Winter Brights

Photos by Xie Qin Gru | Instagram: @sittingroom1108

Jacket: Vintage from Oxfam | Dress: Novem & Knight | Bag: Accessorize | Necklace: New Look | Shoes: Dr Martens | Iphone 5c phone case: Skinny Dip London | Scarf: photographers own

Like a true Brit i'm going to start this post off by complaining about the weather. It has been SO cold lately - so cold I just want to hibernate and not leave my room until it's back to normal temperatures again. It's grey and miserable a lot of the time - so why not brighten up the weather by wearing some colour? I'm normally more a black-white-grey person but i'm making an effort to inject a bit more colour in my wardrobe...and it's surprisingly a pretty good mood booster. I picked up this cute little vintage mac at Oxfam on Bold Street (Liverpool) - which is quite honestly one of the best charity shops I know, not biased ofc...I'm aware it makes me stick out like a sore thumb, but I love it - I even matched my MAC lipstick in 'lady danger' to the jacket - just because, more colour, why not. You may remember from my first Street Style post I was wearing this Novem & Knight dress but as a t-shirt instead, see how versatile it is - such a great wardrobe staple!

Yes it's winter (for some of us) and it's a bit miserable - but give it a go, put a bit of colour into your wardrobe!


How To Blog: 101

Blogspot? Wordpress? What even is a blog? WTF is a "html" code??

So, you want to start a blog. First things first, do it. Don't beat around the bush and wait for the right moment - the right moment is now, unless you can't access a computer - then maybe, the right moment isn't now... but seriously, do it, while you still have the urge to do so!

How to better your blogging skills:

1. Establish what your blog will be about, roughly. You can and will evolve in what you blog about over time. I started out writing about fashion, make up and wish lists and have now expanded to writing travel posts, reviews etc. which I love doing! You'll find other things that interest you along the way and different topics you can experiment with so just go with the floooooow. 

2. Find a good platform. Blogspot, Tumblr, Wordpress ... whatever suits you best, pick one and pick a name - don't stress too much about this. Maybe brainstorm, jot down a few ideas and a name will come to you!

3. Enjoy what you're writing. There is absolutely no point in rushing posts and writing anything just for the sake of a blog post. It will become tiring and boring, for you and your readers. If you blog about something you enjoy, it will show in your writing and your readers will enjoy it it too.

4. Use a planner, like one of these. It'll help you plan out your posts and jot down content ideas, see what you have to do and what you have done. It'll motivate you and make you feel more organised, yey!

5. One thing i'd highly recommend to better your blogging is scheduling, i.e. if you're a busy bee all week and find it stressful remembering to post everyday then you can prep your blog posts. For example, when I did my Berlin guide, I wrote all 3 posts on a Saturday and scheduled them to be posted for Monday to Wednesday. So while you're sitting in your 9am lecture on Monday, the work is being done for you, kind of - you just did it earlier - ya feel me? 

6. Once you've established which platform you'll use, make the blog as nice as you can but don't go spending crazy money designing it unless you feel that it's worth it. I spent a long time stressing over the appearance of my blog. For the first couple of years, I designed it myself and got stressed over it, comparing my blog to others that looked better than mine. Finally, in my third year of blogging, I decided I would spend a little on a new design and yes, it was worth it! But don't stress about this at the start, enjoy the writing process, put energy into content and the rest will come later.

7. Practice makes perfect. Rome wasn't built in a day, yada yada yada. Cheesy but true, guys! Your blog will not be everything you want it to be in a week or even a month. It is a gradual learning process that could take years. 4 years later, (I think, idk) i'm still learning how to use html, understand how blogs work, how to get the right sized photo, edit properly, write properly, remember to share every post and many other things. Enjoy the process and in you few years, if you continue to blog, you will look back and see how much you've learnt and developed. It'll be a great digital portfolio to show to future employers in the creative industry because it shows you have writing skills, editing skills, social media knowledge, photography skills and all that shabang! In other words, it will always be somewhat useful.

8. Remember: you're not writing for a magazine, you are your own boss, you can write whatever the heck you like (without offending anyone ofc) and there are no deadline pressures or risk of losing your job so remember to HAVE FUN! Take it as a light-hearted hobby like I do, and you'll feel way more relaxed about it. Basically what i'm saying is - you shouldn't give too many f**ks about what people think.


A Pop Of Red

Photos by Xie Qin Gru | Instagram: @sittingroom1108

Vintage Orvis 'Barbour' Jacket | Skirt: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Vintage Jumper (similar here) | Beret: Topshop | Backpack: Marc Jacobs | Casio watch: www.watchshop.com | Chain necklace: Vintage  (similar-ish here) | Vans: cloggs.com

I think every piece of clothing you have, probably has some sort of story to go with it, right? - or an occasion that it reminds you of. Well, i'll tell you about mine.

The jumper was bought on Brick Lane in London on a day trip with my friend, it was £5 so I was compelled to get it - I love the vintage motif and the bright blue colour - it goes with jeans, trousers, skirts and looks cute with a collar popping out the top.

The coat was an impulse buy when browsing with a friend at Revolution on Bold Street in Liverpool. Their second floor is filled with vintage clothing and as soon as I tried this on, my money was on the counter before you could say "you're broke, remember?". It has the biggest pockets, a detachable hood and I laaav it - perfect for this crappy weather - I call it my 'tent' coat.

The skirt I was lusting after for ages in Urban Outfitters and wasn't patient enough to find a cheaper version however I've worn this skirt so many times I feel i've got my money's worth. Only downside is the buttons tend to pop open whenever they feel like it.

The beret and bag are my photographer's, who has the coolest style and I think she should make a blog too - we thought the beret tied in well with the red shoes and lips...even though I look a tad like a French cliché? Anyway, if Jenn Im can wear them then so can I.


Winter Basics

"Lucie, you're an outfit repeater!" I hear you say. Yep, shock horror, I did wear this coat on my blog two whole years ago (lookie here) - but hey, recycling fashion is good for the environment or something, right? But just as I say in the post from two years ago, the coat is such a classic that it will probably never go out of fashion, and it hasn't! Bringing out the old classics and shaking them up a bit with a few accessories helps to create a different look without spending too much dolla. 

Casio watch: www.watchshop.com | Rucksack: Accessorize | Bobble hat: Primark

I got this beautiful Casio watch for Christmas - it's great for those that prefer digital AND it even lights up so you can see it in the dark - snazzy or wuh? This 'bardot' dress (which I'm wearing as a top) is a purchase from Novem & Knight - a brand launched by my favourite blogger Samantha Maria & her partner Jason Davis. All the pieces are simplistic yet versatile, handmade in London with material of immaculate quality. Their pieces will be something that you'll have in your wardrobe for yonks - and that will go with every piece you already own. I can wear this dress day or night, tucked in as a top like above, tucked into shorts, a skirt, youuuuu name it.

Photos by Xie Qin Gru 

I was on the hunt for a bag for university, one that held all my junk, looked good and felt comfy - none of that aching one-shoulder-bag nonsense. When I came across this faux leather beauty in Accessorize reduced to £25 from £35, it was a wee match made in heaven and I couldn't recommend it more as a bag for school or university! It fits my Macbook (13inch), charger, notepads, purse, book, agenda, bottle and more - I think it may be Mary Poppins' bag in fact. The jeans were a complete bargain from Topshop, originially £35, reduced to £15 on sale then I was told they were further reduced to £8 at the till - every poor students dream. This look kept me nice and cosy for a day on campus and in town whilst feeling stylishly prepared for the catwalk i.e. the streets of Liverpool.


A Berlin Vlog

I very slightly edited my vlog of Berlin and you can watch it below or watch on my YouTube channel...remember to crank it up to 1080 HD!

There's a 3 part Berlin guide on my blog including what to do, where to eat and where to shop so be sure to check them out too!


The Film Club #1

I've decided to introduce something a little 'new' to the blog- The Film Club...and everyone's a member (#cheesy)! Being a film student I'm seeing lots of new films all the time and I recently became a member of the FACT (read more about FACT here), my local cinema, where I can get discounts of films, see one free film a month and more...as my maw said, it was a no brainer to join really, with cinema tickets being so expensive these days- memberships are the way forward for avid cinema-goers. Anyway I figured my blog would be a great place to share my love for film.

So, every so often, i'll share with you some films i've seen that i've really enjoyed and I think you should see too. Here's to the film club #1!

The Hateful Eight

Already a big fan of Tarantino's work, I was of course so excited to see he was bringing out his eighth film and jumped at the chance to see it. It was everything I expected from Tarantino and more - blood, violence, a perfectly chosen cast and great cinematography. In my opinion, it was quite a slow starter and was heavy on dialogue but the story picked up the pace towards the middle and kept you on the edge of your seat till the very end. Jennifer Jason Leigh was by far my favourite character who's Oscar nomination is so well deserved. It was funny, disturbing in places and bloody.


Intense is the word I used to describe Room the most. I'd only seen the trailer prior to viewing and didn't quite know what to expect from it but it completely blew me away. Room had my heart racing in moments, which I think is the first time a film has ever done so, it had me nearly crying at times and laughing at others. It was a beautiful representation of the novel by Emma Donoghue which leaves you feeling more grateful for the world and people around you. Jacob Tremblay, only aged 9, is one of the best child actors i've ever seen. Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster!

The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl ticked all the boxes- acting, cinematography, story, dialogue, costume, set- everything was spot on. As many know it is the true story about Lili Elbe, the transgender women previously known as Einar Wegener and her journey of becoming a woman and the struggles she faced. It is both a beautiful and tragic story which showed the difficulties Lili faced in admitting the truth to her wife and those around her about her change of identity.


The film title itself is weird, right? Then I watched the trailer which re-affirmed how weird I thought it sounded, but I was curious to know more. The film was in fact, as bizarre as the title and trailer suggested but so much more enjoyable than I had expected. Yorgos Lanthimos's English language debut Lobster told the story of David, a widowed man, who lives in a dystopian future where single people are taken to "The Hotel" where they must find a romantic partner in 45 days or must choose an animal in which they will be transformed into and sent off into the woods. We follow the journey of David's 45 days in "The Hotel" and the people he meets and it is wickedly funny and sarcastic. Lanthimos pokes fun at the stigma around being single and in a couple and leaves you seeing things in a completely different light. The whole audience were in hysterics, a must see.

For now, I also recommend: La Antena, La Haine, The Irrational Man, Lost in Translation and Une Femme est Une femme.

Lots of love, Lucie Rose x


Travel | Berlin, Where To Eat

Zuckerbaby Café and Deli - Richardplatz 12
One of the many pleasures when travelling - trying out all the different cuisine, obviouuusly! We kept dining out to a minimum because money and because we're students with student budgets yada yada yada. Though on the occasion we did, we found some right little gems! i.e. Zuckerbaby! On a snowy morning (yes, it was that cold), this place drew us in with it's candle lit windows - it just screamed, "i'm warm, cosy and serve lots of nice food and hot drinks" to us, so going here was too hard to resist. We settled on the french toast served with syrup, fruit and almonds along with a cup of tea and coffee - delicious! I of course eyed up the rest of the menu and wish I could have bought one of everything. Gorgeous interiors, even more gorgeous food and the perfect place to while away a couple of hours.

Dunkin' Donuts - in a metro station somewhere in Berlin

 I just had to include this, I don't know if they have Dunkin' Donuts anywhere else (obviously i'm not cultured enough...) but damn the donuts were so good I just had to mention them. And they were cheap too.

Schiller Burger - Neukölln (but also other chains all over Berlin)

Delicious burgers of all kinds with delicious chunky chips and cool drinks to choose from. Need I say more?

Unfortunately, these are the only photos of food I managed to get, however, I do also recommend:

- Lagari
- and Cafe Dritter Raum: aka the croissanterie, for the best triple choc (white, dark and milk) pain au chocolates you've ever tasted.
- oh, and pretzels. Eat as many pretzels as you can.


Travel | Berlin, Where To Shop

Berlin is such a huge city so it's important to do some research before embarking on your travels so you know where's worth visiting, and where it actually is. Luckily my super organised friend likes making lists and kindly put one together of all the shops we wanted to see during our trip including many vintage stores and bookstores - here are my favourite of the lot!

Fashion, clothes & vintage shops

Sing Blackbird - Sanderstraße 11

Sing Blackbird was everything I'd ever hope for in a vintage shop - beautiful decor, a lovely owner, vintage clothes galore, chilled background music AND a cafe serving hot and cold drinks - all in one, making for a totally enjoyable shopping experience. I bought a vintage Mango jacket (pictured above,  yep, the photo where I have my eyes shut) but fell for many other things in the shop. They had a room at the back with even more vintage clothes from coats, to dresses to Levi jeans and flannel shirts. L-O-V-E!

Kaufladen - Friedelstraße 28, Neukölln

If you're after some unique jewellery, accessories or clothes, then Kaufladen is the place to go. Kaufladen supplies pieces from lots of different designers making each item special. I loved having a wander round this beautiful boutique and lusting after the gorgeous garments.

Kreuzberg Buyers Club Friedelstrasse 38

Similarly to Sing Blackbird, Kreuzberg Buyers Club combines vintage clothing with a coffee shop. So before or after shopping you can take a chill out and enjoy a tea or coffee in the lovely interiors of Kreuzberg. The shop has a sweet shop feel with bright pink and blue pastels all around with the walls dripping with jewellery pieces and accessories. A shopaholics dream.

Books and 'Zines

Die gute Seite - Richardplatz 16

A cute little book store just a 2 minute walk away from our air b n b where you can get English books as well as of course, German and enjoy browsing over a hot or cold drink (apparently Berlin put cafés in all their shops?).

Soda - Weinbergsweg

If you're into magazines and the 'zine' then Soda will not disappoint. There's a magazine for everything from fashion to photography to tattoo art to travel and much more. They sell those one of a kind, hard to find zines that will inspire and look great on your coffee table.

And music...

Heisse Scheiben - Ohlauer Strasse 44

Music lovers will love Heisse Scheiben even more. Tucked away in Neukölln is this quaint record store with everything from vinyls to cd's and tapes. You can have a little listen of the record in store and while away some time here getting lost in the music (cheesy I know).

That's all for my guide on shopping in Berlin - next and last of the guide, where to eat in Berlin!
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