Tuesday, 29 December 2015

The Confidence piece

Jumper: Primark // Pinafore: Motel Rocks // Coat: Forever 21 // Bag: Lush // Shoes: River Island // Normal rings (left to right): Mums, Greece, Mums, Wanderlust-Notonthehighstreet

There is something so pleasing about the white stitching on this black pinafore, please tell me it isn't just me who this appeals to?
Whilst pottering round the streets of Manchester in this houndstooth print jacket, I couldn't help but feel a slight aura of 'Chanel' about my look, even though the price tag of mine certainly would not match that of Chanel! What this outfit did for me was confidence. I believe there are certain pieces in your wardrobe that when you wear, you feel invincible! This jacket is beautiful and made to be worn with confidence. 

Confidence for me is pretty unstable. Having my own style and dressing in my own way does bring me huge amounts of self confidence, but like everybody else in this strange little world it is certainly not always the case. Self confidence does come from within your 'self' but it would be lying to say opinions don't affect you.

“When you're different, sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn't.” -Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart 

As much as this has always been stressed, this 'person' who fails to accept you for you, along with all the quirks that accompany you, is completely irrelevant and unimportant. Not everyone is going to see the same way you do, you have to take it, deal with it and forget it.
People don't matter if you don't make them matter.

'Life - The condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.'

Can a life lived in fear of judgement really be called a life?
We are organic, living matter and in my eyes, living is all about freedom, self expression, happiness and love. The 'capacity for growth' shows we have endless self developments, so why not utilise this?
Confide in yourself to find the confidence we all have, it will be worth it.

Lucy Jane





Tuesday, 15 December 2015

'Always look up'

Top: Urban Outfitters // Dress: Vintage // Coat: Zara // Shoes: H&M
'Always look up'
Life is a confusing thing and through everything I tell myself to always look up, you don't know what you might miss. Even though I enjoy to emit positivity, in reality I struggle. I adore putting 100% effort into everything I do and everyone I care for and along the way get too caught up in things to understand what is actually important. I adore my blog but trust me, it is so easy to neglect it and convince myself I have no time for it. I don't want my blog posts to simply show my outfits, me stood smiling and posing for the world to assume that 'Wow she looks so happy!'. There are more important matters in my life for me to just simply write a blog post about my new shoes, I want to write them about me. My intentions are to write posts with a purpose to assure others and to assure myself of what is actually going on in my life...
I am so proud of my blog throughout 2015, but I want my creativity to run wild in 2016 and make my blog something special.
Thank You.





Sunday, 22 November 2015

Let's just say I never fail to discover a 60s little treasure...

Jacket: Topshop // Top: Primark // Skirt: New Look // Shoes: Topshop
It is not getting to the point where I don't want to leave my house because I know I'll be cold, someone please teach me the skill of practical dressing. I took these shots on a recent trip to Manchester when the temperature was bearable. Let's just say I never fail to discover a 60s little treasure...
I absolutely adore this jacket but finding things to pair it with is quite the task. I've come to the conclusion I need to keep the outfit simple, but chic, so I opted for a black skirt. For some reason I've always had this thing with black skirts and black tights being paired together, I think years of having to wear it at school has mentally scarred me. These cute little shoes are so so lovely, but yet again not the most practical, as long as there is no snow I'll survive! 

Lucy Jane x






Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Keep the faith


'Northern soul is a music and dance movement that emerged independently in Northern England in the late 1960s from the British mod scene'
A movement which allowed teenagers to liberate themselves by using this underground style to express an individual sound, style and society. This movement influenced a big part of modern culture, yet it all stemmed from the ambitions of some music loving teenagers up in the north of England.

I'm known for my admiration of the swinging sixties, especially when it comes to the fashion, yet the journeys through music played a huge role in the decade. Being a northerner, it is obvious that northern soul, in my opinion, is the most important musical 'revolution'. It was a real eye opener researching on how people my age and older completely changed the music scene through their drive to express themselves...

'So Lucy, what does northern soul have anything to do with you?' For one, I'm northern. Although sometimes I hate to say it, I'm northern and proud. I've lived surrounded by northerners all my life, knowing that some of those were responsible for this movement is pretty cool to say the least. Secondly, I believe in self expression. Allowing everyone to be themselves without trying to be 'accepted' by society. The free spirits who created the 'Northern Soul scene' broke the social boundaries to share their individual music taste. They did what they wanted, so what’s stopping us?

Being a 16-year-old in this society, I feel heavily judged, like I'm not taken seriously and that I'll never really be good enough to meet the standards people want from me. I don't care about all these opinions. I care about being happy in my own skin regardless of whether people want to diminish my happiness, never giving up even when you feel at your lowest and achieving the goals that I set myself. I only wish there was more people like me who could confidently say that. Anxiety, nerves, worry. I'm sure these feelings are relatable, the exact feelings I used to feel daily. It is easy to get lost in the maze of being 'socially accepted', but makes life easier when you finally discover your true self. You have to 'Keep the faith'. Why can't we unite as a generation? Just think of the mark our voices could make, abolish these rules and regulations and live in a society where there is no fear in  being yourself. The youth that were responsible for Northern Soul were completely careless, they loved the music, the dancing, the style, they lived and breathed it. 

What for our generation now? I took these photos on the streets of my favourite city, Manchester. I went out there with my 60s style and love for life ready to shoot. I was greeted with the occasional glare, degrading comment and the casual bystander watching me out of curiosity or judgment? I can not pretend there wasn't an ounce of self-consciousness there as I was being watched, yet why should doing what I love bring me this negative social inflicted feeling? This generation has the capability to do something different, but we are too busy comparing ourselves to one another to notice our power. 

I laugh, I smile, I smirk, I stare but I think. I think this generation needs to collect this ambition for change and use it. The past is the past but that doesn't stop it influencing the future. Northern soul will never be forgotten, but our generation might. 

'It is easy to get lost in the maze of being 'socially accepted', but makes life easier when you finally discover your true self'

Lucy Jane











Sunday, 8 November 2015

My kind of casual

Coat: Zara // Top: Charity shop // Pants: Levi vintage // Shoes: Topshop

I won't lie, I have gotten carried away with the days and realise now that my blog needs a bit of love. Blogging is my favourite hobby, but sometimes I have to prioritise other things instead of dedicating my time to what I love. As much as I hate to say it, blogging can't be my life right now. Enough of that, back to what I truly love...fashion. I have been living in this Zara coat as it seems to go perfectly with everything in my wardrobe and keeps out the cool November air. I was ridiculously happy when I found this velvet high neck leopard print top in a charity shop in Chester, to me it just screams 'Alexa Chung would wear this' so I had to buy it. Speaking of Miss Chung, it was her birthday this week and as she is my biggest style inspiration I wish her a very happy birthday and I hope I can look as good as her at 32! There will be a day when I don't wear a high neck piece, but I don't see that day being anytime soon. I love the combination of all these simple pieces, it's my kind of casual...

Lucy Jane 





Sunday, 1 November 2015

I think this skirt may change my life

Jacket: H&M // Skirt: Vintage // Jumper: Primark // Shoes: Topshop // Bag: Primark

Take a moment of appreciation for this vintage suede skirt because I'm overly happy to own this beautiful piece. So last weekend me and my mum took a lovely trip to Chester because why not? It os such a lovely town with many good shops, lets just say I went a bit mad shopping. As autumn is in full swing, I had to bring back my well loved H&M leopard print jacket because it is pretty much my staple. Although the orange tones in this skirt are rather bright, I still adore this piece and I can't get over how perfect it is. It has the classic button down front, but the overlap and pocket shape gives it this unique twist and there is nothing I can fault about it. I had an amazing time wandering round finding cute little lanes, pretty parks and just appreciating how happy I am at the minute. Is it strange to say I think this skirt my change my life?

Lucy Jane








Thursday, 29 October 2015

Big and baggy clothes

Jacket: Zara // Skirt: Charity shop // Jumper: H&M // Shoes: H&M

There is something rewarding about going out in an outfit and blending in with the beautiful back drops as you stroll through the day. I can't get enough of this rust/orange colour and I do want to wear this jumper every day of my life, I won't lie. I'm never usually one to go for midi skirt but I found this gem in a charity shop a few weeks ago and I fell in love with this woodland print and colour palette. As for my jacket, I can not explain how much I adore this piece. Even though the price tag was a stretch for me, I can justify it by saying just look at it, it is stunning. I think a common trend for me throughout this season will be big and baggy clothing, I can't be doing with skin tight clothing revealing how much rubbish I'm eating...

Lucy Jane