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!

MONDAY MIXTAPE | FAMILY JOOLS | 23.1.17



My latest music obsession comes from the Bristol based four piece indie/rock and roll band Family Jools, who give off some serious vintage vibes. In a recent review from Rebel Noise (read the full article here) premiering their latest single 'Get Off', the band got related to The Beatles which was a huge deal to the band. Who wouldn't want to be related to the most influential rock band of all time?! For most musicians that's an achievement in it's self, and the first of many for the boys.



Their latest single really is special, I haven't heard anything to this calibre for a long time. It's a throw back to simpler times where bands would sit in their home-grown studio bashing out melodies with rough sound recordings and raw, dreamy vocals. Front man George has a unique voice that fits perfectly with the style of music they want to create. I've been to a few gigs they've headlined and it's even better in person which is an impressive skill to acquire, especially when creating these sorts of tracks that you'd think would only sound good on tape. George gets so involved screaming his raspy tones to the crowd and it's truly mesmerising, infact, It's so good I can picture Lennon smiling to himself peacefully, smitten over his rock and roll legacy still living on in up and coming, modern bands like Family Jools.

The boys are heading for good things in the future, having played a tone of recent gigs in places like Camden, and even scoring a Sofar Sounds session. Not only that but Fred Perry Subculture picked them as the ones to watch for 2017, which is highly impressive. You can see what all my hype is about by finding their tracks on Spofity, Apple Music, or iTunes. I've also added them to my Monthly Mix tape playlist on the left side of this page if you want a quick listen here and now!



I'll leave you with their latest video for their track 'Get Off'. Be prepared for a piano-riddled tune with laid-back North Soul attributes. It's a pleasure knowing these boys personally and can't wait to see it all unfold for them. Hopefully I'll have the complete joy of shooting them soon, so there will be plenty more coming up from me and these lads in the future!



  GIG LIST:
30th Nov - LONDON - Fiddlers Elbow
15th Dec - LONDON - The Monarch
7th Jan - STAG + HOUNDS, Bristol

11th Jan - THE MONARCH , London
19th Jan - SOFAR SOUNDS - London
3rd Feb - THIS FEELING, Bristol
3rd Feb - St James Wine Vaults - Bath
26th Feb - Louisiana - Bristol


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SPREAD | ANOTHER MAN COVER STORY ISSUE 23 | 4.10.16



If you've been with me for a while you might remember a post I did where I shared photoshoots and interviews that caught my eye, well, this is me rebooting that. I spend a lot of my time reading books and magazines for inspiration on anything from styling to poses for my own images. They're a portal of creativity and I can't resist buying one every now and then. There are some stories or photo sessions floating around that may have been forgotten about, or you may not have had the chance to read, so I'm going to start it up again and talk about some spreads I adore from the many publications I own. What better way to start then the new issue of Another Man, featuring one of my favourite humans, Harry Styles. Sadly, I can't share all of the images with you but it only takes one quick Google to find them. Or hey, be old-fashioned and buy the real thing!

Although Styles is the star of this issue, it also includes many elements from other aspects of the music industry. As the three different covers suggest, expect 'Elvis Presley, punk pin-ups and a special document curated by Harry' - I'm sold! When the rest of the world and I waited in anticipation for the magazine to be released after seeing the three blank Instagram posts from the man himself, I knew it would be an issue I would be completely in love with. It's no secret that I have a lot of time and admiration for Styles, so obviously I was going to be sold as soon as the news broke. I'm a regular reader of Another Man and that took my expectation to a whole new level. Harry could have gone in so many different directions by choosing a different publication to go for like GQ, or maybe an all round music magazine like MOJO, but he went for the artistic route which was the perfect move. Being a creative person who appears to write in his journal, have a fascination with his film camera and a dress sense that is more than flamboyant and out there, it only seems right to choose Another Man as his first solo project.



Photography - Willy Vanderperre | Styling - Alister Mackie

It's obvious why I am so head over heels with the photoshoots in this issue, styled and shot like Mick Jagger was when he first hit the scene in the late 60's with his shorter mop and occasional grandpa sweater, to his 70's get-up of wacky blazers and longer hair. The styling is pretty much perfect, one image from the 'Anything That's Part of You' section in particular sending me into a frenzy with the over-sized floral Gucci suit and converse that have definitely been around for more than a decade. Not only are the main points to the image perfectly Jagger, but even his painted black (I want to see it painted, painted black. Black as night, black as coal - The Rolling Stones - Paint it, Black) nails and dog collar by Fleet Ilya are the greatest accessories that would make any rock-star leap with joy. It's magical when men embrace a commodity typically bought by a woman and wear it like they've been doing it for years like it's no big deal, it certainly shouldn't be and Styles is making that known. That is one of my best-loved aspects of Rock, both the music and the movement, it embodies an attitude and lifestyle that is naughty, adventurous and completely free do be yourself in.

It's clear that Harry would wear all of the pieces used for the images, which makes it a breath of fresh air. When brands or magazines style a well-known person, they tend to forget about how they actually are. They choose them because of their attributes and distinctions but overshadow it with clothing that they would never be seen in, but this time round the great Alister Mackie has styled it perfectly to fit with Harry's own approach to style, knowing he would of course wear the numerous wacky trousers on show.



Photography - Alasdair McLellan | Styling - Alister Mackie

Pages 200 - 220, which feature the shoot 'Tomorrow is a Long Time', are more subtle and very much influenced by Paul McCartney, with hints of Mick Jagger thrown in. If you know much about Jagger you may have seen the photograph of him getting his hair cut much like the one seen in the spread. As well as that, the coat Harry is wearing on one of the first pages (and seen above) is a replica of one that Mick apparently bought for £4 from Carnaby Street in 1965, later to wear for a performance. Can you see why I adore this issue yet? Quite literally everything I love sprawled on to 56 pages inside of my favourite magazine.

As much as the styling is a huge part of the document for me, I also find it fascinating that Paul McCartney has a part in it also. The phone interview between them is almost run by Harry asking Paul for advice, as you would when on the phone to a former Beatle. What I find funny is that I feel like it's our time experiencing something similar to what Beatlemania was, and I wonder if Paul thinks the same and is happy he's handing his knowledge of fandom and success over to someone new. The other written pieces are just as fascinating like the article by his sister, Gemma Styles, who often writes her own journals for major publications for The Debrief and many others, now ticking Another Man off her list. She gets real about him as a person as any sister should stating "Everything he does seems to be effortless, even now; watching him leap around a stage in front of thousands of people he seems untroubled and free from self-doubt. It's easy to be jealous - he's one of those people who are just good at things, we all know one - but to assume this means he takes it all for granted, or doesn't worry, or try, would be oversimplifying him unfairly." a declaration we can all understand having people who are just the same in our own lives.

It seems hard to get to know someone who is in the public eye, as the majority like to keep their personal lives under wraps, but that's a trait I really admire about Harry (and the rest of the One Direction boys, come to think of it). Many 'celebrities' do want their lives on show and that's up to them, but for me, I like the element of the unknown and it makes me look at them like normal human beings which they still are. Fair enough, they have bigger paycheques than you or I may ever dream of, and a lifestyle of jetting around with other showbiz friends, but strip that back and they are just like us, wanting to get away from the madness of life back at home or listening to Stevie Nicks to take the edge off. We are more like them than you think, and reading this specially curated document by Harry Styles has made me realise that even more. To have so much in common with a boy from Cheshire that once worked in a bakery, who is now a full blown super-star makes me feel like maybe one day I can achieve such amazing goals in life like the many people we see around us.

A huge thank you to Another Man for tugging at my heart and making this an issue that will forever stay with me.



All photographs used are from the Another Man A/W16 issue. Full list of creatives involved in making the story:
Styling - Alister Mackie
Writing contributors - Chelsea Handler, Paul McCartney, Gemma Styles




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SLAYED | 14.8.16



This OOTD looks familiar, doesn't it? I really wasn't over exaggerating when I said me and Kieran dress similar, I pretty much have this exact outfit. We all know I own many pairs of leopard boots so that's a given, well, I also own a cheesy Slayer shirt too. This ones from H&M, who always seem to kill it when it comes to band merchandise. I've bought a few from their men's section before as they're super cheap and I can't always afford to keep my habit going with vintage tour t-shirts. So, they will do when it comes to increasing my collection because you really can't go wrong with £12, can you?




Top - H&M
Jeans - Topman
Boots - Asos (similar)
Hat - Zara
Necklace - Topman

Items available to shop online are linked!



I'm terms of Slayer tee's, this one is pretty chill. Their album art is pretty dark as they are a thrash metal band after all, so, expect a lot of black and red when looking for their merchandise, unless you pop to H&M of course. It is quite hilarious that they've decided to make a white Slayer shirt without a hint of blood stained red, I personally think they'd hate it which makes it even better.

Kieran liked this one for it's long-line style which he is currently wearing a lot of. Everywhere seems to be pulling out all the stops with the Yeezy inspired tailoring of over sized basics. I also like it, it makes me think of skate wear that is easy to ride in and totally effortless. I'm sure Kayne doesn't skate, but maybe his inspiration is something along those kind of lines. Now, let's just image Kanye on a skateboard taking it really seriously in his Yeezy season 2 collection, golden!



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GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS! | 8.4.16



Back at it again with the band tee (how many blog posts have you seen with that joke in it? Damn Daniel). This time it's all about this vintage Mötley Crüe shirt that was made to be worn with ripped skinny jeans and black boots. Sourced from a charity shop it has the perfect 'vintage' feel along with that weird second hand smell you get whenever you enter a thrift store which is kind of comforting but also a little gross. Even though I may smell like an old lady even after a go over in the washing machine I still love the shirt.



Top - Vintage, jeans - Topshop, blazer - Newlook (similar), boots - Newlook (similar), sunglasses - Matalan, scarf - Topshop (similar)



Teamed with a star print skinny scarf from Topshop and a blazer gives it a smart look that makes me look classy, that is until you see I'm wearing a shirt with a American rock band on which gives it a rock'n'roll twist, just my thing.

I've been living in my Jamie jeans since the day I got them and realised they are the only jeans I now need in my life. I haven't even looked at another pair of jeans since then. Their the perfect pant to sit above your waist to hide any unwanted fat and I also find they sculpt your body perfectly, they might even suck you in a little. If you have never tried a pair then let me pressure you into buying a pair right this minute, do it! Jeans are a nightmare to buy but these have been my savour and I practically live in them, I don't even change into my sweat when I get home sometimes due to how comfortable they are and that's saying something!



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PITTSBURGH

23RD APRIL 2015
OUTFITS
LISTENING TOO: LYNYRD SKYNYRD - FREE BIRD ♫ Tee - thifted, jacket - thirfted, jeans - Primark, hat - H&M (similar), bandana - Claire's Accessories, watch - Next.


I have never been to Pittsburgh, but I'm such a sucker for a cheesy Hard Rock Cafe tee! My dad used to wear a variety of them when I was younger, I remember him lending me one to use as a Pajama top when I went to stay with him for a weekend a few years back and loved it. Since then they've had an important place in my heart, which is supprising as I normally say a big 'HELL NO!' to tourist crap like I HEART LONDON postcards or European fridge magnets, but I can't help but love these.

When me and Dan went to Rome we had to make a venture to the one there, we vlogged about it - which feels like forever ago now, Dan had no facial hair and I had braces, yikes. As cheesy as it is, it's so much fun. The menus are epic and the atmosphere does indeed rock.

I actually found this shirt in a local charity store and the old school muscle tee shape made me need it. We did fight over it as we both have a guilty pleasure for Hard Rock Cafes now, so we've decided to share it, after all it is a man's top so I did feel bad for taking it from him. I just love the 90's cut off sleeves and the fact its super rare, maybe one day I will actually go to one in Pittsburgh and get an updated shirt.

Although I didn't need it for once I popped on my cropped denim jacket, which I also bought from the same charity store a while back. Another super 90's piece (can you tell I'm loving this era lately?) which probably was in fact from the 90's itself. A black denim jacket is an essential for me as it helps me to stray away from my leather jackets for a change.

I'm all about accessories at the moment, I seem to always have a bandana or a thin scarf tied around my neck. I love the way it looks especially with plain tees or band shirts which are my most worn pieces, it just adds a little extra to a plain outfit. I've also opted for a hat too, I'm definitely stuck in a rut with my clothing choices at the moment. Someone take my hat collection away from me before I get some serious hat hair permanently!

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ROCK TEES AND ANIMAL PRINT

29TH JANUARY 2015
OUTFITS
LISTENING TO: PINK FLOYD - US AND THEM ♫
Tee - thrifted, jacket - Primark, jeans - Primark, boots - New Look, rings - Bloody Mary Metal.


I'm actually stunned that this is the first time this season I've worn one of my (faux) fur jackets, what?! This must be a record or something, last year, hell every year I've worn them to absolute death! Maybe that's the reason I haven't gone for them this season but hey ho, at least this one has gotten some use!

I think band tees almost have to be worn with some form or animal print, leather or just plain black, especially those of a 'rock' genre. So I opted to ditch the leather jacket and smother my tee in all the faux fur goodness that is this mad jacket. Y'all probably know by now that I'm a sucker for animal print, I recently bought some cow print slip ons which have proudly made top ranking of 'Ugliest Shoe', but I sometimes think the tackier the better and I personally love them. Animal print be it leopard, zebra, snake or croc can either be done really, really well or totally awful and it certainly requires a specific taste. But in my personal opinion, this jacket is really quite cool. Not only that but it's the warmest item of clothing that has even been placed onto my upper body, it's so warm and cosy with it's big collar and over-sized charm.

I've opted for my trusty and very skinny, skinny jeans and my also very trusty chelsea boots. This is the kind of outfit I wear more than I should but mixing it up with a different coat such as a vintage denim jacket, or swapping my boots for a pair of brogues changes it up and makes me feel better about wearing this combo for 3 days straight. TMI? Probably.

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