Last weekend I had the pleasure of taking my childhood best friend and her family for a tour around Manchester with my family. It was quite surreal seeing everyone together again after all these years and in such a vastly different setting. We grew up in Greece and 12 years later, we are finally living in the same country again.
People my age often talk about growing apart from friends they had when they were younger and no longer keeping in touch. I understand that people develop new interests in their teens, I certainly did, but I believe that there can be more meaningful bonds between friends than which elements of popular culture they enjoy at any given time.
Life gets in the way sometimes and I don’t always get to see my friends as often as I would like, but I feel blessed to have good, long-standing friends and as long as we still make an effort and manage to see each other occasionally, it feels like nothing’s changed.
Scarf: Oliver Bonas
Trousers: Witchery (similar)
Wedge trainers: Nike
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
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
A casual outfit I wore on a quick trip into Manchester to buy some materials for my orders and have lunch with my mum.
bag: H! By Henry Holland
Boots: Dr. Martens
Yesterday it was mother’s day and I went to have lunch with my family. As usual, I was rushing around trying to do the shopping and clean the house in time for my client consultations so I had hardly any time to get ready.
Even though I love texture, when I first put this outfit on, I thought it might be too much and almost decided not to photograph it. When I saw it on camera however, I found all the details really interesting. Fashion is not about being safe all the time.
necklace: Richard Ayres
Clutch: Marc Jacobs (similar)
Captured by Richard Ayres photography