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I see a red door and I want it painted black

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crop top and heels, both New Look // skirt, George at Asda // bag, Chanel

I’d say about 80% of my wardrobe is black. I love wearing all-black, even in the summer, when most people are in yellow tank tops and tie-dye shorts. In warmer weather I don’t like heavy fabrics or piled-on jewellery weighing on my skin; instead I tend to go for girly shapes and slightly retro styles, but in dark colours. It usually results in this kind of ‘summer goth’ look that I love. No frills, no bling – just feminine, monochrome clothes that are cool enough to wear through July. This skirt is so short that I don’t wear it out much in ‘real life’, but it looks decent on camera so I thought I’d show off my newly muscular thighs – I just finished a 30 day squat challenge and I’m feeling strong, like bull.

Oh, and I’m sure you’ve already noticed, but I got myself a brand new blog design! I’m absolutely in love with it and I can’t tell you what a difference it makes having a shiny new layout to fill with posts. My motivation to blog has gone through the roof. It was done by the ever-so-talented Clare of Swoon For The Moon, so do check her out if you’re in the market for a new template.

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get a little bit of bourbon in ya, get a little bit suburban and go crazy

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all clothes and jewellery, either vintage or model’s own // Model – Katie Parker at Whips and Furs

Here is another instalment of all the photos I took with Katie during our weekend of full-on photographic adventure in Barry, just outside Cardiff. We found the most amazing brick wall (in a forest, of all places) that had some epic light, and we set up camp there for hours, with only a few people and a couple of dogs disturbing our makeshift creative studio. At one point poor Katie did get accosted by a lecherous drunk outside of a Coral in the city centre, but after teaching him some manners it was all straight-sailing from there! I don’t know what it is with bald, midget football fans who spend their Friday mornings drinking lager outside of a betting shop that makes them think they are such an attractive prospect, but they sure do take the piss.

I’m always looking for new models around the Cardiff/West Wales area, so if you or anyone you know would like to do a shoot with me then just hit me up at contactpersephone@gmail,com and we can hook up sometime and take pictures. I’m really itching to meet more bloggers, models, photographers and creative people lately. So if you know of anyone in the area, let me know!

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Beefayre

Scented Candles Beefayre Soy Wax
Candles*, Beefayre

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction of my blog and the kind of things I want to use it to promote. As some of you will know, I am a vegan, and quite ethically-minded in my day-to-day lifestyle. I am by no means a saint, and I can’t claim to be a cruelty-free blogger; but I’ve realised that is what I would like to be. As small as my little corner of the internet is, I still want to use it to spread good things, clean things, fair things. I’ve always tried to make my blog as true to who I am as I possibly can, and I feel this is the only area in which I have failed. Because I really, really care about the environment, and yet I rarely (if ever) speak about it here.

My first step along my new cruelty-free path is to introduce you to a brand called Beefayre. Now, as I’m sure a lot of you would agree, you just can’t beat a good scented candle. I am properly obsessed with them. I think they just make a house a home in such a simple, sensuous way; it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love them. Most brands use paraffin wax, which a lot of people don’t know is extremely harmful to the environment, and highly toxic to the people breathing it in. Beefayre, however, uses 100% natural plant oils taken from their own supplier’s plantation, so there’s no deforestation! All their products are cruelty-free, certified by PETA, and everything is vegan except their honey and beeswax. They give 3% of their profits to bee conservation projects and all their materials are recycled. I’ve honestly never come across such an ethical candle company before, and let me just say, all their stuff smells DELICIOUS. I was sent two amazing fragrances to review; Honey Lily, and Rhubarb and Raspberry, as well as an adorable Lemon Lime lipbalm that you’ll see in an upcoming post. Both candles are damn near edible and sit in the prettiest little painted glass holders. Their wax is so pure you can even use it as massage oil! Now, for someone like me, who is a little bit kinky and loves having hot wax dripped onto her, this is a huge bonus. Having a safe wax-play candle that not only smells delicious but also gives my boyfriend a reason to give me a back rub is aces in my book! I’m sure it was totally accidental, but they really have created the sexiest candles around.

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June Favourites

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        scarf*, ScarfWorld // candle*, Scented Candle Shop // Nylon, WHSmith // make-up*, W7 // sunglasses, Primark

Hello everyone, and welcome to my first ever favourites post! I always love reading these kinds of posts and I’ve taken so many suggestions and tips from them recently, that I thought I’d do my own. I’ve found so much wonderful junk lately and thought it was a good time to share, so here you go! First up is a beautiful vintage rose scarf that ScarfWorld were kind enough to send to me. I absolutely love triangle scarves, they are so easy to wear and work so well with so many things. I’ve never shown my scarf collection on my blog but I’m thinking maybe I should, as it’s quite considerable. This one is a gorgeous addition to my stash, as I don’t really have any other light, summer scarves that I can pop on over a dress if I’m going out at night. I absolutely love the little rose detailing and I’ve been wearing it every day since it arrived. I’m sure you’ll see it in future outfit posts! Next I got a really scrummy Yankee candle from Scented Candle Shop, Summer Scoop. It smells exactly like raspberries and ice cream and sugar, it's unbelievable. The make-up is all from W7, and I'm really impressed with it. I'd never tried a fixing spray before I was a bit worried it would be like having hairspray on my  face, but it was actually really hydrating and smelled gorgeous. This lipstick is a lovely bright pink shade, which made a nice change from my usual matte red. As you all know I'm a big fan of Nylon and the latest issue, with Haim gracing the cover, was just a match made in heaven. I will be re-reading that for a while yet, I think.

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sucker for packaging

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// nail polish, Topshop // BabyLips lipbalm, Maybelline // nude lipstick, Doutzen Kroes for L’Oreal // strawberry cupcake scented handcream, Patisserie De Bain //

I like things around me to be beautiful. I am a very visually-driven person, sensitive to visual ugliness and disharmony – even to the point where I would have to leave a room because it offended my eyes. I realise that makes me sound like a complete prick, but hear me out. I know I’m not alone in saying that how something looks greatly affects how I experience it. If a room is light and tidy, I feel happier in it than I would one with dusty surfaces and chintz curtains. Those things depress me. I don’t even spend much time in my own living room, because my father decorated it and let’s just say his taste leaves something to be desired for even the crustiest of hippies. I’m the same way with possessions; if I like how something looks, I will enjoy using it more than I would a less aesthetically-pleasing version. I buy lots of make-up because I love the packaging and so enjoy seeing it on my bedside table, or in my bag. I enjoy picking it up and holding it and putting it on. Recently I bought the Maybelline BabyLips balm that you can see above; I didn’t need it. I have more lip balm than I could ever use. But I bought it anyway, because I knew it would make me happier than a Chapstick. Same with this L’Oreal lipstick by Doutzen Kroes (I love her, can I be her? Or maybe just smell her?); it’s beautiful and pale and so sheer that it barely warrants the 9 quid I spent on it, but it makes me so happy when I see the grown-up gilt packaging and smell its faint scent of violets.

I guess my point is that we should never regret spending our money on something that makes us happy, even if only for a moment. Life is too short and painful not to buy the stupid lipstick.

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What’s In My Bag: Evening

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Most days I lug around a huge shoulder bag or tote full of various crap that doesn’t bear mentioning. When I’m going to or from my boyfriend’s place, or visiting my mum, I usually have a backpack so big that I need a back rub when I get to the other end. Everything I love seems to be extraordinarily heavy, and although I am one of the most experienced packers I know, I can never manage to get it light enough to be comfortable. I always need my laptop, because I work online. So all my chargers and other kit has to come too. I also need a hairdryer; various shoes for the changeable Welsh weather; my DSLR. In the end my luggage is so cumbersome that I’m forced to walk as if I’m welcoming guests to Castle Frankenstein. Needless to say, I relish those rare, beautiful days or nights when I don’t need to carry five days worth of clothes around with me, and can just relax with one of my favourite clutch bags. It is damn near impossible to build a stylish outfit around a gap-year sized crippler of a backpack (believe me, I’ve tried) so when I’m travelling, I tend to dress like a woman who has completely given up on life. There is loads of stuff around about how to look good when travelling, but it’s never worked for me. I always end up looking homeless, or like a soccer mum from 80’s suburbia who’s been thrown into her closet head first and dragged out by her feet. So I like my leave-everything-behind-and-take-the-Chanel days. They are important for my soul. And my back.

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I walked with you once upon a dream

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A series with Katie Parker. You can find more on my Facebook.

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