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
On Saturday we went to Manchester house for afternoon tea and cocktails.
They seem to serve a lot of classic treats with an interesting twist which really works for me and the staff are always friendly and helpful. Definitely one of my favourite places in Manchester.
The Manchester sky was sporting its trademark grey colour and I decided to take some pictures by the large windows on the 12th floor.
Blazer: Karen Millen
Necklace: Richard Ayres
Boots: Jeffrey Campbell
A few months ago, I was involved in a hair presentation project at Vidal Sassoon in Manchester.
The theme was based around the darker side of nature; life-giving, but at the same time wild and dangerous.
It was put together to showcase Melanie Baker‘s hair dressing skills but also featured colour by Helen Jordan and cuts by different members of the Sassoon Manchester team.
A section of one the images from my “winter project” was used as the promo poster, after it inspired Mel to choose the theme.
I then planned the styling, based on the theme, but also being mindful of the sassoon brand.
This shoot took place before the Vanguard collection launch, but we used some of the garments, as well as latex pieces from different collections and even some old favourites, such as veils, flower crowns and antlers.
Model: Zoe Harlotta
Model: Lia @Vauhaus
Model: Florence @J’adore
Model: Stacey Black (me)
Images and retouch: Adam Mark Williams
Make up: Jules Daniels MUA
We also had to do a catwalk and each of the hair styles was inspected and judged individually.
All the models and Mel.
The model in their full outfits, after the catwalk.
The presentation, catwalk and photoshoot all went really well, Mel did a great job and the whole team was awesome and a pleasure to work with.