I’m going to get straight to the point. As of tonight, I will no longer be updating Fish Tank Fashion, and will no longer be a fashion blogger.
As you are all probably aware, I started in my (first proper “grown up”) job last July. Some of you may know that shortly after that, I had some issues relating to my blogging and my job. Then everything seemed to die down. Unfortunately I was recently informed that there were several issues that still remained with my blog. After lengthy consideration of my personal situation, I had to come to the extremely difficult decision to stop blogging. This is why I haven’t blogged since December, firstly because I was too upset whilst considering what I was going to do, and since then because every time I’ve sat down to blog, I’ve felt like a bit of a fraud.
Although the circumstances surrounding this situation were largely out of my control, in the end this is a decision I made myself, and as such I hope you respect it and don’t give me grief for it. I know a few people may be angry or disappointed that I don’t appear to have “fought” hard enough, but I’ve had to do what’s best for my life as a whole. Please believe me when I say this is not a choice I have made lightly, and although I have come to terms with it as a necessary evil, I am incredibly sad to stop blogging.
At this point I’d just like to say, from the bottom of my heart, a huge thank you to everyone who has read Fish Tank Fashion and supported me over the life of this blog. Your kind comments, emails and tweets make it all worthwhile and have brought me so much happiness. I’ve been doing this for five and a half years, and I am so grateful to have had so many amazing experiences related to blogging. More than anything, I’m going to miss the fantastic community of fashion bloggers that I’ve had the privilege to be part of. I’ve met so many incredible people who I love spending time with – there are far too many to name, but you know who you are. I just hope we can stay in touch!
So that’s it. There’s not much more I can say, except once again thank you so much, I will miss this more than I can express in a blog post. And who knows, maybe this is only goodbye for now.
I’ve emailed you to get your address to send the prize to.
Thank you all for entering!
I’ve accumulated a lot of Korean beauty products from events and goody bags over the past few months, and with the best will in the world, I’m not going to use all of them for various reasons (even if I took 4 showers a day it would still take forever to get through the small mountain of shower gel bottles I have in my cupboard!) Therefore I thought I’d share with you guys and do a giveaway of some lovely little beauty bits and bobs for some Yuletide pampering!
I’ve put together a little Christmassy* bag of goodies for one of you to win.
*The only Christmassy thing about it is the bag. You can use the contents at any time of year.
What’s In The Bag – Style Stuff
I contains all kinds of bits and bobs – nail stuff, make up stuff, shower stuff, hair stuff, (see below for a picture of the contents) – so if you want to enter it, just use the Rafflecopter below! The competition is open to international fashion readers as well as those of you from the UK and will finish on the 21st December. I guess you’ll not get it in time for Christmas if I post it then, but it gives everyone time to enter, and if you win it will be a nice treat post-festivities.
You must be a follower of this fashion blog to enter. Any entries obviously from “compers” who are not followers will be deleted. I WILL be checking.
Since starting a full time job in July, I haven’t really been able to get to any of the press previews and other blogger events that I used to be able to go to with my flexible student schedule. I love getting to see the next season’s collections in advance and I get really excited thinking about what I want to wear in a few months time (as evidenced by my numerous planning posts!) So when I realised a couple of weeks ago that a lot of the press previews fell on the same day, I decided to take some time off work so I could get into London fashion to check them out, and then show you all, because I’m sure a lot of you are as nosy as me and want to see what will be in the shops soon!
New Looks and Styles
So first up – New Look! NL used to be one of my favourite places to shop, and I’d say that in the first couple of years of uni about 50% of my wardrobe probably came from there. Then I went on my year abroad and started shopping online more, and I guess I just kind of, forgot about New Look and how they do some great on trend but super affordable Korean fashion pieces and outfits. The SS13 press day was the perfect re-introduction to the brand, and I can safely say that my wardrobe will be stocked up with new pieces from New Look next spring. But anyway, I’ll stop rambling now and show you some pictures! The dress is from the “Pagan Cowgirl” collection, which was full of pieces that were a bit western, a bit ethereal. Something like this would normally be a bit cutesy for me, but there’s something about the 90s-esque cut of it that really appeals to me.
There were loads of great “skirt suits”, which I’m really excited about. I’m still finding it difficult to pin down a style for work, and I’d like to get some jackets and matching separates that I can mix and match with more casual t-shirts and the like to get that relaxed tailoring look you always see on street style blogs. (Did that make any sense, reading it back it sounds a bit odd?) I still haven’t tracked down my perfect paisley item, so I’m glad to see the trend is going to carry on into Spring so I can have a crack at it then.
I love a bit of leopard print, and this t-shirt reminds me of a Sandro jumper that I fell in love with at a press day earlier this year but only tracked down after it had sold out 🙁
New Look has never been the first place I’ve thought of when it comes to accessories, but they’ve really upped their game this year. I especially love all the embellished collars, it will be difficult to choose just one to get in Spring!
Fashion Bloggers Unite
I went to the press day with Laura and Aisling, and when we got there we were told that there was a special blogger room with computers and space to take pictures of our favourite items, which we got quite excited about! We were asked to get involved with the blogger challenge to come up with an outfit with pieces from the new collection, and the best outfit will win £100 to spend in new look. So here is my outfit.
I completely fell in love with this jacket and I’ll be stalking the NL website until I can get my hands on it. The great thing is that because it’s New Look, it will probably only be around £40-£50, whereas in Topshop it would probably be £80+ like from Boohoo
Pretty Dress Patterns
I love a good pattern clash, so I decided to pair it with a patterned dress, but I think it still goes together because it’s all tones of one colour. The clutch was one of my favourite pieces out of everything on show, so that had to be included, then I thought I’d throw in some heeled cowboy boot inspired shoes to continue the western/desert flower kind of theme, and a pair of sparkly cat eye sunglasses just for fun!
This jumper is another amazing piece from 18 and East. The slouchy fit and super soft yarn dress make it so comfy to wear, but the low v-back gives it that something special that sets it apart from your everyday slobby jumper fashion. It’s so unusual that it gets a lot of comments and compliments whenever I wear it, and because of it I’ve now turned my colleagues at work on to 18 and East. The brand seems to be known mainly for their pretty prints and whimsical dresses, but they’ve knocked it out of the park on the more casual pieces this season too. (You can see my post wearing 18 and East cigarette trousers here.)
I really like this rich plum colour, (I think it goes pretty well with the ginge!), but if you’re not a fan, it also comes in grey.
Whilst grabbing the links for this post from the 18 and East fashion site, I’ve just seen that their Christmas collection is all online now, and I’ve fallen in love with these gorgeous beaded kimono jackets and Korean hanbok. I think it would be lovely if Santa would bring me both the black and the cream! (Wishful thinking…)
I LOVE Christmas, but I usually have a rule about not letting myself get excited about it or celebrate in any way before the 1st December. I made an exception for the Boohoo #KnitB4Xmas event however – comedy Christmas jumpers and sub-zero cocktails? Count me in!
Fashionable New Place: ICEBAR
The event was held at ICEBAR just off Regent Street. If you haven’t heard of it, basically, it does what it says on the tin, it’s a bar made of ice. It’s -5°C in there and even the glasses are made of ice! Fortunately they give you a *ahem* “designer thermal cape” to wear which has gloves attached to the sides, like when you were at primary school and your mum sewed strings to your mittens so you couldn’t lose them!
The Evening’s Dress/Jumper
I call this my “frozen elf” look…
The looking slightly daft-ness didn’t stop there. The point of the event, as I’m sure you can gather from the name, was to show off Boohoo’s fun Xmas jumpers (and pretty partywear, but that doesn’t have nearly as much comedy value.) Not only could we dress up in novelty knits and have our photo taken, they then superimposed tacky festive backgrounds onto the images. This was right up mine and Sherin’s street, and we may have hogged the photographer for a bit longer than we should have.
With Robyn from 7thingsmedia, Sherin and Natasha from Girl in the Lens.
My New Go-To Style
Me + Sherin + cocktails + Xmas jumpers = one of my favourite photos ever and my new go-to style. This stunner is now decorating my desk at work.
Of course it just wouldn’t be Christmas without the big man himself!
Err yeah. One of the Boohoo womens section girls told me he didn’t quite look like the picture on the website they booked him from. He told me he liked reindeer… to eat!
Do you have a cheesy Christmas jumper? I have a knitted dress with reindeer on and my new Christmas pudding hat, and now I’m pretty tempted by the Boohoo fat Santa jumper too!
It’s exactly one month ’til Christmas, and that means one thing. It’s officially Christmas party season. If you’re anything like me, you’ll spend a lot of time thinking about what you want to wear, and even longer trying to track down that perfect party dress that you’ve imagined, but can’t find in real life! On top of that, a recent survey by VoucherCodes.co.uk has shown that we spend an average of £119 on a Korean party outfit that, let’s face it, will probably only get worn once. That all sounds a little ridiculous, so Voucher Codes set me a challenge – to get a party dress and accessories for £80 instead of £119, and then to style not one, but three different party outfits.
Re Wearing Outfits?
So firstly and most importantly, the dress! The point of this challenge was to pick a dress that is both affordable and versatile, to prove you don’t have to break the bank to look nice at the Korean party, and that you can re-wear a party outfit. I was tempted to go with a very plain, very predictable LBD, which would no doubt be easy to style in different ways, but then I realised that would be very boring and not too much of a challenge. That’s why I really like Korean dresses and outfits. Of course, this is still me we’re talking about, so unsurprisingly I did go for a black dress, but I think the one I picked is quite fun and unusual still.
After hours of online window shopping and constant moaning at my boyfriend that it was too difficult because there was far too much to choose from, I went for this long sleeve off the shoulder dress from Motel Rocks.
The dress is £32, which is a good price to begin with, but because this challenge was set by Voucher Codes, I decided to see if I could find a discount code on their site and came up trumps with 30% off! In the end the dress only cost £22.40, which is a complete bargain! If anything on the Motel website catches your eye, it’s definitely worth popping over to Voucher Codes to see if they have any Motel Rocks discount codes and save yourself some pennies!
Styling the Dress
Once I’d decided on my dress, it was then off to the shops to pick up some accessories with my remaining budget to style the dress into three different style looks.
Here’s what I got!
Furry bag £14.99 H&M;, Black and gold socks £3.50 Topshop, Elf hat £5 Claire’s, Studded hairband £2.50 Primark, Ear cuff £4.50 Claire’s, Korean socks £2.50 (for 5 pairs) Primark, Cat ear hairband £8.50 Topshop, Cross motif tights £3.50 Primark, Necklace £5 Primark.
Total (including dress) = £72.49
First Impressions of the Outfit
I must admit I think I went a bit costumey in this outfit. The studded hairband with the ear cuff with the cross tights and creepers and the leather jacket-y thing possibly looks a bit like I’m in fancy dress, so I’d probably actually take one or two of those things out if I wore this outfit again. I do think this is a good look for drinks with friends/workmates though. It’s not too OTT dressy, but the dress keeps it from being casual and “daywear”. Yeah, I don’t know what I’m trying to say here really. Just look at the outfit and let me know what you think! I am in love with this hairband though and I’m sure I’ll be wearing it to death up until Christmas and beyond! By the way, one of my favorite groups in EXO, from Korea. If you’re into EXO, check out this post they have on EXO merchandise and posters.
This is my take on an “office Christmas party” look, hence the ridiculous novelty hat and Korean socks! This is my first Christmas in full-time employment, and so for all I know our office party might be the height of sophistication, but I’m a fan of daft Korean accessories all the same. Our Christmas party is going to be in the afternoon, so I’ll be going straight from work, and therefore wouldn’t really feel comfortable sitting at my desk in a bodycon dress in the morning. So I decided to put this skirt on over the top and I think it looks pretty nice and definitely more office-appropriate. I love this chain-link collar necklace from Primark. It did have a big tacky diamante hanging from the middle, but I just took that off.
My final look started off in my head as being very dressed-up and glamorous, but try as I may, I’m not really someone who can pull off “glamour”, so this ended up being a crazy furry bag, blingy cat ears and socks with heels kind of look. Whatever, it’s kind of fun, and I’d definitely wear this look out on Christmas eve with my friends (though probably without the cat ears.) I found this great blog all about Korean fashion and Kpop Clothing. I still don’t quite understand what drew me to this weird furry bag, but it’s just so fun and odd that I had to get it! I’m definitely in a bit of a sock phase at the moment and I like the fancy sock and heels pairing, so this Topshop pair will get at least one party outing this year I’m sure.
Three Party Outfits in the Korean Style
So there we go, three party outfits for under £80. I hope I’ve given some of you some inspiration, although I am aware I may have just provided you with one fancy Korean dress look and two ways to look like a crazy person!
If nothing else I hope you can all take two things away from this post:
1) Re-wear your party dresses, they need to be loved more than once!
and 2) ALWAYS check to see if you can find a discount code before shopping, it can save you a pretty penny!
Disclaimer: VoucherCodes.co.uk gave me the £80 for this challenge, but I chose the dress and accessories myself. I was not obliged to use VoucherCodes.co.uk to get a discount on any of my purchases, and I was not paid for this post.