The lost film photos of 2018

Sunday, 29 July 2018

I found 3 rolls of film undeveloped, clueless of what was on them. 
I got them printed and these were the results. 
So many happy times and perfect moments.
The lost film photos of 2018.


Lucy Jane





















#CharityShopBop - Why you all need a scarf this summer!

Wednesday, 25 July 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...

With the UK being hit with yet another heatwave, the summer so far has felt much more like a summer abroad than an English summer. I haven't been living in the usual raincoat and jeans combo that us Brits class as our summer wardrobe, instead I've had to make the most of what actual summery clothes I've got and it's been a lot harder than I thought. When your wardrobe only caters for a few weeks of warmth in a year it gets hard to keep finding new, comfortable outfits!
Like me, I'm sure you've all reached the point where you just don't know what to wear but feel theres no point splurging out on new things because let's be honest, we know this beautiful weather is bound to end.
(fingers crossed not too soon)

Todays post is a quick, affordable and ethical way of changing up your heatwave outfits with the help of some trusty 50p scarves! When you think of scarves, you either think of old ladies, chic Parisians or cold winter days but I'm here to change your opinions and make you realise they should be a staple piece this summer. They are so versatile and I can assure you that no matter what Charity Shop you go in there will be a huge selection of scarves available, so go and have a look!
I've styled 3 different scarves in 3 different ways which are all perfect for these humid, heatwave days along with still being pretty little looks! 

1. Headband!
I've seen so many people wearing these expensive, beautiful, silky headbands whilst relaxing on sun loungers presumably in the South of France, living the unrealistic dream life. Although their lives seem to unattainable, this headband gives me a lil snippet of it on a budget!
My leopard print scarf cost me 50p from a Scope charity shop which was an absolute bargain. I figured out how to tie it like a headband after a few failed attempts and that was it, a new chic accessory! 
If you're struggling how to tie it up just give it a google, there are so many different ways to do it that you'll eventually find one that suits you. 

2.Bow Bandeau! 
This look is giving me all the festival vibes and making rather sad that I have no festivals to go to! 
We all know bandeaus have been such a big trend this year and more recently, I've seen a lot of bow inspired bandeaus floating around online but at ridiculous prices. 
Who wants to pay all that money for such a small bit of material?
Not me!
This silky paisley patterned scarf cost me a grand total of £1 from a local Charity Shop and it was giving me all the bohemian festival vibes that I adore. All I did was tie it up tight at the front, knot it 3/4 times and made sure I was wearing a strapless bra underneath to tuck bits of material into so it didn't fall down. The only thing I'd say is that with it being silky, it's more prone to slip down but if you pair a strapless bra underneath and use that to give it a bit more shape I honestly think it works just as well as the £25 tops you see on PLT!

3.Simple Bandeau!
Finally, in the year of 2018 we all love a simple bandeau and I want everyone to know that any scarf of any shape and style can work as a simple bandeau. Tie it up at the back and you're good to go!
So many online stores have been releasing tops that are basically just scarves but they charge way more than you'd pay for a simple scarf.
 Cheat the system and get down to a charity shop! 
With it being so warm, you don't want to be sweating in a t shirt, you want to feel airy and comfortable which is why using a scarf as a top is such a good option. Grab any scarf you like, pair it with denim shorts or a skirt, pop on some sandals are you're ready for this heatwave!

So that is why you all need a scarf this summer and I'm sure I could think of many other ways to wear it; tie it onto a bag, use it as a belt or simply wear it as a scarf!! 
I'd love to see if anyone takes me advice and gets thrifty with scarves, tag me on instagram @lucysb_ or let me know it the comments below. 
#CharityShopBop

Lucy Jane



I feel stuck.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Top: Boohoo // Skirt: Urban Outfitters // Belt: Matalan // Shoes: New Look // Bag: Marc Jacobs



These past few days my head has been completely all over the place. I don't know whether that's down to my medication, my hormones or whether it's simply down to the fact that life is just a bit too much. I wake up every single day striving to achieve something but spend the whole day doubting myself and fall asleep feeling unfulfilled. My mind constantly reminds of how stuck I am and I'm struggling to think past all these negative thoughts. It's a strange feeling to describe, it feels like I'm always searching for confidence and reassurance when I need to find that within me.

I have always been a doer, I always wanted to be on the go or working on something as that's just the way I am. I thrive off being busy and being kept on my toes because it's exciting to me! It's one of my favourite traits ever but being ill really hit it in a big way. I still wanted to be the doer and tried so hard for so long to keep up that lifestyle but I reached a point where both mentally and physically, I couldn't do it anymore. From October 2017-March 2018 I spent most of my time at home, I stopped making plans because it was more comfortable and easier to hide away and with that, the doer in me hid away too. Now I don't want to dwell on that time but I don't regret these months as I still believe everything in life happens for a reason, at the time I wanted to do that and nobody was telling me otherwise so I did it. For once in my life I wanted to feel comfortable which was a huge change for someone like me who's an endless dreamer and thinks anything is possible!
 I wanted to feel safe and secure.

When you acknowledge a change like that you realise how quickly life can be flipped and the impact that has on people. I do feel like I was a different person, I don't think of myself as 'being me' then but I don't really think anyone could've stopped that from happening. 

Recently my health has been incredible but unfortunately that's only down to steroids. I'm going to do a whole post on steroids soon but to sum it up they come with a book full of side effects and are only a temporary fix. With my health having improved, everything else in life seems to have improved alongside and I finally feel like the doer in me is back. I want to get up and go out every single day because I spent so long dreading the thought of doing that! I want to go and work, go and learn because I'm so motivated to maintain this quality of life because I missed it so much! 
The thing is, I don't know and am rather scared of if it's all going to end...

I'm slowly coming off steroids and starting a new treatment which takes between 3-6 months to know if it has worked. Of course I'm trying to think positively but the reality is I don't have a clue what the next 6 months of my life are going to hold and I feel stuck.
I'm stuck between venturing into my dreams now or waiting till I reach remission with this new long term treatment. I'm stuck between planning my life, hoping things will be okay or waiting to find out what each day brings. I'm stuck because my health is a waiting game and I want to have confidence in my health before I can have 100% confidence in myself.

So I've decided that the journey really begins today in becoming unstuck.
I want to get back on track, focus on my goals and go after life full force! I'm a big believer in the little things making the biggest difference so here are my little goals for this week...
1. Get back driving and gain confidence again
2. Be consistent with good content on your blog
3. Sign up for the gym and go to fitness classes!

I've decided I'm going to try and do 'Monthly Goals' posts to keep track of where my life is going as I feel having the support of all you lovely readers will be a great motivation. I've had a lot of knock backs recently, but I'm determined to be coming out the other side!
Fingers Crossed!

Lucy Jane




#Charity Shop Bop - Dotty for ditsy florals!

Wednesday, 18 July 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...
Top: Kilo Sale // Skirt: Vintage Depop // Belt: Charity Shop // Bag: Charity Shop

FINALLY I'M BACK...
I took some time away from blogging and charity shop bopping because my mind and body needed a break, life just felt a little overwhelming and I'm sure they'll be post about it soon. Regardless of that I'm back and so ready to share with you all some of my favourite Charity Shop summer finds!

Recently my style has been evolving and I've been leaning towards things that would've completely scared me off a few months ago. I'd say my style is becoming a sort of flirty yet sassy yet feminine  combo if that makes any sense at all? I'm learning to dress my body shape better whilst discovering a new found love for very dainty, cutesy pieces which is why I am completely and madly in love with this lil top. It gives me such IAMGIA vibes but for a very small fraction of the price, I paid around £2 for this at a kilo sale whereas IAMGIA charge way over £50! It's such a versatile piece as the elasticated sweetheart neckline means you can either wear it off the shoulder or as a regular top, two in one what more could you want. I am completely in love with all the little floral details on the top and honestly, I just think this piece is the cutest thing ever! You can never go wrong pairing a top like this with some form of denim whether it be shorts, a skirt or jeans, but of course I had to take it one step further and go for a denim red polka dot skirt...

 You all know I can never say no to anything red so I bought this skirt off Depop a few months ago for £8 which I thought was a complete bargain! It has no brand in it so chances are it's probably Asda's finest but nevertheless, it is such a lovely little summer piece. Fitted denim skirts are such a staple in my summer wardrobe as you can pair them with absolutely anything come day or night, rain or shine, they just work! I can never go anywhere without a belt these days so I matched my favourite 50p red belt with the look. 

To finish it off I paired some Snake print sandals I'd picked up from Topshop a few years back (I apologies as it isn't second hand!) and a Snake print teeny tiny shoulder bag. Now I'm usually a lover of a big bag as I have A LOT of rubbish to carry around with me, but I'm determined to venture out and live the lifestyle of using smaller bags. I don't need to lug around half my life in a massive bag because I really don't need 70% of the stuff! I'd seen Devon Carlson (mega babe) wear some lil bags similar to this and I thought 'If Devon can, I can!'.
 I may not be as cool as her but I will keep trying for as long as I can!

So I admit it, I am completely dotty for ditsy florals and that isn't something I ever thought I'd say. I'm loving embracing my femininity and all things pretty right now and I feel so confident doing so! Trying out new styles is like taking a risk, but if you don't take risks you'll never know what could happen. Charity Shopping is an affordable and ethical way to push yourself out of your comfort zone and find styles that make you feel incredible that without looking second hand, you might've never even found!
 With all this being said I was wondering about starting up my youtube channel again and thinking of focusing on second hand/charity shopping in my videos, is this something that sounds exciting to you?
Let me know!

Lucy Jane





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