Loved this collection!
This week’s blog posts will be dedicated to celebrating the success of our alumni, with a different graduate featured each day. Monday belongs to Gemma Lillis, who graduated in 2007 and is the Womenswear Production Manager for Matthew Williamson. Recently Gemma has advertised internships to students studying BA(Hons) Fashion and Textile Design at Portsmouth to gain valuable insight into the industry and we look forward to featuring them in the future.
Image from www.matthewwilliamson.com
Do you ever just want to go to Hogwarts?
Like, you don’t want to be a member of the trio, or the order, or a death eater.
You just want to go to the school.
You want to know what it feels like to be up late stressing over potions homework, or how it feels to really ride a broom, and just go to Hogwarts on a normal year as a normal student
all the time
So recently I visited my best friend Gabriel ( derogatorylt) in UK and had time of my life.
It wasn’t a big adventure, when you look at it from average person’s point of view, but for me it was kinda big thing, just because I usually feel pretty insecure in places I don’t know and it was my first real holiday (vacation), on which I went by myself and payed for it with my own money, so basically first real grown up thing I did, besides starting to work.
I wouldn’t say that I had cultural shock, I was pleasantly surprised how well I felt in that environment, and I don’t know was it because I had Gabriel with me or I just clicked with surroundings there. Or both. Or maybe I just felt free(er) from the walls i built around myself back at home.
So we spent two days in London, two Saturdays really. First day we mostly visited touristy places.
Although the highlight of that day was visit to Camden town. Fell in love with the place. Enjoyed it so much, that didn’t even take pictures, just wanted to be there in that moment and don’t think about anything else.
Second day we went for a walk in Kings road don’t want to repeat that any time soon, someday - yes, but not in near future. Had enough of it for now. Second day basically was dedicated to our obsessions and weird “want to see” things in relation with them.
Other five days I spent in Portsmouth, were Gabriel goes to uni. Well, there was some sight seeing but I feel like we just spent more time hanging around. Even though I am sure she wasn’t thrilled with me being silent from time to time, but that’s how I cope with new things - I think them through.
In those days we went to a club, which was really fun and strangely relaxing. Of course going out night wouldn’t be going out nights without some adventures, like being left in someones house in the city you don’t know, but it was fun, and I didn’t feel a need to over-think it at all.
We also went to see a movie “Only lovers left alive”, probably one of the strangest films I have ever seen, to be honest. But really interesting.
Mostly this trip wasn’t about places I have seen, but about the way I felt there, and how rested I came back home. For the first time in forever I managed to relax, to forget about what I am supposed to do at least for a bit. We’ll see if it’s sticks with me when I go to study there. It hopefully will.