Sunday, 9 November 2014

Time.

Time. Time effects so many aspects of life and generates such a variant in outcomes. Some positive, some negative and some that cannot be identified until life calls for reflection. For me, this is one of those points in life where I am feeling myself beginning to reflect on my being from viewpoints that once upon a time were of little importance or relevance. Am I beginning to mature? Or is this just another emotional, hormonal, overreaction to life, that as a 20 something female I am almost destined to experience? Either way, this current state of birth control hysteria has brings two areas for reflection:
1. I am not and do not want to be a fashion blogger. 

There is nothing wrong with being a fashion blogger and I follow a series of bloggers myself. However, despite my evident interest in the fashion industry and its produce, emphasised by me picking it as my chosen field of study, I refuse to be enclosed in the bubble of 'cliche' fashion students. These (in my opinion) consist of students who have chosen to follow the now over saturated trend of becoming a blogger, showcasing OOTDs and hauls from their favourite stores and brands. Again, as I said, i'm not judging or against bloggers, I just feel it has become an almost expected attribute of a fashion enthusiast and is now used as a method of judging their commitment to the field. Well, time has allowed me to realise that actually, my love of fashion stems from its characteristics to change, develop and revolutionise the way in which society clothes itself. Thus, why follow a trend to air my daily dressing choices across the internet, when really, I don't care if people across the world can see my new trainers or not. To be honest, I'm sure these people don't care anyway! Hence, I've now decided to go back to my original ideals for starting this blog. Not to gain followers, chase internet fame or claim to be a goddess in the world of dressing, but, just as an outlet for my thoughts. An online diary if you like.

I am a fashion student. Blogging has revolutionised the world of fashion, but that's old news and conformity has never gotten anyone anywhere except for in the back of a queue. This is my new outlet for ramblings, valuable thoughts and ideas and anything that is of value to myself.


2. Am i growing apart from my family? Or more in love?

Yes, I realise that these points couldn't be any further apart from each other, but as I mentioned, this is my personal outlet for the ceaseless array of thoughts that pop into my young and confused brain.

Scrolling through my FB news feed, I stumbled across a post from my Sister calling for her friends to listen in on a live interview with her and my Father on BBC Radio Wales, talking about the family restaurant. 

So I understand that I am currently living away from home at University, but why wasn't I informed?! Mild feelings of offense begin to seep into my blood stream as I note the status was posted 2 hours ago and I had still not been informed. But instead of entering into a state of unnecessary overreaction, I decide to simply pick  up the phone to ask her. Only to be told she cannot speak at that current moment, and will call me straight back. 1 hour 30 minutes later, I'm still waiting.

I understand that I don't have a direct in put on the family restaurant, as i'm far too far away for that to be feasible. But, am I stupid to believe that my parents and sisters (who work there on a daily business) would like their one absent daughter and sibling to listen in? I'm a student, they must know that I have nothing better to do! Especially on a Sunday! Obviously, not. But this caused me to think, am I growing apart from my family? My Mother, who once used to call me at least once to twice weekly, I know speak to approximately once every 2 weeks as a result of her failing to both answer and return my calls. A Whatsapp group set up between my sister was what I originally thought to be the answer to our lack of frequent communication. Wrong. I send questions, nostalgic moments of humour, anything to try an spark up convo, and face a swift or passing reply. My Dad, to whom I have always lacked a good line of communication, seems to be the one with whom I am most shocked failed to inform me of their radio appearance. Despite our failing attempt of keeping in touch, he has always been one to ensure I am kept in the loop of family related events and occurrences.

This caused me to the pose the question: As I embark on my fourth year away from home, am I growing further away from my family? Are they indulging in day to day routines that as a result cause them to subconsciously forget that I too still want to be informed and included in their little bubbles of life?

It then caused me to form another hypothesis: Has anything really changed in the way my family and I communicate? Or, is it just that as I spend more and more time away from home that I begin to miss my family that bit more, resulting in a self-imposed sense of exclusion? The more time I spend away from them, the more I realise just how much i really do love and miss them. A concept that comes hard to me, as I have always been an independent character, moving and travelling away from and without family, I have desires to one day move abroad to start my life. I begin to show concern over my ability to start a new life alone, without growing too homesick and reluctant to leave my nearest and dearest.

Who knows? I sure don't. But, give life some time and it sure has its ways of sorting things out, making things better and clearing the mist.

Ramble #1 over.


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Guess who's back...?

...Back again? TheGoldSmith's back! Tell a friend!

Sorry for the absence, but I have finally finished my 2nd year of Uni & I am half way with my big move to London. For those unaware, I am 2 weeks away from commencing a full year internship at ASOS. Excited would be an understatement!

But as I mentioned in a previous post, I'd had a spree on Ebay buying little pieces to begin my own jewellery making kit. And as promised, I am going to keep you updated. So far I've made a few necklaces, some for practice of technique, but there are two that I really like. 

The pendants were purchased off Ebay for about £2 I think. Its got a pink tint to it which  I really like, and  each stone has a different pattern on it.

I made this one yesterday. I ordered a set of pendants made from the same stone  but all in different shapes and sizes. They only cost £2. This one was so simple and easy to make, all in all probably cost about £3 to make. Which s such a cheaper and more unique option to the high street!
At the moment i'm just trying to build up my skills and work on techniques etc, but as a starting point, even the simplest of necklaces can still look gorgeous!

Give it a go guys! I didn't realise how cheap homemade crafts and DIY alternatives could actually be in comparison to High Street options. It's quite relaxing too!

TheGoldSmith xx

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Trend TV: Blogger Interviews

So as part of Trend TV, we've decided to switch it up a bit and give you a different type of video. Blogger Interviews!Starting with ourselves, the presenters, we answer a few questions about our own personal fashion interests!

So here they are, Saadiya, Gavina and myself giving you a bit more insight into our fashion obsessed lives!





Please like, comment and subscribe guys!

TheGoldSmithx

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

I Know Girls Love Beyonce...


Beyonce is literally dominating all aspects of all and any possible industry right now & I wouldn't be surprised if she eventually took over the world. I for one would not resist her leadership! Do I love the woman? YES!

Last week, not only was the Beyonce for H&M Summer campaign video released, but I was granted the great opportunity to see her in concert live at the LG Arena, Birmingham! Never have I been so excited in my life. That week actually sent my heart into overdrive!

Getting the opportunity to see her live made my admiration for her grow. Mother, Wife, Daughter, Business woman and worldwide icon, she holds it all down! It's almost like she was this myth and legend that I can now admit t being real. Her work ethic is only one that I can aspire to gain myself.

I did attempt to record some footage of the show, but the storage on my phone was literally so full no matter how much I deleted, videos would only last a few seconds. Sad times!
I'll still upload them, but like I said, the quality won't be amazing! Sorry!
Also, please excuse me singing in the background haha I couldn't stop myself!

Beyonce singing 1+1
video

Beyonce having a nice little chat with us. Check her attempt at a British accent out!
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My friend Louise & I, waiting for Queen B to come on stage.
Could my cheeks get any bigger?!

Who doesn't love Beyonce? If the answer to that is 'me', then please refer yourself into a psychiatric ward. You need help!
Just sayin' :)

TheGoldSmithx

Sunday, 21 April 2013

New Endeavours

So, yesterday was a day full of revelations and new beginnings for me. I woke feeling fresher and happier than I have been and had a hot head full of ideas and opportunities. I'd say it had something to do with my little night time conversation with the big GOD the night before and a little alone time. The result? I've taken up a few more hobbies!

As you may or may not know, I have a minor obsession over jewellery and so it only felt right that I should at least attempt to learn how to make it. I've been wanting to do this for a good few years now and so I decided to just go for it and buy the necessary basic tools off Ebay. I'm still waiting a few more components to arrive, but as soon as they do I'm ready and raring to get stuck in!

I've also joined a free online language learning website in order to teach myself Italian! Another interest I've been looking toward for some time now. It's called Busuu.com if you want to check it out! I've not commenced as of yet though, but i'll let you know when I do!

I'll keep you updated with how they go. Wish me luck!

TheGoldSmith x

Friday, 19 April 2013

Nottingham BBloggers Meet Up.

 So last Saturday, Saadiya, Gavina and I attended the Nottingham BBloggers meet up! It was so nice to be able to spend a day with people who have the same interests as you! Such a great platform for sharing and spreading ideas and getting yourself known!

Below are a few pictures from throughout the day. I must confess though, some have been stolen from fellow bloggers as my camera has broken :(. I did take a few on my phone but the quality really isn't that great.
This was my OOTD. All black eerrythingg with a little splash of neon colour!
Dress - ASOS, Jacket & Necklace - H&M, Bag - Florence
Trend Tv (Gavina, Saadiya and I) with Rebekah, of happyrebekah.blogspot.co.uk


Me, trolling through the rails of COWVintage. I found some very cute shorts which I will try to post up once my camera is back up and running!

Lovely random image of Saadiya, Rebekah and Kae-Toya having chats and photographs!

Here is Gavina photgraphing Alice, of alicesstylenotes.blogspot.co.uk

And again, with Kae-Toya, of miakhymai.blogspot.co.uk

Last but not least we have the wonderfully cooky,  Carmen, of  www.maidenofwood.com .
She had the most amazing hair and glasses which I was quite positively fascinated by.
Be sure to check out all the blogs! It's lovely to see how widespread and local the blogging world really is.

TheGoldSmith x

UnderatedCo.

So it's no secret that i'm a lover of a good hat! Snapbacks, beanies, bowlers and trilbies all find themselves situated in my wardrobe! And I have just found a new hat to obsess over!

A small lifestyle brand from London, Underated Co. are producing uniquely printed, patterned and slogan clothing  for all you urban trend setters out there. I've already purchased one of their leopard print dope snapbacks, and now have my eye on their floral print strapback!

Look how pwetty!
Great option if you're into snap and strap backs but worry about looking too boyish!
The floral print really adds a softer more girly touch.
They've also some great Givenchy-ess printed t-shirts and sweat shirts but at £50 a pop I won't be buying them quite as freely as their cheaper priced head wear  However, if you sign up t their mailing list, or follow them on Instagram, they're always throwing out discount codes and special offers!

This Athens print tee is sold out unfortunately :(
But I've signed up to the mailing list for when it comes back in stock. I think it would look great tucked into some high-waisted bottoms or tied up as a crop.



This is my leopard print snapback with dope written across the back and underated written under the peak.
I love it! Unlike the overplayed 'Obey', 'New Era' etc snapbacks that everyone has, no one has this!
And it's perfect for bad hair & gym days!


Check out their website here.
Or visit them at Underateco.com

The GoldSmith X