I have had mixed feelings about M&S in recent years. The brand has always been the main place where I would head to for underwear. Clothing I would skip straight passed. To me it was the place both my grandmothers would go shopping. A couple of years ago I felt there was a shift in direction for M&S. It seemed they were trying to reach out and appeal to a younger audience; while keeping their existing customers happy.
Aged 8 or 9, the topic we studied in the first term of the year was the Tudor and Stuarts. We visited Castles and learned about the period. Ever since that time I have been highly interested in the Tudors (more so than the Stuarts). I think it was down to the drama, like a 17th century Eastenders. Henry VIII and his 6 wives, annulments, beheading, affairs. Elizabeth I, a strong & successful female leader. A long reign as an absolute monarch – In a time when women were classed as a lower citizen. The last of the Tudor dynasty. Beheading her cousin Mary Queen of Scots (mother of Elizabeth’s successor) for her murderous plots. I could go on all day and there have been plenty of books, movies and TV series telling the story of this fascinating chapter in history.
I love history, I love fashion so what could be a more interesting for me than attending a preview to the exhibition ‘In Fine Style – The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion’. In the Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
After a string of ‘normal’ outfit posts. I thought it was time for another one of my fantasy (inappropriate for the setting) type of posts. More background on this in my inappropriate snow outfit entry.
Last week I stayed with my poor, fed up mother. While we were driving along I spotted a mass of bluebells and stated that we must take some photos with them… she sighed. The Mr and the Mother now hate helping me with outfit posts. I make them stand in the spot while I take photos of them. I then meter the light and arrange the settings. Next I
boss them about direct them where to stand. Continue to be as fussy as possible until I am half happy with a photo – or they give-up (usually the latter).
I am a bit rubbish when it comes to press days. I used to go along and photograph all the clothes on the rails, but the posts gained less than average visits. So I assumed nobody was interested in those types of posts. Or maybe they should just be designated to Instagram?
We all love fashion, but photographs of rails of pretty fabrics is not the most inspiring. Fair enough press days are there for journos & stylists to get ideas of what to include in features, but bloggers generally go along in the hope of getting content for a post… The next day or so. Mainly wanting to use their own images for a personal spin on it.
One of my favourite PR agencies ‘Push PR‘ are a forward thinking agency. They design their events with journos, stylists & bloggers in mind. After seeing them excitedly sharing photos of their cinema ‘now showing‘ themed press day… I just had to go along
I am a riding on that trend train again.. choo choo. I personally (and plenty of other bloggers) cannot get enough of dungarees this season. Full length dungarees, short dungarees and dungaree dresses. I posted about the full length dungaree trend last week, if you wish to check that post out.
After two days in bed with my man flu, I was gagging to go out and do something. Thankfully Wednesday night I had an invite to the Claire’s e-commerce site launch party in Soho. Although on the way there on the train I wasn’t feeling 100% and told myself it would be a short and sweet outing. A couple of glasses of bubbles and good company changed that.
There is one trend this season that I have jumped on hook line and sinker – the Dungaree trend. I would say it is more of a micro-trend from the throwback 90s thing we have going on this spring/summer. Personally I don’t think the 90′s is a great fashion era to re-create. So most everything else like the jelly sandals, scrunchies and platforms will be staying back in the 90′s for me.
Well hello there. In case anyone was wondering, I decided to have an impromptu blog break. Hence not a single post last week. My blogging antics didn’t stop entirely though as Monday night was spent catching up with the girls at Jarlo & Thursday night I was at Next press office. The peeps at Next put together a little throw-back inspired blogger get-together to check out the SS13 collections.
Its times for another mother/daughter style post! I keep meaning to do more, but as you can imagine a 3 year old gets quite restless after a few minutes. We are both very lucky girlies as Hunter got in touch and asked if I would like to pick a pair of boots each. So rather than posing for photos with a restless Eva I thought it would be best to actually put the boots to good use and take photos naturally around Painshill Park in Cobham near where I live.
A couple of weeks ago I assisted my friend Antonia on a intimate wedding in East Sussex. I have been thinking lately that I would mind photographing couples big day so I was more than happy to follow her around and do my own thing on the side. Here are a few of my personal favourites.