Review | Liverpool's Affordable Vintage Fair

Vintage is something I have always loved and admired so when I heard that there was a Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair happening right in Liverpool (thanks to Facebook!), I knew I had to go and check it out...and I was not disappointed. 

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair was born 7 years ago in the lovely town of Leeds as an aim to create a place where amazing vintage traders from all over the UK could showcase their vintage garments, jewels, home ware and more. It's the ultimate treasure trove for vintage lovers. The fair is held in over 30 cities in the UK, so if it sounds like your kind of thing, take a look at their website here or visit their Facebook page for more information- it's well worth a visit.

Me and my friends headed into town to the grand Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral where the fair was held, with our purses at the ready to find some vintage bargains...

One of my favourite stands was The Vintage Corner (pictured on right) who had an amazing selection of jewelled, sparkly tops that I was instantly drawn to. They also have a store in Waterloo, Liverpool as well which I am dying to go and check out.

My vintage bargain find of the day...

I found this beautiful vintage satchel right at the start of the fair, it was like vintage love at first sight. I begged my parents to come back to the fair with me (who are over to visit) and let me buy this, thanks M&D! The bag is in perfect condition and it looks like it's never been used at all so I'm really happy to have found such a bargain, considering the very similar classic Cambridge satchel is at a whopping £108! I think vintage is becoming my new best friend...

As for my friends, I can confirm they all had a great time there too, leaving with bags and bags of new additions to their wardrobes. It was so much more fun than trawling round a high street store as each item was so different from the other and had a story to tell. There was also tea and cake being served next door if you needed to take a break from the shopping and you just can't go wrong when tea and cake is involved.

Whether you're into clothes, jewellery, collectables or homeware ...there is literally something for everyone at Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair. 


5 Minutes with... Estella Mason

You may remember Estella who featured in my post: 'Behind The Scenes | Estella Mason Photography & Styling' back in July last year. Well, I'm back today with another episode of my 'An Interview With...' series where, this time, Estella shares with us how it all began, where she gets her inspiration from, her tips for other aspiring photographers wanting to make it in the business and more. Grab yourself a cuppa, be inspired and enjoy.

How did you first discover your love for photography?
I think my first interest in photography started when I was about 14. I used to dress my friends up and take photos of them in the garden and around the house just for fun, but I was quite serious about a career in photography by the time I was 16. I did some work experience with some great photographers who taught me a lot; Jessica Turale, Mark Cowles and Wolfgang Glowaki.

What was your first ever camera?
I got my first camera when I was 12 or 13, for Christmas from my Nan. It was a tiny compact digital, Vivitar brand. 

Where do you get your inspiration for your photographs?
I draw inspiration from a variety of different sources including other artists; Tim Walker, Kirsty Mitchell, Aela Labbe and so many more. I also regularly go on 'Pinterest', it’s a fantastic way to find inspiration and reference it to use later on. I am a very observant person, I like to take in my surroundings and if I find something that inspires me I photograph it. 

How would you describe your style of photography?
My style has definitely changed and developed over the years and I still can’t say I have one particular style but I like to mix fine art with fashion. My photographs almost always include people. I enjoy constructing extravagant sets for my shoots but also enjoy photographic simple details and fleeting moments.

Pick 3 of your current favourite photographs you've taken and why (in no particular order)

1. "Grandmother" there is something alluring about this photograph for me. (click here for the full 'Nostalgia' shoot) 

2. Von Rock family photograph; I love the unplanned poses in this image. (click here for the full 'Von Rock' shoot)

3. "Frida Kahlo"; this is one of my favourite shoots that I've done, it was so much fun to put together and I am such a big fan of Frida Kahlo. (click here for full shoot of 'Frida Kahlo')

Share with us one of your favourite images and why. 
“The Ghost Swift” by Kirsty Mitchell. I strive to create images so seamless, her eye for detail is incredible. This particular image is my favourite amongst her enchanting “Wonderland” series.

What type of session do you enjoy the most, e.g.: wedding, fashion, portrait etc.?
I enjoy doing my personal work the most because it allows me to be experimental. I also love doing styled fashion portraits. 

Who is your favourite photographer and why?
This is way too hard!! I have so many but I would have to say (as mentioned earlier) Tim Walker is a huge inspiration. He creates these unbelievable and elaborate sets for his photographs.

What advice could you offer to someone aspiring to start their own photography business?
Make use of social networks and portfolio sites; post your work everywhere (whilst being cautious of copyright). Facebook is amazing for exposure and allows anyone around the globe to find you. NEVER say no to an opportunity, even if there is nothing in it for you, there is always exposure. Anything is possible so stay humble and work hard and success will follow. I also believe it is so important to be passionate about what you're doing. 

Where do you see your photography career going in the future?
I hope to be able to travel with my business and be involved in editorials, meet other people in the industry and gain as much experience as I can. I hope to continue exhibiting, maybe even around the world.

And finally, a few fun questions... what's your favourite food?
Hmm, is all food an answer?!  Probably chocolate! 

and your favourite item of clothing?
I have a tailored Esprit blazer that I absolutely wear to death! I would have to say it’s probably a favourite. I can dress it up with some black pants, a shirt and heels or dress it down with a flannelette shirt and ripped boyfriend jeans.

What are your go-to pair of shoes?
Boots. I literally have 10 times the amount of boots than I do summer shoes!

...aaand that's a wrap for today! You can check out Estella's fantastic work on her Facebook page or visit her Behance page for her current projects and full shoots. I hope you all enjoyed the second episode of many more interviews to come, I really love doing them. If you're an "up and coming" blogger, artist, musician/band, author or other photographers- anything...all you creative people out there (yes, you!) don't hesitate to contact me as I'd love to feature more and more interviews on here. Click here to view my previous interview with blogger Gladys Doris Dave.


My University Bedroom | Decor & Interior Ideas

Duvet cover & pillow cover set: Kirsty Allsopp range bought in TK Maxx (buy it here) | Union Jack pillow: No idea (similar here)
Photos: my own... | Coaster: Primark | Box of tissues (the design was too cute to resist): Tesco | Buddha: Charity shop
Leopard print storage basket: Primark | Kings of Leon poster: Ebay | Lamp: Bhs | Bunting: gift

Pen holder: carboot sale
Yes those are avacados...
Polka dot coffee cup: Primark

Union jack hearts: Ecogem (France) | File storage: TK Maxx
So, I thought I'd prepare a little post for the nosey lot out there (like myself heh) that like to see inside people's rooms, where they buy their things or just get some tips/ideas for themselves and for your university bedroom by showing you all my unversity bedroom. Or should I say, temporary, university bedroom. I was one of the unfortunate lot (well depends how you look at it really) that got put in accommodation that will be soon refurbished or demolished...no one really knows to be honest. So, come Christmas, I'll be somewhere else! Nevertheless, I wanted to make my new room as homely and comfortable as possible for the time that I am here by adding a few personal touches considering the room is, ahem, is a bit bland and tasteless (green curtains anyone?). I went shopping MAD in Primark seeing as I couldn't bring a lot of it over from France but was surprised at the great variety and quality at Primark's home range. I've listed above where you can find most of things I bought, if there's something I didn't mention- feel free to comment and i'll try and work out where I got it...I buy a lot of things so it's hard for me to remember it all...

Other room essentials i'd recommend are ipod speakers/radio, mugs/glasses, dvd's to watch on lazy days, slippers & a dressing gown, giraffe onesie (optional)...i'd also recommend going to a pound shop/pound savers for anything else. I got tons of things from there and it cost me next to nothing which is always good when you're on a tight student budget!

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it maybe gave you some tips for your university rooms/bedrooms in general. If you've done a similar post i'd love to see it so please comment a link to your post!


5 Minutes With... Gladys Doris Dave

Gladys is the founder and voice behind Doris Dave, a personal style blog where she posts about her travels, outfits and other life happenings. The blog was started back in 2011 as a bit of fun but now with over 1000 followers (Google Friend Connect and Bloglovin' combined) and over 5000 on LookBook, to say her blog has been a success would be an understatement. Gladys is a belgian/filipino/german, graphic design student based in Ghent in Belgium and she was kind enough to answer some questions and give us an insight into the life of a personal style blogger...

What made you want to start a blog?

I started blogging when I was in high school, it wasn't anything serious. Just a blog with bits and bobs about life that I shared with friends. But in the summer before my first year of college, I travelled to Stockholm with a friend. And this city just changed my view of fashion and creativity. During that time, I was following tons of other fashion and personal style bloggers. That triggered me to create my own too!

Is there a particular person, era or thing that inspires your style? 

My school and my friends are the ones that inspire me the most.

What will be your three key wardrobe pieces for Autumn 2014?

Oversized coats, fedora hats and chunky oversized sweaters! 

Vintage or high-street- which do you prefer and why?

Both! I think it's a great way to mix and match. A vintage piece is perfect and mostly unique, so you won't see others wearing the same thing!

Which are you three favourite outfits from your blog? 

When you're not blogging, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Probably messing around with Indesign, Illustrator or Photoshop with some rap playing in the background. Besides that I like to hang out in cafes and pubs with friends!

What's your favourite fashion magazine?

I don't particularly have a favourite. Here are some of the ones I like: ELLE, Purple Fashion Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Wonderland magazine...

Has blogging given you any exciting opportunities?

Yes! Loads of new adventures! It has given me the opportunity to work on different projects, like YSL Black Opium (more soon on the blog), Ghentstreets (www.ghentstreets.com)..., but also meeting other creative people!

Who is your target reader for your blog?

People that are interested in fashion and art.

And finally, what advice would you give to would-be bloggers?

Create a clean theme, take quality pictures, write about what you love, be consistent, socialize... and have fun with it!
You can check out Gladys's blog here where you can browse through her blog archive and find all the links to her other social networks too. What did you think of this post? More interviews in the future on this blog I'm thinking!


Life In Liverpool So Far

So it's already been a week since I hopped on a plane with my two very large suitcases, hand luggage and laptop in tow to make my journey to Liverpool for my studies. It certainly wasn't easy but here I am sitting in my university room, feeling 'at home' with more friends and contacts than I had before leaving...not to mention the week long hangover i've been having and the freshers flu that has finally caught up with me...i'm surprised I'm even capable of writing this blog post. I don't think I realised how much moving away from home would affect me. I was crying like a baby on the first night when my mum left me - but i'm not crying into my pillow anymore, so s'all good. I've been out (almost) every night dancing to the likes of Zane Lowe and GoT's Kristain Nairn, strolled the streets of Liverpool town centre and soaked up my new surroundings for the next 3 years. Whilst getting lost the other day (for a good two hours...) I found myself walking down the hidden streets where I admired the vibrant street art, the quirky buildings and cute bars and restaurants...

Reality will finally settle in on Monday when lectures start but I actually feel excited about a course i'm doing - for the first time ever, shocking! Anyway, this post was slightly more lifestyle-y/diary related but I wanted to share how it was going for me and also make up for my lack of posting lately. I'll be doing a lot more once lectures start so I will try and make room for review posts and day to day things. I think as a young student, moving to a big city where there's lots of things to do is definitely the right thing for me and I can still enjoy my home back in rural France, best of both worlds.

Welcome to Liverpool!


The Palazzo Pant

Trousers: Promod | Denim jacket: H&M | Necklace: Carboot sale | Leather look rucksack c/o Motel Rocks | Shoes: H&M | White vest: H&M

Hello hello hello! Long time no blog. These photos were taken on a trip into Limoges to visit my sister in her new appartement. It's right in the centre near all the shops, bars, restaurants and just down the road from the cinema- I'm actually a little jealous but I'll be moving in two weeks to start my uni adventure so I'm not really too jealous. Anyway, that would be the reason why I haven't been blogging so much with the endless forms I've been filling in, online applications and phone calls and then the big one- packing. Adult life can be pretty stressful!

Onto the outfit. My love affair with boho trousers continues. These trousers (or palazzo pants as my maw calls them) were a bit of an impulse buy. I saw them in the sale at 20 € down from 40 €...half price! How could I resist? They're in a gorgeous deep purple shade with a beautiful flower print all over and little slits up the side (ooh cheeky). They are the most comfortable trousers I've ever worn, in fact I'm wearing them while writing this post...I love them!

I'll try and fit in a few more posts before I leave as I will have probably no time or will to post during my Freshers week (hangover, hello) but I'll make sure to keep you all updated on my university adventures and what I'm up to, what I'm wearing and all that jazz.

ps. My blog is now on Facebook (about blimmin' time) so you can keep up date when a new blog post goes live or just read my other general ramblings.


Travel | Paris Photo Diary

While I was on a quick city break to 'Pareeee' last week, I took a few snaps on my phone and thought I'd share them. The Monday night involved a bit of sightseeing, visiting the sacré Coeur where you will find thee best view of Paris ever, ice cream in our hotels garden (we stayed at L'hotel du Moulin which was lovely-good for the price and bang in the middle of town so literally everything was in walking distance), more food (when in Paris eh?) at La Galette du Moulin which was down the cutest little lane (picture 4). I had a lardons, crème fraiche, cheese and mushrooms galette (wholemeal crepe) which was delicious. As you can tell from the photo I was too impatient to take a photo before eating it and had already gobbled up pretty much all of it...

The next day we had brunch at Le Pain Quotidien in Lepic. We were looking all over the place for somewhere to eat and finally settled on this place which I have to say was a great find! We decided against the usual pain au chocolat and coffee (despite how much it killed me not too haha) and tried something different. I had avocado on toast which was so tasty and filling too, plus I'm obsessed with avocados these days so it was right up my street, along with some freshly squeezed orange juice. My mum had the granola and yoghurt which was quite honestly the best granola I've ever tasted and it was presented beautifully. After that, the day was spent sightseeing and I finally visited the Pont des arts- it's quite amazing really to see it and think how many couples and lovers have came and put a lock on the bridge...there were so many, even on the lamppost...and I have no idea how they got up there! The rest of the day just consisted of a lot of walking and a lot of spending money. It cost us 11 € for an Orangina and apple juice  in a café - that's ridiculous, am I right or am I right?! 

Oh, and I came across this Acne Studios window display which I just loved so had to snap it as well...I am in love with Acne clothing.

And that's a wrap really. If you're heading to Paris, I'd definitely recommend the places I mentioned above... the only thing I'd say is bring your comfiest shoes (even crocs would have been better than the 'trying to keep stylish' pumps I was wearing) and bring plenty of money. Paris is crazy expensive but sooo worth the visit!


One Night In Paris

Blazer: H&M (bought at carboot sale) | Dress: Mango (on sale) | Necklace: H&M | Bag: Carboot sale | Watch: ioffer.com

I'm back (yes I know it's been a wee while) with a special little post today as I was in Paris from Monday till Tuesday as my sister bought me tickets to see Paolo Nutini for my birthday. I would just like to take this moment to say what an amazing performer he is. It was actually the first time I've seen him in concert (although I met and may I add, hugged him years ago at a cd signing in HMV)...and he did not disappoint. He sounded just as amazing live, better even, as he does on cd. He sings with so much emotion and you find yourself completely absorbed in his music...and obviously his sexy, sexy face-it was kind of hard to look at him and try and not faint.

The concert was at Le Trianon which is a theatre/concert hall built back in 1894. It's a really stunning building (pictured below) and I enjoyed it more than being in a huge stadium to be honest. The concert was more intimate that way and I didn't get pushed or shoved once throughout the whole concert! Except my mum got a bit of beer poured on her shoe, ah you can't always win eh. He did a lot of songs off his new album and mixed up some of his old stuff too. The crowd were going mad for him (mainly the girls shouting 'I love you' in several languages...not including me of course, ahem).  Plus, the man's beautiful...really couldn't have asked for a better birthday present.

Anyway, let's stop dreaming about Paolo, moving onto the outfit! I had to pack pretty light as we were only there for one night and a day so I mixed and matched some key pieces, including this blazer which I wore the following day with a stripy tee. I chose a comfy outfit for the concert while still trying to stay fashionable at the same time. To lighten up the dark dress, I added some pastel pink, gold and cream. I thought the bag was very 'Paris' and reminds me a bit of the similar Chanel version-although mine was about 2 € not 2000 €.

The photos were taken (by my mum-thanks mum!) outside of the creperie we ate at before the concert in Montmartre called 'La Galette du Moulin' which I would definitely recommend if you're heading to Paris. It was hidden down a little cobbled road tucked away from the busy streets and there wasn't a scooter or car in sight. It was the perfect spot to people watch and see the real Paris. The service was good and the crepes- delicious! I had a lovely evening and it was the perfect way to celebrate before my birthday. We walked around the streets for a wee while after and stopped for a quick touristy shot outside the Moulin Rouge. Pretty shattered from the whole day travelling and the concert itself, we headed back to our hotel and called it a night while it was only just beginning for some. They say New York is the city that never sleeps but I don't think Paris does either.

Let me know if you've been to see Paolo Nutini this year on his European tour as well or are going to see him in the summer...or if you haven't heard him at all, you can listen to/buy his new album 'Caustic Love' on iTunes here! Keep your eyes peeled on this blog for a Paris picture diary post coming soon!
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