Autumnal Sky

Waking up to see the sunrise on the last day of summer is something I want to make a tradition. It was magical to arrive at the beach with just a few fitness fanatics and dog walkers for company. Standing in the crisp air waiting for the sun to mark Autumn.

Tips on Shooting in the Heat

Well isn’t the UK roasting right now. Im not the last person or the first to say it’s bloody hot. I’ve been avoiding shoot as I’m too hot for anything. shoot early morning if you can. I couldn’t for this shoot and shot in the evening. I was melting and my hair was getting curlier and curlier.

Chose your outfit is more important that anything in this heat. Knee high boots are amazing and my favourite with short dresses but not amazing when the weather is against you. Opt for a trainer or a sandal and you’ll be more comfortable and more natural in your photos. You can almost see the pain in my eyes and sweat on my brow. Also don’t wear your cardigan in the sun. It might bring your look together but at what cost. AT WHAT COST?!

Be quick, We took a maximum of 30 mins setting up for the shoot and wrapped quickly to get home to our belived fan. Go to your location with an intention of what to shoot. Don’t waste time in the sun you’ll just feel exhausted or get a headache. If you do need longer then 30 mins take a snack, water, sun screen and take breaks in the shade.

Lastly, have a patient photographer, who will be sweating in the heat with you. Who’s willing to take your photos and get you the shots and direct you. I’ve found mine in Hayden, Even when we aren’t feeling a shoot he’ll take extra shots just incase.

Also there were cute dogs all over the beach and playing in the water and one Terrier that loved our shoot and said hello.

DRESS – H&M | BOOTS – THRIFTED | CARDIGAN – TU | NECKLACE, BRACELET – CALI TIGER | HANDBAG | SUZY SMITH

 

 

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