Charity Shop Transformation: Making a DIY £1 Topshop Leopard Print Denim Jacket!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Hellooooo again!
I'm back again with another Charity Shop Transformation and if you're thinking 'What the heck is that?!?', I'll give you a lil summary...
If you're an avid reader of my blog, you will know how much I adore Charity Shopping and how much I adore to share the pieces I find with you! My #CharityShopBop posts get such amazing feedback so I decided that Infinity of Fashion needed some more Charity Shop goodness as it's content I love to share and you love to read! So, I present to you...
Charity Shop Transformation!!!

One of the main comments I get when people try and go Charity Shopping is...
 'How do you find this stuff?! Whenever I go it looks just like my Grandparents wardrobe!'

Well yes, that's because it pretty much is but you have to look past that and think how YOU could make it your own. From turning skirts into two pieces, tops into crops, I want to show you how things that look awful on the hanger can be changed into something stunning! It's  more sustainable, its cheaper and you're money goes to a good cause. 

For todays transformation I want you all to have a search round your wardrobe, your parents wardrobes or root in your local charity shops and see if you've got a spare denim jacket that needs a little loving. Then head to your local charity shop or Grandparents wardrobe and pick up some material you love; it could be an large old skirt, an old shirt or even just a pretty patterned material! 
The next steps will show you how I turned my old denim jacket into a chic, in style piece very similar to one on Topshop being sold for £59 yet mine only set me back £1...
Aaaaaaaaand... those are the simple steps to re-creating a Topshop Denim Jacket!
If you don't have access to a sewing machine, carefully hand-sewing the panels in place could definitely work as well and if leopard print isn't your thing, use whatever fabric you wish, theres no rules! 

Customising clothing and making things unique is something which feels so rewarding to me, strutting about in my personalised jacket makes me feel so confident because it has been turned into something 100% me. I urge you all to open up your wardrobe, pick out some pieces that need a bit of extra love and do some research on how you could change them up or even DM me, I'm happy to help! I want to inspire and influence people to start thinking differently about fashion because as an industry, it is damaging our planet on such a drastic scale and small changes like up-cycling clothing instead of buying brand new can make a big difference. 

Let me know if you have a go at your own transformations and use the hashtag #CharityShopBop along with tagging me to do so!

Lucy Jane

A refresh

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Just as you hit those tiny arrows at the top of your browser, I feel like my life needs a refresh. To reload, re-process and re-approach the things I do. 
I want to adjust my vision and really focus on what things are important to me because there is so much in the world that interests and excites me. 
I want to help promote change and be a voice that gets listened to. 
I want to learn about issues, learn about cultures, simply learn more about life and ask questions.
I want to get my brain ticking again, ready to be the best it can be.
I want a refresh and rethink of the person that is me.

To be blatantly honest with you all, I used to look at myself as a very deep, intellectual human with a lot of opinions and a lot of knowledge and now I think I'm pretty boring, bland and have lost so much substance. I miss being in education more than words can ever express. I know I could easily pick up a book about politics, research the world I live in or start a project on a certain subject but the truth is I've become so lazy.
When you're in education, you're given topics to learn about. Whether you like it or not you spend your days constantly expanding your knowledge about so many different things and keeping your mind busy and occupied. 
When you aren't in education, you aren't given anything to learn, you have to do it yourself.
I thought I was quite a pro-active independent learner but a year away from education has certainly taught me otherwise. I used to use my spare time to do things I loved like creating forms of art, researching the fashion industry and finding exotic places I want to travel to whereas now my whole life feels like spare time and it's overwhelming rather than enjoyable.

I want a refresh because I feel me, myself and everything that I say, share, write, like, follow, know and do needs to hold more substance. 
I'm going to start with this space, my blog, and view it more of an outlet for my voice to be heard on certain topics and to promote what I believe in but also the things I love (sustainable fashion). 
I'm not a typical fashion blogger and I never will be.
I have too many thoughts, opinions and feelings to maintain that steady persona...

Lucy Jane

My October Goals

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

To give you some context, this post is coming from the mind of someone who is getting their life together yet constantly feels like they're not. Life as an 'adult' is hard, especially as an adult who has a mid-life crisis every few days and is confused about everything but I think I'm slowly starting to figure things out. Two months ago I wrote a blog post manifesting 10 goals I wanted to work towards achieving and I'm proud to say that the majority of them I accomplished. These last two months I've done things that would've been completely unimaginable to me 6 months ago and sometimes, I forget how far I've come. I drive about daily, I've been for a job interview and spent days alone in Manchester wandering, shopping and just living life. I know these things aren't HUGE achievements to you, but for me they are big steps into becoming 100% independent again. 
For me to keep on working towards getting my independence back, I want to set some more goals and start my journey towards achieving them...

(P.S. The pictures are rather irrelevant, I just wanted to share some snaps I'd taken recently!)

1. Drive confidently on motorways
Now I'm back driving confidently on my normal routes, I want to spend the next two months improving my ability and getting on to motorways. For some reason in my family, motorways are seen as 'big and scary' places to drive which are best to be avoided so somehow I've built up this subconscious fear of driving on them. I quite enjoy driving so I'm sure once I push myself out of my comfort zone and get driving on them, all will be fine.

2. Go to the gym alone and join a class
One positive is I've joined a gym!! 
But now I need to build up the confidence to go alone as every time I've been I've had someone there. I don't know why but it feels like a really intimidating environment but I know that after going alone a few times, I won't be bothered. I also really want to start some classes because like I said in my August goals, I find it so motivating having other people there!
3. Organise Photography shoots and focus on a project
I've started to slowly but surely get back into my photography and it's something I'll forever adore but I need a focus. I'm determined to organise shoots with new people which is something I would've feared to do earlier, I need to push myself because once I meet new people, I love it! 
I need an aim of a sort of project idea, something I can use as a stimulus and expand on to my own accord as then my mind flows creatively so effortlessly.

4. Keep applying for jobs
I'm looking for a part time job in retail but trying to avoid Manchester. I just want to get back into having commitments, earn a bit of money and get experience in the field of work I'm interested in. I'd only starting looking these last two weeks and so far I've had one interview for my dream workplace, but sadly wasn't successful. Part of me keeps doubting myself as I'm worried my illness puts places off having me but fingers crossed I'll find something I like.

5. Read books not your phone!!
I adore reading as it's a complete de-stress mechanism for me but I reach for my phone rather than a book these days and it needs stop. I'm going to go to the charity shops, browse their book selection and get a lil collection of books to work my way through!

6. Wake up at 8am and create a positive mindset
This one may sound a bit stupid but it's something I'm so SO bad at. Having had no commitments for over a year, I sleep whenever I want to sleep and as nice as it is, it's not really reality. If I wake up early, I'm generally more productive as I have more hours in the day so always feel so much better about things but I find it so hard to pull myself out of bed sometimes. 
My plan is to wake up at 8am, tell myself today is going to be great and get up and go...

7. Take responsibility for my health, medication and doctors appointments
Since being ill and having to take multiple tablets a day, attend multiple doctors appointments a month and just having extra things to think about, my Mum has been an absolute gem and taken responsibility for all that. I was 17 when diagnosed but now I'm 19, I think I need to do these things for myself. I want to sort out my prescriptions, make my appointments and do things more independently because at the end of the day I should take responsibility for my own health.

8. Organise my free time to be with people who bring out the best in me.
I think I do a lot more of this any way but recently I've spent so much time with my favourite people and they make me feel so SO happy. I am a people person; I love chatting for hours, meeting new people and being around people I love brings out the best in me. The majority of my friends have gone back to University but I don't want this to stop me from seeing them as often as I used to, I'm going to make the effort to see people as much as I can because I know they make me feels ten times better if I'm having a bad day.

9. Get my tattoo!!!
I said it on my last goals post and it's here again, I really want to get my tattoo so I need to just do it.

10. Be 100% unapologetically me!
This one is a funny one because I feel like it is something I can be good at but shy away from some days. Every day you find out new things about yourself and I really want to be aware of that and keep discovering new things. I want to wear whatever I want, act however I want and just give the world the person I know I truly am.
Just be me.

So there we have it, another list of goals all of which I hope to tick off in a few months time. Everything takes time and energy, so I'm not going to beat myself up if things don't happen straight away, just go with the flow and try to manifest into reality.

Lucy Jane

Lucy Jane's perfect autumnal transition...

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Bodysuit: Boohoo // Skort: Boohoo // Jacket: Charity Shop // Bag: Marc Jacobs // Shoes: River Island // Necklaces: H&M & Topshop

The whole of the fashion world goes mad when seasons change because it's a time for new styles, new trends and lots of new clothes. I must admit, when I see all the new in A/W collections my heart does beat a little faster as the trends and styles are 100% me but that doesn't mean you have wear these trends. Transitional periods are about changing, adapting and growing and I think it's important to do this with your style.

I am completely in love with colour and always will be, just because autumn has arrived with its set colour palette means I have to stick to it, we need bold colours to brighten up these dreary days! Todays outfit summarises everything I want to show through my style and more. Even though it's the most perfect autumnal outfit, the colours and styles don't necessarily fit the stereotypical 'autumn fashion' we all see online, so I'm going to teach you how to achieve Lucy Jane's perfect autumnal transition..

1. Replace short sleeves for long sleeves and low necks for high necks with this perfect teal Boohoo body suit.
We all know that temperatures are dropping and we need these higher necks and longer sleeves in order to keep us snug. I am obsessed with these high neck bodysuits from Boohoo; they were £10, come in every shade under the sun and are such a staple piece in any transitional wardrobe! They can easily be paired with jeans for a more casual vibe or styled up with some flares for a lil night out. 
They are definitely an essential for making Lucy Jane's perfect autumnal transition. 

2. Embrace the bare legs for as long as possible with this cute check Boohoo Skort.
My summer consisted of an awful lot of sun and my natural tan is pretty good for me, it always feels like I'm admitting defeat when I start wearing pants or tights and I can't do that to myself just yet. 
This pretty Boohoo Skort is a great motivator when it comes to keeping away from jeans, checked skirts are everywhere this season and I think Boohoo have done it perfectly with this printed skort. 
I love the shape, the colour and even the buttons down the left hand side add a vintage touch. 

3. Add a coat for every occasion!
I own more coats than I do common sense but they really do finish off an outfit. If you get to warm you can always take it off and if you're too cold, just add on another layer underneath, I just love coats! The majority of my winter coats I've picked up from Charity Shops as they're so much cheaper than buying new and are always in incredible condition. 
In order to succeed at making Lucy Jane's perfect autumnal transition I insist you head to your local Charity Shop and browse amongst the coats!

So those are my three steps into becoming the perfectly transitioned autumnal Lucy Jane (such a strange statement to say).  
Whip out the high necks, embrace those bare legs and have a coat ready for anything!

Lucy Jane

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