27



This time last year I wrote a post titled 26, this was partly a list of things I wanted to achieve in my 26th year and what I'd already accomplished/not accomplished in my life so far. It was basically something a little more personal across on my blog. I guess it was a nice way for me to share a few details about myself rather than just feature another outfit of mine.




One of my favourite things about this particular post was that last weekend (my 27th birthday), I looked back and reread what I'd written this time last year. This was pretty eye opening as I've never been able to do that before, but now as my blog is over one year old it was great getting to look back to what I'd written and what was important to me 365 days previous!



Since I love to reminisce, I'm back this year with a list of targets and plans for my 27th year on earth, and sharing whether or not I'd achieved last years goals. The main target I wanted to hit last year (at the ripe age of 26) was to move out. In my post I said I'd love to move to either Leeds or Manchester, and as you probably all know by now I did in-fact make the big move to Manchester, a city that I'd fallen in love with ever since my first visit. Another to-do was to make more friends and I can tell you now, thanks to all of the friendly Mancunians here in the city I've managed to tick that off my list too! I feel like over the past year I've changed and grown up a lot, and I'm very happy where I am right now.




Spontaneity was again something I wanted to focus on and is always at the top of the list, this year it's no different, I want to carry on being spontaneous as I'd say it's the best thing you could ever do. Saying yes to pretty much anything can get you a lot of places and yeah, I guess it can also teach you many life lessons. If it means trying something new or going to new places then I'm always up for taking the chance and being ready for the next adventure.




This time last year I was working odd jobs and trying my best to post twice a week to build my blog. I did this by spending everyday (Monday - Friday) 9-5 in my dining room, for no money, no real plan of where it would take me and no idea if it would be beneficial to where I am today. However, deep down I knew I was on the right path with every post I wrote I knew something was going to come of it and I still feel like that today. Taking a year out of working and worrying, by concentrating on something I wanted to do, something solely for me is the best decision I've EVER MADE.



I was hoping to make connections through blogging and creating video's, concentrating on my own photography and making content I was proud of. My dream was to show people what I could do and to finally tick off my last and final box of last years objective - getting a proper job and a job I love. I can tell you now that I've also managed that, landing my dream job creating content at a rock 'n roll brand here in Manchester.

It's really strange, everything I wrote on my blog post last year came true. I mean, it was partly down to luck, being in the right place at the right time, and I guess it was partly down to hard work too. Since everything came true with my previous post, maybe this year I'll have to quote Del Boy and say "This time next year I'll be a millionaire". Worth a try with this track record, right?!



The only other thing to have changed since last year (other than the slightly shorter hair cut) is that I've met a girl who continues to make me the happiest person in the world. I'd not been in Manchester long till I met Chloe, we met through taking photographs for one another blogs and as soon as we met for the first time I knew she was the one for me. I hope this next year and many more to come will be spent getting to know this person, who I love so much and becoming closer to more and more each day.




My blog will always continue to be my special place where I talk about my hobby, passions and experiences in my life. It really has given me great things so far. It surprises me everyday and I couldn't of believed it would of ever happen when I started this adventure. This is my promise to you and to myself that I will keep on going with this blog that I love so much. This year I want to continue with my blog, meeting cool people, making new friends and posting & featuring what excites me and hopefully you!

I'll leave you with a quote from last year - "I'm a firm believer of everything happening for a reason, I know I'm on a path to something good"...

I firmly believe after my amazing 26th year even bigger and better things are just around the corner. Bring it on!




TANT D'AVENIR PARIS




Hey guys, how you all doing? I've been non-stop since returning from Paris last week, meaning last Sunday I needed to recharge my batteries. After spending last weekend doing bugger all, (which obviously meant no blog post) tonight I'm back with a big one that's certainly worth the wait. This post marks the first of many about my recent trip to Paris. I'll be featuring the cool characters I met along the way, some new in killer clothing and so much more. Basically, I've got a lot of great content coming so make sure to keep an eye out! 





I've chosen this particular post to feature something which is very close to my heart and an integral part of my style. You've probably guessed it - it's jewellery. You should all know how much I love jewellery, and if you don't then just take a look through this blog and you'll quickly discover just how it has become very significant in my life.





So without telling you all again why I adore jewellery and where all my pieces are from, I thought I'd share a new brand with you instead. So, let's talk about Tant D'avenir Paris, quite possibly the coolest brand and collection I've ever laid eyes on. I've known of the Paris based brand for a while, but last week I finally got to see it in person.





I went to Paris two weeks ago to shoot Quentin Pontonnier, a jewellery designer by day - rock star by night. After we'd completed the shoot for Phix (which I'm also going to post about), I just had to visit his incredible jewellery shop. As you could probably guess I did treat myself, I couldn't resist one of his incredible pieces, I just had to take something home with me a memento of my first work trip to Paris!






Quentin's shop is like going back in time to when rock'n roll was king. Upon entering his workshop and studio you get to see all his unique creations housed in large, old, antique cabinets. Long leather studded chairs are placed in the middle of the room with a marble display table in the centre. Vintage patterned carpets have been thrown on the wooden floor and old records played in the background as cigarette smoke hung thick in the air. Quentin told me he didn't want his jewellery shop to conform to the strict, professional and sometimes intimidating style of what you find on the high street today, and as you can see by my description he's managed to not conform.





I picked up this beauty for my neck and I bloody love it, just look at the attention to detail, the work and the quality of the piece. Plus I also got myself a ring, I've always liked The Great Frog when buying (new) jewellery but after seeing Quentin's creations using old coins, traditional techniques and designs pulled from his own imagination, other jewellery just doesn't come close anymore!






Tant D'avernir Paris takes its inspiration from Roman and Greek mythology as well as a mix of Native American and of course a big dose of rock 'n roll. Quentin's love of columns also manifests itself in the brands logo. He chose the column because of its symbolic connection to power, strength, and classical antiquity. Quentin even has two columns tattooed on either side of his shoulders. Here's a picture I look of Quentin in his jewellery shop . . . and yes before you ask, that is in-fact his real gun!


I'd strongly recommend checking Quentin's jewellery out, if you want something custom made by the man himself, from the beautiful city of Paris, Tant D'avernir is the only place to go. To check out Quentin's killer brand, click below.

Tant D'avenir or if you happen to be passing:
 📍 46 Rue Godefroy Cavaignac, 75011 Paris, France

Big shout to Quentin for showing me around the city and giving me a killer free t-shirt too!




7 FOR ALL MANKIND




Hey everyone and welcome back to another slightly late (I admit it) blog post! This is a post I've been wanting to share with you for a while now, as I loved wearing the outfit I'm about to feature. Another plus about this particular post is that I got to do it with my beautiful girlfriend Chloe.

I have been lucky enough to work with 7 For All Mankind once before, and this sparked my addiction for the brand. This time CJ got in on the act too as she was gifted a couple of killer pieces, and I was lucky to receive a super cool denim shirt. I have so many photographs to share with you all, lets get started.





I was given this awesome denim shirt from 7 For All Mankind which I styled up in the outfit to end all outfits, double denim. I just hope I pulled it off! I just wanted to show you something a little different from my classic go-to black skinny jeans, leather jacket and hat combination. I imagine you're probably all very bored of seeing that outfit by now!






CJ was given an amazing pair of cords which she chose not to wear, I think she's saving them for another post, but as you can see she decided to wear her vintage inspired boho F.A.M suede tassel jacket. I mean even I was jealous of this, not only because she got one more item than I did, but CJ was given this crazy cool black jacket too!





Even being slightly jealous I was still very grateful for my denim shirt. As I mentioned I wanted my outfit to be a big statement, with that in mind what better way of getting that statement look, than going down the big double denim route. I paired by light blue denim jacket with a light shade pair of jeans and brown cowboy boots. Plus if you noticed, the coolest cowboy belt around which is actually vintage Levi which I got given by my Dad. I never wear blue jeans, so this felt pretty strange, but I did enjoy experimenting with my style and wearing something I wouldn't normally go for. It's always good to change things up every now and again.




Another thing I loved about creating this post was working with one of Manchester best photographers Bach Nguyen. I love all the photographs we got back from the shoot, I think he's captured us and the pieces we were given in such a cool way. 

Sometimes working with different photographers you only get given the photographs they choose, thankfully in this case, Bach give us  pretty much all the snaps from the shoot. In fact he give us  such a wide selection of photographs it was pretty hard to choose just a handful to feature on this post! A special shout and thanks has to go to the super talented Bach for these amazing photographs.





Click here to view the denim shirt which is actually now in the sale.
As you may know I was in Paris over the weekend hence the lateness of this post. I am however, planning on sharing my vlog from last week plus a few blog posts hopefully this weekend if I have the time to edit the huge amount of pictures and videos I shot over the weekend. 

Thanks for reading,

Catch you soon,