PINK IF I WANNA

All hail my favourite look to date! It might be the very Kurt Cobain vibe, it could be the stupidly cute and Clueless skirt or it could even be my new dream boots making their debut - OK so it's probably all of the above, who am I even kidding. When I chose this skirt, most of my colleges told me I was mad. Not everyone thought it was as cool as me, and they definitely didn't think it was something I'd choose to wear because

OH MY GOD, CJ WEARING PINK?!

It was a shock to everyone that I'd chosen something in this colour, but little did they know that I'd be styling it in a way that

was

me and I can totally wear pink if I want to, so screw you all.

It never sits right with me when people comment negatively on things you like because it '

wouldn't suit you

', or '

you've never worn anything like that before

'. Fashion is all about trying new trends and mixing up your style whenever you please. Hell no am I going to spend my days dressing the same and never try anything new. I mean,

yeah OK

one time I did buy a pair of fluffy sliders and it turns out they really weren't my thing. I tried them out because I thought they were sassy, and I know most of us have had many outfit fails in life, but we learn from that and will swear never place a flip-flop with grey faux fur on our feet again... Trends move on quick, and those gingham pants you wore last season might not be '

in fashion

' now, but I have the mind set of if you like it, wear it, no matter how last season it is or if no one else thinks it's your thing. If you love it,

then it is you

. Just because I spend a lot of my time in a monochrome pallete, doesn't mean I don't enjoy pieces like this skirt or these sunglasses. It's time to quit judging and let people wear whatever the hell they want!

Talking of sunglasses,

ASOS

are slaying the game with their summer accessories at the moment, they even have

these ones

I'm wearing in an array of different colours (

I have all of them, someone stop me

). I'm a complete hoarder when it comes to eye wear and I'm constantly refreshing the New In page to see if they've brought out more styles. This style of frame is my favourite, and the colour is perfect for adding fun to an outfit, not that the rest of the look isn't fun enough!

Other than my sunglasses, this entire look is from Topshop. I'd say half of my outgoings from the past two months have been spent in Topshop. It doesn't help that I spend thirty eight hours a week in one of their stores, of course. I can't help myself, their new season pieces are making my heart break and my bank account hurt!

I might of gone totally OTT with this look, it's definitely a case of fan girling as it's pretty obvious I enjoy Kurt Cobain, but I am honestly head-over-heels in love with every piece in this outfit, no matter how much I might look like a number one Nirvana fan. 

TOP - TOPSHOP

SKIRT -

TOPSHOP

BOOTS -TOPSHOP

SUNGLASSES -

ASOS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY

KAYE FORD

CARTER GORE | TATTOO CANDY


I'm always swooning over the incredible jewellery brands that surround me, I follow far too many Instagram accounts posting beautifully layered pieces on incredibly gorgeous models, which makes me want to buy more and more necklaces', but to tell you the truth, I really don't need any. I've found something that's certainly filled the shiny necklace shaped hole I had in my life, because although I own so many already, I can always make room for a new one...


One thing I love is finding new brands, it's so exciting having new places to shop instead of relying on the usual suspects to pull through in a desperate time of need.

So, I wanted to share my latest piece with you and talk about a brand thats currently on my radar. That brand is Carter Gore, a sleek, totally unique and edgy brand. They very kindly sent me something from their new Tattoo Candy collection, which suits me down to the ground. Not just because I have a few tattoos here and there, but because I'm a sucker for a cool looking pendent, which is what the Tattoo Candy collection is all about. 

It's safe to say that this collection is like nothing I've seen before, the pendants are quirky yet intricate and display a lot of personality. I got asked to pick the design I wanted, but I couldn't decide between three different ones so I asked them to pick for me, I was grateful to be sent anything. The funny thing is they chose the one that probably suit me most, the Texas Longhorn Pendant. Maybe thats because my Clint Eastwood tattoo gives away my love for anything located in a south western state... 

I'm yet to take it off as it goes so beautifully with my silver cross. I'm totally in love the two of them together that I might of even mastered the art of the layered look that only 'cool girls' seem to get right. I've not mastered it quite as successfully as the babes on Vanessa Mooneys socials, but I'm getting there!

The necklaces' come in an option of two different lengths, so if you're into more of a longer look then no fear, you can pick what's best for you. They've got a wide range of pendants for all sorts of interests, for example, if you're a fan of a prickly friend then you should probably have a look at the very cute varieties of succulents. There's even the choice of your preferred breed of dog (dachshund obviously). 

There's probably something perfect for you on Carter Gore. If you're after something new, or even looking for a gift then check out their collections as I'm sure you'll find something you'll fall in love with!

DRESS - PRETTY LITTLE THING | TEXAS LONG HORN PENDANT - CARTER GORE*

MY JEWELLERY COLLECTION | PART THREE


My final jewellery instalment features the one thing I can never, ever go a day without - my ring collection. I am forever asked why I wear so many and have sarcy comments thrown at me all the time like, 'do you have enough rings?!' I remember leaving them at home once after getting up for work at 6am, far to tired to remember putting my jewellery on. That day was excruciating, I constantly felt naked and kept getting in a state of worry thinking I had lost them somewhere. They are the only thing I could never go a day without, so every time I leave the house I check them off my imaginary list - phone, wallet, keys, rings...

As for why I wear so many, I honestly don't know. I've never though about it before so excuse me while I try to figure it out... Maybe it's a hobby, collecting different pieces and spending money I've worked hard for on something I can treasure forever. I also think jewellery adds to personality and style. As I love rock 'n' roll, having a skull and cross bones seemed appropriate, but if I wore a huge sparkly number it wouldn't be me, so they definitely add something to personal style (future husband take notes). I think men like Johnny Depp and Keith Richards encouraged me to start wearing rings at a young age. These were the two men that got me into over sized shirts, head scarfs and wide brim hats, so they probably influenced my jewellery obsession too. There could be many reasons as to why I cover myself in jewellery, but all I know is it's a great passion of mine and makes me truly feel myself.










On to the rings themselves, I'm going to rave about Bloody Mary Metal just one  more time. BMM haven't only been the source of my necklace, but they've also made a mark on my rings. I'm wearing the classic Crossbones ring which has become stupidly popular within the past two years. Every blogger keen on filling their fingers is probably wearing one of these, and if not this one then another from their beautiful website. Since shooting these photos I got gifted the Ziggy ring as a leaving gift from my friends back in Bristol. It matches my necklace and I'm so smitten with it.

My skull was bought in Barcelona as a joint purchase with my boyfriend. We wanted something we could have as a memory from our trip, luckily we both had wanted a skull for a while so it seemed like the perfect choice, and suited us both down to the ground. Having this skull has made me lust over The Great Frog and their incredible handmade pieces even more though. I'm so eager to save and buy one from their collection, but it'll take a lot of saving for one of those.

The ring that graces my wedding finger - I know, I've cursed myself; belonged to my grandma. I had it passed down to me and it's quite honestly an item I treasure most. Everyone should be blessed enough to have a piece of jewellery that has been handed down in their family for years, it's a special feeling and I'm so fortunate to be trusted with it. This is the only gold piece I have in my collection but I love that, it makes a statement and stands out from the rest. It's also quite strange that the diamond is black, which happens to be something I'd like my wedding ring to have, still taking notes future husband?...

My other rings aren't as special, but I still love them. If you're looking to start up your own collection then these ones are far more affordable, but still super cool. Head to various high street stores like Brandy Melville and Topman for stainless steal and plated rings. Stay away from trendy, costume pieces and spend extra money on silver that wont turn your finger green or rust within a few weeks. You may think of pound signs when someone says silver or gold, but they aren't always on the pricey side. My turquoise stone ring from Brandy Melville was only £6, I've had it for two years and it's not shown any signs of wear or rusting, that's because it's aluminium free! My thumb ring is ancient and from Topman, known for it's cheap and cheerful jewellery. Again, it's still in perfect condition. I suggest hitting up the sales and finding some cheap bits to try out before investing, Topman being one I really recommend. The high street can honestly be an absolute savour at times!

THE TROPICS | 10.7.16



Meet Kieran, my stupidly stylish better half. It's going to be hard not to spew out a shitload of compliments during this post (which will go straight to his head) but this guy really does ooze effortless rock 'n' roll style. He could give Miles Kane a run for his money, and as you can imagine, I love it. Dating someone who always looks good is annoying because he looks better than me a lot of the time but it could be worse, he could have no fashion sense whatsoever.


Shirt - H&M
Jeans - Topman
Blazer - H&M
Belt - Topman
Boots - Topman
Sunglasses -Vintage
Hat - H&M
Badge - Rolling Stones Exhibition 
Items available to shop online are linked!



I struggle to believe that I've met a man who can give my shirt collection a run for its money. Granted, he's bought a lot more since knowing me, but it's still rather impressive. This one is a particular favourite of mine as I love a tacky Miami Vice-style tropical print. It's more subtle than one I'd go for but I've got to hand it to H&M! They've done well with their summer prints this season.

Kieran has toned down the wild print of his shirt with an all black ensemble of ultra skinny jeans and a blazer, which makes a great day-to-night look. You'll either see him wearing a blazer or a leather jacket, he's a creature of habit just like yours truly. To add a little more colour he's added a brown leather belt that looks beautifully vintage next to his what could be retro shirt.

I know what you're all thinking, 'this is an outfit that you would wear', and it really is. We are two peas in a pod who are probably going to be sharing wardrobes before much longer! I've managed to persuade him to team up and do some outfit shoots together as well as taking photos of him on his own, so expect to see this handsome face here on the regular. I'm most inspired by men and how they style themselves so featuring more of that on my blog only seemed fitting, don't you think?



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PLAYING WITH ACCESSORIES | 7.7.16



Wearing a mundane outfit and adding ridiculous accessories makes getting dressed in the morning easy, but also a lot of fun. You don't have to think hard about if something matches, you can just stick to a plain pair of jeans and a basic t-shirt and let the accessories do the talking. For me, it's all about the sunglasses, which easily make summer one of my favourite seasons. Who doesn't like wearing a pair of shades to cover the lack of sleep from the night before? Not only do they hide a multitude of sins but they also look cool as heck. I have an impressive collection which grows every summer. It ranges from the classic perfectly-round John Lennon specs to a simple RayBan Wayfarer knock-off, but these ones are quite possibly my most outrageous pair yet...




T-shirt - H&M
Jeans - Tosphop 'Hayden' jean
Belt - Primark
Jacket (un-customized) - Primark
Sunglasses - Vintage
Badges - Topshop
The Rolling Stones pin - The Rolling Stones 'Exhibitionism'
Large The Rolling Stones badge - Vintage
'K' necklace - Topshop (similar)
Star necklace - Pull & Bear
Rings - Vintage & Bloody Mary Metal
Items available to shop online are linked!



I think, talk and embrace 70's styling on the regular, which is why these sunglasses are ruling my life at the moment. They can make some people look like a sleazy director of a dirty movie, but they're also a pair that would make Hunter S. Thompson proud.

As my outfit is a boring pair of jeans three sizes too big and a plain white t-shirt, I thought it was about time I re-worked one of my many leather jackets to make my lazy outfits cooler. I've been searching for pins online for some time, but found that the best ones ship from America - just like everything else I want in life. I did manage to find some quirky ones from Topshop which fill my badge shaped hole rather nicely though. I mean come on, how cute is the little tooth smiling away on my lapel? I couldn't say no to that! I have, of course, added the pin I bought from The Rolling Stones exhibition we went to in London a few weeks ago, which I've been meaning to find a place for ever since. Along with another one I found at a local vintage stall in St Nicholas' Market here in Bristol.

I don't think you can ever go wrong with a basic outfit, but making it a little more exciting with the help of a few daring accessories makes you feel like you made more of an effort, and like the 'three sizes too big' jeans were part of the eccentric look, in my case anyway.



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