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

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