Sunflower gal from 1972

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Top: Charity Shop // Flares: Boohoo // Hat: Vintage // Belt: Charity Shop // Shoes: Converse // Necklaces: H&M

I've made in pretty obvious that recently I have been channeling my inner 70s gal, I'm always kicking out the flares and grooving away. I go through stages of drawing inspiration from different eras, but the 70s theme seems to be sticking around. When I look back on the 60s and 70s it looks like a place I belong. I'm not trying to dwell on the past or wish away my life, it's more of a reflection into discovering who I am. Something I've been thinking about a lot recently...

This year I've practiced meditation every single day for around 10-15 minutes, it's so much simpler than you think. People rave about the mental health benefits and after experiencing the practice for a month, I will say I am finding control in myself that I never knew I had. In doing so, I've realised that who I am is ever changing and no definitive description can ever pin me down. I've learnt how thoughts, sounds, feelings and emotions will always be growing and then fading every single minute. I believe that that mirrors who you are. 
Today I might be this sunflower gal from 1972 but tomorrow I might want to create something else! Life, style, expressions, interests, relationships, everything is always changing meaning so is who you are. Everyones always talking about 'finding yourself' and I think that journey is never-ending, learn to know yourself because finding yourself is impossible. 

So today I am this sunflower gal from 1972 and I am loving life. Can you believe this genuine vintage 1970s shirt cost me only £1!!! It will be a treasured piece in my wardrobe for a very long time. Pairing it with a pair of flares and converse is an effortless look, I love the clashing of patterns as it's all about the freedom of the 70s! As for accessories, I am IN LOVE with my baker boy hats at the minute. I found 4 at a vintage kilo sale in Manchester for the most reasonable price ever, definitely check out vintage sales or charity shops if you're wanting a cheaper one. I then opted for gold jewellery, something I'm loving more and more at the minute. I'm obsessed with my circle accessories so this belt and  matching choker complete the look nicely! 
I'm loving my 70s vibe at the minute, whats your vibe?

Lucy Jane


Monday, 29 January 2018

Monday 22nd January 

Cherry babes and rainbow belts

Tuesday 23rd January

An exhuasted day 

Wednesday 24th January

Blogging day!

Thursday 25th January

New grooves, cute walks and long, deep chats...

Friday 26th January

Planning my room and more sunset walks

Saturday 27th January

An antique shop and some really good chicken 
(I'm sorry if you're vegan or veggie, I honestly admire you but right now I can't commit to that due to my IBD being VERY reactive with certain foods, I'm sorry!)

Sunday 28th January

Work outs, bed shopping and a lovely meal out


Monday, monday monday...
I was expecting Monday to be a failure of a day as going out usually takes me a few days to recover. I got up, got out and made the most of the day ahead. I nipped into a local Charity Shop and managed to find some Zara vinyl boots along with this rainbow belt all for £4!! After an hour or so out the house, the exhaustion kicked in and I knew there was no point pushing myself to do more. I ended the day with my weekly fix of Silent Witness, my favourite programme ever!

Tuesday was successful in some senses, yet unsuccessful in others. It began with an early trip to the doctors to chat with a psychologist. I want to mention this as I feel admitting you need help with your mental health can be something people feel ashamed off and I really don't think it should be. Your mental wellbeing is just as important, if not even more important than your physical health! If you had a broken arm you wouldn't feel ashamed of the injury, but yet when suffering internally there is still such a stigma around admitting you feel broken. 
Help will always be there and there is always something brighter waiting for you, being able to talk to someone made me realise that. No matter how big or small your battle may be your case will always be valid enough to be listened to and receive help. There was so much information I received that I didn't know of before and after the session, I came out thinking 'You know what, I CAN do this!'
The rest of the day I pretty much slept because my body was just not for living. 

Wednesday I awoke with a spring in my step and decided I need to get some blogger pictures shot. The majority of the day was spent shooting pictures with an interval of a lovely visit from my Nana. Days like this I really enjoy, not doing too much but still really productive in my eyes.

Thursday began on a horrible note, I'd had the worst nightmare in a long time and it really shook me up. I managed to get up, get on the exercise bike and eventually clear my mind. My Mum and I then ventured out for a walk round the lake which is something I love to do. My favourite thing that I used to do was go for the longest, prettiest walks and now it's a bit harder. Going on walks generally means being in locations where there is no access to toilets so it does strike up my anxiety. My goal over the next few weeks is to push myself to try and go for a walk every other day. Whether it's 10 minutes or an hour I want to get my confidence back in something I used to love. 
Later that day I got my hair cut and then spent the night catching up with one of my closest friends, Olivia (Staggy) which was lovely. 

The previous week I'd started decluttering my room, Friday was the day to finish this task and get my room as empty as possible. When everything gone from your room, you start getting different ideas of how it could look and it's so exciting. I can't wait for a new vibe in my room!
I then went on a lovely brisk walk with my Mum as the sun set in the sky. Later that day I started scrolling through the realms of youtube and decided on watching many videos on astrology. I got so fascinated by it all and have now decided to start learning a lot more about it, it's so interesting!

Saturday I thought wouldn't be a great day, the night before I'd barely slept because my bowels decided to ruin my life. Fortunately, I got up and got ready in my own time and decided I felt a bit better. I ventured out to an antique barn filled with so many bits and bobs, it was like heaven to me! I picked the first thing up for my new room, the pink framed picture of a horse. I saw it and automatically fell in love with it, I can't wait!
Saturday night was spent watching the weirdest film and finding a new obsession in Ru Pauls Drag Race, how have I never watched it before?!? My friend Charlotte came round for a chilled, takeaway night and I am still not over how good the takeaway was. The best chicken I've ever had but probably the unhealthiest and most full of rubbish! 
(I apologise again if you're vegan or veggie and I fully do admire you!)

Sunday was a lovely little day, I got up in my own time and did an hour long exercise session which I was pretty proud of. I'm definitely doing bits of exercise most days during the week but would love to do more, it simply depends on the amount of energy I wake up with. I then went to shop for double beds because I came up with a genius plan of turning under the stairs into a walk in wardrobe meaning more room so I can have a double bed! 
The day was ended with a lovely meal out by the lake and a relaxing, well needed bath.

All in all this week was pretty rewarding, I managed to get myself out of the house most days and thats something I've been striving for.  Everything I feel made more sense after talking to someone and it's made me stop questioning everything so much. 
'Let go of the things you can't control, use and enhance the things that you can'

Lucy Jane

5 years ago...

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Exactly 5 years ago today little Lucy Jane started this blog as a 13 year old with a whole, limitless life ahead of her. I started this blog as a way to express my style, let out all of my thoughts and have a space of escapism where I could truly be me. The first post still public on my blog is a lovely piece titled 'Decisions' which is all about GCSE's. Lets be honest, 13 year old Lucy had very little to worry about but GCSE options seemed a big deal at the time! One thing I wrote that still really resonates with me 5 years later is...
'Because I've chosen my options doesn't mean I'm any closer to realising my future because life will take you where it wants to take you'.
13 year old me was right. 

This is a post for me, a reflection of the past 5 years both through my blog and within myself to see how I've got where I am today. Life has definitely taken me to the highest highs and the lowest lows, but honestly I wouldn't ask for it any other way.

Technically, I started my blog in January 2012 but I was so traumatised by my content that it swiftly got deleted. 2013 was the year it all properly began, fashion was always the biggest interest in my life so it made sense starting a fashion blog and being able to share my style. I was at a point in my life where I was slowly becoming more and more care free. If people didn't like my blog or found it weird, then they didn't have to read! The majority of people at school or that I knew were intrigued by my blog, I was quite a shy gal but would always light up when asked about it! Blogs were only just becoming 'relevant' and being a 'blogger' didn't have the same impact is does now.  I do miss the days of a nice, quiet blogger community as having followers wasn't a motivation to blog, people did it because we loved it!
I think 2013 was my year of experimenting, finding my style to share and building my confidence!

2014 started with an exciting event for Lucy Jane, my first ever brand collaboration and first ever freebie! I partnered with a wholesale company who sent me out a few items to style, it was the most amazing thing to 14 year old Lucy. Throughout the first few months I carried on with my blog, having the occasional brand e-mails and some strange offers. I would definitely say my blog was prominently focused on style at this point. I was uploading outfits all the time and people seemed to love what I was wearing. My confidence grew so much and I matured a lot! I also started my youtube channel in February 2014 which sadly only survived till June 2015. I always consider revisiting youtube but blogging was my first love and I don't think I could change that!
Septemeber 2014 rolled around and I'd become a little bored of my look, so I chopped half my hair off! I honestly think of this as a huge point in my life as this hairstyle gave me my signature look. It wasn't the nicest of hairstyles to be wearing with a school uniform but as soon as I put on my favourite outfits, it just worked so well!
The fringe and lob will forever be the Lucy Jane look!

January 2015 was the birth of #Embracethebareface. I'd decided I'd had enough of lacking confidence in my own skin and seeing others in the same position, I wanted to do something about it! 
The idea behind this was all about feeling confident in your own skin because people are criticised so much, especially as your growing up.
I'm proud that as a 15 year old I'd already noticed the negative effect of societies standards and was trying to do something about it. Everything about the natural you is so beautiful and nobody should ever tell you any different!
Summer 2015 was the longest summer I'd ever had, I left high school in June and had so many weeks of doing what I wanted. I love looking back at this time in my life as I was definitely shaping into the gal I am today. Leaving school did so much for me, I hated going and really didn't thrive off the people I was surrounded by. Don't get me wrong, I adored my friends and the people who made me smile but as a wider picture school just wasn't my vibe. This summer I was definitely going through a huge bohemian trend with my style and I kind of love it! Being free from the stresses of school, I began to spend time learning about myself. I started journalling all my thoughts and really trying to pinpoint who I was or wanted to be. I was living my happiest, healthiest life and I ended the summer on a huge high so ready for a new start, new people, new places and new me!
 I also ran my first giveaway with a wholesale brand this summer, that was exciting!
November 2015 was the month I entered a competition called 'The Northern Youth'. I'd been emailed asking if I was interested in a partnership with a student run magazine at University of York named 'Hard magazine'. I was told they were running a blogger competition linked to this huge fashion event running in January 2016 and that to enter, all I needed to do was write a blog post embodying 'The Northern Youth'. So me and my Mum chose me an outfit, phoned in sick at college and took off to Manchester to shoot the pictures.  I'm so glad I made the decision to enter as it lead to the biggest achievement of my blog. 
Long story short, I won!!!
But you'll have to carry on reading to find out what...

2016 crept up on me and #Embracethebareface finally made a comeback. A post in January focused on my journey with Acne. I'd suffered from Acne from the age of 12 and I'd never really spoken much about it. Some periods of my life it calmed down and others it was extremely flared but nevertheless, it was part of me. I decided to spread the message of 'Your insecurities do not define who you are' which lead to some of the loveliest feedback I've ever had. 
I was starting to accept the skin I was in rather than battling against it, I'm proud of that. 
The Northern Youth event rolled around and it was the most exciting day of my life. I ended up in a Limo with the Mayor of York, became a VIP and sat opposite the Queen herself, Anna Wintour, at a fashion show! When I think about this day it still feels so surreal, it was such an overwhelming experience that it does feel like a blur.
All I know is that I will forever be so proud of myself for achieving that!
I felt like I needed to include summer 2016 because it was the best time of my life!
It was a time where everything felt so close to perfect, filled with the prettiest holidays, the messiest festivals and the best of friends. What more could you ask for? 
Looking back now, it stands out because it was the last care free summer I'd get before being faced with the battle of my chronic disease. I wish I'd have been so much more grateful for my happiness and health at this point as everything was going so smoothly.
Honestly, this was the last time I felt like me and I'll cherish that forever. 
The end of 2016 was pretty hectic in my life, I was trying to branch out in too many new ventures and ended up so SO stressed. This stress must have sparked a creativity as I decided to change things up with the layout of my blog. I made it more of a magazine style and people seemed to love it! Charity Shop Bops were born and I started to really build and develop my individual style. I became aware of the sustainable side of the fashion industry and wanted to promote that through my blog. 
I'm proud of this point of my blog as I started questioning the norms and opening my eyes to a wider picture. I wanted to create content that wasn't just pretty, I wanted it to be different, insightsuful and unique like the person I was becoming.

2017 was the year I got diagnosed with my lovely chronic disease, Ulcerative Colitis. Writing that still brings a tear to my eye because as much as I've learnt to accept it, I still wish it wasn't true. Although my blog was pretty much abandoned for a good portion of the year, there are still things I am proud of. 
The series of posts titled 'My Disease' will always be the most rewarding posts to me. It showed the point when I realised that if I have this disease forever, then why don't I shout about it? Through these posts I've received the most amazing feedback, support and the most rewarding part of it all is hearing the increased awareness of IBD that my readers now have. Through all the shit that was thrown at me in 2017, I turned a negative into a positive and kept striving to raise even more awareness and I am so proud of that. 
2017 was not my year to shine, but I still did even when the world didn't want me to...

We're here and now, in 2018 and I am proud to say that.
Last year was awful and who knows how I got through it, but I'm leaving that all behind and searching for the version of myself I know and love. I'm proud right now that I get up everyday, that I  don't want to give up and that I'm still blogging. My blog is becoming a lot more personal and I really, really like that. I've never really been someone who realises the extent of their own achievements as I'm always striving to do more, but I can look back at my 5 years of blogging and say 'I DID IT AND I SMASHED IT!'.
Infinity of Fashion/Lucy Jane is one of the biggest achievements of my life. 
I may not have the biggest following or the fanciest blog, but I'm here, I have been for 5 years and my voice is not going anywhere!

Lucy Jane

An essence of eighteen (shoot 2)

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

What does it mean to be an adult?
Take on responsibility and build a life.
Your 18 now, an adult.
No longer young and innocent,
no longer shy and hiding 
behind the lives of everyone else.
A day is all it took,
from a child to an adult.
Do we just find the essence of eighteen?

I write this post because I've never found the essence of eighteen. My eighteenth year was the year I most depended on the help of others and disregarded all responsibility because I couldn't build a life.
I was supposed to take on the world independently, me, myself and I.
The reality was I couldn't so I didn't. 
I needed people to help me because I was pretty much helpless, but that was okay.

So many standards to meet and expectations to defy and my eighteenth year taught me to say a big F**K YOU to everything I was meant to become. 
Age is just a number, growth is a personal thing.
I might find an essence of eighteen at twenty, thirty or I might never find it!
Who really cares, life's too short for reaching...

Lucy Jane


Monday, 22 January 2018

Monday 15th January

A day of tidying and working out

Tuesday 16th January
Injections and more tidying...

Wednesday 17th January
Rainbows and a day in bed

Thursday 18th January
Trip to town and 1D night!!!

Friday 19th January
Make up day 

Saturday 20th January
Pretty sunset and a funky night out

Sunday 21st January
Early morning maccies 


Monday was a day I woke up with bundles of energy, something which is pretty rare for me! We've decided to redecorate the downstairs of our house which means I have to declutter my mess of a room. I got through my hoards of clothes and got rid of a few bags full of stuff, all going to local charity shops. I found these two plain tops that I decided needed re-vamping. I had a few spare iron on patches lying around, sewed them on and like magic I got two new tops! 
I then did a good workout and decided to take some pictures of my body as I want to start documenting the progress. In 2017 I definitely lost control of my body, my mindset was 'Well my insides are unhealthy anyway so why bother?'. Now I'm determined to be happy in a healthy body.
I'm definitely a curvy gal and wouldn't want to change that, so in regards to my physical appearance I simply want to tone up rather than drastically loose weight!

Tuesday came along and I was due my next set of Humira injections, which I did at dinner time after a morning of exercise. When I did my first set of injections, I completely wrote off that day as I was so tired and lacking energy but on Tuesday I seemed to be fine! The only thing was I had an awful headache over night/into the morning afterwards but it eventually went away. I am really hopeful that Humira is going to work, so far I'd say I'm at a 7/10 in regards to symptoms, 10/10 being back to normal. I know symptoms worsen when I eat/drink/do certain things so I'm definitely learning to know my body a whole lot more!

Wednesday is filled with pictures of rainbows as I spent my day in bed with the worst period pains feeling sorry for myself. Having IBD and suffering with period cramps is not a good combination, so lets just forget about Wednesday!

Thursday was a fun day of a quick trip to the charity shops, getting jobs done and an One Direction filled night. I went into town just to get a few things and couldn't resist the £1 charity shop, I picked up a khaki green teddy bear coat and a few different skirts. I then got home and thought 'Right, get your shit together!' so I started researching short courses at London College of Fashion for over the summer. I want to go to University in London but having a year away from education gives you a lot of time to think. I love learning and know I would thrive at University, but I also could do well for myself independently. For now I won't worry too much and I'll just go with the flow. 
Later on that night I had Lila and Ell over to have a longly awaited One Direction night. It was honestly so fun to relive the 1D days as they were definitely some of the best times of my life, call me embarrassing but I will always adore 1D.

After quite a late night on Thursday, I knew on Friday I wouldn't have much energy but these things I have to accept. Instead of lying in bed all day, I decided to practice doing my make-up as I used to adore experimenting and recently have let that go. I did a halo eye look which I've never done before and was pretty pleased at the end result!

Saturday was my first time going out for months and I had the best time I'd had in a long time!
With my health being very up and down throughout November/December, it was easier for me to stay at home rather than trekking to Manchester. I suppose going out has become a lot harder to me as it brings a lot of anxiety. I still love being with my friends and dancing the night away but I'm aware all the time that things might go wrong. I know its something I've developed because of my IBD but I'm trying so hard to not let it control me.
I am pretty proud of myself for getting out and not panicking as it took a lot to push myself to go. Anxiety is still something very new to me but I'm determined to get it out of my life as quick as possible. I meditate every day which is something I'm learning a lot about and I also have opportunities to speak to people who can help. I think Saturday was one of the best days in a long time because I defied my anxiety, did it and had the best time along the way!

Sunday was a write off, so enjoy pictures of me and Ell having a photoshoot in Maccies at 4 in the morning, we're classy gals.

Lucy Jane

My winter uniform

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Coat: Boohoo // Jumper: M&S // Pants: Zara // Boots: Dr Martens // Bag: Zara // Hat: Topshop

A lot of the time I want to showcase the creme de la creme of my style through my blog, save the best outfits for posting because thats what I feel most confident in. For 2018 I've decided to show every single aspect of my 'style' because lets be honest, most days I favour comfort over anything!
I find this time of the year quite hard to dress for as it is F R E E Z I N G and I refuse to catch a cold. So whenever I leave the house I have a go to warm outfit I'd like to call 'my winter uniform'.

First of all, I need a big, comfy, warm jumper! I have a few I rotate through during winter but this star printed M&S find has to be my favourite. My Mum actually got me this for Christmas which was the first surprise and the second was that it was from M&S. I adore the fit, the colour, the pattern and the fact it makes me feel so snug. In addition to the items keeping me warm, I constantly wear my Boohoo black puffer coat as it is so cozy I never want to take it off. The downside is it's black and I do find my outfits lacking much colour, but when I'm warm, I'm happy so who really cares. For my bottoms I can always count on my trusty pair of Zara flares. They're so much comfier than jeans or fitted trousers and I think they hug onto my curves and flatter my figure a lot! I always think with a pair of flares you need some chunky shoes and in winter I am forever wearing my Dr Martens. I've worn them so much they feel like slippers to me and I have just enough room to wear a pair of fluffy socks to keep my feet toasty, what more could you want?

I guess my winter uniform isn't all that glamorous or astounding but for now it's purposeful. I adore dressing up for ANY occasion, but on an everyday basis I lean towards the comfort factor. I can't wait for days to get a little bit warmer as I know my style flourishes then with colours, patterns and textures!
What is your winter uniform?

Lucy Jane


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