Photography- Industry Vs Nature

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I love the army jacket trend, sported by Versace on the catwalk, showing powerful, strong women! However as-well as the price tag dilemma, an army jacket can seem a hard thing to match with everyday basics. So I went for this jacket by Barbour, with army influences shown just within the details, by the shoulders, cut and the pockets. Yet its subtleness  and easy to match black allows it to be worn with almost everything, making sure you get your moneys worth. I went for a messy side bun as its easy, keeps your hair out of your face, while still looking chic. My gloves are from M&S and are made out of cashmere giving that extra luxury comfort, and I love the furry detailing on the cuffs!

Barbour Black Streak Jacket: https://www.julesb.co.uk/barbour-extractor-leather-trim-quilted-jacket-p771985#attribute[2]=10486

The setting was at an old warehouse, where I was taking photos for an art project with an emphasis on where nature ‘fights back’ after industrial buildings becomes derelict :

 

 
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Dressing for the Ski Slopes

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Dressing well for skiing is essential both for warmth and style. It can be bait daunting especially for a beginner.  After skiing every year since the age of four I think I have finally got it down to a T (after having gloves that weren’t warm enough one year and losing feeling in them! Then a coat that was filled with goose feathers that would come out and go everywhere!)

Boots and Skis: You can buy your own but if you are a beginner I would strongly advise renting them as they are not worth getting unless you go all the time. Though even then if your like me you might choose still to rent them as most companies have the latest skis, plus it will take up a lot of weight in your luggage and I would rather have the extra space for more clothes! Also if you try your rented skis and they don’t feel right once you start skiing you can take them back and swap them from another pair.

Ski socks: It is best to get the proper ski socks as they will keep you warm and are longer and will prevent too much rubbing. Don’t fall into the trap of wearing two pairs of ski socks on top of each other as this will actually lead to more rubbing, if you do have problems with rubbing you can get comp speed from the pharmasy which acts as a layer in-between your skin and the thing that is rubbing it.

Thermals(Base layer): They are one of my essentials as they are thin, lightweight to pack , breathable and keep you warm.

Mid Layer: I wear a very thin lightweight jacket as the weather is very unpredictable so you can zip it up when cold and down when hot.

Ski Salopettes: There are many different styles and colours so it is mainly down to preference. I find the more skinny fit ones more flattering plus they make you more streamline on the slope. But the skinnier fit ones are hard to find in the UK so I tend to order mine online, just make sure there is a good return system if they don’t fit once you try them on. My salopettes are flared at the bottom so they can go over your boots making sure there is no gap for the cold and wet to get in. The sides have a leather stripe running all the way up bringing the attention to the curves of the body.

Ski Jacket: Similarly there are many different styles and colours. I would avoid red or a mixture of black and red as this is normally the colours of the coats the ski instructors wear so you may get mistook for an instructor. I went for black as it is a classic colour that goes with eveything as you don’t know what colours your ski equipment is going to be if you rent it. I go for a jacket with subtle details such as the zip has diamantes on it and it has a belt which emphasises the hourglass figure.

Buff: For those of you who have never been skiing and wondering what on earth this is! Trust me its not as weird as it sounds. A buff is worn round your neck and can come in all sorts of patterns and colours. It can be pulled over your nose and tucked under your goggles when it gets really cold. These are particularly useful on chair lifts where you are sitting still for a long time and is open so the cold air comes through. Once you get moving and are warm again you can pull the buff back down so it just covered your neck.

Eyewear: Sunglasses and goggles are both useful depending on visibility. If sunny sunglasses can be used but make sure they have good grips on the side so are unsightly to fall off when your bombing it down! Goggles are best when there is low visibility. Different goggles have different levels of visibility and vary depending on price. It is worth getting a good pair of goggles so try and buy some during sale time to keep the cost down. Look out for the goggles with coloured lenses as they normally have the best variation in visibility.

Hair: If your hair is down during skiing it can be a nuisance as it gets caught in all your ski gear, but if put up in a high pony tail or bun it can be awkward to fit under a helmet. So my go to hairstyle is the plait.

Pocket items: Make sure you have your lift pass, in an inside pocket by itself if possible so there is no danger of it falling out when getting out other stuff. Then believe it or not it can get very sunny on the slopes and a bright red face with white goggle marks is not an attractive look so keep sunscrean on hand as the weather may be cloudy in the morning but come out sunny later on. The wind can be very drying so I like to keep a lip barm and now you can get ones with different tinted colours to brighten up your face. Skiing is hungry work and there are many cafes on the slopes so keep some change in your pockets ready.

Apres ski: Most places are fairly casual and after being on the ski slopes all day you want something comfy and relaxing. My go to item is jeans or my leather leggings with a comfy jumper and fluffy boots. There are a few more dressy restaurants you can book if you want to dress up one night, so maybe take one dress just incase.

Let me know if this was helpful and I would love to here of any good tips you have for skiing?  Also if you would like me to do a more detailed post on possible outfits for pares ski let me know (:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Nail Being Sexy But Covered up in Winter

I was scrolling through the internet when I came across this image of Gigi Hadid, and I was awe-struck by the brilliance of this outfit. She is covered up all over apart from the tiniest touch of skin on her left thigh which taunts the viewer allowing the rest of her skin to be left to the imaginartion creating an outfit that is sexy, yet she is almost completely covered up. This creates a look that is very classy and chic while looking effortless. She is wearing head to toe black so the outfit isn’t shouting I want attention and her hair is up but with strands hanging down looking like she put it up in a rush giving the effortless cool and no fuss look. So take inspiration from Gigi and this winter during the party season don’t think you have to have everything on show and do head to toe sparkles shouting hey look at me. Instead go for a look that only hints but doesn’t reveal all. As it can be more sexy to go against the flow of party dressing and stand out by covering up leaving only a slight hint to leave them wanting more…Gigi.jpeg

A Present for the Quirky Edgy Friend

P1080026We all have that one friend who is just too cool. You won’t find them wearing a christmas jumper or singing christmas carols, so what do you get for someone who is too cool for christmas? This had me stumped for a while… until I came across these cool quirky skull baubles. They were Christmasy but in a cool edgy way, like ‘Hey I celebrate Christmas my way’. So if you have a too cool friend get your hands on these ones from your nearest Paperchase store.

1920s glamour

P1070941.jpgWith the party season coming up its go big or go home! Sparkles, glitz and glamour seem to be the order of this season. A great way to nail the glamour look os to take inspiration from the 1920s. My 1920s inspired turban is from the Topshop collaboration with Her Curious Nature, which has brought out some of the most beautifully embelished hair accessories at more affordable prices.

 

Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar

This year I wanted to be more adventures with my choice of advent calendar. I normally go for a standard chocolate but I decided to buy a beauty or fashion one. There were so many, I was indecisive about which one to choose until I saw this one… it was love at first sight! The first thing that drew me to it was the packaging as it was designed to look like a music box. Then when I read the back I saw it came with a bracelet, which you collect Christmas charms each day so you have a complete bracelet ready to wear on Christmas day.

If you can’t resist buy one for yourself:

http://www.partyark.co.uk/023004/nutcracker-charm-bracelet-advent-calendar.html

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Winter Layers

The first word that pops into my head when I think about winter fashion is layering. For some people this word may seem rather daunting, the idea of having to make sure that not only one layer but all the layers work well together. But see it as a challenge, a chance to experiment and get creative. Devote half a day to looking through your winter wardrobe and putting layers next to each other to find out what goes. At first you may try something on and think this will never work! But keep faith and swap one of the layers for a different layer in your wardrobe until you get a set of layers you are happy with, then take a photo so you won’t forget! And get creative combining different fabrics, textures and patterns.

I wore this layered outfit for a walk in the park. I teemed a high collared, tight fitted black top to keep my chest warm with a baggy pink knitted jumper that created beautiful shadows in the creases and a floaty sheer pink polka dot skirt to give an ultra feminine look and to show the layer of more sporty black jeans under neath. Then accessorised it with ladylike pink pearls and gold charm which contrasts with the more sporty, edgy sneakers that are black and gold with a slither of pink at the back to bring all the colours together. This complete look gave a feminine ladylike look with a sporty edgy twist…

I would love to see how you style your layers, you are more than welcome to leave a photo in the comment section below (:

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My Packing Tips for a Summer Holiday

This year I planned a road trip across the states of California and Nevada in America. As America is Much! Much! Much! Bigger! than Britain one of the things I had to plan for when deciding on my two week adventure, was the weather changes. My first destination was San Francisco which was hot in the day but by night when the sun went down it could become very cold. I then went along the coast following the Big Sur. The weather felt cold because there was strong winds however in-fact it was very hot, which I found out later when I realised I was gradually turning redder and redder! Then I finished off in Las Vegas which was extremely hot being in the middle of a desert. So looking at my itinerary made packing seem like mission impossible. How could I possibly cover all eventualities while keeping under the airline restrictions? Then I had a lightbulb moment…multi-use! If I could use things in more than one way, I wouldn’t need to pack as much. So I got creative thinking of all the possible combinations and how I could use and re-use stuff!

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In the outfit above I wore a simple shirt dress with gold buttons from Oasis, which could easily be dressed down for day with trainers and dressed up for night by belting it and adding some statement jewellery and sparkly sandals or heels. To save the weight of a heavy belt in my luggage I used the chain strap on my mulberry Lily bag as a belt in the night and used it to hold my bag in the day. I used my Gold Chanel sunglass case in the night as a clutch. My gold gladiators were a must for me as lots of my trip took place in the countryside where heels weren’t very practical as they would end up sinking into the ground. Where as the gladiators were flat so practical but didn’t sacrifice on style as the gold shimmer added the perfect touch of glamour. As for my makeup I used bare minerals foundation and blusher and Rimmel’s Argon oil mascara. I used Stilla’s gold cream shadow on my eyes, lips and highlight to save on packing space. So just remember one word when packing for your holidays…multi-use!

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Sweeten Any Outfit With Colour Coordinated Macaroons

Accessories of the DayThe macarons are in the flavours rose, cafe au lait and passion fruit from Le Mini Macaron: http://www.leminimacaron.co.uk  They do almost every colour including silver! So your bound to find the perfect colours to match your outfit. They would look really cool in a see through purse, to show them off when you walk down the street, such as this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maisone-Handbags-Transparent-Rectangle-Cluthches/dp/B00HY8Z0BA/ref=sr-1-3?ie=UTF8&qid=1433182657&sr=8-3&keywords=transparent+purse

Other Accessories include: Trainers, Carvela Kurt Geiger: http://ww.kurtgeiger.com/libby-metallic-leather-41-carvela-kurt-geiger-shoe.html

Accessorize Scarf: http://uk.accessorize.com/view/product/uk_catalog/acc_19.7/7871608100