Style Icon: Jamie from Vinyl

My brother got me into watching Vinyl – a new series produced by Michael Scorsese and Mick Jagger about a record company in 1970s New York. I’m a sucker for anything vintage, and I wish I had lived through the 70s purely for the sex drugs and rock n’ roll music scene and funky clothing. But, alas, I was a 90s baby, so watching this show is about the closest I’ll get to living that era.

Jamie Vine is by far my favourite character: played by Juno Temple, she rocks the huge frizzy hair and sassy ‘I don’t give a f*ck’ attitude. Every episode I find myself lusting over her chic wardrobe; an array of flares, bold colours and statement boots so typical of that decade. She’s so cool it hurts.

The power of an LBD is so underrated, it’s the most simple staple outfit ever but wins every time.They suit everyone and the styling possibilities are endless – but teaming it with a slice of pizza takes the ‘cool girl’ look to the next level. I also need THAT suede dress in my life. Nuff’ said.

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I love the clash pattern of this dress combined with biker boots and the effortless style it gives off. (But then again anything looks good next to James Jagger..he’s definitely the eye candy of the series). Puffy sleeves are a simple way to jazz up any outfit, and the quirky antique-esque jewellery adds to the laid back look. Her hippie vibes can be channelled for festival season and beyond – I always try and incorporate some bohemian aspect into my outfits, whether it’s a full on dress or some funky socks or layered necklaces.

Seriously crushing on the psychedelic pattern of this dress (left) right now, and the cute retro style of the little black and pink number.

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Apart from Juno, I’m obsessed with the music in the show. Every electric episode is an addictive 60 minutes of new and old artists smashing it with rock music, including the likes of Royal Blood, Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Also, Mick Jagger’s pretty cool son James Jagger features as the lead singer of band ‘Nasty Bits’ in the show (so… you know, you should probably check it out…).

Top music picks:

Royal Blood – Where are you now?

Iggy Pop – I dig your mind

David Johansen – Personality Crisis

Kaleo – No Good

David Bowie – Suffragette City 

Nasty Bits – Rotten Apple 

(All images not my own)

Peace x

Uni for dayzzz

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WHITE SHIRT // SKINNY JEANS // CROC HEELS: all Topshop

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SPORTS BRA: Calvin Klein

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LEATHER JACKET: Topshop

Choosing smart/caj outfits for uni is tough when all I wanna do is snooze my alarm and turn up late to my 9 ams in a baggy hoody and leggings. But this outfit is pretty comfy and I can look relatively presentable at the same time.  The croc heels are an all-time favourite buy from Topshop and they instantly make any outfit look more dressy.

Last weekend I finished my second term of first year (cry) and after finally submitting a 2000 word essay I spent Friday night out drinking in Camden with my cousin and her mates as she’s going travelling (big thanks to her for taking these pics). We went to a few pubs and bars and then headed to Koko which is a really cool nightclub venue in a former theatre.

I’m also really psyched right now because The Last Shadow Puppets’ new album, Everything You’ve Come to Expect is out and I’m going to see them in July at Alexandra Palace in London!  ‘You used to be my girl’ is a favourite among others and the Miles Kane and Alex Turner combination still sounds as dreamy as ever.

p.s. I’m selling tickets to this year’s Reading Festival at £216 each, so if you want one or know of anyone that does pleeeeeease holla at me! My email is lilyrose_97@hotmail.co.uk

Peace x

Spring Stripes

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HAT: Oasis // SHIRT DRESS: Primark // BOOTS: Office

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WATCH: Urban Outfitters // RING: Vintage // COAT: Primark

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SATCHEL: vintage

Today I took a trip to Wollaton Park aka Wayne Manor (where Batman is partially filmed). This is part of an attempt from my flatmates and I to explore Nottingham a bit more since we’ve been living here almost 6 months and haven’t really branched out further than our uni, halls of residence and the city centre. Aside from the picturesque grounds, which look rather out of place in Nottingham, there were some deer, a museum and a tea room.

It’s hard to believe that another term is nearly over and that soon enough I’ll be moving into my house for second year. Although I can’t wait to have a double bed and a garden and not have to share a kitchen with 12 other people, I’d give anything to go back to freshers week and do it all over again. The past few weeks have been a bit of a blur but I must be doing something right as by some miracle I got 2:1s in my first 2 summative assignments! Currently, though, my life is consumed by the constant temptation to go out followed by the reminder that I’m too poor and have too much uni work to get done. That being said, first year doesn’t count…

p.s thanks to my flatmate Rhi for being my photographer

Peace x

 

 

 

Do your bank balance a favour

 

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TRAINERS: New balance
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STRIPED TEE: H&M // RIPPED JEANS: Topshop

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NECKLACE: Vintage from Greenman Festival // BELT: Primark

If you couldn’t already tell by now, I’m obsessed with stripes. Especially, but not limited to, black and white. I love the way stripes go so well with denim – a stripey top is so easily thrown together with any pair of jeans or a denim skirt or dungarees. It’s simple but powerful in making a statement and looking effortlessly chic.  I’ve been looking for a top like this for ages and I bagged this one for £7.99 in H&M. It has a retro feel to it and the cropped style means it’ll be versatile for both days / evenings and winter / summer.

These jeans were another £9 bargain from the Topshop sale plus discount (gotta love being a student) so I didn’t have to feel guilty about buying them when I’m as poor as I am right now.

But in the past month since I’ve actually realised the pain I’ve put my poor bank account through I’ve learnt some good tips for saving:

  1. Never go shopping in your frees. Since my uni is in town my friends and I have an awful habit of going to Costa or browsing shops in our frees. Do I really need that cheese and tomato toastie and skinny vanilla late when I’ve got supplies at home? Do I really need this jumper to add to my ever-growing collection when I literally have no space in my wardrobe? No. It’s the boredom making me do it. Do something productive in your free time like spending an hour in the library or squeezing in a gym session.
  2. Shop in Aldi’s. It might not have Heinz ketchup and granted it’s not quite Waitrose, but it’ll stop you buying unnecessary shit and pres will be a lot cheaper with their own-brand version of your favourite alcohol. 
  3. Pay for your milk in 1 pence coins. Yes, it’s embarrassing standing at the self-checkout for twenty minutes putting every individual coin into the slot but it gets rid of that stash building up in your purse and then you’ve got a pound spare for a jager bomb. 
  4. Shop at charity shops / sales / clothes swap with your mates. If you really can’t resist the temptation of new clothes and there aren’t any sales on, then scour the city for some vintage and charity shops. It might take a bit more time than waltzing into Topshop and selecting your size and walking to the checkout but it’s a lot cheaper and it’s way more interesting. You’ll walk out with something unique and classic that probably no one else will be wearing. If not and you’re stuck for something to wear on a night out borrow a dress from your flatmate and return the favour when they’re in the same situation.

 

Once again, thanks to Chloe for being my lil photographer.

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Little Comets live @ Rescue Rooms Nottingham

The indie rock band return to Nottingham to promote their new album, Hope is Just a State of Mind, featuring hidden gems: Hippo Campus.

Edgy gig venue and club Rescue Rooms hosted Newcastle trio Little Comets on Monday night, who captivated fans with their new music and pleased the crowd by playing old favourites.

Doors opened at 6:30, and first up were support act Hippo Campus – the highlight of the night. I love discovering new music and especially finding bands that aren’t well known before anyone else! From Minnesota, USA, the rock band formed in 2013 and have since been slowly creeping onto the radar. They were incredibly enthusiastic and demonstrated particularly interesting and wavy dance moves, but this only added to the euphoric vibes they gave off. This amazing stage presence combined with their chilled out, quirky music contributed to the buzzing atmosphere which was contagious throughout the crowd.

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It’s hard to decide which song I was drawn to most (they were all so catchy and likeable) but among my favourites of Hippo Campus’ songs were Suicide Saturday, South and Violet.

You can visit their website here, or listen to them on Spotify.

Little Comets kicked off to an already pumped up audience and reminded me why I like them so much with their down to earth chat and a better live sound than anything they could put across digitally. It’s always disappointing when a band you like are worse live than on your laptop, but this certainly was not the case.

One of my favourite aspects of the band was their style, admittedly the rather jazzy jumper that guitarist Michael Coles was wearing (see below pic).

 

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Little Comets consist of lead singer Robert Coles, guitarist and back up vocalist Michael Coles and bass guitarist Mathew Hall. Originally from Tyne&Wear, they released their debut single One Night in October in 2009 and have since released two albums, In Search of Elusive Little Comets and Life is Elsewhere.

Their new and third album was released on the 16th February and is now available on iTunes.Hope is Just a State of Mind is fitting with the abstractness of previous albums and theme of bubbly, eclectic fusions of sounds but with a more updated feel. I like Don’t Fool Yourself and Salt. 

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My all time Little Comets favourites are Joanna, Jennifer and One Night in October… and Dancing Song, obviously. They made a wise decision to play out on this and I managed to film it (ignore the very poor quality).

After such an impressive set and taster of their new album I would buy tickets to watch either bands again live in a heartbeat.

Faithful denim jacket

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LEVI DENIM JACKET: Urban Renewal at UO // TRAINERS: Converse

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STRIPED TEE: Zara // SKIRT: Topshop
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NECKLACE: from my Mum’s jewellery box // RING: Vintage shop

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I purchased this vintage Levi denim jacket from Urban Outfitter’s Urban Renewal section about three years ago and it has remained a staple in my wardrobe. It was about £50 but you can get them cheaper in places like Camden. I love anything oversized and comfy so it was instantly a good investment piece that I’d recommend everyone needs!

It works all year round – for festivals in the summer, but is also baggy enough to fit a warm jumper underneath in winter and still look cool. I love it dressed down with this casual outfit, denim always looks best with a stripey top and cons, and my corduroy skirt gives it a kind of 70s look.

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P.S. Big up to Chloe Jacks for taking these pics x