18 June 2018

Discovering white jeans

WHITE JEANS. I must admit, it isn't something I ever expected to wear. Despite owning several white tops & blouses the thought of wearing white jeans or skirts scares me a little! They can be a little unflattering on the legs but this pair from Mango fits so well and the pros outweigh the cons: thick denim, a high waist with a button fastening in lieu of a zip (always makes a huge difference to the fit!) the slightly tapered leg and the exposed stitching... Definitely jeans that will last which is something I always aim for when purchasing a new pair!

I should have shot this look in a different location, the jeans are blurring into the similarly-coloured backdrop which made editing a little tricky! This was the first time ever that we shot multiple outfits in one outing, with Holly shooting 3 of her outfits and myself 4. I've spoken before about how outfit backdrops can have a huge impact on your pictures and I think this post proves my point! I will probably re-shoot in a new location soon, I don't shy away from sharing similar outfits on here and a change in accessory or even just a pair of shoes makes a huge difference.

Un jean blanc. J'avoue que je ne m'imaginai pas porter cette tenue il y a quelques années. Je porte énormément de chemises blanches, mais les jeans blanc peuvent créer un effet peu flatteur sur les jambes - c'est pour cette raison que je ne les ai jamais essayé en magasin. Je suis tombée sur celui-ci à Mango et il avait largement plus d'avantages que d'inconvénients: un denim épais qui arrive à la taille,  une fermeture boutonnée, les jambes style fuselé et les points de couture visible...bref, un jean de bon qualité qui va durer.

On a photographié environ 7 looks ce jour-ci: 3 pour Holly et 4 pour moi. L'arrière plan de ces photos est malheureusement mal choisi, j'aurais dû les prendre dans un endroit avec des couleurs plus vives afin d'éviter cet effet de 'mélange' entre le jean et l'arrière plan...bref, je vais surement reprendre ces photos un de ces jours. Ca ne me dérange pas de partager un look à plusieurs reprises, car même un petit changement d'accessoires ou de chaussures peut avoir un grand effet sur l'ensemble.


14 June 2018

Franz Josef and Milford Sound in 35mm film

After all these months I still can't find the right words to describe how it felt to stand among the mountains of New Zealand. Truly, there is nothing like it. I was pleased to find many quotes about the matter, the authors more eloquent than I could ever be. 
These film pictures were shot in Franz Josef and Milford Sound.

Je ne suis toujours pas capable de vous dire à quel point la Nouvelle-Zélande m'a éblouice que j'ai ressenti lorsque j'observais ces merveilleuses montagnes... Y'a rien de tel. J'étais contente de découvrir ces citations sur le sujet, ces auteurs sont tellement plus éloquents que moi. Je suis désormais incapable de traduire ces citations en Français, toutes mes excuses mais je ne pourrai tout simplement pas honorer leurs mots. 
Ces photos argentiques ont été prises à Franz Josef et Milford Sound. Deux journées tout simplement inoubliables, des paysages fantastiques.  

“Although I deeply love oceans, deserts and other wild landscapes, it is only mountains that beckon me with that sort of painful magnetic pull to walk deeper and deeper into their beauty. They keep me continuously wanting to know more, feel more, see more.” 
― Victoria Erickson

“There is no such sense of solitude as that which we experience upon the silent and vast elevations of great mountains. Lifted high above the level of human sounds and habitations, among the wild expanses and colossal features of Nature, we are thrilled in our loneliness with a strange fear and elation – an ascent above the reach of life's expectations or companionship, and the tremblings of a wild and undefined misgivings.” 
― J. Sheridan Le FanuThe Haunted Baronet And Others: Ghost Stories 1861-70

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” 
― John MuirThe Mountains of California

“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.” 
― W.B. YeatsThe Land of Heart's Desire

“I'm a person of the mountains and the open paddocks and the big empty sky, that's me, and I knew if I spent too long away from all that I'd die; I don't know what of, I just knew I'd die.” 
― John MarsdenA Killing Frost

Holly x


12 June 2018

Lost in a floral wonderland

We are back with another outfit post after a small break! This past week could be described as chaotic good after 4 intense driving lessons, a busy week-end in Poitiers, a fantasy photo-shoot and a flight to London. I shared a couple of BTS images on my Instagram but for those of you who are curious the shoot included a lake, hand-made crowns, a sword and a beautiful renaissance style dress. I cannot wait to see the results! It will be so interesting to see how the photographer captured us. It's very different to what we usually do and it's always fun to play dress-up and do some serious posing.

We returned home on Sunday morning and packed our bags for London. It feels so strange to be back in the bedroom I lived in for a year. Whenever I go travelling I always expect everything to be different on my return because of how much I have experienced when I was away. You expect that change to be reflected in your surroundings, but it isn't. Everything is just the same and that can be a comforting thought. We have a jam-packed couple of months in London, I honestly don't think we'll have any time to ourselves! On top of a couple of weeks of work we have 3 different friends we met on our NZ back-packing trip visiting from various European countries which is lovely. I remember the exact moment I met each of them, completely unaware that it was the beginning of a great friendship. Travelling truly does bring people together!

We shot these pictures in Poitiers nearly a month ago. I love this area in the Parc de Blossac, in the spring and summer months it transforms into a stunning floral wonderland. Several benches occupy the space making it the perfect quiet spot to relax in.

I was going for a 'soft' look this day. Something light and delicate. I've really enjoyed wearing minimal make-up lately (no doubt thanks to my skin clearing up) and I wanted my outfit to reflect that. I went for neutral tones and broke up the beige and pink with some high-waisted black culottes. All of the pieces are very loose-fitting as I hate feeling trapped in the heat but I wanted to make sure the outfit had a little bit of structure around the waist! The Zara culottes are incredibly comfortable, they actually belong to my Mum (thanks Mum!) which means I'm currently on the look-out for a similar pair. I wore the linen blazer in 2 previous outfit posts as a personal challenge to style it in different ways. You can see those here and here!

I only have 1 more outfit post from France to share with you guys, I'm already excited to shoot more content when I get back in August! For now you can expect some more 35mm posts and reviews. I actually have a long list of drafts but I simply can't think of enough topics to write about. I wrote so many long posts in advance last month such as the importance of platonic love and the bilingual nomad, and it truly took so much creative energy out of me! I hit a massive creative block and couldn't think of any new topics to write about. I believe that if it doesn't come naturally to me when I type then my heart isn't truly in it. I only want to share the best of what I can do so when I do hit that block I tend to take a step back to recharge and come back to it later. That is one of the reasons why I kept this post quite light, I think in the future I'll separate fashion content from the essay-type posts as they don't mix too well anyway and it's easier for me to work on them that way. What do you think? Do you mind the mix of content? Or would you like to see fewer but more creative pictures with the longer essay-type posts?

I hope you're all having a lovely week, thankyou for reading!
Holly x


8 June 2018

Comme un rêve

C'est très rare que je prenne des photos de mon look lors des petites sorties en famille, normalement j'organise en avance pour que je sache où les prendre, d'habitude dans un lieu que je connais. Mais de temps en temps, on tombe sur un lieu parfait et on improvise un petit shoot. Nous avons visité l'extraordinaire Château de Chenonceau dans la Vallée de la Loire il y a quelques semaines, c'était un lieu vraiment magnifique et on est tombée sur un très joli coin très photogénique.

J'ai toujours aimé visiter les Châteaux, les musées et les monuments historiques. Ils m'attirent également par leur Histoire, leur architecture et bien sûr leur côté un peu magique. Imagine si toi seul avait accès au Château, vêtue d'une sublime robe de princesse (un rêve un peu cliché surement mais si l'opportunité se présentait j'en profiterais.) Cette petite cour connecte le jardin à un quai, offrant une très jolie vue du château.

En descendant quelques marches on arrive à une petite pergola, offrant un peu d'ombre pendant cette après-midi chaleureuse. Des rayons de soleil traverse la canopée, créant une atmosphère presque onirique.

We very rarely take blog pictures during family outings. I tend to plan my shoots in advance, so I know the exact, familiar location I'll be working in. However, from time to time we happen across a perfect little setting where we improvise a little outfit shoot. We visited the stunning Chenonceau Castle in the Loire Valley a few weeks ago, it truly was a spectacular location - and we when we wandered upon this little hidden gem we had to make the most of it. I've always loved visiting castles, historical monuments and museums. Their history, architecture and magical atmosphere draw my attention every time. Just imagine if you had this castle to yourself, all dressed up in a magical gown (a little cliché but the opportunity presented itself I wouldn't hesitate). This lovely little courtyard connected the gardens to the small dock on the edge of the Cher river, offering a beautiful view of the castle above. After descending several steps you're met with a lovely little pergola, the perfect respite from the bright blistering sunshine. Little rays of light seeped through the canopy, creating a dreamy atmosphere.

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