Wednesday, 22 October 2014

My Little Box: Diane Von Furstenberg Edition

Just a few weeks ago I was cooing over the September My Little Box and now it's already a new month, and a new box! Let's see what treasures lie within. 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Music Monday: Josef Salvat


Once again the wonderful Soundcloud has allowed me to find more musical gems that I actually have enough 'Music Monday' posts to see me out this year alone! But today, all the focus your ears need is for the amazing Josef Salvat.

Yet again it's difficult to find too much about Josef as with my other 'Music Monday' features, but what I do know is that Josef was born in Australia but now resides in London as a singer-songwriter. And according to this Guardian article he studied law, and that he is/has worked with Rich Cooper, producer of Razorlight and Mystery Jets, and that his press is handled by the people who look after Adele, Björk and Beyoncé. All sounding very impressive so far!

I found Josef through his EP 'In Your Prime' and I have literally had it on repeat since my discovery. It's both highly soothing and highly addictive all at the same time. His music could be described as electro-pop, especially tracks such as “Open Season" where Josef's sweet, honey vocals mix with pulsating rhythms that I adore. This is in fact my favourite track from the EP. It has the formations of many other songs I like but my ears were pinged to something totally unique in "Open Season". It's almost like it's soulful electro-pop because it has so many layers you don't usually get in this genre of music. And this theme continues in the other tracks "Shoot and Run" and "'This Life". The whole EP is perfect for getting through your inbox, or for writing a blog post or anything like this because the beat and the drive of the tracks will keep you motivated but Josef's zen vocals will make you be utterly on your game, trust me! There's also a beautiful stripped back, piano led version, of Rihanna's "Diamonds" which apparently singer Sia is a huge fan of too.

Remember Josef Salvat's name, because he is quickly going to emerge as an artist to watch over the coming months. If you head to Josef's main website you can download a free track called 'Every Night' which is also a treat for the ears. Josef's full album is set to be released in early 2015 and I can't wait.

Are there any other Josef Salvat fans out there? I hope you liked this musical offering for the week. Let me know what you're listening to and loving as well.

xoxo

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Beauxoxo Pom Pom Headband Collection Autumn and Winter 2014

So this is exciting, because this Sunday I have a new Beauxoxo look book to share with you all, yay! You can officially shop my new pom-pom headband collection right here, right now. My internet has been a bit tricky for the past few days, so I haven't got the whole photos on my Facebook Page right now, but they're coming I promise! Until then, here's a few photos on my blog and of course you can shop it all now anyway.

The inspiration behind the look book was my love for Kawaii Japanese fashion and just a chance for my whimsical taste to go a little overboard on the whole cute thing! My glitter headbands are all made with gorgeous softly sparkle wools in either pastels or bold wintery shades like a deep ruby or black. My incredible team Paige, Ailera and I headed off to the pink palace that is Peggy Porschen and the surrounding Belgravia area. If you want to see the Peggy Porschen shop and the joyful girlyness to be seen, I made a separate post right here, because it really is that good my cake loving friends! I also created a post that you can find here that will take you behind the scenes on this look book. I am just so, so happy with the gorgeous images. Both Ailera and Paige were such a magical combination and Paige's gorgeousness came alive in Ailera's dreamy, stunning images. I am constantly reminded how lucky I am to work with creatives so passionate and talented at what they do and Ailera and Paige are just that.

I so hope you love the new collection! I can't wait to get my head down and work on my final one now, fingers crossed it will be launched just in time for Christmas. Oh, and a little present for you all this weekend is a copy of my lovely friend Kirst's new e book 'A Beginners Guide To Portrait Photography'. It is the essential tool for blogger's and you can check out my blog post about it here If you would like a chance to win yourself a copy, be quick as my giveaway ends in just 1 day! Click here to enter.

Photo shoot Credits:

Model: Paige Joanna Calvert
Photography: Ailera Stone
Location: Peggy Porschen
Shop the collection here.

xoxo

Monday, 13 October 2014

Beginners Guide To Portrait Photography and A Giveaway

As all blogger's know it's a competitive world out there, so if you're really serious about your blogging you need to make sure your photography is on point. I hear a lot of top bloggers discussing what attracts them to new blogs and it's always the visuals that seems to be the main drawing point.

Photography is always something that has baffled me slightly. I have the creative vision but the technical side overwhelms me. I have a DSLR (Canon 600d which I love!) which I love for filming videos and for close ups of my work at Beauxoxo, but I don't really adventure more than this. In fact, sometimes I don't take it with me on holidays or weekends away because I'm so scared of breaking it!!

Thankfully, if you're like me and itching to get more from your photography, and more from your camera, than I have just the resource for you! My dear friend Kirst, who you may remember as being the very first Beauxoxo look book photographer over two years ago now, has just launched her first eBook called a 'Beginners Guide To Portrait Photography'. Kirst used to live in Dorset like myself but back in 2012 made her big move to Canada. Since moving there, Kirst has developed her photography talents so much, and now regularly takes on photography students for tutoring and mentoring. It was through these workshops that ignited Kirst's desire for teaching and so she's now taking this show online for everyone to enjoy! So, the joys of eBook learning are that you can be sat in every corner of the world and all you need is an internet connection, your camera and you're ready to go!

The 55 page eBook, for a very reasonable £16, is as Kirst claims, 'a labour of love and a great resource for anyone wanting to improve their people photography skills'. So, for all you blogger's out there or fellow small business owners, that dream of being able to snap beautiful, stand out portrait photography then this is absolutely for you! 

Here's what you'll get through Kirst's eBook:

"I've turned my popular 'real-life' workshop into an eBook.

Teaching and photography are my two great loves, I first combined them in January 2013 teaching a series of beginners portrait photography workshops. Since then I have always hoped to teach a wider audience.

This eBook is 55 pages and even more photos of tips, tricks and teachings for how to get out of auto mode and into taking better photos of people. Perfect for new moms, bloggers and photography enthusiasts alike!

You'll need a camera that has the ability to change aperture and focus settings to get the most out of this eBook."

*****

I'm so excited for any of you that decide to purchase this course because Kirst is such an amazing teacher (she helped me so much!) and I truly do believe that the ability to take gorgeous images is such a special gift. I cannot wait to start experimenting with the skills I learn from the eBook. When I've finished it and mastered all the tips and tricks I'm going to follow it up with a self-portrait post. It will also be amazing for fashion outfit posts, make up looks and so much more. What photography skills would you like to improve?

'The Beginner's Guide to Portrait Photography' is just £16 ($29 CAD). Click here to purchase.


Giveaway!

Would you like to win a chance to win a copy of the 'Beginners Guide to Portrait Photography?' ebook? If so, enter below. Good luck!