Giving an on trend item your own personal style

Thursday, 21 September 2017

When I first started out blogging it took me a while to really join the blogging community. I followed a few blogs that I still read today, but I rarely used twitter and when I did it was just to see what celebs and my hometown friends were doing. On Instagram I followed a lot more art accounts because it's what I love and 'bigger' bloggers or ladies on Lookbook because I loved their style. I got inspired from Lookbook and Instagram every day which was so useful when I didn't know what to really share on my blog, now I definitely have so much more self confidence and through blogging I've found my personal style. Don't get me wrong I love browsing through social media and platform like Lookbooks when I think to myself 'Hey I wonder what I'll wear tomorrow I'm feeling a little uninspired with my wardrobe' but I do pride myself on knowing my style and wearing what I want. With being an alternative blogger I don't particularly follow the trends splurged across the internet telling us what to buy, but I do follow a particular style of clothing that a lot of other alt bloggers follow too. We buy the same things from time to time, but especially this year there's been items featured on every ones blogs and I guess that makes it an on trend piece. It's weird because I don't purchase clothing to just blog about them, but when it becomes apart of your lifestyle to share what you purchase, it puts me off buying something that everyone already has. Some might jump to the internet to buy the hot item, but for me I just don't want to also be one of those people who are wearing the same thing. My personal style is unique to myself, I want my blog to portray that, not what's flying off the shelves at that particular time.

Gingham dress - Primark . Illustrated Tote Bag - Etsy . Boat shoes - Primark .

Keeping that in mind, it means I've missed out on items that I've really wanted to purchase just because I've not wanted to look the same as someone else. It seems dumb and I should wear whatever the hell I want, but there's also the thing of when its sold out that item isn't going to be easy to get a hold of anymore. That's how I felt about this Gingham dress that's from Primark of all places! Everyone snatched it up because not only is it cheap but Primark is so accessible, it's a bargain and a print that definitely never goes out of fashion. I never managed to go into store to get one, but when I started to see blogger after blogger post looks in the dress within the space of a week I decided against the purchase. I'm a fashion blogger so of course when I buy something I want to style it and put it up on my blog, so I just didn't want to join the hype and also put up my look. I hope this is coming across in an understandable way and I do know how silly I am for not just buying the dress. Primark of course sold out and another item took the Gingham dresses place, but it's one purchase I felt sad about not making.

A couple of weeks ago I was browsing through Ebay and came across someone selling the dress in exactly my size! How quickly I bought it really showed how much I did actually want the dress and it's sort of given me a new perspective; just buy and wear whatever you damn well want. I care about what people see on my blog because I want you guys to enjoy my content, but if I don't do what I want then I'm not being myself. I get that it can be boring seeing the same types of bloggers do the same styled looks, but hopefully you come to my blog to see it styled differently because my personal style is unique to myself.

Talking a little about the dress, I absolutely love the fit and how good quality the smock dress is when it's just from Primark! I love a smock dress, the shape is flattering on all types of bodies and for me I love how it almost buries my frame. I feel well covered and my favourite feature has to be the frilly sleeves. I love it when you can feel smart or dressed up just with one item of clothing, so this dress is definitely one of my favourite go-tos at the moment. I've worn it out to breakfast, to the pub and even to work; its versatile. I can see why everyone loves the dress because it really is a winner.

The over all message I want to convey is definitely wear what you want and take no notice of what everyone else is doing. Support them and love yourself.

Have you ever not bought something because everyone online already has it?

Until next time,

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Lets catch up, a little life update! Dream job? Kitties & Steps

Monday, 18 September 2017

Hello everyone! The last time I did a life update it came at a very weird time of my life, despite it literally only being two months ago that I wrote it. A lot was going on and even afterwards so much more has happened, but life couldn't be better right now so I thought I would give y'all another little update as to what I've been up to! 

I think I left off with me quitting my job and starting my own independent business Witchcrafts which has exceeded my expectations of how I thought it was going to get off the ground! I'm amazed and truly thankful to everyone who's supporting me or has ordered from my store, it really has allowed me to hit new levels of my creativity. I've created prints I've had in my head for months, projects like my bundles and autumn ranges, even t-shirts which I'm going to be making plenty more of very soon! As an artist I feel like I've really come into my own with what I've been producing and especially with it being a huge leap to go full steam ahead with my own business, it really makes me feel like it's the right choice with the great response it's had so far. It makes me feel like it's the right path I'm meant to be on, rather than dying on some shop floor doing something I was slowly started to despise. So again thankyou. Thank you to anyone who has ordered, has liked my work, shared it, or even just had a look at what I've been up to on my store I couldn't appreciate it enough.   

I'll start with the most exciting news; I WENT AND GOT MYSELF POSSIBLY MY DREAM JOB!!! Whilst I'm writing this I will of been at work for two days now and my god I love it so much. I wasn't going out of my way to look for a job but when I came across the online advert for an online assistant for a vintage company it just sounded so right to me. The job description sounded like just my cup of tea and I can confirm I absolutely love it so much! I get to  shoot models, prep the clothing, edit, sort emails and I'm even going to be working with their social media and blog to really step up the game! I love being able to offer my skills like that because I love to do those things, for me its the best thing about blogging so to be able to edit photos for a job?! I'm a very happy girl. I actually did my first shoot today with a model and the experience was incredible, it felt so good to be behind a camera because I actually do have qualifications in photography, so it's nice to actually do something with it. I find myself coming up with so many ideas that I can push forward once I start doing stuff with their social media, lookbooks, etc. It feels weird to say I'm back in a full time position but I generally can't think of a more perfect job for me, the team are lovely and the commute is nothing!

Even though I loved working for myself from home my business is still just starting, and despite there being a freedom of working for yourself, it's terribly lonely. I told myself I wouldn't get a job unless it was something stepping into the right direction for me, which this definitely is. So outta the blue but I really cant express enough how much I already love the job. It feels so good to be around people again if I'm honest, getting dressed and leaving the house for a change! My business is growing and it'll get to the point where I'll need to be working for myself more, but for now I can manage both, as well as blogging, so I had to take the chance at a job of my dreams.

WE GOT A CUTE LITTLE KITTY CAT! After having to get rid of our doggie this year it's been lonely in the house, so Joel and I both decided if we couldn't have a pouch then we'd try to get a cat! Even with me going back to work you can leave a cat to handle itself in the day, where as a dog needs either crate training or someone to look after it. A cat is the type of animal we need right now, so we found a breeder and now we have new addition to our family! Mr Barry is the cutest cat I've ever seen, he's black & white, a massive fur ball and is so attached to both Joel and I. He literally follows us everywhere, he sleeps with us, always wants to nap on my desk whilst I'm working and just is great company without the hassle (I feel bad saying hassle) but a dog needs so much care that we just didn't have time to do. I love Barry, he's just a little kitty who has just figured out that wet food is heaven and he explored the garden the other day!

WE BOOKED A BIG AMERICAN HOLIDAY! This one was definitely on a whim, but something my boyfriend and I have wanted to do forever. We popped into a holiday agency to check out/price up some ideas we had of going away, settling on not only going to Las Vegas, but then traveling to LA and then finishing off with a couple of days in San Francisco! We'd originally just wanted to look at Las Vegas but after looking at how easy it was to get to these other places, we thought we just to because San Francisco is somewhere I've always wanted to go! We've been looking at all the food places we can go and it's getting me so excited, but then I remember how much money I now need to save up in ten months and panic sets in. We're also thinking of getting married in Vegas, it's something we've been discussing for a while now and why not, it'll be so perfect to just do it just the two of us, then spend the rest of the holiday almost like a honey moon. Joel and I are quite laid back, so this will be perfect instead of all the stress a wedding creates especially with if we had to throw a big blow out, we wouldn't be able to do it for years due to money.  

As for my store, I have so many plans for new stock and especially with Christmas creeping up I'm going to be launching a bunch of things! There will be a Halloween range, Christmas range, more t-shirts and hopefully décor!

I really like doing this updates every few months because if you don't follow me over on social media, it's a great way to read what I've been up to. I really want to get back into doing monthly videos where I document what I've been doing each month, maybe starting next month again!

Until next time guys,

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Love true crime? Detective series? Programs I'm recently watching & Podcasts!

Friday, 15 September 2017

I think only my besties and family know how much I love true crime, but hi, hello, my name is Jessica and I find true crime fascinating. I have my Mum to thank because she's always loved a good murder mystery or a detective series, and one of my favourite memories about my mum is that we always used to (when I lived at home) curl up with a cup of tea, with the fire on and watch a either true crime documentaries or a thriller series! It ranges from really tame things like Midsummer murders to darker series on Netflix, I've even got my mum into listening to podcasts which she sponge listens to on her way to work and then rings me to say I have to listen to them! She started with serial (a very very good true crime podcast) and that's where I started too, so I think me and my mum are on the same journey with our interests, its always nice to have someone with something similar to speak about regularly!

Anyway. I love the mystery/thriller genre of fictional series, but I daily listen to true crime podcasts and watch the odd couple of documentaries a week, so I'm always on the look out for things to watch/listen to that people suggest. Definitely give me your recommendations! I never really see anyone on social media sharing that they've watched a good detective program or suggesting a podcast of that genre, so I thought I'd put in my two sense and give you some of my favourite things to watch and listen to which are both true crime and of the detective genre!

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My favourite murder - Podcast by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

If you're offended by the name of this podcast then we definitely won't get along in real life, because this has to be the most hilarious true crime based podcast that I've come across ever! Both hosts Karen & Georgia make this comedy gold, in a podcast they both tell a story of murder whether it being a well known serial killer to murders they've dug up and researched. They even have people email in their home town murders, which definitely has to be my favourite element to their podcast because they've completely blown up. I've seen my favourite murder artwork  by listeners, clothing, décor, the quotes that come out of the two ladies mouths are genius, but whilst they touch on such a morbid subject, they add a light heart and funny nature which I think helps their listens to understand the fundamental point - stay sexy and don't get murdered! Get a job, buy you're on shit and stay out of the forest!
If you're curious about the podcast they do have a website where you can find out more, they even do merch.

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Britain's Darkest Taboos - True Crime Documentary series

I found this series over on Netflix as I do with more true crime documentaries, and I found each episode so fascinating because I just can't fathom why and how these people do what they do. I guess anyone can agree who likes true crime, I won't watch a horror film but there's something I enjoy about a documentary. Each episode is a different case and not only do you get the story, but you get input from family members, friends of the victim and also opinions on the case by professionals! For me living in Britain I just can't believe so much bad has happened and there's only a hand full of cases I was actually aware of. There's quite a lot of seasons on Netflix's too if you're one of them that likes a good series sponge.

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The Five - Drama TV series by Harlan Coben

This TV series only aired last year but both me and my mum watched each episode every week and then phoned each other like 'OMG I CANT BELIEVED THIS HAPPENED WHERE IS HE WHAT IS GOING ON??!' so I'm definitely recommending it to you if you haven't seen it. Whilst being children Danny and his friends lose his little brother Jesse, who is never seen again until his DNA is found at a murder scene. The older brother being in law enforcement then goes on the hunt to find out what happened to his brother who could still be alive, whilst finding out what actually happened that day of his disappearance! I loved this series because you really do not guess or piece together what's happened or going on till the very end.

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Serial - Investigational Journalism Podcast by Sarah Koenig

So this was the first podcast I ever listened to because it was suggest to be my a friend who definitely knows her stuff about true crime, so I recommend it to you and you'll never turn back! I've only listened to the first season of the podcast because I loved the case Sarah Koenig covered, each episode following a certain case and then the next season is completely different. The case she covers is that of a young student who was convicted of killing his girlfriend, but whilst there was very sketchy evidence, the case also turned into a huge racial case that even now I am unsure as to whether he actually did it or not. She speaks directly on the prison phone with the man convicted, giving us as a reader information on the case and also her own opinion as she documents it. I also love her voice, Serial is definitely a podcast you'll sponge.

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The Keepers - Crime Documentary
Another true crime documentary that I found through Netflix, but it's an absolutely chilling mystery of what happened to Sister Cathy. It dives into horrors that we're happening at the school and in the church, stories from ladies who are trying to find cathy's killer themselves and how its brought together a community of people who support each other from what has come from her murder. Who killed sister Cathy? I definitely recommend this if you like a darker/thriller documentary to really tease your brain.

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Luther - Crime Mystery series by Neil Cross

I've become incredibly obsessed with Luther and despite people constantly telling me to watch it, I don't know why I'm only now giving it a watch! I love it, in the space of a couple of nights we're now on season three and each episode keeps me gripped to the television screen. Luther is a detective series, Luther being a cop who each day is faced with a new case whilst the show also has a continuous story line through out of his life as a police officer. Its a British gritty series, set in London which for me keeps it interesting because I'm not that much of a city girl at all. Again its another series that has a lot of seasons to watch, but I'm going through them fast because it's just so good.

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Marcella - Crime/drama series

This is another one that only came out last year but I absolutely loved it! It's a different twist on a detective series because it follows the life of the leading lady (she is a police officer) very closely to a point where as a viewer you're unsure whether she has a hand in all the drama! It follows a single plot line of a serial killer, but what I really loved was it was different to one, have it follow a female lead and two: there's something going on with her as a character that she's never a safe reliant character as you would have with the usual detective story.

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Amanda Knox - True crime Documentary by Matthew Hamachek & Brian McGinn

I think 2016 was a good year for new series and documentaries because again, Amanda Know the documentary came out only last year and I've watched it a good few times since because I love the entire angle it takes. The annoying part straight away from the title is that the actual murder in question is so over looked, this documentary focuses on Amanda Knox who was accused of killing her room mate and the media STORM that interfered with the case. I don't want to ruin much by giving details away, but I think whilst it being super disrespectful in my eyes that it all focuses on Knox and not the victim, it's still incredibly interesting because it's a case like no other.

There's so many more programs and documentaries that I could recommend so I may do a few more posts like this updating on what I've been watching, my favourites! I could chat for hours on this genre so if you too enjoy all things true crime and crime/drama tv series, leave me some of your suggestions and I'll definitely add it to my 'to watch' list!

Until next time guys,

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The neglected summer shorts in my wardrobe

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Thankfully September is one of those months where Autumn doesn't really start to happen till towards the end, so for all those outfits us bloggers haven't snapped in summer, you can still let them live a little bit longer before having to put on some tights and dig out your coats. One of the items of clothing I'm talking about are these incredibly cute, frilled shorts which are so far out of my comfort zone I knew I had to have them the moment my eyes met them. You believe in love at first sight? Well I do with these shorts! Unfortunately for them even though my love has been strong I've just not worn them out because if I'm honest, I'm not much of a shorts fan. I never know how to style them, so when I bought these beautiful orange babies, I thought straight away they'd be a challenge to intergrate into my wardrobe but I'd love to try something new.

My favourite thing about these shorts are definitely the colour, I love how it has flashes of purple and white to really contrast against the shocking orange! I rarely wear colour but if I do it's never this bright, so I definitely wanted to balance out the rest of the outfit with something soft and light. Even though I no longer work there I do still shop regularly at H&M, it's fashion I love, so of course a lot of the time my outfits are just fully from one store. To be honest this is another item that I just hadn't pulled out of my wardrobe lately and I might even sell it, it's soft, has a frill to the top off the shoulder edge, but for me it's a style I don't particularly like wearing. I did off the shoulder last year, now I just want comfortable over sized t-shirts. But anyway I styled it with this shirt because it's plain in colour to let the shorts really do all the talking, but at the same time I think the small bits of detail on the top style it up so that you could wear it out to a restaurant/bar.

Off the shoulder cream top - H&M . Orange frilled shorts - H&M . Black boots - Next . Cord wrap choker necklace - Boohoo

I feel quite sad that I haven't worn the shorts more, but if I'm honest this couple past months I've just been in the house working my butt off to get my art store off the floor. I actually got myself a full time job which I've been doing now for three days, I'm writing this pre to starting so I'm so excited but also nervous to be back into work but doing something I LOVE! I'm an online assistant, managing social media for a vintage brand and the idea of working in a warehouse surrounded by vintage clothes sounds amazing. Hopefully I come across something to pare with these shorts to make for a more comfortable wear.

I love posting in this field because it's so open, from different angles the lighting is so different. Probably be the last time because get ready for endless photos in falling leaves in the park!
How would you style these shorts? Do you have an item that you're unsure about how to style?

Until next time guys,

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