All Things Knitted

22 October 2014

Fashion & Textile Musuem - Knitwear Chanel to Westwood exhibition

Now I know the knitwear is lacking on the blog at the moment and my Twitter and Instagram handles may seem a little random.  Please accept my apologies.  If you're not a longtime IWYTK reader (it's been almost six years now, so I wouldn't blame you if you were 'washing your hair' for most of that time) you may not know that I studied Fashion Knitwear Design.  I know what you're thinking and yes it is a thing.  For me, seeing jazzy jumpers with stitches that defy logic and cardigans that hang perfectly is akin to a football fan meeting, well, insert random footballer here.  I'd been looking forward to the Fashion Knitwear: Chanel To Westwood exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum for a while, since it's the most dedicated show I'd heard about in a while.   Consisting of a collection by Mark and Cleo Butterfield (they have one of the biggest archives of vintage clothing based in Devon), everything has been whittled down to produce a clear timeline of 20th century knitwear.  From body-con to bathing suits (yes, knitted bikinis weren't just for posing purposes back in the day), it's all there and a real treat for anyone as obsessed as I am.  

Fashion & Textile Musuem - Knitwear Chanel to Westwood exhibition
knitwear exhibtiions in London
Fashion & Textile Musuem - Knitwear Chanel to Westwood exhibition
Fashion & Textile Musuem - Knitwear Chanel to Westwood exhibition
knitwear exhibtiions in London
Fashion & Textile Musuem - Knitwear Chanel to Westwood exhibition
vintage knitting patterns
Fashion & Textile Musuem - Knitwear Chanel to Westwood exhibition

For me, the main highlights were in the downstairs part of the gallery featuring everything pre-1970.  As it's a personal collection, there's a real mix of anonymous pieces that might have been knitted for a family member or friend, as well as the less cosy and slightly more experimental knits by Julien MacDonald.  It's easy to forget that so many of the pieces that we take for granted now had to be discovered and the cultural significance of every development.  Jersey was typically used for men's undergarments until Chanel re-purposed the fabric for chic yet practical clothing that allowed women to embrace their new found freedom.  The main vintage exhibit sits nicely alongside the more current, visionary knitwear section plus there's an array of fashion photography and magazine clippings.  Definitely one to visit if you want to learn more about the capabilities of the humble stitch and to wonder what might happen next. 

Fashion & Textile Musuem - Knitwear Chanel to Westwood exhibition

Knitwear: Chanel To Westwood runs until the 18th January at the Fashion & Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF.  It's not far from London Bridge and my fave brunch spot in the area Village East, so why not make a day of it!

An Afternoon At The Manor

19 October 2014

Outfit with COS collared shirt and See by Chloe denim skirt

Hertfordshire.  It's one of those places that seems like ages away but in reality you can go from the hectic streets of the West End to calm countryside in as little as twenty minutes.  Most people only stick to the inner zones when they move to the capital, but as a girl of the suburbs I know exactly what London has to offer.  On Friday a busload of us bloggers were picked up from King's Cross station, taken past pink manor houses and parts of the Tube line I've never clapped eyes on before arriving at the Laura Ashley Hotel.  The concept of lifestyle brands opening hotels is rather fascinating and even though the interiors are all from one place with such a district identity, it never seemed overpowering.  The grounds were the main highlight for me, we had picturesque views of London and a mighty chess set to play around with.  Of course I had to strike a pose!

Laura Ashley Hotel Elstree
Outfit with COS collared shirt and See by Chloe denim skirt
UK fashion bloggers
Transitional outfit ideas in Autumn
Chie Mihara Geraldie Leo quirky shoes with eyelashes
Transitional outfit ideas in Autumn
Chie Mihara Geraldie Leo quirky shoes with eyelashes


So I might have just discovered the perfect shoes.  There are so many quirky styles about but these heels from Chie Mihara are actually comfortable as well.  If you had told me at the start of the year that I'd be wearing gold heels with an ankle strap and eyelashes, I'd probably look a bit bemused but they work so well!  I loved wearing them with my slightly retro getup, I know the 70s are supposed to be back but I prefer to mix my decades up a little.  My new See By Chloe skirt doesn't seem to be able to decide depending on how I style it, I had a voucher floating around and decided to treat myself to a better version of the denim skirts I already have.  I'm always looking to find improvements of what I own already, a black dress that nips me in at the right places, jumpers that are cropped just so and trousers that make me look like Gisele. I haven't found everything just yet, but I'm happy with my technically perfect outfit that I planned in a few minutes.  Maybe a capsule wardrobe isn't such a bad thing!

Laura Ashley Hotel Elstree
Laura Ashley Hotel Elstree
Afternoon tea at the Laura Ashley hotel
Laura Ashley Hotel Elstree
Afternoon tea at the Laura Ashley hotel
Golden regal single decker bus from 1953


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Learning To Love Eyeshadow

17 October 2014

Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes palette review

Eyeshadow like beetroot and previously bikes, is one of those things that I'm a little bit scared of.  So much can go wrong, you can take things so far away from the eye that you resemble some kind of 80s throwback and don't even get me started on the dreaded panda effect.  I guess that I've had to go through a few mishaps in my time in order to figure things out and since I've been trying out the new Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes collection, I've been making a special effort to use it most days.  Running late is my usual excuse as to why my eyes remain bare but somehow I managed to improve my timekeeping (I jest, if you ask Olivia) and try something a little more special.  Here's how I made it happen!

which bobbi brown products should I use
which bobbi brown products should I use
which bobbi brown products should I use
Bobbi Brown Make Up manual

The kit & knowledge  


First things first, along with my palette, Kajal eyeliner and lip colour I also got to try out a few other bits that make-up artist Hannah recommended in store.  Armed with her notes, the make-up manual and the Ask Bobbi app, surely nothing could go wrong?  Well most of my make up knowledge comes from all of the shop, I've had a few photoshoots, watched many YouTube tutorials plus there's also my mum who knows a thing or two.  No matter how much I try and follow something, I do end up adding my own twist even though I'm not an expert.  I used everything as a rough guide but also remembered my personal preferences.  For instance, I don't tend to put liner on my waterline as it always seems to go wrong when I do it.  Similar to what I wear, using make-up is all about being true to yourself and not feeling forced to do things you're not sure about.  Maybe my methods will change in time but for now, I'll stick to what I can do.

I mainly used the Smokey Nudes Palette, Kajal Eyeliner, Smokey Eye Mascara, Creamy Matte Lip Colour in Nude, Weightless powder in Walnut, Tinted Eye brightener in Dark Bisque & Blush in Cranberry.  I'm yet to try the Foundation stick in Chestnut but I'm sure it's a good 'un!

learning how to apply eyeshadow
learning how to apply eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes palette review
eyeshadoes for darker skin tones
Using the Bobbi Brown Kajal eyeliner
Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes palette review
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eyes mascara
which bobbi brown products should I use
Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes palette review

The method


First things first, I moisturised, primed my face and applied my usual base.  Usually I leave my brows until last but for the purpose of this non-tutorial, I filled them in.  What I like about this palette is that it isn't too daunting.  I tend to go for a lot of bronzes and metallics, but these are a super natural version and I've tried quite a few combinations over the past month (there are only three colours I'm not sure about, but maybe these can be used as an inner corner pop).  My favourite look for everyday starts with applying a bit of Naked as a base, since it blends in nicely with my skin tone.  Then I added a touch of Silver Brown over the lid plus Smoked in my outer corner before blending roughly halfway.  Everything would have been hunky-dory if I'd left it like this but I quite like the effect of lining with the Kajal liner and smudging for a bit of oompf.  I went over the top with liquid liner for my signature eye flick, before adding a few lashings of the Smokey Eye Mascara.  For a slight flush I used the Cranberry blush and popped the Nude Creamy Matte colour onto my lips, before dusting my face with some weightless powder.

Bobbi Brown Make Up manual

So what's the verdict on my first proper make-up post?  Admittedly I'm not perfect but I love to share this journey that I'm going on in terms of what's on my face and how it makes me feel.  This project was actually quite useful as it made me step out of my comfort zone and I figured out an everyday eye look that works for me.  I can do this quite quickly now so it's becoming a standard part of my routine.  Re-reading my book was also useful, it's a back to basics guide that doesn't date.  It's made me want to have a clear out of some of the bits I'm not using and to just keep things simple.  Maybe I'll brave the crazy colours in the future but for now, neutrals are my bag.

A massive thank you to Bobbi Brown for collaborating with me on this post and allowing me to crack the whole eyeshadow game! 
 
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