SOFT NEON X GANNI

There is nothing quite like owning a piece from a designer that you’ve been a fan of longer than you can remember. Ganni is this designer for me. A fashion house that plays with style. Working with pattern and shaping to create something that’s both retro and modern. A timeless aesthetic that I’m obsessed with.

This neon seersucker cropped top went right into my basket. There is also a beige colourway. But I couldn’t get over the neon green. I can’t wait to wear this crop with shorts and with bare arms at the beach. The straps are tied in bows but could be tucked away for even more of a 90’s look.

Neon is apparently one of the key trends from Spring Summer 20. Neon is so hard to style without looking like you have just been to a rave. No glow bands here. Just a more 90’s punk/grunge nod to neon. Paired with silver eyeshadow. Super 90’s. A fluffy pink headband to balance the heavy looking outfit. Fishnet socks and flatform shoes.

Still available on Matches in both colourways in the sale.

SEERSUCKER TOP – GANNI | JEANS – NEW LOOK | TURTLE NECK – H&M | SHOES – MARKS AND SPENCER | BAG – ZARA | HEADBAND – TK-MAXX | SOCKS – TOPSHOP

Location – Upton Country House

Photographer – Hayden

QUEEN BEE – DOONEY AND BOURKE

A whole look of “old things” Long Tall Sally coat I’ve had about three years ago which I bought second hand. Simpley Bee dress From TK-Maxx from years ago. Newest addition are these boots I thrifted last month. Possibly the oldest and my most precious handbag. A bumble bee barrel from Dooney and Bourke, from about 14 years ago. I remember seeing Emma Roberts being the cover girl for Dooney  13 year old me was living for it.

I begged my auntie to source the bag for my birthday while she was in Manhatten.She bought The Holy Grail home, and it was mine. My auntie bought my the little matching coin purse too. The bag may be a little faded now, but honey, she’s staying for every. My pride and joy. I’d run into a burning house to get her out.

location – Weymouth Clock Tower

Photographer – Hayden

TWEED JACKET BURLEY MANOR

Wednesday is the day for coffee. If you call Wednesday ‘Hump Day’ or not, coffee midweek is needed. Spending the afternoon watching deer roam around a field while sipping a cup of jo really relaxes you. I spend the afternoon at Burley Manor. A stunning 4 star hotel in the New Forest. We sat in their lounge on comfy sofas chatting and relaxing, watching the deer in the park going about their day. Can you imagine how amazing it would be to stay at Burley Manor when it snows, or over Christmas? The cosiest aesthetic with plum colour walls, textured blinds, wood paneling, natural greens in the main lounge and bright, smart rooms to snooze in.

Wearing the comfiest ribbed turtle neck jumper from Marks & Spencer, with a little 80’s pop of a gold chain. layered over with a green tweed jacket. A Long Tall Sally jacket of dreams, with a little fluffy cuff for a little added drama.

JUMPER – MARKS & SPENCER | JEANS – NEW LOOK | NECKLACE – PRIMARK | JACKET – LONG TALL SALLY old

Location – Burely Manor

Photographer – Hayden

12 Trends SS/20 Polka Dots

 

“sufferin succotash”

Second shoot in Mama Shelter London. Using s Sylvester mask this time. I knew I wanted to shoot this dress asap, so packed in while working away. I didn’t think I’d get an opportunity to shoot it, or even wear it. I’m so glad I got to do both. Shot after a long day on set. I should really have been tucked up in bed counting sheep. But I just had to share. An oversized polka dot shirt, yes please. H&M are my cryptonite, I tell you.

Staying in new places, really sparkes my creativity. Mama Shelter’s interior design composition really helped inspire the consept for these shots. Using the illuminated mirror and a little self timer, a filter edited on the Tezza app.

Points if you can spot the toothpaste tube.

PINK PUFF-SLEEVED SHIRT AND TWEETY BIRD

What do you do when you stay in a trendy hotel in London for one night?  You watch Central Intelligence and Lady Bird, read the magazines that are in your room and get creeped out by the Tweety Bird and Sylvester mask. They were over the lighting by the bed so it looked like their eyes were glowing. Mama Shelter is a feast for the eyes and little touches like that really make staying in their hotel fun. I’ll talk more about the hotel in my next post. Yes, I took loads of photos while I was there. I wanted to see what kind of shots I could get by myself, and push my creative side.

Bright pink and a puffed sleeve, I’m in love with this shirt. The elastic detail at the cuff means you can really exaggerate the puff. I think I’ll be wearing this shirt loads over summer. Shirt is H&M  I’m already thinking of how to style it. Possibly with a more feminine or girlie twist.

Chelsea Boots in The Lanes

I went through my old work books a few weeks ago and came across a work book I did in reception (kindergarten) We had to find objects from a magazine and stick them in the book then count them. I chose shoes. My teacher even commented that I’d chosen shoes. My love for shoes spans over 20 years. How crazy is that? I’d say I am a shoe girl over anything else. Yes, handbags are lovely, but shoes. Shoes are where I get my most joy. While in Brighton I really needed a new pair of shoes. Something comfy, appropriate for Winter and that didn’t need breaking in. I went into Deichmann and picked there comfy black boots. They are super similar to the pair I bought about 4 years ago in a Deichmann in Truro. But when you find something you love, always buy it. Deichmann are perfect for me as I have big ol’ feet, they have a wide range of sizes. These Chelsea boots didn’t need breaking in and are versatile enough to be worn all the time. I wore them all around Brighton on our last day there, which was also my birthday.

Jacket – H&M (similar in B&W) |Beret – Vintage | Jeans – New Look (tall) | Boots – Deichmann |

Backpack – Desigual (linked similar) Jumper – H&M   sale £6

12 Trends SS/20 See Through

Dress and Bag – Zara | Shoes Marks & Spencer | Necklace -H&M | Lipstick – Burberry

A 12 Step Programme to help you style the trends of Spring and Summer 2020.  See Through was seen on the runway from brands Supriya Lele, House of Holland and Richard Malone. Developing this look into more of a day piece is using the top layer of a summer dress. As I have done here. But wear it over jeans and a T. I always thought that you had to wear clothing straight from the run way, but no you actually don’t. The runway is your inspiration. I’ve used pieces I already own in a new way. I loved wearing this look and added in another trend for SS/20 for the hell of it. NEON! this little circuler number from Zara packs a mighty punch. A more sustainable way to play with new trends and not impact the waste of the fashion industry. I am working on creating a video of the 12 trends for the season.

Who else is working on their summer wardrobe now?

 

 

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.

Resolute in Knee High Boots

” admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering” Oxford Dictionary.

This time of year everyone is talking about the resolutions they are going to make and stick to this New Years. But it’s honestly a waste of time. Unreachable goals are set, once they aren’t reached a sense of uselessness creeps over you and the year is wasted.

Dress – Zara (old) | Boots – Thrifted | Headband – Accessorise, in the sale! | Broach – vintage

The point of this post is to tell you that you don’t have to set goals. But being resolute in what you’re doing is more important then what you are doing. Having the right attitude will give you the edge on everyone else. All the memes about 2020 and jokes about perfect vision for next year are, actually spot on. Starting 2020 with bravado and not wavering when life gets in your way. You can achieve more goals then your new year resolutions could ever dream. If you want to set goals, do it, set them. But don’t write, I’ll run a marathon in 2020. Write I’ll create a running plan that I’ll stick too, in the hopes that a marathon is achievable. See what I did there? Setting a slightly more achievable goal means that if you hit this one a marathon is in your sights if you choose to go for it. Don’t burden yourself with false goals of grandeur when whatever you achieve this year is beyond better than your best.

My level of determination for 2020 is high. But I won’t let myself feel the pressure. I’d like to travel more, create more blog posts, work on curating a wardrobe that is really workable and I will wear 100% of it. Spend time with friends. Save money.  These are easily achievable things I believe.

TRAVEL MORE

Allocate my free time better. Explore the UK. Visit Wales again, Edinburgh, I’ve never been to Liverpool. Travel doesn’t have to be abroad.

CREATE MORE BLOG POSTS

This is something I’m excited about working in The Curly Haired Girl really brings me joy. So I’ll create a monthly plan of what I’d like to do, how many shoots, what to write about. Anything I think of I’ll write down. Once things are completed I’ll cross them off.

CURATING A WORKABLE WARDROBE.

I’m sure I’m not the only person that doesn’t wear most of their wardrobe, right? I buy cute things wear them a few times, then they get lost to the back and I buy something new. I love fashion but this isn’t productive at all. I may challenge myself to wear everything in my wardrobe once in the next 3/4 months and if I can’t wear it for some reason out it goes. This way I’ll know what I like and what I don’t. I’ll be able to notice the gaps. Do I need a new nude bar? A pair of black heels? This challenge will tell me. I ‘ll save money and work buying only what I’ll need and use.

SPENDING TIME WITH FRIENDS

I found my friends working in various different jobs, but once We’ve all grown and left we have different schedules. So making time to see one another can be tricky. I would like to see my friends more. Have then come for dinner, see them at the pub.

 

SAVE MONEY

You never know what the future will bring and to have a little money saved is always a good idea. Saving money but staying in and cooking for my friends. but buying unnecessary clothes and travelling around England will all help me save.

 

Happy New Year Everyone.