Monday, 27 September 2010

i get tired and upset, and i'm trying to care a little less.



*Chunky Cardigan, courtesy of Next *Scarf, car boot sale, 25p *H&M jumper, charity shop, 50p *Satchel, charity shop, 5.99
Just a quick post today, I'm feeling tired, stressed and ill, I'm just not in the mood to do anything right now. I've been a pretty darn rubbish blogger since London Fashion Week, I do apologize! So here's a little recap of what I have been up to since my last post: On Friday I met the lovely Jill at our favourite place, the Victoria and Albert Museum, for a quick browse around the Grace Kelly exhibition and a coffee. I also went to the member's preview of the new Diaghilev and the Golden Ages of the Ballet Russes exhibition, which is simply wonderful, though I have to say that with the type of person I am, I was more drawn to the small sketches by Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau then the extravagant outfits and large paintings! On Sunday I went to London Fashion Weekend, though I didn't really enjoy it this season, probably because I went alone whereas for the past seasons I went with my lovely mum. Today I also visited the Kingston Museum to have a look at the Muybridge exhibition, as I have been focusing on his work for a recent art project. Sorry for such a lame post, everyone, I'll be back with a better one soon. Love, Jazzabelle. P.S. Have a look at Abimarvel tv for a video of Kristabel, Winnie and I in the press room at London Fashion Week!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

until next time, london fashion week.

Yesterday by far was my favourite day at London Fashion Week; on Friday I felt rather stressed and on Saturday I was rather ill, but Monday was practically perfect! As the weather was lovely and warm, I opted for one of my favourite charity shop finds, a handmade tie dye dress, quickly got ready, then made my way to Somerset House stopping to get a Starbucks Cafe Creme Frappuccino along the way...
Distorted reflection shot! Winnie from Diamond Canopy and Kristabel from I Want You To Know.
*Tie dye dress, charity shop, £3 *Brogues, Debenhams, £22 *Bag, car boot sale, free *Belt, charity shop, 50p *Turban, Claire's, £3.50
As soon as I entered the courtyard, I was greeted by two street style photograghers one after the other wanting to shoot me, which I just couldn't believe but of course obliged, then a few moments later I was stopped by a lovely woman asking if she could film me whilst I described what I was wearing. After my mini interview I bumped into the always wonderful Jill, and soon after we started talking a man ran up to me saying 'stay there, don't move' and rushed back to take my photograph. I was in awe of what was going on so I simply did what I was told, trying to act calm and natural, when Jill said to me 'Jazmine, do you know who he is? He's The Sartorialist!' with a huge beam on her face! I just couldn't believe it! There is no way on earth I am expecting to see myself on his blog, but it's enough to know that everyone who photographed me yesterday did so beacuse they liked me and what I was wearing. You street style photographers certainly know how to boost a a girl's confidence, don't you? Anyway the rest of the day consisted of Winnie, Kristabel and I mooching around (stealing lots of free Vitamin Water, but let's not go into that), eating plenty of food in the press room with Shini eating her first ever scone, taking photographs aplenty and meeting up with other bloggers including Claire from Tweet and Yishyene. Oh, the man taking my picture in the bottom photograph isn't The Sartorialist, I actually haven't a clue who he is, he kind of just interrupted Winnie, Kristabel and I in the middle of us taking our outfit shots, hehe. Love, Jazzabelle.

Monday, 20 September 2010

london fashion week, my time so far.

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Shini (on my Uncle's iPad he kindly lent me) from Park and Cube and Gem from Gem Fatale's Style Blog.
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Black wedges all round. Top: Me, Left: Jen from The Style Crusader, Right: Imogen from Eight London.
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My first ever LFW catwalk show (and the first of the season) was Paul Costelloe. Unfortunately I am not the best catwalk photographer, but please do look at his collection, it was simply beautiful. I adored the models candy-floss hair, plus the plenty of oversized bows, girly dresses, pastel colours and biker jackets that made an apperance throughout. I also got some great freebies from the Mac makeover room, which I'm looking forward to trying out!
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Photo courtesy of Jill from Street Style: Pics by Polka Dot.
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 The always kind hearted Jill, doing what she does best and her beautiful friend, Natayla.
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One of my favourite pieces from the PPQ show which I attended on behalf of Abi from I am Abimarvel.
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Along with all of the bloggers I photographed, I spent my time with many others, including Adele from Moltocuriosa (so glad I finally got to meet her before she moves to Italy), Daniela from Couture and Crumpets, Kristabel from I Want You to Know, Ashanti from Adorngirl, Jen from Styleeast, Geneva from A Pair and a Spare and Sarah from We Shop Therefore We Are (so gutted I forgot to take a picture of her in her beautiful Topshop coat). I didn't go to London Fashion Week yesterday or today as I'm still feeling rather ill, but hopefully I'll be well enough to pop by tomorrow and on Wednesday to have another peek at the exhibitions and take a few more photographs. Love, Jazzabelle.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

what i wore to london fashion week, day two.


*Jersey maxi dress, H&M, £12.99 *COS t-shirt, charity shop, 50p *Oasis leather bag, charity shop, £5 *Leather boots, Topshop, £60 Sorry for my lack of posting and whatnot, I have been feeling pretty darn ill for the last couple of days. It's quite a shame really, because I think this along with a couple of other issues has slightly ruined my time so far at London Fashion Week. Nevertheless, I have had a lovely, eventful two days, my highlight of course being attending my first ever LFW catwalk shows and meeting up with beautiful bloggers aplenty. I also got stopped a few times today with people asking to take my picture which was extremely flattering! I'm so exhausted right now, so I'm off to bed, but please do visit Not Just Medical, Moltocuriosa, WishWishWish and Gem Fatale for more pictures on LFW! Oh, my real name really is Jazmine Rocks to those who thought otherwise. Love, Jazzabelle.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

so why are you so fascinated with that wall, then?

*Shorts, top and scarf, charity shop, 50p each *Oasis bag, charity shop, £5 *Headscarf, car booty, 50p *Primark raincoat, mum's. 
Goodness, I'm rather excited for the fact that it's nearly Autumn (hence my last post's title!). I just can't wait for the leaves to turn beautiful shades of orange, red and purple, to wake up in the morning and watch the sunrise as I get ready for college, feel the crisp air on my way to the train station, snuggle up in Starbucks with a signature hot chocolate, then leave college at five o'clock to a darkened sky. What are you looking foward to this Autumn? Love, Jazzabelle. P.S I chose the greeny-grey pair of Berties shoes below, I adore them to pieces! P.P.S. The title to this post, that's what a man asked me just as my mum had started to take some shots of me, how embarassing! I wonder how many times he has seen me there, as well as the rest of the locals! How do you deal with taking your outfit pictures in public?

autumn is just around the corner...

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*Scarf and Zara cardi, charity shop, 50p each *Plum Zara dress, charity shop, £7.50 *Primark raincoat, charity shop, mum's.
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Jennifer from Style East, Jackie from Platform Princess and Daniella from The F Blog.
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Yesterday evening I attended the Bertie Bloggers Event at the new Bertie Shoes store on South Molton Street to try out their new Autumn/Winter collections. I had such a lovely time in the company of Ellie, Corinne, Amy, Jennifer, Christina, Jackie, Reena and Daniella, along with many other bloggers. There were so many different variations of brogues, loafers, boots, clogs, heels and wedges on offer, and we were all kindly allowed to choose any pair to take home with us, so I settled for the most beautiful pair of Suzi shoes. I adore the loafer court shoe style, they are so cute and vintage inspired, plus all three of the autumnal colours are just lovely, can you guess which shade I chose? Thank-you ever so much for inviting me and for my shoes, Bertie press team! Love, Jazzabelle.

Monday, 13 September 2010

stop your messin' around, better think of your future...

I'm sure that many of you have seen the latest Next Autumn/Winter advertisement which debuted recently, I for one really do adore it; the feel good music, location, and the cinematography are just lovely. The advertisement reminds me of one of my favourite scenes from the movie 'Funny Face', where Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson are exploring Paris, all singing 'Bonjour, Paris!'. Can you also see the similarities? The dancing, the running around Paris, even the coat Emanuela de Paula is wearing below is somewhat similar to that of Audrey's and Kay's. Next seem to have taken great inspiration from 'Funny Face'. And why not? It's such a beautiful musical.
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 I have to be honest, half a year ago I would never have looked in Next as a high street store I would personally consider buying my clothes from, but since seeing Next pieces appearing on other blogs, I've been regularly popping in to see what's on offer. I really do like the Autumn/Winter collection, I wouldn't have wrote this post otherwise, and I currently have a few pieces I am constantly drawn to when I go in store, including this striped top, this lovely satchel and this chunky cream cardi. As some of you may know, I, alongside a few other bloggers have been pretty connected with Next recently, so when I recieved an email asking if I'd like to be involved in an exclusive pop-up shop launching across a handful of UK style blogs I thought I'd give it a go! I got to pick four of my favourite looks from the advert, two of which are above, then the team created the pop-up shop below stocking the key items from each look. It's pretty darn good, click on the items below to find out a little more about each piece. So, have you always shopped in Next or have you just recently started to? And also, what do you think of the latest campaign? Love, Jazzabelle.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

another day, at the v&a.

*Lola cardigan, courtesy of Funk Rock *Gap t-shirt, charity shop, 50p *Shorts, Jaki, £5 *Brogues, Debenhams, £22 *Bags, free.
I went to the Victoria and Albert Museum today, to attend another CreateVoice workshop. CreateVoice is a youth forum for sixteen to twenty-one year olds, where members meet twice a month, take part in a range of projects and discuss ways we can improve the museum for young visitors. Today's project was titled 'Exploring Popular Culture', where a handful of us each created our own Brit style fashion pieces by customizing our old clothes with the many materials that were provided. It was such a lovely day, we even had a photographer on hand who we did a photoshoot with in the V&A tunnel entrance. He took some amazing black and white shots of us, I can't wait to show you when I get the copies! Anyway, this is just a little post, I've got to complete my college artwork for tomorrow! Love, Jazzabelle.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

creative, awkward, pessimistic...

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*COS t-shirt and H&M cardigan, charity shop, 50p each *Belt and bag, car boot sale, free *H! by Henry Holland trousers, £10.50
Today was my first day of my third year in college, it honestly wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I've been more of a nervous wreck than usual for the last few days, thank-you to everyone who wished me good luck! It was only the first induction day, though, so I never really got the chance to talk to anyone, but there seem to be some lovely people. We've got two projects to complete by next Monday, one is to create a piece of work which represents me in some way using a glass bottle or jar, whilst the other is to fill out a little questionnaire. One of the questions which stood out for me is 'describe your character in six words'. How would you describe your character in six words? I'm finding it rather difficult to answer to be honest, so far my chosen words are creative, awkward, pessimistic, inquisitive, unconfident and sarcastic. Out of curiousity, as well as describing your character, how would you describe mine? Love, Jazzabelle.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

shiny old bag, shiny new shoes and some secondhand bargains!

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*Diesel Jumper, charity shop, 50p *H! by Henry Holland cardi, £6 *Brogues, Debenhams, £22 *Satchel, charity shop, £5.99
I adore the colour of my new Diesel jumper, it's not quite as grand as my Hobo jumper, but lovely nevertheless. The only thing which is slightly annoying about it is that it's at an odd length, so it looks like I'm not wearing anything underneath, which of course I am! I also adore my shiny new brogues, like trousers I find it difficult to find shoes to fit my size three feet, so I was chuffed when I spotted these. Perfect timing, a new pair of shoes to start my new year at college on Tuesday, I'm so ridiculously nervous! went on my usual Sunday trip to Battersea car boot sale and my local charity shops with my mum this afternoon, I picked so many wonderful bargains! Do you want to see?
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*Wooden divider, £1.50 *Little cabinet, £1 *12m Lace, £1 *Vogue Star buttons, 40p *Vintage photography magazines, £1 *Belt, free.
I'm hoping to create a Joseph Cornell inspired piece with the wooden divider, though I may end up using it to store all of my buttons and trinklets. I couldn't resist buying these three magazines, mainly because of how beautiful all of the women look on the front covers. Christina, Kristabel and Yishyene were selling at the car boot, so I picked up a lovely jumpsuit from Christina and a Gap leather shirt from Kristabel for £2 each, blogger bargains! My nan, who's a regular seller at the car boot (if you are ever there, look out for a lady with short blonde hair most likely wearing sunglasses and a leopard print scarf, hehe) always let's me take stuff for free, so from her I got a Gap jumper, a Lipsy blouse and a Twitterature book. I also picked up a M&S top for 20p at the boot sale, plus a H&M dress and a St Michael cropped jacket from the fifty pence rail in my favourite charity shop. All in all, I had a lovely day and picked up some great bargains. How about you? Love, Jazzabelle.

Friday, 3 September 2010

lovely little caravan


The last stop on mine, Saskia and Abi's adventure was a lovely little shop called Caravan, which we stumbled upon on Redchurch Street after getting a tad lost. It's such a beautiful store, selling many vintage and kitsch home accessories, a perfect place to pick up something special to add to your interior. Some of my favourite pieces in the shop included the glass jars above, a silver metal rose in a Beauty and the Beast-esque glass case and a very ornate gold business card holder. Plus I just adored the use of old photographs, postcards and puzzle pieces as price tags. Goodness, I'm enrolling for my third year at college later today, I'm actually really nervous! Love, Jazzabelle.