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Time to wear glasses (again)

May 17, 2017


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When I think back to my earliest memories, most of my younger years were spent wearing glasses. I had quite poor sight while growing up, with one pair causing people to make references to Harry Potter. I took it as a compliment at the time, who wouldn’t want to be Harry Potter? But then as I got older, my eyes started improving and eventually I didn’t have to wear them anymore.

I never enjoyed wearing glasses while I was young. I found it a pain to always have to remember them – yes I had a rather crazy social life at the age of seven – forgetting them while off to a friend’s house or leaving them at home when at school. Couple that with the fact that I didn’t have a huge say on the specs I was wearing, cheers Mum.

On my most recent eye test I was told I might need them again soon. It’s nowhere near as daunting and dare I say, quite exciting. I’m not surprised I need them again as my work involves looking at a screen most days.

Now that I know it won’t be long before I’m wearing them again, I’m trying to find the right pair. To kickstart me into actively looking for the right glasses, rather excitingly Specsavers were happy to help. I’m currently wearing two pairs on and off – the Lincoln and Rufus – in order to learn what I feel better in. At the minute, although I like a rounded frame, I feel I’m leaning towards a more rectangular style to suit my face, so I chose to wear the Lincoln style out the house and in Leicester.

With so many styles it’s a lot easier to express personal style with glasses now than when I was younger. For me something like tortoise shell is subtle enough to not detract from my outfit, but gives frames a modern feel. No more Harry Potter jibes! I also felt comfortable and confident wearing them, which is the most important thing when it comes to eyewear.

Plus, is it just me that thinks people in glasses can be trusted more? Now I know Specsavers won’t say this, but I think they do. Anything that makes me look like I know what I’m on about… I’m excited to join the eyewear team when needs must and I think I’ve found the right pairs in both the Lincoln and Rufus.

Photography by Natalie Jade Reading

This post is sponsored by Specsavers. However, all the views about Harry Potter and having to wear glasses again are my own.


My Stuff #4

April 23, 2017


This week has flew by! Says everyone, always. But seriously, this week has gone way too quickly. It seems projects have all come at once, meaning I’ve been pretty busy shooting and firing off emails. I’m working at double speed to get it all done as I go away to Copenhagen next week for a few days and I cannot wait! Anyway, here’s a fresh round up for ‘My Stuff’ while I try and start packing.

1. Cereal 13

The only place to start is with the new Cereal magazine! The new issue peaked my interest with stories involving Bali and Margaret Howell so I can’t wait to spend a couple hours reading through this.

2. Hay Laptop brush

Some might call it unnecessary, but I do pretty much use it everyday. I have no shame in saying that I’m a little bit of clean freak and if Hay wants to create cleaning tools for my desk, than who am I to say no?

3. Aesop hand balm

The next two items I bought with a MR PORTER voucher from their InstaMeet in London. This was very much a design impulse purchase. I’ve worked my way through my Meraki hand cream and now I’m trying the Aesop hand balm, which I’m sure will find its way over to Instagram pretty soon.

4. Dr. Harris & Co. comb

Now you might say this is even more unnecessary than the laptop brush. And yes, yes it is. But when you have a voucher and it comes in tortoise shell… It’s called ‘my stuff’ not ‘my essentials’.

5. Aesop anti-oxidant serum

Now this is an essential. I suffer from both dry skin and oily skin around my t-zone. I’ve been advised by Aesop to try a serum rather than a face moisturiser and so far, so good. If anyone knows of a product that might be worth trying, please let me know!

6. Adidas x Raf Simons

For FarFetch I was asked to pick #TheOne item that would give me that feel good factor. I went for these trainers and oh boy, they feel great. I’m already a fan of the stan smith silhouette and this colourway just gives them that extra detail. I talk a little more about these trainers over on the Farfetch website.

7. Topman Premium revere collar shirt

A couple of warm days and I’m swapping out roll necks for revere collar shirts. Other than basic tees, this style of shirt is what I’ll be wearing most days. I picked this one out at the new Trafford Centre store while I was hanging out with the Topman team to create a Manchester city guide.

8. Instagram

I’ve been following Miguel Santana (@miguelsantana_) for a while now and he’s got one hell of an eye for a shot. He’s currently over in America, so understandably I’ve been getting major travel envy. Miguel, if you’re reading this, your feed is next level.


Weekday in Nottingham

March 16, 2017


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Photography by Natalie Jade Reading

We’re halfway through March and I have no idea where this year is going. Since September, it’s been one blur of travel, work and just taking it week by week. This approach has seen me get to March relatively unscathed, happy with how freelancing is going and feeling upbeat about what’s to come for the rest of the year.

What keeps things fresh and exciting is putting aside dates to get away from a desk and head out, however far or near. Sometimes even the shortest of trips can be just as enjoyable.

As I’ve said before, Nottingham is so close and switches things up a little from the norm. New places engage you to take in what’s around you. You’re out of your normal cycle and you’re looking down the streets away from the main road and looking up from your phone.

I headed to Cartwheel for a much-needed coffee and I’ve slowly started to put together a list of places I want to visit in New York. I said at the start of the year I wanted to travel there and although I’ll be heading out on my own, I think it’ll be such a cool experience.

The transition from walking around Nottingham, to getting work done was seamless.

Keeping things easy while being on the move is my AER backpack from One Endeavour. Their aim is to bring together the best of the independents and the AER is certainly up there. It just has a zip where there needs to be one. One for the main compartment, one on top for smaller items and then one on the front shell for easy access. It allowed me to have my camera within reach at all times and my laptop protected in a separate sleeve. The transition from walking around Nottingham, to getting work done was seamless.

When on foot and outside there was definitely a feeling of spring. This week has seen me replace heavier coats for lighter options, like this one from Realm & Empire. Worn with a simple Kooples piece, grey ASOS trousers and black Converse, it made for an easy outfit, which wasn’t eye grabbing, but certainly appropriate for a day of warmer weather.

This post is sponsored by One Endeavour. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow me to continue to create content.