Sunday, 18 September 2011


These photos were taken before a night's quizzing a few weeks ago (what is this blog coming to! I promise I'll be back on schedule soon!)

Floral Dress - Dorothy Perkins
Blazer - Topshop
Polkadot Tights - Tesco
Pumps - Topshop
Necklace - Accessorize

I really like this outfit a lot more than I thought I would! I bought the dress because it was o-kay and was down to £7 and in my size, so I wasn't really expecting to think much of it on. However, when paired with these bargain tights, a blazer and a dab of red lipstick it really played it's part! I felt like I was channeling some retro vibes!

love, Jessica

Tuesday, 13 September 2011


I'm really excited about this week's musical recommendation. I first came across Ski Lift through the lovely Elsie Larson's A Beautiful Mess. Their music was featured on the promotional video for her first dress collection earlier this year (Gorgeous stuff! Check out her A/W collection over here!), and straight after watching it, I was dying to get my hands on the song. Unfortunately, it hadn't been released yet, but a few weeks ago, A Beautiful Mess featured the band again, with the exciting news that their first EP was being released (on the 30th of August)!

Naturally I headed straight over and got my hands on these gems:

I think you'll agree that their music is pretty special! I love the ethereal, blurry tones. It makes me think of hot, sunshin-y summer days -something we've been a little short on this year - so it's the perfect soundtrack to an imagined summer for me! I'd say their sound is something kind of similar to the likes of Cults, but it's got a certain something special and sweet that makes it really unique.

Ski Lift are a musically minded duo hailing from Springfield, Missouri - Abby Webster, a Philosophy undergrad, singer-songwriter and gardener-extrordinaire, and Trey George, a guy who works in a marketing agency by day, but writes and composes beautiful music (see above!!!) by night.

The pair have been crafting Ski Lift songs since last year, and, with a little help from some other musical minds (Jeremy Larson, the husband of the previously mentioned Elsie (of A Beautiful Mess), who produced the tracks, and Jonathan James of the band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, who mastered the EP), they have crafted the Romantic EP, an almost 26 minute long debut which has captured my heart!

Get yourselves over ASAP to their bandcamp and get your hands on the two tracks above, and if you love it (which you will), get on over to iTunes and buy that EP! It's delicious!

love, Jessica

PS. Lucky me, I suggested a Ski Lift song (Romantic) to the Open House Festival for a chance to win tickets to see the Felice Brothers, and I won, along with three others! You can listen to the top 35 suggestions via spotify here!

All lovely images of Ski Lift were taken by Elsie of A Beautiful Mess!

Monday, 12 September 2011


Well, hello there! I haven't forgot about you, dear blog! I just took an unexpected 'little' break for a fortnight or so. I was going to write about four posts and put them all up on saturday but realised the less annoying and more sensible thing to do would be to save them up and dish them out throughout the week. So here I am!

Since I've been away I've been somewhat busy, sorting out my new house in Belfast, going out for birthday party, getting my hair chopped, cinema tripping (times two), dj-ed, adventuring in a cave system and, in between times, working! No busier than usual, I suppose!

As I mentioned, I helped a friend celebrate their twenty first birthday party just over a week ago. It was a moderately crazy night. I made him a little card and a mix CD and brought him a little bottle of bubbly as a token gift (he's not really into my type of music, and I still haven't heard his opinions on the CD - he probably threw it in the fire in disgust, haha!). His card was tailor made for him. He's been told, many a time, that he looks like a young Tom Cruise, and I think, if he had to pick any film character to be his alter-ego, it would definitely be Maverick from Top Gun.

I sourced the image on google and used some papers out of a scrapbooking book that was a lucky find by my mama. I think he liked this one!

Another arty project I got stuck into was painting. I bought a little round canvas for about £3 a few weeks back and really couldn't think of anything to put on it. This piece is inspired by a) Jejune Stars by my all time favourites, Bright Eyes (see the video below - cracking song!!), b) Victorian silhouette portraits and c) my strong desire to flick paint onto a canvas and make a mess.

The text reads 'Sure, I had my doubts but I know it now, we are jejune stars. So it starts again at our childhood's end, I'll die young at heart.' (lyrics from the song).

Really happy with how it turned out, and I'm looking forward to giving it a home in my new room! I'll also be doing another painting or two soon, probably on a larger scale, to sit in our new living room or hall. We like to nest!

Check back tomorrow for a music recommendation that I'm really excited to share with you!

love, Jessica