PETALS FOR ARMOUR

I’ve been listening to Hayley Williams’ Debut album Petals for Armor on repeat. Having grown up listening to Paramore and enjoying their change in sound over the years. I felt that Petals for Armor was a perfect creative choice. A more experimental sound, that I love. Impactful female vocals about love and loss. I felt alone yet surrounded by love listening to the album and the visuals for each song are incredible. I felt that Hayley was singing just to me about what’s been going through my head during lockdown. I wanted to pay tribute to Hayley’s work and the album by creating my own little petals photoshoot.

Petals – from my garden | white shirt – Zara | eye shadow – Dior |mascara – YSL

02/05/2020

Songs I listened to while shooting

Hayley Williams – Simmer & Cinnamon

I’ve been going through my maternal Grandma’s photos a little. She has thousands and her and my mum are sorting them into albums. The picture quality and tonality of the photos really inspired the aesthetic on this shoot. I get most of my inspiration from soft focus imagery. To create the filter and blured quality of the photos I shot with my dresser mirror. I never clean it which is digusting but makes for a textured imperfect image. I also stuck a piece of clingfilm loosely over the lens of my camera to create the blured filter and effect. The trick i found is to not pull the clingfilm tight over the lens but to make sure your light sorce can get between your lens and the film for this effect. I can’t take any inspiration for this technique because I saw Katie from Katie.one do it first.

The “vintage” theme of the shoot inspired the styling. An argyle style jumper from Pringle Scotland and H&M’s collaboration, with a pair of LK.Bennet kitten heels. I planned to wear a different outfit, but felt to costume like and wanted a level of gravity and realism in my work for this shoot.

LAYERING DRESSES

Having a dress that is too short is easily fixed with an open dress over the top or a longer jacket overlayed. This shirt dress from the William Morris collection with H&M is super short on me. I have however worn it without a jacket and with a pair of fishnet tights. My style has changed a little and I prefer to wear it this way. Some kneehigh boots and a short-sleeved denim dress worn as a jacket creates different proportions and a level of interest. The cream denim dress is from Marks and Spencer, thrifted from Oxfam online.

The whole colour palette of this look is all in the same tone.  From boots to highlight to threads of the denim dress and the notes of the shirt dress, The gold of the bracelets match the zip and earrings. A contrasting colour pop on the lips from Clinique. My warmer toned roots that I did myself for a little lockdown fun. Using the L’Oreal preference home dye kit on Stockholm.

ORANGES

Recreating photos I took last summer in my garden. Using props makes me try and create interesting visuals. The aesthetic is vastly different from last time. That photo series was much brighter and lighter toned. Also it was the first time I had used and downloaded the Tezza app. I use it in every photo now was it’s such a unique editing app.

DRESS- H&M | HEAD BAND – AMAZON FASHION | TRAINERS – SUPERGA |earrings – gift

BAMBOO THOUGHTS

I wrote a little on Instagram about being without Hayden. We’ve been pretty inseperable the 4 ish years we’ve known each other, even when he went on tour he was never that far away. I knew exactly when he was coming home. But with the Lockdown uncertainty is everyones play mate right now. I’m not enjoying it at all. My mood is low, lots of things annoy me. I’m sleeping all the time, but am always tired. I’m filling my time. Creating photos for The Curly Haired Girl and for Instagram, working on my island on Animal Crossing, painting, doing workouts I find online. Anything to pass the time. Any time I stop i feel a wave of tears come to the surface. I’m sure it’s not depression or saddness but more a lack of control. I have not control over what I eat everyday, how I spend my days, I can’t go anywhere, I’ve not even driven in over 2 weeks. I’m someone we enjoys being independent, being able to come and go as I please. I like a routine I set myself.

DRESS OVER JEANS on the POOL LADDER

Daily isolation outfits are getting creative. Wearing cut off jeans, I actually wear them to my day job. Boots from Just Fab I bought years ago before I broke three toes and I’ve only just been able to get them back on. My favourite part of this look is the dress over jeans. I love this dress, it’s very see-though, but I love it. The muted green the peachy florals. It’s the perfect summer dress. Last time I featured this dress it was June and I wore little cycle short underneath and white plimsoles.

 

Staying at home has really made me restless and the warmer weather makes we want to swim. I’m sure If we lived in a warmer country my parents would have a pool. So I used their old ladder from a free-standing pool I had as a kid as a prop. The curtain from DKNY that I can’t get enough of apparently. Working on a “bygone era-pool side-over dressed-dramatic” shoot.

DRESS- H&M

JW PEI MINI FLAP in BLACK CROC

Ever get swept into Instagram ads? or Sponsored posts that highlight your feed? Well, I did. Here is the new bag I bought after seeing them on a post. I’ve been duped by sponcered posts and Instagram ads before and have regretted it. But this little bag is so cute. I’m obsessed with is. I would have created shoots at a local cafe a la Parisienne, but no. I’m in my parents house trying the make the most of having free time to create while on self-isolation. The wall decals are from an old Accessorize display. I saw with in a little box by the counter and asked what there were. My local Accessorize sells their old window displays and gives the money to charity. I’be had them for quite a while and use them every now and again.

Anyway back to the bag, a JW PEI mini flap in black croc. From a sustainable, vegan, American brand that are a husband and wife duo. Ticking so many boxes. The gold hardware details really sold me. I love attention to detail. A perfect shoulder length bag. No chain detailing because you really don’t need it. A little smaller then i thought, but still the perfect size. A classic bag for all occasions. I’m working out my next purchase from them already. Heavenly. Once we are all allowed out again I’ll be taking him out for coffee for sure.

BAG -JW PEI | TROUSERS – DOROTHY PERKINGS (old) | BLOUSE – ZARA (old) | PEARL EARRING -SHEIN

 

 

CURTAIN CREATIONS

Last time I wore a curtain it had been sewn into a princess dress. I think I was about two and it was a pinky red curtain, I wore it all the time. I use to sing “princess” all the time while wearing it. My mum would phone her friends and hold to phone out to me and I’d sing  “Princess” down the phone. Endless amount of laughs from my mum and her pals. Fast forward 24ish years and here I an still playing around with curtains, keeping myself entertained during these strange times. And yes I’m still and princess.

CURTAIN – DKNY | T SHIRT – ZARA | BLACK JEANS – NEW LOOK (TALL) | LIPSTICK -BURBERRY

Shots taken with self timer at golden hour.

MEET BUNNY

Just Bunny and I laying in bed thinking about shit and getting philosophical together.

DRESS – H&M | BUNNY -TY

Meet Bunny, my childhood companion. I’ve never gendered Bunny so can’t really say “he” means a lot to me, or “she” got me through some interesting times. Bunny is just Bunny. Bunny used to have a voice (thanks mum) but over the years Bunny has become silent but in some ways has spoken to me more.

Inspired to be more creative inside as I try and keep myself (asthmatic) and my mother (parkinson’s) as safe as possible. I saw a photo on Instagram of a lady lying on the edge of the bed with a bear next to her. The concept really interested me and I wanted to recreate it with Bunny. I also wish in some way that Bunny was actually Hayden. I miss him so much at the moment. We are making efforts to keep everyone safe and reducing the amount of time we spend with each other. It’s hard. If we lived together right now it would be fine but keeping a distance from your love is difficult. I did see Hayden through the porch door this afternoon. Congratulating him on finishing his first placement.