Saturday, 30 July 2011

i sit by and watch the river flow, i sit by and watch the traffic go.

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Joseph top, charity shop, 50p - Belt, charity shop, 50p - Topshop skirt, gift - Bag, competition win - Shoes, charity shop, £3.
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Even though I've reverted back to wearing all black again, this has to be one of my favourite outfits as of late, which I wore for a trip to Southbank with some of my family on Thursday. I picked up this lovely Joseph top from my favourite charity shop a couple of weeks ago for just fifty pence, I was a little unsure about it at first but I just adore the elegant shape and cut out details. Plus isn't the background for this outfit post beautiful? I've been wanting to take some shots here for a while, so thank-you to my mother for being a brilliant photographer as always, and for being so patient with me and the ridiculous amount of people who kept walking into shot! Even though some people take living in London for granted, I feel so very lucky to live here, it's a beautiful city.

Don't forget to take a peek at my Asos feature here (page 25), and enter my V&A giveaway! Love, Jazzabelle.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

sitting in south kensington & feeling content.

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Hello everyone! Just a little post today, to share a few pretty photographs with you all. As the title suggests, I've been feeling ever so content with my life at the moment, which is just lovely. My confidence, self esteem and anxiety has improved, plus I'm generally a lot more happy and comfortable with myself and my appearance. I've had a great last few days too, as my adorable younger cousin has been staying with me, so we've spent the days exploring The Natural History Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington and Southbank, plus treating ourselves to delicous pankcakes at My Old Dutch and frappuccinos from Starbucks. I'll be popping to Southbank again today so hopefully I'll be able to get a few lovely outfit photographs! Plus just to mention, even though you've seen this outfit before, my Topshop dress was three pounds from Battersea car boot sale and my shoes where also three pounds bought from Cow Vintage.
Don't forget to enter my V&A giveaway, plus take a peek at my latest feature in Asos Magazine here! Love, Jazzabelle.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

a victoria & albert museum membership giveaway.

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I'm sure you all know how much I adore the Victoria and Albert Museum, so I'm really darn excited to be hosting this giveaway, as a thank-you for being such lovely readers! I'm offering the chance for one reader to recieve a Standard Membership plus guest (worth a total of seventy six pounds), courtesy of the museum!  There are so many benefits to being a member, including being invited to attend previews of new galleries and exhibitions before they open to the public, free unlimited entry into the exhibitions, discount in the gift shop and cafĂ©, use of the private member's room, the chance to attend exclusive events and the beautiful V&A magazine delivered to your door three times a year. I've been a member for two years now, and I can honestly say that it's the best gift my mum has ever bought me, so I was so happy when she recently renewed my membership for a third year as a birthday present! I've also personally bought a few lovely pieces from the gift shop to compliment the membership.

All you have to do to enter is write a little comment mentioning your favourite museum or exhibition, leaving your email address, and I will randomly select a winner on the 7th of August. For an extra entry you can tweet 'I just entered @jazzabellediary's giveaway to win a year's membership to the @v_and_a! http://bit.ly/qL88nd', and leave a separate comment to say you have done so.  This giveaway is only open to my followers who live in the United Kingdom (sorry!), but please only enter if you know you will make the most of this membership! Thank-you. Love, Jazzabelle.

Friday, 22 July 2011

quite the bargain outfit.

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Topshop t-shirt, car boot sale, 20p - Primark dress, car boot sale, £3 - Belt, charity shop, £1.99
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Bangles, charity shop, £3 -  Bag, car boot sale, £2 - Vintage BHS shoes, charity shop, £3 - Sunglasses, Next, £6
Last month SoFeminine got in contact with me offering to gift me with fifty pounds to buy a bargain outfit with. I of course said yes, even though I must admit that having fifty pounds to spend  is what I personally would call a luxury, rather then being bargainous, so to be honest I found it quite a challenge to have so much money to spend in one go. As I shop mainly secondhand, and as boot sales and charity shops can be rather hit and miss, I found the easiest way to create an outfit was to spend most of my budget buying pieces I liked, rather then thinking of a specific outfit in mind. I then laid out all of the items I had bought and ended up creating this outfit, which came to a total cost of nineteen pounds and nineteen pence. As you can see, I couldn't seem to step away from buying pieces for a pound or two, and as my outfit total has only equaled to just under twenty pounds, I have another twenty something pounds worth of bargains to show you! I also spent the last of my budget on a lovely little lunch as a treat.
So what do think of my bargain outfit, have I done well for my budget? I so adore my shoes which I bought a few days ago. Perfect timing, really, as my beautiful vintage shoes are now falling apart! Love, Jazzabelle.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

a simple birthday outfit.

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Topshop shirt, gift - Topshop sheer skirt, gift - Belt, charity shop, 5op - Bag, car boot sale, £1 - Shoes, Cow Vintage, £3.
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Hello everyone, thank-you for all of your lovely birthday wishes yesterday! I had the most wonderful day. I strayed away from my usual tradition by not visiting the V&A this year, as just as I was about to go to the museum my uncle treated me to a little lunch at a pub in South Kensington, and then it was too late to visit before it was time to pop to my dad's and meet Shana-Kaye for a spot of shopping in Central London. In the evening Shana and I then met up with my mum and grandma for a meal at my favourite restaurant in Battersea, Fish in a Tie, where we ate way too much food and spent a lot of time admiring the pretty handsome waiter. I unfortunately didn't take many pictures yesterday, apart from of the food in the restaurant, but as I'm planning on visiting again soon to take more pictures for an upcoming blog post I thought I'd just share my outfit with you, sorry if that bores you! My lovely mum treated me to this Topshop skirt a few days ago as an early present, I've wanted it for ages and absolutely adore it, so thank-you mum! I love the sheer quality of the fabric and the movement of the skirt is just beautiful. Anyway, I have a few blog posts which I plan to put together soon, including two giveaways, a recent aquisition post and a little fashion challenge, so do look out for them. Love, Jazzabelle.

Friday, 15 July 2011

it's my nineteenth birthday!

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Light pink Topshop dress, car boot sale, £3 - Plum bag, car boot sale, £1 - Shoes, Cow Vintage, £3
A very quick post, as it's my nineteenth birthday today! I'm quite a simple girl, so my plans are the same as I do every year, so I'm off to the Victoria and Albert Museum to visit The Cult of Beauty exhibition, treat myself to something in the gift shop, visit my dad, pop to Starbucks and do a spot of shopping with my friend Shana-Kaye. Then in the evening I'm going to my favourite local restaurant with my mum, grandma and Shana to stuff my face with calamari and duck, yum. I love having my little birthday traditions, they never get old. I have already received a few presents  before my mum went to work this morning, including a Body Shop Vanilla body spray & eau de toilette, a Quilts 1700-2010 V&A exhibition book and a renewed membership to the Victoria and Albert Museum! I'm ever so lucky. I'm not actually wearing the outfit above, but I thought it was rather appropriate (thank-you for the picture, Lucy!), but I'm sure I'll get some photographs of my outfit later. Before I go, I'd like to apologize for my lack of blogging recently, from now on I really am going to improve and try to post more often. I also have two great giveaways which will be up by the end of the month so do look out for them! Love, Jazzabelle.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

stay at home, sunday girl.

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 Vintage shirt, charity shop, 50p - Jeans, c/o H! by Henry Holland - Sunglasses & bag, charity shop, £1 each - Shoes, Cow Vintage, £3.
I've had quite the lovely weekend to be honest, I hope you all have too! I spent Saturday afternoon at the Victoria and Albert Museum attending a seminar on William Morris which was ever so insightful, as I just adore his work, then I met up with my fellow blogger friend MJ for a Starbucks and a little chat on the steps of the museum. Afterwards another friend came around to my flat, where we ended staying up until eight in the morning, so with just four hours sleep I met up with MJ again for a spot of charity shopping and carbootin', where we both found a ridiculous amount of bargains! I can't wait to share what I bought with you all, including an adorable pleated mini skirt for fifty pence, a smart black Asos dress (similar to this) for a pound, a beautiful faux snakeskin bag for two pounds, a brand new Primark vintage inspired dress for three pounds, a lace top for two pounds fifty pence and a DKNY silk shirt for a pound. Hopefully I'll have time before work over the next few days to take some photographs to show you! Love, Jazzabelle.
P.S. It's my nineteenth birthday on the fifteenth of this month, I'm ever so excited!

Monday, 4 July 2011

a secondhand topshop dress & my self esteem.

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Light pink Topshop dress, car boot sale, £3 - Shoes, Cow Vintage, £3 - Bag, car boot sale, £1 - Outfit total, £7.
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As pathetic as it may sound to some, this time last year (or even four years ago for that matter) I never would have dreamt of having a hairstyle like this or wearing such a short dress without any tights due to my lack of self esteem and confidence. But since I started my blog, not only has my personal style evolved ever so much, I've also gained a little more confidence in myself. I have to say thank-you to you all, because your comments and kind words have definitely helped me to slowly start to get over my anxieties and what bullies used to tell me about my appearance. It's honestly such a relief to actually step outside my flat looking like this without feeling completely hideous. Now that I can feel somewhat comfortable baring my legs, it's really going to open up my style and allow me to experiment with more clothes over the summer without being restricted to long dresses or tights. I can't wait! This bargain dress, which I picked up for just three pounds at Battesea car boot sale, will hopefully be the first of many pretty little dresses I find secondhand. Also, can you believe I'm not wearing any black?! I'm really trying to embrace wearing lighter and brighter colours, as my 'signature' neutral colours have been boring me a little as of late, plus lighter colours do work awfully well against my skin tone. Do you have any tips on ways to improve one's self confidence? Oh yes, and the winner of my little giveaway is Emma Jade, so congratulations lovely! Love, Jazzabelle.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

saint martin's courtyard garden party.

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Yesterday a handful of bloggers and I (all perfectly dressed in summer dresses and floral patterns for the occasion!) attended a little garden party at Saint Martin's Courtyard in Covent Garden. The event was open to the public, though we were kindly invited to receive more of a special treatment complete with goodie bags, which was just lovely. The day was mainly spent drinking Pimm's, eating strawberries and cream, watching a fashion show and Sunday Girl perform, wandering around the local stores, plus kindly being treated to a delicious meal at Bill's! Many of us also got our sihlouette cut out by a sweet gentleman, which literally took him just minute to do each time. Isn't mine lovely? I've already put it in a frame but can't wait to photocopy and enlarge it to start making my own pieces of art. I had a wonderful time with Lucy, Kristabel, Kirsty, Amy, Sherin, Daniela and Elisabeth, plus a huge thank-you to Lauren for inviting and looking after us for the afternoon! You can see more photographs of the day on my facebook page. Do you like what I'm wearing? I'll talk more about my bargain Topshop dress in my next outfit post, where I'll also announce the winner of my little giveaway below. Love, Jazzabelle.