Sleeveless jacket: TK Maxx (similar here) / Shirt: Kookai (similar here) / Trousers & necklace: Topshop / Gladiator sandals: London Rebel via Cloggs* / Bag: Fiorelli via Cloggs* / Rings: Miss Selfridge
Photos by: Polly Vadasz
I look pretty serious in these photos but feel free to have a nosey on my Twitter where you’ll find this image – a very cheesy outtake that makes me cringe ever so slightly but one that totally embodies the mood of this shoot.
My lovely friend Polly took these photos for me and at the same time, I took a few for her (check out her latest blog post here) – a little shoot we’d pre-arranged a few days before. I’m going to be honest, I woke up and thought oh crap. I’d had a rubbish evening the night before having stayed in, eaten my feelings and wallowed in self pity. We’ve all done it. I couldn’t have felt less like standing in front of a camera. BUT (this is a big ‘but’) I got up, made myself a lovely herbal tea to soothe my tummy and put on an outfit that made me feel strong, (almost) confident and comfortable. I wanted to feel ‘nice’. It was bright, almost but not quite sunny and a little (actually very) windy which although not ideal, made the shoot even more fun. I popped into Starbucks beforehand and picked us both up a coffee (hence the feature in these photos) and headed down to our agreed location.
And do you know what? I had a blast – and I think Polly did too. I genuinely haven’t stopped smiling since these photos were taken; not only we were both so happy with the images, but we laughed our way through mouthfuls of windswept hair and disapproving onlookers to get the perfect shots (I don’t think the older generation quite ‘gets’ the concept of blogging), as well as taking a few silly selfies and videos for Snapchat (beth-norton & pollyvdsz) in between. We just had a lot of fun.
So I guess I just want to make the point that life is what you make of it – which we all know anyway. For years I’ve indulged in the pits as well as the peaks and I’m finally learning to ride them (I resisted the urge to use the infamous ‘rollercoaster of life’ metaphor), to get on with it and simultaneously make the most of every moment, as well as allowing myself to feel a bit crap sometimes. You don’t have to block those feelings out, they exist and you can’t ignore them. But you can deal with them – manage them, monitor them and when you can, overcome them.
Force yourself to get up, to be productive, to smile and to laugh – every day is another chance to get it right.
Love, Beth xo.
Disclaimer: all items marked with an asterisk have been gifted to me for promotional purposes.