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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!

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Photography with Joe

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It’s so much fun to be photographed by someone who’s as excited to be there as you are! I’m so grateful that James and my family take outfit photos for me, but I know it’s not always their favourite thing to do, especially in the cold! Taking photos with Joe has increased my desire for a DSLR, and my desire for a personal photographer! Just for fun, I’ll leave you with a photo that Joe took of me 5 years ago. Do you think I’ve changed? Don’t forget to check out more of his work here.

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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 ūüôā You can see some more of Joe’s work here. Have a lovely week!

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February is Finished!

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When I set my February goals I said I would aim to take more lifestyle-type photos and I have! What do you think? I’m really pleased I have these images to remind me of a month that’s been full of fun, food and friends. Nothing big has happened this month, but I’m just in a really good place (both literally and metaphorically!) I’ve loved working, living in this house with James and spending my weekend catching up with my favourite people, wandering around York, grabbing some really delicious food and catching a movie. Not every day’s been perfect, but I’ve definitely made the most of this month in the way I intended to. And I watched two seasons of Buffy, so it’s been an all round success.

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This month I’ve blogged about vegan food (here and here) and two paisley outfits (here and here.) I shared a pair of crochet socks I made for James (here) and my finished cushion for the autumn stitching club (here.) Most recently I interviewed one of my favourite bloggers, Ally from Now That’s Pretty (here.) It’s been a good month! How’s your February been?

p.s. You can enter my GIVEAWAY up until Middnight GMT tonight!

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What I Wore: Teddy Gilet

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Since starting my new job I don’t wear anything interesting Monday to Friday. I’ve given up wearing make-up to work, I have to be able to cycle in what I’m wearing (I’m not one of those crazy people who can cycle in heels!) I want to look smart-ish and if I’m honest, I don’t want to stand out in the office too much! This means that the weekend is my chance to experiment with my clothes. I bought this gilet from ASOS in the January sales and it is so boho and warm – two of my favourite properties in an item of clothing! My mum thinks it looks like a carpet but I think I look like a rock star. It’s perfect for lazy Sunday afternoons when I want to feel good and be comfy, and this is an outfit I’ve been wearing on repeat for months. I picked up this dress in the Salvation Army in Durham (one of my favourite charity shops!) and my shoes are a trusty ebay vintage find that I’ve been wearing for years.

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Outfit Details: Teddy Gilet, ASOS / Necklace, Ebay / Dress, Charity Shop (Salvation Army, Durham) / Shoes, Ebay (Old)

I love this crystal necklace, it’s such a pretty colour and it’s so dainty! I’m working on increasing my pendant collection, I might even start layering them soon! You can win a version of this necklace, along with lots of other goodies, in my giveaway!

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So Long, September

Okay, so September ended a while ago. I meant to write this post on the last day of September, but things got in the way. I had a last-minute interview, and a couple of rough days and I needed a little bit of time to focus on other things. And that got me thinking; obviously blogs by their nature only show selected aspects of people’s lives. I mean, no one wants to read about my slow night in when there was nothing on the telly and the biscuit cupboard was running low. But do we edit out too much of the bad stuff? Should bloggers, as far as they do talk about their lives, talk about the good as well as the bad? Let me know what you think!

Without further ado, here is my round-up of September on Jessthetics! I’ve been busy.

September’s been a month of learning new skills for me. I made a paisley shirt for James, a paisley kimono for myself, and I signed up to the Autumn Stitching Club to learn to embroider! (Here’s Autumn Stitching Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4.)

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I also shared a lot of outfits from my week in Paris! Gosh, that seems like a long time ago now… Here’s Day 1, Day 2, Day 4, Day 5 and Day 6.

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I even squeezed in some non Paris related outfit posts! I went exploring in a meadow, wore purple and pastels in my garden and showed you my new favourite jeans ūüôā

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I also started making my room nice by making a vase out of a log, and I shared the DIY here.

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I posted a carrot cake recipe, and most recently, I shared with you four of my favourite handmade bloggers!

Phew, it’s fun to be able to look over what I’ve done. At the beginning of September, I set myself four goals. I have sorted and bagged all my things, started some big projects and improved my lifestyle a little (I’ve been having granola and berries for breakfast, and only one cake a day – much improved!) I haven’t yet got a job or an internship but I’m working on it. Three goals out of four ticked off, not bad right?

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Homemade Kimono

I love Paisley. I think I might have a paisley problem – both of my most recent sewing projects have used paisley fabric (see the first here.) I’ve been wanting a kimono jacket for ages, and I realised the most fun way to get one would be to make it! This project was pretty easy – this jacket is only made up of seven pieces of fabric so it didn’t take me too long to make.

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I used this pattern and this fabric (don’t you love the fabric?) and some tassels from my local haberdashery. I have to say, I found the instructions on this Simplicity pattern a lot harder to follow than on the Burda one I used before – things weren’t spelled out as much as I’d have liked, but I managed to work it out!

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I began by cutting out the pattern pieces I needed, pinning them onto my fabric, and cutting out my fabric pieces! This time I didn’t worry about marking the pattern markings onto my fabric. If I needed to double-check how the fabric matched up, I just referred back to the pattern pieces.

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6 steps later, it was finished! I changed two things about the pattern. First, I didn’t use the interfacing which the pattern suggested (I wanted my jacket to be flowy, not stiff) and secondly, I added some tassels! What’s a kimono without tassels, right?

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I’m so pleased with this jacket, it’s absolutely going to be an autumn staple for me. Have you done any sewing recently?

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What I Wore: Paris Day 2

Here are the photos from my second day in Paris! This was a fun day, it was really sunny (as you can see!) and we visited the Musee d’Orsay which is so pretty – it’s an art gallery in a big old train station. We saw a lot of impressionist art (can you see a theme developing? This was an art packed holiday.) Then we did a lot of vintage shopping. Near the Hotel Du Ville there are streets filled with very cheap vintage shops (everything 5 euros? Yes please) and tasty falafel stalls; it’s one of my favourite parts of Paris. In the evening, we drank on the seine, dangling our feet over the edge and waving at the tourists on passing boats.

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I bought this dress in the ASOS sale, and saved it up so that I could wear it for the first time in Paris. I love it, it’s so bright and cheerful, and it’s also super comfy, even if it does ride up way too much when I raise my arms.

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Outfit details: Dress, ASOS/ Sandals, Tesco / Sunglasses, H&M

Oh, Paris, how I miss you. It really is such a beautiful and spacious city. I’m spending my evening getting crafty, what are you doing this evening?

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Homemade Paisley Shirt

For my boyfriend’s birthday I decided I would make him a shirt. I hadn’t made clothes from scratch in years, and this way I could pick a fabric that I knew he would love. It wasn’t until I had bought all the supplies that it was pointed out to me that sewing a shirt from scratch is not exactly beginner-friendly. This project took me a really long time, but it was worth it! I learnt a lot along the way, I feel much more confident about making more of my own clothes, and I got to give James a piece of clothing that (hopefully) will last him forever.

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I used this pattern and this fabric.

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To begin, I cut out all the pattern pieces.

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I then pinned them to the fabric, cut out my fabric pieces and used a tracing wheel to copy the pattern marks onto the wrong sides of my fabric pieces.

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I cut out the interfacing and ironed it onto the relevant fabric pieces. Then I followed the steps on the pattern instructions to sew the fabric pieces together. Each step involved pinning the fabric together, basting it together, sewing it together, removing the basting, trimming and finishing the fabric allowances and ironing the seams to one side. Phew! I had a lot of trouble attaching the collar – the instructions weren’t at all clear – but I worked it out in the end. If anyone does use this pattern and has the same problem as me, send me an email and I’ll be glad to help!

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And then it was finished! I’m so proud of this shirt, and I can’t wait to continue sewing.

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I hope you’re having a good monday! Do you ever make clothes from scratch?