I'M WITH THE BAND

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

previous post

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

Sarah

from

Waiste Vintage

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

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

too

grandpa influenced.

Waiste Vintage

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

You've got to love vintage!

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

agreed?

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

bummer

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

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

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

). These ones were bought vintage too, not from

Waiste

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

my flat arse actually looks peachy!

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

I'm With the Band

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

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

Neal Preston

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

WHAT I WORE

VEST -

WAISTE VINTAGE*

JEANS - VINTAGE 

BOOTS - TOPSHOP 

HAT - TK MAXX 

NECKLACE -

JULY CHILD*

BURN YOUR BRA

I've been lucky enough to work with some brands that I really love recently, I'm so stoked to be able to create content with people and brands I adore. Making images and styling is my favourite thing to do, so being able to do this on the regular is quite special to me, you could say that I'm currently on cloud 9 about it. To celebrate this I've taken a trip down nostalgia lane and gone totally retro for a series of images I'll be sharing for the next couple of weeks,

and

as I'm quite proud of them I will undoubtedly be plastering them everywhere... To help with this I've teamed up with

Waiste Vintage

, who supplied me with all of the throw-back pieces I could dream of. The whole thing was a trip back to the seventies (

I obviously wasn't around in this era, but having a mother who lives for it and endless icons from said time, I think I know a little bit about it?

) and they might just be my favourite shoots to date, what with it being my all time favourite era I just had to take it to the extreme and go full on with it! Prepare for my blog to take a trip back to the time of psychedelic prints, statement accessories and of course a little bit of the '

burn the bra

' movement with this first post. Yeah, I'm embracing these phenomenal tan lines BTW...

When I think of the seventies I think of making statements and being loud and proud with everything from feminism to clothing, so I wanted to mix both with this outfit. I've nailed it with the

perfect slogan t-shirt

from

Nasty Gal

that was made to be worn with a seriously retro get-up. Of course, women did not actually burn their bra's in the late sixties and early seventies, but the myth of it all made for a powerful slogan for journalists and critic's, which later become great for printing onto clothing. Woman simply put their undies in the bin for a protest on the modern day beauty culture of valuing women for their looks, rather than their true being. It was a revolutionary act and put weight on unrealistic beauty expectations and standards. So to me, this piece needed to be worn for my throw-back shoot as it was a huge political movement from the era and one I stand with, it also makes for a pretty cute shirt too...

To help with making a statement I've got these beautiful flower power trousers from

Waiste Vintage

that have totally stolen my heart. They would be perfect for warm summers but also far too perfect to be kept away in winter. I braved it with these and forgot about sweet warmth for a while by embracing them for what they are, a pretty pair of kick flare linens -

my body is shivering just thinking about how freezing it was shooting these! 

The whole thing was worth the hours of goose-bumps afterwards, as I think me and my partner in creative crime (

that's you, Harry

) did good considering the zero degree temperatures and sudden down pours of rain. No matter what the weather I wanted these images to come across like they've been shot in the Californian sun.

The entire theme of these upcoming shoots means so much to me, I'm practically bursting I'm that excited to share them all with you.

So

, even though it's basically Baltic outside, I'm going to be sending us to warmer climes and chilled out scenes for the next few weeks,

enjoy!

WHAT I WORE

TOP -

NASTY GAL

TROUSERS - WAISTE VINTAGE*

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?


CJ SHOOTS | INDIA HANNAH PIXIE | PART ONE



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

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


CJ SHOOTS | VICKY GALLAGHER & GEMMA EDWARDS



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

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



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

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

EXTRA



It's hard not look like a 'basic bitch' what with all of the nineties trends hitting the high street at the moment. We've got fishnets coming out of our ears and sliders for days. This choice of outfit makes me look like I've just walked out of my studio flat in Hackney, on my way to drink Starbucks out of their Cold Brew. How extra of me - right? Who cares! I can think of worse things than looking part of London's trendy eastern borough. Can't a girl wear her vintage Harley Davidson tee in peace without someone calling me out for being 'totally extra'?! OK, that was a rather hip statement but it's true, give me a break!
 


As a trend I'm personally a fan, so call me names all you want. Being a huge lover of nineties fashion makes it difficult not to love those OTT accessories like huge sunglasses and platform shoes. Speaking of, can we bring back Buffalo trainers already?! We loved the Spice Girls style for that reason and I can think of many babes who could rock them in the modern day. I've gone for a more low-key look in terms of 'extraness' for this outfit though (I'm not quite confident enough for bulky platform trainers just yet) donning my new Pull & Bear zebra print skirt and vintage tops such as my Harley Davidson tee and my boyfriends old biker jacket.

Being a huge lover of vintage made all my dreams come true when I found a vintage kilo store on a recent vacation to Barcelona, where I happened to find this t-shirt. Barcelona has an array of cool stores that you just have to check out if you're in the city. I recommend Google mapping Flamingo Vintage and Holala to cure all of your second-hand needs. I conquered with this top and another being a Pink Floyd tour shirt from the 70's. If you're heading to Barcelona this summer then save up some pennies and hunt for the gold!



TOP - VINTAGE @ FLAMINGO VINTAGE BARCELONA | JACKET - VINTAGE | SKIRT - PULL & BEAR | FISHNETS - TOPSHOP | BOOTS - DR MARTENS | GLASSES - RAY-BAN | RINGS - BLOODY MARY METAL AND VINTAGE



Another newbie are these Ray-Ban Octagonal Flat Lenses in gold, that were gifted to me for my birthday. I need serious help when it comes to sunglasses, I'm obsessed! I have one face and wear the same four in rotation even though I own at least thirty pairs. These Ray-Bans have cured my need for more right now though, being the ultimate retro accessory that help finish that 1990's look perfectly.

So, I might look kind of extra but who says that's even a bad thing? Putting a stupid label on the way others choose to dress is beyond me. Whack out your old playboy crop tops and fake burberry bags while the trend is in full force - don't hide because of others judging your individuality. Be that extra bitch you want to be and wear your vintage with pride!
 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY HOLLY WHITE


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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THEIR STYLE WITH DYLAN ANDREWS | 9.11.16



Welcome my first instalment of my new series, 'Their Style'. I wrote a post a few weeks ago all about it, so you can get up to date here. I've decided to make my first post about a friend of mine that to me, is the perfect epitome of the nineteen-nineties style. That's Dylan, Dylan embodies the nineties from his second-hand garms to his boy next door face, which might I add was an absolute dream to shoot. I've wanted to take  his photograph for a while now as I adore the way he styles himself on the daily. He's always cool and casual without looking too put together, just like I imagine a kid from that era doing in their tight Levis and checkered shirt which is a basic combo, but on the right person can slay. I feel like being able to always look stylishly laid back is a natural trait, so lucky you Dylan, you master it perfectly. Let's see what he has to say about his own personal style...



C: Hey Dylan! So let's jump right in with some fashion talk. I'm currently having a moment for the skate culture around Bristol, I'm obsessed with how they all look so cool in too short trousers and 5 panels. I know that I could never pull it off of myself, but I'm still into it. I'm interested to know who or where is inspiring you at the moment?

D: Berlin is by far the most inspiring place I've been to, I've been debating moving there. The art scene is live and the nightlife is on another level. I'm also a fan of how diverse the fashion is there, I think they're a lot more creative and comfortable with experimenting with clothes than we are in the UK

C: I've never been to Berlin but I'm dying to go. On the subject of being inspired with fashion, who do you look to for style inspiration?

D: My dad, not that I would ever tell him! His clothes are unintentionally cool, I'm always rummaging through his old clothes whenever I go home

C: Other than your fathers closet, where do you tend to buy most of your clothes from? I'm really into vintage again, and I know you always have a vintage garm on you somewhere!

D: Yeah, mostly charity shops or eBay! My mums eBay addiction has rubbed off on me for sure, the only shop I ever really buy things from is Topman, partly because of my staff discount, plus their jeans are the best. Charity shops are where you find the sickest clothes, surprisingly the charity shops back in wales are where I find the best stuff!

C: You can find some amazing items hiding in those places! What do you think the most loved piece in your wardrobe is?

D: Probably my black suede jacket, it's covered in stains but I still can't stop wearing it! I just tell myself it adds to the character

C: You can't go wrong with suede! As nice as that jacket sounds, what's the one item you would long to own?

D: I've been looking for a Tommy Hilfiger denim jacket for so long, I've found some decent ones on Depop but they're always so overpriced

C: Tommy Hilfiger just makes me think of everything from the nineties, your style really takes on that era, wouldn't you agree?

D: I am a big fan of 90's fashion. I'm keen on how casual and thrown-together the outfits looked back then, nothing seemed to be overly thought out or planned and I think that's how I dress myself for sure. I'm not one for planning outfits the night before, I think that sometimes when you chuck together an outfit before you leave the house it could potentially be a massive fail but on the flipside you could stumble on a fresh new outfit that you wouldn't have otherwise put together! Plus for me it's a massive deal for my outfit to match my current mood so planning just doesn't work!

C: I couldn't agree more, I tend to plan for occasions but that's about it! I like to see where my mood takes me. I think we've nailed fashion down for now so let's talk music for a second. What's currently playing on your iPod?

D: I have Banks' new album 'the Altar' on repeat at the moment, 'Gemini Feed,' 'Train Wreck' and 'Mind Games' are stand outs. I'm also loving NAO - 'Inhale Exhale', Mura Masa and A$ap Rocky - 'Love$ick' and also James Blake and Bon Iver 'I Need a Forest Fire'

C: I've seen that Bon Ivers back on the scene but have heard mixed feelings towards his new album '22, A Million', I'm yet to give it a go, have you heard it yet?

D: I have, and I'm a big fan. I think the problem is that everyone compares anything he makes with his first album. Nothing could ever match 'for Emma, forever ago.' It's one of my favourite albums of all time for sure. But I think there's still something special in his new material, it just needs to be appreciated as a separate body of work

C: I'll have to give it a listen! With the music that you do love, does it influence the way you dress at all? I'm heavily influenced by the rock and roll culture from the past 60 years, it's a huge part of my life, and I feel like my style definitely reflects that.

D: I think it does in the sense that my music taste is quite varied and massively depends on my frame of mind, and I think my style is the same. I'm also keen on finding new unsigned or underground artists which I guess is similar to my love of finding weird things in charity shops!

C: Let's leave with a word of fashion advise shall we! If you could say one thing to someone who is struggling with their style at the moment, what would it be?

D: Don't over think it! Wear what you like and what you think you look good in, don't let other people's opinions overrule your own!


DYLANS PLAYLIST










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VINTAGE SHOPPING WITH LOOT | 26.10.16


Let's flash black a few weeks to the when I was invited down to Loot in central Bristol for some photoshoot fun. I wrote a post about the perfectly retro store they've created here if you want to see whats inside the vintage heaven for yourself. As well as writing up a little post, I spent the day shooting some looks for their website, where you can shop till you drop. I wanted to share some of the images with you so you can have a browse and see what's up for grabs!



Wilderness Green Vintage Silk Shirt
£20



Miami Hurricanes Vintage College Sweatshirt
£26




Sapphire Blue Vintage Silk Shirt
£24



Cullman Basketball Vintage Grey Sweatshirt
£22




Russell Athletic Philly Eagles Sports Sweatshirt
£26




Jansport Virginia Tech Vintage College Sweatshirt
£24



Tangerine Orange Silk Shirt
£20



Rodeo Tasselled Denim Blazer Jacket
£45

Get a load of that vintage goodness! The website holds so many one-off pieces for you to own, so make sure to have a scroll through their New In section to see the new pieces they've sourced. My personal favourite has got to be the ridiculously cool Rodeo Tasselled jacket which has clearly been pulled straight out of the 90's, I bet my mother had one just like this. I also have a connection with the Russell Athletic Philly Eagles sweater, maybe that's due to my love of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but either way it's a super cool sweat that needs to be worn with retro kicks and the lightest pair of Levis you can find.

If that wasn't good enough, I've gone back for another round! So don't worry, I'll be keeping you updated on more from the glorious Loot. Prepare for more vintage garms coming your way!



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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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GIMME THE LOOT | 18.9.16



When I hear the word vintage I think of pound symbols and sad looking bank accounts, but I know a place with retro pieces that we can certainly afford. Loot, which is located in the heart of Bristol (just next to the central bus station, if you're stopping by on public transport then you've got to pop in!) is an emporium of hand-picked gold dust from simpler times. They have a hefty amount of sports team sweaters, old school Levis and an unreal selection of band tees. I know, my idea of heaven, if only it was my personal closet!



There are tons of second hand shops here in Bristol, like the many gracing the streets of Gloucester Road and Park Street, but Loot has something about it that makes it a blast to shop in. Whether it's the old-American vibes, the killer tracks they play or all of the incredibly cool clothing they supply, they have it all. I may be biased as it's everything I love condensed into one room, but I really can't think of anywhere else I'd rather buy my thifted goods from. Charity shopping is fun and all, but you're not always guaranteed a good run, so if I'm stopping off here I know I'm not going to leave empty handed.

As if browsing Loot wasn't enough, I was lucky enough to spend the day with the team shooting some looks for their website, which was a lot of fun. It's always interesting being in front of the camera rather than behind, so I'm excited to see my little face gracing their website. Keep an eye out for me! Although you can be sure that I'll do a post sharing some of the images they shot and styled soon.

If you're not a Bristol local then be sure to check out their website, if not for my mug, then for the many vintage pieces that are also available to buy online!



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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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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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WELCOME HOME | 24.7.16



One week ago I moved out of my studio flat and into a four bed house with my three best friends. A decision not to be taken lightly, but a one to definitely consider. Since we moved in we've had the most fun together, getting up in each other's business and just having a good old time. People always say that living with friends isn't as good as you think it'll be but I can't think of anything better than to live with three people I have chosen to call my friends.

I wanted to share some of it with you as it's coming together rather nicely, I'm sure our parents would like to see what it looks like too. So, if you're into home decor or you're one of our rents, then this is for you! I've tried to link a few of the pieces shown but a lot of it is either vintage or not available to buy online anymore. Hope you enjoy this little sneak peak around our new abode!



MY BEDROOM

I left home for the first time last year and since then I've lived in four different places. I'll be brutally honest, life's a bitch. I've got a lot of nice homeware out of it though which has come in handy when decorating our new place. It feels nice to unpack boxes that are familiar to you rather than buying a load of flat-pack furniture with zero sentimental value to them. My room is full of my style icons and coffee table books that I've kept for years, and even though I've seen them so many times before, I couldn't unpack my room without them.

I've got a lot of personal items on display, like a frame filled with photographs and gig tickets that me and Kieran have been to which I adore seeing every time I come into my room. I've also got my vintage Arizona varsity jacket hanging up by my beautiful bay window to remind me of my mother and our family. You don't really realise how sentimental you can be until you start to fill up a room full of your fondest memories. I'm totally in love with my new room and can't wait to make it even better when I cover the walls in giant posters of Robert Plant and Kurt Cobain.



HOMEWARE ITEMS

White lantern - Ikea
Arrow cross stitch - The Cove Boutique
Cactus - Ikea
Cork Board - Wilkinsons
Clear hanging photo frame - M&S
Popcorn basket - Poundland
Pulp Fiction print - Parlor Tattoo Prints
Bunting - Tiger
Pegs & string - Poundland




The rest of the house is filled with tacky knick-knacks that we all have a love for, like endless pictures of our favourite musicians and vintage home wear like my ceramic pineapple that was once used to store drugs in 70's (so the man in the charity shop told me). Like I said, so tacky but I wouldn't change it, a home should be where you can express your true self and we've certainly let all of our personalities come out and made it the homliest of homes for all of us.

I personally have a love for home decor which makes having my own space to get crafty pretty exciting and makes my hefty Pinterest board worth all the effort that went into re-pinning the 500+ images within it. It's not quite that LA loft space that features in my dreams, but it's something.



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PLAYING WITH ACCESSORIES | 7.7.16



Wearing a mundane outfit and adding ridiculous accessories makes getting dressed in the morning easy, but also a lot of fun. You don't have to think hard about if something matches, you can just stick to a plain pair of jeans and a basic t-shirt and let the accessories do the talking. For me, it's all about the sunglasses, which easily make summer one of my favourite seasons. Who doesn't like wearing a pair of shades to cover the lack of sleep from the night before? Not only do they hide a multitude of sins but they also look cool as heck. I have an impressive collection which grows every summer. It ranges from the classic perfectly-round John Lennon specs to a simple RayBan Wayfarer knock-off, but these ones are quite possibly my most outrageous pair yet...




T-shirt - H&M
Jeans - Tosphop 'Hayden' jean
Belt - Primark
Jacket (un-customized) - Primark
Sunglasses - Vintage
Badges - Topshop
The Rolling Stones pin - The Rolling Stones 'Exhibitionism'
Large The Rolling Stones badge - Vintage
'K' necklace - Topshop (similar)
Star necklace - Pull & Bear
Rings - Vintage & Bloody Mary Metal
Items available to shop online are linked!



I think, talk and embrace 70's styling on the regular, which is why these sunglasses are ruling my life at the moment. They can make some people look like a sleazy director of a dirty movie, but they're also a pair that would make Hunter S. Thompson proud.

As my outfit is a boring pair of jeans three sizes too big and a plain white t-shirt, I thought it was about time I re-worked one of my many leather jackets to make my lazy outfits cooler. I've been searching for pins online for some time, but found that the best ones ship from America - just like everything else I want in life. I did manage to find some quirky ones from Topshop which fill my badge shaped hole rather nicely though. I mean come on, how cute is the little tooth smiling away on my lapel? I couldn't say no to that! I have, of course, added the pin I bought from The Rolling Stones exhibition we went to in London a few weeks ago, which I've been meaning to find a place for ever since. Along with another one I found at a local vintage stall in St Nicholas' Market here in Bristol.

I don't think you can ever go wrong with a basic outfit, but making it a little more exciting with the help of a few daring accessories makes you feel like you made more of an effort, and like the 'three sizes too big' jeans were part of the eccentric look, in my case anyway.



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RED ALERT | 26.2.16



You couldn't tell from this outfit but I don't actually like the colour red, it's probably my least favourite colour which is why I'm always going to and from this jacket. I've had it for years now and the idea of a bad ass red leather jacket has always made my heart sing but sometimes I look at it hanging on my rail and think, 'is that seriously ugly or can I pull this off?'. Most of the time I don't care if I can pull something off or not but this isn't the most subtle jacket in existence so it does take some balls to don it and as if the colour wasn't enough the studs and cropped length add to the ballsiness even more to make it a seriously out there piece.



Top - American Apparel, denim waistcoat - vintage, jacket - Forever 21 (similar), jeans - Topshop, boots - Ted & Muffy, sunglasses - Primark (mens)



At the moment I'm on the love end of the spectrum and have all sorts of strong feelings for the jacket. I'm thinking it's because it goes so well with a standard Breton t-shirt or this red, white and blue number from American Apparel as well as my dozens of Stones shirts. It also makes a change from my every day black leather which I'm trying to wean myself off of as I'm starting to think my outfits are getting a bit standard and lazy. What says non-standard more than a crimson red jacket and boots to match? Go hard or go home! In this instance I probably went too hard and should of left the booties at home because boy, that is a lot of red especially for someone who hates that colour. Great, am I now back to hating it? I just can't make my mind up.

TIGERLILY x

A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS | 19.10.15



No, this isn't a favourites post it's just an outfit that I'm loving from head-to-toe! I'm so feeling the neck scarf trend at the moment, not that it needed to become a trend for me to enjoy it. I've always been a wearer of scarves, I often wear one tied loosely round instead of tight like this but either way I'm all for it. I do remember my friend Ash telling me I looked like I was in a cult though, I guess wearing a Dre shirt doesn't help now either. I am forever expanding my bandanna collection at the risk of looking like a gang member.


Tee - Depop (similar), jeans - Primark, leather jacket - Primark, boots - Vintage, neck scarf - Claire's Accessories, sunglasses - Topshop.


Another current love of mine are these boots which were an amazing second-hand find, how old fashioned (in a good way) are these? They were at the ridiculous price of £3 too, absolute steal! They look rad with a pair of tight black jeans and remind me of the 'sock' boots I've seen around recently. No idea what I'm on about? Check out these shoes from Topshop to see what on earth I'm referring too. Cool right? Totally laid-back and comfy! These ones are a little special with the added patient leather grid detailing covering the outside which adds quite a quirky touch and makes them even more old-school and have you seen that heel? Totally something grandma Carpenter would don.

It obviously goes without saying that black jeans and leather jackets are two of my favourite things also.

PS. It wasn't intentional for me to have one pant leg rolled up and the other down, that's not some kind of look I rock on a daily basis, I was experimenting and completely forgot about it which is hilarious but so annoying. If you didn't notice then I'm an idiot for pointing it out but just in case you did and are sat thinking WTF then there you have it, I'm just that forgetful.   

TIGERLILY x

STANDING OUT WITH TED & MUFFY | 12.10.15



I intended to stand out purely with the boots but this shirt just gravitated towards me and I had to go with it, match made in heaven or ultimate fashion faux pas? Whatever it is I'm into it! As mentioned in my previous post I received another treat from Ted&Muffy*, a company I am totally in love with. It's easy to be in love with a shoe company because anything that goes on my feet is my sort of thing but this particular company never fail to amaze. How can I not get excited when I look upon such glorious scarlet red pointed booties? They are the ultimate rocker boot and I adore them!


Shirt - Marks & Spencer, trousers - Newlook, coat - Topshop, boots - Ted&Muffy*, earrings - Topshop, Necklace - Vintage


I thought these shoes needed to be worn smart-casual to add a sort of effortless Parisian vibe, very Clémence Poésy inspired. Wearing baggy suit pants with a smart shirt carelessly tucked in looks like you've made a lot of effort but in reality you really haven't, thank goodness for smart trousers! I could easily live in these pants as they look pretty cool with a pair of ankle boots and any kind of top, even a basic tee would look great teamed with it as these boots will certainly add some colour and fun to a simple attire. This sort of outfit is so simple and looks way more than it actually is, the flamboyant top half and smart bottom looks dressy but inside I'm feeling bliss from the pure comfort of it all. My shoes ooze comfort too, one of the many perks to wearing high-end items I suppose.

Did I mention these particular boots come in black? They would be the perfect everyday boot that goes with basically everything in your wardrobe. We've all got to have a simple pair of black ankle boots for daily wear and I couldn't recommend these ones more. Or, if you're feeling a little fruity and out-there then you've got to get the red ones, you won't regret it!

TIGERLILY x

FAIRIES WEAR BOOTS | 21.9.15



I've seen so much 90's goodness going around at the moment with all the LFW madness surfacing, the Le Kilt show being my favorite so far but maybe I'll do a little round up from my couch in the next week or so because I'm not cool enough to witness it fully by going to the shows and actually photographing them myself, embarrassingly. I am heading to a cheeky little day next Friday though with my pal Kristina from Creepers and Cupcakes so I will be cool for 9 short hours I guess...

Top - eBay, skirt - Primark, jacket - thrifted, boots - Dr Martens, socks - Topman, sunglasses - my mothers


I've been wanting to wear this mad vinyl skirt for years, quite literally! I've had it hidden away in my draw and I completely forgot about it until recently when my shiny leather needs needed to be filled. I purchased it so long ago at Primark for a measly pound in the clearance section and like I said, haven't gotten any use out of it until now. I wanted something different to wear with my band t-shirts instead of my usual spray-on skinnies and saw the patient orange shining in the corner when I had my revelation, this will be worn and will look bad-ass! It's a pretty out there piece so I plan on wearing it completely casual for the most part, unless I'm feeling particularly darish of course.

Remember just then when I said I was loving the 90's thing going on at the moment? Well I brought some of that to this OOTD with my over-sized denim jacket and Dr Marten boots with visible sports socks for added Le Kilt vibes.

TIGERLILY x

SUDDENLY SEVENTIES | 19.8.15


For all my babes that love a bit of retro styling, I wanted to share some stupidly perfect shots I found on my Pinterest feed thanks to racked.com and their insane 'Suddenly Seventies' spring shopping guide *gets on hands and knees and thanks them over and over again*

For real though, if you adore 1970's fashion and everything else that comes along with it then I think you'd 100% agree that this lookbook is quite something. I'm one of those people who are fascinated with photo-shoots as I'm a bit of a photography snob myself - guilty! I'm always heading to brand websites to check out their latest and greatest new season pieces which often come a long with a pretty selection of images to go with it. Zara and the Topshop homepage are always on my bookmarks not only for me to do some online shopping, but also to view their 'New In' collections. If I could make a living out of shooting models and bloggers I would be the happiest little kitty in all the land as I live for being able to shoot photographs much like these, their super dreamy and give me all sorts of inspiration, I just loving taking photographs!

This post isn't about my little photographers fantasy though so we'll save that for another day. It's all about the glory that is this photoset, major thumbs up to the stylist on this one! All that leather, mustard and fur is giving me goose-pimples. I feel like taking a short break to the woods with a bottle of something sharp along with a playlist full of Paul Simon and Fleetwood Mac while shooting outfit pictures wearing the most garish printed clothing, knee high boots paired with big round sunglasses and untamed hair... Little trip to the forest anyone?

TIGERLILY x