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Favourite Nail Polishes

I own a ridiculous amount of nail polishes. You'd literally never know how many shades of red was possible until you looked at my collection. But despite this I always seem to use the same few nail polishes time and time again and they're my holy grail, go-to colours. Since they're amazing quality for their price too, I thought I'd let you in on the secret and share them with you!

KIKO Nail Lacquer. Shade: 240 (pictured: red)
KIKO Nail Lacquer. Shade: 319 (pictured: brown)
KIKO Nail Lacquer. Shade: 389 (pictured: blue)
Miss Cop Nails Pop. Shade: No1 Rose
Essie Multi Dimension Top Coat. Shade: 285 (pictured)
Avon Colour Trend Nail Top Coat. Shade: Fuchsia Dazzle (pictured)
No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour. Shade: Totally Teal

What are some of your favourite nail polishes?
Cloe xox

Studying Retail Management and Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University

If you read my Why I'm Not Studying Fashion at University post a while back, you'd know that I was in two minds whether to pick a business degree or a fashion degree as my passion and future laid in both areas. One year on and I've finished the first year of my Retail Management and Marketing course... What the heck. 

Last week I did a blog post about Studying International Fashion Promotion, and that got received pretty well. So I thought this time I'd tell you all about my own course. 

What kind of career path do I want to do in the future?
Honestly, I don't even know anymore. When I applied for university I had my heart set on being a fashion buyer. I still want to pursue that to some extent, but now I mainly want to either own my own business or blog full time.

What made me want to study Retail Management and Marketing?
As I explained in my Why I'm Not Studying Fashion in University post, I wanted a course that had both elements of fashion and business. I didn't want to do a course solely focused on fashion just incase my interest changed... and to some extent they have, so good job!

Why did I choose MMU for my course?
I'm not going to lie, I chose my university based on the social life and the accessibility to get back home. It just happened to be a bonus that MMU is one of the best university's in the UK for both its business and fashion faculties.

Is the course mainly exam or coursework based?
My course this year has consisted of 4 modules; Digital Media and Marketing Platforms, Understanding and Managing People, Principles of Marketing, and Principles of Retailing. All of them have different percentages for exams and coursework, but the majority of the course is coursework with Principles of Retailing being 100% coursework.

How many lectures do I have per week?
4 lectures and 4 seminars a week. But I'm only in 3 times a week.

How big are the tutorial classes roughly?
It depends on the module. For the majority of them I'd say there's around 15 students. But for the Principles of Retailing module there's only 9 of us, as there's only 9 students who do the retail course in the first place.

What are some of the assignments I have done?
The assignments are pretty fun (well, as fun as assignments can be...) We've had to create a digital marketing campaign, create a blog, do an essay on why certain retailers have failed, and also do a presentation on why certain fashion brands have internationalised.

What's the best and worst thing about my course?
The best thing is that we're only in 3 times a week, compared to most people who are in for 4 days a week... Also the course is very interesting and the lecturers are lovely.
The worst thing is probably the fact that in the first year you don't get to choose what modules you want to do. This year is mainly modules focused around marketing which are compulsory and only one retail module, whereas next year and my final year after a year in industry (which is also a bonus too), the majority of the modules, if not all, are based on retail.

Would I recommend my course and MMU to others?
I'd definitely recommend the university. It's very lively and everyone is very friendly- especially in your first weeks when you're lost and have to ask 3rd years where the hell you are (fun fact I still don't know my way around the business building, its too confusing). As for the course I'd say it's really down to the individual. It is more business based rather than fashion based, but there are still elements of fashion nonetheless. The course also contains quite a bit of maths, but nothing too extreme!

Are any of you doing/thinking of doing a course similar to mine?
Cloe xox

Summer Fashion Wishlist

The weathers getting better and to be honest all I want to be doing is sunbathing on a beach in Ibiza with a cocktail, in a brand new swimsuit. But I'm not. So I can dream by looking at clothes online and wishing I wasn't a broke student right?

My Summer Fashion Wishlist;
Bad Girls Club' Acid Wash Denim Jacket, Topshop.

Texture Lattice Front Lace Swimsuit, Topshop.

Pink Double Layer Bardot Playsuit, River Island.

Tie Waist Tapered Trousers, River Island.

Angela Baby Blue Mermaid Swimsuit, Prettylittlething.

Red Mesh Insert Strappy Swimsuit, River Island.

Cream Frill Lace Panel Playsuit, River Island.

What are some of your favourite summer pieces?
Cloe xox

Studying International Fashion Promotion at Manchester Metropolitan University

When trying to choose which university course to do (and changing my course on UCAS 3 times), one of the things I found affected my decision the most was the fact that there just wasn't enough information about certain courses I wanted to do! I wanted real, honest information from students about what both the course and the university was like- and no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't find that. 
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is known for its fashion courses and fashion faculty, and it just so happens one of my best friend does one of its most popular courses- international fashion promotion.

So want to know what the course is really about? I decided to ask Emma some questions! (and don't worry she's brutally honest...)

What kind of career path do you want to do in the future?

Something styling based. It was always my aspiration to work on the Dior perfume campaigns, just because of the beautiful dress the model wears. I still love that dress, but now I want to work with companies less mainstream in the industry as it will give me more opportunity to express my creativity.

What made you want to study international fashion promotion?
Fashion has always been a big part of my life, more than just an interest. Even through primary school, any poems or stories I would have to write would be about clothes or shopping so it was kind of inevitable that I would grow up doing something fahison based. I like designing, however Im not that great at drawing so I decided to go into styling which is my where my heart really lies. Fashion promotion is quite a broad subject and very trend and style based, so a course that involves reading Vogue and dressing people in nice clothes was always going to be very appealing.

What made you choose MMU to do your course?
Manchester is second best to London for fashion, its really up and coming location for the arts, and it is very diverse.

Is the course mainly exam or coursework based?
100% coursework, thank God!

How many lectures do you have per week?
Three, we have workshops as well though.

How big are the workshop classes roughly?
About fifteen of us.

What are some of the assignments youve done?
My last one was to create a zine (a magazine without ads) which was pretty fun. I got to organise shoots and write about topics I was interested in, both fashion and art. Another was to create a video based on a sub-culture of our choice. This was a good one for me because my final major project for foundation art last year was all about subcultures, and Im really interested in 90s ravers anyway so Id already watched documentaries on that sub culture.

Whats the best and worst thing about your course?
Best is that there is no right or wrong answer. We get do do whatever we want creativity wise, so long as it roughly fits the brief. Worst is probably that there is a lot of coursework, so trying to be creative 24/7 gets a bit draining at times. 

Would you recommend your course and MMU to others?
It depends on the persons attitude towards fashion. I wouldnt recommend it to someone who likes clothes and looks towards Missguided for style inspiration because that isnt what fashion is about. But to someone who streams the live Fashion Week shows and already spends their time reading articles on Dazed and Harpers Bazzar, then yes, definitely.

What university courses are you currently studying/want to study?
Cloe xox

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