Sunday, 29 January 2017

Charity shop bop ft. sassy red shoes


The sassy red shoes...
Although they are sadly not a Charity Shop purchase, I have been keeping my eye out for similar pairs whilst bopping round the shops. Giving off a 70s disco-dancer style from the red vinyl material and bold silver details, they are the perfect party shoe. I am soooooo in love with them! Sadly rather uncomfortable to wear, you just have to deal with the pain and stomp around sassily!

The rest of this outfit is quite experimental for me, I'm not usually one to layer in this way or go for black and white tones but you've got to try something new! What I love about this pairing is that this shirt was probably previously owned by a elderly lady, now I'm wearing it with a velvet bra and leather boots. How can you not find re-inventing clothes so interesting??? It's like giving them a new life! These culottes are a beloved pair which I got and cut off the hems, leaving these silver and black threads loosely hanging. 
As my style is progressing, I've discovered I like to leave things slightly unfinished. Having a polished style is never my end aim as where is the fun in being clean cut?
 Gotta add a bit of surprise just like with my sassy red shoes...

Lucy Jane







Wednesday, 25 January 2017

to be hopeful, to be strong, to be equal! - Being a feminist


For the past year my curiosity as to what is really going on in the world has grown. My knowledge for politics and worldly issues is expanding and I am beginning to form opinions on what I believe in and stand by. 
Something I strongly believe in is equality, the state of being equal in regards to race, age, gender, work, human rights and oppurtunities.

In light of the inspiring and astounding 'Women's March' which took place across the globe, I wanted to focus on equality of gender, being a feminist. 

WHAT IS BEING A FEMINIST?
I always thought feminism was too complicated for me to understand when the term was uttered throughout high school, it seemed something intellectual that was beyond my understandings. As I left high school and began college, I started to understand what being a 'feminist' was. It was nothing to do with radical views or hatred towards men, it was simple.
Being a feminist meant believing in political, economic and social equality for the sexes. When I realised this, my first thought was 'Why isn't everyone a feminist? Why aren't we all striving for equality?'. 

Living in this generation feels so rewarding to me. The youth today are so comfortable and accepting with change, hence why the heart of these movements lies with us. We have to shout about it, make ourselves heard and be the bridge to other generations to raise awareness because people have become so blind to it. 

So Donald Trump is president and it seems his misogynistic, racist and ultimately idiotic ways have sparked a fire in a generation wanting equality. I don't like Trump.
With his recent inauguration, it got me thinking...
In an era where feminism is SO important and SO believed in, how has it happened that the President of the United States is far from a feminist? 
Wanting to punish for abortions, objectifying women for their physical appearance and making degrading comments to better himself. I stand by the millions of Americans who have hope for change, not hope in Trump.
Politics isn't my strong point, but I am entitled to have an opinion.

Being a feminist is being me, being a woman, being someone who wants equality. Across the globe people are constantly oppressed, being treated unfairly and having basic human rights taken away from them. On a large scale my impact will be small as I don't have the power to free the world of inequality but I'm standing up and speaking out and striving for change. 
I may be shy and timid or loud and proud, but I believe in feminism. I want to be equal, I want you to be equal and I do not want to live in an oppressed society. 

Your life begins exactly the same as everyone else, you know nothing.
You grow, learn and become you.
Somewhere along the way you unconsciously learn of whats considered right and wrong.
Once you unlearn that life feels a lot more empowering...

Lucy Jane









Sunday, 22 January 2017

Tied To The Stars


I've always had a fascination with stars. The way you look up, able to see them being so far away yet they shine like the brightest light in all the night. Scientifically, they're a huge ball of gas but our imagination can tell us differently...

TEXTURE! 
Texture has become my new favourite accessory, trying to mix everything such as lace, velvet and leather. It's proving a key trend throughout my wardrobe in 2017. I am obsessed with these dungarees as the majority of my wardrobe looks amazing under them. It saddens me that they are fully black, as a two tone may have been an interesting look but we can't have everything we want! My lace top is an amazing find from Blue Rinse Vintage in Manchester, it's the perfect dressy casual top that I will none-stop wear. The metaphor of this post comes in the use of my starry scarf, I am literally tied to the stars but I thought I'd approach this rather uniquely...


Let me be tied to the stars in the sky to fly high above the world when all good turns bad.
Let me be tied to the stars to dream, dreaming of distant places and magical beginnings.
Let me be tied to the stars when unmotivated, doubtful and turn into a bursting ball of energy.
Let me be tied to the stars when I feel lonely, remembering we're all in this life together.
Let me be tied to the stars if I'm sad and realise I've got this whole world to make me happy.
Let me be tied to stars through life, being a bundle of energy, light and sparkles.
I am tied to the stars.

Lucy Jane




Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Charity shop bop: Get Gold


GET GOLD!

If you're feeling timid about trying out different trends, I will tell you now there is nothing better than sparkles or shine! Whilst sifting through my wardrobe, I was drawn towards these tones of navy blue and gold. Grabbing a high waisted straight leg trouser,once worn by my teenage mother, a charity shop metallic slip and a family friends previously loved coin purse.
 I decided this was a look!

 It pleases me to see colours complimenting an overall look, especially when the tones are unexpected. When items slip into place perfectly it makes me so happy! Looking at this outfit makes me think if navy and gold were people, they would be the best of friends. The way each contrasting piece enhances the other is flawless, the perfect palette I believe. 

As for this charity shop bop, can you believe that this cost me a total of £14!!! 
(£10 being the primark boots)
It gives off such chic city vibes of a well cultured 90s woman, feeling sophisticated but pushing the boundaries nonetheless. 
I've decided the coin purse is my new thing. It was a rather vintage trend which seemed to have developed to new styles due to its lack of practicality, but I'm bringing it back!
 It makes me think of the days when people didn't carry round laptops, phones or iPads. 

I'd like to think this was once used to store Prada sunglasses, a Chanel perfume and the rouge-est of rouge lipsticks!

Lucy Jane



Friday, 13 January 2017

New Beginnings


2017, a new year, new beginnings. 

At the start of any new year you contemplate the past and dream of the future, wondering where you will be and what you will have achieved within the next 12 months. It is easy to assume that treating a new year as a 'new beginning' is nonsense as if you truly want a 'new beginning' you will pursue it when you are most passionate, yet I like to look on the bright side. 

Ahead of me is another year, this blank slate that I have the opportunity to fill with such wondrous, beautiful moments. It's exciting don't you think? We begin knowing we're going to form some kind of a personal journey throughout the next 12 months but we have absolutely no idea how! I walk into a new year with a sense of freedom, my ambition sky high with buckets of determination to get where I want to be.
  There is no time like the now which is a concept I struggle with sometimes due to my natural talent at procrastination. A new year sets in stone that the 'now' is important, repeatedly told to set 'resolutions' or 'goals' we are striving to achieve something. 
This year I want to live in the now and express the exciting essence of the present.
Every moment should be loved and I want 2017 to express that.

On a personal note, I am filled with excitement for this year. It is the year I turn 18, go to University and begin a life studying and working towards my dreams...
Being in the fashion industry. 

I will state this now and not look back:
My new beginning in 2017 means I am going to achieve to my highest abilities, live to my fullest ambition and have the most beautiful, exciting, adventurous, hysterical, glittery and loving year of my life!
I want this year to be recognised as special, I want big things to happen for little Lucy Jane!

So raise your glass of whatever beverage tickles your fancy, and have a cheers to new beginnings!

Lucy Jane



Wednesday, 4 January 2017

SOOOOOO 2017, what are ya gonna bring?

Sooooo 2017?
Personally I feel like next year is going to be a huge year for me, I know there is going to be so many changes and who knows where I'll be this time next year! I decided to test my pyschic ability and have a think about what next year will bring me in regards to different things, my first being fashion...

Slowly but surely this trend is trickling into the wardrobe of so many, although we might not realise those fishnets, checkers and tee dresses are all inspired from this era. The dark, androgynous feel to the looks yet something about wearing these looks feel so so feminine. Although in recent trends the inspiration has been incorporated into streetwear, I think 2017 will be the year of a reckless Lucy not following the timid trend.

If you're staring at this collage and thinking 'You will never catch me in that!' think again!
With the advancements in tech fashion, developing textiles in order to compete with the rapid market is something I believe will happen. Rather than the generic fabrics, we are becoming bolder creating a demand for something different. Discovering new materials and making them more wearable is so 2017!
Also, I think along with an emphasis on textiles, there will be an emphasis on nudity. I 100% agree that female or male nudity should not be shamed, our bodies are our own, of course respect others but your own self respect is not defined by your degree of physical exposure. Our bodies are beautiful, by using an art form such as fashion to contribute to the beauty is not something to degrade!

May be not a high fashion trend, but one I personally think our youth of today are going to quickly adapt. Rave culture was always about not really caring about much other than music; baggy clothes, bright colours and quirky accessories. It probably wasn't a trend they intended to create but seems iconic now. The look of 90's kid will always be an influence, yet specifically rave culture is bound to influence the brits...

Hate it or love it, glitter is hear to stay. 
(well on this blog at least)
For years we branded it as 'tacky' but for some unknown reasons glitter is becoming sophisticated, wearable and chic. I will admit, I spent years as a glitter hater but now I can not get enough of it. I love the love cut sheer tops, so unrealistic yet so chic. 
2017 you will be glittery, even more glittery than this year.

Lucy Jane