I officially have a wanderlust like never before, so of course I am going to tell you guys all about it...
I have always been incredibly lucky to have travelling to some extent as part of my life. From amazing summer holidays with my Mum and Dad as a child, to now as a big part of my work. But recently I have been craving it more than ever! I am such a home bird at heart, and for years I have always preferred to be settled at home with as much of a routine as I can manage. But recently I can't sit still for more than a couple of weeks. Don't get me wrong, I am still always so glad to get back home and spend time here, but I can't help but think about the next trip.
I think a lot of it comes down to the fact I have really found the way I want travel to work for my blog. To be able to travel with your work is an incredible privilege, and one I always want to make the most of. Perhaps one of the best things about blogging is the fact you can work from anywhere in the world, and the last thing I want to do is to look back in years to come and feel like I didn't make the most of that opportunity in my 20s. For ages I found travel content really hard. So much of it is based around press trips, which are amazing, but can sometimes be tricky to get the best content from. It made me feel like travel didn't sit well with my blog because I never felt like I was sharing content you could really engage with, or that I really loved.
Over this Summer, I have been so fortunate with the amount of travel I have been able to do. And it's made me realise that the best trips are the ones I pay for myself. Ones where I can be free to create the content I want, take some sponsored work out there with me to make it viable for my business, but really get to explore the destinations on my own terms and then share that all with you guys.
That's exactly what this trip to New York was all about, and the content I have to share is some of my favourite ever. I pinch myself endlessly when I am in incredible cities doing my work, creating something I love and getting to read all your feedback too. It's the way I want to continue to incorporate travel into my blog and YouTube, and I really hope that I get to do it more and more and that you are all enjoying it. While Summer is definitely at it's end I am already planning what cities I could travel to this Winter to work from, and for the first time in my life (as I said, massive home bird over here), I am really tempted by the idea of going to live in another country for a month. I think it's in part down to the confidence that living alone as given me so far, that I am capable of doing things by myself even if I do need to ring my Mum to ask 2821018 questions along the way.
Also lets just all take a moment to imagine some blog posts in beautiful cities wrapped up in Winter outfits that are a little more interesting than this one. It's that time of year where, like clockwork, I hate my own wardrobe and the new season isn't quite in full swing in stores. I am resorting to jeans and a t-shirt, and when they fit as good as this that isn't really too much of a problem, but I do promise to send some A/W styling your way very soon! And maybe that will be the perfect excuse I need to book a trip somewhere beautiful to shoot it.
I have mentioned before that I want to play around more and more with flash photography. It can be really flattering (emphasis on the can, because some of my favourite photos of me have been with flash on, but there are some which are so bloody awful its unreal!) and for now I have mostly been experimenting with it on film and my iPhone. So I thought I would share a little collection of them today, all of these have been taken over the past month or so around Notting Hill or at home. I want to keep working on this a little more, especially as the dark evenings are getting closer and it becomes harder and harder to shoot content!
These ones with the fancy polaroid style border are all taken on an iPhone with some fancy app, all from evenings at home after shooting or at the pub. Honestly it's the most flattering thing in the world, it's called Shake It and you just take a photo and then 'shake it like a polaroid picture' and voila! Really fun to mess around with because it brings a certain vibe, and generally makes your skin look better than any filter can. Would 100000000% only share these photos from now on if I felt like I could!
These outdoors ones were taken on a balmy evening after shooting a tonne of photos. I actually filmed us shooting this too which you can watch here. I love how in some of them the background goes completely black. Wearing my favourite & Other Stories crop top and tensing up my tummy for dear life because I had eaten a bag of M&Ms by this point which I don't recommend before shooting a look like this.
Another of me at home, this time posing with my Urban Outfitters print. I have just about mastered singing those lyrics, honestly you think it would be easy until you give it a go - mega tongue twister!! I am now waiting for my time to shine when this comes on in a bar and I can sing this section word for word.
Some more messing around at home, as much as I love a good old pose on the street nothing beats photos when you're messing about... ok so I know the one on the right looks super posed but I assure you I didn't wrap that shearling around my shoulders in a serious way!
Hope you guys enjoy me starting the week with something a little different.
All photos by Dean Martindale.
The pink Gucci pants are backkk! I haven't worn these since Copenhagen Fashion Week, for obvious reasons they are not the easiest piece to wear day to day - mostly because of sharing my looks daily on Instagram, they would sort of take over my entire feed a little bit. I have been wanting to style them up with a super minimal outfit for ages though, to really make the most of how much of a statement they are, and how they just make any outfit feel incredible with minimal effort involved. Obviously the price tag on these is pretty major, but whenever I wear them I really feel like they look super luxurious too. The fit of them is just perfect, not too tight but perfectly tailored and fitted. I think it's partly what makes them look so great with really simple combinations like this - my favourite white t-shirt, and my Supergas which I don't wear nearly enough. A really comfy, laid back outfit that I felt great in - literally ticking all the boxes with this one!
I am currently sat staring at this bloody blank space in this post thinking what the heck am I going to write here? Flicking endlessly between Instagram, Twitter, YouTube making a job that could be done in 20 minutes last wayyyy longer than that. Sometimes I am at a loss of what else to say about an outfit, what else I can share about day to day life. But maybe that in itself is something I can ramble on about a little? I create a lot of content, in fact the bulk of my week is always dedicated to content creation. Right now I am really very inspired, but that is mostly with the visual aspect of things. The words not so much, and I am also edging closer and closer to the usual in-between season style rut which catches me out every single time.
I have been working like mad recently, and while you are reading this on Friday 15th September, I am actually writing this on 8th September- which is majorly ahead of time by my standards. As of today (the day you're reading it. I mean), I will be on my way back from New York after a few days of furiously creating content. I do have a lot to write and say about travel content at the moment, and how I want it work for my blog, so maybe that will be a topic to discuss at a later date! It's something that's been on my mind a lot, and I have lots of things I want to plan to push my content more and more. But that discussion would have to be a whole post in itself, and right now my head remains mostly blank when it comes to words.
Hope you all have an amazing weekend - can you believe we are half way through September? I bloody can't. Hopefully I will be back next week with something a little more meaningful to say!