Friday, 14 June 2013

First Skirt


Well, I finally have time to upload. And that is because I have finally finished my first ever assessment project at College; a skirt.

At the beginning of the semester we were given a brief to follow with guidelines regarding what we will create based on the theme "Hide & Seek", or "Reveal & Conceal". It was inspired by the 2013 runway collections as seen from designers such as Alexander Wang to Giambattista Valli. Currently, there is a trend in clothing as well as skirts having an added layer or even the removal of a layer from certain parts of a garment to make it unique and new. It draws the eye in new directions, not only from the general outer shape of a garment but to the detail within that garment. It adds movement and a new shift to the fabric with the way layering or slashing can create.

I have uploaded my skirt below. For those readers who are interested in the process of making a garment and are curious how such a piece can form simply from your imagination the process is as follows:

Brainstorm: Visually flood your mind with as many images as possible!
Sribble: Draw a line. Move the line. Skew the line. Really! Simply sketch your drawings and adding as many new styles as possible by just adding a new shape anywhere you like.
Decide: Sounds easy but deciding on one design can be so hard, especially when you love all of them!
Fabric Samples: Scavenger hunt! Visit your favourite fabric stores and collect as many samples as possible and work your design around the colours and the fabric.
Toile: A toile is a calico version of your skirt. Simply cut and pin to a mannequin and shift the skirt as you see fit. Mark with a pen.
Pattern-make: This is where techinical education comes in handy. Basic maths and accuracy are so important at this stage just to ensure you get it right.
Cut & Sew: Yep. That's about it!


Well, I hope this quick run through has helped you; whether you are just doing some research or wanting to take up a career or studies in fashion design. Good luck and I would love some feedback.


"Only tall gorgeous models can pose any way they like; the rest of us will only look like porn stars. ;-P" ~ Coco Dove

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Adobe Illustrator


Hello readers! I am so excited about my fashion course as we just learnt some basics on Adobe Illustrator and I LOVE IT! I have always wanted to learn how to use it and now I can't wait to update and improve the image of this blog. Especially that banner up there. Hahaha.

My friends from school and I took a little break from class and headed for a quick drive to the beach. It was just too beautiful outside and we couldn't resist some ice-cream by the beach. Anyway, as long as you get the work done that's all that matters.

I also attached a pic of an assignment that was due for the illustrator class. This was my first project on illustrator and I'm sure anyone who learns to use it will make great use of it. It's an investment to learn it. Next we will learn Photoshop. So I can't wait to show you what happens with that subject later.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Back Blogging

Hello Again.

HI READERS! It's been nearly one year since my latest post. A long year. But it was a year where I realised that I should really do what I have always wanted to do; Fashion Design. So I finally enrolled. Yay! :-) On top of that I have been thinking and thinking about what this whole blog thing should be about. There are so many amazing blogs out there. Some unique, and some very similar to many other blogs. And I really didn't want to just do the whole copy and paste; wear this and wear that and hope for the best. I really wanted to be able to connect with readers in a different way. And have them read and follow something interesting... Something that has more meaning than just "look at me" posts. Haha. I'll try incorporate a bit of everthing :-)

And so, I decided to share what I think most of you will enjoy following... Well, I hope :-) A journey of a girl following her dreams and seeing where it takes her right from the beginning :-) I plan on sharing everything that I learn, and what the step-by-step process is and I hope you guys like it and find it interesting and useful in your own lives. And so here you go. Thank you and I wish you guys the best.

This is what we were given in our "Art Packs" for school. A lot of tools, quite pricey! But I suppose you need to invest in good quality tools for your creativity and fashion illustration.

I'm not a super fashionista. I still don't know what style I am. I just like to wear everything! But I do enjoy simple clothes that are good quality and are comfortable. Can't go wrong.

Shirt: Sportsgirl
Tights: Black Milk Clothing
Flats: Witner

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

No Bullshit


It's me again. And this time it's just a makeup post. I'm just gonna share some makeup items that I found lately that I think are amazingly good and I'm sure if you guys tried them out you won't be disappointed.

Number 1 on my list the the Ellis Faas Foundation. I discovered this two weeks ago and I'm pretty sure I won't be using another brand of foundation. It creates a dewy, flawless look. No lumpiness, no chunky layering. Just a second skin. Try it and see for yourself :-)

Instagram: coco_dove

The makeup I used in the above photo includes Mac eyeshadows in Carbon and Espresso, blended with a light bone colour on the brow bone. Nars blush in Orgasm, and Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Charme.

Number 2 on the list is the Chanel Blush Horizon De Chanel. It is such a nice shade and gives the perfect shade of pink for freshness and allure.

Number 3 on is the range of Chanel lipsticks in the Rouge Coco range. It's just so hydrating and beautiful and the shades are to die for. Even on my super dry lips they don't leave those ugly creases and lumps. Just a smooth blend of colour.

A few items purchased, could not help myself :-)

Number 4 would be any of Nars eyeshadows, they are just so satiny smooth and blend so well, I haven't come across another brand that does eyeshadows as well as they do...

Well I hope I inspired you guys to try a few things that stand out in the market this season. You won't regret these recommendations. I don't share for the sake of selling a brand, but only to assist you guys in finding the best stuff out there without the bullshit :-P

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Something Different


Long time no see! It's been a while... I have just been so busy with work that I haven't had time at all for myself and this hobby. It has been on my mind though all these months and I do miss this blogging world. Being away has given me time to reflect and think about my page and what direction I'd like to take it to. I do notice that many other blogs have consistency with their posts, whereas mine is a bit of a mish mash of different things that I post about, and I sometimes wonder if I should streamline it a bit. But my moods change so fast that I can't just stick to one thing, and there are way too many exciting things around that it's just too hard to focus.

One thing is for sure though; a blog should be personal. The more personal and individual a blog is the more I can't help but love it.

I would like to ask you guys a question? Don't you think that there are a bit too many blogs around looking very fabulous and pretty, but very much like the trendy other blogger next door? It frustrates me because I see girls wearing the same kinda clothes and styling themselves well but something is missing. That special "je ne sais quoi"... I think the problem is people are playing it safe to be accepted. I don't want to be safe. I want to be crazy. I want Chanel in the dark and heels in the mud.

So I'll set that as my challenge; to keep this blog as personal and individual as possible. A bit of the boring side, a bit of the sweet side, and a bit of the bitchy side somewhere in between :-) Can't be too hard just being yourself can it? Hmmm...

New to Instagram: coco_dove

Monday, 9 January 2012

Resolutions What?!


How are my blogger friends?! I hope you guys are well and enjoying this New Year. Any resolutions you guys wanna share? As for me, I am quite happy with things in my life and my resolution is to make the good things even BETTER! Resolutions sometimes have a negative aspect attached to it and sometimes I think that's why they are so hard to follow through with so why not just make life easier and make the positives even greater?!

I can't wait to upload new fashion photos this year. I feel like being quirky and "new". I think it's this hair, it makes me feel like I am a character! Lady Gaga uses her hair to play a character so I suppose it's a bit of that. But not as extreme!

Happy New Year people. And I can't wait till Chinese New Year either! Kung Hei Fat Choi :-) Lol.


Saturday, 12 November 2011

Red Hair.


I finally coloured my hair red! Yay! I have been wanting this colour for quite some time, especially when I saw it on actress Ariana Grande from Nickelodeon who is just so cute and adorable!

I have to say, I went to 3 hairdressers, colouring it 4 times before the last girl got it this colour. I find it so strange how I can show the colourist a photo and she can't even get it red! How?! And they were supposed to be good salons?! I guess the "brand" of a store means nothing because it's all in the hands of the hairdresser.

So, this is how it finally turned out. I think when I redo the roots I will make it just a touch darker but I like her efforts and the results :-) It's got a vibrant cherry tinge to it. And she didn't use bleach to get this colour into my darker hair, which a few salons said they needed to do. Strange. And she was much cheaper too which I was really happy about. So it is just my luck that she is, and just my bad luck that I wasted so much money just to find her :-(

This was after the 1st attempt. She bleached the lower part of my hair and damaged it and I had to cut a few inches off my hair :-( It looks more coppery than red.

The icon herself, Ariana Grande :-) Isn't she adorable? Apparently the producers of the show wanted to make her hair colour just like a red velvet cupcake.