Last week, I posted a preview post about Judy’s Vintage Fair, featuring an interview with their Events and Brand Manager, Emily Hughes. I went to the event, died and went to heaven (which, fyi, looks just like the vintage fair), bought a couple things and rushed back home to try them on, absolutely ecstatic.
The event was massive. Stacks upon railings upon suitcases upon containers of clothes, jewels, badges, pins, patches, and prints were scattered across the breadth of Club 601. I twirled through the nook and crannies of the fair picking up (and thereby claiming) all the pieces of clothing I wanted to try on and gasping at some of the wonderful items on display.
So what did I end up buying?
These absolutely gorgeous vintage Levi 501 shorts.
And this beautiful upcycled shirt from Thrifty Little.
And here’s how I styled them. Enjoy! x
BOY LONDON crop top
Vintage Levi 501 shorts
Fishnet pull-ups from American Apparel
Limited edition red-lace Dr. Marten hi-top boots
Brave Soul lilac light-weight macintosh from ASOS
Heart-shaped sunglasses from ROKIT Vintage
Upcycled t-shirt from Thrift Little
Black skinny jeans from A Land
Cake socks from A Land
Vintage pumps from another vintage fair
Be your favourite kind of person today and every day.
Ok homiez. You know how much I love vintage. (And if you don’t, where were you when I wrote this post and this post and this post?) Well, on the 3rd of April, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair will be coming to St Andrews as a part of the student arts festival, On The Rocks. Judy’s Vintage Fair is the leading of its kind, and I’ve been so fortunate to be in correspondence with the Brand and Events Manager of the fair, Emily Hughes. We talked about her job working for Judy’s Vintage Fair, the best part of working with vintage, and what her favourite pieces are! If you’re thinking about working in events or with clothing/vintage–ur welcome I just made the research a lot easier for you. Enjoy! x
1. How did you get to working for Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, and how long have you been working there?
I’ve been working for Judy’s for over 4 years now – I originally started as a graphic designer with the company when I was a student. It all spiralled from there and I’ve been full time brand and events manager now for 2 ½ years almost.
2. What do you do in your role as Events Manager?
I basically do most things associated with organising and promoting the events. I do have a wonderful bookings manager, Donna, who deals with booking the traders in for events. I’m also in charge of the Judy’s social media–that that’s the ‘brand’ side of ‘brand and event manager’. I spend my weekends running most of our events which means lots of travelling up and down the country, I love that part!
3. Would you consider your role a creative one or is it more administrative?
It’s a mixture of the two, the promotion part of my job is very creative. I have to make sure we are being relevant with our advertising, marketing, social media etc. Obviously I do have to do some admin but the creative out ways the spreadsheet and email work!
4. What does an average day at work look like for you?
Each day is totally different, as well as every month. I work two months ahead promoting events most of the time so when it’s mid fair season it can be pretty long days. I do get to work from home in the week through which is brilliant, it means I can work my hours around my schedule. The event days are my favourites though, I get to see all the lovely traders and customers.
5. What skills does your job require, and what skillsets/work experiences would you recommend for someone who is interested in being an Events Manager?
Honestly, I’m lucky as I learnt on the job, but being hardworking, passionate and dedicated are absolutely crucial to my role. Time management is also essential, I organise my own time so I need to make sure I’m using it efficiently. I’d recommend getting experience at a variety of events though, I think you are either good at events or not, it’s hard work but so rewarding!
6. What is the best part about working at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair?
I work with a fiercely strong team with 3 other ladies, Judy (Director), Donna (Bookings manager) and Jenessa (event manager for the kilo sales). It’s really amazing to work with a group of ladies who are constantly supportive and full of ideas. My favourite part of my job is when an event goes really smoothly, is well attended and my traders are smiling.
7. What is your favourite vintage item that you have ever come across at one of the fairs?
Oh I have more vintage then I can even remember. One of my favourites is a bright green (shiny, textured, amazing) dress that I got for a mere £30 – when I bought it the trader told me that it had come with a note that said ‘I wore this for a party in 1952’. I love the feeling that I’m giving the dress a new life, I even look it to my holiday in Vegas!
8. Lastly, why should everyone make an appearance at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair on the 3rd April, at the Union?
It’s been ages since we’ve come to St Andrews so we are really excited!! We’ve got over 35 stalls packed with incredible vintage fashion, accessories, jewellery and nick knacks galore. Our event gives people a chance to grab their own piece of the past. Our traders travel around the country so you’ll find a really amazing mixture at our events! It’s only £2 entry and the treasure you’ll be able to find is just wonderful.
Many thanks to Emily for taking the time to chat with me about her role and the fair! I’ll 10000% be making an appearance, so I’ll see you lovlies there :*
UPCOMING POSTS: A review of the vintage event will be posted sometime next week, and I still have to tell you guys all about my amazing holiday in Paris!! Super excited about that one. Stay tuned, bbiez.
And here it is–the finale to my three-part Students Off Duty collaboration! If you want to see a summary and interview of my day spent with my photographer, Tanya, check out her blog post over at Students Off Duty.
The outfit in today’s post is something more minimal, classic and appropriate for a wide array of occasions! I consider it both day and work-wear. It’s useful to have a variety of pieces in your wardrobe that are multi-functional. For me, this white top, studded at the neckline, is that item. So are these absolutely gorgeous Jeffrey Campbell heels–they’re good for day looks, work-wear and going out outfits!
Now if you know me and have been keeping up with my posts, you know how much I love a good bargain. And you know that I will sniff out a bargain from a mile away. These JC shoes were a part of an 30%-off sale at a shoe shop in Garosu-gil, Korea. So I got the 30% off. And then I got an extra $10 off because I’m Vienna and that’s what I do.
I threw on my favourite fluffy H&M cardigan to complete the outfit. I love textured clothing–it explains why I have so much velvet and suede in my wardrobe! I’m fascinated by the tension that results from seeing something that you want to touch, but not being able to.
Recently I’ve been investing (time and money) into experiences that I feel like I will look back on at the end of my life and say, ‘Damn, that was so worth.’ They may be concert tickets, flight tickets, conference tickets–I’m broke af but I am buying the frickin’ tickets because you know what I’m 21 and young and these are the years to go out and do shit. I’m also entering competitions and sending emails to brands that I would love to collaborate with. I mean it’s worth a shot, right? It feels so worthwhile putting money and effort into these things, though. I feel like I’m taking steps to make my life as full as possible. I know it sounds cheesy af, but I really want you to hear me out on this. Open your eyes a little wider in the next few days and read posters and advertisements for opportunities and events around you. Whether it’s volunteering, a poetry slam, or an essay competition with a cash prize, participate in the little things around you, because those things actually add up (not only to your CV or resumé) but to how rich and full your life will feel.
Above all things, I admire so much those people who take the initiative to be out in the world, imprint the world and work with the world. I love being around people who have big dreams. I hope you, too, are surrounded by individuals who tell you about what they want to achieve. I hope they influence you to sew together bits and pieces of your own narrative for your life. I hope today you are thinking of the small steps you want to take to build your future and grasp those goals. Share them with me. I’d love to know your plans.
Know today that you are worth more than diamonds, b.
Listen to this song with me as you scroll through this post!
And here we are–part two of my collaboration with the wonderful Tanya from Students Off Duty.
In last week’s post, I talked a lot about creative energy, and where I’m trying to invest that. Closely related to that topic is the issue of identity, which I want to discuss a little today. #BigQuestions amirite.
There’s something in your life that you love. You have a hobby, an activity or a career plan that goes beyond simply being ‘enjoyable’ and gives you life and energy and a sense of purpose. I think there’s a reason for that. I think you were made to do that.
I’m not trying to dictate or give ~life advice~ on what job you should take or what you should be doing with your life right now, but I think it’s super important to identify the things in your life that make you feel more like you. When you engage in this particular activity, you feel like a better part of you is developing, you feel like you’re able to become someone of importance, of significance, someone who can give back to the world in some way. Very often–and this happens a lot in my life–we get so entrenched in our school work, day jobs, or some other responsibility and we don’t engage enough with this life-giving activity. We begin to feel stale, stressed out, drained or sometimes even depressed.
When I post something on Instagram and I’m really happy with the way it looks, I feel extremely content and satisfied. That might sound super ridiculous and maybe even pathetic to some people, but I think there’s a deeper reason for that. When I’ve just gone through an amazing photoshoot, and I’m sat on my sofa editing photos in preparation for my next blog post, I feel excited and creative and wonderful. And I think there’s a deeper reason for that. When I research Masters programs at the top fashion institutes in the world, I feel motivated to work and study harder now so that I can become a stronger applicant. There’s a deeper reason for that!
I have no idea if blogging and fashion is going to be a bigger part of my future, or even if it will develop into a career, but I know I feel energised and alive when I engage in these activities and I think it’s because, on some level, I was built to be creative and this is my mode of expressing it. I aim to develop my passions into something that will allow me to contribute to the world, God’s Kingdom, a community, or even just an individual that I love. There’s a quality unique to you that empowers you in the same way. If you don’t know what it is find it. If you know what it is, develop it.
One thing that’s important (but also extremely difficult) about Loving other people deeply is that you understand what their ‘quality’ is, and help them develop it and bring it out in the best way possible. You know, God made us so different and unique and that is such an amazing thing to me. When I meet other people, sometimes I think I know what’s best for them, when actually–God knows what’s best for them. All I have to do is identify what God has already implemented into them–that passion or quality that makes them uniquely individual and beautiful and significant–and help them express and develop it in the best ways.
Okay lolz so this post was a lot more serious in tone than usual, and kind of rambly and all over the place, but these are thoughts that have been mulling about in my head recently. The tone of the post is serious, but a lot of the pictures are of me being smiley and happy because it is GOOD NEWS that we can have a quality or passion that makes us unique and fabulous human beanz and allow us to make important contributions to the world we live in!
I would really love to one day be the type of person who can Love in the ways I described above. I think it’s important for helping people realise who they are, Who/What their identity is in, and how they can be most at ease with themselves. I hope you want to be that kind of person too! Channel the passion or quality that makes you you, and help others do the same.
Now for some quick outfit deetz cuz let’s be real my outfit is fab:
Pink Suede Jacket from Dreamland Vintage
Whatever Forever baby tee by Jac Vanek
Black skinny jeans from Å Land
Black suede cut-out boots from Ark
Love and peace to you all. Talk soon & stay trippy xoxo
So recently I think I partook in the shoot of my dreams.
I create a lot of images in my head about what I think ~blog lyfe~ should look like–the kinds of clothes I want to wear for my next shoot, the different poses I’ll try, the way I come out on camera… but more often than not, my shoots are 10 minutes long, on an iPhone and just a quick way to get content. The other day, however, I met up with my friend, amazing fashion photographer, and creator of the blog Students Off Duty, Tanya Krotovskaya, to collaborate on a post. It was everything I wanted it to be, and I cannot wait to share rest of the content with you.
I’ll be posting our shoot in three parts, according to the three different outfits I put together. Stay tuned on Students Off Duty also, however, as Tanya will be posting the pictures all together, plus a fun interview we had about style and inspiration!
Strap in ur seatbelt for part one of this series:
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about creative energy. Specifically, I realised that I have restricted and subverted mine these past few years in the midst of textbooks, anxieties over the future and sloppy Loving. I’ve been so wrapped up in my own concerns and responsibilities that I wasn’t thinking about what I could contribute in terms of this blog. I want to create my creative outlet and space, but something that you can enjoy and share in. I don’t just want to post pictures of clothes. I want to talk about curating, I want to talk about art, and I want to share bits of my life with you in hopes that you can relate to some pieces of it and be empowered to create art of your own.
I invest a lot of creative energy into what I do with my hairstyles. (SURPRISE!! my hair is now short and cheese-coloured. ***Cheese hair makes it’s big debut on the blerg.***) So every now and then, usually once or twice a year, I’ll undergo a huge style change. Everyone pretty much knows I’m an attention whore so I love the comments I get when I undergo a huge change in hairstyle, but more than that, I love the freshness that comes with something new and dramatically different. I’m a little ball of energy. I can’t stay stagnant.
Of course another creative outlet for me is this blog! Very often, style is about curating which articles of clothing will come together best to express what you want to say about yourself on a particular day. This knit dress from UNIF is a classic LBD with a twist. The halter neckline and backless design amps up the edge and adds a sexiness to it that isn’t overdone. I loff it. c:
I paired the dress with fishnet pull-up stockings from American Apparel and my Doc Martens that I basically wear with everything. The fishnets add an extra edge (NEVER ENOUGH EDGE???), but the boots play down the look a bit. If I wanna go GNO with the outfit, I put on some platform heels.
Knit dress from UNIF
14ct. Gold Bar Necklace w diamond from Vrai & Oro
Fishnet pull-up stockings from American Apparel
Limited Edition Dr Martens red-lace high-top boots
What’s your creative outlet? Where do you invest your creative energy? I’m learning that creativity isn’t a selfish endeavour. It can be self-seeking, self-exploratory, or self-satisfying, but it shouldn’t be selfish. Creativity is to be shared! In the coming weeks I want to share artworks with you, music, poetry. I want these blog posts to be an experience, like a semi/mini digital art installation! BE KEEN cuz I am, babiez.
Sometimes you just have to put a pause on life and reflect on who you are/where you’re going, etc. and as stupid as that sounds, I’ve been doing a lot of that these past few months, hence the lack of posts. I’m ready to start easing back into the blog lyfe, however, so for my first COME BACK POST, I’m going to post a selection of #ootds and moments from my winter holidays.
for all the times you felt
too small in your skin
~ UKNOWN ~
I’m always active on Instagram, so if I’m ever MIA feel free to follow me by clicking here. I’ve also gone through a major hair style change!! Stay tuned for cute outfits with my new ‘do. :*
FINALLY the second in my FIVE FAVOURITE series! Today, I’ll be going over a few of my favourite eye products.
It’s only recently that I started going beyond a little eyeliner and started delving into different kinds of eyeshadows and mascaras, and I won’t lie–it’s been a struggle. The problem with my eyes is that 1) I have double eyelids. These are different from Korean monolids and Caucasian hooded lids, and it means that everything is about 10X more likely to be creased, smudged and oily. Gr0ss. 2) I have the most stubborn, uncooperative eyelashes in all of history (maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I don’t know anyone else who struggles as much as I do). I have avoided mascara like the plague for pretty much my whole life, simply because I have extremely long, thin and straight lashes which are difficult to curl, control and maintain.
These five products, therefore, are my selected favourites from years of trial and error and black, crappy mascara-stained tears.
1. VDL Expert Colour Primer for Eyes – W13,000
Before I apply any eye product, I begin with this primer from VDL, a Korean cosmetics brand. Prices in the US for this product fall at around $16, but I love how Korea makes quality products for extremely cheap. This primer has never failed me. It brightens the colour of any eyeshadow, and does an amazing job of preventing smudges and creases in my eyeliner and shadows. For my extremely oily lids, it does wonders.
Not a lot of product is needed to get the job done. To apply, I simply dot the primer onto my eyelid, and rub it in with my fingertips.
2. Lovely Me:Ex in Teddy Beige from The Face Shop
After I prime, I usually wash this beautiful neutral eyeshadow from The Face Shop over my lids. This colour is gentle, feminine and flattering. It matches perfectly with my skin tone to deepen my eyes without being too overbearing. Unfortunately, I think they may have discontinued the product as I can’t find it anywhere on their website! If you ever stumble across one in store, however, definitely grab it if you’re looking for the perfect neutral.
3. Maybelline Eyestudio Hypersharp Liner in Black – £15
This liner is the tour de force of all liquid liners. It literally suits every skin tone, type and eye shape. The pen format means easy guiding of the hand, and the extremely fine brush allows you to create the perfect pointy flick to your cat eye. It honestly makes my life so much easier, and I rarely struggle with uneven wings, simply because I feel like I have so much control with this product in hand. If you get anything out of this post, it needs to be this liner. Again, I can’t find the product on the official Maybelline website, but I’m pretty sure you can go into any cosmetics shop and find it. On Amazon, the price is £15.
Okay, we need to talk mascaras. As I mentioned above, I have the most stubborn, rebellious eyelashes–freakily long, thin and straight. That means that there is almost no mascara out there (that I have yet come across) that caters to these very specific qualities. Most mascaras are used for lengthening the lashes, but I feel like if mine get any longer, they’ll just look like spiders on my face. I thought that I would need a good curling mascara, but for most of them, my eyelashes flatten out again right away just because of their sheer length and consequent heaviness. Out of all the mascaras I’ve tried, however, Volum’ Express Turbo Boost works the best. It works to thicken my lashes so that they don’t look as creepy and spidery, and maintains the curl better than any other self-proclaimed “curling” mascara that I’ve tried. Despite Turbo Boost being my favourite so far, I’m still looking to find other options. If you know of any other great mascaras that could possibly be a good fit for me, comment and let me know!
5. Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow in Cement
If you’re looking for the perfect, quick day-to-night fix, this is it. When I stepped into the Bobbi Brown shop for my free make-up lesson (if you have a store near you, book your free make-up lesson asap! Honestly so fun and useful), and the make-up artist applied this shadow, I literally opened my eyes to take a look and went “WOW” out loud. I’m a huge fan of glitter, and this sparkle eyeshadow is glamorous and tasteful. It is impactful, yet not overdone at all–in fact, it is a beautiful, subtle shimmer. The perfect sparkle eyeshadow, in my opinion, and highly recommended for special events or dressy nights out.
To apply, I simply use my finger and press product into my lid, and around it, if I’m feeling super flashy.
And that’s this week’s wrap up of my FIVE FAVOURITE eye products! I hope you’re enjoying this series and finding it useful, because I’m having a lot of fun writing them up!
Oh, look, another unrelated blog title. This one is inspired from another T. B. LaBerge quote:
“No one has the right to censor your capacity to love.”
Aite, so homiez, I’m back at university and that means it’s been ridiculously difficult to stay on top of the blerg game. I’ve had this set of photos since my summer back in Korea, and only just now got around to finishing off the editing and posting them. O well, better late than never.
With this look, I went for a grungier feel. I tried to make my make-up a little smokier as well, but I’m still experimenting for the perfect smokey-eye for my hybrid eyelids. Maybe one day I’ll be good enough to do infographic make-up tutorials on how to style a double eye-lid (there are surprisingly VERY few tutorials of this kind online), but today is not that day. Do comment or reach out to me if you think you’d like to see more of this kind of thing, however.
ANYWAY without further ado, here are the photos for my outfit post. I’m wearing a BOY LONDON beanie, a muscle tee from Forever 21, a bandeau from Urban Outfitters, leggings from Topshop and my limited edition Doc Martens.
lace detail on the bandeau
BOY LONDON beanie
Ultrafashion skull cardigan
Forever 21 “I never liked you anyway” muscle tee
Urban Outfitters lace bandeau
Limited Edition Red-lace Doc Martens
Have a blessed week, all of you, and stay trippy, xoxo.
Alexa Chung, style guru of the 21st century, says in her adorable book It, “Your lips should always be kissable.” For this reason, I am starting a fun new series called FIVE FAVOURITE. It’s as simple as it sounds–every now and then, I will be listing out five of my favourite products that I like to use for particular beauty and fashion needs. Today we are targeting LIPS. I am one of those people who will pick and rub and bite at my lips if they are chapped and flakey, so you can rest assured that these products have been tried and tested, and I have selected them as my absolute favourites. All of them will leave your lips smooth, hydrated and kissable!! ;)))
1: LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub – £5.50
To start, every now and then I will exfoliate my lips with this LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub. Surprise, surprise, I started doing this I after I read Alexa Chung’s It, as she has this weird obsession with exfoliating and moisturising and suddenly I found myself wanting to be JUST LIKE HER (jk, but am i jk? u decide). POINT IS, this product actually does wonders for smoothing out my lips and getting rid of any flakey bits of skin. It’s made of all natural ingredients, mostly sugar, so not only is it effective, it is incredibly yumz. It’s a win-win situation.
I just scrub it all over, lick it off, and I’m good to go.
After I scrub off the nasty, I immediately apply this organic, all-natural shea lip balm from L’Occitane. The two products pair together wonderfully. GUESS WHAT ALEXA CHUNG ALSO SAID–lip balms with all-natural ingredients are the most effective. Maybe this doesn’t come as a surprise to you, but you’d be amazed at how many lip balms and “moisturisers” I have been through, being severely disappointed that yes–they would leave my lips feeling smooth upon application, but give it ten minutes and they were absolutely parched and I had to re-apply a thousand times a day until I had no more product left (u sneaaaky sales ppl). SO. This product is a gem that does not fail me. I squeeze out a teeny blob, apply it all over and voila! I’m set for the day.
Ok, now let’s talk lipstick. I. Love. Lipsticks. And the Rouge Coco line by Chanel has got to be one of my favourites because not only are the colours beautiful, but it’s ultra hydrating! Say goodbye to crappy lipsticks that shrivel up your lips and make them look nasty. I especially love this nude colour called Adrienne, partly because I took this cute little quiz that recommended it to me so I felt that it was just meant to be, but also because it’s matches my natural lip colour and effortlessly brightens it. It’s the perfect no make-up make-up, everyday, go-to product (that was a lot of hyphens). Also, it’s Chanel.
4. MAC Lipstick in Brave – £15.50
For days when I want a flush of colour, but nothing too dramatic, I reach for MAC Brave. This mid-toned pink gives my lips a deeper hue for a more sophisticated, gentle look. It’s also an amazing everyday lipstick and, like all MAC lipsticks, is smooth and hydrating. No fussy flakes.
5. NARS Lip Gloss in Baby Doll – £19
Finally, being the #NARSissist that I am, I can’t have a FIVE FAVOURITE cosmetics post without a NARS product. This new shade of lip gloss, called Baby Doll, is the perfect companion for MAC’s Brave lipstick. I love applying Baby Doll over Brave because the tones match amazingly, and it gives a sheer, shiny addition to my lips. Baby Doll also gives wonderful tone and shine to your lips when used alone. An all-round cutesy shade, I highly recommend it as a product that can be used both day and night.
That’s it for my first series of FIVE FAVOURITE :: lip products! I hope this list serves to be a useful resource for you laydiez looking for products that will definitely keep you satisfied. And for any lads who are reading this post, now you know what to get your girlfriend/sister/mum. You’re welcome.