This week’s coffee diaries was a bit of a lazy one for us. If you you’ve ever had a day when your bed feels too good for you to leave it, then you’ll know what we’ve experienced this week. Being self employed doesn’t particularly help cause its very easy to procrastinate and even get distracted sometimes. We know we’re losing a lot of daylight now as we’re in Autumn, which means we really need to make the most of what we have. On Friday, we decided to get out of the lazy mood and head out for our coffee session. And I’m glad we did. It was nothing exciting at first, until the coffee came out and then what needed to be done became clear. You see, the theme tune for the Netflix series Narcos, was stuck in my head all week and all I could think of when I saw Craig about to drink his coffee was creating an Instagram stories with the song. And so we got filming. The mood carried on to the following day and we created even more material to work with. If you’re curious to see the results, check out the short film here. We’re now looking to see how best we can manage our time to curate more short films for our Instagram stories as we do get a lot of positive feedback from them. I find that I’m better at showing than describing and it’s become a great way for me to express myself and creativity. It’s funny how when you finally get back into the groove of things, how much more inspired you feel to carry on with that same spirit. And what would have seemingly turned out to be a rather dry affair became more or less a very inspiring one.
Today’s blog post is one inspired by a beautiful story full of passion. On Wednesday, I got a chance to attend a press briefing for Carven Fragrance over a really nice English breakfast. I listened to how Madame Carven (the founder) created the brand after finding a need for herself she wanted to fulfil. She was a very stylish lady who struggled to find pieces she often liked in her size due to her petite nature. She was determined to create pieces for women of all sizes and so the brand Carven was born. She knew how to fly a plane and would travel the world to draw inspiration, bringing back fabrics and scents that would form part of her brand. She once showed off her collection over an actual airport runway, having the models walk out of the aircraft. The bit that got me super charged was hearing how she would sometimes fly over Paris and drop off her fragrance in little parachutes. Now, that’s my kind of woman! Madame Carven was certainly full of life and lived to be 105 years old until her passing a couple of years ago.
You can imagine walking away from that lovely press briefing, I couldn’t help but feel really inspired about life and accomplishing some of my goals which have certainly come about out of my own need too. As soon as I got home, I created a short film which you can watch here. I guess you could call this a coffee diary. One inspired by Madame Carven. As Craig is now a part of the blog, we spent some time together enjoying a brew and talking over future plans for the blog. We came up with the idea of going to Nigeria to run a 5 day course for “The Blogger Photographer”. Something we plan to execute in the next coming months. We hope to engage bloggers and photographers alike to help them better improve their skills. A journey we’re very much looking forward to. Les Brown always says “live your life with passion”, a mantra that will be a reminder for both of us to do the things we truly dream of doing.
This series has become quite the creative one for me if I’m being honest. I came up with another brilliant idea. One that allows me give back to you lovely folks for following me along this journey. But first, lets get into the coffee and outfit. Summer was a blast! I had the best time ever travelling and doing more of the things I love. But like every season comes and goes, summer has said goodbye for now to pave way for autumn. You folks know I love to keep it comfy. So the outfit at play was a simple tee and ripped denim from Pull & Bear. In my blogger mail this week came this beautiful pink Boucle Textured Coat from Topshop which I’ve nicknamed “pink fuzz”. I’ve always loved dusty pink as a colour. I mean, it was part of my wedding colour scheme, yep! Pink fuzz become my most treasured AW piece even though I’ve only had it for a couple of days, lol, talk about getting attached too quickly. To finish the outfit, I wore my metallic shoes from Topshop which are perfect for scouting for coffee spots in town.
I’ve recently become a fan of The Northern Quarter so it wasn’t a surprise that I decided to head there for my usual outdoor coffee session. This time I found myself in a restaurant named after the area. TNQ Restaurant it was called with the TNQ standing for The Northern Quarter. I kept it pretty simple and went for the latte. Feeling really inspired from the night before after watching a few youtube videos on photography, I thought it was time I returned the favour and share my knowledge of what I’ve learnt so far with you wonderful people. I came up with the idea of creating a Facebook group to support bloggers like myself to better improve their visuals. A space where you can ask your questions and hopefully I and other members can answer them. You can request to join the group here. I look forward to seeing you there. Until next time, keep enjoying the smell of coffee or tea cause winter is coming!***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***
I might be a little late but I’m here with another coffee diary. This time, I hit the streets coffee in hand. If you follow my vlogs you’ll know I love a good bargain. I get one free coffee a week from Paperchase as I have a loyalty card (anyone can get this by the way, just ask for it at your local Paperchase store). I also got gifted £5 as it was my birthday last week (and all loyalty card holders get this too on their birthday) so it was just a given that a visit to Paperchase was the right thing to do, lol. Keeping it very casual, the ripped denim and white tee look which is my absolute favourite was my starting point. I then threw on Craig’s blazer from 3 Christmases ago. To make it my on, I pinned my Antler Heart brooch on. To finish the look was my latest discounted purchase from Topshop which happens to be the metallic shoes I scored for £10. Looking like a character from Miami Vice, I was ready for some free coffee. While in Paperchase, I made sure to use up my £5 gift card on some goodies. I got a photo sign and post card which I plan to use to decorate my bedroom. Being on the streets enjoying my coffee meant taking inspiration from passersby and street performers. I got some ideas of videos to film which was great. Looking forward to more coffee days like this.
So we’re on number two of our coffee diaries. This is a series I’m totally enjoying. I headed over to the Northern Quarter yesterday to try out some new coffee shops. I ended up in a quaint little French restaurant which happened to have outdoor sitting, one of my main attractions to a coffee spot. I ordered a latte and made myself very comfortable outside. The weather was sunny but also accompanied with some slightly cool breeze. I threw on one of my latest wardrobe additions which happens to be this cool navy blue knitwear from Next. I love the details a on the back. The silky ribbons give it a much more interesting look for otherwise what would have just been a jumper. Paired with my classic mom jeans for that extra comfort and gold trainers, I was in the zone to come up with some very creative ideas.
This coffee session inspired me to create one of my artsy Instagram stories. I did a behind the scenes type video. Where I showed off my ukulele which I don’t know how to play by the way, but thankfully I can at least sing. I shared my work space which is where all the magic tends to happen. My ring station made the cut. More of this outfit was also shown and the inspiration behind my classic poses which happens to be music. I swing and sway to the sound of sweet melodies in my head until we get the shot. Thanks to my new Kate Spade New York planner which I scored at my last blogger event in London, I am staying on top of my work and I couldn’t be more organised. Be sure to catch up on this story on my Instagram. Until next time, enjoy the coffee.***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***
Coffee diaries is a weekly series that will be published on my blog just like my black and white series. Like every other blogger I know, spending time in a coffee shop seems to be a part of the blogger lifestyle. Since taking my blog full time, I and my blogger friends have been hanging out in cool coffee spots to create some content. Although, with this shoot, it was more just stopping for a nice coffee on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. Given the weather, something light as an outfit seemed very appropriate. Denim being one of my favourite go to pieces, I decided to go with the double denim look. Wearing my latest addition to my collection, the Nicole dress by Cosmic Fox and pairing it with an older piece, the light denim top which was the perfect shield from the slightly cool breeze. The gold trainers gave my outfit a little attitude.
I stopped by a nice Greek restaurant located in Manchester city centre. The classic white and blue decor drew me in which was very reminiscent of my recent trip to Mykonos, Greece. The menu was packed with various coffee options. The one that caught my eyes was the frappé; iced coffee with ice cream. I couldn’t resist especially since the sun was out and somewhat flirting with me. Taking advantage of the outdoor sitting, I sat in the sunshine and enjoyed my frappé. Something about chilling in a coffee shop inspires ideas which is why it’s become a part of my routine. It was actually there I decided to start this coffee diaries series on the blog. I look forward to exploring more coffee spots and sharing the ideas that come out of my visits.