Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Barb


Channeling Barb from Stranger Things in todays look! I've been listening to the beautiful soundtrack non stop lately, and it was a matter of time before I wore an 80s inspired outfit.  You may notice the unfamiliar backdrop of these pictures, as they were taken here in North London where I'll be living for a couple of months (hopefully- more about that in a future post once I've stopped panicking about it all!

Three years of blogging and this is the first time I've worn my glasses in pictures! My eyesight is pretty bad in one eye so I've always had to wear glasses or contact lenses daily. I usually opt for contacts when shooting pictures but today I thought my new Oliver Peoples glasses would be the perfect accessory, contributing to my overall 80s-ish inspired look (and a lot prettier than my old secretary like glasses, not a great look on me!). This Zara striped blouse is definitely a statement piece, with a button down detail at the back and an elasticated waist. I personally love the colours and the fit, albeit the fabric is quite thick so it can be a bit tricky to wear in some looks (not very suitable for layering!). That being said, I'm pretty confident it would go well with an a-line high waisted skirt or some high rise black skinnies. I dressed down the top buy wearing these Zara mom jeans, they're very comfortable and a great fit too, the length is perfect. All I need now is a waist belt so my belly button can stop peeping through. I went for these Next vintage sock boots, but my docs or Stan Smiths look pretty good with this look too. What do you think? Let me know, and remember to leave your links too!

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Empty Spaces - 35mm Film



Photography will never cease to amaze me. It's ability to capture a moment in time, capture the feel it. Whether it's a cute, curious cat looking through a window, countless people wandering through the streets or simply an afternoon out with friends. The latter is probably my favorite time to shoot film pictures. I have so, so many wonderful memories of walking through the town of Poitiers with my closest friends, secretly taking their picture so I could capture their expressions, and of course asking them to pose for a shot or two. It's one of the major things I will miss upon moving to England.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Twin OOTD: Midi Pleated Skirts


We're back with both of us in the same post! It's been a while, I know. But with a few drafts waiting to be posted, we thought we'd put two posts worth of content in one. Once we're settled down a little in England, hopefully we'll be able to shoot some blog pictures with both of us in the same frame, which is something we've always wanted to do but just haven't been able to, from lack of material. 

Midi pleated skirts. I was wary of investing in them at first, for fear that I wouldn't know what to pair them with. But last year I bought a midi green-blue pleated skirt from Zara (worn here by Holly), and after experimenting with different pieces I was pleasantly surprised at how versatile they could be. For work, with a blouse and smart jacket or blazer. For a more laid back look, with a cropped jumper and trainers. For a day out, some ankle boots will do just fine.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

5 Film & Television soundtracks to add to your work-out playlist



I grew up listening to Queen and ABBA. My earliest memories of travelling back and forth to France are hours and hours spent in the backseat of the car singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody with my family. Classic Rock and hits from the 80's are the core of the soundtrack to my childhood. The beats and the lyrics still rooted deep in my memory, infusing me with nostalgia every time the music greets my ears.

Despite being exposed to these music genres from a young age, we soon parted ways somewhat and I discovered a different genre, one that my family have little interest in. Soundtracks. I guess being a cinephile contributed to this love of film soundtracks, growing up with Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings and Pirates of The Caribbean allowed me to discover the greatest composers of our time. John Williams, Howard Shore & Hans Zimmer are extremely talented composers, their contributions to cinematic universes are often over-looked by some cinema goers.  Orchestral music in itself is a genre of music that has grown in popularity over the decades, with film concerts becoming more and more of 'a thing'.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Maxi Dress


Ah, maxi dresses. Perfect for summer evenings, and for transitioning into the cooler months of the year. I don't own a lot of maxi dress, despite drooling over the gorgeous floral midi & maxi ones that invade most high street stores in September every single year. There's a reason why this wardrobe staple is so popular, it's so versatile and can be used year after year: layered over a light jumper or under a biker jacket, with sandals or over-the-knee boots.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mustard Yellow at dusk



I was determined to shoot some pictures in the field which created some of my favorite childhood memories. We spent hours and hours, days on end during our childhood playing in these hidden fields. Connected to our garden and the woods, we used to climb over the barbed wire in our 'adventure gear' and sneak into this space. I remember stealing handfuls of hay once which I used to make a bed for my cabin in the woods. The straw left a trail from the scene of the crime straight to my cabin. Ah the joys of being a kid! When the grass was almost as tall as we were, we would spend hours hidden, laughing and playing with the walkie-talkies. I just had to return, this time to shoot some pictures, to do something from my young adult life in the place that shaped my childhood. 
So, this time we sneaked in again (this time through the non-existant gate), walked over the cracked earth and the dead grass, evidence of a hot french summer with 2 months without rain- and shot our outfits.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

June, July, August in 35mm film


As always, it was such a pleasure to get this roll of film back and re-discover the little forgotten moments we'd captured over the summer. The majority were personal pictures of our friends and family, which we've decided not to share- but all the pictures, whether they be personal or just for the pleasure of picture taking have a story. The picture above was taken in July in a field close to our home. We left at around 8pm to find a secluded area to shoot pictures at dusk. We took pictures in the field for nearly an hour and a half. We shot all the outfit pictures on the digital camera- pleased with the content, we packed up and prepared to leave.
The light was shifting throughout the shoot. As we were about to make our way home, the clouds parted and released the light from the setting sun, covering the trees, fields, our skin in a sea of
beautiful golden light.
Taking the opportunity, we quickly grabbed the film camera we'd bought with us and took a few shots within the 10 minute time frame we had before the light disappeared.

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