Monthly round-up – APRIL

Another month has passed and I don’t feel a second older. The only reason I started talking about time in general, instead of just talking about April is because I had my high-school headmaster’s speech in mind. We would crack up laughing and trying to guess how his speech would start: it was always something about time, and something about the weather…then, we’d loose interest so I have no idea how his speeches ended. Oups:D

Drive me, baby!

I have all respect for people who have bought a car, and even more a house, keeping cool as a cucumber. Most time I was as cool as a volcano! I can’t believe how time consuming the first faze is – to search the right one on the internet. Sounds so easy – you’re just clicking…yep, but you’re clicking your day away sometimes with no result. And I am not the most patient person when all we had to do was wait for the right car to pop up.

We’ve been looking to buy a car for some time, but now, for reasons that are way too boring to write about, we needed to buy a car. So one Sunday afternoon, after many weeks of searching for the car with the right specs and right price, we found the one. Like every other decent man, booked a viewing immediately after it was released, but the first slot available was 3pm. As somebody who has more experience than us suggested, we just went earlier than our booking…an hour earlier. While we were looking for a parking spot, we see that somebody took the car for a test drive.

Little was our surprise when we actually got to talk to a sales person about the car that we found out that it was sold…minutes ago, maybe second ago, right from under our noses! Fine…it wasn’t ours to be. And fair enough, next day after this incident, another similar car was released on the market, and this time, we made it ours. For some reason, Beyonce with her “Single Ladies” lyrics has invaded my mind: “If you like it…put a ring on it” more like – if you like it, put your name on it:D

Retail gems

Working in retail is a job that allows you to observe people…a lot – I mean you have 8 hours a day to stare at people and talk to them, and from time to time, to sell them something. April on the other hand was special this year. The moment spring comes to London, so do the tourists…and so do the celebrities. My very first celebrity that I happened to cross paths with on a gloomy Sunday morning was none other than David Beckham.

The surprises don’t stop there though. Last summer we saw John Snow (Kit Harington) and his lovely wife whose name I will not Google right now, but I can tell you that Winter was not coming. Another GOT cast member and it seems I was the only one to notice her even though she has such an imposing presence: Gwendoline Christie aka Brienne of Tarth or should I address her with her new title? I will not say anything more for those who have not watched the second episode of the last season.

Biggest surprise I had watching celebrities pass in front of my work place was not even the back of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s neck (I got there too late to see his face), but only a few days ago, on a hot April afternoon – Mr. Valentino Garavani. Ah…the little pleasures in life.

Napkin or cake?

Continuing with my headmaster’s speech, let me tell you a thing or two about the weather. Don’t trust it! It might say 18, but in the shade your posterior will still freeze…mine did. So I caught a cold right before the big heatwave. Can you imagine building a napkin castle while 24 degrees outside? People were sunbathing it was that hot this Easter.

Well, I guess things balance out because the month for April, is the month of many birthdays in this family. I don’t know what you think when you think of birthdays, but I personally think of cake. And to be precise, 4 cakes in the month of April plus Easter. Have I told you that we celebrate both Easters? Maaaan, how sweet life can be with cake.

Sweet kisses!

april round-up / red dress / spring outfit / alexandra palace / london / miss casual
DRESS –Zara
april round-up / red dress / spring outfit / alexandra palace / london / miss casual
april round-up / red dress / spring outfit / alexandra palace / london / miss casual

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How we plan for a photoshoot

Have you ever wondered what’s behind that Instagram picture that you see posted every day? I know I did before I actually starting being one of those people who went out on their day off, just to take the picture for the Gram. I am pretty sure there is no recipe on a single way to plan, but there are a few things that you have to tick off of your check list: location, outfits, time. While the first and last are flexible, and I do enjoy our spontaneous moments – outfits are something that I simply have to plan ahead.

Sunday brainstorming

My favourite day of the week is Sunday. Everything is quiet until midday so then it’s exactly when I take my time to do whatever I want, like a spoilt child. Most times you will find me writing my Monday’s blog post because I like to live on the edge, but if for once I have been better organised, I brainstorm. It is mostly locations, concepts for future photoshoots, I look through magazines, I let myself go down the rabbit hole of internet and wait to get inspired. They say that the only mind that can get inspired is a calm one – so that is pretty much my goal on a Sunday morning.

Location scouting

When we first started doing photoshoots and London was still quite new to me, we used to dedicate an entire day to walking around London, searching for that perfect place to capture. Now we don’t do that anymore, now we decide on a location and then do micro-scouting around. As a measure of precaution, we always have a plan B. There is nothing worse than being in the mood to shoot and wasting your time on finding locations. I even have a Pinterest board that is called exactly that: places to shoot. OK, they are mostly outside of London, in places where I hope I will go one day, but that is me keeping myself inspired.

Outfit 101

After doing this for 2 years we realised: one of the best keys to a successful photoshoot is to have our outfits well organised. And when I mean well organised, I mean a flat-lay of each outfit with jewellery and shoes of which I take a picture. If there are only 3 outfits that we are shooting that day, we don’t organise this thoroughly, but if there are more, we need to. Because most times I glamorously change in the back of the car, there is no space to get creative on the spot, so having everything already put together is what helps us.

One tip that might help you – sometimes we search for the location to fit the outfit, other times, like a picture you will soon see on Instagram (if you follow me there) is when I knew that we are going to shoot in front of a blue house, so I wanted a pastel yellow anything for my outfit. It turned out I found a pastel yellow skirt that gave me summer vibes…when it only just got spring in London.

These are the main things that we need to organise ahead when we plan for a photoshoot to happen but then there are many other small things that do matter: hair and makeup – even though these are easy to adapt, full camera batteries, having quick bites with you – nothing makes me hungrier than shooting – ok, maybe dancing and the most important of all, keep yourself in a good mood.

Kisses!

photoshoot / alexandra palace / spring in london / maxi dress / floral dress / miss casual
DRESS – Asos
Jewellery – TruFlair
photoshoot / alexandra palace / spring in london / maxi dress / floral dress / miss casual
photoshoot / alexandra palace / spring in london / maxi dress / floral dress / miss casual

P.S. You can check if the weather is nice if you want…or you can make it work 😛

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