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March In Review

March Review / JesstheticsPicnicking in the Scottish Highlands

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Has March ended already? Gosh, it’s been a busy month for me! I began my month by sharing a trip I took to Scarborough (here), and two easy peasy skirt tutorials (here and here.) Most of the beginning of the March was occupied by a road trip around Scotland that I took with James! We visited Edinburgh, (here) St Andrews, Pitlochry (here) Dundee, and Holy Island (here.) As ever, I’ve been documenting my favourite outfits, including a paisley jumpsuit, (here) a head-to-toe silver ensemble (here), and a pretty green elephant dress (here.) Most recently I showed you how to make your own lacy bra (here.)

Towards the end of the month, I spent a weekend in Southampton, and then visited Sorrento for a week (pictures coming soon!) Here’s hoping that the rest of the year involves this much travelling 🙂 My favourite post of the month was of course “A Day In The Life of Archie” (here.) I think he enjoyed being an internet star, even though he also enjoys eating my laptop cables!

The lighter evenings and the balmy weather (occasional balmy weather, it’s raining right now!) makes me so much perkier and I’ve been doing a little yoga every day which I love. I’m excited to spend April sewing, attempting some gardening and celebrating my birthday month! (Yes I am one of those people, a day of celebration is not enough.) I hope you’ve had a beautiful March.

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How to Make A Lacy Bra

How To Make A Lacy Bra / JesstheticsHow To Make A Lacy Bra / JesstheticsHow To Make A Lacy Bra / JesstheticsLately I’ve been drawn to triangle bras on pinterest, like this one. I don’t actually wear bras day-to-day, but they’re fun to have for special occasions! Underwear is so expensive, especially for the small amount of fabric that you buy, so I decided to DIY my own triangle bra. Joe took these photos for me when I was in Southampton last week, and we had so much fun!

You will need: 1/4 metre of cotton fabric, 1 metre of wide lace, 1 metre of thin elastic, greaseproof paper, measuring tape, pen, scissors, needle and thread, sewing machine.

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First, you need to get your measurements. I don’t have any expertise in pattern cutting, so there’s probably a different way of doing this, but this is what worked for me! For the width of each cup, measure the distance under your bust where the bottom of a bra sits, and add an inch (let’s call this length 1.) For the height of each cup, measure the distance between the bottom of your bust and just above your armpit and add an inch (let’s call this length 2.)

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For your pattern piece, draw length 2 on your greaseproof paper, then draw length 1 two inches from the bottom. The rest is just a matter of joining up the lines as above, making sure all three are curved! Cut out your pattern piece and use it to cut two bra cups from the cotton fabric.

How To Make A Lacy Bra / JesstheticsInsert a dart which runs from the middle of the bottom of each cup to the middle of each cup. To get the dart right, I tried on the fabric piece and adjusted it until it curved in the right way / Hem the edges by 1/2 an inch, with a zig zag stitch / Cut a strip of elastic to go around your torso, and sew the ends firmly together / Sew the cups onto the elastic so that the elastic is on the right side of the bra. Cut two strips of elastic for the straps, and sew these onto the cups and the back of the bra. To get the right positioning, keep trying things on as you go! Remember that the cups should be far enough apart that you can add lace to the inside of each.

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Finally, sew on your lace! I stitched the lace where it met the elastic at the top and bottom of each cup, as well as along the inner edge of the cup. And you’re finished! I later decided to add an extra dart to the side of each cup to give it more of a curve.

How To Make A Lacy Bra / JesstheticsThis isn’t really a practical bra, but it is pretty. Would you ever attemp to make your own undies?

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Paisley in Southampton

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I spent the last weekend with my good friend Joe in Southampton. He used to live on the same street as me (we’ve been friends since we were 13!) and we would help each other out with our art and photography A levels. I would model for him, and he would have picnics outside with me at at midnight, or help me collect rubbish from the bottom of the river to make into a shed. I had a blast staying with him in his gorgeous flat, and we spent Saturday taking pictures like old times, in the woodland in Southampton common! I’m wearing a playsuit from ASOS and my trust New Look heeled boots. I LOVE this playsuit. it’s quite a striking colour, and it’s very comfy but the cut outs make it a little summery. I can’t wait to take this to Italy with me this week!

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I’ve tried to go for a “stepped out of a time machine from the 70s” look with my round rose-tinted glasses. They’re very similar to a fancy dress pair of sunglasses I have, but I can assure you these ones are supposed to be worn every day! I don’t usually wear heels to go walking around a forest (although my last outfit would have you thinking otherwise) but these shoes are so comfy maybe I will from now on! Taking these photos with Joe was so much fun, and there are more coming your way! It’s a shame he lives so far away, otherwise we could do this every weekend 🙂 You can see some more of Joe’s work here. Have a lovely week!

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Dundee and Holy Island

Jessthetics / DundeeJessthetics / DundeeJessthetics / DundeeMine and James’ last Scottish adventure involved a day in Dundee! We spent the morning in the botanic gardens. We were almost the only people there – it was a chilly day for garden viewing so we spent a lot of time in the rainforest area! It’s a lovely space, but what caught my eye the most was the extremely grand castle-like houses that overlook the gardens. Apparently they were built as mansions for jute barons and are now used as flats and hotels. I wouldn’t mind one of those for myself 🙂 In the afternoon, we wandered around the McManus gallery. It’s a gorgeous building and it had history, old art, new art and natural history exhibitions all in one. I really enjoyed the miss-mash of topics, and I think all museums should be done this way!

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On the way back to Durham, we spent the day in Holy Island. It’s separated from the mainland by the sea half of the time, so you have to make sure the tide is out before you drive across which is fun in a scary kind of way! It was honestly the windiest day I’ve ever experienced, apparently the monks chose this island for its harsh weather conditions. The best sites are the ruined Lindisfarne Abbey and Lindisfarne Castle. The Castle was turned into a holiday home in Edwardian times and it is presented as it was in 1910, so you can sit in the chairs and pretend to be an Edwardian on holiday. Oh, and we bought some mead of course! This is my last post about Scotland, I hope you enjoyed coming along for the ride 🙂

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No elephants were harmed in the making of this blog post

Jessthetics / Elephant dressJessthetics / Elephant DressJessthetics / Elephant DressJessthetics / Elephant DressThe lovely Laila saw this dress in the charity shop she works in and thought of me. I’m so glad she did because I love elephants, and I love everything embroidered! It is a little big for me, so I made it backless with the aim of making it looking purposefully oversized. It’s so soft and flowy, and I’m looking forward to taking it to Italy with me next week! Oh, and what do you think of my shoes? Obviously they’re not practical walking-around-a-forest shoes, but I think they go perfectly with this dress. I bought them four years ago, and have yet to get much use out of them so I’m glad they’ve found a something matching!

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Now I’m in Leicestershire again, you’ll be seeing a lot of countryside backgrounds in my pictures! I love the woods. It’s one of my favourite types of countryside, especially when I stumble across bivouacs like this to pose in. I imagine this was made by two eleven year old explorers escaping from some boy scouts Moonrise Kingdom style, what do you think?

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St Andrews and Pitlochry

Jessthetics / St AndrewsJessthetics / St AndrewsJessthetics / St AndrewsJessthetics / St AndrewsJessthetics / St AndrewsThe second place that James and I visited in Scotland was St Andrews. We went for a postgrad open day at the University, spent the afternoon with my friend Margaret and had dinner with family friends. I have been to St Andrews before, and I remembered the beautiful coastline and the ruined cathedral, but I didn’t remember just how many grand and quaint old buildings fill the town. The weather was glorious, and we spotted a lot of people writing essays on the beach – I’ve been told it’s not like that all the time!

Jessthetics / PitlochryJessthetics / PitlochryJessthetics / PitlochryOur next stop was Dundee, where we stayed with my Aunt. From Dundee, we drove to Pitlochry to spend the day walking and picnicking. We visited Queens view and wandered around the Allean forest. It was a really lovely trail, and we got to see an old forest “Clachan” (village) and a stone homestead from 1000AD which was pretty impressive. From the forest there were some lovely views of the Loch and some snowy topped mountains. A lot of trees had blown down in the windy weather, so the trail was a bit of an assault course!

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Pitlochry is just at the beginning of the Highlands, and I would love to explore more! I’m hoping to have another staycation in Scotland this summer. I’ve been itching to visit Norway recently, but a lot of the Scottish landscape is similar and a lot closer!

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh / JesstheticsEdinburgh / JesstheticsEdinburgh / JesstheticsEdinburgh / JesstheticsIf you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I’ve spent this past week in Scotland with James! Our first stop was Edinburgh, and we spent two days here. On the first day, I had a look around the University and walked around the city. In the evening we had dinner at David Bann followed by drinks and board games at BrewDog. We actually had plans to sample a couple of bars, but it was so cosy and relaxed in BrewDog we decided to stay – there’s such a nice vibe there and I can’t wait to return!

James doesn’t love having his photo taken, so I’ve noticed I have a lot of photos of the back of his head. I do know him, and I’m not stalking him, I promise!

Edinburgh / JesstheticsEdinburgh / JesstheticsEdinburgh / JesstheticsWe spent the second day in the National and Modern Scottish National Galleries. Although they’re a little walk from the town centre, both buildings are really beautiful and they have some nice exhibitions – my favourite was Louise Bourgeois. I think I prefer small art galleries like these because I can take most of it in without feeling overwhelmed. We ate a lot this day (at Hendersons and Hula) and I even tried a deep-fried mars bar, which was delicious! We definitely needed longer to explore the city properly, so hopefully either me or James will be living in Scotland doing a Masters next year. I loved Edinburgh – it’s full of history, beautiful buildings and cool places to eat, drink and shop whilst being a relatively small city!

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How To Make A Maxi Skirt

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A week ago I showed you guys how to make this red skirt. This week I used the tutorial to make myself a maxi skirt! I’ve simplified the process slightly, so I thought I’d share a new updated tutorial. This took me two hours to sew from scratch – two hours! I dare you to find a quicker method. The high, elasticated waist is something that really suits my style, and I love the 70s pattern I chose even if I do say so myself! I can’t wait to wear this constantly this spring.

You will need: 1 meter of fabric, 1 meter of wide elastic, a needle, thread, scissors, pencil, measuring tape and a sewing machine.

Jessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtThis skirt will consist of two identical rectangular panels. For the length of each short side: measure the widest part of your hips, halve this and add two inches. For the length of each long side: measure the distance between your waist and the part where you want the skirt to end and add four inches. Cut out your two panels!

Jessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtSew the long sides of your panels together, right sides facing, making sure the pattern lines up at the sides / Hem the skirt by folding the fabric over by an inch and sewing in place / At the other end, turn the fabric over by half an inch and iron down / Sew this in place

Jessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtAt the same end that you did the ironing, fold the fabric over again, leaving enough room to thread your elastic. Sew in place, leaving a gap to pass your elastic through / Pass the elastic through the gap and sew the ends of your elastic together

Jessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtSew up the gap, and you have a finished skirt!

Jessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtJessthetics / How To Make A Maxi SkirtIf you use one of my tutorials I’d love to see 🙂 Have you been doing any sewing projects recently? I’m on a bit of a sewing kick!

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A Day In The Life Of Archie

Hi everyone, it’s Archie the bunny here. Since I am clearly the best thing about this blog, I thought it was about time there was a post dedicated to me! If you don’t enjoy pictures of bunny rabbits, look away now! For all you nosy readers, here’s a peek into my world 🙂

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I spend the night-time snoozing away in this comfy hutch, which is in my shed in the garden. When my lazy humans finally wake up they open the shed door and I bound out, excited to explore the garden again!

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I like to spend a little time every day hiding under bushes and spying on the birds. It’s my garden and I like to make sure they’re not messing it up when my back’s turned.

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I then go for a spot of lunch. Yum, I love grass!

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Sometimes these big noisy metal things drive down the road. This scares me, so I listen out for danger and thump my foot to warn the humans!

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I love being in the house but those silly humans say things like “stay outside and eat some grass, it’ll be good for you.” Phh, what do they know. I spend a lot of my time running up to the door hopefully.

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It’s okay though, because if I look sad someone will take pity on me and stroke me between the ears. I like to stick my bum in the air when I’m being stroked, it’s like bunny yoga.

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At last, an open door! I’d better make a run for it before someone sees me sneaking in!

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In the evening someone will feed me parsley. I have a parsley obsession right now – there’s no such thing as too much parsley!

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All that eating was tiring, it’s time for a nap I think.

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Now I’m rested I can go exploring! Eating cables and bouncing on beds are my favourite things to do.

Jessthetics / A day in the life of ArchieJust as I’m waking up, someone tells me it’s time for bed! After a couple of cuddles I’m feeling rather snoozy again. Night night everyone!

And thank you Ralphie for the inspiration. You are a handsome bunny,   I think we would be friends.

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Scarborough

Jessthetics / ScarboroughJessthetics / ScarboroughJessthetics / ScarboroughJessthetics / ScarboroughOn our last full day in York, James and I decided to take a road trip to Scarborough! I’ve never been before and I wasn’t expecting much – a friend described it as a “grim place” – but I had a really great time. It’s quite large for a seaside town and whilst the town center is a little crumbly, there’s lots to do and see along the shore! We had pizza for lunch and walked all around the town, the pier and the castle. We browsed the charity shops and the strange little stalls in the market vaults and ate lots of candyfloss! Similarly to Filey, Scarborough has a trapped-in-another-decade feel that I find beautiful, charming and sometimes a little eerie, in the best possible way!

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To wander around Scarborough I wore an ASOS crop top with a floral skirt that I found in the attic – I think it used to belong to my mum! I’ve found this crop top quite hard to wear. It’s quite high, and I have to wear it with a bra so that it keeps its shape, which is not something I wear very often! I was pleased then to find that these two items go together quite nicely 🙂

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We had a gorgeous day, and I would definitely return again to visit more of the North Bay and this veggie cafe that was closed when we were there! Sorry for all the photos today, I had a lot to share. Today I embark on the beginning of my holiday in Scotland! I hope you’re having a good Monday 🙂