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That 70s Feeling

You know, a year ago I would have told you that I didn’t have a signature style. I’m inspired by so many different aesthetics, and I’ve always subscribed to the school of “wear whatever you want, just because you feel like it.” I’ve recently made an effort to buy things that fit in with the rest of the clothes in my wardrobe, and if anything I’ve gone too far in the other direction. I just want to dress like I’m from the 70s all the time! Jumpsuits + round sunglasses = a perfect outfit in my books. It might be a little predictable, but at least I know what I like. This might just be the perfect jumpsuit. It’s super 70s, and it’s so soft and flowy. The nipped-in waist makes it dressy, and you could just as easily wear it to a classy event as a day of napping in the garden.


Outfit Details: Jumpsuit, Warehouse (& see more dresses and jumpsuits from Warehouse here !) / Denim Jacket, Vintage (Ebay) / Shoes, everything5pounds.com / Hat, New Look / Sunglasses, Vintage (The Beatnik Emporium, Southampton)

I bought my vintage jacket from eBay years ago and took it in at the sides. A while ago I decided not to buy any leather, even second-hand but to keep the leather items I already owned. I just love the leather detailing on the back of this jacket, I think the horse riding through the desert is such a summery scene! These photos were taken this weekend in London, where I spent a glorious few days with my friends. I drank whisky, ate too much junk food, talked into the night and hung out in the park in the beautiful sunshine. I wish all weekends were like that!

*This jumpsuit was given to me by Warehouse, but all opionions are my own!

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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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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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Black And White And Prints All Over

I feel very much like a “blogger” in this outfit. I’m not sure why, I think it might be the floppy hat and heeled Chelsea boots combination. It’s not often that I dress in monochrome, but I think the two different prints make my outfit interesting enough! I actually bought these dungarees from Lavish Alice in the January sales, but they tore in a couple of places literally ten minutes after I put them on. They had sold out online, so I decided that I would fix them rather than returning them and I’ve only just got around to it! I love the leopard face print, I think it’s so cute! I’m also wearing pink lipstick to stop these outfits from being too grey 🙂

 Outfit Details: Jumpsuit, Lavish Alice / Boots, New Look / Blouse, Vintage / Hat, H&M

Can you see that there’s only a little bit of blonde left at the end of my hair? It’s taken me three years to grow out my bleached hair and it feels so much healthier, but I’m itching for a change! If I do my MSc this year then it might be my last chance to have rainbow hair before I have to look respectable and employable and such. I also don’t want to damage my hair again, after all these years of restraint, and I can’t afford to have it done professionally. Oh, life’s decision are hard!

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Pastels by the Pool

Pastels by the Pool / JesstheticsJessthetics / Pastels by the Pooljessthetics / Pastels by the PoolJessthetics / Pastels by the PoolOkay, so there may not be a pool in these photos as the title suggests, but there was a pool behind me, I promise! It just wasn’t filled with water, since 10 degrees is apparently not “swimming weather.” These photos were taken during my recent trip to Sorrento, on the terrace of our villa. This is what I wore to dinner on our last night in Italy, where everyone had a little too much to drink – we were some of the first to arrive, and the last to leave! I bought this vintage jumpsuit in London when I was visiting the lovely Laila. The bodice was a little long for me, so I took the sleeves in on the shoulder seam. I just love how colourful it is, and I love how wide the legs are!

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I’m not sure if you can tell in the photos, but I’m wearing gold lipstick, and I’ve slicked some of it over my eyelids as well, to match my golden shoes. It’s a fun way of having a golden complexion without actually being anymore tanned! I love these shoes and I’ve had them forever, but they’re impossible to walk in. I have a real problem with shoes – I only really like the look of high heels but I’m both too tall and too lazy to wear heels during the daytime, or to do any kind of walking in heels. Finding flat shoes that I like is hard!

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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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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 🙂