Just Chilling

Took some film photos at home last week before my table and chairs arrived, I feel like I made the most of the space available while my flat was almost like a studio space as it was so empty. I know I am endlessly going on about it, but to have a space I can shoot content in like this is a dream come true. It's kinda nice to sit about at home and get a blog post out of it too. Sitting at home is something I am trying to do as much as possible. London is insanely social, and between work, seeing friends and travelling I haven't had many chances to sit back and enjoy being in my new place just yet. I haven't really had much time to sit and stop at all, which for the most part I am grateful for. I am loving the hectic pace of it all, I thrive of business and a relative amount of stress so it's all fine and dandy with me. Unfortunately I wake up at 5:55am DAILY for some unknown reason which is driving me insane, but other than that I have no complaints. 

You may have noticed I have been working with a few different photographers over the past few weeks. When I was in Manchester my Mum used to take my photos for me, and while she will still continue to do so, I can't guarantee I will see her every week to shoot. So I have been on the hunt for someone new, and working with new people is so much fun and so rewarding. These ones were shot by Dean, who I worked with earlier this year on my shoot for Stylist magazine. I can't wait to share everything we shot as they're all incredible and I am so happy with them. To work with different people has me feeling so inspired too, I am literally full of ideas and booking in days to shoot left right and centre so I can get everything in my head out to you guys. There is nothing worse than the unmotivated patches I sometimes find myself in, so I am always so grateful when I have a spree of feeling endlessly motivated and creative. 

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Something I have been trying to do more with my videos, and want to achieve more with my photos too, is documenting a certain feeling. Nothing too posed or contrived, but just how things were in that moment. Film photography always helps to get that vibe accross, and I think these photos really do that. I feel relaxed in my new space. When I walk in through the front door it always feel calm, and like it's my own little sanctuary that really is completely my own. I want it to reflect me and the work I want to create. In these photos I was feeling chilled, excited to be working with someone new and happy to be working on 35mm as always.

One of the biggest moments of last week was the arrival of my table and chairs. Now I know that might sound a little nuts, but it's made the biggest difference! Working from the sofa or floor was killing me (and my back!) and my productivity was getting worst and worst by the day. Right now I am writing this from my lovely new table and feeling so smug about it. Obviously I have lots of photos to share soon, and will continue to update you all as new things arrive. I have put myself on a strict 'one thing at a time' rule. I am currently waiting for a mirror for the mantelpiece, and until that arrives I am not letting myself look at buying anything else. I am hoping it will force me into making thoughtful decisions rather than rushing into everything. And each time I get a new piece it seems to change the space massively, so this one-by-one method seems very sensible indeed. Will let you all know once the mirror arrives too!

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KNIT: ASOS | JEANS: LEVI'S 501s | SHOES: GIANVITO ROSSI c/o NET-A-PORTER

Photos by Dean Martindale

Everyday Jewellery

 

This post is sponsored by Astley Clarke.

Not so long ago I wrote a blog post all about how I was introducing accessories more and more into my daily looks. Ever since then I have gotten into the habit of reaching for certain pieces of jewellery every single day. So, I thought I would share some pieces I am loving as my jewellery collection slowly expands. Once again with the help of the incredible collections at Astley Clarke. From the colourful and slightly more statement pieces I shared last time, to the more dainty and gold pieces I have here, they have such a huge selection online! 

Also, very exciting and not something I have been able to do before, but I have a discount code for you all if anything should take your fancy! You can get 15% off anything online with the code 'SFTS15', which is very exciting and hopefully will tempt some of you into treating yourselves. 

I wanted to share my favourite pieces with some everyday looks, to really showcase how they are working with the sort of combinations you all know I love so much. Pieces I can guarantee will work with everything I wear, for both day and night. 

I think if I had to pick from everything featured in this post, my favourite things would be the rings I have on. Since acquiring this ring, and then this one too, I have been experimenting more and more with layering different ones. The Flash Interstellar Ring is possibly my favourite of them all, I love the subtle bling and the way the zig-zag shape takes up so much space on the finger whilst still looking and feeling delicate and feminine. 

I remember mentioning in the last post that bracelets are something I can often neglect. I wear a huge watch every day, so my wrist always feel complete with that alone, making bracelets something I often forget to add on. But these two gold ones are stunning and worth making a mental note to not neglect. I especially love the one with the world on it, recently I have had itchy feet like never before and Air B&B is becoming one of my most frequented websites, so this bracelet seems incredibly fitting for where my life is at right now. I also have been wearing earrings more and more recently. These small ones remind of little sunshines which I love, again it sort of ties in with my wanderlust theme! 

EARRINGS: ASTLEY CLARKE | WORLD BRACELET: ASTLEY CLARKE | GOLD BAR BRACELET: ASTLEY CLARKE | STAR SIGN NECKLACE: ASTLEY CLARKE | TIGERS EYE RING: ASTLEY CLARKE | ZIG-ZAG RING: ASTLEY CLARKE | MIDI RING: ASTLEY CLARKE

 

Onto the next outfit! I have some of the same pieces here, like the two bracelets and the star sign necklace. Just like with the world bracelet, I love the personal touch of the star signs, although it's a little less subtle than the world one I suppose. However, the design certainly is subtle - just a small symbol to represent your sign. Scorpio in my case, and I really do possess many of the typical Scorpio characteristics too! 

The other necklace is very reminiscent of the Colour of Calder collection I featured last time, which really opened my eyes to jewellery that featured some sort of colour too! The dark green is so gorgeous, and the slightly longer chain means it is a great one to layer up with other necklaces too. I always love that look so much on other people. 

I have a couple of different rings on this time, but again one is a midi and one a normal one. The simplicity of the designs of many of the Astley Clarke rings means you could totally get away with just ordering a small size and wearing a ring as a midi one, even if it wasn't intended to be so. 

All in all I feel like I am on a journey with my jewellery collection and accessorising, and I will be taking you all along with me. A combination of seeing the benefit of having a strong jewellery collection and the way it updates your outfits, along with actually remembering to reach for pieces every single day are slowly turning me into a jewellery addict and I find myself noticing it on other people more and more too! 

Don't forget about the 15% off with SFTS15 online too, do let me know what you go for if you order anything too! 

GREEN PENDANT: ASTLEY CLARKE | SCORPIO NECKLACE: ASTLEY CLARKE | MIDI RING: ASTLEY CLARKE | GOLD CIRCLE RING: ASTLEY CLARKE 

New Luxury Pieces

So as I mentioned yesterday Net-A-Porter sent me some pieces and I had a major pinch me moment and then died and went to heaven all at once. I spent so long picking out my choices, deciding on items I know I could wear lots and lots and hopefully elevate my wardrobe a little bit too. It's not the norm for me to have so much new luxury in my wardrobe at once, so I really want to put everything through it's paces and review each piece for you just as I would want to had I bought this much myself. All the items have already been worn more than once, and I have been getting lots of questions on Instagram about this blazer and bag in particular, so let's start there. 

The blazer is my dream come true. I am already so obsessed I would 100% buy another one myself in a different colour. The hefty price tag on it is completely justified by the quality, the cut, the weight of it (it's very thick), and of course by how much this is going to be a key player in my wardrobe. It's a piece to buy now and wear throughout winter with knits underneath (I sized up so I can do just that), and I think in the photos where I have my hand in my pocket you can really get a sense of the thickness of the fabric with how it is creasing. I have been so into this blazer I am having to make a conscious effort to not wear it every single day and bore you all, but I think we can all agree that this is a very 'me' piece indeed.  It's also put Stella McCartney on my radar for outerwear generally and it's now a brand I am desperate to feature in Testing Basics for winter coats in particular, so watch this space for that. 

The bag has also been on heavy rotation. I picked out this one and the Saint Laurent Bellachasse out of the hugeee bag selection online, and despite the latter looking a lot bigger, they fit a similar amount in them. In this little one I can't take my big wallet, but I have been carrying around my phone, film camera, keys, lipsticks and phone charger with no problem at all. The leather is super soft so the bag gives so much as you fill it, and then bounces back to it's usual shape once it's been emptied. I love the chain on it more than anything, it's so chunky and I love how it looks cross body. The small leather panel at the top stops it from nipping you or being uncomfortable, even when worn on a bare shoulder. So far it's bag I very much recommend, I wore it so much in Copenhagen for day time looks and evening ones, and it really spices up just jeans and a t-shirt, which is always important to me! 

The trousers... which I needed to iron. You can see in yesterday's post how they look once they've have a good iron. Honestly I was too excited to wear them, but the crease in the hem has inspired me to style them with a big turn up at some point as I think it looks really cool! They're Gucci, and are amazing. I have had so so many compliments on these. The colour is just insane, the brightest pink (you can see a little better in this photo here, which isn't filtered) and they have an amazing cut to them. I think they'll look super cool with a belt with them too, and a black turtleneck in Winter. I am determined to really look after these and make them last forever, so they are already at the dry cleaners for some TLC. And I plan to wear them again as soon as I get them back. 

The shoes have also been getting a lot of compliments. The first time I wore them I did a lot of walking and they really rubbed my little toe, but after a second wear I have broken them in! I wore them in Copenhagen when we walked for miles, and while I was glad to take them off by the end of the day, there aren't many heels I can walk 10,000+ steps in a day with little complaint. I have been wearing them a lot with big Levi's as I love the girlyness of the shoe against a manly fitting jean, that's already featured on my Instagram and I have a whole blog post with that look coming soon too. 

All in all I feel I made some good decisions with my choices, I have no doubt that the bag and blazer are going to feature heavily in my outfits over the coming months so you can be prepared to see lots of different outfits featuring them both! 

TROUSERS: GUCCI c/o NET-A-PORTER | SHOES: MIU MIU c/o NET-A-PORTER | TOP: HELMUT LANG c/o NET-A-PORTER | JACKET: STELLA MCCARTNEY c/o NET-A-PORTER | BAG: FENDI c/o NET-A-PORTER

Photos by Ollie Ali.