Wednesday, 30 March 2011

if you are lonely when you are alone, then you're in bad company.

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Jaeger jumper, charity shop, 50p - H&M maxi dress, car boot sale, 50p - Boots, c/o Bertie - Veiny hand and frizzy hair, ew.
The title of this post is one of my favourite quotations, by Jean-Paul Sartre, as it's something I can really relate to. I've always been a person who enjoys being alone - I often spend my college lunch breaks on my own in Starbucks and like nothing more than wondering around the Victoria and Albert Museum by myself. I'm also an only child (if you hadn't guessed already), so I have grown up knowing how to entertain myself from a young age. One thing which I really dislike is when others assume that because I'm often alone, it means that I'm lonely, because the majority of the time it doesn't. Of course I can feel lonely at times, I believe it's in my nature, but as Marilyn Monroe said, 'I restore myself when I'm alone'. Anyway, I'm rambling on a little, this post was simply an excuse to show you clearer photographs of the boots I chose at the Bertie blogger evening I posted about a few days ago. They are so beautiful, I'm very lucky indeed. I so adore the top photograph, which was taken by my lovely friend Shana-Kaye. I know that she was just randomly shooting in hope that I'd get a shot that I liked, but I just love the compostition and the movement of my dress. Thank-you, Shana! Love, Jazzabelle.

Monday, 28 March 2011

details of my day, what i wore & a few bargains.

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What I wore today ~ Shiny brogues, old briefcase, chunky cardigan, fifty pence scarf & something wonderful c/o The Kooples.
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Lovely things ~ a bag I picked up from my favourite charity shop, Starbucks coffee, Playboy mirror & a pretty new duvet cover.
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Today really hasn't been the best of days for me - for one I've been feeling quite down and ill, plus this afternoon, whilst volunteering in my favourite charity shop, I either misplaced my mobile phone or it was stolen from behind the till. I really do believe it was stolen, and whilst it was my own fault for not keeping it in my bag or in a drawer, I'm pretty darn upset upset about it, though a little part of me is hoping it is only lost. In more positive news, I'm really rather happy with the style of this post, I definitely think I'll do more of these in the future, if you'd be interested? I recently added a poll to my sidebar asking what you'd like to see on my blog, so I'd be so grateful if you could vote! Above are a few details of what I wore today (I'll be showing you the full outfit in the next few days), plus a few of my more recent acquisitions. I picked up the adorable little tan satchel in my favourite charity shop, the floral duvet cover was a gift from my nan and I bought the vintage Playboy mirror from Battersea car boot sale. Isn't the mirror amazing? It was only three pounds, so quite a bargain indeed! Also, just a quick note to say thank-you for all of your kind comments as of late, especially regarding my blog's birthday, sorry I'm so slow at replying to them all! Love, Jazzabelle.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

old fashioned knees up.

A jumble of photographs from the Bertie bloggers event on Wednesday evening...
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The beautiful Christina, and is that a reflection of Ross I spy below?
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I'd quite like Sally and Amy's hair, thank-you.
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On Wednesday evening, Bertie  hosted an 'old fashioned knees up' at their new Covent Garden store and invited me along to view the S/S collection, enjoy village-fete inspired refreshments (cola, lemonade, finger sandwiches and cakes, anyone?) and select a pair of shoes to take home. It was lovely to see many of my favourite bloggers again including Amy, Ellie, Abi, HarrietChristina and Yish Yene, plus also see Sarah and Sally & Ross for the first time! Unfortunately the majority of photographs I took of them all were blurry which is pretty darn annoying, but they were all there, honest! I adored so many of the shoes in the new collection, incuding the pastel coloured brogues, loafers, chunky heeled sandals and wedges, but I was overall swayed by these gorgeous black heeled boots from last A/W collection which I couldn't resist taking home with me. I also loved the decor of the store, how amazing are the jumble of mirrors on the wall? I'm definitely going to make my own in my bedroom!  Thank-you for a great evening, Bertie! Love, Jazzabelle.

Friday, 25 March 2011

jazzabelle's diary, one year old.

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I don't want to ramble on too much in fear of getting too emotional, but I honestly can't believe it's been a year since I started my blog, on a whim after attending an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum with my grandma. Since I started my blog I've experienced so many new things, been to some wonderful events, recieved beautiful gifts and have met some lovely people. I've changed an awful lot as a person too, plus I'm sure you have all seen how my personal style has developed over the months! Thank-you all so much for reading my little diary, I'm quite overwhelmed by the amount or readers I now have and the amount of comments I have recieved as of late! I never expected anyone to be interested in a girl like me, so I really am humbled. I'm actually off to the Victoria and Albert Museum this afternoon which is rather apt, I'll definitely be treating myself to something from the gift shop to celebrate. Love, Jazzabelle.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

each morning i get up i die a little.

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Land's End jumper, chairty shop, 50p - Topshop shirt, gift - Bag, car boot sale, free - Skirt, Asos, £9 - Boots, c/o Clothing at Tesco. 
This is what I wore yesterday evening to attend a Bertie blogger event with some of my favourite bloggers, which I'll be posting about in the next few days, after I sort through and edit the many photographs I took! I bought this skirt just over a week ago, using my Groupon voucher, and I've been wanting to share it with you from the moment I tried it on - I just adore the shade of green, the midi length is perfect, plus the embroidery details and cut-work hem are lovely! I'll definitely be wearing this an awful lot over the coming months, it's now become a favourite piece of mine. Love, Jazzabelle.

Monday, 21 March 2011

not my usual cup of tea.

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Hat, c/o Next - Jaeger jumper, charity shop, 50p - Cardigan, charity shop, £2
What I wore for a day of volunteering in my favourite charity shop. The photographs were taken by my mum in one of our local parks.
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DIY Cutoffs - Bag, charity shop, £1 - Socks, H&M, £3.99 - Boots, c/o Emu.
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A few days ago I popped along to 42 Lamb's Conduit Street with Tory to attend a little event at Emu's pop up store with a handful of other bloggers. To be honest, I actually wasn't planning on going, not only because I wasn't in the best of moods, but also as Emu is a brand I would never have associated myself with so I was a little weary about attending, but I'm glad I did. Whilst my views on 'ugg' style boots haven't changed as I personally don't like the style, my views have definitely changed on the brand after hearing about the history of Emu and seeing what other pieces they had on offer, including women's apparel and accessories. The pop up store itself was lovely - I adored the decor (you can see some photographs of the store on my Facebook page), plus everyone was so darn nice and made us feel so welcome! We were also, unbelievably, gifted with any pair of shoes we liked from the store, so I chose these lovely leather boots, which were a favourite amongst us all there. I've never worn boots at this length before, and whilst they aren't my usual cup of tea I like to think they suit me, plus the sheepskin lining makes them ever so comfortable! Whilst these won't be a pair of shoes I wear everyday (I'll be sharing them with my mum, who conveniently has the same size feet as me!), they will be perfect to wear on cold, rainy days in the Autumn/Winter. Thank-you to Cube PR for inviting me, I had a great time! Has going to blogger or press events ever changed your opinion on a brand? And what are your opinions on bloggers accepting free gifts? Love, Jazzabelle.

Monday, 14 March 2011

blossom in battersea & some secondhand bargains.

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Land's End, M&S St Michael and Jaeger jumpers, all 50p each from my favourite charity shop.
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AA skirt, car boot sale, £1 - Zara skirt, charity shop, 50p - H&M maxi dress, car boot sale, 50p
I've been really rather lucky on the secondhand shopping front as of late, above is only a small fraction of what I have recently bought. I've also found a couple more jumpers to add to my collection (including a rust H&M jumper with adorable elbow patches!), a little black backpack, a few books, a pair of polka dot trousers and a handful of scarfs. Last week whilst volunteering in my favourite charity shop, a lady donated a bag full of mainly grey and cream jumpers, so I couldn't resist holding some back for myself to buy at the end of the day. I mean, a Jaeger jumper for fifty pence! Oh, the joys of working in a charity shop, I get to have first pick of the latest donations! On the same day I also bought the Zara skirt I wore in my previous post, and coincidently whilst at Battersea car boot sale yesterday with the Purple Boot Media team I saw an almost identical grey skirt which will make a lovely addition to my wardrobe. The blossom photographs were taken in Battersea Park on Saturday, where on the same day I also bumped into the lovely Georgia in my favourite charity shop! I was pretty awkward to say the least, but it was great to meet her, she has such amazing style. Would you be interested in seeing more posts similar to this where I share what I have recently bought? Love, Jazzabelle.

Friday, 11 March 2011

what i find is pleasing and i'm feeling fine.

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Shirt, cropped jumper and skirt, charity shop, all 50p each - Bag, charity shop, £1 - Hat, c/o Next. 
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In some aspects yesterday was quite a usual day for me: I treated myself to a Starbucks (thoughts on the new logo? meh), explored the Victoria and Albert Museum and went charity shopping - the only difference was that this time I had a camera and crew following me around. A few months ago I was contacted by Georgia from a new independent production company, Purple Boot Media, to ask if I'd be interested in being featured in a mini documentary style webisode focusing on blogging for their final major project at university. After months of planning, yesterday was set to be the first of  three days filming me going about my 'everyday' life to find out more about myself and my blog. I met up with three members of the production team, Suzanne, Rachel and Joel, early in the morning to film inside the Victoria and Albert Museum before it was open to the public, where they took numerous takes of me being interviewed, wandering around and photographing anything that interested me. We then went to my favourite charity shop where I talked about my love for secondhand clothes, why I shop in charity shops and what I was wearing. Plus we all couldn't resist trying on some clothes and buying a few bargains for ourselves! I could ramble on forever, but I'm pretty darn exhausted to be honest. Please do read Joel's post on the Purple Boot Media blog for a much more witty, funny and detailed account of our day! Love, Jazzabelle.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

little high, little low.

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Floppy Hat, c/o Next - Topshop shirt, gift - Jumper, charity shop, 50p - Bag, charity shop, £1 - Jeans, c/o H!
Good morning, everyone! This is what I wore yesterday afternoon, the outfit was rather rushed but it's actually one of my favourites of late, the floppy hat and bag are my new favourite things plus I adore how the neutral tones work together. The jumper is one of my latest charity shop finds, it's so warm and such a pretty colour, I definitely recommend  looking though the men's section in charity shops as they always have the best jumpers and cardigans! Have you bought any secondhand bargains recently? Last week I bought a lovely M&S St Michael shirt which I'm looking forward to sharing with you. I hope you have a lovely weekend! Love, Jazzabelle.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

i'm not the kind of girl who gives up just like that.

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Hello everyone, sorry for my lack of blogging recently, since coming back from Thailand I can't seem to get back into my usual routine. Though to be honest it's been rather refreshing to have taken a step back from my blog, it's made me think a lot more about my life and what I want to do in the future, plus I've also enjoyed spending more time talking to my mum, reading books, drinking way too much tea and coffee, rearraging my bedroom and watching my favourite dvds. Hopefully I'll be back on form soon, I have some great charity shop bargains along with some new clothes to show you, plus I quite miss taking outfit photographs against various brick walls! I also have a few lovely blog related events and projects going on, which is rather exciting! Love, Jazzabelle.