ONE FOR THE LADIES IN MY LIFE

This ones for my Mum, and all of the special women in my life. Today is Mothers Day, and this week we also welcomed back International Women's Day with open arms. This past week has been all about sharing our appreciation for incredible females, and even though I spend a lot of my time spreading the love in their general direction, I've certainly been feeling the love back recently. It doesn't take much to pay someone a compliment, and it will only cost five minutes of your time to send a nice text to a loved one, so there Is no reason we can't all take the time to share the thoughts we have in our hearts on any day of the year,

not just these dedicated days

.

As I've grown older, I've learnt that saying a few nice words to a person can give a lot of joy to both parties. I adore sending positive vibes and making everyone feel warm and fuzzy, and getting it in return can be just as nice. I know not a lot of us enjoy being given a compliment, it certainly makes me blush and go from 0-100 on the social awkwardness scale. But I've learnt to embrace it and take it all on board by appreciating myself more.

On IWD, I had so many beautiful messages from females I know both in real life, and through the internet. I was feeling warm inside all day, and to be honest I have never in my life felt more great about myself as a person. Knowing a few people enjoy what I do and embrace my personality is honestly incredible and I couldn't be more grateful for it.

Blogging is a difficult community to get my head around sometimes, there's a lot of negativity surrounding it and I struggle to handle those bad vibes. I hate the competitiveness and pettiness, and honestly I have felt that in my own life recently. I am a teeny,

tiny

blogger on the big scale of things, I'm barely even a blogger if you think about the other amazing people that put their heart and souls into it, working full time to produce their content.

But

, I am still a creative and I have suffered with the online struggles that come along with it. I have turned a leaf and realised that it's not about the hate and the conflict, the people that bring you down are not the ones you need to keep in your life. I had my moment of realisation when I received these direct messages, and I thank you to those who sent them, because you have honestly changed my view on myself and the life I lead.

So with that I want to say a big personal thank you. Thank you to everyone who supports me and has made me the way I am today. I love and appreciate so many of you, the ones I have met since the start of my blogging journey, and the ones that I've known since the beginning of my young adult life. And of course,

my Mother

.

Happy Mothers day, you rock my world. I decided to share these images with this post because we're taking a trip to see The Rolling Stones this year, and there is no one else I'd rather go with. I'm seeing my dream band with my best friend, and I am completely grateful for that. For those of you who aren't spending this day with your parent for one of many reasons, then spend your day fulfilling other people with all of the love you have to give, because it's not just Mothers who need it on a day like today.

I also want to say thank you to

Kaye

, who shot these images and all of my new content for me. She is incredibly talented and someone I want to give my appreciation to this week. Thank you for slaying these photos, I am so over the moon with them and all of the work you create! I ended up spending IWD with her and a few of my other favourite ladies which brought so much joy to my day.

I LOVE YOU ALL!

TOP - THE ROLLING STONES 

DRESS -

TOPSHOP

BOOTS -

DR MARTENS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY

KAYE FORD

ALMOST FAMOUS

Wearing rainbow stripes is a serious trend right now, and while I've always been into striped clothing, only in the recent years have I expressed my brighter side in the way that I dress. I always say that I only ever wore black, light black and sometimes grey (a very dark shade of grey might I add) and it's true, you'd never of seen me wearing an outfit this bright six years ago -

although

you'd definitely of seen me in these Dr Martens

. But, six years ago I was a different person who only ever cared about the grunge phase I was in, now I'm older and into the idea of actually wearing these colours. I've got to say that wearing an entire look made up of only the deepest shade of black doesn't quite thrill me the way it used to.

I've seen numerous versions of rainbow tops, but this one stood out for me the most. Maybe it's the '

Almost Famous

' text on the front that swung me? Is it a reference to iconic 00's film of that name, or is it a dig at the people who think they are something they're not? It's an up-in-the-air debate right now and either way I love it. 

The Ragged Priest

always pull through on unique pieces like this, pieces that no other brand is making, by creating items that are original and totally un-seen before. It's a brand I always look out for and have enjoyed for years. They really fit in to the '

cool, edgy girl on instagram

' vibe that is everywhere at the moment, and not a look I turn my nose up at (

because I wish I was that cool girl on Instagram

). Pairing it with my knee length

Dr Martens

was a good choice, wearing it with no tights in January was not. The sun setting just in time for taking these photographs makes it look far warmer than it was, and wearing these sunglasses helped a lot too. The trick is to think you're somewhere sunny and the goosebumps will eventually disappear, and it's totally worth the freezing cold temperature when you've got some killer garms to shoot in!

WHAT I'M WEARING

DRESS - THE RAGGED PREIST*

BOOTS - DR MARTENS

SUNGLASSES - ASOS

POWER TO PLAYBOY

When some people think of

Playboy

they think of pornography, cheap, dirty pornography. But, I'm a firm believer it's a magazine that embraces woman and their bodies. Granted, it's risque and can be seedy at times but whats wrong with the way we decide capture the naked body anyway?! Whether it's full nude or not - it's art, it's daring and it's cool. Some of my favorite ladies have graced the covers of their magazine, looking flawless and doing it for girl power. It gets a lot of stick but for me it's a powerful publication that I stand by. We need to forget about the men behind it and look at all of the amazing work and imagery these woman have created by showcasing their powerful bodies and not giving a fuck. I've looked up to these ladies for years and always adored their courage and confidence, these include models like

Ashley Smith

,

Zippora Seven

and

Taylor LaShae

to name a few. I aspire to be like these powerful individuals and seeing them achieve a goal like this is inspiring and great for my personal self confidence. Another strong reason to enjoy Playboy is the care free mentality towards models and their size, by using incredible '

plus size

' women like the unreal

Molly Constable

. We read fashion magazines and view the photo spreads within them, but nudity isn't there, females are covered and the chance of seeing a plus size model is unlikely. Times are changing and we need to move with it, freeing a nipple or exploring peoples unique beauty needs to become the norm and not something we turn our noses up at.

Playboy is that publication for me

.

People spend their lives being shocked and disgusted about the way we choose to display our bodies, whether it's through the power of social media or even the way we dress. Wearing a crop top or a pair of shorts just that bit too short can make people tut and sigh, but why do we care so much about what others think? I use my platforms as a way to embrace my body and I spend most of my time on these sites commenting with love about these images that showcase the beauty of these people. I'm pro nudity in any form, be it through art or through lifestyle. I don't turn my nose at a photo on Instagram that shows too much boob, or feel ashamed when I see a nipple. We need to take away the blur and not care about those who find our bodies so damn offencive.

You know what the sad thing is? This outfit might be deemed as '

too sexy

' because I'm broadcasting Playboy and I choose to wear a pair of tight leather trousers. But my care level is at zero and I'm expressing myself and my opinions though the power of fashion. We have these tools around us and the clothing to help us become the people we are. I'll often wear a motif tee with a powerful expression on, and I'm forever wearing the same leather jacket that is covered in badges that promote LGBT and peace. This is who I am and I want to share it with the world, not hide it because I'm afraid of what others might think of me.

If you are passionate about something and want to shout about it, then do it! We have a voice that is made to be expressive, so don't hide and think about all these things you could do but won't because of the fear of judgement. Your opinions might be different to mine, and

that's OK too

. The beauty of the human race is our difference in personalities so express it with true pride!

WHAT I WORE 

TOP - PLAYBOY

TROUSERS - MISSGUIDED

BOOTS - DR MARTENS

GLASSES - FOREVER 21

EXTRA



It's hard not look like a 'basic bitch' what with all of the nineties trends hitting the high street at the moment. We've got fishnets coming out of our ears and sliders for days. This choice of outfit makes me look like I've just walked out of my studio flat in Hackney, on my way to drink Starbucks out of their Cold Brew. How extra of me - right? Who cares! I can think of worse things than looking part of London's trendy eastern borough. Can't a girl wear her vintage Harley Davidson tee in peace without someone calling me out for being 'totally extra'?! OK, that was a rather hip statement but it's true, give me a break!
 


As a trend I'm personally a fan, so call me names all you want. Being a huge lover of nineties fashion makes it difficult not to love those OTT accessories like huge sunglasses and platform shoes. Speaking of, can we bring back Buffalo trainers already?! We loved the Spice Girls style for that reason and I can think of many babes who could rock them in the modern day. I've gone for a more low-key look in terms of 'extraness' for this outfit though (I'm not quite confident enough for bulky platform trainers just yet) donning my new Pull & Bear zebra print skirt and vintage tops such as my Harley Davidson tee and my boyfriends old biker jacket.

Being a huge lover of vintage made all my dreams come true when I found a vintage kilo store on a recent vacation to Barcelona, where I happened to find this t-shirt. Barcelona has an array of cool stores that you just have to check out if you're in the city. I recommend Google mapping Flamingo Vintage and Holala to cure all of your second-hand needs. I conquered with this top and another being a Pink Floyd tour shirt from the 70's. If you're heading to Barcelona this summer then save up some pennies and hunt for the gold!



TOP - VINTAGE @ FLAMINGO VINTAGE BARCELONA | JACKET - VINTAGE | SKIRT - PULL & BEAR | FISHNETS - TOPSHOP | BOOTS - DR MARTENS | GLASSES - RAY-BAN | RINGS - BLOODY MARY METAL AND VINTAGE



Another newbie are these Ray-Ban Octagonal Flat Lenses in gold, that were gifted to me for my birthday. I need serious help when it comes to sunglasses, I'm obsessed! I have one face and wear the same four in rotation even though I own at least thirty pairs. These Ray-Bans have cured my need for more right now though, being the ultimate retro accessory that help finish that 1990's look perfectly.

So, I might look kind of extra but who says that's even a bad thing? Putting a stupid label on the way others choose to dress is beyond me. Whack out your old playboy crop tops and fake burberry bags while the trend is in full force - don't hide because of others judging your individuality. Be that extra bitch you want to be and wear your vintage with pride!
 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY HOLLY WHITE


FAIRIES WEAR BOOTS | 21.9.15



I've seen so much 90's goodness going around at the moment with all the LFW madness surfacing, the Le Kilt show being my favorite so far but maybe I'll do a little round up from my couch in the next week or so because I'm not cool enough to witness it fully by going to the shows and actually photographing them myself, embarrassingly. I am heading to a cheeky little day next Friday though with my pal Kristina from Creepers and Cupcakes so I will be cool for 9 short hours I guess...

Top - eBay, skirt - Primark, jacket - thrifted, boots - Dr Martens, socks - Topman, sunglasses - my mothers


I've been wanting to wear this mad vinyl skirt for years, quite literally! I've had it hidden away in my draw and I completely forgot about it until recently when my shiny leather needs needed to be filled. I purchased it so long ago at Primark for a measly pound in the clearance section and like I said, haven't gotten any use out of it until now. I wanted something different to wear with my band t-shirts instead of my usual spray-on skinnies and saw the patient orange shining in the corner when I had my revelation, this will be worn and will look bad-ass! It's a pretty out there piece so I plan on wearing it completely casual for the most part, unless I'm feeling particularly darish of course.

Remember just then when I said I was loving the 90's thing going on at the moment? Well I brought some of that to this OOTD with my over-sized denim jacket and Dr Marten boots with visible sports socks for added Le Kilt vibes.

TIGERLILY x

THE CLASSICS

11TH MAY 2015
OUTFITS
LISTENING TOO: BLINK 182 - JOSIE ♫
Bralette - Topshop, shirt - thrifted, jacket - Primark, jeans - M&S, shoes - Van's Authentic, sunglasses - Matalan, watch - Topshop, jewelry - Topshop and Bloody Mary Metal.


This is a serious winner of an outfit choice for me and that could be the case for you too as the white shirt - leather jacket combo is a complete classic, is it not? I've always said that everyone needs a white shirt in their closet, weither it's formal and impeccably crisp or off-white and linen which tends to crease with every movement even though you did iron it numerous times that morning... I don't think I can get any more infuriated at my awful ironing skills iron any longer, it was a very long morning. This shirt was found for less than £3 in one of the local charity stores I used to visit back in Devon, it always had so many treasures in such as this Hard Rock Cafe shirt from an outfit post I shot a few months back, now you can't tell me that's not a retro treasure?!

On to another classic, my Van's checkered slip-on's. I'm not sure if I've mentioned these shoes before but they're pretty old, maybe even older than my trusty DM's that I wished a happy birthday to last week. But these are the shoes I bought when I was going through my 'emo' (barf) phase which was slowly becoming influenced by the boys of Fall Out Boy and Blink 182, I did end up naming these my 'Mark Hoppus' shoes after all. Even though I'm no longer living my 'emo' ways (thank god) I still love to wear my slip-ons on the regular and I'm actually thinking about buying a new pair in a different colour, these orange ones are calling my name! Speaking of new Van's though, have you seen the Disney range that's just been released?! Totally not my cup of tea but you've got to hand it to them as they're constantly making amazingly patterned shoes and even though the Disney thing isn't for me, the Star Wars and The Beatles ones definitely were.

Now I don't need to tell you how a leather jacket is the ultimate coat of choice and you need one just like you do a white shirt, because I think that's fairly obvious and if you don't have one *gasps* then we can't be friends go and buy yourself this amazingly perfect and cheap one over on Missguided or this even cheaper one on Newlook, OK?

TIGERLILY

YouTube | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram @tigerlilyblog

TOMBOY

7TH MAY 2015
OUTFITS
LISTENING TOO: LED ZEPPELIN - GOING TO CALIFORNIA ♫
Top - The Cove Boutique, shorts - Depop, socks - Topman, boots - Dr Martens, sunglasses - M&S., watch - Topshop, rings - Bloody Mary Metal and Topshop


Tube socks, band tees and Doc Martens, that'll do nicely for my inner tomboy.

I feel fifteen again whenever I wear my Docs as I used to wear them everyday to school, much to my teachers dismay (such a rebel I know). They've just had their 7th birthday and they're going to have many more because I want to be one of those older ladies who still rocks a heavy metal shirt and clumpy boots, maybe even by then I'll want the grey gone and go for some mad dye job like purple or jet black and be covered in tattoos that have gone all blurred and wrinkly. I'm completely cool with all of this, growing old gracefully and all that, if gracefully means being a seventy year old grunger that is!

As for tube socks, they're my new thing. They have a sense of the nineties skate scene and I will be wearing them with Vans and Converse because of that. I found these ones in Topman as they're a rarity in any form of woman's section unless you want to pay more then eight pounds - yes Urban Outfitters I'm looking at you! They sell them in a variety of colours like blue and green with the option of length also, I quite like the idea of ankle ones with trainers so I may try those ones next.

I can't not say a lovely big thank you to my buddy Kate for popping these wonderful shorts on her Depop forever ago as I still love and wear them to this day, so thanks girl! I still manage to fit my arse in them even if with a squeeze!

Time to mention the fact I'm wearing one of the best t-shirts to enter my closet, and probably my life. Cheers to The Cove Boutique for stocking such awesome stuff that I can't help but buy. You guys just wait till you see my other one (yes I bought two) it's everything and I'm sure you wont be shocked when you see what band is on that one, I'm so obvious it's stupid. You may remember a post I did a while back featuring another item from their glorious store, if not then you can have a read of that here and see what else they have to offer on their online store or Instagramas you can buy from there too, pretty good right?!

TIGERLILY

YouTube | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram @tigerlilyblog