Anyone else feel like they are lacking in vitamin D? Gimme all that sunlight!
Can’t believe we are halfway through January already (Also can’t believe I’ve actually kept up with taking a photo a day)!
Some little moments from the past week; sketchbook pages, snoozing cats and getting caught in the snow (and coming home to a hot cup of earl grey)
Can you tell it’s really dark in Suffolk right now? Feeling very lethargic at the moment and am boiling down to not having enough sunlight. I think my lethargy is probably showing through in my photos. There’s just no inspiration around right now!
On a more positive note, I’ve picked up my laptop and am getting back in to learning web design again, I’ve got two illustration commissions to complete and I’ve just bought myself a weekly planner to get my bum in gear. I tried using a bullet journal last year and found I just got too caught up in trying to make it look pretty, rather than actually completing anything on my to do lists. I do still love the concept of them, but for me a planner/diary with pre set out pages is the way to go! If anyone has any tips on how to keep on track when it comes to aspirations for the year, please say hello!
A throwback to warmer days – take me back to Dunwich beach in August…
Wow, 2017 went by in a flash. I don’t know if it’s because I was busy (although I didn’t really feel that busy), or if it’s come to that point in my life where years are just going to go by faster and faster.
The first few months were spent working like a crazy person two interior design projects. I then kind of fell off the radar and struggled a lot for the rest of the year with some long standing mental health issues. My nephew turned 1, Harry passed his driving test and I made a bad hair decision that I’m still growing out (whoops). My mum got married, we visited Hastings a few times, my dad opened his own shop repairing and selling watches & jewellery (where I work part time) and we visited The peaceful Dunwich beach several times. I honestly think it’s turned in to one of my favourite places. I turned 27, took up running, gave up running (lol), my friend Emily got married and I bought my dream camera after years of saving. I left my job as an interior designer and, somehow, managed to find the strength to actually complete my New Years resolution of doing all of the physical and mental health related things that I had been putting off for many years. It was a huge deal for me, and I’m actually pretty proud of myself for going through it all. Everything is slowly getting back on track, and in December I even got three illustration commissions – so let’s hope that carries on this year!
In 2018 I’d like to get my portfolio/blog combo up and running, blog more regularly, and I have set myself a little challenge of doing monthly every day photo challenges. I’d also like to shop more ethically, get some more illustration/photography work and become a little more emotionally available to the people in my life.
It’s all started off pretty positively – Harry and I hosted a New Year’s Eve dinner for a few of our friends, we wandered around Southwold and squealed about all the puppies on the beach on New Year’s Day and got soaked in the rain, and now we’re in Hastings… getting soaked by more rain!
I’ve taken self portraits ever since I got in to photography at 16. Setting up my £5 tripod from Tesco (which only got replaced last Christmas!!??), adjusting the self timer and focus and sitting by myself in front of the camera. They were always emotion-based; I’ve always found it easier to get across how I’m feeling in photo or art form over talking or writing, and always felt a bit better after taking a bunch of photos. Some of them I’d put online, and others I’d keep for myself, worried that others would think I was weird.
Blogging changed how I approached self portraiture – it wasn’t about figuring out who I was or how I was feeling anymore, it was about the clothes I was wearing. I’ve never really been happy with any of the outfit-based self portraits I’ve taken. They all just seem to be missing something, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was just being narcissistic, which a lot of other fashion/style bloggers have struggled with and written about in the past. Most of the self portraits I’ve taken (apart from whats on this blog) have been thrown away or deleted over the years, either accidentally or otherwise, and as soon as I got in to a serious relationship I just kind of stopped taking them… but I’d really like to start again.
This blog has taken its twists and turns and changed over the years, and right now I can see it moving in a different direction – less of the style/fashion based posts and more about my photography and art work. I do still love playing with my personal style, and I’m sure it will probably still be apparent in my future posts, but there will be less of a sole focus on it. Basically I want this blog to be like an open journal. I have toyed with perhaps just starting a new blog, or opening *yet another* instagram account dedicated to photo journals/self portraiture – but I already have trouble keeping up with the 25685976 accounts I already manage for myself and other businesses, lol.
So, what you’ve been seeing and reading since the end of July will give you a rough idea of how its going to be from now on: Photo journals, self portraits, shoots, pages from my sketchbook and art pieces & processes (& maybe still the occasional outfit if I feel like it *wink*). I still worry, just as I did before, that certain people might think I’m weird, as there will be things that people won’t have seen me make and show before, but this is my *art* man! Hahah
I’m also working with Harry on a new portfolio & blog situation. It will be self hosted and no longer on wordpress.com, but its a little way off as yet…
Anyway! I’m really sorry if you’ve been following along for my personal style posts or beauty posts… but if you are in to photography and illustration/art, then I hope you’ll stick around! ♡
Well, I didn’t quite stick to my “take my camera out everyday” aim, but I definitely used it a lot more in May than I usually would. I also picked up my Canon AE-1 and shot some film! I then proceeded to torture myself and watch lots of youtube videos on medium format photography and now I want Mamiya 7, though. Oops.
May consisted of walks in the sunshine with Milo, taking photos of flowers, a little trip to Brighton (covered in this post), seeing friends & taking photos for/helping set up my dads new watch shop.
As always, after trying out a few different brands, I went back to my trusty Korres. This time I bought the Wild Rose exfoliating face wash and the Almond and Linseed hair mask. Korres products always smell sooooo goooood.
And thats it for my miscellaneous May photos! What did you get up to? Do you have any interesting summer plans for June? I’m hoping to be able to visit a beach, and my birthday is coming up, too.
And it really is a situation. I don’t have room for an actual wardrobe in my apartment, so I currently have a rail in our bedroom:
(not the most glamorous photos, I know…but lets be real)
To the left of the cubby hole thing is Harrys smarter clothing (i.e. shirts, trousers, ties), and then everything else is mine. These are ALL of my clothes. Apart from winter coats and what I’m selling/ need to take to charity, which is a pretty large chunk waiting in a suitcase in the shed for me to get my butt in gear and take it!
Basically – I’m bored of my wardrobe. I’d say three quarters of it I’ve had for 3 years or more, and while I do wear most of it, perhaps I need to have a real look of some of the more worn-out pieces… I am emotionally attached to a small number of things that I should really recycle. I sold a lot of my vintage clothing over the past couple of years, so most of it is “new” – but I’m not CRAZY IN LOVE with any of it! I work from home, so I went through a stage of “wow, I never wear any of this any more SELL IT!”, and I’m not exactly regretting it, because in my head my style has changed, but I do feel like that certain interest is missing now.
I don’t really know where I’m going with this… do I want to make a loose capsule wardrobe with a few good quality vintage pieces? Do I start being more disciplined with recycling/selling/charity-ing something when I buy something new (a long way of saying one in one out)? Should I just chill out??!! (probably)
On the other hand, I definitely know that I want to support local businesses and makers more, wear more GOOD QUALITY vintage again (this is seemingly a hard thing to do in the UK – take me back to Laura Dols in Amsterdam!), not stick to a specific era, but just have a certain vibe going on, and buy things less often, but invest in pieces that will last me a long time.
I guess the above is what I mean by “vibe” – chore jackets, linen, vintage jeans, wide leg trousers and cotton lace. Ooh and I reeeaallly want a straw hat that fits me this spring/summer. I watched one of Kitty Cotten’s youtube videos where she spoke about an adjustable fitting straw hat. THATS WHAT I NEEED! If anyone knows where I can get something like that in the UK – pleeeease tell me!