Sewing Wednesday: Parka Coat Detachable Hood


While I’ve been documenting my days sewing I realised how slow I’m working at the moment; If I’m honest, I’m a little unmotivated right now. I’m worried the quantity of my work is really lacking and also I haven’t many designs which is what I’m putting my lack of motivation and toiles down to. There is still time this week to do designs so everything should be 100% for next weeks fitting on Tuesday. I also find that I work better during the evening/night, as shown below. I would rather be a morning person but I’m just not… but I do love being up early but late nights and early mornings don’t mix well…

18:00…. Started editing the hood patterns

Some time later…. Started sewing the hood

03:42… Finished for the night.

04.00… zzzz….

*Sew the left extension straight along the front so it lies flat when the velcro is in place.

*sew the bottom flap on last after the lining has been attached, then sew it right sides together and leave a section in the middle to turn it out. Then top stitch both flaps.

* sew elastic loops on the fur strip before sewing BUT after you’ve planned out the placement of the little buttons which run along the facing and lining.

*find the side seams on both of the flaps and then sew on the buttons

-Hope xx

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Tuesday Sewing: Parka Coat Toile no.2

10:00… Got up late after stressing about not having a garment complete for todays fitting… S***!

11:30-14:00… Tidied my flat, washed the dishes, attempted to do the laundry but both of the washing machines were in use, then made pancakes. Lemon and sugar YUM!

14:00… Started working on the coat toile I was sewing on Saturday. The first change is to edit the shape of the left side zip extension.

*Make sure all the front pieces are the same length (on the patterns) and the side seams match up because there seams to be a discrepancy at centre front but most importantly the left facing is too short (?!?!).

16:30… Finished correcting the left side zip extension. Now time for lunch 🙂

* The extension was 1.5cm longer than the zip but that can either be chopped off when sewing or change the pattern as stated above.

19:37… I’ve spent the last few hours eating a late lunch, looking at jobs on and quickly nipping to the shop for Marmite. Because that’s essential. It’s my fave! Also, if you haven’t already read, you must read Taylor Swift’s article on titled ’30 Things I learned Before Turning 30′, it’s a great little read. And now I’m listening to Taylor Swift’s music to motivate me while I begin to attach the collar.

21:15…  Cheeky late night snack of BBQ Pringles.

??:??…And I may have forgotten to update anymore but I kept on sewing until like 22:30/23:00 ish… I’m back on it tomorrow (it’s currently 00:55 so this post is technically the next day but you know what I mean)

-Hope xx

Saturday Sewing: Parka Coat Toile no.2

A little diary of myself making a parka coat for my final collection at university studying fashion design. Happy reading!

12:00-14:00… I spent two hours sewing the back of the coat and then realised I didn’t know how to line it so I had to unpick it all… That was annoying to say the least.

14:00-15:10… I ate lunch, watched YouTube videos and looked at technical drawings on Pinterest of parka coats to see if I could work out the split tail at the back. I’m still clueless.

15:10…I’ve decided to work on the front of the coat instead. I can do this. Lets see how this goes… *music on: Nao’s album ‘Saturn’ *hair up

18:10… Completed the right side: zip and zip guard. It has taken me a long time because I had to change the facing to fit the cord channel.

*make a note to edit all the patterns effected: facing, collar, front panel & channel.

*make the zip guard longer by 0.5mm

18:15…. Dinner! I think I’m going to try and make vegan pancakes…

18:50… I mixed up a batch using soya milk, egg replacement and flour. Fingers crossed!

20:15… Pancakes were lush! Now back to sewing. I’m going to begin sewing the zip on the left side of the coat and then attach the flap.

20:55… Had to unpick and add 2cm in width on the left zip extension. UGH!

21:14… Lets start the left zip again…

23:00… Finished the zip and it lines up perfectly to centre front HOWEVER I need to shape the top slightly so it runs in line with the neck line. It’s going well though 🙂

00:00… zzz…

I’ve written my to-do-list for tomorrow and Monday. I need to get everything done by 10am Tuesday for my second model fitting. I do have work tomorrow (9-5) but I still have the evening to get a few things ticked off.

Thanks for reading,

-Hope xx

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Charlotte Tilbury Brows: Vegan & Cruelty-free

I honestly think I took about 50+ selfies just to get one… haha!

I’ve been buying a few bits of makes recently and one of them is a coloured brow gel by Charlotte Tilbury called ‘Legendary Brows’. It’s both vegan and cruelty-free. You can check out the full list of vegan makeup by CT here (the brand is 100% cruelty-free).IMG_2425

A couple of times I’ve wandered over to the CT counters with the idea of maybe buying something but up until last week I have managed to restrain myself. I’ve been eyeing up the mascara a lot but that is next on my list for when I use up my current Collection one. This is my first purchase from CT and so I treated myself by splashing out on an £18.50 eyebrow gel… Eeek!

The main reason behind buying this coloured brow gel was so I could use one product that both coloured and tamed my brows so I could get out the door quicker. Overall, I’m happy with this purchase minus the price. It’s certainly a luxury product and might I just add that it’s a very small tube. In comparison, Benefit ‘Gimmie Brow’ is a few pounds more and you get 3g wheres CT is only 1.15g. Benefit ‘Gimme Brow’ was definitely a favourite back in the day but it’s not vegan and cruelty-free. Sad times…

Colour, ‘Super Model’.

Please leave any other vg & cf brow products below. I would love to know if you have any favourites.

Have a fab day 🙂

-Hope xx

Vegan And Cruelty-Free Gel Nails: The Gel Bottle- my wishlist

I first read about The Gel Bottle nail company on Instagram, they’re both 100% vegan and cruelty-free. They have around 360 different shades- can you believe that, I couldn’t. They are expensive, starting from £14.50 to £18 for the glittery shades such as ‘Pink Rose’ (but that doesn’t include TAX) Sadly… I really want to get my hands on these nail polishes, but for now here is my wishlist. They’re all gorgeous!

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I would love to know if you’ve tried any of the products from gelbottle, leave a comment below 🙂

Have a fab day,

-Hope xx

My Boot Collection

This morning I decided to look through my boot collection and throw out any that were old and haggard but I couldn’t part with any of them, so here are all my boots.

First I’ll start with the brand Caterpillar:


BRAZEY in the colour honey, £110 (they’re currently on sale at tReds for only £54.99)

I got these beauties for Christmas probably two years ago (?) from my dad and I still love them as much as when I first saw them, however they do have marks on the front that annoy me so I need to get a suede brush or something to sort them out. I don’t wanna ruin them even more by scratching them! They are incredibly warm and cosy plus the colour is beautiful and the fit is perfect. They’re also the only non-black boots…IMG_0907.JPG


I remember buying these in the tReds back home in Eastbourne, I was deciding between these and the ‘iconic’ black Timberland boots but these won because 1) they’re much lighter in weight, 2) the fit was better, 3) they’re cheaper and 4) I really liked the more workwear, industrial look. I know they’re quite worn in and dirty but I can still see myself wearing them. They are perfect for general situations where they could get dirty like work.

Dr. Martens

IMG_0722 2.JPGIMG_0790.JPGI wore these beauties when I was working at Winter Wonderland and they treated me well, the grip on wet flooring didn’t fail me. These are my first pair of Dr. Martens; I got them from the British Boot Company shop in Camden (right next to Camden tube station) and it was an experience, you should go. It’s tiny but jam packed and has a LONG history.  I tried on a few different styles and settled on these because of the softer leather. At first I was a bit concerned about the width in the toe area but they stretched really nicely and are now super comfortable. I also wear 3/4 length insoles in them for extra support (like I do with every shoe). I think they were about £130? Again, I got these as a gift from my dad for Christmas.IMG_0612.JPG


I purchased these back in December, I also wrote a post about them here, they are my newest edition to my boot collection and they haven’t disappointed. The width across the toes is perfect, there is also enough space to wear nice thick socks. I’ve only worn these once and I can only complain about the top of the boots cutting in but that will lesson over time. The insoles are nicely cushioned and the width of the shoe around the ankle is perfect for my skinny ankles. I suggest having a look at Doc Martens vegan range. I am interested to see how they age over time.


These are my one and only pair of Timberlands and they are OK, I would pass them on to someone else but they were expensive and are still in good condition. I think I’ve had them for 2-3 years, I honestly can’t remember buying them, and now they look a bit clumpy on me and I don’t reach for them ever, but I’m going to hang onto them a bit longer and see if I can make them work. They are also a bit too wide for me as a whole but maybe if I add some full length insoles they’ll be better. They aren’t available on their website anymore but there are similar styles and going by the prices online I must have paid £140. Ouch!


IMG_0834.JPGIMG_0853.JPGAnd finally a more classy pair. I snatched these from Primark last winter and wore them a lot. They’ve been sitting pretty in my wardrobe since moving to London and I think now is the time to wear them. I must remember to get some gel inserts because they are HARD in the toe area. If I were to get anymore boots, I would get some long ones like these. But vegan. If you have any suggestions, please do comment below 🙂

Have you bought any new boots for this winter? Have you got a favourite pair of boots?

Thanks for reading lovelies,

-Hope xx



‘Force of Nature’ by SensatioNail

Hey, how are you? I painted my nails late last night and wanted to share what I did 🙂 Side not: Sensationail is also a vegan and cruelty-free brand.force.jpgforce 2froce 3

I used this little dotting tool from Poundland to make the tiny heart on my ring finger. I painted a layer of clear polish before paining the heart just incase the two colours mixed. It’s so cute!

Thanks for reading,

-Hope xx

Makeup Sesh: Vegan & Cruelty-free

Lately I’ve not put much effort into my makeup, but this afternoon I put on some lippy and winged eyeliner. Two things I hardly EVER do. But totally toMascara is my ultimate favourite piece of makeup and I’ve been looking for a vegan and cruelty free mascara which both volumizes and lengthens. Currently I’m using ‘Fast Stroke Defining Lash’ by Collection (photo below) but I don’t believe it’s either. My two favourite mascaras before going vg & cf were Dior Show Iconic Overcurl and Maybelline Lash Sensation. I keep looking at Pacifica mascaras… Comment below if you have any suggestions.wand.jpg

The vegan and cruelty-free makeup I’m wearing:

  • e.l.f foundation in the colour ‘Porcelain’
  • e.l.f. ‘Baked Highlight & Blush’
  • e.l.f. highlighter in ‘Pearl Glow’
  • e.l.f. ‘Waterproof Gel’ eyeliner
  • The Body Shop eyeshadow in Amazonian Earth (230) in my eyebrows
  • The Body Shop black liquid eyeliner 01

I used Real Technique’s makeup brushes to do all of my makeup except for a very old but reliable eyebrow brush from Topshop from YEARS ago… Probably like 7! me threeThank you for reading lovelies,

-Hope xx



Vegan Dr. Martens

Just look at these beauties!

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Vegan Dr. Martens, 2976 FELIX RUB OFF £135

I have been eyeing these chelsea boots up for what seems like forever. Over the month of December I was waiting for the opportunity to go into a Doc Martens shop and try them on; all the while hoping they wouldn’t disappoint. I will say I wasn’t blow away when I first saw them but after trying them on I really quite liked them. However I did buy them in a size 6… I haven’t been a size 6 in forever but that was the only size they had and they felt OK in the shop PLUS I was desperate to get them… and so when I got home to my Grandma’s, they felt much too small. Stupid me. It pays to be forwarding to today, I finally went to the shop in Camden (which is amazing) and exchanged them for a 7. For some reason they totally took my heart, I love them, they look different than the previous pair, a good different. I haven’t stopped talking about them and taking pictures and posting them in group chats and on Instagram.docss.jpgMost importantly, they are super comfy and I’ve finally found a pair of chelsea boots that have just the right amount of snugness around my skinny ankles. Yay! Often they can be gappy, you know? They are also a wide fit which is perfect for me because I put in 3/4 length insoles. Also it’s good if you want to wear nice thick cosy winter socks 🙂

I’m a bit undecided whether they are worth the price (£135) because I’m not sure how durable the leather will be. Also the leather doesn’t have such a distressed look which will only show scuffs and scratches more easily. Hopefully they age well like a pair of converse. Although, after saying that, I’m still very pleased with this purchase!

Vegan shoe care products are still to be released.

Have you got a pair of vegan Docs? What has your experience been like?

-Hope xx




Vegan Food Diary: Fried Aubergine With Lentils and Avo

Last night I signed up for a years membership to Lifesum to help with tracking and balancing my diet. I am struggling to know whether I am getting the right amount of nutrients so I took the plunge and signed up! It’s pretty cheap if you sign up for a year, at the moment it costs £24.99 whereas usually it’s £34.99.

IMG_0183.JPGThis wasn’t a meal the app recommended as I have plenty of veg in my fridge to use up before I go out shopping for more ingredients. I will be sharing more of my food diary as I progress but this one was really tasty. It wasn’t the most filling but I got out of bed late after spending a good 1.5 hours reading Cassandra Clare’s book Lord Of Shadows (book 2 of The Dark Artifices series) and downed two glasses of water and wasn’t hugely hungry anymore. I am on the new year health kick. The app recommended I drink 1-2 cups of water before a meal to help with portion control. So far so good! I’m also aiming to do the recommended time of exercise of 30 minutes SO lets see how that goes…

I realise oil isn’t so great so I’m going to be looking into getting something else…. since I don’t have an oven to roast in.IMG_0184.PNG

Have a fab afternoon! Let me know in the comments what you’re doing for the new year or if you’ve already broken it 😉

-Hope xx