Saturday, 7 October 2017

FINAL YEAR : WEEK ONE


I am FINALLY back at university! After having a year out in industry, it feels so strange going back to university properly, particularly when all but 4 of my original year group have graduated - I am literally a fourth-year fresher! My first week of final year has certainly been intense, and its only going to get more insane as the term progresses, as my timetable indicates!
I've decided it might be a fun series on here to blog, week-by-week, my final year progress in my Fashion degree. I do feel as though this series may sometimes have longer gaps than a week as my work gets busier, and I have less time to stop and blog about it, however, I would  really like to have this log of my final year to look back on in future, purely to feed my nostalgic needs! Plus, I have been asked by a few people to write more about my degree, and show what I do and how the course is laid out. So, without further ado! 

THIS WEEK consisted of finishing off my Summer project & presenting it to my fourth year tutor and fellow classmates. [Side note: I hate presenting so much; my mouth gets so dry, my face heats up and I constantly feel like I'm bright red because of that, however, after presenting on Tuesday, my friend paid me THE BIGGEST compliment ever and said 'you are so good at presenting, you make it look really easy' - it's made me so happy!] Anyway, after Summer project presentations, we were given the full brief for our Pre-Collection. This is the first of our final two projects of our degree and is set-up so that the concept is chosen by each individual student, and enables us to develop our own style as a designer before our Final Major Project next semester.  

The start point of my chosen concept is the Gothic tales written by Angela Carter in 'The Bloody Chamber' - for those who have not read or heard of her work, Carter's 'the Bloody Chamber' is a series of tales drawing inspiration and taking elements from classic fairy-tales, like those written by the Grimm Brothers, but have been twisted into dark Gothic stories, exploring themes of entrapment, metamorphosis, nature, and sexuality. These tales are also well known as feminist writings, subverting traditional female roles in fairy-tales, making the protagonists' strong heroins as opposed to damsel's in distress.  I originally studied this book at A-Level for English Literature, along with many other Gothic novels and plays, and subsequently fell totally in love with Gothic literature! 
Using this book as my Pre-Collection's beginning, I then spent Wednesday/Thursday researching further into Gothic literature/film/fashion/art and was reminded of the film 'Crimson Peak', starring Mia Wasikowska, which has a similar premise to 'The Bloody Chamber' story in Carter's book.  So, after a discussion with my tutors Thursday morning, I am now beginning my sketchbook, whilst refining my researched inspirations to a few key pieces, and exploring the idea of using Mia's character Edith as a muse for my project, linking in the stunningly Gothic 19th century clothing she wears in the film. I am truly very excited about this project - I love Gothic and early 19th century Gothic/Romanticism, so I am just loving researching this concept and learning more about it! 

It wasn't all practical project work this week though, as I did have my first final year Marketing & Branding lecture and seminar on Monday.  The lecture wasn't particularly thrilling, just the generic ease back into another module on the subject, going over some key terms, and introducing some new pieces of information. I think this coming Monday's lecture and seminar will be much more riveting! 

Other than that it was just a week of settling back into uni-life, and trying to remember where everything is on campus after being absent from the place for well over a year!  I can't quite believe how quickly this week has gone and at the same time how much longer than a week it's felt - moving into my flat last Saturday feels ages ago now!  I think that is just testament to how content I am to be back and how happy I am with my wonderful housemates and friends who have returned from their placement year alongside myself! It is certainly set to be a crazy,  exciting, and intense year ahead!

I hope you enjoyed this first post of my new weekly [???] series! Please feel free to chat to me and ask any questions in the comments below! 

-- AshCam 

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Thursday, 28 September 2017

AUTUMN AIMS



This is a bit of a different post today -- I've seen a few Autumnal 'Bucket List' type of posts, which both made me excited for the new season, and inspired me to do something similar on my little internet corner! Except I'm going to make it less of a bucket list and more of my goals for Autumn time.  Essentially, I hope that writing this will inspire me to actually make the goals a reality!

1. Pumpkin Carving
Let's start with arguably one of THE most Autumnal activities there is! Last year I was totally useless and unorganised regarding Halloween celebrations, which I do not wish to repeat this year. I love spooky, creepy Gothic things, so Halloween is so exciting to me, so I MUST at least do some pumpkin carving this year to get into the proper spooky spirit!

2. Photography
Autumn is possibly my favourite season [or Winter, I'm still undecided] and I just love the was places completely transform into a rusty red, orange and brown, leafy paradise. Plus I love those cold days, where the Sun's warmth is still trying to creep through the sky, and you get such a beautiful light. It is these wonderful things I want to capture and treasure the only way I know how, photography. I've also so enjoyed really getting to know my camera this Summer & want to continue pushing my technique and editing skills.

3. Work Hard 
I want to totally throw myself into my university work. I'm going into my final year as of 2nd October, and I want to completely absorb myself in my final projects of my course, and put my absolute all into them. That way, no matter the outcome, I can be proud I put my all into it. Something about the Summer - Autumn transition always gives me a new lease of energy and a drive to work hard -- probably due to the academic year being the layout to pretty much my whole life so far??!

4. Explore
Despite having lived there for a long time, Winchester still feels like a stranger to me.  I know the places I know, and that is all, but there is so much more to it, so many areas I haven't been to.  So, in between all the work, I want to take time to walk around and explore the lovely city I've been lucky enough to call home for a few years. Also, I love walks, and think they could make my brain a little happier and a little less stressed during the final year fashion degree madness!

Thanks for reading,


-- AshCam


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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Friday, 10 March 2017

February's Book | We Need To Talk About Kevin


I have been meaning to read 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' for years. My Mum was the one who initially gave it to me, after reading it herself, and I immediately gave it a go, but found I couldn't get into it. About 5/6 years later I finally have picked it up again, and could not put it down! In fact I even took it to work with me to read during my lunch break, something I have never done before. Saying all this, it is not necessarily an enjoyable book, as the story is pretty harrowing and had me thinking about it for a long time. 

'We Need To Talk About Kevin' is a fictional book by Lionel Shriver, telling the story of a school massacre. Written in first person from the perspective of Eva Khatchadourian, the mother of the killer, Kevin, the book is told as a series of letters to Eva's presumed ex-husband Franklin. The letters begin November 1st 2000, nearly 2 years after the crime, and through these letters Eva retells her life before and after Kevin, with continual glimpses into the events of the crime & her present day situation. From early on in the book it is apparent that she was on trial for parental negligence, and in some way these letters to Franklin are her way of showing that whilst she was not the perfect parent, she was also not, in my opinion, responsible for parental negligence. As the story develops we also learn more about Kevin's odd character, and how difficult he was even as a small child. I also find it really interesting hearing about Franklin as a father, and through her retelling how the years unfolded in these letters we see how Franklin also has a lot to answer for as father to Kevin. 

This book is such an interesting and thought provoking read, and I love the complexity of each character in the story. A strong theme in the book is the argument of nature vs nurture, a topic that I continued to debate whilst reading this book. If any of you have read the book, I would love to hear your opinion on whether you felt the parents were responsible for how Kevin turned out.
If you have not read it, then I would really recommend it, it's by no means a happy book, but it is such an interesting story, and one that will stick with me for a long time. 


Thanks for reading

-- AshCam

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Monday, 6 March 2017

FEBRUARY


Oh my February has flown by! I actually am in a little bit of shock that it is March as I write this??!
February has definitely been much busier than I anticipated & I have been thrown back into the working world suddenly, and have found myself working harder than I have in a long time!

 As any of my avid readers will know from my JANUARY post, I started my new internship at the start of this month, working as a studio assistant at Teatum Jones. It has been exactly a month since my first day & it has been crazy & tiring, but super fun and I've been lucky enough to have another internship with the nicest team! I am also very lucky and feel privileged to have been involved in Teatum Jones AW17 London Fashion Week show this month - eeeee!!! The fashion work may look super glamorous from the outside - however, be warned if you are wanting to enter the fashion industry be prepared for stress, hard work, and loooong hours! The Teatum Jones team for example had the show on Friday 19th Feb at 9am, so we went to work Thursday morning and worked through the night and morning, only going home at 4:30pm Friday! A few of the stages of that evening you can see depicted in photos above! As exhausted as I was, it was really good fun, and as a team we never lost motivation, and it was so worth it when seeing the collection come together at the show. It's also been so inspiring seeing Rob Jones, Catherine Teatum & their team working on the collection on the run up to Fashion Week - so much thought and creativity goes into everything they do, and the result is amazing. 

February hasn't all been about work however, and whilst my weekends have mainly been about me catching up on sleep deprivation from LFW, I've also found time to finally go and see La La Land, do a bit of song writing with my sister, and spend time with my cousin. Unfortunately I haven't found as much time as I initially hoped to blog this month, but as always it was in my thoughts and I have plans to change that next month - we'll see how that goes...! I am, however, super excited to see what March holds for me!

Thanks for reading...

-- AshCam






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Monday, 20 February 2017

FILM REVIEW | X-MEN APOCALYPSE

X-MEN APOCALYPSE | 24-01-2017


I've done well for new films this January - mind you this one I have been wanting to see for a looooong time!
X-Men Apocalypse is the third of the .....
Every time I write the word Apocalypse I have to double check I have spelt it right - it doesn't come naturally for me to write 'apocalyse' it seems! Anyway, totally irrelevant to this post - this post is about just how FRICKING AMAZING THIS FILM IS! Okay, so I am slightly bias maybe [?] I am a huge fan of anything Marvel, especially the whole X-Men series! However, this film is also so, so good! Also, the cast is just too perfect, and I am loving the new additions, like Sophie Turner as Jean Grey and Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse himself. I have wanted to see X-Men Apocalypse since it went into the cinema, however due to uni commitments at the time, it came and went and it is only recently that I have finally purchased it and watched it. And oh my it did not disappoint! 

The film begins in Ancient Egypt, where En Sabah Nur, ruler and powerful mutant believed to be the first of his kind, is being entombed alive in a pyramid by his worshipers, who die to protect and preserve his body. Fast forward to 1983, he awakens to find a world ran by humans, and seeks to destroy and rebuild the world. He begins by recruiting four mutant followers; Storm, Angel, Psylocke, and Magneto.
The story rejoins the Professor X as his school for the gifted is getting going, with more students enrolling, including Scott, the younger brother of Alex/Havoc, and Jean Grey. As events begin to unfold with En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse, the X-Men step in, teaming together to defeat him before he destroys the world.

As I said before, this film is just so epic - and provides more brilliant Wolverine cameos, and more of Peter/Quicksilver's amazing scenes! It is also great to see Raven and Charles working together on the same side again, and watch the continuing character development of Erik/Magneto. No one knows if there will be another X-Men film, but if this is the last one, oh my what a great finale!

-- AshCam

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Friday, 10 February 2017

JANUARY


January has felt like such a strange month - to me it's kind of been split in half and the first half feels like it was ages ago! It has also, in January's usual fashion, flown by! How is it that I was still working at Urban this time last month, when I am now nearly 2 weeks into my new placement?!
This is what I mean about it feeling completely split up - I mean, it could even be split into 3 parts - the first week when I was still in Christmas chill mode and blissfully chilling at home and going for drinks with my friends from home-home. Then the second part of my January was my abrupt return to reality as I went back to work again. Though as you know if you have read my earlier post on my past 6 months at Urban Outfitters, then you know that this was also the final 3 weeks of my internship. These weeks just went by in a flash, but were just the best final weeks, and also super emotional!
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Monday, 30 January 2017

THE URBAN OUTFITTERS SALE | KEY PIECES


THE ITEMS

I always forget just how good the January sales are, and just how long they continue on for! I mean the price drop on these items is so good! They've all had at least 50% knocked off the price - and these are amazing items too! The grey overcoat for example is such a great coat; I wore it at a shoot when I was interning for Urban Outfitters and it was just the comfiest, cosiest, and super stylish coats I've ever had the pleasure of wearing! That backpack as well- if I had the money to buy this stuff, that would be the first item in my basket -- it's just so beautiful! I also think the velvet culottes are such a good piece to have. I own a black pair and wear them so, so much! They are both so stylish, and super comfy, plus that dusky pink colour is just dreamy! 

-- AshCam



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Friday, 27 January 2017

FILM REVIEW | MONEY MONSTER

MONEY MONSTER | 05-01-2017


Money Monster is a 2016 film, directed by Jodie Foster, starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, & Dominic West. 
George Clooney plays a character called Lee, a successful, charismatic presenter of a TV programme, giving advice to the audience on commerce and Wall Street. The programme is directed by Paddy [Julia Roberts] close friend of Lee. The film begins just as they go on air. but after a few minutes a hostage situation unfolds - Lee is held at gun point live on TV, and forced to put on a bomb vest by Kyle Budwell. Kyle is an angry viewer, having lost everything after investing $60,000, his entire savings, into the stock holder IBIS. Less than 24 hours before the show, IBIS had lost $800 million, apparently due to a glitch in the algorithm. Kyle desperately wants answers, so Lee, Paddy, and the rest of the team attempt to get to the bottom of what happened with IBIS, whilst maintaining order in a stressful hostage situation.

This film is such an intense and fast-pace watch, and you are instantly sucked into the events and people in the film. Even the trailer, which I remember seeing in the cinema a few months back, had this effect and I actually wrote a note in my phone so that I didn't forget to watch it at some point. It was just totally gripping, living up to Jodie Foster's other work, and the way the story goes had me desperately seeking answers and justice for the characters. A definite must-watch!

-- AshCam



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Friday, 6 January 2017

FILM REVIEW | TESTAMENT OF YOUTH

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH | 04-01-2017


Based on a true story, the story follows a young Vera Brittain throughout the First World War.
 Vera is a daughter from a privileged family of four. She is a headstrong character who knows what she wants from the world but is restricted by society and her parents views on her gender and where her place should rightfully be as a woman. Her brother Edward is her closest friend and ally, and the two confide in each other about everything. Vera desperately wants to pursue her dream of studying at Oxford University to become a writer, and eventually, with a bit of persuasion from Edward, her father permits her to take the entry test. She gets in. Edward's school friends Roland and Victor also support her aspirations, and the four spend a happy summer together. Within this time Roland and Vera begin a romance, bonding over poetry as she discovers his interest in becoming a writer also. 
The First World War begins and her friendships and dreams come crashing down around her as she watches Edward, Roland, and eventually Victor go off to fight in the war. Vera abandons her studies and instead becomes a war nurse.


This film is honestly one of the most powerful films I've ever seen, it is so emotionally brutal, and the story made so raw because of the knowledge that it is completely true. Vera is such an inspiring and strong character, and you just feel everything she feels as she desperately clings onto her old life and future hopes as the world crumbles around her. The cast for the film was so perfect too, the four main characters particularly; Alicia Vikander as Vera, Kit Harington as Roland, Taron Egerton as Edward, and Colin Morgan as Victor. 
Please go and watch it if you haven't, and if you have let me know in the comments below, I'd love to see what everyone else thought of it. I would also like to note that this is the first of what I want to make a series on my blog. As said in my previous post I want to start watching amazing new films, and thought I would date each one I watch throughout the year and review them on here to share with you my thoughts and inspire you to get watching!


 -- AshCam

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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Goals & Resolutions 2017


I never really do the whole resolution thing- I kind of just have things that I want to achieve throughout the year. Plus resolutions are never set in stone as people change and grow, and things that were once goals may become less important as time goes on. However, I have had a change of heart towards them, and actually feel that in order to get my life together and make my 2017 far better than my 2016, setting out goals and resolutions for the year ahead isn't such a bad idea! So... I had a think, and decided what initial, pressure-free goals and resolutions I'm going to set myself this year.
Without further ado.....

#1 | THROW MYSELF INTO EVERY OPPORTUNITY

This is more a resolution to change the way I think about things. Whether it's social opportunities, work-related opportunities, or new experiences, I have this tendency to get anxious about them - sometimes enough to stop me from doing them. Even when I take such opportunities insecurities can mean I hold myself back from getting fully involved. When this happens I get so frustrated at myself, because I know I'm just overthinking, and I'll just end up with regrets. I've definitely been getting better at this over the years, and last year especially I found myself doing things and putting myself out there a lot more, however, I still have a way to go and want to push myself to make the most of everything I do. 

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

A Lookback at 2016

JANUARY
January was quiet - after handing in my projects, I returned home for a couple of weeks, dyed my hair for the 700th time and went for a lot of dog walks around my village.

FEBRUARY
February mainly consisted of getting back into uni work big time! It was intense, but was made so much better by spending time with friends. As you can see the university library became one of my main hangouts, but I did take a weekend trip to London to see my sister with my childhood friend, Ellie. I also went to my first ever university ball, The 'Saints & Sinners Ball' which was a nice excuse to dress up!
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