Pleats and Bows

Dress Paprika / Jewellery Temporary:Secretary / Nail Colour: Rimmel
I have seen lots of cool black pleated skirts lately and I want every single one of them! I’m always buying black skirts in all sorts of styles, they go with everything! This dress is from Paprika and it is also available in cream and white. I like the girly details (pleats and a bow). I thought I’d choose black as it’s probably the easiest colour to wear during winter. The dress arrived a couple of days after I ordered it (with a voucher), such quick delivery. When I first tried it on, I felt a bit “Morticia” in it. Especially when I had my hair down at the time! I tried it on again but with lighter make up and hair in ponytail. Once I start wearing dark colours, I find it difficult to wear brighter colour again! Will try stay out of that rut. It will make a nice change to wear darker colours now anyway, I keep standing out like a sore thumb with the autumn florals and bright fabric that I’ve been wearing recently
I have had some emails and tweets enquiring about what camera I use, what lens I use, and how I get my photos looking bright during a dark day without using flash. I use different equipment for different things (namely blog, webshop, and landscape) but I do usually take a lot of outfit photos all in one go mid week, I pick a day that is bright. I’m not sure how I go about doing a tutorial as I’m not a professional. Far from it! I know how things work but I don’t know how to explain them, technical things like aperture/f.stop, depth of field, all the different lenses, shooting format, etc. At uni, we had a few photography modules but I wasn’t interested at the time, I didn’t think it was something that would benefit me (after all, how would I ever afford a DSLR after uni! I was getting on just fine with my little silver point and shoot) Everything I’ve learned with DSLR is typically either self taught – by that, I mean turning all the buttons and pressing *everything* until I get it right!

Basically, in brief: For the blog, we both shoot with Nikon D90 or D40 and generally use a 50mm lens for overcloud. This is because you can set a lower f/stop and this will let more light in to the lens – which gives you brighter images. Our preference is to shoot in RAW format, which allows you do adjust the exposure, white balance and brightness with more versatility. For instance, on a gloomy day (overcloud), if you shoot in RAW, you can correct the white balance and exposure afterwards. Pop over to Gem’s blog because she is a professional photographer, she knows what she is talking about (unlike me!) and this tutorial that Gem posted is really useful. 



  1. 9th November 2011 / 2:26 pm

    This dress is so nice! I NEED xx

  2. 9th November 2011 / 2:38 pm

    I really love that dress – I think I need it in my life!

  3. 9th November 2011 / 2:40 pm

    that is a dress? wow i thought it was a skirt and top. really beautiful. x

  4. Anonymous
    9th November 2011 / 2:46 pm

    great dress!<3

  5. 9th November 2011 / 3:03 pm

    I have a d40 thats currently broken! I'm glad yours survived. I liked messing with the P mode (I think it was) and getting super rich colours! oh how I miss it!

  6. 9th November 2011 / 3:11 pm

    you look lovely! I'm thinking of getting a Nikon… D3100- any advice? I'm confused about whether to do for a Nikon or Cannon too but your pictures come out really well x

  7. 9th November 2011 / 3:19 pm

    Lovely outfit, it really suits you! + really love the colour of your nail varnish! Such a wonderful pop of colour in the coming winter ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  8. 9th November 2011 / 3:40 pm

    cool! I've never seen yellow nails! your outfit is really cute:)

  9. 9th November 2011 / 3:46 pm

    This dress is lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 9th November 2011 / 4:19 pm

    Love this dress, you look lovely as perusal Sarah ๐Ÿ™‚ x x

  11. 9th November 2011 / 4:44 pm

    Aaah Sarah the dress is lovely- especially with that ribbon tie! I'd love a photography tutorial if you or Niki ever got the chance. Just to learn more about all of the terms etc- as much as I love photography, and like how my pics turn out, It's be useful to know why they turn out that way! x

  12. 9th November 2011 / 4:46 pm

    That black dress is great! I don't think I'd want it in any other colour as this makes the bow and pleats a bit more grown-up. Love the rings too ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  13. 9th November 2011 / 5:21 pm

    such a gorgeous dress, i love the bow at the neck xxx

  14. 9th November 2011 / 5:23 pm

    i LOVE the dress!! โ™ฅ

  15. 9th November 2011 / 5:25 pm

    Ah this makes me want to buy an SLR and fling my crummy pink compact camera in the bin (but I'll peel off all the pink crystals I've stuck onto it first haha, gotta save the bling!).

    I am saving for an SLR though so hopefully I can pick up some tips from everyone! The dress is really cute, I bet it would look awesome with a brightly coloured ribbon too!

  16. 9th November 2011 / 5:31 pm

    I love all the girly pleats around at the moment too. Such a pretty dress, I love the ribbon bow detail xx

  17. 9th November 2011 / 5:43 pm

    You looks so pretty! Love that dress, looks lovely on you. I'm exactly the same with my camera, I taught myself by pressing all the buttons until it looked how I wanted it too ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  18. 9th November 2011 / 5:48 pm

    That dress is absolutely perfect! hope you're well x

  19. 9th November 2011 / 5:55 pm

    I didn't realise this was a dress at first, I thought it was separates! It looks lovely on you and not at all Morticia like! I really like the pleated skirt. x

  20. Anonymous
    9th November 2011 / 6:36 pm

    what a beautiful and sophisticated look and yet very modern! I love it!

  21. 9th November 2011 / 6:44 pm

    That outfit is really cute I like bows too even though I'm not very girly haha. I really like the color of your nails compared to the color of your dress nice contrast. And thanks for the mini camera tutorial tips thing I'm getting a Nikon D3100 for Christmas so I definitely will need to learn how to use it to it's fullest potential!

  22. aww that dress is lovely, i love buying from independent shops rather than the usual asos topshop etc, but hate how a lot of them make dresses just way too short. might go have a nosey on paprika now – can't believe i havent heard of them before!

  23. 9th November 2011 / 7:57 pm

    Your hair looks so lovely, and I love your lipstick! I have a black pleated skirt which I live in these days! Love your dress too ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. 9th November 2011 / 8:06 pm

    Lovely outfit, I love the little bow detail it's really cute. I'm also in love with your glasses, I wish bigger frames like this suited me!

    L x

  25. 9th November 2011 / 8:30 pm

    I always like the photos you take for your blog, they look so good. Like you though, I usually just press all the buttons until it looks like the picture will come out alright. I love the dress, the pleats and the neck tie are lovely, and I really like the pop of colour with the yellow nail varnish. About the order: No worries, I just really liked the jewellery you sell on your shop and I'd been wanting to buy some for a while now. I'll be taking lots of pictures of the event too, I'm so glad that there will be quite a few people going! xo

  26. 9th November 2011 / 9:12 pm

    I ADORE the pleats on this, you look absolutely gorgeous! I wish I could have my hair in a high preppy ponytail like that too, it looks lovely!

    Maria xxx

  27. 9th November 2011 / 9:43 pm

    Such a beautiful LBD. It's so simple, yet amazing! i love the pleats, and the ribbon round the neck too! Your hair up looks gorgeous Sarah. Winner.x

  28. 9th November 2011 / 10:06 pm

    i love your shirt! wow! xx

    sophie @

  29. 9th November 2011 / 10:22 pm

    I realised as soon as i posted that comment that it was a dress! haha whoops xx

  30. 9th November 2011 / 10:35 pm

    I love the first picture! The detail is beautiful. And the whole dress is great as well =)

  31. Anonymous
    10th November 2011 / 5:30 am

    Really love your outfit, I'm a bit like you except in the opposite. once i wear light colours i cant go back to wearing dark ๐Ÿ˜› i guess cos right now where i live its pretty warm ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  32. 10th November 2011 / 10:26 am

    This dress is so gorgeous! I also love the pop of yellow on your nails <3

  33. 10th November 2011 / 1:21 pm

    Really love that dress and the heart shaped leopard print ring xx

  34. 10th November 2011 / 7:04 pm

    I love pussy bows but I don't know if I could pull off a top with a pussy bow as I've got quite a big bust and they often over-accentuate it ๐Ÿ™ No fair. You look lovely in it though!

  35. 10th November 2011 / 7:17 pm

    That dress is absolutely perfect x

  36. 10th November 2011 / 8:02 pm

    Really like the dress and nail colour ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  37. 10th November 2011 / 9:10 pm

    That dress is beautiful and you look stunning in it.
    Also, I did look out for you in Leyburn the other day when I was in town just in case I happened to spot you. Hope that's creepy! I am in London now in the big world but I hope that one day we might chance to meet in Richmond. Maybe at the big new years thing at the obelisk if you go to it!

  38. 10th November 2011 / 11:07 pm

    Another gorgeous outfit dear!

    Thanks for all the camera info, I'm having a nightmare trying to figure it all out at the moment, but I want to invest in a good camera with my redundancy money xx

  39. 10th November 2011 / 11:14 pm

    Cute as always!

  40. 10th November 2011 / 11:23 pm

    oh my gosh.. THAT dress. wow i love it!!! i also love how you belted it and everything. it's perfect! you look gorgeous, as always :).

    i also love love love your photography, and those are the exact tips and tricks to get it just right! i'm still fumbling around with my tripod, self timer, and remote. i can't quite get the focus right doing all of that myself, but i'm learning! lol :).

    lyndsey of hellolyndsey

  41. 11th November 2011 / 12:06 am

    Thanks for the tips chick! I have a Sony alpha 230 but it's just not as good as my boyfriend's Nikon. You look lovely here by the way, it's fine to wear dark colours occasionally! x

  42. Anonymous
    11th November 2011 / 2:38 am

    Wow! Your makeup rocks! I also love that dress, and your nails and rings! ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm new here btw. ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. 11th November 2011 / 6:10 am

    So lovely! The pleated skirt is wonderful on that dress!

  44. 11th November 2011 / 10:45 am

    I feel the same way about wearing dark colors!! Its like you get stuck!! I need to get out of it too. And thanks for the link to the tutorial, seriously needed help with photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. 12th November 2011 / 1:11 am

    this dress is SO lovely, i would love to wear pleated skirts but it draws too much attention to my wide hips – i think thats why i love seeing them on other people, its a sense of longing! that blusher is also stunning on you honey. I have just discovered your blog after your comment on my cath kidston post, and boy am i glad you did. your posts are fantastic and your style is right up my street ๐Ÿ™‚

    keep them coming! i am your newwest follower ๐Ÿ˜€

  46. Anonymous
    12th November 2011 / 2:44 am

    I love your nails color!!<3

    I'm following you now!!
    Would you like to follow me back?
    Keep in touch!!<3


  47. 12th November 2011 / 7:04 pm

    That dress is so beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ ah you always look so perfect whereas i look like a hot mess constantly lol xx

  48. 12th November 2011 / 8:32 pm

    you're so pretty! i love the colour of your dress with your nails, and the pleats are luuurvly!

  49. 13th November 2011 / 9:43 am

    LOVE this dress. im the same with black skirts, i own too many but just ordered another one from ebay and saw one in a shop the other day that i want. cant get enough, but they are so classic and go with absolutely everything so who cares right?

  50. 13th November 2011 / 6:43 pm

    This dress is divine. I'm obsessing over navy blue at the moment, so instantly fell in love with this. I've just discovered your blog & buisness through Twitter & I think what you're doing is inspirational.x

  51. 13th November 2011 / 7:45 pm

    Instead of skirts I have all the possible dresses in black ๐Ÿ™‚ but I should start with skirts too
    This look is great
    Have a nice week
    The Dolls Factory

  52. 14th November 2011 / 12:29 am

    I've been looking for a black skirt but they're always attached to lovely dresses instead! Might have to go for that option haha. Love the outfit!


  53. 14th November 2011 / 7:19 am

    This is adorable. And shooting is Raw is my favorite. It's like magic being able to add things like flash.

  54. 14th November 2011 / 10:31 am

    this dress is gorge x

  55. 17th November 2011 / 9:39 pm

    Holy shEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET! Your posts really are amazing, this dress looks GREAT! I tried a similar one on in New Look, and it just looked awful, hips galore. You pull this off perfectly, and your hair.. YOUR HAIR! So thick and lively!

    Sorry, my comments are probably getting so boring! haha x

  56. 19th November 2011 / 4:21 am

    you are so pretty and talented! love your blog… and love your style. i just followed you on twitter and facebook… and via google. ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you can follow-back if you like my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

    cheers, and have a great wknd!

  57. 11th December 2011 / 1:26 am

    Very cute blog!! And i loveee this dress!! – follow it! xo

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