Sunday, 19 February 2017

When In Shoreditch

Discovering new places is something I love to do, you diversify what you know, what you've seen and how you look at things. Walking around Shoreditch for the first time was exactly this, the overwhelming sense of something new and exciting...

Wall after wall beautifully hidden behind a mask of graffiti, it felt like I was in a live art exhibition. Every corner turned opened up a story of somebody out there with something to say through the bright colours and bold statements. The independence this must have given a community seems so liberating, they have become part of their environment. Some pieces were so intricately detailed contrasting with the simple, yet each looked to me as if it belonged in an art gallery. The hundreds of murals surrounding me did become rather overwhelming as it took me right out of the places I was used to, I had a moment of anxiety because this new place was so new?

I'm not a particularly nervous person, I find facing things quite easy and try to take everything in my stride. When in Shoreditch it hit me in a way I'd not felt before and I crumbled under the unknown. Once I'd realised it is okay to not feel comfortable in new experiences, my day got back to normal but it taught me this...

I am 18 this year and officially an adult. New opportunities, responsibilities and situations will constantly be thrown at me and it is OKAY to not dive in head first. Things always work out even if at first glance it seems impossible to overcome, you can do it!

Lucy Jane


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

In love in lilac...

Being a child there was always a definitive between being 'girly' or 'boyish'. The society that surrounded us triggered our minds into associating certain things to each gender making us aspire to one singular set of traits. 
I began thinking about this when for the first time in years I looked in the mirror and thought 'I want to look more girly', but what did I mean by that? 

Growing up as a pretty confident individual, I could easily ignore peoples opinions on what I wore. Whether I'd bought it from mens section, women section or was wearing a style nobody liked, if I felt good I was happy. I didn't want to dress like anything other than myself and that gave me my little comfort bubble. I was ignoring everything my little child brain had heard as being seen as 'girly' was not a necessity of mine, I wanted to be seen as 'me'. 
That felt wonderful.

Gender was never something that crossed my mind when buying clothes as fashion is art and art should be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates it. I see an industry now pushing the boundaries and grasping gender fluidity and showcasing it with this subtle beauty and it makes me so so happy to see such a easy adaptation! So when I thought 'I want to look more girly' I think I know what I meant. Wanting to change up the colours, the style and adapt to the feelings in myself. 
I am in love in lilac here, may be in love with blue there.
I am in love with whatever I express myself as because really, why should we care?

Lucy Jane

Sunday, 12 February 2017

35mm diaries: Hometown

Shot on Olympus OM10

Gazing over the familiar landscape, I being to wonder...will this always feel familiar?
Surrounded by the bouncing hills along the horizon, the roads that lead to the same old places and the people who shaped who I am. You don't understand how special something is till you consider leaving it behind. A picturesque landscape, one thats mine.

18 years of life exploded into this place providing 18 years of unforgettable memories.
I think of it as a town of in between, not too far from the hustling city yet not too far from the peaceful countryside.
 The perfect mix.

Now comes 2017, where the prospect of moving away from here seems 100% guaranteed. Venturing from my Hometown to London, or so I hope. Welcoming changes and new beginnings and from that a different life will evolve. Pushed out of every comfort I have ever know into a blank, bare page. 
I hope I can rewrite my comforts and make it feel like my Hometown.

Lucy Jane

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Charity shop bop #runwayedition: Patterned in pink

#runwayedition what is that I hear you asking?
Having taken inspiration from the creators of Charity Fashion Live, a blog I will explain later, I decided to show you a look for less. 
How items bought in charity shops can end up resembling those on the runway, at a much smaller cost!

Pretty In Pink! An outfit taken inspiration from Gucci's A-W15-16 trend of 'Granny Chic' which is one continually growing. The development of textures like silk and velvet are all inspired by the trend, replicating through the soft texture of my black slip and shirt. The bold pinky yellow prints are another HUGE trend, these bold prints are so stunning even though they mirror the patterns on your Grandma's curtains! The most noticeable trend that Gucci kick-started was the fake, over-sized framed glasses. For some reason the world has become obsessed with glasses as an accessory, something I have never seen a lot of. It definitely adds a vintage twist but I can't decide whether glasses are for me or not.  

The overall trend is one that has been broken down and filtered to mainstream fashion a lot through what the high street provides. The best way to be inspired right from the designer is to buy second hand, you're making the style for yourself rather than someone else deciding it for you!

This concept is something I am all for, sustainability is key to the growing world and anything I can do to contribute to living more sustainably is good. I noticed a blog called Charity Fashion Live a few weeks ago and they're blog really inspired me to push this message. 
They recreate looks instantly after appearing on the catwalk through using only the clothes found in a charity shop! They are engaging a huge audience within the general public and establishing the idea of 'sustainable fashion'.
I respect this so much as it is hard sometimes to get the message across as people struggle to change their habits, if people aren't interested people will never know the damaging effects our lives are having.

 'An estimated 400 billion square meters of textiles are produced annually, of which 60 billion square meters are left on the cutting room floor. Each year over 80 billion pieces of clothing are produced worldwide, and after its short lifespan, three out of four garments will end up in landfills or be incinerated. Only a quarter will be recycled.' 

There are so many astonishing facts floating around talking about the industry in terms of how pollutant it is, how wasteful it is and what a huge impact it is having on our environment.
Charity Fashion Live, along with myself and a whole lot of others who support sustainable fashion want to help and make our impact! 
So please get your #CHARITYSHOPBOP on and go find some masterpieces!!!!

Lucy Jane

Saturday, 4 February 2017


The one thing at the minute I can't get enough of is leopard print. Deemed as cheap and tacky to so many people, I believe you can wear it and still be classy AF. It reminds of elegance and Alexa Chung which are both great influences to life. If you can look sassy in leopard print, you have smashed life. I just want to wrap myself up in a leopard print velvet throw and feel like a 1950s star! At the minute, I am constantly drawn to wanting to wear all the things that nobody else does. 
Rebelling to conformity you could say...

Creating a mix of street and sophistication seems to be my approach in this 'PRINT ON PRINT' look. Combining the velvet texture of the tee, with the embossed burgundy scarf  gently complimenting my deep red culottes, a perfect match. This is one of my outfits that falls into my 'fancy top' category. I have this dilemma where my wardrobe is filled with exciting pieces on top, but not so much on bottom. 
I hate jeans, I get too cold in skirts and the size of my bum is another obstacle. 
I generally opt for wearing culottes as they are so versatile and comfy yet I can't help but wish I saw myself wearing something else. Any suggestions????
I love an exciting outfit!

Lucy Jane

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Charity shop bop ft. sassy red shoes

The sassy red shoes...
Although they are sadly not a Charity Shop purchase, I have been keeping my eye out for similar pairs whilst bopping round the shops. Giving off a 70s disco-dancer style from the red vinyl material and bold silver details, they are the perfect party shoe. I am soooooo in love with them! Sadly rather uncomfortable to wear, you just have to deal with the pain and stomp around sassily!

The rest of this outfit is quite experimental for me, I'm not usually one to layer in this way or go for black and white tones but you've got to try something new! What I love about this pairing is that this shirt was probably previously owned by a elderly lady, now I'm wearing it with a velvet bra and leather boots. How can you not find re-inventing clothes so interesting??? It's like giving them a new life! These culottes are a beloved pair which I got and cut off the hems, leaving these silver and black threads loosely hanging. 
As my style is progressing, I've discovered I like to leave things slightly unfinished. Having a polished style is never my end aim as where is the fun in being clean cut?
 Gotta add a bit of surprise just like with my sassy red shoes...

Lucy Jane

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

to be hopeful, to be strong, to be equal! - Being a feminist

For the past year my curiosity as to what is really going on in the world has grown. My knowledge for politics and worldly issues is expanding and I am beginning to form opinions on what I believe in and stand by. 
Something I strongly believe in is equality, the state of being equal in regards to race, age, gender, work, human rights and oppurtunities.

In light of the inspiring and astounding 'Women's March' which took place across the globe, I wanted to focus on equality of gender, being a feminist. 

I always thought feminism was too complicated for me to understand when the term was uttered throughout high school, it seemed something intellectual that was beyond my understandings. As I left high school and began college, I started to understand what being a 'feminist' was. It was nothing to do with radical views or hatred towards men, it was simple.
Being a feminist meant believing in political, economic and social equality for the sexes. When I realised this, my first thought was 'Why isn't everyone a feminist? Why aren't we all striving for equality?'. 

Living in this generation feels so rewarding to me. The youth today are so comfortable and accepting with change, hence why the heart of these movements lies with us. We have to shout about it, make ourselves heard and be the bridge to other generations to raise awareness because people have become so blind to it. 

So Donald Trump is president and it seems his misogynistic, racist and ultimately idiotic ways have sparked a fire in a generation wanting equality. I don't like Trump.
With his recent inauguration, it got me thinking...
In an era where feminism is SO important and SO believed in, how has it happened that the President of the United States is far from a feminist? 
Wanting to punish for abortions, objectifying women for their physical appearance and making degrading comments to better himself. I stand by the millions of Americans who have hope for change, not hope in Trump.
Politics isn't my strong point, but I am entitled to have an opinion.

Being a feminist is being me, being a woman, being someone who wants equality. Across the globe people are constantly oppressed, being treated unfairly and having basic human rights taken away from them. On a large scale my impact will be small as I don't have the power to free the world of inequality but I'm standing up and speaking out and striving for change. 
I may be shy and timid or loud and proud, but I believe in feminism. I want to be equal, I want you to be equal and I do not want to live in an oppressed society. 

Your life begins exactly the same as everyone else, you know nothing.
You grow, learn and become you.
Somewhere along the way you unconsciously learn of whats considered right and wrong.
Once you unlearn that life feels a lot more empowering...

Lucy Jane