My Autumn clothing wishlist

As we have just come into the wonderful season which is Autumn I have noticed that all of the clothing stores have just begun to stock up on their Autumn ranges. I for one am a fully pledged lover of the Autumnal season and all it has to offer, the cold weather, the comfort food, Halloween, my birthday *cough* and of course the fashion. Who doesn’t love an oversized jumper and a blanket scarf?
I notice in my self that my style is forever changing and I always struggle to find clothes that are fashionable but also warm. So this is why this year I went in with a game plan and decided to create a wish list before good old England decides to hit us with blistering cold weather 2 months early.

The first two items I saw were from Pull&Bear, one of my personal favourites.

In autumn all I want is to look nice but be warm and when I saw this little ensemble I almost pressed buy, then I realised how poor I am and stopped myself. But the Dogtooth print dungaree dress could be such a staple piece in any wardrobe as it could be worn with practically any coloured jumper. As its autumn I decided I would be daring and pair it with some colour, and shock yellow again such a staple piece with it being so bold but I feel the little pop of colour under a monochrome dress will just pull the whole outfit together and then I would finish it off with a thick pair of tights, some black boots (preferably doc martens), a scarf and a warm coat.

The next staple to ant autumnal wardrobe is a pair of mom jeans and I found this pair from trustworthy Topshop.

Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 19.41.39 I live in mom jeans whatever season but these bad boys are the next on my buying list. The dark wash and the distressing details on the knee and leg just scream autumn to me. Paired with a thick woolly jumper, a scarf, a long duster coat and again some doc martens and you’re good to go. Mom jeans are just such a staple piece in my wardrobe purely for their versatility and the ones from Topshop fit perfectly and they are also much more comfier than skinny jeans.

 

 

Another pair of pants that I feel are all the rage at the moment are pin stripped trousers.
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This pair of navy and white pinstriped trousers that I found again from Pull&Bear just look to be the perfect pair. As a, taller than the average, human being I struggle to find trousers that fit in all the right places but from the pictures on the model these look like they’re going to do just that. Again paired with a thick woolly jumper, a scarf, a duster coat and you guessed it doc martens would make for such a stylish yet practical outfit over the autumnal months and again they would be so versatile.

 

Something which I find hard to do in the colder months is find clothes to wear on nights out, you either end up wearing the same stuff you did during summer and getting hypothermia or you wear a jacket which covers up you’re outfit anyway.
Which is why when I find this next piece it just screamed nights out to me.
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This long sleeved stripped shirt again from Pull&Bear is something I felt I could pair with skinny jeans and some statement jewellery for a night out as the tie top detail in the front makes it more “dressy” than just your average stripped shirt. But also I again thought it was another versatile piece as if it was a little warmer one day you could maybe pair this with a pair of mom jeans and a cardigan and wear it during the day as a pulled together yet simple outfit.

 

Now, remember that long duster coat I keep rambling on about, well Topshop do some of the best coats that look and feel super expensive for not an extortionate amount of money.
Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 19.42.11The light orangey brown colour isn’t one I would go to on an everyday basis but I feel in coats its a colour which works quite well as it can add a pop of colour to a monochrome outfit but it also wouldn’t clash with an outfit which entailed a little more colour. I feel long duster coats look good with so many outfits they are just an obvious staple.

 

 

 

Now the last two items which I have found in my trail for a new wardrobe were again staples but also ones which I would probably wear every day.

The Infamous Doc Martens which I have mentioned in practically every outfit so far are a pair of shoes which I already wear on a daily basis , I own 3 pairs already but I mean one more can’t help can it, they are different I swear. This particular pair are a little shorter than the usual Doc Marten boots and I like this style A) because I don’t own a shorter pair B) because I feel they would look better with the new trouser rage that is going on sat the moment and would sit better when wearing jeans.
The Metallic blue tote bag is another gem I found on Pull&Bear.  As a uni student tote bags are a personal favourite as they are easy to get things in and out of and they also always look good with whatever you are wearing. When I saw this metallic blue tote I just had to add it to my wish list as I feel it would look good all though autumn and winter and it would be a bag I could just designate to university and when I’m rushing out of the door in the morning I could just grab it and if my outfit was lacking at least my bag was amazing.

ciao for now, xo
-lex.

p.s. all images belong to the retailers and have all been linked accordingly.

 

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My opinion on the cancellation of YNOT Festival…

Now first off, I want start by saying that it has taken me a long time to write this post for a couple of reasons, one being I came straight back from YNOT to then go on holiday to Greece (ooo’s and aaa’s and all that) and the second being its taken me more than one attempt to get this right with out sounding to critical or offensive towards the producers of YNOT festival and also I didn’t want to be one to moan but I felt as I experienced everything first hand I am entitled to have my say.

So, If you didn’t know YNOT Festival is a family friendly festival which has ran every year since 2006 and it has actually won an award for the best medium sized festival and was very reputable up until this year.
Now, there are many arguments surrounding why the festival got cancelled early and most are a matter of opinion but for me the biggest factor of why the festival was cancelled was the organisation. When the announcement was sent out that the festival had to cut short the reason which was given was because of ‘extreme weather conditions’ and ‘dangerous grounds’ and yes the weather conditions were extreme as it was torrential rain majority of the weekend and yes therefore the grounds had become dangerous but when a festival is based in the middle of the Peak District in ENGLAND what do they expect. Like I said there was torrential rain for majority of the weekend and I understand that every piece of land is different but there were no precautions taken there was only straw placed around the food stalls everywhere else was like a swamp. I mean every single visitor to YNOT festival knew it was going to rain that weekend so for no precautions for the weather to be taken is purely a lack of organsiation and preparation.

Now, besides from the weather being a factor of the cancellation there are also speculation around the increased volume of people attending the festival this year. When you compare YNOT festival to something like Reading and Leeds or Glastonbury it is such a small scale festival and I feel like this year the producers tried to compete with this by allowing more people to attend the festival than the guided capacity stated.
When I got to the festival with my early entry ticket on the Thursday the campsite were all already very busy and just got fuller and fuller as the day went on. Being in the arena wasn’t too bad but maybe thats because I’m used to being in crowded arenas but I did notice that it did seem very overly capacitated and if you add together torrential rain, a lack of organisation and a massively over capacitated festival it can only end in disaster.

Never the less of the acts that I did see (*cough* all 6 of them *cough* ) I had a great time, majority of the staff were super helpful ( some really weren’t ) and the festival itself had the potential to be a favourite of mine. However, I just wished the weekend would’ve gone as planned as I has ruined my opinion of YNOT festival well and truly and I wish I would’ve had chance to give it a fair review. But hey ho, I got to meet a lot of new people, get drunk in a field with my best friend and I also got to meet the lead singer from one of my favourite bands, check me out I know… All in all I still love festivals and I do hope to maybe give YNOT another go at some point in the future.
Also stereophonics were AMAZING and I did get a really comfy hoodie so I guess thats a win…

Ciao for now, xo
-lex.

p.s. all opinions are my own.
p.p.s. all images are my own and were taken by me over the course of the weekend.

Festival tips (YNOT? edition)

So as festival season is well underway and is one of my favourite times of the year I thought it very fitting to give my opinions on how to get the best out of your expierence and also have one of the best summers of your life.

As a regular festival go’er I’m not the most experienced but I mean I’ve managed to survive 4 years of attending festivals so I guess I’m doing something right. This year I am going to YNOT festival which runs from Thursday 27th July to Monday 31st July and this will be my first year attending this festival. I am also going to Leeds Festival this year but as that isn’t until August I figured it made more sense to write about YNOT and it thought it would also be more exciting as it is my first year after all.

Now onto the somewhat helpful part ( I hope) …

1.Camping…
In terms of camping there are several factors which come into consideration like the tent, the comfort, the pitch and the safety. For a tent it’s best to shop around before you actually commit and buy the first one you see that ‘looks okay’.
Look for:
Material (make sure it states that is is waterproof not water resistant, otherwise you will still get soaking wet in a downpour)
Specifications (you will find out so information just from this section)
-Set up (look at how easy the tent is to set up and take down as the last thing you are going to be wanting to do is spending hours setting up and taking down a tent. Automatic pop-up tents are great as they still have poles and a fixed frame but are super quick to assemble and take down)
Reviews (This is such a handy thing to do, looking at what past buyers think is the bets way to get a real judgement for an item as it hasn’t been depicted as an amazing product form the seller)
Price (obviously for a festival you don’t want to be spending hundreds of pounds on a tent that you will use once or twice so just look for one which is reasonable but not ridiculously cheap!)

All tents look very similar but if you actually read the specifications then you will see the differences. Last year me and my best friend literally walked in to Asda and bought the first tent we saw for £30 because we thought it would be fine and was an absolute bargain. But boy did we pay for it! granted we had torrential rain every single day of the festival and the ground more of a river by the end of it the tent itself held up pretty well. However all the pegs got stuck into the ground, the tent itself ripped the and we woke up soaking through from the rain every morning! That is why this year we didn’t want to make the same mistake but we also didn’t want to spend a fortune on a tent we were going to use twice. So we took to good old Amazon in hope we’d find a cheap but sturdy tent and we found a double layered, water proof, automatic pop-up tent for £49.99 which had 5* reviews, bargain I know!

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This is the tent I have purchased this year. 

Now, for the comfort you may want to consider an airbed, lanterns, sleeping bags and blankets (because it gets exceptionally cold at night) all of these for me are essentials but everyone is different! This year we are also taking camping chairs, a gazebo and firewood just to make the overall camping experience better.

The pitch and safety are two factors which role into one really, for me going to YNOT festival this year I have no idea where to camp and where is best to camp but we are just going to look for the most lively of places where we can meet new people and party with this at night, because thats what festivals is all about. If rain is forecast do not camp in a ditch as the water will collect and you will literally wake up to a lake outside your tent, the top of a hill is always a safe bet for camping. Finally, DO NOT padlock your tent as this just entices people. If you’re worried about leaving your belongings in your tent, don’t be everybody at the festival will most likely have the exact same belongings as you and therefore have no reason to steal it. The only thing that may entice people is your alcohol and your camping chairs so just make sure they are out of sight. As long as you keep your valuables like your mobile, money, ID and anything else valuable on your person you will be safe.IMG_2038

2.Food & Drink… (and by drink I mean alcohol)
This is a subject which is quite close to my heart when it comes to festivals as I am also hungry and love to drink, and festival food is also very pricey. Obviously you don’t want to be bringing your full weekly shop to a festival with you but if you make sure you bring  enough to keep you from starvation over the weekend then you will be okay. For food I personally like to bring cereal bars for the morning when we wake up, family packs of crisp to tie you over through the day and pot noodles, seriously those things are life savers! Maybe eat a proper meal from the food vendors at least once every other day for a slightly more nutritious meal.
Now, for the interesting part… The alcohol. Anyone who goes to festivals knows a substantial amount of alcohol is consumed over a short period of time which is why it is a necessity. If you want to get crates of cider or larger or even bottles of spirits it all becomes very weighty when you’re trying to juggle carrying all your camping equipment and clothes. But, YNOT have introduced an ingenious idea where you can click and collect your alcohol once you have set up your camp and the prices aren’t too bad so its a win win situation really. Don’t panic if you run out of anything whilst you’re there because you can leave the festival so if you want to pop to the nearest supermarket there are usually shuttle buses which run to and from the closet city centre.

3.Clothing… 
In terms of packing clothes it is so easy to go terribly wrong and you could end up freezing because all you’ve brought is shorts and dresses or not having any dry clothes by the end of the weekend because your jacket wasn’t waterproof (this one I have first hand experience on)
When packing consider..
-Checking the weather forecast before you pack so you can account for all weather types
-Plan your outfits so you don’t overpack
-Always bring warm stuff for night time
-Bring a waterproof jacket regardless of the forecast (we are in England after all)
-Bring extra socks!
-Pack jumpers/jacket which you can just throw on if you get cold
-Sensible footwear, Wellies aren’t cute but they are practical, I also pack my doc marten boots for when the weather isn’t too bad.
-Sunglasses!!
-Glitter!!! (purely aesthetic but still essential)

4. Most Forgotten items important items…

-Sun cream (it might not be warm but you can still burn)
-Rubbish bags (to stop the campsite getting too littered and to also save the volunteers a job)
-Toilet roll (festival toilets are never pleasant and running out of toilet roll is the worst)
-Hand sanitiser (Germs, germs every where)
-A torch (for the middle of the night toilet trips)
-A portable charger
-Water (trust me you need water)
-Toothbrush and Tooth paste (Again trust me you’ll need it)
-Paracetamol & Antiseptic gel

There are probably more items which you will need but I did say they were the most forgotten items, and I have most probably forgotten them!

5. HAVE FUN!!!
Wether it be your first, second or 100th festival just make sure you have fun and make the most out of the weekend, stay safe but have fun!

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p.s. all images included are my own.
p.p.s. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by anyone.

Ciao for now, xo
-lex.

moving out, starting a new chapter and becoming an adult…

There comes that point in life when you need to fly the nest and leave all the home comforts behind. During my first year of University I stayed living at home with my family and for 19 years of my life I was surrounded by my family 24/7. However earlier this year I decided it was time to start to start a new chapter in my life. We started looking around for a nice little abode which offered a lot of potential for creativity and personality and to be honest I think we found it.

Although I didn’t really move far as I am still living in the Manchester area, being away from my family is a very strange thing for me. For 19 years of my life I have been surrounded by my parents and siblings and to be honest the quietness is strange (not that i’m missing the constant bickering and random out burst of song from my brothers) but I suppose its something I’ll get used too over time.

Now can we just take a minuet to appreciate everything parents do for us! All this having to fend for yourself malarky is really some form of sick joke but I mean it’ll get easier eventually, I hope!

One thing I was really excited for was to decorate my room, being limited to what I could change as it is a student rental property we can’t actually do any drastic changes like paint the walls or hang furniture but this didn’t stop me wanting to make the room my own. We were really lucky that the room came furnished and already had a bed a wardrobe and a desk all black, the walls are white but there is a chimney breast with a somewhat controversial with a red and cream stripped pattern running along. I didn’t let this stop me from putting the colours I wished into my room as I plan to pin up a tapestry to hide this. majority of the items I bought were from either Primark and Ikea as they both have amazing and affordable home decor!.
Although not quite to the finished standard I want my room to be too feel comforting and homely I’m happy with how it is at the moment!


p.s all images are my own.

ciao for now, xo
-lex.

Photographing Frozen Flowers

During my first year of University I was given a project surrounding the subject of matter and I decided to freeze flowers in water and photograph them to create a unique set of photographs.

The set up for this photoshoot wasn’t as complicated as you might think, some of the best photographs from the set were from the test shoot, thats how easy it is. All you need is a professional camera, day light, a white background, flowers and… water.

 

 

Obviously to get started on this project I had to freeze some flowers first and believe it or not there is actually a process to make this easier, easier I know…
lay down your flowers of choice and add a thin layer of water to the container just enough to cover part of the flower but not enough to make it float. Then just wait for them too freeze before adding another thin layer of water repeating the process until the flowers are completely covered and frozen.

Then the fun begins…

Once you’ve got your fabulous frozen floral arrangements you need to set up your camera, now the settings will most likely differ depending on how bright it is that day and if you’re using a flash. But on the day I did this photoshoot it was actually sunny in England for once, I know shock! I had my aperture on 5.6 and my IOS on 200 however like I said this changed every time the brightness changed.
Once you’ve set your setting lay down your white background, you can even use plain white paper if you don’t have anything else, and then you are good to go.
Change your angles up and use lots of different compositions to create a set of unique and interesting images.
I had heaps of fun doing this shoot as it was something different and the final outcome was beautiful.flowers9flowers 8flowrs 9flowers 4flowers 5

If you try this I would love to see the outcome!
If you have any ideas on what you would like me to post then please email me at alexiajayde@outlook.com

p.s. all images are my own and are copyrighted.

ciao for now    xo
-lex.