HOUSE OF HEARTS BY SISTER JANE | PART ONE

If there was ever a suit to give Harry Styles a run for his money, this would be it! Styles, move over, there's a new suit in town and it's

NOT

Gucci...

I got the glorious opportunity to shoot a select few items to celebrate the launch of new collection '

House of Hearts

' by

Sister Jane

. I was allowed a sneak peek at the lookbook before heading into their beautiful boutique store on Notting Hill's famous Portobello Road, so I knew before I even entered the building that I'd try and snap up this two-piece. Being a lover of all things tailoring (

and Harry Styles

), I knew I had to do a shoot in this suit. I'm all about bold prints and making a statement, and this outfit certainly turned a lot of heads when I took it for a ride at a party that was swimming with big fashion names. Safe to say it did it's job and a lot of people left with

Sister Jane

at the back of their minds, which apart from saying

hello

to Noel Gallagher (

we've got a name dropper over here!

), was my aim of the evening.

SUIT -

SISTER JANE

* | ROLL NECK - PRIMARK | HEELS - PRIMARK | SOCKS -

TOPSHOP

As well as wearing this suit to an event, I also took it with me on a short trip away. Harry spoilt me with a surprise visit to a beautiful cabin to celebrate our anniversary, and with me always having photo opportunities in my head, I obviously thought of all the great places to snap a pic or two. Our cabin was the perfect place to create my own little lookbook for

Sister Jane

. Their collection needed a vintage vibe with muted scenery to really make the pieces pop.

Sister Jane

as a brand hold a real sense of retro within what they create, so keeping with that theme was easy once settled into our cosy cabin for the evening. There were hints of seventies with the Marshall radio and kitch furniture, I really couldn't of found a better place to shoot! It was a photographers dream location.

I wanted to team the outfit with something I hadn't done for a good year or two, and that's socks and sandals. Ewe, socks and sandals? I know, it sounds like something your father would do on a beach holiday to Devon, but it can actually be done in a more ~

fashion

~ way. I wanted to ditch the boots and wear a heel, but wearing them as they were wasn't doing much for me. Adding a pair of glitter ankle socks just worked, and made the look more editorial and took it back a few eras. This has definitely sparked the urge for me to wear socks with any open-toe shoe I own, so prepare to see me in this combo all through the up and coming party season.

Honestly, this might just be the best outfit I have ever worn. I'm head over heels for the entire combo! There is also nothing quite like wearing the outfit of your dreams while being surrounded by woodlands, listening to Roxette and having pure love around you. I've never felt so special then I did this day. Thank you to Harry for taking me away for a much needed retreat, and thank you to Sister Jane for letting me look my best while there. I think I've hit my peak with this one, I don't think it gets much better than this...

This suit isn't all I managed to get my hands on though, I've got two more photosets coming up that I just cannot wait to share. If you're yet to visit the

Sister Jane

store, I highly suggest you take a trip. It's ideally located next to blogger fav café,

Farm Girl

, which means you can Instagram your brunch and then head in store and try on some dreamy garms.

'

House of Hearts

' has just launched online so you can browse from the comforts of your own home also!

UN-LIKING INSTAGRAM



I've been having a bloody good moan about every single social media out there at the moment, it's like we were best buds and now we're sworn enemies - we just don't love each other anymore... On my Instagram I've been posting stories about this subject, I've even been tweeting about it, so it's probably time I actually wrote about it. Here goes nothing!

I've fallen out with social media, mostly Instagram, which feels strange because we've been attatched to the hip for a very long time. For a wannabe creator and picture-maker, an app where you can make pretty grids with your personal work on is the dream. Honestly, when I first came across it I knew it'd be love at first sight. Now, it's a whole different story.



So here's me about to sound low-key pathetic while I moan about engagement, tragic! As we all know, Instagram has changed a lot recently with it's algorithm and shadow-banning. Not sure what this all means? Let me break it down for you.

ALGORITHM -
noun
noun: algorithm; plural noun: algorithms
a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.


In Instagram terms, this means that images and users with high engagement such as likes, comments, shares and views will rank higher on your feed. Which is my terms mean MY POSTS DO CRAP. I'm only small, so my posts have never received a lot of likes, but recently it's dropped increasingly. When you've only got a small following you don't expect all of the likes, but you do expect something. Last week I posted a photo I really liked, but it flopped so hard I had to take it down and sulk about it. This is what upsets me most. I, as a photographer, enjoy images and the ones I take. I take pride in my content and when no one else sees it or feels the same, that's really quite sad. I don't expect to 'break the internet' but I do expect Instagram to not hide my content from my followers. I need all the help I can get to grow myself as a creative, and not having this platform to support me anymore is devastating. 


SHADOW BANNING -
Stealth banning (also called shadow banning, ghost banning or comment ghosting) is the act of blocking a user or their content from an online community such that the user does not realise that they have been banned.


Basically, our posts are starting to disappear and not become visible when using hashtags. Instagram responded to this by stating that
'When developing content, we recommend focusing on your business objective or goal rather than hashtags'. OK INSTGRAM let me try and build my business without the genuine help of a fucking hashtag. I personally don't see any issue with using this symbol, I often search for posts using it. To come back with that is a huge bite in the ass, and it's users didn't take it lightly. 

I'm not over exaggerating when I say that every single day I see at least three people talk about this ongoing issue. My problem is that I'm trying so hard to produce work that I love, enjoy and want to share with my online community, but I'm not having the support or platform I need to do so. 


I am not on a level where I have a huge following and this doesn't overly effect me, I'm attempting to grow myself and my personal brand at the moment, but I feel like it's not going anywhere. It does make me want to give up, but then I remember that yes it isn't about the likes and it is a little bit tragic to get emotional about it, but then I also remember that this is peoples careers and one day it could be mine. In reality, even these incredible creators are finding it a struggle because they're the ones being paid for their engagement, so actually they need the views more than me!




SHIRT - NASTY GAL | TROUSERS - H&M | RINGS - BLOODY MARY METAL

All in all, the whole thing is grinding on me. I never thought I'd be someone who cared about this, but all I want to do is succeed. On a recent programme titled 'Celebrity Hunted', Jamie Lang (Made in Chelsea) has a break down about not living his life to the full and caring too much about his Instagram likes, which completely shook me. It's so easy to feel self conscious online and I believe a lot of people related to this. Jamie, I'm with you!  We are the modern age, social media and an online presence is huge, so it's time our platforms had our backs again! 

I have a little solution for this, and I like to think it'll help a tiny bit. I use Instagrams one decent tool which is the notification button, which means I turn on notifications for my favourite accounts. When they upload a new photo, I get told! So, I can constantly see what they post (and it doesn't get lost on my time line thanks to algorithm) and like the image. Simple. I'm still seeing my favourite content and their still getting my love. 

I know I'm not the only one having a moment, so I wanted to write about it and almost get it off my chest. Also, if anyone wants to make a new platform I highly recommend it, hell if I had the brains to make an app I'd do it in a heart beat!
 

WARRIOR NOT WORRIER


Last week I had the absolute please of meeting the brilliant George Hodgson, founder of Maison de Choup, a fashion label which supports mental health. The brand itself helps mental health sufferers find the support they need, by teaming up with Young Minds and raising money for the charity. This sits very well with me. I myself am surrounded by friends and loved ones that struggle with mental health issues, it's a common theme in this modern day and to find people out there who can help is just what we need. It's important to not feel alone with struggles like this, which is why I fully support and encourage you to at least click on THIS LINK and read more about what Maison de Choup and Young Minds can do for you. If you want support this cause then have browse at the fashion pieces they've got online, as 25% of the profits made from their new Warrior and Words Fail Me collections go to Young Minds - incredible!



BLAZER - MAISON DE CHOUP (CUSTOM) | JUMPER - M&S | SKIRT - TOPSHOP | TIGHTS - PRIMARK | SUNGLASSES - NASTY GAL

Before I met George I knew all about his brand and what he does, I've been a fan of his for a good while. I've read his story and am truly inspired by what he's created from turning the negativity of anxiety into a positive, by creating contemporary clothing for a good cause.

When we eventually decided to meet up and shoot, I knew we'd create some really cool images for his products. I obviously had to take some for myself, and it had to be in the Warrior Not Worrier blazer, a product I'd been lusting over for ages. I'm big on tartan and yellow is my go-to colour of the season, so I was all for this jacket and was over the moon when George said I could wear it. Not only is it a very cool, masculine jacket, but it has a lot of thought and meaning behind it (quite literally). Like a mullet, it's business at the front and party at the back. It's great when clothing can make a statement in more ways than just being 'out there', when it has a literal statement to make, that's a whole new level of cool.


Thank you, George, for letting me in on what you do at Maison de Choup. It was a huge honor to take your photograph and see your brand in person. I have huge respect for you on speaking out about your experiences with anxiety and personal mental health issues. It takes a lot of be so courageous and that's just what a company like this needs, a strong, passionate and inspirational individual. Keep on doing what you do, the world needs more people like you. I can't wait to see where this project ends up!

AN ODD KIND OF SORRY


I wanted to write about something that's been brewing in my brain for a while now, sort of an apology. I warn you in advance, this is a very strange apology letter, but it's one that needs to be written. So, to all the colours in the world, I AM SORRY. I am sorry for so many reasons, in fact, I'd like to list a few of my reasons below...


I'M SORRY FOR
  • All the times I bad-mouthed you
  • The things I said when I was shopping
  • That time when I didn't think any of you suited me
  • Not giving you a go
  • Being stubborn and not trying new things

But mostly, I'm sorry it's taken me so fucking long to appreciate you. My Grandad always told me I look beautiful when I wear something bright and cheery, but being a moody teenager I always shrugged it off and huffed at anyone telling me how to dress. I'll still tell you to do one if you come at me with your opinions on what I wear, but I hold my hands up and admit I've been wrong all along about this one.

I feel like when I turned 23, I turned a chapter in my life. Birthdays never really effect me, or changed the way I felt. People always ask, 'how does it feel to be one year older?', I usually reply with an eye roll and a stern 'I HAVE NO FEELINGS TOWARDS IT BUT PLEASE DON'T REMIND ME!'.  Classic birthday banter... But this year I did feel a little different, I felt like I grew up and learnt to accept myself more. I find myself challenging what I do and the choices I make, with a lot of things, but mainly my personal style. It helps that we're surrounded by so many amazingly dressed women, we have bloggers coming out of our ears and for me, that's constant inspiration to help me dress myself. This years really taught me to experiment and explore a wider colour palette.


JUMPER - MISSGUIDED | JEANS - ASOS | GLASSES - DEPOP

I'll always have my monochrome dress-code in the back of my head. Growing up with influences like Kurt Cobain and Ozzy Osbourne always made me feel safe in muted colours. I always thought, 'the day Ozzy rocks up in colour will be the day I make a change', because if he did it then I would too. I always trusted these icons to help me become who I am, they were my safety blanket and made me feel at ease if I saw them wearing anything similar to myself. Thinking about that, it's quite a silly thing, being so mad for someone that you'll count on them for style tips. It reminds me of when I first discovered Patti Smith, I read three of her books in the space of a week, I become obsessed. I decided I'd buy myself a pair of suspenders from the men's section in M&S and wear a plain white shirt from there on out. Obviously that didn't last long, I soon got attached to someone else. As you can imagine, my teenage years were a confusing time trying to discover who I was. But all in all the musicians and artists that surrounded me made me stick to black, grey and white. Damn you rock and roll!


I'm still guilty to being one of those people who adores their idols, I hold my hand up and say these individuals will forever inspire me. But, I've come to accept those with more of a more out-there take on style. I've always worn clothes that aren't that basic, glitter boots and extreme patterned shirts (Bowie helped me with that one), but it's time I took colour for a ride.

My wardrobe is becoming more eclectic, in fact, I wore an outfit the other day that didn't have a single black item in it - not even a leather jacket! I certainly did pat myself on the back for this.

I hope you accept my apology, red, yellow, green and the rest! I'm slowly learning to love you.



NOT GUCCI



I've been slacking with content for my own blog at the moment, as the majority of my spare time is being spent writing, editing and just generally contributing to The Girls Club. It's our new baby, so it's hard to stay away! But I've realised I've got to focus on my own work, but I'm not that good at balance. I thought I'd come back in style though and do a brief post on the best suit I've ever worn, and tell you all a little story to go along with it. So, let's begin...

Let's set the scene, imagine me sat at home watching Jeremy Kyle (yeah, it's my guilty pleasure) in my sloppy Joe's absolutely buzzing to be in bed, lying down after the shift from hell. Just casually texting my best friend and boyfriend, Harry, when he does his usual over dramatic thing of saying 'guess what', which usually ends with 'I just had breakfast' OR 'my hair looks really good today'. Classic Harry Morris move. So, as you can imagine when he says this phrase I usually just go ahead and roll with it, not getting my hopes up for some killer information or anything. Not this time though, this time he pulled through and smashed it right out of the park - sorry for not believing in you in the first place!

So there I am, being faced with the best news I've heard in ages, and I've got one lady to thank for that. If you're reading Charlotte, thank you, you beautiful, kind soul!

I know I'm keeping you all in suspense, but that's how writers keep you gripped in novels, so I'm playing the part, OK?! Anyway, turns out myself and Harry had been invited to the GQ Man of the Year awards after party - what?! That was huge for the two of us, and we feel very lucky to of had the opportunity to rock up.

As you can imagine (or if you saw the entertainment news next day) we touched elbows with many talented individuals, most of which I adore, which was truly magical. It's quite something being in a room with big names, they all have an un-real aura surrounding them which made the evening feel pretty exciting. I'm not one for gushing over 'celebrities', in fact celebrity culture doesn't excite me all that much, but I was happy that everyone was so willing to have a conversation and get to know us. I won't start spilling news on who as there and what was going on, but I will just say I spent an hour eating snacks with Jo Wood, which for me is quite a fab moment and one I won't forget anytime soon.

SUIT - TOPSHOP | TOP - VINTAGE | SHOES - TOPSHOP | GLASSES - FOREVER 21 (similar)

The reason I'm telling you all of this is because MY  suit was the talk of the party. MY  Topshop suit that apparently looks like a high-end designer! I got asked countless times if it was Gucci or Saint Laurent, only to get a little red in the face and admit it's high street. Nothing to be ashamed of, I just wish it was from Harvey Nichols, because that'd be fucking cool! I'm so smitten with this suit, for the amount of compliments it got me and how much of a conversation starter it was. I really think that if I hadn't of worn this little number, I wouldn't of been approached by the people who did come up and shower me with compliments. As you can imagine, I was gushing!


I thought I'd style it differently for you on here compared to how I wore it on said night, just to show it can be worn on a more day-to-day basis, not just mad parties. But, you can see how I styled it on the night over on my Instagram here! I am sad to say though, that it's currently out of stock. I searched high and low for it, only to find it in the Oxford Street Topshop. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they re-released it after so many were seen wearing it to LFW! I wouldn't even be shocked it other brands jumped on the hype and made one very similar. I know that The Kooples has trousers just like these, not quite as cheap but probably more worth the investment if you ask me!

I decided to wear the suit with my Gucci t-shirt - vintage and probably (definitely) not genuine; as sort of a homage to my wannabe Gucci suit. Obviously I wouldn't dream of wearing an outfit that's so Gucci without wearing a pair of loafers, duh! If your gonna do it you've got to go the whole hog, am I right?!

The moral of the story is, is that you don't have to wear high-end designer brands to get noticed or accepted, it's all about how you wear a piece and how amazing you feel in it. This suit didn't break my bank, but it certainly made me feel a million bucks!



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*

LET'S SUPPORT EACHOTHER


Today's post is simple, I won't be talking about my outfit and where I got my clothes from. Instead, I'm going to talk about something a little more interesting, and something that needs to be talked about far more often in the 'blogosphere'. It could be a touchy subject for some, but I don't see why, it's vital that we be open and honest when we put ourselves out there online. We are constantly being judged on our sites, on our social media feeds and through our gram. I think it's time we stepped back, took a look at whats surrounding us and hold fire on the negativity. So, take a seat with me and let's get talking about a subject that needs to be touched on...



BODY - ASOS | BLAZER - TOPSHOP | JEANS - PULL & BEAR | BOOTS - DR MARTENS | HAT - TOPSHOP | SUNGLASSES - DEPOP | BELT - PRIMARK | NECKLACE AND RINGS - BLOODY MARY METAL



I'm talking about kindness, simple, easy, kindness - or so you'd think. I've been viewing my twitter feed for the last week and in all honestly, it's left me feeling completely negative towards the online world. It's known that it can be a place where bullying and 'troll's exist, but in the small part that I see? I'm shocked. Every fourth tweet was a moan about a big blogger doing something wrong, or a judgmental comment on anothers appearance, or someone shitting on what another believes in. It's all a mess, quite honestly. Of course there are people who don't involve themselves in the drama, who stay well out of the way and just enjoy the content their influencers produce, which to me is how it should be. Unless someone you adore has done something brutally wrong, then I say don't join in on the crowd that constantly bring others down.

I'm not painting myself out to be some saint that never has a bad word to say about anyone, I'm not by any means. But, I value myself in being genuine and loyal to my friends in the small community I'm involved with. If I don't like something, I'll say it to them personally, not make a sly comment for everyone to see and reply to on social media. I feel we all get carried away with the hype and feel like we have to step in and join the hoards of people who are talking about a trending subject. I especially feel this way when it comes to those of a high calibre, huge influencers are throwing shade left, right and centre and that's just not acceptable. I'm fed up of this draining vibe across all platforms right now, which brings me on to my next topic of conversation, something that could be totally positive and supportive for a lot of you.

It's time to talk about The Girls Club, a new project I've started with my two friends Georgie and India, that will hold zero negativity, just pure and real creativeness! You've probably seen me go on about this for a few weeks now, but it's something I'm passionate about so it wont be stopping anytime soon! The great thing about The Girls Club is that it's going to be a place where you and so many others can get involved with. We aim to make it a website where we hold all forms of creativity, be it photoshoots, videos, creative writings - literally anything! All we hope is that we can work together and create some bad ass content with help from us all.

We at The Girls Club have already been working hard with brands to create some super cool content, and are planning so much more for the future. If it all sounds like something you'd like to get involved with, then we would love to have you! Read more about it on The Girls Club website, where our first post was a talk through of it all, so you can get the gist of it over there. We've been blown away by the messages and support already and we can't wait to get you guys involved too. We want to empower you all of you creative females and give you a place to be your true self, and make something you can be proud of for the world to see. Make sure to follow us on our socials @thegirlsclub__ to keep up to date with new opportunities and posts, and again, we cannot thank you enough for the support already!

With that, I leave you with this... It's so important to keep the online blogging world as kind as we can, I know people fuck up and it's not always fun and games. But if we try our hardest to keep it a safe environment, I think it can go back to the old school ways it once was, where it was support after support and purely amazing posts about all things lifestyle and fashion. I find it incredible that influencers are taking a step back and writing about everything in life, it's inspiring and motivating that they are using their voice for the greater good, not the bad.

Before I sign off, I also want to say a massive congrats to all the babes that got shortlisted for the Bloggers Blog Awards, you are all so deserving of this achievement. I look up to you all and hope you smash it in the future!

THE PARISIAN CLASSIC


If you're a really hip blogger, then you would of read How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are  many moons ago. Literally, everyone who is anyone was Instagraming this book (it is very beautiful and certainly worthy of a pic on the grid - guilty!). This book has a big place in my heart, although being a lover of Caroline De Maigret makes that easy. Since purchasing over three years ago, I still go to this hardback for constant inspiration. It's obvious Parisian style is one of the most influential, what with IT girls taking bits from their everyday, easy to wear outfits on the daily. We see everyone wearing a stripe, rocking a blazer and these hats, well they're everywhere! You might not realise it, but you take more from the incredible French girls and their laid-back, edgy style than you think! I know I do...












I've gone for the absolute classic that is a stripe, also known as a Breton stripe. Did you know that traditionally this came from the French navy? Clearly a nautical pattern, but can be worn in so many different ways. I myself DO  NOT opt for a sea-like attire, you'll wont see an anchor in sight here! If you're looking for ways to dress at the beach, you've come to the wrong place. I've styled it to fit my usual, 90's grunge style instead.

I've donned the laid-back vibe keeping thoughts of the French in mind. I recently purchased these skater jeans from Asos, expecting them to be hideous on. Baggy jeans rarely fit my shape, but these are THE perfect style for me. They are the a mix between baggy but still feminine, being tighter on my (flat) bum than my legs. I've certainly become obsessed with these jeans, so much so that I've ordered more pairs... Skater jeans, you are my new love!

My usual accessories have come out to play. I wear my Raybans and baker boy hat nearly everyday, knowing I will never be as cool as Clémence Poésy, but a girl can try...

SWEATER - BERSHKA (sale) | JEANS - LIQUOR & POKER VIA ASOS | BOOTS - DR MARTENS | SOCKS - TOPSHOP | HAT - ASOS (similar) | SUNGLASSES - RAY BAN

CJ SHOOTS | INDIA HANNAH PIXIE | PART ONE



Have you ever seen a cooler babe than this? I haven't, and even she admits to looking very cool in these shots (sorry, I had to out you there kid). Seriously though, India is one of those girls that slay at styling themselves and doesn't give a single fuck who it offends, which just so happens to be my favourite trait in a person. Be yourself in every way shape and form, because you are a bad ass and the people who judge you aren't worth your time. We should all take notes from this out-there babe, who just so happens to own anything she wears including these £2 camo pants that my dad was rather fond of - you've got style points from Mr Carpenter, India!

I had the dream of meeting this queen and shooting some outfit pictures for her blog Trashed Vintage, as well and generally hanging out with her, drinking coffee and smoking far too many cigarettes - yep, I have found my soul sister! This is only the first photo set from our day of shooting, so you've got plenty more coming your way. Don't forget to head over to Indias blog and read the post featuring these images.


FIELD DAY


I know, it's really hard to refrain from making a joke about Theresa May right now, but please do try like I did... I wanted to try something a little different for today's outfit post, so instead of using a quiet and 'edgy' street as my back drop, I went searching for the ideal field instead. I now live in the country, so luckily I'm surrounded by dozens of pretty fields and forests which are great for experimenting with new locations! So with that, me and Harry went on a bike ride and found this hidden gem, which just so happened to be a perfect field to frolic around in to take some summery shots.









I wanted to get a little girly for this shoot and take my dreamy Topshop dress for a spin. I adore this piece and it's made me want to grow my dress collection. I don't own many, not like I used to. There was a time when I'd always wear cute dresses, but I've become more of a tomboy since then, sticking to my roots and ditching ditsy florals for spray on skinnies. But I've realised now that just because I'm not the biggest of 'girlie girls' it doesn't mean I can't ever wear floaty or frilly pieces! It's easy to make it feel more comfortable, like choosing a pair of chucks over sandals and throwing on a leather jacket rather than a tailored blazer. It's the little things that it make less daunting and help suit your personal style more.

Since I've found a place in my heart for this pretty dress, I've been eyeing others up constantly. Florals are obviously groundbreaking for summer, so every high street store and brand are tossing them out like there is no tomorrow. Of course, Topshop are slaying with their summer collection, making dresses their go-to piece to wear. They've got everything from cute minis like this one, to floor length maxis with an array of quirky colours and patterns, florals obviously stealing the show.


I've been buying a couple of new items here and there in an attempt to mix up my wardrobe and find some classic pieces I can always keep, instead of buying things that are purely a trend - it is just a phase! I think we get stuck on the trend band waggon and end up buying throw away clothes that go out of style within a few months. So, although I've been spending some money recently, it's not on things I'll be hating this time next year. The most recent item being my latest and greatest purchase... My wannabe Lovers and Drifters cardigan, without the Lovers and Drifters price tag! It was only the other day that I tweeted about theirs going into sale, but still being far too pricey for my little bank balance to manage. The fashion gods were clearly looking down on me and helped me score this one from the Bershka sale instead. I would love to treat myself to an original, but for now I'm buzzed about this one! This is a jacket I've wanted forever, so I know I'll be keeping it in my wardrobe as an an essential for years to come, giving it doesn't fall apart by then. I can't wait to prance around in this fluffy delight all through summer and winter, I'm in love!

DRESS - TOPSHOP (sold out) | CARDIGAN - BERSHKA (sale) | SHOES - CONVERSE (similar) | EARRINGS - PRIMARK | RINGS AND NECKLACE - BLOODY MARY METAL 

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.


MY JEWELLERY COLLECTION | PART ONE


I for one, cannot live without my jewellery. If I go a day without it, I feel completely naked. I worry endlessly throughout the day about where I left my rings, or how bare my neck looks without my necklace. It's something that makes me feel whole and comfortable, also something I get asked frequently on. Having my chest exposed, thanks to low buttoned shirts, helps show off my silver I suppose.

I thought I'd update you on the latest pieces in my collection, as the last time I posted about it was years ago and I've mixed things up since then. I'll be posting in three parts, starting with my most loved piece - the Ziggy Stardust necklace. This was a gift from my Father who has spoilt me with many beautiful jewels in the recent years for Chrismas and birthdays. Having spent years helping fund my shopping habit with gift cards and a few notes, he decided to buy me sentimental items I could keep forever, now that I'm an adult it only seems right. With the help of my obvious hinting, he picked out this Ziggy Stardust silver from my favourite brand, Bloody Mary Metal - which is now his go-to for gifts. With Bowie being a huge part of my teenage years, it only seemed fitting to have a constant reminder hanging around my neck, as if my crap tattoo wasn't enough!












SHIRT - MARC JACOBS
NECKLACE - BLOODY MARY METAL




I own a few necklaces from Bloody Mary Metal, but the love I have for this one makes me not want to switch it up as often as I should. If I can face taking this one off, I'll be sure to show you the rest of charms...

CJ SHOOTS | VICKY GALLAGHER & GEMMA EDWARDS



Hello to Instagram babes Vicky Gallagher and Gemma Edwards! I met these two mega beautiful and seriously cool girls through the wonders of social media, honestly, I've met some of the best people through Instagram I feel I should personally thank it somehow...

We spent a sunny Sunday in Camden and Primrose Hill shooting numerous outfits including some of their own retro garms and some hand-picked pieces from vintage store E.R. Saloon run by the equally beautiful Eliza Moore. I was jealous of the pair of them all day in their ultra seventies looks that where made to be worn by them both. I'm especially in love with the pin-stripe jeans, can we find me a pair and wear them together in the hopes of looking just as bad ass as you two?



To see the whole shoot head to the portfolio section of my site.

Looking back at this shoot reminds me of how much I adore vintage clothing (not that I ever forget), it's rare you look this cool in high street clobber. So, huge thank you to E.R. Saloon for letting us style your dreamy vintage pieces and thank you to Vicky and Gemma for shooting with me, it was an absolute pleasure!

CJ SHOOTS | HOLLY WHITE



Meet Holly Rebecca White, who I'm sure you're all already familiar with let's be honest. I was fortunate enough to meet this beautiful woman on May 9th, which just so happened to be my birthday (thanks for entertaining me for a few hours on my 23rd, kiddo!). We spent some time wondering about finding locations for shooting blog content for each other, mostly for me though so I could say 'Hey, I shot Holly White everyone!!'.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet Holly, she's someone I've spoken to for a while and always wanted to eventually meet. Holly isn't even eighteen and she's succeeding in a blogging and modelling career, so it's strange to say that I look up to her when I've got four years on her, but I do. Keep on doing what you're doing girl, you're acing it!



To see these shots in action, head over to www.hollylovesthesimplethings.co.uk and read the post where they're featured, she talks about her new found happiness (which makes me over the moon BTW!) and her one hell of a sassy outfit. If you're new to reading her wonderful site, I suggest you dig deep and catch up on all of her latest posts, she's a great writer and creates some of my favourite content out there.

I'll stop gushing for now before I embarrass her like a proud older sister or something. Thanks again for letting me shoot you, Holly! I know this wont be the last time that's for sure, I'll see you soon!



If you are a content creator like Holly, I would love to hear from you! I'm currently working hard to build my portfolio of work so I would adore to meet and photograph more blogger babes. Send me an email over to tigerlilyblog@outlook.com and let's get shooting!



PHOTODIARY | BARCELONA



If you follow me on Instagram I apologise now for the spam of photographs that you've already seen! But, I wanted to share all of my images from my camera roll with you over here as well. Instead of using my camera (that I lugged all the way from my home in Bristol, all the way to London then to Barcelona for no reason) I decided to shoot purely using my new iPhone 7+, which is now my go-to accessory. I would be lost without this phone, not just because of contact with the world, but because of the amazing little camera inside. All of these images were shot on portrait mode, the only mode I use for shooting now. I'm stunned at the result and now only take my digital when I really need it, instead of carrying it around every single time I leave the house.

Instead of writing about my recent trip to Barcelona, I though I'd share it in photo-form. If you were wondering what we got up to on our five day vacation I'll summarise it for you. We walked, drank (a lot), ate, shopped endlessly, and sun bathed for a total of three hours. What more could you want from a city break?! We had a glorious time and didn't let the three day raining period stop us from having a good time. I was still happy to wear my super sexy one-piece even if it was for a few short hours. So, enjoy some snaps from my trip! I'm heading to Norway on Friday so if you want to see what I get up to you can follow me around on Instagram here.



PS - Thank you Harry for taking me away for a much needed break! 

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


A LETTER TO THE BABES OF ASOS


Dear all you fashionistas that work at the ASOS HQ, how do you do it?! How do you all look so perfectly cool and effortless every single day? Please, teach me your ways! I've been slowly stumbling upon every single ASOS styists' Instagram, granted, there are dozens! But, I've found a fair few and nearly every one has given me heaps of inspiration. Being an ASOS stylist would be a dream, one of my personal dreams in fact. Styling up their pieces and snapping it for a living sounds like my idea of a good time. I hear it's very hard and competitive to land a job with such a brand, so that's just another reason I have serious envy for these guys and gals over at the HQ!

The three mega babes that I find myself scrolling through up to four times a day - guilty - include Olivia Smith (@asos_olive), Felicity Hayward (@asos_felicity) and Sara Thomas (@asos_saralouise). All three have completely different styles but each hold a part of mine, so I adore them all. The chick I'm focusing on today though is Olivia Smith. Urban, chic and fucking cool...


I've seen Olivia frolicking around with pants similar to these over on her Instagram, both work and personal (@oliviafayesmith). It's clear these are serious 'it-girl' trousers, all they need are the Kappa logo gracing the sides of them or a large Adidas label on the front to be that extra bit cool. I can't pull off sportswear as well as others, I'm too conscious of the fact I can't wear an ounce of leather if I do, so I tend to leave that to the experts. I'd like to give it a whirl and experiment though, this outfit alone is a step out of my usual style so I'm not doing too bad already.

Since buying these trousers from Primark I've had a crazy amount of compliments which has warmed my heart and made me realise how boring jeans can be. I'm bored of wearing black skinny jeans every day of my life - so here's to me experimenting! Go me! I've also been told these wannabe Converse are pretty cool to, probably too cool for me to be wearing. I'm kidding, it's important to embrace what we wear and even if we don't know if we can pull it off, go for it anyway. If you like it, wear it - my favourite motto.

BODY - ASOS | TROUSERS - PRIMARK | CHUCKS - PULL & BEAR | JACKET - ZARA | GLASSES - ASOS | JEWELLERY - BLOODY MARY METAL & DEPOP 
 
As this OOTD is ASOS inspired, I thought I'd share some similar pieces with you that can be found on their website. Firstly, the killer trousers that are all over their website. My top pick are these Cheap Monday pair that are without the white stripe and more expensive, but absolutely stunning. They also have some coloured versions like pink and blue which are extremely tempting. As for my shoes, you can get the official Converse pair but good luck finding them, and for a decent price at that. If you have no luck, check out all the flamed pieces online. These Jeffrey Campbell sneakers are an expensive dream but totally worth the money and have even more flames to swoon over.

It's fun to experiment like I have with today's outfit, especially if you've got a wide and eclectic array of styles like myself. Although this outfit is different for me, It's still got an element of grunge with the chucks and leather jacket. If I stick to my usual clobber too much I find myself in a complete rut, so I've started being braver with my outfits and it's done me the world of good mixing things up. As cheese as it is to say, I feel free, I feel like I can wear anything and the care I have about it is extremely minimal. So a personal thank you is in order to the inspiring babes who don't give a single crap about what others think. Thank you, you rule!

A SIMPLE STATEMENT


I'm falling head over heels for out-there basics and accessories at the moment, I'm talking about colour tined shades (hence these amazing rose coloured aviators from Urban Outfitters) and simple tees with a cool slogan. I admit I'm a little fussy when it comes to anything with a word or phrase on though, I'm not about those tacky shirts with 'love life' written on the front, because that's just ruining a perfectly slick piece. I mean band logos or decent statement's like the tee I featured in my last OOTD post -  - a white tee with 'Feminist' slapped on the front.

As my last outfit post also featured a current favourite basic, I suggest you calmly bare with me while I swoon over anything remotely similar. This time though, I'm loving a new wardrobe addition which is my Led Zeppelin bomber, something I've never really ventured into before. I had a phase with the reversible oriental embroidered bomber that Topshop released many seasons ago, remember that? Just like every other gal, I was mad for it. I've moved on though and found a new one to adore. I found this gem hidden in the Forever 21 sale, the perfect place to find unique band merch - non official but still very cool. We all know my fondness for showcasing my favourite musical figures in the form of a t-shirt so I thought trying out a bomber could be the start of a new obsession, because I clearly need more of those.

T-SHIRT - H&M | BOMBER - FOREVER 21 | JEANS - TOPSHOP | BOOTS - PRIMARK | BAG - PRIMARK | GLASSES - URBAN OUTFITTERS | JEWELLERY - BLOODY MARY METAL & VINTAGE

I'm also shocked to find out that I have an new love for miniature handbags - what the fuck is that about?! This girl is wearing a handbag and a tiny one at that? Utter madness... The bag may look incredibly small, but it fits everything in including my stupidly huge iPhone 7+, so it's the ideal size really and beats a huge carrier that no matter how many times you reach for an item inside, you can never find it.

I've said to myself that this is the year I try out new things so who knows what could be next. Starting out with a handbag the size of a mobile phone is a good place to start though.