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

Julia’s House Store Expansion – Press Event

Dress – Old | Boots – seven7footwear | Jacket – Vintage | Bag – Calvin Klein (thrifted)

Halloween earrings – Claire’s

Julia’s House Children’s Hospice is a charity founded by a lady called Julia. As a nurse she saw a gap in the community from in-patient care to home care and wanted to create a charity that would bridge that gap. Unfortunately Julia lost her battle with cancer. But her friend Mike Wise took over the dream and founded Julia’s House. Julia’s House provides respite for families with have life-limited children. There are two hospice locations one in Dorset and one in Wiltshire. There are many ways you can donate to Juila’s House. Through charity events, leaving money in your will, my favourite one is shopping in one of their stores.

One of the stores is in Creekmoor, just outside of Poole, Dorset. It was a large store before it expanded and now it’s more a department store than a charity shop. The visual merchandising in this store is perfect. Creative displays really promote all the donations that come through. Their bridle room has expanded, there is now a library, electronic store, a huge kids section and the women’s and homeware has expanded too. The store manager talked through the process of the re-fit building displays for the store using as much recycled, materials as possible. Julia’s House store really developed on the sustainable shopping trend. Why not shop sustainably in a sustainable shop.

To celebrate the expansion of the store bloggers were invited to have an after-hours shopping spree. To be able to have a look around and have a talk from the various staff was affirming. I took Hayden along with me, he picked up a running book and I a striped cardigan for my holiday at the beginning of November. I did have to restrain myself from buying so much more. I think I’ll be going back for the dress in the second picture.

[press event]

Thank you to Julia’s House & Bournemouth Bloggers

The Joy of Missing Out

The fear of missing out is a huge part of what blogging has become over the last few years. If you aren’t at this event or party or working with that brand EVERYONE is working with. Your fear of missing out becomes a fear of not being relevant or worthy of your space on the internet. I know I’ve felt this in the past, not being invited to events other bloggers did. Watching all the stories and reading all the blog posts about how darling the event was, just tastes like sour grapes. Recently I’ve shifted my thinking pattern over from FOMO ( fear of missing out) to JOMO (joy of missing out)

Being able to carve out your own piece on the internet for you. You soon forget about that party everyone and their dog went to because you are having the best time doing your own thing. When you do get invited to events you are more appreciative and not bloody thirsty about the exposure or amount of content you need to create. You spend time talking to your fellow bloggers and make new internet friends. You move away from being stuck in the corner not talking to everyone, worrying if you are having a good time or not.

You begin to understand that you validate yourself and your decisions, not anyone else.

Hayden and I took a trip over to Lyme Regis and spent time walking around the sea walls, eating pasties and fudge. Knowing that I didn’t have to present myself and sell myself, for want of a better word was relaxing. I was able to appreciate where I was. It didn’t matter that other bloggers were doing this or that. I was with Hayden having a little day date.

I encourage you to step away from the FOMO ethos of blogging and relax in the moment. Appreciate the life you live away from the internet, take a few photos for the gram (obviously) but don’t make it the reason for the trip. Celebrate the pleasure of your JOMO.

Who’s been all over Fashion Month? I have, I’ve lived through everyone’s Instagram feeds and lusted after so many pieces my eyes could water. I’ve seen a running theme creep though the runways this September. The scaling of print sizes. Small intricate polka dots against huge polka dots, delicate pinstripes against ribbon sized paneling.  I’ve chosen the style these old Primark bag waist trousers with my new H&M jacket to play with the scaling of the checked patterning. Popping in colourful statements to elevate the look. A watermelon coloured velvet headband and a turquoise bucket bag.

Seasonal Wardrobe Change

I’ve found the best way to ignite inspiration within my wardrobe is to look back at past looks. To see what I liked what I want to create more, what didn’t work. Fashion month is here and I’ve been all over Instagram soaking up all the street style looks created by fellow bloggers. Looking at what designers are creating for the future is really inspiring and I’m motivated to create more sartorial, editorial looks. During New York Fashion Week I’ve been following Jacy from Damsel In Dior, Leonie Hanne, Elena Taber. Analysing what I liked about a photo or how I wrote a post, the location etc. I think it’s also reassuring that you are good at what you do. Seeing all your hard work in one place can give confidence.

Dinner Date

 

Rewearing this Monsoon number for date night with Hayden and Hotel du Vin. This dress makes me feel so put together. The length is perfect for a more formal look with buttons down the front you can create a little split for a more sexy look. Long buttoned sleeves, delicate flowers.

Whole look is created from pieces I’ve had for a long time. Similar items here ( dress, dress, dress, )

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Hotel du Vin, Dorset

Hotel du Vin, Poole. A perfect hotel on the quay for Hayden and I to have dinner and spend the night to celebrate being together for three and a half years. We usually do something every 27th of the month. We thought this one would be a little more special so found a bank holiday promotion that fit in with our schedules.

Hotel du Vin was founded in 1994 buy two chaps we had worked in a Hampshire hotel and joined to create what we see today. the “du Vin” is after one of the founders sommelier knowledge.

 

 

Staying in the Château Bauduc ( from the Bordeaux region of France ) room we were spoilt with a view of the courtyard, L’Occitane bathroom products. I love L’Occitane products and took advantage of using all of them during our stay.  The whole hotel down to the menu was influenced by France. From wine regions for the name of the rooms to the dishes at dinner we were in an anglo-french mix which was perfect.

If you have the opportunity to stay at a Hotel du Vin, I suggest you do. The perfect hotel for a little getaway or the best home base while exploring a new city. Hayden and I really had the most relaxing time and will sure to go back.

The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap – Bournemouth Pavilion       5th August – 10th August

There are lots of things I loved about this play and one of them was the set design. The lounge/sitting room/ entryway of the country home was perfectly created. Nothing looked out of place. As the audience member, you could quite easily guess the date the play was set. I did a little digging and found that the clock on the mantelpiece was used in the very first production of The Mousetrap.

You can’t really go to a play or performance without talking about the acting. But as someone who hasn’t been on a stage in about 8 years and the highest level of education I have is an A-level. That said, it was convincing, flawless and I got exactly what I wanted out of every performance. Special attention has to be made to Christopher Wren played by Lewis Chandler. Do you remember watching the old Agatha Christie films on day time TV from the ’90s? I way purely nostalgic about them and Kenneth Williams. The comedic timing them ease of performance. By far my favourite character.

Please, if you have the chance to go and see The Mousetrap it’s a really good watch. You will be trying to guess the murderer all the way through. What is truly great about this play is that you are trying to figure out the murderer. My choice changed twice. Tell me in the comments if you’ve seen The Mousetrap and if you guessed right the first time.

 

Dress – Zara | Shoes – Primark | Bag- Yumi

Tickets were gifted from BH Live Tickets and Bournemouth Bloggers.

Mint and Blush Dress

Dress – H&M | Trainers – Footway * | Bag – Zara | Earrings – Romwe

Are you one of those people who doesn’t have a particular style? There isn’t one aesthetic you subscribe to? I know I am. I used to be frustrated that I didn’t fall into one category. The Androgyny look, only wearing nude tones, the pretty dresses 24/7.  But I now realise that it’s the best way to be. You are free to wear whatever you want. I don’t need to stick to one thing because that’s what I’m comfortable with or that’s what people know me for. I can wear anything any time. nothing is off-limits.

This dress we a particularly bright and light look for me. I love changing my usual outfit of jeans and a polo shirt (hello work uniform) for something exciting and fun. The dress was an H&M sale piece that I saw instore and realised that it was a dress of many style options. My endless wearing of there white Converse.  I swapped in pink laces for a girlier look and a lime green Zara bag that I’m obsessed with. Girlie feminine looks are somethings the best thing to wear when you need a little style push to be more adventurous with style choices.

Location – Weymouth

Photographer – Hayden

All items marked with a * have been gifted to me. I haven’t been paid to talk about these trainers in this post as the partnership has finished but I still love wearing them. All opinions are my own.

Fruit Loop

The fruits of my labour have produced these sweet photos. Dressing like a 50’s house wife and frolicking around the garden has never been so fun. Wearing a vintage dress. Zip fronted and pockets the perfect size for a phone. This dress was made for the future.

How do you like my tossing skills?

Dress – Vintage | Earrings – Primark | Lipstick – Clinique