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Sister Jane Spring Collection 2017

I absolutely love Sister Jane's new Spring collection. The collection is an alternative take on the girl gang look. Instead of biker jackets and jeans think peter pan dresses, ruffles and bell sleeves. The designs are feminine, fun and true to the London based brand's retro style. 

I thought I'd start with my three favourite pieces. The forget me not jacquard dress has the most gorgeous floral design and flared sleeves. It  reminds me of a dress from Valentino's A/W 2013 collection. The jacquard material is also used in cigarette trousers and a blazer. The confetti shadowplay dress is one of my favourite dresses from the collection. The combination of tweed and pleats is very Chanel-esque and the lace back really adds to it. Tweed is a major feature of this collection. They have with a pink and grey tweed blazers, skirts, tops and dresses. The belle de jour sweater has amazing ruffle detail on the sleeve, it also looks like the comfiest jumper ever because it is in a soft suede material. 

 Exaggerated sleeves are such a big trend this year and a major feature of this collection. I love the pleated front and the black brooch on the mint condition blouse. The saved by the bell dress is a modern take on the fifties silhouette, with bell sleeves and a full a-line skirt. I love the fun doodle print on the teen idol dress. It is also featured on the red teen idol ruffle blouse

There are some lovely mustard coloured pieces in the collection, including the chartreuse lace top which has the most amazing flared sleeves. The peter pan dress is always a staple of Sister Jane's collections and it returns this season with a contrasting mint pussy bow. The primrose tiered top is in a delicate pink shade with amazing tiered ruffle sleeves. 

Sister Jane is one of the best places for retro dresses with a modern twist. The macaroon oxford dress is a classic sixties shift dress, however, the ruffled bib gives it a preppy look. I love the pearl embellishment on the collar of the mustard dress. The main material of the dress is also slightly see through in places to reveal the lace overlay. The dear diary coven dress is one of the few darker pieces of the collection. The high neck collar, ruffle sleeves and swing shape is a modern take on the LBD.

Support your local girl gang and visit the Sister Jane website

Seven Alternative Events in Bristol This January

In a bid to get to know the city of Bristol better this year, I've been scouring Facebook events to find some fun things to do this month. I thought I'd compile this list for you too because sharing is caring and all. If you are looking for an alternative night out, then I've got you covered

Twin Peaks Night

Where: The Louisiana
When: 10th January (tomorrow) at 8:30pm
How Much: £5

The Louisiana are screening of the first two episodes of Twin Peaks tomorrow with a side of coffee and cherry pie (not sure if they are serious about the pie). Its the perfect event for Twin Peaks fans anxiously waiting for the new series or the perfect introduction to one of the biggest cult shows.

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Taxi Driver

When: 10th of January 7:30pm or 13th January 10pm
Where: Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
How Much: £8.10 (student), £10:30 (general)

If Twin Peaks isn't your cup of tea then you can catch a screening of Taxi Driver this week in any Showcase cinema. Taxi Driver is a critically acclaimed movie directed by Martin Scorsese about a mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran who works as a taxi driver in the seedy streets of New York.  I am very excited to see Taxi Driver on the big screen tomorrow, its been a few years since I seen it and I know Ill be blown away again.

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Dream Wife

When: 19th of January at 7:30pm
Where: The Crofters Rights
How Much: £8.00

I seem to becoming Dream Wife's PR lady because if mentioned them quite a few times on this blog already but I will be heading to this event in Bristol next week. I'm sure it will be an awesome night filled with music, dancing and craft beer.

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Les Demoiselles De Rochefort

When: 19th January 8pm
Where: The Cube
How Much: £5

As fate would have it Les Demoiselles De Rochefort is showing at the Cube the same night as Dream wife :( As a lover of French cinema, this movie has been on my watchlist for a very long time and I'm disappointed that I want be able to go. However, if you are free you should go! Les Demoiselles De Rochefort or The Young Girls of Rochefort (en Anglais) is a French musical featuring Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorleac who play two sisters who leave their seaside town of Rochefort in search of romance. It is the follow up to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg which is also a must see of French new wave cinema.

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Lou Lou's Vintage Fair

When: 21st January 11:am to 5pm
Where: The Passengers Shed
How Much: £3

Lou Lou's are hosting a January Sale special at the Passenger Shed which is right beside Temple Meads Station. There will be over 80 vintage stalls, a tea room and a live performance. There is even a vintage beauty salon where you can get victory rolls, pin curls and beehives.

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Trainspotting Party

When: 27th January 9pm-3am
Where: The Lanes
How Much: £3 (before 11pm) £4 (after 11pm)

If you are heading to the opening night of Trainspotting 2 then you should pop over to the Lanes after to hear that amazing soundtrack one more time. They will be playing nineties indie and rave anthems all night with lots of drinks specials. The Lanes are part bowling alley/part night club so you also have to option to throw a few bowls while you down a few shots.

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Supersonic Britpop Club Night

When: 27th of January 11pm-4am
Where: The Fleece
How much: £4 (advance) £5 (on the door)

If you didn't get enough nineties anthems at The Lanes then you could head to The Fleece's Nineties Britpop Night. The Fleece have a britpop club night on the last Friday of every month. Its probably the only place that play bands like Oasis, Pulp, Blur and The Stone Roses all night.

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Dream Wife Live at The Louisiana Bristol

I finally got round to making a video from some footage I took at the Dream Wife and Black Honey gig at the Louisiana in Bristol on the 3rd of October. The footage of Black Honey was too shaky because the crowd went so crazy when they came on so I only included the Dream Wife footage.In this video they are playing Lolita, F.U.U. and Hey Heartbreaker. 

I have tickets to see Dream Wife again on the 19th of January in the Crofters Rights in Bristol and I cant wait! They are such a fun live band so you should go see them on their UK tour if you can. They are also playing at SXSW in the US in March :)

December Photo Diary: Festive Celebrations

I'm a bit late since its now January 5th (oops) but I thought I'd share some pictures from December.

at the start of the month, I got this cute jumper from ASOS which I absolutely love

I also got the new Last Shadow Puppets EP which I haven't stop listening to

I bought the Warpaint Ep Exquisite Corpse which I've been after for years

I got my hair cut into a bob again, it hasn't been this short since 2013

me and Chris had a pre-Christmas at our flat a week before actual Christmas because we were going home for Christmas and we didn't want to miss out on having Christmas together so we put on our best Christmas jumpers, gave each other presents and had a Sunday carvery 

I got so many amazing things including a ticket to Warpaint in March, the coolest velvet bomber and a boxset of velvet underground singles on vinyl :)

look how cute and christmassy

I went home for Christmas on the 19th and got to see my family, mum really aced the Christmas decorations this year 

I also went out with friends and wore this sparkly tinsel dress that I featured in this outfit post

I got this amazing Nars x Andy Warhol makeup palette which I've loved since it was released a few years ago, I cant wait to use it

we celebrated New Years in Cardiff this year and as tradition I got a picture in front of the fireworks. Chris and I also celebrated our three year anniversary on New Years Eve so it was a special night :)

New Years Resolutions 2017

Looking back on last year's new year's resolutions, I realized that I achieved a lot of my resolutions but not always in the way I thought I would. I finished my degree but then I decided that I would do a Masters in a different subject. I found a job in Bristol but its part time along side my degree. I moved to Bristol like I planned and I went to lots of gigs including one of my favourite bands The Kills, twice! so overall 2016 was a good year. Like last year, this year's new years resolutions is more of a do to list with lots of goals that I want to achieve during 2017.

Finish my Masters

The most important goal of 2017, is to finish my masters. I'm doing a Masters in Marketing Communications which is a change from my undergraduate degree in English and Film. I'm really enjoying it and learning a lot about an area that I'm really interested in. I think the hardest part of this goal is writing the 15,000 word dissertation before September but I know it will be an amazing achievement.

Get an Internship

I really want to get an internship in marketing early this year or during the Summer. It would be amazing to be able to work in marketing part-time alongside my degree. I don't have much marketing experience and these days its what employers always look for. I'm going to get my CV looking sharp and start looking this month.

Pass my Driving Test

I really want to pass my driving test. I've been taking lessons on and off for about four years now but I've been away from home so much that its been hard to practice. I am considering taking my theory test in England and doing my test here instead of Ireland. It would be amazing to have the freedom of being able to drive and I feel like it will be necessary when I get a full time job.

Get a Job in Marketing

This is the hardest goal of the year and the one that is on every one of my new years resolutions lists. I will be looking for a full time job in Marketing in August and I hope that with a bit of luck I will find a job. I hope to have a job in time to move into a new flat in September so fingers crossed.

Learn the Bass Guitar

I'm looking forward to this one a lot. I really love music and I've decided that its not to late to learn an instrument I really like. The bass feels a lot more me that a guitar and plus I can play alongside my boyfriend. I will be teaching myself along with a lot of help from my boyfriend so it will take some serious practice but hopefully I will be good enough to play at an open mic night by the end of the

Blog More Regularly

I really want to blog more regularly but I've found it hard towards the end of this year to find the time because I've been working in a restaurant and doing my masters. This year I will try to take some outfit pictures, some lifestyle posts and write a lot more. I want to use my blog to show that I can create more creative content. I miss the satisfaction of posting something different or putting together something you've worked hard on.


I really want to travel more this year, not only abroad but around the UK too. I really want to take a trip to Manchester, visit friends in Dublin and maybe travel to Europe. I would love to visit Rome or Venice.

I hope there will be a lot less celebrity deaths this year and a lot more positive news. I hope you achieve your goals this year too, happy new year :)