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

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

 

 

 

Party Season

The party season is upon us. Decembers calendar is filling fast with work parties, family gatherings, friend nights out. I’ve felt, as I’m sure we all have. The need to buy a few outfit for every occasion to get into the festive spirit. But you really don’t need to. Working with a few elements in your already existing wardrobe to create festive work party looks.

My works party this year is “smart casual” the bane of many peoples lives. I am always the one to over dress and make a statement. But there are a few ways around this “smart casual” conundrum.

A good pair of black jeans, high waisted if possible. They will make your legs look longer instantly. A “smart top” anything that isn’t a t-shirt, collared shirt or overly sporty. Anything embellished or patterned, think sumptuous fabrics. Here is a high necked top from Monsoon that’s been in my wardrobe since the boxing day sales, last year.

Footwear stick with something comfortable, but not trainers. Anything really goes for footwear. If you want to wear heels wear them if not, boots or flats are perfect.

Jackets and Coats. It best way to say you are “smart casual” a formal coat can work with a more casual look and visa versa. This little swing jacket is one colour no flamboyant detail but the cut makes it more premium. I’d suggest to not wear the coat you call run to the corner shop in at 10 minutes to close to get chocolate and crisps (you know the one)

Finally the best part.

Accessories – My favourite way to have fun with an outfit. If you are wearing head to toe black, add a bright bag for a statement. Add your sparkle to your headband or bag. Slip a broach over your lapel on your coat or wear something in your hair.

Jeans – New Look | Boots – Seven7 Footwear | Velvet top – Monsoon | Bag – Stella McCartney | Headband – Nalí Shop

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

Sunday Lunch

Need a new Sunday lunch spot? I think I’ve found you the place. BEEFY’s by Sir Ian Botham at Ageas Bowl in Southampton. A beautiful restaurant perfect for couples and families to enjoy some great food with a wonderful view. A wall of windows looks out on to the cricket grounds. Hayden and I were invited to have Sunday lunch which we of course accepted. Some quality time just the two of us.

We ate from the Sunday set lunch menu. I had spiced parsnip soup, my favourite soup in the whole world. Hayden chose the fishcake, which he loved but wanted more of.

We both chose the half roast chicken with family style veg and potatoes. The beautiful chicken was perfectly bronzed. There was some sort of aromatic spice which was fantastic. The family style veg was served lightly in butter. Delicious!

If you decide on the 3-course set (you really should) here is your pudding table. All the heart eyes. Hayden and I talked at great length as to whether we could get more than one pudding. Our waiter sort of said we could but in general terms so we just sampled everything. Which is terribly naughty and totally worth it. I had the pink tart and the apple pie. My two favourite puds on the whole planet, minus Veinetta.

Hayden reported back from across the table that the black forest gateau was the best.

An added touch that really created a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant was the live music. Two chaps one with a sax and one with a keyboard. Playing what I guess you would call smooth jazz. I know nothing about jazz. I’d love to come back the BEEFY when some cricket is on and see the place come to life.

 

*we were invited to come and have Sunday lunch by BEEFY’s. A discount was given, but as always all opinions are my own.

 

Topshop Stripes at Kö-Bogen | Düsseldorf

Topshop does some of the best-cropped T-shirts on the high street. This stripey get up will be moving into my summer wardrobe ASAP. Worn Over a turtleneck because German winters are no joke. Thermal socks worn under my jeans pulled to my knees helped keep me warm all holiday.

Cropped T-shirt – Topshop | Turtle neck – H&M | Jeans – Primark | Trainers – Vans| Bag – Yumi

Location – Kö-Bogen

Pink | Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Theatre Museum at sunset.

Pink sunsets in the pink city. Düsseldorf is a wonder of colourful delights, from the rainbow buildings, delicious food and friendly people we felt right at home.

 

packing only hand luggage is sometimes a nightmare when assembling outfits for a week. A lot of re-wearing happened during this Düsseldorf adventure. Trying to be creative in what I wear every day. To create something different proved a real challenge. Pairing these pink glittery SK8-HI Vans with the pink Theatre Museum was a highlight. As I love aesthetics and matching is my favourite thing. Ask Hayden.

Coat – Topshop | Jumper – Zara | Turtleneck – H&M | Jeans – Primark | Bag – Yumi | Trainers – Vans( sold out)

Equestrian | Düsseldorf

 

The first instalment of the Düsseldorf diaries is here. Hayden and I had the most amazing time exploring the city in the lead up to Christmas.

Equestrian styling or more Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice? Either way, I love trousers with tights and/or boots. It’s a hilarious combo but overdressing is part of the fun with personal style. Patterned paper bag waist trousers that I wish I’d bought in more patterns. They are so comfortable. Snake style boots for all the walking. We walked so far exploring the city it was amazing. The alt beir, the food and the coffee were just some of the highlights.  The pièce de résistance for this trip was this coat. This little ( it’s massive) coat that’s kept we warm and dry is the best money I’ve ever spent. A Topshop girl through and through, you all need a Topshop wool coat.

Coat – Topshop | Trousers – Primark | Jumper – Zara | Tights – thermal | Boots – New Look | Bag – Yumi | Turtleneck – H&M

Little snowman mug was filled with deliciously warm glühwein from the Altstadt Christmas market. We took him home, of course.

Haunting Sounds

A collection of haunting sounds compiled of my favourite psychedelic songs, melancholy melodies and awesome Halloween tunes. This selection have been on my play list all witching season. You might find a few that are new to you or some old favourites in the list. Happy Halloween.

Nina Simone – I put a spell on you

Lo Fang – Boris

Vanilla Fudge – Season of the witch

Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit

London Grammar – Non Believer

LP – Lost on You

Moving Sidewalks – Crimson Witch

AG & Brad Gordon – Terrible Thing

The Cranberries – Zombie

Tamino – Persephone

alt -J Deadcrush

Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen

Cigarettes After Sex – Keep On Loving You

Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness

Pixies – Where is My Mind

Metallica – Enter Sandman

Black Magic Woman – VCTRY

LP – Muddy Waters

Stevie Nicks – Rhiannon

Black Sabbath – War Pigs

Valerie Broussard – A Little Wicked

Warren Zevon – Werewolves in London

Blue Foundation – Eyes on Fire

Anthony and the Johnson’s – Hope There’s Someone to Take Care of Me

A Giant Dog – I Come Crashing

London Grammar – Wicked Games

Black Sabbath – Paranoid

Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

Cigarettes After Sex – Nothings Going To Hurt You Baby

Florence and the Machine – Howl

I’m always on the look out for new songs, so if you have any that you think will fit in with this theme please comment at the top of this post