Book Review - The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

August 28, 2013

(When I was young I would spend my half term holidays at my Nana's house and she would take me to Waterstones in Bolton and buy me one or two books and then she would not hear a peep out of me all week. Clever lady.)

The past few years I've been really keen to read those famous classics you always hear so much about but never get round to reading them unless it was part of your school curriculum. I’ve always been curious about reading Sylvia Plath’s - The Bell Jar. So I did… 

It wasn't what I expected. I found it quite unnervingly honest and beautiful, it starts off quite girlish and simple but gets darker. Her writing opens a window into how women were restricted in the 50's and so she writes completely unrestricted with witty, dark humor. 

I related most to this quote -

'"I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet. ”

As young people we're often reminded how we have the world at our feet. My wonderfully supportive parents have brought me up to believe I can achieve anything I put my mind to. But with this amazing sense of freedom comes the fear of not fulfilling your dreams. It’s comforting to see Plath has the same fears of not knowing which direction to take in life. The most valuable thing I took from this quote is that I do not face the same restriction women did in the 50's. Although sexism is still alive today I'm thankful for the successful talented women who have paved the way for me to choose whatever career I want without having to compromise a family if I wish to have one. Nowadays I'd like to think we can at least attempt to have it all and that we needn't let all the figs 'wrinkle and go black'.
It may sound greedy but I want all the figs! Don't you?


Introducing - Shani Elysia Newman, Part One

This is the third collection of portraits of inspiring young women from my home town. 

Having small town roots does not affect how high your dreams can soar.

I can't remember the first time I met Shani. I always remember seeing her at local gigs back when we all wore an extensive amount of black eyeliner and were thrown together in sweaty overcrowded pubs.
Its been lovely to reconnect with Shani over the past few weeks and I've found we have more than just being metal lovers at heart in common. Like me, Shani is a hopeless romantic and loves to read the love letters of great men before she sleeps. Her favourite authors are Bronte & Austin. She dreams of living in Rome one day where she can spend her time writing and drawing. 
Shani currently lives with the love of her life whom she wants to explore the world with.

Here are her portraits ...

Introducing - Hollie Elizabeth Read, Part Two

August 20, 2013

Hollie is one of my best friends and the proud owner of H.E.R VintageShe travels the country with her eclectic mix of vintage and handmade garments. Hollie specialises in fabulous 60's dresses and today I've photographed her in one of her favourites from her own wardrobe.

All clothes pictured are from H.E.R Vintage and similar can be bought at Hollies Vintage Stalls all over the country. A list of fayre dates can be found here & you can follow H.E.R Vintage on Facebook.


Introducing - Hollie Elizabeth Read, Part One

August 19, 2013

This is the second installation of portraits of inspiring young women from my home town. 

Having small town roots does not affect how high your dreams can soar.

Hollie is one of my oldest friends we met at school when I first moved to Retford aged 10. We didn't always see eye to eye despite our shared love of dolphins. We grew up and moved on but as teenagers we reconnected over our love of photography, music and brightly coloured hair dye.
 In Hollies portraits I wanted to show her strength. She is fiercely independent and has been self-employed since finishing college. In 2009 Hollie set up H.E.R. Vintage and has been touring the country with her eclectic mix of vintage and handmade clothes. She has a beautiful collection of 60's clothes so I've been dying to shoot her vintage style. 
I think Hollie is a great example of one of the ways to wear vintage as she does it in such a modern way. 
She always looks chic, polished and never without matching jewelry. I'll be posting some of Hollies favorite outfits along the coming weeks along with some more stylish ladies from Retford.


Film Review ; Frances Ha

August 9, 2013

I can’t remember the last time I saw a film that I wanted to watch all over again as soon as it finished. I’d also never planned on writing a film review but I just had to share this, so you’ll all go watch it. I would even enjoy this film on mute because the black and white shots are just so sumptuous, but don't do that because the soundtrack is also amazing.

I was captivated by Greta Gerwig’s performance. She plays 27-year-old Frances, who is kind of awkward and a bit unconventional. Frances is a dancer or at least trying to be, and the film follows her life after her best friend Sophie moves out.  There are moments in the film that I think, if I was Frances I’d be balling my eyes out but instead she carry’s on with an oblivious endurance. There are also times where you want to shake her and say ‘your'e being an idiot’ but in life we don’t have these interventions and we watch as Frances figures it all out.

 The message I took from this film was - don’t worry if you haven’t got your shit together yet, you will do ... oh and hang onto your best friend; because they’re the best.

I think there’s a lot of pressure for people to be successful at a young age and its one of those things that panics me a lot! Frances Ha reminded me to calm down, take my time and just try my hardest. I get the same feeling when I watch HBO’s Girls; A series that I am completely in love with.

In the novel that Hannah is working on in ‘Girls ‘the opening sentence reads "A friendship between college girls is grander and more dramatic than any romance…" I think this also sums up France Ha. 

Watch the trailer here.
Interview with Greta here.



The Weekend Diaries No.3

August 6, 2013

A Brixton Saturday

What I wore - A £13 bargain dress from Primark and an equally cheap knit from George Asda! Can you tell I've ben watching my pennies lately? 

Last thursday was Jonny's Birthday so after lots of cake and a few drinks with friends that evening; followed by a very lazy friday I thought it would be nice to have a day out together on Saturday.
The best thing about Jonny moving to London is there is always something or somewhere new to try out.

We headed to near by Brixton which was sooo busy, but we retreated into Brixton Village Market where I read about some awesome places to eat! It was this article which me want to try Mama Lans; a beijing street food cafe/restaurent. We managed to squeeze ourselves into this tiny place and the food was amazing- affordable, fresh, clean and YUM! Definitely go try it out :) 

After a mooch around and a laze in the park we headed to this lovely independent cinema 'Ritzys'. I watched a film that warmed my heart, and made me sad, and made me happy, and it was perfect! I'll be reviewing it in my next post.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.


Train journey home- Time to reflect and write as I leave London. 

Introducing - Laura Nicole Ince, Part Three

August 5, 2013

Introducing Laura

Laura has always had such an amazing sense of style, even in school uniform she stood out with awesome hairstyles. Laura often has a vintage twist to her outfits but her look always seems so modern and innovative. She clashes prints and colours effortlessly. She is not afraid to experiment and I love that she still has an element of 'a punk kid' at heart to her look. 

Laura Loves..

Chinese Supermarkets, Antiques and Taxidermy, Home cooking, Heritage Culture, Pin Up & Punk..

Shirt&Dress - Primark
Jellies- Topshop

Introducing - Laura Nicole Ince, Part Two

Laura wears her boyfriends band tee 'Archetype' who you can find here.
Skirt, Belt & Pendant - Vintage
Shoes - Primark

Introducing - Laura Nicole Ince, Part One

August 2, 2013

I've been working on a series of portraits of inspiring young women from my small home town of Retford. 
Having small town roots does not affect how high your dreams can soar.

(Laura's dress is from Zara)