Field Notes: September 2018
Welcome to another edition of Field Notes, a rather sporadic series of posts where I share current inspirations and discoveries. On my old blog, I used to share photographers, clothing collections and various other inspiration that caught my eye, as I love sharing stuff like this with my readers. These posts will hopefully become more frequent on here, as I have a huge list of things that I want to share.
Just a quick note that a couple of items in this post were gifted to me. They are items that I truly love and would have purchased for myself, and are noted as ‘gifted’ in the post.
Lines & Current
I’ve admired Lines & Current’s simple, minimal jewellery for a while now, following designer, Rebekah’s inspiring Instagram feed that cleverly interjects styled images with her real life. The collection is described as ‘jewellery for people who don’t wear jewellery’ which really resonates with me, as I’m not a jewellery person at all. I wear a few simple silver rings everyday (that I would feel naked without!) and that is usually it. I don’t have any piercings, however much I admire girls with lots of dainty studs and hoops up their ears and in their noses. Rebekah very kindly gifted me a couple of pieces from her collection, and I can genuinely say that I’ve been wearing them most days – which is a big deal for a girl who normally can’t be bothered with necklaces! I don’t like fuss with what I wear, and Lines & Current’s motto that they design for ‘normal girls who work hard to keep it simple’ works for me. I have the Luna necklace in sterling silver with a gold-plated Moon Sister crescent moon, and a simple sterling silver Mona ring. (Gifted)
I love nothing more than stumbling across a new photographer that I love on Instagram, especially someone based in Scandinavia! Louise Amelie Whitehouse takes my kind of photos, shooting wild Nordic landscapes and the nuances of daily life in Sweden. She has a strong focus on awareness, equality and well-being, which really comes across in her photos. I’ve now scrolled back through her entire feed and poured over her blog, and am feeling incredibly inspired to travel and take photographs. That’s what I love about Instagram, and it makes me feel sad that some people don’t see this side of it. It’s full of inspiring people, taking beautiful photographs and telling intriguing stories about their daily lives and the places that they visit. If you’re searching for a feed to fall in love with, check out Louise’s photos.
The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri
One way that I’d like to use these inspiration posts is to recommend books that I have recently read. I’ve started sharing my recent reads on my blog and am planning a summary of my 2018 reads at the end of the year, but for now I simply want to offer my recommendations. One of the most intriguing books I’ve read this summer was a bit of an anomaly for me. I usually love books written by women, told from a women’s point of view, so I was surprised when I became completely hooked by Francesco Dimitri’s ‘The Book of Hidden Things.’ It reminded me of my all-time favourite book, ‘The Secret History’ a little bit; perhaps due to its flawed characters, the ritualistic elements, and the way in which the setting was described in such depth that it almost felt like another character. I always struggle describing books, as I think it’s best to go into a read with as little knowledge as possible so that you can delight in every little twist and turn. If you like mysteries, character studies and a slight supernatural twist, I’d recommend giving this a read. I devoured it in just two days.
Son de Flor
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I like my linen. Beautifully simple linen dresses and jumpsuits make up the basis of my wardrobe, as I love nothing better than investing in quality fabrics, timeless silhouettes and styles that can be worn all year round. I included Son de Flor in my Ethical Brands Directory, and they very kindly reached out to offer to send me a piece from their collection. Based in Lithuania, their garments are all produced in one of the oldest sewing factories in the country, made from pre-softened linen. The result is beautifully crafted dresses that feel like you’ll wear them forever. I have the black linen sleeveless smock dress, which I’ve worn on its own while the weather is still warm but am planning on layering up with long sleeved tees and my favourite clumpy boots now that the temperatures are dropping. Son de Flor were kind enough to also send me a sleeveless white petticoat, which I’ve been layering beneath my dress but could also wear as a nightgown or over swimwear on holidays. A lovely little touch was the scroll that I discovered in my pocket after wearing the dress several times. I unfolded it to reveal a beautiful poem, which I’m planning on framing. (Gifted)
I spent yesterday taking photographs with Grace May, known for her floristry as Maybe May. Grace is based in Manchester, creating beautiful floral displays, bouquets and headpieces for weddings, parties, photoshoots and other events. I met Grace at a pop-up at my favourite Manchester shop, Form Lifestyle, where she was selling her dried flowers. A couple of catch-up’s later, and we turned my house into a photography studio, shooting her beautiful bouquets, hair crowns, wreaths and arrangements in my dining room. My absolute favourite subject to photograph is flowers, as I’m intrigued by their colours, texture and form. They’re the perfect subject for my preferred way of shooting, using a shallow depth of field and plenty of bokeh in the background. Yesterday was so much fun, and I wanted to share a selection of photographs with you all while recommending Grace as a florist.
I like to add a little travel element to my inspiration posts, as travel inspires me so much and I’m always inspired by the travels of other people. Today, I wanted to point you in the direction of one of my favourite Instagram feeds @copenhagenwilderness. This is where I come for inspiration for Nordic adventures. I feel a little ashamed that I don’t actually know the name of the woman behind the account, but I can tell you that she goes on the most incredible adventures. Her trips to Sweden, Lapland and Norway have all greatly inspired me, especially her most recent Norwegian adventures. She stays in beautiful cabins, hikes up mountains and visits the most dramatic landscapes, leaving me daydreaming of future adventures of my own.