Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Golden Time: Day to Night


With fashion I adapt my outfit to my mood, the term 'dressing up' is universal to me as when isn't a good time to dress up? Recently I had been wondering what I would do if having time to change my outfits was an issue, what if I had to work with what I'd got, think Day to Night!

As an 18 year old student who has balanced college, work and a social life amongst a huge load of other stresses, I understand the pressures of time management. The 'perfect' student life involves a day filled with hard work and studying, accompanied by a night filled with socialising but we all know it is never quite that simple! With the help of contemporary jewellery brand AUrate , I was inspired to create transitional looks that work from day to night for me. Keeping the same staple top and jeans, I challenged myself to make two differing looks perfect for separate occasions...

DAY 
Layering this lace Forever 21 top with my vintage golden cami was the perfect simple solution to pair with these Primark jeans. A trend associated with Autumn/Winter, the cooler temperatures in the UK are making layering a must; it adds that extra detail to an otherwise boring look!
Talking of layering, I opted for a few staple jewellery pieces with this Black Stoned Choker along with the finely detailed Black Stone Ring and Closed Flower Ring
Taking simple jewellery pieces such as those found on AUrate.com adds so much to an outfit. With no overpowering tones or colours in the jewellery, the golden touch compliments the look perfectly, it's Golden Time!

NIGHT
Being someone who strays away from classic 'night out' clothing, I thought this outfit would be the perfect spring night look for an outing with friends! Using the same top and jeans as the previous look, I added this M&S floral shirt,  New Look oriental bag and Primark golden boots. 
The bold tones really brightened the look, bringing out the staple colour of Gold!
  Night looks often give you a chance to experiment with styles, it is the time to have fun! I decided to layer these two golden necklaces, the Golden Bar and Golden V both found on AUrate.com

Day to Night looks are becoming increasingly popular with everyone busy schedule, the key to success is jewellery! Adapt the pieces to your style and work with what you've got, whether its keeping it minimal or laying pieces AUrate are full of beautiful items to transition those Day to Night! 


Lucy Jane




Saturday, 22 April 2017

LSB IN NYC - Stop and stare, It's Times Square!


Think of all the breath-taking moments you've had and roll them into one, mixing together all that wonder and awe into a split second. You are truly amazed.
This is what Times Square (and pretty much the whole of NYC) did to me. 

'Been dreaming of those bright lights, in the city...' a lyric sang by my favourite band that could never have felt more fitting than in that moment. We wandered down 48th street till we saw the neon signs growing brighter and bigger and eventually, hit Times Square! My first thoughts were 'woah', everything was so big, bold and busy. So many people rushing down the street; made up half of excitable tourists and the other half of New Yorkers, uninterested by their daily commute. It seemed so surreal to be in Times Square, the place I'd seen countless times on TV and I was actually there!
Surprisingly, I did anticipate more lights then there was but may be that's because my first experience was in day light, it comes alive at night...

Stepping out after eating at around 9:00pm, me, my mum and my dad were all amazed at the difference. Suddenly it felt like this was a city that didn't sleep, it didn't even feel dark the lights were so bright! It was hard to fathom it all as there was so much to see. We casually wandered round as we passed a man dressed as a Marijuana leaf, countless broadway shows and so many independent artists trying to sell us their music. 
There was such a buzz that is hard to explain, everyone was there but nobody really cared what anyone was doing. 
It wasn't an ignorance, people were just too cool to care!

So my second night in New York left me wanting to see more, so far I'd fallen in love with absolutely everything and knew I never wanted to leave.

Lucy Jane



Thursday, 13 April 2017

LSB IN NYC: Central Park and Antique Art

On Saturday 1st April 2017, I travelled to the city that I have dreamt about visiting for so long. Craving to ride the subway, hail a cab and see the infamous skyline that leaves you breathless at first sight, I went to New York City.

Central Park and antique art was what my first full day in NYC consisted of. Our plan was to wander round Central Park throughout the morning, head on to the MET museum and wander back to ready ourselves for the night. We took a right down Fifth Avenue, the street I can only describe as Oxford Street on steroids. The further down we went, the more designer shops appeared. Gucci, Prada, Chanel, YSL, the dream. It was my first day in NYC, how was I already being tempted by the pieces I could never afford? Their window displays were precise works of art and I was blown away. There is something comforting about being in awe of absolutely everything, I was in this dreamworld that I want as reality. 

After a while the shops dispersed and before us appeared large boulders, green lawns and blossoming trees. 
Welcome to Central Park! 
The iconic photo opportunities passed with obvious instagrams being snapped, the further you ventured the more interesting it got. Luckily the sun was beating down that morning meaning we ambled along feeling relaxed as ever! When we reached the lake we decided to hop in the Boathouse Restaurant for Sunday Brunch which I highly recommend. Our first day had to be filled with waffles, pancakes and my favourite; french toast. With our view of The Lake, we watched as families and friends rowed around this pool of tranquility. A moment of peace in the city that never sleeps. When our food arrived I honestly felt like a dream had come true, nothing beats french toast and this was 100% the best french toast I have EVER eaten! Our brunch was as american as can be and we left feeling very full and very happy.

Our next stop was The MET museum which is famously known for hosting the ever so elegant event that is the MET Gala along with its huge collection of historic art. It felt so surreal standing in the same place that so many of my fashion icons have once stood. The never ending staircase that turns fantasy into reality on the first Monday in May, one day I hope to experience that. 

We headed back through the western side of central park seeing the Great Lawn, Belvedere Castle and stumbling upon Strawberry Fields. It felt so peaceful sitting on a bench around the 'IMAGINE' monument, a man sat strumming The Beatles whilst people gathered round appreciating the exact same moment. 
People walked by, people stopped but everyone seemed so so happy.

My first experience of New York was wonderful and magical to say the least. It all seemed so out of place, you were in nature unnaturally but it felt right. 

Central Park and antique art is a day I will remember for a lifetime, if I could bottle up the joy, the happiness and the contentment I felt that day I would keep it and save it for my down days. I push myself back into that moment seeing the street performers singing or the street artists painting and remember everything can feel okay because that day, life felt perfect...

Lucy Jane