Featured

The Design Diary: Testing Dress #2

It has been a while since I done one of these posts! Honestly I hit a wall with the collection and didn’t feel like my designs were going anywhere. I took a break but now I feel like I am starting to get somewhere!

New Samples

To get back into the design process, I went back over my research and started to do new samples, hoping they would drive new ideas!

IMG_0040

When I was in college I was introduced to this amazing water-soluble material! It is used as a fabric stabilizer, or to create your own motifs, which is what I had planned to do!

IMG_0228

Using the shape of the Titanic museum I came up with simple stitch designs. To create these I simply sewed back and forth on the machine using different colour treads.

IMG_0044

I haven’t rinsed the samples yet as I wanted to make a few more on the sample piece to save the material as it is not cheap! When I am dissolving the samples I will photograph the entire process and insert it in the next post!

IMG_0055

I planned to hand sew these onto a finished garment as a texture detail, I was thinking of a nude stretch mesh fabric, but I am keeping my options open until I have a final design for the garment!

Design Sketching

After looking over my research I began to do new sketches for the next garment.

IMG_0174-2

I had sketched up a rough idea for the collection and I really liked the 2 dresses in the middle, but I only liked elements from them. I decided to redesign them by mixing the elements together.

IMG_0206-2

I liked the idea of a straight skirt with a train at the back, and the deep v-neck bodice. I wanted to keep the drape detail from the previous designs so I decided to add them to the neckline. I do want to test out a few necklines with different weights of fabric, for example stiffening some Satin.

Toiling Dress #2

Once I had picked the design I began to work on the patterns to toile the dress!

IMG_0073-2.jpg

I was very happy with the first toile attempt! The shape is exactly what I wanted and the draped bodice is perfect!

IMG_0124.JPG

The only change that would need to be made is the length, it is too short for a standard height model.

IMG_0129.JPG

I am in love with the train, but I would like to make it longer, but for this collection I think it would be best kept at a small size.

IMG_0134.JPG

This dress I would love to make in a stretch satin, this would give the dress some weight and give the train a better drape! I need to stiffen some satin to see if it would hold the structure on the neckline, hopefully it will work as I really like the satin fabric!

Pricing Process

Pricing is a very important part of creating a collection, this information is used if you are selling into retail or simply selling for yourself! Pricing includes a lot of things from the fabric, to tread and to your labour cost!

IMG_0143-2Take a closer look here: CostingSheet

To make the pricing process easier I created a pricing sheet, which will allow me to simply fill in all the information, which can then be all added up at the end to give my final cost of the garment.

Final Notes

Now that I am finally on a roll again, I am going to work hard to finalise the collection. Once everything is finalised I can then start making the garments and getting the model to try all of them on, to ensure they all fit her perfectly.

Once everything is done my most favourite part can begin, which is the photoshoot!!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya

xxx

Advertisements
Featured

The Design Diary: Sampling

Now that I have my sample ideas brainstormed, it is time to start building the sample collection!

Sample Prep

IMG_8976

Before making the samples, I like to roughly sketch them up, so I know exactly what I am planning to sample.

IMG_8984

For the first batch of samples I like to use calico as it is an affordable fabric and is easy to work with, as I develop samples later, I will use different types of fabric.

Typically I like to keep the samples between an A4 size or A3.

Once I had all the samples complete, I laid them out and photographed them. Later I will print these images to keep in a sketch book and to do some sketches on.

Finished Samples

IMG_8998

The first sample I done was paneling with contrasting colours, as simple as it is I think it would work really well with the right colours and right fabric.

I definitely want to further this idea, so more sketches will be the next thing to do!

IMG_9004

This sample was supposed to be piping but I ended up turning it into pleats! When sampling this tends to happen, I will started sampling one idea and end up with something completely different. This isn’t such a bad thing because a lot of the time it can be the best sample!

In this case I’m not sure about this sample, simply because I have had similar styles in past collections and would like to try something new.

IMG_9008

Next on the list was pleats, so I started with a basic pleat going in one direction. It is a simple sample but it is just a starting point. I’m going to sketch up a few ideas for more pleats and I will develop them later.

IMG_9010

This is another pleat sample, it is actually the same sample as the previous but I folded the top pleat over by 1cm, this creates a double layer pleat. I actually find this very interesting and I definitely want to further this style, I would like to try making this again but in a heavier fabric.

IMG_9019

This sample is a straight forward one, it is simply some string going through fabric which makes it easy to gather the fabric. I don’t think I will further this idea as it is too straight forward and it isn’t inspiring me!

New sample sketches

IMG_9187

I’ve made a new list of samples to test out, I decided to continue testing contrasting samples and mixing them among the pleated samples to see what effect it creates.

I also noted I should research fabric printing and embroidery. I think the fabric printing could work well with the contrasting colours.

Embroidery and beading seemed very popular back then, so I decided I will research some techniques that may work well among my work.

Stand Work

After photographing the samples I moved on to pinning them on a mini mannequin, this gives me a better idea of what the samples would look like on a much larger scale. Again I photographed every which way I pinned the samples, and I will print these later. Here are a few on my favorites.

IMG_9037

IMG_9039

In the next section you will see how I work with the printed images of the samples, and how I begin my first round of garment design sketches.

Although this part of the design process can be a bit boring at times, I do hope you will stick around to see the more fun side of the development 😀

If you have any sample ideas, drop me a comment I would love to hear your opinions 😀😘

Love Tanya

xxx

 

 

Featured

The Design Diary: Research

Hey There!!

Today is the first day of this fun and really exciting project! I hope you are looking forward to seeing my progress in creating my first evening wear collection. Each post will be a different stage of my design development.

This post is all about the beginning, finding my inspiration and starting my research!

Inspiration

For this collection I have found my inspiration in the Titanic!

Growing up I loved the Titanic, the history, the style and of course the movie. So I thought this would be the perfect inspiration!

I like to choose inspiration based on subjects/objects I have a passion for, as I can then channel that passion and love into my design work! This way I will always stay motivated and inspired!

Research

I went onto Pinterest and looked for images of the Titanic, before and after the disaster. The structure of the ship will help drive some structure in my collection. I found images of the interior of the ship, which are also very interesting and may help to drive detail.

Untitled

While looking at images of the Titanic, I started looking at the clothing worn by the women in the images. I then decided to research the clothing of that period, this research will help drive my fabric story and garment detail.

pinterest

Research Boards

I printed out all of my found images and purchased 3 foam boards.

I then divided the images into the right category, the Titanic ship, the interior and the fashion worn by the women. I stuck them down with blu tack, so they can be easily removed.

Having research boards is important and very helpful, all of my inspiration and research is all together. I can then go back to these at any stage of my design development and I wont have to go hunting for the images on Pinterest.

IMG_890l

Brain Storming

I bought an A4 size notebook, as I will need this for keeping all of my ideas and notes together! The first brainstorm I did was for the clothing worn by the women in 1912. I studied the images very carefully, looking at the finishing’s of the garments e.g the buttons. I looked at the shape of the skirts/dresses, and at the fact that they layered a lot of their clothing using contrasting fabrics.

Anything I found I added to the brainstorm, this will help me later when I am beginning my actual design sketching and fabric shopping.

IMG_8918

The next brain storm I done was for the Titanic and its interior. Again I examined the images and pulled out any information or details that may influence my design development. An example would be the round windows on the ship, these could influence me to add some eyelets to my garments.

IMG_8931

Sample Brain Storming

Sampling: Sampling is done to help come up with ideas for features on the garments.  Example: Pleating: a sample could be done for several types of pleats, the designer may decide they only like one or even none at all. It helps to eliminate ideas that won’t work and to help further ideas that will.

I went back to my research boards so I could start brain storming ideas for samples. I took some of the ideas from the previous brain storming, for example studs, these I spotted on the chairs on board the Titanic ship. I used sticky notes to put these ideas on the board, so I can go back to them later, if I need more ideas.

IMG_8939

I began to trace some detailing from the images, this can help pull patterns and shapes from the photos. By doing this I can create patterns based on the images which could be used for embroidery or for fabric printing.

IMG_8963

I also used some paper to create pleating, as the steps from the grand staircase reminded me of pleating!

IMG_8958

It is very important I come up with as many ideas as possible, so I can have a better chance of creating really good samples, and to have more of an option when it come to eliminating samples that don’t have much potential.

Now I have the first half of my research complete, the next step is to create some drawings as part of some primary research and start sampling ideas based on the brainstorming I completed!

Leave me a comment if you have any questions, and stay tuned for part 2!

Love Tanya

xxx

 

 

Featured

The Design Diary

I have always wanted to have a fashion blog, but I also wanted to have a fashion blog that was different and offered more than just outfit ideas and hauls. To achieve this, I have planned a new series called The Design Diary!

This series will show my step by step process to completing an evening wear collection. The design process is long and has many stages from research to sampling and then to the final product!

I have always found the process very interesting and fun, watching my work going from an idea to a finished product.

I thought this series would be interesting for anyone who loves fashion, and who likes to see things come to life.

If you enjoy fashion and love design, I hope you will join me in this journey and hopefully enjoy the process as much as I will!

The first post of the series will be posted midday tomorrow!!

Love Tanya

xxx

 

Zombie Bite Tutorial

It is that time of the year again, where we can all dress like our favourite movie characters or as a brain eating zombie and no one will judge!

For today’s post I thought it would be fun to show you all how to create a zombie bite, or a simple wound.

I have also filmed this for YouTube, so if you would prefer to watch here is the link: Zombie Bite Tutorial

Here is what you will need:

Untitled-1

Once you have all you need you can get started!

1

2

3

4

5

Finished look!

Zombiebite.00_06_05_11.Still048Zombiebite.00_06_03_08.Still047Zombiebite.00_05_59_02.Still046

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you would like to see more let me know and I will make sure I make that happen!

If you recreate this please tag me in any pictures so I can check them out!

Thank you so much for reading!

Love Tanya

xxx

 

 

Doing It In Denim!

I’ve been loving this outfit lately, I recently pulled out my trusty oversized demin jacket from my wardrobe and I haven’t put it back since! It is the perfect weight for the Irish weather, it’s not too heavy and not too light!

I paired it with my new River Island jeans and my Primark body suit. I haven’t worn an outfit like this in a while, and the main reason for that was my weight gain. I felt uncomfortable and to be honest embarrassed, but I recently heard someone say you should be yourself and not care how other people see you, to be you and not what is expected of you! It seemed to get through to me, because I’ve started to wear what I want and what I like, instead of things that hide my weight!

IMG_0484

IMG_0445

IMG_0466

IMG_0457

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya,

xxx

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!!

Although it is still summer I can’t help but find myself still wearing black! The weather here in Ireland isn’t what you would find in Spain, so I can pretty much get away with it!

When transitioning into the Fall season it is the perfect time to start lightly layering, here you will see I am wearing a long chiffon top with a Karki green Kimono over it. This layering is light and definitely suitable for the mild weather!

I paired the outfit with my Topshop amo boots and my beige Kurt Geiger bag.

IMG_1050

IMG_1058

IMG_0790

IMG_0831

These items are not available anymore, but I will link similar versions!

Shop Here:

Untitled collage (16)Untitled collage (19)Untitled collage (17)Untitled collage (18)

Thank you for reading!

Love, Tanya

xxx

Birthday Wish List 2017

My birthday is just around the corner, well it is about 4 weeks away, but sure it’s never too early to start making a wish list!

I don’t expect to get everything off this list, because that would be greedy!😂😂 But here are the things I would love the most for my birthday!

Instax Mini 9

fujifilm-instax-mini-9-new-color-range.jpg

Iv had my eye on one of these for a good while now, but I still haven’t bought one! I love the idea of having a little photo album or scrap-book of Polaroids. I love looking at my parents old Polaroid pictures and there is just something about the old style photograph that I like.

I have a few events coming up which I would LOVE to have one of these cameras for, so hopefully I might actually get round to buying one, instead of admiring from afar!

In a way I am kind of happy I waited until now, because Fujifilm are after releasing the new Instax mini 9, which has a bunch of new features, including a selfie mirror!

Shop Here

Morphe 350M Palette

logomobr0498f_1_l

I feel like a broken record on here, I have mention the Morphe & Jaclyn Hill palette before on my Make-up Wish List, but this is the 350M Palette, all the shades are matte finishes, which is my favourite kind of eye shadow! I have heard amazing things about these palettes and they are so affordable!

The shades in this palette are all ones I would use on a regular basis, so I don’t feel like I am buying it for one or two shades, which I have done in the past!

Shop Here

Zara Water Repellent Rain Coat

3046224710_2_1_1

If you have read my Wardrobe Wish List, you will know I have been meaning to buy one of these rain coats from Zara! I went into the store to buy one and they didn’t have the colour I wanted, so when I went online they were on sale, but not in my size (typical).

I thought I would never be able to get one, until now, they have brought them back in stock for the Fall season, Thank god!

This time I am going to get it, it will be an essential in my wardrobe for the coming seasons!

Shop Here

Zara Biker Jacket

3427240800_2_2_1

I am a sucker for leather jackets and I haven’t found an affordable one that is as high quality as the Zara Jackets! I bought a white jacket last year and I am still in love with it, the fit and feel is everything!

This jacket is very similar to the white one, and I do need a new black one, so this has to be on my list!!

Shop Here

Topshop Milan Slogan T-Shirt

TS26N44MECR_Zoom_M_1

When I seen this top in Topshop, straight away it reminded me of the Gucci T-Shirt, which I would love, but I am far from willing to spend €350 on a Cotton T-Shirt! This t-shirt on the other hand is much more affordable and just as nice! I think it would look lovely with the black leather jacket!

Shop Here

Zara Fabric Boots

5131201102_2_3_1

Although these aren’t an essential, or even practical pair of boots, I really want them! I love the new sock style boot and I think these would be a lovely statement piece, especially for a night out!

They aren’t too expensive, so I wouldn’t feel like I am splurging on a pair of boots that I wont wear on a daily basis.

The quality of Zara products seems to be there, so I feel like they would last a while, but definitely won’t be suitable for the wet weather!

Shop Here

That is my birthday wish list, and a wish list it is!😂😂 Again I don’t expect to get everything off this list, but maybe just the essentials! AKA the rain coat!!

What would you have on your birthday wish list?

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya

xxx

Movie Bucket List!

I LOVE movies!!

I recently realised I haven’t seen all of the must see’s, from Psycho to Fight Club! I decided to make myself a Movie Bucket List. This way I have a list of movies, I have to watch, so when I am looking for a movie I can choose from the list, instead of just re-watching my favourites!

Scream

*My All Time Favourite Movie Franchise!!*

I put up a post on Facebook asking my friends and family for some suggestions, it’s always good to get other people’s options because, they may suggest something you completely forgot about!

2

So far I have 52 suggestions, some of which I have watched recently, and some I have seen a while ago! (Line Through Them)

I wanted to share it here in the hopes of getting a few more suggestions, and it may also be of interest to someone else!

List so far….

  1. Beach
  2. The Eye in the Sky
  3. Face Off
  4. See No Evil, Hear No Evil
  5. Pans Labrynth
  6. Stir Crazy
  7. Silver Streak
  8. Transformers
  9. Throw Momma From the Train
  10. The Abyss
  11. Children of Men
  12. 12 Angry Men
  13. The Nuns Story
  14. Wizard of Oz
  15. Gone with the Wind
  16. Psycho
  17. The Breakfast Club
  18. The Quiet Man
  19. The Prestige Beach
  20. Intersrellar
  21. Avatar
  22. Funny Face
  23. We Bought a Zoo
  24. No Name
  25. Memento
  26. Event Horizon
  27. Captain America
  28. Dark City
  29. Moon
  30. Cube
  31. Enemy Mine
  32. Deja Vu
  33. Contact
  34. Inside Man
  35. Baby Driver
  36. Stand By Me
  37. The Princess Bride
  38. Before Sunrise
  39. Twelve Monkeys
  40. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  41. Green Room
  42. Fight Club
  43. Catch Me if You Can
  44. Leon: The Professional
  45. The Dark Crystal
  46. The Devils Advocate
  47. John Wick
  48. Edge of Tomorrow
  49. Constantine
  50. ZombieLand
  51. Scream 1,2,3 & 4
  52. Titanic

I really want to add to this list, do you have any suggestions? it can be any Genre, especially Horror!

Have you seen any of the movies listed?

Leave me a comment with your suggestion!

Thank you for reading!

Love, Tanya

xxx

 

Bath Time Essentials!

I love nothing more than a long bubble bath pamper session after a long day! There are several things I love to use during my pamper session and I thought I would share them with you!

Lush Bathbomb

IMG_0297

Brightside Bubble Bar

Bath time wouldn’t be the same without my favourite Lush bath bombs or bubble bars! I have so many favourites, I find it hard to choose which one to use! I have currently been loving the Lush Lava Lamp bath bomb and the Brightside Bubble Bar!

img_0156.jpg

Lava Lamp Bathbomb

Sometimes I like to mix two together, I will use a bath bomb and half or a third of a bubble bar, that way I’m getting the fun colours of the bath bomb and the big bubbles from the bubble bar!

Body wash

IMG_0276-2

I have tried so many different products, but none have come close to the Aveeno Daily Moisturising Yogurt Body Wash. My skin hasn’t felt this amazing in a long time! The product is packed with natural ingredients such as Oatmeal and it has a lovely creamy consistency, the scent of the product is something else, fresh and sweet! I like to use a rough surface cloth to apply this product, this way I get the benefits of using a scrub without having the bits left all over my skin! The Aveeno body wash is more pricey but is definitely worth the investment!

Face wash & Cloth

IMG_0266-2

I try not to use a lot of products on my face, because I don’t like the idea of all the chemicals on my skin! If I have make up on, I like to remove it using the Cleanse off Face Mitt and sometimes I will use the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash if I am wearing heavy make up, but I am on the hunt to find a better make up remover which has less chemicals in it. If you are trying to cut down on skin care products I would highly recommend the Cleanse off mitt, it removes make up fast and effectively, and will save a lot of money on face wipes, as it can be washed and reused!

Face Mask

IMG_0285-2

Face masks are a must for bath time, I used to use a lot of drug store face masks, but again I am trying to cut down on the amount of chemicals I use on my face! I purchased the Lush mask, Mask of Magnaminty, this is my all time favourite as it can be used as a scrub also! I like to keep mine in the fridge so it is ice-cold when I apply it to the skin, this is very refreshing during the summer!

IMG_0292-2

Other face masks I like to use include, The Sanctuary Spa 5 minute detox mask and the Glam Glow Super Mud Mask. (Again I will be replacing them with a more natural product)

Entertainment

anigif_enhanced-buzz-4939-1389475476-31

When I am having a bubble bath pamper session I like to watch something on my laptop! Most of the time I will watch YouTube videos or some episodes of Gilmore Girls! The odd time I will bring a book with me instead.

Body Lotion

IMG_0256-2.jpg

The Aveeno Daily Moisturising Creamy Oil is definitely my new favourite, this moisturizer is so good and has really hydrated my skin! The consistency is perfect as it spreads really well and you only need a little bit! Again it is a bit more pricey than your standard drugstore moisturizer, but it is definitely worth the extra few euro!

They are my Bath Time Essentials, what are yours?? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya,

xxx

My Top 5 YouTubers!

YouTube has taken over my life, and I am sure it is the same for everyone! There are so many people on YouTube, it is hard to watch them all, or even find the half of them! I decided to share my top 5 people to watch!

Helen Anderson

17438811_859954527479265_7410139794849660928_n

As far as I can remember Helen was the first person I watched on YouTube! I love her Rock n Roll style and her carefree attitude! I really enjoy Helen’s content, especially her V-logs! Her main channel is very much fashion based, with a mixture of beauty.

One thing I admire about her is that she tries new things with her channel, from music to style and the way she films her videos. For example, she filmed a 2016 favourites video, but it was in fact a song, which she wrote and sang herself! (Did I mention she is an awesome singer!!)

To be honest she is one of the most real and honest vlogger’s I have watched, she doesn’t sugar coat anything and she always speaks her mind!

If you haven’t seen her channel, I would highly recommend you go check her out!

Helen’s Main Channel

Helen’s Vlog Channel

Rihannon Ashlee

WKs8OmSs

I have only been watching Rhiannon for a little while now, when I say a while I mean just over a year. I used to watch her main channel when it was called FashionRocksMySocks, but for some reason I hadn’t watched it in a while.

Rhiannon is a new mother, to a gorgeous little girl called Delilah! I started watching her vlogs around the time she found out she was pregnant, I was so excited to watch her go through this amazing journey!

She vlogs her day to day life as a mom and I have to say I find some comfort in watching her videos, I like to chill in bed or even in a bubble bath and just catch up on her channel!

Rhiannon is another honest person, she struggled a bit at the beginning of motherhood, but what new mother doesn’t, but I loved that she didn’t try to pretend everything was peachy, she was honest and showed what it is really like to have a new born!

If you like fashion and children then I think you would love her channels!

Rhiannons Main Channel

Rhiannons Vlogs

Zoella

phddoto

I’m sure a LOT, if not all of you know who Zoe is! Iv watched Zoe for a long time, but I recently realised I much prefer to watch her vlog channel, not that I don’t like her main channel, just that I tend to head straight to channel no.2!

I think her vlogs are so good, especially her vlogmas series! I get so excited every year to watch her vlogmas videos, she really gets me into the festive mood! I love watching her everyday life, doesn’t sound creepy at all, but she seems to do a lot with her time and I like seeing her adventures, especially her shopping trips!

If you haven’t seen Zoe’s videos I recommend demand that you go and watch them!

Zoe’s Main Channel

Zoe’s Vlog Channel

Jaclyn Hill

phdmpwvbc42qbwe

Another well known face, I’m sure all you beauty lovers know and love, Jaclyn Hill! I actually only got introduced to her channel about a year and a half ago, but straight away I was like Yes, this girl is amazing! Not only did I love her make up, but her personality was pure gold!

When I was in college I suffered really bad with anxiety and my mornings were so rough. The first thing I did when I got up was turned on YouTube and went straight to Jaclyn’s channel, I would put on any video, I wouldn’t even watch it, I would just have it on as background noise. Just listening to her talk about products or doing a talk through tutorial, preoccupied me and kept my mind off the fact that I was anxious!

Jaclyn is such a talented make up artist and honestly a good teacher, I have learned so much from watching her tutorials! If you would like to learn some skills I’d highly recommend her channel!

Jaclyn’s Channel

TFIL

photo

This channel is completely different to the other channels I have mentioned! TFIL is a channel created by Elton Castee, here he films himself and his friends going on crazy adventures, and doing all the things you would find on an adrenaline junkies bucket list!!

These guys are crazy, but absolutely hilarious! From over night stays in abandoned locations to swimming with sharks, these guys are doing it all and I honestly love to watch them do it, because I wouldn’t have the courage to do it myself, so this is the closest I will get to the real thing!

These guys are definitely worth checking out, you wont regret it!

TFIL Channel

They are my top 5 YouTubers to watch, I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you would like me to do more posts like this, maybe a series called ‘My Top 5’??

Also if you have any channel recommendations leave them in the comments, I am always looking for new people to watch!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya

xxx

Tips For Coping With Anxiety

I shared this post on my old blog a little while ago and I thought I would share it here. We are coming up to that time of the year where people are going back to school and college. This can be a very stressful time for people and can cause a lot of anxiety, when I was in college I suffered a lot, but found ways to help myself cope with it.

The following tips are things I find useful when I’m suffering with anxiety. Anxiety is different for everyone and the ways in which people deal with it are also different.

I have found many tips online and some have helped and others not so much.

I have decided to share these with you in hope, they may be of use to someone suffering with anxiety.

1. Listen to Music

Music has been a huge part of my coping mechanism when it comes to my anxiety. My anxiety tends to be at it’s worse when I travel, so I always make sure I have head phones, a full battery on my phone, and my old IPod just for back up.

When I am on the train for example, I will put on a playlist of my favourite songs and close my eyes. While listening to the music I focus as much as I can on the lyrics and try to think of them as a story. This has worked so well for me over the past 3 years and when my full attention is on the lyrics I completely forget about my anxiety.

2. Read A Book

Reading is great for the mind and has been proven to help with one’s memory. For me reading is a great way to escape my problems, and dive into a completely different world.

I try to read as much as I can, even when I’m not anxious. I always read a book on the way home from college, mainly because I have an hour long journey and it is the perfect time to get some peaceful reading done.

Sometimes if my anxiety is extremely bad I do find it difficult to focus on the book, but when this happens I take a few minutes to breath, try to relax myself and then I start reading.

3. Play a game on your phone

Playing games on my phone, like Candy Crush for example, was another great distraction for me. If I had a hospital appointment and I knew I would be waiting for a while, I would bring my book and a fully charged phone. Waiting around in one place for too long is also an anxiety trigger for me. I would play candy crush while I waited, because I would be so engrossed in the game I wouldn’t even notice the time going by. In the case that my lives run out I would have my book as a back up. Always be prepared!

4. Meditate

(Not my image, taken from Here)

When I say meditation I don’t mean sitting legs crossed and humming, this may work for others but not for me.

My form of meditation is easy, you can do it in public and no one would even notice.

I basically sit straight, feet flat on the floor and I just breath. I focus all my attention on my breathing, I don’t force a breath I just breath as normal. By doing this your body calms itself naturally. It is a very simple step and with enough practice your body will do the relaxation on its own. I do this step if I know I am going to be in a situation that will cause me anxiety. There are times where my anxiety will have already hit me and I can’t focus on my breathing because I’m so worked up. In these cases I turn to the next thing, which is almost always my music.

5. Go For A Walk

Getting out for some fresh air, whether it is going for a coffee or simply going for a walk. I find if I am stuck in doors too long I can begin to get irritable and restless. I make sure I get out of the house everyday even if it is just for an hour. Walking can also be a great form of meditation, make sure to observe your surrounds, look at that is going on, what are people doing?. This will help you focus on something else other than your anxiety.

6. Surround Yourself With Friends/Family

One of the best forms of medicine in my opinion is laughter.

Surrounding myself with my friends has definitely helped me when I was extremely down in the dumps.

I remember I decided to go out to a friends party one night, but I wasn’t drinking as I had to be up early to write my thesis. At this time I was really struggling with life and when I went out everyone had me in tears laughing, I smiled for about 3 days after, just down to the fact I was out with friends who I hadn’t seen in a long time and I was having fun.

If you are feeling in need of a friend, contact one of them. Arrange to go for a coffee, see a movie or invite them around for a sleep over. Even if they can’t do it straight away, the excitement of arranging a date will help boost your mood and it will give you something to look forward to.

7. Write it Down

Writing down what is going through your head when you are anxious, is the best way for you to actually analyse your situation. By doing this you can take a step back and really ask yourself why this makes you feel anxious, is it worth it? do I even need to be anxious?

For some people it is a great thing to do and for others it doesn’t work the same, but the best way to find out is to give it a try!

On my old blog I used to document everyday, well almost everyday. Writing down how I was feeling and what I was doing helped to get things off my chest and out of my head!

8. Have A Nap

When things get a little too much to handle taking a nap can help you to just escape for an hour or so.  I find when I get anxious and worked up I become drained and this doesn’t help the situation. When you are tired it is very hard to focus and think straight, so taking a break and having a nap is the best way to relax and rejuvenate. When you wake up you will feel better, and you will be able to look at your situation with a calmer and more energized mind.

If it is the case where you can’t have a nap, try something else, go for a walk, have some lunch or do something that will give you a break and time to refocus.

9. Remove yourself from the Situation

Sometimes walking away is the best option when the situation you are in is causing you anxiety.

I understand walking away isn’t always going to be an option. For example, in my case college caused me a lot of anxiety and I couldn’t just drop out, because that would have meant I was giving into defeat. Fighting through college was something I had to do for myself, but for others walking away may have been the best thing for them!

In situations where walking away is an option then do so. If there is a fight between friends and you are feeling anxious, walk away!

If you are in college and you are feeling anxious, go out for some fresh air, take a break and give yourself room to breath. When you feel more calm go back and face your problem with a much more clear mind.

10. Positive Thinking

No matter how big or small your problems and struggles are, always stay positive!

When I was in college, I was always doubting myself and my work, I was losing confidence in everything I was doing. Once I started thinking negative I had to tell myself to stop and stay positive!

I believe 100% that positivity can make a huge difference in one’s life. Always facing a situation or a problem with positivity will give you a much better result than facing it with negativity in mind.

When something is coming up that is going to make you anxious think to yourself, I can do this, I will survive this obstacle and I will get what I want!

Something I always do is get a positive quote from Pinterest.

Save it as your screensaver on your phone, so every time you look at your phone you will see the quote and that will remind you to stay positive!

Another idea would be to write quotes on sticky notes and place them around your house/desk/car, where ever you feel is the best place, so when you see them they will remind to breath!

I believe the only reason I managed to finish college was because of my positivity and my ambition!

I wanted that degree, I wanted to show myself I could, I wanted to prove to people who doubted me that I could do it, and I did it, even with anxiety!

If you are positive that you will over come your anxiety and its triggers, you will, even if it takes a year or 5 years, you will over come it!

No matter how many set backs I have faced or will face I will still stay positive and believe that some day I will over come my anxiety!

I hope these tips will be of use to you, remember anxiety is different for everyone, and it is all about trial and error!

Try different techniques and don’t give up until you find the best one for you!

Leave me a comment if you have any tips for coping with anxiety, I am always open to new things and I would love to hear from you.

Thank you for reading,

Love Tanya

xxx

A/W Trends 17/18

We are nearing the end of the summer, but we are also getting that little bit closer to the Fall season, which means, new fashion! Fall is one of my favourite times of the year, I love the change in the weather and all the comfort it brings along with it!

I thought now would be the perfect time to start looking at the fashion trends that are on their way in, so we can all get our wardrobes ready!

Sparkle

Untitled collage (7).jpg

Saint Laurent & Isabel Marant

There was a lot of sparkle on the runway for A/W this year, a lot of designers are hoping to revive the night-time antics by reintroducing sequins, chain mail, and metallic fabrics! Although I am not too excited about sequins, the chain mail will definitely interest me!

How To Style

Untitled collage (4)

Dress: €69.95 Boots: €39.95

Both of these items are from ZARA, I immediately fell in love with the dress, as I love the simple A-line shape. The dress is made up of sequins, but is in no way tacky! I paired the dress with these metallic silver pointed toe boots, I think the two pair together would make a lovely outfit for a night out with a few friends! (I have had my eyes on these boots for ages!)

The Suit

Untitled collage (10)

Alexander Wang & Stella McCartney

I feel like suits have been popping up a lot lately, but I don’t feel they ever go out of fashion! What I love, is that every time they come back aground, they come around with a new twist! This helps to keep them interesting and makes the suit more fun and less formal!

How To Style

Untitled collage (3)

Jacket: €39.95 Pants: €25.95 Boots: €49.95

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is this ZARA suit!! I have never loved a suit as much as I do this one! The pink with the black detailing is just so pretty and perfect for the modern business woman! The trousers are skinny cropped legs, which would pair really nicely with the boots above!

Seventies

Untitled collage (8)

Miu Miu & Prada

It looks like That 70’s Show is going to be hitting out clothing outlets soon! 70’s fashion has been another huge inspiration for the runway this year and to be honest I can’t wait! I’m looking forward to the chunky shoes and flare jeans!

How To Style

Untitled collage (6)

Jeans: €60.00 Trainers: €99.95 T-Shirt: €20.00

For this outfit I wanted to go with a simple 70’s look, and when I think of that I think of wide legged jeans and trainers! The Jeans and T-shirt are both from Topshop and fit in with the 70s theme perfectly! The jeans are my favourite from this outfit, I love the high waist with the belt and the frayed hems!

Soft Leather

Untitled collage (11)

Alexander McQueen & Acne Studios

I was very excited when I seen this trend! I love leather jackets and anything with that rock n roll, biker style! Again I feel like leather pops up a lot, but it is a widely used fabric and popular among everyone, whether you like faux or real!

How To Style

Untitled collage (12)

Dress: €45.95 Boots: €49.95 Tights: €9.95

For this outfit I wanted to keep it simple, so I chose this faux leather dress with ruffles from ZARA, I then paired them with the sock boots and fish net tights. This would definitely be something I would wear. You could even pair the outfit with bright coloured boots to add that extra pop!

What do you think of the trends coming this Fall/Winter? Let me know in the comments 😀

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya,

xxx