Del Boy
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Everyone let's give a warm welcome to this amazing Weekday coat that really is keeping me very, very warm indeed. I bought it last week after seeing in store, having a moment with a few mirror selfies and then deciding I couldn't leave without it. And I am glad I did because I am writing this post from a rather chilly New York where this cosy number has come in very, very handy indeed. It's one of those pieces that is so effortlessly cool I can just throw it on with anything and it completes an outfit perfectly, and is ticking the boxes for practicality too. While I, along with many others I am sure, have spent years swooning over the Acne Velocity jacket, there is something about that classic aviator shape and style that I am tired of. This much boxier shape seems wayyyy more effortless and interesting. I am of course loving it with my straight leg denim, but it looks equally great with skinner jeans and some boots. 

Also a mention needs to be given to my new bag, which I don't feel like I have officially introduced you all too. After months of swooning over the Puzzle in tan, I ended up changing my mind and setting my sights on the Hammock instead. I have always picked up this bag in store and loved it's shape, but always been a little put off by the fact it doesn't properly fasten up (just a clasp on the inside), so it doesn't feel that secure. In the end I decided it was something I could overlook, especially as I have a bad habit of not properly zipping up my Puzzle when I am out and about anyways. I have used it daily since it arrived, and it fits a huge amount in and I love how it's been looking with all my outfits. I find it as easy to wear cross body, on one shoulder, or held top handle which is something I always love with the bag. I am going to keep using it a little longer before sharing a full review with you all, comparing it to my Puzzle and Barcelona too - but so far it's all good things I have to say about this! 

JACKET: WEEKDAY (not online, try in store and I will keep an eye on the new in section online!) | JEANS: c/o WEEKDAY | KNIT: WEEKDAY | SHOES: Church's | BAG: LOEWE 

Photos by Dean Martindale. 

A Space To Reflect
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Today is the last of all my LA content. I worked a lot while I was there, despite my intention for it to be a holiday, but I am glad that I did because I have been able to share some images and posts I am really, really proud of.

 I have mentioned this already but I was flown out to LA with & Other Stories to visit their LA Atelier - it’ll be no surprise to you all that I didn't need to think twice about that, they are possibly my all time favourite high street brand. I decided to extend my stay five more nights, totally in eight nights on my own in LA, which admittedly did feel like a longtime while I was there. 

The last time I went there, it was a little bit of a soul search trip (without sounding dramatic with that one!) I booked it really last minute in between my move from Manchester to London. I was in the midst of coming to terms with the idea of living alone, and going out there by myself and staying alone in an Air B&B was like a little tester to see how I might find that. Since my first trip there I have been hugely drawn in by LA, I loved it more than I expected and instantly felt like it was place I could live (and of course this whole thing has been documented on here too, this post here, and this one). During my solo trip there, I didn’t want to leave one bit. I spent a lot of time walking, working and thinking things over and trying to imagine what my life was going to be like once I had moved and started afresh. That’s overwhelming, to say the least. I dreaded going back home to the task of moving to London, and that feeling made LA feel all the more appealing as a place to escape too. 

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This time around I felt very differently about it. Which is by no means a bad thing, it was actually something I really needed. I deliberately chose to stay in the same Air B&B so I could really draw comparisons on how I had felt between each trip (for reference, the first time I went there alone was the end of June, so four months earlier). But this time, rather than going back to a transient state that I wanted to escape from, I was going back to a life I really enjoy and really missed. That feeling of actually wanting to go back home was such a welcome one, and really served to demonstrate just how much has changed. Don’t get me wrong, I still love LA, I still would love to live there at some point, but I don’t hold in quite the same magical regard as I did last time, or the first time I ever visited. 

Shooting in this gorgeous home was a treat again. The images I shared from here last time are still from the most read blog post I have ever shared, when I updated you guys on what was going on with my life. Looking back at those from these, while I can’t help but feel like I had better hair then, I also feel like a very different person in some ways. Definitely someone who is more confident, and sure in my decisions and more motivated with my work than ever. It amazes me how much changes in the space of a few months!

That post and this one sit either side of what has been an amazing Summer. I sometimes go through the videos I have saved on my phone and laugh and marvel at every moment on there; all the travel, the work I have been proud of, the friends in my life. Being back in LA really gave me chance to think about those things too, and to appreciate them all. And I still feel completely the same about the importance of travelling alone - it can be difficult and at times lonely, but it does so much good for you that those moments are soon forgotten. 

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Photos by Scott Leon. 

Capturing a Mood: Happy
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I rarely smile in photos I share on my blog. It was actually a huge motivation for starting YouTube, because I was feeling like the moody aesthetic I was presenting on here didn’t actually represent what I was like to know personally, yet it was still an image I wanted to put out online. In real life I am very smiley, and while I don’t always like the photos of myself where I am flashing the pearly whites, it’s my go-to pose for any photos with friends and family. 

But today, and in the next few posts, I wanted to experiment with capturing a mood - and that mood today is happiness. Since shooting with Dean I have been sharing more and more photos of me smiling because he will always make me laugh as we shoot, so all these photos are capturing a moment of genuine laughter, and it makes me smile to look at them now too. We spent an afternoon shooting at his house on film, Polaroid and some digital, and these are going to be some of my favourite posts I have ever shared.- Of course wearing a bright pink jumper helps to add to the aesthetic, and when I say bright I really mean that I think I could glow in the dark a little bit here. 

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I think we can all agree that the moments where you laugh until your sides hurt and you want nothing more to stop laughing are some of the best moments. Those are the times I can’t help but smile when I look back on them, and usually find I can count how many times I have laughed like that each year on my hands. They are definitely moments to be cherished; like the time Linds and I couldn’t get our suitcases up the stairs of the Air B&B we had in Copenhagen and laughed so much the host thought we were crying. They are always moments you have to be there for too, so it’s a little redundant explaining them here, because you had to be there to get it. But so many times I have caught myself having a little solo giggle in public while thinking about those times, which definitely makes me look insane, but it’s something I can’t help but divulge in from time to time. 

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I think of all the moods to capture happiness can be the hardest. Because it looks so forced so easily, like trying to take a candid photo - it’s never going to look as good as one that is actually a candid moment. But when I look at these photos I definitely see a happy moment, even in the ones where I am not smiling. Perhaps that’s because I knew I was happy at the time, so I can easily reflect that emotion onto these photos. 

While of course I have my down days (don’t we all), I am overwhelmingly happy. And it’s certain little things that will always bring me happiness, and not just those moments of side-hurting laughter. I always feel happy when I have finished cleaning the flat, and I enjoy about 10 minutes of tidiness before it descends into chaos again. I love to indulge in a bowl of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, they always make me happy. Whenever I actually manage to be in for the postman to sign for something, saving myself a walk out to the post office - but on the other hand, walking around this time of year on a crisp day also makes me happy. Sharing things with people you find funny, for instance this video that I have been laughing about for a week now. 

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I hope these photos serve to make you guys think about those little things too, or even think about what the little things are for you. And most of all, look back on a moment you laughed so much you momentarily stopped breathing, and it’s guaranteed to make you smile! 

KNIT: c/o & OTHER STORIES | JEANS: c/o TOPSHOP | BELT: c/o & OTHER STORIES | SHOES: LOUBOUTIN 

PHOTOS BY DEAN MARTINDALE

So, I got Inspired
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Remember the inspiration post I shared a while ago? This post is an amalgamation of everything from that post that I just couldn't get my mind away from. Also it's always a good moment when you realise you can recreate something you have seen and loved with everything you have in your wardrobe already - it's something I hope to show you guys how to do more and more too, rather than constantly feeling like you have to go out and buy new things to create the looks you love. 

The main inspiration behind the look was things not fitting quite right, creating something interesting despite it being just jeans and a t-shirt. The too tight top, worn braless with some gold necklaces just like Steffy Argelich in this photo here is definitely a slightly bold look (not one to go for after a large meal, to say the least). I love it, because it has a certain sexiness without showing too much skin. And that of course needs to be balanced out by something totally not sexy - these oversized Levi's which are literally about five sizes too big. I often wear them belted (as you saw the other day), but after swooning over this image for a fair few hours, I decided to try pinning them together. I love how it looks, it makes the fit even more awkward because you get a fold in the fabric, and the jeans sit on your hips in a majorly early 2000s way. It isn't the most practical - the denim on Levi's is bloody thick and heavy so any sudden movements did send the safety pin flying, so maybe I will reserve this look for posing for photos. 

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So it's essentially just jeans and a t-shirt made all the more interesting by some interesting proportions. To keep things feeling a little more within my comfort zone, I of course went with a longline blazer. For me, whenever I am wearing a tight top, I always have to have some outerwear I feel super comfortable in with me. It means it's going to take things back a notch from being out-there for my personal style, keeping it as something I feel confident in. I wore it on my shoulders a little, and with my arms through properly, and it also provided some warmth on what was actually a pretty chilly LA evening. I would definitely go for this look at home too, of course under many many more layers, one of which would need to be faux fur too! 

Let me know your thoughts on this look - is it something you would ever go for?! Do you think it's just too unflattering, or actually works because of it? And of course let me know if you want to see a little more about how I take things from inspiration to my own day to day looks, and how you can do the same.  

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JEANS: VINTAGE 501s | SHOES: ROCHAS | T-SHIRT: MONKI | JACKET: c/o JIGSAW

PHOTOS BY SCOTT LEON