Creative Writing, Fashion, Fashion Flash Fiction, Flash Fiction

ZigZags and Selma

Tulisa had only a few minutes to pick a pair of shoes. Her pre-booked taxi driver had called 5 minutes ago reminding her of his presence. The extra charge was not the problem, her company directly paid for the costs, if he decided to leave, that would be the problem. Drivers had left her stranded in her closet on a few occasions. They often placed bets on which unfortunate soul would be summoned to drive Miss T. Rose to and from work in the week. She used to have one permanent driver, but he died and since no one would settle to be her driver. It was Abdullah’s week again. Miss Rose did not like Abdullah because he was the first driver annoyed enough to leave her stranded, which then set the pace for all preceding drivers.

 HONK! Tulisa frantically spun around to face the full length mirror that stood at the entrance of her closet room.  She wore a Tiffany white, cap-sleeved peplum dress and her hair fell down on one shoulder, like a fountain of lush chocolate. She thought about tying it up. The cough of the engine awoke her from her trance. She grabbed the brightest shoes that she could reach, her Nicholas Kirkwood Zigzags and ran barefoot through the hallway to the front door. She forgot her bag; she turned back to go to her room but immediately turned again to pull the door open. She waved at Abdullah and chucked her shoes on the floor. Holding up one finger she mouthed, ‘one second’. Abdullah gestured something back and put his foot down on the accelerator, the sound startled her.

 “Please,” she shouted, holding her hands together as if she was praying to him. Before he could accept or decline she was already back in her closet room, pulling together all the bits she’ll need for her day, into a pile on her bed. ‘iPad. Blackberry. Bank card. Keys. Keys, keys, keys. Oh my god, where are my keys. Okay. Ruby. Filofax.’ She stood for a moment motionless. Should she take the mandarin Selma because it was already out? Or should she take the white bag because her Kirkwoods were statement enough?

She took the mandarin Kors Selma bag because Abdullah had made her. He started shouting something into the house. She threw everything into it and ran to the back to the door, frowning. Shaking her head at him she lowered herself to pick up her shoes. With her large Kors bag unconventionally clutched under her arm and her Kirkwoods dangling from the other hand she attempted to pull the door shut with her calf. But her middy dress would not let her separate her legs enough.

Abdullah looked on from the car. Tulisa dropped the pair of shoes onto the floor once again, while she slipped her foot into one of them she pulled the door shut with her free hand. She turned and smiled at Abdullah as though she had done something genius. With both shoes on she headed over to the cab. Abdullah pushed a button on the steering wheel and the back door automatically opened as Tulisa approached it.

“Miss Rose” Abdullah said.

“Hi” she replied. 

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Flash Fiction: Fashion: Spectacular Spectacles

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Don’t make a spectacle of yourself in those spectacular spectacles” Mr Alan chuckled to himself as he hurried passed Meg in the corridors. Mr Alan thought he was hilarious, and his chuckle turned into a session of intense laughter. He didn’t really think Meg was doing herself any harm in wearing her ‘spectacular spectacles’. They had a sleek thick black rim, and they had someone signature on the arms, they were what you might call chic. As a matter of fact he thought they did her justice. They complimented her peachy, narrow face and her shiny cropped black hair. He had always had an eye for Meg but, that eye took control over his voice box and he could never express to her in words what his eye had become so fond of. He thought she was perfect, she was all that a young woman should be. Her clothes were always clean and they always fit. He believed the way one dressed reflected their inner person, and so he knew her inner person was clean and well sized.

He was an English teacher and his favourite thing was words, and so he had a very witty way of talking and thinking. He was very fond of talking and thinking, he almost never stopped doing one or the other. It was weird that He had never said anything to Meg before this.

Meg found it weird that Mr Alan had spoken to her in such wondrous verse. She felt spectacular. Mr Alan had finally noticed her. Although, she wasn’t entirely sure what he meant, but she was pleased that he meant something. She was the newest member of staff at school, but she had been there for the good part of a year, and Mr Alan had never known, before now, that she existed. She had made really good friends with all the other English teachers, and some of the teachers from other departments, but Mr Alan was a difficult task.

Her spectacles became her statement piece. She wore them every day, and every day Mr Alan would say the same thing, ‘don’t make a spectacle of your self in those in spectacular spectacles’. The funny thing was that she wasn’t required to wear spectacles for any reason. God knows why she wore them on that day, but it gained her a friend and so she would continue to wear them.

Eventually, on the last day of term Mr Alan plucked up the courage to say something else. “Miss spectacular, would you like to meet up over the holidays?”

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Flash Fiction : Fashion : The Monochrome Shirt

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Kara sat tapping her long foot against the table leg. She stared at the clock until it struck 8:40. She had been late herself but the thirty minutes she spent waiting alone said more than enough. Glasses chattered, smoke filled the room, the dim blue light shone on the stage where the lady sang the latest Jazz blues. Conversations were going on all around, at every other table there was at least two people sat together.

Kara began to converse with herself. ‘What a fool you are girl’. She sipped her drink, and breathed out deeply through her heavily painted red lips. ‘Never again will I entrust my time to anyone else’. She took a second, thought about it, and decided never again will she trust her heart to anyone else.

She didn’t care that eyes were on her from all around, even though there was no certainty why they were all watching her. Had it been because it was so obvious she had been stood up? Or because her name and face was printed in all the papers almost everyday last week? Or was it simply due to the fact that she looked so stunning in that monochrome shirt?

The waiter floated over to the table were the lone women, in the monochrome shirt sat. He made sure not to smile too much. They had been given a script to use when they were dealing with victims of a stand up, but Roberto knew he was a very very charming man.

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The Student Lock-in, Bristol

Here’s another spectacular date for your student diaries! Get ready for a night out on the town, with The Student Lock-in at Cabot Circus, Bristol*.

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Monday the 14th of October 2013 poses an evening jam packed with discounts and FREEBIES from your favourite high street and high end stores. When shops close all over the country a 6pm, Cabot Circus will be beginning its show. For one night only, for three whole hours the Circus’ will dedicate this shopping arena to students only!  What a perfect time to stock up of AW13 right?

2013 marks the third year The Student Lock-in is taking place in Bristol, which was formerly known as The Big Student Takeover. With over 50 retailers throughout Cabot Circus  hosting exclusive discounts for students, with price reductions in selected shops and restaurants ranging from 10 to 50%, Student Fashionista’s, or any student looking for a decent bargain can find it all under one roof.

“It was like being in a shopper’s paradise” says one keen shopper, “the shops were so full the security had to stop people from going into some shops, and made them wait in queues. And there were red carpet entrances which were just breath taking”.

Just one small word of advice.

As tempting as it may be, try not to break the bank. With this being the first shopping event of the new academic year, with the first instalments of student finance, one might get just a little over excited and forget they have the rest of the term to bare in mind, financially. I definitely did back in 2011, when I was in my very first year. I went into every shop that would let me in and brought something in each one, towards the end of the evening there was very little left in my size, but I brought things in other sizes. Why? I don’t know. I guess I just love the look of the genuine shopper, you know, that girl or guy with the most bags, from the most prestigious high street stores. Anyway, I spent a lot of my money in this one night, and had I not started a new job, I would not have been able to afford the necessities that term.

In 2012 I was too stingy, thinking about my rookie mistake the following year, I probably didn’t buy anything.

But, with loads of entertainment and give-aways, be sure to save the date, and make sure you don’t miss out on what has been called ‘the biggest student event of the year’!

*Even if you are not a student in Bristol, you are still welcomed and entitled to the discounts and freebies, just as long as you ARE a student 🙂 So tell a friend to tell a friend. See you there, Cj x

see more at http://www.studentlockin.com/index.php?event/city/bristol

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Welcome Fashers!

With less than a few weeks away until the first of the Freshers will be landing into their new towns, cities and campuses, and the first of your student finance loans will drop into your accounts, it’s about that time you started to think about all the woeful and wonderful fashion Do’s and Don’ts.

Fashion is, as I repeatedly say, about expressing yourself the best you can with the textiles you are provided with. Even those of you who claim not to be to interested in fashion, that self expression is oh so seen in your swagger.

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Definitely..

Dont

Copy what everyone else is doing and wearing if you don’t like it

There are so many Hashtag Trending styles today, but they may not (all) tickle your fancy, don’t force a fashion style just because you see everyone else doing it. Copy-cats are not cool, and you definitely will not feel comfortable doing it.

Change who you are, style and other wise, to fit in with other people

If you happen to fall in with a group of friends who all have a similar style to one another, but you seem to stand out, be sure to keep to your true self. Don’t try to blend in by dressing like these friends. Again, I will say Copy-cats are not cool and they are the most likely to feel uncomfortable in their forged clothing.

Wear the same thing everyday

This might be a harsh thing to say, but the few people I had seen in college and university really didn’t help themselves by doing so. It understandable if money is tight and new styles are not as affordable as you may please, but be sure there are alternatives to wearing the same outfit daily. There’s a small range of basics every wardrobe should have and these can be worn in so many ways, people won’t even notice you are re-re-repeating pieces. We could have a look at some of the basic ‘Re-Style’ pieces.

Borrow everyone’s clothes

There is nothing more annoying than that friend who takes all your clothes, all your house mates clothes, all her friends clothes and so on. I guess it is okay to borrow now and then for a good reason, but to over do it… not such a good idea. I have seen some of the worst ‘bff’ breakups over borrowed, broken and/or ‘stolen’ clothes.

Spend ALL your money on clothes

MY MISTAKE! This is probably one of the biggest rookie mistakes for a fresher. You get to uni, you open a student account and now you have money up to your ears. There the student loan and the interest free loan sits. You spend, spend, spend on things that will be out of fashion next season and then your left with no or very little money to live on for the next term. Luckily, I never did open a student account, but I did make the mistake of seeing “MO’ NAY fah days” in my account and well.. I got a little excited at Bristol’s Big Student (shopping) Takeover @ Cabot Circus. It’s not nice struggling to live through your very first term with no money. Especially when you are meant to be socialising to make friends

DO

Follow fashion trends that suit you

There is inspiration all over the place, and anyone can pull of anything their heart beats to. If it helps to express who you are or how you feel, do it.

Stick to your own style, and fit in with those who accept you for you!

Even if you are the only one who dresses that certain way, stick to it. It will draw people to you. I remember my very first week at uni, everyone had either the grunge or bohemian style sense and I decided to keep to my ever changing style, which was predominantly Chic. Till this very day I have people comment on how much the love my style, and every time I run in late they always find themselves admiring what I was wearing.

Mix and Match, your limited student wardrobe

Like I said, there are a number of ways to re-style basic pieces every wardrobe should have, no matter how limited you wardrobe is.

Have a budget for your style-spending

Do budget for shopping, this way you wont over spend and you will be sure to have a scope and an aim whenever you do go shopping and it will help prevent impulse buying, which can be a bad bad thing.

Think about function as-well as fashion

When you do buy clothes, or plan to wear something, think about its function. For example, beanies for when it’s cold, Light scarves for when it’s only chilly, sandals for when it’s warm. Not only would it look a little odd, but it could be uncomfortable and harmful to ignore the season and the functions of the pieces you plan to wear of buy. For Instance, if you wore sandals in the snow, frost-bites are not nice. Or a beanie in the sun, sun stroke is dangerous. You see what I mean?

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Bristol’s Vintage Fair

Get your diary out and pencil in that all important appointment with the Bristol Vintage Fair. You’re now officially occupied on Saturday the 21st of September! 

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Lou Lou’s vintage fair is the UK’s largest roaming fair and has been ‘Winner of Best Vintage Fair in the UK’. And it’s coming to Bristol!! How exciting. Make sure you get your due dose of the nostalgic past, with the most popular Fashion and Home design trends from the last six decades. 

Vintage inspired looks are so hot right now. With sales in charity shops booming, and Vintage boutiques seeing more and more customers, it is so obvious that Vintage Fashion is standing firm at the forefront of the Fashion world. 

With the streets playing host to the sights of Colour Blocking, Double Denim, A-line midi’s, Pencil Skirts, Flares, Disco Pants, Large Spectacles, and Winkle Pickers, Fashion throughout the decades have re-submerged taking over 2013. Its a beautiful thing to be able see a variety decades all at the same time. 

There’s nothing like a vintage fair to come across some of the earlier and the latest fashion trends. There such a variety out there that any style is capable of finding something to suit it (up).

 

 

Check out the official sites here http://www.facebook.com/events/320003964800123/.

Remember if you love it, you can pull it off!

Cj xx

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#TrendingNow

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There are so many fashion trends all over the place. The Trending Now hashtag is being blasted left, right and center with all the latest and most popular trends. But do you know what’s trending the most, your Individuality.

We can find ourselves so caught up in the latest trends that we lose ourselves, who morals, our values and our style. The most important thing you can own in this booming fashion industry is your own personal style. Your style is you and you are you style. They say that fashion is the outward expression of your inward self.

You wear things to reflect your beliefs and to show how you feel. When you are dressing a certain way that you don’t particularly like, just because everyone else is, you have become overwhelmed with the latest trends and your have abandoned your style.

I’d say fashion is dependent on the individuals ability to pull of the latest trends in keeping with their own personality.

The trend that had slightly alarmed me, putting it nicely, was the beanie aka woolly hat.

Beanie Beckham

Its the middle of July, the sun is beaming down on this earth with its strongest rays since 1961 and these girls are wearing beanies, as though to keep their head warm? I think it stood out most to me when I saw a girl lifting her beanie, in July, to wipe away the sweat from underneath. With beanies selling from anything between £5 and £610 people were going crazy for this fashion trend. Imho it was a trend seasons too early.

If we follow these kind of trends continuously the hashtag #TrendingNext will be full of people wearing vests in the Winter, Watches that can’t tell the time and onezies on the beach.

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