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May In Review

Group selfies at the top of Mam Tor in the Peak District

Sewing up a storm at James’ house

Castle spotting in County Durham

The view of Durham Cathedral from the riverside!

Walks in the countryside at home

I thought I hadn’t done much this month, but looking back through my photos it seems that I have! I kicked off May by camping in the Peak District for a weekend with my friends, to celebrate my birthday. That seems like a long time ago now! I stayed at James’ house in County Durham for a while, which is where I did most of the sewing for my newly opened Etsy shop. On the way back home we stopped off in York to see some friends which was awesome, although it was so weird to be back on campus temporarily! Before this week of wintry weather I actually managed some nice country walks, both in Leicestershire and the North East. It’s given me the itch to do more exploring. After sixth form me and a friend spent a day (well, seven hours) walking to Leicester armed with sandwiches and an OS map. If it’s ever sunny again I want to go on a big adventure like that! Oh, and lots of bike rides and picnics.

On Jessthetics I’ve worn some groovy vintage trousers, a gold two piece for my birthday, an awesome plaid coat, and most recently my favourite cerise pink raincoat. I made a lamp from vintage fabric, shared a recipe for my favourite veggie sandwich and interviewed blogger babe Sara from Waiste.

Most importantly, this month I finished the last ever season of Buffy. It was amazing! How does life go on when there’s no new Buffy to watch? Only time will tell…

I’m pretty excited for this June. Not only will it be officially summer, but I have already filled up every weekend with plans. I can’t wait to spend some more quality time travelling and hanging out with my friends!

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It’s Raining Pink

I feel like I’ve been talking about the weather a lot recently, but the constant rain this week has really been affecting my mood. I had planned to make things outside, and take a lot of photos but I just haven’t been able to because it’s been so wet! I’ve been regressing back to winter hibernation mood – eating a lot of cake and wanting to hide in bed. But no one can be grumpy when they’re wearing a bright pink raincoat, right? This pink-overload of an outfit did manage to brighten my day. It might not be sun hat weather, but this pink hat was just begging to be worn with my raincoat.

Outit Details: Raincoat, H&M (Old) / Hat, H&M (Old) / Shirt, Natura (Old) / Skirt, Shop Jessthetics / Boots, New Look

This is my favourite skirt from my Etsy shop, I think the vintage pattern is gorgeous. The benefit of selling handmade clothes = you get to road test them! I’m also wearing a shirt that I picked up in Barcelona a couple of years ago. It’s my go-to summer shirt, it’s so light and breezy! I’m looking forward to travelling to Edinburgh  tomorrow for a weekend of flat hunting. I’ve been offered a place at Edinburgh to do my MSc in Environmental Sustainability next year, so I just need to find somewhere to live! I’ve heard the weather in Scotland’s not great, so I might need my coat…

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Shop Jessthetics is Open!

It’s been kind of quiet around here this week. That’s because I’ve been busy getting ready to open my etsy shop! I’m really pleased with how it all looks, I think all the hard work I’ve put into it was worth it. Take a look and make sure you tell me what you think 🙂

SHOP: https://www.etsy.com/shop/shopjessthetics

I’ve also created a whole bunch of social media accounts for the shop! Follow along for updates, discounts and inspiration 🙂

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/shopjessthetics
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ShopJessthetics
INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/shopjessthetics
PINTEREST: http://www.pinterest.com/shopjessthetics/
TUMBLR: http://shopjessthetics.tumblr.com/

Now everything in my shop has been made, photographed and listed I will have some time to do some more blog-related projects – yay! I have lots of ideas and I can’t wait to get stuck back in again 🙂

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The Ultimate Veggie Sandwich

I am SO happy that it is finally eating outside weather! I often dream of living somewhere where it’s warm enough to eat outside most days of the year, like California (although I think this might be a “grass is greener” type of dream, since I’m only ever in hot countries when I’m on holiday and  it’s okay to spend 80% of my time reading by the pool.) It feels so good to sip lemonade with the sun on your back. To celebrate what seems to be the beginning of the British summer, James and I made my favourite sandwich and ate it in the garden. It features guacamole (avocados are quickly becoming my favourite food) grilled mushrooms and a big helping of hummus – yum! Here’s how 🙂

Ingredients: 1 small loaf of freshly baked bread, 1/2 carrot, 1 avocado, 4 or 5 mushrooms, 2 tomatoes, a handful of olives, hummus, chilli sauce, salt and pepper 1/2 lime and some balsamic vinegar.

Grate your carrot, and slice your olives into halves.

To make the guacamole, mash a ripe avocado with a fork, and stir in a squeeze of lime and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Chop up the mushrooms and fry them in a little oil until soft. Chop the tomatoes and add these along with two teaspoons of mixed herbs and a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Cook on a low heat until the tomatoes have softened.

This is the chilli sauce that James and I eat with everything. Since cooking together my spice tolerance has improved a lot! This stuff is rather hot, and a bottle doesn’t last us very long!

To assemble the sandwich, spread guacamole on one half of the bread, followed by a layer of grated carrot and a drizzle of chilli sauce. On the other half of the bread, spread a generous layer of hummus, some olive halves and a spoonful of tomatoes and mushrooms. Squidge together and you have the best sandwich ever!

Crisps and lemonade are not optional. Who said vegan food was boring? Here’s to many more meals in the sunshine!

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Plaid in Newcastle

I picked up this coat in Birmingham for the bargain price of £2 – yes, you heard me right! My friend Leah introduced me to this amazing chaotic, cheap vintage shop called Credit Crunch Vintage. You have to dig to find the good stuff, but it’s worth it! I’ve been wearing this coat all week. It’s lightweight and perfect for the British summer! The rest of the outfit just seemed to make sense – dungarees always make sense! I’m not sure how clear it is in the photos, but I got this lovely Lime Crime lipstick for my birthday. It smells like vanilla, and it’s the perfect purple!

Outfit Details: Dungarees, Vintage (Dolly Mix Vintage, Leicester) / Coat, Vintage (Credit Crunch Vintage, Birmingham) / Crop Top, Ebay / Chelsea Boots, New Look / Necklaces, Gift / Lipstick, Lime Crime Poisonberry

I finally got myself a new pair of sensible shoes. I picked up the last pair of size sevens in the New Look sale – they’re vegan, and they don’t have a heel which is exactly what I was looking for! Chelsea boots aren’t the most glamorous shoes in the world, but they’re comfy and they go with everything. These photos were taken after James and I enjoyed a picnic in the park during a charity shop trip to Newcastle. I’ve been doing  lot of charity shop shopping recently to stock my etsy shop, and I’m not complaining!

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Blogger Favourites: Waiste

I am over the moon that Sara from Waiste agreed to be interviewed for this month’s Blogger Favourites post! She writes the fashion blog Waiste and also runs her own business by the same name. Waiste sells the most gorgeous boho vintage clothes, jewellery and homeware. I received a couple of necklaces from them for christmas (which I blogged about here and here!) and I love them. I’ve lusted over Sara’s dreamy wardrobe for a while now, and the way she puts outfits together is genius, so it was a lot of fun to quiz her about her blog, her style and her business! Here’s what she had to say 🙂

J: I think it’s always interesting to learn about other people’s beginnings. What prompted you to begin your blog? When did you start exploring your own personal style?

S: I’ve always wanted to look a little bit different from everyone else, and I’ve always loved fashion ever since I could dress up in my Nana’s clothes, There was no one reason which made me want to start a blog in the beginning, but I feel like in recent years when blogging, I have found my own style properly, I love to create pretty imagery, and know what works well for me, rather just dressing like a crazy person, which was what my teenage years were spent doing. I love vintage and finding hidden gems, which then led on to starting my own brand too.

 

J: Your style is to die for! Where do you get your inspiration from? Do you have any favourite brands or bloggers?

S: Tumblr and Pinterest are great online inspiration boards for me, I can spend hours on them, and I love a lot of American and Australian brands/online stores such as Planet blue, Spell, Novella Royale etc. The Free People blog I read religiously too.

 

J: What is your favorite thing to come out of your blog? Do you have a favourite campaign or outfit post?

S: There’s so many, I’m just so grateful to have the opportunities that my blog has given me. My favourite thing will be revealed VERY soon (I haven’t done it yet but let’s just say it’s one of my dreams come true and I’m working with one of my favourite brands Free people)

 

J: I love your brand. Waiste is the answer to all my vintage boho dreams, and your jewellery is gorgeous! It’s so much fun watching your brand grow and develop. Do you have any advice to give to young people like yourself who want to set up their own small business or fashion brand? Is there anything you wish you’d known?

S: Don’t give up, but don’t expect success to happen overnight. It’s taken years of building my brand to start feeling like it’s become a proper business, and make sure you get a lot of experience within the fashion industry first, I’ve got 4 and half years of working at ASOS behind me so I know exactly how an e-commerce business is run. Experience is invaluable, but you’ll learn as you go along too of course what’s right for your business.

 

J: You’re so busy! How do you manage your time between blogging, modelling and running a business?

S: I don’t sleep or have weekends. Haha. Seriously though. I even work Sundays.

Thanks for sharing with us Sara, it was so much fun chatting with you! Don’t forget to visit her blog and her shop 🙂

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DIY Fabric Covered Lamp

One of the things on my to-do list for this year is to revamp by room a bit. I love my carpet and walls, but I’m in desperate need of some better storage solutions and some of my furnishings could do with a more colourful update. I also have plans for a big gallery wall! Project number one is my bedside lamp. I like the yellow base, but I’ve had the old lampshade for so long that it had doodles on it from when I was younger… so I covered the lampshade in vintage fabric and used some lace to spray paint a pattern on the base!

You will need: An old lamp, vintage fabric (1/2 meter would be plenty). hot glue gun (although PVA would probably work too), fabric scissors, wrapping paper, patterned lace, spray paint.

If you want to spray paint onto your base like I did, remove the lampshade and wrap the patterned lace around the bottom of the lamp a couple of times. Secure at the top with tape. I used gold paint, but I’m not sure of how it looks against the yellow. If I did it again I’d probably use black or white! Spray all over, leave to dry, and remove the lace. / For the lamp shade, place it onto the wrapping paper, and roll it around 360 degrees whilst drawing around the shade. / Add an extra couple of inches at the top of the bottom and the side of  of the semi-circle, and cut out the shape. / Pin the wrapping paper shape to your vintage fabric, and cut out the shape.

Iron one of the vertical sides over by an inch. Drape the fabric over the lamp, making sure to smooth out all the creases, and glue the un-ironed vertical side onto the lampshade. / Squeeze a strip of glue onto the back of the ironed side of fabric, and press down. / Fold the fabric at the bottom under into the lampshade and glue down. Cut off any excess fabric. / Fold the fabric at the top over into the lampshade and glue down. Cut off any excess fabric, and this is what the inside should look like!

And you’re finished! I think it’s a pretty cute lamp. Soon my room will be full of clashing patterns and fabrics, yippee! And if you’re interested, the artwork at the back is something I did for my A level art, as part of my “teacup” project. I know it’s twee, but it’s colourful so I like it! The teapot was a gift from James, and I made the log vase!

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The Peak District

On the top of Mam Tor

The beautiful streets of Castleton

Football by the barn

The camping barn

Amy and I

I made the most of the recent bank holiday weekend and spent all three days in the Peak District with seven of my friends! We stayed in a camping barn near Edale, which was great because the countryside was beautiful and rolling yet civilisation was not too far away. We slept on the floor and cooked on a fire, so it was pretty much like camping, except we avoided the hassle of having to put up and take down tents. Asides from the cold, I think this is the perfect level of camping for me! We spent a lot of time exploring the local town of Castelton. We visited the two most popular caves – “Devils Arse” which is huge, and Speedwell which is an old (and very narrow!) lead mine. We also climbed Mam Tor and did a lot of eating out! If you plan on visiting the area, I highly recommend the Old Nags Head in Edale, it was large and cosy and the food was delicious.

Barbecuing veggie sausages!

Pretty shops in Castleton

James enjoying the view at the top of Mam Tor

The view from Mam Tor

Frisbee by the barn

The first night that we stayed at the barn we had a long lazy barbecue with lots of Henry Westons cider (which I felt in the morning.) Since graduating from uni and moving back home I miss my friends most when it’s a sunny afternoon and we would normally head to the nearest pub garden or park with a picnic blanket. I thoroughly enjoyed lots of long overdue picnic blanket times with my friends at the barn. On the last day, we swam in the heated outdoor lido in Hathersage. The view wasn’t quite as stunning as the Ilkely lido, but whoever thought of heating outdoor pools is a genius! We had sunshine (well, a lack of rain at least) for the whole three days which is pretty unheard of for Derbyshire – thank you camping gods!

Thanks for letting me share with you 🙂 I can’t wait for next year’s annual staycation, I’m putting in a vote for the Isle of Skye!

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My Birthday Outfit!

This is what I wore out to dinner for my birthday last week! I’m wearing paisley again, which might be a bit samey but at least I know what I like! I bought this blazer probably a year and a half ago from the vintage section in Urban Outfitters. I don’t wear it that often cause it’s not really a daytime jacket (although perhaps it should be!) When I was in Birmingham last month I found this skirt in Cow which almost matches my jacket, so I had to buy it. It’s a gold overload, and I love how over the top they look together! I’ve actually been wearing this skirt a lot  with black t-shirts day-to-day and I really love the length.

Outfit details: Jacket, Vintage (Urban Outfitters / Skirt, Vintage (Cow, Birmingham) / Top, ASOS / Shoes, Ebay / Necklaces, a gift

These necklaces were a birthday present from a couple of my friends. They’re so pretty and dainty, and I love the designs! It was a lot of fun wearing red on my lips and eyeliner on my upper lids – I feel like I haven’t done my makeup like that in forever! Also, do you like the pom poms I glued to my shoes? They’re not really involved enough to be a “DIY” so I’m not posting about them separately, but I think it makes my shoes a lot more fun!

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Comfy in Cow

This is what I wore over Easter Weekend – it’s taken a while for me to get around to publishing these photos! I’m wearing yellow because it’s a happy, sunny springy colour – even though the weather hasn’t been very sunny this month! I bought these trousers from Cow on a recent trip to Birmingham. They’re paisley (I have a full-blown paisley addiction) comfy and high-waisted, which make them the perfect trousers for me. The vibe of this whole outfit is pretty comfy, but long weekends are for lounging, right? I’ve been wearing these vintage shoes for years, and they’re showing no signs of wear and tear (and, you know, they go with my trousers too.) If they weren’t one-off, I’d be buying another pair!

Outfit details: Trousers, Vintage (Cow Birmingham) / Top, Vintage (York Vintage Fair) / Shoes, Vintage (Ebay) / Sunglasses, Vintage (The Beatnik Emporium, Southampton)

Do you like my Easter Bunny themed nails? I painted them myself, and I am very proud. Although, my current purple nails feel a little plain now! I’m setting off for the Peak District tomorrow and I am so excited – I’ll see you next week!