Sunday, 31 August 2014

News Feed inspired

Every so often my news feed on FB will nourish me with something that I'm glad I viewed or was informed by. Today Cosmo Mag got my attention with a '20 things to do in your twenties' feature. I especially enjoyed number 13 and I couldn't agree more:

13. Travel
"Live abroad. Take a year out. Take a few years out and teach English to children in Spain while you "decide what you want to to" (you've decided, it's this) or just go on a few EasyJet flights to Europe over some long weekends when you can afford it (further reading: point 5). See the bloody world and eat its beautiful cheese. You'll be better for it."

(Pics taken from my travels in Thailand 2013 - whilst volunteer English teaching at a secondary school.)

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Notting Hill Carnival

One event I was sad to miss out on during my travels last year was carnival. Something me and my friends take part in every year! Here are some pics to summarize our involvement in this fantastic celebration last weekend, which included more paint than ever and thankfully the bluest of skies.

My outfit included a handmade floral crown with wildflowers, customized carnival tee and my oversized Pull&Bear check shirt.

Did anyone else attend carnival this year? For those interested in joining our band next year to party, enquire on their Facebook page here.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Werk: Sunday Times supplements


As part of my PR and marketing role at BrandAlley, I get to be a part of cool and creative projects such as our regular eight page supplements in the Sunday Times. If you're a reader of the paper, do look out for our next addition in October and let me know what you think.

See the last two I worked on with the wonderful team at The Times here on the BrandAlley blog.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

ELLE UK - September Issue


It's here! It's live! My shoot I was an Assistant Stylist for is in the Septemebr Issue of ELLE magazine and I am thrilled with the results. Especially as the look stylist Harriet asked me to put together form the rail went on to be the leading image used in the issue. I'll race you to the shops for that Khaki dress!

The promo shoot for Warehouse highlights their new edgy direction wonderfully.

I actually fed back to the shoot producer shortly after my day with the team that I felt a little underwhelmed that I couldn't be more hands on, on the day. Feeling a little bashful even that the photographers assistant needed to ask 'what is your role here toay?' and the hair stylist joked 'it's funny isn't it that doing behind the scenes photos is a job on shoots now!?'

It wasn't that I didn't enjoy my time on the day - it was just that all of the decisions including the pulling of clothes, moodboards etc were decided previosuly and it would have been nice to be a part of the whole process.

The producer took my critique extremely well and was very sweet about my presence on the day, which made me feel a little silly for saying anything in the first place. I think previous experience in this fashion inducstry has taught me to speak up for myself and I felt it important to do so.

My favorite person on the day was model Frederique, who I chatted about travels and love and life with, give her a follow on Instagram as she jet sets across the globe on shoots.

Did any of you but the September issue, what did you enjoy the most?

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Getting to know you: Bedgebury Park, Kent

While at the Outdoor Show at Excel in London back in Feb, my beau and I entered many of the competitions on the exhibitors stands. We were lucky enough to have won a weekend break in a cottage with mountain bike hire at Bedgebury Park in Kent.

We invited two of our best friends along who we don't get to see often as they live in Cornwall, the four of us drove down and settled into our home from home - enjoying evenings of board games, wine and local pub dining (The Queens Inn was especially delicious).

Our little cottage was back to back with the equestrian centre as part of the grounds so we woke to the clip clops of horses going past our windows and even witnessed the rehearsal for a show.

The bike trails in the park (it's called a park but is more like a forest it's so vast) were immense. Myself and Lo enjoyed the leisurely family trail while the boys went off and came back hours later joyfully exhausted and covered in mud, us gals had already had lunch, picked flowers and fed the ducks. So there really was something for everyone.

I don't think the photos taken on my phone really did it justice - the best part about the whole weekend was sharing it with our buddies and we're already planning our next UK beach or countryside adventure.

Thanks to the team at Bedgebury Park for making us feel so welcome, the cottage house was splendid and we were all sad to leave on the Sunday, wishing we had just one more night!
It seems the saying is true: you can never have enough of a good thing.