Bye bye Galliano…

March 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

As many of you probably know Dior’s chief designer, John Galliano has been sacked following allegations of anti-Semitic remarks in Paris. It really is a shame as Galliano’s work was amazing, but what he said was inexcusable. I wonder who they’ll recruit as their next chief designer, I’m sure whoever they pick it will still be a great brand! Galliano’s final show was Friday 4th March in Paris and the Dior’s chief executive made a speech and apologised for Mr Galliano’s behaviour. I think it must have been quite an emotional show for everyone. At the end of the show today when the chief designer would normally come out, all of Dior’s seamstresses and artisans came out instead. I think that was the right thing to do because they put in so much effort and normally stay behind the scenes but I’m glad they are able to receive the recognition they deserve.

I adored Dior’s spring/summer 2011 – it was so fun & flirty and such a breath of fresh air. A few of my favourites are below;

Yummy? Yes, indeed.

Here’s to the next collection!



February 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

One of my passions in life is, of course, French (as I live in France currently) and the other is Fashion! I adore Fashion, the fashion industry, models, designers, photographers and magazines. I feel so utterly happy surrounded by a pile of magazines. I don’t know why but it feels like my world :) I buy a ridiculous amount of magazines (which my parents were never happy about!) and although most people see magazines as just a bit of fun and don’t take it very seriously, I do. Fashion is in everyone’s life, whether they like it or not. Every day you decide what to wear and you are making a fashion choice. Some people follow the trends whereas others try as hard as they can to go against them. I’d like to think I’m somewhere in between. I love reading about new trends and what’s in fashion but if I know it won’t suit me then I won’t wear it….well not usually. Like everyone, even I have made some fashion faux pas.

Here are some of my favourite looks;

Blake Lively

Blake Lively + Chanel = perfection.

Another girl in Chanel. This time, Rachel Bilson. She looks amazing, all the time, whether dressed up or dressed down. She’s definitely a goody.

So clearly, one of my favourite designers is Chanel. You can’t deny the classiness of Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld has definitely taken the original idea of Coco Chanel and turned it into a modern-day house of fashion with an edge that keeps it exciting.

Another of my favourite designers has to be Burberry Prorsum. In the past few shows they have created the ideal jacket for the season. In Autumn/Winter 2010 it was the aviator jacket (who didn’t have one of those…well a high-street copy!) and now this Spring/Summer 2011 it’s a cream, almost quilted leather jacket. It is beautiful. 

Here is a little pretty picture of it. I’m certain there will be hundreds of copies on the high street this summer.

I also love Miu Miu. Very fun, young, fresh & quirky. Other favourites include Isabel Marant, Alexander McQueen, Thakoon and Marchesa. But I adore Christopher Kane! One reason is because he is Scottish and so am I but also because every season he brings out another fantastic show. His clothes entice me! He called his latest collection  is called “Princess Margaret on acid” – LOVE IT! 

What I love about fashion (and what some people don’t understand) is that you can take a piece or two from a collection and wear it how you want. Of course, some people with the money and confidence can pull of a neon orange suit while standing in line for Starbucks but most of us can’t. We would rather incorporate that one piece into our “normal” clothes and feel content with that. That’s why fashion is so versatile.


February 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

So I guess I’m a bit late at starting this blog, but as they say it’s better late than never. You know what, I don’t even know if I’m gonna publish this. I may just keep it so I can look back on it plus writing makes my hand hurt. Heh. So, where to begin! Well my year abroad is clearly in France…Bayonne in the Basque Country to be exact. When I got my post from the academie of Bordeaux, I was pleased to see Bayonne as I’d actually heard of it! I knew it was close to Biarritz & Mimizan, I’d visited both these places with my family when I was in high school.

I’d know since the beginning of 1st year uni that I would have to live abroad for a year but I never let myself think about it too much. Before I left for Bayonne, many people asked me “How can you go away for a year?” and “Will you not miss everyone!?” …. Of course I’d miss everyone and it was a scary thought leaving my beaaaautiful home & country for foreign pastures but I knew it was for the best. I’d be so embarrassed if I gave up or gave in to the homesickness.

The first week was horrific! I was so homesick and confused with everything in general! I moved into a foyer which I’m still in today (a foyer is kind of like student halls but you have to be working to stay here – you can’t be a student). I went to visit my school, Lycee Louis de Foix on one of the first days and it seemed nice, as nice as schools are. It’s a technical lycee which is more like the Scottish version of a college. The pupils are aged 16-22 which was a bit of a shock but I definitely prefer it to really young kids.

I think it was the second day I was here, I went into school and was introduced to the Spanish assistant, Karen. Karen has saved me from weeks of misery! She’s so lovely and has helped me sooo much since I got here! Karen’s from Menorca, which is pretty cool as I went on holiday there. She’s 23 and has lived in Barcelona for 5 years – she’s kind of like an older sister to me now. She always looks out for me. Plus she’s fluent in Spanish, Catalan, French and English so that helps… I’m so jealous of her skills!

So 4 months in to this whole experience and I have to say it’s been amazing. I didn’t think I would be able to do it during my first horrific week but I have! Yay! I remember during my first week thinking, “When the day comes that I don’t cry I’ll know I’m improving!” Haha. I love love love being an assistant! Although there are some bastards but I usually just ignore them. Haha. Most of the pupils are really friendly & sweet and I think that’s because they’re 17, 18 & 19 and respect me more than bratty little 14 year olds! Around 70% of the pupils are male because they’re all studying things like electronics & engineering so it’s not a typical girly thing.


About Me

February 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Lottie Tainsh

19 (I’m 20 tomorrow!)

So birthday is 9th February.

Currently living in France for a year but normally I live in Scotland.

Go to University of Glasgow where I study French Language and Literature.

Passions are Fashion & French.

Welcome to my blog!

  • Lottie Tainsh.
    Lives in France, originally from Scotland.
    Studies French at the University of Glasgow.
    Obsessed with French & Fashion!