Tuesday, 30 December 2014

LOOKS OF 2014


I've been absent for a few weeks but my productivity in my personal life is huge. Last year I concluded with my favourite outfits, so carrying on with the theme I though I would do it this year too. It's nice to look back and see how I've changed. 

This year has been so busy- working to get into uni took up the beginning of my year, and uni its self has occupied the second half. 


At the beginning of the year my pin up looks was mostly created by my hair- I rolled my fringe st least once a week. I got my legs out a lot. In March I bought my first ever dress from Collectif Clothing (swoon) and have up the grunge look for good. My wardrobe still hadn't grown to a comfortable level (need more clothes)  but I like where it started.


Petticoat became my favourite things in the whole world- I don't wear a dress without them. The first half of the year saw then end of getting my legs out preferring mid length dresses and skirts.


Petticoat and heat do NOT mix so I tried out dresses without and for the first time in my life I tried capris. They're seriously the best thing ever!! September ended up being the beating of the year, I went to Plus North, LFW, Collectifs 100 Dresses, and was approached to collaborate with a few brands. Blogging was going well but the icing on the cake was starting uni. 


Uni ended up taking up all of my time (I'm not moaning) so blogging tool a hit from October. Pencil skirts and wiggle dresses became the better option (they're easier to wear) and I started waist training. My priorities changed and as did my style

It's nice to see how my style has evolved- and how I've embraced colour and increased my love of pin up. It's defiantly something that will be continued. Plus I'm determined to make more time for blogging in general.

What where your favourite outfits this year?
Jodie x

Friday, 12 December 2014

LEOPARD AND CHERRY



Dress: Collectif (siimilar here and here)
Coat: New Look
Velvet scarf: Gift
Bag: Gucci
Boots: M&S
Glasses: London Retro

I'm very much looking forward to the Christmas holidays- I'm going to spend the majority of the two weeks asleep I can already tell :) I'm simply exhausted desperately trying to complete my essay so I can actually enjoy my break. 

This is the year my whole family is together (as apposed to my sisters being at their in-laws and nan at my aunts) so me and Chris are already planning our board game victory dance. Articulate is our game ;) Does anyone else have traditions? like everyone crawling into my parents bed to open stockings (although its just me and them this year in the morning), or opening our presents after dinner at 5pm? Being the only time of the year we sit in our living room- and everyone moans because its so hot with a full house.

I've finally relented and brought out the stockings, and welcomed my faux furs back into normal rotation. I just love faux fur coats- or anything faux fur. Its warm, cosy and chic. Plus looks perfect with my Collectif cherry dress and big hair.

Fifties dressing is becoming my "safe place"- like I only feel comfortable when I have my clothes and hair just right. It makes me feel incredibly shallow but I feel like I'm now old enough to stop pretending I don't care how I look and just embrace my differences. Turning 25 on Tuesday didn't just bring a complete and recurring mental breakdown, I also won a pair of ticket to the Horst exhibit at the V&A from Lipstick Queen which I am claiming as a birthday day out :) plus giving me the excuse to go to the Mid Century Christmas Market.

Speak again soon.
Jodie x

Friday, 5 December 2014

POLKA DOTTY.


It's getting cold here in Essex but I'm unwilling  to give up my skirts and dresses (mostly as I don't seem to own trousers anymore) so wearing them as weather appropriate is taking some inspiration. Fortunately I have always been head over heels in love with faux fur (and coats in general) so my torso is cosy but  my legs are taking a battering.

I HATE tights with a passion (especially under dresses) so I'm trying out the casual boot look for everyday dressing- as I love the feeling that stockings give to a completed outfit but I fear ruining my favourites wearing them every day.  






Dress: Vivien of Holloway (similar here and here)
Petticoat: Hell Bunny (similar here and here)
Boots: River Island
Bag: Gucci
Belt: New Look
Faux fur coat: Vintage

Out of all the Vivien of Holloway clothing I own this was the first thing I bought- so I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to share. I bought it second hand via eBay so it was a little worn but still has a lot of life left in it. Its a real sign of how high in quality VOH clothing is to last through this much wear.

My Hell Bunny petticoat is my favourite of petticoats its super fluffy and big (as well as super soft) but is slightly longer than all my dresses. I'm not sure if i actually prefer my petticoat longer than my dress- what do you think?

I feel excited about dressing myself again after the stress of uni. I have only 2 weeks left on placement until Christmas, one assignment is complete and my essay only has a few alterations I can take my time completing for January. The hard work has paid off.
Jodie x

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

AWOL

There no denying that I've been AWOL for the last week, I'm currently being crushed beneath an essay, presentation, placement and work- all while trying to have a personal life (which has thrown a few spanners my way). Crawling into bed every evening is becoming my sanctuary.

I'm determined to get at least 80% on my assignments (40% isn't even on the radar). I don't think I've ever been more passionate about anything in my life. Not stressed- passionate.


What has everyone else been up to? 
Jodie x 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

EVERYDAY PENCIL SKIRT.

Lazy day looks are always the best looks- there something about wearing my most worn clothes that make me happy. I think its wearing scrubs at work- I pick comfort and easy dressing over flashy looks most days. 
 


 
Skirt: Boohoo (similar here and here)
Loafers: Linzi (similar here)
Cardigan: Voodoo Vixen (similar here)
Bag: Baia Bags (similar here and here)
Hat: Vintage
Hair Flowers: Hysteria Machine, Crown and Glory
Jacket: George at ASDA
 
 
This pencil skirt has to be my most worn item in my whole wardrobe- I wear it pretty much every time I have to go to uni, and almost every weekend- so much so I'm surprised I've featured it so little on Be A Goddess. I love it not only as for its cool leather section on the hips, but because its lined (yay for winter proofing) and just a little bit longer than most hitting below the knee.
 
Does anyone else have an item that is seriously overworn in their wardrobe?
Jodie x

Monday, 17 November 2014

THIS WEEK, I LOVE..


... the awesome curves created by my What Katie Did Morticia corset (look at my hips)...



... feeling like it's nearly winter- wrapping  with warm drinks...


... and inspiring others- such as April ;)
Jodie x 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

GREY CAPE.




Cape: Boohoo (similar here and here)
Skirt: River Island
Bag: Gucci
Loafers: Linzi
Cardigan: Primark
Scarf and belt: New Look

How far into the winter months can you continue to go bare legged? I'm anti-tights at the moment so still braving the chill but I'm starting to get some odd looks. I'm not cold as I'm mastering layering at present. 

A faux fur scarf cardigan and cape and I feel like I'm wrapped under a duvet. I'm so glad capes are proving to be very popular this year-I feel like it's the cutting edge of fashion and I'm happy with how much wear my Boohoo cape is getting- I've had it a few years but it comes out every autumn. I'm so happy I'm getting a lot of use out of my wardrobe rather than spending. 

Plus it looks so smart and chic and tops off my pin up wardrobe perfectly.
Jodie x 

Saturday, 8 November 2014

RED DRESS

This week has exhausted me!

Thursday I done something I had always wanted to do (but never fitted the criteria) and gave blood. Not going to lie I felt like a super hero afterwards. Yesterday I helped my sister and brother-in-law move house and practically took all the sin of my hands cleaning everything in sight. Today will be a much needed lazy day with Chris.

I decided to start seasoning my What Kate Did Morticia corset while while completed a few chores and I have to say it looks amazing under this Lindy Bop red bibbed dress.



Dress: Lindy Bop (similar here and here)
Loafers: Linzi
Jacket: George at ASDA
Scarf: New Look
Headband: Hysteria Machine
Bag: Baia

Although only the first day of seasoning (so got a while to fit  perfectly) it gives my hips a beautiful Dita Von Teese shape and really shows of my chest. The dress really shows it off to its fullest potential -I just wish I snapped better photos before taking it all off to laze on the sofa.
Jodie x

Monday, 3 November 2014

FRUIT SALAD.

Sometimes I like to go out dressed like a giant sweet- especially mixing oranges and pinks to create something very similar to a Fruit Salad.





Dress: eBay (similar here and here)
Petticoat: Hell Bunny
Faux fur scarf: New Look
Cardigan: Collectif (similar here
Sneakers: Converse
Hair flower: Crown and Glory

This red Hell Bunny petticoat was a fantastic eBay find (100% worth the money- Evan at their original price) giving epic volume while still baking me resemble something you eat. Being able to wear my summer dresses in autumn is making me very happy- especially as its still warm enough to pair with a cardigan and scarf. 

I can't wait to dig out my furs as it gets colder- winter dressing will always be my favourite. Am I the only one who digs out the same winter clothes year after year? 

The only part of winter I don't like is the early night fall- cycling home in the dark is the worse part of my day, but I'm becoming addicted to the thrill. My heart pumping while I try to beat yesterday's time is a fantastic feeling- I can now see how people get addicted to fast driving. 
Jodie x 

Sunday, 2 November 2014

THIS WEEK, I LOVE...

... spending time simply relaxing. After a hectic few weeks my uni life has balanced out with my personal life- and although I'll rather be doing my assignments than blogging (sorry) I'm happy where I'm at. I only wish my student budget had allowed me to enjoy the Halloween activities- I love all things creepy especially these awesome meringue ghosts by Laura...


... in line with dressing up Megan's recap of MCM and all things display looks fantastic (and she makes the best Ariel)...


... being bare faced at work (the air conditioning irritates my skin) I've become obsessed with makeup and hair tutorials- Laura's ombre lips look fantastic and is something I NEED to try.


Hope you're all having  Fantastic week.
Jodie x 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

SIMPLE PIN UP HALLOWEEN IDEAS.

Never in my adult life have a dressed up for Halloween- in fact I haven't dressed up since I was about 10. Saying that I LOVE it. Skulls and creepiness and pumpkins- what's not to love :) 

Never celebrating Halloween I've never really dressed up so the October task on Fatshionology was hard- dress up is not something I'm used to. 

Throwing myself into the challenge I planned a few pin up style looks. 

Pin Up witch

A witch is the standard Halloween costume it was silly I didn't give this a go. Giving it a pin up edge I channelled my inner Morticia Adams and went for a long wiggle dress (with a witchy cape shoulders). Feeling more pagan than cartoon I went for a Autumn look with my make up- contouring in green and golden brown lips. 




 Dress: Frank and Doll
Hat: River Island
Hair skull: Hysteria Machine

Pin Up Pirate

Since recovering this halter neck from Vivien of Holloway I wanted to pirate it up, pairing it with my VoH skirt and belt. My thigh high boots have been sitting in my wardrobe all summer so bringing them out now it's got colder for this look is perfect- and rather than a bandanna I went for a pin up spin of a turban instead.




Belt: Pin Up Girl Clothing
Turban: Primark scarf
Boots: New Look

Pin Up Cat

My most fun look has to be this cat- but I'm not proud of my lack of make up skills. I wish my face looked a little more furry. Feeling fun I was inspired by Lucille Ball and went for (an ironic) poodle hairstyle. 




Top: Vintage

I wish I had plans for Halloween so I could dress up. What are you planning on dressing as?
Jodie x 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

WINTER DRESSING

Days out with April are always an excuse to try and out-pin up each other- the Black Heart Creative's event being a chance for us to try out our winter looks. This year I'm all about the cape- as (my Next grey leopard print cape in particular) creates a cosy blanket around me. Throw in some faux fur and its the perfect winter style.





Cape: Next (similar here and here)
Dress: Collectif (similar here and here)
Hat: Vintage
Bag: Gucci
Loafers: Linzi (similar here)
Cardigan: Voodoo Vixen (similar here)
Fur scarf: New Look
Cardigan clips: Ella Mobbs
Belt: New Look

I'm swaying towards more fitted dresses as the cold is creeping in- that way finding worry about a soggy petticoat- my Collectif cherry Dolores dress being my favourite. I defiantly wet for glam with huge curls and stockings. 

There's something about stockings that make me feel extra glamorous- and why I only wear them for special occasions in the warmer months. As its getting colder I can see myself wearing them a lot more. 

The only thing letting my down this winter is appropriate footwear. I just don't seem to own winter dress appropriate shoes! With turning 25 in a few weeks I feel like I should be a little more sensible- a contrast from the student lifestyle I'm living. 
Jodie x 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

BLACK HEART CREATIVE HALLOWEEN LONDON WORKSHOP.


When Black Heart Creative's posted their Halloween workshop on Facebook I instantly knew that it would be the perfect birthday day out for April. I have never made jewellery before but was excited to make my earrings and necklace. Little did I know what exactly I was letting myself in for.



Fuelled by a few cocktails (happy hour is a wonderful thing) the afternoon was a laugh.


I decided to stick to the basics and create the double bone earrings as I wanted to be talked through it step by step (but some people really let out there creative side). Charlotte was fantastic!

She kept it nice and slow (for snail paced me) and helped me with the first few o-rings but also walked round and encouraged everyone when they sailed ahead. I was really quite awful at first- it slightly worried me that as someone who works with their hands just how uncoordinated I was with the o-rings.




The knack is to pull one side of the o-ring towards you to open, then twist them back together until they click into place. The click back into place was what I struggled with- both Charlotte and April had to check over all my rings.


In the end I created a beautiful (if slightly wonky) charm necklace. I was going to make it very everyday without the pumpkins but I really liked the Orange of the pumpkins in the mix. I know it is super Halloween-y but I can see myself wearing it all year round- mostly as I love the taste of pumpkin's.



Me and April (where obviously the last to leave) had a fantastic day, topped off with pizza and silly mirror selfies.

As an individual Charlotte is awesome- and her passion for her craft really shone through. Plus the level of attention she showed me was abortive and beyond- I really enjoyed myself considering I was close to bribing April with cocktails to make my jewellery after the first o-ring and feel like if the opportunity to do about her arose I would jump at the chance.

Charlotte has a final Halloween workshop on the 28th in Bristol, and you can keep up with her other creations via Facebook Twitter and instagram.
Jodie x
P.S. thank you to April for taking some fantastic photos :)