This Christmas I wanted to do something fun. So I’m participating in the 12 Days of Blogmas. In the 2 and half years, I’ve had my blog, I’ve not done anything like this. I’m going to start it on the 14th of December leading us right up to Christmas Day. So it gives me a couple of days beforehand to get a little ahead of myself. Working a full-time job I need as much time to prepare for such a thing. I’ve made a plan on what I’m doing on each day and I can’t wait to get stuck in and do this. I’ve always seen other bloggers do it and make it look so easy. I’m really excited to do something like this as it’s something I don’t normally do. I’m excited for you guys to check in with my blog every day! I might see what kind of things you’d like to see and make some changes to the list I’ve made. I’d love my dear follower’s suggestions. If you’d like to suggest something comment below or leave me a message on Instagram: @lukeheywoodstyle
On the 23rd of November, myself and my good friend Tom went on an adventure to Liverpool. Liverpool is full of culture with its stunning buildings full of architecture, countless amounts of museums and not to mention the amazing shopping quarter. Every corner you turn in Liverpool oozes history.
We decided to set off early to make sure we had a lot of time to explore Liverpool in the daytime. We arrived at around 11:30, left our luggage in my car and went off to explore. We couldn’t check into our hotel until 3, so we went and grabbed some food to fuel ourselves for the day ahead. After we had eaten an awful amount of pizza at Pizza Hut, we decided to walk off our pizza tummies and have a look at the shopping facilities. Being so close to black Friday there was a lot of deals and offers to definitely keep us going. However, being good I decided not to buy anything as I had just spent £68 on a new suit for my upcoming Christmas Parties I shall be going too (Post coming soon) The night sky slowly set in over Liverpool quiet quickly. The temperature began to drop so we headed back to the car to grab our luggage and head to the hotel. We walked into the beautiful Britannia Adelphi Hotel and was greeted by a warm and old-fashioned lobby. I felt I had walked into a time warp. Two marble columns framing stairs that lead into a huge room that was filled with old sofas, chairs and tables, beautifully lit with 3 huge chandeliers. Over the back stood a towering Christmas tree beautifully decorated, I felt like I was in some sort of a time warp that had transported me right back in time to when the hotel had first opened. Once we had booked in we went to find our room.
So I wanted to do a different kind of post that showcased my full-time job. I wanted to give you guys a little insight into my work life and what I get up to during the Festive period. This is all about the window schemes and in-store schemes that we implement throughout the Christmas season.
A couple of weeks before anything goes in for Christmas we are shown the window scheme through guidelines that the business sends down. They send down a document of what will be going in each window, this is the first time we find out what will be our campaign for the Christmas period. In addition to this, they also send down a document breaking down every individual piece we will have for the windows and for the in-store scheme, on this document they also tell us when an outside team will come into the store and put up our lit garlands along the walkway. The first part of Christmas goes in a week before the Christmas windows start. This is when the VM team work alongside a team through the night to implement Christmas within the store. We get delivered all of our Christmas props in one night, which is so time-consuming to try and prepare for, especially when there is only two of you on VM.
However, once it’s been delivered it’s on to putting out the many Christmas trees they provide us with. They provide us with 3 sizes of trees, 2.4m 1.9m and 1.6m. We then have to distribute the trees around the store, focusing on mainly grouping them with mannequins and event zones. Once the trees have been fluffed and put into place it’s time to add the garlands in any walls of the store that are empty. These garlands have added present boxes on to them to give it more of a festive vibe throughout the store. This year because of pairing with the Paddington film we had added suitcases to mimic the suitcase Paddington has. The food section has its own scheme with adding more props like luggage tags hanging from the ceiling and pots of marmalade to co-inside with the Paddington theme running throughout the store.
So today is the starting of my 9 days from work. Boy, have I tried to pack in enough things to keep myself busy this week. As we get closer to Christmas, I’m going to get myself properly prepared and in that case meaning, I’ll wrap the presents I’ve allotted to my wages this month. As you get older you wish you could buy your loved ones endless of amount of presents as it’s what they deserve but in reality little gifts that they really want to mean so much more as you’ve thought about just what they wanted. In Luke fashion, I’ve adopted a different style of wrapping this year. I’ve strayed away from the normal brown paper with red ribbons, but instead, I’ve gone for a more modern approach to my wrapping with a copper wrapping paper and I’m thinking to tie it all together with a gorgeous organza black ribbon. I love wrapping presents, I love the whole experience of making something so aesthetically pleasing. On top of getting ready for Christmas, I’ve planned to go away with my lovely friend Tom. We have an amazing deal with a spa hotel for £20 each a night to spend some time in this beautiful city. We’re still planning what to do with our time there but I know for sure we’re going to get some amazing photography and I most certainly will be doing a video of the whole thing! On top of this, I’m meeting up with some lovely friends which is something I’ve missed doing. I’ve focused way too hard lately to save to try and move out, So I’ve decided to let myself have a little fun this week off before I head into the very busy time over the Christmas period. As well as meeting up with friends, I’m most certainly going to be doing a few YouTube videos and lots of blog posts as I have the time to do so. So I’m going to ramp up my blogging and YouTubing presence and get this show on the road ♥
Back in 2011 I went to the hairdressers and got most of my hair cut into the hairstyle I have today. The undercut. My hair was full of curly ringlets just above my shoulders. I took the plunge to get it cut as I wanted to have a complete change of hairstyle, now I want to get it back and properly grow my hair long again to get it back to the ringlet style again. I’ve decided to stop myself from going to the hairdressers, so I don’t get my hair cut. I have banned myself from going to get my hair back to the way it was. During this time frame I’m going to hair diaries to keep you guys in the loop of everything and to showcase how far my hair has grown. It’s going to be a tough game as already with 3 weeks of my hair not being cut, the sides of the undercut are already beginning to flick out and do all sorts. So it’s going to be a tough game to try and come up with hairstyles while my hair is growing into these awkward situations. Today is the first video I’ve done for my hair diaries (and for a long time, who said that?) However, I shall be continuing the journey and showcasing any products I use to try and make my hair grow faster in the process.
Halloween may have been a few days ago, However, after Christmas it is my favourite holiday. Who doesn’t enjoy dressing up, binging on sweets and watching Hocus Pocus pretty much every day for the whole month?
I’ve loved Halloween for as long as I can remember. It’s a holiday that get’s me inspired to think out of the box when it comes to costumes. I feel because I love fashion so much I should always incorporate a fashion element to my costumes. This all started back when I went to work dressed up as a dead Mickey Mouse. The whole outfit was made myself, this was where I fell even more in love with Halloween. After this, I remember throwing ideas at my brother and sister for next Halloween. This is where my Halloween Photoshoots came to life. I would come up with an idea for each of them and try and incorporate some element of fashion towards them. Our very first Halloween photoshoot consisted of my Sister as a witch and my brother as an old school zombie. I can’t find any photographs of this photoshoot, plus it wasn’t very good as it was the first one I ever did. Fast forward a year and I came up with the idea that my sister would be a dead bride and my brother dressed as the doll from “Dead Silence” Billy.
My sister was dressed in our Mum’s wedding dress that had been sat in a box up in the attic ever since she got married. I added a few net curtains to it to give the dress volume and I added a tonne of chiffon to act as a veil. I face painted my sister’s face but she had a reaction to the face paint on her hands which kind of ruined the whole photoshoot as we didn’t have any gloves to cover her hands. But the over all photography was very striking. My brother’s outfit was pretty much from my own wardrobe. A white shirt teamed up with a blazer and red bow tie just like the doll from Dead Silence. We took the photos up in the attic to give it a more eerie setting.
Year on year I tried to up the ante with thinking of better photoshoots and outfits. The next photoshoot came to my head as I just love anything vintage. I had the idea of my sister becoming a Dead 1950’s housewife, hell-bent on revenge as she was killed by her husband. The cliché of stereotypes. I wanted the look to have the identifiable look of a housewife, for example, the pinafore dress and the notorious pin curl hair. Though she was dead I also wanted her to still remain “perfect” just like a 1950’s housewife would. The look was very monochromatic which also gave the illusion that she was just like out of a black and white TV. For my brother, I came up with the idea of him to become an “Escapee Mental Institute patient” Which worked so well. My brother’s acting along with the costume and photography really worked well. A simple hospital gown and some crazy make-up around the eyes was all that was needed for this costume.
In between these photos and the ones I’m about to talk about next I did a circus photoshoot which didn’t turn out to be too good, so I won’t be sharing the photography but I made the characters of a Lion Tamer that had been mauled by the lion. A very scary, spooky clown and a tightrope walker that had fallen so many times she had to sew herself back together. If you have me on Facebook I’m sure you can find the album to this photoshoot.
Now to the photoshoot I loved doing this most. My “Practical Magic” photoshoot. This photoshoot was so fun to do and we were all so impressed with the final outlook. Again, I wanted this pristine witch look which a lot of movies had played around with. So I purchased a long, grey wig and a little black dress. With the look, we added lots of brooches that my late nan had gotten over her life, which added the perfect amount of mystery to the look. A dark make-up and more accessories and we were away. Though she was a pristine witch, I also wanted her to have a scary and spooky side, seen in the picture to the right. As a collective, the photos were very imaginative and so fun. This was the last time I was with my siblings for Halloween as one went off to uni and the other just didn’t want to do photos anymore. So I had to think out of the box and think what can I achieve on my own. Something that I haven’t done before.
The next Halloween came around and I had my idea. I would become Maleficent. The male, fashionista version of Maleficent. My first idea was dress all in black but how can I make it fashionable. So I purchased some high waisted black cigarette trousers as my base. I then purchased a black chiffon shirt to make sure it tied in with all the fabrics in the outfit. I added a boa of feathers to the shirt to make it more fashionable and also a villain-esque quality to it. I purchased a long-line black chiffon mac with a load of chiffon fabric in black and purple for my cape. I purchased the notorious horns and made myself a staff from a big twig from the woods and wrapped it in black duct tape. I made a ribbon neck piece to mimic that of what Maleficent wears, added some black tassel loafers and again added some of my late nan’s jewelery and I was away. I took all the photos on my own and even did a video on my YouTube channel. The photos turned out good enough but I wish I could have done a lot more than what I did as it was so hard to put the camera on a self-timer and the running into position within 10 seconds. It was so enjoyable to do and I really did enjoy channeling my inner Disney villain.
Since that photoshoot, I’ve not really done anything else to celebrate Halloween on that kind of scale. This Halloween I went out and dressed up and it was so good. I went as an old school/modern twist vampire where I had sewn net curtains to my shirt to make it look like an old ruffle shirt. I also made my own cravat to wear that resemble that of a Victorian vampire. But because I was going out in my costume I didn’t want it to be too over the top. I was a fashionable vampire. I wore the shirt with added cuffs with my leather jacket, ripped skinny jeans and black Chelsea boots. The costume was effective and looked really cool.
I’m already thinking about next Halloween. I want to do a really big photoshoot. So I’m already thinking of ideas on what I want to do!
With saving to move out in full swing I’ve currently cut down on my clothes spending a lot. However, it hasn’t stopped completely, when I see something that I think I shall get a lot of wear out of I just can’t help myself. I’ve spoken a little about the new trend which features a lot of Borg. Borg used to be a lining in a jacket or boots, however, it’s now this season’s big staple piece. My Boohoo Man hoody is my most favourite thing of Autumn so far. It’s cosy and comfortable, it actually makes me feel like a bear which I guess isn’t a bad thing. Teamed up with my perfect skinny jeans also from Boohoo Man gives a stylish and laid back outfit. The skinny jeans are the most perfect skinny jeans I’ve ever owned. Just the right amount of stretch of skinny to go on any adventure, which is what I’m always doing. Finding new places to shoot videos and take photographs. Like in this photoshoot, I took a trip to Ironbridge which is about 5 minutes if that down the road from where I live. It’s a beautiful picturesque town, with quaint shops and lots of tea rooms. However, I had not taken a trip through the woodlands and lanes before, so I decided to give it a go to see where it took me. It leads me to these old train tracks which used to take coal to the power station, which has recently been shut down. I thought it was the perfect place to do a little video of my OOTD. To top the look off is my trusty Autumn boots from ASOS. My suede Chelsea boot. Which gives the outfit a smart casual look I was going for. Autumn is in full swing, but in true British style, it’s always changing. One minute it can be 20 degrees and the next time it struggles to get into double figures. So for the moment I’m keeping my winter warmers close at hand but also some lighter layers in case of those rare days where it is just like being back in summer. Linked below are the products or similar to what I’m wearing
Check out my OOTD YouTube video…..
So, it’s that time of year again where we dive under a blanket and watch as the day slips away into those crisps evenings. Autumn is upon us. Which means in fashion it’s time to start layering up to fight off that bitter chill.
Just like every season there is that one trend that is the season biggest must have item, this Autumn it’s all about the teddy bear fabric. Borg. If you loved the feel of cuddling up to your teddy bear when you was a kid you can now have this feeling in garments of clothing. Hoodies, Jackets and coats are all sporting this teddy bear feel to them in all sorts of various colours. Gone are the days where Borg was just the lining of your denim jacket. You now can own an item of clothing that is full on Borg. I personally love this trend, there isn’t anything I love more than being all cosy in something that looks so good.
From ASOS to Boohoo. There is everything Borg, here are a few that I just adore…
Below: ASOS Bomber Jacket £40
and here is me in my Borg hoody which is the Boohoo hoody above.
September the 24th myself and 16 other colleagues and 2 children embarked on taking on Snowdon. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Snowdon here is a little bit about the mountain:
“Snowdon (Welsh: Yr Wyddfa, pronounced [ər ˈwɪðva]) is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 meters (3,560 ft) above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. It is located in Snowdonia National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri) in Gwynedd. It is the busiest mountain in the United Kingdom and the third most visited attraction in Wales, with 582,000 people visiting annually. It is designated as a national nature reserve for its rare flora and fauna. The rocks that form Snowdon were produced by volcanoes in the Ordovician period, and the massif has been extensively sculpted by glaciation, forming the pyramidal peak of Snowdon and the arêtes of Crib Goch and Y Lliwedd. The cliff faces on Snowdon, including Clogwyn Du’r Arddu, are significant for rock climbing, and the mountain was used by Edmund Hillary in training for the 1953 ascent of Mount Everest.”
We set off at 6 am to make sure we had a full day of walking ahead of us. Winding around the welsh roads and through the beautiful Welsh towns we arrived just after 8:30 am to embark on our walk. Pulling into the car park, the attendant warned us that the weather at the top was not good. That the wind speed was recording 80 mph. He told us to make a decision at one of the points to see whether we would want to go up to the summit of the mountain. We set off just after looking forward to what lies ahead.
The weather seemed lovely on the first part of the walk, everyone was in high spirits. Stopping every now and again for mini-breaks and to take in the scenery. But as we got further and further up into the mountain the weather drastically changed. The mist descended from the summit and with it, it gave us rain. With the rain and wind lashing against us, some of the group started to fall back and we broke up into little groups or pairings. Some of the groups went ahead and battled the 80mph winds and rain to the summit. Others just couldn’t make it to the summit. I was one of those people. The further you went up the more open you were to the elements, with that and the sheer drop either side of you, it was all a little too much for me and only being small I just couldn’t battle the winds and the rain lashing against my face. I’m gutted because I was only a mile and half from the top. But I just didn’t want to risk being blown about. A lot of the team also made the same choice to turn around as it was just too much.
However, despite the rain and being super cold, we’ve raised a lot of money for Macmillan for this walk and in store too. I’m super proud of everyone who went up and achieved so much and to people in store who have raised money also. We’re an amazing team and we should all be so proud of what we have achieved!
You can still donate to our page if you wish at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamtelford01
I’ve had my fashion blog now over 3/4 years and yet I feel like it’s had a big impact on my life. However, in this modern age, it’s hard to try and make yourself stand out from the crowd, to get yourself noticed. This has made me feel as if I have a long way to go to get it out there still. Working a full-time job, juggling a social life around trying to do posts and YouTube videos have always been tricky for me, even when I plan ahead. Whenever I write about an OOTD post I never feel it’s good enough which always makes me doubt myself and what I do, my fashion blog has always been about my fashion and how I love crossing the realms of wearing different things that people wouldn’t normally wear or deem to what boys would/should wear. Over the past couple of months, I’ve felt my fashion has taken a very casual and street style approach which has also made me feel like I’m starting to lose the “Quirky Curls Fashion” people have come to know me by. It’s the same when I upload a video to YouTube and then I go look at others, I always feel theirs are better or edited so much better. It’s a constant cycle that happens every single time. Blogging is hard and when you sit in front of that keyboard and you think, “Right, what can I write about today?” For someone who doesn’t really have a very interesting life, it’s hard. When you live in a city and have the rush and bustle of the city life, it’s easier having things to do when you live in a city than that of a rural place, about an hour or so away from the nearest main city. Photographs are always within woodlands, fields or back lanes. Whereas some of the most famous fashion bloggers, always use urban backdrops to showcase their outfits. I feel like my presence on Instagram is getting stronger every time I post. However not so much when I post on my Fashion blog or YouTube. YouTube is something I seriously enjoy, recording videos and then editing, adding music and text, adding cool effects. It’s such an enjoyable day when I can do this, but it’s so disheartening when you do this and it’s only watched by 60 people. I’ve never been one to care about views and followers, but in this day and age, it’s the main focus.
However, on the flip side to this, my fashion blog and YouTube have helped me get through some pretty tough times through my life. The whole reason I started was because of being in a relationship where the other person controlled what I wore because he didn’t like being seen in public with what I wore because it would embarrass him. After that relationship ended my world kind of crashed down. Being my first proper relationship it was hard, looking back I realise just how stupid I was because he would repress who I actually was. I needed something to focus my time and energy on. This is where Quirky Curls Fashion was born. After that struggle my weight plummeted, which is where eating disorders found its way into my life. My fashion blog was the only place that made me feel good about myself and made me feel like I was okay. After a dealing with all of that, I found someone and fell in love with them which helped me so much. But slowed my fashion blog down as I spent most of my free time with him. I’ve always suffered from severe anxiety but I found it became too much during my relationship and due to other things going on at the time. I went and got help for it and was put on medication. Through my fashion blog I talked on a YouTube video about how bad I felt, so many people could related and talked me through what I should do and it made me feel so much better knowing it wasn’t just me dealing with such a horrible thing. If it wasn’t for my fashion blog I wouldn’t of been able to reach out to those people who were in the same situation or have dealt with anxiety too. Another breakup and again I came straight to my fashion blog where I changed big time. I changed the way I looked by growing a beard and even dying my hair a completely different colour. But more importantly the way I dressed. Just from a comment that the guy who was breaking up with me said, no more sparked the change the whole outlook of who I was. No more was the “Quirky Curls” done up in every outfit. I started to dress more casual and making sure I posted to my fashion blog every week and this is where I’m at today. I want to be able to do things justice. While trying to save up and move out, I find it impossible to buy clothes, I’m torn between wanting to buy the New Season must have or to actually move out. I feel my blog is something that is just getting neglected and I don’t want that because it’s made me who I am today. I sometimes just don’t know what to write about, I get writer’s block and then I doubt myself that it’s any good to the point where I think people will not read this at all. I’m constantly battling myself to be this person people want to be inspired by, I am that person! I want to be that person. I just need to try to find a balance with everything I do. I need to think of ideas and write about things that inspire me or things that I love instead of just Fashion. I don’t want this blog to die, I want it to be strong and to inspire people. I want it to be just like me all those times I was downtrodden. I want people who go through things that they don’t feel they can talk to anyone else to read my blog and believe they can. That’s what this blog to be about!