Thursday, 28 September 2017


This is a bit of a different post today -- I've seen a few Autumnal 'Bucket List' type of posts, which both made me excited for the new season, and inspired me to do something similar on my little internet corner! Except I'm going to make it less of a bucket list and more of my goals for Autumn time.  Essentially, I hope that writing this will inspire me to actually make the goals a reality!

1. Pumpkin Carving
Let's start with arguably one of THE most Autumnal activities there is! Last year I was totally useless and unorganised regarding Halloween celebrations, which I do not wish to repeat this year. I love spooky, creepy Gothic things, so Halloween is so exciting to me, so I MUST at least do some pumpkin carving this year to get into the proper spooky spirit!

2. Photography
Autumn is possibly my favourite season [or Winter, I'm still undecided] and I just love the was places completely transform into a rusty red, orange and brown, leafy paradise. Plus I love those cold days, where the Sun's warmth is still trying to creep through the sky, and you get such a beautiful light. It is these wonderful things I want to capture and treasure the only way I know how, photography. I've also so enjoyed really getting to know my camera this Summer & want to continue pushing my technique and editing skills.

3. Work Hard 
I want to totally throw myself into my university work. I'm going into my final year as of 2nd October, and I want to completely absorb myself in my final projects of my course, and put my absolute all into them. That way, no matter the outcome, I can be proud I put my all into it. Something about the Summer - Autumn transition always gives me a new lease of energy and a drive to work hard -- probably due to the academic year being the layout to pretty much my whole life so far??!

4. Explore
Despite having lived there for a long time, Winchester still feels like a stranger to me.  I know the places I know, and that is all, but there is so much more to it, so many areas I haven't been to.  So, in between all the work, I want to take time to walk around and explore the lovely city I've been lucky enough to call home for a few years. Also, I love walks, and think they could make my brain a little happier and a little less stressed during the final year fashion degree madness!

Thanks for reading,

-- AshCam


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Friday, 10 March 2017

February's Book | We Need To Talk About Kevin

I have been meaning to read 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' for years. My Mum was the one who initially gave it to me, after reading it herself, and I immediately gave it a go, but found I couldn't get into it. About 5/6 years later I finally have picked it up again, and could not put it down! In fact I even took it to work with me to read during my lunch break, something I have never done before. Saying all this, it is not necessarily an enjoyable book, as the story is pretty harrowing and had me thinking about it for a long time. 

'We Need To Talk About Kevin' is a fictional book by Lionel Shriver, telling the story of a school massacre. Written in first person from the perspective of Eva Khatchadourian, the mother of the killer, Kevin, the book is told as a series of letters to Eva's presumed ex-husband Franklin. The letters begin November 1st 2000, nearly 2 years after the crime, and through these letters Eva retells her life before and after Kevin, with continual glimpses into the events of the crime & her present day situation. From early on in the book it is apparent that she was on trial for parental negligence, and in some way these letters to Franklin are her way of showing that whilst she was not the perfect parent, she was also not, in my opinion, responsible for parental negligence. As the story develops we also learn more about Kevin's odd character, and how difficult he was even as a small child. I also find it really interesting hearing about Franklin as a father, and through her retelling how the years unfolded in these letters we see how Franklin also has a lot to answer for as father to Kevin. 

This book is such an interesting and thought provoking read, and I love the complexity of each character in the story. A strong theme in the book is the argument of nature vs nurture, a topic that I continued to debate whilst reading this book. If any of you have read the book, I would love to hear your opinion on whether you felt the parents were responsible for how Kevin turned out.
If you have not read it, then I would really recommend it, it's by no means a happy book, but it is such an interesting story, and one that will stick with me for a long time. 

Thanks for reading

-- AshCam


Monday, 6 March 2017


Oh my February has flown by! I actually am in a little bit of shock that it is March as I write this??!
February has definitely been much busier than I anticipated & I have been thrown back into the working world suddenly, and have found myself working harder than I have in a long time!

 As any of my avid readers will know from my JANUARY post, I started my new internship at the start of this month, working as a studio assistant at Teatum Jones. It has been exactly a month since my first day & it has been crazy & tiring, but super fun and I've been lucky enough to have another internship with the nicest team! I am also very lucky and feel privileged to have been involved in Teatum Jones AW17 London Fashion Week show this month - eeeee!!! The fashion work may look super glamorous from the outside - however, be warned if you are wanting to enter the fashion industry be prepared for stress, hard work, and loooong hours! The Teatum Jones team for example had the show on Friday 19th Feb at 9am, so we went to work Thursday morning and worked through the night and morning, only going home at 4:30pm Friday! A few of the stages of that evening you can see depicted in photos above! As exhausted as I was, it was really good fun, and as a team we never lost motivation, and it was so worth it when seeing the collection come together at the show. It's also been so inspiring seeing Rob Jones, Catherine Teatum & their team working on the collection on the run up to Fashion Week - so much thought and creativity goes into everything they do, and the result is amazing. 

February hasn't all been about work however, and whilst my weekends have mainly been about me catching up on sleep deprivation from LFW, I've also found time to finally go and see La La Land, do a bit of song writing with my sister, and spend time with my cousin. Unfortunately I haven't found as much time as I initially hoped to blog this month, but as always it was in my thoughts and I have plans to change that next month - we'll see how that goes...! I am, however, super excited to see what March holds for me!

Thanks for reading...

-- AshCam

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