Bold

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Over the past few weeks it seems I took a bit of an unplanned, accidental break from blogging. It’s been a mixture of things. I’ve been ill with a stomach bug, my laptop’s been on its last legs for months making editing photos almost impossible, it’s been raining every time I’ve had a spare moment to shoot and honestly, it’s been kind of nice to come home and not feel like I have to blog. I’ve always had these self-imposed rules I’ve set for myself when it comes to the blog, but it’s been nice to not feel stressed about missing a posting day, or feeling like I need to post something, anything, just to keep it updated. Posts may get a little more sporadic around here, but I would always rather that than post something I’m not excited about, just to get something new up.

These new frames from IOLLA are definitely something I’m excited about though, and quite a step away from my usual comfort zone – not only are they not all black, they’re printed too! I love a cat eye, but I usually tend to go for much more angular styles, instead of the rounded shapes those face shape guides always tell me I should choose. These ‘Muir’ frames are like a perfect mixture of both, they’ve got the nice upturned classic cat eye shape, but with a more rounded bottom giving them a much softer look. The unusual smoke tortoise colouring adds to this too, the splotchy print keeps the lines feeling soft and feminine, a world away from the harsh graphic lines I’m usually drawn to.

It’s not often I fall in love with a print like this, and for the price and such high quality, it made them kind of impossible to say no to. All of IOLLA‘s frames are a standard £65 a pair, including prescription lenses and lens coatings, making them perfect for trying out a new style or picking up a special, more statement pair.

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Toil

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I picked this simple little dress up one evening whilst browsing the night market in Chiang Mai. The shape caught my eye as we walked past, and then I spotted this black one in amongst all the colours and prints. It’s made from this lovely crinkly, raw cotton and you can see from the construction inside that it’s hand made. For a tiny ฿200 (about £4) I couldn’t say no and it became my go to dress in the sticky Thai heat.

Toilworn started life as The Windigo, but as the brand has grown this name no longer seemed to reflect the feeling it aimed to evoke through its pieces. Thea’s beautifully bold pieces have been on my radar for quite some time now, ever since I first laid eyes on the arrowhead pendant and became instantly enamoured. Made from solid silver, everything is so pleasantly weighty, especially the chunky rings. They feel substantial and tough, but have an undoubtedly feminine edge too. The vertebra ring had become one of my newest favourites, though it’s no surprise I was so drawn to it when it’s like a bone shaped mini weapon for my finger! I definitely feel a little fiercer whenever I’m wearing it.

Toilworn will be officially launching soon with its new online store, but in the meantime, get a sneak peek over on the brands Instagram.

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Angkor Wat

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Angkor Wat has been somewhere I’ve longed to visit ever since I was a child. It always seemed like such an enchanting place, brimming with history and the promise of adventure. I dreamt of getting lost in its corridors, peering through windows, running my hands along pillars and carvings, and wondering what sights this ancient place must have witnessed over its lifetime.

I hadn’t been able to sleep that night, but it didn’t matter, the excitement of knowing I was finally going to see the sun rise over Angkor Wat had already kicked in and taken over. We set off from our hotel at 5am and headed into the night as our taxi driver sped off towards the site. Once we arrived we stumbled through the pitch black across the main bridge, guided by the light of the hundreds of phones and torches in front of us. As we approached, my eyes began to adjust and I could just make out the distinctive shape of the five towers in the distance. We settled ourselves in front of the reflection pool, and waited for morning to break.

The sky was very overcast that morning, and I admit I felt a twinge of sadness when I realised I wasn’t going to see one of those magnificent sunrises I’d seen in all of those travel photos I’d poured over. Instead, a hazy lilac pink wash enveloped us as the sky gradually faded from black. It wasn’t what I had pictured for all of those years, but the dusky colours and soft early morning light gave it a magical, otherworldly quality.
 

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Despite the number of people crowded around the pool as the sun rose, once we were inside the temple it felt much more relaxed. This is in part because a lot of people leave after the sunrise and return later in the day, but also because of the size of the site. I knew Angkor Wat was a huge complex, but I don’t think you can truly realise quite how vast it is until you’re standing there.

I went off by myself to explore as Nat stayed by the shrine, and whilst walking through the corridors there were moments where it felt like I had the place all to myself. I stopped to take a break and sat down on top of a platform by one set of stairs, as I looked out across the grounds I couldn’t see or hear a single other person. It was so peaceful and one of my favourite moments, one I remember telling myself to really drink in and savour.

The site itself was everything I had imagined. I felt like a child again as I stood in complete awe, viewing the same sights I’d devoured photos of through my own eyes. We spent most of the morning there, but I could honestly have stayed all day. It really deserves at least half a day to properly appreciate.

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Arura

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Arura is a newly launched luxury knitwear brand based in Leicester. Their pieces are made in the UK, crafted from the finest quality yarns and produced in limited numbers, making these real forever pieces. Leicester has a long and rich history of knitwear production, so it’s really wonderful to see a new label emerge here and breathe new life into this sadly dwindling scene in the city.

This ‘Sofiya’ tee is knitted from the softest charcoal merino wool and features a unique geometric cable knit pattern to the front. I don’t think I’ve ever owned a short sleeved jumper before, but I definitely feel like I’ve been missing out now. It’s perfect for this inbetween kind of weather we’re having right now, where I can never seem to decide if I’m too cold or too warm. It’s also ridiculously snuggly, with a tight but comfy fit, which makes it feel like I’m in a cozy little cocoon that I never want to take off.

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Naska

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If you were to ask me when I first fell in love with this jacket, I’m not sure I could tell you. It has been this almost mythical, holy grail piece ever since I first became interested in fashion and it was the first item I ever deeply longed to own. I would spend hours pouring over photos of off-duty models and celebrities wearing theirs, giving off this effortless kind of cool, and sit thinking of all the things I would do if only I owned that jacket.

After years upon years of wanting, I can finally say the Rick Owens Naska jacket in buttery, blistered lamb is mine. Since it arrived I’ve dreamily touched it and tried it on more times than I can count. Yesterday I sat in my bedroom editing these photos in it, just because.

There’s something about the cut of this jacket that has always captivated me. The relaxed wide collar, elegant tails, super slim fit and asymmetric fastening create a piece that is both edgy, but classic too. A go with anything staple that will instantly add a little flair and drama to any outfit without being too overt.

The blistered lamb leather is also one of the most gorgeous finishes I have ever come across. It feels almost more like cloth than leather, and the crackled, textured finish catches the light so beautifully. It’s much lighter and thinner than I had imagined, but yet it doesn’t feel delicate either. It has this softness and a relaxed, slouchy kind of drape that moulds to the body and hangs so perfectly that its as if it’s been cut especially for me.

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