(Photo) Shooting at night: adventure and fun?

I find it quite funny how I started writing this post right before we are going shooting at night again. We’ve been doing this for a few weeks now and I can’t wait to tell you all the pros and cons of doing this. Plus they say creative minds are awake at night! I can’t subscribe to this, sometimes my creativity is hibernating and I have to temp it with honey for the mind. For example, all these very early Christmas decoration displays all around London are inspiring me so much. There is something so childlike joyful about flickering lights, don;t you think?

Pros

I will start with the pros, and continue with the pros and probably three quarters of the post will be about the advantages of shooting at night in London. I believe all of this will apply to any big, overcrowded city so even if you re not from London, read on. Now the reason both Paul and I love shooting at night is because the streets are emptier so we can get to any location really fast…as fast as you can in London where everything is far. More than that, there will be considerably less people in our pictures so less people distracting you from our well chosen or not always so well chosen background and from my outfit.

I should have gotten over people stopping and watching us really quickly when we were still shooting mostly under daylight, but I must be very honest and tell you that it took me almost a year to get used to this. “What are they shooting?”, “Do you know her?”, but nothing compared to when I have my pointe shoes on – those are like candy for children. Sorry, Mums and Dads when you had to stop because of me 🙂 So another advantage about shooting at night, there’s hardly anybody around to stop and stare.

Although, today happened the cutest thing. We already shot two outfits around midday and at some point a couple is approaching us from behind my back. I can’t see them, but I see Paul pointing to the woman’s feet and smiling and at this point I couldn’t feel any blonder. He never stops like this when we are shooting. Then the couple gets in my view and I see that we were wearing a very similar vinyl pair of trousers and the girl has cheekily said :”We’re matching trousers”. Hihi, cute! And when I remember how shy I used to be when people approached me on the street.

Back to our shooting at night…now I feel like I write as my grandpa used to speak. He started with a subject and when you thought you knew what you were talking about, he already changed the subject several times and you could not remember where it started to save your life.

A huge pro when shooting at night are lights. From working at the theatre, I got such a big fascination for creating the atmosphere with different colour lights coming from different directions. That was slightly different because everything was controlled and “scripted”, but when shooting at night, you will find these games of light spontaneously.

My favourite light that we had so far was in my recent dancey picture with a pink dress. We were on Tower Bridge, at night and the traffic was minimal so the traffic lights were always green. The bridge is blue so it actually reflected a turquoise light which if you know me at all, you know it’s my favourite colour, and on top of that, I was wearing a dusty pink dress. Yumm combo!

Cons

Not many cons, but if you must I can tell you that with the camera we have now, I am not the happiest with the quality of our night pictures. On one hand, I light the roughness, almost like a painting of the grainy image, but on the other, I am a little perfectionist who wished everything was as sharp as a knife…I would use for the yummi watermelon I have in the fridge at the moment.

Fun fact about shooting at night: there are so many paparazzi in London. When we shot around The Ritz Hotel, there were at least 7 and they probably shot somebody who they shouldn’t have because the security guards were on them and the situation was quite tense…let’s just say, I do not enjoy being around them.

Another disadvantage would be the weather. If you live in a windy city like London, at night it has the “gift” of getting even colder and windier so be prepared for goosebumps or shaky knees. My trick to this is that I start jumping around while posing. So now you know, if we’re shooting at night and you see a lot of dancey, jumpy pictures, that must mean that I was at least slightly cold or that I am singing Drake and Bad Bunny’s song in my head: “Dile que tu eres mia, mia”

Now my question to you: which of our pictures do you prefer more? The daylight ones or the ones at night? Now with this many Christmas lights I must warn you that you might be seeing more night pictures than before…which was 0…but we will definitely try to shoot during the day, before it gets too crowded for the holidays.

Frozen kisses!

bbc london / autumn outfit / shooting at night / london / leather trousers / velvet top / miss casual

river island outfit / london / animal print sweater / leather skirt / regent street / miss casual

white dress / grandpa's cardigan / outfit / ritz hotel / london / miss casual

bbc london / autumn outfit / shooting at night / london / leather trousers / velvet top / miss casual

river island outfit / london / animal print sweater / leather skirt / regent street / miss casual

white dress / grandpa's cardigan / outfit / ritz hotel / london / miss casual

bbc london / autumn outfit / shooting at night / london / leather trousers / velvet top / miss casual

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Under £100 outfit from River Island

Autumn is almost gone but before it’s too late, I thought I’d share another autumn outfit with you. The “under £100 outfit series” continue with River Island, a brand I did not know much about until one day I went into the Oxford Street store and the time just flew. They have a huge range of everything, from shoes to bags, to clothing…which is what I am the most interested in, anyway. I feel like soon the time will come when I’ll be talking more about shoes and bags, but for now – let’s focus on clothes.

1. The orange animal print jumper – £38

Hey, kitty, kitty! If you know me well, you have probably never seen me wearing animal print. It is just not my style. I am a huge cat lover, but I prefer petting them and not wearing them. However, this animal print rung a bell for me. To me it looks more like a remastered animal print, something closer to a tribal print. For sure the fact that the jumper is orange and not the typical brown with black combination, helps a lot.

Technicalities: this jumper is cropped so what I like to wear it with is high-waisted everything. I need to have my waist covered at all times because for some weird reason, I get cold really easily so a high-waisted skirt or a pair of trousers are my go-to to complete the outfit. Gladly, the jumper is not scratchy -this kitty does not scratch! but it does shed hairs. One thing to keep in mind is that I have not noticed any shedding on the coat, but I did notice fluffs on the tank top I was wearing underneath the jumper.  Cats…

2. High-waisted leather skirt – £42

Funniest thing: we have been re-watching America’s Next Top Model partly as entertainment and inspiration and partly to educate ourselves. In one episode where they had a runway challenge, one of the girls had the tightest pencil skirt and she could barely walk, it was easier for her to jump. So she was advised to sway her hips so that she’d give herself “more space in the skirt” – as unusual as that might sound. And that is exactly what happened to me with this skirt.

It is the most figure hugging skirt that I have ever worn, high waisted, a nice thick belt to accentuate my waist and a nice little split in the front that is more for practical reasons than for “bringing sexy back”. That split and my ANTM teachings are the only reason I could actually walk in this skirt. I am obviously exaggerating, but truth is that when I walk naturally, my step is quite long so with pencil skirts, I might find myself fighting my outfit and not just wearing it.

Did I mention that this was a leather skirt? To me it seems like this River Island outfit could have gone wrong in so many ways – the animal print, then the pencil skirt and then putting these two “strong” pieces together…it could have been a train wreck. But for some reason, this outfit worked out. Do you agree with me or am I just staying here, at 8 am, writing this post and lying to myself. My coffee made me do it!

 

Coffee kisses!

river island outfit / london / animal print sweater / leather skirt / regent street / miss casual

river island outfit / london / animal print sweater / leather skirt / regent street / miss casual

river island outfit / london / animal print sweater / leather skirt / regent street / miss casual

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NO BLACK OUTFIT FOR AUTUMN challenge

It is only now that I can say it hands-down, feels like autumn. I have difficulties waking up in the morning, it’s that dark, and then when it rains, it feels like it’s going to break my windows. Am I the only one who needs all those extra layers as much for warmth as for keeping me on my feet with this terribly strong wind. The entire city (London) is already decorated for Christmas so it actually feels like it’s a very early winter and I am still in the mood for pastels, no black yet.

When I plan out my outfit, of course all those burgundies and emerald greens are making their way into them, but I am consciously trying to stay away from black. I think it is a very elegant color, but it is also a very safe one and I am planning on keeping your eyes on my outfit at the end of the day:)

So I thought, why not keep myself from going with the flow and stay as far away from black as possible for my autumn outfit choices. Have a look on the tube on any of the morning rides and your eyes will get lazy from how much black, navy and grey you see. Can you imagine yourself not wearing black at all for what’s left of autumn?

Honestly, I have told you before, but one of my favorite activities ever since I moved to London, is people watching. You can get so much fashion inspo from just stopping for 5 minutes and looking around. My favourite spot is Piccadilly Circus, but Oxford Circus is not too bad either. I can almost guarantee you that you’ll get at least one idea for your next outfit.

Now, another place where you can go and get yourself inspired is Harrods, which is where we took these pictures also. If you do need inspiration with an opulent outfit, here is the place to sit in a nice cafe and while you are sipping on your coffee/ tea, watch the people outside.

If you do have another place where you like going to get yourself inspired in London, don’t hesitate to DM me. What do you think about the “no black outfit” challenge. Are you up for it?

Pumpkin Spice Latte kisses!

harrods / london / autumn outfit / religion clothing / miss casual

pink jumper / harrods laduree / jewellerybox / coffee time / miss casual

harrods / autumn outfit / religion clothing / miss casual

harrods / autumn outfit / london / religion clothing / miss casual

Shirt – RELIGION

Trousers – ASOS

Bracelet – LES GEORGETTES BY ALTESSE

Earrings – JEWELLERYBOX

 

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A Bohemian Rhapsody | The maxi dress

Now this is something that I almost never wear in the summer, but wear almost the entire season of autumn: a maxi dress. When the change of season takes me by surprise and I can’t yet get myself to bundling up under layers of layers of clothes, I am usually cheating with a maxi dress. I especially prefer the ethnic look when it comes to them, I believe these ones suit the season the best.

When I was little and in school, we always had to do creative essays about autumn. I remember that absolutely all of us had to mention the change in the colour of the leaves, how they sounded under our feet, the smell of dry leaves, the shorter days and so on. Then a big part in the essay would be about food. The biggest part actually was about the food…and the fruits. And grandmas know best that with fresh fruits come a lot of cakes. It used to be divine. Not as nice as Christmas was, but autumn through the eyes of a child did have a bit of magic.

All that is real and we can experience it right here and now, but another part of reality is that the weather is unpredictable. We need to add layers of clothes to keep warm. So I go back to the maxi dress. What better way to hide layers of warm boring clothes, than underneath a beautiful bohemian maxi dress? You can easily put on a pair of tights, wear over the knee boots, a leather jacket, a turtle neck sweater, even a chunky sweater on top with maybe a belt to accentuate your waist. It is really surprising how I would almost never consider wearing a maxi dress during the summer but when autumn comes, I am all about them.

Another thing about autumn: for me, just like spring, is the time for re-invention. I feel like I have more time to catch up with everything, I start doing all of the things I thought of during during summer when I was too busy to, time to reflect and time to cook. This last one is a very new subject for me – thank you Tasty for all the time spent together:)

I was mentioning that autumn is the time when I dare doing those things I thought about so much previously. A year ago, after months and months of doubt, we started the blog. We have already been taking Instagram pictures on a regular basis, but I had doubts that anybody would be interested in anything I wrote. But then I was encouraged to continue by people like you, who do read my blog. A big thank you.

It is not time for Thanks Giving yet and we don’t really celebrate it over here, but that is exactly how I feel during autumn, grateful for all the thing that happened and the people I have around…and grateful for the existence of maxi dresses that allow me to layer an entire tent underneath if I wanted to.

Wine stained kisses!

Zara maxi dress // bohemian dress // hampstead pergola london // miss casual

Zara maxi dress // bohemian dress // hampstead pergola london // miss casual

Zara maxi dress // bohemian dress // hampstead pergola london // miss casual

Zara maxi dress // bohemian dress // hampstead pergola london // miss casual

DRESS – Zara

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Shirt dress + first place I saw in London

I dare you to name a piece of clothing that is more versatile than a shirt dress. It can easily look put together with the right accessories, but just as well could be casual with a pair of sneakers. Even better, undo those buttons and you have a throw on that you can wear over a t-shirt and jeans or even over a simple dress. Also, because we did this shooting in one of the first places that I’ve seen in London, I want to tell you a bit more about that.

My very first trip to London happened in the summer of 2016 and to tell you that it was life-changing, would be an understatement. I was always a huge advocate of how traveling takes you out of your comfort zone and makes your mind more flexible to accept new cultures. Even so, I could have not predicted how much this trip to London would change how I want my life to be. It made me recalculate everything: my career, the place I want to live in and who I want to spend my life with. It so happened that this is the summer when Paul and I re-saw each other as adults, after we haven’t spoken a word in 10 years.

On my very first day in London, my friend Daniela(who was then living here) asked me which is the first place I want to see and my answer couldn’t have been quicker: The Big Ben. Even my house keys had a Big Ben on them so I guess it was meant to be. So yes, after the airport and the tube, the first place I saw in London was Westminster with it’s beautiful Big Ben. I thought it is about time to go back to it, this time doing what I came here to do. You might have noticed that Westminster is also the beautiful background for this shooting featuring the Zara shirt dress.

We might as well go back for another shooting because we could not capture the Big Ben because it was under construction. Whenever such an iconic touristic destination is under construction I think of how annoyed I would be if this was the first time I came to see it and it’s well…still in “hospital”, however that’s exactly what happened with Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and I still enjoyed it.

Back to the shirt dress, though. This is still from my Zara haul, the same one which started our under £100 outfit from the high street brands. I have to admit that this shirt dress was actually picked by Paul. While I was trying on what I picked, he saw a lady wearing it so the moment I came out of the changing rooms he was a;; too excited to show me the dress and I loved it. The textile is so soft on the skin and because it’s not form fitted, it’s so comfortable, yet it looks so put together. Literally the easiest thing to throw on.

I am a huge print fan, you might have read my post about tropical prints, but this one is slightly different. In the grand scheme of prints, this is a mature print, yet still age versatile. It would look just as natural on both me and my Mom. Also, this print gives me huuuuge Versace vibes so if you ever looked for an affordable option for a Versace shirt dress, here you have it. What do we think about the colour? I personally love wearing this red wine burgundy during autumn.

I also saw it in a light cream option with navy and gold pattern and I must say I am quite tempted. How do you like a shirt dress? Do you prefer them to a regular one? Also, I quite love how even though I have only lived in London for almost two years now, I have memories in so many beautiful places that I love sharing with you.

Happy beginning of autumn (it just hit me:D)

Kisses!

shirt dress | Miss Casual

Shirt Dress – Zara

shirt dress | Miss Casual

shirt dress | Miss Casual

shirt dress | Miss Casual

shirt dress | Miss Casual

shirt dress | Miss Casual

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