Flying Solo

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I have made a very exciting purchase - a tripod! I have always loved doing outfit posts, and hopefully now I'll be able to do more of them. With my new toy and the self-timer on my camera, I can go ahead and take my own photos without having to wait for Mike to be available. I'll still be doing photo shoots with him - he's always been incredibly supportive of my blog and is of the firm belief that his creative input cannot be replaced by a tripod, which of course is true. It just gives me that little bit more freedom, and I'm loving that!

As soon as I got it, I just had to try it out, so I took a few photos in the garden.

OOTD featuring Zara, Topshop and H&M - Spring 2016

Jacket - Zara (similar), Shirt - Topshop, Jeans - Topshop, Bag - Zara (similar), Shoes - Zara (similar), Sunglasses - H&M (similar)

It's definitely not warm enough in the UK for this outfit yet, but as soon as spring puts its head around the corner I'm going to be wearing this jacket to death. I actually picked it up last autumn, and only got a little wear out of it before it got too cold. I love the cut of it and the brass button detailing. You can throw it on over pretty much anything and voila - instant chic! Zara don't have this one in stock any more (at least not online) but I've linked to one from H&M which is really similar if you're interested.

Military style navy blue peacoat with brass buttons from Zara

Military style navy blue peacoat with brass buttons from Zara

I'm also loving this crisp striped shirt which is a recent purchase from Topshop. It has this really simple panel detail across the front which adds just the right amount of interest to something that's still totally streamlined and simple. It reminds me a little bit of the recent trend for frilled yokes on shirts, but in a much cleaner way.

Blue striped shirt from Topshop

Adding my trusty cream Zara bag - about a year and a half old now - lace up flats and some sunglasses gives a definite spring like feel to the outfit. All I need now is the weather! It may look sunny in these pictures, but I was freezing!

Cream structured bag from Zara

So that was my first solo fashion shoot! I'm really happy with how it turned out, and hopefully once I get used to working with the tripod, I'll be able to take photos in some more interesting locations. If anyone's interested in which tripod I got, you can check it out here. For me, it's perfect - light enough to carry around, but sturdy enough to withstand blustery conditions, and with lots of range to take pictures at different heights and angles. It took me a long time to find the right one and I couldn't be happier with it, so if the information helps any fellow bloggers then that's great.

See you next time!

Kate x
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43 comments

  1. Yay for getting a tripod! The photos turned out beautifully - it's nice to not always have to rely on someone else to take photos :)
    I love the look!

    Lauren xx

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  2. This is making me so excited to not have to wear 17 layers everyday!

    Sophie Cliff

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    1. Haha, I know what you mean. By this point it feels like it's been winter for about 30 years! x

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  3. A tripod is really a great investment. I was lucky enough to own one already (to be precise, I use all my husbands equipment, but shh), and while Mike is obviously irreplaceable, it gives you more opportunities to make use of nice weather, should it occur, which is very important.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Yes, a nice day is rare enough in this part of the world! Definitely the best thing I've bought in a long while. x

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  4. You can't beat a tripod! I use mine a lot for my YouTube videos, when I shoot on my own :) Lovely outfit Kate, a classic shirt and jeans always looks great together!

    Hanh / hanhabelle

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    1. The tripod is a revelation - don't know what took me so long! x

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  5. I need a tripod so badly, but i gotta wait a little while longer. The pics turned out great though!!!

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thanks Angie! It will be worth the wait! x

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  6. Such a lovely outfit.

    Rita
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  7. Fab outfit. I know some people don't get on with tripods, but I really can't live without mine! X

    ♥ Carly's Beauty Blog ♥

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    1. Thanks Carly! I actually don't know how I managed without mine now! x

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  8. Lovely look :) loved that bag! Super beautiful.
    xoxo

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  9. It looks awesome! I have a tripod but still not yet managed to use it, I always rely on the boyf. I really should give it a try!

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. It's a different experience of course so takes some getting used to, but it's brilliant to be able to take outfit photos whenever you want. x

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  10. Such a classic outfit, you look beautiful! Yay for getting a tripod! :)

    Style Sunrise☀

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  11. LOVE the shoe and bag shades with the gorgeous, smart jacket! I had a tripod before but didn't want to use it in public hahah oh the woes xxx

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    1. Thanks Jessica! I still get self-conscious taking photos in public - probably always will! x

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  12. I love this whole outfit, it just fits together so perfectly! Topshop has the best classic pieces with a twist, I recently bought a pair of nice denim dungarees!

    I have a tripod for my camera, but I prefer having someone else take the photos still. It definitely doesn't replace creative input like you said! (:

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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    1. Topshop's on fire right now, I want everything! Yes it's quite a different experience using the tripod - great for the flexibility but I suspect my best photos will still only happen with a human being behind the camera! x

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    1. Thanks Heather - it's my favourite at the moment! x

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  14. Love this look so much! xo

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  15. Yay to a tripod, I also got one over Christmas but having a nightmare with it, but it was bought back home in Ireland so I can't even bring it back! Love this outfit and it makes me excited about the warmer weather ahead (hopefully). The coat is a beauty x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Thanks Alina! Every day I'm hoping for the arrival of spring but it's still about 5 degrees unfortunately. Hope you manage to sort out your tripod issues soon! x

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  16. I have been thinking of purchasing a tripod but I almost never do a fashion post so for now, my husband have to bear with me and help out. LOL! You did a brilliant job with all the pictures though, sounds like you're really getting the hang of things.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Well it didn't come with any instructions, which wasn't particularly helpful, but I managed to figure it out after a while! x

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  17. It's great that you tried it out, it's always nice to have options to do your own photos when you want them. Great photos by the way. I use a tripod sometimes, but lately it's been so cold and raining loads. <3 /Madison
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    1. I was so cold taking these Madison, it was freezing! x

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  18. Lovely outfit!

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  19. My tripod is in storage. LOL But my hubby takes mine at once but I agree it is SO nice to have your own freedom to shoot when and where you want!

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

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    1. We are lucky to have helpful husbands! (And back-up tripods!) x

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  20. The pictures look great and I love your shirt! Congrats on finding your perfect tripod!

    xo
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  21. Oh my goodness, you are so pretty and I love your coat, its so perfect ♥

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  22. Ahh this so reminds me that I need to get my butt in gear and learn how to use my tripod. Love these pics beauty!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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  23. Glad to hear you're happy with your tripod. I think it's an essential tool for us bloggers, especially when doing outfit photos or selfies. Although they still don't replace the hubbies (hehe), they're pretty useful. ;) Beautiful outfit by the way. Love the ripped jeans and the shoes. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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