings and blazer oozes the Smart/Casual vibe. The top is from Zara in an amazing £10 table sale! Because it is a knitted, woollen top the texture makes it appear more suitable for lougewear and relaxing, like a Christmas jumper is. The subtle juxtaposition of the blazer against the knit top makes for a toned down relaxed, but still want to be well presented appearance.
I would have gone for a few chunky rings and bracelets to spice up the look, accessories wise. But I wouldn't have been able to try any of the jewellery on then! I think some dainty, single chain bracelets and perhaps a necklace would add an elegant visual to the outfit.
A messy bun, always says, "I didn't want to look like I've tried hard, but I really have! At least I've hardly tried with my hair so I vaguely appear suitably dressed!"
Sometimes, I don't even realise myself how much thought I put into one outfit!
















Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!
Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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Monday, 24 December 2012

Top Tunes Tuesday on Musical Monday 24th December!

Hey Guys!

Since it's actually Christmas tomorrow (eeeeekk!!), I thought I'd treat you to a Top Tunes Tuesday on a Monday. It makes total logical sense, doesn't it? I thought I could have given you a list of my fave chrimbo tunes, but I'll keep it standard...

1. ENUR - I'm That Chick (feat Nicki Minaj & Goonrock)
I absolutely L.O.V.E this tune! It's uber catchy and is such a party banger! Lyrically, I'm not gonna lie, I can't understand half of it. I'm not cool enough to understand all the funky lingo. But at least I know Nicki's fave sandwich, Lettuce, Tomato and don't forget the Mayo! Little Sophia Grace star as the main role in the vid. Shes ditched her bud to move onto greater pastures new! This will set off your New Years party with a bang!

2. Ke$ha- C'mon
I thought I'd shared this with you previously but appaz not. I like the Yum like a Lolly Pop bit because it sound so cute. But I expect Ke$ha may have not intended it like that, HeHe! It's another party song from her newest album Warrior. I like how she describes a current relationship with analogies from childhood ways. Super cute!

3. Lawson- Learn To Love Again
The video to this I think, has made me feel like this song is a medieval triumphant song. Something that you'd hear at the end of Merlin. But I'm sure if I hadn't of seen the vid, I would think this. Really, it's another love song but it sounds different to Lawson's previous efforts because it starts really dark and no hope-like. But then the good time chorus kicks in and Andy serenades us convincing us that we can learn to love again after all this time.

4. David Guetta- Just One Last Time ft. Taped Rai
Just after I bought Guetta's Nothing But the Beat, he released the 2.0 version. So I was not a happy bunny with him. But as I'm cooling off with him I hear this on the radio the other day and thought it was a pretty top tune. My fave bit is the Even thought it hurts I can't slow down... part. As for Taped Rai, I've no idea who he is!

5. Chris Rea- Driving Home For Christmas
Whoops! How did this get here? Oh well, I'd better write something about it, TeeHee! This is my absolutely favourite chrimbo tune. I never manage to hear it until about now-ish and in the dark it makes me feel all Christmassy inside. But of course listening to SmoothXmas all day for a few days earlier in December, I should have known it would come on and it kind of ruin it for me a little bit :(. But now it's all dark outside on Christmas Eve, having a little listen puts me right in the mood to put out mince pies and carrots for Santa and his Reindeer's.

This (25th) is the last Top Tunes Tuesday of 2012! Cry and Die! But have no fear, I'll be back in 2013 with even more tuuuunneesss!

Merry Christmas!
Oodles and Toodles (and lots of Sparkling Christmas Wishes!)
Row Bow
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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Inglorious Beasties

Hey Guys!
I've been busy beavering away with my Art work recently and now I have some pictures to show you all what I've been doing.
As I've mentioned in my little "About Me" section, I'm interested in Fashion Styling, and in a project this is the bit I enjoy the most. Since the beginning of November I have been working on a project called Inglorious Beasties. With the idea being that at the end of it we would have designed our own print for fabric based on inglorious beasties, printed the print and made a garment based on a draping workshop. Well, I've done all of that and thought I'd share the end result of my proj with you!
This is a sneeky peek of what is on my art blog (http://rowbowsart.wordpress.com/) and Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rowbow/).
Here you go:


 
No more...That's your lot! You'll have to have a look at my Art Blog and Flickr for more, I'm sooo mean! HeHe!
Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Whipping Out the Christmas Jumper!

Hey Guys!
This is an outfit that I wore to work so I was keeping it warm, keeping it flexible and keeping it fashionable!
The cardigan is a new purchase and the closest thing I have to a Christmas jumper. The coloured pattern knitted into the jumper gives a nod to the trendy fair isle design of Christmas jumpers. It's actually from the Boys section (Age 13) in Primark. It was only £10, I think, where as in the Men's section some were nearer to £20. So total barg! When I was getting the jumper I also picked up the red leggings which, as they're from the same shop, are the exact same tone of red as the pattern on the jumper. This ties my look together nicely, along with my (then new) red lippy. The one thing I would say about the leggings is that I had to buy my actual size in them, as there were no larger ones. For summer this is fine, but in Winter as I wear more leggings underneath I'd rather go for a size bigger. They fit comfortably, but as the material stretches more the white label at the back is more visible. And when I'm dancing and prancing around on s Saturday everybody gets a little flash of label every now and again. Not a good look! To solve this I could cut it out neatly, but then I don't want a little stubby bit lets. Or SUPER CAREFULLY unpick the lable from the seam, trying not to nick another stitch and end up taking the leggings apart completely!
Because the white shirt underneath the cardi is also buttoned, the looks appears more sightly with cardi undone and shirt done up. It looks a little silly with the small golden buttons peeping out on top of chunky brown buttons. As the colour and design is all going on with my cardi and leggings my shoes and shirt are very minimal and understated.
I kept my hair down to balance out the look. I don't feel it really suits me with my hair up and the large woolly collar which emphasises my neck. Also, my dark hair evens out the dark red leggings on the bottom half of my outfit.
Looking hot, keeping warm! HeHe!
Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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Top Tunes Tuesday 18th December!

Hey Guys!

My top tunes this week have been...

This is my favourite track on Rita's ORA album. It's also the name of her new tour which if anybody is looking for my chrissy pressie, I happily accept tickets to that! I love the rise and fall of the track and when the chorus kicks in the pardy starts! The video has a techy kind of theme but Rita always looks flawless and super cool!

After receiving little updates about the performances in America finally I have been able to hear the whole song! It's not quite what I was expecting. From the title I thought it was go into be a more poor me song, but it's about the 'us' in the relationship. It's quite funky. Who knows how America will take to it?

I like how this song is still very much Daley's own and Jessie just offers more powerful backing vocals. Because it could have very easily turned into a Jessie J ft. Daley song. The song is quite jazzy but modern and gives me a really good first impression of Daley (I've not listened to him before). Jessie has the natural beauty look going on in the video which is really cute. One question: Whats Genga-g-g-g-g-geng all about?

Having had SmoothXMas on all day trying to get me into the Christmassy mood I finally realised why I recognised the "Do you hear what I hearrr?" song. It's because this time last year JLS had the New Year song do you feel what I feel. I put it back on my playlist to get me in the festive spirit, because a day full of festive songs wasn't enough!

Genga-g-g-g-g-geng, as they say...
Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Top Tunes Tuesday 11th December!

Hey Guys!

New Vids this week ...

This is Conor's forth cut from his Contrast album, but for the single remix he has teamed up with Wiley. I didn't think I'd like it because they tend to cut the middle 8/bridge which is usually my fave bit. But here they manage to put a little bit of the take me to the dark and don't you ever let go in so I get my fix. It has a stronger hint of a dancer/ electronic feel. I can't really describe it but it's different to the album version. They tend to switch up singles to draw people in to buy it even if they already have the album. I don't usually fal for it, but I've been taken in by Mr Cutie... I mean Maynard!

I mentioned this a short while ago now, but now I've found the vid and thought you might like a little look. Still absolutely love it!

I promise this is the last consecutive week I will mention RiRi, but she has a new single and I couldn't ignore it! She performed this at the final of The X Factor and it sounded super dupe. When she performed I could have seen her performing it as a duet. I'm feeling with Coldplay as its quite different to her other ballads. I loved the contrast when she performed We Found Love too. Reminds me of how much I actually love that song!

Speaking of X Factor, James claimed victory over Jahmene on Sunday night. I didn't vote, but I was kind of siding with Jahmene because his album would have been more old schooly and totally different to chart stuff. But I'm happy with James as a winner especially as his winners single was much catchier and unique, I have to say. It's a cover of Shontelle's Impossible but his voice has a deeper emotional tone to it.

This is another video of a song I suggested a few weeks back. Girls Aloud are all pouty and slow mo here with a muted colour scheme to give the natural effect. A piece of black chiffon has a starring role!
Enjoy!
Oodles and Toodles
RowBow
x

Friday, 7 December 2012

Summer Outfit in Winter

Hey Guys!
This is an outfit that I wore to Uni yesterday. I have a bit of a trek to get there (2 and a half hours) so I would suggest that it is also suitable for a day out about town, or a walk, or a school trip kind of affair.
The top half, you may remember, is the same as what I wore to a Spa day over summer. Check out that post here. When I manage to wear my summer outfits in winter is makes me a little happier inside as I tell myself it's not long to go until we're back in the lush weather! I wish! But I have sneakily bumped up the layers to keep me toasty through the day. I have my thermal vest- which I basically live in from October to March! On top of that I've gone for a longer top with longer, but not full length sleeves. Then I've tried to hide a sneaky black cardigan as another layer. Also, because with all the extra padding the Gillet doesn't popper up very well, so the more layer underneath that actually do up to happier I'll be. Because there was snow earlier in the week, it has been super duper cold, so I've gone a little over board on the leggings. Don't judge me! I have 3 pairs of leggings and long song with fluffy socks over that. Go hard or go home, I say! So does Will.i.am, hehe! I had my thermal leggings then 2 pair of normal leggings. Cheeky: When my leggings are wearing down and I get that all the elastic coming out along all the seams, I begin to wear them as thermal leggings. As they are thinner than my actual thermal leggings, the are ideal for the reasonably chilly months (October, February- April). I wear them under jeans if I know I'm going to get cold, but I don't think it will be too bad, but I don't what to be whinging that I'm cold all day. If I want to wear leggings in Winter or Summer I don't want a VPL (I'm sure nobody does really, unless that's you're kind of thing. What ever floats your boat!) So by building up the layers (thinner layers in Summer) it reduces the VPL-effect. Also, in warmer months, when my leggings are showing a little skin through them, I'm wear the old elasticy ones or black tights. VPL and see-through leggings be gone!
Back to my outfit, Wha-Hey! Check out my new booties! Their Young Dimension don't 'cha know! HeHe! That's the children's section in Primark, and because I have little feet I fit them. The woolly socks keep by tootsies warm, but also help fill in the space inside shoes that feel a little bit loose. I love Leopard print on anything. My inner tackiness can't contain it's self and next thing you know I'm at the till paying and it would be rude to turn around then.
And there you have it. My Summer outfit transformed into a Winter warmer.
 
Oodles and Toodles
RowBow
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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Top Tunes Tuesday 4th December!

Hey Guys!

Here we gooo...

1.  Solange- Losing You
I wasn't too taken a back by this when I first heard it. I much prefer her I decided (Freemasons Remix). But since it was the free single of the week, how could I say no? It's quite relaxing, but sneakily catchy. Totally different to her funky I decided beats.

2. Rihanna- Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary
I'll end up going through he whole of her album at this rate. But since I was waiting in a massive traffic jam, in a friend of a friends car I took note of this funky little tune. The only thing I would say is schedule time in to listen to the song because it appears to go on forever. I'm getting ready for bed and I've done my hair, put the jim-jams on, brushed my teeth and hopped into bed by the time RiRi calls it a day.

3. Taylor Swift- I knew You Were Trouble
From the title I assumed it would be a ballad, so initially I wasn't interested. But Hey! Swifty has gone a little dubsteppy with it. I'm not sure how much more of her Red album I can take. It all appears sooo catchy. I might pluck up the courage to listen to ALL OF IT! ( Also, a little gossip, and I know you love it! Appaz We are Never Getting Back Together was about T-Swift's ex-boyf Joe Jonas! Who Knew? I'm going to guess he worked it out.)

4. The Script- Six Degrees of Separation
This is why I don't think any album should be released with only one lead single released before. It debuted this weekend at number 40 on the chart. But I'm sure there's some music mastermind that has his reasons. I think that this is a lovely (well, as lovely as it can be) break-up song as it doesn't stray of the egdy-er sound of The Script. It's about Danny's model ex the beautiful Irma Mali. I love the play on words of the phrase "Six Degrees of Separation". Usually it's about how all humans know or are related to each other but 6 (I'm guessing) people.

5. Girls Aloud- Every Now and Then
I'm sorry, I've done it again. But this is the 4th and final now track from Girls Aloud on their anniversary album Ten. Again, they've gone down a dancey route, but more Ibiza circa 2003 with the background "dundundundun dundundundundundundun dundundundun". Listen out for it in the slower bridge. Not too shabby, worth a boogie.

Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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Monday, 3 December 2012

Visiting My Buds

Hey Guys!
Oh dear! These outfit posts (the point of the blog) are lacking a little! Just as I get back into the swing of doing them regularly, another mountain of work avalanches on top of me. This time it's UCAS Round 2! I kind of messed up last year with it all, but I've got my head in the game now and I'm totally sure and applying to places I actually want to go to this year. Exciting times! But since I've bigged up my blogs and flickr, I need to get crack-a-lacking with it all again.
This is an outfit which I wore, what feels like forever ago, when I went down south to see my buds at Uni. I wanted to keep the look pretty caj so I was comfortable with all the trains (left, right switching trains- get the reference? HeHe, I'm soo witty! (It's RB-Friday)) But as we know I like to look pretty so I went understated dressy. Monochrome is big this A/W season. I kept my basic colour pallet to this with a white v-neck tee and some black leggings. Obvz I had the usual thick leggings and long socks hidden underneath! I have my grey boots on, which are disintegrating so you'll be seeing less of them now. If it was warmer weather and I didn't have to wear sensible shoes for the whole day I'd have gone with my white lacey dollie shoes. Or perhaps my brown butterfly dollie shoes. But be careful because as you introduce light colours by showing pale feet, dark shoes may break the pattern up making you appear paler or a little weird. The pink blazer is where the fun, girly RowBow-ness comes out but also the elements of understated dressy. It looks more smart as it is a blazer which generally smartens up any outfit. But due to the pastel pink and cream of the blazer it looks more relaxed and casual. If it had been a darker colour I would have looked like I was about to attend a corporate meeting to discuss ways to increase out profit margins whilst benefiting our shareholders dividends. (Yes, I did pay attention in Economics!) My nails were a little shabby, but from the photo the look bearable. They were a "Bright Purple"- that's what the bottle tells me. So to go with them I chose the owl necklace my friend who I visited gave me, as it has a few purple gems so it links in. My bracelet consists of pearly pinks and browns which blends well with my reasonably muted pallet.
I kept my hair down as it balanced my look of dark on the bottom and pale in the middle. I went a little fancy on the make-up and wore my (then new) red lippy. I had been looking for one that wasn't so bright red but had more of a hint of orange in it. This is closer but ideally I like a teenie bit more orange in it.
My friend Char took the piccys for me here, and she decided that I needed to show a few more details of my outfits as they are sometimes hard to see. She's a dedicated What Row Chose follower, hehe! Natch, since I took these I've forgotten but maybe it'll be my New Years resolution.




My Hair and Make-Up
 
Lovely out of focus Necklace



 
Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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