Sunday, 12 August 2018

Who's Your Zaddy?

What’s old is new again, and your father's favourite style moves from the '80s and '90s are now the trend du jour.

Many of the trends that made their name in the middle of the 20th century are back in full force and being rocked by a younger generation, many of whom weren't even born before Y2K. Bumbags, over sized shirts, sports sweaters, chunky trainers and bucket hats are all popular trends that can easily be traced back to what can only be known as "dad style.” 

Somewhere down the line, dad style got a bad rap. Maybe it was the trousers that were constantly waiting for a flood. Maybe it was the blinding white, squeaky clean trainers. Or maybe it was the fact that your dad was wearing them. Nonetheless, I can't help but wonder whether in 20 years time, we'll be looking back at 2018 dad clothes for sartorial inspiration.

“Now is this generation’s time and yet, nostalgia reigns in popular culture. Our night outs are throwback nights. We use the Internet to search for 00s and 90s archive clothes to wear. We have access to Spotify and, still, we buy vinyl. Are millennials more nostalgic than any other generation?” - Grazia 

Many would argue that in the world of fashion nothing is ever new. Old ideas are recycled, repackaged and made to look innovative and groundbreaking. This being said no wonder this ‘trend’ is so popular among students. When I was younger I'd get teased for shopping at second hand shops and sporting hand-me-downs, whereas today younger generations get ‘Insta-famous’ for doing so. Don't get me wrong, I make this comparison as a good thing! Recycling old clothes isn’t only imaginative and fun, its also financially and eco friendly. -J

Photos by Lee Kent

Friday, 6 July 2018

Making the LBD Relevant in 2018

Well the heatwave was fun whilst it lasted (I say that like its not still scorching!)As I haven’t been abroad this year, I’m still yet to purchase any summer dresses, and although I love a good summer dress, I tend to wear it once only to toss it to the back of the wardrobe never to be seen again until next year.

A staple piece that I always fall back on whilst ‘having nothing to wear’ is the little black dress. The versatility of the LBD is hugely understated. There are a number of ways to wear a classic LBD; Causal vs formal, winter vs summer, Halloween vs Valentines day...  c’mon let’s face it, LBD’s can do no wrong. 

But what I came here to talk about is making the LBD relevant in 2018. We have come a long way since the ‘little black dress’ we sought after was the one hanging in Posh Spice’s closet. It was around long before Victoria Beckham and as long as there is fabric and thread in the world I doubt it’s going anywhere soon. 

The key in making the look current is how you accessorise it. I’ve noticed the ‘baroque trend’ is everywhere at the minute, after coming across this gold chain belt, I instantly thought of how cute it’d look with a simple black dress. Adding gold jewellery including a St Christopher necklace and Madonna ring. Chunky-ish Nikes to finish the look off only seemed natural, cause what’s more 2018 than that?! - J

Photo's by Lee Kent

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               Dress / ASOS     Belt / River Island     Shoes / Nike


Sunday, 25 February 2018

Sometimes, Less Is More - My Latest Beauty Craze

Ah, makeup. An age old deception. Ancient Egyptians where known for it, Geisha girls would be prized over it, and now we are judged because of it. I think we can all agree that a little bit of us dies every time old photographs resurface from 2011, with no eyebrows and an orange face. Everyone has alternative motives for wearing makeup. I wear it to enhance my appearance and, well to not look dead. Some wear it for fun, to attract others, or to feel better about themselves.

There's nothing wrong with wearing makeup. Makeup can be a really amazing way to express yourself, and there's no harm in wanting to look good. Lately, though, I've been trying to wear less.

When I get 'dolled up’ I find that my makeup is very similar, if not exactly the same as my every day look. So day to day I’ve been filling in my eyebrows less, minimising eyeliner and the biggest change of all is swapping out foundation for tinted moisturiser. And surprisingly, I'm feeling more confident than ever.

Now that the weather is ever so slightly picking up, I find that a foundation somewhat melts away and drys my skin out. The product I have come to love is Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser by NARS in the shade Groenland Light 3. Before now I had never thought of using a tinted moisturiser as a base. One, I can’t use any kind of tan on my face as I would just break out in spots. And two, I didn’t think a moisturiser would be able to withstand throughout an entire day. NARS have officially put my doubts to bed, after just two weeks of using their product, I can not only see an improvement within my makeup but also my skin itself.

“Your skin – almost bare, but better. This advanced, oil-free formula provides a translucent veil of colour and sun protection while helping to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots in just four weeks. Infused with lush, naturally derived botanicals and ingredients to immediately help thirsty skin feel hydrated. Kopara from French Polynesia and mineral rich seawater revive and re-mineralise skin for a softer, smoother, and brighter natural glow.” - NARS

We now live in the age of Instagram, having to show the world that we are having fun otherwise ... did it even happen? Constantly comparing ourselves to models with their naturally glowing skin and perfect, honey blonde hair. Perfection is overrated and frankly unattainable, I want to encourage others to be comfortable in their own skin. Thats not me saying that I don’t feel somewhat embarrassed, when I bump into a person I know whilst having a bare face. But with the mind set that I want and am trying to gain, maybe that embarrassment will go away. -J

Photo's of me by Lee Kent

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Tinted Moisturiser - NARS    Jumper - H&M   Earrings - H&M


Monday, 5 February 2018

A Blast From The Past

After falling down a rabbit hole on Twitter the other day, laughing and reminiscing over the trending hashtag #TweetLikeThe2000s I came across a time capsule of Friday night Blockbusters, cringe worthy MSN statuses and Scooby bracelets. So naturally, naughties fashion imminently sprung to mind.

Retro trainers have always been a guilty/not so guilty pleasure of mine. I was thrilled when Nike announced the return of its blast from the past, the Spiridon. A few tweaks have been made to the street-ready, reworking of the original. But it still includes the same Zoom Air that made it such a hit when it was first released. What really caught my eye was its classic Nike sportswear colourway; white, black, metallic silver and team orange. If you’re a follower of mine on Instagram you will know by now that I am currently obsessing over vibrant colours, especially orange!

There is something nostalgic about those colours that take me back to my early years in the late nineties. Back to when I was styled head to toe in Bon Bleu and my only responsibility was remembering to feed my Tamagotchi. In todays throwaway society I like the thought of reviving the glory days, even if its only to wear the trainers that my Dad used to sport. Besides, I am not the only person that feels this way, brands from Balenciaga and Acne Studios to Sketchers and Fila are opting for the ‘orthopaedic' (meaning practical, chunky, some may think ugly) look. I personally, am here for it. -J

Photos by Lee Kent

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Trainers - Size    Dress - Asos   Earrings - eBay 


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Confession: I wear his clothes more than mine

Who doesn't like ‘stealing’ their boyfriends clothes?! Girls usually wear their Bae's shirts to bed, or when they wake up to make breakfast. But some of us take that to a whole other level and most of our wardrobe is stuff we’ve stolen from our boyfriends. Winter has reared its ugly head and I don’t know about you but my skirts and crops are well and truly packed away into the loft, where they'll remain until summer. 

Don’t get me wrong I love to dress up and make an effort as much as the next girl. But during my Uni days I often scrambled about my boyfriends apartment to find something to shove on whilst running into town that day. We seem to be attracted to our bf’s relaxed, casual style through some strange, unknown force of nature. An ease of comfort about his oversized, cosy attire is what gets me through this baltic weather.

But just because I’m choosing comfort, definitely doesn't mean style has to be thrown out of the window. Fortunately for us gals the 90’s happened and there is a way of making lazy look ‘effortlessly chic’. Opt for the Waynes World look this winter and save some pennies for Christmas. Being single doesn't mean this can’t be done. I’m sure your Dad or Brother won’t suspect you if their hoodie goes missing from the wash. - J

Photos by Lee Kent

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Hoodie - Topman    Joggers - Zara / Similar Here   Jacket - Topman    Shoes - Nike    Sunglasses - Jeepers Peepers / Similar Here


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Naturally Nice

Christmas is no more than four weeks away *screams severely * and we all know what that means… Bevy, roast dinners, sweets and lots and lots of chocolate. It’s inevitable, sorry. But there are some of us with a massive sweet tooth, that don’t want to develop heart disease by the New Year… What if i told you, you can have your cake and eat it too (literally).

Healthy treats are not usually words that fit together. Fortunately, there are companies that make it their goal to provide healthy treats for when we are craving. Naturally Nice being my absolute favourite! Their sweet treats are made up of; all natural ingredients, no refined sugars, no artificial ingredients, gluten free and dairy free! My go to's are the Raspberry Raw Ruffle bar and the Chocolate Orange Moose. - J

Go follow their Instagram @naturallynice_


Monday, 2 October 2017

Why we should embrace change

I woke up one morning last week and the first thing that came to mind, before my tired eyes had the chance to open was that I needed change. So where is the first place any girl goes? Yup, the hairdressers.
If you know me personally, you’ll know that I have been bleaching my hair lighter and lighter since January in the hopes that i’d achieve that ice blonde look. Dying my hair dark would positively mean flushing nine months of hard work and money down the drain. But I was bored, and so thats what I did.

The point is, if something isn’t working for you anymore, a friendship, job, diet or relationship don’t be afraid of the unknown. I realise that it's a persons natural instinct to go by the rule of 'if its not broke don’t fix it’ but if you’re not the happiest you could possibly be then there is defiantly room for improvement.

I thrive from change. I’ll be the first to admit that I find it hard to stay in the same place. With Autumn underway I anticipate new, exciting things are approaching. A persons life doesn’t get better by sticking to the same routine and a comfort zone is a nice place but nothing ever grows there. I find that life changes can sometimes make you feel lost, but in the end its often that one looks back on that shift in balance as a blessing in disguise. - J

Photo's by Lee Kent

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Top - Red Rum Club    Jeans - Pull & Bear   Bag - Zara    Shoes - Michael Kors    Coat - H&M    Hat - ASOS


Saturday, 9 September 2017


My third time visiting this beautiful city and it feels brand new every time. I returned with my sister who had never been to Amsterdam before so I had to be somewhat of a tour guide - Unfortunately for her I’m awful with directions. Despite getting lost down a canal or two, I don't think we stopped laughing the entire time. 

Although this was a very chilled two night stay we still managed to cram a lot in. First our hotel, Kimpton De Witt which is hand on heart one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in.. ever, is located in the heart of Amsterdam. From the hospitality of the staff to the decor of the rooms. I highly recommend this hotel if you're planning on staying a few nights. 

There are so many coffee shops around Amsterdam, it would be impossible to visit them all within two days. Out of the ones that we did go to, Lost has to be the best. Every time I've been to Amsterdam I've made a point of going here. It's an all girl bar, with super chilled seating areas -  imagine being on Aladdin's flying carpet. The music is cool and they make THE best milkshakes.

I must have gained a stone from being there for only two days. The first thing we did after checking in was breakfast, luckily for us there was a pancake cafe around the corner from us called Pancakes Amsterdam. Hands down the best pancakes ever. Oh. My. God. (Get the chocolate pancakes) Between huge slices of pizza and Nutella hot chocolates who can complain!?

Whilst in Amsterdam, I made a point of snapping a few short videos, with that being said keep your eyes pealed for a little travel vlog coming soon! -J

Friday, 11 August 2017

Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

After a very busy week of traveling from Liverpool to Leeds and then finally to London, I’ve realised that I hardly took any photographs to show you guys. I was too busy taking it all in. Although I love snapping photos and documenting memories, I sometimes just want to put down the camera and experience the things around me. Within the last week the sun managed to show its face for all of about ten minutes (perks of a British summer). Luckily I was dressed the part and had a beautiful bunch of sunflowers, which evidently made my look. -J

Photos by Lee Kent
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Top - Topshop    Skirt - Topshop    Handbag - Michael Kors    Shoes - Vans    Jewellery - Vintage / Michael Kors

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