Saturday, 18 February 2017

Birthday bomb: Motel Rocks Hedi Dress

If it's pink, I'll take it. If it's got sequins I'll take it. And no doubt if it's from Motel Rocks I'll be sure to take the hell outta it too. This backless rose sequin Hedi mini dress from Motel Rocks  seemed like the perfect sequel to the previous Motel metallic rose dress I've rocked before on the blog. I know most fashion blogger gals can probably relate that if you like a dress enough, you damn well have to buy it in a similar style! That's the only problem with Motel, they keep launching and launching these tempting trends and well... my bank is going to go krupt. 90s vibes are a big deal and Motel Rocks seem to strike it right every time. I can't wait to wear this dress more in the hotter months. Although ridiculously unpractical (aren't all my clothes for the blog tho), I can definitely see it making waves at the beach. The bonus of course being that I won't have to freeze my a$$ off to wear it. 

No sunflowers featured in this shoot (unfortunately, dammit) but instead a shell shop backdrop to keep my sea-salt soul satisfied. I'd been enchanted by this aqua hued shell shop for a long while and wanted to make it my mission to shoot here at some point. After we shot this party NYE look, I knew I wanted to start getting more and more experimental with photoshoot backdrops, and so the idea for the shell shop came about. Hence our day out in Folkestone last week, and after Graham had kindly spoken to the owners and shown them my blog business card, they said they were more than happy for us to get some shots outside their gorgeous shop. I thought that was so kind, especially as they were re-stocking at the time. They said that we should come back in the summer when it's not so cold, and I'm definitely dreaming of that. You can't beat unique gift shops with friendly owners and of course, the pretty beach-y shopfront has my heart 100%. 

It's my birthday next Tuesday so Graham's sweetly taking me away tomorrow night and we're staying away for a couple of days which is just the loveliest, I can't wait! I also think this pink glitter affair is appropriate for a pre- bombin' birthday look; whatddya think? I'll be back mid next week and getting back in the groove of blog commenting which I've fallen so far behind on. Bring on the celebrations! 

Are you feeling Motel Rocks's stock?
What trends are you looking forward to for Spring?

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Valentine's wishlist: mermaid magic

With Valentine's/Galentine's season fast approaching, one key question keeps hitting me hard; what would a mermaid want? I've been browsing Love the Sales to discover all the stuff mermaids would dream of and have found some transfixing treats to get even the most magical of merbabes totally entranced. For starters, how gorgeous is this ASOS metallic scallop clutch bag? The metallic choker bandeau adds that bit of futuristic fun to proceedings whilst this Missguided metallic denim jacket is just the right side of street to sass things up. I'm also crushing hard on these ASOS space pointed heels, mermaid meets scifi? Sounds like a killer combo to me! Despite the promise of hearts and flowers, February is still a pretty grey month in terms of temperature, so what better way to jazz it up than with a concoction of metallics, silvers, purples and general mermaid magic? 

No celebratory season can shine without the aid of disco balls and my eyes were totally OMG-ing when I caught sight of this disco ball dream of a necklace from Topshop. Have you ever seen anything like it? I know I certainly haven't! Colourful rhinestone boots are surely sent straight from cloud nine, and these dreamy studded boots have been magnetised into my mind for longer than I can remember. And of course, the ultimate mermaid fantasy; a kaleidoscope of sequins for you to stash all your shells in, this Boohoo rainbow clutch bag will make you the brightest star on the beach. Last but not least, what can beat a full on glitter glitz of a dress? This silver sequin dress from Pretty Little Thing will be sure to get going the most gorgeous Galentine's to end all Galentine's. 

Is there anything you're currently coveting? 
Do you have any Valentine's/Galentine's plans?

*post via lovethesales 


Monday, 30 January 2017

Sushi vibes feat Minga London

Hot damn, a sunny day in December? I was feelin' it! This sushi halter crop top from Minga London provided all the sushi steam I could dream up, and shooting on a seashell floor against a backdrop of bubbling rock-pool prisms served up a side order of mermaid majestic. Unable to restrain myself until summer summer summertime, I decided to rock these Liquor & Poker white jeans with pom poms and rips. Without a doubt Liquor & Poker definitely have to be one of my favourite brands. You may have seen these glitzy mermaid mom jeans in a previous post and I can't wait to see what sizzling, stunning dreamworks of denim they come up with next season. The rose gold wedge sandals were fabulous to crunch across the beachy coves in and of course to compliment the tidal vibes I got the candyfloss paintbrush out and went for red and pink ombre, a total mix of bliss. Our highlight of the shoot? Seeing two ferrets being walked along the shell shackled shores on leads. 

As we approach my birthday month and the glitzy galaxies of both Valentine's and Galentine's, I can't help thinking it's not that long till spring blooms; hurray for flower power. And then it's summer, you know, whatever. No big deal. Oh, if you hadn't guessed I quite like summer. A little. I'm waiting for the hotter months. Hell, sick and tired of waiting. And in other news, I finally finished the ending and epilogue of my first novel on Friday which I'm pretty proud of. It's not always been an easy road to veer through, but I feel blessed that so many people have my back, it really makes all the difference. 

Now I've completed the second part of my book I'll be rewriting the start and middle which I'm really ready for. The story has grown and developed so much and it took me a long while to figure out the ending. Now I finally have, I'm making sure the first part reflects the direction the story is going in, hence the rewriting. The start of the book sees the main character in a rock bottom state, there's a lot of highs and lows and I'm already getting in the right mindset to set things in motion. I feel the time is now to get this rollercoaster on the road. Here's to finally finishing it and getting it sent off in summer 2017. 

Are you a Liquor & Poker fan? 
What brands are you excited about?

What are your main 2017 goals?


Monday, 16 January 2017

Fashion blogging: behind the camera

I can never resist an aviator style jacket; something street, casual and easy on the eye. This camel faux shearling jacket fits that bill perfectly. Luckily the winter leaves the streets a little less crowded for fashion shoots and we managed to get these photos in fairly peaceful harmony last week. We shot here last April and a few girls turned round to look at what we were doing. One of them put their thumb up at me, smiled and said 'nice'. There I was thinking the worst when they turned round to look but I was wrong. I can't help feeling defensive when I'm out and about shooting as I've had several negative experiences. This got me thinking about all the various encounters we've had over the years, some good, some bad, and I thought I'd share some of them with you (with a firm focus on the positive, funny feels).
Unfortunately when it comes to shooting you never know what you're going to get and even though I generally get excited about shooting out and about, there's always a hint of fear and anxiety that someone's going to be nasty, there's going to be stares, remarks. It's a risk you just have to take if you want the kind of shoots I do, so I go for it no matter what. Mostly we try and minimise the risks of pests as much as we can; shooting as early as possible, choosing quiet times of day, locations that are less crowded etc, but you can't always predict an easy, successful shoot. I've definitely gotten better now, if people stare and are rude, you just have to ignore them, hard as it is. People will always look if there's a camera and clothes and you're in front of it; even though it's (gasp) 2017! A camera. OMG, say what?!
Focusing firmly on the positives, there have been some lovely people we've come across when getting blog pictures that I thought I'd talk about. When we shot this look at Mersea Island for instance, the family in the next beach hut along apologised for their little girl getting in the shot; they didn't have to do that, surely they owned it and could have felt like we were the inconvenience. My mum and I often shoot at one of my favourite ever tucked away locations, a sandy cove of bliss, and there's a little cat who's trotted over to us twice, friendly as anything, sidling up to me and wanting to pose for all he's worth. Both times it's made my day that he's run over and joined us for the shoot, he's such a babe. There have also been families on hot days that have kindly noted we're in the middle of shooting and have worked their way around us considerately, as have there been dog-walkers doing the same. Countless times there have been nice people that we've come across, and it totally changes the atmosphere.
You also get some funny 'you had to be there' moments. There was one amusing bloke who stopped his car to call out 'Aren't you cold?' - I was wearing shorts and a little crop top, and yes, it was November. Me: 'Yes! I'm freezing!' Him: 'It's too cold for that!' My reply: 'Hell no!' One builder also came over to me and my boyfriend once and asked what we were shooting. 'It's for my fashion blog,' we explained. 'Oh!' He replied. 'Not porn then?' Wtf! Dude, I'm wearing a dress and tights and a cardigan and this is a dreary grey street. You gotta laugh, right? Not to mention the group of ramblers that stood stock still, staring at us in disbelief last summer on another shoot. To be fair to them, we did have a massive inflatable palm tree with us at the time. So I'll give them that one. And of course, shooting Sweetheart, to the guy and his nasty posse that bitched about 'why are they getting so many pictures? They all look the same anyway' - this is one of my favourite sassy shoots, and hell nah do those photos look the same. Thank you for spurring me on to keep going, no way would I have looked so on fire if it weren't for your fuel, fucker. 

Coat: c/o Shein
Leggings: Asos
Pink top: Asos 

Do you go shooting for your blog in public?
Have you had any memorable experiences?
I'd love to hear your stories below! 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Winter style with Romwe

My wardrobe isn't very winter wonderland, as most of you guys can probably guess. Rainbow crop tops, snazzy sunglasses, off the shoulder dresses, glittery mermaid jeans and little strappy sandals may be a fashion blogger's best friend, but they ain't exactly favourable with Jack Frost. When Romwe kindly got in touch and asked me to choose a piece from their collection, I decided to go for something stylish yet practical for sub-zero skylines, opting for this V Neck Lattice Ribbed T-Shirt. It's cosy and casual, and just the thing I'd rock for a Starbucks date or a Saturday shopping spree. I paired it with my favourite pink and purple checked scarf, which I picked up in Primark last year and my Topshop gingham jeans.
My intention was to take a bit of a break from blogging in December but it seems I skipped the whole damn month and now look, it's January. I've missed blogging so much but the time just hasn't been right to post and to be honest, it's been nice not having to stress over everything I do stress about when it comes to blogging (long list). Most of you will know I had a nasty chest infection that I couldn't shift for weeks; I've never felt worse, they really do suck. My festive season was spent feeling rubbish and these past few weeks I've been focusing on (finally, finally) getting on with my book, spending January editing the second part of the novel, which I'm still in the midst of. My goal is to have my first book written by summer 2017, and ready to send off shortly after. On a quick sidenote, I'm also selling a few items over on my eBay, so go check it out if you're after some fab pieces at decent prices. 
I'm so done with not being able to shoot decent summery pictures for the blog; can anyone else relate? I hate not being able to get as creative as I want to when the lighting and general forecast is frazzled. I feel so powerless without being able to really have the freedom to shoot, and it's been killing me lately! I know there's a brighter season coming up, and Spring will be blooming through it before we know it. Graham and I are also going to be doing a blog shoot that I'm really excited about and am keeping everything crossed it works out. We've postponed it several times because I was too ill back over New Year and let's just say the outfit is pretty unsociable for this season, so I need to be 100% before we shoot in the thaw. We've struck lucky several times with the weather tho, and I've got several style shoots I'm super excited to share with you guys in the meanwhile. Clue: one is full of glittery, mermaidy vibes.... 

 V neck Lattice Ribbed T-shirt: c/o Rowe

How do you feel about shooting in the winter?
Has anyone got any tropical holidays booked? 

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Motel, Hotel, Cactus Crush Inn

So Palm Springs, when can I move in? I know the house I'd choose (along with every other blogger babe in this millennium), it's the one with the chocolate box pink door, say no more. I'd wear this outfit for my moving in moment, simply for sizzle and sass factor. As always Motel Rocks are kicking ass with their cactus cool vibe; this Kimmy high waisted skirt matches my cactus crop top, worn in this previous ootd post. The suede sand top had my heart hot, if you're into sandy shores like I then it's worth snatching up this Pitchu fringe crop top, also from Motel, for yo' self. As you know I often talk about escape, of sunnier climates. I'm guessing most fashion bloggers would agree this outfit was made for sunshine and good fun. Just you wait Palm Springs, one day you and me need a hot date! The contrast hat was a sure fire scoop from Missguided way back when. I wore it with this UFO dress and I think it's cool for cacti. 

As I explained earlier this week on Instagram, I'm definitely a free spirited soul. When I was 11 I had visions and notions of living somewhere much like a desert, all hot floors and sand dunes. White washed walls, aqua seas and tropical towns. Only now, I can see the dreams and manifestations of way back then seem to be crystal clear; all those never-ending stories in my head have formed into one: my first book. The daydreams of far out ideas and escapades now serve my fashion blog. And finally, those notions of tropical towns, aqua seas and palm trees: another dream yet to fulfil. 

Graham and I saw Pulp Fiction for the first time at a special screening this week. One of those films I've always wanted to see but never have done. I thought it was pretty good, although Tim Roth- not enough airtime, is it just me or do Pumpkin and Honey Bunny need their own sitcom? John Travolta - too much airtime, same for you, Uma Thurman. Graham and I often argue over who's more badass, he says Samuel L Jackson and I say Wesley Snipes, but I've got to give it up for SLJ being pretty damn funny in that movie. And of course, the bad motherfucker wallet thing kinda goes against my argument.... damn. 

What are you up to this weekend?
I hope you're having a BLAST! XO


Friday, 18 November 2016

Christmas Wish list: Paperchase Paradise

One of my biggest Christmas festive fantasies has always been to stay in a lustful log-cabin and escape, fleeing the frost for fair aisle and hot chocolate, watching snowflakes sugar the windows and get cosy by a roaring, triumphant fireside. For now Pinterest is certainly forming that fantasy. Until then, Paperchase's amazingly alternate take on Christmas decor has made me very happy and heart-eyed indeed - pink flamingos in jolly hats? Dazzling unicorns and all the cactus cute any blogger could dream up? Christmas can often be cliche, so these  trendy twists on decorations have pleased me times a trill. Plus, following babes like sprinkles and sandwiches over on Instagram has made me realise that the holiday can be all the crush-worthy, all the pink pretty, all the unique and wondrous that we want it to be! Bring on the babin'! Therefore, I made this Christmas wish list for all my colourful cuties, here's to a sassier, jazzier holiday season! 

That FLAMINGO tho! Gotta get it girl (so I did). I also had to invest in the pretty Sugarplum Christmas tree, purely the perfect jazzy backdrop for any kind of festive fun. To top off their outrageously hawt holiday collection, Paperchase have also included the likes of unicorns; this flying unicorn money box is a sure fire way to get your other piggy banks shook and stunned. Not forgetting the flamingo theme, these babes would bring sugary sweetness into any home for the holidays. 
Beautiful bold baubles seem to (thankfully) be a thing this year, and this Neon star bauble Christmas Wreath is certainly helping that hotness no end. How bright and babin'? Can imagine it bringing some good vibes to any dull, drizzled street throughout December and beyond. Paperchase have got a variety of eclectic Christmas trees and this Piรฑata one has to be one of my favourites. I really can't imagine any other high street store radiating so much magic. If you're still after hotter hues, this Pom Pom heart Christmas Wreath and Sequin Piรฑata hanging decoration make for the most perfect pairing.
Summer souls rejoice, for babes that dream of all things green, Paperchase are also hollering hard towards the cactus and cocktail end of the spectrum. I was totally mesmerised when I saw these glass cactus decorations in the shop display the other week and I love, love, love how they're as far from the usual decor you can expect this time of year. Keeping it traditional, this Christmas desk set still has an uptempo vibe to it. Same goes for this zesty sequin margarita tree decoration (if only it was a mojito and real, but still, pretty close). The straw Sombrero makes for a nice twist away from the usual (done to death) Santa hat. 
Hope you enjoyed this wish list, do let me know if you fancy seeing more of this kinda thing over on soinspo! I definitely had a blast putting this together, my bank balance? Not so bloody much.... 

 Are you a fan of these Paperchase pretties? 
What kind of decorations are you buying this year? 

Ho, Ho, Hollering back to my nearest branch......