I'M WITH THE BAND

The main idea of this weeks post was to bring you images from the beach and the beauty of nature, but like I mentioned in my

previous post

, it was utterly freezing and couldn't bare shooting every single piece in these climates. That being said though it seemed to be for the best, and a couple of the vintage pieces hand picked by

Sarah

from

Waiste Vintage

were made to be worn indoors surrounded by retro furnishings and a guitar or two. I decided to get warm and get back to it by shooting a few more photo sets in my boyfriends family home, which happens to be swimming with old school items that made for the perfect backdrop.

I've always enjoyed the idea of a sweater vest but never found one I'd commit to wearing, as sometimes they can be a little dorky and a bit

too

grandpa influenced.

Waiste Vintage

have pulled through with this one having sourced the most glorious rainbow stripe knit which makes it a very cool version of the not so cool sleeveless jumper. This ones also got a sister, so just you wait till you see the other colour way. It's a vintage dead stock item so they're one of a kind, and certainly not something you'll find these days.

You've got to love vintage!

You can't dress like a retro babe and not wear a pair of flares,

agreed?

My boyfriend decided to tell me I look mumsy in this specific pair, but that wont stop me from donning my favourite jeans whenever I please. Let's just say he doesn't appreciate retro things as much as me,

bummer

, I've finally found a fault in my perfect other half...

Anyway, I'm a total sucker for a pair of extra flared jeans no matter how much I look like my mother (

I would want to look liker her any day, to be honest

). These ones were bought vintage too, not from

Waiste

but from a little charity shop in Bristol. There's something unique about wearing an outfit that's nearly all been bought second hand, and I'm yet to find a pair of flares that fit me as good as these do -

my flat arse actually looks peachy!

I've done my favourite double denim trick with my jeans and baker boy, which by the way is the ultimate accessory to nail the seventies trend! I've also clashed some pattern with my snake print boots to really top off the outfit. I was going for a '

I'm With the Band

' look, a look you'd think I'd of nailed by now considering I'm surrounded by musicians fairly often.

This photo set was inspired by the back stage shots of musicians and their friends on tour by

Neal Preston

, a man whose work I have adored since I was a teenager. His back stage shots of Jimmy Page and Stevie Nicks are photographs that have stayed with me for years, so I took a little inspiration from him and made my own by using more colour and less musicians.

WHAT I WORE

VEST -

WAISTE VINTAGE*

JEANS - VINTAGE 

BOOTS - TOPSHOP 

HAT - TK MAXX 

NECKLACE -

JULY CHILD*

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*

CHOOSE PEACE


It's safe to say this is the first time I've ever worn a white outfit, and I'm surprisingly feeling it. It had to be done considering my top is giving a message of peace and as white is the sign of that, it was the inevitable. Is that totally ridiculous? Either way it was a good excuse to experiment and be a bit of a smart arse in the process. I'm usually wearing all black and although white isn't the most colourful (is it even a colour at all?) it's still a refreshing change from the norm.

To start my all white get-up, I'm wearing this basic t-shirt from Monki that I'm obsessing over, purely for the message it sends and the comfort it gives. Basics with a difference are my current wardrobe essential, I always reach for a slouchy tee with a slogan on. Easy to throw on and because there on trend, they look super stylish too. They are the new 'it girl' staple!









My other wardrobe essential right now has to be the array of mini skirts that have taken Topshop by storm. A friend of mine told me she has never seen so many different types of mini skirts on one girl before, and that's because I have basically bought every one Topshop has released. I've shown you all my sassy little metallic pink number, well this is that in white! I also have it in denim and leather... I used to always wear jeans and a t-shirt, but now I've replaced my classic Jamie jeans for these with zero regrets! I never thought I'd wear skirts on an everyday basis, being a complete creature of habit makes it hard to get out of a routine. I've gotten over that now and I'm forever getting my legs out in these cute minis!









It was an obvious choice to wear my wannabe Saint Laurent shades with this outfit, keeping with the white theme and purely because they're the dreamiest of shades. It took me forever to find the perfect shaped versions of these, many stores have made dupes but gone about it all wrong giving them too much of a cat-eye, or not making them round enough. After hunting high and low I finally found Depop was the answers to my prayers! If any ones going to wear shades like Kurt Cobain, it's going to be me!

To complete my slightly preachy outfit, I've customised my everyday leather with some badges. I had to opt for that classic Lennon quote, as well as wearing a pride flag with, well, pride! Two things I'm both passionate and proud about sharing with the world. Also, I couldn't not bring my vintage Playboy pin to the party!

TOP - MONKI | SKIRT - TOPSHOP (SIMILAR STYLE) | LEATHER - TOPSHOP | SUNGLASSES - DEPOP | JEWELLERY - BLOODY MARY METAL | EARRINGS - TOSPHOP | FISHNETS - PRIMARK

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!

MY JEWELLERY COLLECTION | PART TWO


Now I've shared my dreamy Bloody Mary Metal necklace with you, it's time to move onto my next piece. This ones only little but means a lot, I wear it with pride nearly every day, although I've been trying out fancy costume-like earrings recently so it's been replaced for a few days here and there. No matter how adventurous I'm feeling I'll always return back to this one eventually, it's an easy piece to keep in and makes a simple statement - I'm a feminist!

I was inspired by an event I went to a few months back for the UCL Homeless Period Project. The night featured performances and art work relating to periods, vagina's, underwear and all things female. This encouraged me to get my own piece to show the world I'm a proud feminist, it just so happens to make a cute accessory too.

I found this dainty earring hiding in the deep depths of Depop, once you sift through all of the hash tagged bullshit you can find some decent stuff. Sometimes it's not worth the hassle, as eBay usually holds the same wholesale items on there without the pain of dealing with a non-professional seller. But if you're looking for something cheap, head over to Depop. If you're looking for independent sellers and something a little different, then I've done some searching for you and picked out some cool-girl pieces you'll need to have to show that you're a bad ass feminist!

My favourite pair of earrings I found belong to Ashley Williams, who's created THESE  sex symbol earrings that are covered in Czech crystal. They happen to be clip on though, which reminds me of being five and putting on my grandmas pair as a cute joke to get some laughs in. But, If you've got the budget and are after some serious statement earrings, these are for you!

Next up I found my earring but in necklace form. I actually put this in my shopping basket and went to the checkout with my card in hand ready to pass my money over. I then remembered I love my Ziggy necklace too much to take off right now, and the earring I have is cute enough. Maybe if I'm wanting to mix it up I will purchase THIS Venus symbol necklace from Cat Fight Backan online store dedicated to feminist jewellery and accessories. She's also got earrings like mine on her store, along with dozens of other dreamy products I need to get my hands on.









Finally, I had a browse on one of my favourite sites which holds anything your heart so desires - Etsy. This store forever blows me away with the amount of art it holds. It's the best place to go if you want something unique and independent! I found THIS beautiful Frida Kahlo pin that needs to go straight on my leather jacket. I also found THIS silver boobie ring, which is incredibly hilarious. The only down side to Etsy is the fact it mainly ships from America, so it can up the price massively. It's totally worth it though if it means I can get this little boob on my finger...

I hope this has helped you find the girl power bling you needed in your life! I know it's made me want to buy more! If you've got any online or in-store recommendations for unique pieces then let me know. I'm always on the hunt for new bits to add to my collection.


STRIPPED | 13.9.16



It's incredible when something makes you feel good when you're stripped bare in front of a camera without a hint of skin smoothing Photoshop magic and no make-up artist to hand. These earrings make me feel that way, isn't that special? I feel so raw beside these intricate earrings that hang delicately next to me. It's awfully sexy when you can feel beautiful with nothing but the help of a piece of jewellery, although even more sexy with the help of nothing at all.






Earrings - Stephanie Bates via Jewel Street *



Photography by Chloe Upton - Visual Stylist and Photographer | Instagram

In the past few weeks my love of jewellery has grown. Before, I thought it was something that helped me express my identity with my everyday rings from the remarkable people in my life, but now, it means so much more. Yes, it is amazing when you get given a piece from someone you have a love for, but when you can pick a piece yourself and show the real you through it, that's something. You can choose pieces that make you feel many different ways like sexy, beautiful and edgy. These Stephanie Bates earrings are making me feel all kinds of fancy which isn't a feeling I have ever had.

I think it's easy to take jewellery for granted and not appreciate it for what it is. It's a work of wearable art and right now it's making me feel magical and lucky to be able to show off such beautiful craftsmanship with you all. Massive thanks to the wonderful people over at Jewel Street for helping me feel like a queen in all the incredible jewellery you've let me get on my mitts on!



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ROCKER JEWELS | 23.8.16



I recently did some shooting with my pal Chloe Upton who works for a dreamy company called Jewel Street, also known as 'the uk's no.1 designer jewellery website', super fancy! Jewel Street are a company that withhold a complete range of jewellery from across the globe in locations like Brazil, Hong Kong and Australia to name a few, pretty impressive don't you think? Their site is a portal of beautiful accessories that I long to own, I often have dozens of necklaces and rings that hang about on my body but nothing quite as exquisite as these. I've always said that jewellery is personal and the fact I've come across True Rocks excites me to no end. A lot of the time it's hard to walk into a shop and find a piece that isn't covered in diamonds in the shape of a butterfly (yeah, not my thing!), so finding a brand that creates the ultimate rocker pendants is music to my ears.





Shirt - Topman (similar)
Shorts - Depop unbranded
Hat - H&M
Belt - Primark
Large Deep Purple Enamel and Rose Gold Pill Pendant - True Rocks via Jewel Street
Large Yellow Gold Safety Pin Pendant - True Rocks via Jewel Street (similar)
Portobello Yellow Gold Rose Cut Diamond Star Starry Night Earrings - London Road Jewellery via Jewel Street




Photography by Chloe Upton - Visual Stylist and Photographer - Instagram

I look at their collection and envision inspiration taken from ladies like Alison Mosshart and Kelly Osborne. I could picture Alison swooshing her hair back and forth while the safety pin pendant swings carelessly from her neck, or Kelly making her all black outfits look even edgier with a gold guitar pick. It's a brand that I'm on board with and am dying to get a collection going, starting with the two necklaces I'm wearing. The first being my deep purple and rose gold pill pendant, which comes in various other colours like a beautiful emerald green or even solid metals. It's hard to decide which I like best so I'll take them all, cheers! Secondly, we have the large safety pin in yellow gold that you can buy in smaller sizes and also colours. These two pieces make a statement on their own and even more so together, if I lived in a pit of money I would have at least four dangling from my neck at all times.

As well as being spoilt rotten by being able to wear some of True Rocks unique pieces, I also had the pleasure of making my ear lobes look pretty with a pair of London Road earrings. It makes me feel dizzy when I think of having 9 carat gold and diamond encrusted stars in my ears but it was a magical experience that makes me want to start earning big time money so I can spend it all on pricey jewels. I agree when people say it's worth spending a great deal of money on your jewellery, I own a hefty amount of Bloody Mary Metal so I definitely need to expand my horizons with some other great brands that we have at our fingertips on websites like Jewel Street.



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MY BLOODY MARY METAL COLLECTION | 07.01.16



I'm jewellery obsessed, if you didn't know. If I leave my home forgetting to put my rings on I will feel completely naked, my fingers will feel bare and uncomfortable which sets me up for a pretty bad day. It's like a comfort blanket considering most of the ones I wear were bought for me and mean a little something. They all have a place in my heart and leaving my fingers or neck bare feels like I'm missing something. There's a company that's been high on my list of desirable jewels for a long time now and that's Bloody Mary Metal. I bet most of you know of the company by now considering a lot of well known bloggers don a part of their collection on the daily. But my love goes way back, way back when they had minimal Instagram followers and they hadn't had an article written about the in the paper, nicely done by the way guys! It might be that I adore the fact their situated in Cornwall, close (sort of) to were I used to live and where my mother still does live. Seeing something come from a little town I have distant but fond memories of feels strangely homely.



I'm so happy my collection is coming on strong with the help of my loved ones. For Christmas my father surprised me with one of their beautiful trademark black and gold box which made me giddy, it was so lovely that he remembered how much I loved their products that he chose one to give me as a gift with no help at all. It was the perfect surprise and adds so much to the meaning of it. Inside the box was the most beautiful half moon necklace titled Altair named after the brightest star in the constellation Aquila, and the 12th brightest star in the entire universe - apparently. When I saw it I thought of a necklace that Miley Cyrus used to wear in her boho days which was similar to this although flipped the other way. You can see it hanging off of her neck in this Lilac Wine cover she did four years back. Take a peek at the necklace and the glory that is this cover!

My Lone Feather necklace was also a gift from my father which is one of three he gifted me for my 21st birthday - spoilt rotten! I love how delicate this piece is, it sits perfectly on the chest and looks beautiful layered up with other chains too.

Let's move onto fingers as my favourite type of jewellery has to be rings. I often wear four of five at a time which might seem like a lot to some people but of me it's the more the merrier. I like the look of mixed metals and textures along with different coloured stones and jewels, there's so much variety out there which is good if you're fussy when it comes to buying jewellery. Anything from BMM will do for me though! The first ring I'll mention is one I actually purchased myself and that's the classic Crossbones which I bought from The Cove Boutique, a little store from my hometown that stocks independent brands, which is always important. This may be their most popular pieces but I still love it no matter how many times I see it.

Onto one of the only glitzy pieces I own and that's the beautiful Drusy Crown ring in midnight black. Future husband if you're reading, please note I would like my wedding ring to be a black gem stone, OK? None of that white diamond nonsense I'm all about the black, slightly Gothic jewels. Have you seen Shenae Grimes wedding ring? Picture that. For now this ring will do just fine, it doesn't come with a marriage after all...

There is a theme to all of these BMM products if you haven't noticed and that's the fact they have a native theme. I love anything of that kind and all of my jewellery shows it which is the main reason why I'm so in love with the company, it's like it was made for me. It's also quite funny that they match my tattoos all too well. I have cross over arrows just like the Textures Arrow ring as well as a native American portrait which reminds me of the Kika head piece ring. Obviously that isn't intentional so like I said, it was made for me!

If you have a love for wearable metal then you need to browse their products and make a purchase. Not only are you buying a life long piece of incredible jewellery but you're also supporting a independent business, a good one at that. Next on my wish list is a personalised stack ring but I need to think of something decent to get written on it, I've seen some pretty quirky ones on their Instagram feed. We'll see but for now my own personal collection will do nicely.

TIGERLILY x