Some photoshoots are planned down to a t, and some seem to fall together at the last minute so elegantly we can’t believe our luck. This shoot with Triumph Motorcycles to celebrate the launch of their gorgeous limited edition Bonneville T214 was definitely one of the latter. Due to a severe weather warning we only had a tiny window of opportunity. We hadn’t even scouted out any locations, the light was fading fast (oh winter, you make it so hard to blog) and we were stuck in traffic on our way up to Leicester where our friend was waiting with the bike. I was prepared for the shoot to be a disaster. But then, as it sometimes inexplicably does, everything just fell into alignment.
As we arrived the clouds broke along the horizon, letting in a warm rush of beautiful orange-pink light, and just round the corner from where our friend was parked we discovered this magical little road, deserted, hidden by a thick bank of trees, and curving mysteriously into the distance under the rush of the pink sky. It seriously felt like a borrowed moment from another world. Since we only had a short timeframe to get the shots we couldn’t be too fussy about getting every camera setting and pose just so, but I kind of like that spontaneous style of shooting. It felt more creative, and reminded us why we started this blog in the first place – to experiment, to broaden our creative skills, and – most importantly – have fun.
Speaking of having fun, Callum and I got a chance to ride pillion and now are super keen on learning how to ride ourselves! There’s just something so free about being on the back of a motorbike. Yes it’s a little scary when you go so fast you start being pushed back in the seat, and yes I did have to ask my friend to take the turns slower to begin with because tilting towards oncoming traffic needed a bit of getting used to! But it was exhilarating – I love the fact that you experience the world around you as you travel. Who knows, perhaps by the end of this year Callum and I will have our own bikes too! And yes, don’t worry, I’ll make sure to swap the heels for a proper pair of motorcycle boots …
I’ve already wished you a very happy new year on Instagram, but there’s no harm in doing it one more time! Especially since my resolutions this year – which I’ve broken into two halves: things to do less, and things to do more – include being extra positive and being sure to compliment others and see the good in all situations. Basically just sending out happy vibes all around! Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean I’m going to be constantly smiling like some sort of crazy (though hopefully fashionable) clown. There will always be situations you struggle to smile though. But the thing I really came to terns with last year is that we all experience those situations. It’s a part of human nature to love and to lose. We can’t always control the things we’ll go through, but we do have some control over how we respond to them. So my number one take from some difficult situations over the past few years is to try to respond as much as I can to whatever the world throws at me with positivity and kindness.
There’s a quote I found on Pinterest (of course), which goes something like, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting battles you know nothing about”. While the internet can often be a very negative place, it also has the wonderful ability to connect people from all over the world. People like me and you, who don’t know each other but can still reach out and talk through our keyboards, share happy moments from our lives on places like Instagram and Twitter. I’ve made a lot of friends through blogging, from those that I’ve met in real life to those I only talk to online but still have an amazing connection with. When I say I’m ill (as I have been this month, hence the belated new year’s post), so many of you reach out to wish me better. It’s little acts of kindness like that which make so much difference.
This year, I’d like to take inspiration from you to do the same, just being as kind and positive I can be towards others – as well as myself. And then maybe, rather than facing our battles alone, we’re a little comforted knowing we’ve got a few brave warriors on our side.
Swagger, confidence, bounce – some outfits just give you that feeling, where it seems as though you can slink into any room and just stride through it with a smile on your lips and happiness in your heart. It’s like this when I’m wearing my favourite pair of leather leggings (it will be a sad day when I’ve finally worn them out). They’re my go-to piece to feel ultra sexy and confident. Paired with heels and my floaty tartan duster coat I definitely spent this day with a little extra stride in my steps …
There’s a little less striding going on today as I write this post with a very happy (and even fuller) belly from the comfort of my onesie at home. The flat has been beautiful these last few days, the bright winter sunshine pouring in from a cloudless sky and tricking me into forgetting just how cold it is outside. I always find there’s something magic in the air after Christmas before the new year hits. Maybe it’s because it’s always a reflective time for me, thinking back on the year we’re about to leave and ahead to the one that’s soon to start. I’ll be honest: these past few months haven’t been easy for me. I’ve struggled balancing travel, blogging, writing, the never-ending admin work of being self-employed, health and all the social activities in the run up to Christmas, and when the winter holidays began it was like my body and mind just completely checked out. It’s reminded me how important it is to look after not just your body but your mind – it needs a time-out too every once in a while!
I’ll share a few more intimate thoughts and feelings about the year just passed, as well as the one to come, in my next post. But for now rest is calling me again, for just one more day or two of total relaxed bliss enjoying long winter walks, snuggling up with a book in bed, candlelit baths, two-hour long yoga sessions, dreaming of scenes to write for new book, and best of all – time with my family and friends.
Wishing you time too to just check-out every once in a while, and enjoy the beauty of each little moment. Happy holidays sweethearts! See you in 2015! x
Hippy happy Christmas sweethearts! I hope you’ve all had a lovely day so far, whatever you’re doing. I’m currently feeling super festive – it’s impossible not to get in the holiday mood when your belly is full of turkey and your toes are roasting in front of a crackling fire. I won’t keep you too long as I’m sure you have exciting plans to get back to (or just a bit of Christmas tv and a few more cheeky pieces of chocolate – don’t worry, I won’t tell!) but I just wanted to drop by to announce the winners of our big festive giveaway! I wish there was a way for you all to win, but unfortunately I don’t have a herd of elves handy. All I can say is a big big thank you from Callum and I are for all your lovely entries – you’ve blown us away with your support! – and we’ll work hard in 2015 to bring you lots more exciting opportunities. For now, here’s our five wonderful winners!
Beauty: Shelley Grossman
Tech: Claire Coulthard
Food: Kate Neilan
Congrats lovely ladies! I’ll be dropping each of you an email now to arrange delivery. We really hope this gives your Christmas just a little bit extra sparkle – it’s definitely made ours to be able to say thank you to you all for sticking with us these past few years. We couldn’t be more grateful. You’ve all made our blog journey so, so amazing, and we are super excited to share the next step of our adventure with you in 2015! x
It’s been three years working on the blog now, and even though it’s still such a passion of mine, such a joy to share my little corner of the web with you all, it does sometimes get to the point where it’s tough to stay feeling inspired. But I guess it’s like that with anything. The beginning is always easy – you’re so full of excitement and bursting with energy, and all you want to do is eat, breathe and sleep your work! Then somewhere along the way your passion becomes muddles as things start to feel more like a job, and you fall into a routine that can often feel stifling. That’s why new projects like the one I’m about to introduce you to are so important to me – it’s about getting back to basics, and remembering why you started in the first place!
Don’t get me wrong, I absolute love street style and it will always be a big part of Girl in the Lens (hence the name!). And we know it’s what you guys love to see from us too. But I hope you’ll join us on some new ventures too as Callum and I have got so many more things we want to share with you, more ways to be creative and just have fun with photography and blogging. And the first one of these is something that’s been in the works for a while now: a new series where I get to introduce you to my gorgeous blogger friends and style icons, and we get to have fun posing for some cool new snaps in the process! Take a look at our first shoot in the series with uber-cool male fashion blogger Karlmond, aka Mr Boy …
Hopefully some of you are still here, and we haven’t lost you all as you rush off to explore Karlmond’s blog! I wouldn’t blame you since it is stunning, especially after it’s recent redesign. Seeing Karlmond’s blog evolve over the past couple of years has been such a wonderful experience for me as it was actually my idea he start one! We’re old school friends, and a few years ago when we met up for a long-needed catch up I explained to him all about mine and Callum’s blog and how exciting the blogging scene was. Karlmond’s always had a flair for fashion – how cool is his effortless, off-duty style? – so it seemed a perfect fit for him. Two years later and he’s established himself as one of London’s top male bloggers, and I couldn’t be prouder.
With this series Callum and I really wanted to tailor each photo-shoot to the blogger’s style. Monochrome just felt like a natural fit with Karlmond, and the silver details of our accessories (totally coincidental, but ‘great minds’ and all that ..!) worked perfectly with our choice of location, Millenium Bridge. When it comes to monochrome this winter nothing beats my Marc Cain houndstooth coat (on sale now!). Maybe double houndstooth might be a bit too much for some, but I love the playfulness of mixing two versions of the same print together, and hopefully you’ll love the combination as much as me!
For Karlmond’s outfit details head over to his gorgeous blog, Mr. Boy. And please let me know what you think of our new photography project in the comments below! I’ve got some of my favourite bloggers lined up for shoots in the new year are there any you’d especially love to see us shoot with? x