Suited and Booted

Double denim, the Canadian suit whatever you like to call this look. It’s an easy “made an effort without trying too hard” outfit. Any denim jacket matching your jeans or not. Keep your other detail simple and nuted and it’s all done. So simple, and my favourite outfit I’ve worn for a while. If like me your jumper is quite puffy in the sleeves pull them out of your denim jacket to add more interest to the over all simple look.

Denim Jacket – Next | Jeans – Primark | Jumper – & Other Stories | Boots – New Look | Straw Bag – thrifted (Julia’s House) | Sunglasses – TK-Maxx ( Oscar de la Renta) | Earrings – H&M

Photographer – Hayden

location – Bournemouth Arcade

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

Knowing Your Self Worth

Since I was a teenager around 13 I think I’ve been on a mission to know my self-worth. I have come to understand that you, yourself define it. You aren’t defined by the choices you make. That guy you shouldn’t have dated, those bad late-night decisions. What you matter to people, it all means nothing. Within your mind, and body and soul is where your self-worth lies. Self-worth plays into imposter syndrome, especially in consumer/influencer culture. Not feeling worthy of attention, acclaim, opportunity etc, is a common theme in peoples lives. It’s possibly easier to think you don’t deserve a promotion, or the job you want, the house you dream of the significant other you long for. But, and here is the but, you do. You deserve anything and everything you desire if you work for it. If you put in the hours, you will gain the reward, and when the reward comes, TAKE IT!

I often don’t go for things because I feel like I’m not worthy ( insert Wayne’s World clip), don’t give myself up to the opportunity because there will be someone better, that can do better than me. But no one will be able to do what I do, do what you do. We are unique and will fulfil opportunities that are right for us. We will thrive in work, and in play. But it’s up to us to know that we can, to know our self-worth. I’ve finally understood that I’m “a catch”. No one can be a better version of me than me. You have to all really know that, that what you want is valid and it can be yours. Which I’m fully understand ing as a 25-year-old. The road isn’t quick or easy but it is a path to your goals and fulfilment.

Shirt – Zara | Earrings – H&M, Primark | Jeans and shoes – Primark | Bag – (family gift) | Leaf Alice Band – Claire’s Accessorise | Necklace (chain -Oliver Bonas) ( shell- souvenir)

Eyeshadow and lipstick – Clinique

 

 

Cycle Shorts

Cycle Shorts trending since before the last month of fashion week. Variations of cycle shorts are all around right now. I’m not 100% sold on them but they look amazing on other people. Leonie Hanne and Chiara look incredible. Worn as a muted look with a white dress shirt, vintage Gucci slides and a cream hand made cable knit cardigan. The vintage/Parisian theme is highlighted with a tortoiseshell sunglass.

Shirt dress – Zara | Cardigan – Handmade | Sunglasses – Primark | cycle shorts – Old | Bag – Calvin Klein (vintage) | slides – Gucci (vintage)

Photographer – Hayden

Location – Swanage

Countryside Midi Dress

Weather permitting this would have been the best outfit for the sky. The sun was out, there were Disney clouds in the sky but it was WINDY!! The jumper came on, the heels were replaced with boots. Also, this look was going to be shot in a better location, a little more editorial but I guess my pato terrace is ok. I’m really looking into shooting more editorial content for my blog. It’s motivating my personal style to be more story lead, more costume-like. The clip/slide trend is heavenly and I found my old clips and threw my hair up into one.

This outfit/ daily look reminds me of a farmers wife in the ’50s going into the town to get supplies.

Dress – Vintage | Jumper – H&M | Boots – New Look | bag – Yumi | clip – old

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

Nude and Pink

Trainers – Vans | jeans – Primark | shirt – Zara | Jacket – LOTD.com ( a PR gift a while ago ) | scarf – Oliver Bonas | Purse – Lulu Guinness

styling nude shirts with pink trainers mixing the two really juxtapose the two. The crisp formality of the shirt ( and jacket ) against the Vans is some of my favourite styling traits. The formal and casual working together or against each other.

Styling aims for the summer are to be more sartorial in my choices, to stop wearing black jeans all the time. and play around with costume styling like I remember doing years ago.

Fortified

Valentines Day is an opportunity for me to find my true north again. To refocus my attention on the things and people I love. Walking to a castle looking out on to the sea was a very fitting activity to do this Valentine’s day. This year Hayden and I are planning so many exciting life-changing things. So to show you this outfit at a forte fortifies my decisions. For my life and life with Hayden. 

 

Puffed sleeves – Topshop | shredded hem jeans – Primark | Boots – (thrifted) | Necklace – From Hayden | Sunglasses – Primark | Coat – Primark

 

Location – Sandsfoot Castle

Photographer – Hayden

Minty

includeds gifted items

Found this forgotten part of a shopping centre walking through it the other day. I love the 80’s tiling, it’s a huge contrast to the rest of the centre. It’s been through a lot of modernisation, but this is the best part. The perfect place to showcase this mint pussy blouse I bought from a vintage store in Florence. The blouse is actually from Elena Miro, a plus size brand but whatever you know. Is a 16 is now plus size, cool?

I am so drawn to mint at the moment, often picking up knits and T’s in minty tones and shades whenever out shopping. But they were never right. I love the styling of this blouse though. The ruffled sleeves, long bow ties. Style bows undone for a more relaxed less office look. Less taking notes, more getting drinks. Tucked in to develop the style into frayed jeans. Also highlighting the ties and their length. The jacket was a gift from LOTD.com over a year ago ( new guidelines, how am I doing?) But have no obligation to post anything about it anymore apart from that it’s a sick jacket that I love. And buckle slippers from a vintage store in Florence.

Blouse – Vintage | Jeans – old | Slippers – Vintage | Jacket – LOTD.com *gifted