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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Great places to take fashion shots for your blog







I wish I were one of those bloggers that travels like everyday so their blog photos are just to die for... but sadly that's not my reality...yet. Blog photos are everything and are the foundation of ones blog. Of course content is important but 6/10 people are only here for the photos and where to get the stuff... so basically I could put anything in this section and a lot of people would never even know....

I live in the UK and the weather here is such a little bitch. Like just man up and shine sun, it's not that hard.  I also do not live in close proximity to pretty all white buildings, architectural buildings or marble floors (all the craze these days). So I found 4 great places to take photos based on my blogs aesthetic..... if I have one. I had to search for places that suit my style without having to take long trips ... and indeed I did..

GARAGES
There are garages most places - some in pretty colours and some neutral coloured. This is a great starting point and actually where I started. I wasn't great with my camera and my location wasn't one I wanted to use, so the usage of garages gave my photos a unified look and at times the minimalistic backdrop I need to make the outfit the focal point. Factories and warehouses are also in line with this - harder to find but great when you do.
OFFICE BUILDINGS & CARPARKS
Office buildings usually have a neutral decor and offer great space. Weekends or after 6pm will usually be quiet so seize the opportunity to take photos (maybe take a couple of outfits and shoot in bulk). 

Car parks are great if you live next to a quiet one. There is nothing more annoying than trying to take shots when people are staring at you and cars are beeping at you to move out of the way ... how inconsiderate of them

PARKS
On a semi quiet day, parks are great places to take photos with beautiful, colourful and somewhat magical backdrops. As with office buildings, the amount of space means you can angle your photos and focus on what best takes your fancy be it the beautiful trees, fountains or lakes. 

CHURCHES
There are churches everywhere - a lot of them so enchanting on the outside like the one where I shot this look - http://www.dympsanddimes.com/2015/06/wedding-fever.html & this http://www.dympsanddimes.com/2015/05/tomboy-chic.html. Learning how to angle your photos can create optimal results and make the world of difference.

OTHERS:
Libraries
Hotels
Schools
Bus stations
Supermarkets

Depending on the aesthetic you are going for / that of your blog - any of these plans would work and could create awesome pictures. In blogging and photography sometimes it simple comes down to location, location, location. 

outfit details:
Blouse: Missguided
Skirt: H&M (instore)
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Jacket: All Saints

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Styling Bomber Jackets

Groundbreaking or resurgence, bomber jackets are definitely on centre stage of the fashionsphere right now - and for good reason. These bad boys add natural laid back cool to every outfit not to mention they are super duper comfy too. 
There are so many styles, patterns, sizes, lengths, colours and shapes so there is a bomber for you, your partner and your nan.

Styling: There are no rules when it comes to the styling of bombers. 
My favourite way to style is over 'formal wear' example as above -  it makes for super easy transitioning from work to play or just simply adds a dash of playfulness to your office staples. All with a throw on of a jacket.

Of course my way is just one of the many ways - check out a few other ways to style from some of my favourite bloggers (and Gigi Hadid)

 Photo credit: @little_magpie1 & @lydiaemillen
Photo credit: @sarahashcroft & Gigi 

My outfit:
Bomber: Zara (similar here)
Dress: Zara
Heels: Mango
Sunglasses: Bottega Veneta

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Monday, July 04, 2016

7 ways to make high-street look high-end

I make it no secret that I love high street brands but I am very particular on my product choices when shopping. A lot of people are shocked when I tell them an outfit I am wearing, that they love, is from Primark - it's all about clever styling and choosing well and I will tell you how...

1. LOOK FOR DUPES

dupes meaning duplicates - If you see items in your favourite high end stores, take pictures, make a mental note and look for the same items in high street stores. Unless the product is totally unique, beyonce irreplaceable and unduplicatable, look for an alternative in high street stores. A lot of fashion pieces are recycled by stores unless they are bespoke - so don't be surprised that you find the same dress you were swooning over for £70 in French Connection, for £20 in Primark. I have found Shein.com as a great high street (online) dupe for a lot of Zara products.

2. LESS IS MORE

I tend to keep my high street pieces very simple. I do not wear a lot patterns anyway but it is easier to make muted and neutral tones look more expensive than florals and printed items. Although this dress is lime/chartreuse in colour, it is still quite understated which automatically gives it a more dearer look. If I didn't tell you it was from Primark , and you hadn't seen it in store already, you probably would not have guessed.

3. FABRIC IS KEY

This is really really important as it is makes the world of difference. I tend to stay away from jersey items also as it is very difficult to make jersey look expensive. Some would say also stay clear of polyester but I believe it depends on the type of clothing - this dress is made from polyester and is a gem so don't rule it out completely. When shopping from shein.com I am usually weary of their chiffon pieces because a few I have ordered have looked awful - the heavier weighted items are usually the best looking.You basically want something that won't crumble in the wash.

4. GET IT TAILORED

so you have followed the three steps above but the dress you love doesn't fit. It's okay - just get it tailored. Items that are well fitted to the individual tend to look more expensive. Where you can save on some money, maybe use the savings to make the piece look like it was made for you. 

5. JACKETS SEAL THE LOOK

Jackets are basically the finishing touch to a look and will usually bring the whole outfit together . When it comes to this, I will invest and be willing to spend serious dollar. This is not to say you have to spend a lot of money on this but if you were going to splurge on any part of your outfit, this is where to do it.  This leather jacket is from allsaints.com - leather jackets are my favourite as they are incredibly timeless and look better with age! Classic Trenches, tailored jackets or aviators are also worth the investment.

6. DESIGNER TOUCH

So this one is cheating a little bit but when styling high street products, throw in some designer or statement pieces where you can. Designer handbags or sunglasses will usually do the trick - I chose my Bottega Venetta sunglasses and Louis Vuitton Bag.

7. SHOES MATTER

We live in a world where a lot of people look down instead of up when they walk... this means your shoes will be the first to get noticed out of your whole outfit. It's fine to go high street here but choose  an understated statement piece - sounds like an oxymoron but what I mean is choose something that is not necessarily loud but has a certain je ne sais quoi about it. 
And for goodness sake, keep those shoes in good order - clean, shine, polish - just make them look good - your old converse will probably not do the trick!

The Look:
Dress: Primark
Shoes: Primark
Jacket: All Saints (similar here)
Sunglasses: Bottega Veneta 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

PRIMARK AW16 PRESS DAY - HIGHLIGHTS


So this post isn't going to be word heavy as the pictures speak for themselves.  I was again and will continue to be so humbled to be invited to their press day. Full of friendly faces with the most chilled out atmosphere and of course lustful previews.

Personally, this is the BEST collection to date (p.s. AW means Autumn-Winter). Honestly guys, watch their space. Some pieces set to hit the stores will blow your mind! The collection is so fresh, vibrant, full of unique textures, fashion forward prints and patterns! 

Their beauty collection is set to rival some of the big makeup and beauty brands out there! Many of their lipsticks and pencils are most definitely the perfect MAC dupes.  They cost less than £2 so there is honestly no harm at all in giving them a gew - as they say in Norfolk! 

If you try and don't love - no harm done, you spent less than a cup of coffee - if you try and love (which I know you will) - please can you email me to thank me - I'll be waiting....

I completed a short video ↓ also - it showcases some items that aren't in this post ;)


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Why I Do Not Believe In Personal Style


So I decided to do a combination post today. One, to show you this beautiful shirt and shorts from H&M that isn't actually a two piece but a collection of items of the same print which one can mix and match to form a two piece. In my opinion this is the most beautiful print out of their summer collection - no wonder whenever I am in H&M I see 1/5 people reaching for it.
P.s. it was raining when I did this shoot - explains the water on my legs and my slightly odd look.

Another is to give my opinion on why I do not believe in personal style and feel free to disagree with me....... if you dare ;)

I have seen a lot of posts in which bloggers and magazines alike urge us to find our personal style and stick to it/build on that. 

Okay so, if we never changed our minds, emotions, thoughts or feelings - then fine, I get it. But the truth is, we change, we change with age, with situations and life - it is inevitable. If we are as complex and changeable as we are, why should our clothes mirror one side of that? - I know, a little deep but you catch my drift....


If the idea of personal style is meant by staying true to yourself and being okay with that then fine - if it limits you into choosing what you already know and not being daring - then I disagree.

When I look at my fashion sense I wouldn't say I have a personal style - if I like something, I will wear it. My wardrobe is so diverse and I am happy with that. Fashion is about inspiration from everything and everyone around you - this means my personal style changes a lot but I am okay with that. I have gone from wearing massively flared jeans with huge chains attached and having piercings behind my neck to wearing a kappa tracksuit. If I like it, I am comfortable in it and I can fit into it (paramount) - I will wear it. A lot of people say to me, you can pull off anything - that's not necessarily the case, I am just happy to try and wear anything - at least once!



The idea of personal style can sometimes put unnecessary limitations on how we express ourselves.

I will flip the coin and obviously state if you are COMFORTABLE, happy and confident in what you are wearing then do so - do not stick to a personal style because that is what you are known for and the idea of change may confuse other people. 

In short, wear what you like, how you like it and where you like ( ....within reason with the where lol)

Did I just have a rant?

Hope not, what are your thoughts ?

The look:
Shorts & Shirt - H&M
Sunglasses - Bottega Veneta  (my love for TK Maxx needs a post of it's own - coming soon)
Sandals: ASOS


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