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

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

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!

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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JAGGER JACKET | 20.10.16



If I'm going to try my hand at some DIY and customise something, I was obviously going to plaster it with a Stones reference, wasn't I? I'd toyed with the idea of writing a lyric on the back or to stick with the classic lick, but went for something completely different that I hadn't seen done before. I'd been thinking of getting some t-shirts made with this logo on the front, but as I'm not a t-shirt designer with her own business, I decided to get some paints out and make my own in jacket form. The jacket was an outfit idea I had come up with for London Fashion Weekend which I attended with my good gal pal Kristina. I always tend to go for an outfit that's true to my style for occasions like these, but also try to incorporate a trend in there too. So as customising your outwear is everywhere at the moment, I decided to give it a go!




Top - Newlook
Shirt - Topman
Trousers - Topshop (similar style)
Shoes - Converse All Star
Jacket - Vintage (customised by myself)
Badges - Primark and vintage
Necklace - True Rocks via Jewel Street*
Rings - Bloody Mary Metal and vintage



I've seen many customised versions of denim this season, the obvious favourite being Gucci and their nature inspired shearling denim jacket. Giving it a go myself was daunting when I first sat down with a needle and thread ready to sew on hundreds of sequins, but after many pricks to the finger I ended up with one killer piece of denim! I'm super happy with the result, even if I am still finding sequins on my floor weeks later. I'm also glad I stayed away from trendy florals and opted for something more 'me' as I've now made a really cool and personal piece that I'll be keeping forever.

I customised it just that little bit extra on the front as it was looking sparse compared to the party going on at the back. I hunted for some pins to use and struck gold in Primark with this enamel set, old costing me a tiny £3 for a set of five. Not all of the ones in the set were to my taste though, so I replaced them with my vintage Playboy and The Rolling Stones badges, which matched perfectly and added more personality to the front. This is a really easy way to make an item more personal or unique. You can find basically whatever you're looking for on a button these days, even the crudest of quotes! I've seen a couple I like on Depop and eBay, but if you're looking for something really cool, then check out Banana Bones' Etsy shop which is filled with edgy pins that will look killer on any leather jacket - you can thank me later!

My main focus is of course my jacket, so I kept everything else quite simple. My crop flared trousers from Topshop make it a more laid-back outfit and are the perfect length with high-top converse. I've also added some pattern in their with my chucks that match my star print shirt because you can never have enough of that print!

I've definitely caught the DIY bug now, I'm finding myself searching for new ways to customise old pieces clothing. I might try my hand at another jacket, maybe going for a leather this time. For now though, my Jagger jacket will be perfect for winter when I'm feeling inspired after listening to Sticky Fingers all morning, which basically means I'll be wearing it all of the time...



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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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SOME GIRLS | 1.9.16



It's a mighty rare occasion when I've got a pair of trainers on my feet, although I do have to make an exception for Converse, Vans or these stupidly cool Supergas. I never thought I'd be that into Superga but when they're covered in The Rolling Stones licks I had to change my mind rather quickly. Not only do I love these shoes because of what they have on them, but they also give me all the feels from when I went to see Exhibitionism in London a few months back. After strolling around the gallery with a heavy heart and every Stones song possible stuck in my head, we came across a large room which contained so much memorabilia I could have spent my entire wages here. These shoes were one of the many items available to buy, but, at the time, I had zero pence to my name. Having them on my brain for weeks afterwards, I then found them online and thankfully I had some money to spare! So, now I'm here with a pair of sneakers that make me feel funny inside and happen to look fucking killer too.






Top - Truly Madly Deeply via Urban Outfitters
Jacket - M&S
Flares - Topshop
Trainers - Superga via Daniel Footwear
Sunglasses - Dorothy Perkins
Necklace - True Rocks via Jewel Street
Rings - Bloody Mary Metal and vintage





I've gone for the popular option with my shirt because as you're probably aware, everyone has it. But that's OK because girls are great, obviously, so I don't mind that most ladies own one, we've got to get the girl power out there after all! I have mixed it up with some ribbed flares though which just so happen to be the chillest pair of bottoms I have ever owned, it feels like I'm wearing pyjamas and what's not to love about that? It makes a change from tough denim that isn't at all kind to my bottom half.

This is slowly becoming my regular 'day off' attire that works wonders when drinking coffee and brunching as they do have a very stretchy waist band, and I certainly need that when I'm being a greedy slob off the clock. I think we all have that outfit we go back to when all we want to do is be comfortable, and that doesn't necessarily have to be unattractive or dull. Make it fun with a slogan tee and some out-there trainers, maybe add a pair of Lolita sunglasses while you're at it! No one has to know these pants are the comfiest things in the world!



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TOMMY'S GIRL | 10.8.16



Tommy Hilfiger is an iconic ninties brand that everyone has heard of, he's pretty much a household name. He's loved by celebrities and teenagers across the globe and I can't help but love him myself as it brings back memories from 2007. It's not that when I was thirteen I was wearing his gear, it's that all of the people I looked up to wore it which made it iconic to me. You must remember Britney in those stupidly baggy Hilfiger dungarees?! 




Sweater - We Are Cow (vintage)
Jeans - Topshop 'Cain'
Boots - Office
Belt - Primark
Hat - Vintage
Sunglasses -H&M
Necklace - Pull & Bear
Items available to shop online are linked!




Although his brand is typically classed as sportwear it's been taken over by many of the stylish people that surround us, like Gigi Hadid and Suki Waterhouse, who have different styles but both wear it perfectly. I'm more of a Suki girl myself but I give credit to Gigi for styling her Hilfiger so damn well with her many denim alternatives.

I found this gem while rummaging through We Are Cow, you'd think it would of cost me an arm and a leg but it only cost me £25 which is phenomenal for vintage brands. Most of his product sells for way more than that in places like Urban Outfitters and Asos, so buying second hand is the way to go if you want to score some older brands for half the price. 

As I'm feeling all sorts of nineties right now I kept it going with the rest of my look. I decided to wear my new Topshop 'Cain' jeans which fit well with that era. They're trying hard to be straight leg but can't resist reverting back to the skinny jean cut. These jeans are great if you're on the look out for a different style, they're high waisted so obviously flatter you in all the right places and have that retro vibe thanks to the washed out denim and slightly straight look. I barely wear blue jeans but I made an exception for these, that's how much I'm feeling them.

I couldn't seem to stray away from my comfort zone by bringing my baker boy hat forward a couple of decades with me. Ninities is cool and everything, but the sixties is where my heart is!



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SOCCER MOM | 9.5.15



Don't even bother lying to yourself by dissing my choice of song for this post, it's a classic and goes swimmingly with my all-American (rejects, get it?!) look. Embrace your past emo self and enjoy three minutes of memories...

So I've figured out that wearing sports wear doesn't have to be sporty, you could opt for a serious soccer mom outfit like yours truly. Let me just pull the mini van round and we can go watch the boys play ball together? Cool. I'll also allow you to tell me I look like a referee in this shirt because a-las, it has already been said and I agree with the statement, it is full on referee chic. It's like I'm taking on a new meaning to sportswear and not wearing it to do sports in but to look like someone who just sits back, relaxes and watches the game instead.




Shirt - Topman (similar style), jeans - Primark, jacket - Topshop, boots - Topshop, cap - Topshop.


These New Era hats have fallen onto a lot of teens heads in the past week or so and I joined in as I'm a huge fan of a cap, they've definitely kick started my need for summer style and I'm not lying when I say it shielded my eyes from the sunshine, 5 degree sun but sun nonetheless! I'm now on a hat splurge which has got me looking out for some one of a kind vintage caps with city names or badges on. You know when you have the vision in your head and hunt high and low to make it a reality? That's the situation right now.

As I wasn't about to wear my sporty hat with a tracksuit I went for something more me which was a shirt and jeans as per usual. I may experiment in the near future with a pair of smart joggers if I'm feeling spontaneous but I'm actually really into this laid back look right now. Mixing smart with casual has always been one of my favourite styles to experiment with, like wearing a blazer with a pair of ripped up jeans for example. Taking away the smart vibes my jacket and shirt combo give out with a casual accessory adds a little fun and laziness to it! Plus, I'm totally into the all-American 90's look I'm giving off with this OOTD.




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STARRY EYED IN CALVIN KLEIN | 26.4.16




Mr Klein has made quite the come back in recent months what with stores like Urban Outfitters and Topshop selling his brand like it's their own. We sell Calvin Klein underwear sets by the plenty and I get it, it's cute and completely classic. I would love to spend £40 on some fabric to cover my modesty but I'm just not that kind of girl, I would accept it as a gift though.



Sweater - Calvin Klein @ Topshop, shirt - Asos, jeans - Primark, trainers - Topshop, sunglasses - Matalan.



Until I'm feeling naughty and want to spend my weekly food budget on panties, I'll take this sweater (which is retailing at £90 now when I got mine for £45 back when it wasn't as cool to own it) I scored at Christmas with a gift card instead. It's great to layer over other pieces, in this instance I've finally got round to showing off this star printed colourful number which forever reminds me of my gal Megan Ellaby as she rocked the hell out of it last season. I'm about 5 months late to the club but a patterned shirt will never go out of style to me.

As if the stars on my shirt weren't an overkill I had to add more with these super tacky trainers. They're my wannabe YSL sneakers that I've been dreaming of for so long it pains me. YSL, you will always hurt my feelings and one day my bank balance will split in two just like my broken heart. Anyone care to fix it? If so I'll take the real thing pronto!



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