31 October 2016

The Witching Hour

Happy Halloween everybody! I always get excited about Halloween, and the chance to get dressed up. This year, I decided to put together a gothic look which had the feel of a costume, but consisted mainly of items I already had, and was consistent with my personal style. My coat is past season Topshop (A/W 2013), but I've seen coats with a similar style online, like the Hell Bunny Courtney coat. The only thing I bought new for my 'costume' was the headband with lace cat ears. Surprisingly it was bought from a supermarket (Sainsbury's own accessories range) and was very affordable. But if you like it and can't locate the same one, River Island has one that looks identical (here). Underneath, I wore dark jeans, and I completed the look with my ever-faithful swan bag (no surprises there I'm sure!). You can click here to see a black clutch bag with a digital swan print, for a similar feel. Finally, I added my owl stud earrings, which I thought would be a fitting choice and in keeping with the Halloween theme (similar at Accessorize).

I wanted to take the pictures for this blog post in a setting which resembled a forest, and I'm really happy with how the images turned out, and the backdrop. I hope you like them too. You can see my past Halloween posts here (20142015).

Did you do anything special to mark Halloween? Do you like this look? Please leave a comment below and let me know! Thank you for dropping by.

Lots of love Saba xx

10 October 2016

St. Dunstan Revisited

For this post, I wanted to deliver something a little different to the outfit posts normally seen here at Truly Madly Deeply Fashion. I took these pictures on a recent visit to St. Dunstan in the East, the site of Church ruins caused by bombing during the Second World War. The Church was badly damaged during the Blitz, and later made into a public garden. You can see a more detailed history of St. Dunstan in the East in the very first blog post I did, Goth Love (Part 1) - Paint It Black. I hadn't been back since, and recently I'd been thinking about it again and wanting to go. So I ventured there with my camera gear and luckily the sun came out that day, so the light was on my side.

Just like the plants and vines that wrap themselves around the ruins, a powerful sense of the past clings to St. Dunstan, and it's a place with lots of stories to tell. On the day of my visit, there were quite a few people around enjoying the scenery, some of them taking pictures, but it was by no means crowded. (Unfortunately, one area was closed off as there was work being done to restore the stone, so I couldn't stand in the place where I captured the opening images for my original blog post on St. Dunstan.) Overall, it doesn't take too long to walk through the grounds.

For those of you who are in London, St. Dunstan in the East is a few minutes' walk away from Monument tube station, and is also close to Tower Hill (both on the District and Circle Lines). Just a stone's throw from the heart of the city, St. Dunstan is an unexpected hidden oasis, with lots of promising photographic opportunities.

I hope you like these images. Please let me know in the comments below if you enjoyed this post, and would like to see more London locations featured on Truly Madly Deeply Fashion. Thanks for dropping by! xx
St Dunstan in the East, St Dunstan's Hill, London, EC3R 5DD

Entrances via Idol Lane and St Dunstan's Hill.

Open all year round from 8am to 7pm or dusk, whichever is earlier.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

(Details from City of London website)