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300p for LV

I’m sure we all lust over those iconic designer pieces that we see celebrities flaunt about carelessly. But there’s always a small detail that means not all of us can have the privilege to flaunt our own too. The Price! With the price of Louis Vuitton bags starting at £1096 going up to £94,829 there is very little hope for a lot of us.

But you see, the reason why I am focusing on Louis Vuitton is because I got my own!! I mean yeah there may be a zipper missing and really worn out leather in places, BUT I have my own real Louis Vuitton bag! The best part of it was that is was on sale from its original second hand price in a Boutique in Hammersmith, London. For one day only they marked all their prices down to £8 for dresses and leathers and £3 for everything else. When I saw the neglected, little treasure sitting there in a pile with other vintage bags my heart skipped two beats. I knelt down and rescued it from the dreary pile with a gentle touch I could feel the authenticity. My heart skipped another two beats, I had to lift my head and double check the sale signs pinned up all over this gold-mine.

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When I went to pay, I asked the cashier if they took card.

“Yes, of course we do” he smiled back, “that’s twelve pounds please.”

I was going crazy inside, but I had to keep a composed outward mannerism.

This reminds me of the Chanel Beauties I got from a store in Fulham, London for £13.

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The Student Lock-in, Bristol

Here’s another spectacular date for your student diaries! Get ready for a night out on the town, with The Student Lock-in at Cabot Circus, Bristol*.

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Monday the 14th of October 2013 poses an evening jam packed with discounts and FREEBIES from your favourite high street and high end stores. When shops close all over the country a 6pm, Cabot Circus will be beginning its show. For one night only, for three whole hours the Circus’ will dedicate this shopping arena to students only!  What a perfect time to stock up of AW13 right?

2013 marks the third year The Student Lock-in is taking place in Bristol, which was formerly known as The Big Student Takeover. With over 50 retailers throughout Cabot Circus  hosting exclusive discounts for students, with price reductions in selected shops and restaurants ranging from 10 to 50%, Student Fashionista’s, or any student looking for a decent bargain can find it all under one roof.

“It was like being in a shopper’s paradise” says one keen shopper, “the shops were so full the security had to stop people from going into some shops, and made them wait in queues. And there were red carpet entrances which were just breath taking”.

Just one small word of advice.

As tempting as it may be, try not to break the bank. With this being the first shopping event of the new academic year, with the first instalments of student finance, one might get just a little over excited and forget they have the rest of the term to bare in mind, financially. I definitely did back in 2011, when I was in my very first year. I went into every shop that would let me in and brought something in each one, towards the end of the evening there was very little left in my size, but I brought things in other sizes. Why? I don’t know. I guess I just love the look of the genuine shopper, you know, that girl or guy with the most bags, from the most prestigious high street stores. Anyway, I spent a lot of my money in this one night, and had I not started a new job, I would not have been able to afford the necessities that term.

In 2012 I was too stingy, thinking about my rookie mistake the following year, I probably didn’t buy anything.

But, with loads of entertainment and give-aways, be sure to save the date, and make sure you don’t miss out on what has been called ‘the biggest student event of the year’!

*Even if you are not a student in Bristol, you are still welcomed and entitled to the discounts and freebies, just as long as you ARE a student 🙂 So tell a friend to tell a friend. See you there, Cj x

see more at http://www.studentlockin.com/index.php?event/city/bristol

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Welcome Fashers!

With less than a few weeks away until the first of the Freshers will be landing into their new towns, cities and campuses, and the first of your student finance loans will drop into your accounts, it’s about that time you started to think about all the woeful and wonderful fashion Do’s and Don’ts.

Fashion is, as I repeatedly say, about expressing yourself the best you can with the textiles you are provided with. Even those of you who claim not to be to interested in fashion, that self expression is oh so seen in your swagger.

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Definitely..

Dont

Copy what everyone else is doing and wearing if you don’t like it

There are so many Hashtag Trending styles today, but they may not (all) tickle your fancy, don’t force a fashion style just because you see everyone else doing it. Copy-cats are not cool, and you definitely will not feel comfortable doing it.

Change who you are, style and other wise, to fit in with other people

If you happen to fall in with a group of friends who all have a similar style to one another, but you seem to stand out, be sure to keep to your true self. Don’t try to blend in by dressing like these friends. Again, I will say Copy-cats are not cool and they are the most likely to feel uncomfortable in their forged clothing.

Wear the same thing everyday

This might be a harsh thing to say, but the few people I had seen in college and university really didn’t help themselves by doing so. It understandable if money is tight and new styles are not as affordable as you may please, but be sure there are alternatives to wearing the same outfit daily. There’s a small range of basics every wardrobe should have and these can be worn in so many ways, people won’t even notice you are re-re-repeating pieces. We could have a look at some of the basic ‘Re-Style’ pieces.

Borrow everyone’s clothes

There is nothing more annoying than that friend who takes all your clothes, all your house mates clothes, all her friends clothes and so on. I guess it is okay to borrow now and then for a good reason, but to over do it… not such a good idea. I have seen some of the worst ‘bff’ breakups over borrowed, broken and/or ‘stolen’ clothes.

Spend ALL your money on clothes

MY MISTAKE! This is probably one of the biggest rookie mistakes for a fresher. You get to uni, you open a student account and now you have money up to your ears. There the student loan and the interest free loan sits. You spend, spend, spend on things that will be out of fashion next season and then your left with no or very little money to live on for the next term. Luckily, I never did open a student account, but I did make the mistake of seeing “MO’ NAY fah days” in my account and well.. I got a little excited at Bristol’s Big Student (shopping) Takeover @ Cabot Circus. It’s not nice struggling to live through your very first term with no money. Especially when you are meant to be socialising to make friends

DO

Follow fashion trends that suit you

There is inspiration all over the place, and anyone can pull of anything their heart beats to. If it helps to express who you are or how you feel, do it.

Stick to your own style, and fit in with those who accept you for you!

Even if you are the only one who dresses that certain way, stick to it. It will draw people to you. I remember my very first week at uni, everyone had either the grunge or bohemian style sense and I decided to keep to my ever changing style, which was predominantly Chic. Till this very day I have people comment on how much the love my style, and every time I run in late they always find themselves admiring what I was wearing.

Mix and Match, your limited student wardrobe

Like I said, there are a number of ways to re-style basic pieces every wardrobe should have, no matter how limited you wardrobe is.

Have a budget for your style-spending

Do budget for shopping, this way you wont over spend and you will be sure to have a scope and an aim whenever you do go shopping and it will help prevent impulse buying, which can be a bad bad thing.

Think about function as-well as fashion

When you do buy clothes, or plan to wear something, think about its function. For example, beanies for when it’s cold, Light scarves for when it’s only chilly, sandals for when it’s warm. Not only would it look a little odd, but it could be uncomfortable and harmful to ignore the season and the functions of the pieces you plan to wear of buy. For Instance, if you wore sandals in the snow, frost-bites are not nice. Or a beanie in the sun, sun stroke is dangerous. You see what I mean?

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The Swag Rack

Do you ever feel like you stand in front of you wardrobe every morning for about (half) an hour, repeating to yourself ‘I have no clothes… I have nothing to wear‘? Or decide maybe when you get out of the shower you will have thought of something, and then you still have no idea? Well me too! It is the most annoying thing, and everyone believes I have so many, too many, clothes but I just don’t see it.

Until very recently this was a problematic daily for me. I would have to wake up that extra half an hour to an hour early just to sort out my clothes for the day. (This is what made me miss school uniforms, although I always argued against them while at school).

A few days back I brought a clothes rack from Ikea, it was the cheapest on going at £6.50. I don’t intend for it to last very long but I thought it wont hurt to try out the concept of ‘The Swag Rack’ I had heard a bit about.

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And I must tell you, it has brought nothing but ease. My clothes are never creased any more so it saves me time on ironing out the fold-lines and creases. Also, if I know what I am doing in advance I can just put a weeks worth of clothing out for the specific events that are to occur.

The ‘swag rack’ has helped me plan out my fashion life so much. For example, I will have my dinner dress for my date on Monday night, my sweats for the gym on Tuesday. A small selection of my colourful-casual tops for my trip to the movies on Wednesday with a pair of jeans, or leggins or a skirt, which I can pick out on any given day, depending on the weather. And finally my business dress clothes for work on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  – Chaneen

You see what I mean, your personal fashion week is planned and prepared. There’s no more waking up in the morning crying to yourself because you can’t find anything to wear in the piles of clothes in your chest-of-drawers and wardrobe. All you have to do is get on that cat walk you strut you beautiful self throughout the days. Stress free!

And if you want even more ease, why not make a jewellery rack and a sun/glasses rack.

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> These not only bring ease and organisation, they add a stylish look to your closet or bedroom.

This has been a style saviour, why not try it yourself. You can’t go wrong with £6.50 (Price correct at time of publishing, subject to change)

http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/60179434/?cid=gb%3Eps%3E%3EAll+Products%3E%3E{keyword}%3Emckv%3EZNieTI0R

Remember if you love it, you can pull it off!

Cj xx

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Bicycles & Backpacks

 

The back to school college, university necessities.

 Being a student is naturally stressful, especially if you move away from home. There are contracts you must honour, bills you must pay and books you must read. Financial planning is a new untutored lesson you must endure and friendships need to be formed and rekindled.

However, it does not all have to be hard work, your new term wardrobe can be stylish, affordable and easy. Bicycles and backpacks are, and have been, the most conventional pieces in ‘the student lifestyle’ since before I can even remember. This is because they bring about ease and comfort. If you live near by your university or college you needn’t worry too much about a bicycle, but for those who are slightly farther away, a bicycle will save you money on transport and even a gym membership (exercise is a necessisity while studying). A backpack is a necessity for students, they are spacious, at least some are, and they cater for all needs. And most importantly they give equal balance between shoulders, thus supporting the back.

Now bicycles and backpacks can play a huge part in you term time wardrobe. Not only are the beneficial in that they can save you money or support you health-wise, they are being made more and more stylish to fit any fashion/style genre.

The floral Vintage-Girly and the floral Vintage-Girly

This is just the cutest pair, you would stand out from a mile away. The light colours bring an element of peacefulness with this. This Vintage style bicycle is perfect for city students. The tyres are of a hybrid nature, so ease is of the essence and this mi-pac backpack is just wonderful. mi-pac have a wide range of styles so if your’e not too into the floral prints why not check out their collection @ Mybag.com

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The Foldable and the Spacious

This ensemble brings perfect ease for either gender, with a foldable bicycle you can go almost anywhere (anywhere except swimming!) and with a comfy spacious, yet strikingly stylish backpack journeys to and from your home town, to class or to work are made beautifully easy. I am sure some of you may not be too into the tangerine colour, so you would be pleased to know the foldable bikes are not limited to this colour. Check out Asos.com for this bag!

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The mountain bike, and the studded backpack

The mountain bike is excellent for anyone who might have to travel through a park or places with uneven grounding. This sturdy bike (not specifically this one) can be spiked up with a studded bag. This bag is very unique, The zip through the front has a pleasing look, however, it may not be you safest option; so bare that in mind.. studs are still cool tho’.

DIY TIP: why not try a apply studs to your bicycle frame to give it a new edgy unique look. I have come across any studded bicycles as of yet. Be the first!

 

 

 

 

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Or why not try to mix and match various style bags with various styles of bags.

Remember if you love it, you could pull it off!

Love CJ xx

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My Vintage Chanel Sling backs

Going way back with this chic pair of vintage Chanel sling-backs.

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" Wait did I just hear that right?
'Vintage',
'Chanel'
& 'Sling-backs'
all in the same sentence.
My oh my, what a lucky girl.
"

These beauties are exclusive to the world of heels, you won't find them on many feet today. The pointed toe is representative of the 1950s when winkle-picker (pointed toed) heels were all the rage. The black toe cap on the cream body screams 'stylish, classy and sophisticated'.

This style of shoe is being replicated in the modern day shoe designs, the winkle-picker style (pointed toe), although now less sharp, is making a sharp re-entry and the contrasting toe cap, well, they are standing out on many toes in the high street. However, the modern copies will never meet the classic standards of this vintage pair of Chanel sling-backs.

Triumphing over the fashion world since 1913 Chanel is a name that will never die. As for the classic style, 2013 gets to share the creme de la creme that started a hundred years ago. 
As they say, 'history repeats itself', the classic style of Chanel is prevalent everywhere, and Chanel is still pioneering through the decades.

Sling-backs are begin slung back onto the shelves and web pages of a variety of designers; from next to Christian Louboutins. The Winkle-picker style is being picked, plucked and preped to be renovated for their residency in 2013. And well, the contrast toe is continuing its contrasting classic legacy.CJ xx
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The Beginning; of my fashion story

WP_20130418_002Fashion is all about style. “Give me any old thing and see what I do with it” are the words of a true fashionista! You can style one piece in very many ways; an individual can have many styles too. Most people tend to stick to a fashion genre, the genre in which they are most comfortable with. There is nothing wrong with this, but I believe fashion is all about breaking boundaries and feeling temporarily uncomfortable.

With this page in the month of July I want you to follow my fashion story. As I am a student, transitioning from my second year to my third year, learning to drive and paying rent, with a one day a week job, I will be focusing on fashion for less. I will be trying out a range of fashion genres and with my thrifty finds I endeavour to highlight the best buys at a low price.

Jump into my instructors car with me and enjoy the ride.

C, Jazz.

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