OVERSIZED SHIRTING – Compton Acres

The most repeated outfit in my wardrobe is always the simplest one. This men’s Ralph Lauren shirt and jeans are casual, but with a little effort. Accessorised with pink hoops and a gingham hairband to make the whole look less formal and plain. Feeling my outfit was a little plain still I added pink eyeliner to the corners of my eyes and a floral Desigual backpack.

SHIRT – RALPH LAUREN | JEANS – NEW LOOK | BACKPACK – DESIGUAL | TRAINERS – SUPERGA | ACCESSORISE – ACCESSORIZE

Photos captured on location at Compton Acres. I took Hayden for a little explore on our day off together. I prefered the Roman garden and the Japanese garden over all the others but they are special in their own way too. Have you been to Compton Acres? These two gardens had the biggest themes and more had been created for each garden. There was plenty to see and photograph.  When rode Beryl Bikes for the first time home. Having used Lime Scooters in Paris last year, we knew the concept and were excited to give Beryl a test run. We can’t wait for our next ride.

THE UNPUBLISHED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.

 

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)

PETALS FOR ARMOUR

I’ve been listening to Hayley Williams’ Debut album Petals for Armor on repeat. Having grown up listening to Paramore and enjoying their change in sound over the years. I felt that Petals for Armor was a perfect creative choice. A more experimental sound, that I love. Impactful female vocals about love and loss. I felt alone yet surrounded by love listening to the album and the visuals for each song are incredible. I felt that Hayley was singing just to me about what’s been going through my head during lockdown. I wanted to pay tribute to Hayley’s work and the album by creating my own little petals photoshoot.

Petals – from my garden | white shirt – Zara | eye shadow – Dior |mascara – YSL

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.

LAYERING DRESSES

Having a dress that is too short is easily fixed with an open dress over the top or a longer jacket overlayed. This shirt dress from the William Morris collection with H&M is super short on me. I have however worn it without a jacket and with a pair of fishnet tights. My style has changed a little and I prefer to wear it this way. Some kneehigh boots and a short-sleeved denim dress worn as a jacket creates different proportions and a level of interest. The cream denim dress is from Marks and Spencer, thrifted from Oxfam online.

The whole colour palette of this look is all in the same tone.  From boots to highlight to threads of the denim dress and the notes of the shirt dress, The gold of the bracelets match the zip and earrings. A contrasting colour pop on the lips from Clinique. My warmer toned roots that I did myself for a little lockdown fun. Using the L’Oreal preference home dye kit on Stockholm.

ORANGES

Recreating photos I took last summer in my garden. Using props makes me try and create interesting visuals. The aesthetic is vastly different from last time. That photo series was much brighter and lighter toned. Also it was the first time I had used and downloaded the Tezza app. I use it in every photo now was it’s such a unique editing app.

DRESS- H&M | HEAD BAND – AMAZON FASHION | TRAINERS – SUPERGA |earrings – gift