Sunday, 20 April 2014

Me Time






All dresses vintage, photos by Anna Sawyer
Me posing in flower fields, there mainly to take photos of Anna. Even found a huge patch of bluebells! Anyway, hope y'all having a relaxing great day.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Stuff I'm excited about

~~warning cat and dog heavy post~
my current blue hair and favourite romper! 'vintage' £6 on etsy, not gonna say no.

lemon balm from the local garden centre
Wisteria! My nan's favourite plant.
A joyous sight! Bear in mind when dog arrived cat made noises I don't want to remember. If this sounds like your problem get phytopet calm herbal remedy. You add it to water, they drink it and completely chill out.
Hope y'all enjoying the sun. Get gardening! It's so rewarding. Lots of love.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Me Time





I've finally got some life in me, hello! First photo is me in Anna's garden after raiding her wardrobe, second on a cold shoot, third apple nd lemon curd pie with handmade pastry! The days are getting longer anyway and I'm ready for a sunny adventure. I lost a lot of weight over winter but after having the first bbq of the year the other day I hope I'll be the size of a house and my boyfriend will have to wash me with a stick soon enough. I've stuck to most of my resolutions, apart from the saving money but hell I'm trying to be productive. Trying to figure out how to deal with all my pains but keeping up with the daily yoga is helping. Lots of love, hope your year's got off to a great start! I'm currently gardening to my heart's content, I recommend planting a few seeds yourself! Tomatoes, sweetcorn and strawberries are among my favourite.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Turning 21

The day before yesterday was my 21st birthday! Happy very belated new year all and I apologise you haven't heard from me. I hadn't posted in such a while I wanted the next update to be self indulgent, reflective and about me me me but I haven't had a chance to take any new photos, so here's a flashback. Newer content coming soon!

from left to right: chris and I in matching jumpers at Christmas 2013, me in an age of reason scarf shoot, me at whistles press event, me and Rhiann, me with wine, me shooting in various rain and woods and train station, me at the beach, me eating a burger, me me me, dog, kitty, one from bottom right me interning looking exhausted during LFW (chris took the week off to look after me)

Last year has been a good one and I'm only hoping for better this year. Going from bedbound, in and out of hospital to where I am now I feel very lucky. I've grown up, become much more independent and have blogged throughout. It's been a huge outlet for me and I've let it slip a bit as I have had more energy to do other things and been overwhelmed with the possibilities. The world is my oyster etc etc. This year I'm going to take full advantage.
I love food. Eating fresh vege/fruit, eggs and butcher meat has changed my body and brain. No lecture but they found horse in supermarket meat. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT. WHY? At a local supermarket "butcher" they had a nice photo of a farm but no idea where the meat actually came from when I asked. Talk about dumb. Until I can afford luxury freshly churned butter (or a cow!) sadly I'll have to suck it up sometimes for butter/bread. Tweet me @hiven if you have any recipes or food tips! I want to try new things, I always go back to old faithful chocolate flaxseed brownies and my other half produces a delicious apple, lychee and hazelnut shortcrust pastry pie! Note to self keep it fresh.
Also... apple cider vinegar, virgin coconut oil and hemp oil are great. Both of my nan's suffer/ed from alzheimer's, there's been studies that virgin coconut oil helps (triglycerides?). Check out these videos if you're interested. I have no use for vitamin pills anymore as my body's getting everything it needs naturally.
Talking of natural, I love nature. I absolutely love photoshoot-ing outside. When I was only able to go out on a rare occasion my mum would wheel me through the park and all the colours looked so vivid. I still see it that way and hope to always.
Recently a dog has been introduced in to my life! First ever and he's called Mitchell and I love him.

This year I hope to:
Appreciate everything
Learn something new every day
Dedicate a few hours a week to learning HTML
Read more (I love Sebastian Faulks and Sarra Manning, any recommendations tweet me @hiven)
Put on weight and continue doing daily yoga. Youtube is a great resource, Yogi Nori and Duncan Yoga.
Write, blog and share more (I have no excuse finally having a working phone)
Get beauty sleep
Photography wise, keep on shooting and find a local stylist
Save £££ so I can travel more (I dream about travelling across America, when I was much younger we had family holiday's in Monterey, Boston and San Francisco)
Learn how to make my own clothes
Garden more

That's about it folks! Congratulations if you got to the end. I love y'all.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Behind The Scenes

model - Sophia |makeup by Stacey Singer

Behind the scenes from a shoot I had the other day, featuring Shetland Jewellery! Sophia was an absolute hero in the cold, three changes and she had shorts to go with my new I had no idea it was see through dress. I also stripped in a bush, she's wearing my black top hehe.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Me Time





model- Hannah Inggs| makeup- Stacey Singer| photos - me

A few black and white film photos for you today from my shoot with Hannah. Clothes borrowed from a local awesome vintage store (the community shop on market road in chelmsford, essex).

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Show Me Your Sketchbook Sunday

"My name is amanda siegelson (check out her blog here) and I live and work in the most wonderful, vibrant city in america, new york. I'm an old, especially compared to most of the people on your blog. but i am still inspired by others and compelled to supplement my ordinary job working at a university by creating beauty where i can. i do that via painting, drawing, jewelry making and, most recently, baking. but while baking is yummy and jewelry is great, since you can wear what you've made, drawing and painting is both where i started and where my heart really lies.

over the years, i've both worked like mad and gone long stretches without producing anything. but usually, when i see a photo i love, it sparks a need deep inside to recreate it as closely as possible. more often than not, that photo will have something connected to the 1960s/mod period or look. recently, i've been in an ultra-productive groove and what i'm both excited and amazed by is that i feel that i've truly progressed in my outcomes. that means, even at a later stage in life, one can still grow. how thrilling is that! "







If you're a sketchbooker I'd love to feature you, take six or more photos and send to hiven@live.co.uk. Have a good week!