A Castle Fit For A Queen

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MY SPIRITUAL HOME

Photography: Prince B, Styling; Queen Michelle

 

As a Queen, my Kingdom is this little corner of cyberspace but my spiritual home is most certainly a real life castle. I have been absolutely fascinated by them since I was a child as I grew up in the shadow of the ruins of a 12th century castle, slighted in the 16th century by Oliver Cromwell. Little but part of the keep and gatehouse remains, but it was my favourite place to explore. I would glide my hands along walls and remnants of the staircases and imagined who lived there. I grew up with the tale of the owner of the castle, Sir Fergus Barclay, who was a famous and legendary horseman of the day and legend states Sir Fergus' skills were so great because he made a deal with the Devil and acquired a magic bridle. However, Barclay did not want to give his soul to the devil so he tricked the Devil out of the deal. Enraged, the Devil attacked the castle, leaving hoof marks in the jagged rocks around the stronghold. Even more odd is that there is a single hoof mark high up on the keep wall.

On Sunday I needed a castle fix, so we headed to a castle close to Glasgow called Bothwell. It's a huge, ruined 13th century castle and is utterly magnificent in every way. It was also a good excuse to try out a new lens Prince B bought me. I did some design work for one of his relatives and never got paid so Prince B felt responsible and bought me a new lens to make up for it. It wasn't his fault but I'm not complaining!

I'm still getting to grips with how to use it but I'm hoping to get out and about more to take photographs.

 
 
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Of course, I had to take the opportunity to shoot my week's outfit whilst I was there. Most outfits from now on will likely feature a coat because temperatures are horrible low now. But when you can keep warm in this glorious wool Jean Pierre Braganza coat you can't possibly mind the plummeting degrees. My photos simply can't capture the beauty of the coat and how it's made. It's positively brimming with those clever draping and tucking details JPG is known for. The back features origami-like folds creating a kind of bustle effect.

And here is another instance of my Rhea Leathercrafts harness worn on the outside of a garment. I should call it the 'Things You Can Wear A Harness On The Outside Of' series and be done with it.

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JEAN PIERRE BRAGANZA COAT / RHEA LEATHERCRAFTS HARNESS / TOPSHOP UNIQUE LEATHER LEGGINGS / THE LAST CONSPIRACY BOOTS

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