Saturday, 28 May 2016

Wildflower

Top: Topshop // Pants: Boohoo // Cardigan: H&M // Bralet: Urban Outfitters // Necklace: Topshop // Phone case: Wildflower

Summer is so so SO close, but I'll just pretend it's started now...

It's not often a phone case matches not only your outfit, but your garden shed as well. My bohemian style which occurs for a good 4 months in summer is slowly coming back, so I thought why not buy a phone case to match? Wildflower is an American brand that I have obsessed over for years, their cases always look so pretty and something about their classic black rim makes me want every single design. I opted for this marble/crystal effect one simply for how unique it was, little did I know it would look wonderful in Lucy's Shed!

As for my shed, I will be spending so many days chilled out watching films in my little shed. It's my creative space to spend time with myself, friends and lots of good music, my happiest place. With it being my happiest place, I feel like I need to incorporate it onto my blog in a more personal way. Time spent there is always time well spent, so conveying that here is something I want to work on. Who knows what ideas I'll have but I have a whole lot of time to work on it, bring on summer!

Lucy Jane

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Embrace the bare face: Love yourself, love your skin

As matter of fact as this may sound, we have one body. 
Each of our bodies has the purpose of living. 
We are born to live individually. 
We are not born to desire the body or life of others.
We aren't 'stuck' with what we've got, we hold potential with what we've got.

 Unique. Different. Rare. Exclusive. Particular. Individual.

Personally, I believe the idea of loving yourself is the most key concept in life to feeling self fulfilment. I do not love myself to the greatest degree I could, but I am learning and adapting all the time to understand me, myself and I.



When I say skin I mean body, coming to terms with 'loving your skin' is a more real-feeling concept to me than loving your 'body'. It stems from being constantly taught about body confidence and image, over years I got the impression if I wasn't body confident, I therefore wasn't good enough or if my body image wasn't accepted socially, I wasn't either.
Reaching towards loving my 'skin' feels more achievable. I have never been set guides or even taught on 'How to love my skin' so I've discovered it all by myself.

I want to spark up ideas, pull at those thoughts you fail to think of when blinded by self doubt, criticism and even hatred.

Write the answers down.

Why do you view your skin in a negative way? Where does the negativity stem from?
Think for as long as you wish, it may not always be clear...

Complimenting ourselves has become something stereotyped as 'big-headed' or 'self-obsessed' but being able to point out your own special qualities is important. 
Flaw less, love more.

Tell me how having a negative view of your skin has affected your life for the good? 
Tell me how having a negative view of your skin has affected your life for the bad? 

Now I hope to think your answer to my first question was much shorter than the last as having a negative view of your skin brings no reasons for good,  it may not implicate on you finding the good in other areas of life yet lacking positivity towards your skin is a draining effort that is mentally exhausting and unnecessary.

Is it your individualities that you flaw?

Individualities are one small portion of what makes us who we are, learning to love them becomes so much more rewarding than wanting to change the unchangeable.

Do you believe in having a positive outlook of your skin?

This is what it comes down to, believing in yourself to overcome the heaviness of doubtful thoughts and reach towards appreciating and loving your skin. I fully believe in any situation in life there is always room for change!
 Opening up to change is crucial as with change comes new opinions, new knowledge and new outlooks on life.

Personally, I am very slowly developing understanding on what it takes for me to love my skin and trust me it is a gradual process. I'm not writing this as an inspiring, self loving human as I am far from that, but I know what it has taken for me to develop a method to allow me to progress within myself and begin to love my skin.


Finally, three things you love about yourself?

My hair for being so soft and shiny every single day, my laugh for sounding like a rather happy seal along with its infectious ability to effect everybody listening and my eyes because I swear they are ginger, not brown!

Lucy Jane












Sunday, 22 May 2016

Spring nights, peach schnapps and feeling happy


Top: Topshop // Shorts: Urban Outfitters // Shirt: Vintage // Shoes: Alexa Chung M&S // Backpack: Topshop // Sunglasses: Forever 21

I do not know what I was trying to accomplish through this outfit, mixtures of browns and oranges really aren't my thing but ask me a yes or no question and my shoes will keep me occupied for hours!

It is the sweetest spring nights that time is spent sat with family sipping on peach schnapps, discussing how cool my Dad thinks he is and appreciating how lucky I am. Although my sinister 'I'm not a model' face may mislead you, I smile so so SO much. I would be a liar to say I don't encounter more than one chin at least five times a day, but I'm happy and I really can't help it! 
It's easier to express being sad than being happy, it's more understandable to express being sad than being happy but wanting to radiate happiness is the simplest thing that can make one big change.

So my happiness lead to the first outing of 2016 bare-legged. 
Shock...horror...gasp...
If I am truly honest, I had a trusty pair of skin colour tights on to hide away my stubbly legs. When the time reaches summer I will go to the extent of shaving my legs, but for now my effort to do so lies at 0%. Over the past few months I have developed an admiration for the colour orange, it's bright, bold and isn't yellow!
 (As much as I love the prettiness of yellow, the shade is not for me.)
This is a typical Lucy Jane outfit, slight 70s, pinch of 60s and a hint of 90s grunge.
But come on everyone, you should all know that by now!

Lucy Jane








Saturday, 14 May 2016

It makes my life colourful

Top: H&M // Pants: Unknown // Necklaces: Topshop // Bralet: Urban Outfitters

Surrounded by the synchronised swaying of the spring flowers with the brisk english wind being the only thing taking away the feeling of summer, so close but so far...

I suppose May is officially still spring, only last weekend I witnessed the baby lambs bouncing round the Peak District on my Gold Duke of Edinburgh yet the almost 30 degree temperatures would have fooled anyone into thinking summer was in full swing. The thought of warm mornings, sunset watching, ice tea, all kinds of fruits and all the time in the world to do what I want is pushing me through 'exam season'. Two weeks until total freedom, for a little while anyway, keep on going!

Summer is an excuse for me to dance around the fields channeling my inner bohemian goddess whilst picturing myself in the midst of a crowd at a music festival. Honestly, I don't care where I am, any opportunity to dance carelessly is a good opportunity! Dancing through flowers alone does seem rather fun, try dancing through flowers with your Mum trying to take pictures, now that's fun. Buttercups and daises are the simplest flowers, but I do adore them. I can't pretend I'm someone with 'green fingers' as I know nothing other than if you don't water plants, they die but the simple concept of daises and buttercups growing randomly fills me with content, I shall have a garden filled with these flowers as the responsibility to care for more 'serious' plants isn't on my wish list.

  Something about fields and fields of bright, blissful tones fills me with happiness, I let the colours consume me to inspire my thoughts and feelings, it makes my life colourful.

Lucy Jane










Sunday, 1 May 2016

One step closer to being Alexa Chung

Dress: Alexa Chung for M&S // Shoes: Dr Martens

For those of you who share the same admiration for Alexa Chung as I do, I am sure you were all as excited as me when her collection with M&S launched recently. I hopped on over to the website where I added the majority of the collection to my cart, only to then realise the huge total value my cart had reached. So I managed to narrow it down to the Helen trainers and this beautiful Eliza dress...

As for the collection, it holds so many classic timeless pieces that could easily be adapted to range of styles and tastes. It definitely reflects Alexa's personal style with the gingham skirts, ruffled blouses and slip dresses all summing up what I love about Alexa Chung. For years and years I've been saying 'M&S are missing out on such an important audience' in regards to the young adults in the UK, but I honestly think this collection is what they needed! They have gained so much more interest into their fashion ranges giving them the base to now grow and develop to cater for a wider audience. The pieces I got are so wonderfully made and fit beautifully, I highly recommend the collection.

Yet again my pale blue docs are out! When I bought them I thought they were a slightly 'awkward' colour as white may have been more wearable, yet they seem to match everything and barely get dirty, definitely a win. They matched my Eliza dress perfectly as did my bright pink barbie lipstick which I am now going to wear religiously. Summer is an excuse for this bright bold patterns, especially with this dress. I guess I am now one step closer to being Alexa Chung?

Lucy Jane