Thursday, 29 September 2016

Feelin’ Myself

Missguided Jumper Dress

For the first time in a long time, I am truly feeling myself.

Allow me to elaborate a little.

Early 20's Jess is when I really really started experimenting when I no longer cared how people would react to the way I dressed or how I presented myself be it the way I chose to dye my hair or what piercing I got next. I loved it, it was fun, it was an extension of my personality another way to create. I could finally shut out that little voice in my head after years of bullying that told me to ''tone it down'' so I could blend into the background and not been seen. As fickle [is fickle the right word here?] as that sounds, it made me really really happy. I liked wearing something a little different, I liked wearing 2, 3 sometimes even 4 clashing patterns at a time. I liked having half and half hair and I liked having a ring through my nose. [The bull jokes got a lil dull after about 2.7 hours doe, 6 years later I still hear them -.-] 

As I was starting to approach my mid 20's I started thinking about my career. I was currently working in a supermarket in the admin department and well that was starting to get a little (read: "a lot") dull. Whilst I was figuring out what the hell I wanted to do I was offered the role as Admin supervisor and well that's when the changes had to start. I was asked to change my hair, hide my tattoos and take out my piercings. I complied and well I only felt half of myself, all for the sake of progression. Oh, I know poor me right? I slowly began to learn that if I wanted to move up, move on, find a new job there was a 90% chance I could no longer keep doing the things that really well and truly made me feel more me. I know there's more to a person than how they dress how or how they colour their hair etc but I felt like my sparkle had been well, dulled

I am lucky enough to be in a job I love and that has such a relaxed atmosphere about an individual's appearance and well, I feel like I've got my full sparkle back. I feel like the Jess I missed is back and I've never been more grateful. 

I do intend to talk about this outfit too, the above prattling came from nowhere, the worst case of word vomit ever. 

I feel like my outfit is so so on point for me here. Firstly in the cooler months, I love me some jumper dresses and as I love anything loosely Japanese themed I had had to get this Missguided jumper dress with the kanji motif on the front. The roll neck is a little-added bonus giving it a little bit more something about it. Now the jacket, oh guys just look at it in all its glory. I can't decide if its like silver, purple, with a hint of mushroom in colour? IDK kinda reminds me of parma violets too. I can't take credit for this find oh no, it was Jim Jam that spotted this little number in Primark of all places. It's become my new fave thing, perfect for the indecisive temperatures. I've hardly taken it off since buying it. 

Good find Jim, good find. 


Missguided Jumper Dress

Missguided Jumper Dress

Missguided Jumper Dress

Missguided Jumper Dress

Missguided Jumper Dress

Missguided Jumper Dress

Missguided Jumper Dress

Missguided Jumper Dress

Missguided Jumper Dress

Missguided Jumper Dress

Have you ever felt your sparkle dulled? Hw did you get it back?

Shoes River Island | Jumper Dress Missguided | Jacket Primark 

What have you guys been reading?

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Monday, 26 September 2016

Books I've read this month - August


Well, I did mean to get this post out a lot sooner but as per I've been run off my feet and well I haven't been as organised with posts as I would like to be, better late then never right?

I started my new job a little over a month ago, as it's a little far away from where I live I had to commute by train meaning I have just over an hour each way of down time all to myself. I've utilised  that time in rekindling my love for reading. I've always loved getting lost in a book since I was a little girl so I've really enjoyed getting back into it. In this new monthly blog post series, I'll be giving a brief overview of each book I read, without hopefully giving away too much. 


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

All the feels. I did think however this got off to a slow start. Set in Nazi Germany, it's written from the perspective of Bruno, a 9-year-old boy that's been uprooted from his home in Berlin he loved, to a home situated next to Auschwitz. He meets Shmuel and a forbidden friendship is formed and an unexpected end is met. After reading this book, it stuck with me for a good while unable to stop thinking about what happened at the end. 4/5


The Green Mile by Stephen King

Famed for his horror writing I have always steered clear of anything written by Stephen King. I can't handle anything scary. However, I had watched The Green Mile perhaps 8 or 9 years ago I knew what the general crack of the book was and knew I'd be safe from anything paranormal. Gore/slashers/thrillers I can handle, ghosts or anything demonic it's a huge no from me. I really really enjoyed reading this story, set on death row you live the final weeks of each inmate that are brought to the Green Mile. When the newest inmate, John Coffey is brought down, you soon learn there's something a little different about him and live the strange going's on until John Coffey meets his end with old sparky. If you have or haven't seen the film this is a definite must read. 5/5


Harry Potter And The Cursed Child play by Jack Thorne

Ok so I didn't technically read this in August, I read it on the day it came out, I still wanted to include it as it was basically August just being the day before. As this was written as a script, I didn't know how I would get on with the format but I hardly noticed. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, my grandma would always buy me and my cousins the books the day they came out. I loved the old nostalgia I felt anticipating another story set in the world of Harry Potter. In this, the book is set some years after Harry attended Hogwarts, he Ron and Hermoine have families of their own and we see Harry and Ginny waving Albus off at that famous platform for his first day at school. In a twist of events, he befriends Scorpius, the son of Harry's old rival Draco where they create their own adventure echoing those Albus' father used to get up to.Definite must for any HP fan! 5/5


Ctrl Alt Delete How I grew Up online by Emma Gannon.

Hahaha, this had me in stitches as I felt it was so relatable to my own teens and early adulthood. Emma goes into detail of her experiences of growing up online which a lot of kids born in the early 90s and upwards are currently dealing with. I found this very inspiring with the industry I am in, it's a real thinker. 4/5 


To Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mocking Bird is one of my favorite books ever. This release was eagerly anticipated by myself even though I have only just got around to reading it, it did not disappoint. Set when Scout is 26, she goes home to Maycomb to visit Atticus on her 2-week vacation from New York where she is currently living. But on going back home, Scout discovers something about Atticus that makes her view her father, the only person she has 100% adoration and respect for in a different light. 4/5

What have you guys been reading?

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Pinafores Will Always Be Bae

Topshop Pinafore Dress

I'm currently full of cold. It's not attractive. I was joking to my colleagues at work earlier this week that I never get ill and boom those little germs have gone and got me. It's making me crave all the sugar and none of the good stuff so as you can imagine its totally doing wonders for my waistline yey!

I know I know poor little me right?

I'll always love pinafores. Mainly cos it means I can do my favourite thing: wearing all the layers. 
This one is a little different to the offer pinafores I own, its made of a really really thick denim and has a soft nautical theme to it. I spotted this on the sale rack whilst in Leeds last weekend and made a beeline for it, it wasn't strictly in my size, sometimes I can risk and 8 but being so tall it means there's a higher chance my butts not gonna be covered. . . . in this instance I was safe and my bootay [who am I kidding I've got no butt] remained suitably covered. Aces. My new chunky knit I think will be surgically attached to be in the upcoming colder months, its just so warm and gorgeous and has all the length thay a giant like me needs whislt on the look out for new clothes.


Topshop Pinafore Dress
Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

Topshop Pinafore Dress

What will you be wearing this autum? 

Pinafore Topshop | Top Topshop | Shoes ASOS | Cardigan H&M

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Monday, 19 September 2016

FarFecth - The Modern Tailoring Edit

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There's something undeniably chic about a little tailoring in our outfits. I'm in a job where I can rock up in my vans and skinnies, no need for traditional office attire. However, I do find myself drooling over threads that would be seen on all career girl in the city. With the help of FarFetch, I've created a little something in the way of modern tailoring, with a twist of Jess ;) I've tried capturing 3 main elements whilst creating my perfect tailored look, silhouettes, experimentation, and edge. Ok, perhaps a lil luxury thrown in for good measure too. 





£630 - farfetch.com

First up is this lil cape number from Alexander Mcqueen. You can't go wrong with a crisp white shirt to set off a bit more of a polished look. Dem cape sleeves are just [insert heart eye emoji here] 


                    
                    Kenzo long sleeve blazer  
£115 - farfetch.com 

 I am in winter denial, As in I'm not quite ready to admit summer is over just yet. So the colour of this gorgeous Kenzo blazer is right up my street whilst I cling onto the last of the summer. Does this screams Samatha Jones from SATC to anyone else? I'd feel like I'd be channelling all kinds of Sam Jones vibes in this neon blazer. 






 £520 - farfetch.com

I have died and gone to tailored trouser heaven. These bad boys will bring all kinds of silhouettes with that dreamy asymmetric leg. A girl can dream to own a pair of trousers as yummy as these. 




                         Valentino leather ankle strap sandals
£870 - farfetch.com

I have been after a pair of these babies for so so long. With the leather and studs, they definitely bring the all important edge factor [lol sounds like another bad talent show] to a chic and smart outfit. 




 £3,875 - farfetch.com

Backpacks are my new bae and this Chanel one is friggin' perfection. However, white items and I don't tend to get on cos all the spillage and yeah well let's just           say it won't look like that after  I've had it long. Still pretty doe. 





  £565 - farfetch.com

Yeah, sunglasses in winter what about it? Sunglasses can be worn anytime, any outfit. Don't believe me? Well, just take a look at Anna Wintour she's always sporting an oversized pair of sunnies whenever she feels. So fashion YOLO.




What do you think of these items? How would you have done ''modern tailoring'? 

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

When Stuffs Too Nice For The Gym

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

All black again, who am I? Perhaps it's me morning for the summer as we descend into Autumn who knows? Bye bye sunny days and light mornings. 

BUT LOOK AND BEHOLD

I managed to get my out of proportion hands on the Panic leggings and sports bra FINALLY. I’m gonna tell you a secret, I buy things when I’m drunk, have a fuck it attitude and in the morning through my hang over, because I'm 26 now and can’t handle my 2 cans of Strongbow and a shot of apple sourz, I reluctantly check my emails for drunken purchases which I later have to confess to James. Taking a shopping problem to a whole new level. If we get married and recite our vows, I’ll remind him of ‘’in sickness and in heath’’ cos ladz, this is my sickness. 

So Custom charges are a friggin’ pain. Like why does it cost £8 for handling before Steve from customs deems I haven’t paid enough tax. Every damn time I order from the states I get whacked with customs charges. Like ew plz plz stop. My mum sent me a gift from New Zealand once, had to pay £16 customs charge. WHY?

I digress, but they’re here now and that's all that matters and I feel like this post has turned more into a short story about how I obtained these items rather than about how much I love them. Let's do that bit now, shall we?

The leggings themselves are super soft, I’m not sure why but I love the whole sport band thing at the top of leggings. I am a gal that will wear a pair of leggings as trousers and not be ashamed. These even passed the "can you see my underwear if I bend over in them test” not like that would stop me. Exhibitionist apparently. As we’re supposed to be going into Autumn I didn’t think I could go frolicking around in just the matching sports bra so threw on over this mesh jumper from H&M which really wouldn’t save me from cold temperatures but undoubtedly looked cool and brought some edginess to the outfit and that's all that matters. I had planed to wear these to the gym but they’re much too pretty, I’m sure I’ll find other uses for them. 

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco SportsLuxe

Panic! At The Disco Sportsluxe

Panic! At The Disco Sportsluxe



How would you have styled these items? Do you hate custom charges too? lol jokes [but not really] 

Sports Bra/Leggings Panic! At The disco Site | Jumper H&M | Shoes Adidas 

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