STYLED: Weekend Vibes

Outfit of the day, photography, Plus size, Positivity, Self love, streetstyle, Uncategorized

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“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.”
Louis L’Amour

Location: Botanical gardens & The MAC gallery 

I definitely didn’t forget that I had this blog post ready to go… nope… not at all 

I decided to take a slightly different approach this weekends post and I am going to combine a couple of days together, this weekend has been so beautiful in terms of weather and the combination of this and not working alot has meant that I have been able to really chill out this weekend. The weather has been so beautiful and in the high teens for the last few days I have tried to spend as much time as I could enjoying the sun. We decided on Friday that we would check out the new MAC gallery exhibition after I have seen #superape all over instagram.

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STYLED: the Ulster Museum

Fashion, Plus size, Uncategorized

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“A museum is a place where one should lose one’s head.” Renzo Piano

Location: Ulster Museum 

I have spoken on previous posts about choosing places to shoot that have a significant meaning in my life, the Ulster museum is probably one of my favourite places to visit in Belfast. Even after spending so many years going as school trips, summer holiday days out and for research projects I still enjoy a regular visit.

I have recently gotten back into DIYing after a long period of not doing anything, I decided after seeing several embroidered denim jackets being sold for ridiculous amounts online. I have covered the top panel with names of my favourite characters, queens and TV shows. It is no where near done but I love the progress so far and have found it very relaxing to create.

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Details:

Embroidered denim jacket- Vintage shop DIY

Pyjama Top- Evans SALE

Black skinny jeans- Evans

Earrings- Topshop SALE

Tights- Primark

Gucci Loafers- Primark

BYTAYLORJAYNE

STYLED: as the sun goes down

Fashion, Uncategorized

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“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 !

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Rings L to R 

Scarab- Museum Gift shop Lips- Topshop- Gold- Topshop Signet- Topshop Silver with stone- Primark Snake- Topshop Silver heart- Primark 

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Details:

Jacket- New Look Curves OTHER COLOUR HERE

Rust pink high neck top- Primark

Navy O ring dress- Zara Sale

Tights- Primark

White Trainers-Topshop

BYTAYLORJAYNE

BONUS DOGGO PIC- THIS WAS WILLOW 🙂 

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STYLED: the definition of art

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“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.

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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 

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Details:

Khaki Coat- Tesco

Pink high neck top- Primark

IRON MAIDEN top- Primark Mens

Ripped Boyfriend jeans- ASOS curve ( heavily customised by me!)

Tights- Primark

Black Brogues- Stradivarius

Backpack- Primark

Pom Poms keyrings – Stradivarius

BYTAYLORJAYNE

Remedy Cafe Bar Launch Event

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This week was so busy in the world of events, but I have found that that is the way it usually goes. So on Friday night the lovely people over at CMPR invited me to attend the launch of the new menu for Remedy Cafe Bar, Remedy is somewhere that I have seen in the city centre as it is about 30 seconds away from my second home, Primark however it isn’t somewhere I had thought to check out for food until now that is!

 We were invited down to sample there new sharing menu which launched on the 29th of March. The idea behind the menu is being able to sample in a similar way to that of a tapas restaurant.

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The food ranges from american inspired pull pork sliders to Asian inspired dishes which is great if you either don’t know what you want or just want to try a selection of items.

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Above is the sampler platter we received which was full of incredible tasting dishes, the highlights for me where the Po Boy prawn and the Ham hock bon bons. Both completely different but equally delicious!

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The restaurant itself has a really cool vibe, not unlike venues in Belfast such as Alley cat or Made in Belfast, it is a mixture of quirky cool. Fully licensed it is a great way to spend a chill night with a group of friends or even a date night scenario.

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Also they previewed the update cocktail menu which was just lovely! And at £7 and below per drink a great mid range option.

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I just want to thank the guys over at Remedy for hosting us it was a lovely event and I will definitely be returning ASAP!

Until next time…T-j xo

Chapter 22: It all starts at the end

Lifestyle, Outfit of the day, Personal, photography, Plus size, Positivity, Self love

 

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Before I begin I am so so super sorry I am a bad blogger at the minute but university is taking all of my energy and time away from everything else.

I turned 22 years old on the 22nd of March aka the end of last week, I left my job which I have had for 6 years on the 21rst March. To say that that was a tough 24 hours would be putting it super mildly, I am currently in a bit of a weird head space. It hasn’t sunk in that I have left my job, which I loved and adored to go into the realm of the unknown. However I haven’t just become jobless I have a job lined up which I start on the 3rd of April that I am so crazy excited to begin, it is another retail position however it is with one of my favourite plus-size brands.

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It has created this time in my life when I am being very super reflective and going on a journey through my emotions and feelings, on the one hand I am in this crazy anxious moment where the fear of the unknown is all consuming but on the other hand I have this beautiful fresh new expierence ready to begin. I think this weird bouquet of feeling is only further emphasised by the bigger realisation that I have 4 weeks left of university and then I am done. I am finished with education and ready to transition into the big bad world. In my head I am going to try and work full time for a while and get some money behind me before deciding what to do next, at the minute this involves leaving northern Ireland even just briefly to expierence what the world has to offer.

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I left my job feeling so nervous and excited about the future that I sort of forgot that it was my birthday the next day, all of my focus and energy went on getting through my final shift without weeping ( which didn’t happen , what can I say I am a total emotional wreck!) that it was only when I woke up and my mum had put out an amazing birthday breakfast spread that I began to realise that it was infact my birthday. That as a statement sounds ridiculous right, not realising it is your own birthday but my brain can only handle so  much that it just didn’t process.

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What I have started to understand is that this amazing new pathway has started to enter my life and I have to accept and embrace it. I am super excited not only to begin my new job but to see where it could possibly lead me in the future. I have spent alot of this year researching plus-size fashion for my dissertation that it has become such a passion and ambition of mine to work in that realm of the fashion industry, I am really hoping that this move is the first rung of the ladder towards a career.

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I suppose most of all I have found an inner strength that I wasn’t fully aware of, if you had said to me even a couple of months ago that I would leave my current job so soon I would have laughed and told you to wind your neck in and to stop being an eejit but now on the other side I suppose of leaving I am just so excited to get going. This week is a super busy one for me with my sisters formal, 2 blog events and my leaving do in the next three days that I wanted to get this quick mini update up so you guys know that I am still around and that GSV is still going strong. Once I have finished uni I will put more of a focus on the blog and I have plans in motion for a revamp and redo of the layout and style of the blog so there will be that to look forward to.

I have seen the light at the beginning of this chapter and for  a the first time in a few years I am embracing my birthday as a symbolic time of change, renewal and growth!

I hope you guys are having a brilliant 2015 so far, stay tuned for a few pre planned posts appearing in the next week or so

Until Next Time…T-j Xo

Belfast Fashion Week S/S 15 Official Launch Event

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( image via BRENDAN GALLAGHER)

Today a yellow warning was issued over Belfast as the lovely people over at CMPR officially launched Belfast Fashion Week for Spring Summer 15.

They have kept to the same amazing venue as last season settling into Life Church on Bruce Street, which is only a short walk from the main city centre. Today was a day to showcase some of the incredible local talent we will see on the catwalks as well as the shops and boutiques that would be participating. Some of my personal highlights where local up and coming designer Chloe Dougan  

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One of Chloe’s designs- image via STEPHEN POTTER 

Her work is effortlessly stunning and oozes sex appeal, I am sure it is going to be a winner on the runway in March!

(L-R) Maired in Oasis and Exhibit and Adriana in Oasis

Oasis and Exhibit outfits showcased on the beautiful Mairead and Adriana ( image via BRENDAN GALLAGHER)

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Jayne is M&S and local boutique Spoilt Belle alongside Phoebe in Debenhams and again Spoilt Belle( image via BRENDAN GALLAGHER)

What I find so great about Belfast fashion week is how much they nurture and expose new local talent, this season is Chloe Dougan’s first which can also be said for stylist turned designer Sara Neil and local design duo Neil Coogan and John Gerard O’Neil who all show for the first time this March. Fashion week is being held from the 19th to the 22nd of March this year and if you guys are interested you can buy tickets HERE . I have been a volunteer with BFW for the last seven seasons and each season I get even more excited about what is in-store! I think Cathy Martin and the team have so much in-store for us this time around that it is definitely not to be missed with so many different events happening during the week there is definitely something for everyone!

Pictured is Lauryn Greer in Grainne Maher

Another of my local favourites has to be jewellery and milliner extraordinare Grainne Maher ( image via BRENDAN GALLAGHER)

(L-R) Adriana in Oasis, Stefania in Diamond Dolls & Next, Rebecca in The Outlet, Niamh in Oasis (4)Adriana, Stefania, Rebecca and Niamh showcase one of the big colour storys for the season ( image via BRENDAN GALLAGHER)

(L-R) Ashleigh in Next, Carys in Next and Aimee in 'Eadach' by Sara O'Neill

Ashleigh, Carys and Aimee again showcasing some of the bold graphic prints we can expect to see in the shows ( image via BRENDAN GALLAGHER)

So the toughest part of today was working out what I wanted to wear, knowing that you are going to be surrounded by a room full of local fashions finest is a tough ask for someone who isn’t all that used to dressing up by I gave it my best shot:

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( image via BRENDAN GALLAGHER)

Outfit Details:

Dress- Scarlett and Jo via Evans (SALE BARGAIN similar linked )

Shoes- New Look (SALE BARGAIN nothing similar sorry guys)

Necklace- Topshop (SALE BARGAIN not on-line sorry again guys )

I think overall I was really pleased with my outfit it was for me a perfect way to introduce spring summer colours when it is still freezing outside. My hair looks so dark and flat in this photo but it is more of an auburn in real-life. I am just so happy to have a lovely photo of myself in colour and in a dress to prove to the doubters out there that I can wear something other than all black!

If this was the just the launch I cannot wait to see what this season will have in-store, make sure to keep an eye on the blog in March as I usually do a couple of backstage posts such as THIS ONE from last season.

I hope you enjoyed this guys, thanks to the wonderful Brendan Gallagher for taking such great pictures whilst both of my cameras have decided to break down in the space of a week

Until Next Time…T-J xox

No New Years Resolutions 2015: Learning to become happy in myself

Lifestyle, Personal, Plus size, Positivity, Self love

I feel that it is probably very cliche to be posting this around new years but it is a subject I have been thinking about for about six months or so. Through doing so much research into the plus-size fashion industry I have discovered a mind set that I to was very guilty of for a long time. I have always been a bigger girl, in my early teens I went from children’s-wear into a women’s size 10 to 12 by the time I was only about 12 years old. I was tall and a bigger build from all the other girls, It lead me through years of torment and bullying. I however am not using this post as a pity party, yes I was bullied and that was tough but again as cliche as it sounds it has taught me so much about inner strength. We all go through life defining struggles and every persons experiences growing up regardless of whether they where good or bad define who they have become as a person.

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The mindset I previously referred to was the mindset which made me view being fat as a temporary state. When I was around sixteen I was about a size 16-18 and filled my head with dreams and ambitions of a fictional life that I would have as soon as a lost weight. I wouldn’t buy new clothes instead spending my money on shoes and accessories all the time planning on what I would wear when I was “skinny.” I got my first job when I was 16 and  I think that having my own source of income further affected my issues. I secretly bought clothes in a size 10 and stood for hours in-front of the mirror pretending what I would be like when I was thin, had long hair and life was just better. This is a fact that I am not proud to admit and haven’t ever spoken it out loud but it is so important to document my struggle for myself so that I don’t go back to those ways. I spent so long hating myself that I didn’t give myself time to live and to enjoy, I was constantly focused on this unrealistic approach and mentality that I didn’t allow myself to be happy in the moment.

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My final two years in school where a living hell I hated everything and wasn’t achieving the grades I wanted and thought that I needed. I grew more and more unhappy and in the end I left school with no confidence and no energy. I was still in the mindset that I was heading towards some big change, my light bulb moment, the time where I would reclaim my confidence. I had a place on a photography degree course but with two weeks to go I gave it up and rushed to find another course to occupy my time. I applied for the course I am in now but didn’t get a place, I ended up with a place on an art foundation course with Belfast Met and thought that it would just be a space filler. I have mentioned before by truly September 2011 to July 2012 was my most life-changing year. I owe so much of who I am now to the people in my class and tutors from this time. I had a bad accident in October of this year and needed alot of help which I got in bucket-loads from the incredible people I had to pleasure to share my class with, I didn’t even realise it at the time I wish I had so I could have truly thanked them but the support I got in this year restored most of my faith in teachers and people.

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By the end of the year I was feeling so much better as a person, I had lost weight and regained by confidence. I dont mean to say that losing weight was what made me accept myself, infact since this time I have put back on one of the three stone I lost but it is more that surrounding myself with the right people was the key. I became just a happier person in all respects and was able to move into my new course with a new found sense of self. It was at this point that I began to realise that this body that I am in flaws and all is my body. It is my place, my home, my sanctuary my everything and I have to accept it for what it is in this moment. I had to stop wishing my life away with what ifs and buts. I had to accept this body in its current state as being how I was going to look and to focus my attentions on other aspects of my life. I feel that not only was getting away from school and all that drama, going through a life flashing before my eyes moment, rediscovering my passions with art but getting rid of negative forces in my life all helped me discover my true feelings of self.

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Fast forward to now and as previously mentioned through my dissertation research I discovered that I wasn’t alone with having this mentality, that many in the fashion industry also view being fat, plus-size, curvy, chunky whatever term you choose, as being a temporary phase. It is usually presented in the media as the before image. We see in the media images of women with glasses, a sad face and who are larger than they would like to be being paraded in front of mirrors and the public and told of all these miracle cures to the new you! Instead of being told that if you are unhappy that you of course have many options available to you dependent on what you want to do However if you are happy being curvier than the “normal” images we are presented that that is perfectly acceptable as well. Your opinion is the only one that should ever matter as long as you aren’t causing harm to yourself or others you can do whatever you damn well want! It is only after realising this and being so saturated with different opinions on the matter that I have finally realised my worth. I am strong, I have been through alot, I am generally a good person ( on the most part) No my diet isn’t as healthy as it should but I am Great just as I am, and what is more it is OK to be happy in this current state. I shouldn’t always be looking for a better state or waiting for something which isn’t realistic I have to live each moment to the fullest and embrace all opportunities I am given.

2014 has been a great year, I have had so many amazing opportunities with placements for my studies. Particularly working with a local stylist on a number of projects throughout the year has been one of my highlights of the year, it is given me so much confidence in my own abilities and has proven to me that I am on the right path. I have been in  a number of competitions which has been incredible. I still have a part-time job that  I love , yes it is retail and isn’t always a bundle of roses but I have a work family and some of the best friends I have thanks to that place. My family are my rock and are with me 100% of the way and support every decision that I make.I wont be making any resolutions because for me they would just become a list that I would use to limit myself from experiencing everything life has to throw at me.  I have no idea what 2015 has in-store for me, I finish University in June and don’t have a clue what is in-store after that but I am so excited to find out!

I hope you guys have an incredible new years and try not to focus on creating short term outrageous resolutions, ensure that whatever you do that you put yourself first, after all if you dont who will. I hope that if you are celebrating new years eve you have  a great time. I am working all day tomorrow so will no doubt be in bed before 10pm and miss the whole thing but I shall speak to you all in 2015. I am so super excited to see what 2015 has in-store for my little blog, Bring it on!!!

Until next time… T-J xo