On Saturday evening we went out to celebrate my best friend’s birthday. It was quite a grey day but I managed to fit in some quick outfit shots, just before walking the dogs.
I am making an effort to be more strict with my blogging schedule this year and aiming to take outfit pictures every Saturday, or at least once a week. I have tried this previously and managed to keep it going for a few months but I always end up getting swamped with work and giving up at some point.
Fitting in blogging while running a business and a household can be tricky, but I’m trying to change things around to give me more time for blog posts and videos. I also filmed the “furry friends” tag for my youtube channel on Saturday so keep an eye out for that!
Necklace: Richard Ayres
Yesterday I went fabric shopping and met my friend Laura in town for lunch. We stumbled across this garden installation (which I assume was made to advertise dreamscape gardens, cool idea) on the side of the road and decided to take some pictures.
It was interesting to have my picture taken by someone who is an artist but not a photographer, as the images we ended up with are slightly outside the norm for this type of post, but I really like them.
Photography by Laura Powell
Dress: Miss Selfridge
Boots: Dr. Martens
On Saturday, I had the chance to enjoy a chilled walk by the reservoir with Ziva before heading into town for cocktails. Ziva loves the water, but we have to be careful not to let her go near the swans as they are scared of her and can get quite aggressive.
I wore my Wolf Child majestic wolf tee and realised the wolf illustration does look a bit like Ziva and features similar facial markings. I was kindly sent this tee by the brand and really enjoyed wearing it, it was really soft and comfortable and the print seems good quality. I love seeing independent brands with strong ethos producing quality items and am always looking for new ones to feature on here.
Images by Janet Ratchford
Blazer: Karen Millen
T-shirt: Wolf Child
Skirt: Miss Selfridge (similar here)
The Vanguard concept shoot images are here! I have been waiting for the full set to be completed before posting these as it was my favourite project so far this year and I wanted to show it off in full.
The team that help me bring this idea to life did an excellent job and they deserve every credit. Shooting on location can be challenging, especially when alternating between different settings and working with animals.
Photography, retouching, model direction: Toria Brightside
Models: Amber and Hazel @VAUHAUS and myself.
Make up: Laura Wilson
Hair and styling: me
The jewellery for the collection was made by Richard Ayres, who was also dog-handler at the shoot.
Special thanks to our driver Ben, who also looked after the dogs while we were shooting.
Extra special thanks to Eustratia and Vauhaus interns Lindsay and Lauren who facilitated and carried, set of smoke bombs and ran around holding them to get the right effect, fixed and pressed garments and helped out with the images.
We also really appreciate Barney’s owners bringing him down for the shoot.
The garments are available for sale, here.
We shot this over three different locations and by the time we got to the last one, we only had 5 minutes of daylight left but we managed to make it work and the images in the last set are some of my favourites.
The harness cami has so far emerged as the best-seller from this range and can be purchased with 20% off till midday on Wednesday.
Today I celebrated a week of hard work with Sunday brunch in small cafe in Didsbury. I’ve been working on a latex range for a different brand (details to be revealed soon), which alongside my regular schedule didn’t leave much time for sleep.
Near the cafe, I noticed this interesting old buildingthat looks like a chapel but actually operates as a library and decided it made an ideal background for my latest outfit post.
The starting point for this outfit was the blouse. I bought it off ebay last week after after a two-month-long search for one to match these shoes. The shade is almost exactly the same and I’m also really pleased my feather necklace shows up so well against it, as I never manage to get a picture that does it justice.
I decided to pair it with my sequin Joni jeans by Moto. These are a very fitted style and I find that they work really well with my proportions, being tight in the right places and flattering. I don’t wear jeans very often and find that high waisted styles are sometimes large on the waist. These also have a sequin front, which is very good quality, the sequins overlap each other to give a high shine and sturdy surface.
Zip Blazer: Zara
Sequin jeans: Moto @Topshop
Feather necklace: Richard Ayres
Crystal necklaces: Dixi
Bag: H! by Henry Holland