Thursday, 27 January 2011

take10, the best challenge yet.

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Asos Petite Hooded Military Cape, Take10 challenge item - Club Monaco silk shirt, charity shop £1 - Headscarf, charity shop, 25p
H! by Henry Holland jeans, gift - Heeled boots, courtesy of Clothing at Tesco - Tassel (inspired by Nic!), haberdashery, £1.99
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As my title says, this was definitely the best Take10 challenge yet, the Asos cape is just so lovely. The colour, shape and size (I'm wearing a size six petite, even though I'm nowhere near petite - I'm five foot seven) are pretty darn perfect, and it's surprisingly easy to style! Also, unlike the other challenge pieces I think that the cape is well worth the price tag as the quality is great and it's something which can work through all the seasons. How to you think MJ, Sarah, Sabine, Sherin, Paula, Vicki, Adele, Jen, Ellie and I styled the cape? Thank-you to Asos for sending this piece, it's made a lovely addition to my wardrobe and it will definitely be appearing  in many outfit posts to come. Love, Jazzabelle.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

hey little darling, don't shed no tears.

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I spent this dreary, rainy Tuesday out and about in my home town of London with my art class, visiting the Saatchi Gallery, taking a boat ride across the Thames from Westminster to Greenwich and visiting the National Maritime Museum. I wasn't really in the mood to go out today, but I've always wanted to go on a boat ride across the Thames so I couldn't resist. I'm glad I did, it was great fun sitting on the top deck eating sandwiches and taking photographs in the rain, I felt like such a tourist! Thank-you for all of your kind comments on my previous post by the way, I'm a little overwhelmed by the amount I recieved! Yesterday was indeed a better day for me, we recieved so many donations in my favourite charity shop (including six pairs of brand new Asos heels!), the stock was brilliant (we currently have two fifty pence rails!) and we made much more than our daily target. Love, Jazzabelle.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

take a look in the mirror and cry.

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Club Monaco silk shirt, charity shop, £1 - Grandad cardigan, charity shop, £2 -  Bag, car boot sale, free - Topshop pleated skirt, gift.
Today has just been one of those days, hopefully tomorrow will be better, I'll be volunteering in my favourite charity shop for most of the day which is always rather fun. This little post was simply an excuse to show you my new shirt and skirt, but please do excuse how ridiculously pale my skin looks, I don't think my camera nor the editing software I use like me very much today. Love, Jazzabelle.

Friday, 21 January 2011

a box full of memories.

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Some of my most recent artwork - a shoebox full to the brim of personal and found objects, ephemera, bric-à-brac, photographs old and new, tins, matchboxes and various other pieces. I plan to develop these objects further later on in the college year, creating a Joseph Cornell inspired assemblage piece,  hopefully evoking memories, stories and nostalgia, continuing on from the piece which I made for my National Diploma in Art and Design final major project. I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Love, Jazzabelle.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

next s/s11 blogger event.

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I should have been at college on Tuesday, getting on with my artwork and sitting by myself on my lunch break with a Starbucks coffee and a Pret sandwich, but instead I was having the most lovely day at Next HQ sipping yummy drinks, eating canapés, trying on clothes and viewing Next's S/S11 collection alongside twenty-something other bloggers. After an early morning First Class train ride to Leicester and then a coach ride to the headquarters, we were welcomed with breakfast nibbles and a presentation of Next's main trends and pieces for the upcoming season. Even though I'm more of an A/W girl, I very much adored all of the sheer shirts and dresses, pleated skirts and delicate floral prints that were featured throughout, though with my I-only-wear-neutral-colours self I wasn't at all keen on the use of neon and clashing colours. We were then set a style challenge in which we were given a key piece from the new collection to style with anything we could find in the mock shop. I styled a lovely pair Rosa Trousers, keeping it quite simple with a sheer Slouch Shirt, a favourite amongst us bloggers, and a small clutch bag. Flared trousers aren't something I would ever have considered wearing, but I suprisingly really like them, and will definitely experiment with wearing something similar in the future. After we completed our looks we all had a mini photoshoot (you can see my pictures here) and then a videoshoot which you can see above. Do excuse how awkward and stiff I am in the video, I was just so nervous about being put on the spot and being filmed in front of people! Hehe. I have to say, this was definitely the best blogger event I have been to, Next genuinely seemed to care about us bloggers, really taking into consideration our opinions and feedback. Thank-you to Jenny from Jam and Next for inviting me along, I had such a lovely time! Love, Jazzabelle.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

she only reveals what she wants you to see.

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A collage of some of my favourite photographs, most of which have been featured on my blog before. I think they all represent me, my life and blog rather well; neutral tones, eclecticness, secondhand bargains, London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, photography, my hobo jumper, brick walls, Starbucks, reading, art, pretty objects, the simple things in life and my ever changing style. Love, Jazzabelle.

Monday, 10 January 2011

goodbye today, hello tomorrow.

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Asos turban, gift - Zara shirt and paisley scarf, charity shop, 25p each - Cardi, charity shop, £2 - H! by Henry Holland jeans, £10.50
Today has consisted of me spending time with my ma and my grandma, getting free coffee from Starbucks, buying myself the most lovely pleated midi skirt for just three pounds in my local Traid store and deciding what to wear tomorrow. Tomorrow my day shall consist of waking up early, getting rather nervous, buying myself a Starbucks coffee, going to Leicester to attend an event at Next HQ and spending my time with some lovely blogger friends. What has your day consisted of, and what are your plans for tomorrow? Love, Jazzabelle.

feeling rather warm and cosy.

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Uniqlo jacket, charity shop, £2 - Hobo jumper, charity shop, 50p - Cargo leggings, Asos, £13 - Satchel, Next, £30 
This jacket is definitely two pounds well spent, I bought it from my favourite charity shop a couple of days ago, it's just so cosy and warm! The lady who I work with, Vicky, is ever so kind, she often gives me discounts when I buy pieces due to the fact that I volunteer, regularly donate and visit the shop, which is just lovely of her. I'll be volunteering most Mondays, so please do pop by and say hello! There is a lovely little cafe, three other charity shops and a vintage shop nearby, so I promise you won't leave empty handed! Love, Jazzabelle.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

take10, something a little bit different.

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F&F Couture lurex skirt, Take10 item - Velvet tee, charity shop, 50p - Liberty scarf, charity shop, £1.50 - Boots, c/o Clothing at Tesco
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 Me, Jen, Adele (her housemate, Marta, stepped in due to size issues), MJ, Sabine, Vicki, Nic, Sherin, Sarah and Ellie.
Hello everyone! Another Take10 challenge here, but this time it's something a little bit different to the usual. Instead of each getting sent the same piece to style, Clothing at Tesco asked us to choose anything from the F&F Couture range for each other! I chose a dress for Ellie and the lovely Nic chose this skirt for me, which just so happened to be the piece I most wanted to recieve. I decided to wear the skirt high waisted and teamed it with some of my favourite charity finds, including a beautiful Liberty scarf I recently picked up for just £1.50. Like in my previous challenges, I personally think that this piece is really quite expensive, plus the sizing is rather bad (they only go down to a size eight, whereas I'm a size four/six. Plus when my grandma, who is a size twelve, tried it on it fit her perfectly), but I did enjoy styling this piece and I felt very fancy whilst wearing it. How do you think the other girls and I styled our chosen pieces? Love, Jazzabelle.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

it's not perfect, but it's mine.

''I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone'' - Audrey Hepburn
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Hello everyone, sorry I've been rather absent recently, I honestly haven't been in the mood to blog due to feeling pretty unconfident and pessimistic with myself and my blog. Apart from that, I've been feeling ever so happy, I've had such a lovely Christmas holiday, I hope you all have, too! I'd like to say a little thank-you to you all for sticking by me and my blog, and hello to my new readers! Thank-you all for being such lovely people, I've made some wonderful new friends since I started blogging in March. Happy new year. Love, Jazzabelle.