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







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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Golden Girl


Top: Vintage // Pinafore: New Look // Choker: Homemade


I often ignore my creative side when I'm off for summer, I have endless days filled with the possibility to create and make but I end up lacking motivation for ideas. However, through an online course I am completing, Parsons X Teen Vogue certificate in fashion industry essentials, it has given me more opportunities to explore my creativity to a wider spectrum.

'Golden Girl' the title of my choker, my task was to produce an accessory and take into consideration production costs, retail prices and wholesale numbers. 
Here is what I learnt explained...

Original production cost:
£3.80 - Materials
£5.30 - Wage (1 hours work)
Total cost - £9.20
To make a 25%, retail cost - £12

After chatting to my friends about they're opinions of the value of my choker, the majority said they would pay around the £8-£10 mark for an accessory such as this. However, when wholesale buyers come into the picture reducing costs is necessary, so here is what I learnt about that...

Wholesale production cost:
£2.30 - Materials
£2.65 - Wage (30 mins work)
Total cost - £4.95
To make 25% profit, wholesale cost - £6.50

As well as expanding my creative outlook, I am learning so much about the behind the scenes of the fashion industry. From production, to design, to online marketing this course is filled with so much helpful information that's pushing me even more into the world of fashion.

Lucy Jane







Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Polka dots and glittery socks



Jumper: Vintage // Pinafore: Primark // Shoes: Boohoo // Socks: Topshop // Phonecase: Iconemesis 

To co-ordinate your phone case with your outfit is one thing, but have you ever fully matched your phone case with your whole outfit? The online store Iconemesis have the sweetest phone cases which coincidentally, illustrate my style perfectly! 

What can sum up Lucy Jane better than a high neck jumper, pinafore, rounded glasses and a classic pair of glittery socks? The evolution of my style seems to have gone backwards, whereas most people mature with age I seem to have become more childish. With being childish comes a sense of fun, a fun and freedom to where whatever I really want and feel comfortable in it. If I didn't have a pair of glittery socks for every day of the week I probably wouldn't function the same, they're fun and that's me. What is also is me is this phone case, it perfectly reflects my childish style with the slight reminder I am still slightly sophisticated by actually owning an iPhone (that shows sophistication in my mind). 


I stress to you all that having fun with your style is what life is all about! Whether you have interest in fashion or not, playing around with colour, texture and fit are the best ways to express yourself visually. 
Feel fun in what you wear and free to wear what you want.

Lucy Jane











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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Beauty around every corner

Top: Forever 21 // Skirt: Forever 21// Necklace: Topshop // Shoes: Topshop

Strolling through the streets of Mykonos town, you felt the excitement of not knowing whats round the corner yet being fully aware wherever you turn will hold so much beauty. The classic grey and white cobbles could be endlessly followed without becoming bored of where they took you, it's one big, giant, beautiful maze.

The town itself had so many amazing restaurants, bars and shops which I explored to a certain extent. My favourite place was a shop comparable to Paperchase in the UK, it's name was Anamnesia and it's products were ridiculously cute. It had the prettiest prints on stationary, bags and mugs, I loved it! 
Other than that, some streets were filled with designer stores that I was too nervous to enter, tourist shops selling classic collectables and lots and lots of jewellery shops. It was the ideal shopping destination in the early hours of the morning, not so much in the hustle and bustle of the afternoon.

My bohemian side always comes out when I'm away, you'll never see me in a maxi skirt walking round Manchester! Although whilst getting ready I thought this skirt was the perfect choice, as soon as I stepped outside the wind began to blow me and my skirt away. The slit up the side definitely adds to the design, yet it was not helpful whilst trying to keep my decency walking round Mykonos town. 
The colour combination is my absolute favourite as oranges, pinks and reds work wonderfully. 

One thing I will say for Mykonos, theres beauty around every corner...


Lucy Jane








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Friday, 12 August 2016

Y NOT?????


Being beaten in a sweaty crowd probably doesn't sound too appealing to you. The constant elbows smashing your body along with the endless cans of beer, cider and wee being lobbed over your head, sounds inviting don't you think? 
Regardless of what you think, Y Not festival consisted of all these and more, I can honestly say it was one of the best weekends of my life.

Music festivals are a favourite of mine, the people, the music and the atmosphere never fail to make me 100% happy. I could wander round the tents all day bobbing around to whatever music I hear, dancing and singing and not having a single care. 
Every morning I'd wake up, pop my head out the tent and be so ready. Knowing you're seeing Eliza and The Bear, Catfish, Sundara Karma, Circa Waves and Noel Gallagher all in one day definitely motivates you to get out of bed! Although Y Not is consider a 'medium-sized' festival, its line up this year was A M A Z I N G. I can't say any performances were a disappointment but the stand outs for me were Madness, Noel Gallagher, Inheaven, Circa Waves, The Tin Pigeons and obviously my favourites Sundara Karma. 
Hearing Oasis classics live is an experience I'll never forget, standing in a crowd surrounded by people singing along to every word is unexplainable, you had to be there to understand how special it felt. 

Other than the music, my second favourite thing about Y Not was the glitter. A slightly drunk Lucy decided an all over glitter look would be perfect for the Sunday night, I'll tell you now glueing glitter in your hair is never going to be easy to get out!

So the next festival for me is Leeds which is going to be mental.
Let me know what festivals you have been to or where you'd like to go!
I highly encourage everyone to experience the festival atmosphere because you are certainly missing out if you don't!

Lucy Jane