Photoshoot Plan #1: Autumnal Warmth

I love fashion photography, but I rarely do photoshoots because of how expensive the equipment is, the amount of clothes that need to be purchased and my downright awkwardness in shooting in public.

So, I thought it’d be a really creative idea for me to pretend to plan for a photoshoot I may or may not potentially do in the future. It was fun experimenting with a few looks and collating a mood board together- I hope you enjoy reading through it!

Also, I have no damn idea why I’m preparing for a fall shoot when it’s 30 degrees celsius right now.

Playlist

It doesn’t get any more autumnal than this y’all. Shout out to Jack Terrence Nugent for a bomb playlist and the ‘Now You See It’ YouTube Channel for suggesting it.

Get ready for a cozy musical experience fam.

Mood Board

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Pictures collected from tumblr (except for nyx lip creme swatches)

 

Hair and Makeup Look

looks

For the fall theme, I liked the idea of warm tones on the face, hence the contouring, bronzer and rouge blush. I loved the subtle pink and orange tones of the eyeshadow which works so well with the warm liquid lipsticks. For the hair,  I was obsessed with Bella’s hair and wanted to recreate the voluminous wavy look with slight waves, even though a voluminous head of curls (à la Selena Gomez Revival Tour ) would also be a fun look.

Look #1- Cafe

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When I think of a cafe, I immediately think of study (lmao). I kept it bookworm chic with a backpack and a black textured high neck sweater paired with an orange/tan a-line skirt. To add a bit of edginess to the outfit I added thigh high boots since not a lot of walking will be done. Not gonna lie- it’s one of my favourites.

Look #2- Park

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I wouldn’t normally choose a peter pan collared dress, but for the sake of fall- why not. The dark brown long sleeved cardigan and the camera bag add to the “school girl aesthetic” without being too girly. The black booties have a low heel to help with the walking and the round glasses, watch and leaf ring add elements of chicness to the outfit. I also really love the orange-red lip, which makes a statement in contrast to the dark coloured outfit.

Look #3- Market

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Low heel black booties are a given when you’re  walking so there’s that. The overalls combine with the shoes to create a black base, then I simply added autumnal tones to the outfit such as a red beret, orange/tan scarf and a light brown sweater. To keep it simple, I added a few gold accents and a dark nude lipstick.

Look #4- Biking

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Fun fact- I can’t ride a bicycle lol, they still look cute,though! Fall would not be complete without flannel- so a v-neck long sleeved top would be perfect as it’s relaxed yet still a little sexy. Jeans are a given when riding a bike so I chose a black distressed pair to show off the top’s plaid print. Any sneakers would do fine, so I chose converse and a backpack was a given anyway (imagine riding a bike with a tote lmao). Then, I simply added gold accents and a berry lip to add autumnal chicness to the outfit.

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed reading the post. Have a lovely day.

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Aesthetic: SPRING IS REALLY PRETTY

WOW.

I was researching photos for my ‘How to Deal with a Bad Day’ post when I was distracted by a ‘flower child’ esque photo (below), of a girl gracefully lying down on a white bed, adorned with a gorgeous white flower crown while wearing a teal pair of shorts and a lace top. Everything was perfect, the lighting, the outfit, the relaxing tone and the pose. I’ve always been into photos like these, when they capture a natural effortless moment with an outfit that seamlessly blends with the tone of its surroundings. I haven’t talked about photography in a while now (I really hope I can take a photo trip soon) so this is a perfect opportunity to showcase my favourite shots from other photographers and also inspirational spring looks 🙂
Note: these photos are not mine.
This one speaks for itself. Don’t you love it when a lot of petals fall on the ground? I love how it creates something like Mother Nature’s blanket, I just want to lie on the ground and create petal angels! The pink bike adds a cute touch to the photo as well.

What a gorgeous shot, I love how the flowers naturally lead your eye to the focal point- this lovely lady admiring the very same daisies. It’s also meaningful how she’s not looking at the camera directly, but chooses to close her eyes and look away, like she’s enchanted in the moment and is absorbing the calming energy radiating from her surroundings. So *0*


This is a very unique yet interesting use of flowers. Rather than  the flowers just placed on her head, this was placed all over her face, around her wispy like hair. The orange filter gives the photo such a warm dreamy quality and she looks as if she’s blindly in love or as if all she can see is natural beauty. 10/10 yess.

Daisies adorably lined up in a column? Check. Fun with shadows? Check. High Saturation? Mother freaking CHECK. The saturation really brings out the centres of the daisies, and the shadows add a dark grunge element to the photo. Literally eye heaven.


Another coffee photo, with an element of grunge and those beautiful lavender flowers (also don’t forget the leaves). I love the centering of everything and I couldn’t say no, this was the best coffee photo I’ve ever seen by far! GOALS.

The messy wavy ‘bronde’ hair, the falling petals and the long white dress is just PERFECT. These are one of my favourite ‘in the moment’ photos, captured flawlessly. Every thing in this photo exemplifies pure grace, from the fluttery dress to her relaxed twirling arms. This will always be one of my faves.


Looks just like a mermaid! To me it doesn’t give a full summer vibe, but instead gives off a spring aesthetic for some reason. Is it because of the pastel pink hair or the clear water? I have no idea. But, it reminds me of a mermaid or a particular moment where I loved to take baths when I was a little, and I would always admire the ripples and the play of reflections in the clear water. So cool.

The extreme bright lighting accentuates the transparency of her pink tulle dress and it works SO well. This photo REALLY takes advantage of the sun, and the sun glare on the right adds such a beautiful touch. The hedges and the red flats she’s holding gives such a cutesy aesthetic. I wish I took this photo, damn it’s perfect!



The cut outs on the back of this dress looks amazing! The play of shapes adds an interesting feature on this romantic dress, giving off an effortless boho vibe. Her frizzy hair combined with the purple, yellow and green flower crown give off a flower child vibe and I just love it. The sun glare is also gorgeous too, makes me feel like I should go to a hippie festival of some sort! (Ahem Coachella maybe?)

Don’t these flowers look so cute! I love the little leaves below the petals, like the full skirt of a ballerina dress! The backdrop is just as adorable, reminds me of a love letter or some kind, utterly romantic and youthful.



Grunge meets drop dead wondrously gorgeous. Those dark passionate coloured leaves contrasts well with the delicate romantic flowers. The photography is simple but it works, however it’s hard to argue that Mother Nature won this round.

Bokeh is my obsession, so flowers paired with bokeh was a NO BRAINER. I have fond memories of this type of flowers. I used to take long walks with my mum, and she called them ‘paper’ flowers because of its petals. They’re so unique and I’ve always had a little space in my heart for them. Plus I love the harmony between man made and nature!
And that’s it! Hoped you liked my Spring Inspo, and enjoyed my photography commentary. Again I found these photos on google images so all credit goes to the photographers, I’m just sharing my love for these pieces of art! Thanks again for reading!
xxx HML


Spring Essentials: How I Combat for Spring 2015

 It’s been two weeks since I last posted! Excuses, excuses I know I know. But I really have a good one this time, school has come back and I’ve been vigorously trying to organise my life together and hopefully pull through another school term 😦 Starting Year 12 work has been pretty overwhelming for me, but more on the emotional side. I can’t believe that I’m technically studying for my HSC (for all of you who don’t know it’s the final high school exam) and I really really hope I keep my stress under control, on top of my extra projects that I’ve been working on and pass my final exam with flying colours. Fingers crossed! (Also good luck for Year 12’s currently doing their HSCs!!)
 
Ok so let’s get into it!

My Spring Essentials

Looking a little closer…

 
I received these adorable feminine hair accessories from one of my closest friends after her trip to Turkey! It was so sweet that she thought of me (which makes them even more special and meaningful), and I can’t help but admire how dainty and girly they look! These were in my possession when I had long layered hair, so I sort of gave up on styling my hair with these due to my frustration with those pesky layers and….. I never ended up using it. However, now that I have a neat short bob I’ve been adding these lovely accessories in my hair and it looks so cute! They’re simply adorable: the gold, floral patterns and gems are right up my alley, and are perfect for adding that youthful touch to my Spring outfits!
 
I also received my sparkly not so real diamond bracelet from a dear friend as well, and it’s just another nice touch I love to add on my outfits. It’s so simple yet classic, I feel like I can never go overdone with a bracelet like this.
 
 
Ahhh, my trusty white washed blue shorts! These are literally my fave because it has such a vintage feel about it, and goes so well with my neutral tops as well as my pastel ones which is great! Nothing too much about it, except for a little zipline detail (one on each left and right side) that doesn’t look too bad at all, adding a bit of personality and detail to my looks. I always bring these out every Spring, they are so versatile!
As for my sunscreen I’ve been using my Ego Sun Sense Ultra Spray, with an SPF of 50, giving me 4 hours of protection. Funny story about this product, I walked in Chemist Warehouse (a pharmacy) and to my surprise I noticed this spray! So as any stupid person would do, I thought this was the aerosol spray can version and I’ve always wanted one because it was sooo much easier to apply. And off I went, marching proudly to the check-out with the sprayer in my hand, and it was only until I hit the red trigger in which I realised.

Oh no. OH MY. It’s a liquid spray, not the aerosol one!

Oh geez I am an idiot. So lesson learned, if it’s significantly cheaper and NOT in a metal can, it’s NOT an aerosol sunscreen can. Got it.
 
 So, while I’m hoping to finish up this sprayer and move on to an aerosol, I’d have to say: It is pretty good. Even though it’s not like an aerosol, it’s still pretty convenient. I love how immediately when I hit the trigger I can get an even amount of sunscreen in a second. It’s a hella lot better than those squeeze versions where you have to estimate how much you want to squeeze and sometimes it ends up horrible because you got more than you wished for, forever making one body part a few shades whiter than the other ones. (Anyone feel me here). Advice: Make sure you spray carefully though, it is quite messy, especially the nozzle at the end.
 
 
 
My bowler hat! After seeing Taylor Swift wear one, I was dying to get my hands on one, they look so tailored and menswear inspired, perfect to contrast with a few feminine outfits! I also have bangs, which was a huge plus with these types of hats. It was a 16th Birthday Present from my closest friends which was so sweet and I just want to hug them for buying one for me! THANK YOUUU.
 
It was from Boohoo and I have to admit there were a few comments I wanted to express. The bow was a tad bit creased, with glue stains still sort of there. Even the bow was mismatched on each side of the ribbon. The brim and hat itself was also a bit wider then I thought (but now I’ve gotten used to it, so it’s not so bad). I also  really admire the look of the wool-like surface, but I’ve made sure to take care of it because it’s extremely attractive….to dust and fluff.
 

 
Flower crows are my bae I love them so much. I had gotten mine from Lovisa, after hours of persuasion (okay more like minutes) from my dearest friend and I finally chose this light purple one. It looks so charming, and whenever I wear it I want to run my fingers through an endless plain of wild flowers with a light breeze rustling my hair. I’M NOT JOKING IT LOOKS CUTE. As for face care related stuff, I had purchased this Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen with an SPF of 30, lasting 2.5 hours (WOW that was quite a mouthful). Nothing really special, however it really does its job and provides a lightweight yet even coverage over my face after moisturizing which is excellent!
 
Here I’ve also got my Nivea Essential Care lip balm, not very special but again does its job. It smells great too! Mhmmm. Also, any other interesting lip balm recommendations?
 
In terms of facial wipes, I’ve bought a Colette by Colette Hayman cleansing wipes. It’s been really helpful when wiping down my face after a long sweaty day at school (hey we actually need these in Australia’s crazy weather) and I’m so thankful I bought these along with my bag purchase at the very same store. However, I still am totally biased towards Simple’s Facial Cleansing wipes, it’s much more moisturizing and has no scent which is a plus, and after using these I’ve been a bit iffy on scented products for the face (Except lips and creams of course). If you’re looking for a more safer on the skin type of facial cleansers, I strongly suggest Simple’s ones.
 
Finally, oh finally we have my Impulse perfumes. When I heard Impulse was having a repacking I was interested in having a look at their scents. Sure they were known for their ‘cheap’ scents that don’t last very long but there’s no harm in buying those when you’re a broke teenager right?? I headed over to Priceline to check out a few scents out and no lie, most of them were quite strong. I know strong scents last longer but my nose cannot handle it! Eventually I picked out two of my faves, Love Story and Very Pink. I must confess, I was more in tune with their feminine floral scents and these two delivered. Love Story has a more slightly stronger, mature and romantic scent while Very Pink is a sweeter, flirtier fruity scent. Kisses to these two. 
 
 
FAN. It’s been 33 degrees these past few days, and when the times are tough I know exactly what to whip out. Bought this when I was at Paddy’s Markets (I believe) and its saved my life. Not literally. Maybe. Shout out to Magnum’s ice cream collection, thank you as well. They are the real MVP.
 

 Favourite Clothes

 
 
In a country of intense humidity you’ve got to go all out on dresses, even if it’s mid Spring. In this outfit I’ve adorned a gorgeous lace/crocket lace dress with my bowler hat. There is something like a smock/baby doll like vibe coming out of this dress. Maybe the sleeves? or the neck line? loose waist line? Either way, its so feminine and youthful, perfect for my hat. Shout out to the open back as well, the trimmings are so cute and help out in this hellish weather!
 
 
 
 I’m a minimalist at heart and stripes are second nature to me, especially if they are neutral coloured like navy and white. Here I’m wearing my loose t-shirt dress with these really simple solid coloured navy sleeves. I love the horizontal stripes, as I’m a more thinner type of girl, and these stripes help balance me out. In terms of the fabric it’s really functional. I can’t really explain it but it’s made of this lightweight, thin swimsuit material that is so cool to wear (haha aesthetic and functional) and extremely comfortable on the skin.
 
And that is it! Sorry if it was long, hope it was equally informative as it was extensive! Spring is going to be a hot one this year I’m afraid (I’m more of a winter and fall type of girl you see) but I hope through these essentials I can power though this season.
 
Heck I might even enjoy it.
 
Have a great day!
Question: Do you have a spring essential?
 
Products mentioned:
  • Accessories- Presents
  • Shorts- Chicabooti
  • Body Sunscreen- Chemist Warehouse
  • Bowler Hat- Boohoo
  • Facial Sunscreen- Priceline
  • Lip balm- Target
  • Facial Wipes- Colette by Colette Hayman
  • Impulse Perfumes- Priceline
  • Fan- Paddy’s Markets
  • White Dress- Chica Booti
  • T Shirt Dress- Paper Scissors
 



The Huge Chop

 

 
 
Layered V Shaped Hair into a Lob?
When I first entered the hair dresser’s I was pretty nervous. I’ve had this hair for a while now, and I wasn’t comfortable enough to simply just remove 3/4 of it! However, I mustered enough courage and persevered to get this wonderful lob! (Long Bob).
 
There were multiple reasons why I opted for a lob. Aside from the difficulty in washing and brushing my long as heck hair, it was also impractical and not aesthetically pleasing on me. I needed something that would fit my face frame and meet my daily needs. Honestly, I never bothered to braid or dazzle up my former hair, as it was either too thick or too long. I’ve also slowly drifted away from my super ‘kawaii’ style, and needed something more classic and chic.
 
Now that I have my lob, I’m really inspired to try out new hairstyles and play around with my hair such as curling it, making buns and more. I’m so happy with my decision and I hope you’ll like it!
 
Have a great day!
 
Question: Do you have a bob/lob? Are you satisfied with your current hair style?
xxx HML