My Goals For 2018!

As we all know a new year means a new you or at least working to improve the person you have already become! Whether that means a new diet, new wardrobe, new hair style or even a new occupation, the new year gives us the chance to start on a clean slate!

Today’s blog post is my goals for 2018, ranging from really big, to simple achievable goals! I think it is very important to not only set yourself challenges, but to also set yourself small goals that you know you can achieve, this way you will always be able to check things off your list and not be left disappointed if you can’t complete the tasks you have set out for yourself!

 

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  1. Lose Weight & Have a Healthy Lifestyle

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I am currently the heaviest I have ever been, and I’m not afraid to admit that! I had a lot of changes in my life and unfortunately I allowed myself to indulge in a few too many treats! This year I have promised myself I would embrace a new healthier lifestyle!

I am getting married in 2 years and I want to use that as motivation to help get me to the place I want to be! I want to give myself time to work on it and not feel under pressure to lose the weight quickly!

I’m making small but effective changes to get myself started! I am having smaller portions as this is a main problem for me, I tend to eat big meals to the point where I am to full to move! I’m introducing more fruit into my diet to replace snack items. Increasing my water intake is another big change I am trying to make, and to be honest, it is one of the hardest to do! I try to keep a bottle beside me at all times to remind myself to keep drinking the water, but when I forget that bottle my intake for the day is really bad!

2. Apply For Our Mortgage!

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This goal is by far the biggest, scariest and most exciting goal I have ever had! Myself and my fiance have been saving for our mortgage for a while now, and things are finally starting to look really good. We have budgeted really well over the past year and from what we have calculated for this coming year we will be hopefully looking to apply for our mortgage approval by the end of 2018!

Having my own home has always been a dream for me and to think it is going to hopefully be a reality this year is scary and very exciting all rolled into one!

I’m going to be an ADULT!

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  1. Do More of What Makes Me Happy

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I recently realised I don’t do a lot of the things I used to love doing. I have been neglecting my hobbies simply because I have been so busy doing things for other people. I know this sounds nasty but what I mean is, any time I have set aside for my hobbies I end up using it on other people, for example, I go into town to collect stuff for my parents, people pop up unannounced and the time I have set aside is gone. This year I have promised myself I will be more strict when it comes to this, it is time I start looking after myself and if I have time left over I can then use it to do things for others. I hope that makes it sound a little less selfish!Β πŸ˜‚

2. Continue To Work On My Mental Health

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I have been working really hard on my mental health for a while now, and I am finally starting to see some good results! It is a long process but every step is a step towards getting it under control and I can see that now! I have been pushing myself to step outside my comfort zones, and putting myself in situations I would usually run away from! It is difficult to do but when you come out the other end alive and in one piece you really do appreciate what you have just done, and it makes it that little bit easier to do it again!

I promised myself to continue to work hard on my MH and to push myself further this year!

3. Give My Blog Some Love Again

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If you follow my blog you will know I have really been neglecting it for the past few months! The honest answer I can give for that is, I was spending so much time working on my YouTube channel that I never left time for my blog!

This year I told myself I need to plan my time better and give both my blog and channel an equal amount of love!

I have new ideas I want to introduce to both my platforms and I’m really excited to start them!

4. Reach 300 Subscribers On YouTube

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This ones if a funny one for me and I will explain why!

I have had my YouTube channel for 3 year and I have 295 Subscribers, I have been on and off my channel for 2 years, which caused my view counts to suffer (something to do with YouTube’s System). I have been working really hard over the past 3 months to try to get my view back up, but it still seems to be suffering! I have been stuck at 290 subscribers since last year and have managed to increase by 5 subs in the past 3 months.

I’m trying to grow my channel as I love making videos and it helps so much with confidence building, but its hard when your channel isn’t going anywhere and you don’t get much interaction, even after putting loads of time and work into your content. It makes it hard to stay motivated.

I am not willing to give up yet, I have loads of fun ideas which I plan to complete this year, hopefully my channel will start to grow, but for now I am going to enjoy making my content!

5. Get My Hair Done!

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I have had so many different hair styles and colours over the years, but I decided last year I wanted to let my natural colour come back and so I started to grow out my hair. It was so hard to do as I was so tempted to dye my hair again but I stuck with it and I’m finally there!

My hair has grown out so much and it is pretty much my natural colour, about 2 inches at the bottom is still dyed hair but I haven’t had the chance to get it cut off.

Now that I have reached my goal, I want to go and get my hair trimmed and styled so I finally have my new fresh look for 2018!

6. Read More Books

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I love to read, but I go through phases! I will read loads for a few months and then I will give up for another few months! This year I want to try to continue to read through the entire year! I want to start reading more educational books and less fiction or at least find a balance!

I have bought my first book to read for 2018 and that is #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, I’m really looking forward to getting into it and learning about how she went from drop out to running Nasty Gal!

7. Start Designing Again

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Again if you follow my blog you will know I kind of gave up on my Design Diary project. I gave up simply because I wasn’t happy with my designs and I stopped giving myself time to work on it. The more time I spent away from it, the more time I had to find all the faults and reasons to hate it!

This year I want to start working on smaller projects, whether it is designing a dress and actually making it or just simply designing dresses based on some inspiration. Keeping it simple for now is probably my best option, I think throwing myself into a lot of work will just end with me getting bored and forgetting about it, or simply not having the time to finish it!

They are my goals for 2018! I hope I can complete them all, or at least complete some of them! I’m not going to put pressure on myself! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ That should have been a goal too, stop putting myself under pressure!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Leave me a comment and let me know what is one of your goals for 2018!

Thank you for reading!

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It’s a Nice Day for a White Wedding!

Last week I attended a wedding for the first time in almost 10 years! I love an excuse to buy an expensive dress and doll myself up to the nines, so you can imagine my excitement coming up to this wedding!

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to wear, I searched high and low for the right dress! I ended up ordering 4 dresses from Littlewoods Ireland, and I fell in love with this gorgeous Myleene Klass dress!

This dress ticked all my boxes and more, when I seen the back detail I was sold!

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Thank you for reading,

Love Tanya

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The Design Diary: Customer Board

In the previous post I completed a toile of a skirt, the next step is to work with the skirt on the stand and in Photoshop.

The reason I do this is to further the design development. The first toile is never the finished garment, simply because you are going to want to make changes, whether they are big or small.

Again I use Photoshop to edit the images, here I outlined that I could change the skirt to a long back and short front style. I could also widen the skirt and make it more full using tulle.

The next thing I done was created a few new designs using samples from the previous post, these were the square drapes made from satin. I made several designs for both the top and the skirt.

I really like the designs I created, the skirt design above with all the layered drapes is definitely my favourite! I quickly moved on to new samples, without furthering any of the designs above.

New Samples

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In the images above you can see the process I followed to create the following samples. This process is also used to make circle skirts, which is actually what pushed me to create these samples!

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I created several styles using paper first! Using paper to test a sample is a very handy and penny saving trick, this way you can test if the sample is worth cutting out in fabric!

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Above are the paper samples I created, all of the samples turned out perfect, so I began to test them in the calico fabric

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The first sample is a simple square, these samples are small and will be suited for working on the small mannequin.

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On the mannequin the sample looks interesting and is definitely worth developing further.

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The next sample was a square with the corners cut off.

On the mannequin I tested this sample out on the top half of the body instead of the bottom. I really do like this sample, but I also feel as if I have seen it before.

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The next sample is a rectangle shape with a smaller circle cut out, this will allow for better frills.

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This sample worked out even better than the previous ones. I would like to see this with a bit more structure!

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To make the structured sample, I ironed a fabric stiffener to the back of some calico. I cut out the rectangle shape with the small center, the same as the previous sample.

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I was actually a little disappointed with the structured sample. I was expecting it to look more interesting.

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Next I decided to test out the square sample in a light fabric and a heavy fabric. The sample above is made from a light chiffon.

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Using a light fabric creates a really nice drape! I think this design would look really good if it had more layers using different lengths.

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This sample was made from a double backed satin, which is pretty thick.

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This sample is very interesting! I personally love structure when it comes to design, especially structured skirts, like that designed by Zac Posen! I’m unsure if I want to have this kind of structure for this collection, but I will definitely refer back to it for later collections.

Design Development

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After working with the small samples I decided to do a few sketches based on them. I explored different lengths, layers and bodices.

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Choosing the skirt design I liked the most I drew up a quick line up for the first dress. I paired the skirts with my favourite tops I have designed so far. Still unsure about which I like the most I moved on to working on the larger mannequin.

Stand Work

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The first sample I made for the larger scale mannequin was the square shape. I was disappointed with how boring it actually looked on the large mannequin. Under the sample is the skirt toile I made in the last post.

 

The next sample I made was the rectangle shape. This shape definitely looks a lot better than the square! I placed it over the skirt so the long part of the sample was placed at the front and back, while the short ends are on the sides. This design definitely has a lot of potential!

Using the same sample, I simply turned it around so the short ends are at the front and back, and the long ends are at the sides. Again this design has great potential and could be developed further.

I moved on to remove the skirt from underneath the sample. It has lost some volume, but still looks interesting. I think if this sample was to be layered it would look really nice!

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I tried to layer the rectangle sample and the square sample together but it didn’t turn out like I expected. The square sample is too flat for it to create a nice drape. I would need to cut out more of the rectangle shapes in different sizes.

I also explored some design ideas for the bodice, I done this using the smaller version of the samples. In the images above you can see both the rectangle samples, stiffened and unstiffened.

I also tried the different weighted samples. To be honest I didn’t like either of them on the bodice. It just reminded me of a clowns collar!

The Customer Board

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The final thing I done this week was research for my customer board! A customer board is very important in the design process, and realistically should have been done in the very beginning. I completely forgot because I was too excited to start designing!

The customer board is all about the person you wish to aim your collection at. My collection is evening wear, for occasions such as weddings, cocktail parties and formal events. My customer would be a working woman, who loves her fashion, even at work she still likes to add her own touch to the boring work suit!

She lives in the city and commutes to work instead of driving, she is a very hard worker, but also likes to let her hair down and have fun. Most importantly she loves fashion and is very open to new trends and styles!

Final Notes

Now that I have found some designs that I really like, I will start to design ideas on paper, then I will start to toile them.

I will be taking a week off from The Design Diary as I have a wedding and unfortunately I wont have time to do a lot of work.

I hope you are enjoying The Design Diary so far, and trust me its only going to get better, especially when we get all the fabric!!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya

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I’m Engaged!!

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A few weeks ago my boyfriend of 7 and a half years asked me to marry him!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have already known this, but today I decided to share my engagement story with you!

I’ve been with James for 7 and a half years now and to be honest I knew for years that I would be with him for the rest of my life!

I met James when I was 16, through mutual friends. It wasn’t love at first sight, but the more we hung out, the more we got to know each other and then we ended up falling in love! ahhh

Β Myself & James when we first started going out

Before I dive into the engagement story, I want to mention how I always believed my engagement wouldn’t be a surprise!

When it comes to surprises, I am like a sniffer dog, I always know when things are going on and I always find out before the surprise is revealed, Christmas, birthdays and gifts!

The weekend of our engagement James booked the Morgan hotel in Dublin. This is our favorite home away from home, we have been here several times for weekend breaks, so this didn’t set off any alarm bells!

After checking in we went into the city center to do some shopping and to get some coffee!

We went into Zara, I was running around awing over all the lovely clothes and I turned around and James was just standing staring at me with this loving smile. Usually he would be complaining that I am dragging him around different shops but he wasn’t he just stood smiling, I didn’t even think anything of it, no alarm bells here either! ha

We both wanted to get a bottle of champagne and strawberries for our little getaway weekend!

James decided he wanted to buy a bottle of Moet, but when I seen the price I was almost sick, I’m a pretty frugal person and to spend €40 on a bottle of champagne would have made me sick, so James settled for a much cheaper bottle!

Again this didn’t set of any alarm bells, even though James was so persistent that he wanted to get the Moet!

Before heading back we went into Lush and bought a few of their bath bombs and bubble bars! I don’t live near a lush so the only time I get to buy any is when I go to Dublin!

Later that night we went for a meal in the Morgan hotel restaurant, seriously it was the nicest meal I had in a while!

I ordered the Pasta Arrabiata and James had the steak with sweet potato fries….which I ate on him!

We also had some cocktails with our meal, I had the Morgan Bubbles, which I have to get every time I am there!

Β The only Pictures taken that night!!

I brought my camera to the meal and I barely took any photos, which I am kicking myself over now!

After the meal we went back to our room, I sat on the edge of the bed to take off my shoes. James came over to me with his hand in his back pocket, saying you know the way we have been going out for a while now and began to take his hand out of his pocket.

He got down on one knee with the box held out in front of me and asked me to marry him, by this time I was balling my eyes out, repeating, stop joking, your messing, is this really happening?!

In all the shock of everything I forgot to say yes, James was still on his knee waiting for my reply, so is that a yes?? YES!

The ring is so beautiful and it fit perfectly, I couldnt have chosen a better one myself!!

I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better moment! The feeling you get during that moment is life changing, I never felt so happy!

I honestly thought he was joking with me, I thought he was going to pull out a gift card or something!

He then informed me that my family knew all about it, for a week!! This really shocked me, my sister especially, she can’t hold water and I am so surprised she didn’t say anything!

I shook his hand and said congratulations, you managed to surprise me! we laughed for ages and then popped the champagne and called our families!

I then had a nice long bath with my lush bath bomb and my glass of champagne! We later curled up and watched the only movie that was on the TV, Never Been Kissed!

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It was the most amazing night/weekend of my life, I honestly couldn’t stop smiling and I can’t wait to start this new chapter with my Fiance!!!

Love Tanya

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