I have always loved being photographed by Joe. We share a vision and a love for the process of taking pictures. As teenagers, our friendship grew as we participated in each other’s art projects, obsessing over fashion and make up and vogue. We even tried to start our own fashion brand and I have the evidence in my parent’s attic – a box of horrible stiff camo-coloured scarves with gold trim. I have no idea what we were thinking! The last time Joe and I took pictures together was at his flat in Southampton. I’m so excited that he’s moved back to the Midlands because I can see him whenever I’m home to visit my parents. Joe’s specialty is abstract, detailed photography and I adore the close-up detail shots he’s done here.
This Christmas we adventured to Newstead Abbey for the first time. It’s a beautiful old house just north of Nottingham, surrounded by expansive grounds. The ancestral home of Lord Byron, it has a large lake, walled gardens, Japanese gardens, rose gardens, American gardens, Spanish gardens… you get the idea. If you ever ask me what I want to do with a spare afternoon I will probably ask to visit a garden. James jokes that my love for gardens has gone “too far” but seriously guys, I am never happier than when outside and surrounded by plants. When we visited Newstead Abbey on a misty Tuesday we were almost the only people there – the dream! It was even warm enough to have tea and cakes outside when we arrived.
Outfit Details: Blouse, Vintage (Beyond Retro, London) / Housecoat, Vintage (Beyond Retro, London) / Skirt, Vintage (Dollymix, London) / Underskirt, Vintage (Dollymix, London) / Bra, American Apparel / Boots, Dr Martens (hand-me-down from a friend) / Choker, Freckled Ace
I watched Marie Antoinette whilst I was home for Christmas and it *ahem* might have inspired my outfit choice. I know she gets her head chopped off and all but her life prior to that seems a lot of fun, and the aesthetics in that film are so on point. I would like my own little pretend village and an endless supply of cake and new outfits. I can’t get enough of this pink / milky blue colour combination right now so expect to see much more of that on the blog. I love vintage housecoats and silky slips but it’s permanently too cold for that in Scotland, so I’m making use of my trusty friend layering to be able to wear all the floaty fabrics I want.