#Charity Shop Bop - When autumns calling...

Wednesday, 22 August 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...
Jumper: Charity Shop // Skirt: Depop // Bag: Charity Shop // Shoes: Topshop // Necklace: H&M

Autumn is calling and it seems I've picked up the phone a little too early...oops!
It may still be August and I may still have one last summer holiday left (yes I'm off to Malia next week, judge all you like because I'm going to have a cracking time!) but my fashion brain has gone into quick time mode and travelled straight forward to Autumn. Now this season is usually when my 60's/70's lover within comes out and it seems this year it's happened a little early. I want my high neck jumpers, mini skirts with tights, pinafore dresses and EVERYTHING Twiggy would've worn and I want to wear it now!  I'm planning on doing some sort of 'inspiration' blog post for my Autumnal style as I really want to pinpoint my different influences but for now heres a sneak peak of when autumns calling... Charity Shop Style!

Nothing screams autumn to me quite like a high neck jumper and nothing screams Lucy Jane to me quite like a high neck, leopard print jumper! I've had this jumper for years now, I think it cost me around £3 and was pre-owned by some sassy old lady but I bloody love it! It's been a huge staple of mine over A/W as it can be warn with lil mini skirts, cute pinafores or slip dresses or tucked into a vintage pair of mom jeans. Of course you all know I adore the print but something about the leopard print on this jumper seems more authentic than the prints you see in the high street stores. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but I do find the high streets leopard print looks quite graphical whereas this looks a bit more artistic? I am probably making no sense whatsoever but anyway, the point is I love leopard print and love finding it in Charity Shops!

If you've followed my blog for a while you will be familiar with this red skirt, its not just any red skirt its my beloved vintage suede cowboy skirt that I bought off Depop and will keep till the day I die! When September comes I get so excited because I can finally wear this beauty again, it can be dressed up or dressed down and I bloody love it! It gives me sooooooo many 60s vibes and if I died right now, I'd probably want to be buried in it. 

 I'm someone who loves colour and loves print so an outfit isn't really complete for me if there isn't a hint of both. The combination of red and leopard print is basically me, I have always loved red, always loved leopard print so put them together and you have a Lucy Jane inspired beauty. Pairing these two pieces is so simple but it just works so well, with a cute bag, some quirky shoes and lil necklace the outfit looks perfect!

As autumn approaches I know I am falling back in love completely with my 1960's/1970's inspired style and it's making me so excited to see what other bits and bobs I can uncover whilst bopping around the Charity Shops. I'm on the look out for some chunky 1970's crocodile/snakeskin print boots and if I ever came across them it my size, that would be a dream! As seasons change you can definitely feel a bit lost with your style but I feel so assured of where this year will take me, I'll move from my cutesy summer look to my more mature, sophisticated 60s look and I'll do it with ease! 

This Charity Shop Bop just proves how current the pieces you find in Charity Shops can be whilst still adding an essence of your own style. Bringing together second hand pieces gives them a new lease of life which is so much more exciting than the 'Jeans and a Nice top' Misguided feature.
(No shade if you love that, you do you and thats amazing! I just can't relate and want to try spread individuality and sustainability)
I hope I can open your eyes to the world of Charity Shopping and please tag me @lucysb_ on Instagram with #charityshopbop if you discover any pieces!
Get Charity Shop Bopping

Lucy Jane

My first year without results day

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Bralet: Urban Outfitters // Jeans: Charity Shop (Calvin Klein) // Jacket: DIY // Shoes: Converse

That time of year came around again so so quickly, the time where many bodies fill with dread but also with a lot of alcohol! A level results day was this past week so I'm assuming GCSE results day will be next week and for the first time in 5 years, I have no results to collect! Since being 13 years old I've been sitting exams and from Year 9 onwards, I'd spent every year awaiting these weeks in August to see if all my hard work had paid off. 
It does feel strange to me that this year, they're just ordinary weeks but it made me put things into perspective and I want to share that with you...

Results will not define who you are, what kind of a person you become or what you'll be able to achieve in life but they do help towards the next step. Never be shy of doing well, always be proud. Don't let anyone try to belittle your hard work and understand that everyones best ability is completely different. 
If things don't go to plan, take it all in your stride. Life throws curve balls at you all the time but they're made to test you. You have to push through, accept it, learn from it and come out stronger. Everything happens for a reason and may be the reason is your desired journey in life wasn't quite right for you just yet. 
Finally, go and celebrate! 
Whether your results were bad, good or okay, please have some fun and celebrate the fact you did it!
Our education system is so stressful in itself, even just getting through till the end is an achievement as you've dealt with all the work, struggles and pressures constantly put on students. Go be a teenager and get drunk for me because A levels are so so tough and you deserve a good time!

In the big picture of life, these lil few letters on that heavily anticipated piece of paper really and truly do not matter. As long as you have your health and happiness, everything else is a bonus!

So enjoy the pictures of me being happy and smiley and unapologetically myself because they are the results that this year has brought me. It may have been my first year without results day but this year I am the proudest I have ever been of myself. I faced huge challenges and I now feel like I'm out on the other side, that means more to me than any A* I ever received...

Lucy Jane

My Disease: The ins and outs of Steroids

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

My disease is Ulcerative Colitis and it is going to be mine forever! 
The time feels right to start raising awareness and sharing my story because my disease is not  going anywhere, and it certainly is not going to beat me. Please don't let the title of 'My disease' scare you off because I want these posts to be knowledgable, helpful and informative. Having a chronic disease has become part of daily life to me, I want to write these posts to share my experiences and not feel isolated throughout.

Todays post is all about the ins and outs of steroids, what they are and my personal experience with them. If you aren't familiar with medical steroids then you're probably a bit confused. To answer your first question no, I am not taking the same thing as gym lovers do to bulk up their muscles it's a completely different thing! 
Steroids are something I have a love/hate relationship with and unfortunately, have been part of my life since my Colitis diagnosis in March 2017. I always talk about being on steroids and feeling well but I don't think people really understand the ins and outs of how they work, so hopefully after reading this you'll understand!

What are steroids and why are they used for IBD?

'Steroids, also called corticosteroids, are anti-inflammatory medicines used to treat a range of conditions.' - NHS
The scientific explanation behind it all is rather confusing to me but in basic terms I think this is a good explanation...
Steroids are man-made versions of hormones of which are usually produced in your adrenal gland. When steroids are taken in doses that exceed the hormone levels in your body, they begin to suppress inflammation. Due to this, they are used to treat a range of inflammatory conditions such as Ulcerative Colitis!

There are a range of different steroids used to treat IBD; prednisolone, hydrocortisone, budesonide and many more. I honestly don't know the difference between each one because they all kind of do the same thing (I think), all I know is they can be taken in different forms. The most common way to take steroids is orally however,  you can also take it as an enema/suppository and when in hospital you can be given it intravenously through a drip if you're in a serious flare up. The dosage of steroids always depends on the severity of your disease so it varies from person to person but the goal is always to not NEED steroids.

Steroids pretty much get the job done in Crohn's and Colitis as they reduce inflammation however, people don't understand that they are only a short-term treatment not a long-term solution. The average course of steroids is around 8 weeks however depending on your situation it can last longer but it's not recommended as the side effects worsen with time. Steroids make your body stop making enough of its own steroids to maintain vital functions like blood pressure, this means that a sudden withdrawal from them causes a sharp fall in blood pressure and affects blood sugar levels. Due to this you have to slowly taper off steroids to allow you're body to function correctly again, you can't just miss a dose or suddenly stop.
 To sum things up steroids lessen the disease activity but they do not put you in remission.
They come with a looooooong list of side effects and complications which I'm going to chat about now...

Side effects 

Like any medication there is a risk of developing side effects and when I say there is a looooooooong list of side effects I really do mean it. I won't talk about them all because there is way too many but if you're interested in details I'm sure google can supply some answers! Now the side effects can be developed into three categories; early effects, effects due to prolonged use and effects from coming off steroids. Personally I've experienced an array of side effects from my steroid usage which is why I have such a love hate relationship with them but I'll talk about that later...

' Early effects- Insomnia, cosmetic changes, retention of salt, mood disturbance, indigestion and glucose intolerance.

Effects due to prolonged use - Increased risk of infection, increased appetite, cataracts, osteoporosis, problems with blood supply to the top of the thigh bone and muscle weakness. 

Effects from coming off steroids - Adrenal insufficiency (this includes fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain, vomiting, headache, join pains, dizziness and fever. '
 (Information from Crohn's and Colitis UK)

Obviously with any medication comes a risk of side effects but steroids for me have been the worst causer of side effects.

My experience with steroids
Having been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis for 18 months now, I have spent the majority of those 18 months coming on and off different forms of steroids as my disease was constantly flaring. It took me a while to understand the ins and outs but now I think I've got to grips with what steroids actually do to me.

My first encounter with steroids was straight after diagnosis in April 2017, I had a months supply of Pred-foam enemas but honestly I don't really remember them having any effect on my disease or my body. I was pretty clueless as to what was going on as I'd only just been diagnosed but I do know nothing got better.

In May 2017 I first encountered Prednisolone which is oral steroids or steroids in tablet form, I was put on 20mg over my exam period to sort of get me through until other treatments could be discussed.    As my disease was very new to me I can't really recall many noticeable side effects at this point, I was so ill with my Colitis that that just consumed me completely. I didn't know what was caused from my disease or what was caused from the steroids.

Unfortunately, being on oral steroids throughout May and June didn't really have much of an impact and by July 2017 I was admitted to hospital and put on IV steroids of Hydrocortisone. I spent 5 days in hospital receiving around 400mg of steroids (I think) through infusions at set times, I think it was 6 hourly but I'm not 100% sure. Throughout July, August and September I was slowly tapering off steroids and eventually came off them beginning of October.

Now at this point I had been taking steroids since May meaning I had been on them for almost 5 months which was a long, long time to be on steroids. During these 5 months the side effects became a lot more prominent and the steroids definitely took over.
Firstly my moon face was growing daily, people say they didn't notice it but when you compare pictures you can really tell how different I looked.
Secondly I gained a lot of weight. Over those 5 months I put on about 1 and a half stone which completely knocked my confidence but there was nothing I could do about it. My appetite dramatically increased, my disease was still flaring and I had no energy whatsoever to be exercising so the pounds just piled on.
Third and finally I felt like a completely different person.
I wasn't sleeping properly because my mind wouldn't shut off, then when I'd get finally get to sleep I'd wake up middle of the night and have to run to the toilet and then couldn't get back to sleep. I was exhausted. My emotions and hormones were all over the place so I've come to the conclusion that steroids make me a much angrier and impatient person. They made me really irritated all the time and act like not a very nice person, I was so tired but my mind just wouldn't let me relax.
The side effects were most prominent during this course of steroids as I was still so ill all the problems sort of piled on top of one another, it wasn't a positive experience but they stopped me from being in hospital before starting my first treatment.

Back to November 2017 and I had been on Infliximab treatment for 3 months with no response, we found out I'd developed anti-bodies and the drug was not working so steroids were re-introduced. I was given a month supply of Budesonide foam enemas to keep me going until I could start Humira, another long term treatment. Budesonide enemas are my favourite enemas which sounds like a funny thing to say but its true! They are the only enemas I've ever noticed to slightly improve my disease and the only enemas that don't want to come out as soon as it's gone in.
(What a strange thing to air on the internet but we're all accepting here aha!)
I ended up staying on these enemas for around 2 months until January 2018 as before starting Humira, my disease flared up immensely again. I don't really remember experiencing side effects with enemas as they aren't going through your whole system, they're only absorbed in the bowel so aren't as strong.

February 2018 was my month free of steroids and the worst month of the year, my disease wasn't improving, my medication wasn't working and by March 2018 I was back on Budesonide enemas.
I stayed on these until my hospital admission in May 2018.

Beginning of May 2018 and I was admitted for the same things as in July 2017. I was put on Hydrocortisone IV steroids, exactly the same dose as last time and spent another 5 days in hospital.
And so history has almost repeated itself but with a few changes...
Throughout May, June, July and August I will have been on steroids but I'm almost done with my course. Right now I'm on 10mg and should be coming off them completely within the next few weeks. Although I've had the same effects of increased appetite, struggle sleeping and becoming more irritated, I haven't let that take over me like it did last year and I'm so proud of myself.
I've felt fit and healthy for the first time in months meaning I've exercised every day and been eating so healthy to stop me gaining the weight, I've tried to stick to regular sleeping patterns and relax before bed to get to sleep and I've managed to spend more time seeing my friends and doing so many incredible, fun things that I don't have the time to let my mind take over!
The only side effects I can complain about is a tiny bit of moon face, becoming very easily bruised and that my feet and arms tingle an awful lot but these things should all go with time.

The steroids this time have had a much bigger impact on controlling my disease meaning that over the past few months I've almost felt back to normal and that feeling has been incredible. It's allowed me to feel like my old self again and realise that I can have a life beyond this disease and can accomplish anything I want to do.
These months I've been on steroids have been the best months of my life for a long time.

And that is my knowledge and experience with steroids, a very long, complicated but sometimes loving relationship. If you've read it all and are still reading now then THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
 I wanted to make sure everything I wrote was correct so this post has taken quite a while to compose but fingers crossed it's worth it. Steroids are just another part of my life now but for those of you who didn't know anything, I hope it's helped you understand the way they work and that there is a lot more to taking them than you think.

If you want to find any more information then head over to www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk as they have so much stuff to read but if not, I really hope this post was informative, helpful and interesting.
Thanks for reading!

Lucy Jane

Hometown Take 2

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Around 18 months ago I wrote a post titled 'Hometown' where I spoke rather poetically about the prospect of leaving my hometown to create a new home at University. Little did I know what the next 18 months would bring but I thought I'd revisit the idea and express how I feel now about my hometown...
Top: Charity Shop // Shorts: Jeans cut into shorts // Shoes: Nike Air Force 1 // Belt: Matalan 

When I walk through these fields and gaze at these views, I know that I'm at home. 
So many moments and memories have been consumed in this one vision, it makes me feel a sense of accomplishment. 
This is where I've come from, where I am and where I belong for now.
I want to sit and look out at my home, really see my world for what it is. 
Hear every noise, smell every scent and notice where I really am. 
I used to do that, to sit and be but my mind was always thinking of my future home whilst my heart silently ached at the thought.
 I felt like I was so ready to go but reality taught me I wasn't.

18 year old me dying to escape to build a home somewhere else, she was fearless, unstoppable.

A year onwards and these views mean a whole lot more to me than to the girl I was. 
This is the place that has carried me through life, the setting to all my triumphs and failures. It has shaped me and it will always be shaping me into the person I am because every day it brings something new. 
I love this view and everything it captures within it, it's my favourite view. 
But I wanted to get away from it so badly that fate interfered and stopped that from happening and I felt helpless. Now I believe everything happens for a reason and the reason was I wasn't ready. 
Fate made me stay so I could fall and rise again to make me understand the person I truly am today. It made me grateful for my home, my hometown and made me no longer want to escape but to simply move on in my own time. 

As I sit here today I am really content with life. 
I no longer feel as if I'm wishing it away or wanting a life that's not mine, I'm enjoying being me and everything that that means. I appreciate my life and that's something that has taken me a long time to say. 
Things will happen when they happen, changes are inevitable and life is so so precious so love your home or find a home to love.

Lucy Jane 

#Charity Shop Bop - Prints to make the boys wink

Wednesday, 8 August 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: Charity Shop // Belt: Charity Shop // Bag: Charity Shop // Shoes: Depop // Chain: Mums 

Lets start todays post with the fact prints to make the boys wink is obviously just a play on words, I ain't dressing for anyone but myself and myself only  and you all should too! 
I've always been someone to dress for myself, not really caring if my outfit was too daring or too different, I crossed that bridge of actually giving a sh*t and now I simply do me and I love it. Recently, I'd been in situations where I'd had friends be told they shouldn't wear something or been told myself that I shouldn't and it really got me angry. 

We are so much more on the inside than the clothing we wear on the outside but what we wear is a tiny tiny part of our personality shining through, it's a way to individually express ourselves with limitless possibilities. If you WANT to wear someone please PLEASE wear it and wear it with confidence! When someone tells me 'Don't wear that' it makes me want to wear it more because I don't want people choosing how I express myself. 
As the famous Gee would say from Love Island, I'll do me and you do you boo!
I'm all for honesty if theres a genuine reason behind a negative comment such as a colour not being right or the style being wrong but when people have no reasons it angers me SO much. 
Style should be personal so don't let anyone get you down about it! 
People used to think me wearing animal print was tacky and look at you all now, prints are just making the whole world wink...

After that little rant let's talk about some amazing charity shop finds that I've been dying to share with you, denim and prints, my favourite things! I got this oversized shirt years ago and because  I can't say no to leopard print, I had to get it. It's such a baggy fit but it makes it perfect to either tie up, tuck in or even wear over bandeaus or bikinis. My favourite thing about this shirt is the colour as it's so so pretty and finding different coloured leopard print pieces is rather rare in charity shops so I did good!

I paired it with this denim skirt I found for £2 on Monday in my local charity shop and I am obsessed! At the minute I'm living in denim skirts and little tops as the sunny weather just keeps coming but I am slightly terrified of the day we get real England temperatures again, what am I going to wear? I am also loving midi-skirts so a denim midi-skirt is the perfect combination. Something about wearing a midi-skirt with a lacy tank makes me feel so effortlessly mature, it's like a girly 90s Mum uniform, but cooler...

I finished off the look with a lil bag, red belt and my beloved Nike air force 1's which are practically glued to my feet. My tiny tiny snake skin bag may not be practical but you have to admit, the contrast of prints looks pretty cool.
Why wear one animal print when you can wear them all?

This Charity Shop Bop just proves how current the pieces you find in Charity Shops can be whilst still adding an essence of your own style. Bringing together second hand pieces gives them a new lease of life which is so much more exciting than the 'Jeans and a Nice top' Misguided feature.
(No shade if you love that, you do you and thats amazing! I just can't relate and want to try spread individuality and sustainability)
I hope I can open your eyes to the world of Charity Shopping and please tag me @lucysb_ on Instagram with #charityshopbop if you discover any pieces!
Get Charity Shop Bopping

Lucy Jane

My goals for August

Sunday, 5 August 2018

I'm setting myself a challenge throughout the month of August to be constantly pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I feel nearly as stable as I was pre-colitis and I want to grab on to that feeling and run with it. I know the little changes I make will create the biggest difference because I want to live my life without my illness defining me. I want my freedom, my independence, my confidence and some form of life structure back and I want it back for good. I want new experiences, new challenges and honestly, a new start with a new mindset and outlook on my life. August is going to be the month that happens, I am determined. I know it's going to be tough to push myself every single day but I know I need to in order to make these changes. So I've decided to share this new chapter with you lovely readers as comments I receive on my blog are some of the most supportive words EVER and they really help to push me along on my down days. 
When you face something life changing, you react to it in your own way, for me I fell into a way of living that just wasn't me. Now I feel like I've come out on the other side, it feels amazing but you have to reach that point to be able to put things into perspective and that is what I'm doing now.

Here are my goals for August and why I want to achieve them so badly...

1. Be driving confidently 
I passed my test May 2017 and have had a car since but I'd only driven Gino DeCampo the Kia Piccanto (yep, thats what I named it) once or twice because I developed a huge anxiety around it. My worries were that I'd put other drivers in danger as if I needed the toilet whilst driving, I knew it would completely mess up my focus. 
I want to drive confidently now because I want to be able to visit my friends at University, go to Maccies when I'm hungover and just zoom around in my little car! It gives me a sense of freedom and I haven't felt that much over the last year. It pushes me right outside my comfort zone and in order to grow, I need to do that.

2. Get my independence back
I want my independence back because I've spent a year relying so heavily on my parents and I don't want to do that anymore. Their support is the best and most amazing thing ever but I need to live my life and they need to live theirs.
 I was 18, the year when I should've been flying the nest and getting my own life started ended up being the year I stayed at home and paused everything. 

3. Finish off decorating my bedroom
I've been decorating my room since February and it still isn't finished. It's my own fault because I'd been so busy and so indecisive but I really want to finish it off because it gives me really uncertain vibes right now. I want it to be all homely and cosy like a little sanctuary I can escape to.
4. Focus more on the now
Focusing on the now is underrated and I wish people were more conscious of it. Being able to focus is something I used to be able to do instinctively but I know I've lost that ability as I constantly wander and am distracted. The world is always thinking and thinking has become a disease because we don't know when to stop. I want to regain focus and spend less time on my phone, social media, less time worrying and more time being content and in the present. 
Meditation is a practice I've used before and I will preach about it because it does help, but like anything you have to stick at it to see the benefits.
'Reflect and be'

5. Look after my body
I suppose this goal is quite a broad one but it's something I need to apply for the rest of my life. I want to look after my body in the sense that I want to be eating fresher, moving more and not getting black out drunk! I won't go into too much detail but I know my body doesn't work like most peoples anymore and it requires a little more TLC, I need to take responsibility and know my limits.

6. Create a film
I find film so fascinating and beautiful. I want to create a film of something but I don't know what. I may or may not post it online but I want it to convey a message and a feeling not just be entertainment. I'd thought about starting youtube again but I have a love/hate relationship with that platform...

7. Join new classes
This may sound like such an easy goal but to me, it's big! I want to start new classes because I really want to join a gym or a group of some sorts. Being alone and joining in is something daunting to everyone but I've just got to get over it and do it because everyones in the same boat. I love fun exercise classes and would love to pick up dance again as that brings me so SO much happiness and freedom! 
Cross the shy boundary and get moving.

8. Spark my creativity 
I know when I'm creatively inspired and focused that I'm the best version of me. I become invested and interested in my own art and that feeling is indescribable, starting a new project and seeing the final result is so rewarding! I want to be addicted to that.

9. Book my tattoo
I've wanted one for SO long and I know exactly what I want I just keep forgetting to book it. It signifies strength and growth and that's all the clues you're getting!

10. Have a long term plan
Finally, I want to have a plan
This year my life has been completely up in the air and I've not really had any commitments other than to hospitals and doctors. I want August to be the month I decided where things are going to go. Start researching part time jobs, internships, my own business and make a plan of action.
No more what ifs and buts, I have a positive mindset and I'm going to remain this way. Planning from where I'm going to go from here, what I'm going to do and get experience at the life I've held on pause for so long!

Those are my August goals and oh does it feel so good to feel confidence in reaching them. A month is an achievable amount of time to work on each of them, even if I only get a few steps forward it's better than none. 
I'm more aware of a brighter future and thats all the motivation I need to go and live!

So what are your goals for August?

Lucy Jane

#Charity Shop Bop - Time to embrace your inner old lady

Wednesday, 1 August 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...

Dress: Charity Shop // Bag: Charity Shop // Shoes: Depop

I don't know why and I don't know if I hate it or love it but recently I've been fully embracing my inner old lady and finding such granny chic gems in the Charity Shops. Usually I talk about finding these types of items and up-cycling them but todays outfit is all about embracing the Granny within!

My wonderful Mum who has a brilliant eye for my favourite finds picked up this dress from my local Charity Shop for £3! I think her intention was to keep the piece for herself but we all know who's wardrobe it's going to live in. I'm completely in love with these ditsy floral prints at the minute, which you'll know if you've seen my previous #CharityShopBop. They make me feel like I should be swishing down the streets of a Mediterranean coastal town, living out my days drinking cocktails, dipping in the sea and having no responsibilities what so ever (THE DREAM). Then reality hits and I realise the closest coastal town to me is Blackpool, I mean I love Blackpool but it's not quite Cannes!

Nevertheless, this red floral number is such a feminine piece but you know me, I love a good contrast! 
In the wise words of Demi Lovato...
'Who said I can't wear my Converse with my dress?
Oh, baby, that's just me!'
but in my case replace Converse with Air Force 1's, doesn't quite have the same ring to it but you get the point!  I wear my Nike Air Force 1's to death and think they look perfect paired with a summery dress, I'm on the look out for some other chunky trainers or boots but for now these are my go to pair.  I never want the chunky shoe trend to leave as I've always been a big fan of ugly shoes, the bigger, the stompier, the uglier, the better.

Looking in Charity Shops for summery dresses is a complete must as you can always find a trusty floral dress. As I've said before, the older generation do donate a lot to Charity Shops but if you can re-work what was once 'old lady-ish' and see it in a different light then you're giving it a new lease of life! Things might not look that exciting on the hanger but you've just got to give it a go, embrace you're inner old lady and buy that bold, bright floral dress!

Lucy Jane


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