Upside Down

Floating, being interviewed for German TV, betting coffee with my 86 year old Nanny and having laughing pains all day. Just some of the things that happened to me. The Upside Down House is in Bournemouth Triangle and really worth a visit. It sparks your creativity in getting the right shots. Ones where it really does look like you are floating.

The most comfortable dress from Topshop was in the sale a while ago but Zara does similar style right now. The stretch on the neckline and waist make it so relaxed while giving you some sort of shape. Adding thermal tights, because it’s freezing living near the sea and the best ankle boots from New Look. I think everyone has these boots now, but they are such a good bootie that everyone should have them.

Dress – Topshop | Tights – TK-Maxx | Boots – New Look

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

Black Accessories by the Lake

The globality of the beret isn’t lost on me but I still feel that it is the most Parisian thing someone can wear. Such a chic iconic hat has to be a foundation of Parisian style. I have become quite the collector of said hat. This cute black number in a DKNY piece which I was planning to save for when we are in Germany. The colder climate and Europian architecture would look so striking in photos of my looks for TCHG. But I couldn’t resist.

Black accessories are the easiest way to create an effortlessly chic look. My dear friend Stella looks so chic in black and has such style that I’m constantly looking to her for inspiration. She dresses in a much more polished way then I do but I can still get a lot of styling Ideas.

On another note, I can’t believe I am loving red so much. What has happened to me? First I bought this delightful red cross body by Yumi then a cropped polo shirt from Tommy Hilfiger in bright red.

Coat – Topshop | beret – DKNY | Jeans – Primark | Boots – New Look | Sunglasses – Romwe | Bag – Yumi – Jumper – Zara | Scarf – Gift

 

Shot by – Hayden

Location – Moors Valley

Dinner with Brewhouse & Kitchen – Autumn Menu

I sometimes find it hard to be a personal style creator/blogger/writer/stylist, alot of my time is spent by myself and around people who don’t really understand why I’m on my phone all the time or want an outfit shot taken. However sometimes you get together with like minded people, and it’s the more rewarding thing ever, more importantly with bloggers and creators. I’ve been part of the Bournemouth blogger network for year and years and have met so many cool people that I love. Yes, I read their blogs on the regular too. Bournemouth bloggers were invited to try the new Brewhouse and Kitchen menu. Our location was, you guessed it, the Bournemouth location.

We were taken to our table upstairs , which had beautiful views of the Bournemouth at sunset. The vibe of B&K  is super relaxed and quirky. With bottle lighting and cinema light boxed advertising what beer they have to offer. I think the aesthetics of a place really decided for you if you’ll be returning. I definitely will. We were greeted with a glass of prosecco, which for me quickly changed to root beer. Tara from Face the Fun ordered an actual beer which she loved. I believe Bewhouse and Kitchen craft their own beer.

I’m someone who loves a starter but can never stomach a started and a main. But can’t bare missing out a main meal. B&K have really shown me that I can have starters and not feel left out.

From the starters I tried, and believe me there were alot, the bruschetta -with heritage tomato and basil pesto was fantastic. The mini goat’s cheese and roasted shall coulis were delicious served with crostini. Two starters that you would more classical see on a menu were really delicious. The black pudding scotch eggs were so flavourful that I really didn’t taste the ‘black pudding’ element which is a relief. Of course I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t mention ribs. The sticky half stack of ribs – English style ale were of course the favourite. I’m a creature of habit, what can I say?

After indulging just a little too much, it was time for the mains. A plethora of different cuisines came to our table. To sample everything would have been a mammoth task. My selections were based off of what I wanted to sample and trying new things. To me a burger is pretty much a burger unless you go artisan and pay the price. For a change I tried the veggie burger with a vegan bun. Which really blew me away, the bun was a little dry but it was still so tasty. I’m sure I’d get it again next time and shock everyone with my choices.

The B&K Classic burger

The Lamb, Pea & Mint Pie. Super tasty but I’m sure I’m allergic to pea so didn’t really have that much.

The best Caeser Salad I think I’ve ever had.

Tried the Chargrilled broccoli and  Quinoa salad and don’t rate it at all. It is one of the two main dishes that are vegan and gluten free so it has it’s merits. I would have preferred it as a warmed salad.

The mother load! A full stack of ribs with mini cobs and homemade slaw. Again can’t go wrong with ribs at all, they have been made to total perfection. But skip the slaw, you don’t need it.

The veggie burger with vegan bun. It’s a stacked burger, six veggies in this bad boy. It still felt like I was eating a hearty meat burger but way healthier. Would have moved to have had the whole thing to myself and added the slaw into the burger for extra veggies and to take the edge of the dry bun.

An honourable mention comes to another veggie dish that I loved, the wild mushroom and thyme risotto that came on a butternut squash. A dish with some many of my favourite things in it. Mushroom, risotto rice, butternut squash. The squash was a little al dente. I don’t you can’t say that about food that isn’t rice of pasta but it was a little to the tooth for me. I’m used to it being mush softer. But still such a good dish, no picture because Tara had already gone to town cutting it into nine for us to all sample some.

Lemon and Garlic Roast chicken.

Our pudding taster was a chocolate and orange tart with vegan vanilla ice-cream. So delicious I personally find alot of chocolate vegan puddings very corse is texture but this was a smooth delight and the vegan Ice cream could rival any dairy one.

Thoroughly stuffed we wandered into the garden to admire the beach huts and have a group photo and of course outfit shots for me.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening with the best food, company and staff. I can’t wait to come back and try the christmas menu and maybe sample some beer next time.

Thank you to Brewhouse & Kitchen for having me.

Of course thank you to Emma and the Bournemouth bloggers for making the evening so much fun and organising everything.

Winter Leopard Coat and Men’s Shirt

You can tell it’s Autumn now, the mornings are bitterly cold. When I get up for uni my breath mists in the air in front of me, waiting for the train is torture. But it does mean I can bring out my more autumnal/winter pieces.


These amaze booties were from Primark years ago in the sale, and have lasted and lasted. The leopard coat is even older. I’ve probably had it over 10 years. OMG!

For someone who loves shopping as much as I do, you might not know that I’m reluctant to shop at the change of the season. I could buy something that won’t transition to next year or all us fashionistas will end up looking the same. There really is a fine balance.

Like my new tote bag? A massive Lulu Guinness bag for uni. Lulu Guinness is up there with my fave brands of all time. I’m a proper LG junkie. A friend of mine got to model for LG and I was so jealous and proud.

How are you preparing for Autumn and Winter? Anyone want to get a pumpkin/gingerbread latte with me?

Coat – Pussycat | Jeans – Primark | Shirt – Ralph Lauren (mens) | Boots – Primark  | Bag – Lulu Guinness | Sunglasses – Boohoo (old)

Lace Turtle Neck at Tea

I love wearing lace, it’s such a decadent fabric. It elevates any casual outfit into something a little more special. This look is very pared down but with lace, it’s a much more premium look. A t-shirt would have been too casual and an evening look too much for the day. Of course very muted accessories. These New Look hoops are getting much more wear then I thought they would. The rainbow jewels add needed colour to this monochromatic look.

The summer has really made Hayden and I explore much more in England. It seems we save the colder months and Winter for travelling. But summer is for staying at home, well for 2018 anyway.
Driving through the New Forest in the evening, we stopped in Beaulieu to grab and drink and see the donkeys. I’ve been to Beaulieu many times to look around the house and go to the motor museum. We stopped into a little tea room surrounded by New Forest donkeys and a few wasps (know anything about me, know I hate wasps) Sitting at quaint little tables with matching tea sets and tablecloths we sipped our drinks. I instantly regretted not getting something cold. So we wandered over to the Montagu Arms Hotel for an iced something and sat in the window thinking about what we should do for dinner and chatting about the day.

I wore

Lace turtle neck – old ( here, here) | jeans – Primark | Trainers – Converse* | hoops – New Look

Bird of Prey

 

I was infatuated with the X by Trollbeads bird skull when it first came out but never managed to get around to buying one. I completely forgot about my love for it until I want to Weymouth the other day. In the Fossil Beach shop ( the precious beads and souvenirs shop), they had loads of necklaces and I saw a little bird skull hanging from a leather thong and it all came back to me. How goth it looked and how unusually it would be to wear. This one is much smaller then the X one, which I prefer. I picked it up right away and have been wearing it ever since. Also adds to the slight punk aesthetic I seem to have found myself with. My silver septum ring bleached hair and now my bird skull.
A chance encounter with a Harris Hawk at the beach was so serendipitous that we couldn’t not have photos together.

Necklace – Fossil Beach | Jumper – & Other Stories | Shorts – Old

Photo – Raewyn

 

Gap Summer Basics

I’ve been really inspired by Lizzy from Shot From the Street, her photography, style, writing, posing etc is really unique and her work ethic has really motivated me to try new things within The Curly Haired Girl. Now that the lounge is pink and the furniture is back the location is much more interesting. The muted colours of my easy outfit against the bubblegum pink and yellow sofa create such a great contrast I had a lot of fun working out how to create interesting photos for this post.

Also, evening sun is my favourite thing to lie in, I’m sure I was a cat in a previous life.

Needed to replenish my basics and wondered around the high street headed to Gap because I’m really into the quality and their pricing reflects the quality which I can stand by. This super fine weave/knit top with tucked sleeves is a really relaxed comfortable piece, that can be put into so many different looks. With skinny jeans, with a shirt…

 

T-shirt – Gap | Jeans – Primark | Shoes – Primark | Earrings – present | Bag – Yummi

Khaki and Blue

Khaki colouring is such a 90’s early 2000’s staple. Those baggy cargo trousers that I loved so much just looked vile in them. I wore a pink pair for a dance show once and felt so cool, but looked rubbish. The 2018 khaki twist in a mens shirt from H&M. Slightly oversized in shape for more of a jacket feel. Mixed in with a more feminine top piece from Topshop.

Location Poole – Old town

shot by – Hayden

Mini Skirts and Alice Bands

I am in of summer.

I feel like it’s been an eternal winter and can’t wait to be able to get my legs our even more. There was just the hint of sun recently and I got so excited, I dug out this denim skirt and felt very summery. I think everyone around me thought I was crazy because they were in gloves and scarves.

Anyone else in love with the hairband trend for SS/18? I’m so glad I kept this one from years ago to work into looks for this season. Versace, D&G and Elisabetta Franchi all showed gold head wear in their SS/18 shows.

I wore

Skirt – M&S | Jumper – Next | Boots – similar here, here | Bag – Stella McCartney | Hair Band Similar herehere