Little girl, big dreams

small1 To say this was one of those “Pinch me! Like is this legit happening right now?’ moments, is a slight understatement.  Let me take you back 15 years to 12 year old me, a tiny built little thing with one eyebrow and a Kangol beanie on her head, convinced that when she grows up she’ll be the next big model. I know, Like every girl right? I wasn’t exceptionally tall nor did I have those limbs which seemed to go on forever and ever, you know the ones I mean, those limbs that make you look at your own in a completely different light following their encounter. Somehow I actually managed to get myself and my somewhat wide Italian nose onto the books of a London agency, but needless to say even with the monobrow a painful distant memory, I never got booked! Not even for hair work, something which I am able to grow in abundance…everywhere.

So to find myself staying within the streets of luxurious Porto Montenegro, dining 5 star, chauffeured around via speed boat and shooting with a Photographer who regularly shoots for one of my favourite fashion resources, Harper’s Bazaar, really did leave me questioning whether my ability to day dream had truly out-done it’s self this time. But I have the images to prove it, the momentary memories captured for me to look back on in 40 years time and remember how truly wonderful it was that my dream as a child was no where near as amazing as my life turned out to be.


Images shot by Jay Mclaughlin for Olympus

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Dress – Zara Sale (it had make-up on it)     Sandals – Chloe     Sunglasses – Celine @ Sendoptics     Bag – Balenciaga     Camera – Olympus


  1. nueyork 10th September 2015 / 8:07 am

    This was such a lovely and uplifting post to read! It makes me so happy to see you doing so well! x

    • lydia 10th September 2015 / 9:18 am

      Thanks so much Hun! <3

    • lydia 10th September 2015 / 9:18 am

      I’m so sad that Summer is over 🙁 x

    • lydia 10th September 2015 / 9:19 am

      Thanks Claudia, I wish it was Summer all year round so that I could wear them!xx

    • lydia 10th September 2015 / 9:19 am

      It was such a steal in the Zara sale too! <3 xx

    • lydia 10th September 2015 / 3:35 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂

  2. Niamh 10th September 2015 / 9:49 am

    Wow… great pics… Just started to follow you on snapchat when you travelled there… I was like, OMG… what an amazing life… Huge congratulations… 🙂

    • lydia 10th September 2015 / 3:35 pm

      Honestly was amazing!! <3

  3. Victoria martin 10th September 2015 / 9:57 am

    Such a beautiful post – the words, the sentiment and the photographs! And I’ll never get tired of seeing those Chloe sandals… ????????????

  4. Victoria martin 10th September 2015 / 9:58 am

    P.S. That was love hearts at the end of my post but it has now appeared as question marks!

  5. Charlotte 10th September 2015 / 11:37 am

    You look sensational Lydia and what an amazing experience – you deserve it all! Do you mind if I ask where you Olympus camera strap is from – it is so dainty and cute! xx

  6. Natalie 10th September 2015 / 2:21 pm

    Such a lovely post Lydia- so beautiful as always x

  7. Marshalee McIntosh Jin 10th September 2015 / 2:24 pm

    You rocked the shoot Lydia!!
    Amazing that your dreams did come through but better. Congrats!

  8. Emily 10th September 2015 / 4:21 pm

    You look beautiful! What gorgeous pictures and a lovely post, dreams do come true! 🙂
    I remember having those day dreams as a little girl too, I bet most girls do – mine were to be a famous pop star though, haha!
    xx Em
    beauty blether

  9. Rumbi 10th September 2015 / 5:13 pm

    You look gorgeous and that is such a pretty message! x

  10. Rumbi 10th September 2015 / 5:15 pm

    You look gorgeous and that is such a pretty message! x I am also a little girl with big dreams! It’s so nice that you’re achieving yours (:

  11. Laura 10th September 2015 / 7:02 pm

    It just goes to show that you can do anything if you put your mind to it 🙂 Well done for all the hard work you’ve put into getting where you are today xxx

  12. Katie 12th September 2015 / 6:04 pm

    Amazing! So happy for you and everything you have achieved! xxxx

  13. El 12th September 2015 / 6:21 pm

    This was an amazing post. I loved these pictures and your dress, I am thinking of getting myself an Olympus now.

    El |

  14. laura 12th September 2015 / 11:48 pm

    GIRL, you are just the most stunning girl! Love these photos, the outfit – YES!


  15. Adele 13th September 2015 / 9:33 am

    Loved the context of this post. The photos are superb & have captured you so well Lydia. I adore the dress, looks great with the gladiators.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  16. Maria 13th September 2015 / 11:07 am

    What a lovely and insprational post Lydia. Love everything about this look!
    Maria x

  17. Beth Norton 14th September 2015 / 9:03 pm

    Lydia these photos are flawless! You look absolutely beautiful and should be so proud of yourself and what you’ve achieved. You’re an inspiration.

    Beth xox.

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