Get to know three girls who live to skate, captured by our favourite skateboarding photographer Charlotte Louise Thomas. Once a skater herself, Charlotte had to quit because of an injury. “I felt completely lost, but an old friend suggested I use my photography to keep skating part of my life,” she told us. “I picked up my camera and haven’t looked back. It’s such a positive, happy culture to be part of.” Three years later and she’s taking photos for everyone from Vogue to Copson, projects that led her to meet the girls in our shoot. “All three inspire me, because they push themselves to the limit, work hard and always have a laugh. They’re beautiful inside and out!” Read on as we chat skate idols, fashion and beating the boys…
RIANNE, 21, student, @Rianneskate
How did you get into skating?
I was 14 and a lot of my brothers’ mates skated so I jumped on the bandwagon. I ended up falling in love with it!
Who are your skate idols?
Lacey Baker who won Xgames last year is probably one of the most consistent and stylish female skateboarders out there at the moment. To be honest all the American female skateboarders are insanely good.
What do you love about Instagram?
Instagram has really helped me connect with girl skateboarders around the world. There are so many girls around the country that are absolutely sick at skating that I didn’t know existed until I saw them on the @girlskateuk Instagram page.
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STEFANI, blogger at The Concrete Chameleon, @stefaninurdingxx
How would you describe your style?
It’s pretty eclectic. I love to dress super chic sometimes in all black, big sunnies and messy hair but I’m also a bit of a magpie for quirky accessories and handbags. I like to mix it up and post outfits on my fashion blog – all about my skate adventures and personal style.
What do you like wearing to skate?
I like to wear high waisted jeans like Topshop’s Joni jeans - they’re so comfy and have a good stretch for skating in. I’ve been loving flares lately too, much to my friends dismay!
Shop Stef’s Hawaiian tee and denim cut-offs >
DANNI, 27, Skate Camp Co-Ordinator, @danniglover
What advice would you give other girls wanting to get into skating?
Grab a board and get yourself to a quiet car park to practice your pushing and balance, then head to your local skate park. You can also check out girlskateuk.com for info on girls-only events around the country and get involved.
What do you think of skating often being associated with boys?
The notion of skateboarding being a boys sport is entirely socially constructed. Women have been skateboarding since the beginning and the iconic image of Pattie Mcgee doing a handstand on her board for the cover of Life Magazine in 1965 proves that. I think now is an important time for female skateboarding – participation is at an all-time high which is pretty exciting.
Love Charlotte’s photography? Check out the skate photographers that inspire her on Instagram.
@ryanallan / @badpuppa / @artofoto / @asmithphotos / @pablogarciarguez / @reeceleung / @cj_photo / @joshuazucker / @cameronstrand / @atibaphoto / @aacostaa / @nils
Packing your capsule holiday wardrobe is hard enough, let alone deciding what accessories you’ll pair with each of your carefully selected outfits. This summer, we’ve got the quintessential necklaces, rings and earrings for whatever holiday you’re headed on. So pick your destination, and let us provide your one stop holiday jewellery guide.
THE BEACH BREAK
When the only thing you need to accessorise is your bikini, you may as well go big. The latest collaboration between Freedom and jewellery designer Patricia Nicolás is seriously stand-out and appropriately seaside themed.
THE COUNTRY FESTIVAL
A backpack doesn’t leave much space for costume jewellery, so keep it simple and take a couple of pretty, delicate pieces that’ll look good layered up with all your outfits – think thin gold chains and colourful charms.
THE IBIZA WEEKEND
Dressing for an Ibiza holiday is basically the same as dressing for a girls night out. We recommend taking some bright coloured, simple dresses and teaming them with OTT earrings (the bigger and flashier the better) for a new take on statement jewels.
Still not found your perfect jewellery match? We’ve got plenty more options!
Now in its third week, our Olympus Summer School series has already taught us some great tips and tricks to help us shoot like a pro. We headed down yesterday for a masterclass in beauty still life photography from beauty blogger London Beauty Queen and fashion photographer Cleveland Aaron. And while everyone got down to business with their cameras, we grabbed some time with the experts to hear how to get the most out of your subject and nab the perfect shot.
1. DON’T THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT THE ACTUAL CAMERA
“Too many people get absorbed by the technology, but all you need is something that can record an image. Your phone is a great place to start.”
2. BE AS CURIOUS AS POSSIBLE
“You need to be curious about what you are taking a picture of. Curiosity will enable you to see things from a more interesting perspective, so question everything.”
3. HAVE A PASSION
“My passion is light” says Cleveland, “I don’t have an allegiance to any form of photography whatsoever, fashion or architecture – I am still working with light.”
4. ATMOSPHERE IS KEY
“Create an atmosphere with the textures you shoot your products on, the background you’re using or other props you place around the subject to set the scene – it just helps to bring the image to life.”
5. WATCH YOUR ANGLES
“Keep an eye on your angles so that you don’t get any distortion of the product for a clean, crisp and professional image.”
Head here to find out how you can get yourself an Olympus treat!
Grazia columnist and writer Polly Vernon shares her diary from literature ‘n’ arts festival Hay – where she went to chat about her new book ‘Hot Feminist’. Click images below to scroll through the gallery.
Images of Polly shot with Olympus PEN.
“I went to Hay to give a talk about my new book ‘Hot Feminist’ to about 600 people, which was frankly terrifying, not least because that book had proved far more controversial than I realised it would (even after giving it an intensely provocative title). It was my first time at the festival, which is an amazing transplanting of everyone that’s cool and bookish and metropolitan, to this completely beautiful part of Wales. The sun shone and literary luminaries hung out in the Groucho’s pop up outpost; meanwhile I was getting trolled on Twitter and rave reviews in The Telegraph, which was v confusing.
One of the premises of my book is that fashion can be an incredibly empowering tool, that knowing how to dress is both armour and self expression, a way of claiming your space in the world and announcing your presence… Which is something I truly believe, but which also means I have to make one hell of an effort when choosing the outfits I wear to promote the book. My Hay vibe relied heavily on Boutique wide leg jeans, a moss green suede button through skirt, and the iridescence bomber jacket I’ve casually renamed ‘the world’s best ever bomber’, because it is as practical and easy as it is stealthily glamorous. The whole thing said: ‘appropriate in fields and also on stage,’ which is by no means an easy balance to achieve.
The talk was proper enjoyable and not nearly as nerve wracking as I thought, helped enormously by my being interviewed by the brilliant author and journalist Bryony Gordon. And the clothes have translated well back into London life. A win/ win, then.”
Love Polly’s outfits? Shop the key pieces below.
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Kendall + Kylie at Topshop only hit down yesterday, but you loved it so much that it’s nearly sold out online. Missed out? No worries. You can still find the collection at the following stores. Get down there quick!
UK & IRELAND
LONDON (OXFORD CIRCUS, WHITE CITY, BRENT CROSS)
MANCHESTER (TRAFFORD CENTRE)
GATESHEAD (METRO CENTRE)
GLASGOW (ARGYLE ST)
NEWCASTLE (ELDON SQUARE)
NOTTINGHAM (VICTORIA CENTRE)
DUBLIN (ST STEPHENS)
KENT (BLUEWATER PARK)
BELFAST (VICTORIA SQUARE)
NEW YORK (5th AVENUE)
Want to make your wishlist? Check out the whole collection below.