Tuesday, 31 January 2012


Wow. A whole year of expectations and fulfilment's, love and disappointment and possibly the best year so far.

It's been a year since I started on the path of bloggism, and I haven't looked back. So much has happened in one year, and so much is planned for this. I distinctly remember my first post in January 2011, talking about all my plans and expectation of the year ahead. As for reality? Amazing. I had so much fun and learnt so many lessons. I've grown up in many ways, and grown down in many more. There have been ups and downs and so many new experiences, from nights out to starting college. It's been a roller coaster.

However, ever the forward thinking person that I am, (ahem...) let's look to the future: 2012. Supposedly the last year before the end of the world as we know it! But not before we go out in style! The suspected hottest summer on record and all the festivals that go with it.
Also, long awaited Olympics which, Olympian turned Chairman, Sebastian Coe, predicted it will be a "catalyst for change" and "will be all about change for the better, not only for our sportsmen and women, but for the country as a whole."
I haven't made a list of things to do every month this year, I'm too worried I'm not going to keep to it because of college. There's also no sign of a New Years Resolution because I'd just be setting myself up for failure and I think it's about time I accepted how bad I am at being good.

Definite plans for this year include Boardmasters, a possible shopping weekend in London, a holiday in Crete and lots and lots of gigs and parties. Let the next year of blogging begin!
Peace out <3

Monday, 16 January 2012

Dedicated to Lucinda Diamond - More than a Moustache.

Life coach.
Forever the insane beauty.
Lucinda, born 27 October, 1994, is nothing short of an amazing human being. In the 5 years we've been friends and the 6 years I've know her, Lucinda has never bowed down the rules of a mainstream childhood, nor ever acted anything less than a intelligent minded adult. But to say that reflects her personality would be wrong, because first and foremost, Lucinda is a joy.

Lucinda's quirky fashion and wacky frame of mind is everything her friends and I love about her and I dedicate this entire post to her influence. Currently wearing a blue spotted dress and black boots with her velvet black blazer, I realise I haven't complimented her today, so her it is, online for the world to see!

Witnessing her drama performance brought a side to Lucinda I'd never been privileged enough to witness in the past: her amazing talent for acting and ability to scare me half to death as a gorilla.

I've chosen to ignore anything negative Lucinda perceives of her recent life because I believe it's her positivity that drives her. Her most recent advise given to me is to live for yourself. If someone is bringing you down, they're not healthy to have around- advise I plan to put into action asap!

Assuring you this is a post to express my love for Lucinda in the least lesbian way possible and warning anyone out there who should meet her in the future not to take for granted such an amazing, wacky person.

Friend. Life coach. Forever an insane beauty.
Lucinda Diamond (as written by Hope Smyth)
Peace out. ♥

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Inspired: Olivia Lopez.

The 19 year old model and fashion icon should be an inspiration to every aspiring teen with dreams of entering the fashion world. The Caravan is an online store selling a rage of gorgeous and affordable vintage clothing; based in America, the only variable stopping me buying every skirt, jumper and pair of glasses is the cost of post & packaging as they're solely based in the US. Olivia, if you're reading this (yeah right!)- set up a base in the UK!

It's every girls dream to make a living of being beautiful and business-like, and that's the exact reason why Olivia Lopez is my inspiration of the moment.

In an interview with The Fashion Society, the model, who first started modelling at the age of 14, is described as "hyped", "quirky" and that they "can't get enough of her refreshing style always sharply contrasts with her laid-back Southern Californian roots" -so what's not to love?! She's a frantic, successful blogger and claims her inspiration from "people whose style aren't too construed and thought out-everyday people with confident swagger." ... Oh, and Christian Dior's Spring 2010 (who can really blame her?!). She also admitted drawing inspiration from Zooey Deschanel, who I've recently been obsessed with so double thumbs up!

However, Olivia isn't just another American school girl living her dream. In the interview with The Fashion Society she states that her modelling is merely a hobby and after high school, she hopes to leave home and go to college, studying Political Science, International Business and English/Literature! To extremely contrast her clear intelligence, and reflect on the recent pandemic of cliches infecting many of my college peers, I would say I am "Well Jel." (To those who failed to notice that reference, I am not a fan of The Only Way Is Essex).

Her blog, "I've got a lust for life" is based on her life and inspirations. Backitwhy.com suggested her to be a "muse in the making" and that she "lives by the 'be your own muse' philosophy" and that she can thank her self belief for her success so far. I very much agree with the article's interpretation of her unique 60's fashion. Her "mix-and-match style is a fresh revival to the hippie era" and "she has a knack for making vintage pieces chic, timeless, yet laidback." Well said.

More recently, Olivia has starred in the campaign video for the Olsen twins 'Olsenboye' Spring collection for JCPenny (below). In the video, Olivia talks about what inspires her while promoting the Olsen's beautiful 60's clothing.

As I sit here planning this post as I write- lost in a sea 'pinned tabs' of various interviews and photo shoots by the head-spinningly chic teen that I've uncovered after days of surfing the net- I struggle to conclude her life so far. Perhaps this is due to Olivia's apparent endless popularity growth and success in the fashion world and never-ending list of inspired teens and adults alike. So less of a conclusion and more of a 'till-next-time, who knows what else Olivia has planned in her quirky, 60's world- but I wish her the best with it all. One can only hope to achieve half the success she has through her blogging. So in the wise words of Olivia Lopez and 
Karl Lagerfeld:  Personality begins where comparison ends. >Be your own muse!

A selection of my sea of references:
LustForLife- Olivia Lopez' blog.
La Societ de Mode (The Fashion Society)
Teen Vogue Fashion Blogger
The Caravan

Extra photo's:
I love this sweet, girly look created with delicate creme tones
and soft/lace fabrics.
60's styled turtle neck, bold colours and John Lennon
styled glasses- what's not to love?
All from: The Caravan. 
Show me a girl who wouldn't kill to wear this outfit!
Such a stunning jacket.

Every girl needs a statement leather skirt like this one.
I love how it's been teamed with a sexy blouse and sun hat.
The Fashion Society
"Punk Rock Ruined Me".... Punk rock ruined every angel.
I love this shoot because it reminds me of scenes from Grease
or other old 60's movies.
"Pretty woman, walking down the street..." enough said?
The Fashion Society

...Until next time, peace out ♥

Friday, 6 January 2012

Top 10 Female Idols.

10. - Olivia Lopez. Just 19 years old, she has just set up an online shop selling vintage clothes and accessories, of which she mostly models for. (http://www.shopthecaravan.com/)

9. - Hannah Murray. Played Cassie in Skins in 2007 and has since also featured in Chat Rooms and appeared on West End in the production That Face.
8. - Zoeey Deschanel. First fell in love with her in Elf as the blonde shop worker Buddy fell in love with. Since then she’s become brunette and is the main character of her own sitcom, New Girl.
7. - Vivienne Westwood. Does this phenomenon need an explanation?! Designed the clothes for The Sex Pistols and helped accelerate the punk rock era. Still a world famous designer and inspiration to all for her wacky and unique style.
6. - Hayley Williams. Paramore ♥ This red head rock chick is a role model for all the indie/scene/”hipster” kids out their. Even hipsters aspire to someone else.
5. - Taylor Momsen. Wow. There’s not much more that can be said about Taylor. A Gossip Girl sweetheart to a druggy front of one of my favorite bands, The Pretty Reckless.
4. - Carey Mulligan. I’m honest enough to admit I was once a fan of Doctor Who, and when Carey starred in the scariest episode to date; Blink. (I will never grow fearless of those statues). An Education is my favorite movie and I cannot wait to go and see Shame.
3. - Alexa Chung. Individual style, successful career and drop dead gorgeous, is there anything bad about Alexa?! No. No there isn’t. Every girl would love to boast contributing editor at British Vogue or TV presenter or model (just one of them will do). She’s also scheduled to host the 24 hour catwalk in America this year.
2.- Keira Knightley. Started her career as an actress and has more recently become the face of Coco Chanel Mademoiselle. Known best for her period dramas (including the her touching performance in The Duchess and playing Elizabeth in Pirates of the Caribbean). She’s also dating The Klaxons lead singer, James Righton. I’m not sure who I’m more jealous of…
1. - Fearne Cotton. Tadaaah! What a surprise, Fearne Cotton is still my festival going, radio DJ-ing idol! I’ve religiously watched every single episode of ‘Fearne and…’. (Mischa Barton narrowly missed my top ten list herself) and even have a tweets sent to my phone!! Fearne also has her own style line with Very and one has to admire her fitness as she runs 5km three times a week (thank you wiki!) and has ran several marathons in her time.