Not the usual outfit you'd expect from LA I know, but according to locals they are amidst a cold snap, 16 degrees and sunny however is positively balmy for us Brits and any chance to walk outside without a coat and thermals on comfortably is bloody great in my books.
So where have I been since my quite 'woe is me' style entry? First and foremost I must thank you every one of you who took the time to comment on my previous post and the accompanying Instagram post, I was extremely touched by how many people offered advice, shared their experiences with working freelance or simply yelled 'ME TOO'. I realised I'm not alone and 90% of self-employed people battle with the same lows as I do. Emotions are on the up though! I'm now in my second full week at the studio, I've started running again, I'm listening to more podcasts than ever, and a blog relaunch is in motion.
Secondly, I took a trip to Los Angeles! (More about why and what we did coming soon) It's genuinely magical what three days in the sun spent laughing hysterically alongside some inspiring women can do for the soul. These shots were taken impromptu beside our hotel in Santa Monica just as the sun started to set. Californian bloggers have got it good over there. The light, the architecture, the colour palette and the laid-back atmosphere all form the ideal recipe for content creation. With a view of grey skies and red brick houses out of my window as I write this, I'm pining for those clean back drops and warm rays again. [Spring, are you there?]
Credit goes to Liv, the glow-getter, for capturing my Miami Vice meets Beatles fusion. The unexpected always turn out to be my favourite photos.
And thirdly, in an attempt to put a structure in place I'm learning to separate my weekdays from my weekends. In retail, working at the weekend was the norm, days seemed to blur together, and I never got the chance to unwind at the end of a week. Working for myself now gives me the freedom to step away from the screen, take back my weekends and use them for me. The Girl Boss movement (as inspiring as it is) sometimes implies as female businesswomen we need to be working round the clock to succeed, but I disagree giving yourself a break is as important. Saturday's and Sunday's, for me, are now spent catching up with friends, reading the backlog of magazines accumulated since Christmas and putting in small outings. The most recent being Damien Hirst's 'Colour Space' at Houghton Hall.
Photography by Olivia Purvis