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FAD Christmas Card!

Firstly, I wanted to wish you all a very Happy Christmas!

I also need to apologise, as I have been pretty quiet over the past few months due to University coursework – second year is no picnic!

But I am back just before Christmas to share some exciting news. I was asked by fashion charity FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct) to illustrate their Christmas card for 2016, which was such an amazing honour and opportunity. So I thought I’d share the illustration with you all on the blog 🙂

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If you’d like to find out more about FAD and the amazing work that they do for young people, you can have a look at their website here and have a look at a blog post I wrote about my experience with them a few years ago here.

I hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year, and I look forward to more blogging in 2017!

Money Saving Tips for Fashion Design Students

Studying fashion design is a very expensive business! So I’ve put together a few money saving tips for anyone already studying fashion design, or any of you who are planning on studying fashion design in the future!

#1 – Set yourself a budget

At the beginning of every academic year, or at the beginning of every project, set yourself a budget for how much you are willing to spend on fabrics, art supplies and anything else you may need for the time period. This ensures that you are keeping an eye on how much your spending, and stops you from getting carried away!

When you buy anything related to your course, keep the receipts as a record for how much you’ve spent and periodically check how your budget is doing throughout the year/term.

Your university will often give a rough idea of how much they expect you’ll spend in the first, second and third year – so look to these as a guideline when setting yourself your own budget.

#2 – Check with your tutor before splashing the cash!

Before you head out to buy your fabrics and haberdasheries, check with your tutor that you are buying the right thing for your design and concept. It’s easy to get stuck in the fabric shop not knowing what to buy, which results in you buying everything! Or, going to the fabric shop, buying the fabric you think is right, and then getting back to uni to be told that you bought the wrong fabric/haberdashery for your project.

This is especially important for the first year, as you may not be experienced enough to know the type of fabric you should buy, the kind of zip you should buy and also how many metres of fabric you should buy. It’s always best to check before going shopping!

#3 – Go to student friendly fabric shops

There are a good number of fabric shops out there in London (have a look at my list of fabric and haberdashery shops here), but not all of them are student friendly – price wise. This is particularly true in your first, and even second year, when you are learning the ropes and are sure to make a few mistakes here or there when sewing. My tip is to buy fabrics from cheaper priced stores, such as the ones on Goldhawk Road or Woolcrest Textiles in East London as much as you possibly can.

Of course, some of these shops may not have the quality that you are looking for, but if you look hard enough you can sometimes find some real gems of amazing rolls of fabrics that could work for your project. I think it’s best to leave the more expensive shops for your second and third year when getting high-quality fabrics are a bit more important and when you’re a bit more experienced. You can still visit and get swatches of fabrics from more expensive shops so that you can build your knowledge of fabrics so that you’re ready for your final collection!

#4 – Always ask for student discount!

Being a student is one of the few opportunities you get in life to get discounts! So make sure you ask in every shop if they do student discount or not. A lot of fabric and art stores will offer a student discount of up to 10% so it’s definitely worth enquiring as the savings can add up!

#5 – Keep all your leftover fabrics

Usually, at the end of a project, you’ll be left with a little bit of fabric left over that could be used in the future. Make sure you keep it stored somewhere safe and clean so that in a future project you can look in your own fabric collection to see if there’s something that can be used. This can help you save money for future projects, or can even be used for your own personal projects!

I hope these tips were useful to you all! Let me know if you have any money saving tips of your own on Instagram and Twitter!

 

How I use my Tizz Tazz Bag

Hey Guys,

If you’ve been following me on social media recently, you would have seen that I’ve just opened my Etsy shop selling handmade Tizz Tazz bags!!

So in celebration of this, I thought I write a post sharing some of the ways that I use my Tizz Tazz bags.

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As a cosmetics bag:

Tizz Tazz bags are a great size for keeping all your cosmetics together. I love to keep all the cosmetics that I carry around with me in a smaller cosmetic bag inside my handbag so that I can access them quickly and easily!

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As a sewing bag:

This size bag is also amazing to keep all your sewing equipment in if you’re a fashion student (like myself!) or seamstress. I keep my threads, measuring tape, embroidery scissor and whatever else I may need at the sewing machine all safe in my Tizz Tazz bag so that I can carry them around with me easily in the studio.

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As a pencil case:

Tizz Tazz bags are also great as pencil cases! Great to keep all your design materials together, ready for some creative sketchbook work.

There are loads of different uses for small zippered pouches like these, and you can really use them in any way you like! Let me know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook other ideas for uses of Tizz Tazz bags!

 

See the TizzTazzStudio store here

Featured Illustrator: Sara Ligari

This weeks featured illustrator is Sara Ligari. Sara Ligari is one of my favourite illustrators, she’s one of the illustrators that I look to for inspiration while I’m discovering my own illustration style. I hope you love her work as much as I do!

Name: Sara Ligari
Based in: Milan
Website: cargocollective.com/saraligari
Facebook: /sara.ligari
Tumblr: saraligariwatercolors.tumblr.com
Instagram: @saraligari

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Fashion Events in London this Autumn & Winter (2016/17)

I can’t believe Summer 2016 is almost over already!! With September right around the corner, I thought now would be a good time to update you all on some of the upcoming fashion events happening this Autumn/Winter 2016/17!

Africa Fashion Week London
Olympia London
9th – 10th September 2016 
Find out more

London Fashion Weekend 
Saatchi Gallery 
22 – 25 September 2016
Find out more

1920s Jazz Age Fashion & Photographs
Fashion & Textiles Museum 
23 September – 15 January 2017
Find out more

Stylist Live
Business Design Centre 
13 – 16 October 2016 
Find out more

India Fashion Week London
ExCel Centre London
15 – 16 October 2016 
Find out more

UCAS Design Your Future 2016 
ExCel Centre London
15 – 16 November 2016 
Find out more

The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show 
ExCel Centre London 
17 – 19 November 2016 
Find out more

The Fashion Awards 2016 
Royal Albert Hall 
5th December 2016 
Find out more 

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
Victoria & Albert Museum
16 April 2016 – 12 March 2017
Find out more

 

 

Style Inspiration: Kendall & Kylie Jenner

Last time, I featured Gigi Hadid as one of my style inspirations. This week, I’m featuring sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner. These girls both have very different styles, but I love different aspects of each. I would say that my style is closer to Kendall’s, as she seems to go for a more minimal, classic style. But I also love the fashion risks that Kylie takes sometimes, and I particularly like her casual style.

Be sure to check out my Tumblr to see more of my favourite looks ✨

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My Favourite Designers: Henry Holland

This week, my featured favourite designer is English designers Henry Holland. A graduate from London College of Communication, Henry gained attention from his collection of his bold 80s style t-shirts with fun phrases and quotes before starting his own fashion label House of Holland in 2008. Have a look below at some of my favourite House of Holland collections, and if you want to see more of Henry’s work click here.

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Featured Illustrator: Laura Callaghan

This weeks featured illustrator is Laura Callaghan. I love her fun, bold and colourful illustrations. Laura has a unique and individual take on fashion illustration, creating interesting scenes and backdrops for her illustrated women.  See more about her, and examples of her work below.

Name: Laura Callaghan
Nationality: Irish 
Website: lauracallaghanillustration.com
Instagram: @lauracallaghanillustration
Twitter: @lauramcallaghan

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My Favourite Curly Hair Products 2016

Hey Guys,

Today I thought I’d share with you guys some of my favourite curly hair products. I have naturally curly hair, although I only started wearing my hair out curly when I was about 14, alternating between straightening my hair and leaving it curly. This meant my hair wasn’t really that healthy as I was regularly exposing it to heat from my blow dryer and hair straighteners. However, I never really got bad heat damage until October last year (2015) when after straightening my hair some of my curls wouldn’t spring back when I washed it! I was really upset at first, but then I chose to use the experience to encourage me to learn all about curly hair and keeping it healthy.

I’ve listed some of my favourite curly hair brands and products below. Hopefully this list will be useful to any of you that want to try new products on your curly hair.

#1 MIXED CHICKS

Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner & Leave-in Conditioner

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Mixed Chicks were the first curly hair brand that I found when I started wearing my hair curly. I absolutely love their range and always find myself going back to using them. I use these products so much that I buy the 1-litre bottles every time I go to the Afro Hair & Beauty Show!

Mixed Chicks is available to buy in the UK from Boots & Afro Hair Shops like Beauty by Zara

#2 SHEA MOISTURE

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment Masque & Leave-in Conditioner

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I first found Shea Moisture through watching curly hair videos on YouTube. I love the morals and history behind the brand, but most importantly the products work amazingly! They have a huge range of products, but my favourite has to be the Jamaican Black Castor Oil range. It is just so moisturising and nourishing, and I love that all their products have great natural ingredients.

Shea Moisture is available to buy in the UK from Boots, Superdrug & Afro Hair Shops like Beauty by Zara.

#3 CURLS

Curls Blueberry Bliss Leave-in Conditioner & Control Paste

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Another one of my favourite brands is Curls. I love this Blueberry Bliss range in particular as it smells amazing! I really feel like my curls ‘pop’ a lot more when I use the Curls leave-in conditioner, and the control paste is great more smoothing down your edges and sculpting individual curls.

Curls is available to buy in the UK from Afro Hair Shops like Beauty by Zara.

Thank you for reading & I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I’d love to find out what your favourite curly hair products are, so tweet me @tizz_tazz to let me know 🙂

My Curly Hair Inspirations

One of my favourite things about being a ‘Curly Girl’ is the amazing community of fellow ‘Curlies’ that you can find online. I’m always looking for hair inspiration and great curly hair tips, and through my searches I have found a few great inspirations from hairdressers to curly hair bloggers, here are some of my favourites.

#1 – Shai Amiel

Shai Amiel (aka The Curl Doctor) is a curly hair expert! He owns and runs the Capella salon in Los Angeles, California and his famous haircuts are sought after by thousands of curly girls, including celebrities such as Tamera Mowry-Housley and Nathalie Emmanuel. I love looking through his Tumblr page to find some great curly hair tips, and to see before and after shots of hair that he’s worked on.

#2 – Lindsey Hughes Curl Whisperer

Another amazing hairdresser, Lindsey Hughes (aka The Curl Whisperer) is incredible at cutting curly hair, which is visible on her Instagram page. I spent ages looking for a curly hair specialist that works here in the UK, so I was elated when I heard about Lindsey. I recently got my hair cut with Lindsey and throughly enjoyed the process – it is obvious that Lindsey loves her job. If you want to find out more about Lindsey and how to book an appointment with her, have a look at her website.

#3 – SunKissAlba

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SunKissAlba was one of the very first curly hair YouTubers that I found when I decided to start wearing my hair curly. She has some amazing videos featuring her curly hair routines and favourite products. What I love about SunKissAlba’s YouTube channel is that you can look back at her old videos and really see how long and healthy her hair has become since she decided to start her curly hair journey, which is truly inspirational. What is also great about Alba is that she is dedicated to living a clean and non-toxic life, so its great to learn more about this and how to incorporate this way of living into your hair and beauty routines.

#4 – UKCurlyGirl

UKCurlyGirl (Shannon) is another curly hair blogger and YouTuber that I like to keep up with. What I love about the UKCurlyGirl channel is that she is from the UK! Often, you’ll find a lot of curly hair bloggers and YouTubers that are from the US, which is great but sometimes the products they use are not available to buy over here in Britain. So, I love to find out which products Shannon is using, and to hear her opinions on them as it is possible for me to then try them out myself. Shannon is also another YouTuber that you can see the development of her healthy curly hair since the start of her curly hair journey which is very inspirational!

#5 – Luhsettyxo

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Lisette (aka Luhsettyxo) is another one of my favourite curly hair YouTubers. I love her curly hair styles videos as they give great ideas for styles you can do with shorter curly hair. She also gives great tips on how to recover from heat and colour damage which is also really useful! Apart from her curly hair videos, I also really love her style and fashion videos and the aesthetic she has in her YouTube videos and on her Instagram page.