12.8.10

a little bit more about me.

Here are a few more answers to the wonderful questions I was asked by you all last month, alongside a few photographs my mum took of me yesterday after my shift at my favourite charity shop. I felt rather pretty yesterday so I'm chuffed with how these pictures turned out.
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*Shorts, 25p, charity shop *Leather plait, charity shop, free *Satchel, charity shop, £5.99 *M&S St Michael brogues, car booty, £4. I'm rather attached to these shorts, now. I've worn them an awful lot since I got them two weeks ago. My pay-per-wear must be about five pence a day, bargain! Don't tell anyone but I wore them two days in a row, for shame. On Tuesday I wore them with a black vest, my lace Next blazer and my Zara raincoat, yesterday I teamed it with my grandma's shirt and some lovely unworn St Michael brogues I picked up at my local car boot sale (Battersea) for only four pounds! I literally squealed when I saw them, I'm a little size three and have never seen secondhand shoes in my size before. Are there any things you wish to pick up secondhand but can never find them? I'm intrigued to know! And what do you think about the leather plait? I really think it adds something to my simple outfit. Anyway, let's get on with my answers!
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What are you currently doing for a living, and what are your aspirations for the future? I'm currently a student, I recently completed my National Diploma in Art and Design an Kingston College achieving the highest grade (not the second highest like I was told! I recieved my certificate a couple of weeks ago and it states I achieved triple distinctions!) and will be going on to do a Foundation art course at the same college. I don't have a paid job at the moment, as I don't feel I have the confidence or experience to get one, but I volunteer at my favourite charity shop every Wednesday, and I am also a member of the V&A CreateVoice forum. It's my dream to own a little shop and tea room, selling a range of teas, secondhand clothing and homewares, but as that probably won't happen, I'd like to work in the fashion, retail, art and design industries. As long as I earn enough money to pay my bills and buy the occasional Starbucks, I'll be just fine.

What camera do you use, how do you edit your photographs and do you use self timer? The camera I use is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28, which my lovely parents bought for me for Christmas. I think it's a lovely little camera, plus it looks quite professional but it's still lightweight. I edit my photographs on Picnik.com, the main two effects I use in practically all my photographs are Cinemascope and 1960's. Cinemascope creates a bright, grainy effect and enhances the colours in my photographs, whist the 1960's gives a warm glow and my trademark rounded edges. I take my indoor outfit photographs (white walls, lace curtain) using self timer, but as I currently don't own a tripod I balance my camera on various objects including shelves, hatboxes and books, hehe.

What three things are on your wishlist for your next shopping outing? A couple of days ago I would of said a pair of proper brogues, but now that's covered I would have to say: the perfect foundation to even out my uneven skin tone, a lovely coat for autumn/winter and some William Morris (I adore his work, I really ought to do a post on him) inspired curtains and cover for my bed.

I hope you enjoyed my post, I made this rather long as I probably won't be posting until Sunday evening. You'll never guess where I'll be heading on Sunday? Okay, you guessed it. The Victoria and Albert Museum of course! Hehe. Love, Jazzabelle.

42 comments

  1. Thanks for this post, Jazz! lovely to find out more about you. Love the brogues, in fact, love the entire outfit. I often see vintage shoes in a size 3, I'll bear you in mind if I spot any you'll like next time.
    Nothing to be ashamed about by wearing clothes two days running, we didn't wash our clothes after each wear in the old days, probably why things lasted so much longer.
    Enjoy the rest of your week. xxx

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  2. Oh, wonderful!
    Your brogues look lovely :)
    xxx

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  3. I love the sound of your tea rooms, its sounds wonderful and cosy!! Great brogues and those shorts are fab so who cares if you wear them EVERYDAY!!! Love those spotty tights, I just bought a pair from Topshop at the weekend. Enjoy the V&A hahaha how do you not get bored of that place going so much x

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  4. Great post!! Well done on such amazing grades.
    And THANKYOU for introducing me to Picnik! Just what I need to jazz up my boring hallway outfit photos!
    xx

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  5. Omg are these the infamous brogues. I just love St Michael, what a real find.
    These photographs are just stunning, and the 25p shorts, a bargain beyond bargain! 5p a day thats madness.

    Stunning as always. And such a lovely post x

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  6. Gorgeous pictures and i want that camera! You seem like such a lovely and interesting person. x

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  7. hey - i wne to Kingston too!! a couple of years ago I did my masters there! Kingston Hill campus rules! Thanks for the Picnik tip. ck :) x

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  8. You look stunning in these pictures! I love your outfit and them brogues, congrats on finding them. X

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  9. Love this outfit. You always manage to look awesome.

    Personally I love L'oreal, MAC and Vichy when I have to buy foundations (Well, I haven't tried every single foundation in the market). Just buy the one that works best for your skin type. "Skin is 50% of the make up" said François Nars. Let me know if you need more help with that! xxx

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  10. You look great and look like you're having fun!
    I wouldn't worry about wearing the shorts two days in a row. I sometimes do so you're not the only one!

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  11. I love the 25p shorts! I've been wondering what you use to edit your pictures for ages, now I know I think I might see what they have to offer!

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  12. yeah you answered one of my questions, now i know a lot more about you and your life. feel free to ask me anything in return if you like.

    you done well with the shoes, they looks real cool

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  13. Oh my giddy aunt! Those shoes are the stuff of car boot sale dreams, a once-in-a-lifetime mythical find! Well done. Love the leather plait, I've got a thing for plaited leather. It just looks so wholesome and delicious, somehow. Glad you're well back in your stride :)

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  14. 25p for shorts is insane! My local charity shops would probably charge me a tenner for something like that... Ridiculous!

    Well done with your art! I like so close to Kingston, maybe I'll pop in and find you on your lunch hour :)

    Lou x - craftyandquirky.blogspot.com

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  15. you look really gorgeous in these pics, i like how you always dress quite understated but add quirky details like the cute belt :)! i also love the little bag and the muted airy colours... Well done on your art grade (if it's not too patronising to say! :D), i'm starting an art A level next year and kind of nervous! xx

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  16. I love these shorts! You always look absolutely stunning and I'm glad you're having fun at the charity shop you work in.
    If I make it to UCL this year I may be bugging you for tips on London!
    xo

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  17. i lovelovelove your style- so effortless!

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  18. Hello! Thanks for your comment on my Topshop Pinafore post, it's sweet but yikes yes £60 is quite steep for one tiny little Topshop dress isn't it?
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    I'm loving your pretty round-edged photos, you're the second person I've seen tonight who uses picnik, I may just have to have a little peek, see what all this fuss is about!

    Hollie

    lipstick & balloons

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  19. Love this outfit so much! So bargainous too! You look like a model! & Thank you for introducing me to picnik! I've used it in my latest blog post & mentioned you! Millie xxx

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  20. You look gorgeous! Love the outfit<3 Picnic is just awesome eh? :D xoxo

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  21. Snap I'm a size three too! I swear charity shops just taunght me with sizes 4 and 5s! Though Belfast does have a lot of 3s, maybe everyone just has tiny feet. Tehe, those brouges are delightful and are perfect with your outfit. And your shorts, I could never pull off shorts, but you really rock them.
    Oo a tea shop, that sounds lovely, I always thought that if everything goes badly I'll just open up a vintage prom dress shop, but girl you'll probably run me out of business! Hehe
    A lovely post as always and enjoy your trip to the V&A

    xxx

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  22. I love the plait! I agree, it adds something special. And I like the peek of grey socks just above your amazingly brilliant white brogues!

    I think you should not give up on the tea rooms idea, you're still young! Just save up and you never know...I mean that's how my bf opened his pub!

    S
    http://notjustmedical.wordpress.com

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  23. Just a pretty outfit, I love the collant :)
    http://rejectingtheobviousness.blogspot.com

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  24. ohhh i love william morris too! i've just ordered some printed curtains offa ebay.

    p.s. i read your updates from twitter (minielle) and only just noticed i wasn't following you. i am daft. anyway, hello! :)

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  25. so very cool of your mom to take pictures.. my mom's still learning about cameras. :D

    thyaudaciousness.blogspot.com/

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  26. love these photos. That little blouse is perfection teamed with your new bargain brogues! lovely x

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  27. Your mum takes good photos :-)Where is her blog? Peace & Love. MMS

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  28. You look very very pretty in these shots. Lovely to learn more about you. xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  29. OMG you're seriously gorgeous and have great style (love the shorts and the legs !!!)

    See U !

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  30. Oh I love those shorts!

    Lydia xxx

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  31. jut gorgeous, love your shorts too! no wonder you wear them everyday :-)

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  32. psh i always wear things 2 days on the row ;) haha.

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  33. Your thrifting talent never fails to amaze me. I love your outfit, you look very pretty (:
    x

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  34. Ohh-Emm-Gee!...those brogues are such an amazing find! I'm notorious for wearing my black and white ones ;)

    Ooh, I put where everything was from in a comment below just after you reminded me, tehe, I'm so forgetful!

    It must be lovely to go to the V&A every week, I'd love to go back and see all the other exhibits 'cuz I only really got to see the fashion bit when I went, & the building is pretty gigantic! tehe.
    Hope you've had a nice weekend!

    Sincerely Spence xxx

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  35. I am definitely going to check out Picnik because I love how you edit your images, you look lovely I really love your belt.

    Adèle – moltocuriosa.com

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  36. The polkadot tights have returned! :D

    You really are a gem, these shots are lovely. Your mum must be so proud! And I'm not surprised you wore these so often (you smelly moo!) they're beautiful, and so versatile!

    Have fun at the V&A, wish I was joining you!

    Claire @ Jazzpad

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  37. That sounds brilliant, if there's enough for a waistcoat gosh what a great stash! I bet you can do somethings great you have natural style and creativity, methinks.

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  38. this outfit suits you and ur figure perfectly

    http://seraluxe.blogspot.com

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  39. congrats on you diploma result, well done! haha, don't worry i'm sure plenty of people wear certain items for more than one day (i know it do!), but just no one admits to it! :)

    beautiful brogues too..i have the same problem but opposite: i can never find second hand/vintage shoes because my feet are too big!

    www.messyourhairup.blogspot.com

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  40. <3 the shorts! amazing for 25p.
    perhaps you should personal-shop for me!

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  41. Love love love your blog! just found it and now I'm following, can't wait for some more of your posts! you have amazing style aswell. I'm also doing the same course as you, I've just started National diploma in art and design and i hope to go on to do foundation! I really want to go into fashion and textiles though. http://rosedl.blogspot.com/ x

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