Monochrome Pumpkin Patch

Spooky scary skeletons.

October wouldn’t be complete without a little pumpkin patch trip. We returned for another year to Sopley P.Y.O. This year there were so many pumpkins and a festive display. Hayden and I went on an hours hunt for the perfect pumpkin for our lounge window. I wanted a ghost pumpkin ( a white one ) and Hayden wanted a perfect traditional orange one. We found lots of photo opportunities this year. I wanted to sit on the pile of pumpkins but ended up just perching as to not knock over the display.

Pattern clashing in the same colour family creates a more put together look. This whole look is monochrome but it doesn’t look boring or plain as the patterns are creating the moment. Sticking to the same colours pulls any look together.

DRESS – H&M | JUMPER – ZARA | BOOTS – DR MARTENS  | BAG – COACH

spot the photo of me looking mad that I got mud all up my jumper.

THE MELLOW YELLOW DRESS

The best purchases are sometimes the ones you make on a whim. This dress is one of those purchases. Spotted it on the Zara website for £29.99 and added to my basket within seconds. I saved this dress to wear while we were away in Somerset. I’m so glad I did that as I wanted to make our days together on holiday a little more special the just my usualy jeans and t-shirt uniform. I knew this dress would be a statement as The yellow is so bright, But I wasn’t prepared for the looks I got all day. Hey, I’m not one to complain about looks when I have a killer outfit on. Hayden and I must have been filmed for the Influencers in the Wild Instagram as we were working really hard in this location to get these shots and all the locals and toursists did like a little look over at us.

Back to the dress. Super comfortable and the shoulder pads are a nice piece of detail to the dress. The belt is attached at one side which stopped it slipping around and moving. I’m thinking of unpicking it so that I can wear it without a belt.Which is how the model on the Zara website wore it and It does look very chic that way. Oh, and did I mention it has pockets?!

Worn with a pair of carrot earrings, also from Zara. A chunky pair of DM’s, a little cardi from Sainsburys and my hero purchase my nude Coach bag.

BUCKET HAT

Did you wear bucket hats as a kid? I did and thought I looked ok in them. Since the trend came back around I’ve tried to get onboard with them again, but I just can’t do it. This hat from Amazon is the hat I bought right as the trend was starting again, and i’ve only just started to wear it out. I’m on the hunt for another bucket hat to add to the collection to see if I can make it work.

DRESS – old | JACKET – H&M | TIGHTS – H! HENRY HOLLAND | BAG – ZARA | BAG STRAP -JW-PEI | BOOTS -DR MARTENS | BUCKET HAT – AMAZON

Tips on Shooting in the Heat

Well isn’t the UK roasting right now. Im not the last person or the first to say it’s bloody hot. I’ve been avoiding shoot as I’m too hot for anything. shoot early morning if you can. I couldn’t for this shoot and shot in the evening. I was melting and my hair was getting curlier and curlier.

Chose your outfit is more important that anything in this heat. Knee high boots are amazing and my favourite with short dresses but not amazing when the weather is against you. Opt for a trainer or a sandal and you’ll be more comfortable and more natural in your photos. You can almost see the pain in my eyes and sweat on my brow. Also don’t wear your cardigan in the sun. It might bring your look together but at what cost. AT WHAT COST?!

Be quick, We took a maximum of 30 mins setting up for the shoot and wrapped quickly to get home to our belived fan. Go to your location with an intention of what to shoot. Don’t waste time in the sun you’ll just feel exhausted or get a headache. If you do need longer then 30 mins take a snack, water, sun screen and take breaks in the shade.

Lastly, have a patient photographer, who will be sweating in the heat with you. Who’s willing to take your photos and get you the shots and direct you. I’ve found mine in Hayden, Even when we aren’t feeling a shoot he’ll take extra shots just incase.

Also there were cute dogs all over the beach and playing in the water and one Terrier that loved our shoot and said hello.

DRESS – H&M | BOOTS – THRIFTED | CARDIGAN – TU | NECKLACE, BRACELET – CALI TIGER | HANDBAG | SUZY SMITH

 

 

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.