Saturday, 30 July 2011

Lets gather round the campfire.

It has to be said, I'm not one for camping. Being without all my things is a horrible thought, however when my friend asked me to go camping with her, I thought why not. I've been once before, last year to a small music festival in Yorkshire...I haven't quite got round to going to a mainstream festival just yet. I'm starting this post two weeks before I'm due to go and will slowly add to it, until I have everything I need.

First of all, the toiletries. Because of it being a proper camp-site, I have the luxury of decent showers, thank god! I went out and spent about £15 on toiletries and yes I have just noticed it's practically all pink. I was going to buy travel size bottles, but they're pretty much the same price as these bigger ones, why waste my money? I have Alberto balsam shampoo and conditioner, radox shower gel,  sure deodorant, So...Kiss me body spray, Colgate tooth paste and brush, Wilkinson sword razors, Nivea cleanser and moisturiser, cotton wool and a toiletry bag. Pretty good for £15, I think anyway.
People tend to just use baby wipes while camping, because they're quick and easy, but I've always been one to take care of my skin, so I wouldn't feel comfortable doing that, so the cleanser and moisturiser were a must. Again, many people don't bother with shaving, which I can understand at a big music festival where the showers cost and are probably a bit of a state, but thankfully, I only have to spend time shaving. There is obviously no need to take all the razors, so I'll only be taking probably two. Luckily, nearly all of this fits into my toiletry bag, which is a bit of a miracle! Only the cleanser and moisturiser don't fit, but I'll be taking them in my handbag anyway.

This is what is in my case so far.
Hair grips, shorts, towels, toiletries, more shorts, dress, checked shirts, tights, bras, knickers, tops, and. tracksuit bottoms.
As well as that, I have sandals, incase the weather is actually decent one day! Pumps, ballet flats and four bottles of drink. I'm taking my doc martens as well, but I'll be wearing them on the way down there.

As well as all of this, I'm taking a hoody, which I'm borrowing from my boyfriend, a waterproof jacket, hair dryer, straighteners and curlers.
I'm definitely not cut out for the camping lifestyle, I'd be more suited to a beach holiday and staying in a lovely hotel.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Scissors and Sewing Needles.

I've always been around people who can sew. My nan, my mother and my sister and in year 9, I did textiles for D.T and found out I wasn't all that bad at it. However, it's only been the past year that I've started customizing my own clothes. If I got bored with clothes, I'd throw them out or to the back of my wardrobe and they'd be left, but the thought of throwing away clothes now horrifies me. Customizing your clothes is a great way of giving them a new lease of life!
I bought this dress about two years ago and had never worn it out, but I liked it too much to get rid of it. I hadn't worn it because it was too long. It went down to just above my knees and I didn't like it. I'm not sure why I hadn't done it sooner, but I sewed the hem up to make it shorter and now I feel more comfortable wearing it.

 Back in the day when I was a bit of a scene kid, I loved Hello Kitty. This started life out as a average t-shirt, but when I put it on not long ago, I didn't like it and decided to cut it. I cut the collar and made it lower and also I cut the sleeves off and made the arm holes much longer down the sides. If you're going to do this, be aware that  your bra will be visible, so it may be a good idea to wear a bandeau underneath.
Once again, from my scene kid days, I had bright coloured jeans, these were criminal damage jeans. I simply cut the legs off to the size I wanted, trickiest part is getting the lengths the same on both legs.

These were from H&M and again, I just cut the legs off. I decided to fold the bottom of these up to make a hem, but I haven't sewn it at all.

Finally, my band t-shirts.
I refuse to ever throw these out, because they hold some good memories. Instead, I've just cut the sleeves off, but I've left the collar as it was, so I don't interfere with the t-shirt design.

I've also made my own t-shirts out of fabrics I've bought, however they're being used as part of my A-Level work so I can't show you them. I've had people tell me they would wear them and a friend has actually asked me to make her a t-shirt!
Adding studs, buttons, etc to clothes is a great way of creating a new look. I'd definitely recommend to people to customise their clothes, but if you haven't had much practise, start with a clothing item that you wouldn't mind possibly wrecking, saves you ruining a top you love!