What to Watch: Fashion Edition

What to Watch: Fashion Edition

If you’re wishing you could be wearing your favourite clothing pieces rather than pyjamas, attending catwalks or shopping right now, here are some things to watch while in quarantine to fuel your passion for fashion from home.


WHAT TO WATCH: FASHION EDITION


NETFLIX

Next In Fashion – Hosted by Alexa Chung and Tan France, this series watches a competition between fashion designers in order to win prize money and a start up for their business. I’ve been binge watching this series and I can confirm it’s certainly worth the watch if you enjoy analysing the creative process of clothing designing. It’s versatility is an exciting aspect, with each episode focusing on a different theme or garment ie: couture, lingerie, shapes and patterns.

What I’ve added to my Netflix “list”

  • Styling Hollywood
  • McQueen
  • Franca: Chaos and Creation
  • Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer
  • Clueless

YOUTUBE

A staggering amount of YouTube content is fashion-related, with hauls, DIY’s, tutorials, look books and catwalks… there is certainly lots to chose from.

Arden Rose is an amazing YouTuber who is honest and ethical, unlike many other influencers, due to her awareness of how harmful fast fashion is for our environment. She explains the issue so eloquently and provides her audience with reasonable alternatives which I think is truly admirable. She also makes videos going through her closet, talking about how to restyle pieces as well as sharing which ones she’s going to give away so they can be worn by someone else rather than thrown away. LINKS:

There’s also high fashion/ designer related content all over the platform.

Vogue stands out to me as one of the most popular and top quality channels. With videos containing some of the most famous faces in the fashion industry, it’s obviously perfect for those who crave fashion content.

You could also watch runway content! Simply search your favourite designer (ie: “Jacquemus Fall/Winter 2020/2021”) and you can easily access and immerse yourself into the world of your favourite collections and fashion shows. I’m currently obsessed with Miu Miu.

Link to Miu Miu Fall Winter entire show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um_g5gEdIec


IGTV

Lots of people forget about Instagram’s IGTV content but if you want shorter and vertical videos, it’s perfect for you. Here is a list of IGTV creators (companies as well as influencers) to look at for your fashion fix:

  • @ dazedfashion
  • @ cosmopolitan
  • @ fashioninflux
  • @ oliviagraceherring

TIKTOK

Tiktok is one of the most relevant apps at the minute, primarily known for it’s comedy and dance videos. While I certainly enjoy watching those, there are also many fashion tiktokers!

  • @ mayahavana reinvents old pieces in her wardrobe, shows the sewing process and provides tutorials
  • @ fashioninflux posts trend-relevant fashion videos and inspiration
  • @ nichole.ciotti shares fashion life hacks on her page
  • @ thatgemruby creates aesthetically pleasing videos revolving around effortless but effective fashion

Hopefully this helped fill the fashion shaped hole in your life at the moment! Let me know what you’ve been watching or if you have watched any of the programmes/ creators I have mentioned above.

Thanks for reading, follow and like if you enjoyed.

Stay safe. Lots of love,

Grace x

March Favourites

March Favourites

March 2020 will be described as bizarre, monumental and intense by many including myself, however, I’m dedicating this post to positivity and my favourite things I discovered and enjoyed during the month despite the circumstances.

WHAT I WATCHED

If you haven’t watched it already, ‘This Country’ on BBC is the best mockumentary series I’ve ever watched and I thoroughly reccomend it. The characters are so endearing and everything about the programme is hilarious. I watched it with my family and we laughed our way through the series within days.

On YouTube, I’ve been watching ‘Freddy My Love’ who creates aesthetically pleasing, girly videos on all things fashion. Take one look at her channel and you can see the worthwhile effort she puts into making her content beautiful.

I also really enjoy watching interviews of actors and actresses after I watch a certain movie or tv shows, infact I’d love to become a show business journalist myself one day. Throughout March, I watched many Timothee Chalamet interviews because his dedication to his art is amazing to watch and hear about. With reference to earlier, I’ve also watched interviews about This Country to get more information on the creative process of creating such a raw, funny programme.

WHAT I LISTENED TO

For my birthday, I received a Google Nest speaker and the volume and quality are incredible, it’s certainly one of my March favourites as I’ve been playing all my music on it whilst relaxing at home.

My top 3 albums to listen to recently have been Fine Line (Harry Styles), The Divine Feminine (Mac Miller) and Lust For Life (Lana Del Rey), none of which were released this month but I just adore them all. My Harry Styles concert has been postponed until 2021 so I have to make up for that by having virtual concerts in my room.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a podcast to listen to rather than music, The Receipts Podcast should make you smile. The girls are down to earth and consequently hilarious, perfect to listen to if you’re ever feeling down or lonely during self isolation.

WHAT I WORE

I’ve been wearing comfy clothes most days for obvious reasons (staying at home) so my favourite pieces have been casual. Mens Primark joggers are so comfy and the right fit if you size down. During February, I went to a Vintage Kilo Sale and bought oversize jumpers which have also been perfect in March!

I’ve spent most of my days with a bare face but sometimes I put some makeup on to make myself feel better, even if I’m just staying at home. This may sound ridiculous to some people but I know many girls who are the same. Bad Gal Bang from Benefit is my current favourite mascara which is great for adding volume to your lashes and you only need to use a tiny amount! Additionally, I’ve started doing winged eyeliner (also using Benefit!) which I found impossible at first but have now mastered the right technique with this easy to apply eyeliner. The final makeup product to mention is Gimme Brow eyebrow gel which I use on days when I’m creating a minimalistic look.

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Ultimately, my favourite thing in March has been writing. Starting up this blog again and planning new ideas has been really exciting. Similarly, I’m currently taking an online course in fiction writing which has kept my brain active and occupied.

Thanks so much for reading. I hope April is happy and healthy for you! Feel free to share your March favourites in the comments below.

Grace x

Staying Positive, Productive and Peaceful During Lockdown

Staying Positive, Productive and Peaceful During Lockdown

Yes, I’m still spending most days in my pyjamas and have been restful and languorous, however, I have recently decided that I would feel better if I could still be productive and positive during this unexpected free time.

(I understand not everybody has this privilege, such as key workers and those who need to maintain their jobs and income. I applaud these people for their persistence and hard work despite these chaotic and scary circumstances. A future post about supporting them is coming soon.)

Online…

To begin, here are some apps and websites that I’ve enjoyed utilising during this quarantine. (all free)

1. For anyone who is struggling with poor mental health/ loneliness/just wants to track their feelings, REFLECTLY is a daily mood journal that you can add to as frequently as you like, providing an opportunity for contemplation with daily questions. Personally, I use this app every night before bed to reflect on my day and find patterns in my mentality. Writing down and sharing your emotions is a great stress reliver so I highly recommend downloading this app, hopefully this can improve your mood during a difficult time.

(available on the app store)

2. PINTEREST is my current addiction. I always feel creatively motivated after scrolling through my feed and boards. There is certainly something for everyone (DIYs, interior design, makeup, comedy, celebs) but I mainly use it for fashion inspiration, pinning any outfits I like and trying to find similar pieces to incorporate into my own wardrobe. A potential idea during quarantine is to create a bucket list board of things you want to get done during lockdown and another of things you look forward to when we enter normality again.

(available in browser and on the app store)

3. For those who are struggling during lockdown because they crave the satisfaction of achieving something or alternatively have left education early due to the virus, FUTURE LEARN is an amazing platform I discovered only two days ago but was immediately impressed by. There are hundreds of free courses provided by universities covering various subjects, most of which are only a few weeks long. Personally, I’ve joined a courses on fiction writing, studying English, mental health, gender equality and fashion. Once I have completed a few courses, I’ll share my thoughts and feedback in another blog post but so far, I’m really excited by the concept.

(available in browser)

4. CALM is a well known meditation app that is perfect for relaxation. If you find yourself overwhelmed or struggling to sleep, Calm has music and masterclasses to help relieve stress, body tension and anxiety.

Offline…

If you are concerned about your screentime during this lockdown or just want to be productive without needing the internet or your phone, here is a short list of potential activities to engage in.

1. Cooking/ baking. Be it Michelin star standard or shop bought cake mixtures. (For me, the latter is more likely)

2. Reading. I’ve been reading Educated by Lara Westover and recommend this to everyone!!

3. Exercising. You could create a home circuit or go for a walk/ run (Obviously only once a day in the UK)

4. Home organisation/ cleaning. Spend this free time organising your home or just your bedroom. Maybe move around the furniture so it feels like a new and exciting space. There are probably many jobs around the house that have been put off for years that could be completed during this lockdown.

5. Listening to music. (I’ve had Harry Styles’ Fine Line on repeat)

The NHS are also looking for volunteers to do some work for them. Follow this link for more information: https://www.england.nhs.uk/participation/get-involved/volunteering/nhs-volunteer-responders/

Thanks for reading today’s post, I hope it was helpful! Feel free to share your ways of staying positive and productive in the comments below. Stay safe.

Grace x