Friday, 22 November 2013

A Few Moments With: Bambella Blog // Interview #4

I first came across Alex's blog after taking part in a #lbloggers chat a couple of months back on twitter and instantly fell in love with her style - girly and quirky with an edge that will surely leave you with some inspiration for your own outfits and as a self confessed accessories-kinda-girl, Alex's blog always makes me promise myself to incorporate more jewelry into my day to day outfits. Not only does she share her personal style but money saving posts, DIY posts along with beauty, lifestyle and food posts all feature on her blog too.  I decided to ask Alex a few questions on blogging, her fashion design course and her outfit choice for a super cool themed date night...

Hello! Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 
Hello there! I'm Alex, 20 years of age, studying fashion design in Falmouth and want nothing more in life to blog and be a wedding dress designer.

How and why did you get into blogging?
I was first introduced to blogs when I started my own little jewellery shop. I wanted to get the shop's name out there so looked to bloggers to review my items. It was then that I started reading blogs purely out of interest and became addicted! From that, it seemed like the most natural step to create my own!

What advice would you give for anyone new to blogging and the blogging community? 
Most people tend to say social media for this answer, and although I do agree that it helps, I think that you need an aesthetically pleasing blog first as, you can get thousands of people to visit your blog through Twitter and Facebook, but if they don't like the look of your blog, they'll click off straight away. Doing a little research will help with this, such as Googling 'how to ... on blogger'. You will find loads of tutorials to help spruce up your blog a little. This is just my opinion though so don't hate on me if you disagree!  

You are currently studying Fashion design at University, has your blog helped with elements of your course?
Yes! It was a huge help to me getting on the course in the first place! Last year I was doing a different course at Falmouth and decided it wasn't for me, so went to see the head of the fashion course to ask about changing. Turns out he had already done a little research on me, found my blog, had a browse through and ended up loving it! As I had never done any previous fashion/textiles subjects at school, I think my blog was the main aspect that got me onto the course.

Who are your favourite designers at the moment?
Sorry to be cliché but it always has been and always will be Alexander McQueen. I love his style as it is the exact same thing I would love to be able to produce. The detail in his (or now the different people who work on his behalf) is just perfection in my eyes, I'm definitely not a believer in 'less is more'!

What are your best ways to personalize an outfit?
I find any average looking outfit can look more interesting with jewellery. I am a crazy jewellery fan and have way too much for my own good, so love wearing it at any opportunity! 

Date night is coming up! How would you style your outfit?
Well as it just so happens, mine and Jack's date night is in fact coming up! This weeks pick from the 'date ideas' jar was a themed night. We chose a pirate theme, so along with watching Pirates of the Caribbean and drinking rum, I'll probably be wearing a flouncy shirt, striped waistcoat, plain black skirt with knee high boots and fishnets to top it off! 

Where else can we find you?
Aside from my Blog of course, I have Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest all under the name alexmaceachern, YouTube under the name Alex Maceachern Bambella and Facebook by searching for Bambella Blog. 


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Monday, 18 November 2013

Lights will guide you home // OOTD

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Coat* - c/o Urban Outfitters
Scarf - Some random market stall I think!
Rings - H&M

If you live in England you know how important/vital/crucial it is that you have the perfect/warmest winter coat. Well I guess England isn't THAT cold but idk I'm just always dreading winter and just wish I could hibernate for real.  Anyway, I've been on the hunt for a proper coat for ages now as I used to have a really flimsy one from Primark that was just getting me by so when I was invited to the Urban Outfitters press day last week (check out my post on it here) and kindly offered an item I thought it would be so cool to get one from their label! Gavina actually picked this out for me to try on and I remember thinking 'ohhhhh yeaaaaaaaaaah this is niiiiiiiiiiiice' because, firstly, I love the tartan print (but also that it's not too in your face and a lot more subtle than I've seen recently) and secondly I love that it's two-tone so it makes it look a bit more interesting. And of course IT'S SO NICE AND WARM. I got it in a size bigger and I feel like I'm walking round just wrapped in a duvet. Amazing. So thank you to the guys at UO for the gift!

I actually met up with Gavina last week and she kindly offered to take my photo's for this post and for her photography blog too! We found an alleyway in between some shops that was pretty cool and lit up all the way down so it seemed like a decent location to shoot. It was really nice to experiment with light actually and I'm loving how the shots came out so thank you to her for the photo's! Make sure to check out her photography blog HERE for some more photo's and her previous work.

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Friday, 15 November 2013

Urban Outfitters comes to Nottingham!!

Cool because, well, it's Urban Outfitters. Exciting because, you have no idea how much people have been talking about the store opening. It's like the highlight of the year for Nottingham shoppers (slight exaggeration? I dunno...) I was lucky enough to be invited along to the press day and went along with Gavina yesterday to take a look round which was pretty exciting! I've only ever been in the one in Liverpool One so it's nice to have one here in Notts that I can check out IN REAL LIFE instead of browsing through their online collection (and perhaps spend all my money in? Oh dear...)
Every time I go shopping I've started paying more attention to mannequins and how they're styled which I never really did before for some reason (I used to just ignore them and think 'oh they're dressed too cool for me to try' haha!).  I love the layering of different colours and textures on these mannequins and as soon as I finish writing up this post I'm going to YouTube how to tie a scarf/turban so I can gain extra cool points (you think I'm joking...)

Apart from loving the Urban Outfitters brand/style I also love love love the general design and vibe of the store.  It's a lot bigger than I thought and myself and Gavina kept commenting on the quite rustic/old school vibe it gave off with graffiti and street style art dotted around. There's also a Vinyl wall and an area full of quirky books and gift ideas (I'm pretty sure I saw a couple of furby's hidden at the back somewhere!) adding  to the whole shopping experience.

If you live in/near Nottingham and haven't done so already then you should probably go and check out the store for yourself, it's so flipppin cool! It's in such a great location too (the entrance to Victoria Centre) and it's opened just in time for some serious Christmas shopping. I'm so glad I got to go along to check it out so thank you to the guys at Urban Outfitters for the invite! I was also lucky enough to pick out an item so I shall do a separate outfit post for that so look out for that! Also, make sure to check out the #UONottingham hashtag on instagram for some pictures from their store opening party last night!

What do you guys think of the store? 

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Saturday, 9 November 2013

'We shall never know of the good a simple smile can do' // OOTD

Hat - H&M
Top/dress - Primark
Cardi - Primark
Skirt - Topshop
I recently found my green hat I bought last year and literally haven't taken off my head - it is definitely hat weather now! To be honest, the weather hasn't been too bad, it's just the cold air... anyway, I'm being a typical Brit talking about the weather! I remember opting for the green option rather than black as it just stood out to me - I think it can be hard to still incorporate some colour into your wardrobe in winter as everything can be quite dark/monochrome etc so was quite happy when I discovered this at the back of my wardrobe!

Not only is it hat weather though but it's exam season too AND GUYS I'M A BUNDLE OF STRESS. But at least it's stress I can handle, not like performing-open-heart-surgery-or-jumping-out-of-a-plane-stress because I definitely could not handle thaaaaat kind of stress!

Currently I am loving:
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Monday, 4 November 2013

And Heaven is betting on us // OOTD

Shirt - H&M
Skirt - TopShop
Boots - New Look
Things are getting quite hectic with uni at the moment but tbh I'm not complaining. In the space of three months I've gone from having absolutely nothing to do/work on to being so busy I feel like I'm going to explode. I guess life is funny like that and I've come to the realisation that nothing will ever go according to plan. Ok maybe that's a slight exaggeration. I mean, you can plan what you want to happen in life and take steps to hopefully make that become a reality but at the same time, things aren't always going to work out as you want. They may work out better or they may not work out at all. But to keep going is the real strength and success in life. To keep going when it can be really easy for you to give up will probably result in more success than you realise.

'Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.' - Eckhart Tolle

I should really get a diary so I'm not bombarding you guys with posts like these! Anyway, my neighbours saw me take outfit photo's this morning and I'm pretty sure they think I'm a weirdo... Explaining blogging to someone who doesn't get it is kinda hard haha! 

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