Sunday, 26 March 2017

#CHARITYSHOPBOP : In with purple and pink - Runway edition


London Fashion Week seems like a life-time ago in the fast paced world of fashion, but shift your minds back to a few weeks ago. We saw A/W17 showcase some beautiful looks down the catwalk with a lot of focus on red, cheetah print, leather but suprisingly, purples and pinks. 
At Charity Fashion Live they covered the event instantaneously, recreating the runway looks from pieces discovered in a Charity Shop. Channeling designers inspiration from different shows, their looks were inspired by Molly Goodard and Ryan Lo, as seen above, but also Henry Holland and Jasper Conran. 
Streaming their fashion show seemed more exciting than the runways, they had a style but what they did with it was their choice!

I decided to adapt Charity Fashion Lives approach to Fashion Week, taking inspiration from their re-created looks and adding my only Lucy Jane twist!
 I raided the local charity shops and picked up all these pieces that were under £5 each, such a bargain!
 Being inspired mainly by colour and texture, the snake-skin shirt replicated Ryan Lo's bold prints. His designs use a variety of prints along with contrasting colour. Molly Goodard adapted simple structures, with a basic shaped top along with wide leg pants. This 'anti-structure' silhouette is one I adore with loosing fitting trousers being a must in my wardrobe! 

The colour palette of pink and purple was the main stem of my idea. I put together a range of pieces replicating both silhouette and colour. My favourite piece has to be my £5 fluffy pink jacket, it's so snuggly, bright and better than any high street find! 
I think this look is bright, bold and fun!
As purples and pinks are colours I usually sway away from, taking inspiration from Charity Fashion Live and experimenting with clothes by buying in Charity Shops allows me to try the weirdest most wonderful looks!

 I urge you all to
1. Head on over to http://www.charityfashionlive.com  to check out their amazing show!
2. Consider sustainability when buying off the high street 
and 3...
 GET #CHARITYSHOPBOPPING

Lucy Jane 







Sunday, 19 March 2017

Those red roses


Spring is almost 'sprung' yet I can't veer myself away from wanting to wear the classic winter tones of red, black and white. I think there is something about red that I truly love, I found a journal entry from a few months back where I wrote about my favourite colour, have a read...

' A strength and power to the feminine culture, stereotyped as a masculine colour at birth, I think red embodies strong, determined women. 
It is also a happy colour that reminds me of my holidays, my favourite red two piece always comes to mind.
It is the perfect tone to match my auburn/brown/ginger combination hair that makes my eyes completely pop.
Red is power'

With spring usually comes a flood of pastel colours but just keeping looking at those red roses...

Lucy Jane


Saturday, 11 March 2017

70s Suede


I can't tell whether the over-sized glasses look is a good thing on me anymore or not? Part of me thinks I look like a sophisticated, vintage woman whilst the other half thinks I look like a fly, with bug eyes.
It is a look I suppose...

70s suede, something which was in EVERY single shop around 2 years ago and we really couldn't get enough of it. We saw it in the form of jackets, skirts and even shoes, but where exactly did it go? I found this vintage jacket back in 2015 and feel the neglected trend led me to neglect this.

'Trends' are something I'm trying to push away from, of course subconsciously we are all inspired by trending things but to lead a life based upon them doesn't feel right to me. I am a creative person, I take inspiration from so much around me it is hard for me to define when I'm following a 'trend'. There is nothing to say do not follow trends as they play a key role in society which I find really interesting. The knock on effect of something 'trending' is so weird for me to comprehend, a large number of people suddenly obsessing over the same thing. 
WEIRD.
Pushing away from whats 'trending' in society and thinking about whats 'trending' in you is important.  Making yourself happy and fulfilled should be number 1 priority, listen to your own voice first.

Lucy Jane



Sunday, 26 February 2017

#CHARITYSHOPBOP: THE WORLDS MOST AMAZING COAT!

The perfect valentines day was spent wandering the streets of Notting Hill where I stumbled upon a little gem...

Sifting through the rails of the most up-market Oxfam I have EVER encountered, I came across the worlds most amazing coat. Presumably vintage, this bright blue suede jacket is the most perfect piece I have ever found. With a slight comparison to Marc Jacobs recent A/W17 collection, this shearling coat is everything I ever wanted and more! It was as if by chance I found this colourful coat as 1. My unplanned outfit matched it perfectly and 2. I was shooting in Notting Hill, a placed renowned for its colourful houses!
All things happen for a reason...

Although this #CHARITYSHOPBOP was a slight splurge being £29.99, the coat feels brand new! Once bought, I strolled around with my Mum through Notting Hill and Chelsea falling in love with the places I could only ever dream of living in. Seeing such grandeur and glamour in a residential place just felt so weird, but so glamorous. 

I love seeing such contrasting parts of London as the more you search for the more you discover. This time next year I hope to have composed many more blog posts of my London adventures, along with a continuing theme of #CHARITYSHOPBOP !!

Lucy Jane





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




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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