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.

Silk Scarf Holiday Hair

I love this outfit.

This post isn’t going to get that deep.

Wore this outfit to dinner one of our first nights, I felt amazing in it. I knew I wanted to shoot the look at the beach and really loved how the shots came out. As we arrived in Port de Pollença in October it was the very end of the summer season. Which meant the beach was relatively empty so the shoots like more editorial.  A simple peplum cotton shirt with wideleg navy trousers and a vintage silk scarf in my hair. The epitome of summer holiday style. In some of the shots to straw parasol looks like a hat.

Trousers – Very | Shirt – Zara | Scarf -Vintage | Earrings – Primark

Location – Port de Pollença beach, Mallorca.

Photographer – Ez

Gaining Confidence

When I started blogging, back in the day. It was a solo project. I took photos on a self timer, edited and wrote alone. But seeing fellow bloggers like officially Quigley and Paige Arminta working with others to create interesting content opened my eyes to the possibility that blogging could actually be fun. I could smile in photos, jump around do silly things. Trying to be more excited in photos soon meant, my photos became better. I wasn’t as stressed about getting everything done, and it showed. My photos stopped being replicas for American Gothic and become something to actually look at. Relaxing into getting my photo taken by Hayden or Ez or even a photographer I’ve never worked with. My confidence grew I could stand in a crowd and get the shot, not pretend I didn’t want my photo taken.
I wanted more epic photos taken while away with my family in Mallorca. This little wharf in Port de Pollença was perfect. a striking back drop with a cool pose would create a great photo and story. Having my photographer for the shoot ( my cousin Ez) lie on the floor to create different angles, me swooshing my new favourite dress. It was loads of fun. People would stop and look but I was focused on getting the shot more than them.
My advice would be to shoot with people you know first to gain confidence in your work. Here you will be able to understand what works for you, the poses you like the feel of the photography style. I’ve found that having a glass of wine before shooting your look is perfect to be the right amount of confident/ I don’t care who watches me pose. Especially when out with friends.
please leave a comment telling me how you gained confidence posing for your shots.
Location – Port de Pollença
Photographer – Ez

Musée L’orangerie

Hey guys, it’s been a minute. I’m finally a little less tired after finishing my degree to get back into the swing of blogging. Taking you back to April and our last day in Paris, exploring Monet’s water lilies. I’ve always wanted to see more of Monet’s work and managed to find some time on our last day to see the beautiful works of art. Musee L’orangerie houses the eight of Monet’s water lilies, in two oval rooms interconnecting right in the middle. Supposedly to Claude’s specifications. The lilies are placed this way for the viewers to experience the natural cycle of nature. The beautiful rippling water, the delicate flowers. I had my favourites and loved moving around the space.

Jacket – Vintage | Jumper – H&M | Bra – M&S | Jeans – Primark | Trainers – Converse | Earrings – H&M

 

 

voyager en solo

although I’ve never travelled alone, I think I could quite easily. During this Parisian stay, I did find myself alone for a decent amount. Travelling around a city that you can’t really speak the language of, navigating the streets and cultural customs. I found it relaxing. If you’ve read my blog you will know that I’ve been to Paris a few times and felt comfortable being alone in the city, practising my French to waiters and strangers. Walking through the neighbourhood where Hayden and I used to live when we last visited made me happy. Seeing L’Escargot on Rue Montorgueil where I made Hayden try snails for the first time. It was strange to know a city that is in a different country, as though it was your own. I was out solo exploring while Hayden slept after his Marathon. I went to find him the best pastries in Paris. I chose the Patisserie Stohrer, which is considered the oldest in Paris. I returned home with Poisson de Massepain, Cafe Eclair and a Paris Brest. All were delicious and the kind of pastries we were looking for this whole trip. I organized a photo shoot while Hayden was running with a photographer that I had never met before and just went to the location, did the shoot and that was it. I wasn’t frightened, or unsure I just knew that I wanted to experience this city and to meet new people and explore is the best way to do so.

photographer – Camille Richez

location – Eiffel Tower

Paris

I’ve just arrived back home after an amazing five whirlwind days in Paris. After long discussions about Paris as a city, holiday destination, the capital of France. Hayden and I have concluded that Paris is really never ending, in the best way. This trip we went for a little break and for Hayden to run the marathon. I spend marathon day shooting with Camille and running around the marathon course trying to catch a sighting of Hayden running. I did manage to catch a kiss off him just before he crossed the finish. It just proves to me that Paris is endlessly exciting and magical. When shooting with Camille I wanted a new location for these photographs. The Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge is iconic and when shot from the right angle with the Eiffel Tower in the background is really is the perfect location for all the Parisian vibes.

Denim jacket – Next | Dress – Tu | Bag – Yumi | Sneakers – Converse* (gifted by footway)

Photography – Camille Richez

Dress over Jeans

Dress – worn as top Thrifted | jeans – Primark | jacket – LOTD.com PR gift a while ago | bag – Yumi | trainers – Vans | Sunglasses – Primark 

Contemplating if the weather is warm enough to wear dresses. Technically I am wearing a dress in these shots, but it’s tucked into some blue ripped jeans. The jeans are too big for me, but I lost the receipt so couldn’t return them or even exchange them ( thanks Primark ) And pink Vans that it looks like I’m never taking off, I did wear some cute metallic sandals but my feet were destroyed within 20 mins. Again wearing jeans, I’m trying so hard to not wear jeans. I’m finding them so boring at the moment and really stopping my styling abilities because they are too safe.

 

From our 3rd anniversary, in Winchester exploring and having dinner at The Ivy

 

-By Hayden

Location – Winchester

Diner Girl

Cami – Next | Jeans – Primark | Heels – H! Henry Holland 

Styling silky delicate camis that should belong in the bedroom. This checked slip cami is a Next pyjama top from the boxing day sales. It looks exactly like a lot of Zara camis at the moment. paired with ripped hem jeans and a gorgeous pair of heeled sandals. These heels are everything! From H! Henry Holland but bought from Oxfam online. Such a classic look with a great amount of height. A more sexy look than usual and I love it. A bit of flesh, lace and bondage sandaled heels.

The location was right next to our hotel while in Florence. It’s endlessly big and fun. Waitresses skate your order to and from you while busboys in diner uniforms sling cokes your way. The food was great too. I had the Californian chicken burger and it was delicious. A nice spicy kick and a Dr Pepper to wash it down. 

Location – 1950’s American Diner, Florence

photographer – Marshaine – Swaggy.princess

 

Check Squared

Trousers – Primark | Trainers – Vans | Coat – Primark | Jumper – H&M

Two full days in Florence consisted of ice cream, pizza, vintage shopping and laughing. The purpose of the trip was to spend a day at Pitti Filati, a yarn/knitting trade show. Getting to experience what it’s like to be a buyer and be surrounded by industry.

Hello again my old friend ( the Duomo) I can to Florence for the day years ago with my parents and it was a magical experience to marvel at the detail of this building. Its dome can be seen just by the hotel we stayed in this time. The beautiful pink and green pattern is next level inspiration to colour clash in my styling.

One look that I loved wearing was this checked look. Coordination is so much more fun then I thought it could ever be. The different brown checks compliment each other match into that this amazing creamy knitted jumper. Effortless matching and muted tones. Yes completely contrasted with these new checked Vans from the Schuh sale. I’ve lusted after a pair of checked Vans for what feels like a millennium. To finally have a pair is so pleasing I cannot tell you. Styling wise, it’s not the best, a cream shoe or brown would have looked chicer. But I only bought with me these Vans and a pair of heels.

 

 

 

Twenty Five

Currently writing this post in my hotel room in Florence at 23:00 watching La Porto Rossa.

New Forest location for my birthday outfit shots. These two ponies were the best models I could have asked for. The heavenly dress is Monsoon, from the Boxing Day sale, New Look shoes and Topshop wool coat. The best part of the outfit is the bag, Stella McCartney top handle clutch.

Shots were taken the day after my birthday as no full-length photos were taken. Really enjoying finding more interesting places to shoot looks. What do you think?

 

Dress – Monsoon (sale) | Shoes – New Look | Coat – Topshop | bag – Stella McCartney