Candle Favourites.

Another little Autumn focused post because I am in full swing for cosy evenings in, there is nothing better than getting snuggly on the sofa or at my desk and lighting a few candles. I am always on the hunt for candles whether its for myself or a gift and with Christmas approaching soon.. yes I said the C word I thought I would create a little list of all my favourites and some of the ones on my wish list, in case you too are looking for any!

{You can shop the whole post below in the slider}

The Camel Trousers

My favourite trousers are a smart cigarette tailored style trouser. They go with everything whether it’s an evening outfit with heels or a day time with a big chunky knit, they’re fail safe. My favourite colour this season is camel and I love how it looks with black. This black leather shirt / jacket – belted ‘shacket’ as they say on Instagram. All links to my outfit are below.

I’m In A Magazine!

I literally cannot even believe I am saying these words but, I am in a magazine. When Taylor (editor of Rox Jewellery magazine) emailed me with the offer I was so shocked / excited. I booked a job to actually model in a publication, the fact that I have worked with Rox Jewellery a lot previously and it’s a brand that I love and wear pieces from the collection everyday was just even better! I thought I would share a little series of my favourite images from the shoot and the feature itself. A huge thank you to Rox Jewellery and my angel Taylor for choosing me to be in the AW19 issue.

 

 

Sunday Autumn Cosies.

I am such a home bunny, there is nothing better than being sat on the sofa after a roast dinner, cosy in blankets with candles lit. Here is my Autumn Cosy wish list.

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Parisian Inspo

Paris trip is pending in a couple of weeks so here is a little peek at my inspo board.

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How Do I Edit?

My most asked question the past few days, it seems to be after my Ibiza trip, is how do I edit my photos. It is actually so simple but I thought I would dedicate an entire post to how I do this so you can always refer back.

I just use one app to edit which is VSCO Cam. However I  did upgrade my app paying £18 a year for VSCO X which gives me unlimited access to all of the filters on offer.

The Editing Process:

  1. Load an image into VSCO
  2. First I will add the filter DOG1 as a basis of the edit. I will then bring this down to suit the image (if the image has a lot of green it will be higher)
  3. Then I adjust the exposure, contrast, shadows and the white balance.

My edits are always different depending on each photo, sometimes I will add grain to give a bit of texture, but that is the basics.

 

Touchdown in Ibiza

 

A week in Ibiza just wasn't enough! I already need to go back. We had such an amazing relaxed week filled with a lot of rosé and too much food, we left our big summer holiday until October, when the schools have gone back and we are feeling cold at home it's even better stepping off the plane to the heat! We will definitely be going back perhaps in the Spring this time. Here is a little round up post including a list of our favourite hotspots including beach-clubs, hotels & restaurants, and of course all the snapshots from the trip.

 

The Hotel.

When I picked this hotel it was all because of the bedroom. We chose the Premier room and it had a gorgeous big bath, open plan bathroom, balcony and huge bed... I don't ask for much. The hotel as a whole was absolutely fault-less. From the 4 pools, 2 of which are on the rooftop with the restaurant and bar, the best breakfast I have ever had in a hotel. The interior is a nordic scandi vibe super minimal and chic.

Rosé And Chill.

When we go away we like to just chill, drink rosé and eat delish food, so Ibiza was a no brainer for us. One of our favourite beach clubs for the day was Beachouse, I came across it on Instagram and I am so glad I did, it was definitely the best day of the week for me. We arrived at about 11am, we were one of the first ones there, we could choose between sunbeds, a bed, sofa areas (free) or the restaurant, we chose one of the big beds as we knew we would be here for the whole day. The staff were so attentive when we arrived getting us water and drinks / food menus for the day. We also had lunch and it was so good, definitely recommend the restaurant for lunch, if you didn't want to sunbathe. We ended up staying until about 6pm just chilling on the bed drinking and eating a fruit platter, I cannot wait to go back here!

We also went to Nikki Beach which I will briefly mention as I feel it is so similar where ever you go, but we had such a nice day, a bit different to Beachouse as it's more of a modern, pool vibe. The restaurant is really good and I love the diversity of the menu we had Chicken Satay and a huge selection of sushi. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen my little rant about El Chiringuito - I won't go into too much depth but we basically didn't have a great time there at all and I don't think I would recommend it, I feel like the restaurant is really nice if you are in a group as theres a good atmosphere and the food does look really nice, but I also think there are so many other nice places!

Dinner.

We are such foodies so we always have a list of restaurants we want to go to, we actually ended up eating at the hotel quite a lot and getting room service (after long days of drinking lol) but the few places we went to were:

Nobu - Nikki Beach - Beachouse  - Gelato Ibiza

Still to vist...

Places that are still on my list that I want to go to next time are below in case you are taking a trip soon:

Izakaya - Cotton Beach Club - Villa Mercedes -  Finca La Plaza - Avocado Queen - Babylon Beach - Bambuddha - POM Thai Restaurant - Passion Cafe - The Skinny Kitchen - Bless Hotel

 

Current Home Wishlist.

I have loved interiors since I was thirteen years old watching 60 minute makeover, do you remember that programme! I used to move my room around all of the time, sometimes twice a week, changing the position of my bed, my wardrobes, drawers. One time I even had my bed in the middle of the room, hahaha, makes me laugh even now. Of course my style has changed over time but recently I really think I have found a style, not just within interiors but a style that is transpiring through from my wardrobe to my bedroom. I still live at home with my parents so until I have an entire house to fully decorate my bedroom is my only blank canvas. I wanted to put together a little post including my interiors wish list.

 

 

Friendships; Making, Loosing and Finding Your Perfect Fit.

Friendships: The emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends.

The Beginning.

Making friends is a funny thing, I remember when I was about eleven years old, I was just starting secondary school, and I felt so nervous about meeting new people, sadly this is when my anxiety started. It wasn't until on reflection in a conversation with my mum that I realised anxiety is what I had. I went home early most days within my first few weeks of starting in my first year, because I couldn't breathe and felt sick, I was terrified and embarrassed. Making friends with new people and constantly feeling left out was crippling to me. Of course within a few more weeks I formed lovely friendships, which blossomed and took me on a journey through my school years. Whether it was lunch times crying with laughter sitting on the field eating the best paninis I've ever eaten or planning the weekend parties and gatherings, even crying in the toilets with friends because someone said something about someone, it was an all girls school I think you get the gist. I had some great memories with those friends, but things run their course, people change and go in different directions and there is nothing wrong with that, that is just life.

Secondary school was my first and last experience of a friendship group, I know that for sure.

The Realisation.

I went to college for my two years of sixth form and made some amazing friends that carried me through my lessons and a few nights out, but I had my sights set on University and treated those two years as a period of time to work hard and get sh*t done. It was through this time that I realised a large friendship group isn't well suited to me. On my own I feel confident, have faith and belief in who I am and my own ability, I love myself and I feel proud of who I am as a person and what I create. But in a large group I tend to shrivel and feel intimidated and shy, scared to say anything out of fear of judgment. I notice this coming through often at events I attend now with my job, when there is a large group of people standing around listening to each other chat I tend to just stay quiet and I just keep thinking about when I am going home.

When I went to University I had the same mentality in terms of being there to get my degree and get my head down to achieve a result, which I can safely say I smashed. Going to uni for a stereotypical uni life wasn't really in my interest.

The Boy-friend

While I was at college I met my boyfriend who I have been with for 4 years this November... crazy! He became my best friend and I filled a void of friendships with him, which I wouldn't recommend. It didn't have any effects to us as a relationship because we are so close and we are friends first off. But it is so important to have additional friendships to your partner, you need girl time. I realised that this year and now I have that our relationship is even better than ever.

The Destination

My final journey of friendship so far in my life has been through my job. Being based on social media means I have instant connections with so many amazing and incredible girls. Some of whom I have met through shoots or met up with after speaking for ages on Instagram DM's and I can proudly say I have made some friends for life through this platform. Friends that I can sit and have six hour conversations with deep from the heart, I can laugh, cry, go on trips, and just simply sit in silence, but more importantly the friendships I have now are mature, I can have disagreements and different opinions and thats okay! It's okay not to meet up everyday or text each other every night.

It feels amazing to know that I have figured out what works for me in terms of my friendships. I know that being in a large group just doesn't work for me, having a small group is amazing and one on one friendships are even more meaningful, but for me large friendship groups just aren't right and that is okay! I think what I would like you to take away from this post is that no matter what your situation and your 'relationship' with friendships you always need time to grow and be yourself. I love the quote "How do you expect anyone else to love you when you can't love yourself" I think that is so true positivity radiates and you will attract the right people when you feel amazing! Not everything lasts forever but if it works and brings you happiness it will always be worth the effort.

L x

The H&M Edit – Autumn Must Haves.

We all know H&M is my favourite high street store, the scandi, clean cut designs and reasonable price point, being on trend but keeping with a classical design. With that being said, here is a little edit of some of the Autumn must haves on my wishlist or my wardrobe right now!

We’re Going To Ibiza.

On Sunday night Jack and I are off to Ibiza for our long awaited summer break, a time for no work (basically none for me) a whole lot of chilling and rosé. The only thing that has proved a little bit tricky when preparing for the trip is the fact that the stores are beginning to fill with coats and chunky knits not beachy summer dresses and white linen, so here is how I have comprised an Ibizan wardrobe fit for a boho-chic queen.

The Inspo

First up I gather inspo in terms of colour palettes, textures, outfit ideas and setting. I usually create two mood boards one on Pinterest and one on Instagram, that way I have covered all bases. I do this for all of my trips whether its a beach holiday for two weeks or a city break for 3 days in the winter, it really helps me to get an idea of what I am packing and the vibe I want to express through my content. I know earlier I mentioned not working but for me creating images for my personal Instagram, although is now classed as my job, is just to second nature and easy for me that it doesn’t feel like work, I really love doing it, so that doesn’t count.

 

 

The Suitcase.

When I am happy with the aesthetic I have comprised for the trip I will then start to source clothing and accessories etc for the trip. I have going for seven days so for me I will usually bring around 15 – 20 potential outfits, sounds a little excessive when you write that down, wow. But for me I just like to make sure I have things I can feel comfortable in and switch up if something goes wrong. I am always prepared.

Something which is really amazing is that I get to work with so many amazing brands so a lot of my clothing gets gifted from my favourite high street companies, of course when I post to my Instagram you will be able to shop all of these things.

Not including the staple evening and day time outfits he basics of my Ibizan wardrobe is:

  • Bikinis and swimsuits (lots to choose from in minimal colours or patterns)
  • A white linen shirt
  • White flared suit trousers
  • Linen flared trousers
  • 1 x pair of denim jeans
  • Comfy heels, a few day pairs of sandals, heeled boots 1 x pair of trainers
  • Basic t-shirts
  • It may be chillier in the evening so: Leather jacket, a few blazers.

When we get back I will be posting a blog post of all my outfits from the trip, my favourite places for eating and drinking and of course the hotel we stayed at. So, I hope you enjoyed this little pre-trip post.

L x

Lets Catch Up; Instagram Engagement, Self Employed Life & Autumnal Mood.

Hi angel how are you? I hope you are feeling good today wherever you are and whatever you are doing. I realise that I haven’t sat down to write for such a long time, over a month to be more precise. Imposter Syndrome became a thing and I didn’t think I had anything important to write or post about! Silly me. But I am back with a little chatty post to start off the Autumn months.

Firstly, it’s Autumn! I feel like I have been waiting for the brown leaves on the floor and the fresh morning air for weeks now. The feeling of new coats and knitwear filling up my wardrobe is something I will always cherish. Ahh I just love Autumn, some of my favourite things are

  • Autumnal scents and candles
  • Getting in bed early because it’s so dark
  • Soup for lunch everyday
  • Coats and jackets!!
  • Roast dinners every week when it’s raining outside
  • Movie nights
  • Apple crumble
  • Layering outfits
  • My Acne Studios beanie hat
  • Chunky biker boots
  • Did I mention coats?

I have got lots of ideas for content surrounding Autumn I really want to kick start the new season with an abundance of blog posts and Youtube videos so please let me know if there is anything in particular that you want to read / watch just drop me a DM

I think in terms of content I have just been feeling a little up in the air at the moment with what to post and when. I spoke about this briefly on my Instagram stories the other day, but I just wanted to start a more in depth conversation. The problem I am facing is that my followers are constantly going up and the last few weeks I have seen a significant rise after a stagnant period from reposts and my use of hashtags exposing my images to the explore page, which is great… But my own followers aren’t seeing my images. You might be wondering how do I know this? Well as a creator account on Instagram I have access to a variety of statistics in the ‘insight’ area. I can see the exact reach from each post and where that reach is coming from, sometimes more people are viewing my images from hashtags than they are from their home page! How is this possible! If you are someone that already follows me and have done for a while, Instagram may think you don’t want to see my posts anymore so they hide them from your feed. To remove this block you can unfollow and re follow me and like a few images to re boot Instagrams thought process.

But enough of that, as long as I am posting the images that I love and stay true to myself and my own beliefs I am all good.

You start to put a lot of pressure on yourself with these things when you work for yourself and that is something I have really noticed! I am working late in to the night and feeling unsatisfied unless my entire to do list is ticked off.. something that I definitely could never achieve, unless I was an octopus with 8 arms! Being self employed is just a learning curve, I am teaching myself new things everyday and I am always absorbing tips, information and advice from anywhere I can.

I hope this little rambly-update-chat was interesting… some what. I promise I will be back with some good style and interior content ASAP!

Jewellery Must Haves.

It’s hard to believe that once upon a time I was that girl that never wore any jewellery. I had my ears pierced at age 11 and didn’t actually wear earrings until this year! Thank you to Astrid & Miyu for re-kindling my love for ear candy. You guys always want to know where my rings / earrings / necklaces are from so I thought I would put all of my must haves jewels in one place.

Necklaces.

Sometimes I can wear a basic jeans and a tee outfit and once I have layered on a few necklaces I instantly feel dressed up and ready for anything. I have a few favourite necklaces that I wear often and on repeat, depending on my mood and the outfit of course. My go-to three favourites include the famous ‘L’ that always gets a compliment from Rox Jewellery, I love how the chain is quite short meaning it can be layered with longer ones. My longest necklace that I got quite recently but cannot stop wearing is the shell pendant from Daisy Jewellery, this is such a special piece as I was gifted it and I adore the brand so much. Now the gap between here I usually mix and match between a few different faves. At the moment I have been wearing this Scorpion star sight pendant from Betty and Biddy, but often I will wear a J necklace that I picked up from Primark, a dupe of the mini Celine necklace. As long as all the metals are the same (I would never layer different shades of gold) I don’t think it matters what collection you choose to display!

 

Rings.

Rings are my absolute favourite jewellery piece. When I was about 13 I went to Brighton lanes on a Saturday with a friend from school and bought an old silver band for about £2, funnily enough it actually had ‘Reebok’ stamped on it. I wore this all the way up until I was 20 every single day! I have since left my little Reebok ring behind and migrated to much better things. My current ring situation includes two Rox jewellery rings, the beaded and the moon. A Topshop piece and my favourite leopard signet ring from A la Collection.

Earrings.

Since shooting with the angels at Astrid & Miyu my love for ear candy has developed. I currently have two lobe piercings in each ear and am debating a third. I am indecisive about getting a cartilage piercing so I have been wearing cuffs and looove them. Everyday I wear my Astrid & Miyu single plain gold cuff and the rainbow jewel cuff. I then love wearing my Rox Jewellery moon earrings for everyday wear and the gold star studs in my second piercing. But for a more statement look I will opt for Astrid & Miyu huggie in rainbow jewels and statement gold hoops which are super old Zara.

 

 

A/W 19′ Styling Ideas.

Around this time of year I start getting a little bit excited for layering, knitwear and chunky coats. As I am organising outfits for an Autumnal shoot (which will be coming out soon, cannot wait to share this with you) I thought I would show you some of the styling ideas I have had, if like me, you are already eyeing up pieces to go in your autumn-winter wardrobe.

Feeling Blue.

One outfit that I will never get bored of is a block colour, I adore the shades and tones that the colour blue entails. Here I have put together a look that I wear frequently throughout all seasons. Wide leg tailored trousers with a relaxed, oversized tee and delicate accessories.

       Shop The Look

Cat Got The Cream

Who says you can’t wear cream in the autumn. I adore wearing lighter shades in AW. Here is an outfit that looks so chic and stylish with minimal effort and styling.

Shop The Look

A Monochrome Moment.

Sometimes you just want to wear a simple black and white palette. Top tip: Make sure your whites and super crisp and clean, no makeup or avocado stains, to ensure you look clean and smart.

Shop The Look

Pinky.

I have a serious soft spot for some pinky hues and I love styling the pastel and bright shades together. I think the combination of satin and chunky wool is so luxe. But remember you don’t need to buy new pieces every season, utilise your summer wardrobe by layering pieces to keep warm!

Shop The Look

I hope you liked this little Autumn styling edit ~ I think Autumn style is one of my favourites to wear, the contrast between comfy cosy and chic tailored silhouettes. Stay tuned for some more Autumn style edits in the run up to September. Don’t forget to follow my Instagram for more of my outfit inspiration.

Interior Insight: The Bedroom.

You won’t believe it but when I was younger interior design was actually the career path I wanted to go down. Although I don’t work within interiors I still absolutely love them and I am a daily interior pinner! Often finding myself in H&M home purchasing some new goodies for my bedroom (I am yet to move out so just filling my bedroom with bits for now) It is no where near what I would like it to look like there are things on my list such as a new bed and bedside tables etc.. that I would love to have but with the future prospect of moving I am keeping that on hold for now and enjoying what I have.

The Workspace.

Because I work from my home my bedroom doubles as my office, eventually when I have flown the nest I will have a set space / room for this, but for now it works perfectly. I got a basic Ikea corner desk to house my computer, to read more about creating a gorgeous work space I wrote a blog post filled with all my tips and ideas. I just like this space to feel tidy but inspiring and functional. My chair is one of my favourite things I think I have ever bought, again I found it on Ebay it wasn’t a scratch on the usual prices for these chairs and I wanted the specific colour and tulip shape!

I hope you liked this little interior insight. Hopefully one day in the future I will be giving you insights in to more rooms that just my bedroom but for now this is my little space.

Sleep Tight.

The heart of my room is my bed. A super old king-size bed with a £50 pleather cream headboard I bought myself about 5 years ago now! I LOVE my bed and really relish in a good nights sleep so my bedding and the atmosphere of my ‘sleeping area’ is crucial. The brushed cotton, white bedding I purchased from Primark, so snuggly and doesn’t break the bank. My bedside tables are super old basic Ikea, with marble lamp stands I randomly picked up in Tescos * similar one linked.  with a lampshade from H&M home, I adore the velvet and colour. I added this Desenio frame and print to my bedside table to add something else as it felt a little bit bare. In terms of what I have it varies as I do actually use it whether its candles, books, lone water bottles and half drunk cups of tea, hand creams or lip balm.

The Little Things

I am a little bit obsessed with picking up little things like trays, dishes, candles and whatever else I spy in H&M home.. my new favourite shop if you haven’t noticed. My gold frames are from Desenio and I actually just found some prints that I loved on Pinterest and printed them off at home. The gold and pale pink perfume tray is a H&M home piece as well as the shell jewellery dish. My incredible gold palm tree candle holder is from Hoxton Home a little gem I came across in Deal one day. The lampshade is from B&Q my dad brought it home one day a good 5 or 6 years ago and I still love it so much. Something I really love in the home is navy velvet, this stool I bought in Home sense for £60 and you should have seen my face walking out holding it *smug.

Her Hair Is Full Of Secrets.

What is your biggest comfort blanket when it comes to beauty? For me it's my hair. I don't feel complete unless I have perfect beach waves or a middle parted bun. I feel like I have a long term history with my hair, forever being long, brunette and straight allowing me to style it into whatever look I want for that day. But the products I use on my hair are even more important, to achieve the perfect hold for a bouncy curl or a spray for that straight-from-the-beach look. Here is my hair product low down, everything I'm using for my favourite hairstyles.

The Loose Waves

One of my favourite everyday looks is loose waves. I love how this frames my face with my grown out bangs and I feel it looks so chic but with minimal effort. It is perfect for days when I don't have a lot of time, which lately is everyday... I am prepping my hair for this look with the Charles Worthington Shampoo and Conditioner in the shower, this leaves my hair silky and hydrated without getting greasy straight away, such a win for me. I do this in the morning then towel dry my hair and spritz with some Negin approved ~ Gisou Wave Spray through the ends and brush with my trusty Denman hairbrush, before rough blowdrying (always upside down to get maximum lift at the root) and finally dragging my Mark Hill curling wand out of its grave to wave my hair, I really need an upgrade on my curling wand, but you know what it's like I have actually owned it for 10 years I remember getting it on my 11th Birthday and I can't say goodbye. * it also isn't sold anymore.

THE PRODUCTS

The Slick Bun

Second day hair? Left your hair mask in and need to pop to the shop? The fail safe "glam in 10 seconds" hair look. I will always have a low bun in my batch of favourite hairstyles probably until I'm 50 years old, you can just never go wrong. I will usually do this style on second day hair as I don't want to wash my hair but it is not clean enough to have down, so I will prep my hair with OUAI Haircare dry shampoo, spraying at the root and then brushing through with my Denman Smoothing hairbrush. The key to this look looking super polished is the parting, using a metal tailed comb I ensure my parting is as straight as a ruler with no fly aways, smooth down with my hands and bring my hair to the back on my neck. I twist the hair around and curl it round into a bun before securing with a hair band, I wrap this round 3 times. Then to finish the look I spritz Playa New Day Mist spray to secure any fly aways and keep the hair slick.

THE PRODUCTS

Bouncy Blow Dry

I absolutely love the look of a fresh 'bouncy blow dry' but I could never achieve this at home until I dug out my mums old Babyliss Hot Rollers and I have never looked back. Every time I do my hair in this style my inbox comes flooding with questions on how I did it and what did I use. I always do this on fresh hair, just because I prefer how this looks. I wash my hair using the Christophe Robin Shampoo & leave in the Christope Robin Melting Mask for 3 minutes before rinsing out. I then towel dry my hair and spray the Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray all through the ends before brushing with.. oh you guessed it, my Denman Smoothing Brush. I will then blow dry my hair with a small sized round brush ensuring each section is sleek and completely dry. Meanwhile I will start to heat up my rollers. I put them in differing between the medium and large size depending on the desired look. Leave them in for around 15-20 minutes, when I take them out I very gently brush them through to get that smooth bounce.

THE PRODUCTS

I hope you liked this little insight into my three go-to hair styles and my favourite products to achieve the look. If you have any product recommendations please pop them in the comments below, I love to hear your thoughts. Don't forget to check out my YouTube channel for hair tutorials!

Inspiration for Motivation.

When you’re constantly creating it is important to source inspiration and for a quick inspo fix my first point of call is always Pinterest, I create my mood boards from here and I cannot get enough of pinning for pleasure. Here is a collection of some of my favourite inspiring images to date. I hope they inspire you to, but don’t forget to follow my Pinterest for daily image fuelled inspo.

HOW TO: Pose & Feel Confident In Front Of The Lens.

That dreaded feeling down in your stomach when a camera lens is pointed in your direction. "Oh god, do I smile, is my hair weird, oh no what am I doing. Oh I blinked." But you don't have to have camera fear! I get asked so often about posing and confidence when it comes to being in front of the lens and I have a few tips to share with you.

I remember one specific time I really wanted to get a photo of my outfit, J and I had been out for lunch and I stopped for him to take a photo and all these people walked past and stared, immediately I felt awkward and said "stop taking them, lets go." Writing that right now makes me smile because now I don't even notice anyone around me, I am in my own bubble when I am shooting, too busy worrying about the lighting, if the angle is how I want it, is my face weird, has my hair blown everywhere... you get the point! Earlier this year I was lucky enough to do my first brand shoot with Pretty Lavish, a brand that I absolutely adore owned by the most amazing two girls, I had such a good day and I can't believe how much my confidence soared, that followed with Silk Fred and then Never Fully Dressed, Lavand Stories etc.. It is true what they say, you learn from experience and if I hadn't spent a good few years taking outfit pictures almost everyday and gone out of my comfort zone on these brand shoots I don't think I would feel as comfortable in my own skin as I do now.

Practice The Pose.

How do you know how to pose? How do you learn what is the best pose for you? You make it look so natural?

Posing with your body can be awkward and embarrassing, but when you have it nailed you will automatically feel a lot more confident and ready for the photograph. You wouldn't go into an exam having not revised so why would you start taking photos not prepared. It's as simple as that:

  • Watch youtube videos or BTS videos that bloggers and models post on Instagram. An amazing model to watch for posing is @amynevfashiondiaries.
  • Practice in the mirror (I always do this when I am trying on outfits, I practice how I want it to be posed before shooting it, so I can see how it makes the outfit look.
  • Set up your mobile / camera on self timer and practice a few pictures yourself (I always used to do this and it is so helpful)

 

You're On Location... What Next!

Okay so you've nailed your poses in the mirror, you've styled your outfits you have your amazing photographer with you and you've picked somewhere to shoot. But oh god... you forgot about all the people around you. Panic! What now.

If you are really super nervous about shooting in public then:

  • Go somewhere remote that you know won't be busy.
  • Don't shoot on the weekends
  • Take a few photos in one place and then move on.

But if you are feeling ready then here is my advice:

  • Block out all the people around you
  • Focus on yourself, what you are doing the movements, the clothes, your face etc..
  • Keep checking the photos back to see if you like them, this is also a huge distraction for you.
  • Most of the time people don't even notice you, especially if you're in London, but in a small town I totally get it, your old Chemistry teacher walks past then Sophies mum from Primary school it just gets a bit cringe, because they don't get why you are doing it. I often still get embarrassed shooting things when I am in my hometown, but remember that you are doing it for a reason, whether thats because you love doing it and it's your hobby or its your job, both are equally as meaningful as each other!
  • If anyone looks at you, just smile back, they are probably just looking at your killer outfit.

Who's Behind The Lens?

I think this is a really important factor to feeling confident posing. I know myself there are a few people that I love shooting with and there are people that I feel less confident with, there is nothing wrong with that. I just know that I need someone that can say "your hair is on your face" or "why don't you sit on the steps behind you" - communication is key!

  • Make sure you are shooting with someone you feel 100% comfortable with.
  • Start by just shooting some pictures in your room or by your house before you go out in public this will help you both understand what angles you like, the lighting and get more familiar with it if you have never done it before.

Hopefully by now you feel like you can conquer the location shoots, but if you can't please feel free to message me on Instagram or email me I am always here to help and I love talking about these things with you! Just remember practice makes perfect, the more you do it the more confident you will feel and at the end of the day who cares if people are looking at you, you won't even remember when you get home and edit your amazing images from the day!

Suit is a gift from River Island. Hotel room gifted for the day by Locke Hotels.

Creating The Dream Workspace.

 

You know what they say, tidy space, tidy mind... or something like that. Having my desk / office clear of clutter and surrounded by inspiring and comforting staples is so important to me, of course it has to look pretty too, we are all about the aesthetic after all. Here is a step by step guide of how to create your dream desk space no matter where it is.

 


 

The Desk Necessities.

My desk essentials are a mixture of 'pretty things' and 'actual work needs.' We all wan't the minimal, Mari-Kondo style life but sometimes this isn't feasible, especially when you have actual business items that you need everyday. Some of my desk essentials are below:

Macbook Air / Mac Desktop / Notebook & Pens / Camera's / A multitude of random chargers / Inspiration material  / Candles / Business receipts / Printed material

Shop some of my favourite desk must haves below.

 

Surrounded by Inspo.

A must have for me is having inspirational material, whether that's images taken from my favourite magazines, post cards or logos picked up from parcels, free lookbooks etc.. I always keep anything physical that I love the branding of! Even if its a sweet wrapper (hahah yes!) I have a pin board, or you can use a mesh board, even just simply stick them to your wall with tape! I like to change it up every so often, sometimes I use it to create bespoke mood boards for brands and upcoming projects, it is so useful having it in front of me, while I am busy working on my computer.

 

#Minimalism Always.

I love my desk to always look nice and tidy as well as pretty, so here are some tips for hiding the mess that you don't want to keep out in sight:

 

  1. Put it in a draw. If you are able to have some sort of draw system (head to Ikea) under your desk or next to, definitely jump at the chance. It is the perfect way to hide away all the old receipts, books, letters etc that you don't want out in sight.
  2. If a draw isn't an option get a pretty box. I keep an Acne Studios shoe box on my desk full of leaflets, business cards, polaroids, and printed material that I have made but don't want to throw away. It is such a pretty colour but keeps everything hidden. But if you aren't looking to get any shoes anytime soon check out Paperchase or Hobbycraft for cute coloured boxes. You can also check out Ebay or Depop for people selling designer boxes for very cheap, an affordable way to get the look without buying the £300 shoes!
  3. I also keep a nice shopping bag under my desk. It houses all the new in products I need to shoot for clients, this way they all stay together and it looks really pretty in a nice bag. * Same rules apply to the above situation with the box!

I would love to see your workspace set up! Tag @mondaythestudio in your Instagram stories if you have been inspired from our post!

Break The Mould.

 

Good Morning! Happy Monday and welcome back to another blog post. This week I am talking about breaking away from negativity coming from the people closest to you. We divulge into why this topic was chosen, my own story and a few tips from experience on how to break the mould. For some reason, as a society we are always determining our own hopes and dreams on others reactions. Why do we do this. I recently met up with a close friend who has been modelling for some of my Monday The Studio client shoots, she isn’t a ‘qualified’ model just a beautiful girl that is very good at taking directions with her movements. We got talking about how she felt when I first reached out to her with the “I would love you to model” direct message.

She mentioned the comments, from her close friends when she told them about her modelling for our shoots, consisted of ‘why are you doing that’ ‘you’re not a real model though’ ‘oh here comes the model’ - when she told me this I couldn’t get my head around why they felt the need to say that. Yes of course, as all of our mums, would say “they are just jealous” but as a friend I wouldn’t think to put someone down and bring negativity to an exciting opportunity they are telling me about. I asked her if the comments made her change her mind in wanting to do the modelling and she said she did second guess it, but she knew it’s what she really wanted to do. But I know of so many others that I have spoken to that would love to start an Instagram page, a hobby they have a business idea, but they never go through with it out of fear of what others will say. But that needs to stop.

below are some old images from when I first started taking Instagram more seriously.

IT’S EASIER SAID THAN DONE.

Yes, of course it is, it’s easier to talk about things, but doing them is a different story. Here are some of my best tips to block out the negative noise and focus on achieving your dreams and goals without fear of what people will say.

  1. Think to the future  - Focus on the end goal, while enjoying the journey to get there. Whether you want to take up a new hobby, start a business, become a photographer or even maybe a YouTuber. Staying focused and knowing that yes you will get there will help you to block out the negativity, you won’t care about what anyone has to say, because you know you will smash it and you are focusing on a different entity.
  2. Work in silence - This is a hard one if the comments are coming from people very close to you, but just don’t tell people. If you don’t want people to see you starting something that isn’t a ‘thing’ yet (I hear this a lot) then don’t show what you are working on until you are happy with it. You aren’t entitled to tell anyone what you are up to, so don’t ever feel like you have to. I often hear from influencers that they started a blog or YouTube channel under a secret name so it couldn’t be searched or traced back to them.
  3. You’re the only one that is going to get you there - You may have goals and dreams of things you want to complete, but how are you going to get there if you don’t start? You are not alone everyone started something small look at huge brands and where they began, this will give you the hope to know that actually if you want to do it you are the only one that is stopping yourself from starting.
  4. Ask yourself why and how much you want it? - When you ask yourself these two questions it will put everything in to perspective, but if you don’t want it that much, maybe you’re not ready.

MY STORY.

I have always been the girl that loved taking photos, I remember having all the girls to my house for sleepovers or before parties while being at secondary school and setting up my old digital camera on self timer, I made designated time slots to take photos before we left, because I loved looking back at the memories. I had so many albums on Facebook for each party or sleepover.  I remember one time I actually took a huge camera to a party, looking back that is crazy. I uploaded on Instagram everyday, everything that I was doing, the food I was eating and the people I was with, I didn’t think anything of it. So as my love of photography and fashion grew they merged and my page became more directed at my outfits. I then left school and the comfort blanket of my huge group of girl friends and dived into the empty world of College. I didn’t know any one and I was my own person! Now that is the key, I didn’t have those people making comments or judging any movements that I made which looking back on it made it so much easier to start a blog when I was 16 when doing something different is frowned upon and slated. Of course this isn’t feasible for all of you and you may be reading this still at school or university maybe even in a job and still feeling the same, but that is just what happened with me. My Instagram and love for creating content grew and took an organic path until I ended up where I am now.

I hope this post has helped just one of you to ignore the negativity and feel inspired and motivated to get your ideas flowing and work on something new. If you would like to chat please drop me an Instagram DM I would love to offer more advice or hear your own stories!

 

Monday’s Secret To The Mood board

Another Happy Monday! We recently put a question tag on our Instagram stories asking you what you would like to read on our new blog. How to make a mood board and our tips for mood boards was the biggest and most asked question so of course here we are with all the answers.

Digital.

Q. What programmes do you use?

I personally use Photoshop and In-Design to create the mood board. I use VSCO my favourite editing app for adding filters, adjusting the lighting and contrast and to sharpen the image.

Q. How do you cut out a background of a picture?

This is such a small skill that makes the mood board look so much more professional and concise. The easiest way to do this is to Insert an image > Layers > Unlock the background (if it is locked there will be a lock sign next to it, click this to unlock) > using the ‘Quick Selection Tool’ > select the item that you want to be cut out, this will then be highlighted with a dotted flashing border > Click ‘Select’ > ‘Inverse’ > The border will then be transferred to around the image and your item will be left plain > Hit the backspace key on your keypad > The background will now be grey and white squares and your item will be left alone > Save as a PDF.

Q. Apps for creating a mood board?

Sometimes I really want to just put together a quick few images to send to a client or create an Insta story. I love the app ‘Montage’ to just add different images and layer then very simply. I also use VSCO to add filters.

Q. How do you create a moving mood board?

The best way to do this is putting the mood board into Premiere Pro / iMovie. You have the basic mood board with one image missing that you want to move, you will add this as a separate layer and then save it as a GIF.

 

The Combo.

Q. Which order does print and digital go in to use both?

Always take the photos of the physical mood board first and then put it in to the digital programme whether thats to adjust the filter or adding extras.

Q. How do you combine them?

The reasoning for combining them will be different for each one, you might want to have a print board but have it moving so insert it to Premiere Pro. You might want to add text so adding the picture into Photoshop or In-Design will allow me to do that. I sometimes like to add graphics like paint strokes, tape and decorative lines.

Q. Can you give us an example of a combination mood board and how you did that?

Happy mood boarding! Please tag us @mondaythestudio in any of your mood boards when you post them to Instagram, we would love to see!

Print.

Q. Where do you get the images from?

When doing a printed mood board I sometimes print out images from Pinterest or Instagram to refer to, often Pantone colours. I take images from magazines and newspapers. Also I always collect items from wherever I am, whether its look books, logos, branding etc…Anything!

Q. How do you make it look cohesive?

The best way to do this is think about the colours first, if you are using just one colour or even a mixture of two you can then centre the mood board around that. Use a variety of textures and different styles of images as well.

Q. How do you choose the aesthetic?

Pick a niche, what is the mood board for? We often do them for events, specific clients like jewellery brands or skincare, even for trips and specific shoot locations. Make sure you have an overall subject to the board. Then follow the idea of planning the colours etc..

Q. What can you use to display a mood board?

You can use a cork board, a metal frame board or even just tape images to your wall. I always do this because it is so much easier. Just mind the paint on the wall!

 

#LaurenGraceTravels to Marbella.

Last month we found ourselves, slightly spontaneously, jumping on an airplane and heading to the slightly warmer temperatures in our old home town Marbella. A five day trip exercising our best attempt at balancing the work and relaxation sides to a vacay when you are self employed. I have spent my entire life growing up in Marbella and nothing gets me more excited than the blue sea and familiar feeling of being home. Here is the first segment of the series #LaurenGraceTravels an abundance of photographs that don’t make the Instagram feed.

Stay tuned for more #LaurenGraceTravels there are more trips coming up this summer! Check out the hashtag on Instagram to see all of my travel photos in one place.

Life Of A Freelancer.

Oh to be a freelancer. The term "freelance" for many that may not know, essentially means you work for yourself under a variety of businesses. Instead of just working in one role for one brand it allows you to be lets say a journalist for tons of publications instead of just one. Whether it's writing, visuals, buying or designing there is a freelance role for anything. But it's not all lie ins and lunch dates, believe me. This post is going to be the real truth behind being a freelancer / working for yourself, bursting the Instagram highlights reel and bringing us all back to reality.

Advice.

For me personally the good definitely out weighs the bad, I know there will be people reading this thinking "God, freelance life is not for me!" But there may be one of you contemplating starting. My top three pieces of advice to you are:

  • Stay organised, always. Everyone is human and mistakes will inevitably be made along the way but the more you stay on top of your schedule, timings, to do lists etc the easier your life will be. Trust me.
  • Keep connected. Whatever the industry you are looking to freelance in, make sure you are always looking and researching for new things that may pop up in the news, social media. Always chatting new people, collaborating with different individuals. Keep yourself current.
  • Confidence. Have the confidence within your self to know that YES you are capable of doing that job, but not too much confidence that you are cocky about it.
  • Be True To Yourself. As a freelancer you have to be very aware of who you are, your branding and what you want to achieve. Make sure you are staying true to that and not copying others, keep your own ideas flowing and be inspired, but never duplicate!

If you would like me to answer anymore questions or queries about starting a career as a freelancer please don't hesitate to send an email or a direct message on Instagram (I am always on there)

The Highs.

I don't want this to be a negative space harbouring my woes of working in the freelance world so let's begin lightly. Here are some of the things I find are amazing about working for myself / freelancing.

  • Life Management. I am an absolute control freak when it comes to my own schedule, I like to know what I am doing each day at what time, there is a list for everything. For me I love being able to control my week and tailor make it to how I like to work.
  • Everywhere Is My Office. Although I now have a designated office in my home (another part I love is working from home) if I fancy popping to London for the day or maybe even a trip to Spain, I will always be able to work on the go.
  • Boredom? What's That. One thing I realised recently is I am never bored of what I am doing, as someone that tends to fall out of love with things very quickly it's essential that I have a career that means I am always on to new things and delving into unknown areas to challenge myself.
  • Feeling Fulfilled. Being able to work with many clients and produce work for them that is up to their standards is such a huge sense of achievement, I love being able to help people and when I am using my knowledge to do this it is even better.
  • Balancing Work & Play. My life is so flexible, if I want to take the afternoon off on a Wednesday to go for lunch I can, but it just means the next day I will wake up a few hours earlier or go to bed a few hours later to catch up. Being able to balance my work and social life and almost combine them is amazing for me.

One of the main highs for me being a freelancer is that I can manage a lot of projects at once, because you have all the time. I work from home so I don't need to travel and a lot of my work, although is in different areas it all merges really well. This meant that while I was at University I could manage my freelance work with starting a business, my influencer work over on @laurengracelifestyle and my final major project.

The Lows.

  • Subconscious Stress. I am a seriously organised person with constant time plans and lists so I stay on track with everything at once, but it doesn't mean this doesn't get overwhelming. I recently have been suffering with subconscious stress, I call it this because I don't physically or even mentally feel stressed, I am falling asleep really easily, I don't have a lot on my mind but my body is becoming effected, my eyelashes actually started falling out a month or so ago when I was in peak final degree and starting my new business phase while still working for my previous freelance clients. It was a lot and I didn't take many breaks, trips away were for work and I don't think I actually stopped once. Something I need to learn to do is balance my stress levels, just because I don't feel it doesn't mean it's not happening.
  • Signing Your Life Away. This statement is pretty bold (I just thought it had a good ring to it) but it is fairly true in some aspects of my job it is 24/7. Managing social media accounts means you must be uploading posts at certain times of the day, engaging with content, staying present on email, it never really stops.
  • No Digital Detox Round Here. Recently there has been nothing more I would love than a digital detox for the day, but it just isn't plausible, when you have multiple Instagram accounts to manage for clients at various times of the day, you have to be with your phone constantly. I find this a little draining sometimes so I try to take breaks from my phone and when I eat lunch / dinner I never work at the same time.
  • Instability. Another quite major factor of working freelance / for yourself is the instability, you don't have a set wage coming in every month to pay your outgoings so you need to make sure you are set up in a way that means you won't run low on money one month. Whether this is by having a bread and butter income on the side of your main career or setting up a savings account and ensuring you pay into this.

 

 

 

 

HOW TO: Nail The Perfect Candid Shot.

You know how it is, it's 3pm on a Monday afternoon, the slump has kicked in and you're taking a(nother) break on Instagram. You find yourself asking, how has she nailed that smiling, hair flicking picture with so much movement, and what about her, how did she get that of guard, 'paparazzi' style photo. We all love a candid shot, the natural and honest connection from the model to the camera but also the "I-didn't-spend-100-shots-trying-to-get-this-pic" kinda look. That is why we are here to give you the low down on our tips for nailing the off guard pose.

Posing

Keep It Moving. My best advice to get a candid shot is to keep changing your poses, don't just stay static in one place. Walk around, move your hair, change positions - that is the only way you are going to create movement in your photo which equals off guard.

Mix It Up. While you are mixing up your poses, change up your locations, angles, sit down, stand up, take sunglasses off and on. The more variety the better.

Check Your Pictures. Don't forget to stop after a while and check the images your delightful photographer has captured so you can check that you like them and that you are happy with the outcome.

Behind The Lens.

Click Click & Click. You are in charge of capturing, so just keep clicking. The more images you capture the more you have to sift through, this is the best way to get a candid shot.

If All Else Fails Click Record. If you can't get the right shot through taking photos, why not try videoing, this is a great tip that I often use to capture off guard poses. Click record and get your model to continue posing as they would for an image, then in post you can pause and screen grab the video to get an image (the quality won't be great but is okay for an IG upload)

HOW TO: Edit Like Monday From Your Mobile.

Happy Monday! To kick start our brand spanking new blog #MondayMemoirs we are discussing all things editing. Our most asked question on our Instagram page is 'how do you edit your photos?' a question that is almost too in depth to answer on a quick DM. So here we are, all of our tips and tricks for beautiful photos in one place.

 

Instagram Stories.

Do you design your own templates? I do sometimes yes, it depends what it is for. I use Indesign to do this.

What are your favourite apps for stories? Currently loving Unfold, Storyluxe and Instories, obsessed with this one. (all paid premium)

How do you get the polaroid effect on your story? Storyluxe have my favourite polaroid and film effects.


 

Images.

What apps do we love? VSCO X (paid version £18 approx a month) Afterlight, Facetune.

Which app is best for grain? I always use VSCO however Afterlight has a great grain tool which allows you to edit the grain lighter or darker, to suit the image.

What filters do you use on VSCO X? My favourites are DOG1 V2 G9 E2 E4

How can you achieve dust on your pictures? Afterlight is perfect for this you can add an overlay effect of many different dust styles.

Is it worth paying for premium on editing apps? I think so yes, I always do when I really like the app and use it a lot, for me it is great to be able to have access to such variety but at a really little cost. If this isn't something you are looking into, I really don't think it is necessary to create beautiful imagery at all! 

Do you have a set filter you use on @laurengracelifestyle? For my personal imagery it changes depending on the style of photo and the colours on the feed at the time. I am mixing between DOG1 and V2 at the moment on VSCO.


Videos.

Top video editing apps? VSCO X and Filmm are firm favourites at the moment. VSCO allows you to add filters and Filmm (when upgraded to the premium option) allows access to tons of filters, dust, vintage, camcorder effects as well as light flares.

How do you edit video? I love nostalgic, film camera style of video. Up until my recent discovery of Filmm I have always used Premiere Pro and downloaded free cam corder and dust overlays from Youtube to manual place on my videos. But Filmm is the easiest tool for all my favourite effects!

Do you use the same filter on your videos as your images? Yes! I like to keep things consistent.

How can you add music to a video? There are probably tons of apps to do this. But I just always use Premiere Pro for things like this.

Best editing apps that don't lower the quality of a video? Personally I would say Filmm is really good for me and doesn't lower the quality at all. But if you are looking for professional edits I would just go back to manual and use a programme like imovie, premiere pro or final cut.


 

Happy Editing! Feel free to tag @mondaythestudio in any of your edits created from our tips, we would love to repost them!