Llio Angharad

Welsh Fashion Student

Big Sister Tip #3 - Keep Going

This week Cari and I climbed to the top of Holyhead Mountain, and both of us learned an under-rated life lesson; just keep going.

While we got lost several times, took the wrong paths and had no idea if we were even close to the peak, we made it. We pushed each other along. I was spurred on by the idea of teaching Cari that, in any situation, if you give up you will never know what you might have experienced and eventually, we made it.

The view of our island can’t be put into words. Seeing the place we grew up from up high was so worth the long walk in the rare hot sun.

Big Sister Tip #3: Just keep going. When you’ve worked so so hard for something, ask yourself if it really is worth giving up? Could you be just around the corner from reaching you goal?

And smile, always.

Big Sister Tip #2 - There’s always one..

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Or shall we say, two. The two who cause Cari to run straight to bed after school and hide her head under her pillow, refusing to talk for the remainder of the evening.

I’ve realised that, in whatever I’ve done or in the choices I’ve made, there was always one person trying to get me down. As I matured, I learned to ignore these negatives and learned that if I had listened to them, I wouldn’t be where I am now. Where I am now is the best I could ever ask for. 

Explaining this to Cari was hard because these two have had such an effect on Cari’s young sponge-like mind. Yes, it’s frustraiting, but I know one day she will grow up and realise that these type of people don’t deserve her acknowledgement. And if I can do anything to make that day come sooner, I will, no matter how many sisterly talks I have to go through.

Big Sister Tip #2: There’s always one who’s going to do their best to make you feel inferior. Eventually, you will realise that they are the ones who don’t deserve to know you.

If you want to fly, let go of the things that keep you down!

And smile, always.

Big Sister Tip #1 - Do You!

Little sister Ela has been nagging for ages for a trip to the hairdressers to cut a fringe (My offer for a free trim wasn’t tempting I guess…). Her persistence was slightly irritating. So, her wish was Mummy’s command and within an hour she was sat satisfied on the sofa with her new fringe perfectly framing her cutely chubby face.

The image of satisfaction faded after a while (a while being 20 mins), and a single melodramatic tear proved that the inevitable had happened: She didn’t want a fringe any more. And her reason being ‘people won’t like it in school’.

This shocked me, to say the least. My 8 year old little sister was already fearing what others think of her. This just isn’t right.

At her age, I lived outside. Constantly in the park, all grubby and muddy, not giving a damn what others thought of me. Ela shouldn’t be feeling pressured by others to look like what they wanted her to look.

So I sat her down for a sisterly chat, and wiped her tears.

Big Sister Tip #1 : Do you. If you can’t be you, who else can you be? You’re imperfectly unique and special. Those who truly love you will accept you no matter what you look like.

And smile, always.

Pride and Being a Big Sister

With every little accomplishment my little sisters achieve, I feel proud. From learning to dive to making a little bracelet. They always find a way for me to love them even more.

Although I sometimes feel like being a big sister sucks and often question why there couldn’t have been a sister before me, I really wouldn’t change it for the world.

I have three little angels (or sloths in the mornings) who look up to me, relying on me to guide their way. It’s like we have an unspoken arrangement; I help them achieve and succeed while they fill me with pride. I like this arrangement.

2007 Summer Trip :)

For days, Cari locked herself in her bedroom with a laptop and a keyboard. She emerged 3 days later with something to show us on our family piano. Here is what she showed us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSLOWrQ7oaU

“Its hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but its harder to give up when you know its everything you want.”

I do not know what I want to go with my life what so ever. No idea. And, to be honest, I’m freaking out. Do I continue to pursue my dream in Fashion, do I give up because its a silly little dream that will never come true or do I sit down and stuff a good ton of chocolate.

I’m in limbo, not knowing what to do. And when I don’t know what to do I feel lazy, then feel horrible for being lazy and not doing anything, then start doing housework and there’s only so much cleaning a house can take before every surface starts squeaking when you touch them.

So I did what I always do when I’m stuck for an answer. I Googled “what to do when you don’t know what to do with your life”, hoped for the best and I think I did get the best I could hope for.

I came across tinybuddah.com, a blog that describes itself as a “leading resource for peace and happiness” and from one post alone, I agree with them.

Admittedly, I did have a giggle at the title: “6 Powerful Questions That Will Change Your Life”. No way would a few words change my life. But, actually, it might have put me back on the right path and I just had to share it.

The article, written by James McWhinney, poses 6 easy questions for you to ask yourself:

  1. What do I absolutely love in life?

  2. What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?

  3. What would I stand for if I knew no one would judge me?

  4. If my life had absolutely no limits and I could have it all and do whatever I wanted, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?

  5. What would I do if I had one billion dollars?

  6. Who do I admire most in the world?

These seem like pretty simple questions, and they are. But they made me think, and it’s going to take a while to think everything through.

I guess only time will tell if these questions will actually change my life and I’m still super confused. But for now, I’m craving some chocolate…

Motel Rocks actually… rocks

Hardly ever I come across a site and think I WANT IT ALL but Motel Rocks… I love it!

After months of dwindling over the thought of indulging myself in Motel’s unique gorgeousness, I might have squealed when I saw that Topshop in Oxford Street in London actually stock Motel Rocks. One thing that was stopping me from buying online was the sizes, so here was my chance to try them on, finally!

But, being on a spending strike, I peeled myself away from my new best friends… And then went online and bought a Motel dress anyway…

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 And wore it out straight away (had to show it off, didn’t I?)

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My next Motel purchase is fast approaching. I’ve been eyeing up and saving for a certain bag for a while…

So, when will you give in to the temptation of Motel Rocks??

Vogue Festival

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For me, a year’s highlights include my birthday and pancake day. That is, until last year when I discovered the star-filled world of Vogue Festival.

I’d never heard of it before, as it was only the second year the event was held. So, on the first day and after envying everyone tweeting about it, I booked a train ticket and a ticket to Alber Elbaz: The Dream and Reality of Fashoin, dug out my favourite ever-so-slightly-too-small Allsaints dress and set off at 6 in the morning the next day.

Alone in the capital city with no phone (and ever-so-slightly hungover), I kept the ‘bricking it’ feeling to myself. I didn’t dare show it in front of glamorous fashion bloggers, designers, journalists all tottering around in amazing outfits put together days ago which took hours to assemble.

Being the little village Welsh girl, I had no idea who Alber Elbaz was or what Lanvin was, so I’d built up an image of an arrogant designer diva in my head and expected just that. But I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Elbaz transformed the cold theatre into a welcoming lounge just by his presence, and captivated a whole crowd of young fashion hopefuls.

He has a strange sense of humour, one that I’ve tried and failed to describe. But, it’s a sense of humour that I will never forget. It was an experience that I will never forget. I have no idea what made me pack a handbag and go on that adventure. but I’m really glad I did.

This year’s Vogue Festival will be held on 29-30 March.

Temperly London

Alice Temperly, originally from Somerset, founded her label in 2000 after studying at Central Saint Matrins and gaining a Masters at the Royal College of Art.

Withing the Temperly family there are three lines; Temperly London, ALICE by Temperly (set up in 2010) and Temperly Bridal (set up in 2006).

As stated on the Temperly website, the fashion label is a 'feminine, timeless designer collection with an individual ethereal signiture of effortless luxury'.

With 5 standalone stores worldwide, Temperly London is guaranteed to display an amazing collection of unique pieces on Sunday in London Fashion Week.

Holly Fulton

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Scottish womenswear designer Holly Fulton studied at Edinburgh before moving to study at the Royal College of Art. Her label was later established in 2009.

Fulton’s memorable collections have led her to receive many awards, such as Elle New Designer 2010 and Elle Talent Launch Pad 2010.

The attention to detail and complex graphic embellishments are consistent throughout her collections, 

No doubt I’ll be watching the live stream on Saturday 11am!

Click here to view the live stream.

LFW - J. JS Lee

Today, Korean designer Jackie Lee kicked off London Fashion Week with her AW14 collection. I watched online envying everyone in that room… 

No doubt that this collection took ages to put together and perfect, starting with the purest white before moving on to the classic Autumn/Winter darker shades.

My favourite pieces would have to be the cream chequered garments, cutely paired with dainty white shoes tied with little bows, with chunky contrasting knitwear my second favourite. 

Setting the standards as high as the collars and polo necks, I look forward to seeing what more London Fashion Week has to offer.

Check out Vogue’s website to view J. JS Lee’s runway pictures.