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.

DRESS OVER JEANS on the POOL LADDER

Daily isolation outfits are getting creative. Wearing cut off jeans, I actually wear them to my day job. Boots from Just Fab I bought years ago before I broke three toes and I’ve only just been able to get them back on. My favourite part of this look is the dress over jeans. I love this dress, it’s very see-though, but I love it. The muted green the peachy florals. It’s the perfect summer dress. Last time I featured this dress it was June and I wore little cycle short underneath and white plimsoles.

 

Staying at home has really made me restless and the warmer weather makes we want to swim. I’m sure If we lived in a warmer country my parents would have a pool. So I used their old ladder from a free-standing pool I had as a kid as a prop. The curtain from DKNY that I can’t get enough of apparently. Working on a “bygone era-pool side-over dressed-dramatic” shoot.

DRESS- H&M

TELEPHONE MANNER

What’s your telephone manner like? Do you put on a voice? I know I do. I become super formal and “posh” and say sentences with overly complex words in them. I do this more when I answer the phone for work. My mum becomes the queen when she talks on the phone. So boarding school posh it’s adorable.

Daily phone calls when you are apart from your loved ones are really hard. When you are used to being next to someone to not have that any more really effects you. Hayden and I have started talking on the phone every evening. Mostly about Animal Crossing but also checking in with each other. Keeping each other up to date with our emotions and thoughts for the day. But to have a phone call is precious. I would really go to a dark place if I had to wait for letters in to post. Thank god for the telephone. Feeling greatful to be connected to Hayden, even if it is just his little avatar on Animal Crossing and a phone call. He’s more precious to me than ever before. I can’t wait till lockdown is lifted and we are able to leave our homes. To have chats over coffee and laugh about things and eat a burger together.

Bolder aesthetic than usual, working on my motivation to create still. Bright pink liquid eyeliner from L’Oreal, neon green nail polish from Dior makeup “rush hour”.

“SHEETS”

Working on creativity while in isolation with my parents and grandma. The theme of this shoot was ‘sheets’. I really couldn’t find my creativity with this theme. It could be the current viral situation or just me getting in the way of myself. Anyway, I played around with the sheet for a while, wearing it, a la Roman costume, getting inside it for a dystopian bedroom photo. But nothing was working. I thaught I’d just leave it there. But that would be defeatist and really not who I am. So I moved the laundry basket and other things that didn’t work in the photo from the area and set about creating these shots. I used the ladder that’s normally in the space as my tripod ( I don’t have one, so unless Hayden takes my photos they are just propped up on various things) Ticked over to self timer and spent my time getting these movement shots. I love the simplicity of them. Wearing what I was that day, my hair in the most ridiculous top knot. I tided a few towels on the shelves to make it a little more aesthetic.

TROUSERS  – DOROTHY PERKINS (old)  | JUMPER – H&M | SHEET – TKMAXX

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.

MEET BUNNY

Just Bunny and I laying in bed thinking about shit and getting philosophical together.

DRESS – H&M | BUNNY -TY

Meet Bunny, my childhood companion. I’ve never gendered Bunny so can’t really say “he” means a lot to me, or “she” got me through some interesting times. Bunny is just Bunny. Bunny used to have a voice (thanks mum) but over the years Bunny has become silent but in some ways has spoken to me more.

Inspired to be more creative inside as I try and keep myself (asthmatic) and my mother (parkinson’s) as safe as possible. I saw a photo on Instagram of a lady lying on the edge of the bed with a bear next to her. The concept really interested me and I wanted to recreate it with Bunny. I also wish in some way that Bunny was actually Hayden. I miss him so much at the moment. We are making efforts to keep everyone safe and reducing the amount of time we spend with each other. It’s hard. If we lived together right now it would be fine but keeping a distance from your love is difficult. I did see Hayden through the porch door this afternoon. Congratulating him on finishing his first placement.

 

 

Basket Toss

 

In uncertain days we are having as a planet, it’s important to stay by your loved ones. I’ve been spending a little more time at home than usual. Which normally would mean that I’m not that creatively motivated. But this time I am. As anybody does I needed to do my washing and decided to take 15 minutes while sorting my washing to get creative. using my clean washing a wash basket as my tripod to get these shots. I love being more creative with what I’m doing, anyone can take a mirror selfie but I want to try something more. Also I’ve added that hashtag #thegirlcreates so go take a look.

Cardigan knitted by my Nanny’s friend, tshirt is Zara and jeans are New Look Tall.

PINK SHIRT & SEQUIN BAG

Working in the rain did no favours for my hair, it was beautifully curled. But here we are with a less put together look posing in the rain, inbetween people going about their business. Hayden was a trooper getting these shots from me. Working against the rain really pushes me into trying different poses to work as quickly as possible so I can put my jumper back on and get inside.

This shirt is a bargain from H&M, I’ve featured it on the blog and my Instagram (@ameliaboswell) before and love it. It’s really a bright pink but the edit makes it look much more peach. A bold statement with it’s puffed sleeves.

Making the whole look even more statement. I added a sequined handbag that used to be my mums and the best flatform shoes from Marks & Spencer. It’s such a simple look really but upgraded with bolder choices.

JEANS – NEWLOOK (TALL) | SHIRT –H&M | BAG – VINTAGE | SHOES – MARKS & SPENCER

photographer – Hayden

Black, Brown and Cream

Style rules are odd aren’t they? People tell you how you should and shouldn’t wear colours together or crop tops if you have big boobs or mini skirts if you are over a certain age. The fashion rules that always used to confuse me are colour pairings. Pink and green shouldn’t go together. Who says? You can’t wait brown and black together. Well you can! wearing colours pairings the way you want really helps establish your personal style.

For walking in the woods I wore black, brown and cream together. They are all in the same tone but “shouldn’t go together” apparently. I love this outfit. Easy tones to match my surroundings. I had to add a little colour. A turquoise and pink eyeliner combination. Metalic turquoise pencil eyeliner from Gucci and a liquid bright pink from L’oreal. Using the Gucci pencil over the lid, as it’s the darker colour. Creating the look this way, make the whole makeup look less costume like.

JACKET – H&M (similar) | JEANS – NEW LOOK | T-SHIRT – HARD ROCK CAFE | SHOES – CONVERSE | SUNGLASSES – STELLA MCCARTNEY | HANDBAG – CALVIN KLEIN | EYELINER – GUCCI & L’OREAL

Location – Moors Valley

Photographer – Hayden