THE UNPUBLISHED

Working on a website dedicated to an aesthetic means a lot of the photos I take just stay on hard drives, never to be seen again. I work hard on TCHG and only select what fits with the mode. Outside of blogging I’m taking photos of everything. I’m sure Hayden is sick of having to stand out the way or in the shot for endless photos. But it has been almost 4.5 years, he should be used to it by now. Anyway. I came to the conclusion that it didn’t matter if the photos ‘fit’ into the ‘theme’ of The Curly Haired Girl. As it’s about me therefore what I take a photo of fits the mould. Here is a selection of unposted photos that I love. But aren’t necessarily ‘good’ blog photos or enough to write a post of caption about on their own. But are meaning full and a reminder of the moment they were captured.

 

LIME TIME | styling socks

Elevating my shoe game by working in a pair of cute socks. Adding a clashing jumper to really make a moment out of the shoe situation.  Blue and yellow are an obvious choice to clash but I’ve seen it over used by people of a certain age and at the seaside. Pink and green has more whimsy and is softer. Green is my favourite colour all year round. I’ve been wearing it a lot more over on my Instagram. Have you noticed? @ameliaboswell

How do you wear your heels?

JUMPER -TU | JEANS – NEW LOOK | BAG -COACH | EARRINGS – MADE MYSELF | SHOES – CLARKS | SOCKS TU

ULTIMATE BANANA CAKE

My favourite thing to bake has to be banana bread. I’m not to keen on bananas but could eat banana bread all day. Especially with a hot tea. I only make it when bananas are on the turn in the house. I can smell the sugary old banana from a mile away.

Ingredients /Method

75ml oil

225g self-raising flour.

3 bananas, 1 mushed with a fork and the other roughly chopped, the third one is for decoration and should be sliced.

100g dark brown sugar/ muscavado sugar.

1 heaped tsp of baking powder

Oven should be 180 C for fan and 200 for non fan.

I hand mixed all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.

Cook in a well greased tin  for about 20 mins.

How do you cook your banana bread/cake? I added a Betty Crocker instant vanilla frosting for the middle. Which was a nice change.

 

SUMMER SIDE | green H&M dress

last day of Lockdown.

Along with many of you I’m going back to work today. I have mixed feelings about being around people more consistantly. I’m increasing my chances of getting  Rona or become a carrier. How will I be able to protect my loved ones and myself while at work? I have alot of anxiety about going to work again as I’ve delt with meningococcal septicaemia as a teen. Which is spread in a similar way to Rona.

“People spread meningococcal bacteria to other people by sharing respiratory and throat secretions (saliva or spit). Generally, it takes close (for example, coughing or kissing) or lengthy contact to spread these bacteria”. From the CDC. America’s Centre for desease Control.

I’m excited to make coffee and have a routine but I want to be safe and work with people who will uphold the government guidelines.

For may last day of lockdown I wanted to go to Poundbury. It’s always quite there so I knew that distancing would be easy. The buildings are so beautiful and are a mix of european influences. I visited my favourite concept store, Cherryade and bought a few things for the flat. A little dried bouquet for the lounge, a card to turn into a poster to hang and a little plant for the TV stand. The edesign of the store is forever changing and has a unique aesthetic. We walked around with a coffee from Finka and took these photos outside the pub, by the royal pavillion.

 

The weather is fickle, I’m forever wearing the wrong dress or a jacket with no hood. This is one of those occasions. It was much hotter then it looks but windy as hell. I wanted to take my jacket off but I would end up flashing passers by. So the Jacket stayed in, and I just melted.  I perfectly did my hair for this shoot, but as it was so windy, not amount of harirspray could keep it down. I brushed my hair in between shots and it still looks like I was dragged through a hedge. Going from blonde to brown is tricky, my hair is getting lighter and lighter every week.

DRESS – H&M | JACKET | H&M | BOOTS – DEICHMANN | BAG – COACH | EARRINGS – H&M

Location – Poundbury

Photographer – Hayden

New Skincare and Hair

A new hair look. My hair needed a break from the bleaching and sunlight. Curly hair is dryer than most then adding bleach making it even dryer. So I went darker, giving my hair a little love. to hopefully become more healthy and grow a little bit. I used a hope dye kit from Loreal.

A botanical face oil from Sind, that’s vegan and cruelty-free. Created by the Danish Sissel produced in Germany. Sind is the Danish word for Mind. The founder Sissel focuses on skin health and the benefits of a healthy mind. I’ve used the face oil for a few days and can already see the benefits of taking more care of my skin. The face oil has a sweet plant-based smell that’s refreshing. The delicate notes in the oil that I can smell are Evening Primrose, Cedarwood and Geranium.

The packaging is minimal reflects the brand the pippet style dispenser makes you focus and be present when applying the oil as it’s a delicate process.

For someone with quite oily skin I felt that oils were a no no. But after listening to Sissel talk about her oil and believing her skin wisdom I bought it. My skin is much more vibrant, and is drinking in the oil. I was worried that I’d be left a shiny mess. But my skin is benefiting from the botanicals. I can’t wait to see my skin clear up.

Sind – Botalical facial oil

Dress – Old ( tesco)

02/05/2020

Songs I listened to while shooting

Hayley Williams – Simmer & Cinnamon

I’ve been going through my maternal Grandma’s photos a little. She has thousands and her and my mum are sorting them into albums. The picture quality and tonality of the photos really inspired the aesthetic on this shoot. I get most of my inspiration from soft focus imagery. To create the filter and blured quality of the photos I shot with my dresser mirror. I never clean it which is digusting but makes for a textured imperfect image. I also stuck a piece of clingfilm loosely over the lens of my camera to create the blured filter and effect. The trick i found is to not pull the clingfilm tight over the lens but to make sure your light sorce can get between your lens and the film for this effect. I can’t take any inspiration for this technique because I saw Katie from Katie.one do it first.

The “vintage” theme of the shoot inspired the styling. An argyle style jumper from Pringle Scotland and H&M’s collaboration, with a pair of LK.Bennet kitten heels. I planned to wear a different outfit, but felt to costume like and wanted a level of gravity and realism in my work for this shoot.

BAMBOO THOUGHTS

I wrote a little on Instagram about being without Hayden. We’ve been pretty inseperable the 4 ish years we’ve known each other, even when he went on tour he was never that far away. I knew exactly when he was coming home. But with the Lockdown uncertainty is everyones play mate right now. I’m not enjoying it at all. My mood is low, lots of things annoy me. I’m sleeping all the time, but am always tired. I’m filling my time. Creating photos for The Curly Haired Girl and for Instagram, working on my island on Animal Crossing, painting, doing workouts I find online. Anything to pass the time. Any time I stop i feel a wave of tears come to the surface. I’m sure it’s not depression or saddness but more a lack of control. I have not control over what I eat everyday, how I spend my days, I can’t go anywhere, I’ve not even driven in over 2 weeks. I’m someone we enjoys being independent, being able to come and go as I please. I like a routine I set myself.

JW PEI MINI FLAP in BLACK CROC

Ever get swept into Instagram ads? or Sponsored posts that highlight your feed? Well, I did. Here is the new bag I bought after seeing them on a post. I’ve been duped by sponcered posts and Instagram ads before and have regretted it. But this little bag is so cute. I’m obsessed with is. I would have created shoots at a local cafe a la Parisienne, but no. I’m in my parents house trying the make the most of having free time to create while on self-isolation. The wall decals are from an old Accessorize display. I saw with in a little box by the counter and asked what there were. My local Accessorize sells their old window displays and gives the money to charity. I’be had them for quite a while and use them every now and again.

Anyway back to the bag, a JW PEI mini flap in black croc. From a sustainable, vegan, American brand that are a husband and wife duo. Ticking so many boxes. The gold hardware details really sold me. I love attention to detail. A perfect shoulder length bag. No chain detailing because you really don’t need it. A little smaller then i thought, but still the perfect size. A classic bag for all occasions. I’m working out my next purchase from them already. Heavenly. Once we are all allowed out again I’ll be taking him out for coffee for sure.

BAG -JW PEI | TROUSERS – DOROTHY PERKINGS (old) | BLOUSE – ZARA (old) | PEARL EARRING -SHEIN

 

 

CURTAIN CREATIONS

Last time I wore a curtain it had been sewn into a princess dress. I think I was about two and it was a pinky red curtain, I wore it all the time. I use to sing “princess” all the time while wearing it. My mum would phone her friends and hold to phone out to me and I’d sing  “Princess” down the phone. Endless amount of laughs from my mum and her pals. Fast forward 24ish years and here I an still playing around with curtains, keeping myself entertained during these strange times. And yes I’m still and princess.

CURTAIN – DKNY | T SHIRT – ZARA | BLACK JEANS – NEW LOOK (TALL) | LIPSTICK -BURBERRY

Shots taken with self timer at golden hour.