Lifestyle // Etsy home wishlist

Hey Guys,

I love shopping for my home just as much as I love shopping for clothes. It feels great to fill the flat with lots of unique and quirky bits and bobs to really make it feel like home. One of my absolute favourite places to look for home and decor ideas is Etsy. Here are a few things on my favourites list at the moment.

Etsy wishlist home1. Unicorn PillowI love decorative pillows and I love unicorns so this one is a no brainer. I like how random it is, why is the tail made of sporks?!

2. Tahiti deck chairI really want to get some deck chairs for our roof terrace. This one is so pretty

3. Cat scratching log – Milo would love to sink his claws into this!

4. Cake stencil - This is really cute. I’m terrible at baking but I love to try.

5. Last supper place mat - I love how bad ass this place mat is and I know my other half would love it too.

6. Unicorn lamp - Did I mention I really like unicorns?

Love from JJ

 

Welcome to the jungle

Hey Guys,

This has got to be one of my favourite outfits at the moment, it’s so fun!

july 017 edit july 016 edit july 020 edit july 015 edit july 021 editShorts, T-shirt, socks – Primark // Shoes – Boutique

I wasn’t planning on buying anything the day I bought this tee, but as soon as I spotted this awesome parrot graphic t-shirt I couldn’t resist it. I absolutely adore the colours which is why I decided to base the whole outfit around it. The shorts are my go to comfy shorts at the moment, they only cost £5 and I have them in a few different colours. The banana socks were also from Primark and are a bit of fun and of course match the jungle theme perfectly. I am wearing my green heels to mirror the green at the top of the t-shirt and balance out the outfit.

I love having fun with the way I dress even if it isn’t always what other people would class as ‘stylish’. My motto is “if it makes you happy, just wear it!”

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Friday fancy #29

Hey Guys,

I haven’t done a Friday fancy post for a couple of weeks, I’m so terrible at sticking to these things.

Anyway… 8da95de8b9743fb81dd791b6f3bb70c9Just like every other blogger I’m lusting over this “full time fashion blogger” sweatshirt from River Island. As well as the kick ass slogan I also love the shape. Cropped sweaters are just awesome.

Love from JJ

 

#Projectbareall

#projectbareallHey Guys,

The lovely Megan from ‘Thumbelina Lillie’ recently wrote this post about natural beauty and confidence without makeup. If you haven’t seen her blog before you should definitely check it out. Megan asked other people to take part in #projectbareall and post their own makeup free photos to Instagram, Twitter and on blogs. The idea is to inspire us all to feel more confident in our own skin. I think it is a wonderful idea so here is mine… baring my freckles, the bags under my eyes and the scar on my lip.

projectbareall 002 eI think we all like to project an image of ourselves as being confident and carefree to the outside world  but inside I think a lot of girls struggle with self confidence issues. For me personally I struggle more with weight/body image issues than I do with what my face and skin look like. Going makeup free isn’t too difficult for me, in fact I don’t wear makeup to work so I usually spend the majority of Monday – Friday makeup free. It doesn’t bother me. However, I know there are loads of girls who don’t feel happy to leave the house without a full face of slap, and that’s really sad. Everyone should feel happy about who they are and the way they look naturally and to think that a lot of people aren’t happy and confident in themselves is quite upsetting.

I think a lot of these issues stem from the media and society’s views on women. It has always bothered me that generally men can leave the house looking however they want but if a woman goes out without makeup she gets comments like: “You look tired” or “Are you feeling OK? You look unwell”. Whether we like to admit it or not as a society we judge women by their appearance before anything else and shame those who look less than perfect. Just think of any celebrity magazine you have ever read, they are full of articles on who has put on weight or which celebrities have been spotted without makeup. Quite frankly it’s ridiculous and not surprising that many girls find themselves lacking in confidence.

I would love to see more people get involved with #projectbareall. It would be wonderful if girls could start to feel happy to go makeup free. Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup, its hella fun! I just think that it should be thought of as an accessory, something you can put on for fun or to go somewhere special. It shouldn’t be used as a security blanket or a mask to hide the real you. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, with or without makeup. I think it’s time we all started to believe in that.

Will you be joining #projectbareall?

Love from JJ

 

Polagram – Photo printing review and discount code

Hey Guys,

I recently used photo printing app Polagram and I thought I would write up a review for you.

photo 1(2) editWhat is it?

Polagram is a photo printing app that allows you to print photos straight from your phone, Instagram or Facebook. It is available for iPhone and Android. They offer a range of products such as Polaroid prints, phone cases, posters and photo books.

 How does it work?

Polagram allows you to select photos from your phone to be printed. You can chose from Polaroid, regular or classic style. I chose to print some Polaroid snaps for me and the fella.

Once you have picked your photos you can see how they will look and have the option to crop or add effects. You can even write a little message on the bottom of them, which I think is a really cute idea. You then upload them, pay using pay-pal and wait for your lovely photos to be sent to you. Super easy, no fuss!

polagram3 photo 5Is it good value for money?

Prints cost just 29p each. I got 19 so that cost me just £5.51 I think the price is very reasonable. Shipping was £1.69 which is also pretty good and my prints arrived within 3 days. They also came in a pretty pink envelope which is a nice touch.

polagram2The finished product

photo 3 edit photo 2 edit I am so happy with how the prints turned out. The whole process was quick easy and fun and the actual pictures are printed in brilliant quality. I can’t fault them at all and will definitely be using Polagram again. I totally recommend them.

If you want to try Polagram for yourself you can use my referral code: PGXZ073O for £2 off your order :)

Love from JJBloglovin // Twitter // Instagram // Tumblr // Facebook

July 2014 monthly summary

Hey Guys,

I haven’t done one of these posts for months! So here goes…

july collage 1 July collage2 july31. Amazing burrito at Giraffe // 2. Bar hopping in London // 3. New shoes from Bank // 4. Chill time on the roof // 5. Melody pop! // 6. Blue dress selfie // 7. New phone case // 8. Cheesy chips at Bristol harbour festival // 8. Snuggles with Milo.

July has been pretty rad. I kicked it off with a trip to London with some friends, I’ve been eating and drinking out a lot this month. I think next month will have to be a lot quieter for the sake of my bank account! Especially since I’ve got a huge vet bill to pay after Milo hurt his leg. Poor kitty.

This months favourite…

Music 

  1. Jhene Aiko – The Worst
  2. First aid kit - Stay Gold
  3. Usher - Good kisser

Food

Giraffe – A really fun restaurant with dishes from all over the world. They do amazing smoothies too.

Event

Bristol harbour festival - I go every year and it’s always a great time. This year was no exception.

If you would like to see more of what I get up to each month you can follow me on Instagram: @jjoutcrowd

Love from JJBloglovin // Twitter // Instagram // Tumblr // Facebook

Cobalt

Hey Guys,

I actually took these photos about 2 weeks ago. I had a stinking cold and had spent the whole day in bed but then I had to go to a birthday party. I felt like death but managed to pull myself together, throw on a pretty dress and slap on some makeup. It’s amazing the difference a bit of makeup can do. I still felt rubbish but at least I managed to take some photos and leave the house without looking like a zombie!

july 006 edit july 003 edit july 009 edit july 001edit july 011 edit july 010 editDress – Quiz Clothing // Shoes – Next

I love this dress, it’s so pretty. Cobalt blue has always been one of my favourite colours, it’s just so striking. The dress is great quality too. I’ve worn it a couple of times and haven’t lost any sequins yet. The shoes are from the Next runway collection, they match the dress perfectly. I did find them a bit tough to walk in though, I’ve gotten so used to wearing chunky platform heels, I haven’t worn stilettos in ages!

I’ll let you in on a little secret… I found the dress in a charity shop! I was so excited when I spotted it. It looked unworn and still had the original tags on. So for only £7 I would have been mad not to snap this beauty up. I know some people can’t stand the idea of charity shopping or wearing second hand clothes but I love it. I have found so many great bargains like this one over the years and it helps a good cause. My top tip for charity shopping is to look for shops in wealthier middle class areas as you are more likely to find better quality or brand name items that have only been worn once or twice.

Love from JJBloglovin // Twitter // Instagram // Tumblr // Facebook

Ponies and Kittens

Hey Guys,

I am such a girly girl. I’m a sucker for anything pink, sparkly or kawaii and I adore kittens, unicorns and ponies. So you can imagine my squeal of excitement when I came across this my little pony sweater in Primark. I just had to have it!

June 058 edit June 062 edit June 065 edit June 060 edit June 066 editSweatshirt – Primark // Leggings – Primark

OK so I know this outfit is not going to be to everybody’s taste but I think it is the cutest thing ever. I mean look at the leggings, they have kitten faces on them! kittens!!

The sweatshirt is fantastic in my opinion. It was an absolute steal at only £5. It’s deliberately oversized so is super comfy and slouchy, which is just what I want if I’m going to wear a sweatshirt. I used to love my little pony when I was young, I had loads of the toys and can remember brushing their hair and making them fly around my bedroom. So I am totally digging the retro print.

This is the kind of outfit I would wear for a girly night in with my friends or for just chilling at home with the fella. It has a super casual laid back vibe but is still cute and quirky enough to fit my style.

Love from JJBloglovin // Twitter // Instagram // Tumblr // Facebook

Losing my blogging mojo – and how to get it back!

mojoHey Guys,

I’ve lost my blogging mojo, I’m in a rut, I’ve fallen out of love with blogging. These are just a few terms I could use to describe how I feel about my blog these days. My blog used to be such a huge part of my life and I loved that but it seems to have taken a back seat lately. At first I told myself it was because I was simply too busy with work, study and moving house to focus on blogging. However, I have now started a new job (which gives me more free time), more or less finished with uni for the summer and have settled into my new home so I can’t really use that excuse anymore. Take last week for example, I didn’t post once, was I too busy doing super important and productive things? Nope! I spent most of my free time sitting on the sofa eating junk and marathoning episodes of ‘Catfish’. I think it’s time to admit I’ve lost my mojo and from what I can gather I’m not the only one. From talking to other bloggers and reading a few helpful articles it seems to me that most bloggers find themselves stuck in a rut every once in a while.

Signs you have lost your blogging mojo…

  • You can no longer be bothered to read or comment on other blogs.
  • You have no ideas for blog posts or you do have ideas but can’t find the motivation to actually write them.
  • You constantly procrastinate and your posting becomes much less frequent.
  • When you do post something, your writing is lacklustre and unenthusiastic.
  • You no longer make an effort on social media.

So what am I going to do about it? This is a question that I have been mulling over in my mind for the last couple of weeks. I’m not going to lie, I’ve even questioned whether I should continue blogging at all. My blog still means way to much to me to just quit. So I have come up with some goals to help me get back on track. If you feel you’ve lost your mojo too then maybe these tips could help.

Step back into the blogosphere

I’ve gotten really out of touch with other bloggers, weeks can go by without me properly reading anything from my Bloglovin feed. I haven’t commented on another blog for absolutely ages and I just feel so out of touch with the blogging community in general. From now on I plan to make time to start reading other blogs and connecting with other bloggers again. The blogging community can be such a wonderful and supportive place, I took myself out of the blogosphere but now it’s time to get back into it.

Be more active on social media

It has dawned on me recently that my social media use isn’t actually that social. I’m not really interacting with others as much as I should be. Most of my tweets are generic “New post, here’s the link” kind of tweets, lame! It’s been ages since I last joined in a twitter chat so I will be trying to do more of that from now on.

Ditch the schedule

Having a clear cut plan of what you want to post and when can be great. I’ve been using a blog schedule for a long time and it has been a very useful way to keep my blog structured, organised and on track. I plan all my posts at the beginning of the month and then tweak the schedule every time I sit down to blog. This worked really well for a long time but ever since I started struggling with my blog the schedule has made it seem more like a chore than a hobby. Every time I would miss a post I would really give myself a hard time for it. I began to find that the schedule was actually limiting my creativity. So as a little experiment I’ve decided to ditch the schedule for now and just post what I want when the mood takes me rather than trying to stick to a schedule.

Step away from the screen and use real paper

I don’t know why but sometimes it really helps me to jot things down on actual paper rather than just type everything all the time. I’ve bought myself a notebook which I’m going to use to write down any ideas I have for posts. It’s much easier to brainstorm ideas when I can doodle in a notepad and not be distracted by emails, twitter, etc.

Collect inspiration and step outside your comfort zone.

One of the reasons I feel my blog has gone stale is because every post is becoming the same: “here is what I’m wearing… It’s from this store… generic statement about how much I love it… etc” Ive been searching all over the internet for some inspiration and have come up with some ideas for different posts. In the past I have been nervous about writing about different kinds of topics other than just outfit posts. I suppose I worry that it could alienate my readers, but now in order to get out of this rut, I think I should just go for it. I really want my blog to grow and diversify so from now on if I want to write something other than an outfit post then I will.

Commit

I have never really had set times to blog, in the beginning I would do something with my blog every day because I wanted to but lately it just keeps getting pushed back in favor of other things. Obviously that is not working anymore. I have now decided to commit to spending 1 or 2 hours everyday doing something blog related such as writing, taking photos, tweaking the design, reading other blogs or taking part in blogger twitter chats.

 
At the end of the day just chill out!

It’s so easy to get caught up in worrying about where is my blog going? How can I get more traffic? Why are other blogs more popular than mine? Why did no one comment on my last post? And then you can forget that this is actually suppose to be something fun. So I’m just gonna chill out, forget about where my blog is heading and get back to just blogging for myself.

I’m hoping that all these things will make a real difference and I will rekindle my love for blogging soon. To be honest just writing this post has helped. I feel like this is the first piece of real writing I have done in absolutely ages and I actually feel happy to publish it.

Have you ever lost your blogging mojo? What did you do about it? I would love to hear your experiences :)

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