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The Power of Progress: Recognising and Appreciating How You've Grown

Sometimes it's hard to see how much you change, grow and develop in any part of your life. Most life changes happen so gradually that they barely feel like changes. But every once in a while you'll do something or see something from your past and you say 'was that me?' 


Yea well, I realised this month that creative work is exactly the same. 


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I know it is generally agreed that there is some value in looking back at your past work and appreciating how far you have come. We all get stuck in this vicious cycle of being overly critical of our work and striving for perfection that we fail to see how much we have improved and that we are doing just fine. 


Don't worry though, i'm not writing at you from a point of pure blissful self realisation expecting you to never be critical of your own work. Hell no. I will never be perfect, i'm overly critical and sometimes just don't have the most confidence in my work if i'm honest, but i'm slowly beginning to get better at giving myself some credit where it's due. 


And this is the shoot that changed my mindset for the better.


 December 15th 2016 in Ponsonby

December 15th 2016 in Ponsonby

 December 15th 2017 in Ponsonby

December 15th 2017 in Ponsonby


If you follow my Instagram (@charlottesoniaturner) you may have seen me posting about this shoot I did with Anna of, like I typically do all my shoots with her. She is a stylist and blogger based here in Auckland, as well as being one of my very good friends, and once or twice a month for well over a year now we have gone out shooting to get content for her blog. It was an awesome thing for me because I got to play around with portraiture and fashion photography a bit and develop my skills with someone who I love and who honestly grew with me as a model too.


This shoot we did in December we managed to do two variations of two outfits in an hour (4 total, 15 mins each), which was record time for us and was something to be proud of in itself. Yay for some badass time efficiency. I was also playing around with a new editing style, and the shots turned out to be some of my favourites from our time working together. At this point, I decided I wanted to go back and look at some of our earlier work to torture myself a little and realised that it was exactly a year earlier (to the day) we had done an outfit shoot in the exact same location. For the first time I had as direct a comparision between my work a year earlier vs. today as I could ever get, and man was it fascinating. 


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Don't get me wrong, i've never been terrible with a camera, one thing i've naturally always been okay at is composition. But the shots from 2016 were not great. Though I loved them at the time because they were a huge improvement upon what I had been doing even earlier that year, looking back at them now things have changed a lot. 


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It's so easy to feel like you're not moving or know you've improved a bit but feel like it's not that much, and it's not until you really step back and look at what you were doing even just a year earlier that you can truly see the changes. The same can be said for anything in your life, and it's something I'm learning to appreciate and embrace.


But looking back at this I actually felt proud of myself, even though I also knew there was more improvement to be had. I'm never good at picking something up and continuing if I'm bad at it, and getting to this point was actually something I'm pretty happy with. Seeing the development over the past year, and knowing I have a lot more time to devote to learning and shooting this year, I'm excited to see where I am at the same time in 2018. Expect another of these posts in December.


So I don't really know what the true message of this is other than to go and look at where you were a year ago and fully appreciate the changes, be they as a creative, an entrepreneur, or just a badass killing life in general. Admire yourself for what you've done, and try not to be so hard on yourself day to day in the present, though I'm going to have to force myself to practice what I preach on that one. 

NZFW 2017: The magic, the fashion and my favourite moments.

If you live in Auckland, you will have known it was Fashion Week last week. There is no missing it. From Instagram stories filled with glamourous insight into the trends of A/W 2018, to news coverage of the madness, to the fashion world flooding downtown Auckland with the luxe street style and designer glam. There is absolutely no hiding from it (especially with Anna Kate of Rushmare sending me snaps of all the shows she is at).


But honestly, I've always loved fashion week. Exploring what the talented humans of New Zealand have been up to, getting insight into all the gorgeous items that will be keeping all of us cute and warm during A/W 2018, and just watching the whole thing go down on social media. I swear 60% of the Instagram stories I'm watching right now are industry professionals and influencers all busily working and sharing fashion week. Some effortlessly cool, as is the kiwi way when it comes to fashion, and some not so effortless looking but for sure making a statement.


But the main point of this post, other than to talk about all the exciting gossip, is to really highlight the magic and fantasy that is fashion week. I fall all over myself to look at the photos coming off the runway, not only to see what the NZ fashion scene is in for next year, but to also get a snapshot into the artistic side of fashion. The whole thing is whimsical and exciting in its own way, no matter whether its the weddings show or Stolen Girlfriends Club (I watched the live stream and LOVED it). It is the one week in NZ where the fashion world all comes together into this festival of appreciation for wearable artistry and I love every second of watching from the sidelines.


Speaking of magical wearable artistry though, the Trish Peng dress at the New Zealand Weddings Magazine show was to die for. This being the show stopping floral number that the whole of the fashion world in NZ is currently talking about. The one that is 4k worth of fresh flowers that were sewed on yesterday and chilled over night for todays walk. I mean, come on, it's perfection. There wasn't a person in the room without their phones out at that moment I bet you. I saw it from so many different angles on Insta stories, and studied it on the NZ Fashion Week Facebook page. Honestly, it's just magical. Dramatic and magical. Such an epic moment.


In my scouring of the pages though, I've been saving all my favourite shots. I'm so excited about all of these moments, both theatrical and fashion, and it is a good selection of some stuff I would actually buy and some stuff that I'm just in awe of in general. Buckle up, its a long one. All images (excluding the singular SGC image, which was from the NZFW site) sourced from the official NZ Fashion Week Facebook page, which you can find HERE.


All images sourced from the New Zealand Fashion Week Facebook Page, as they are doing such an epic job of coverage. Check it out HERE for more shots of the week.
The Perfect Statement Ring | feat. Stolen Girlfriends Club

I get a lot of joy out my jewellery. I have been working on my everyday jewellery collection since I was about 16, from bracelets to rings, necklaces to all my ear piercings and my Daniel Wellington watch. I’ll do a full collection one day. I started out with a single ring I purchased in a half price sale (which I lost for 8 months and found underneath the couch at my friends apartment today) and have worked my way up from there. This particular ring is a beauty, my pride and joy, and is probably the coolest piece of jewellery I own. It is the Stolen Girlfriends Club Six Piece Prism Ring.

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I adore Stolen Girlfriends Club. Every time I go in there is a piece that steals my heart. Unfortunately, being a student, I can never justify the money on any of it, so I try to avoid going in there too much. Their jewellery is a slightly easier load to bear however. All the pieces are just really cool, and this ring is one of the coolest. I had been lusting after it for weeks and weeks, going in and trying it on every single time I walked past their Nuffield Street store. It was perfect. I wanted a statement ring for my middle/index finger. Because I don’t have the skinniest fingers out there, and their rings are unisex, it was the perfect place to look. The ring was gorgeous and they had the size I wanted. It was haunting me.

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$349 is a lot to spend on something so frivolous when you are a student. So every time I tried it on I put it down again, cried a little inside and walked out. I talked about it a lot and to everyone. On Christmas Eve, Mum and I were doing a little last minute shopping and I told her to come and look at the ring I keep going on about since we were walking past the shop. She thought it was just as cool as I did. I put it down again, said Merry Christmas to the guy who works there (who recognises me now) and went back to the car. We had just sat down and started leaving the carpark when Mum said ‘I think I want to buy you that ring for Christmas’. I, no joke, almost started crying. Thats how in love with this ring I am. She hadn’t had time to get me anything for Christmas yet, and honestly I don’t really care about getting presents anyway, but I was thrilled by the prospect of this. We raced down to Nuffield Street and she got me the ring. I had to wait 16 hours until we opened presents of course, but I was dying to wear it so it was a hard wait.

This ring is epic for a few reasons.

  1. The stone is onyx, and I love onyx.
  2. The ring is actually 6 different rings held together by the bar with the onyx. It pretty unique from anything I have seen.
  3. It is a real statement, but a slightly subtle one, which is what I was looking for. It’s big without being too big and over the top. Anything too big would bother me and wouldn’t be an every day ring, especially since it would get caught in my hair.

So if you are on the hunt for a cool ring, go check out Stolen. It’s a really unique New Zealand designer brand and I love that I am repping the locals with this one. One day I will be able to afford the gorgeous leather biker jacket they have, but until then this ring is giving me a piece of that vibe Stolen Girlfriends Club is great at expressing.


Charlie x

What is your favourite piece of jewellery?

Sidenote: This was originally published on my old blog around 6-12 months ago when I was still playing around with the idea of starting to publish content. Since then, Stolen have pulled this ring from their standard manufactured offerings and have moved it to being a custom order only item. The version without the stone is still available in stores.