Monochrome Pattern Clash with Sue Phelps Photography


This outfit is quite the departure from my usual style. Why? Well although the silhouette is in the fifties style that I love, there are absolutely no bright colours AND there’s pattern clashing!

What brought about this change in style was a new creative partnership with Sue Phelps Photography. In her own words:

I am a lifestyle portrait photographer with a huge passion for lifestyle, vintage and concept portraiture, and frequently offer my skills to help build portfolios. My approach makes everyone feel comfortable around me and my camera, so that the smiles you see in my pictures are genuine and through my work I have made many lifetime friends.
Anyone interested in a portrait photo shoot, or need help building their portfolio, whether experienced or new, please get in touch. I am usually available to shoot most weekdays with very little notice, and am able to travel to shoots. I work for pay or trade, depending on the concept, so please do get in touch.

I usually work with my husband for blog photos but we thought it would be good for me to branch out and work with other photographers. It was quite nerve-wracking meeting someone new and then flouncing about in front of their camera. However, Sue really helped me to relax! She has lots of experience as a professional photographer and it really showed during the shoot: she gave clear direction, she had a great eye for shots and she gave me lots of feedback as we shot. I really hope to work with Sue again (with Flo too).

I took along a selection of outfits for the shoot and laid them all out for Sue to look at – I like to get ideas for outfits from other people. She went straight for this mix of monochromatic pieces- a look I’ve never tried out. I ended up falling in love with the whole outfit and I will be trying out some more pattern clashing looks in the future.

Look No.1


The basic ensemble was made up of a Lindy Bop ‘Peggy’ skirt, a black Vivien of Holloway petticoat and a striped New Look ‘Bardot’ top.

For my first look, I added black Converse, a sheer black scarf (handmade by Flo) and a Lindy Bop shrug to add to the pattern clash.

For my hair, I just did an overnight wet set with my fringe rolled for bumper bangs. I’m not as skilled with hairdos as Flo is, but I was so happy with how my hair turned out. I did simple winged eyeliner and bright pink lips for my make-up.


Look No.2


For my second look,  I added a faux leather jacket, a sheer pink scarf handmade by Flo and studded ankle boots.

I simply changed my hair by pulling it back into a ponytail – I actually prefer this hairstyle!


I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Sue Phelps Photography for these gorgeous images – I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to collaborate on this project with such a wonderful, creative woman.

The Le Keux Pin-Up Photoshoot Experience


Roughly a year ago, I treated myself and my little sister to a girly day in Birmingham during February half term. What a fabulous experience it was!

I’d had a look at the Le Keux Vintage Salon online and I fell in love with their gorgeous pin-up styling. Believe it or not, this time last year I had never done a photo shoot, so I was quite nervous and unsure of what the experience would be like. Thankfully, Flo had taken a friend to do the 2 for 1 £99 pin-up shoot a couple of months beforehand. She highly recommended it and so I booked my sister and myself in!

When we got to the salon, it was beautifully set out with pink vanity tables and a little fifties-style diner around one side. Both of us were nervous to start off with but the stylists really put us at ease.

We were given time to choose hair and make-up styles. Then, the makeovers began.

It was a truly wonderful experience – my sister definitely felt like a princess. I asked lots of questions about the pin-up look and the stylists were happy to answer with tips and suggestions.

It’s safe to say we both felt transformed afterwards! Next, we got to choose outfits from the salon’s wardrobe. It was like playing dress up. There was a wide range of sizes in different styles. My sister and I settled on two Lindy Bop dresses that suited our make-up – we even had shoes and petticoats to complete our looks.


Finally, we had the photo shoot. This was the part we were most nervous about; we’re quite awkward and generally hate having our pictures taken. Neither of us should have worried though – the photographer was really patient and helpful. She gave us tips on posing and positioning. She didn’t even mind when we were messing about!


All in all, we had a great time at the salon. Both of us got a warm welcome and gorgeous styling. We were really pleased with how our images turned out too! Even if you’ve never been into pin-up, I’d highly recommend the photo shoot with a friend – it’s lots of fun.

Le Keux have three salons: one in Leeds, one in Birmingham and a new one in Leamington Spa. Their pin-up shoots start at £99 but watch out for the 2 for 1 special offers – they’re great value for money!

Flo and I will be heading up to the Leeds salon this summer. What looks should we go for?

The Dita Project: Month 1 Evaluation

You can read about The Dita Project here.

Month 1 of The Dita Project was dedicated to Pilates. Here is a brief round-up of how it went:

  1. Did you stick to it?

Over the month, I managed to get in roughly five sessions a week, so it wasn’t a daily occurrence. Most of the time I ended up doing ten minutes before work.

2. Was it easy to fit in your daily routine?

Yes and no. Before work was the best time for me, however sometimes it felt like more of a chore than something I actually wanted to do.

3. Did you notice any benefits?

My posture has improved and it helped to relieve some muscle soreness after some gym sessions.

4. Were there any drawbacks?

At times I felt it was unnecessary, especially on the days that I went to the gym. I also didn’t get the same feeling of accomplishment as I normally get after a boxing or weights session.

5. Will you continue with this in the long term?

Quite honestly, no I won’t. On days when I don’t go to the gym, I’ll probably do a session of Pilates. Boxing is much more fun for me so I’d rather do ten minutes of that every day.


Month 2 is the month of the daily green smoothie – my fridge and freezer are prepped with lots of ingredients already!