Thursday, 26 March 2015

CREEP HEART.


When I read that Ella Mobbs was looking for bloggers to collaborate with on Facebook I jumped at the chance. I have been a fan of her work for years since seeing her amazing painted tea cups on Tumblr- something  that crushed me was knowing they would never survive the trip from Australia.

Her jewellery pieces are perfect. They just the right mix of fashion and art (fa-rt?) and I was  beyond excited when she offered to send me a few pieces. already owning her Skully Tea cardigan clips (you can see here) I knew i was going to receive something beautiful and well crafted but I wasn't expecting the outcome. Everything is so beautiful!


I don't think I can possibly choose a favourite out of the four brooches Ella kindly sent me- but i am overwhelmed by her kindness. I feel like she really (really, really) researched into what I liked to send me these four. I love brooches, and the Eye  Heart You mini pin has already found its home on my Collectif coat (so I've been wearing it everyday) and have hundreds of ideas for the others- which you might have already seen in my previous post.

I love them all for separate reasons- The craftmanship of the clear Creep Heart brooch is amazing- and looks awesome against prints (as you can see), and I feel that the Keepsake  Rose mini pin is perfect for me (due to my tattooed shoulders and it being my boyfriends name), but equally I love a good pun so the Eye Heart You pin is awesome, and the Dead Mingo mini pin is the creepy pin up mascot.

Expect to be seeing a lot of these brooches. Visit Ellas shop here, or follow her on Facebook,  Instagram, Tumblr and Youtube.
Jodie x

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

REFRESHING DARK HAIR COLOUR WITH CRAZY COLOR.

Having dark toned coloured hair (my bleaching days are behind me) I feel that I'm in the shadows compared to bright hair beauties who I envy, and often feel my hair looks dull. Therefore keeping it to its maximum brightness is something I've battled with for years. 

Previously I would just have it dyed every couple of weeks (I'm that high maintenance) but it's not economical as a student. I've been swapping shampoos, reducing heat styling and washing my hair less and less but the colour is fading far to quickly. I needed to refresh it. 

In the past whenever I've fancied bright hair I've turned to Crazy Color- Pinkissimo being my favourite- for maximum impact allowing for frequent top ups. But this wasn't a brand that cane to mind with dark hair. That was until I stopped by the Crazy Color stand at London Edge and noticed how similar my hair was to Cyclamen. After chatting colour I was advised to try refreshing my colour with a kind free bottle at home.


Wow! If you compare my hair to my previous posts (here) you can see a massive difference. My roots where faded the most and they've returned with bright glory! 



Refreshing the colour was actually really easy. After shampooing (and only during shampoo as advised on the bottle) and using gloves I mixed equal amounts of conditioner to Crazy colour and ran it through my hair. (I'm 99% sure I read this tip on Zoes blog but I can't find the post). I then massaged it through all my hair until it foamed (so was reacting with my hair) and left it for 10 minutes. After rinsing my hair until the water was (practically) running clear I dried my hair and styled as normal, again use gloves for this- I forgot and have dyed my fingernails pink.


I'm really impressed with the effect it's had as would recommend it to refresh hair. Particularly if you where darker red or purple coloured shades. My hair feels really soft (I've never had issues with Crazy Color drying ny hair), is free from any ammonia smell and very manageable.

I'm so glad I used Crazy Color!
Jodie x 

P.S. please be warned this WILL stain. But can be removed from any bathroom fixtures with Cilit Bang or 1001 stain remover (but shouldn't stain ceramics if wet- so run the shower for a while first) and from skin using either perfume or Cleanser.

P.S.S. my halter neck is from Vivien of Holloway, and brooch was kindly gifted to me from Ella Mobbs- check her out! 

Saturday, 14 March 2015

B&W LEOPARD

Sometimes leopard print is all you need. 





Skirt: Pin Up Girl Clothing (similar here)
Shoes: Topshop

I've become a massive fan of Facebook pin up and vintage communities as of late, so when this PUG skirt came up on the swap and sell in my size I felt like it was fate. Do not regret buying it in the slightest.

If we forget about it being leopard print, it's the waist I love. It has a two inch band which equals to a full flattering high waist. Seriously all the skirt needed was a Voodoo Vixen cardigan (because they're the best) and it was an outfit. No accessories required.
Jodie x 
P.S. black and white is very flattering on my tired face as being the best student has taken its toll (my mentors word a not mine).

Sunday, 8 March 2015

LONG TIME NO SEE.





Cardigan: Voodoo Vixen
Jeans: Collectif (similar here and here)
Snood: eBay
Cardigan clips: Ella Mobbs Creep Heart 
Trainers: Converse 
Bag: River Island
Coat: Ragged Priest


It feels like forever since I last posted a blog post and almost like this outfit doesn't meet expectations, but I've been living in lazy day clothes as of late. I don't know where all my energy has gone but my bed is now my favourite thing in the world. At present I'm wrist deep in essay planning and writing as I'm aiming for 90% on my next assignment and hopefully get it published (a girl can dream).

I guess it's a chance to experiment with everyday pinup looks. 

These jeans are more than great value for money- they really show up other brands high waisted offerings ( I'm looking at you Topshop) with their hight on the waist. They give me huge hips which (might not be everyone's cup of tea) really balance out my chest making me a very happy and curvy girl. 

Possibly my most worn item in this handmade snood. Perfect for 3 day old (or 4 day old) hair. I'm still experimenting with the perfect bangs but this us worth it's weight in gold! 

Warm hugs all round. 
Jodie x 



Friday, 13 February 2015

KITTY.

Sometimes an item of clothing will come into my life and I don't understand how I lived without it- this Voodoo Vixen Kitty dress is such an item. 

This is the dress I picked for London Edge with Voodoo Vixen and I'm so glad I did- I had been lusting after it for months.  







Dress c/o Voodoo Vixen (similar here and here)
Petticoat: Hell Bunny (similar here and here)
Shoes: Topshop
Necklace: Pip Jolley

As soon as it went on my body it was love- I'm so glad I finally own a Voodoo Vixen dress after loving their cardigans for so long. I only with my student budget stretched for a few more.

It's so awesome- I've been in a pink theme lately and the retro futuristic swirls are awesome. The fit is pretty perfect too a little baggy around the waist but accurate to the size guide- and with the belt fits great.

What surprised me was the quality if the material- I own a few repro clothes and this dress far outclassed it. The material is so think and stitched really well (I've noticed another brands dress is fraying quickly) and the print isn't going anywhere even after a hot wash (like other brands prints). I'm not alone, at London Edge it's all we talked about for over an hour.

I've worn it a handful of tines already and I know it's going to become my go to dress. Dressed down or dressed up paired with victory rolls and pin roll jewellery.
Jodie x 
P.S. hope you enjoyed my little doggy photographer- Dylan has become really interested in people taking photos lately. 

Thursday, 5 February 2015

LONDON EDGE WITH VOODOO VIXEN.

So I think I have just about recovered from my busy weekend, hectic uni day and work to finally blog again. I really can't complain as the weekend was awesome- after the Harry potter tour on Saturday on Sunday I was invited to attend London Edge by Voodoo Vixen. 

My undying love for Voodoo Vixen is pretty evident so me, April and Tammy arrived as early as we possibly could to the Olympia and where the first there. Nick and the rest of the Voodoo Vixen team where super welcoming and we quickly got changed (dear God my Kitty dress is amazing-a glowing review coming soon) and April and Tammy sat down for a makeover. 



I'm a bit iffy about my hair and with sensitive skin I don't do makeovers but I wish I had taken up the offer- the hair created was stunning! I was a mix of jealous and inspired. I loved seeing how everyone styled their look- everyone was so different considering at least 4 other people (including Tammy) had the same dress on as me- it might have been pairing it with my (obviously) Voodoo Vixen cardigan.


(Photo taken by April

London Edge had organised a talk from the Queen of Wedding Bloggers Kat from Rock n Roll Bride, which was a nice informal chat about her life as blogger, headmistress, magazine writer and she came off as such a sweetheart (which is exactly how I imagined her).


The majority of our day was spent looking around at what all the traders had to offer to wholesalers- a little bit out of my student budget but seeing what's coming just ended up as a photographic wish list. 

Seeing the new shades from Crazy Color nearly gave me Tammy and April heart attacks as they where so beautiful! 



Banned is a brand I've been aware of for a while but never really caught my eye- seeing them at London Edge I couldn't remember why. Not only have they created my all time most lusted after prints (the pink pina collars one) but have you ever seen such cute bags?



Voodoo Vixen was obviously my favourite stall to visit, seeing this awesome Hawaiian print before it hit the site was a dream come true, plus I got to check out my favourite prints in person (that are soon to be available in Plus size) and for me April and Tammy Ronald swoon over the Katnis dress (green cats FTW).

In terms of quality (and this is just my opinion) Voodoo Vixen seem to be offering the most for price, the thickness and texture of materials used are amazing. 



I've been following Le Keux Cosmetics on Instagram for a while, and I knew they where at Edge so I needed to check out the vintage inspired makeup first hand. I cannot wait fir payday as I think I've found my new eye liner :) 



Iron fist are the best shoes around and their spring 2015 collection looks like it won't disappoint...



... and Manic Panic looked fantastic (and the girls where beyond kind and chatty).



Sourpuss really impressed my from not only their range of products (from dresses, to home wear) but their range of prints. I feel like after visiting then I want to become a kitchen goddess just so I can justify an apron...


... or a gold glitter clutch bag.


Sensationelle is a brand I adored! ...


... as did Gobbolino- both one women entrepreneurs.


The only downside to the whole day was it was so much fun we were a little to exhausted to stay for the entire after party :( 

(Photo taken by April
Jodie x 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

MONROE




 Monroe Jeans: Collectif (similar here
Trainers: Converse 
Belt: New Look
Tee: Nicky Rockets (similar here and here)


Check me out I'm wearing jeans!! After throwing all mine out after years of discomfort I bought the perfect jeans. I can't stand any thing other that high waisted bottoms now (they're just too uncomfortable) so after much searching Chris bought me these Monroe jeans from Collectif (a size smaller than my usual size if anyone is wondering about fit).

It's strange how much confidence a super high waist - that ACTUALLY are on my natural waist- these jeans have given me. I can't recommend them enough (to pretty much everyone I meet who emotions jeans). I have the occasional pocket malfunction (so jot used to making sure they're still inside not being used to pockets) but overall they're perfect. 

Never in my life have I worn straight legged jeans. Skinny jeans where my staple during my teenage punk years- I was so unsure of these,but I'm glad I've given them a go. They're nit everyone a cup of tea but they're comfortable, go with everything and I live the emphasis on my hips. Hello hourglass figure.

There's no way I can hide my massive absence any more. Things have massively engulfed me- and I feel it's all down to being organised. I've missed the blogging community so much that I've decided to sit down and properly plan blogging and university. Things will improve so thank you to everyone whose stuck with me these last few months.

Jodie x