Sunday, 28 August 2011

Parseltongue and Other Skills

Apologies to all those sick of hearing about my birthday, (it was a milestone one!) but I promise this is the last mention.  My friends, knowing my ultimate love of bags, bought me this gorgeous vintage bag which I absolutely love! Real snake skin (apparently) with suede inside, it goes with so many outfits and is surprisingly spacious!

(As you can see I’ve also got a bit handy with photo editing! I’ll be playing around with it a bit more now so my pictures may start to look a little better from now on!) 

Dress - Dorothy Perkins
Belt - Dorothy Perkins
Earrings - New Look
Watch - Gift
I found this dress in the Dorothy Perkins sale last week and at a mere £10 I had to have it! I don’t usually go into Dorothy Perkins but I rediscovered it last week and may have to purchase a colour block top or dress from there!

Carrying on the theme of animal skin (more apologies to those of you who are vegetarian/ opposed to animal skins) I picked up an amazing bargain in my local Age Concern last week; a pair of tan coloured 100% leather trousers. I have wanted a pair of leather shorts for a while since the trend picked up last A/W, but after a few disastrous pairs purchased from Ebay I had given up hope of ever owning a pair.  Once again though Age Concern came through and delivered the goods. You could tell these were old as they had an incredibly high waist, and though marked a 12 were more of an 8/10. I was even more pleased with my purchase when I saw that all womenswear was half the marked price!

I have thousands of pairs of high waisted shorts so to make them a little different I decided to add a scalloped edge.  To make them I drew around a hair spray can with pen, cut along the line, and then removed any pen that could still be seen with nail varnish remover.  I was really pleased with the end product and can’t wait to do an outfit post about them!

Genevieve x

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Oh Sew Lovely

I’m so sorry for not posting or so long, I’m hope my (small group of) followers’ haven’t missed me too much and I promise to get back on top of things!

A few weeks ago I posted about a quirky little sewing machine that I thought would be perfect for university but only does straight stitch…well that won’t be coming in handy anymore because my boyfriend bought me a sewing machine for my birthday! (Sorry another post about my birthday presents!) I couldn’t believe it when I opened it, it’s so exciting! I haven’t yet managed to have a go on it as I’ve been jetting about the place but I can’t wait to get started on it. It’s a ‘brother’ machine so I think that’s a good make!

To go with the sewing machine he also got me a cute vintage sewing box full of all kinds of things useful or a DIY blogger! I’ve begun adding to this to build up my making box, getting inspiration of what to put in it from other blogs.

He also got me a watch; even though it’s new it looks sort of vintage. I had asked for a particular one which had an octagonal face but sadly they stopped selling it, but I actually prefer this one that my boyfriend chose, I think it has a more personal touch about it, instead of one that I chose for myself.

Here’s a picture of me and him when we were on holiday, I tried to find a picture of us in our very fetching wetsuits to put on here but sadly we didn't take any!

Dress - Topshop
Cardigan - Charity Shop
Shoes - Charity Shop
Ring - New Look

Genevieve x

Saturday, 16 July 2011

There are 9 Million Bicycles in Beijing

Just a quick post to show off a birthday present that I got off my brothers and sister.  I've been wanting this bag for a while and was so pleased with how lovely it was in real life!

It's a marc b bag called the Bianca and its in duck egg blue.

Top - Topshop
Shorts - H&M
Bag - Marc b
Scarf - Ebay

I wore this outfit to go for a bike ride today but true to British weather it started absolutely chucking it down! Us yorkshire folk are not to be deterred by a little rain so we're still going on the bike ride but I changed into leggings and a hoody!

Genevieve x

Friday, 15 July 2011

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas

So a few days ago my brothers and I turned 18 (at last!) sadly we each spent this mile stone birthday at opposite ends of the country! One brother is at a residential band camp for a week whilst me and my other brother are on our annual family holiday in Cornwall. To celebrate our birthday we went to the Eden project to see The Mystery Jets and Brandon Flowers!

The Mystery Jets

To be honest I wasn’t really a fan of either act so was a little unsure as to whether I would enjoy the gig! Obviously I knew Mr Flowers from his work in The Killers but wasn’t sure how he was as a solo act. So to prepare myself prior to the gig I downloaded Brandon’s solo album ‘Flamingo’ and pretty much every song The Mystery Jets have ever released!    

Brandon Flowers
The Mystery Jets were the warm up act and if I’m going to be honest they weren’t that great! We were outside so it was still light when they played.  Also they were missing their bass player as his wife was having a baby (congrats) and the lead singer seemed to have done something to his foot so he was sat down and had to use crutches at the end of their set. All these factors can’t really be helped and their music was pretty good but they didn’t really get the crowd going. And they only played for about half an hour when they were supposed to be on for 45 minutes! But I suppose now I am just being picky!

Brandon on the other hand was absolutely brilliant! Turns out I had heard some of his solo songs and he threw a few Killers favourites out there too! When he did Mr Brightside the crowd went absolutely wild!   I would definitely recommend going to see him, especially if you like The Killers.

Back to the point of this blog…what I was wearing! After about an hour trying to decide on what to wear I’m afraid I went for my ‘go to’ outfit.  I toyed with the idea of wearing something new and exciting for my birthday but went for the outfit I was most comfortable with.  This is the outfit I usually fall back onto if I can’t find anything else to wear. 

Top - H&M
Cardigan - H&M
Shorts - Topshop
Bandeau - DIY
Earrings - DIY

So the top is not actually mine; I found it at the bottom of my sister’s drawers once when I was raiding her room, but luckily she doesn’t wear it so I had the chance to steal it! It’s from H&M a few years ago when Matthew Williamson did a collection for them. 
I usually wear this outfit with my brogue wedges but I knew there would probably be a bit of standing round so opted for flats, this ended out to be a wise idea as the stage was a bit of a trek from the car park!

Wedges - Ebay 

The black bandeau I’m wearing underneath I actually made the day before going on holiday.  I made a black and white one out of odd bits of cut up t-shirt I had lying around, their so useful! Especially under tops like this one that fall down very low!

I’ll leave you with a picture of me on the shoulders of my brother raving out to a bit of Brandon!

Genevieve x

Friday, 8 July 2011

'Hear The Noise That Moves So Soft and Low'

I apologise for the lack of blogging over the past few weeks, it's down to celebrating the end of my exams, a trip to glasgow, my leavers ball, working alot, and down right laziness! But I'll make up for it with this post as I have alot to write about!

The name of this post is the name of a song that I love at the moment. It's by an artist who is relatively unknown but just becoming a bit more heard of; James Vincent Mcmorrow.  I listen to this song and others by him when I just want to relax.  I think he has a really lovely voice and would really like to see him live, I bet it would be a very chilled gig!

My outfit post today involves a staple part of my wardrobe; my red jeans! My mum bought me them from the 'teen' part of Boden.  They are just so comfy and quirky and I usually throw them on when I can't be bothered to think about an outfit.

Jeans: Johnnie B
Top: Primark
Cardigan: H&M
Scarf: My Granny's
Earrings: DIY
I apologise now for the kind of grimace I'm pulling...not sure what I was thinking!  The scarf is covered in a cool fox print and was my granny's so real vintage!  The only problem with these jeans (the same problem I have with all trousers) is they are a bit too long for my short stumpy legs.  I usually roll them up a little so they are not dragging on the ground or scrumpled at the bottom (is scrumpled a word?) and get a bit of ankle out!

This week I had two exciting finds in the charity shop; first I found this gorgeous blue bag and snapped it up for only £1.  I've been looking for a biggish bag for a while as most of my bags are either small cross the body bags or huge holdalls which aren't really practical unless I want to take hardly anything/lots of stuff with me.  I really like the colour as I usually wear a lot of blue and the fabric on the inside of the bag is really cool! It's a kind of psychedelic print.

In the same charity shop trip I found a travel sewing machine for £1 as well! I really love this find as in September I will be going off to University and won't be able to use my mum's sewing machine for all my DIYs.

It's pretty small and only does straight stitch but for £1 I think it's one of my best bargains! It's battery powered and I have got it up and running but can't quite work out how to thread it, the instructions are pretty unhelpful but I'm sure I will work it out!

Genevieve x

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

'Oh So Shiny'...Said the Magpie

As well as spending a lot of time in age concern I love to search the internet for cool jewellery sites. (When I'm not in the midst of exam season... one left eeek!)  I almost never buy anything off them as I make most of my jewellery but love browsing and seeing all the cute things people have come up with! Sometimes it ends up with me getting inspiration for a DIY or occasionally I push the boat out and buy something I like.  The only problem is now I have so much jewellery there isn't possibly enough time in a day to wear it all! I just thought I would create a montage of my favourite sites and items to share with you:

Cutie Pie Jewellery 
I think the pearly moustache is so cool, and I've already got a thing for watch necklaces! I particularly like the ring with an 'I love you' card on it, if you go on the website you'll see on the back of the card it says 'forever', so cute! (I apologise to all those people who just threw up a little in their mouths) It is a little bit like a necklace my boyfriend bought for me last year from Urban Outfitters. You've all seen it; the envelope with an 'I Love You' card inside, sadly I loved this necklace a little too much and over wearing meant the hinge broke on the envelope so the card kept falling out. I still have it though, tucked away in my jewellery box!

Lovehearts and Crosses
As you can probably tell already I'm a big fan of rings and have more than I can fit on both hands and feet at once! I love the coral one, for all those fellow geeks out there it looks a bit like a Doctor Who monster, don't you think?  The typewriter necklace is really cool and it has real paper slotted inside! This necklace has inspired me to make a kind of similar one;  When on a lovely weekend away with my boyfriend we stumbled upon an amazing doll's house shop.  It had so many cute things inside and I could have stayed their all day looking at the miniscule books, food and house fittings.  I bought a tiny newspaper and pair of glasses which I think I'm going to attach to a (real size) old glasses chain to make a necklace.

Sugar and Vice Designs
You've probably noticed a running theme of russian dolls throughout these pictures;  I just think there so quirky! I especially like the 'Eat me, Drink me' necklace, this website has a couple of different accessories inspired by Alice in Wonderland.  And how can I resist the pastel colours of these bunny bracelets after all...Pastels are the colours to a girls heart

Genevieve x

Thursday, 16 June 2011

And so the Butterfly flew the nest

Horror of all horrors this post does not include a DIY! I just thought I would blog because I like my outfit today and if I read any more... y = 5x - 3 + 9 x 7, find z...I think my brain may just explode!

Top: Primark
Belt: Charity shop
Skirt: H&M
Earrings: DIY
Ring: DIY
Flower H&M
I think I'm pretty prepared for today but who can tell with exams, especially maths!  7 days to go and 2 more exams after today and I will be a free woman. I can not wait!

Wish me luck!

Genevieve x

Friday, 10 June 2011

Pastels are the colours to a girl’s heart

It seems (mostly) by accident this blog seems to be a montage of my charity shop and DIY outfits! I apologise to anyone who was looking for something different, but here’s another one…

My worst habit, and what is probably  going to make me bankrupt, is collecting my wage from work and going to straight to the charity shop.  I always go in telling myself not to buy anything but 9.9 times out of 10 something catches my eye which I simply have to buy.

This (kind of) works to my advantage in that I am so used to charity shop shopping that when I do end up going high street shopping I usually end up not buying anything as I think ‘I’m not spending that much on something I could get it for £2 at age concern’.  In a way it means I get more for my money…but I still have no money!

On this particular occasion I came home from a successful charity shop raid with a full outfit! I picked out a sleeveless lilac shirt, it looks great tucked into a skirt but also is long enough to wear with leggings (and not show my knickers through Primark’s see-through leggings!)

I also picked out a long dirty pale pink skirt.  It is a very classy addition to my wardrobe: 100% silk and a Jaeger skirt!  At first it reached my ankles but after cutting it off and a quick hemming session I had a skirt which is very like skirts I’ve seen in H&M and Topshop recently.

Top: Charity Shop
Skirt: Charity Shop
Belt: Borrowed off my mum
Bracelet: A present from my lovely boyfriend :)
Earrings: DIY
And both purchases go very well together as one pastel ensemble. (Though my brother said I looked like I was wearing a colour chart from a paint shop)

I have so much material left over from the skirt too; I may attempt to make some sort of boob tube top with the buttons down the middle at the front. But anymore DIY endeavours are being postponed till after my exams (fingers crossed I get the grades I need).

Genevieve x

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Splash your cash

Recently the whole family went on a family holiday to Wales.  The holiday was packed with long beach walks, and mountain climbs and swimming in the sea (April is far too early to do that as I realised when I got in and promptly out again after 5 minutes).  

But the real excitement (for me anyway probably not my brothers) came from a visit to a nearby town, where I visited the one and only charity shop.  Here I happened upon one of my best bargains…A 100% cashmere cardigan in perfect condition for only £4!

Cardigan: Charity shop (originally from Tesco)
Belt: Charity shop
Necklace: Charity shop
Earrings: DIY
Ring: Charity shop
Skirt: H&M
Top: H&M
 It’s so soft! And a good colour as it goes with pretty much everything, I can’t believe how cheap it was, some cashmere cardigans on ASOS cost £140!!

In the same charity shop I also found a t-shirt, which was a size 16 but I loved the pattern of the material it was made of. I bought it so I could wear it baggy tucked into some high waisted shorts or skirt.

Although I have had some inspiration as to what I could do with it from another blog I follow; Guilt Free Fashion.  It is a university project set up by a blogger called Katie Styles.  It is definitely one of my favourite blogs as there are loads of good ideas for reinventing old clothes and revamping your wardrobe without having to spend a fortune!
With inspiration from DIY grey cropped t shirt I think I might crop the oversized t shirt and some lace to the collar.  I’ll post the outcome when I get round to trying it!

Genevieve x

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Do, Ray, Me, Far, So Laaaaa

When I started applying for Medicine, I volunteered at Age Concern in Settle to do Befriending.  This involved being partnered up with an elderly lady who I would go visit once a week.  It started out just being about ticking the boxes and looking good on my personal statement, but I really started to enjoy my weekly visits to see Jean. 

She was a very quiet lady so it took a while to get her to open up and for the first few weeks it was me doing most of the talking as she sat patiently and listened but soon she began recounting her own stories.  Jean was a teaching sergeant in the army, she said she was very proud of that because she was younger than most of the people she was teaching! She also said that she had to be on the lookout for 'lesbianism and things like that' as that was not allowed! After this she became a teacher but quit after punishment was stopped as she felt there was no point in teaching if you couldn't punish the naughty children. I couldn't believe it, my little old lady coming out with things like this!

Anyway back to the point of this blog; Jean's son Robert lives with her.  Robert is a brilliant musician, he has set up his own recording studio in the attic of the house and spends most his days jamming up there to produce new tracks. I happened to mention to Robert that I took singing lessons and if he ever needed a female voice i was free.

And so...I've been doing some recording sessions :)

It's only a little bit here and there but I'm still finding it really exciting! 
(I secretly want to sack off medicine and become a singer/vintage clothes shop owner)

If you want to here me warbling then go to...English Watercolour School
I feature on...Badlands at around 3.20, on the chorus of Mile In My Shoes and Disco Voodoo and I do a bit of 'oooohing' on Angel and Temple at around 2.40. I also do a trumpet solo in Mile In My Shoes at 1.05.

They're only small parts but its one step closer to stardom :)

These are some photos of me singing at Grassington Festival last year with Skipton Music Centre, I was incredibly nervous hence why I left my sunglasses on!

Hope you enjoy! and Feedback is very welcome

Genevieve x

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Meet the pleat...

Let me tell you a little bit about the place I live; Settle.  It’s a small town in North Yorkshire where for a teenager it’s not got a lot going for it.  With just one pub for weekend entertainment and a large collection of cafes (it is a tourist town after all) plenty of people take the infrequent and often late trains to Skipton or Leeds for better shopping/night life/general enjoyment.  However, I have found two gems in my little Yorkshire town; Age Concern and SCAD (Skipton and Craven Action for Disability).  These are the two charity shops in Settle and I visit them almost daily to search among the tat and unearth some treasures. 
I’ve been looking for a pleated skirt for ages and was on the verge of buying this from ASOS:
But last week I was perusing the £1 rail in SCAD and found a beautiful pleated skirt.  The only downsides were it was a size 16 and went down to my ankles!  Some clever snipping later with the pinking shears I had my pleated skirt…

Jacket - Primark
Top - Topshop
Belt- Charity shop
Ring - DIY
Necklace - Charity Shop
Skirt - Charity Shop

If anyone wants to do this themselves, you have to lay the skirt flat then masking tape two lines above and below where you want to cut.  This holds the pleats in place so you have a neater cut.
I just love the material of the skirt, and there is so much left from what I cut off I could easily make another skirt or something else, I can’t wait to get experimenting with it!

Genevieve x

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Hello blogging world!

My first blog...exciting and a little scary!  Well i'll just tell you all a little bit about myself...I'm 17, I'm a triplet with two brothers (not as cool as you may think it is), I come from a little town in North Yorkshire called Settle and in September I'm hopefully going to go to Exeter to study medicine.

I decided to set up a blog because I follow fashion and style blogs religiously and decided it was time to set up my own! And hopefully some people will enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy reading other blogs!

Now some lovely pictures to make this post more interesting...

I got these photos from www, its a site for people to just upload their own photos, and there are literally thousands! i just love browsing through them all...some are funny or sad or happy or just down right strange!

So there it is my first blog post!

More to come!

Genevieve x