It’s been a few months now since I moved to London and as it happens, as a newbie to in city, it takes a while until you find all the cool places not mentioned in the guide books. I’m generally not the kind of person go out and explore much, so I’m really grateful for my blog for pushing me out there to discover London all under the guise of finding new shoot locations.
That’s how I stumbled upon Battersea Park as seen in these pictures. I initially just wanted to shoot the Peace Pagoda along the Thames, but I discovered that the park is way prettier this time of year.
When I first saw all the leaves on the ground I knew I had to shoot something there in red and it had to be dramatic.
So these are the images for today’s ‘Look of the Day’. I know the title is from a very cheesy song by an Irishman most Irish people never want to acknowledge as their own, but it seemed the best way to describe this look.
The dress is a lovely number from River Island. I love how River Island seem to come into their own around Christmas time and the party season. The brand isn’t for everyone and I wouldn’t shop with them for basics (with the exception of jeans) but they do have a knack for creating statement pieces. Last year was this shredded red maxi dress that I returned and regretted ever since and this year it’s this understated and sexy maxi dress with long sleeves.
It’s funny as I get older my style has definitely toned down a lot and I find that the days of wearing mini skirts and high heels are gone, only to be replaced with a new kind of sexiness, that is more body-con and peekaboo sexy rather than the in-your-face kind of my teens.
And the jacket is another statement piece from River Island for the Christmas season from the year before last. See what I mean about their Christmas show-stoppers?
As you can probably tell from this photo, it was ridiculously cold when we shot this and I must have been crazy that it would be alright at eight am on a freezing November morning. By the end I was so numb my boyfriend was worried I’d get hypothermia and I was bundled up for the rest of the day trying to shake off that horrible chill.
I’m sorry for rambling on so long on this outfit post but I wanted to share with you the last two photos as I wasn’t the only person doing a shoot in Battersea Park that morning. One Direction, a teeny bopper UK boyband were filming their new music video and I stopped by to have a gawk, purely for research purposes! I was rather jealous of the full crew they had to help out, if nothing else as I wouldn’t be a fan of their music. The funny thing was there wasn’t a fan in sight.
Dress: River Island
Jacket: River Island (old)
Bangle: Forever 21
Stack rings: Penneys/Primark