Secondhand-first Shoot with Alexandra Blackburn

Well hello everyone! 

I thought I'd share a little bit of what I've been getting up to- which has been mainly leaving my day-job to go freelance, and building a website- which is all rather exciting!

I asked the wonderful wonderful and talented Alexandra Blackburn to take some pictures of me for the website and other such purposes, and I thought I'd share a few of them, mainly because all of the outfits are put together from #secondhandfirst pieces.

The items are a mixture of vintage, charity-shop and jumble sale finds and I LOVE being able to put whole outfits together knowing that nothing was new!

All the shots were taken against the backdrop of our Fine City (not too far from my house- which facilitated lots of quick outfit changes!)

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Pink cashmere jumper via British Heart Foundation, faux leather skirt and D&G blazer both also via the chazza (but can't remember which, sorry folks) ex-M&S necklace and shoe-boots both via Oxfam.

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Same deal as the above, folks.

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Red and black houndstooth skirt, vintage, sourced online. Silk Givenchy scarf (I think it's real!) from Age UK Norwich, 'love' motif jumper from British Heart Foundation.

(The sunglasses were via TK Maxx sorry but they just looked too awesome!)

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So you can see the print on the back! Bangle I've added also from the charity shop- I have quite a large collection now...

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Claret velour bomber jacket via Big C on Magdalen Street, Velvet 90s skirt and Jigsaw jumper both secondhand via charity shops.

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Scarf and bangles both secondhand via the chazza, wool 1980s dress from Harrods was acquired at a jumble sale- it's SO warm and cosy! Boots were new when I bought them several years ago (about 7) and wasn't so strict about my #secondhandfirst policy. They've lasted, though!

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Camel Aquascutum coat vintage, sourced online. I feel like a businesswoman from the 1980s- which i think is not a bad thing in any way.

This is only a handful of the images that Ally took- in fact, in most of them I was pulling some quite (unintentionally) hilarious faces- so I will not share those here, but perhaps save them up for some sort of very entertaining 'outtakes' video, later, or in fact a 'GIF', if I can figure out how those work...

Perhaps we could make this a thing on social media- we'll call it 'outtake of the day'! 

If anyone else is into it, send me your #ootd pics that didn't make the cut and we could create a whole gallery of them! Ooh, loving this idea!


Change Your World- Not Your Body

So on one of my recent meanderings across the internet (which generally involve typing any particular combination of the terms 'fashion', 'body image' and 'feminism' into a search engine (or Amazon- I actually have a scarily large and ever increasing library of books on these subjects to work through! more on that another time...)) and I discovered the amazing Jes Baker - who you should definitely 100% check out immediately even if you have no interest in body image, fashion or feminism (but really, though? Who are these people?) due to her levels of utter awesomeness. 

Baker describes herself as a 'body image blogger' and 'fatshion fan'. I immediately fall in love with her again- I adore a good word mash-up. I'm trying to make 'fashtivism' a thing... Get it? Fashion + Activism...? Is it too much like 'fascism'? because that's a VERY different thing and sort of the opposite thing to the thing I'm going for... I'll take all your notes on this, peoples.

Anyway. I found Jes Baker, and then I found this Tedx talk she delivered in Tucson- and you should all watch it. Here you go:

As well as being a completely engaging speaker with great comedy timing, Baker nails it with a logical and reasoned argument as to WHY THIS IS A MASSIVE DEAL and we need to address these issues.

What stands out for me the most, is the fact that we have the power to change the status quo. All of the 'rules' we think we should follow as to what constitutes beauty are actually invented; we have agency over our own lives, even over our own thoughts (I'm definitely going to give the post-it challenge a go!) and we can change them.

Keep up the good work, Jes!