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Happy Thanksgiving

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All Photos Copyright of Carla Coulson

Dear American Friends,

I love this day.

A day to give thanks, stop, think, reflect on how lucky and grateful you are for what you have.

Living in Italy gave me the chance to reconnect with the land, with the seasons, the rituals and the harvest. I learnt how important the people are to our lives that work in the fields, like this man in Puglia who help bring food to our table every day.  The quality of good food, how we eat it and the people we share it with have a positive impact on our health and happiness.

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I am deeply passionate about the ritual of food and one-day dream of having my own vegetable garden just like my dad’s when we were growing up. I long for the day when I can   pick produce straight from the garden to my table and look forward to sharing it with the people I love.

So whilst you all sit down for Thanksgiving I send you big hugs and best wishes for this wonderful day and may we all give a little thanks each and every day for how fortunate we are.

Happy Thanks Giving

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Black Friday Special – Lasts just 24 Hours

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All Photos Copyright of Carla Coulson

Dear friends,

Because you guys really are the biz, you’re so funny, supportive, warm and kind I would like to offer you a special ‘blue Friday’ treat.

Whilst all the other folks around the world are celebrating Black Friday we are celebrating Blue Friday, yes aqua blue Friday. You get to dive, jump or belly flop in for a sale that will be gone in a blip.

With the discount code GIVINGYOUTHANKS for 24 HOURS Friday 25th November 2106 you receive a 25 PERCENT DISCOUNT OFF ON ALL LA VACANZA ITALIANA AND WATER JUNGLE COLLECTIONS

So if you are in the Southern Hemisphere and thinking of redecorating the beach cottage, wanting to dream of your favourite beach whilst glancing past hubby’s head at the dinner table or just want to remember the best holiday of your life, pop on your bikini and snorkel on over to the shop for the time of your life.

Don’t forget discount is: GIVINGYOUTHANKS and you can shop HERE.

Love you guys

Carla x

 

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She Left Her Life As A Lawyer For This…

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Dear Friends,

I love an inspiring story and this is one of them. I recently photographed the beautiful Jennie Hogg in Positano to celebrate the launch of her cashmere scarf range, Lois Avery.

Jennie followed her heart and left law to do something she loved and that something is a range of beautiful cashmere shawls called Lois Avery.

Here’s a little sneak preview of a some of her pics from Positano.

I will let Jennie tell you the rest!!!

What brought you from a career in law to Lois Avery?

I fell into law for all the wrong reasons many years ago. I stayed in the profession as long as I did as I wasn’t desperately unhappy and I was pretty good at it. However, there was always something that wasn’t quite right and I always felt that whilst I was good enough to be a lawyer, I could do something that I was excellent at and loved. The problem was that it was never clear what this “other” career could be. I can honestly say that I spent 20 years trying to figure it out. I was fascinated by what other people did and I asked a lot of question. In the last 5 years I have spent a lot of time building relationships with women in fashion. I think that ultimately it was seeing some of these women make changes in their lives and become business owners that was the impetus I needed to make this change in my own life.

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What did your life used to look like?

I would start the day by getting myself ready for work and our 3 children ready for nursery/school. I then dropped them off on the way to the train station. It often took 2 hours from leaving home in the morning until I arrived at my desk in the City of London. My days were spent advising clients on construction and engineering disputes. I learned an awful lot about rusty pipes, tree roots, and leaking air conditioners. Some days I would end up attending inspections on building sites, and on other days in meetings with a dozen angry people. It’s fair to say that I spent a lot of time daydreaming on the train about a different career!

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Why cashmere scarves?

The idea of Lois Avery was a combination of my love of fashion and my love of Italy. Ask anyone that knows me and they will confirm that I talk about Italy, a lot. There is something magical about Italy and so many of those moments when your heart skips a beat, have happened to me in Italy. However, as a mother of 3 young children I didn’t want a career in travel that would take me away from them for long periods of time. One day whilst I was in the bath the idea of creating a collection of dreamy Italian cashmere shawls came to me, and it made sense in a way that none of my early ideas ever had. For years my perfect gift has been a cashmere shawl (this was the gift to our mothers at our wedding) and when I look at my holiday photos, cashmere shawls have always featured so I knew what I wanted. Attending courses at The London College of Fashion and reading lots of Textile Textbooks followed.

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Describe what a day in your new life looks like for you?

I already knew that being the Founder of Lois Avery would be my dream job, and it really is. Gone is the commute (although I do get to head off for meetings here there and everywhere).  My children get the best of me, not what’s left at the end of the day.  The working day is so different – at the moment I have to wear a lot of different hats! The Finance Director, Chief Stylist, Marketing Director and Head Buyer are all me.  Dealing with orders is key of course, but there is lots more to be done.  One day I might be in a studio in North London styling a product shoot for our cashmere shawls and the next meeting with suppliers in their mills in Italy to discuss developing new products. I spend a lot of time building the connections between Lois Avery and the wider world.  The real fun is getting to meet amazing people who write about and photograph clothes so that we can share our  mutual love of fashion. And of course Social media is so important to the development of the brand – I fully accept that I am addicted to Instagram.

The funny thing is that there are some similarities to my old job that are positive, and that is the clients.  I worked for a lot of lovely people when I was a lawyer, and it was sad to say goodbye to them.  However, getting positive comments about Lois Avery products that I have put my heart and soul into developing is so fulfilling that I know that I have made the right choice taking on this big adventure.

I hope you enjoyed this inspiring story and I am sure you will love her beautiful scarves. I am the proud owner of the animal print scarf and have ordered the beautiful grey slate warm and fluffy scarf for hubby for Christmas.

You can have a look at all the cashmere deliciousness HERE

Biggest thanks so Jennie for allowing me to share these pics.

 

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Why This Photo Essay Is So Powerful

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Dear Photographers,

I went to Paris’s biggest photo festival yesterday where hundreds of the most fabulous galleries from around the world showed their best work. If you love photography Paris Photo isn’t to be missed.

Out of all the incredible photos this photo essay reduced me to tears within seconds.

Photographer Paul Fusco took these images on the funeral train that carried Bobby Kennedy’s body from New York to Washington to be buried next to his brother.

Americans from all walks of life came to pay their respects on this hot Saturday in 1968.

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Although there were many other photographers on the train with Fusco he was the only one to create a story of what was going on outside the window.

Fusco used a combination of techniques from panning and slow shutter speed instead of freezing every image. Although many of the images could be considered repetitive each one has it’s own story going on thanks to the emotions of the people, where they were photographed and the small details in each image.

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This is the power of storytelling, of reaching inside and telling your own unique story from your point of view. Whilst all the other photographers concentrated on what was going on on the train Paul Fusco chose to tell his own story. In the meantime he created one of the most powerful and emotive photo essays on Bobby Kennedy’s funeral.

Tips for Creative Storytelling

  1. Move. Ask yourself is there another angle to tell this story.
  2. Can you frame the photo with something into the foreground to make the story stronger?
  3. Is there architecture with repetition that you can use as a frame?
  4. Details such what hands are holding or where they are positioned can make for great photos
  5. Consider cropping into a body so that it is no longer about the face but about the story you want to tell
  6. Shutter speed, what would happen if you changed your shutter speed?
  7. Consider your depth of field, do you want more or less of the background? Is it part of the story?

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou

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PS: If you would like to up level storytelling in your photography we have ONE place left for the Puglia Travel Photography Workshop in June 2017.  FULL DETAILS HERE

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Flowers In Paris Like You have Never Seen Them

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 Great Future Ahead – Lisianthus in the 9th

All Photos Copyright Carla Coulson

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a fabulous Sunday and these images bring a little smile to your face.

I started photographing these images last year for one very simple reason, to do something out of love and deep beauty. When each flower was in season I would go to my favourite florist and buy the biggest bunch I could hold. It was intoxicating just having them in my life for the duration of the shoot and the days thereafter.

Flowers have always been an essential part of my life and living in Paris I am spoilt with the best.

Flowers come in single colours in big generous bunches and the florist shops in Paris are a sight to behold. I know everyone doesn’t get the chance to come to Paris and see this beauty so I thought I would bring it to you.

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Girl On A Mission – Peonies St Germain des Pres

All the images in this series Jeune Fille En Fleur are inspired by the young women I know in that beautiful first bloom of their life when they have so much excitement, adventure, fun and love to look forward to.

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Late for love – Mimosa Ile St Louis

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My girls are strong, determined, feminine and positive, as they deliver flowers they bring joy, colour and beauty from your favourite city in the world. They have a skip in their step and their whole lives ahead of them.  My gals are going places, wherever their hearts and minds want to take them.

You may like to gift a ‘young girl in bloom’ to your favourite daughter, niece, next door neighbour, someone you love or yourself. Great future ahead – lisianthus in the 9th just arrived today and you can check them all out  HERE

Sending love and flowers from Paris

People think that their world will get smaller as they get older. My experience is just the opposite. Your senses become more acute. You start to blossom.” Yoko Ono

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