Friday, 21 October 2016

These months: 9 & 10

I have constantly referred to my blog as a hub of self expression these past weeks but how much have I really been utilising it?

My self is a very curious, creative but naive 17 year old. I have numerous strands of this 'self' which nobody really knows or should I say I don't always successfully express. Growing up I am changing a lot, accepting new discoveries about myself but still holding on to old ways. I haven't quite decided which the best solution is, take a tight grip or gently let go? As I claim my blog is an 'expression of ones self' I can't feel fulfilled with this unless I begin to share more of MY SELF with you.

A round up of these months: 9 & 10... (picture me commentating these pictures in my wonderfully mancunian accent for added effect)

These months have been filled with people and places. Bumping into to familiar faces at gigs to serving the friendliest customers at work, realising that my 13 year old phobia of 'new conversation' no longer lingers in me is so fulfilling. These months I showed admiration for the special people in my life, I want to do this more often. These months I was too busy to even plan ahead, missing opportunities but gaining in other ways. These months the people I have been surrounded by have really made me happy, you're all great. 

These months I spent attending endless amounts of gigs, meeting my favourite bands and even ending up on stage.
 I want to talk about these...

Sundara Karma was a whirlwind of sweat and excitement. A favourite shared between me and the legend that is Staggy, we completely and utterly adore the four piece. I remember the night being done before it even begun, I was too engrossed in the music to recollect it.
No Hot Ashes and Marsicans were at the smallest venue AATMA, they were lovely and intimate in their own little way. Both bands I highly recommend and fully believe in their success.
Neighbourhood festival rolled around; Blossoms, Inheaven, Cupids, No Hot Ashes, Fronteers, Vant and Clean Cut Kid. Certainly a day of beautiful music and the best company. The highlights were endless...
Sharing a moment with Staggy during 'My Favourite Room', even though 5 people were between us, we still managed to hold hands. Loosing my sense of self in Vant because the amount of kicks and nudges being felt were never ending, my kind of fun. Ending our day on Clean Cut Kid, watching Staggy so happy in our favourite venue (The Deaf Institute) and somehow ending up onstage during Vitamin C.
Clean Cut Kid I fully love you for that, thank you you legends!
Spring King and Magic Gang, what do I say. Firstly, whoever thinks trying to start pits to Magic Gang is a wise idea just re-evalute, they're called 'The Magic Gang', their music is beautifully calming and pleasing, please don't be that person. 
Spring King however, are a band who never fail to impress. Regardless of seeing them three times before, I still get that same tense feeling when trying to video the big build ups in songs of 'Is my phone actually going to survive through this?'.
Luckily it did.

I have probably said it before but I do not have to validate myself and my position on this blog. So enjoy reading about my style, viewing my memories through pictures and questioning yourself on what you think of me, because ultimately thats what I want to achieve.

Lucy Jane

Saturday, 15 October 2016


Zig zag.
In a weird way I feel like this sums up my life at the minute, a constant change of situation.

At this time in my life as a 17 year old there certainly is so much pressure to perform, not only from people surrounding but from myself. I have A levels, a job, University creeping up, my blog and within all that I still want to have my own time. Generally, I would say I'm quite an organised, persistent person but recently this seems to have flopped.

So this is my note to self:

Lucy, compiling a heap of things to do into your mind is never going to work. Constantly zig zagging, flicking through what you should be doing compared to what you are doing. 
Prioritise what matters, learn from your mistakes...

Lucy Jane

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Oriental Charm

Sifting through the racks upon racks of charity shop goods, I stumbled across this charming oriental shirt. Whether it be a boys size 10 or a women's size 16, you've got to look for potential!

How do I spot the potential? 
Simply follow this guide...

Pattern or no pattern?
Patterns scream 'I AM UNIQUE TAKE ME HOME' to me in a charity shop, the majority of the time the patterns seen will have been printed a good few years ago. When you're bopping around town kitted out in your thrifted patterned threads, you will 99% of the time be sure that you are never matching with someone else.

Charity shopping is all about routing for those gems to fill your wardrobe, if you rely on sizing you will never find them. Experimenting with alternate fits; body con, loose fit or over sized will all compliment you in various ways. 
Look at the opportunity of the clothing, not just the item.

Just wash it
I refuse to let a stench, stain or scratch put me off an item. For the cheap price clothing is offered at, it would be silly to let a £1 tee go to waste due to an unappealing smell. 
Washing machines do wonders, I'll tell you that now...

style is LIMITLESS
Charity shopping is evidently beneficial due to where the donations go, but the benefits to your bank balance are pretty wonderful as well. The cheaper prices means experimenting with adventurous styles will not break your bank! Never say never, you are your own stylist, be exciting and break those boundaries!

Lucy Jane

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

s l u m p

Top: New Look // Dress: Forever 21 // Shoes: Mango

It isn't that you don't want to, it's just you don't know how to.

Creativity is an important part of me, when I step back and think about my life, I want to be 100% happy. I want to express myself as fully as I can through unique, individual and inspirational ideas.
When I realise I'm not 100%, I enter this slump...

So I'm going to step back, break this slump and start being 100% happy with life.
(and also appreciate the fact autumn is almost round the corner and dark lipstick is a daily essential!)

Lucy Jane

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

SOOOOO... September!

September seems to have rolled around so quickly and I'm slightly unsure of how to feel about it. The past 2 months of holidays, festivals and being with amazing friends is over, summer 2016 has come  to an end. On one hand I'm so sad to get back to routinely life, but after months of doing little work, it's exciting to bring back the focus and motivation.

SOOOOO... September!
The beginning of the chilly nights that seem to last a lifetime, autumn leaves that simmer down to the ground and an abundance of denim, checks and high neck jumpers. The layering up starts and my initial instinct when dressing in the morning is 'What is going to keep me cozy?' whilst still looking like Infinity of Fashion.

I've picked the creme de la creme of what September means to me and here is why...

1. High neck jumpers - Why wouldn't you want to feel as snug as humanly possible on a daily basis? Pair it with almost anything; jeans, high-waist trousers, slip dresses or even t-shirts.

2. Slip Dresses - So chic, so elegant, so classy...
Lingerie as outerwear has been so huge throughout summer, continuing the trend into autumn/winter is bound to happen! 
I personally love to throw a little tee underneath, some fishnet tights and your outfit is done.

3. Denim - Not just one shade, or two, but may be three shades definitely will be worn throughout this next month. 
Now is the best time for double denim, not too hot and not too cold, get out everything denim and wear it with pride!

4. Velvet - A texture I have a love hate relationship with, I truly blame my 13 year old phase of purchasing the majority of my clothes in velvet for nearly putting me off for life.
Luckily I've rekindled my love and have grown to adore all things velvet, as well as clashing patterns and colours, textures also add so much interest to outfits, do it!

5. Music, glitter and wing eyeliner - September means gig season for bands is in full swing which means moneyless Lucy is also in full swing. 
It's a month when so many artists release new music such as my absolute favourites Sundara Karma, their new single She Said is a beauty of a song so all show some love!!!
Glitter is the part of summer that will never leave me, who needs highlighter when glitter is around? 
My glittered cheeks can sparkle perfectly with my flawless cat-eye flicks, that's September!

Lucy Jane

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Stumbling and wandering

Top: Zara // Pants: Topshop // Shirt: Vintage // Belt: Mango // Shoes: Docs // Sunglasses: Forever 21

The backstreets of Liverpool really hold some hidden gems, stumbling upon graffitied streets done by some ridiculously talented strangers is always a nice surprise. 

I want to talk about wandering, the act of walking around aimlessly with no intention of where you're going. If I'm totally honest, a lot of us in life are wanderers, we don't realise but with little knowledge of where we actually want to go we spend the majority of our life wandering through. I believe wandering takes you down the brightest most interesting paths as when you stumble upon the unexpected the feeling of excitement you get is unbeatable. 
For me, having a plan of where I want to go in life is feeling very prominent right now and after months of wandering I don't quite know how to tackle it. I want to be happy, be successful and be loving every second of what I do but how am I meant to know what that will be until I stumble upon it?

So I stumbled upon this little alleyway in Liverpool filled with the perfect tones to match with my outfit. Orange is very quickly becoming my favourite colour and I'm finding my wardrobe becoming more and more orange by the day, I love it. Living in this pair of pants probably isn't a surprise to you as most bloggers own a pair and if you don't, why not?!?!?!?

I hope I start stumbling into different paths of life soon, it would be helpful...

Lucy Jane

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

A simple day of summer

Top: Vintage // Shorts: Vintage // Belt: My dads // Socks: Primark // Shoes: Adidas // Headband: H&M

A simple day of summer.
A gentle walk through the fields and farms, greetings from wandering chickens and wide eyed sheep. The somber sun glinting in the cloudless sky, beginning to feel slightly sun kissed but usually more sun burnt.
A peacefulness that just doesn't feel quite right anywhere else.

To be home is something individual, you find happiness in various places which are personal to you.  We should not overlook our home, our surroundings and our daily routines. Although one day my home may become far away in the buzz of the city, I await for that adventure. The simple days are endless around here and for now I adore that...

Lucy Jane