Musée L’orangerie

Hey guys, it’s been a minute. I’m finally a little less tired after finishing my degree to get back into the swing of blogging. Taking you back to April and our last day in Paris, exploring Monet’s water lilies. I’ve always wanted to see more of Monet’s work and managed to find some time on our last day to see the beautiful works of art. Musee L’orangerie houses the eight of Monet’s water lilies, in two oval rooms interconnecting right in the middle. Supposedly to Claude’s specifications. The lilies are placed this way for the viewers to experience the natural cycle of nature. The beautiful rippling water, the delicate flowers. I had my favourites and loved moving around the space.

Jacket – Vintage | Jumper – H&M | Bra – M&S | Jeans – Primark | Trainers – Converse | Earrings – H&M

 

 

A Hundred Percent Thrifted

The sustainability conversation needs to be translated into action more than ever. There are plenty of clothes and accessories in the world to really take stock and use what we as fashion consumers already have. I’ve always thrifted. Or if you are British, go to charity shops. Even when it was super ‘uncool’ and I used to get bullied by the popular girls for doing it, but now they do it, so!!!! I’ve always loved the thrill of shopping, and will never stop. But I will make efforts to buy second hand, thrifted or vintage. There are more stories to clothes then sitting in a shopping centre and being worn once.

This whole look I’m wearing is thrifted, to some degree. The shoes are vintage Gucci from Florence that I bought on a university trip, a fraction of the price if they were new and they have sentimentality to them that wouldn’t have been the same had I bought them new. I had been looking at the Gucci slides for months and wanted them so much and it felt like fate to find them in my size in an aesthetic vintage store. The trousers are from a Dorset charity shop called Julia’s House. The shirt is from a vintage store in Southampton and is a men’s Ralph Lauren shirt. The bag is also from Julia’s House and costs only £2. Again a purchase I’ve been wanting to make. Straw bag season is my favourite. My mum and auntie have huge straw bags and I have the little blue one handed down to me. But I needed something big enough to fit my phone, purse, camera, chargers and wires, games and anything else in. I might customise it with some appliqued flowers.

It’s so easy to pull looks together with thrifted items. This look new would have cost roughly £835 but what I paid came to £136.99. It’s incredible to see how much things can cost and also how much you can save buying thrifted or vintage. p.s. Earrings are new.

Earrings – H&M | Trousers & Bag – Julia’s House | Shirt – Harper & Lewis | Shoes – vintage Gucci | Sunglasses – Oscar De La Renta

 

Girl Friday

Dress -Zara | Boots – Just Fab | Bag – Fiorelli | lipstick – L’oreal

Three years are over. I finish university this month and let me tell you I’ve been waiting for this day since I went into the third year. I wouldn’t say I was over university but I feel ready to start working and getting paid some money. I am over making coffee at the weekends being glued to a computer during the week, either at home or in the library, sitting on the train trying to not fall asleep to and from my university. I’m ready.

My ready-ness is also met with a lot of trepidation as there is no going back. Yes, I can do my masters right away but I want a break I want to be free. My happiness and trepidation helped develop these shots. I wore tan boots stood in a field of yellow, wore a beautiful pink floral dress from Zara, but everything is black and white. There is no colour just shape. I think you can see the thought in my face more then if you had the coloured photos you’d just think the shot were pretty.

I want to start my life but not end this chapter of it yet. My three-year long routine will be over and I will have to start anew.

Welcome to the real world.

Location – Dorset Countryside

Photographer – Hayden

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

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

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

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