Lifestyle

My Stuff #4

April 23, 2017

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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.

Fashion

Kew Gardens

April 14, 2017

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Spring, is that you? It’s been a long time since we could say it’s actually warm outside (in our heads) while stepping out the house. When this happened a couple weeks ago, Kew Gardens was the destination for Joe and myself.

All the way in zone three, Kew Gardens turns plant fans into plant obsessed and Londoners into green space enthusiasts. Though my enjoyment of layering is a fond one, sitting outside and enjoying a drink or two in a beer garden cannot be passed up and en route to Kew, that’s exactly what we did with no coat or umbrella in sight.

The aim of the shoot was to play around with the light. Inside the Palm House, shadows were appearing and disappearing throughout the afternoon and gave us that natural light that as bloggers and photographers, we crave.

Embracing spring with open arms, I was wearing a short sleeve Sunspel camp collar shirt. This style of shirt – also called Cuban and revere – is what I’ll be wearing all spring and summer. MR PORTER says that tropical prints are going to be trending everywhere and if I wasn’t sticking to a navy palette, I’d be reaching for my floral and palm tree prints. Regardless, subtle or print, a camp collar is a shirt style you should consider investing in.

It’s great to keep an eye on ‘trends’, but your main focus should be on your own personal style. I’m confident enough to say I’ve found mine, but dressing doesn’t have to be monotonous.

I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I don’t like wearing shorts. When the weather allows, I opt for trousers, specifically pleated. These AMI slim trousers are light and airy enough in warmer temperatures and I’ll make it my mission to find more trousers like this. Its no surprise MR PORTER includes them in the key trends for spring. I tried something different by tucking in a Marwood pocket square in my back pocket to break up my navy shades. Not everything has to be used for its normal convention.

Then keeping it classic I turned to Converse to keep me moving while walking around Kew Gardens and a jacket from H&M when late afternoon brought with it cooler weather. I’m enjoying being able to tick off new places. First it was Tate and now Kew. I want to go again because of the amount I didn’t get to see!

Joe talks about styling pink and light jackets over on his blog. He’s the cooler one of this double act we’ve managed to form this year.

This post is created in association with MR PORTER. However, all the views expressed are my own.

Fashion

Appreciating your city

April 2, 2017

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Appreciation for my hometown is easily forgotten. When opportunities come in to create content on the blog, this time with Hummel, my initial thoughts are usually ‘where am I going to shoot?’ London, Manchester, Bournemouth… and forgetting the city I live by.

I instantly dismiss Leicester, but with so much time spent on trains recently, a new urge to produce content in the city has arisen. I’ve had many a conversation with Nat about Leicester and the fact there isn’t many places to shoot, but now I’m thinking if it is down to us restricting ourselves to the main part of town and not visiting elsewhere and the outskirts.

This post has allowed me take in more of my nearby surroundings. Going left where I would usually go right, walking that extra five minutes around an area where I’d usually dismiss as ‘there’s nothing down there’ and thinking about things differently.

Determined to leave the jacket at home and make the most of the sun, I was wearing all black to optimise every ray I could. A waffle-knit from Urban Outfitters on top and some slim fitting 510 Levi’s down below did the job. Not forgetting the new Hummel Stadil RMX to keep me on the move. Of late all I seem to be wearing on my feet are trainers and I don’t see this changing as we move into *hopefully* warmer weather.

I’m always sharing my ambitions with you to make content as good as it can be, but that no longer means having to travel far every time to achieve this.

My trainers actually informed the starting point of our day. The Hummel branding and sport detailing made me think of modern spaces and clean lines, something we wanted to seek out to start our shoot. I think it taught us that there’s more to our own city than we thought, as well as pushing us to maximise the spaces we did know of.

With this in mind, one new area we found ourselves in was close to the university and the café Northern Cobbler. This coffee shop is one that I have always chalked off as too far out of town, but it’s been my loss all this time. The light this place gets in the late afternoons made it the perfect spot for one last coffee before finishing up and heading back home.

Photography by Natalie Jade Reading

This post was created in partnership with Hummel, however all views about my city and Hummel are my own.