Hello lovelies! Hope you’re all well and enjoying August so far!

Today’s blog post is all my tips on being in front of the lens!! When I first started blogging I felt extremely nervous about being photographed in the street and especially being photographed by someone I didn’t know.

I used to freak out so much I’d be non stop weeing before hand (not sure if it’s just me that this happens to when I’m nervous) but I ended up just staying down ally streets or indoors, however I really wanted to explore and had so many ideas for outdoor shoots. Shooting in the street can be extremely nerve racking at first- with people watching and the occasional weird comment. But in all honesty people are just extremely interested and they are only there for a split second and then you’ll never see them again. Also if it’s  doing what makes you happy, no one should stop that!!

One thing I always remember that helped is to just look past the stares and focus on your photographer, taking a pause moment while people walk closely by can also help. People are just a tad interested and are probably thinking ‘oh who’s she/he?, ‘What’s she/he up too?’. It’s also important to be mindful whilst shooting too, like don’t stand outside someones house and chat really loudly for ages, as people may be in and don’t really wanna hear that.

Also cat calling can and does happen…I’ve dealt with all sorts being said and it is extremely frustrating and boring but you need to just ignore them. It’s so horrible that’s what people think is okay, but my advice would be to ignore it and walk on or just stare back. But just a little tip if it’s builders or company owners, take a picture of the company sign they work for and email the company with a complaint.

Outfit details below. Movement: Here I walked back and forward on the stop towards the camera! 

Anyway here are a few of my tips on being in front of the camera…

Start with working with a photographer or someone you feel comfortable with. I started by sticking to shooting with friends or family, yes my dad has had to take some pictures for me before, which was always hilarious as it ended in mostly me with a double chin.

I think finding someone you click with is important. It’s okay to not feeling 100% confident at first but just ease yourself in, do maybe one of two outfits to start with; plan your locations before hand and work out changing spots so you don’t have to worry about that on the day. But usually if you ask politely to use a pub or cafe toilet it’s usually always okay, or if you fancy it buy yourself a changing tent off amazon! I’m debating the fact I need one in my life after I spent a day changing on the seafront with a load of people on the pier watching and laughing, which is usually the reality of all shoots changing in doorways and streets under t-shirts and dresses.

If your feeling worried about people staring try organise a time after 9am when people have gone to work… I mean unfortunately there will always be people around and about who do stare, but they have gone in a second!

After a while shoots will get easier and I’ve found that working with new photographers is so lovely and exciting when it comes to creating new and different content/images! I have met some of the loveliest people through stepping out my comfort zone and doing this! but honestly it’s all about practice, It will come!! If you ever feel stuck for a vision or an idea on how you’d want your overall style or feed to be, I’ve always found Pinterest extremely helpful as it allows you to be creative and moodboard the things you love and see it all visually.

MOVEMENT. My goodness it’s important. It wasn’t until I did a shoot with Lydia Collins a year ago now, that I realised just how important movement really was when it comes to shooting. Moving back and forward on the spot, which actually can make you wobble so much. It’s surprising how moving back and forth on the spot can cause you to nearly fall over on the spot! But it looks great on camera! Also laugh!! Even if it’s fake you will 100% end up laughing, I find my best photos always seem to be me caught of guard and laughing with whoever is shooting me.

Outfit details below.  Movement: Again walking past the camera within the frame of the shot to get this image. 

Always have a prop! Mine tends to always be a bag or sunglasses or my hair! Just something to make sure you don’t have awkward hands flying about. However, coffee cups, necklaces or earrings, food, flowers anything works!!! It’s also nice if something tells a bit of a story, so experiment with your props and locations.

Don’t be afraid to work with your photographer on creating the angles and shots you want to achieve- it’s all about communication. I think sometimes I was always to scared to speak about a vision I had in mind, but if you’ve got one speak about. I’m sure whoever you are working with would love to discuss your vision and any ideas they have too!!

Enjoy it and have fun with creating new and exciting content. I tend to plan a lot of my shoots, in terms of outfits and locations. Sometimes it’s hard to plan a location as I find my favourite ones and ones I stumble across when I’ve chosen a certain area, so I usually decide on coloured backgrounds or more street style or plain backgrounds! It really depends on your own individual style, but experiment and enjoy your shooting days. Also it’s important to wear clothes that reflects you and your personality, wear clothes that you feel comfortable in as it will really show on camera.

Basically just have FUN!!! enjoy it all and be YOU. It’s such a creative thing and a lot of work goes into peoples images so enjoy the process. I also thought I’d add in a little about how I work in terms of shooting as I’ve had a few questions about it lately! So I shoot on a Olympus Pen EPL8 with a 45mm lens and recently have been using my 17mm (which I love)! I tend to shoot  6 outfits weekly on one day a week, as I have a lot of uni work so one day a week right now is all I can manage.  But it’s just what works best for me, I know a lot of people work differently so it’s about finding a balance and working in a way that allows you to feel relaxed and excited about it all. If you ever have any questions about any of this please do send me a message, I’ll happily answer anything!

Outfit details below. Real laughs with the beautiful Cree Bashford, who I met up with to shoot some outfits together, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out! 

In this post I thought I’d include some images from my favourite outfits this week which I feel super lucky to receive from one of my favourite brands NA-KD. which honestly have pieces for every occasion, at any time. I must admit my holiday wardrobe is slowly growing from browsing on their site!

First off is this stunning suit set, I fell in love with these beautiful wide leg trousers , which are absolutely perfect for weddings and special occasions or dressing down with a white tee and pair of chunky trainers and then I saw the blazer!! If you’ve noticed I’ve fallen for anything belted recently so I was sold on this suit! CLICK HERE for the stunning trousers and CLICK HERE for the perfect pink blazer!

For the second outfit I thought I’d try something a little out of my colour comfort zone, and go for a full satin look, I mean who doesn’t love a statement satin outfit! (another obsession of mine) but how gorgeous are these shorts!! CLICK HERE to shop. (they come in black and green too!)

These satin shirts have become my new best friend, I wear them everywhere with shorts at the minute and I can’t wait to lay on the beach and throw this on over a bikini in September! CLICK HERE for the Satin shirt.

Thanks so much for reading lovelies, hope it was slightly helpful, even if I did rant on about it all!! I also want to say a huge thanks to the lovely Cree Bashford for being a wonderful photographer and taking these images for me! Her website is HERE and her Instagram is HERE if you wanna check her out!

Love, India Moon. 

P.S. Also if you want to treat yourself to any NA-KD fashion pieces I also have a 20% off code which is valid for two weeks ‘india2018’ !!

 

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Hey lovelies!

Just writing a short but extremely Sweet blog post today about a little event I attended that I really wanted to share with you all! Last week I was really lucky to be invited to try the new Tequila Rose in Brighton, along with my bestie @AliHemsley !

Now at first I was honestly thinking am I going to struggle to drink it? Tequlia has always been to strong for me, but oh my goodness!!! This strawberry cream liqeur is incredible. It’s pink, it taste amazing and the bottle looks absolutely beautiful! So I did really spend my Saturday in pink, drinking pink things and getting super excited about finally finding my new favourite drink.  I tested this drink with all my friends this weekend, and they all loved it as much as me! So I’m super happy that it now means all pre drinks can be Tequila Rose! I guess you could say I really am in love with it.

The day consisted of getting our hair done at Lipstick and Gunpowder in Brighton and drinking the most amazing Tequila Rose Milkshake, which I really need to attempt to make! Whilst having my hair curled into the most stunning bouncy waves we had lots of yummy shots and then decided to take full advantage of the colourful background and super cute tequila rose backdrop! Ali and Myself decided to borrow the coolest pink jackets that made us feel like we were part of the pink ladies gang.. pink ladies tequila gang in fact and had such fun catching up in the sun.

The best way to describe this drink is like an alcoholic milkshake! It’s so so yummy. Honestly everytime I smell it I want a sip…but it’s not really expectable to have a drink on a work night in bed by yourself. It really is such a perfect drink for summer!  For shots with friends, a milkshake or even tequila ‘beer pong’ that me and Ali decided to play for her birthday this weekend, which is 100% nicer than beer in my opinion!

You can buy Tequila Rose from Tesco’s and its so so worth it, I promise once you add this into the mix on your nights out you’ll thank me for it!

Let me know if you’ve ever tired it or if you do after this!

Love, India Moon.

 

*This is a sponsored posts. All my honest thoughts and opinions.

 

 

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh.

Hello lovelies,

Hope you’re all happy and well! I thought I’d create a post today about how I personally deal with some of the stresses of social media and ways in which I am learning to love and accept myself. I’m only writing this because I believe as inspiring and amazing as social platforms can be, they can also be mentally draining for a lot of us who are part of this virtual world. We are all human, and I feel as though a lot of the time we do and try to constantly show all the positives and share only the positive moments. However for me personally, I do have difficult days and I am in no way complaining about how incredible social media is and how many wonderful opportunities it has opened up for me. So just to make sure this post isn’t about me complaining or talking about the negatives, it’s more to highlight that we are all human and social media can sometimes affect us.  Below are a few different ways I cope with it all. It can be overwhelming and so hard not to compare yourself when you are constantly surrounded by everyone’s highlight reels, so I am trying hard to learn how to release self-neglect.

I am a firm believer that you can create your world by working hard, putting your all into it and being positive about everything you create. I also believe it’s okay to have those down days and be open about the things you go through – it doesn’t mean your moaning if you need to express how your feeling! So I wanted to share some ways I personally deal with the stresses of social media and how it can sometimes make me feel.

As I am sharing so much of my life online already, and will only continue to share so much more over the next few months and years, I want to make sure I am always honest and open with you all and will share as much as I can on my thoughts and tips with how to deal and enjoy this journey.

So, here goes… Here’s some of the things I’ve been doing lately to allow myself to have down time from social platforms and learn new ways of self-love and accepting myself.

  • Starting the day with love, not technology. Reminding yourself of your worthiness in the morning. Don’t go on your phone as soon as you wake up. Give yourself an hour for your body to wake up slowly before flicking through social platforms – it’s not going anywhere, you won’t be missing out,  promise! It honestly helps so much with feeling relaxed. As going on your phone as soon as you wake up can be such a shock to the system as its such an over stimulant.
  • Give yourself breaks from constantly checking your phone. Find something that allows you to switch off. For me personally, it’s going to the gym. I don’t have any wifi there (thank goodness – a little blessing) so it means I can just listen to music and switch off from it all for a bit. MY suggestion would to be to consciously turn airplane mode on and do something for yourself, for part of your day. This could be anything – cooking, planning what you are going to do the next day, going for a walk or spending time with loved ones.
  • Follow accounts that inspire you, not ones that you find yourself comparing too. As I see it, you may just need a bit of space from following that person sometimes. I am in noway criticising them, but it’s simple, everyone shows their positives, their proudest moments or shares all the things they love. However, it can be extremely unhealthy and also damaging for us to spend some of our time comparing ourselves to someone elses best moments. I know I’ve been guilty of this, I have moments where I don’t feel like this and moments where I do.  Just look out for yourself, as we can sometimes do it without even realising. There is a big difference to admiring/ being inspired by someone and feeling envious and constantly finding yourself picking at your own features or lifestyle because of having an insight to someone elses. We are all unique and everyone is on their own journey, so enjoy yours.
  • Time off before you got to sleep. Try give yourself an hour or two before bed to not go on your phone. Recently, I’ve been writing in a note pad and filling it with ideas I have that I want to start creating after university, I think it’s important to allow yourself to relax before sleeping! Listening to music or reading is something that also helps me sleep better at the moment.
  • Talk about how your feeling, if you feel affected in any way. It’s okay to talk about it all, social media has so many positives but also can have so many uncertainties and worries that occur due to it, and it’s okay to take time out to focus on what is right for you and be in the moment. Surround yourself with people who make you happy and be in those moments with them, not always living it through your phone.
  • I also want to briefly touch on numbers, followers and engagement. As I know a lot of us can be affected by this. I have always tried to never ever focus on any of those things as it’s something you don’t have full control over, but I understand it is something that does feel like recognition/ a sense of achievement to things we create through social media sometimes, but we shouldn’t let it. Our platforms are a place where we are able to be creative, and share our love, whatever it might be with others. It’s a very inspiring place however, we need to remember why we started sharing these in the first place. When I first started blogging, I ended up stopping for 7 months because I began to feel constantly down about what I was doing and that it wasn’t ‘good enough’, so I stopped. I took time out to have my space and think about why I wanted to pursue this in the first place, and for me that time was so helpful as it brought me back to all the reasons I wanted to do this. So do what is right for you. Allow yourself to step back if you need that time, you need to feel happy and positive towards what you create.
  • Talk happy to yourself. If you can, try and think of 3 or more things daily that you feel you’ve accomplished and things you love about yourself. Although I found this difficult to start with, I believe it really helps you focus on a positive mindset towards your body and your mind.
  • Be patient with yourself and appreciate/ think about the things your grateful for when you can. We can only do so much and it’s good to listen to your body, to allow yourself to relax and focus on doing the things you love. When it works for you, it’s good to have time to reflect on some of the things you’ve accomplished and what your grateful for.
  • Talk to someone, or seek professional help. Dealing with self-rejection and stress can be extremely difficult, and we all deserve to be happy. From personal experience, I think it’s important to try tune in and work out what you may need, and if seeing someone may help with that support in your life then it’s something that’s worth exploring. There are lots of different approaches you can make to this, so it’s always good to try different things and if they don’t work move on and try something else. I’ve tired a few different things regarding therapy to help with the ways I deal with stress, and am still learning and trying new things, such as yoga and meditation. Talking to people can also help, such as friends or family. If you are reading this and want to chat, I will always be more than happy to talk to any of you as a friend (I’m no professional) but sometimes it can help just to let it out in the open.

I want to thank you all for reading this and sticking around to be part of this journey with me! I will always be honest and true with you all. I am forever grateful for all of your support and love.

Love, India Moon.

Full outfit: Topshop.

Dress: CLICK HERE

Shoes:CLICK HERE

Jacket:CLICK HERE

 

Hello lovelies,

Hope you are all well. I wanted to do a post today and share with you all a little bit more about me, my Instagram journey and answer some of the questions I’ve been asked a lot about recently, which may have some helpful tips for some of you. However, I’m no expert and this experience so far has been focusing on enjoying the whole process and just learning lots along the way! I’ve also included my top 5 co-ords at the moment (all denim of course) with all links to shop included at the end, as I’m actually obsessed with them right now!

I want to briefly start by talking about the ups and downs of my social media journey. Starting blogging and being on social media has so many amazing positives, of which I love, however I put a lot of pressure on myself daily to be posting more, to create better content and to write more regularly. I think that’s because I can be a bit of a perfectionist, and can feel really down when I’m not able to meet my own expectations. I want to be able to write tons of blog posts and be able to share my stories or experiences more with you all. I do adore writing but right now it really isn’t possible for me, so I’ll be posting as much as I can instead in the meantime! I’m having to look after myself whilst focusing on completing my university journey, which finishes this September. Which I cannot wait for…

I’m sharing this because if you do go into this industry and you love every minute of it, I believe you have to realise that your health and self-care need to be prioritsed above everything else. Recently I spoke to the lovely Beth Sandland who said to me “You can’t pour from an empty cup” and it’s so true, also you need to follow her if you don’t already, her account is stunning and she has the best blog posts! You need to do what you can.  I’ve struggled with my psychological health over the last few months, and I’ve had to force myself to say no to a lot of things, which has left me feeling a little defeated. It’s hard to sometimes know when you need time out or when to switch off from it all, but it’s extremely important to take time to yourself and no matter what your doing in life BE YOURSELF, listen to your body. It’s your temple after all, you need to listen to it, and its the only one you have.

I have to remember this as I do struggle with wanting to do this full time and want to just put my all into doing what I love, yet right now I also have other commitments I need to focus on too. What has helped me is staying positive and giving myself one day a week focusing just on my blog. Some weeks this doesn’t always work, but managing your time so you can do the things you love or giving yourself enough time to relax and do something for you is vital. Remember a difficult day is okay, and theres a new day around the corner, and remind yourself to appreciate all the things you have.

Anyway enough ranting on, I thought I’d share a little bit about my Instagram journey and any tips I have to any of you who wish to start a blog or who are just generally interested (if any of you are). I’ll be honest, I still find it surreal that anyone wants to read my blogs and it fills me with so much love knowing there are a few of you reading this. So, I started about a year ago now because I realised how much I loved styling, photographing and being able to have my own little space to write. Now this is all based on my own opinion and experiences, and some people may have a different view and I think it’s all about what works for you and doing things because you are enjoying them and they are making you happy.

I started with no intention in mind other than sharing my love for clothes and my thoughts, I do this alongside working in retail, studying an intensive course of Film in London and working on meeting inspiring content creators who would like some photos taken/ building my photography portfolio @GloriandMoonPhotography. So far it’s been extremely rewarding doing this as a hobby, and it’s opened up so many amazing opportunities I could of only dream of.  I’ve met so many incredibly beautiful people, many who I really see as being some of my best friends for life. The support, inspiration and the amount of insanely talented people within this industry is mind blowing and the amount of hard work!! I’m constantly inspired daily by people I follow and feel extremely lucky to be surrounded by it all.

I get asked a lot how I’ve grown my following, and I never really know how to respond. For me, I think it’s been consistency, I mean I post in threes so I guess thats easier for me as I choose to post three times a day to share different aspects of an outfit/different positions etc. Which is actually partly because I like the way it looks also. I think if your putting the time and effort in to create quality content, something will always come of that. I also have back up posts, I use an app called ‘The Grid’ which allows me to plan all my posts and I usually have up to 2-3 weeks worth of content so I don’t have to think too much about running out. To have this much content I always plan to shoot one day a week and shoot around 5-8 outfits in a day, of course it’s what works for you though.  Right now this is what works for me and I think it’s about finding a balance amongst your lifestyle.

Now you guys might think to this “yeah whatever India…” but I really think not focusing on my growth has helped as well, as I believe if you spend time comparing and focusing on growth, it can really get you down and effect how you feel towards your work.  I also think, being positive towards everything you do and supporting other bloggers/ influencers who you find inspiring or who’s content you adore.

For me one of the biggest helps for me has been, being shared by other people within their stories or being reposted by brands who I’ve worked for. Which is always such a wonderful surprise and I always want to pinch myself, like is that really me… ahh!! My overall tip though, would be… be true to yourself, create content that you love: it’s your space, do it because it makes you happy and you enjoy it: if you are finding yourself feeling affected negatively by social media or find yourself comparing your journey with others take time out. Your health is worth so much more, and doing something like this should be because you love it. If you are comparing growth, instead of feeling down about your own growth from it, look at it as inspiring because they are proving that growth can be achieved naturally.

I could go on forever but that’s a little about me and my journey so far. If you are reading this and you have any questions please feel free to message me, I will always answer any questions if you have any, I mean I’m no expert but I happily will answer anything. I also want to say thank you so so much for all of your support, love, positivity and being such an amazing support system to me. I appreciate every single one of you, and if I could I’d give you all hugs.

Love, India Moon.

 

Outfit Links:

 

FIRST OUTFIT:

In The Style Pink Crop Jacket: Click Here!

In The Style Pink Hem Skirt: Click Here!

In The Style Checkerboard Crop Top: Click Here!

SECOND OUTFIT:

Topshop Raw Hem Crop Orange Jacket: Click Here!

Topshop Mini Midi Denim Skirt: Click here!

Topshop Black Bandeau Crop top: Click here!

THIRD OUTFIT:

Topshop Utility Jacket and Utility Trouser set: Click here for both!

FOURTH OUTFIT:

Berskha Crop Pink Jacket: Click here!

Berskha Pink Denim Skirt: Click here!

FIFTH OUTFIT:

Yellow BooHoo Denim Jacket: Click Here!

Unfortunately the Skirt is out of stock but here is the Yellow Rip Detail Shorts: Click here!

Hello Lovelies!!

Hope you are all well and had an extremely happy and snowy February! I just cannot get over the weather, it might just be me but I was expecting it to be warm in spring?!  I know that might seem a little silly, but please come back sun and warmth?!?

So I’ve officially decided from now on, I’ll be posting one blog post a month based only on my favourite monthly outfit or outfits. That depends if I’m being my indecisive self and fallen for more outfits. However, February’s favourite monthly outfit for me was definitely this one. I have found an absolute gem of a brand on JD’s website, and I’m in loveeeee!

Feel like I’ve been living under a rock recently, because I keep finding more and more new brands that I can’t get enough of and SikSilk are one of them!

The most perfect denim pieces. I don’t know about you all but finding Mom styled jeans that fit me right is a huge challenge, but I’ve found some!!!! They fit over my bum and round my waist, for once!! I also found my dream nike shoes and of course they had to be pink!! I want to keep this very pictured based, and not just me ranting on and on…so here is my favourite February outfit!!!! Will tag all the pieces below and what sizes I got in each!

Hope you all have an amazing start to March!

Love, India Moon. 

SikSilk Rip Mom Jeans- LINK HERE. I’m wearing a size 4. They have so many amazing Mom jeans in so many colours… Next on my list is pink and blue in time or spring/summer!

SikSilk Raw Edge Crop Denim Jacket- LINK HERE. I’m wearing a size 6.

SikSilk Box Logo Bra- LINK HERE. I’m wearing a size 6.

Nike Air Max 95s- LINK HERE.