2/28/2014

Purple Haze - Barry M Nail Varnishes in Prickly Pear and Plum.

Barry M Nail Varnishes in Prickly Pear and Plum.
I love Spring. In terms of fashion, it's all about the bright colours, bold prints and showing both off in the bliss filled sunshine. There's an inerrant air of happiness when the Spring weather drifts in, one which is reflected in an array of colour cosmetics as their new collections descend.

Barry M Nail Varnishes in Plum and Prickly Pear.
Barry M are my favourite drug store brand for bright colours and seasonal trends. Even once the ants, hayfever and wasps have kicked in, you can guarantee their diverse colour range will keep that spring fling love alive.

I'm currently head over heels for two of their gorgeous purple hues in Plum and Prickly Pear. Plum is a strong, deep purple whilst Prickly Pear is a soft, chalky lilac. They work surprisingly well when worn together, creating an almost bunting like effect across my fingers. They are both part of the Gelly Hi-Shine range so you know that two coats ensures a solid, dazzling flash of colour, are chip-resilient and dries with speed. 

Barry M Nail Varnishes in Plum and Prickly Pear.

Barry M Nail Varnishes in Prickly Pear and Plum.

Barry M Nail Varnishes in Prickly Pear and Plum.
I chose to wear mine on alternative fingers for a quick but quirky look.

*excuse the messy application!
I'm now on the look out for a strong yellow and pastel pink and fully intend to be rocking bright, fun shades on my fingers tips for the next few months.

Until next time,

Diana xx

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2/27/2014

Gold Dust Woman. (Portraits of Jasmine Alexander in her studio for Love Gold.)


A few weeks ago, I took a train journey to shoot Jasmine Alexander, one of my absolute favourite people in the entire world. Proclaimed as both a "poet goldsmith" and the "Vivienne Westwood of jewellery", over the past few years I've seen her star quite rightly rise and rise with absolutely no signs of slowing down.

Screen cap from the Love Gold website.
This particular series of images was shot to accompany an interview for the prestigious Love Gold publication, who were doing a profile on Jasmine and wanted some images at work in the studio. There are also a few other portraits shot in the midst of it all which are currently under wraps and awaiting publication elsewhere, and I cannot wait to share them as they include one of my favourite portraits of all time.







The space itself was beautiful - lots of natural light and interesting instruments.




As ever though, it was this gorgeous face who was the real diva on the shoot. You cannot help but fall in love with him!


You can read the whole article by clicking here, and also find out more about Jasmine's work here.

Until next time,

Diana xx

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2/25/2014

Pictures Of You

Being a full time photographer, I'm very lucky that my North London living room frequently resembles a photography studio with mannequins, backdrops and most importantly studio lights constantly to hand. It has made it a lot easier for me to quickly take outfit photos which show off the detail of my clothes, accessories and make-up, and decided that it might be a good idea to put together a package for other bloggers.

Detail image of a necklace from Tatty Devine which I shot for my blog.

Cut out pack shot / ghost-lit mannequin image of a necklace from Tatty Devine which I shot for my blog.
When it was still in existence, I used to freelance for an online publication called Plus Size Tall, and one of the ideas I pitched to them was photographing people with a strong sense of style. These examples were shot back in 2012, and were designed to capture both the individual characters as well as the detailing of the clothing. They went along with an interview where the subject spoke about the clothes, accessories and their style influences.
Claire from A Monkey Fatshionista.

Claire from A Monkey Fatshionista.

Claire from A Monkey Fatshionista.

Kirsty from Fatty Unbound.

Kirsty from Fatty Unbound.

Hanna from The Wardrobe Challenge.

Hanna from The Wardrobe Challenge.

Hanna from The Wardrobe Challenge.

Sian from Picked. Found. Passionate.

Sian from Picked. Found. Passionate.
I'd love to start shooting bloggers again, and whether you see yourself as a #psblogger, #fblogger, #bblogger or something else, I've put together a series of low-cost packages to show off your style. These prices are applicable to bloggers only, and you can click here and here to find out more about my published work and client list.

The shoot itself and a light editing (skin smoothing, spot removal, colour balance) are included in the price. (I'm happy to talk about additional editing with individuals with quotes given on request.)

3 images: £50
6 images: £80
10 images: £150

To get these prices, you MUST have a blog which has been in existence for longer than a month and also updated within a month.

I'm also not limiting this offer to just fashion. If you are any sort of blogger at all and would like to have some portraits taken, please do get in touch.


Howard (aka Lord Dicely) from Confessions of a Gentleman Gamer.
Aurora Galore from Aurora Galore.
If you are able to find your way to North West London (NW5) and would be interested in booking a shoot with me, please get in touch here.

Until next time,

Diana xx

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2/23/2014

Run Run Run - Blog Post Number 100!

I can't believe I've reached 100 posts on the blog! Having finally broke 5k when training, I thought this would be the perfect occasion to celebrate by talking about what I'm doing and why it's so close to my heart.

I'm currently training to run the Electric Run in London which is a 5K rave / race taking place at the end of April. I'm running in aid of Breast Cancer Care, and anyone who knows me in real life will know this isn't something which comes easy to me. I'm not a natural athlete. At all. I might sometimes run for a bus, but genuinely the only thing I can run well is a bubble bath!

My year started out on a bit of a shaky note. I had found myself with a throat infection and an adverse reaction to Penicillin which knocked me out of action for over a fortnight and as the boredom and frustration set in, so did the need to really challenge myself. I'd had such a huge enthusiasm for the start of the year and was really inspired by my friend Miranda who is training to run a marathon so decided to see what I could do when I put my mind to it.






I've been training every other day for six weeks now and feel so lucky that I live right next to Hampstead Heath. The views have made the runs a little easier to face, and the size of it means I've worked out several different routes which keep things varied. However the key thing has been finding a fitness app which works for me, and I very much feel like my running breakthrough is by way of Zombies Run 5K. It starts with a series of drills wound around a story which slowly grows your fitness and endurance while keeping you interested. It even ensures you incorporate stretches and breaks into the routine too, which for someone like me who is a total novice is a huge help.


In my six weeks, I feel like I've learnt a lot and thought I'd put a list together of what I wish I'd known when I first started out. Some of these are glaringly obvious looking back, but it took a few runs to properly sink in!

- Zips are you best friend when running. When choosing what to wear, you want something which can hold your keys, your phone and maybe some money without it spilling out.

- No one cares what you look like when you're working out. During my first week of running, I'd take the time to do my hair and look half way presentable. Now it's mostly stuffed under a hood or piled into a messy bun so it's out my face.

- If you're running in open spaces with very little shade, don't forget a moisturiser with SPF. Better still, just use sun screen!

- Make sure you dress for the weather. When it's very cold, I'll wear leggings under my running pants and a t-shirt, thermal top, windbreaker and hooded top to cover my top half. This keeps the wind and rain off my chest, the heat inside and still lets me strip off a few layers if I feel like I'm overheating. I've also taken to wearing a vintage scarf or fleece snood under my hood if I need to keep my hair dry or in pin-curls. It also stops the heat escaping and keeps me toasty warm.

- Make sure you dress for the terrain you're training on. I generally get really muddy so have taken to wearing dark, cuffed joggers. Because they're closed tight around my ankles, my legs don't get splattered in mud or water from puddles.

- Make a playlist which will keep you motivated. Most training apps will utilise the songs on your iPod or smart phone so use this to your advantage. Sometimes I'll run to blip heavy trance music to keep me at a steady pace, whilst other times it's all the guilty pop pleasures for a rush of endorphins.

- Nothing beats a good sports bra. If you've got huge boobs like me, it doesn't hurt to team it with a shock absorbing crop top too, even if it's worn underneath another t-shirt.

- Make sure your running bottoms fit properly. I learnt in my first week that there's nothing more annoying than having to constantly hold onto them or pull them up when jogging.

- Warm up and cool down. Simple leg exercises and stretches really make all the difference, and will stop your calves, knees or ankles from seizing up during the course of your session. If you're having trouble with a particular part of your body, compression supports might help.

- Set yourself a schedule. I run every other day to give my muscles a chance to recover and if I have to miss a day, I simply change my program rather than ignore it all together. Keep a diary (I've created a google calendar so I can see everything I need to in one go) and use something like Run Tracker to keep track of your progress.

My last piece of advice would be to feel proud when you reach a milestone, no matter how small they might seem. For me reaching 5K was met with a similar reaction to what a marathon runner probably feels crossing the 26 mile finish line - utterly exhausted, in pain, but over the moon!

There's a part of me which feels quite strange writing this, as I never thought I'd be a person giving out advice on this sort of subject. I'm not an expert or an athlete but I'm certainly feeling fitter, focused and more motivated in other aspects of my life. Although I'd be lying if I said I was finding the process fun, it is incredibly satisfying and I'm almost certain that once the race is over with, I'll still keep out my routine. I doubt I'll ever run a full marathon, but I've learned to never say ever. Two months ago I never thought I'd be able to run 5k either!

I've set up a Just Giving page here where I'm raising money for Breast Cancer Care, and if anyone feels like they would like to donate even a small amount, I'd be so grateful.

I'm so happy to have reached my hundredth post, and look forward to sharing many more of them with you! 

Until next time,

Diana xx

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2/21/2014

Good Golly Miss Holly - Jewellery Cuteness from Miss Holly's Boutique.

My darling friend Miranda sent me a link to this on Pinterest, and I was instantly besotted. I'm a sucker for both kitsch and perspex, and Miss Holly's Boutique was filled with both!

With a whole category dedicated to "Plastic Fantastic", it was the adorable, hand-cut Dinosaur Necklace which convinced me to ignore my bank balance and make a purchase. When it arrived in the post, it was love at first sight and I was excited to find that several other items had been keeping the dinosaurs company in their envelope.

Dinosaur Necklace by Miss Holly's Boutique.

Dinosaur Necklace by Miss Holly's Boutique.

Tag from the Dinosaur Necklace by Miss Holly's Boutique.

Dinosaur Necklace by Miss Holly's Boutique.

Dinosaur Necklace by Miss Holly's Boutique.

I don't quite know what it is, but I've always had a lot of love for dinosaurs. Even as child, I wanted to hug the T-Rex from Jurassic Park as much as I did the herbivores from Land Before Time. The jaunty dinosaurs in the necklace are silly and fun, but their solid, dark colour block makes them very easy to wear. They'd look great teamed with any low neckline, but would also be right at home snuggled underneath collars everywhere. I can't wait to wear them!

Tea Scrabble Necklace by Miss Holly's Boutique.

Tea Scrabble Necklace by Miss Holly's Boutique.

Tea Scrabble Necklace by Miss Holly's Boutique.

Tea Scrabble Necklace by Miss Holly's Boutique.

Because she's so lovely, Miss Holly snuck in one of her signature Scrabble Tile Necklaces in with my order too. Having caught on to my slight tea addiction, I was all smiles when I unwrapped this as I know it's something I'll get a lot of wear out of. I'm hoping it might also serve as subliminal message to my wonderful boyfriend when I'm sat in the studio editing.

Scrabble Tile Ring and Dice Ring by Miss Holly's Boutique.

Scrabble Tile Ring by Miss Holly's Boutique.

Dice Ring by Miss Holly's Boutique.
The final package contained these two super cute rings - a D for Diana made with an original Scrabble tile and a dice which resonated with my recently found love of boardgames. Again both rings were solid statement pieces, but ones which I can't wait to style in with outfits. I'm sure you can expect to see all these items in an outfit post very soon!

In addition to the Scrabble pieces and  handmade plastic items, Miss Holly's Boutique also contains everything from knitted ties to dog collar tags so is definitely worth a look. Despite being made to order, my dinosaur necklace was made and shipped really quickly and I couldn't have been more thrilled with it!

Until next time,

Diana xx

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