Tuesday, 6 May 2014

The City Jungle...


Whenever the sun came out last year on the days when I wasn't working, you could more than likely find me on the beach, or in the Pavilion gardens. Enjoying a picnic, the company of friends or a good book.

It became a bit of an automatic response. Sun in the sky? Let's head to the beach!
Now of course I'm not complaining, and obviously I will still venture to the beach this summer. Only, I want to explore more of this beautiful city too. There are so many gorgeous parks that are perfect for sunny day lazing!


Recently I have been enjoying Dyke Road park, which is a five minute walk from my home. There's a huge field with a view of the city (and sea!) a bowls lawn, and huge overgrown flower beds, which are just amazing!


After shooting some film photos for my talented photographer friend Emma Speight in the morning, she kindly agreed to help me with some photos featuring this Warehouse Dress which I've been waiting to feature for a while.


I love the vibrant pink colour, and sumptuous baroque print. It's a gorgeous pop of brightness that I don't think I could have worn as well with my old hair! My love of being blonde/pink continues to grow!

My blonde hair also makes me feel so much more confident in going make-up free (or very minimal like these photos - a touch of foundation and a smudge of lipstick)
I think the lighter shade lifts my complexion, and stops me feeling so washed out, which is always nice!


To enhance the luscious deep pink of the dress I teamed it with a pair of Office red suede platforms I bought on eBay last year. They're such a great retro design, surprisingly comfortable, and easy enough to walk in!


Emma suggested some photos in front of this sun-dappled door, which I love. During these shots we were terrorised by a very eager dog, and two young boys who were singing this song...I have to admit, their version was much cuter.



We definitely tried to create some photos that were a bit more 'editorial' than my usual content. The jungle-esque surroundings certainly helped make it easier!



I look forward to sharing the film photos that Emma and I did too - in the mean time, check out her website. It's beautiful!

Also worth a mention is that I had a little wardrobe spring clean - items are all listed HERE and end on Sunday the 11th of May. Everything is listed for 99p so you can definitely grab a bargain! Overseas bidders welcome too!

Love Yours Truly, x

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Sunshine On A Rainy Day...


Lately life has felt like a bit of a juggling act. Two jobs,(one of which is full time) trying to run this blog and all the different components that come with it (hello instagram and twitter!) as well as having another website in the pipeline, and a collaboration with my friend Emily, creating a capsule collection!

I sometimes feel I bite off more than I can chew. But before you think I'm complaining - I love all of the things that keep me busy!

Teaching at The Fashion School this year has been one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable learning curves I think I may have ever experienced.
Finding that perhaps I'm more patient than I give myself credit for was a real surprise! And the joy that comes with teaching kids from seven to seventeen is monumental.


Each class brings something different, I love talking to the girls, and hearing about their lives. They talk over their sewing projects, of their worries and hopes, day to day life, and continually sing songs from 'Frozen' (I know more about that film and One Direction now than I care to mention!) 

I've even taught foreign students at a nearby language school - with pupils from Russia, Spain, Italy and even Bangkok!
Fortunately their English was pretty good, though apparently my attempts at Thai were laughable!


I also really enjoy my other job, working at Riddle & Finns. Sure, serving fish might not be particularly glamorous - but they are really accommodating with my teaching hours, the food is incredible and my colleagues are like family.

Whenever I feel a bit at odds with being a 27 year old waitress, I try to remind myself of all the great skills it provides. 
I can talk comfortably with strangers at the drop of a hat (table after table - I've perfected this skill!) which is a handy socialising tool.
The money is reliable and good, I have time to pursue other interests - and it keeps me really fit, so no need for a gym membership! 


I'm learning more and more this year, that it's not the circumstances you find yourself in - it's how you choose to view them.
By looking at the positive attributes and focusing more on them, you begin to realise that there is value in even the most arduous tasks.
Plus, it makes you enjoy your free time all the more when you've been working flat out!


Which brings me to these photos! Taken on a recent day off, I spent the morning with my dear friend Ruth, mooching around Brighton and enjoying coffee, vintage clothes and cake!


The beautiful blouse I'm wearing was inspired by the wonderful Dulcie of Human Sea. She recently wore hers to Brighton and I completely fell in love with it! Fortunately it was still available in my size in the Asos sale! Thanks for tip off Dulcie!

My sunglasses are new too! After nearly four years of the same shades, I went crazy and bought two new pairs. Madness eh?
These beauts were from Urban Outfitters.


Also worth a mention - I finally succumbed to 'Mom' jeans!
I had a pair a couple of years ago (which I stupidly sold on eBay) and I'd forgotten how comfortable they are!
This pair are from Topshop, they're so easy to wear, and even make me look a bit curvier than I actually am, which is pretty cool!

I rolled up my cuffs (v.flattering for the petite amongst us!) and teamed them with a pair of battered sneakers and some beautiful 'Golden Rod' blooms I bought from a local florist.


Attempting to set up a shot...My rucksack is from Baggu and is the handiest thing ever! I'm tempted to get a couple more in different colours...


The beautiful Ruth who kindly took these photos for me - the most glamorous photographer I've ever had!


Mugshot! It was such a lovely day...


Thanks for enduring my waffling, and sporadic posting! I'll try and get back on here sooner next time!

Love Yours Truly, x

Ps. The hair will go back to pink! It faded out to blonde and I quite liked it (and not having to dye my hair every two seconds!)



Friday, 4 April 2014

How To Make : Gorgeous Guacamole!


One of my favourite ways of relaxing is to hole up in my kitchen and cook. I love creating recipes from scratch, and entertaining friends with dinner is one of my favourite things to do. So with that in mind, I suppose it's quite odd that my passion for food has never really reached this blog.

Until now! I've decided to start working on some recipe posts every now and then, starting with this incredibly easy and great tasting guacamole - perfect to accompany a mexican dinner, or just with a bowl of tortilla chips...


The best thing about this guacamole is that it can whipped up with minimal effort (and ingredients) at the drop of a hat. It's fool-proof! Most importantly though, you'll definitely taste the difference from shop-bought dips. It's chunky, creamy and incredibly more-ish!

You will need - A ripe avocado|Smoked paprika|Half a lime|Salt & Pepper|Beef tomato|Chilli hot sauce|


First cut your avocado in half, it should feel soft but firm to touch. Glide your knife all the way around then twist the two halves to separate.


Carefully using the point of a sharp knife, stab the stone and twist to remove.


Using a tea spoon, slowly spoon out the insides, creating small chunks as you go.


Before mixing the avocado add a generous pinch of salt and the smoked paprika.
Also squeeze as much as juice from the half lime as humanly possible!
If you like coriander you could add some chopped leaves at this point. Personally I'm not so keen so it's left out of my recipe!


It should be looking like this...(drool)


Now for a cheeky bit of heat! We favour this Cholula hot sauce in our house, but you can choose any brand you like.


Carefully add two drops! Chilli sauce can be pretty potent stuff, and we're only adding it for depth of flavour, not to blow peoples heads off!
Besides after a taste test at the end you can always add more...


Finally chop up half of your beef tomato. To keep the guacamole from getting too wet, I try to only use the flesh and discard the pulp.


Throw in your chopped tomato then mix thoroughly, smashing the avocado with your spoon as you go. You're aiming for a smooth texture with satisfying chunks of both tomato and avocado throughout.


The best bit...Taste testing! This is where you can decide if you need more seasoning or hot sauce (note - it can take several 'tests' before you're absolutely, completely sure!)


Serve in your favourite homeware (these two are from Berts) with tortilla chips for dunking!
I like to sprinkle a little more paprika on top for presentation, but this is optional.

It really is that simple! But totally worth making that little bit more effort...


I have a few more recipes in mind for future posts, some a tad more complex that little beauty!
And luckily for me, Sam is around to photograph them! Thank you Sam! (He was rewarded with guacamole!)

Love Yours Truly, x

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Liberty Love...


For a start, let me just say that 5.30am is not a time that really exists in my world.
Gone are the days of my 'sensible office job' which required early awakening, and to be honest, I rarely crawl home in the wee hours anymore either. 
So should you want to find me at that time, best bet is that I'm enveloped in my duvet!

However, always up for a change of pace - I quite willingly arose at the ungodly hour a fortnight ago, to venture on a commuter train to London, with one dreamy destination in mind! 


I had been invited to Liberty, for a scarf styling breakfast, where over nibbles of fresh fruit, pastries and coffee we were going to be taught everything we wanted to know about their iconic silk scarves!

I woke up bleary-eyed, but a woman on a mission! Pulling together an outfit of H&M tights, an eBay paisley dress and favourite Topshop brogues, I was out of the door in about fifteen minutes flat...


And packed in my ever trusty vanity case, all essentials for a day of blogging. I have to say, it felt wonderful to have a day solely dedicated to Yours Truly!



And although she features in the photos below, now would be a great time to say that I had the pleasure of meeting Kristabel of 'I Want You To Know' (as well as the lovely Camilla of 'Into The Fold'!)

Kristabel very kindly took these outfit photos for me. It was wonderfully deserted when we started to snap, then every man and his dog decided to appear! Typical eh? Thanks Kristabel!


Back to the scarves! For those of you who don't know, I actually specialised in Print Design during my fashion degree, and have always adored the insanely beautiful prints that Liberty create.


With that in mind, I was delighted to meet this lovely chap, who designs the Liberty scarves! He has full access to the archives at the click of a button and was able to talk us through the varying prints and how he develops and tweaks them to keep them fresh each season.
The print geek in me was practically frothing at the mouth as we talked through his creative restraints with regards to Liberty's heritage.
Now there's a dream job!



Myself, Kristabel and Camilla with our first attempts at scarf styling...



There were several scarf 'specialists' on hand to talk us through the scarves, and show us varying ways of styling them. 
Not only was I delighted to be playing freely with the expensive silky beauties, but I was amazed by the stylists knowledge and enthusiasm for their work.


What this wonderful lady didn't know about scarves, seemingly wasn't worth knowing! Drawing her inspiration from all corners of the globe, her passion was infectious!



Swoon...


A cheeky pose with my stylist! I loved this chunky braided style I'm wearing.


The beautiful Liberty ladies...


So many colours! Urgh! So much beauty!


Myself and Kristabel with the braided style - perfect for hiding festival hair or in my case...Dark roots creeping in!


I'm going to work on a scarf-styling post inspired by the wonderful creations Liberty showed us. I can't wait to show you how simple they all are!

Thank you so much to Liberty for inviting me, and what a delight it was to meet Kristabel and Camilla (and have a cheeky lunch with Dulcie who is lucky enough to work there!)


Love Yours Truly, x

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Style Stories...


It was when I was at University that someone first commented on my habit of 'contextualising your clothes'

In my eyes, every garment has some sort of history. Even brand new items! 
A Breton style top can emulate Jean Serberg, or fisherman off the shores of France, whilst a pretty white broderie dress will always give me hints of 'Little House on the Prairie' 


Within my own wardrobe, I have an 'Abba' playsuit, 'Ziggy Stardust' skirts, and more 'Mary Poppins' items than I care to mention!

I've bought shoes off the back of seeing similar pairs in movies (The Painted Veil being a great example...Her two-tone brogues were amazing!) and always fawn over costumes whilst mentally taking notes for future purchases.


So with all that in mind, I think I had already given this skirt a story before it arrived on my doorstep!
A cheeky little Topshop treat, I loved the bright Spring florals on such a heavy, decadent fabric. 


As I pulled an outfit together, I realised how much it reminded me of early 60's prom dresses.
To me, it's a little bit 'Grease' and a little bit 'Sound of Music' (it could easily be made from a pair of jazzy curtains!)

I could just imagine a 1960's girl waiting for her date to pick her up, all dressed up for a drive-in cinema, or burger joint...Which is what we tried to emulate in these photos (the waiting part not the burger date unfortunately!)


My vanity case is one from my collection - it's a bit broken after someone fell on it during some very flamboyant dance moves!

My wedge sandals are from Primark last year and are still my favourites! They go with everything and are so easy to walk in.
Little glittery blush-coloured socks stopped my toes getting cold!


Since dyeing my hair, I'm definitely found myself drawn to pink (and indeed, colour in general!) a lot more.
With a skirt this bright though, I toned it down with black basics like a H&M body suit, and a Topshop cocoon coat.



I really love the idea of an elegant outfit teamed with messy, undone hair. So I left mine completely natural!
The necklace is salvaged from an old broken one, it's nowhere near as expensive as it looks!


I've spent the last few weeks since bleaching my hair trying to find the perfect semi-permanent dyes to achieve the pastel head I desire.
I think I've made some real progress since these photos were taken, results of which I shall share soon!


And as ever, I have Sam to thank for these lovely photos!
Taken during rush hour by a busy road, we chased the setting sun to capture the evenings beautiful golden light.


And the fact that I'm so comfortable with him, means we both forget what's going on around us...
Even when people were having a real snoop as their cars crawled along in traffic! 



Hope you had a great weekend!

Love Yours Truly, x