“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” - William Morris. I absolutely adore this quote, it's ever so true!
As some of you may know, I live in a cosy one bedroom council flat (not a sky rise, just a two storey flat) with my mum, and a couple of years ago she ever so lovingly moved out of our bedroom to let me have my very own room. As it's the only bedroom in the flat, it means it's rather big and has two built in wardrobes (one for me, one for my mum!), and in the last couple of months I have nearly got it the way I want it - filled with many lovely secondhand finds, William Morris prints, floral patterns, frames, hat boxes, cushions, magazines, books, and pretty bits and bobs. My room used to be more floral and girly, but now I'm taking the more antique, vintage and eclectic look.
Of course my hobo jumper is the pride and joy of my wardrobe, hanging in it's rightful place at the front with all of my other knitwear, along with my most worn pieces folded on the shelves below. I bought the large gold frame in one of my favourite charity shops for three pounds, the matching hat boxes were five pounds and the floral hatbox was just fifty pence. The lovely, possibly vintage, suitcase was completely free, I found it just left outside my flat one day, so couldn't resist taking it for myself! The cabinet on the right holds a wooden divider (£1.50), a William Morris print folder (£1.25), a shoebox full to the brim with postcards, a few art books, House & Garden magazines (20p each) and a 1975 issue of Vogue I bought for just two pounds! This is definitely my favourite corner of my bedroom!
I started to collect Vogue magazines in 2007 and since 2008 I forbade myself from ripping them up for collages, as they will be lovely things to look back on in the future. I think they make quite a lovely display in my wardrobe, but goodness me it is such an effort when I move them from one side of my room to the other! On display I also have some of my favourite secondhand books; the Collins Road Atlas (I ripped out the lovely map of London to put in my gold frame inside my wardrobe) was £1.50, The first Audrey Hepburn book was £5, the second was a gift, the third was a £1 and the William Morris book at the end was £1. Anyway, I think that I shall leave it has that, I hope you like my bedroom as much as I do! What does your bedroom look like, or what do you wish it looked like? Love, Jazzabelle. P.S. Yes, yes, I know it's not quite December yet, but I was actually going to post this on Wednesday but I just couldn't wait, hehe! Edit: Forgot to mention that I recently done an interview for Cellardoor Magazine's blog, please do take a look to find out what I can't live without and some tips for charity shopping!
27 November 2010
-Skinny jeans, courtesy of H! by Henry Holland -Hobo jumper, charity shop, 50p -Grandad cardigan, charity shop, £2 -Snood, Asos, £1
Hello everyone, sorry I haven't posted in a while, I've been feeling really ill, unconfident and down for the last two weeks so I haven't been in the mood to take any outfit pictures. I'm feeling rather better now, so I decided to venture out today for a spot of Christmas shopping and to treat myself to a christmassy Starbucks and a Pret sandwich. Once again, my hobo jumper was calling out to be worn, I just couldn't resist. I teamed it with my latest charity shop find, the grandad cardigan, and a pair of blue jeans. Blue jeans! I haven't worn blue jeans in about two years, so when I recieved a lovely email from Emily, the assistant buyer for H! by Henry Holland, who after noticing that I already own a few pieces, offered to gift me with a couple more from the website, I just had to choose these. I can't believe that I haven't worn jeans like this in so long, it feels somewhat weird, but I like it. Thank-you Emily! On a completely different note, I have made this mummy scissors necklace I'm wearing for Roz, another lover of the Victoria and Albert Museum, as part of her blogging initiative she asked me to be part of a while ago. I decided to keep mine rather simple, by wrapping it in some lace I bought at my local car boot sale and an old gold chain I found lying about in my bedroom. Roz recently had a very serious surgery, so this is a little something for her. I wish you a safe recovery, Roz, and sorry it took me so long to post this. Love, Jazzabelle. P.S. I recorded my first video blog today. I was really unsure about posting this as I'm a rather unconfident person in 'real life', but I thought you would like to see me as me. I hope you like it, and let me know what you think!
14 November 2010
“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”-Turban, Asos, £1 -Hobo jumper, charity shop, 50p -H! by Henry Holland jeans, Debenhams, £10.50 -Leather boots, Topshop, £60
You must just be so bored of my face, hobo jumper and knitted turban by now - I do apologize! But I do hope you are not, as the reason why I blog is not to show you a new outfit every time I post (sorry, but I just can't spend hundreds of pounds in Topshop and Primark a month like many other bloggers), but to show you my bargains and how I style them in different ways. My hobo jumper is so versatile, I for one shall never be bored of this fifty pence gem, my cost per wear must be at least a penny by now! I'm still in search of another jumper which lives up to this one, I'm off to my favourite charity shops tomorrow and for a spot of Christmas shopping (please tell me you are excited for Christmas, too? I've started to compile my wish list on my side bar, just in case you'd like to, y'know, send me something, hehe) so wish me luck! Oh yes, what do you think to how I've been laying out my photographs in this post and the previous one? I think it makes a nice change from my usual same size landscape photographs. Also, even though this is my blog and I can post what I want when I want..etc, is there anything you would like to possibly see more of on here? Love, Jazzabelle. Quote by Audrey Hepburn.
13 November 2010
Yesterday evening, along with Shana-Kaye, my mum and her friend, we went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, to attend another Fashion In Motion event, this time in celebration of the fourtieth anniversary of the Parisian fashion house, Kenzo. The Fashion in Motion events are always just so wonderful, with a number of free shows throughout the day set against the beautiful backdrop of the Raphael Gallery. In the past I have seen Erdem (who also attended the show last night) Osman and Giles Deacon but this show was especially wonderful. I adored all of the beautiful floral patchworks, ruffles and layers, the bright eyeshadow on all of the models, plus the pretty invitations to attend a cocktail party at the Kenzo store in a couple of weeks were a lovely added touch. Whilst we weren't front row, we were sat right by the photographer's pit so we got a brilliant view of the show, also allowing me to finally take some decent pictures at a catwalk show. I've just recently posted the rest of my photographs on my facebook page if you'd like to take a look. Love, Jazzabelle. P.S. What did I wear? My velvet maxi dress, gilet and knitted turban, of course! P.P.S. Ignore my frizzy hair! Goodness, this weather is really getting on my nerves.
11 November 2010
-Next metallic jumper, Take10 challenge item -H&M jumper, charity shop, 50p - H&M gilet, charity shop, £8 -Belt, charity shop, £1.99
Yes, I am indeedy the new Take10 girl! I couldn't quite believe I was asked to take over from the lovely Saskia (I miss you!), who is unfortunately too busy with medical school to continue, I'm so very looking forward to all of the challenges to come! The first item I was sent was this Next metallic jumper and oh my, how it was difficult for me to style. Next has so many beautiful pieces in store this Autumn/Winter, but unfortunately for me this wan't one of them. It's metallic, orange, itchy and it snags easily, I personally could never pay thirty-eight pounds for this. I like to think that I have somewhat made the jumper my own, though, by teaming it with my favourite charity shop belt, polka dot tights and my H&M gilet which as appeared on my blog so many times since I bought it (I promise I won't feature it for a while, hehe). How do you think all of the other girls and I styled the jumper? It's amazing to see how everyone has worn the same piece, still sticking to their signature styles. Love, Jazzabelle. Left to right on the collage (click to enlarge): Me, Shini, Nic, Sabine, MJ, Jen, Sarah, Sherin, Vicki and Adele - Thank-you for all so kindly welcoming me as the newest Take10 girl!
10 November 2010
-Turban and mittens, Asos, £1 each- Diesel jumper, charity shop, 50p - H&M gilet, charity shop, £8 -Necklace, courtesy of Gogo Philip
I don't know why I am up so late writing this post, I'm so darn tired but I just can't sleep. This is what I wore yesterday to college, I seriously can't stop wearing the faux leather gilet, it goes with practically everything I own, so be prepared for many more posts featuring it! I also wore this in the evening for my sixth time seeing Legally Blonde The Musical in the West End. Little did I know that it was a premiere welcoming the new cast, I felt so underdressed with many celebrities roaming about. Nevertheless, I had a wonderful time, miming along the whole way though, laughing so much and perhaps shedding a little tear every now and again, hehe - I would truly recommend you going to see it, it's such a heart warming and feel good show. Oh, and I'd like to say a big thank-you to the lovely Amy for sending me this Gogo Philip Necklace! It's not my usual thing, but I adore the rusty gold metal and the detail of the hand, I've been wearing it non stop for the last couple of days! Please do visit her blog, I'm so in love with her style! Love Jazzabelle.
06 November 2010
This lovely F&F velvet maxi dress is my new favourite thing, which was kindly sent to me by Clothing at Tesco. I just adore it, the length is so perfect, the neckline and long sleeves are lovely, and I think that the overall shape of the dress really accentuates my figure. Last night I simply teamed it with my favourite lipstick, charity shop belt, black wedges, car boot sale scarf and my lovely Asos knitted turban. In return for accepting this piece, Clothing at Tesco asked if I could then 'post it on' to another blogger, allowing them to pick anything they'd like from the Clothing at Tesco range. The lovely lady I choose is Fi from Save Our Shoes, I can't wait to see what she picks! I wore this ensemble to the Yummy Hair event last night, after Kristabel invited me as her plus one. I had the most wonderful evening, consisting of drinking champagne and eating canapés in a private capsule on the London Eye, a ride in a hummer limo to a bar, and free cocktails and food all night! I may post some of the photographs from the evening on my new 'Jazzabelle's Diary' Facebook page, I was really unsure of creating one at first, but it will allow me to post more photographs and links without spamming you and my blog. Love, Jazzabelle.
02 November 2010
-Faux leather gilet, charity shop, £8 -H! by Henry Holland maxi dress, £28 -Scarf, car boot sale, 25p -Satchel, courtesy of Next.
To the Victoria and Albert Museum, of course! I met up with the lovely Lucy from Snippets of Shiny Thoughts for a wander around the amazing Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballet Russes exhibition and for a little lunch, stopping along the way to take a few photographs. Lucy is just so darn beautiful and kind, plus I just adore her bright, quirky style. We are both so different in the way we dress, apart from the fact that we both clearly have a love for hobo jumpers, hehe! We're planning to dress like one another one day, it's so far out of both our comfort zones that I just know it will be difficult! What do you think, would you like to see me experiment with wearing more colourful outfits? Thank-you for such a lovely day, Lucy! Love, Jazzabelle.
01 November 2010
-Knitted turban, Asos, £1 -Hobo jumper, charity shop, 50p -Signature hot chocolate for me, Caramel creme frappuccino for her.
Just a little post with a few of my favourite pictures of my evening with my dear friend, Shana-Kaye. London Waterloo is the most convenient place for us to meet so we tend to go there quite often for a Starbucks and a walk along the River Thames. Do you like my bargain knitted turban? A few days ago on one of my favourite websites, somebody found and posted a code on the forum which entitled you to ten pounds off an eleven pound minimum spend at Asos. I ended up placing five orders (and don't tell me you wouldn't have if you knew about the code too?), spending ten pounds in total for sixty pounds worth of lovely pieces. I bought ten pieces altogether, making each only a pound, what bargains! I'm so looking forward to showing you what I bought on my next few outfit posts! Love, Jazzabelle.