Monday, 2 May 2011

Claire


Miss Claire Healy from Young Shields blog for Grazia.IT.

Head on over to Grazia.IT for an article on Claire which you can find here.

I first met Claire in July 2009 when we were both asked to go on a blogger's daytrip to Paris organised by Eurostar. Claire was still at school and I recall that she had to get her parent's permission to attend. Then, in September last year, I bumped into Claire again at London Fashion Week when I randomly asked if I could take her photograph.....except, to my utter embarrassment, I didn't recognise her. Claire had grown up!

Claire is now reading English literature at Cambridge University and on her uni break about a month ago, I took a trip to her family home in a sleepy Essex seaside town to take some portraits of her for Grazia. I think Claire was suppose to be working her way through the complete works of Shakespeare (her desk was stacked high with library books) but I managed to entice her away from her reading for a couple of hours ;)

I love Claire's simple, fresh, girly style (she says it leans towards the scruffy but I disagree!)- she loves vintage but not in an obvious "I am wearing head-to-toe vintage" way. The olive sweater in the photographs below (with the blue skirt) is vintage YSL she picked up for a bargain from a charity shop near her home. She is rarely without a dainty necklace (given to her by her boyfriend) and although she adores rings, she is too prone to losing them to wear them regularly.

White dress from Topshop. Blanket courtesy of Claire's mama's couch!

Striped t-shirt from Irish designer Paul Costelloe, and vintage leather shorts. Claire's favourite designers include Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Peter Pilotto, Louise Gray and Christopher Kane.





Claire's blue-green nail polish is from Topshop as is the blue skirt. Her cute clogs are from Moheda.



I loved Claire's collection of snow globes (she is in competition with a friend for the most interesting collection) and her huge telescope for looking at the night sky (her boyfriend gave it to her) which sounded all rather complicated to use but looked impressive!

We headed to the beach (complete with quintessential English beach huts and dogs frolicking in the water) to catch some afternoon light.



p.s. You can click on the collages to make them slightly larger.

36 comments:

  1. Wow, she is gorgeous! Beautiful pictures!

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  2. I absolutely love this post - the style is inspirational and the photos are really good - so natural - really like it

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  3. HER EYES ARE SO TOUCHING

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  4. She is absolutely beautiful and I love her style, so simple and so elegant!
    I can't wait to check out her blog. My favourite outfit is the one with the striped top and leather shorts- very Audrey Hepburn.

    xo
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  5. Thanks so much everyone! Okay,so I just emailed Claire and the shoes are Moheda! I thought Moveda sounded not quite right! (I think it is a restaurant in Aus!)

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  6. gorgeous photos! what a natural beauty.

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  7. I remember she was one of the youngest girl in our Paris trip and two years later Claire has grown into a fine young woman. She has this essence of Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan esque about her.....what a devine photography Vanessa!!! x

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  8. She is a paler, more well educated, blue eyed Alexa Chung! All these photos are amazing.

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  9. Hello I discovered your blog thanks to google, I liked the photos, the streetsyle photos are taken for you?
    kisses

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  10. Ok, this is lovely (and making me want to chop off my hair exactly like hers!

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  11. These photographs are lovely. You work so well with light. I've been enjoying reading your old posts and seeing your work evolve.

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  12. Wonderful pics.... .D

    she's so beautiful ;)


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  13. waow these pictures are so stunning.. I wish I could be photographed like this!

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  14. She is so beautiful, and intelligent too! How wonderful to start having more multifaceted fashion folks to follow...

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  15. @Stacie- In the interview with Grazia she explains that she cut her hair in a bob after watching Rose McGowan in The Doon Generation! I love that she finds inspiration in quirky things like cartoons, and films and tv. Oh, and she loves The Gentlewoman magazine as well.

    @The Styley- ha! Only when I have good light! I really struggle during really dull days in the UK. Cloudy is fine but dark and rainy and grey isn't my ideal light.

    @Kit- can't believe we are nearly 2 years on from that trip to Paris! So weird how we all met each other!

    @Joy- Alexa is one of her style influences, along with Kate Bosworth, Tati Cotliar and Hanne Gaby Odiele.

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  16. Did I get lost in a time machine? She has that old movie feminine vibe - absolutely stunning. And not to forget the woman behind the camera, again the pictures are beautiful.

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  17. Shes is so beautiful. There is something so serene about her and her EYES!!!! GOSH_shes such a DOLL!!!

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  18. LOVE the green sweater and blue skirt! Beautiful pictures!

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  19. Absolutely beautiful! I just checked out the article - whoever had to pick the ones to be included would have had a hard job - they are magnificent!

    Vanessa

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  20. love each and every shots :)
    that green sweater feels so cozy and bright
    her legs look a mile long wearing that shorts

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  21. Utterly gorgeous vanessa, as usual. she is so natural and amazing. xxx

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  22. @Vanessa-ha! Everytime you leave a comment I feel compelled to shout "it isn't me leaving a comment on my own blog!" yes,hard to edit one's own photos-much easier when someone else does it for you!

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  23. She has amazing eyes! Beautiful pics

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  25. Wow, she is gorgeous! Beautiful pictures! <--- i agree

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  26. so lovely!!!!! beautiful girl and great pics!

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  27. Her hair is marvellous! She is lovely

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  28. She is beautiful! Love the leather shorts!
    raje xx
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  29. As soon as I saw her, I thought how Irish she looks. Then I read that her surname is Healy, so she must be of Irish extract, at least.

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  30. Gorgeous girl! So sweet! Love the leather shorts and sheer maxi! XO Raspberry & Rouge

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  31. lovely pics!

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  32. Lovely pics, I really like your blog.
    You got yourself a new follower =)
    ht

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  33. She looks so wonderful, so natural... I love this

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  34. adorrrrable. quintessential simple style.

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  35. I love this post! Your photos are so inspiring and this girl looks so fresh and pretty :) xx

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