“She is a figure of legend and fairy tale, one to be taken seriously, or she might knock you off your feet with a quick whirl of the staff she carries everywhere.”
― Claire Wong, The Runaway
Location: Wine shipment direct building
Another week passes and another dodgy car park in the back end of Belfast city centre is seemingly the ideal location to shoot my outfit. I have to say that the inspiration behind this was totally down to seeing local stylist Eve Brannon shooting here earlier in the week, as soon as I saw her instagram post about it I knew I had to go for myself. The Legend wall was created by the #BelfastBanksy Glen Mollloy Creative and features ten images of legends both alive and dead.
Finding new locations is pretty difficult I mean Belfast is such an incredible location in itself my issue is nearly always trying to find locations that are accessible to someone who doesn’t drive. Instagram and social media in general is such an incredible tool as I follow so many local creatives it is great to be able to see what is inspiring those around me and trying to create my own original concepts using influence I take from those who inspire me, I have an ode to instagram post planned for the upcoming months so stay tuned for that!
I’m the dandy highwayman so sick of easy fashion
the clumsy boots, peek-a-boo roots that people think so dashing
MINI STORY: One thing I love about shooting out and about on the streets of Belfast is the reaction of those around for example shooting on an electrical box in a dodgy car park the loveliest women came up and asked mum and I if we wanted her to photograph us together, I dont think she really understood why we would choose this location and its pretty difficult to explain blogging to someone who has no idea at all what it is.
Distressed denim jacket- Primark new season
Black dip hem dress- super old Evans clothing
Khaki Boots- Primark
Chub rub shorts- Evans ( you will understand if you see the P.s Pick!)
Glasses- Specsavers Horace frames ( from the mens section !)
I had to include this picture to highlight that despite trying to act all cool in front of the camera the reality of actually putting together an outfit post is so much more ugly and real. For example it look three attempts to get my fat ass onto this electrical box all whilst the owner of the car in-front was probably in fits of laughter but hey, my whole view is that I probably wont ever see these people again so who cares if I flash my chub rub shorts at them now !
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”- Mother Teresa
Location: High Street Carpark
My name is Taylor-Jayne, I am 24 years old and I am addicted to my faux leather yellow jacket. I would say by now at least fifty percent of my blog posts have featured this jacket and for good reason because it is amazing. If you had told me six months ago that my wardrobe staples would include a bright yellow leather jacket I would have laughed because I would never in a million years think I could l pull it off but it has become hands down my wardrobe essential. Despite the colour it is such a versatile piece and works with nearly everything that I own.
I am going to be 1000% truthful and say that today location is totally inspired by the incredible Lucy ( find her on instagram HERE) I have met Lucy a few times and you know when you are just in awe of someones character and sense of self, Lucy is one of those people. Everything I see her work on through her Instagram inspires me to be more creative.
Finally in Northern Ireland we are beginning to see some sort of Spring like weather and today was just one of those perfect crisp Spring days. After picking up some bargains ( Hello Payday Weekend!) Mum and I decided to use High Street carpark as the location for todays shoot. After we shot we headed across the road to the National and had the most incredible brunch, Hello maple bacon and poached eggs on toast.
Once again I will mention the Gucci addiction because the highstreet is killing it with replica pieces right now. Step forward this incredible red bag from PRIMARK £12 worth of Gucci realness that is my favourite favourite piece I own after my yellow jacket. The bag came into my life via my lovely lil sister who got it for me for my birthday at the end of March and it hasn’t left my body since. The perfect size to use everyday and I can even fit my chromebook and camera in it on days where I am shooting and posting in the same day.
Yellow leather jacket- Newlook
Embroidered shirt dress- Primark
Stripey skirt- H&M
Fishnet tights- Primark
Metallic Boots- Primark
Glasses- Specsavers Horace frames ( from the mens section !)
I wanted to finish this post by including a picture of my Photographer,mother, best friend and support. My mum has no previous photographic expierence but is willing to help and support me with every single thing I put my mind to including creating blog content. She is always willing to walk miles all over town to help me find the perfect photograph and really doesn’t complain at all. She is so creative herself she is always coming up with new angles and ideas that I would never even think of. I wanted today to include her and give her a long long overdue shout out because everything that ByTaylorJayne is becoming is directly because of all her help and support.
“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” Luther Burbank
Location: Palm House- Botanic Gardens
Some scenes just don’t need filtered, you may have noticed from my previous posts that I usually try to pick a theme colour for a post and filter the images to all link however when shooting in such a beautiful location I couldn’t possibly choose one colour to try and represent everything that I had seen so no filters today. The Palm house in Botanic gardens is a must see, it is not huge or vast but it is very beautiful. There is also a tropical house but currently it is undergoing a major face lift and isn’t accessible.
I cant be the only person to get an idea and become almost neurotic about it until I can do it. I have been planning this post and this outfit since I decided to begin blogging again but it had become such a pressure because I wanted to do it justice. If I hadn’t mentioned before it is my mum that is my assistant, photographer, collaborator and my everything. she helps with the ideas and the look for each shoot but with no DSLR knowledge she willingly comes with me every time I want to shoot and helps me to create images that I am very proud of.
Unless you did not follow me on any other social medias you might not realise that Gucci is my everything at the minute. They are killing it time after time and each show tops the last. The sequins, glitter and styling is everything I love and as soon as I spied this skirt in the Next sale I got instant GUCCI Vibes. It is actually very easy to style and I do plan on creating a plus size Gucci inspired lookbook very soon and I will show another more Maximal way to style the skirt with other prints to get the authentic Gucci feel however on a daily basis I love it with basic band tees and trainers or as I have done here with the neutral tones throughout the rest of the look to make it the focal point.
Embroidered bomber Jacket- Evans Clothing SALE
Grey high neck top- Primark
Black vest top- Evans
Glitter skirt- Next SALE
Earrings- Topshop SALE
Gucci Loafers- Primark
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds
Location: Botanic Gardens
Certain places in Belfast just seem to hold so many memories for me. One of them is the Botanic gardens and the Ulster Museum but today I am focusing on the botanical gardens, ever since I can remember bank holidays, summer breaks and weekends have been spent there.
I also wanted to take a minute to showcase this beautiful faux leather jacket. If you follow me on Instagram ( I’m@by_taylorjayne) you will know that last week I spotted this jacket in New look and couldn’t leave the shop without it. It is £40 but was on offer at £30 and I couldn’t say no. I have been after a faux leather jacket forever and was looking to invest in a black version however as soon as I saw this bright mustard yellow my heart skipped a beat and I knew it was coming home with me. For someone who wears alot of blacks and darker tones it is the perfect statement piece but I also find it works just as well with my brighter outfits. I have linked the green version down below as I know currently online they only offer red, green and silver. I know it will become a wardrobe staple of mine during the Spring and Summer months but I am loving it just as much right now !
Rings L to R
Scarab- Museum Gift shop Lips- Topshop- Gold- Topshop Signet- Topshop Silver with stone- Primark Snake- Topshop Silver heart- Primark
Jacket- New Look Curves OTHER COLOUR HERE
Rust pink high neck top- Primark
Navy O ring dress- Zara Sale
BONUS DOGGO PIC- THIS WAS WILLOW 🙂
“People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish… but that’s only if it’s done properly.”
― Banksy, Wall and Piece
Location: The MAC gallery / St Anne’s square
When I have a day off I love nothing more than going out and exploring. anyone who knows me in real life knows I cannot sit still and I defiantly don’t like to be doing nothing with my time so I decided to drag mum out and head down the the MAC. What I love about the MAC apart from the galleries within it is the location. It is my favorite part of Belfast because I could just spend hours walking around the streets looking at all the graffiti. I love spending any free time I can doing this and sometimes I even go into the MAC itself to see what exhibitions are currently running.
Something that has always appealed to me having spent the majority of my education focusing on art to some degree whether it was at GSCE or A level, an art foundation course or my Fashion degree is the definition of what we actually class as art.
I spent the day in a gallery and also in the biggest gallery of all, the streets. I have used graffiti in alot of projects so perhaps I do have a biased opinion because I love it so much but it is such a public way to access art, you just have to walk around and you will understand someones opinions, beliefs, loves and hates so directly. If it was up to me I would spend all my time walking, reading and learning how people feel.
50 SHADES OF PINK
Khaki Coat- Tesco
Pink high neck top- Primark
IRON MAIDEN top- Primark Mens
Ripped Boyfriend jeans- ASOS curve ( heavily customised by me!)
Black Brogues- Stradivarius
Pom Poms keyrings – Stradivarius
We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. Dolly Parton
I spent three years walking between the city centre and titanic quarter for Uni so I know this area like the back of my hand. The big fish is a classic sightseeing spot which has been around for as long as I can remember. We are still in that freezing winter period because I don’t know if you know but if you are not from Northern Ireland then you probably won’t. we unlike the rest of the world have two seasons, cold rain and warm rain. I may seem like I am joking but it is true unfortunately! So it is still a coat and jacket weather and will be until about April.
I actually ended up loving what the wind was doing in the pictures and just went with it!
Camo boyfriend coat- River Island ( OLD SEASONS)
Jacket- New Look Curves
Grey high neck top – Primark
Ripped Knee Skinny jeans- Evans
Gold Boots- Topshop Sale
Duster Coat // Evans £40
Trousers // Evans £29.50
T-shirt // New Look £7.99
Loafers // Primark £12
Glasses // TkMaxx £3.99
So earlier in the week I showcased the amazing Evans two piece I had picked up, well I decided to also put together an outfit changing only the shoes and jacket to show that you can take the individual pieces and wear them alone if you, like me, aren’t so comfortable with the two piece look. I just decided to pair the trousers with the same plain top and add on my favourite Evans duster coat which I also have in an amazing cobalt colour as well which should be in an OOTD post very soon.
I hope you guys enjoy these types of posts because I am really enjoying doing them, also I have tried to get back to filiming for the old Youtube so here is my most recent Favourites video,,, ENJOY!!!
Until next time…TJ xo
This weeks WCW is American Blogger Nadia Aboulhosn. Now not only is she absolutely stunning but she is making steps into bridging the divide between curvy and High fashion.
Indulge me briefly because this is a topic that for me brings up very strong feelings but as a plus size gal myself I love seeing girls online that I can relate to. I have been looking at fashion books, magazines, blogs, vlogs etc since I was young. I have always drawn a lot of inspiration from what I see in magazines but it is only in the last few years that I have started to see relatable girls, girls that I can look at and know that I could achieve that look, bloggers like Nadia and Fashion Hayley have influenced me now for a long time.
Here is another rant I have to make, the portrayal of Plus-size. Recently British chain Debenhams where praised at producing an advertisement and lookbook campaign that featured “alternative models” what I mean by this is women and men that you wouldn’t ordinarily see gracing the cover of a magazine or modelling for a big brand however although this is a great step forward part of me doesn’t understand the inclusion of plus-size with disabilities. I don’t want to come across in a derogatory way however I don’t believe being plus-size is a disability or a disadvantage.
See the images here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/15/debenhams-look-book-plus-size-models-paralympian_n_3083547.html
To me placing a plus-size in this campaign only further shows that it is something that isn’t “normal” or isn’t socially acceptable, I understand the other argument that shows that the campaign featured, plus-size, disabled, black and models from other minorities and it did do a good job raising these profiles so I do see that it was necessary and effective. It goes along way in promoting body positivity and showing society that Plus-size isn’t always unhealthy or unfit you aren’t automatically unhealthy if you are bigger but before I ramble on much longer I will save the rest of my rant for another time ( it is possibly the focus for my dissertation next year)
To go back to the initial point of this post Nadia, she is an American blogger and model who’s blog has raised her to a level of fame which has seen her teaming up with Elle magazine for a model competition. She is my WCW because of her promotion of BP messages ( Body positive) she dresses how she wants and doesn’t let our sizest society dictate her clothing.
But anyways I feel liked I have ranted on for much to long and I will leave you with some beautiful images from her blog, if you haven’t already I strongly suggest that you take a peak you wont be sorry!
View her blog here: http://www.nadiaaboulhosn.com