Monday, 30 August 2010

victoria and albert museum & the near perfect fit.

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*H&M jumper, gift *Khaki biker detail skinny jeans, H! by Henry Holland, £10.50 *Boots, Topshop, £60 *Satchel, charity shop, £5.99 Notice anything different about me? You guessed it, I'm wearing jeans! You have all probably noticed that I wear anything but jeans or trousers, as I just can't find them in my darn size, I literally haven't worn a pair outside for two years! I'm rather skinny and lanky so size sixes are too big and short, plus if i find a pair of children's jeans that fit me on the waist and hips then they are obviously way too short. Whist browsing Debenhams on Saturday after buying the most perfect pair of black wedges, I spotted these Khaki Jeans for £21 on sale, so my mum persuaded me to try them on. They fitted me almost perfectly, so I just had to buy them. Debenhams were having buy one get one free promotion on all sale items, so after not being able to find anything I really wanted, I persuaded my mum to also try a pair of the jeans, which she did and they suit her so well! So £10.50 each for a pair of jeans which were originally worth £30, pretty good huh?

exploring hurwundeki

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Goodness me, I'd love to know how you pronounce such a name!
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I'd quite like this chandelier in my bedroom, please.
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Photograph courtesy of Abi, who unfortunately I didn't get a picture of in Hurwendeki, damn it! Hehe.
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After our delicious lunch at Story Deli and wandering around Spitafields market, Saskia, Abi, and I popped into Hurwundeki for a look around. A couple of months ago I went to their cafe in Bethnal Green, which is just beautiful, a mix between a deserted children's playground and an antique shop, so I knew I would love the boutique, too. Hurwendeki very classic, simple and eclectic store, selling both it's own brand and many vintage pieces. Just like Story Deli (oh, I'm making myself hungry), the decor is amazing; hats and jewelry hanging by hooks on old doors, antique objects storing various pieces, bare brick walls and some wonderful cellar type rooms downstairs stocking both men and womens clothes. The shop really is lovely, the majority of the pieces are out of my desired price range, but I would happily pay ten pounds for two wooly scarfs or around three pounds for a pair of lace gloves. I'm off to the Victoria and Albert Museum and perhaps for some lunch somewhere in Kensington later. How will you all be spending your Bank Holiday Monday? Love, Jazzabelle.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

lunch with abi and saskia.

On Friday I met up with Saskia from Not Just Medical and Abi from I am Abimarvel, I had such a lovely day! I'm somewhat useless at narrowing down my photographs, so I may do a couple of posts on our day. After getting a tad lost finding our way to Spitafields Market, we ended up on Brick Lane (first time I've ever been to Brick Lane, y'know) and got a spot of lunch at a lovely place called Story Deli.
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*Scarf, car boot sale, 25p *Primark coat, charity shop, mum's *Satchel, charity shop, £4 *DIY shorts
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The decor in Story Deli was definately my kind of style; simple and rustic with high ceilings, white walls and many antique style mirrors, giving both a modern and vintage atomsphere. I just loved the mismatched tables, chairs, retro objects and cutlery.
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None of us had been to Story Deli before, so we where expecting 'proper pizzas', but instead what arrived on wooden serving blocks were two super thin, crispy pizzas, piled high with many delicious organic toppings and plenty of rocket. Our choices where 'Smashed Tomato', and 'Chicken and Mushroom' without the mushroom, hehe. I'd definately recommend this resturant, and I'd love to back again one day, it's a great change from an ordinary pizza! Abi, Saskia and I spent a good hour talking, attempting to eat the pizzas without making too much mess or making the toppings fall off (though as you can see we clearly did!). This was actually my first planned blogger meet up, I've met both Abi and Saskia twice previously (both at the Rare press day, Saskia at the Next model competition and Abi at Pure London), so it was lovely to actually preplan to meet each other rather than bumping into one another! We probably would have never met if it wasn't for our blogs; Saskia studies medicine, Abi is about to study public relations and I study art, so we are all rather different, but we all evidently have a love for fashion, photographing and eating pizza, hehe. Love, Jazzabelle. P.S. My mum and I will be selling our old junk at Battersea Car boot sale today, let's hope we make some money! Though knowing me I will spend more than I make, hehe. P.P.S Have a peep as Abi's latest post for more on our day out!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

just a charity shop girl.

If you follow me on Twitter and read through the comments on my last post, you would of seen that my dear blogger friend, Claire from Jazzpad, challenged me to inject a tad more colour into my very neutral and rustic wardrobe. Whilst mustard isn't the brightest, I think I done rather well considering the majority of my clothes are black and grey. What do you think? Any tips and suggestions would be lovely!
*Mustard top, bracelet and scarf, 50p each, car boot sale *Shorts, charity shop, 25p *Primark raincoat, charity shop, my mum's.
Today was my sixth shift in my favourite local charity shop, it was such a busy day! I honestly recommend that anyone in London pops by tomorrow or on Friday, there is oh so much stock that I priced and put out today. For starters there are two, yes two, full to the brim fifty pence rails, plus other rails with many lovely dresses, jackets, skirts and trousers. I saw many good labels including Topshop, Gap, Uniqlo, Diesel, Next, St Michael, Comptoir des Cotonniers, DKNY, Laura Ashley, Jigsaw, Monsoon, New Look, Dorothy Perkins, Zara and H&M. Oh my goodess, there is lovely Chanel-esque St Michael cropped jacket, which I would have bought if it wasn't so big on me. Ha, look at me getting excited over all of the secondhand clothes! At the end of my shift I left with two COS t-shirts, a Gap denim shirt and a Gap striped top, all for free, originally from the fifty pence rail. I offered to pay but the lady I work with said that was for all of my wonderful help these past few weeks, so sweet! Love, Jazzabelle. P.S. Thank-you for the amazing amount of lovely comments on my previous post, I honestly can't believe how many I recieved. EDIT: Just corrected the link to my favourite charity shop, sorry!

Sunday, 22 August 2010

dry your eyes, sunday girl.

This is what I wore to the Kriss Soonik event I mentioned on my previous post, I was initially inspired by Shini and Elise's use of shirts as skirts, but I thought I'd put my own little something on it by using one of my cardigans. What do you think? Are you inspired by other bloggers, or do you hope to inspire others? I hope I have inspired at least one person in one way or another, that would be quite lovely.
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*Lace blazer, courtesy of Next *Scarf, car boot sale, 25p *Body, Asos, £8
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*Uniqlo cardigan, car boot sale, 50p *Satchel, charity shop, £4.50 *Leather boots, Topshop, £60
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I'm off to my local charity shops (fifty pence rail, here I come!) and Battersea car boot sale now (I must be one of the only bloggers in London not attending the yard sale, hehe), I've been going to Battersea car boot sale regularly for a couple of years and it's pretty good, I recommend you pop by one Sunday! Love, Jazzabelle P.S. A quick hello to all of my new followers, plus a big thank-you to everyone who reads and comments and follows my blog! P.P.S. Back to school/college/uni soon, is anyone else starting to get a little nervous?

Saturday, 21 August 2010

kriss soonik loungerie: backstage.

On Thursday I attended the Kriss Soonik loungerie S/S 2011 show at the McQueen bar in Shoreditch, after the lovely Abi from I am Abimarvel unfortunately couldn't make it. Due to a few issues I was not allowed to be at the press party to watch the catwalk show, but I was allowed to quickly go backstage to take some shots of the clothes. I think it all worked in my favour really, I have always wanted to be backstage at a catwalk show, so I had a pretty darn good night! So, here are my behind-the-scenes shots of the event:Photobucket
Bridget Bardot inspired hair and makeup.
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First of the three changes for the models.
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Kriss Soonik's trademark cat logo represents glamour in the purest form.
When I first went backstage I didn't know what to expect, there was just simply a rail of all of the loungerie, not very good for photographing. But shortly after I arrived the models, makeup artists and assistants followed, and started to get ready for the show. For a while I took a back seat and just watched, but then I built up the confidence to start talking and take photographs of everyone. I stayed much longer than I expected to, it was such an experience to watch what goes on backstage, I even ended up helping the models quickly get in and out of their superhero-inspired outfits. I couldn't resist getting a tad involved, hehe. Do you like the Kriss Soonik S/S11 collection? Kriss designs her collections believing that all woman can be superheroes, hence her slogan, 'Simple Girls with Super Powers'. I'm not a huge fan of the colour orange, but I do adore all of the lace, sheer fabric and the many bows which made an appearance. Plus I really do love the cat logo necklaces, I want one myself! Also, what are views on lingerie as outerwear? Love, Jazzabelle. P.S. A big thank-you to Samantha at Kyzar Entertainment for getting me backstage and to Abi for inviting me, I had a great evening! Models: Kasia Bober, Victoria-Rose, Natalja Smirnova, Nicole Da Silva Semedo, Norah Mullane, Michael Weylo, Kart Taniberg, Charlene Nga Dang. Makeup artists: Maria Foster, EmilyJane, Defaf Alamri, Serena Locatelli. Set Management & Coordination: Richard Austin Rees PR & Fashion Management.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

another pair of twenty-five pence shorts

 *Hobo jumper, charity shop, 50p *Donnay shorts, charity shop, 25p *Turban band, Claire's, £3.50
I adore my hobo jumper, it's just so comfortable and all of the colours and patterns are lovely. I'm an autumn/winter girl when it comes to dressing, and this jumper is definately the main inspiration behind my my a/w wardrobe. The colours of green, brown, plum, camel, mustard and cream will definately be making many appearances in my outfit posts to come, as well as my staple black, white and grey. I also adore my second pair of twenty five pence shorts, I bought them at the same time as my previous pair which is now in the washing basket, after all of this time, haha! I went out for Nandos, shopping and cocktails with my dear friend, Shana-Kaye, earlier today. I stocked up on two pairs of plum tights from Primark and four pairs of large polka dot tights from New Look for only fifty pence each! So I bought eighteen pounds worth of tights for just three pounds, quite a bargain! I live in tights and knee highs, so I'm always on the lookout for them in the sales. Last month I picked up about forty pounds worth in the Topshop sale for only five pounds. There is no way on earth that I would have bought them if they were full price! The illustration of me to the left, isn't it beautiful? The lovely and extremely talented Victoria Riches drew it after seeing this picture of me on Saskia's blog, Not Just Medical. I really do love the simplicity of the lines and colours in this illustration, please do click the picture to see the amazing detail close up, and have a look at many of her other illustrations on her flickr! I'm so honoured that Vic (who's currently studying at Kingston Uni, just around the corner from my college!) has actually taken her time to do this, so thank-you! And also a thanks to Saskia for fowarding me the illustration. Love, Jazzabelle. P.S. Do excuse my dimply chin and somewhat moody face, I just wasn't very photogenic today, haha. P.P.S. Feel free to ask me a question on my formspring!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

a little bit more about me.

Here are a few more answers to the wonderful questions I was asked by you all last month, alongside a few photographs my mum took of me yesterday after my shift at my favourite charity shop. I felt rather pretty yesterday so I'm chuffed with how these pictures turned out.
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*Shorts, 25p, charity shop *Leather plait, charity shop, free *Satchel, charity shop, £5.99 *M&S St Michael brogues, car booty, £4. I'm rather attached to these shorts, now. I've worn them an awful lot since I got them two weeks ago. My pay-per-wear must be about five pence a day, bargain! Don't tell anyone but I wore them two days in a row, for shame. On Tuesday I wore them with a black vest, my lace Next blazer and my Zara raincoat, yesterday I teamed it with my grandma's shirt and some lovely unworn St Michael brogues I picked up at my local car boot sale (Battersea) for only four pounds! I literally squealed when I saw them, I'm a little size three and have never seen secondhand shoes in my size before. Are there any things you wish to pick up secondhand but can never find them? I'm intrigued to know! And what do you think about the leather plait? I really think it adds something to my simple outfit. Anyway, let's get on with my answers!
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What are you currently doing for a living, and what are your aspirations for the future? I'm currently a student, I recently completed my National Diploma in Art and Design an Kingston College achieving the highest grade (not the second highest like I was told! I recieved my certificate a couple of weeks ago and it states I achieved triple distinctions!) and will be going on to do a Foundation art course at the same college. I don't have a paid job at the moment, as I don't feel I have the confidence or experience to get one, but I volunteer at my favourite charity shop every Wednesday, and I am also a member of the V&A CreateVoice forum. It's my dream to own a little shop and tea room, selling a range of teas, secondhand clothing and homewares, but as that probably won't happen, I'd like to work in the fashion, retail, art and design industries. As long as I earn enough money to pay my bills and buy the occasional Starbucks, I'll be just fine.

What camera do you use, how do you edit your photographs and do you use self timer? The camera I use is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28, which my lovely parents bought for me for Christmas. I think it's a lovely little camera, plus it looks quite professional but it's still lightweight. I edit my photographs on Picnik.com, the main two effects I use in practically all my photographs are Cinemascope and 1960's. Cinemascope creates a bright, grainy effect and enhances the colours in my photographs, whist the 1960's gives a warm glow and my trademark rounded edges. I take my indoor outfit photographs (white walls, lace curtain) using self timer, but as I currently don't own a tripod I balance my camera on various objects including shelves, hatboxes and books, hehe.

What three things are on your wishlist for your next shopping outing? A couple of days ago I would of said a pair of proper brogues, but now that's covered I would have to say: the perfect foundation to even out my uneven skin tone, a lovely coat for autumn/winter and some William Morris (I adore his work, I really ought to do a post on him) inspired curtains and cover for my bed.

I hope you enjoyed my post, I made this rather long as I probably won't be posting until Sunday evening. You'll never guess where I'll be heading on Sunday? Okay, you guessed it. The Victoria and Albert Museum of course! Hehe. Love, Jazzabelle.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

underage festival: the pretty bits.

On the first of this month I went to the Underage Festival with my dear friend, Shana-Kaye, after I won a pair of tickets a few days before. I had a great time, my two highlights being the delicious cupcake with raspberry mousse and seeing Tinie Tempah perform, hehe. I don't feel like writing much today so I shall just leave you with a few pretty photographs from the festival. The bloggers delight sign? Love it!Photobucket Photobucket
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*Body, Asos, £8 *Cardigan, H! by Henry Holland, £6 *Satchel, charity shop, £4 *Tights, charity shop, 35p *Socks, Topshop, £1
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I'd also like to quickly say hello to Call, who commented on my last post, she (I'm assuming you are a girl, hehe) saw me at the V&A last Friday with my mum, grandma and younger cousin, but was a bit too shy to come over. I'm a rather shy person too, so that's probably what I would have done, but if any of you see me out and about please do come and say hello!  Love, Jazzabelle. P.S. Sorry I'm rather behind with replying to comments, I recieve so many which I thank you for, but sometimes I get a tad stressed or I just can't express what I want to say through my writing. I hope you understand! P.P.S I'll be answering a few more of your questions tomorrow!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

make me the next model too!

As promised, here is my little post on the Next Model competition event I was invited to at the Old Billingsgate Market last month. I was rather nervous and flustered when I arrived after getting lost, but luckily I'd bumped into the always colourful (and fellow Victoria and Albert Museum lover) Lucy who helped me find my way. I was greeted by Tom, who kindly invited me, and many lovely bloggers: Saskia, Carrie, Shini, Kirsty, Emma and Beth. After chatting and drinking mini champagne we went and took our seats at the end of the catwalk.
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One of the hosts, Katy Hill, alongside the four judges, including the beautiful face of Next, Emanuela de Paula.
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Duncan James and Donna Air with the winners, Joanna Renwick and Michael Etherington.
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The beautiful, fashionable bloggers (and me).
One hundred finalists went down the catwalk, battling it out to win the chance to star in a Next campaign, an introduction to Select Model Management and a £2000 Next shopping spree. There was a diverse range of people who walked down the catwalk, as the finalists were voted for by the public on the Next Facebook page. It was then narrowed down to the final ten and then finally the winners were decided: The pretty Joanna and handsome Michael. They both seem quite perfect for the Next campaign, wouldn't you agree? Some bloggers and I agreed that at least one of us should enter next year, imagine if one of us made it to the final? After the competition had ended we were coached to an after-party at McQueens, where there was plenty of yummy fruity cocktails and canapes on offer, which we all took full advantage of. As you all know I'm not a very confident person, and despite feeling underdressed and being surrounded by so many pretty, confident bloggers I had such a great time, I really did. Thank-you Tom! I also got a rather lovely compliment at the bar, a guy asked if I was one of the top one hundred finalists, which was sweet, if a little cheesy, hehe. Love, Jazzabelle. EDIT: Last photograph courtesy of Shini.

Monday, 9 August 2010

oh hello, remember me?

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*Lace top, charity shop, 50p *Shorts, charity shop, 25p *Tights, Asos, gift *Cardigan, H! by Henry Holland, £6 *Vintage bag, free.
Hello everyone! I'm back from my little blogging break, thank-you for waiting and for not pressing the dreaded 'stop following' button. The reason why I stopped blogging for a while was because I lost a bit of confidence in myself and my blog. I'm not the prettiest or the most stylish. I don't have a lot of money so I can't afford to buy all of my clothes from high street shops, I don't have a fancy blog layout and my posts aren't as varied as others. But I suppose those are the reasons why you follow me, right? I'm just a simple, unconfident, awkward eighteen year old who enjoys shopping in charity shops, having the occasional Starbucks and is obsessed with the Victoria and Albert Museum, hehe. So thank-you for following, commenting, and reading my blog, I really do appreciate it. Since my break I've been mentioned on a few other blogs, so please visit The Fashion Diary of a Frenchie in London for a few more photographs on mine and Iris' little meet up, Not Just Medical for a couple of photographs of me from the Next blogger event and finally Jazzpad to read my interview I did with the wonderful Claire. Love Jazzabelle. P.S. The outfit is what I wore to the Next Model competition, which you may have heard about through other people's blogs, but more on the event tomorrow! P.P.S. Hello to all of my new followers on here and twitter!