Thursday, 23 October 2014

guess I'll feel the same tomorrow


I can't believe it's already October - I've been so caught up in the novelty of starting college, having a new routine and new freedom that I've completely lost track of the weeks. To me it feels as if summer has only just ended - I am still not used to waking up in the dark most mornings, wearing coats and knitted jumpers, or spending the days inside instead of lazing around at the park in the evening sunshine. I've ended up in a bit of a rut with my clothes, as everything is too summery to wear for school, or just doesn't fit the kind of mood I'm in at the moment. The worst of it is, I only realised today that it is my birthday in just over a week, and I will actually be turning seventeen...seventeen. SEVEN. TEEN. That number just seems wholly ridiculous to my 5ft2, whimsical and often immature mind, and I am currently living in a state of complete denial.
Anyway, the lovely Amy of Mod Dolly recently asked me to be the resident blogger for the brand, which means I will be styling a Mod Dolly dress each month and writing a little bit for their blog/website, which you can find here. These are the photos from the first post, where I am wearing the Hanna Check Skater dress.






The dress itself was so perfect - made from the softest, but most hard-wearing check material, with such perfect finishes that it's almost impossible to believe it was made by hand. The colour was also a favourite with me as I am really into very 60s mod / autumnal colours at the moment, so I felt very complete and satisfied in my new baby.






Whilst shooting we found a car that matched the dress exactly, and despite it not being in the best position to photograph we couldn't help but take some anyway. I wore the dress with my Deichmann shoes, Rokit bag and coat from Topshop. I also enjoyed getting to wear a pair of super cute fox ears from Crown and Glory...I feel like our mutual hair colour means we have some form of spiritual bond, plus when I was in primary school I once told my teacher that when I grew up I wanted to be a fox. Pretty apt hairband for me, really!








The one thing I am pleased about the approaching winter is the fact I can wear my new coat out more often - I've been craving a Topshop coat for years and I finally found the perfect one. It is so cosy and I could literally stay in it forever.
Anyway, I hope you all have a good weekend!

Friday, 17 October 2014

would you stay if she promised you heaven


Hello - I hope you have all had a good week! Here are the rest of the photos from the Miss Robin magazine shoot with Ailera Stone. There are quite a few but I thought I may as well share them all, as not all of them made it into print. We shot primarily on digital, but there are also a few film and polaroid photos scattered about as well.




















































I wore a Beyond Retro shirt and dungarees with Rokit shoes. Ailera and I improvised the hair with some gold ribbon I happened to have in my bag. It was the first time I'd actually changed outfit on location for a shoot, and so that might explain how huge my bag is as it was literally stuffed full of possible options. It was fun to do but I can imagine confused the members of the public who kept seeing me run in and out of the museum toilets in different clothes each time.




































Another first was the fact we actually changed location for this shoot too - starting in the Natural History museum, we then made our way through central London to Covent Garden, stopping in a few antique bookshops on the way, and accidentally crashing some sort of roller-blading marathon. We then shot around Neal's Yard for a while, which was perfect as there are just so many different backdrops to use. It was such a great experience and such a good idea - why hire out studio space when there is so many wonderful places in London that you could use instead?







For the last outfit we found the Astrology shop in Covent Garden matched the outfit perfectly, so spent about twenty minutes flipping my hair around outside and receiving some odd looks from passers by. Covent Garden is a fantastic place to shoot as everything is old and interesting, it's always busy and there is always something unusual going on, however you do have to put up with a few tourists looking at you weirdly (but then again, you get that anywhere).
The second outfit was a Beyond Retro shirt, Camden Passage market dungaree dress and accessories as before.
























































Anyway, that's all of them! I had such an amazing day with Ailera, and loved the way they came out in the magazine (which you can buy here). I'm going away this weekend so should be back next week with some more of my usual posts, but in the mean time you can see my first post as resident blogger for Mod Dolly here. Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

I can feel it's beginning to end


Hello! I apologise for the lack of regular posts on here at the moment - fashion week was amazing, but left me completely drained and ready to hide from cameras/clothes/makeup for at least a few weeks. I've been enjoying stepping back from it all, and have enjoyed taking a break from constantly updating social media (which I know is hypocritical of me to dislike). I'm getting back in to the swing of things now though, and have a few exciting things coming up over the next few months which should hopefully provide me with enough to write here. I'm also starting my first job in a few weeks - I'm going to be working all day every Saturday down in Hirst Antiques in Notting Hill, which I am really looking forward to as there is not much better than being surrounded by amazing jewellery and interesting people all day. I've also been given the chance to be a resident blogger for the next few months at Mod Dolly, and my first post should be up at some point this week.
These photos are all from the latest issue of Miss Robin magazine, which I shot back in the summer with the super talented Ailera Stone. The theme was 'postcards', and so we decided to try and capture the idea of a girl lost in London, with a little vintage/Moonrise Kingdom kind of twist. Ailera manages to take such dreamy photos in pretty much any setting, and so we had an amazing day running around the Natural History museum, Neal's Yard and Covent Garden, with a few coffee-shop outfit changes (of course).







It was lovely being able to take photographs in the museum itself, and reminded me of one of my favourite posts on Yours Truly. The lighting was perfect in most of the rooms, and it provided us with a much better backdrop than we would have found just on the street. In this first outfit I wore a Beyond Retro shirt, car boot sale vest, Rokit skirt, shoes and bag, and Topshop tights and socks.





I'd been a fan of Ailera's work for a while, and had seen her photographs with other bloggers as well as just cropping up on my instagram feed every now and again. I loved the dreamy, analog quality she manages to capture even without editing, and the way she captures colour and tone. It was so lovely getting to work with such a nice person, and getting to run about all over London with someone who likes to take photos and capture moments as much as I do. 





The second outfit was a Beyond Retro skirt, Rokit shirt, my Mum's old jacket and accessories as before. There are a whole other set of photos from this day but I will save them for another post! You can buy the magazine here. Have a lovely week!