How to get an A in GCSE Art

Art

Art. Art is not as easy as many think it is, there is a lot to do and a lot to think about. I looked at a lot of blog posts and videos whilst doing my GCSE art about sketchbooks and how to achieve the best grade which is why I wanted to do a post like this to see if I can help anyone doing GCSE art now because it can be tough. These are a few of my tips and a little look into 2 out of 4 of my sketchbooks over GCSE, I got an A in both of the ones here and my earlier ones are B grade.

Our exam topic was Beginning and or end, my final piece was a portrait of my friend shouting ‘ maybe you should change your perspective’.

Our mock topic was Past present and/or future. This was one of my favourite topics because I could be more creative with it and explore different ways I could portray people. I painted on people, experimented with palette knife painting and began to find myself more as an artist.

And then we had two other topics; Object and structure. Object was my worst sketchbook because I hadn’t really got into the flow of GCSE structure, by year 11 I had a bit of a routine; Artist, photography, responses. Sometimes I wold respond directly from the artists work to get the colours and techniques more accurate.

My top 5 tips:

  1. Take lots of photos.
  2. Develop your work until you don’t feel it can get any better or have a better idea.
  3. Explore lots of different materials; sewing, painting, drawing, ink, texture etc.
  4. Choose a subject matter you enjoy painting. For me it was people but yours could be anything from flowers to city scenes to cars.
  5. Write about your thought processes as to why you choose this particular artist and about what you like or don’t like in your own work – be critical.

best of luck if you’re doing GCSE Art, I’m sure you’ll do amazing! Just keep doing what you love above anything else, if you love what you’re doing it will show in your work xxx

Have you got any tips for doing art at gcse?

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Who Run The World?

Thoughts

Happy International Women’s Day! A day for us to recognise incredible women from the past and inspiring women now. Life for women has changed so much in the last century, women now having the opportunity to vote, be independent and, in the words of Beyonce, run the world.

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There are so many influential women out there from Malala and other advocates to all the leaders in the UK; the Prime minister, the head of Met police, the Queen etc to talented actresses to inspiring artists. All reminding us, that as women now, we can achieve anything.  But this isn’t the case for many places around the world. I feel so lucky to live in a part of the world where we are almost at gender equality, and its awful to think that in so many places women are still being discriminated against and abused. There are many charities dealing with this issue such as the Malala fund, and I think it is so important that on this day we think about those that are worse off than us and you can donate, to help all these women who are deprived of educations and prejudiced, on their website.

Something closer to home though that we can all do, Is to empower each other! I think it is awful when there are still so many people tearing each other down when we should be raising each other up. Encourage everyone to be the best person they can be and achieve their aspirations. I bet all those women throughout history had some close friends helping them achieve what they thought would be the impossible. Just think about the suffragettes, they all worked together to get the medias attention to be allowed to vote. That wouldn’t have happened if they hadn’t empowered each other.

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There are many movies about some incredible women, here are my favourites if you fancy watching something with some seriously strong female leads on this international women day …

  1. The suffragette
  2. Wonder woman
  3. Hidden figures
  4. The iron lady
  5. Sex and the city
  6. Brave
  7. Sense and sensibility
  8. Alice in wonderland
  9. The Devil wears Prada

Or if reading is more you’re thing here are some equally inspiring books…

  1. Jane eyre
  2. Hidden figures
  3. I am Malala
  4. The diary of Anne Frank
  5. The colour Purple
  6. Yes please

I’d love to know your favourite books, movies or even songs that are about strong women in the comments! Go out and empower each other this Women’s day, you’ve got this.

Thank you so much for reading and thank you to all my girl friends and family who constantly inspire and encourage me, you know who you are! ❤

Who are the women in your life who inspire you? xxx

5 spring trends you have to try

Fashion, Style

Spring is only just round the corner (believe it, or not) so we can look forward to not having to layer up and to, hopefully, seeing a bit more sun. With that in mind our wardrobes may need a little updating, so I’ve done a little searching to find cheaper alternatives to my favourite trends seen on the catwalk. Here we go…

  1. The button down dress

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Above is a gorgeous white button-down off the shoulder dress from Warehouse on ASOS. It has a lovely sweetheart neck line and an A line skirt. Im not sure if I would be brave enough to wear this as I am far too clumsy to wear all white but I thought it was to beautiful to not include it in this post. So if you are not as clumsy as me and white dresses are right up your street this dress would be perfect for you for the spring season. Just imagine it with a straw hat and tan shoes… summer in an outfit.

Below is a lovely pale yellow button down dress from Urban outfitters. It has the same sweetheart neckline as the dress above but this one has straps instead of being off the shouldered the skirt is more relaxed with pockets. This is more casual than the dress above so would be perfect wearing casually, maybe with a denim jacket and a pair of white trainers. I love that it is yellow, it oozes sunshine and spring/summer weather.

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2. Floral dreams

Floral is always in at springtime; after all it is the season of new growth and new life. So these are a couple of my favourite ways to incorporate a little bit of floral in your life this spring.

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3. Rainbow: colour, colour and more colour.

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Inject a little more colour in your life with these items, you can go for a full outfit of multicoloured greatness or wear a multicoloured jumper or jacket – the choice is up to you.

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Or why not go for one block colour? I adore this one on urban outfitters that is in my favourite colour – YELLOW.

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As seen at the libertine Spring collection on the runway in a sparkly multicoloured suit.

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4.  Blazers

Smart or casual; blazers are great for everything. Smarten up an outfit for work with a more tailored blazer, go for one more loose fitting for a casual day out or go for something a bit quirky with a tux fitting blazer. The options with this trend are endless.

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Stradivarius Pinstripe Soft Tailored Blazer

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River island tailored tux blazer on asos. 

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(seen on Pinterest)

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As seen on Gucci Spring runway

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Forever 21 stripe blazer

5. Faces

Illustrations or photos, having people on your clothes is a growing trend. I already inject this style into my hand painted jackets and now it is becoming more and more popular with illustration graphics and photos of celebs. Who you want to wear on your clothes is down to you, there are a lot of options out there. Here a few Ive found….

ASOS and Zara also do some with celebrities like Whitney Houston and David Bowie if thats more up your street.

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Above – Stella McCartney faces sweatshirt

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Above – Missoni spring collection 2018 on the runway.

Photos are from the websites attached or Pinterest.

I hope you have found a trend here that you might experiment with this spring, please comment below if you do and if there are any other high street options you have found i’d love to know!

5 things all successful bloggers do

Thoughts

Blogging. It is so much more difficult than many think, or at least to make it successful anyway. And I by no means am talking to you as a ‘successful’ blogger. I know that I need to do more of these things, that I’ve picked up that a lot of  the bloggers we all love do that I’m about to share with you, a lot more often!

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So what makes a blog ‘successful’? I think that that all depends on what you want to achieve with your blog but personally I would like to increase my following and get other people interested in my blog posts. So these 5 things are what a lot of bloggers do to increase they’re following and get a lot of traffic to their blogs.

  1. Engagement – Liking and commenting on other peoples blog posts. Now this is something that you might get emails from WordPress of; Engaging with fellow bloggers and getting involved in the blogging community. I have to be honest, if ever I’m reading a blog, I always forget to like or comment on it but I am going to improve – i’m sorry WordPress!
  2. Photography – Creating visually inspirational posts. I am always attracted to posts with incredible photography. It keeps me interested and intrigued as to what the post is about whether its about fashion, a product or anything else its the photography that leads me in to want to find out more. The photography on a blog is a bit like the first page of a book – if you’re not hooked by then, then you’re unlikely to carry on reading. I always find the photography one of the most difficult parts though, because you’ve got to find the right location to take the photos, and if it’s a fashion post then you have to find someone who will take a good picture and you’ve got to find the right lighting… I could go on.
  3. Consistency – Publishing posts frequently and consistently. Keeping those that follow you interested and the more posts you post the more topics you will cover that will interest more people, driving more traffic to your blog.
  4. Social media – A lot of successful bloggers have youtube channels alongside their blog. And lets face it – more people are likely to visit youtube than to read a blog post which is such a shame – lets get people reading more egh? But also having instagram, in particular, is useful to advertise your blog just like a business would, apart from rather than selling a product you are selling yourself ( not in a prostitute way haha) .
  5. Interaction – replying to comments from readers on your own blog and being actively engaged with your followers is important to keep your followers keep coming back to your blog. And its all about word of mouth, if you’re followers love your blog and are impressed with your interaction with them then they are more likely to recommend your blog to their friends.

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I really hope that this helped you in some way to help grow your blog, and I think I need to start taking my own advise! haha.

Shop my outfit:

Coat – Zara (on sale)

Jeans – Zara

Jumper – Topshop (no longer available)

Rucksack – Fjalraven Kanken

Shoes – Old skool Vans

It cosmetics CC cream review

Beauty, Style

I have been using the IT cosmetics cc cream for around 2 weeks now which isn’t a long time to be trying out a new foundation, I know, but I have been so impressed with it! I don’t think I could go back to my normal foundation now. I brought it when I was in London a couple of weekends ago after seeing their posters in Selfridges showing how flawless the cover was, so I was intrigued to see if it really was that good. The lovely makeup artist there did my makeup for me and I tried it out as we continued shopping, and it felt so light on the skin and whenever I passed a mirror couldn’t believe how great my completion looked so immediately went to go and buy it.

The main reasons I have fallen in love with this CC cream is…

  1. The coverage is amazing, it eliminates any redness and it is buildable so you can wear it lighter or go fo a full coverage when you’re going out.
  2. It contains skincare so fells like it helping your skin rather than breaking you out.
  3. It has a 50+ SPF so its great for protecting your skin too
  4. The packaging, its in a tube which easy to take around with you, and the pump is really useful for dispensing the right amount.
  5. It feels really great on the skin, I don’t feel like I’m wearing any foundation. And it doesn’t separate if my skin gets oily which is really helpful, I don’t have to worry that It looks like my makeup is sliding off.

So I would definitely recommend IT!

Thanks so much for reading, I hope you found it useful if you are looking for a new product that covers and conceals everything whilst not feeling like you’ve got tonnes of product on your face.

What foundation do you use? Would you recommend it? xx

Disclaimer: all photography is my own, unless stated otherwise. 

Has Feminism Gone Too Far

Thoughts

I am a feminist. I believe that both sexes should be treated equally and that all people should feel empowered by their peers.

I don’t think that women are better than men, I think that we are all individuals with different strengths and weaknesses no matter what our gender or sex is. And that is the great thing about humans; our variation, how each person is unique, not identical to any other person. I think it would be crazy to make such a statement whether it be ‘men are better than women’ or ‘women are better than men’ or making comparisons between any group of people because we are all completely different in some way or another to other people. Not all women are the same, some are interested in science, some are sporty, some are arty. Each individual is unique. Not all men are the same. Some like sport, some don’t, some are academic, some aren’t. It would be crazy to make such a statement because we would then be labelling a particular group of people based on one aspect of who they are. Each person is unique.

Which is why I titled this post ‘has feminism gone too far’ – are some trying to turn it less into equality for all and more into women are more powerful? Yes I think that we should try and empower other women because women have been seen to be the weaker sex throughout history. I walked into Waterstones the other day and saw that they had done a table of children’s books that are all about incredible female protagonists and showing children that women can be strong and can do anything. And I thought that this is how the stereotype of women will be eradicated, the stereotype is all down to society and that is difficult to change when we have all had these stereotypes drilled into us in our childhood with phrases like ‘run like a girl’ ‘cry like a girl’ ‘ladylike’ etc.  But now I wonder if this ideal had gone far, forgetting about equality altogether.

People will always try and find something to comment on about someone else, as humans we seem to always be comparing, always judging. Pointing out something different about a particular group of people; weather that be sex, skin colour, body size, religion or even hair colour.

Have other issues gone too far? For example racism, Now white people are almost discriminated against with phrases like ‘such a white girl’ or ‘thats so white’. Whilst campaigning for equality for races the other side has been discriminated against. But its different all over the world, for many parts of America there is still significant segregation whilst in others it’s going the other way.

Overall, in an ideal world we would all empower each other and stop judging and comparing others so much. We are all unique and individual so cannot label people in the way we are beginning too. In an ideal world we would all respect the fact that we are all individual and unique. In an ideal world our biology wouldn’t change how others treat us.

Can we create this ideal world?

Why it is important to believe in yourself

Advice

Believing in yourself is so important and I never really realised that until recently when I realised that my self doubt was getting in the way of achieving my goals and aspirations. Being your biggest critic can be a good thing when you want to improve yourself however it can make you doubt yourself and discourage you away from your ambitions. I realised I was beginning to let a fear of failure get in the way of moving forward.
Its strange because my parents would often tell me how confident and presumptuous I would be as a child, that I would say I could do everything – hurdles? Yep I could do that. Learn the piano? Easy.
Recently its been the complete opposite.
So after this epiphany, I am going to start believing in myself again. My own self doubt can no longer be the wall between me and my goals.

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Self belief is the most important thing ‘If you don’t believe in yourself no one else is going to believe in you’. There is not a single person who has succeeded in their aspirations who haven’t believed in themselves. With each set back it is their self belief that brings them over that hurdle and get back up again. Don’t believe me? Here are a handful of celebrities stories: (this is all information I found online, in other posts and in interviews)

Ed Sheeran is one example. He wasn’t the singer he is now when he was younger but he believed he could do better and had the passion for music that he became the artist he is today. He was also homeless for a while and was busking on the street but continued to believe that one day his aspirations and dreams would be a reality.

I recently watched an interview with Taron Egerton about how if he hadn’t believed in himself he wouldn’t be an actor. He didn’t get into drama school the first time round but this didn’t knock him back, he still believed he could be an actor and tried out the second year. And GUESS WHAT? He got in. His film “Eddie the eagle” also seems to focus on the topic of believing in yourself and proving everyone wrong. There are many other films, too, that focus ambiguously on self belief such as La La Land and Bridget Jones to name a few.

More Celebrities who believed in themselves and never gave up including J K Rowling and Emily Blunt:

https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-famous-people-who-will-inspire-you-to-never-give-up

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Saying I will start believing in myself is one thing but actually believing in myself is much more difficult. So I’ve looked up a few ways that can help you to stop self-doubting and helping you to believe in yourself.

  1. One way is to write down all of you achievements. Write down everything from the smallest accomplishments to the larger ones.

2. To talk to yourself like you have won, like you are the best, to say to yourself all the time that ‘you are going to succeed’ ‘you are the best’ etc. The same goes if you have issues with loving yourself to say stuff like ‘I look beautiful’ ‘I look great today’ etc.

3. Create a vision board; put everything on it that you want to achieve, everything that you want your life to be like and use it as a constant reminder that that is what you are going to achieve and the you can achieve that. One way to do this online is through Pinterest, you could pin photos of things that inspire you from motivational quotes to photos of places you want to travel to things you want to be able to achieve.

4. People can stop believing in them selves when they start comparing themselves to others. I am guilty of doing this sometimes but then I have to remind myself that my achievements are personal to me and cannot be compared to someone else’s. ‘IntheFrow’ has done a really lovely post about why it’s not worth comparing yourself that you can read here.

For some more ways to believe in yourself visit these useful posts:

http://jackcanfield.com/blog/how-to-believe-in-yourself/ 

https://www.wikihow.com/Believe-in-Yourself

A few quotes to think about:

“Doubt kills more dreams than Failure ever will”

“Be fearless when it comes to life and Be Careless when it comes to what people say and think about you’

“Prove them wrong”

“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself” – Emma Stone

“the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt

‘Believe you can and you’re halfway there’

Thank you for reading! I really hope that this post has helped you in same way, please remember that you can do anything you set your mind to, believe you can and you will be able to achieve it. Never let self doubt had you captive, believe in yourself and break free from your own limitations. Dare to be you. Believe in you.