Wednesday, 11 October 2017

She wore blue velvet

"Bluer than velvet was the night-
softer than satin was the light".

One of my most favourite wardrobe pieces is this beautiful, rich velvet blue jacket. I bought it a few years ago from a vintage shop in Camden where I was told that being made in '73, it had lived through the disco days! The jacket smartens up any outfit with velvet being the ultimate symbol of luxury. I love to wear it with black jeans or trousers and a crisp white shirt. It goes beautifully with my platinum bowery bag and leather ankle boots, or for more glam- metallic silver loafers. 
Velvet jackets are definatley having a moment right now- there are some beautiful ones in Mango and Zara (don't rule out mens!). However for a unique one-off piece at a fraction of the price, I would definitely recommend digging through vintage!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

SS18 favourites

Just a quick little post to share some of my fashion week favourites. In the SS18 shows you definitely see a nod to the eighties throughout, especially at Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent. This comes in the shape of ruffles, bell sleeves, embroidered waistcoats and low necklines which altogether scream new romantics. 
For me Topshop really stepped up this season with some beautiful sheer and metallic pieces in beautiful deep red hues. I feel that Topshop, being a high street label, often gets overlooked. However everything you see on the catwalk goes straight onto the site after the show, and all at pretty do-able prices. Undercover is another brand that I'll have my eye on from now on. A new discovery for me, i found them through their beautiful dress based on 'The Shining'. I am completely in love with the bloody applique!

What are your favourite pieces from fashion week?

Monday, 4 September 2017

Lake Garda

On Saturday before last me and Sam flew out to Lake Garda, Italy with his family and friends for his mum's dreamy Italian wedding.
Our 7 days in Malcesine were filled with lounging in the sun, jumping off the hotel jetty into the lake and eating countless ice cream's. Malcesine itself is such a beautiful town filled with cobbled streets and quaint little shops and restaurants. Limone (where all the limoncello is made) is just a 20 minute boat ride away from Malcesine Harbour and is definitely worth a visit if your visiting Lake Garda any time soon. 
The wedding itself was held on the top of Malcesine castle and was absolutely breathtaking. It was such a beautiful day spent with such good company and I felt honoured to be part of it.
Here are some of my favourite pictures from the holiday:

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


In September I will be graduating from university with a BA Honours in Fashion Design and I am so happy to have made it to graduation where I get to wear a gown and throw one of those funny little hats in the air. Although there's hi lights to my university experience such as the catwalks and collections I've come out of it with; in hindsight I really do think I was ready to come out of education a long time ago. The majority of my experience was riddled with constant stress and anxiety. This lifted as soon as i finished University and I realised how much this amount of stress was impacting my day to day life. It was completely unhealthy. 
The one thing university did do for me however was buy me time to figure out what i actually wanted to do. This was how RedRum was born. 
I met Lucy in college and we immediately hit it off with our shared dry humour and sarcasm. We went to university together, got through freshers and realised how similar our design aesthetics really are. We constantly bounce ideas off of each over, there wasn't a single project idea that we didn't run by the over first; and so we've set up RedRum. It's the ultimate collaboration. 
RedRum is the lovechild of Lucy and I. It is a luxury print based fashion brand where together we will design and produce collections starting with developments from our graduate pieces. It's print and illustration that makes us truly happy so we're in this for the long haul. Plus this is on our terms, our schedule and our aesthetic. 

Coming soon to our website are the Kitsch Killer tee's above. The cotton t-shirts feature trippy characters from Lucy's Charlotte's Toy box print. Characters include: Bloody Bunny, Creepy Clown, Homicidal Bear, Crying Charlotte and Charlotte with knife (which you can see on our Instagram!)
To purchase click the 'Shop' tab on this blog or head to:

 "Made for the dreamers, the young and carefree".

Pavan Henna review

Last week I purchased the golden 'Mumbai Magic' flash tattoo from Pavan Henna. I've always loved the look of henna, the beautifully intricate vines which twist around arms and fingers- and opted for a flash tattoo to try it out. 
Now I was incredibly sceptical about the longevity of this tattoo. When I hear 'flash tattoo' i think of the spider man tattoos you used to get in boxes of candy sticks as a kid. You'd plonk it on with a wet flannel, only for it to peel off within a couple of hours. 
Being £10 a tattoo, once I applied 'Mumbai Magic' onto my arm (same wet flannel method) I tried my absolute hardest not to touch it, get it wet or let it rub against anything. However I didn't need to worry, because it literally lasted and looked good as new for 5 whole days. 
The tattoo itself was absolutely beautiful and would be perfect if you have any festivals, parties or special occasions coming up. It applied easily and in seconds plus like i said; it lasted ages. You need not worry about getting it wet in the shower or being overtly cautious as it completely stays in tact. Infact at the end of the 5th day when bits of it did start to peel off, it took a considerable amount of effort to remove the rest.

I would highly recommend the flash tattoos from Pavan, and would definitely purchase from them again! To buy flash tattoos or get henna from Pavan, visit them in Selfridges London or click on their website here

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Weekend in Edinburgh

Yesterday me and Sam got back from a long weekend away in Edinburgh. Neither of us had been before, however the city came highly recommended from our friends and family with the promise of quaint historical settings and whimsicality.

We stayed in a little apartment on the Royal Mile in the same block of flats that poet Robert Burns once stayed in. The apartment was in the perfect location, being only a 2 minute walk away from Edinburgh Castle and right in the middle of the Old Town. We had a lovely weekend strolling the cobbled streets, lounging in the pubs and cafe's and exploring the city's historical side. If you're going to Edinburgh, going on a ghost tour is an absolute must! There was 3 or 4 ghost tours that you could sign up to on the Royal Mile however the one we went on was free. Our guide Stevie took us all around old town, telling us stories about Edinburgh's gruesome past. The tour finished at 11:30pm outside the famous Black Mausoleum in the cemetery, it was brilliant! 
For drinks I recommend The Devils Advocate for beautiful cocktails (mythology themed) and Frankensteins Bar. Frankensteins was decorated to perfection, it was like stepping into a spooky science lab fit with old Frankenstein film being played on the big screen. 

While in Edinburgh we also visited my adopted Koala at Edinburgh Zoo, and were told by staff that she's carrying a Joey! In a couple of months she'll be carrying her Joey on her back, but for now he's continuing to grow in her pouch! 

Here's some photos from our trip, have you been to Edinburgh before?

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Summer 2017 Wish List

Last week's heatwave has left me with summer in my sights. A whole week of bare legs, sandals and sun dresses has left me counting down the days to sunny holidays; because lets face it- everything's better in the sun. 
I've always found dressing easier in summer. It's the ease of simply throwing on a dress or a playsuit and heading straight out that I love. It's effortlessness that doesn't come with layering in the colder months. 
I've put together some things I've had on my wish-list for a while; with the prospect of summer and last minute getaways in mind:

Monday, 22 May 2017

Shimmery Green Dream

It wasn't long after I wrote my 'Greenery' post that I stumbled across this beautiful shimmery green skirt down Carnaby street in Dahlia. I am in love with the silky green pleats; the skirt is super smooth and lovely to wear and instantly makes me feel more glamorous! I wore it last Tuesday to my Graduate Fashion show with my 'every day' black block heel sandals and V-neck top with this beautiful hoop detail on the back. This skirt has quickly become a staple piece and I know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of it this summer! 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Graduate Fashion Show: Sunday Swingers

On Tuesday Sunday Swingers hit the catwalk in our 2017 Graduate fashion show at Chelsea Old Town hall. I had the most fabulous day, myself and the other graduate designers were backstage prepping our outfits and dressing models ready for the runway. I enjoy nothing more than the buzz you get backstage at fashion shows, but the feeling you get when you see your own collection go down is like nothing else. My 6 models wore my collection walking to music by PJ Neilsen and Maxime Gilbert. We decided to go for a 60's porno, sexy sax vibe and it fit the collection perfectly! 
Find the full video of Sunday Swingers on the catwalk over on my Instagram!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Sandals and stars

My current favourite shoes are these beautiful Jolene Toe cap block heels from Topshop. I saw them online and fell in love with the dainty straps and Chanel style toe cap. I've had contrasting toe caps on my mind ever since I saw them featured in Chanel's AW17 show and thought it seemed ever so stylish and french. They are comfortable and easy to wear but what I love most is how they smarten and neaten up outfits in such an effortless way.  Here I've worn them with my Topshop mom jeans and fireworks shirt. 

Monday, 8 May 2017

Kitsch Killers

Kitsch Killers is the graduate collection of my close friend and fellow designer Lucy Hartnell. Lucy asked me to model for her collection which was photographed beautifully by Samantha Eichenberger. I love the 'Charlotte's Toy box print' which adorns the garments and the incredibly flattering babydoll silhouette. The whole aesthetic for Lucy's collection was simply Divine, a complete dream to be a part of:
C: Tell me about your collection....
L: Kitsch Killers is a SS17 collection of baby dolls and paper doll style sailor tops and trousers. My hand painted print 'Charlotte's Toy Box' is the focus of the collection. The print features a young girl (Charlotte) who is terrified of her toys; the toys include a bloody rabbit, rabid bear and a clown holding a hammer!

C: What is the inspiration behind 'Kitsch Killers'?
L: My print was heavily inspired by Mabel Lucie Attwell. Moschino's SS17 collection was a huge influence as well as Olympia Le Tan. 

C: Do you have a favourite piece from the collection?
L: I think my favourite piece would be the blue sailor top. It features the sailor collar, my hand painted bow and Charlotte's Toy box print; I feel it really sums up the collection.  

C: What process from design to production, do you most enjoy?
L: I've always loved hand painting so creating the Charlotte's Toy Box print was definitely my favourite part of the process. 

C: What songs best represent Kitsch Killers?
L: Tonight you belong to me by Patience and Prudence
It's My party and i'll cry if i want to by Lesley Gore
Dollhouse by Melanie Martinez
Home wrecker by Marina and the Diamonds
Don't worry baby by The Beach Boys.

Friday, 5 May 2017

String of pearls

Yesterday me and Lucy took a trip to Crews Hill to pick up some houseplants for my flat and to dig for retro goods at the Vintage emporium there.  We started off at the Gardening Club which was the biggest and fanciest gardening place I've ever seen. I was in love with the lemon and citrus trees as well as the amount of banana leaf and palm which filled the place. It made me want nothing more than a garden or at least a balcony to fill with botanicals however I settled for a String of pearls plant and a Parlor palm. We sat by the fountain for a spot of lunch before heading to the Vintage emporium...

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Sunday Swingers

Today, after a year of literal blood, sweat and tears; I finally handed in my graduate collection for marking. This year has definitely been the better of my 3 years at university (studying fashion design)  purely for the amount of free range we had with our collection; however I am honestly so relieved to be finished. I have some exciting projects planned so keep your eyes peeled!

For now, I am pleased to present to you my graduate AW17 collection: Sunday Swingers!

The Sunday Swingers collection is a celebration of youthfulness, free love and free choice created for the impulsive and free spirited; for those who dare to stand out of the crowd. 
The collection was inspired by the the idea of hedonism following the sexual revolution and the art of losing your inhibitions. I was also inspired by illustrations from erotic novel covers and film posters from the early 70's; as well as Playboy magazines from this decade.

Sunday Swingers features 6 outfits of luxurious velvet smoking jackets and slinky silk dresses. The dresses in my collection are covered in my swingers party illustrations; which developed from my main 'orgy' illustration above. The illustration started off as a bunch of hand drawings depicting various couples at a swingers party before I collaged them together and played around with them in illustrator. Making this big Print was defiantly the most time consuming part of my project (the files bloody huge) but I'm so pleased with the outcome and how they look on the dresses.
The Jackets are made out of the softest crushed cross-dyed velvet and feature piped pockets, belt fastening and fur cuffs. I took inspiration from Hugh Hefner in particular with these smoking jackets as i wanted to create something as comfortable as a robe with the luxury of a jacket; and still keep this 70's porno aesthetic. 

Below is my collection line-up as well as photographs from my location photoshoot. Myself and photographer Sebastian Hatton-Bamforth found the most beautifully retro Air BnB to shoot model and muse Mimi Scott in. The shoot was possibly my favourite part of this project and I feel the photos present the perfect aesthetic for my garments. 

In the modern day we can often find ourselves distracted. So take a step back, put on a record and keep swingin'.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons: The Masters collection

Louis Vuitton have paired up with contemporary artist Jeff Koons in an exciting new collection called: 'The Masters'.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

When life gives you lemons

I've always been a sucker for good stationary. There is nothing more satisfying than finishing a notebook and starting a new one. I've been writing in journals for years now and I get through them quite quickly. I use them to record thoughts and ideas, do sketches and make lists. Personally, I find journalling quite cathartic. If your mind is busy and overflowing, writing things down can help you make sense out of the chaos, and it's nice to have a record of any creative ideas too!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Summer '17 bag favourites

I've always been a handbag person. The first bag that I remember having, loving and carrying everything around in was a red velvet cross body number; with Minnie Mouse embroidered on the front. Thankfully my bag collection has grown quite vastly since then. I've always found that I tend to 'accidentally' buy new bags but accessories should never be overlooked as they can really pull an outfit together. 

During summer in particular, I always tend to ditch the big tote/bucket bags that I've been hoarding everything into, In replacement of a smaller, lighter and brighter model. With the weather getting a little warmer and days getting a little longer; I've put together some of the best bags around to purchase in time for summer:

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Let's talk about Equality

Now is a good a time as ever to talk about equality. Following his Inauguration in January Trump has signed orders to reinstate the 'global gag rule' and to restrict immigration through building a wall between Mexico and America, and restricting refugees from entering the country (See here for more info.)
The world was quick to respond to the US's new presidency. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau made a statement against the refugee restriction saying "Canada will take you" and the Women's march took place all over the world, with over two million people marching for women's rights and equality. Because feminism has never meant women over men, it's always meant He for She, complete equality, opportunities and freedom of choice. 
The art and fashion world have also stood up in response, with designer Ashish leading the way with beautiful collections and garments celebrating the diversity of the Human race. Fashion is a very powerful art form and as a creative outlet it is a completely viable media for the designer to express their opinions and beliefs in. 
^(Ashish AW17: Image Sources)

Monday, 13 February 2017

Portobello road

On Saturday me and Sam went up to London for a pre-valentines day out. Rather than gifts, we tend to mark occasions with days out or weekend trips away which is lovely. Whenever we go up to the city we always try to do something new which on this occasion was exploring Portobello market and drinking at The Alchemist.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

I feel love

In yesterdays post Cherry Sorbet I shared with you my love for Valentines day. Valentines day originated as a day of feasting in honour of Saint Valentine, and then in the 1700's when courting became popular, it became a day to exchange cards and confectionary to your loved ones. Hearts, doves, flowers and cupid became it's trademark symbols.
Although many argue that you should treat every day like Valentines day, I feel that it's an opportunity to make an extra bit of effort for your partner and celebrate you both as a couple. It's an excuse to reflect, celebrate and immerse yourself in the beautiful Valentines aesthetic that fills stores, garments and restaurants surrounding the day. 
I've collated some of my favourite Pinterest imagery to inspire and get you in the mood for Saint Valentines:

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Cherry Sorbet

I really do love Valentines. Not only for the celebration of love and romance but for the hearts, Kitsch motifs and the pink and red colour scheme. I feel that pinks and reds are colours I like to incorporate all year round however it's only surrounding Valentines that you'll find every store filled top to toe in rose and magenta.
This jumper is yet another New Look find (I'm rather liking New Look at the moment). I love how the white stripe breaks up the pink and the red so that it doesn't look too chaotic; even though it reminds Sam of Fab Ice lollies.  The brightness of the pink and the red stripes make the jumper more of a statement piece and the jumper itself is incredibly warm and cosy; perfect for chilly walks. 

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Sundae Afternoon

This afternoon me and Lucy went to a nearby diner, to hide from the cold and immerse ourselves in the beautiful fifties atmosphere. 
I've always been a fan of Elvis' music and movies (Blue Hawaii is my favourite), but I loved his world so much more after reading Priscilla's book: 'Elvis and Me' last summer. American style Diners are always full of Elvis memorabilia and this one was no different. There was also a jukebox, large Elvis statue and photographs of other icons including Diana Ross and Marilyn Monroe. 
We drank coke floats and milkshakes and shared a chocolate sundae whilst listening to songs like Blue suede shoes and The Wonder of You. 
(^The diner had the classic red and white leather booths and stalls. The ceilings and walls were covered with American memorabilia and there was a flashing traffic light behind the bar which was very cool.)

Friday, 20 January 2017

Honey Loves: January

Although January is not quite over yet, I've put together some things that I've been particularly loving so far this month. Despite the evenings already starting to get lighter, it's still reasonably chilly here which is the perfect excuse to wear endless amounts of knitwear and spend my evenings wrapped up in blankets with a good book. 
The jumper photographed below is my knitwear of choice at the moment and is another New Look find (read post: silver soles here). I normally avoid turtlenecks because I'm prone to moments of panic, during which the last thing you want is tightness around your neck. However, this jumper is a very casual fit, and doesn't feel particularly clingy. Plus i bought it in a couple sizes up because I find that baggy jumpers are cosier and more comfortable! The jumper is very soft and easy to dress. It comes in a variety of shades including, brown, pumpkin, soft pink and olive green.  

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Silver Soles

After my annual January clear out it became apparent that despite my (slightly large) shoe collection; I didn't have an everyday pair that I was in love with. I'm talking about a Go-to shoe. A statement pair that goes with the majority of my outfits without compromising on comfort and wearability. Step in these beautiful metallic loafers. 

Sunday, 8 January 2017

How to use: Greenery

Each year Pantone release a colour of the year, a colour carefully picked out which then designers, artists and global consumers then include and identify in future collections, projects and designs. This year the colour chosen is a zesty yellow green shade aptly named 'Greenery' which Pantone describe as: 
'A refreshing and revitalising shade, symbolic of new beginnings. Evoking the feeling of the first days of spring where nature's greens revive, restore and renew. The fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate'.

I particularly like the concept behind the colour chosen this year, but really I love nothing more than the use of plants and greenery in interiors. Since we'll be seeing a lot of it in the coming year, I've gathered some of my favourite images from Pinterest showing how you can bring Greenery into your 2017.
(Left:Image Source Right: Image Source)

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Boogie Wonderland- Gogo boots and platform shoes

It's no secret that the 1970's is my favourite decade. I love the music, the clothes, the hair and makeup. Idols such as Bianca Jagger, Dianna Ross and David Bowie. My nan was a teen in this decade, and I love nothing more than hearing her stories. I like to reference the 70's in both my personal style and in my design work. Recently due to the the countless episodes of Love Child me and mum have been watching; I am in love with the idea of Go-Go boots and platform shoes. 
Below i have gathered images which capture this particular style aesthetic as well as finding modern day takes on the platform shoe and boot.
(Left: Image Source Right: Image Source)

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Sunny St.Ives

New Years eve 2016 was the first New Years eve I've had off of work for a good few years. To see the new year in right me and my boyfriend Samuel went to St.Ives for a week with his family; where we stayed in a cottage by the sea. It was a lovely getaway. The cottage was beautiful, and we woke up every morning to the sound of the waves and the seagulls. I love being by the sea as I find it incredibly calming. The first few days were warm enough that you didn't need a coat, and every morning we'd go for a walk on the sand when the tide would start to go out. 
St.Ives itself it's lovely. I've never been that far into Cornwall before, and although the journey was long the clear sea and cobbled streets were definitely worth it. We visited St.Michaels Mount and had the most delicious burgers in the Firehouse bar and grill (deffo worth a visit). 
The hi light for me however was definitely New Years Eve. Everybody in the town dressed up in fancy dress ( me and sam dressed up as the Joker and Harley Quinn) and paraded by the bars and pubs in the evening. There was a steel drum band that had everyone dancing in the streets, and then when midnight came we all gathered at the harbour to watch the fireworks on the pier. 
I'm feeling incredibly positive about 2017. I always do at the start of a new year because I like the prospect of a fresh start. This year i intend to approach everything with more calm and positivity. I also intend to blog more this year; as I've recently changed the design of Honey Darling and I'm a lot happier with it now!

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Christmas wish list

With Christmas approaching, I thought that I'd share my christmas wish list with you. (Top left-bottom right).

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Too Faced Christmas in New York: Grande Hotel Cafe

^Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe.
^Grande hotel cafe with palettes and inside the hotel.
^All three palettes and the 'Eggnog Latte' palette.
^Left: Peppermint mocha palette Right: Gingerbread cookie palette.

I recently purchased The Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe from their Christmas in New York range. I found that shipping to the UK from the Too Faced website was too expensive, so I ended up purchasing from Sephora instead. Sephora have only recently introduced UK shipping to all products and in comparison to ordering directly from Too Faced, Sephora ended up being around £15 cheaper. Plus it only took 6 days for my Grand Hotel Cafe to arrive!

Friday, 9 September 2016


Yesterday me and my boyfriend Samuel got back from our trip to Venice. We spent 3 nights in Hotel Kette which is only a few minutes walk from San Marco square. I have never fell in love with a place, as much as I fell in love with Venice. It was perfect. Unlike Sam, I'm not a frequent flyer; this being my first abroad trip without my family. But this trip has changed my whole opinion of travel. 
Venice is everything you imagine and more. It is the ultimate romantic destination. The tiny streets and canals means that Venice is a no car zone, you get about by water taxi's, gondolas or by foot. The fact that there are no cars brings an instant calm to the place, our hotel had a little dock on the side of it where i liked to sit in the morning and watch the gondolas go by. Everyone in Venice was extremely friendly, and despite relatively everyone being able to speak English, I was determined to use as much of my small Italian vocabulary as possible. 
Our days were filled with getting lost down the alleyways and little streets, drinking champagne cocktails and seeing the sights. We went to the top of the Scala Del Bovolo, explored Doge's palace, Rialto Bridge and shopped for masks and glass souvenirs. 
There are plenty of places to eat in Venice, restaurants are dotted all around San Marco, but my favourite was one by the Canal in San Polo. Seafood, Pizza and Pasta are on every menu- the pizza and pasta being on a whole different level to what we have at home. 
After dinner we'd tend to go to San Marco square and listen to the Orchestra sets, which was incredibly romantic; or we'd go by the gondola docks where a couple of Violinists played in the evenings. 
The hi light of the trip for me was defiantly the gondola ride. We went just before it started to get dark as this was when the canals seemed to be a bit quieter- seeing Venice this way was incredibly beautiful.
It was the best holiday I've been on, and I'd love to go back there someday.

(^Hotel Kette. Every morning when we opened the windows in the morning you'd hear gondoliers singing and the water from the canal.)