I am only happy when it rains

I always  think of London as a cold, grey and wet City, it is exactly why I love living here so much.

Today was cold and rainy, and to me it was the perfect weather to go for a walk along London Bridge Pier and take  some pictures.

It was  all about shape and texture,  I also played with my camera settings to get faded and dreamy-like images,  some of these photos could almost be watercolour paintings.

I hope I captured some of the beauty the lovely winter lays over London.

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Happiness…this way!

It was Sunday morning, I did the usual thing when I woke up, checked Facebook. I scrolled down my newsfeed very quickly and the only thing that got my attention was one status; How to find happiness? It made me think about my personal happiness and inspired me to write this post.

Sometimes we lose motivation, get bored of our lives or what we do, make bad decisions that take us to a dark road, or we simply we face difficulties that consequently change our outlook on life. When we are in that state of mind it is easy to forget what being happy feels like, but the turning point is when we realise how short the days are, how quickly time is passing us by and here we are, spending our existence being miserable.

It is simpler than we think to switch that button on our brain to feel hopeful again, we just have to take baby steps and think of all the small things that make us smile.

How to find happiness? Well, I wish I had the right answer, but to me you find it when you decide to open your mind and appreciate everything around you, people; friends and family, and living; enjoying every day. When you wake up early enough to see the sunrise and all the amazing pinks and yellows in the sky, or when you read a book that totally changes your perspective on life, wearing your favourite outfit, listing to a beautiful piece of music, being in a room full of your loved ones, or even writing in your blog that has been forgotten for several months.

We live in an extraordinary universe, but we sadly spend too long with our eyes shut.

I take pictures of anything I find beautiful and inspiring, of what I love and appreciate about my every day life, and when I feel down I have these images to remind me how lucky I am for having such beauty around me.

This is how I find happiness!

A Beautiful Sunset, Lisbon

Reds and yellows in the sky

Sunflowers in Columbia Flower Market

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My Sunday Morning

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A powerful message, a man standing in the middle of the street giving away his art.

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Berlin

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Wearing quirky sunglasses

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A cafe in France

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My Friends

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Sophie’s magical house in France

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Randomness

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Arty Shows

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The Sky

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Winter

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Montmartre, Paris

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Happy Notes, “The Paul Smith’s Exhibition” in London

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Surreal Places

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A candy sky in the early hours

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Yoga by the Sea

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Mexico City

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Being Playful

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Beautiful Architecture

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Dressing Up

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A Full Moon

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Live Music

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Interactive Art

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The Colour Pink

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A walk at night along the Southbank

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My Nephew

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London

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Mexico Lindo y Querido

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It has been another great trip to Mexico City to visit my family, and while I was there for a short I simply had to wander around the City with my camera to try to capture some of its magic.

My opinion about Mexico City is not of a native Mexican girl who simply adores her country and ignores all its political issues, high level of crime and corruption, of course it has that, but also an immense beauty that can’t be explained or described, you have to be there to understand its charm.

I left for Europe a long time ago, but every time I visit it awakes a part of me that I sometimes think it has died, my Mexican roots will always be there but the love and appreciation for my culture  seem to fade away at times, until I go back and I’m reminded of how lucky I am for having grown up in such an interesting place, of  rich culture and history, full of mystical places and mysterious Aztec legends of their gods.

Mexico is tradition,  food, religion, tequila y mescal, friendly people, colour, humor and  music, this country has  a piece of my heart and I think that if you ever visit it you might leave  a piece of yours behind.

La Santa Muerte on the streets of the city centre

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Mexican crafts at the Ciudadela

Mercado de la Ciudadela

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“La Casa Azul” Frida Kahlo’s beautiful house in which she grew up and later on lived with Diego Rivera, it is located in Coyoacan, it’s now  a museum and at the moment is exhibiting some of the most iconic outfits and jewellery worn by the artist.

La Casa Azul

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La Condesa, this area is popular for its quirky bars, mezcalerias and cool shops.

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This bar has an amazing selection of Mexican beer only

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Coyoacan

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Food at La Coyoacana

Road Trip to the Marquesa

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The most delicious Pina Colada I have ever had served in a beautifully decorated pineapple

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Wandering in one of many food markets in the city

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Chiles

Fruit at the market

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Chile Heaven

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Mexicans are carnivores

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Thirty Shades of Colour

This weekend seemed the perfect time to do a post on eyewear, how could I not be inspired by the beautiful sunshine there has been above us? It feels like it’s finally spring and I’m so excited about  wearing a different pair of shades every day and hopefully until the end of summer, they are simply my favourite accessory ever.

Let’s see what we’ve got here, Wildfox, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Topshop, Luella, Chloe, 80’s Ray Ban, & Other Stories, Beyond Retro, Vintage from Camden, Bricklane and even from an LA store, but the most special to me are  two pairs my grandmother left me from the 1960’s, also  70’s Ray-Ban Aviator  shades from the first collections they made, which I found at an antique market in Mexico City.

I did have fun doing this post but It was hard at the beginning I must admit, I’m not a narcissist  so having seen my face over 30 times while doing this made me cringe, luckily I got over that quite quickly and here it is, my sunglasses collection and definitely my obsession, well, one of many.

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Life is pink & beautiful

I have always associated happiness to the colour pink and that’s the meaning behind my favourite phrase… “Life is pink & beautiful”.

Pink lipstick, handbags, blouses, jumpers and the amount of things I own in this colour is probably a bit ridiculous.

It was a snowy London last week and it’s still pretty cold but I haven’t let myself  get under the weather this time, how? well, colour it’s all you need, also fur! I’m over the moon about  finally wearing this fabulous piece.

My pink rabbit fur pom pom jacket! Some people might actually think I’m totally shallow for going on about this piece but even looking at it makes me smile. What I wear says who I am and the outfits I choose each day say how I feel in that particular day,  it’s my pink fur happy jacket which describes me best.

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Pink rabbit fur pom pom jacket “The Happy Jacket” by Giorgio Armani

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Bright & Fun January

It’s already January and a bit of a depressing month for some,  no more exciting  shopping trips in search of  the perfect  dress for  Christmas parties or just a great outfit for a big night out on NYE.

Shops displayed endless options of gold and silver dresses, sequins, beads and basically all fabulous things before and during the festivities season so, what’s next? What trend will cheer us all up and beat these January Blues?

Some of the trends for SS13 are white, black, bright colours, stripes and optical prints and sheer luxe. I did this shoot inspired by my mood in January, as the first month of 2013 to me it means excitement, happiness and positive vibes. I mixed monochrome with bright yellow, fun prints and bold shapes, there are also some sheer pieces.

Jacqueline Dumont, my lovely model, was great in this shoot and she really rocked each look. These outfits represent exactly  how I feel in this glorious beginning of the year!

The Style Factory, Marc Jacobs, Azzedine Alaia, Monochrome, Emporio Armani

Monochrome, bright & bold!

Armani Jeans Coat, Luella top, AX leggings, H&M necklace, vintage ring and Marc Jacobs shoes.Image

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Emporio Armani blazer, Armani Collezioni dress and Balenciaga shoes.Image

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DKNY jeans long sleeve sheer  top, vintage polka dot top  from St. Cyr Vintage, Top Shop trousers, Giorgio Armani silk scarf and kneclace, vintage bracelet and Azzedine Alaia shoes.Image

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Vintage jumper from St Cyr Vintage, Luella customised skirt, H&M studded belt and glasses from Bricklane Market.

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Hello world!

This blog is about all the things I love, catch my eye and get my attention.

What to expect? Fashion, styling, shops, music, exhibitions and a little bit of my obsession with Dalston and Hackney.

I’m not the best writer and I don’t intend to be, just want to share my outlook on fashion among other things. I hope you enjoy the content of The Style Factory and become a regular reader.

Watch this space!

Jai Lescieur.