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Talking ‘Bout My Generation…

The term ‘Mod’ is something that has been synonymous with Brighton for nearly sixty years now.
From the famous deckchair-hurling fights on the pebbled beach, to the Mod fashion boutiques which to this day still line the North Lanes – there remains a huge vibe of the hubbub of 60’s youth culture throughout the city.
 
With that in mind…It all started with a pair of black chelsea boots by Deena & Ozzy, marked down in the sale.
I loved everything about them, especially the history that comes with such an iconic classic.
After a few days hesitation I finally gave in and bought them – thankfully having been marked down again in the time it took me to deliberate!
 

 

With my boots still sitting pretty in their cardboard box, I found myself trawling the internet for Mod imagery, Beatnik fashions, listening to iconic music from the decade whilst closely inspecting photos of the generation that danced to it the first time round.
 
This would be a great moment to interject that I have within the last few months discovered the wonders of Pinterest. My account is HERE if you care to see what inspires me of late.

Then one afternoon last week, Joshua and I were having a rummage in the record box at out local Oxfam (a very fruitful day – five amazing vinyls came home with us that afternoon!)
On the way out we both spied this navy pea coat hanging on the wall.
I tried it on first, then Josh – we both loved it and decided that Josh would own, and I could borrow!

 

Of course, to fit us both means that it’s slightly too big for me – but I love the oversized ‘boyfriend’ look!
 
Teamed with a pair of Joni skinny jeans from Topshop, a chunky knit roll neck jumper and my Cambridge Satchel Company bag that I recently blogged about, I set off with my friend Sam to take some Mod inspired photos, to do both the boots and pea coat justice!

 

It’s amazing being photographed by Sam – we’ve known each other for about ten years so there’s no awkwardness, and best of all, he’s an amazing photographer – always teaching himself how to use new equipment, editing techniques…Very inspiring stuff!
 
Our location was just up the road from our flat, where, were it not for the modern cars littering the pavement edge, you could believe that it was still the 1960’s thanks to the red brick homes, and ceramic road signs.

My beautiful satchel, I look after this thing like it’s a newborn – I love it so much!
Sam working on getting my ‘best angle’…Ha!

A cheeky little portrait shot…

 

As we walked home, with an impossible number of photos to sort through – we spied this amazing 60’s VW van!
Talk about serendipity!

 

If you want to have a look at some of the Mod images (both new and old) that have been inspiring me then click on this link HERE.
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Beating January Blues!

Sitting in the audience of an open mic night this week, one of the acts informed us that he would only be playing ‘happy songs’ as it was officially ‘the most depressing day of the year’.
A couple of nights later, a couple I was serving at work told me that it was the date that most people quit their New Years resolutions.
 
Now whilst I totally get why January can be a miserable month, I have continued to have enthusiasm and optimism for this new year!
My resolutions (as shared in the post below) are all of the positive, pro-active persuasion so I don’t feel inhibited at all, I feel like taking this year by the reigns and steering it exactly where I desire!
One small target for myself was to open up a bit more about my blogging to (ahem) ‘Real World’ people! One step of that is to ask more friends to help me with outfit photos. 
The amount times I have missed a great blogging opportunity because I’ve been too shy to ask…No more!
 
These photos were taken by Louise, whom I befriended a year or so after moving to Brighton. Once I got the awkward task of asking out of the way, Louise happily obliged to take photos for me. In fact we had a lot of fun and giggles doing so!
 
I’m wearing my new Zara shirt, which after longing for when full price (I’m such a penny-pincher sometimes) I finally snapped up in the sale. 
It’s a beautiful, light silky fabric, and very reminiscent of Annie Hall to me.
My (breathe-in!) skinny jeans are from the ‘Joni’ range at Topshop. I prefer high waisted tailoring as it suits my petite frame, so these jeans are perfect!
My cardigan and brogues are old eBay finds.
And the satchel? Oh my this satchel!
On Christmas morning I yelped with delight upon realising what I had just unwrapped.
Joshua’s sister and parents had teamed together to buy me a gorgeous Cambridge Satchel Company satchel in a classic brown style.
 
Having a huge affection for anything quintessentially British, and an equally huge admiration for Julie Deane (who founded the company from her kitchen table!) and her British-made bags…Words fail me at how much I treasure this little bag!
It makes me so happy to carry it round with me as I run errands or meet friends.
This is the kind of outfit I wear on days when I’m seeking comfort over creativity. Whilst it’s not as flamboyant as some of the things I choose to wear, it feels elegant and effortless – two words I would hesitate to use to describe my style!
Also keeping me grinning (and dancing round my bedroom!) is the playlist I’ve shared below.
 
Now I’ve never claimed to be very cultured, or indeed ‘cool’ when it came to my taste in music. In fact I spent a large proportion of my teens and early-twenties avoiding telling people the kind of music I really liked.
 
However I think it’s safe to say this playlist features so many classics, there’s bound to be something for everyone!
Fancy a bedroom dance off anyone?
 
Love Yours Truly, x