What I Wore: Stripey Trousers

Even though I’ve had these trousers for while, it’s taken me a while to photograph them because they go from “comfy trousers” to “why have you gone shopping in your pyjamas?” very quickly. I think this coat and trouser combination makes the outfit sufficiently smart though. Problem solved! The trousers are from my favourite Parisian vintage shop, Hippy Market. Next time I’m in Paris I’m going to buy all their high waisted trousers because I wear them all the time. I was beyond devastated when my other pair of Hippy Market trousers shrunk in the wash ūüė¶

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I wore this outfit for a lovely lazy day last Sunday. I bought these shoes in the New Look sale. I like that New Look do a lot of non-leather shoes and they were cheaper than the knock-off Chelsea boots I’ve been watching on ebay for a while. I wore them for an afternoon walk around York and they were super comfy! You might have noticed that it’s a cold day and I’m not wearing five jumpers. I have discovered the secret to going outside in winter without wearing a duvet; I wear a thermal top under all my clothes every day. You’re welcome.

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Outfit details: Trousers, Vintage (Hippy Market, Paris) / Shirt, Vintage / Mac, Vintage / Shoes, New Look / Necklace, H&M

I hope you have a lovely weekend!


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?


What I Wore: Paris Day 6

Tuesday was our last day in Paris. We went back to the Hotel Du Ville to visit the vintage shops that I had missed the first time around, including my favourite Parisian vintage shop, Hippy Market. I bought two pairs of crazy patterned trousers, which will make an appearance on the blog soon! We spent our afternoon visiting the Sacre Coeur, the Place du Tertre and wandering around the small hilly streets of Montmatre. In the evening, we packed up, grabbed a Ghandi pizza from our favourite pizza place and sadly got on the Eurostar back home.

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This is my last Paris post. Sigh, Paris I miss you! Thank you for letting me share.


What I Wore: Paris Day 5

We spent our 5th day in Paris wandering around the Louvre. Well, a tiny proportion of The Louvre. That place is huge! By Day 5 we had learnt to pack a picnic instead of buying lunch near the tourist attractions (6 euros for a bottle of water? No thanks) so we had some cheese and baguette in-between art viewing. I’m glad we did – it’s too tiring to see even one exhibition at The Louvre in one go.

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I found this jacket in a Parisian vintage shop. It’s so feathery I like to think it was once worn by a dancer at the cabaret. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be lingerie or not, but it works great as a lightweight jacket. I just love items of clothing that are over the top like this. I tried to keep the rest of my outfit simple, so I wore my trusty black crop top, and this skirt of my mum’s that I found in the attic.

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These furry little guys were everywhere! They were chilling outside The Louvre, and walking down the street next to the Eiffel Tower. When we were walking along The Seine in the evening, we would hear an occasional scream, and know that someone had just tripped over a rat. On Monday evening we went for cocktails at this bar called The Comptoir General. We had to pay an entrance fee which was weird but it’s because it’s part bar, part museum of found objects. There are so many cool and interesting items scattered around this jungley barn. We had “T Punch” without the mixer (they had run out) so it was strong stuff! That evening we took a boat ride along The Seine and then sat on the Ile St Louis with wine and cheesy crisps.

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I hope you’re having a fantastic Wednesday ūüôā


What I Wore: Paris Day 4

Those of you paying attention may or may not have noticed that I have skipped out a day of Paris photos. That’s because we spent day 3 in Paris at Rock en Seine! We went because Nine Inch Nails were playing, but also had a blast watching Fauve, La Femme, In the Valley Below and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. All of my photos from day 3 (also known as the day we spent 40 euros each on beer… festival beer is expensive!) look like this:

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On day 4, we had the most amazing falafel lunch and then we went to the Pompidou Center! I love this gallery, it has so much modern and contemporary art. The videos are some of my favourite, although most of them are in french so I have no idea what they’re saying.

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I actually bought this skirt for 5 euros in Paris when we went vintage shopping! I wasn’t sure about it, but now I don’t know why because it’s patterned, blue, and high-waisted enough to wear with crop tops. Everything I look for in a skirt! Autumn this year also makes me want to wear purple lipstick all the time. I’m wearing a Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick, and I love how dark it is although it’s quite high maintenance.

After the Pompidou Center, we had dinner at the Gentle Gourmet Cafe – there aren’t many vegetarian restaurants in Paris but this one makes up for it because it was exceptionally tasty, and the staff were really nice. We then sat at the bottom of the Eiffel tower drinking beer. We didn’t go up it but it was lovely to see it twinkling away. We managed to miss the last metro home (oops) and spent the next two and a half hours walking back – at least Paris is pretty at night!

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Have the best day!


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?


What I Wore: Paris Day One

At the end of August, me and my boyfriend spent 6 days in Paris! We hired an apartment through airbnb and it was so lovely. It was so much cheaper than staying in a hotel, or even a hostel, and we had a bedroom, kitchen area and bathroom all to ourselves. I will definitely be using airbnb again! We got up very early and arrived in Paris at 10am. We spent our first day walking around Paris and visiting the Mus√©e de l’Orangerie, where Monet’s Waterlilies are displayed on the walls of two elliptical rooms. This was one of my favourite galleries – it’s quite small so I felt like I could take in most of the art without feeling overwhelmed.

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Our apartment was on the Canal St.Martin. I’ve never visited this part of paris before but it was just so cool! At night-time, everyone eats and drinks along the river banks and there were lots of quirky bars and cafe’s right next to our apartment.

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Outfit details: Dress, Charity Shop / Shoes, Ebay / Sunglasses. H&M / Backpack. Ebay

It’s fun to share my Paris photos with you, I’m enjoying going over the photos and reminiscing! Have an amazing Tuesday.

p.s. I’m selling some clothes that I don’t wear or don’t fit me. Feel free to have a browse!


Au Revoir, August!

I thought it would be fun to start doing a monthly recap of what’s happening on jessthetics. It’s a great way to celebrate what I’ve done, and get excited for the start of a new month!

At the beginning of the month I went to Cyprus with my family, and I also posted photos from a family trip to Northern Ireland.

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I wore vintage at the British Museum, and got a little teen-witch on a walk by the river.

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I talked to you about the new Environment and Ethics page on my blog, and got some really lovely responses – you guys are the best!

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I got crafty with fabric paint, painting one shirt by hand and using potato prints on the other.

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I also shared with you four of my favourite fashion bloggers!

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I spent the last week of August in Paris with my boyfriend, drinking wine, looking at art, and seeing Nine Inch Nails at Rock En Seine. I can’t wait to show you our photos! It’s been a month full of sunshine and holidays and I’m so grateful to have been able to have this month to relax before I go back out into the big wide world.

I hope you’ve had a great August. What have been your highlights?