Tuesday, 25 February 2014

LOOK INSIDE YOURSELF, NOT YOUR HANDBAG.

A few weeks ago Hayley (from Hayley Miller) asked for bloggers to collaborate in a handbag documentary and I jumped at the chance to share how much my handbags mean to me. I LOVE handbags. I pride myself that I at least have the self control not to buy a new bag every week until I have a different one  for each day of the year. I have memories and emotions attached to every one I own and that at least 30, and always longing after another.

I have the Gucci handbag: the one I use when I want to impress (read as show off how amazing my boyfriend is) and makes me feel like a queen; the satchel I use for study days/ assessments or when ever I need to carry a lot of stuff around with me; a variety of "hippy bags" that I live in Monday to Friday at  work (usually with an orange or apple left in there past its prime); and then there is the Ted Baker clutch (from my dad) that spends 99% of its time tucked up safely in its dust bag and only for special occasions.

Out of all of the bags I own my all time favourite has to be my hairy monster bag.



For my 21st I went to New York and while there (back at home) Chris managed to break his foot (cue a text message saying "I just had an x-ray :)" with the smiley face and then several hours I couldn't contact him) but he still managed to hobble to the town centre to by me this when I returned jet lagged. I didn't even know he noticed how much I wanted it form River Island. It was the most thoughtful gift I ever received and so spot on me probably the best present anyone has ever bought me.


I'll be the first to admit its seen better days and there is a whole in the lining the size of my fist but I love it. I'm convinced its got me every job  I've interviewed for (and is coming with me for my Uni interviews) as it makes the best first impression. Its just so striking.


If I am ever worried about going somewhere I take this bag. It makes me feel safe and reminds me of Chris.


It goes with practically everything I own and I think its in about 70% of all my outfit posts.


As I only have one outfit post without a bag (I did have one with me I just wasn't holding it at the time) handbags are a VERY IMPORTANT part of my look. I don't feel properly dressed without one. I feel like I'm in that Little Britain scratch where the piano player stops his recital to check his bag. Where else am I going to keep my DSLR,  iPhone, diary, keys and a rather crushed cereal bar for "just in case"? Or how am I going to attract cute dogs to stroke?

I wonder is all my magic powers come from my bags?

Bag: River Island
Skirt: Boohoo
Tee: Nikki Lipstick
Denim jacket: Vintage
Hoodie: Primark
Boots: River Island
Petticoat: eBay
Rings: Tessa Metcalfe and Pip Jolley

All my favourite bloggers are bag fanatics too (Law, Laura, Elizabeth and Helena are a few I never see without a bag).

Do you have a favourite bag? How does it make you feel?
Jodie x
P.S. I want to thank my best friend April for these photos- she really captured the bag perfectly and i give her 10/10 for the effort she put in.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

THIS WEEK, I LOVE...

I've just got home from a fantastic weekend in Manchester with my best friend- its a lovely friendly city but I'm glad to be in bed. Long coach journeys are not my thing, but Premier Inn service clearly is. After asking if the temperature can be increased a little in our room (24° was told chilly) we were given a heater and a super thick extra duvet :) I can't thank the staff at Christie Fields Premier Inn enough :)

It actually makes my bed feel a little rubbish in comparison and it feels a lot colder down south now.

With Manchester, LFW, work and a busy day tomorrow at a Uni assessment, work and the VoucherCodeUk swap shop (and seeing Law :D) life seems on a fast track and its just the way I like it.

Really I should be asleep to recharge for tomorrow instead I'm looking to outfit inspiration for my assessment. Do I go pin-up like the ever so awesome (and so hot I saved this image onto my phone in a creepy way then realised it was creepy and deleted it) Elle in a leather pencil skirt...


... in all black and a statement piece like Laurens beautiful yellow coat....



... or super casual in a smock dress and killer hair- maybe even trying out Kat's faux hawk hair tutorial? 



Jodie x 

Friday, 21 February 2014

LFW A/W14 DAY 4

Day 4 LFW was my best day  of the season and my best day out of the whole year :)

Ending my show schedule with Zeynep Tosun (wow! I want all of the accessories!) was the perfect end. So was eating Shake Shack with Laura, Law, Emma, Epiphannie, Sheri and Claire- It always feels like no one eats at fashion week but that doesn't apply to us.






Body: Marks and Spencer
Lace body: Priamrk
Skirt, Velvet Waistcoat and Sheer Jacket: Vintage
Sheer dress: Motel Rocks (similar here and here
Bag: Gucci
Jacket: New Look via ASOS
Boots: Marks and Spencer

I really wasn't feeling my look again this day but until my nan came round before I left and said I looked good :) She really cheered me up. Despite being layers of sheer clothing I was almost sweating at points! My favourite part of the whole look was my red boots- I'm really starting to feel coloured shoes at the moment and after seeing the Isabella Blow exhibit at Somerset house with Law, Laura, Sheri and Claire I'm encouraged to step up my game a bit.

The exhibit was fantastic and if you get the chance go to see it, the outfits where great but it was the hats that really stood out- I just wish it was a little bit more personal and I felt some areas a little to white and clinical. So glad I saw it that I'm tempted to take Chris to see it again.
Jodie x

Thursday, 20 February 2014

LFW A/W14 DAY 3

Day 3 of LFW was just awful! If it wasn't for the brief moments with Ollie and Laura I don't think I would have returned for day 4- the right friends really do make the difference. After failing to get into Apu Jan as it was full, I went to the Fashion Finest show. If you ever get the invitation to go there don't it was a huge mistake. After starting over an hour and a half late it just  went down hill- you could hear the backstage models talking over the music, there was no consistency in the speed of the models walks (some strolled others practically ran) and the organisers constantly standing in the way I just wanted to go home. Besides that the actual collection I went to see (Vintage Icons) was great- the rest where a complete let down.





Jumpsuit: Topshop
Shirt: H&M
Initial Necklace: Topshop
Belt: New Look
Jacket: New Look via ASOS
Bag: Gucci
Beanie: Gift
Shoes: Linzi

Hannah wore a very similar jumpsuit day 1 of  LFW and I joked that I was planning to  wear the exact same look that day ( I was glad I changed my mind) so day 3 I had to really up my game to make it look different. Having freaky long limbs to my body my jumpsuit doesn't quite reach my ankles so I always crop the legs, but I actually prefer it this way I like the pin up vibe it is. I'm so glad I found the jumpsuit (which there is a similar one here, here and here).
Jodie x  

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

LFW A/W14 DAY 2

Today is a day of relaxing after my dog laying on the back of my legs all night leaving me with a backache, so I'm leaving the cobbles alone today. I've had such an amazing LFW!

Day 2 I saw both Xaio Li and was seated at Zeynep Kartal-  both which I enjoyed- and  spent the rest of the time on the cobbles. I was FREEZING! The dress I layered over all of my clothes was deceivingly thick. It felt a lot warmer on the hanger (and when I wore it at Christmas) than in the wind. A hot chocolate with Law, George and Deborah (after a brief time with Laura, Pearl, Clare, Emma, Robyn- who was wearing a very similar dress but looked a LOT warmer than me- and Epiphannie) was very much needed.




Dress: Topshop
Shit and bow tie: Vintage
Jacket: River Island
Bag: Gucci

Despite the cold I love my Topshop silver dress (which you can buy a similar one from here, here and here ). I was going to wear it  with nothing underneath but I went for a masculine edge the last moment with a shirt and bow tie. My hair was my greatest achievement on day 2 (a fair few people took photos of it) but I wasn't really feeling the rest of my look.

Today is being spent trying to write up all the other LFW related posts (and lots of scheduling) with a thousands and one tea and juice breaks in between.
Jodie x

Saturday, 15 February 2014

LFW A/W14 DAY 1

I know this is a day late but I was so exhausted coming home that I could barely shower. Totally worth the exhaustion. I experienced my first ever solo show that I was seated (!!) at Lulu Liu (the oriental inspired catwalk was beautiful), then ran across London to the Fyodor Golan show. It poured down and I was so wet and cold, lost my hat 4 times and honestly felt like crying. Dispite that Fyodor Golan was totally worth it (pvc and iridescent galore) even after throwing a glass of champagne over my scarf! I cant wait to show you all both- they really were amazing :)

Then I met my wonderful blogger Friends Hannah, Kavita and Ollie in the Media Lounge. After drying off it was time for my favoirte part of LFW- some street style spotting with Hannah. The weather really seems to have driven everyone away this season, but it was great to meet up with Law, Lauren, Clare and Laura, and have a cheeky prosecco. Unfortunately I couldn't face the wait in the cold and rain for Ping He (the queue was massive) and much preferred a cocktail catch up with Laura. I was even super lazy and got a cab home from the station rather than wait for a bus.




Dress: Frank & Doll (buttons from Hobbycraft)
Jacket: River Island
Boots: River Island
Hat: River Island
Bag: River Island

I feel like my outfit was sponsored by River Island- which I have only just noticed. Its a shame I am so incredibly washed out and windswept. It poured down. I have owned this dress for at least a year but rarely wore it, mostly because I didn't like the buttons, after changing them I've worn it a lot. I think its my Evira/Dita Von Teese dress and it will be out all from now one. It's very booby (giving me some unwanted trolling from someone who's channel I can't remember) but I love it! Very pin up goth :) Day 2 was completely different.
Jodie x

Thursday, 13 February 2014

MY LFW ESSENTIALS.

This is now my 4th season at London Fashion Week, and while I'm in no way an expert (this is the first year I received invites) what I am good at is walking around Somerset House. At LFW it's my Mecca. It's packed full of street style inspiration, the occasional collection, and even the odd celeb (the first day I even attended Kelly Brooke pushed me down a slope).

This is what I carry with me.


My favourite part of LFW is meeting my friends and street styling so I take my camera, plus my phone for quick snaps. Previous LFW I've ran out if charge so this season I've made sure I've packed my charger and an emergency power supply.

The invites and Oyster card are quite self explanatory, I've also wrote out an itinerary this year of what's going on, packed my business cards and a pen to white down details of new friends/ make quick show notes.

Its true when people say "no one eats at fashion week" honestly you'll feel like you never have the time. So I always have a cereal bar in my bag, and a LOT of water. Nothing is worth having to crawl off a train and be sick from a dehydration headache. I also take a bit if money for food and a few cups if tea- Somerset house has a beautiful cafe you can warm up in too.

It's planning to pour down all weekend, so don't forget an umbrella, plus makeup and hair spray to fix any smudges.
Jodie x 

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

WINTER PASTELS

You might have noticed there was no tutorial posted yesterday the reason being is my camera connection has broken :( Hopefully it will arrive by the weekend and LFW. 





 Scarf: Gift
Jacket: River Island
Bag: Gucci
Play suit: Vintage

Summer has come early for me this year and I'm already firmly in my warm weather clothes. I'm glad pastels are popular in the winter months so I don't have to hide my vintage play suit away.  

Its beautiful, fits like a glove and I cant compare it to anything- it really feels like a one-of-a-kind piece. Maybe its the shoulder pads, maybe its the fit round the waist or maybe its the awesome semi-skirt bit at the front but its stunning. 

Going for the pastel theme I seem to be pairing it a lot with my leather jacket and scarf, toughening up the look with my boots from River Island which I've practically worn to death. The remind me a lot of the awesome Jeffery Campbell Ward boots and cool Unif Gosh boots but at a much more reasonable price tag. 
Jodie x 

Monday, 10 February 2014

LADY IN RED







Dress: Vintage Style Me
Gilet: Waiste
Hat: River Island (similar here)
Bracelet: Gift
Shoes: Marks and Spencer
Bag: Gucci
Necklace: Pip Jolley

The curse if the boobs strikes again as my sickness risen above them. Luckily for me I like showing off my legs. 

I love this smock more than is healthy and forever grateful Rhiannon is such a star at bespoke sizes. I've worn this a few times and every time I feel very luxurious, and although red is a big step away fro m my comfort zone I feel like it's becoming my colour (but I was tempted by both the black and navy) and I can't wait for the weather to improve so u can get my red boots put a little more. Although sold out I'm equally tempted by more of VSM stocks- they're honestly the ! Like their gingham, love heart, and even in the colour of the season-pink

As a change from my usual winter coat if faux furs I've been trying to layer up to keep warm and my Waiste gilet is the perfect addition. Warm plus its a lot easier to drive in. Am I alone in never having cold arms and legs? I feel like I'm part dolphin how I can shut off circulation to my limbs to conserve heat (this is true I learnt it from David Attenborough).
Jodie x 

Sunday, 9 February 2014

THIS WEEK, I LOVE...

Today is a day of rest, after a long working week and both a uni visit and out for my dads birthday I'm very sleepy as I mixed my cocktails with a lot of water (plus being pretty much tee total I actually only had 3). I've officially decided that margaritas are my second favourite cocktail.


Today has been spend relaxing, taking photos to put up at ASOS Marketplace and eBay, and two very important surprises- an invitation to the Bora Asku catwalk show at LFW and a university interview :)

My favourite looks this week are very different from each other. The first is a very soft princess look from Rachel at Poses With Roses....


.... and the other is an all in black look from Elle of Good Morning Angel. 


Jodie x  

Thursday, 6 February 2014

MOONSTONE

I've had stretched ears for nearly a decade now but (as I never stretched above 8mm) I've never felt like I've given them the love they deserve. Until I saw an add on Facebook for UK Custom Pugs (they do work) and was a little shocked to see they have small sizes!

My ears are finally happy in these beautiful moonstone pair.  


I'm a little bit of a snob and on my like natural products in my eats for comfort for extended periods of time (so not plastic) and finding (let alone finding affordable) crystal plugs are hard. I have a love for crystals and wanting a bit of encouragement  (moonshine promotes balance-including hormonal balance- calm, focus to help centre your thoughts) while applying to uni I bought it (it's also meant to bring good luck, and fortune).

The plugs themselves are perfectly smooth (for happy ears) but I never expected the colours. They're like little rainbows in winter, and when sunlight hits have a lovely warn glow.


They arrived super fast, and are a fantastic value for money (£3.50!) The only downside is now I want more.
Jodie x 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

PAINT IT BLACK



Gilet: Waiste
Skirt: Topshop
Fix fur collar: eBay
Bag: Gucci
Top: Primark
Necklace: Pip Jolley
Petticoat: eBay

Black, black, black, black! My all time favourite colour to wear, and the colour I feel entirely comfortable in. Even enough to take these photos out in the rain :/ I'm in no way enjoying this cold and wet weather- it's making going outside really depressing plus is sending my hair crazy.  

Plus it really made me appreciate just how much work Chris puts into photography for my blogging. Refusing  leave the car these are the only two nice photos, which he warned me about. Well there was a very nice third of my chest. 

This is  simple outfit all made to look "wow" by my awesome hat (that if you followed me on any social media would know I love). As soon as I saw it in River Island (similar here, here and here) I was reminded of a cross between Yoko Ono and Lydia from Beetlejuice- the inspiration I'm currently channelling. I can Joe understand why every one was obsessed by them last LFW. 

Speaking of which who's going? And who wants to meet?  
Jodie x 

Monday, 3 February 2014

PETTICOAT DREAMS




Skirt: Topshop
Vest: Primark
Scarf: Primark
Leather Jacket: River Island (similar here)
Loafers: Linzi (similar here)
Petticoat: eBay

I'm not sure why I've developed this bendy crossed legs pose as if late but all my outfit photos of late include them ha ha. On the plus side it makes my skirt look even more poofy.
What else helps is my new petticoat (that I bought from eBay here but you can also buy here, here and here). 

After meeting Florrie at LFW and her petticoats I've been tempted to buy one for myself ever since for the princess effect. I think the extra volume on short skirts adds to the pin up vibe I've been channelling as of late. Plus I love how it really emphasises my curves. I'll be honest I was freezing with no tights on but I left the house in a rush and feeling like a princess was enough to occupy my mind. 

This evening I'm spending with both my sisters, and as we haven't all Bern in the sane room since Christmas I can't wait :)
Jodie x

Sunday, 2 February 2014

THIS WEEK, I LOVE ...

Thank you everyone who expressed there care about my back; after deep heat, hot water bottles, some questionably strong pain killers and a massage I can bend again! It hurts but as I have nobility back I cant complain.

Its left a lot of undone chores this weekend (that I'll have to make time for in the week) but on a plus I finally had my hair cut and dyed to a tasty blackberry colour (and developed a need for silly kiss faces). Its darker than anything I've had in years but it was needed for coverage. I had so much ginger in my hair the raspberry colour kept fading back to it. I get my hair coloured a lot but the upkeep needed was too time consuming, and I feel like ginger is in the past and didn't like the constant reminder. Out with the old and all that jazz.


This isn't its last stage my sister has promised highlights but I love it. In terms of posting its going to be a mix and match between the posts I'm going to show of old and new for the next few weeks.


Although I'm tempted to buy these body shop hair chalks reviewed by Jessica (from A Little Bit Of Jessica In Your Ear), I've seen a few people give them a go but as Jessicas' hair is a similar darkness (although a different colour) I needed her review!


Unfortunately after reading Stephanie's (from Stephaniejw) review of her double sole DMs I want them too.
Jodie x