Falling into the Forties with Scirocco Photographic


Back in February, I was lucky enough to get in contact with Rojer Weightman of Scirocco Photographic.In Rojer’s words:

I have been taking photographs since I was about 10 years old starting with my Dad’s box brownie and eventually, after working with film, graduating to a digital SLR.

I love the tradition of photography and the work of people such as Man Ray, Horst, Erwin Blunfeld through David Bailey to Rankin. I love experimenting with differing types of photography from still life to landscapes to portraits and playing with the styles from the 20s, 30s and, when shooting fashion, from the 40s and 50s with the rich colours used by the glossy magazines of the day.

If you are interested in working with me, please see my portfolio on
http://www.facebook.com/sciroccophotographic or http://purpleport.com/portfolio/sciroccophotographic

After initial discussions, we decided to collaborate on a forties-style shoot. Rojer’s style focuses much more on vintage street-style looks rather than traditional pin-up shots. I found the transition from pin-up to more natural posing a little tricky to begin with, however Rojer was very patient and gave clear direction. It felt great to try something new and different. Looking at the images from the shoot, I am so impressed by how they’ve turned out. Rojer’s photography really does hark back to years of old; it is as if the images were taken in the past. I would really love to work with Rojer again, maybe looking at styles from other eras.

The outfit for this shoot was made up of a mix of vintage and reproduction vintage pieces. The dress is a 1940s dress from Vivien of Holloway. I adore the style and fit of this dress – it hugs all the right places. The length is demure and flattering. I was really attracted to the subtle floral print which contained tiny orange flecks. This tiny accent colour paired well with my jacket from an Amsterdam vintage shop and my vintage scarf from a stall at Twinwood  Festival.



For hair, I wet-set my hair two nights beforehand. I then brushed the life out of it and fixed in place with a mega-ton of hairspray. I took the bold pink colour from the dress and used a similar colour on my lips. Eyeliner was kept more subtle to suit the forties look.



Rojer takes a lot of his influences from vintage films and you can really see this in the images he creates. I really enjoyed this project and I know Flo can’t wait to collaborate with Rojer either. Thanks for a wonderful experience and gorgeous images!




Mint and Pink with Sue Phelps Photography


Spring is on its way; flowers are popping up and the days are becoming a little less dark and dingy. I love this time of year – especially the bright, fresh colours that begin to emerge.


Another ensemble from my shoot with Sue Phelps Photography took inspiration from the season and looked beautiful against the backdrop of South Hill Park in Bracknell.

It was freezing cold during the shoot so I kept off the chill with my favourite Collectif Clothing jacket. I also have the skirt that goes with this jacket but I love using it as a separate too.  The soft faux fur trim is a glamorous touch  and contrasts against the turquoise-mint colour.

My skirt is a Vivien of Holloway circle skirt in a vibrant pink worn with their black petticoat for some extra volume. The way this skirt hangs and moves is wonderful – you can’t help twirling and whirling about in it. I teamed these bold pieces with simple black  flats. Mint and pink are such a great pairing; they really work well together.


I kept my hair and make-up the same as in my previous blog post but I added these gorgeous sparkly earrings from Bows and Crossbones (I need to get them in more colours!).



These images came out beautifully, in spite of the cold! Thank you again to Sue Phelps Photography – I think something summery is one the cards for our next shoot.


The Dita Project: Month 2 Evaluation

You can read about The Dita Project here.

Month 2 of The Dita Project was all about Dita’s daily green smoothie. Here is a brief round-up of how it went:

  1. Did you stick to it?

I’d say around six days out of seven, I managed to have a smoothie. My husband even joined me.

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

Yes. I ended up using Waitrose’s Green Smoothie Mix bag most of the time, which made the whole process much quicker. The best time for me was usually post-gym but before dinner.

3. Did you notice any benefits?

My skin looks a lot brighter and my dark circles are less noticeable. It added more fruit and vegetables to my diet.

4. Were there any drawbacks?

Not really. Though I will say this – DO NOT drink this AFTER a meal. I did this on two occasions and it was BAD. I had terrible bloating and stomach pain. It’s best to have anything fruity on an empty stomach really.

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

Definitely. I probably won’t have it every day but a few times a week would be good. It’s been a pleasant surprise to find something new that I really like.

Month 3 is the month of perfume – I’ve dug out two bottles to pop on my dressing table.