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Eight Accessory Ideas To Improve Your Blog Photographs.

Posted on July 15, 2015

Hi Guys!

Since I’m still setting up my new office slash beauty mecca, which was meant to be done ages ago, but you know, life! I really feel like I want to get stuck in and improve every aspect of my blogging. Also now I’ve recently had my blog design revamped, and I’m pretty much blogging full time, I’ve been thinking of ways I can improve my photos in term of the accessories I use. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know the famous marble tray is no more. Sob sob! I now have brand new box-tray things, yay! And I also have a few other ideas up my sleeve too – watch this space! On the back of this I thought it would be handy to put together a list of popular accessory ideas to give others a bit of inspiration…

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1. Flowers. Ok so personally I’m not really that into flowers aesthetically, but they can make an otherwise fairly plain and boring background look pretty and colourful. You could have some laying next to your products in a flat-lay set out, standing up in a vase, out of focus in the background. The possibilities really are are endless when it comes to flowers! Of course fresh is always going to be best, but this can work out pretty expensive in the long run. I’d recommend investing in some decent quality fake flowers that will last you for a very long time. (Image from )

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2. Plates, bowls and trays. The ring dish and of course marble tray seem to be quite popular photography accessories at the moment, but what about placing your products on a colourful bowl? Or a cute little plate? There are loads of similar alternatives available, just take a look around the net and see what takes your fancy! I think trays are probably my favourite accessory right now, they just add a bit of interest and you can play around a lot with placing products in them.

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3. Jewellery. Following on from ring dishes, jewellery can be a great accessory to add to photos. I’m having a bit of a rose gold theme at the moment and often include my Michael Kors rose gold watch (I’m pretty sure every blogger owns one of these, right!?) one of my favourite bracelets and sometimes a pretty rose gold necklace with a swallow pendant. I complement these with my pink and rose gold Zoeva brushes too. Why not try picking out some of your favourite jewellery and practice placing it in your photos, it’s easy once you figure out what works for you. (Image from )

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4. Washi tape. I LOVE washi tape, but just haven’t got round to using mine yet. If you’re not sure what it is you can check out my post on washi tape ideas here. It can be used in literally zillions of ways – stick it on a wipe clean surface such as kitchen floors to add interest to an otherwise boring background. Use it on your plain makeup storage jars to jazz them up a bit. Take a look on Pinterest too for loads of washi tape ideas.

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5. Magazines. Another popular, easy and inexpensive idea. Open a fashion magazine to a particularly nice shot and use this as a background. easy peasy! Loads of bloggers do this already as it’s really simple and effective. Sprinkle some jewellery on the page too to add further interest. (Image from )

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6. Wallpaper and fabric samples. You can get samples of wallpapers either for free or for next to nothing from so many places these days. I have a few which I’ll be featuring in an upcoming post. Take a look in your local DIY store, grab a load of samples and practice setting up your products on them to see which works for you.

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7. Clippings and cuttings. So this is what I’ve been doing for a while now, and it really couldn’t be easier, I bought a roll of shiny, iridescent paper from ebay and literally just chopped out a load of tiny triangles and sprinkled them around the products I was photographing. It couldn’t be any easier! You could also do this with a pretty paper or card.

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8. Candles, pots and vases. An obvious choice, candles especially are a beauty blogger’s favourite background accessory! Again the options are limitless, take a look in your local charity shops to pick out some more unusual options too!

I hope this has given you some inspiration! Let me know if you have any other accessory ideas! And massive thanks to the bloggers who have let me include some of their fantastic images in this post!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Hairy Armpits and Natural Beauty.

Posted on April 21, 2014

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The other day I read this article on Cosmopolitan’s site, it’s about artist Ben Hopper’s latest exhibition entitled Natural Beauty. The exhibition features eight portraits of beautiful women looking seductively at the camera whilst showing off their armpit hair. Challenging the ideals of the beauty industry, it raises the question on why it’s deemed that body hair is unsexy. Armpit hair isn’t really something we consciously think of or really talk about – If I mention ‘Pitts’ I reckon most people will instantly think of the Brangelina kind, rather than the unwanted fuzz growing under your arms.

This interested me because why should images of women with body hair be so shocking? Why is armpit hair seen as unsexy? Or any body hair for that matter. It is natural after all!

Hopper comments on his original intended message for these images – he said: “It started as a joke about contemporary art and how a lot of artists create a body of repetitive work only to be treated seriously by overwhelmed audiences. “I thought photographing a lot of really beautiful women with armpit hair would make a similar effect.”

I think it’s quite sad that as a culture we are conditioned to believe that women must have no body hair at all to be considered attractive. Even though I know most people will say that hairless is their preference, the Facebook replies to this post still shocked me –

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I prefer shaved pits on myself, it’s just more comfortable, but each to their own. If a woman wants to have armpit hair then I won’t judge, just as I wouldn’t judge a man for shaving his pits or legs, it’s all personal preference. The fact is BODY HAIR IS NATURAL, it’s normal – but people see it as ‘disgusting’ and unsavoury. Kenny Cook comments very eloquently above – ‘Shave under arms bitch your not a man’.

I find these strong reactions quite shocking, it’s just a bit of armpit hair for God’s sake, chill out! Also this is art – some of the models grew the hair for the project, and some (though it doesn’t say specifically) may have had the hair anyway. Who cares!? If a woman wants to have armpit hair surely that’s her choice?? I think these women are beautiful just as they are.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this? xxx