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Monday, May 22, 2017

Howdy howdy and happy Monday folks!

It's been a while since I started a post with some form of 'hello' which I think is down to the sunshine and general good vibe feeling the warmer weather is bringing this week - thank the lord, my bones have been cold - but I'm quite excited to get this post out there as I have some fab news:

I'm hosting my first Blog Photography workshop!

If you follow me on social you may have already seen this, but I wanted to do a bigger announcement here as the date is creeping closer and make sure the word was out, because if there's one thing we as bloggers and creators love, it's good photography.

Hosting my own workshops has been a huge dream of mine for years and after a few practise mini sessions early this year, I'm kicking off with an in-depth practical session on Manual Photography; if you came to any of the tasters, I can promise you it'll be more informative, hands-on, and rewarding with three hours of taking you through your cameras and trying the settings on various props and lighting scenarios to make your pictures better than ever!

The event page and tickets are linked here (p.s. if you're reading this on mobile, open the link in Safari and it should work, or head to my Twitter here) and I'm hoping to do more specialised workshops covering fashion and flatlays in the future - covering everything from posing tips to use colour and staging - all whilst maxing out the potential of your camera.

Tickets are £80 and it's a max of 6 people per session, so if you are interested I'd get booking quickly, however if you're interested in hearing about future workshops and topics, leave your details below to hear first!

I really hope to see some of you there (or at future sessions) and as whilst I'm on the topic of photography, I've been nominated as Photography Blogger of the Year by Blogosphere, so if you would like to vote for me here, it would be amazing (plus it's the last day!!) I'm so glad my work has inspired others and that my tips have helped, and also that the work I've produced here and with others is enjoyed by so many, so thank you!

See you behind the camera ;)


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Excuse the photo heavy post, but I just really, really loved this location-outfit combo.

I've called this London in Spring but come on, the British weather has been a bit wet and grey recently - where has the sun gone? Isn't it meant to be summer soon? There was a rare sunny moment this week, so I hot-footed it to London to meet up with Ghenet spontaneously for catch ups and photos (this gal seriously knows her locations and hidden corners in London, we all need a Ghenet).

With the prospect of humid sunshine, I finally got to crack out what is probably my all-time favourite warm season outfit, along with sandals which was a big moment for someone who was still wearing bed socks on the reg.

This look isn't anything new, it's been hanging around my wardrobe for the last year, but it's an absolute fail safe with pieces I will always love. After a big ol'shopping day last year, I picked up these two from Mango and wore them together practically all the time when it was warm; high-waisted cotton culottes that hit a small girl on the ankle perfectly, comfy and casual yet easy to dress up (I have a crop top blouse which takes these from casual to a bit sexy in a flash, spot on multi-styling) and this 'Quiet' tee is me to a tee (excuse the pun) - my brain can overwork so easily and just a little bit of quiet keeps me pootling along through the day, as does food and waffles and coconut hot chocolate.

As you can tell, I'm really feeling the high-waist, wide-leg trend atm - for someone pettie, I've been made to feel I can't wear anything floaty for years because it'll make me look short, but we can all agree it's hella comfy and cool to have swishy legs! I think if you get it right with shoes, top, and even making yourself appear and stand tall, any one can live their best life in wide legs, especially cotton ones with pockets and a very forgiving waistband - eats more waffles.

Top - Mango (sold out) | Trousers - Mango (sold out) | Sandals - Aldo (sold out)

After finding this gem of a street by accident (which is used a lot for backdrops in old-style movies, the architecture and doors are simply wonderful, plus Tom Hardy ran out one of the houses according to a man who lived on the street so that's a little celeb factoid for you) I'm really looking forward to a bit more consistent warm weather to visit more hidden and lesser-known areas of the City; from exploring new food spots to streets with interesting architecture and character, London in the sunshine is just a beautiful sight (unlike some of my posing for photos ;) )

On a final note, I've been a bit relaxed with posts recently which is usually unlike me, but I'm enjoying the extra time to work on posts and other exciting fun things, hence the less regular schedule round here. Sometimes a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do, and right now it's all about balance - maybe that would be a good post idea *jots on the list*

Hopefully the weekend will bring some extra sunshine to inspire me a bit more, and if that fails, well I'll just have to scour London a little bit more ;) any excuse to hit up the vegan ice-cream parlour again....


Photos by the babe that is Ghenet!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I was waiting around in M&S the other week before a shoot when I noticed 'heck, M&S has some pretty banging pieces out right now!' - I'm a huge fan of their pjs and undies (obvs), and they've definitely gone up a knotch in style points in recent years, with lots of friends and bloggers sporting key pieces over the last few seasons.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

On the back of my recent cruelty-free/vegan skincare post, I wanted to share a few new makeup finds that have (for some) quickly become staples in my beauty drawer. Whilst I may have been able to declutter skincare easily, I still have five too many lipsticks; I can't help it, I want them all, yet end up wearing the same two. Total lipstick problems.
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