5.1.12

against the grain

You know when you take a photo and you think the quality looks fine on the camera display and then you upload to your laptop and are just like 'WTF/how did this happen?/my boyf is such a crap photographer :('? 

Well, that happened. But let's pretend I was going for a grainy Instagram effect because I am trĂ©s hip and current. 




The blouse is by Motel's vintage line which seems to have been discontinued online. I got it in the sale at work with some of my christmas money. I also bought the Primark skinnies the other day for £9 and they are amazing. So comfy, a lovely wash and with built in muffin-top eradication technology (read: high rise)! The court shoes were a charity shop find from Bexhill the other week. I have an addiction to pointy shoes with a very small heel at the moment. More glam than flats, less ouchy than heels. 

I've had a few days off work, which has been great. I've been working on side projects, applying for a job or two, staying in my pyjamas for an uncomfortable amount of time and reading books. I just got through this self help book which I found in an Oxfam book shop in Aberdeen. It was sort of a joke buy but has been surprisingly helpful! It has really changed my outlook and given me the motivation I need to sort out the aspects of my life I'm not happy with. So I've decided to go ahead and book that sex change. You will now find my blog at JimFatale.co.uk! Joke! But I do recommend it if you're feeling stuck in a rut and want a new way of thinking.. I'm now onto How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran. Jen and Sarah say it's amazeballs, and after only a couple of chapters, I'm in total agreement. 

I'll hush now and let you get back to reading blogs with owners that know how to use autofocus, and perhaps even fancy lenses. I'm not entirely crap, though. You may notice I have given the blog a semi makeover! It is the Blogger 'Simple' template, but it's a start...

xo

43 comments:

  1. so good to hear that things are motivating you! always nice when you get that kick to do things you've wanted to do. i'm intending to 'sort my life out' asap and reading other people's posts like this make me feel positive, indeed.

    i love your outfit, it's actually a dream! i don't wear jeans myself but a look like this could coax me back in to a pair!

    happy new year gem. xx

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  2. i love you blog, always puts me in such a good mood!
    Love your outfit, especially the shirt! gorg!
    was talking to mum about just get on with it after reading this post and turns out she has it from a while back so i am not glued! new me! WAHOO :)
    hope you had a good christmas and happy new year!<3

    www.lisa-thefinerthings.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Those shoes are gorgeous! I'm a fan of pointy shoes with a little heel... Can only get vintage ones now (which isn't a bad thing!) they dont make em like they used to!!! Xx

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  5. Beautiful, beautiful outfit. God I love your blog.
    Jaz xo

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  6. Wit woo your blog looks fantastic!

    I spy a name necklace too, I got one recently :)

    life/style/flash.

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  7. I love Primark jeans too! I always pick some up when I go to one. I really want to read that book, I have heard so many amazing reviews xxx

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  8. your posts always make me laugh so much! i'm after some high waisted jeans so i'll have to take a look in primark! x

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  9. I love your blog too much I think, you have such an individual style and such a fun style of writing too, that top is so nice- I love anything with a pretty collar! xxx

    www.megsbudgetboutique.blogspot.com

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  10. I need that book in a bad way! I can't seem to get motivated at all lately. Rather annoying just too distracted all the time haha. I love the collar on your shirt! x

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  11. Adore the blouse and I really need a name necklace! The picture isn't that grainy.. bet you can find a grainer one on my blog lol! #shitwithacamera

    The Deer Head

    x

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  12. You look lovely Gem. I adore the Primark trousers. I might have to get some too. I have the same problem with the focus thing and I'm using auto focus. Very confusing... xx

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  13. I think the pictures turned out wonderfully, sweetie. And I adore your collar!

    www.TheFancyTeacup.com

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  14. You beauty Gem, love the collar. I know what you mean about the photo thing - i think I've got a great snap and when I upload it - 'tis herrendous on the screen.

    Eda ♥

    www.candyflosscurlscupcakesandcouture.blogspot.com

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  15. good to hear you're well! and being motivated! the picture really isn't that bad, i don't think i'd have noticed otherwise :P i lovee your shirt, great print and i love what you've paired it with, nice bargain too!:)xxx oh and hahaha jimfatale!

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  16. Just had to say I am in total agreement about the amazeballsness of 'How to be a woman', I have never laughed so much reading one book nor agreed with what was being said at the same time. Happy 2012!

    Madame Squirrel x

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  17. couldnt agree more on catlin moran! she is fab and you will love the book so much! i normally hate wearing jeans as they're never cut right on my backside as the curve just aint big enough and i cant afford that levis shit! ill have to pop into the ol' primark for some high waisted ones!

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  18. couldnt agree more on catlin moran! she is fab and you will love the book so much! i normally hate wearing jeans as they're never cut right on my backside as the curve just aint big enough and i cant afford that levis shit! ill have to pop into the ol' primark for some high waisted ones!

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  19. Primark jeans are hands down my favourite! I'm craving a new pair now, haha! I love your shirt too :)
    x

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  20. Ha I kinda like the odd self help book, this one sounds fun! :)

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  21. I love your outfit so much! I've never tried Primark jeans so maybe I'll brave it now seeing as yours look so good and the anti muffin top nature of them works for me.
    Hope you had a great start into the new year
    xxx
    Nina

    http://the-littlenomad.blogspot.com/

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  22. Awww the collar on that shirt it so cute xx

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  23. I like your outfit and love the shoes they look really good with your outfit.The book sounds really good id like to read that myself. Gem xx

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  24. your style of writing always makes me LOL and ah, been looking for flats like yours.

    J x

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  25. ww i love ur blog .. i usually never read a lengthy post but iv managed yours ...which is a good thing coz i have the attention span of a snail haha

    following u now .. hope u can follow back x x
    http://betty-freestylescraps.blogspot.com/

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  26. Simple works! I heard minimalism is a huge trend this season, anyway, so there you go... Jim! ;P

    Regarding the Instagram-ing of photos, I use GIMP sometimes to make my BlackBerry-snapped shots a little more vintage-y; boosting the contrast a bit usually helps. Playing the with colours does it as well. Your mileage will vary per photo.

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  27. I bloody despise when it pulls that grainy trick on me. Perfect outfit, I absolutely love the blouse and your shoes are so pretty. Glad to see you've found those £9 dreams too!

    wishfulsinfulyou.blogspot.com

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  28. the blog layouts looking lovely! I use blogger simple template too hahah. I'm not fussed about all the html confusion I'll stick to the simple stuff!
    great outfit! can't believe those jeans are £9 from primark! definitely going to get myself some
    xx

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  29. I love that shirt of yours! Will have to have a look through the motel vintage section soon :) xx

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  30. Oh, this is such a great look! I should consider buying some flats again, hahaa!

    Love,
    Shanah.

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  31. this outfits gorgeous, love how youve paired the shift with another button down. i think we all need a little book for some help and motivation sometimes, they can be quite inspiring!

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  32. Hi Gem! I love your outfit! its like a geek meets fashion :) anyway, i noticed that your blog have a semi makeover, and i was wandering if you have any tips for new bloggers like me. any tips would help. thanks!

    pls visit lovelywearelovely@blogspot.com

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  33. Haha this post made me laugh, I don't trust anyone else to take my pictures...even if that means balancing my camera on a pile of books and a cup. You look great, I love the Motel shirt! xx

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  34. I loved How to be a Woman! Do let us know what you think when you've finished it. I found the stuff on birth/abortion both terrifying and really beautifully honest. Loving the shoes, they're such a lovely shape - definitely need to invest in some shoes that are both smart AND comfy.

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  35. Your shirt is gorgeous - especially the patterned collar, and those jeans look amazing! This post made me laugh :) I love Caitlin Moran, her newspaper articles are hilarious so the book must be funny too! x

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  36. We've been wading through various books as of late too, attempting to prepare for the restart of Uni!
    Love this outfit, suits you perfectly.
    JS xx

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  37. I'm loving the shirt :) and gosh I know the feeling, ahaa

    xx
    http://wishuponasmile.blogspot.com/

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  38. Ahh I feel yr pain regarding the grainy pics, yrs still look good though! Those shoes are bloody great by the way. Definite outfit win :)
    Betti
    www.torchthetreasure.blogspot.com

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  39. I love your top, what a fun twist on a plain black shirt! You look great in this.

    And I actually have tears in my eyes from your sex change comment. Thanks for giving me the best laugh I've had all day!

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  40. Love all your outifts!

    LO
    www.lamaepa.blogspot.com

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