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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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.

A little about me…

Hello and welcome, now as I’m a newbie when it comes to this blogging thing I thought it best to allow you guys to get to know a little about me. In all honesty I’m just like any other 19 year old woman I’m studying, have a part time job, love spending time with my friends and I’m OBSESSED with dogs. I live in Manchester and have all of my life and I am currently studying photography at The University of Salford. I recently found out that  even with going out drinking with my friends on average 3 times a week i still suprisingly managed to pass my first year (woo) and now I am enjoying a well earned summer break. Photography has always been a hobby of mine even from a young age , it was always just something which intrigued me and the thought of being able to capture a moment in a single frame is mesmerising to me so I thought hey why not make a carer out of it which is exactly what I’m doing, I’m working towards getting a degree and a future carer in something which I have a true passion for.
Being at university has allowed me to meet so many amazing people and some life long friends alongside my amazing friends from back home. Friendship is a pretty big deal for me so I always make time to see my friends no matter how much life tries to get in the way sometimes. Having a close knit circle of family and friends in my opinion is a massive part of staying happy.
Now for the more mundane but essential facts about me (well… any person really). My favourite food is probably mashed potato, strange I know, my favourite colour is purple, my star sign is a scorpio and I am terrified of clowns!. Music is also a big interest of mine and I would like to think I have a pretty decent taste in music, anything from the Red hot Chilli peppers to Biffy Clyro count me in, also if you have any suggestions of who to listen to I am always looking for new music to add to my playlist.

I want to make this blog something I can be proud of and a platform where I can showcase and share my interests, work and general lifestyle moments. Fashion and seeing the world are two thing which I pay massive interest into and so I want to document these moments as they happen to share with you guys but also so I can look back and reminisce.

If you have any post ideas please don’t hesitate to suggest, just email me at alexiajayde@outlook.com I would love to here your ideas.

ciao for now xo
– lex