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
Last weekend Callum and I were in Bristol visiting friends for our annual Christmas get-together, and a little Sunday walk along the Clifton Suspension Bridge to shift all that turkey dinner just so happened to coincide with the bridge’s 150th anniversary. Being scared of heights, it’s always nerve-wracking for me to be up on the bridge, but focusing on posing for some photos actually took my mind off just how high up it is! As it was a super cold, windy day (hence all the unintentional hair-whipping) I dressed in my go-to winter outfit of black boots, ripped boyfriend jeans – mine are an old faithful from Zara, but you can find similar pairs here and here – and a snuggly coat.
The coat I’m wearing is another Marc Cain find. If it’s one thing Marc Cain do well, it’s coats. They are all so individually flawless. I just love the details on this one, with the sleek, textured black material, biker-style zips and faux fur trim on the collar and cuffs to keep the wind from biting. I’m not usually one to do up the zip at the front of my coats as I prefer a looser, more casual style, but this coat looks so chic and fitted when it’s zipped up. It’s definitely one of my new favourite pieces this winter along with my Daniel Wellington watch. Isn’t it a beauty? Their watches also make perfect Christmas presents if you’ve still got a few (or, like me, all! *sigh*) to get, and you can grab 15% off right now with the code ‘holidaynatasha’.
On that note, I’d better be off to do some Christmas shopping! Happy Wednesday kittens x
When you’re rocking a leather jacket as flawless as an AllSaints one, it doesn’t really matter what else you’re wearing – the jacket will always be the star of the show. You know it, the jacket knows it, your other clothes know it. There’s just no competition. As soon as you put it on you can feel the skill of the craftsmanship (20 different craftsman work on the jacket from start to finish), the quality of the materials (only premium lambskin here, guys). But perhaps the thing I love most about a great leather jacket is the attitude it gives you. You just feel so cool.
Because attitude and music always go hand in hand, AllSaints have just launched their second Biker Portraits series with New York City’s hottest new bands. Callum and I loved the striking black and white images so much we wanted to recreate them ourselves with this photoshoot. Hopefully you think they’ve met the mark! It was pretty fun channelling my inner rock goddess, though of course because it’s me I couldn’t help a cheeky smile or two!
And guys and gals: until Sunday tomorrow, buy your own AllSaints leather jacket and you’ll get 20% off with the code ‘winter’. Go get ‘em tigers! x
I’m so excited to be sharing this post with you all today as it’s been a long time in the making! I’ve known for a while that this Christmas I wanted to do a huge giveaway, and these past few weeks I’ve been busy organising the exciting prizes with lots of our lovely blog sponsors. Callum and I just wanted to do something to say a big thank you for your support this year. It’s been such a fun twelve months for our little blog, and we have so many more exciting things in store. Whether you’ve been with us for the whole three years or have joined us recently as a new follower, our blog wouldn’t be what it is today without each and every one of you – so thank you thank you thank you!
Every day I’ve been getting more and more excited as the prize packages for this giveaway just keep growing – I mean, just look at that spread above! In total the goodies come to a whopping £800! It brings me so much happiness to know that soon some of you will be enjoying these treats. So have a read on to find out how to enter and get your hands on one of the prizes …
HOW TO ENTER
The rules are simple: just leave a comment below stating which prize package you’d like to win and how you follow us – whether it’s via email subscription, Bloglovin, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram. We don’t mind how! If you follow us on more than one platform be sure to let us know as each counts as one entry, so the more you follow the more entries you’ll have. For extra entries you can also share the giveaway on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and on your own blogs (only one share per platform). If you do this, remember to leave me the links in your comment so I can count each entry. And don’t forget to tag me @girlinthelens in your tweets and Instagram posts!
The giveaway is open internationally and winners will be chosen at random. Entries close at midnight 24th December and I’ll announce the lucky winners the next day (25th December) so the prizes will feel like an extra special Christmas present! You could always try and win one of the sets as a gift for someone special if there’s nothing here that takes your fancy, though hopefully with five different prize packages to choose from you’ll be sure to find one you love here’s what’s up for grabs …
Oh no, your eyes don’t deceive you – this prize package really is packed full of so many beauty treats! There are too many for me to list, so just enjoy poring over the photo above and thinking how you’d use all these goodies if you won. I’ve selected a range of products to make sure you’re covered this party season, including styling products from John Frieda, my favourite eye and cheeks palette from Nars, and This Works’ miracle cracker to refresh and hydrate your skin after all that partying!
This package is a trio of tech goodies – all with stylish flair of course! This is definitely the one to pick if you love your gadgets. There’s a Cambridge Audio G2 portable speaker for you to play your festive tunes on (I have the same gold version myself), a super cute Cath Kidston iPad case to dress up your tablet, and – this is one for fans of all things retro – a Viddy build-it-yourself pinhole camera kit! It’s the perfect post-Christmas project and all you need to do once it’s built is pop a film roll in and get shooting!
Your kitchen will look super cute with this mix of foodie goodies, including quirky Cath Kidston kitchen essentials and teas from Whittard’s gorgeous Alice in Wonderland range. This prize package is particularly special to me as I’m a big foodie and always rustling up something in my kitchen. Plus, Alice in Wonderland is one of my all-time favourite books. “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!”
Phew! So those are all the prizes you can win! Be sure to have a good think before you choose which package you want because you can only pick one, then just leave your comment below once you’ve completed your entries and your name will be added to my Santa’s list. Best of luck sweethearts! Callum and I wish you all a very merry festive season! x