Afternoon Tea

I found the cutest bakery while searching online for the best cupcakes in London (of course) and stumbled across Bake-A-Boo and saw they offered afternoon tea with reservations. Once I saw pictures of the bakery, inside and out, I knew it was just the place for a unique afternoon tea experience in London. We started off with vanilla tea (so delicious) and were then served a tiered tray of finger sandwiches, the most amazing warm scones with clotted cream and jam, chocolate covered strawberries, mini brownies, short bread, and cupcakes on top. I dont think any of us ate the cupcakes because we were so full. The decor inside was to die for- sparkles, glitter, lace, disco balls, chandeliers- a girls dreamland. The pictures will speak for themselves, it was so lovely, definitely recommend making a reservation here if you are going to London!

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a moment of thankfulness

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Getting in touch with my rare sensitive side for a moment of thankfulness. I just had to share how thankful I am for this experience to live in London and for an internship that continues to teach me more than I ever thought I would know everyday. Within two weeks I met two of the most famous international photographers in the world and got to showcase my talent at a couture fashion show taking pictures…like what, in 2 weeks? I have no doubt this internship will change my life and pave an opportunity for my future with the great connections and relationships I have already made. I am also so thankful for the continued support from my amazing family and friends who have never doubted this is what I was meant to do for a moment…and for all my clients, new and old, especially the old who took chances on my earlier work- without you taking chances on me, I would not be sitting here in London typing this right now. And for all my lovely friends, like the one you see in the picture, who inspire me to be a better person and artist. xoxo

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

― Steve Jobs

Style Post #4 // They’re Baaaaaack

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Thats right, overalls, or dungarees as the Brits call them, are officially back in action over here in London and I am loving it. They’re so comfortable for one and you cant help but kind of feel like a kid in them. I think they’re so versatile, you can dress them up with a button down shirt, a statement necklace, and heels or go old school with a more casual t-shirt and cool kicks of course. Today we stumbled into Neal’s Yard in Covent garden and took some pictures there…post coming tomorrow about our sight seeing! What’s your opinion on overalls coming back, yay or nay? Enjoy!

Sam’s take on the new overall trend is a bit more updated- they’re shorts and they have red and white stripes. She paired them with a simple grey long sleeve crop top and high top converses.

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Side note: this whole being in front of the camera thing is still really weird for me. I absolutely love what I do and am more thankful everyday for the talent I’ve been given to change the way people see themselves through my photography and have never been a big fan of self portraits, just because I really don’t like being in front of the camera. But, one of my goals while I am in London for the summer was to start a blog, of fashion and photography, and actually have some pictures of myself. The more I have been in front of the camera recently the more I feel like it is actually teaching me how to even better connect with my clients. Sometimes I have these visions in my head and expect my client to just automatically know what I am thinking and pose the perfect way with the right facial expression and that doesnt always happen. Being in front of the camera has really made me more aware of how I can coach my clients better to become more comfortable and natural in front of the camera. Photographers, get comfortable with the other side of your camera, it may surprise you. Ok, side story over.

I decided to mix it up with the styling of my overalls and get pretty quirky with it. I paired mine with a metallic polka dotted t-shirt (in a fave color combo of mine- red & pink), with a neon jeweled necklace, and some leopard print vans. I really love mixing prints, textures, and materials and love how this came together.

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Overalls: Primark

Metallic t-shirt: ASOS

Necklace: LOFT

Shoes: Vans

Bag: my new “THE IT” camera bag (post on it coming later)

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Nicholas Oakwell Couture

This week I was invited at work to tag along at Nicholas Oakwell’s couture show that was held this afternoon at the lovely hotel, Clairidge’s. I was so excited when they told me I could come. I wont go into extravagant detail but it was honestly one of the best experiences ever, I am still kind of on cloud nine from it. I was there with a girl from my work, Caitlin, and we were there for James Rowe, an extremely talented hair stylist that D+V Management represents- he did all the hair for Oakwell’s show. Basically, it was my job to cover the social media aspect of the show so I was taking pictures with my camera backstage and then some at the show. I loved being in that hectic, crazy, fast-paced, yet exciting atmosphere- that is the kind of environment I thrive in. The models were stunning and the clothing even more. This was my first fashion show so I was expecting the white rolled out floor with foldable chairs everywhere– no. The set design for this show was basically a life-size part of Paris with Parisian rooftops throughout the middle of the floor that the models walked through, it was truly breathtaking when it all came together with the lights and music, it was really a story. I played around with some editing techniques as I was going through the pictures and felt the black and white versions really captured the essence and vibes of the whole show. Here are some of my favorite shots! Enjoy!

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Style Post #3 // What I Wore

Style post #3 is featuring what I wore to the Nicholas Oakwell’s couture fashion show today at the lovely Clairidge’s hotel in London. See above post for details and pictures from this exciting event!

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Satin jumpsuit: Georgina Chapman of Marchesa’s line, Pearl, for JCP (I know, shocker)

Blazer: Nordstrom

Pointy-toe flats: Dolce Vita via Free People

Earrings: LOFT

Watch: March Jacobs

Sunnies: bought in London at Portobello Road Market (obsessed)

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New Faces

Sam & I met some new people here in London and of course I love new faces to photograph. We started off the morning by taking a walk along the South Bank and then we went to London’s Fashion & Textile Museum to see the Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Colour exhibit. I must say once I found out what the museum looked like I was just as excited to take pictures of people outside as I was to actually see the exhibit inside. The outside of the museum is painted in bold colors of pink and orange and then the inside is a whole different story…even more amazing with bright colors and black and white stripes (my fav) everywhere! The exhibit was really inspiring, take a second to check out his textile work. Even though the day was a typical London day- gloomy, gray, and awkwardly drizzly the colors of the architecture in the area and flowers really made up for it. We also went to the Borough Food Market which was incredible- tasted the best cheeses, oils and balsamic vinegar- I will have to steal some of Lakin’s pictures later from the market. Here are some of my favorite shots from the day of our new friends and the museum! Enjoy! xo

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The cool glittered floors were an immediate great first impression

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Sam coordinated with the museum displays quite perfectly 🙂

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Naturally, I have to take a picture with anything cat related. Meow.

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We met the cutest pup outside the museum while taking pictures

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Are her eyes killer or what?!

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