art, England, photography, travel

Daisy Chains


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Model: Rachael Defoe (from Suitcase home) 
Photography: Valerie Bong 
Location: Oxford

Hey there!

Having been apart from Vess for the past six months have been difficult. Not having my design buddy, photographer and convenient fashion model has created a very large ‘Vess shaped’ hole in my life. It’s been challenging to whip out my camera, to write blog posts and to think creatively when I don’t have my creative partner in crime with me.

Despite the void that Vess has created in my life, I’ve been so blessed to have my friends to help me get through it. Rach being one of them. Always up for supporting Big Picture Stuff and encouraging out writing, photography and design antic, she is one valued friend.

Feeling reflective today as I read back on my last blog post Munich: Travel thoughts.  It seems that I may need to apply and take a piece of my own advice. Why you may ask?  Well, I am embarking on a new journey. One that will hopefully push my out of my comfort zones, force me to be self reliant and hopefully leave me a better and more wiser individual. (Or leave me with stories of countless of unfortunate circumstances).

This is amazing journey is….that I am going solo travelling around Europe for the first time! I know, may travellers have gone before me and done solo travelling. Some even prefer it. But being a twin from a close knit family it is very rare that I am completely on my own, with no one to back me up or to help me on the way.  I’m anticipating some great stories to tell of typical ‘Val moments’ and excited to share the stories I obtain, things I discover as I attempt to make my way across Portugal, Italy and France.

I’m sure it’ll be as delightful as these daisies decorating Rach’s head!


val copyValerie Bong   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Leeds, UK. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.

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