VINTAGE WESTERN BELT





This is my vintage western belt I picked up last weekend for a single pound. Yeah, I know, what a bargain! I've been into a lot of charity shops recently and I'd say one in every ten turn up an absolute gem, this belt being one of them. As soon as I spotted the silver pointed detail at the end of the belt shining through, almost hidden by the other leather's, I dug it straight out to find this western beauty.




The weather here in rainy Manchester has been, well - rainy, so I decided to shoot this look a little differently to how I'd normally go about it. I shot this in my bedroom with the curtains closed. It was pretty dark but that's how I wanted it, the single white flash from the camera was enough to give this set of images that look and feel of old 70's photography, plus I went one step better and decided to make a short film - obviously in black and white.




Mick Jagger
I shot the whole thing on the bed, which with a few well placed props looked pretty sweet. You may recognise the old Kodak film camera which I've been wanting to use in a shoot since I bought it a few months back. Ever since I saw the classic image of Mick with one of these old school video camera's I've been wanting to recreate the vibe.





Since I was channelling Mick behind the camera I'd like to think I was also resembling one of my style icons - Jim Morrison in front of it. As soon as anyone puts on a pair of leather trousers that's who they probably want to take their inspiration from. This look was all about the belt and with that being old American style, Jim was clearly the one to get inspired by, especially with a fine rum by my side.







The detail on this belt is amazing, it has old five cent coins positioned the whole way around, plus the pointed detail on the belt is to die for. The heavy darted point sits perfectly on the side of my belt loops and looks killer. This isn't really where I'd normally position a belt but more of a practical reason - the belt was too big for me. However, with a few added holes punched into the leather this belt now fits me like a dream. That's it with vintage, you've sometimes got to make little adjustments yourself to make it the way you want it, lucky here, that was only a two minute job.








This is the first piece I've ever bought from a charity shop, but if they're anything like this I'll be going back for more. You've got to have a little patience shopping this way but when you find something you weren't expecting you'll be greatly rewarded. I'd love to know if you've come across some killer pieces in these kind of shops and how you've styled up to into your outfits. 





You can go check my YouTube out tonight were I talk a little more about my bargain belt plus there's also brief and chat too. I'm going to upload a killer look video on my channel tomorrow night but if you want to see it now, you can check out my Instagram - @theunidentifiedrocker


Photographs by CJ Carpenter
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THE CHESTERFIELD - THE ROCK STAR OF SOFA'S




If a rock star was a sofa it would probably be a Chesterfield. Fact. I’ve been wanting one of these beauties for so long and finally I have found the one for me. This is a momentous day, so momentous you’re all getting to hear about it now on my blog! Initially I walked straight past him in the shop, never even realising he was there, spotting him on the second pass and knowing he was the sofa for me and getting the bargain of the century!






So let me introduce to you, my new couch, this is the Chesterfield of my dreams and yes I’ve decided to do a full post about it! Not necessarily telling you how it was made or how comfortable it is but to show you some killer photographs I've taken in my flat. After all, it’s the second biggest thing I’ve ever bought! I must be an adult now - right?





Over the years I've seen so many cool images taken on, or around the Chesterfield sofa, so with that in mind, I thought I’d add mine to the collection. As you can see I’ve moved a few things around in the flat to make room for my legendary new sofa, the coffee table for instance was against one of the walls, has been rightfully placed in front of my new three seater and I think it looks perfect!






I was lucky enough to get my pal & photographer Dennis in on this post, which had now turned into a full on shoot in my living room. We met early Friday morning, had a coffee then started shooting. The way the flat looks at the moment is sick, I have everything I want in there now and I think Chloe and I have aced the interior decoration game, with this sofa being the final flourish!






The scene was set, incense sticks were lit and the room slowly began to fill with smoke giving the photographs a certain ambiance. I think we got some killer shots of both the Chesterfield and myself, the shoot I’d imagined in my head was starting to look pretty damn good! It was actually pretty hard to choose an outfit for this shoot as I wanted it to look as cool as possible, which blatantly meant I had to wear my leather jacket. Since I was in the comfort of my living room I thought I'd loose the shirt and just go with the necklaces, rings and my other jewellery, rock and roll.









The sofa was pretty hard to manoeuvre into the flat but after a good ten minutes and help from the legend who kindly delivered it, he was in. I think the sofa has been around a few good years so with that in mind a thorough clean was necessary. I polished and buffed him right up and as you can see he's come up a treat!
My small coffee table (yet another vintage find) is looking pretty damn good if I do say so myself. As you can guess, I'm huge fan of candles but these guys were actually harder than to finds you think, as everywhere only sell non-drip candles, no idea why? However, after finding a seller on eBay I have purchased quite a lot of these epic candles that slowly pour and dribble down anything you put them on! The roses are the main feature of the table, which were initially from Valentines day and are now totally dry. I bought these for Chloe, however, I think I’ve had more enjoyment from these than she did for the week and a half they lasted in full bloom!




The decanters arranged around the table are all from various car boot sales or second had shops. I love the etched glass and think they look better like this, than for their intended use of holding alcohol.  I positioned my new pride and joy against the back wall of the living room as this is where the sun falls in the summer months, so sitting back relaxing in the sunshine is exactly what’s going to happen. I did have to move some of the frames we had on the wall as the back of the sofa is very high, but they look just as good in their new position.

Overall I think the flat is looking its sexiest, with this sofa being the final touch it needed. You can head across to my YouTube channel today where you can see a catch up with me plus a little bit more of the big red beauty!


Photographs by Gimbaa


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