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Liberty Love…

For a start, let me just say that 5.30am is not a time that really exists in my world.
Gone are the days of my ‘sensible office job’ which required early awakening, and to be honest, I rarely crawl home in the wee hours anymore either.
So should you want to find me at that time, best bet is that I’m enveloped in my duvet!
However, always up for a change of pace – I quite willingly arose at the ungodly hour a fortnight ago, to venture on a commuter train to London, with one dreamy destination in mind!
I had been invited to Liberty, for a scarf styling breakfast, where over nibbles of fresh fruit, pastries and coffee we were going to be taught everything we wanted to know about their iconic silk scarves!
I woke up bleary-eyed, but a woman on a mission! Pulling together an outfit of H&M tights, an eBay paisley dress and favourite Topshop brogues, I was out of the door in about fifteen minutes flat…
And packed in my ever trusty vanity case, all essentials for a day of blogging. I have to say, it felt wonderful to have a day solely dedicated to Yours Truly!

And although she features in the photos below, now would be a great time to say that I had the pleasure of meeting Kristabel of ‘I Want You To Know’ (as well as the lovely Camilla of ‘Into The Fold’!)
Kristabel very kindly took these outfit photos for me. It was wonderfully deserted when we started to snap, then every man and his dog decided to appear! Typical eh? Thanks Kristabel!
Back to the scarves! For those of you who don’t know, I actually specialised in Print Design during my fashion degree, and have always adored the insanely beautiful prints that Liberty create.
With that in mind, I was delighted to meet this lovely chap, who designs the Liberty scarves! He has full access to the archives at the click of a button and was able to talk us through the varying prints and how he develops and tweaks them to keep them fresh each season.
The print geek in me was practically frothing at the mouth as we talked through his creative restraints with regards to Liberty’s heritage.
Now there’s a dream job!

Myself, Kristabel and Camilla with our first attempts at scarf styling…

There were several scarf ‘specialists’ on hand to talk us through the scarves, and show us varying ways of styling them.
Not only was I delighted to be playing freely with the expensive silky beauties, but I was amazed by the stylists knowledge and enthusiasm for their work.
What this wonderful lady didn’t know about scarves, seemingly wasn’t worth knowing! Drawing her inspiration from all corners of the globe, her passion was infectious!

A cheeky pose with my stylist! I loved this chunky braided style I’m wearing.
The beautiful Liberty ladies…
So many colours! Urgh! So much beauty!
Myself and Kristabel with the braided style – perfect for hiding festival hair or in my case…Dark roots creeping in!

I’m going to work on a scarf-styling post inspired by the wonderful creations Liberty showed us. I can’t wait to show you how simple they all are!

Thank you so much to Liberty for inviting me, and what a delight it was to meet Kristabel and Camilla (and have a cheeky lunch with Dulcie who is lucky enough to work there!)

Love Yours Truly, x

Flesh is Flesh…

So recently I collaborated a couple of times with my photographer friend Natasha and did the styling on her shoots.

The theme was loosely based on androgyny, with the idealism that ‘Flesh is Flesh’.
The first shoot was in a field in the middle of nowhere right by a country road. Anastasia (the blonde) and myself threw shapes in mesh, electrical tape and not much else! Needless to say that the shoot generated a few honks from the 5pm traffic!
If you want to enlarge any of the images just click on them!

The second shoot took place on a farm that I pass every day on my way to work – I told Natasha it was too good to not use! I love the scale and the interest that the location gives the photos.

Initially Phil, our brave model was supposed to be really ‘dragged’ up, but after doing his make up perfectly and dressing him in various leotards and chiffon dresses, it all looked a bit too ‘perfect’ so I ran my hands under the tap and messed up his make up to make him a bit more dishevelled!
Then I completely scrapped all of the initial outfits to build upon a tutu dress, with other skirts and dresses layered underneath.

It’s such a satisfaction to see such wonderful images come from it all!
Hopefully Natasha and I have a couple more collaborations planned for this Summer, it will be nice to work with a bit more freedom, and to not accommodate to any particular brief. If you want to see anymore of Natashas work, click on the link above for her flickr or here for her blog.
Love Yours Truly, x 

Confront the dark parts of yourself….

. ..and work to vanish them with illumination and forgiveness.
This week is flying by! On my day off this week I ventured to The Barn, which is a big warehouse-type building that sells lots and lots of lovely vintage – you really have to rummage though!
Two of my finds are in the look below, including the black mesh blouse (£1.50) and the leopard print headscarf (£2.00).
I’ve taken to wearing the headscarf as a head wrap, I love the way the prints line up.

These boots are also quite new, and it was pretty much love at first sight!

And so! The exciting news of the week!
I have entered Elle magazines fantastic new competition, ‘Shopgirl to Stylist’ which gives the winner (who has to work in fashion retail) a chance to style a photoshoot for Elle and up to 6 months internship with the magazine.
This was too good an opportunity to miss, as it is pretty much my dream! I just need to get on the first rung of the ladder…
Therefore I would appreciate it TREMENDOUSLY if you could take a couple of minutes to vote for me!
Below are some examples of some of the styling work I have done in the past, all pretty novice admittedly, but I just love the process of creating the perfect look.
Also on the side bar is a link to my lookbook, where you can see some examples of my personal style.
The link if you do want to vote is – HERE!
Thank you so much!

All Photography credited to Natasha Mann – flickr
More of my Barn purchases soon!
Love Yours Truly, x