Self Portraits & Blog Direction

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.

(Around 2010)
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.

(Last week)
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.


(around 2011)
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! ♡

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Sussex Wandering

A couple of weekends ago we travelled to Hastings for a few days. On our way there we visited Bodium Castle (which is incredible by the way – definitely worth a visit!) and we also stopped by Brighton to see Mr. Jukes.
We fell in love with Hastings all over again (I hadn’t been since December), and found it really hard to leave…

Our Airbnb was beautiful.

Fresh mint tea at The Cakeroom, Hastings


Out wandering while Harry was at work

The sweetest couple in matching jackets at Bodium Castle


Bubble waffles at Lucky Beach Cafe, Brighton

The view outside of our Airbnb window (!!!)

Recent Makeup & Skincare

Okay, so I went a bit crazy on makeup and skincare recently… I received my first “proper” pay check in a little while and had no idea what to do with myself! (but my savings account is looking the healthiest it has in years, so I’m pretty proud of that!) There were things that I ran out of and replaced, and things I’ve wanted to try for a long time, so over the last couple of months I picked up these babies:

Everyone says this, but I’m a sucker for travel sized things. A) They are cute B) They are the perfect “I want to try this but I don’t want to commit to the full size product because I might be allergic/not like it” C) They CUTE.


Luckily, I like both of these items from Urban Decay.
The mascara is the perfect size  – I wish more brands would stock mascaras this small normally! I have never been through an entire mascara before I have to throw it away at the recommended 2-3 month mark. I’m much more likely to make a decent dent in this (or even finish it???) and not feel bad for throwing it away after a couple of months. Also its not clumpy, separates, makes my eyelashes look SUPER long and because its shorter, I can get closer to the mirror(I have to be really close because I can’t see a damn thing without my glasses). New favourite! Definitely going to carry on buying it in this size.
The All Nighter setting spray is a pretty cult Urban Decay product and has been around for years. They’ve recently had a bit of a rebrand with this range and added more options for different skin types, which is fantastic. I was originally looking for a travel size “Chill” hydrating setting spray because I have dry skin, but they don’t do it, so I went with the original. It was 30°, I was melting, my makeup was melting and I had a hen party to go to that evening without going home first, so I was counting on this stuff! I’m impressed. I’ve never used a setting spray before, so I didn’t really know what to expect, but even my blush was still visible at the end of the evening! I didn’t look in the mirror all night in fear of what I might look like – but my makeup was all still in the right places when I got home. Thumbs up!

I think I’ve spoken about the Pixi Glow Tonic and FAB Ultra repair face moisturiser on the blog before, so I won’t go too much in to them, but will say that I’ve lost count of how many of these I have bought over the past few years. They are staples in my skincare routine. I’m pretty dry, and so suffer from flaky skin quite regularly. The Glow Tonic takes away all of the gross flakiness and the moisturiser soothes and calms any redness I may have thanks to the colloidal oatmeal it has in it. I will probably carry on buying these forever and ever.

I’ve tried lots of facial sunscreens over the past few years and all of them make me break out and irritate my skin. I’ll still have a tiny spot or two at the end of the day after wearing this Pixi one, but it doesn’t make my skin itchy or irritated. I’d LOVE to try the Glossier Invisible Shield sunscreen, buuuut, I have to be patient and wait until they come to the UK. The last time I ordered from them I ended up spending more on tax than what I actually bought. Sigh.
And finally, I don’t understand why I haven’t seen anyone else talking about this Palmers face mask?? I really like face masks, but they never seem to actually do anything. I had been on the hunt for a budget enzyme mask for a while now (woah some of them are crazy money!), and I really feel like this one delivers. My face definitely feels smoother, there is no irritation, it feels quite “purifying” without making my face freak out. Plus, my skin seems to prefer exfoliation that isn’t physical, so this ticks that box. I’ve not tried any of their skincare before this, but I might have to now!

Have you tried any of these lately? Or any new skincare products that you think are great? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Refining My Wardrobe


These jeans. THESE JEANS! They were such a faff to get my hands on!
I left it a little late waiting for the M.i.h sale, so I bought them in the size up that I’d usually go for as that was all they had left. I’d never bought anything from them before, so I had no idea how their sizing worked; Surprise surprise, they didn’t fit. So, in the process of posting them back I found my size on a different website for the same price and bought them. Only issue was, as I was looking at how they fit other people online, I found them almost £50 cheaper on a little site called Bad Denim!

So I ended up buying 3 pairs to get it right, and I’m still waiting for one refund… BUT, it was totally worth it. I love them. They fit me perfectly, I don’t have to fold up the hem (which is unheard of, even for some “cropped” trousers), but I like how they look folded, too. They are pretty retro looking, but I feel like they have a slightly modern twist on the 70’s jean fit. Pops of colour with minimal everything else is my jam right now, so this burnt orange colour is a great addition to my currently very sparse wardrobe (and it matches my hair!).

Jeans: M.i.h | T shirt: H&M Conscious collection | Shoes: Birkenstocks
I’ve had a pretty major clear out of clothing, sold some on eBay, taken lots to charity and pretty much halved my already small wardrobe. I hadn’t worn some of my remaining vintage pieces in well over a year, so I figured if someone else can get some more wear out of them, then why not sell them/give them away! It feels really good to start over, and I can’t wait to see where my style is heading. It seems to have changed a lot over the past 6 months/year, but I’ve never had the money to buy what I really wanted and therefore actually show that it had changed (if that makes sense?). Now I’m earning a little more, I can feel less guilty about making some pricier (but more ethical and better quality) purchases every now and again and to be honest, it feels great!
Next on my list is a new bag that will comfortably fit my camera in it, and occasionally my iPad Pro (12.9″)… suggestions are more than welcome!

Have you ever had a complete wardrobe overhaul? I’d love to chat about it in the comments!

Lick of Life: May

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.

Free iPhone & iPad Wallpapers: The Breakfast Edition

A breakfast themed iPhone and iPad background for all you fellow breakfast lovers out there. Click on the links below to download for free!
I Had so much fun using my Promarkers & Procreate on my iPad to make this; hope you like them!

Breakfast:

iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6 & 7
iPhone 5/5s/5c

iPad Retina
iPad

Vegan Breakfast:

iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6 & 7
iPhone 5/5s/5c

iPad Retina
iPad

If you like these, please feel free to let me know – I will get to it and make more repeat patterns to share with you! Perhaps a desktop background next time? Or free printables?

Some Recent Makeup & Skincare Pickings

I made a pretty big (for me) order with Deciem last month – these 5 ‘The Ordinary’ products only cost £26.00 in total, though! I’m a sucker for their packaging – so minimal and apothecary/”sciency”. Mmmm.
They are incredibly popular right now, so it took almost a month to get to me. Which kind of sucks, but they sent such a heartfelt apology out to everyone who was waiting that I couldn’t get annoyed!

I’ve been testing everything out for the last week, so I feel I can’t make the best judgement on them yet, but so far…and I’m cringing saying this because everyone LOVES The Ordinary so much right now; I’m not really that impressed! Ultimately, they are incredibly inexpensive products, that work okay for the price, but they didn’t knock my socks off as much as they have some people on the internet.

– The Ordinary Serum Foundation in 1.0N and 1.1N:

There are rave reviews about the new foundations, saying that they feel equivalent to ‘high end’ products. I’ve never tried a high end foundation, but I would honestly hope that if/ when I do, it would be better than this? The Bourgeois Healthy Mix foundation (and the serum version, too) that I used to use, is my baseline when trying new foundations/base products, because its the best I’ve used for my dry skin type so far. I assumed that having “serum” in the title of this one would mean it would be suited to my dry skin, but I found that it is actually quite matte, higher coverage than I thought it was going to be (this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I wanted a lighter coverage for summer), and it clung on to every dry patch I have. I will probably carry on using it because I don’t like wasting things, but I won’t be repurchasing it. Perhaps mixing in a drop of oil will give a more hydrating finish?

– The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, Niacinimide 10% and Zinc 1%, High Adherence Silicone Primer:

Even though my skin is dry, I do get the occasional breakout/congestion about a week before my period. I’ve been using the Niacinimade & Zinc before bed, and I think I’m beginning to see a slight difference, but it is quite drying. I’m going to carry on using this only on the bad patches and not my entire face, and maybe update this post once I have a better idea.

I don’t know if its just because I’m slowly heading towards 30 now, but I have noticed that my forever present purple under-eyes are getting a lot worse recently. I thought I’d give the Caffeine solution a go – but I haven’t noticed anything in terms of pigmentation or my occasional slight puffiness in the morning. Honestly though – I don’t think anything will help. I’ve been dark under my eyes my entire life. If anyone has any sort of miracle eye skincare, PLEEEAAASE let me know!

Lastly from The Ordinary; I’ve never tried a primer before, so I have no idea how this is performing, really. It doesn’t blur anything, and doesn’t seem to make my makeup last any longer than usual. I’m using it around my nose, as thats where my pores are largest, and I’ve noticed its actually breaking me out. *shrug*

– NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Auburn, Barry M Coconut Infusions nail polish in Storm:

The NYX eyebrow pencil Veeerrryy similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz. I will probably carry on buying it as it is a lot less expensive, and easy to get hold of in Boots. I do prefer the ABH Auburn colour, though. This one is slightly lighter. Fellow copper haired people, real or wannabe real (like me!); what do you use on your eyebrows? Do you just go for a warm toned brown? or Blonde? Or do you try to find the perfect copper colour for you?

Barry M. Yes. Love it. It’s super cheap and cruelty free. Beautiful colour, I’ve never had a grey nail polish before, lasts as long as normal nail polish does (that is 3 or 4 days on me before looking scruffy) – great!

If anyone has any recommendations or suggestions for skincare and makeup – please throw them my way! I always love trying new things. Right now I’m especially low on cleanser and face masks – anyone tried anything great recently??