Re-styling a Black Dress x Crop Field

Endevouring to shop fast fashion more inteligently has lead me to look into my wardrobe even more. What pieces am I missing? Can I re-style classics to create something new? Working on re-styling looks I’ve worn time and again. Sewing a belt through a small bags handle instantly creates the belt bag trend without it looking too bum bag esque. Picking the same colour makes the whole look streamlined and classic. This styling I’m showing you today reminds me of historical ladies and gentlemen that would wear their purse tied to their waists.

Shot outside after two days of looking for the right field to share this idea with you. Hayden and I have shot many times in this exact field but always missing the harvest or in different seasons to the crops never look the same. Choosing bare feet to spice things up a little. Funny how I’m not really one for wearing shoes but have always loved them. Years of not wearing shoes has meant my feet are a little batterned and worn. Do you get witchy vibes from this shoot? I do, the bare feet wild hair and black dress. I can’t wait for Halloween.

DRESS – ZARA| BELT – old | BAG – STELLA MCCARTNEY | EARRINGS – made them.

OVERSIZED SHIRTING – Compton Acres

The most repeated outfit in my wardrobe is always the simplest one. This men’s Ralph Lauren shirt and jeans are casual, but with a little effort. Accessorised with pink hoops and a gingham hairband to make the whole look less formal and plain. Feeling my outfit was a little plain still I added pink eyeliner to the corners of my eyes and a floral Desigual backpack.

SHIRT – RALPH LAUREN | JEANS – NEW LOOK | BACKPACK – DESIGUAL | TRAINERS – SUPERGA | ACCESSORISE – ACCESSORIZE

Photos captured on location at Compton Acres. I took Hayden for a little explore on our day off together. I prefered the Roman garden and the Japanese garden over all the others but they are special in their own way too. Have you been to Compton Acres? These two gardens had the biggest themes and more had been created for each garden. There was plenty to see and photograph.  When rode Beryl Bikes for the first time home. Having used Lime Scooters in Paris last year, we knew the concept and were excited to give Beryl a test run. We can’t wait for our next ride.

SUMMER SIDE | green H&M dress

last day of Lockdown.

Along with many of you I’m going back to work today. I have mixed feelings about being around people more consistantly. I’m increasing my chances of getting  Rona or become a carrier. How will I be able to protect my loved ones and myself while at work? I have alot of anxiety about going to work again as I’ve delt with meningococcal septicaemia as a teen. Which is spread in a similar way to Rona.

“People spread meningococcal bacteria to other people by sharing respiratory and throat secretions (saliva or spit). Generally, it takes close (for example, coughing or kissing) or lengthy contact to spread these bacteria”. From the CDC. America’s Centre for desease Control.

I’m excited to make coffee and have a routine but I want to be safe and work with people who will uphold the government guidelines.

For may last day of lockdown I wanted to go to Poundbury. It’s always quite there so I knew that distancing would be easy. The buildings are so beautiful and are a mix of european influences. I visited my favourite concept store, Cherryade and bought a few things for the flat. A little dried bouquet for the lounge, a card to turn into a poster to hang and a little plant for the TV stand. The edesign of the store is forever changing and has a unique aesthetic. We walked around with a coffee from Finka and took these photos outside the pub, by the royal pavillion.

 

The weather is fickle, I’m forever wearing the wrong dress or a jacket with no hood. This is one of those occasions. It was much hotter then it looks but windy as hell. I wanted to take my jacket off but I would end up flashing passers by. So the Jacket stayed in, and I just melted.  I perfectly did my hair for this shoot, but as it was so windy, not amount of harirspray could keep it down. I brushed my hair in between shots and it still looks like I was dragged through a hedge. Going from blonde to brown is tricky, my hair is getting lighter and lighter every week.

DRESS – H&M | JACKET | H&M | BOOTS – DEICHMANN | BAG – COACH | EARRINGS – H&M

Location – Poundbury

Photographer – Hayden

Sutton Crossbody

Simplisity is key when it’s 30 something degrees out. Always reverting back to this dress every time the temp reaches over 25 degrees. It’s light and breesey and from Primark of all places. I’ve worn this exact combo of the dress and show all over this blog and my Instagram. I think it’s the easiest “put together” look for daily use there is. Heels are from Clarks years and years ago. Their timeless and so many brands have amazing versions. My fave pair are linked here  and similar dresses linked here and here. Adding to the metalics of this look  I accessorised with a Nomination bracelet that I was gifted on my 21st. I love customisable accessories and should really be wearing this bracelet more often.

 

A new addition to my bag collection is a cream nude Sutton from Coach. Snagged in their sale. It’s a cross body, but I’m yet to use it as one. A perfectly proportioned size. It’s a wallet, phone lipstick and camera in seamlessly. The gold hardware with the soft leather elevate the whole look and tie in the metalic heels. The zip pull tassel is understated yet also gives the bag a little interest. the Sutton has a little leather dog tag that I’d want to get my intials embossed onto it at some point.

Photographer – Hayden

Location – Bournemouth Gardens

 

 

Black, Brown and Cream

Style rules are odd aren’t they? People tell you how you should and shouldn’t wear colours together or crop tops if you have big boobs or mini skirts if you are over a certain age. The fashion rules that always used to confuse me are colour pairings. Pink and green shouldn’t go together. Who says? You can’t wait brown and black together. Well you can! wearing colours pairings the way you want really helps establish your personal style.

For walking in the woods I wore black, brown and cream together. They are all in the same tone but “shouldn’t go together” apparently. I love this outfit. Easy tones to match my surroundings. I had to add a little colour. A turquoise and pink eyeliner combination. Metalic turquoise pencil eyeliner from Gucci and a liquid bright pink from L’oreal. Using the Gucci pencil over the lid, as it’s the darker colour. Creating the look this way, make the whole makeup look less costume like.

JACKET – H&M (similar) | JEANS – NEW LOOK | T-SHIRT – HARD ROCK CAFE | SHOES – CONVERSE | SUNGLASSES – STELLA MCCARTNEY | HANDBAG – CALVIN KLEIN | EYELINER – GUCCI & L’OREAL

Location – Moors Valley

Photographer – Hayden

Being Patient

Hayden and I are moving. I’ve mentioned a few times that we are on the hunt for a place to call our own. We both currently live really rural in the South of England and can’t wait to have bus connections and a takeaway that will deliver to us.
Back in August we picked the place we wanted. The most stunning apartment in town. We fell in love and could have moved in then and there. But it was still being built. Yet that’s right, it was a shell but we were sold. The plans said it would be finished November/December. But here we are in January still not moved in. Wrong parts were ordered, other building sites were behind so our site got pushed back further. So we waited. Had a few building site visits, and fell more in love every time.
If you know me in person, you could say I’m not the most patient person. I hate queueing at the bar, waiting from someone to hand me something annoys me, Waiting for food to cook, takes too long.  So having to wait for our apartment to be finished is peeing me off to put it politely.  But building never goes to plan, there are changes, problems that can’t be foreseen. I’m so impatient as I know how amazing it will be to have our own space. To play house, to decorate, We have the most perfect masculine sofa coming. To be able to build my adult life, is so motivating. To be able to start building a life with Hayden makes me giddy with excitement.
End of February is our moving date. There will be blog posts, empty apartment tours and blogs, As your girl is putting all her effort into blogging and Instagram, Youtube.

First Party of the Season

 

Possibly the most nervous I’ve been in a while. Went to Hayden’s work Christmas party and met all the people he talks about me to for the first time. It was so warming to have people be excited to meet you and to get to hear how wonderful my boy friend is, it  makes me warm inside. We took a moment away from the party to snap a few outfit photos on the stairs on the Hallmark hotel in Bournemouth.

Dress – H&M (old) sequin option, red floral option, black option, | Boots – New Look (old) similar, similar, similar, | Earrings – Camila Carril “Eugenie ” Huggies| Lip Colour YSL – Fuchsia

 

 

 

Julia’s House Store Expansion – Press Event

Dress – Old | Boots – seven7footwear | Jacket – Vintage | Bag – Calvin Klein (thrifted)

Halloween earrings – Claire’s

Julia’s House Children’s Hospice is a charity founded by a lady called Julia. As a nurse she saw a gap in the community from in-patient care to home care and wanted to create a charity that would bridge that gap. Unfortunately Julia lost her battle with cancer. But her friend Mike Wise took over the dream and founded Julia’s House. Julia’s House provides respite for families with have life-limited children. There are two hospice locations one in Dorset and one in Wiltshire. There are many ways you can donate to Juila’s House. Through charity events, leaving money in your will, my favourite one is shopping in one of their stores.

One of the stores is in Creekmoor, just outside of Poole, Dorset. It was a large store before it expanded and now it’s more a department store than a charity shop. The visual merchandising in this store is perfect. Creative displays really promote all the donations that come through. Their bridle room has expanded, there is now a library, electronic store, a huge kids section and the women’s and homeware has expanded too. The store manager talked through the process of the re-fit building displays for the store using as much recycled, materials as possible. Julia’s House store really developed on the sustainable shopping trend. Why not shop sustainably in a sustainable shop.

To celebrate the expansion of the store bloggers were invited to have an after-hours shopping spree. To be able to have a look around and have a talk from the various staff was affirming. I took Hayden along with me, he picked up a running book and I a striped cardigan for my holiday at the beginning of November. I did have to restrain myself from buying so much more. I think I’ll be going back for the dress in the second picture.

[press event]

Thank you to Julia’s House & Bournemouth Bloggers

Dinner Date

 

Rewearing this Monsoon number for date night with Hayden and Hotel du Vin. This dress makes me feel so put together. The length is perfect for a more formal look with buttons down the front you can create a little split for a more sexy look. Long buttoned sleeves, delicate flowers.

Whole look is created from pieces I’ve had for a long time. Similar items here ( dress, dress, dress, )

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