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Last Chance Jazz Saloon

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Last Chance Jazz Saloon

Dayumm, girrrl – look at those cheap threads!


Get yer cute little butts down to The Jazz Emporium’s last ever sale on the Galashiels campus at their Heriot-Watt Union – we’re closing down, guys!
Sad for us, but a hella good opportunity for y’all to get your grubby mitts on some seriously cheap vintage…

How CAN you resist?


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Sassy Bearcat of the Month

Hello Jazz fans!

It has been a while since we’ve featured one of our style icons, but after a long uninspiring gap, we’ve finally found one worth featuring!

‘Who is this angel of style?’ We hear you ask. ‘What sort of sartorially scintillating person could have captured your attention again after so long an absence?’

We answer thus; a characters so chock full of attitude and brave, on-trend style that just watching her on screen is akin to shopping at ASOS. That is, if ASOS included brass knuckle dusters and death metal iconography in their vast selection of stock… Which, actually, probably is exactly the case!

Meet Vod, from Channel Four’s delightfully cringe-tastic ‘Fresh Meat’. Students and ex-students alike can identify with the setting of the grungy student-shared house, weird, substandard lecturers and awful part time jobs that define a student’s existence. Harder to relate to, for many, however, is the aspirational costume design of the series; particularly obvious in Vod.



Played by the foxy Zawe Ashton, Vod doesn’t mess about when it comes to style. In fact, she doesn’t mess about with anything, really. Self-confident and bold, she’s the epitome of a ‘yes woman’, clutching any style, trend or look that takes her fancy and rocking it effortlessly. True to the brave individuality of British style, she often hardens each sartorial foray with her signature industrial boots, or a similar post-punk edge. She is no clothes horse – the clothes work for her.

So, Vod, what do you feel like making your style bitch today?

Blue lips?



Gentrified androgyny?



1920s spit curls?Image


A 90s nod to dummies as accessories?



Sexin’ it up in a chambermaid uniform? Er, yes…



Let’s face it, this girl could jump naked into a skip and emerge draped in a black bin bag belted with a frayed curtain tie, draping a dead fox round her neck – and she’d be looking fan-bloody-tastic. The confidence with which she pulls off remnants of by-gone eras, or simply just remnants of clothes is awe-inspiring.



And it seems that Vod isn’t just the creation of the costume designer; Zawe herself projecting influences into her character’s style; 

“This job is such a touch! It is so collaborative but you can also trust every single department to just be on it. If I send June (Niven), our costume designer, a picture of Prince and say this is our touchstone for this series – the next thing you know I’m wearing a ruffle shirt, a bolero jacket and my hair’s sticking up and it’s Prince. She runs with it, she is so inventive.”

Having the face behind Vod inject her own opinion on the character just makes her feel all the more authentic…


Wanna echo Vod’s look? Slap on some plum lipstick, artfully rip a few holes into whatever your wearing and strut out into the street like you were born to wear it. Make no excuses and atone for no sins; Vod would never be so embarrassing…

Big up to bin bag chic! Next time, we’ll take a peek at another Fresh Meat bearcat; Oregon.



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All Sixes – 2.0 Special 19/04/12

Damn, my secret is out!


The internet is such a vast and successful community that this week we celebrate the beauty of user-generated content – the type of sites that can only exist from a large collective of people, working together to make trivial, frivolous, beautiful, accomplished or funny things. Let’s start with an infamous one (no, it’s not Youtube – we’re not that obvious)…


1. It’s got to be an EPIC FAIL!

2. A glorious tribute to the anonymity of the internet in PostSecret

3. What is funnier than watching the older generation struggle with what comes naturally to us? Most apparant when parents text

4. A very good way to figure out the real worth of that new restaurant down the street, or find a trustworthy cobbler (why are they so difficult to find, by the way? If anyone knows of one in Glasgow comment below – we must have him/her!!) in your area. I trust a review by my friend’s friend more than an advert in a paper anyday, and if you do too, check out Yelp!

5. Illustration fans, rejoice! illyPads collects beautiful submissions and creates a gallery for your viewing pleasure.

6. There is nothing more thrilling than discovering a lost or abandoned note, picture, doodle or even a shopping list. ‘This stranger ran out of spaghetti… my god!’ was my thought on my last discovery on the street… For more interesting scribbles check what others have Found (Magazine)!


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On A Slightly Unrelated Note… From Yesterday, For Tomorrow

Greetings, Jazz Fans!

We know that lovers of vintage fashion are naturally open-minded and creative, and we wanted to take this opportunity – a detour from our usual chirpy content on our blog – to showwhat a good friend of ours, Ben, has been working on the past month…

He and another intrepid explorer (Jared) have been travelling the depths of Eastern Europe, learning from the history and personal civilian stories from the holocaust, and are bravely immersing themselves in this world of incomprehensible (to our modern eyes) injustice. From what they learn about past prejudices in an extreme enviroment, they hope to use to combat prejudices today – and to show that even in places seemingly devoid of humanity, kindness and dedication can still prevail. The story of their journey, and the stories they discover will be created into a documentary film and learning programmes – they have a dream that the world can be improved if we all recognize how our actions as individuals affect others as a whole.

Prejudice is a horrible thing, friends (let’s tell you something we don’t know, eh?) We at The Jazz feel strongly about asserting yourself, who you are, and using your creativity with fashion to express how your insides – on the outside!  Our manifesto was created with the advocation of personal confidence in mind, and we understand that prejudice is a huge enemy to the individual attempting to achieve contentment with themselves. As a duo of women, we face prejudice on a regular basis – both serious and flippant, but equally frustrating. It is tough to live in a world that dictates so many values and various innumerable pressures (whether it be through the pressure of attaining a body ideal, or finding time to manage children, a full time job and three dogs, cats, hamsters etc with utter ease – or simply the pressure of finding a job), and obviously women are just one minority of many subjected to a small-minded majority view. Looking through your own eyes at yourself with pride is very hard when the societal perception of  some aspect of yourself is negative. Therefore, we want to voice support of our friends’ brave work to have the confidence to take these prejudices head on, and face up to some horrific and embittering truths of the past in an attempt to better the world for others – I mean, who doesn’t want other people to feel happy and at ease with who they are?? Only Mean Girls. And we all know what happens to Mean Girls – they get hit by buses.

You can discover and keep up to date with Ben & Jared’s progress at their blog – their journey is officially ending on Friday, so show them your support, Jazz fans!

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Guest Post by Jessica James: Hexapuff Obsessed!

Even after last week’s DIY dress alterations session, my alterations/fixing pile continues to grow. Being a crafty lass, I find it next to impossible to throw ANYTHING away. In my mind, a clothing item can always be transformed or used in some way (i.e. buttons, collars, etc). Yes, I’m a bit of a hoarder in this way.

A wee while ago, I made a solemn vow to not use acrylic yarn again….never-ever. Unfortunately, it looks like I’m ready to break this personal promise, dagnabbit! A lovely lady donated some wool for my personal usage, which I enthusiastically accepted. To my dismay, it turns out that I accepted a bulging bag of acrylic (plastic yarn). Because of my slight hoarding tendencies, I feel obliged to use it. But for what?? It does not feel pleasant on the skin, provide warmth, or hold its intended successfully. OMG, it is perfect for Hexapuffs!

Hexapuffs are a knitting phenomenon that has swept through the interwebs and taken over a good section of my life. I’ve become completely obsessed with Hexapuffs. These are little hexagon-ish shapes are knitted up and individually stuffed like a wee pillow. The concept is to make enough of them to create a covering of some sort. I originally thought I would just make a wee blanket for the foot of my bed, but it’s beginning to get out of hand. I’ve become hexa-obsessed, and may just end up with a full sized duvet, thanks to the extra bits of wool that seem to keep coming my way. The finished product will look a bit like a puffy honeycomb, which is why it’s called the Beekeeper Quilt. Yay. But as one member of THE JAZZ points out, one of these wee
Hexapuffs looks like it could be a character/monster of some sort (google eyes not included).


On of my current life problems is that I’m knitting too many things at once, and I feel the surmounting pressure of the wool in my wool basket waiting to be used (imagine ‘Under Pressure’ by Queen playing in the background at this point). I’m very much a product knitter, and I like to FINISH things, not continually start them. I’m just itching to have something completed so as to wear it…and yes, maybe even show it off a bit. On the needles now, I have the following:


One Lace Blouse...


One Lightweight Jumper...



One pair of Fair Isle-ish mittens...


The mittens are out of my favorite knitty magazine of the moment: Jane Austen Knits. I am very interested…what would Jane do??

And finally, not forgetting the bloody hexapuffs!

Mount Hexapuff

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Sassy Bearcat of the Week + an ASOS Sneak Peek!

To celebrate the launch of our ASOS Marketplace for this week’s Sassy Bearcat of the Week we’ve scoured the best street-style blogs to share with you the gangsters and molls slaying it on the street right now.

Hot dungarees @ The Satorialist

Black and minimal @ Stitches, Fabric & Soul

Zips are the best detail right now @ Jak & Jil

Preppy Androgyny @ Guerrisms

90s silver minimailsm @ The Jazz Emporium ASOS marketplace shop