December was quite a hectic month for me, running your own business can be hard at the best of times, but when you have 3 times as many orders to get through, as well as your own Christmas shopping and preparations, things can get tough.
This was a day in early December when I managed to escape from the madness for lunch at the Alchemist and a walk around the Manchester Christmas markets with my mum and her cousins.
As I was getting ready to leave, I found myself wishing I had a new coat to amp up my outfit and was overjoyed to realise that it was just about cold enough to wear this wonderful faux fur coat from last year’s winter collection for Eustratia. I had been keeping it hidden away in a garment bag so as not to risk ruining it before I had finished shooting it.
I was originally going thinking it would dress my outfit up and make it look a touch more feminine. Looking back at the photos however, I realised that paired with the braids and chainmail jewellery, it probably makes me look more like a hollywood version of a Viking queen, which I consider a happy accident.
To achieve this makeup look, I used my recently purchased Morphe 35T palette and Gerard cosmetics liquid lipstick in “invasion”.
Sequin front jeans and cardigan: Topshop
Jewellery: Richard Ayres
Having friends that double up as collaborators is definitely useful, especially when you can have impromptu photoshoots in-between glasses of prosecco and jumping in the hot tub!
A few weeks ago we went to a friend’s party in Cheshire and found a conveniently empty, moody field that was perfect for some blog pictures.
Images by Toria Brightside
Trousers and cardigan: H&M
Boots: Dr. Martens
Necklace: All Saints
Earrings: Richard Ayres
*None of these items are current stock
I wore this simple, streamline outfit for a client consultation at home. I love the texrured, tight, cycle style shorts with tights and a drapey top!
Top and shorts: Eustratia
Necklace: Richard Ayres for Eustratia
Images by Richard Ayres
In the past, I probably never would have thought that pairing a t-shirt with a pleated chiffon maxi skirt was a good idea but recently I’ve been updating the categories I mentally assign clothing to.
I wanted a comfortable but striking outfit to attend a friend’s birthday drinks and this was definitely a hit.
The wedge trainers perfectly marry the contrasting elements and the accessories add the right amount of edge.
skirt: similar here
earrings: Richard Ayres
Images shot by Richard Ayres photography
A couple of weeks ago, I attended my friend Cassie’s graduate exhibition at the Foundation Coffee House in Manchester. A couple of days earlier we had been shopping and I picked up a long tunic-style skirt and some lace brogues from H&M, which I decided to incorporate into my outfit. I don’t think I’ve ever bought such inexpensive shoes before but they are beautiful and surprisingly comfy.
Blazer: Karen Millen
Neckalce: Richard Ayres
Rings: Elemental luxury
Bag: H! by Henry Holland