Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Grunge Photoshoot

Hey everyone! Shot my grunge photo shoot today with my lovely models Katie and Emily Smith. (Huge thanks to you both!) It went really well, no hiccups, no rain, just a beautiful shoot with a great outcome! I haven’t edited these photos yet but I thought I’d give my followers a sneaky peek at the shoot! I’m planning on turning a few shots black and white to continue the grunge look and keep the rest in colour. The locations were perfect for the theme too. I chose an old fashioned British bus shelter and telephone box (still working, unbelievably!) to shoot in and then headed to Minsmere Nature Reserve to shoot on the heath. I love the bleak landscape to really capture the mood of the grunge trend.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Back to Grunge

Asos's new A/W Back to Grunge collection is the perfect inspiration for my shoot tomorrow! I’ve always done quite glam shoots so I’m looking forward to doing something different tomorrow. I’ve also never used two models so I’m very excited at being able to style two lovely ladies! I still haven’t quite decided where to shoot it yet, I’m considering a nature reserve or under a bridge next to a park. Check back to see the finished photos!
(All photos courtesy of Asos.com)

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Smells Like Team Spirit

Thought I’d get into the Olympic spirit today with some of the best sport looks on the high street. Whether you rock the sport luxe trend on a day to day basis or just want to get into the team spirit to support our Olympians, here’s where to shop.

**Motif Sweater by AshishASHISH for Topshop
Image 1 of ASOS WhiteSports Sock With Lilac StripeAsos Knee high socks
Ashleworth Short

Jack Wills Gym Range

 Nike Blazer Mid Vintage Liberty Women's Shoe
                                                                                                           Nike Blazer Mid Vintage Liberty

Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Thursday Review: Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

I suffer from awful eczema on my hands and this is the only cream that’s ever relieved my symptoms. It’s concentrated so it lasts ages; it isn’t sticky or greasy and doesn’t have that medicated smell that some strong hand creams have. I started getting eczema when I took up a job as a waitress and pot washer at a pub and have had it ever since. If you have dry skin I would definitely recommend this!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Fashion Photography

Here's an example of my fashion photography that was for a university project last term. Our theme was new trends and I chose crop tops. They've been a major trend for this summer and I think they will continue to fly out of the shops if the weather stays how it is! Stay tuned for the article that goes along with it.
With thanks to my gorgeous model - Katie Smith

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Fringe Factor

Check out my new fringe my blogging friends!

Monday, 23 July 2012

Dunelm Mill

I first heard about Dunelm Mill while reading an issue of Ideal Home for a uni project back in March. They featured the store alot so I checked out their website to see what they stock. It's similar to Ikea but with English and French influences to the furniture. Their prices are also really reasonable with this Dressing Table and Stool only £149! I love that it looks so vintage but is still in my price range. Once I've redecorated my room I'm hoping to purchase one of these beauties!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

The Thursday Review: Death Comes to Pemberley

I’ve just finished reading 'Death Comes to Pemberley' by the author P.D James. I’m a huge Pride and Prejudice fan and have read many sequels and prequels to the great Austen novel. I was sceptical about this murder mystery version of the events after Austen’s story finishes but once I’d read a couple of sample chapters from iBooks I was hooked.
We catch up with Elizabeth and Darcy six years on, happily married with a couple of sons. On the eve of a grand ball Lizzie is holding at Pemberley her troublesome younger sister; Lydia appears claiming that her husband has been murdered on the grounds of Pemberley. Darcy goes out to look for Wickham’s body and instead finds him standing over the corpse of his friend Denny. A whodunit situation follows.
 There are many twists and turns in the plot, the narrative full of adultery, illegitimate children and betrayal which were common themes in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. However, the only twist that doesn’t suit the traditional Austen style is the murder itself. The love story between Darcy and Elizabeth continues but is by no means the main theme, if you’re looking for more of the brooding Darcy this is not the sequel to be reading. If you enjoy a good mystery with many plot twists then I highly recommend this book. I really enjoy a good mystery novel and it was a bonus that the characters originated from one of my most loved tales.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Autumn Preview @ Aubin & Wills

Today was my first day back at work after a couple of weeks off for my internship, and I arrived in to see the new autumn preview! It’s so exciting to see our Southwold store developing into the new season full of jewel colours, autumnal tones and soft textures. For both men and women we have lots of super soft wools for our knitwear that are perfect for sitting in the pub with a pint on a cold evening! (Although we could probably do with wearing them now, due to the lacking of our summertime!) The corduroy trousers are skinny fit and look amazing with our structured shirts and blouses. We have a few more branded jumpers this season and of course, more of our famous fox illustrations.

Here’s my favourite of our current preview:
Cleobury DressCleobury Dress £125
Rudby TeeRudby Tee £35
Irby DressIrby Dress £145
And my all time fav:
Beachwood BlouseBeechwood Blouse £90
Something I would buy for my dad:
Redebrook V NeckRedebrook V Neck £70
And this would look great on the boyfriend:
Navenby ShirtNavenby Shirt £65
Check out http://www.aubinandwills.com/ for more.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Brighten Up

As you all know, I’m very into home ware. While searching through my daily favourite sites I found this gorgeous collection of table lamps from Next. I need them all in my life to brighten up this miserable summer!
Little Owl LampHoot Hoot! £35
Ceramic Teacup Table LampTime For Tea. £50
Eiffel Tower LampJ'adore! £40
Phone LampCall Me Maybe. £38
Whiston LampOh Crate! £45
Teapot Table LampMore Tea, Vicar? £30

Saturday, 14 July 2012

The (late) Thursday Review: Benefit The Porefessional

Sorry for the lateness of this review! Just finished my internship so posts should return to normal.

When I got this sample from this months Glamour magazine I was really excited. I'm always worried about the size of my pores and always wear foundation to cover them. I was hoping this little beauty might help me, however I was disappointed.
Although the balm is incredibly soft and applies smoothly to the skin, the coverage does the same job as my current MAC foundation in terms of minimising my pores to the waiting world. Once I've applied my foundation over the top there really was no point, my face looked the same as ever. A shame!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Pandora's Birthstone Rings

I’ve never been a huge fan of Pandora Jewellery. I find it a bit too chunky as I prefer delicate items for my jewellery box. However, this was until I saw an ad for Pandora’s new Birthstone Ring collection on the side of a bus. They are simple, silver and most importantly unique to your birth month. My ring would be moonstone – not the most interesting of colours, however the silver tinge to the stone wouldn’t clash with anything I wore. I love the way the iridescent stones look like they would twinkle in the light – I’m going to have to get to a store to check them out in person.
Pandora Birthstone Rings - £40 each.
What’s your birthstone?

Friday, 6 July 2012

Bonas Friday!

I've completed my first week of my internship so I treated myself to a piece of jewellery from Oliver Bonas. As you might have read earlier in the week I discovered their gorgeous range of silver jewellery and wanted it all! This was my favourite piece, a delicate silver sparrow necklace, £28. So cute! (Sorry for the rubbish pic!)