RUSH HOUR

Photography: Keelie Mweni (@kreated.jpg)

What I wore:
2 piece suit – Miss Selfridge
Trainers – FILA
Fanny pack – Thrifted
Glasses – eBay
Earrings – H&M

This look was inspired by my fellow commuters, the 9-5ers and grinders rising early to get that coin and crawling home tired af after hours. I’ve really been feeling this suit and crep look and I feel like it came straight from TfL because this is a real life, practical look for most office heads – trekking to work in crep and then changing into shiny shoes at the office. I wonder if they know they’ve been setting trends…

Lately I’ve been feeling super overwhelmed and like I’ve been doing way too much and honestly I have. I’m the type of person that loves to always have something going on whether it’s my blog, a business venture, a new hobby, etc and I find it really difficult to just be idle and do nothing with my day. But more recently I’ve been struggling to fit in any “me” time or even time to see family and friends and that’s when I had to check myself. I’ve come to realise that sometimes you just need to CHILL. It’s not okay to always be busy because that’s not sustainable. We all need to take a break once in a while so we can recharge and get back to what we were working on with even more vim. I know this can’t just be me so sis/bro, take a bludclart break. Don’t be so hard on yourself!

Sidenote: These FILA Disruptors are ridiculously comfy, who’s also feeling the “dad trainers” trend right now?! Thanks for reading guys, stay blessed and have an amazing new month!

#MAYGANG #TAURUSSEASON

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GRANNY SHIRTS & MEN’S JEANS

Photography: Belita Marfo (Biggie Snaps)

What I wore:
Crop top – Asos
Shirt – Thrifted
Jeans – Thrifted – £3
Boots – ASOS
Bag – Mum

Hello my lovelies, hope everyone is having a fab Monday morning/afternoon/evening, wherever you are in the world. Mondays can be quite poo for most people but I try and embrace it because I know I’ve made it alive into a new week so praise God, hallelurr! #MadeItMonday #MotivationMonday

So I got this print shirt from a vintage sale in Nottingham some months ago and the weather in London was actually decent enough to wear it. It’s been like hot and rainy or just cloudy or really hot and sunny so I’m always confused about what to wear! I love having a oversized shirt over a simple look, I feel like that’s my uniform these days lol. It’s so effortless and can transform a basic outfit to make you look très hip. I DIY’d (is that even a word) my jeans with a knee rip and cut off the hems just because they looked too plain when I bought them and I wanted to jazz them up a bit. And yes they are men’s jeans. Who cares about gender when it comes to looking good? Break the rules hunny, all day everyday. These are the jeans I used to make the choker in my previous post, ha! So resourceful right?! Everyone always asks me how I get the rips to look so good and nicely frayed but there’s actually no special trick to it! You just need to make sure the denim is good quality and make sure you wash the jeans after you cut/slice them. If they are good quality, the fraying will come out fleeky, truss mi daddi.

Guys, I’m in such a fantastic mood because life is so swit right now and I’m on the last week of my internship *swings hips*! I’ve had such an extremely lit summer, even with the rubbish confusing weather. I’ve met so many amazing people and achieved and learned so much! Also, make sure you check out my fashion and personal styling company www.revivalldn.com which relaunched on Saturday! Have a blessed week.

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DENIM DAZE

Photography: Belita Marfo (Biggie Snaps)

What I wore:
Top – H&M – £2
Jeans – Thrifted – £1
Kimono – Primark
Trainers – Reebok
Bag – Ebay – free

Back at it again with the inconsistency… Yes guys, I’m sorry once again but life happens init, love you. Anyway, I’m so excited to share this look with you guys after being away for so long. My internship swallows up all my energy so this has been a draft for a likkle while. Can we all take a minute and deep that this cute one shoulder top was only £2 and it wasn’t even thrifted, it’s from a “normal” high street store yaaas! It’s so 90’s and “me”, I nearly bought it in all the colours! Find a H&M store and thank me later, no Drake. I made the choker from the hem of some thrifted jeans and yeah Kim K needs to move because I really made this before her *rolls eyes*. I’m obsessed with thick chokers now and I’ve been making loads from scraps of fabric so a cheeky DIY post may be on the horizon…

Recently, I’ve been reflecting on life a lot and the other day I was thinking about my younger self and I deeped how insecure I was about my body. I had so many little insecurities but it’s like I didn’t really realise how crap I felt about myself until I look back now. I used to do silly things like wear really long tops and jackets to cover my bum (it was huge back then *sigh*), never showed my arms and never stepped outside of my house without makeup on, etc the list goes on. I don’t know if you guys can relate to some of these kind of things but damn, I really didn’t love myself back then. I feel like I’ve come a long way because a few years ago that black kimono would’ve never left my body! It’s only in recent years where I’ve actually started embracing and loving myself inside and out and this shoot was so fun and carefree. I can’t stress how important it is to love yourself and I truly believe it’s only through getting closer to God that I’ve been able to make that shift. We tenk God.

I know it seems like everyone is doing Positive Patty on their blogs and social media these days lol so cringe, but it’s actually needed. Even though the majority of the things these people say are easier said than done, some of it is very encouraging. I read some blog posts and I feel like a new woman, all empowered and with some new found confidence, but that can also easily fade away. I’m not going to sit here and type up top ten tips for becoming carefree because that’s not going to work long term. I believe God is the only one who can transform those feelings into principles you can live by. I’m on a new journey and I’m transforming into a new me, who truly loves herself. It’s great to read things that fill your mind with positive thoughts but don’t let it end there; true joy and healing comes from God and His Word. My blog, my views, that’s all.

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KIMONOS AND KICKS

Greetings boys and girls! Missed me much? I know I’ve been away for way too long but I promise I’ll never abandon you guys like that ever again. So why have I been MIA I hear you ask… Well I’ve got 99 excuses and consistency is one *sigh*. I guess uni life took over with tests, exams, coursework, committee elections etc etc; I really don’t know how I made it through these last few months, it’s only by God’s grace. But fear not for I have returned from my hiatus – Thrift Queen Lola is back in the game!

IMG_5475IMG_5477 IMG_5484 IMG_5487 IMG_5493IMG_5495IMG1IMG_5534 IMG_5543 IMG_5552 IMG_5559Photography: Belita Marfo (Biggie Snaps)

What I wore:
Jumper – Topshop
Trousers – Thrifted and customised – £5
Kimono – Topshop
Trainers – Office
Glasses – Thrifted – £2.50

I told you guys I’d style these pink babies and I finally did! I’ve been wearing them but I didn’t get the chance to take pictures for my blarrg until now. They’re the main focus of this outfit and they look pretty cute don’t they?! Such a great purchase. So when I’m thinking of what to wear I tend to choose something as my main “element” whether it be a shirt or a piece of jewellery and then style around it using it’s colours, textures and detail. With this look, my New Balances are obviously the main element with the foil jumper and cream kimono complimenting the colours perfectly and also breaking up the navy and black tones. The really amazing navy trousers I’m wearing are from a charity shop in Camden which I bought for my final collection on my Fashion Foundation last year; resourceful is my middle name! I simply just took them in at the bottom to make them more fitted and then rolled up the hem.
I’ve fallen in love with long-line stuff recently (even though I’m only 5’4 lool) taking some inspo from Fetish For Fine Fabrics and my kimono reminded me of her style. My plan is to wear high-waisted stuff and/or platforms with long line garments and strut my stuff so I can still werrk my new style obsession *twerks with excitement*. Lastly, I’ve got my cute, thrifted specs on and some simple jewellery to complete the look. Hope you enjoyed this post and see you guys in my next one.

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MAGAZINE PROJECT BY AIZA AMIRA JOHARI

Hey heyyy readers, so I’m really really excited about this post guys! I’ve been meaning to publish it for a while but I wanted to make sure I had the good quality images first… So, around Christmas time last year I got interviewed and photographed by Aiza Amira Johari, a 3rd year Graphic Design student, for her magazine brief on one of her units. We went down to Shoreditch to shoot near Boxpark and on some rooftops nearby (it was such a fun day!) and I got the chance to talk about my love of cheap, thrifty clothing and accessories – I can’t lie I felt like a mini celeb. The pictures look so damn good as well and all the credit goes to Aiza for her badass photography skills; she literally enhanced my buffness! We actually only got to shoot two outfits as I hadn’t brought much down to London for the Christmas holidays #crei but it was a super, awesome, cool experience anyway and I’ve included the pictures I liked the most below and a few of the silly laughing ones too!

Above is the first look which features my cosiest jumper everrrrr and it only cost me £1 from a market in Mile End ages ago! I wore it in a previous post and it’s back again because it’s absolutely freezing in the Midlands. I paired it with a pleated navy skirt (maxi skirt made into a mini) which I got from my local charity shop for a few quid. When it was a maxi I didn’t really like it but I saw potential in it so I thought I’d buy it and try to alter it in some way, yay me. The pleats are beautiful and have this unique design to them which is what initially drew me to it. To complete the look I popped on some tights, for warmth, my canvas Vagabonds and some Vamp lipstick which complements the stripes in my jumper. I’m also rocking my chunky creole earrings, gold septum bar, my everyday casio watch and some gold rings because you can’t have too much bling.

The second look is very chilled and casual but I’d say it is more “on-trend” than I usually am. I’m not really a big trend follower even though I do get some of my inspiration from them ofcourse. I love mixing and matching my vintage clothes with new purchases and going on the hunt to find trendy pieces in charity shops. My long-line camel coat actually used to be a long roundneck dress before I customised it; this kind of coat has been so so soooo popular this A/W so I felt pretty cool making my own. It isn’t really a proper coat and it hasn’t got lapels and buttons etc so it’s simple and slightly different to what is out there on the high street which is why I love it; the colour is beautiful and it can be styled with so many different things! I styled it with a white turtle neck, a thrifted denim skater skirt and my new New Balance Vintage trainers. I love anything high-waisted so this skater skirt is perfect for me and it was in my actual size as well – I usually have to take things in so they fit me properly so this was a lucky thrifty purchase! I then accessorised with some gold jewelry (ofcourse!!), some bright red lipstick and a cheap little rucksack from Primarni.

Big shoutout to Aiza for contacting me and letting me be apart of your amazing work. And well done for getting a first as well! Praying for more successful collabs!

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