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.

BLUE PEACOAT AND DR MARTENS

Pulled out “that” coat for the first time this AW20. An amazing checked blue with hints of orange that really make me feel that Autumn is here. More of a street style look with Dr Marten boots and folded mom jeans. I’m always looking for new shoe combinations for my wardrobe and love that the jeans cut off just before the boots. Having long legs means you can really play around with length of jeans and dresses. An old favourite in my off shoulder burgundy jumper from a few years ago in H&M. I only with I’d bought it in more colours. Making a simple outfit more interesting by mixing textures.

BOOTS – DR MARTEN | JEANS – H&M | COAT – TOPSHOP (old) | JUMPER – H&M (old) | BAG – COACH

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.

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.

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.