DISCO SUCKS

This

sequin dress

is probably the most out-there piece I have in my wardrobe, and I'm not one to shy away from OTT things. Flamboyant patterns and bright coloured clothes are a heavy theme with me, but now it's time sequins made their way into my life. This number is a total disco dream, even being a firm believer that disco

does in fact suck

, I'll still be boogieing in this insane

The Ragged Priest

dress on Saturday night - with no Bee Gee's records in sight. It's the perfect party dress and I'll be milking it every weekend I have plans taking place in a bar surrounding.

I decided to make it less disco and more 90's pop by taking inspiration from The Spice Girls, because I know both Baby and Scary Spice would've worn this on stage. Keeping in theme I teamed it with the chunkiest pair of boots I own, looking back I should of took it that extra mile and sported some space buns...

I'm all kinds of in love with this dress, it's perfect for the upcoming festival season, general party occasions, OR day-to-day if you're really gonna go for it. That's one thing I love about The

Ragged Priest

, they make unique clothing for the bad-ass babes of the world who have a complete '

I don't give a fuck

' attitude about their style. So you wanna wear a sequin dress on hump day?

Go for it!

Want to tell the world how you're feeling with a naughty slogan tee?

Don't blame you!

Their new collection is something else, featuring pieces from the

classic striped tee

(with that cheeky slogan), to

leather motocross pants

. To me, they are one of the coolest brands going and always pull some seriously incredible pieces out of the bag.

My current favourites from their SS18 collection have to be the pieces featuring the python print. I'm a total sucker for animal print of any kind, so seeing that they've branched out into this for their new season product has my eyes turned to hearts. I'm also mad about the hints of yellow running through the entire collection, with their

mustard leather jacket

taking pride of place, and a pair of mega

yellow pants

to follow. The use of denim is strong in this collection too, taking boxy silhouettes and manly structures to create cool shirt dresses and over sized pants.

As I'm yet to get my hands on any of the new season drops, I wanted to share this sparkly number with you instead. I got this a while back, but hadn't had the time to shoot it. Now I've waited so long it's gone into the sale, so you can bag

this

for yourself at half the price over on The Ragged Priest. Go on,

unleash your inner Spice Girl!

DRESS-

THE RAGGED PRIEST

*

JACKET - TOPSHOP

BOOTS-WINDSOR SMITH

PHOTOGRAPHY BY

KAYE FORD

PINK IF I WANNA

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

OH MY GOD, CJ WEARING PINK?!

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

was

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

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

wouldn't suit you

', or '

you've never worn anything like that before

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

yeah OK

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

in fashion

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

then it is you

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

Talking of sunglasses,

ASOS

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

these ones

I'm wearing in an array of different colours (

I have all of them, someone stop me

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

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

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

TOP - TOPSHOP

SKIRT -

TOPSHOP

BOOTS -TOPSHOP

SUNGLASSES -

ASOS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY

KAYE FORD

ONE FOR THE LADIES IN MY LIFE

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

not just these dedicated days

.

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

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

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

tiny

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

But

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

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

my Mother

.

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

I also want to say thank you to

Kaye

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

I LOVE YOU ALL!

TOP - THE ROLLING STONES 

DRESS -

TOPSHOP

BOOTS -

DR MARTENS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY

KAYE FORD

LEARNING TO LET GO

I've had many friends in life, those who I still consider to be close to, and those who have slipped right through the net of life. The ones you think about when you see a Facebook post telling the world they're newly engaged or moved in with their partner, to which you make the effort to congratulate them by having a light catch-up - don't roll your eyes at me,

I KNOW

you've done this before! It sounds savage, being so honest about it, but I think I've finally become a person that doesn't want to hold on to old '

friendships

', because what's the point when you've moved on and so have they? I think you get to a certain age and it suddenly hits you, '

who are my true friends?

', you start to eliminate the people you no longer want to spend your free time with and focus on the ones you do. When you become an adult you don't have a lot of time for socializing like you did in school, it's a whole different ball game now.

In school you'd spend five days a week with 20 or more pupils, learning everything about them and who they are, then forming special connections with a selected handful. You were able to hang out after school, walk home together and play GTA non-stop until mum said it was dinner time. Now, I find it hard to switch on my XBOX for anything but catch-up TV in the background of a working situation,

on my own

. You'd be able to have fun

all day

on the weekends and be nothing but totally free, I'd head to the beach with a few of my friends, sitting in the sand dunes for hours listening to The Killers on repeat until it was finally time to get fish and chips, drag that on for a bit and wait for a call from my mum to tell me dinners at 7pm, not what I wanted after stuffing my gullet full on fried goods. But that was my early teenage years, nearly total freedom and no adult responsibilities. Friendship isn't an adult job, it's something we cherish and adore, but when you out grow your teens you start to wonder if you'll ever keep in touch with the people you had these memories with, or if they'd forget all about you once they'd moved off to new places. This was me, picture the scene... Just out of college, not wanting to spend another minute of my time studying, but watching all of my friends apply for University, getting in and leaving me on my own. It was a lonely time but one that certainly grew me as a person.

What else was there to do but think?

My parents tell me it gets harder, your best friends form new lives, get married, have a baby and then you only ever see them for the celebration of a new life in

their

life, another person to take them away from you. It all sounds incredibly selfish and very doom and gloom, but it's the cold hard truth. You grow up, learn to let go and live your life as is, with a close knit group of friends while the rest is history. It's funny how we think our school friends will be best friends forever, we look towards the future and imagine living together, holidaying in a hot country and being each others Maid of Honor. That was all I wanted when I was fifteen, but now it's a very distant memory. We all grow up and most importantly,

we change

, more often then we think. I've grown to love change and enjoy new possibilities when they arrive, this included friendship. The past year I've made some great new friends, and I hope these stick. I'm 24 this year and I want to make all the time in the world for the best friends I have today, and learn to say goodbye the ones that have left my life for good. I'm embracing the new and not spending too much time thinking about the old, as I think reflecting on the past can be dangerous. That's not to say I regret or don't miss my old pals, I very much do. But it's also nice to remember those times for what they are and leave it at that.

I'm a dreamer

, I often go into a world of my own and think about my life all those years ago, while looking forward to new beginnings. New friends come and they go, but I'll be embracing every one that comes my way and treasuring it for what it is, whether it's here for the long run or the short. I think it's good to enjoy it and if it loses it spark, that's OK too, it's still a memory.

I've said farewell to 'BFF'S' and made new ones, and I don't regret anything because some people just aren't for me. Life throws obstacles at you and situations don't work out the way you think they will. Over the New Year period a lot of people were talking about making a conscious effort to get rid of toxic people, the ones that put you down and don't make your life enjoyable. This is a good way of thinking, who need's a bad friend in their life when they have others anyway? And if not, will be sure to make some a long the way. It's best not to get caught up in these things and think about yourself, because if there is one thing I've learnt in my (

almost

) 24 years of life, it's that we need to focus on ourselves more often. We don't need negativity surrounding us when life is hard as is, it's all about making it  as much as a positive experience as humanly possible.

I love everyone in my life right now, and I'm so excited to meet new people and see what the rest of my young adult life has in store for me. Now's the time when I'll be meeting the most inspiring and incredible people, and I couldn't be more ready for it. I've released my sadness about losing touch with old friends and keep reminding myself that the best is still yet to come...

WHAT I WORE

SHIRT -

WASITE VINTAGE*

FLARES -

TOPSHOP

HAT - H&M 

JEWELERY -

BLOODY MARY METAL

& VINTAGE

A NEW ERA OF SPORTSWEAR

It's 2017 and a new era of sportswear has arrived,

and it's not just for the gym

... This season we've got new trends like heritage checks, bold colours and winter florals to name a few, but one trend I've seen all through the year is sportswear, I'm talking fashion-basics with a sport luxe feel. To me this is less of a trend and more of a new era of fashion, with people who have always worn sports brands being given the tools to make it more street-style friendly. You don't need a gym membership to be entitled to wear a pair of leggings these days, just team them with heeled boots and a trench coat and you'll be

so on trend!

I wanted to put this to the test and style a piece so it fit in to my usual outfit of choice, as that's what this whole sports luxe trend is after all -

making it stylish and street friendly!

That's not to say that if you wear head-to-toe gym gear you're not fashionable, but I certainly wouldn't be dressed that way, I wouldn't even attend a gym (

guilty

)! It would be rather handy to already be dressed for the treadmill after you've spent the day shopping, it'd surely save on washing!

See

, there are many perks to the trend already!

I've taken this

black

NICCE

womens hoodie

for a spin, not a brand I have worn before but then again the entire concept of this outfit is new to me. The hoodie itself is the perfect item to help me on my way to nailing this trend, it's sleek, an easy colour to work with and comfy -

plain and simple.

I wanted something in black so I could layer it all through winter and match it with my many pairs of leather trousers, it's the most perfect colour to match my already dark wardrobe. Instead of doing the obvious and wearing it with jeans and trainers, I wanted to take it a couple of steps further and make it boarder on grunge, because that's my signature style and with this trend you don't have to change your look to make it work.

HOODIE -

NICCE*

| TROUSERS -

TOPSHOP

| BOOTS - FOREVER 21

I need to be honest though and tell you one of the main reasons I wanted to give this look a go, and it's

not

because I knew it would be the comfiest thing I have ever worn... Honestly, it's because I saw a photoset of Alexa Chung where she was wearing a PVC trench coat and a zip-up hoodie underneath. It was a serious look that I needed to re-create somehow. Instead of quite literally copying every aspect of it, I ditched the PVC coat (

because my Black Friday purchase hasn't been delivered yet

) and wore a pair of shiny trousers instead. Without blowing my own trumpet, it's an outfit I'm very much into, it holds an effortlessly cool vibe and all jokes a side, the comfort level is quite high.

All in all I'm now fully converted and will be purchasing sweatshirts from here on out. I believe this '

trend

' will be around for the long run, it's a model off duty vibe and will definitely be seen on the next run of Fashion Week,

you heard it here first!

NICCE

has a wide variety of contemporary streetwear including some really

chic pastel sweatshirts

and

unisex hoodies

, so you could buy your other half one for Christmas and then wear it yourself (

you're welcome

). Not only have they smashed the outwear, but they've got some very cool

underwear sets and basics

that are just dying to be Instagrammed! Visit the

official website here

!

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!

THE OLD VS THE NEW




It's a given that I don't spend big bucks on new clothes, as much as I would obviously love to. Being an independent twenty three year old that has NOT  got their shit together means I have to save my money for the future, instead of buying that pretty dress on Zara's A/W lookbook. This has meant that I've learnt some nifty tips and tricks on making an outfit current and 'on trend', so I thought I'd share a few pointers with you...

It's all about shopping second hand. I know I know, you've just rolled your eyes and sighed because I've painted myself as some trendy hipster. But seriously, don't knock it till you've tried it, I've found some of my favourite ever pieces in charity shops. I admit I have a rather love/hate relationship with them, as they can often be over priced and not genuine vintage (I think I rolled my eyes at myself then). I mean come on, don't stock last season Primark in the 'Vintage Finds' section of your charity shop, because that's just taking the piss and us savvy shoppers are not that bloody dumb. But, when I'm on cloud nine and striking lucky then I really enjoy finding those one-off items that are unique and cool. 





I wanted to show you how I style the old with the new, by teaming this new in Topshop dress with three vintage pieces. THREE VINTAGE PIECES you say?!  Yeah that's right, who'd have thought it?! This outfit is an autumnal dream that could of definitely been picked up from the high street for triple the amount I scored it for.

I knew this cute little check dress needed something underneath for layering, and a roll neck made for the ultimate sixties essential for this look - £2, Sue Ryder, yes please.

As my pins are on full display (because I'm an idiot) I needed some upper body warmth which is where my brown faux fur jacket came in handy. I purchased this from a charity shop in Slough of all places, for a nifty £5. What did I ever do to deserve such luck?

Lastly, this outfit is tied together with a very lovely mini handbag I got for 50p, that's probably cheap than a fucking freddo.

DRESS - TOPSHOP | ROLL NECK - VINTAGE | COAT - VINTAGE | BAG - VINTAGE | SUNGLASSES - RAY BAN | BOOTS - TOPSHOP BOUTIQUE




Have I changed your mind on shopping second hand yet? 

It's fun to mix and match items together, it makes the new look retro, and gives the old a new lease of life. It's also really fun to save money and spend more on food, that's the truth...

Honestly though, It's so hard to keep up to date with current trends when you're on a strict budget. I would love to just roll on into Zara and buy a shed load of A/W gear, but I can't allow myself to do that. What I can do though, is buy myself the odd new season item and wear it with something already hiding in my wardrobe. I can easily pop in to a couple of charity shops and buy a handful of clothes, and this outfit goes to show that it's totally do able and still fashionable. Roll necks and fluffy coats are always a winter must-have, so why not take a trip to your local high-street and swap H&M for Oxfam. Don't forget that you'll also be supporting your local charity while you're at it, and that's not a bad thing, is it?


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!



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!

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!

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.

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY


First off, happy International Women's Day! We don't need a day purely to celebrate our women's rights, we should be celebrating it on the daily. But neither the less, it's amazing seeing men and women across the globe shouting about it constantly for a glorious 24 hours. Let's keep it going!

My heart goes out to my mother today, the woman who helped me become the person I am. She taught me how important it is to love yourself, support your rights and fight for equality. Not only does my beautiful mother give me the courage I need, but the dozens of inspiring gals in the world of blogging give me light and a huge breath of fresh air in this sometimes cruel world.

Everyday I struggle to see people on social media fighting for our rights as women, fighting those who are against us. So today, I wanted to mention my favourite blogger babes who inspire me in both their writing and their selves as bad ass feminists!

Firstly, a personal thank you to Megan Gilbrade who I have the pleasure of knowing just a little. Your writing is the most powerful I've read in a very, very long time. You write about personal challenges and it gives me a whole lot of strength when I need it most. Knowing you're not alone in life is so important, and Megan reminds me of that when she gets real with us on her beautiful blog. You're doing so well, please never stop being you!

TOP - TEE & CAKE | SKIRT - TOPSHOP | BOOTS - TOPSHOP | TIGHTS - PRIMARK | SUNGLASSES - MATALAN

Secondly I'm saying cheers to my gal pal Chloe Plumstead, a loud and proud feminist who I absolutely adore. Chloe wrote a big something last year titled, 'Feminism: Can We Blog About it More Please', a piece of writing that has stuck with me for nearly a year now. It stuck with me because of the truth told within the post, and the sheer amount women commenting and sharing their thoughts and stories with us all. Coming together as a community is unreal to see and like Chloe says, we need to shout about it more. Whether it's sex, equality or other taboos - we need to use our voices! She has surely helped me gain confidence to be my extroverted self and with that, keep on being the sassy little feminist you are!



I dont want to take away from the importance of this post, so I'll briefly mention about my outfit. I'm in nearly head-to-toe Topshop, no shock there! Topshop are owning the high street with their range of 'girl power' pieces. I paired my skirt with the sassiest metallic pink mini skirt, which is my favourite piece in my wardrobe at the moment. I've had so many compliments on it, the only thing is when I say mini I fucking mean it, I'm pretty sure you can see my butt cheeks - still cute though!

I'll leave on a thank you, a thank you to every single person out there who credits themself on being a feminist. We have the power to overcome the vast negitivity that still surrounds this strong and powerful word, so let's do this!

FAUX SIMONE



After being blown away by the sheer amount of street-style snaps and insider footage from London Fashion Week, I'm left feeling inspired as I always am after such an event. Designers, models and bloggers are sure to make such a whirlwind of creative energy that just so happens to float my way after every season. This time round I'm pointing the finger at Charlotte Simone - the queen of fur who has given me all the feels with her latest collection. Now, just to clarify, I 100% do not condone fur whether it's 'ethically sourced' or not, but Simone let's you have the option of real or fake (I know, there shouldn't even be an option) which is perfect for those of us who care about such a thing. Her range of Popsicles and Sass Caps have been seen on the likes of Alexa Chung and Gemma Styles, but not me as of yet. Thankfully though, I found this dreamy bundle of fluff in my housemates closet making this my fake and free version of my dream Charlotte Simone scarf.




Top - Zara
Skirt - Topshop
Boots - Primark
Jacket - Zara (similar)
Scarf - Vintage
Tights - Primark
Jewelry - Bloody Mary Metal and vintage




I decided to mix things up and get super colour co-ordinated with this outfit, matching my scarf to my skirt and my skirt to my shirt... I've gone for my new Stones tee from Zara's recent Zara x The Rolling Stones collection which celebrates their new jazz album, Blue and Lonesome (which BTW is utterly flawless). I doubled up on my leather wearing a basic jacket but an out-there skirt. If you've been searching for the perfect leather pieces for your wardrobe then head to Topshop who are killing it in that department at the moment. The one I'm wearing comes in several different colours including metallic silver and baby pink, both of which are on my wish list. These skirts go with so much I own making them super easy to throw on and style.

Keeping with the OTT theme, I've picked out my new shiny Primark boots and taken them for a spin. I'm finding myself tip-toeing around the streets trying not to scuff or dirty them because of how clean they are. They'll soon be ruined like my old Topshop pair though, as they make for the perfect shoe that match most of my outfits for day time or evening events. You'll probably be sick of the sight of them soon, much like my old ones... Sorry!


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THE BLUES | 18.1.17



It's come to my attention that the January Blues is real and not some made up bull people go through after the Christmas season is over because there's no more delicious food or presents to be had. I and the majority around me are struggling with a serious case of sadness and low energy, so I'm blaming it on the month, sounds logical? Probably not, but I find it bizarre that so many of us are feeling down with ourselves and our lives at the moment. For me, it's a struggle to get up for work in the morning and always end up thinking 'what am I even doing with my life?'. I could feel like everyone surrounding me is also feeling this because of our age. For young twenty somethings it's hard to be motivated when you're in a job you don't want as a career and spend most of our time there instead of out having a blast. Sadly, we've got to head to our sluggish jobs and make money to pay the landlords, and we can't reach for our dream jobs because it's not deemed realistic. Paying bills is more important than packing it all in and heading for the dream, which is bound to make you feel down.




Top - Topshop by And Finally...
Overalls - Topshop (similar)
Chocker - Primark
Necklace - Bloody Mary Metal
Rings - Bloody Mary Metal and Brandy Melville





I've been thinking over and over about what I want to do in my life and to be honest, I have no clue. Having no fucking idea on where I want to be in five years time is mighty worrying and makes me feel like I'm wasting away somewhere I really don't want to be. But, what else can I do when I don't know what I even want to do? It's all so confusing and has my head in a black cloud of self judgement and hatred. Why haven't I got any serious goals? Why haven't I done anything to be really proud of yet? I'm twenty two years old and still plodding along waiting for something to magically happen to make it all OK.

It's hard to feel 100% happy every hour of everyday, I get that. But it's not ideal when you go through these rough patches of doubt and sadness. I'm hoping once these dreaded January Blues are over I'll be feeling much more motivated and confident about myself and my life because in reality, my life is nothing to complain about.

I've written a few posts like this in the past, about how the daily struggles are a lot to battle with but it's good to have ramble and remember it isn't all that bad. We may not be as successful as the people we aspire to be, but we have so much to give and we will get there. I'm replaying that in my mind to keep me going through this horrible, horrible month of misery. I hope you're all feeling positive for this new year, but if you've been hit by the curse then trust me, it'll be over soon! We'll come out the other side and absolutely smash it!

On a lighter note, I've got my flared overalls back out of the wardrobe as I just had to pair them with my new denim choker. This is double denim done in a whole new, subtler way. As subtle as a piece of denim around your neck can be that is. I may be feeling tad blue but at least my outfits making me feel sassy, there's nothing quite like a killer ensemble to cheer you up a bit!


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(TRYING TO BE) PRETTY IN PINK | 18.12.16



It's been one of those months where everything has gone mental and my life has been one big ball of busy. I have zero complaints to make about how hectic things are right now, filling my time with fun things isn't exactly painful. With that though has come no new blog content for a few weeks, which is one downside to having a mad schedule. Fear not though, I made some time and posted this gem of an outfit for you!

I decided to make it a good one and go all out with this metallic jacket of dreams, which has been sitting in my housemates wardrobe for weeks calling for me to wear it. Honestly, living with mates is great when you're so fucking bored of your own clothes and want a change. This particular housemate (Elisha, I'm talking about you doll!) has a taste for the crazy and colourful side of fashion. We're talking multicoloured fluff and bright green berets. Yeah, she's as cool as she sounds.



Top - Forever 21 (similar)
Jeans - Topshop
Jacket - Pretty Little Thing
Shoes - Dr Martens
Earrings - Topshop
Rings - Bloody Mary Metal and vintage




After a while my willpower caved and I had to lay my hands on the jacket, it was as good as I thought it would be. I don't ever want to give it back but I think she might just hate me for keeping it locked away in my room, still tempted though. It was purchased from Pretty Little Thing, a site that I have never actually ordered from before, despite it being stupidly popular in the blogging world - even bigger now Sophia Richie is the face of their new advert! I'd been on there before but never made the plunge to purchase anything, I'm half tempted now though as this isn't the only killer jacket they've got in stock. Take a look at the khaki and orange version, perfect for smashing this seasons military trend!

It was time I embraced some colour and go for some baby pink Dr Martens as well. I obviously couldn't go all the whole way so dulled it down with black jeans and my new Ramones halterneck, a cool change to a basic band tee. I love the contrast of the bright and dark in this outfit, adding some pink to the mix was a great idea but adding metallic was even better. I've been eyeing up the metals a lot this season, seeing skirts and shoes in beautiful shades of metallic.  It was cool to give it a try and it's certainly wet my appetite for more.
 
I had a lot of fun stealing this jacket and getting a feel of what it's like to wear something super sassy. It's made me think about investing in some out-there pieces to spice up my wardrobe a little more. I certainly don't need anymore coats in my life, but I'm keen to find some unique accessories to start me off.




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WHIRLING EYE | 16.10.16



Meet my new favourite t-shirt! I know, I have tons of band related items of clothing but this one is my current love. I got it from the merch stand when The Kills played on October the 5th at Bristol's Anson Rooms, a great venue to get sucked into the music with its huge empty room, high ceilings and funky bar next door. I waited eagerly to see The Kills after buying my ticket in the presale months before the gig. After waiting patiently, the day finally came where I would see Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince perform together at last. I've been a serious fan from the early age of fourteen and what do you know, nine years later I saw them in the flesh only a couple of metres away. It was the perfect night and I came away with a bit of merchandise as well as a sore throat and a bump on my head thanks to my friend Lewis headbutting me when 'Heart of a Dog' started.





Top - The Kills 2016 Whirling Eye tour
Trousers - Topshop
Boots - Topshop
Choker - Primark
Sunglasses - Market
Necklace - True Rocks via Jewel Street *
Rings - Bloody Mary Metal and vintage




In true Mosshart style, I've paired my new shirt with some leather trousers, a last season purchase from Topshop. I'm due a new pair, I'm wanting something more on the vinyl side of things but I'm yet to find any that are a good middle ground between fashionable leather and obvious bondage PVC. I'm keeping my eyes peeled hoping Zara will pull a pair out of the bag soon, as they tend to do during the winter months.

I've chopped off my boots in this photoset, not intentionally but probably for the best. I've just said goodbye to my trusty silver Topshop ankle boots after a whole year of service. They hold a lot of memories though, like this gig for one. I seem to wear them to most evening events where I know they'll get trashed. The first time I wore them was at Tame Impala in February and in the morning when I stumbled to get dressed, I found them almost black with dirty foot prints and beer from the night before. Since then they've had a very worn out look which almost looked better than the perfectly shiny finish they had when first bought, but now it's a new low. In fact, a couple of days ago the right heel broke off. Definitely time to say my goodbyes, or I could keep them for future events. Better than ruining another pair of metallic booties I suppose!

I'm experimenting with my neckwear these days, mixing it up and replacing my skinny scarfs with chokers. This unusual looking one is from Primark and I've had a ton of comments on it, everyone wondering where I got it from. I'm a little bored of my plain black one so thought I'd be adventurous and try something a little different. I plan on stocking up on more soon so it will probably get to the point where I'm wearing one daily without hesitation. Another new accessory is these sunglasses, bought from a little market stall. I forget how many hidden gems these places have, making it a great change from the high street and giving you something a bit more diverse. I nearly always go for a round shape in my glasses and to be honest I do own five other pairs similar to these, but the blue and green lenses with the gold trim make a dreamy difference to the plain metal ones I had before these. Five whole pounds to the glasses of my dreams? You'll do!



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THE TURNER EFFECT | 9.10.16



During the summer I went to see The Last Shadow Puppets in concert as part of Bristol Summer Series. I had the most amazing time singing along to their hits like 'Miracle Aligner', 'Sweet Dreams, TN' and eyeing up Miles Kane whenever I stupidly thought he was looking at me. Can you blame a girl for trying? It was a fun night filled with many attempts to get Alex Turner to throw us his jacket and some idiots shouting 'Kane-oh!' every five minutes, and although I was there for the music that I've been a fan of for years, I was also there to see the marvellous human that is Turner grace the stage.




 
Top - TLSP merchandise
Coat - M&S
Jeans - Topshop
Loafers - Topshop
Glasses - Vintage via Depop
Rings - Mixture of Bloody Mary Metal and vintage



Photographs by Isla Macdonald Fraser | Instagram

These days it seems like people have a problem with Turner, saying he's too cocky for his own good and that he's lost his spark, but I think he's just getting started. His time at Bristol Summer Series and later at Glastonbury proved he is not only a ridiculously talented musician, but the perfect frontman. His stage presence is everything I want from a performer - he has so much charisma and banter, it's hard to take your eyes off him when he's serenading you from his platform. He knows he's cocky and I think he exaggerates it because he enjoys the theatrical element of it all, it's a performance and he's milking it while he can.

His cheeky attitude is perfectly matched by his out-there style. When I saw him he wore an outfit very similar to the one he wore at Glastonbury this year. The outfit was custom made by Ray Brown, a stagewear designer for rock and rollers like Tony Iommi, Judas Priest and Muse. Brown fashioned Turner a white blazer to throw over a skimpy vest that tucked into a pair of cropped, flared suit trousers. On his feet he wore a pair of what looked like Gucci loafers and topped it all off with a pair of sleazy tinted aviators. He didn't keep his jacket on for long as it was restricting him from getting his groove on, so he slung it around in the air and propped it on his shoulder from time to time. This outfit has really stuck with me since and I can't help but take elements of it and make it my own.

In the wake of this I've put together an outfit inspired by the man himself. My t-shirt isn't similar to one he's worn but it is a title and lyric from one of my favourite Shadow Puppets songs - Everything You've Come to Expect (if that wasn't obvious). I know he'd enjoy my metallic pink wannabe Gucci loafers as he always has a pair on his feet. Since wearing them I've been reminded how much I love them, and these Topshop ones have been on my radar for months. They come in a silly amount of colours and styles to chose from. Online, Topshop has a range of animal print, other metallics and the classic black leather. I've had my eye on the heeled versions that have come out recently, so similar to the works of Gucci but at a fraction of the price.

Talking of items I've recently fallen for, let's move onto my jacket. This faux fur M&S coat is supposed to be a Christmas present from my mother, but I sweet-talked her into letting me have it early - thanks mum! When jacket season comes around I'm often wearing faux fur and I try to purchase a couple of new ones every season because although they never go out of style, I like to have a wardrobe refresh and something new to wear. Coats take up most of your winter outfit so having one that makes a statement is a must, and this emerald green number surely does that, not that my shoe choice doesn't already!

I'm always inspired by how musicians dress, Turner being no exception. I've admired his style since the beginning when he wore indie polo-shirts and ill-fitting jeans like we all did in the early noughties, so even I thought it was cool back then. But now, in the more recent days he's evolved into a serious style king with his two most recent looks. The first being the tight leather jacket, short jeans and quiffed up hair, to the current over-the-top eighties inspired suiting and oversized collared shirts.. For years his style has been one that I've watched closely, mainly due to my massive crush but also because he can do no wrong when putting an outfit together, whether that's a thank-you to his stylist or the man himself I don't know. Either way, kudos!



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FLYING KITES | 6.9.16



It's another round of beautiful jewellery (aren't I lucky?!) and this time it's a focus on the wonderful Stephanie Bates and these edgy geometric kite earrings. I often forget that earlobes can look pretty with the help of an earring or two, but these ones are a great reminder. The matte finish on these beauties is subtle against my brassy hair and go great next to a leather jacket. If something goes perfect with leather, I'm all ears.






Kite Hoop Earrings - Stephanie Bates via Jewel Street *
Kite Necklace - Stephanie Bates via Jewel Street *
White Atlantic Salmon Leather Pendant - Marlin Birna via Jewel Street *
Industria Bangle - Mei-Li Rose via Jewel Street *
Leather Vest - Topshop
Top - Urban Outfitters
Shorts - Vintage



Photography by Chloe Upton - Visual Stylist and Photographer - Instagram

You can go the whole hog and pair them with the necklace that matches. I like to mix metals when it comes to my jewellery so I opted for the silver version, as well as this beautiful Marlin Birna pendant that compliments my black kite earrings almost perfectly.

I couldn't resist adding some gold to the mix with this Mei-Li Rose bracelet. I go all out with my metal clashing, mainly because I can't decide what colour to go for, but mostly because it's boring sticking to the rules sometimes. It's fun to clash a little and wear all the pieces you love in one go, for some it might be a serious faux pas but I'm sticking to what I love!

I'm really into the quirky shapes of all of these pieces. It's fun mixing shapes (not just for the dance floor) and finding jewellery that's a little more unique. If you're more into subtlety though, have a browse through Mei-Li Rose and her dainty pieces online, because although she uses a variety of eccentric shapes through her work, she also has some simple bars and bangles that are just lovely.



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