Monday, 29 September 2014


As the weather is getting colder I'm trying to rekindle my love of trousers. I'm not fond of low ride trousers- I prefer the reaching for my belly button. 

I like the pin up look of high waisted trousers, paired with a halter neck top and a belt.

Trousers c/o Ann Harvey
Belt: Gift (similar here)
Halter neck: Vintage (similar here and here)
Loafers: Linzi
Jacket: George at ASDA
Bag: Gucci

After modelling for Ann Harvey at Plus North they got in contact with me asking if I would like to review something. Although I would have loved to review the jacket I wore on the cat walk- it wasn't available at the time (but is now online!) After modelling these jeans I knew I wanted a pair of trousers. Ann Harvey trousers fit super high waisted- which I love not just for the comfort but for the over all vintage look. 

I'm glad I choose these purple floral pair (which come up to belly button height!!!). Plus I'm happy to say they fit perfectly (I struggle with a good leg length)- I didn't need to crop these from short legs, the material is super soft but mostly they look awesome. 
Jodie x 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014


Vivien of Holloway is a brand I am head over heels in love with so when Hannah (from VOH) contacted me I was over the moon. A few days of eagerly waiting and this beautiful pirate halter neck dropped through my letter box. Thank you so much Hannah and Vivien for sending me something so beautiful. 

Top c/o Vivien of Holloway (similar here and here)
Skirt: River Island (similar here and here)
Sneakers: Converse
Bracelet: Pip Jolley
Headscarf, watch and necklace: Thrifted. 

I was expecting something beautiful (from the photos on the website) but I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it on with just how perfect it is. The thick halter neck looks great and hides that 'underarm boob' thing that I hate in halter necks; plus the sweetheart cut just makes my chest look amazing. The shape its self is perfect for me (like a glove) the clinched wasp-waist shows off my awesome pin up curves. So obviously had to be paired with my tightest of pencil skirts and kept casual with my sneakers. 

Someone commented on a VOH facebook post saying that the swing dresses where perfect for weddings because "you don't have to wear a bra"- I wanted to test this theory and after 10 years I finally went bra less comfortably. In fact I will never wear a bra with this- and coming from someone as ample chested as I that's an amazing thing. 

So really this top is the best of both worlds- beautiful and comfortable. I want about 20 more. 
Jodie x 

P.s. a little note on sizing. Vivien of Holloway are in vintage sizes so check the size guide before poo ordering. Its also important to note that the halter neck tops and dresses are lightly boned- so offer a little extra support. So if you're between sizes around the waist I would recommend sizing down if possible (I have a dress in the larger size and it doesn't fit as comfortably). 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014


Skirt: Vivien of Holloway (similar here and here)
Top: Primark
Bag: River Island
Cape (thrown over bag): Next
Sneakers: Converse
Hat: River Island
Belt: Primark (mens)

Sunday at LFW was very similar to Saturday- a spot of lunch with Laura, Lauren and the lovely Plum and some street style spotting. I went for one of my favorite looks- using my comfy duchess VOH skirt- and the converse that I have barely taken off my feet (they're super comfortable). This skirt is totally my favorite ever skirt- and I always get a ton of compliments about it.

LFW might be over but it really feels like my feet hasn't quite touched the ground since mid-August. I'm feeling tired (which may or may not be contributed to starting in anaesthetics -apparently its common to feel a little sleepy) and my mind is being overfilled with information but I feel  like I am making a lot of progress in understating. I am so glad I took the chance on returning to uni- its worth the hard work all ready.

Sorry I'm starting to sound like a broken record with all this "I am so busy at uni" talk but this week I'm putting into place my study-work-blogging schedule so hopefully I can stick to blogging every other day again.
Jodie x

Tuesday, 16 September 2014


Ark! I'm knackered- LFW officially took the last of my energy for the month. Honestly don't know how I have survived my first two days on placement. FYI- I am so happy I am on this course, at the university I'm attending and hospital I am training at.

I was a little impulsive in my LFW looks- the River Island skirt was bought after seeing the pink advertised as me and April where walking past RI en route home. Thank you Leeds Medowhall Topshop worker who told me this comes in blue, and central Cambridge worker who found me this in store :)

Skirt: River Island (similar here, here, here and here)
Jumper: New Look
Shoes: ASOS
Bag: Kate Spade
Cape: Next
Head crown: Crown and Glory

I went for a sweetypie rockabilly look (a concept I have made up myself) as there was no way in the world I was not wearing this skirt. I decided to dress it up with the jumper and head crown, but my temperature was so up and down in the day I ended up throwing on my cape. Looking back I'm not convinced it goes- but  I love a bit of granny-chic, and I was comfortable which is what I really care about.

I don't care how exhausted this weekend made me, it finalised and epic month of fashion-friend related activity and was totally worth it. I just hate the fact I have to wait 6 months until I can see my blogger-babes again :(

In fact I doubt I will be doing very much at all for the next couple of months- unless you call reading epic amounts of textbooks "for fun" a good time (like I do).
Jodie x

Friday, 12 September 2014


With London Fashion Week staring for me tomorrow (I can't wait to see my blogger babes) I've realised how fashion related this past month has been, even if I haven't managed to post as often as I would have liked. I've really pushed myself to do as much as possible (as its something I enjoy so much) before I run out of chance. After attending Plus North, modelling there (a post will be soon), and (hopefully) a few new possibilities coming my way (which I will be forever grateful for) I could have easily have got into a slump between PN and LFW. Fortunately me and my best friend April managed to secure tickets to Collectifs 100 Dresses London Edge After Party. Being dressed to the nines as the perfect plus size pin up attire was a dream. 

Getting to party at Proud Camden with Alix Fox, Meth, the Tootsie Rollers and more (who I've forgotten sorry) was amazing- Collectif can really put on a party! Even being sober me and April had so much fun we nearly missed our train.

Dress: Collectif (similar here and here)
Bag: Gift
Shoes: ASOS
Aprils dress: Collectif (similar here and here)

I'm not lying when I say I LOVE Collectif and I felt honoured to be parting "representing" them with 99 other ladies- me and April honestly never felt better. Theres something about Collectifs fit that just matches my body. The shape is just perfect for my hourglass shape. Plus the off shoulder sleeves is perfect for a little tattoo flashing (I wish I had taken a photo of Aprils from the back as her dress showed hers off even better).

Sorry this post is so short but this dress won't be a stranger (and I really should sleep!) but if you're interested in what I'm doing over the weekend (and while I've been at uni and AWOL) follow me on Instagram.
Jodie x

Monday, 8 September 2014


... The amazing opportunity from Collectif 100 dresses to party at Proud Camden as part of London Edge and spending time with my best friend...
... Seeing so many beautiful dresses at the Collectif store (want, need, can't live without)...

... Sunday morning breakfasts with Chris...

... Sara's amazing fringed jacket (a charity shop find!!)...

... And black full skirt inspiration from Stacey.
Jodie x 

Friday, 5 September 2014


I'll hold my hands up- up until the beginning of last year I never cleaned my makeup brushes. I used them until they where disgusting unusable then bought new ones. In fairness this is when I tended to put most of it on with my fingers (I had a powder brush and one eyeshadow brush I used for every colour when I wanted to keep my fingers clean) but buying a set I decided to look after them. 

After trying shampoo, soap, face scrubs and cleansers and just warm water I wasn't happy. They took ages to clean, where never perfect, where left feeling rough and would irritate my skin for a few days after cleaning. Then in January I had foundation matched in MAC and the artist used the cleanser

After asking age raved about it (and as my skin felt good after wards) I tried it out myself. You can see how much I've used so I think its fair to say I approve. 

What I tend to do is fill the sink with a little water, chick in a flannel (as my mum does NOT like it when I stain the sink) and wipe the brush with warm water, then massage in a few drops of cleanser and clean with warm water and the flannel. Sometimes I repeat then squeeze the excess water and air dry. 

Nothings cleaned them better and faster and (as they're properly clean and the cleanser is gentle) my skin has improved. Essential with how much stress I've been under starting uni (which is going fantastically).

I really cant fault it- I recommend it to everyone. 
Jodie x
P.S. I haven't done many beauty reviews and I wonders what everyone thinks? 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014


Top buttons on cardigans have become my go to pin up look- plus making it more effective at keeping my shoulders warn. Pair a brooch and headscarf and any look is instantly 50s inspired.

My life has become obsessed with cardigans and brooches! Nearly as big as my love of headscarves. Oh an my Vivien of Holloway satin skirt- which I've already raved about. Basically I love everything about Pin Up fashion.

Skirt: Vivien of Holloway (similar here and here)
Shirt: Vintage
Cardigan: Primark
Loafers: Linzi
Brooch: Felt Witch
Headscarf: Charity Shop
Bag: Gucci 

This is my last outfit post with long(ish) hair- looking at these I don't think it's a massive difference but it looks super unhealthy here. This is also 3 weeks old so an indication of how busy I've been! 

This has inspired me to up my game at uni dressing. I've worn leggings everyday this week (like a proper student) but I haven't felt "comfortable" and not at all like me. I'm well and truly in love with 50s inspiration now. 
Jodie x 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014


... spending the weekend at Plus North with my best friend April- meeting a ton of wonderful people (photo from Plus North facebook page)...

... spending a small fortune on beautiful clothes from Nicky Rocket, Topsy Curvy, Curvy Kate and Chunky Cat Cuddler....

... being Voodoo Vixen "Vixen of the Month"...

.... and finally starting uni as a "mature" student.

I know ive been less than dedicated to blogging as of late but settling into student life was a lot more important to me. Now I've started, I've got a bursary confirmed and what not ill try to be more frequent.
Jodie x