#CharityShopBop - A Hollywood Christmas

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Charity Shop Bop is a series on my blog that promotes a different sense of fashion. The fashion industry is a huge financial provider, yet is also creating so much waste that it's effecting our planet. Every year we create over 80 billion articles of clothing which is a ridiculous amount to even fathom.  With 95% of it being recyclable and 100% being reusable, why let it become waste?
My Charity Shop Bops are here to show the limitless horizons of reworking second hand clothing and that it isn't all 'old lady' stuff! Shopping from charity shops is more sustainable, a lot cheaper and also allows you to contribute to a variety of charities at the same time!
So get #CharityShopBoppin and let me see what you find...

Today I'm coming at you with a lil bit of glitz and glam that will light up your holiday season and make it sparkle!
It's 2 weeks till Christmas so I think that calls for my first festive themed post. People who follow me will know that I'm a huge lover of all things glittery and let's be honest, there is no better time than Christmas to pull out all the stops and get sparkling.  From sequins to shimmer to head-to-toe glitter, all things shiny are a must for the party season as you can't beat boogying around a dance floor feeling like a disco ball in your sequin covered dress! 
I understand that for the less adventurous fashionistas, wearing bold statements like glitter may be slightly terrifying and something you'd shy away from but I'm here to help...

One of my favourite things about Charity shopping is the diverse range of items you can come across in one trip. You're never quite sure what you're going to find but you can be 100% certain that you'll find something unique. The benefit of buying these adventurous pieces second hand is that you aren't bursting your bank which means that if you don't end up wearing it, you aren't loosing out too much. 
When it comes to me, I love pushing the boat out and finding the loudest most bold pieces out there and wearing them with pride! 
It's no fun being boring...

Catch me at the next festive film screening wearing this head to toe look of glamour, I LOVE IT!
I found this top hidden in my favourite place ever (the kilo sale in Manchester) and it ticked too boxes to leave...
1. It's gold
2. It's got a glittery high neck
3. It has a tacky Hollywood logo across it which I think is incredible!!!
I'm guessing it was probably once worn by some child gymnast but I can definitely make it my own. To add to the sparkle, I opted for this snakeskin midi-skirt which is such a flattering piece. Costing me only £1, I've been raring to give this skirt a whirl as it fits like an absolute glove. A midi-skirt gives off a slightly sophisticated vibe, perfect for creating the impression that you're actually a bit mature to all those work colleagues in the party season. To accompany the snakeskin running throughout the skirt I added my magical mini shoulder bag and my beloved Asos boots which sadly aren't thrifted, but are well loved and forever will be!
This look wouldn't be Hollywood glamour without a lil bit of red velvet huh?
To finish off the perfect festive outfit I added my new love, a red velvet blazer. It did set me back £8.99 which is the higher tier of my Charity shopping budget but it was completely worth the splurge as simply look at it!!!!!!
It's in pristine condition, I'm pretty sure it's never been worn and it works perfectly to add that high-end touch to any outfit. 

This festive season try and be inspired by a hollywood Christmas for one of your party looks!
Pretend the lights are flashing, the cameras rolling and the action is all about you!!!
Adventure into the world of a Glamorous, Hollywood Christmas!

Lucy Jane

Getting back into my groove.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Hat - Kilo Sale // Cardigan - New Look // Pants - Primark // Jacket - Charity Shop // Belt - New Look // Bag - TK Maxx // Shoes- TK  Maxx

It's been a while...

Helloooo to anyone still reading!
Firstly, I appreciate you a lot for sticking around and I hope you're all doing well. 
Secondly, why have I neglected my blog?!?!?!?!

To answer that question I'd have to say it's because I haven't found the balance yet of work, friends and hobbies. I started working at the end of October and ever since then my life has been amazing but it's also been very hectic. I picked up an awful virus which meant that my first 4 weeks at work were a lot harder than they were supposed to be as my body was so sick, but I'm proud to say that I got up and got to work and battled through! 
Now I'm fully recovered from this virus, I've been fitting in seeing family, friends and all kinds of festivities on the days off I've had and blogging just seemed to take a back seat. 

For so long I haven't had a routine, I wasn't working, I wasn't in education and life went at my own pace. I had 100% control of my time and responsibilities and never had to find a balance because I had all the time in the world. Now that I'm working, time is a lot more precious to me and I've been struggling on how to find the perfect balance. Part of me wants to venture out and spend all the time my friends, part of me wants to go to the gym and exercise loads, part of me wants to get creative and get on with all my little projects but then there is a big part of me that just wants to be lazy and sit in bed and thats the part that needs to change!
Even though work can be tiring, it's given me a routine and having a routine seems to give me a lot more energy. I have something to get up and go for and it makes the days when I'm not working a lot more special, I just need to find my balance. I know that most of the time my motto is 'Work hard, Play harder' but in order to feel 100% content with my routine, I think I need to chill out a bit. My job is only temporary but who knows, the new year may bring new opportunities and I'm excited for things to come.

For now I'm going to be trying to get back into my groove and posting more content that I'm truely proud of!
Be excited...

Lucy Jane

Embracing Popping Pieces, Prints and Patterns

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Winter is pretty much upon us, it's darker, it's colder and the Christmas adverts have begun!
When I reach this time of year my enthusiasm for fashion seems to slump. I automatically reach for the warmest, coziest outfit which I then continue to wear repeatedly throughout the next 4 months. I mean it's not a bad thing, but for someone who adores experimenting with fashion and pushing the boundaries, it isn't exciting wearing jeans and a black puffer jacket every day.

So today's post is all about embracing those pieces, prints and patterns that can make your winter wardrobe pop!

Dress: Boohoo // Jumper: Topshop // Jacket: Charity Shop // Necklace: Vivienne Westwood // Bag: Topshop // Boots: Dr Martens

When I think 'Winter Fashion' I instantly reach for my Dr Martens and a warm jumper which usually ends up being paired with some flares and my puffer coat. It's not the most boring outfit but it isn't my favourite and I need to change it up. I wanted to take inspiration from this 'boring' look and re-work it into something that popped, keeping my wardrobe staples in the loop whilst doing something different...

The base of my new Winter look was this beautiful Boohoo pleated tartan dress which I thought was so unique and different! First of all, the kilt-like silhouette intrigued me, it's like a classic pinafore with a twist and I completely love it. The colours were another aspect which screamed 'MUST HAVE' at me, they aren't colours I generally reach for but the contrast of them works incredibly. 
It's a piece that could pop either dressed up or dressed down but I chose to keep it cozy.
If you want to have a shop at similar pieces then click here: !!

I knew I wanted to layer with this look by adding some form of high-neck jumper underneath but I wasn't too sure on which style. After debating over a plain black turtle-neck or a striped silver roll-neck, I decided on this leopard print high-neck jumper. I LOVE IT! Contrasting the leopard print with the checked pattern was a bit of a reach but somehow I pulled it off. The colours are so complimentary which was unexpected and the prints seem to gel seamlessly together, the combo definitely POPS!

 ((When pairing outfits together don't be afraid to try clashing prints, so many people shy away from the idea but in the end it can create some of the best outfits))

After getting the initial look together, I knew I needed to add some tights, my trusty Dr Martens and to find an edgy jacket to finish off this look. I opted for a slightly cropped Charity Shop leather jacket as I thought it complimented the grungy vibe of the dress really well, along with creating a flattering silhouette. I grabbed my favourite Topshop leopard printed bucket bag and the look was complete. 

This outfit is something you wouldn't imagine when looking at these pieces individually. You assume big boots don't go with dresses, high-neck jumpers should go with pants and that leopard print and tartan will never work! 
Well I guess I proved you all wrong...

So I challenge you all to search through your wardrobe and find those pieces that you want to make POP! Start by trying to view them in a different way and finish with embracing whatever innovative creation you have made, remember that fashion is meant to be fun!

Lucy Jane

Why I love to be lost in a city

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Why I love to be lost in a city...

The city streets are overwhelming but the beautiful kind that inspires the senses.
People rush along with a racing mind to accompany, life is fast.
Street corners turn pages, new chapters can open with a crossing of a road.
So much to see, so much to do but really we're all doing nothing.
All work and all play, not really knowing where we go.
Cars screech, horns beep and crowds stomp along.
Parks pop up bringing a forced serenity, at peace in the jungle.
To relax is to escape, to sit, to read, to write, to be.
All this chaos and yet you can feel so strangely content.
I feel so strangely content.
Culture and diversity bring confidence and collaboration.
Accepting of the city and it's array of people.
Every changing, ever growing, hearts beating, harmony flowing.
So why do I love to be lost in the city?
Because the city can never truly be found.

Lucy Jane

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