A picnic in the ‘Secret Forest’ & OohLaLaSpring with Joules

It’s finally happened; I’m doing an outfit post. I’ve wanted to do one for a while and a picnic in the ‘secret forest’, proved to be the perfect location. 

A few weeks ago, Joules got in touch with me to ask if I’d like to take part in their Spring #OohLaLaSpring campaign. I jumped at the chance and Tom happily agreed to the idea of getting to play with his new camera and eat food outside.

We packed our picnic rucksack full of tasty goodies and headed off to the ‘secret forest‘. 

George's Hayes

We found the ideal spot amongst the tree stumps and I opened the picnic blanket as soon as possible. Did you ever play “the floor is lava” as a child? Yeah? Well that’s what me on a picnic blanket in the middle of a forest looks like. 

I have a fear of things I cannot see, and grass / plants that are a couple of inches high are excellent places for snakes to hide. At least, it is in my head. 

Once the picnic blanket / serpent banisher was on the ground, it was time to whip out the food. We don’t mess around. 

The rucksack comes with everything you could possibly need for a picnic, apart from the actual food. It even has a place for you to keep your wine cool, which we severely underused with a bottle of Ribena. #LivinItUp. It was really comfortable to carry, and I think I could have fit my camera in there too, which makes it ideal for me on one of our day-long camera adventures. 

Hampers look beautiful and fancy, but they’re impractical for walking with and there’s no way I could carry one around all day. 

Can we also take a moment to appreciate the fact that a matching dress, picnic blanket, and rucksack makes me look like I’ve got my stuff together for the first time ever? 

Things have been hectic for Tom and me for the past few weeks; he’s been working nights and I’ve been busy with general stuff, so the picnic was more in order than I realised. 

The ‘secret forest’ was so quiet that as soon as we sat down and started eating, I felt lighter. Of course, I mean that metaphorically given the amount of hummus and cake I went on to eat. 

You could be anywhere in the world in that forest, and it’s nice to feel like you’re the only people in the world every now and then. And it feels even better when you feel like the only person in the world wearing a darn pretty summery dress. 
Reading in a forest

Then came outfit post time. I have a reputation with myself for being hopelessly awkward in front of a camera. Think Chandler from Friends in front of a camera. I can’t help it, I blink as the shutter closes and my face does things I didn’t know it could do. 

But you know what? The outfit shoot turned out to be much more fun than I expected. It was a little awkward to start with as I gave Tom a list of what kind of shots I needed and it got a little easier. 

My directorship (is that the right word?) obviously worked fairly well because I’m really happy with these photos. 

And last but not least, the dress. The dress. It’s not the kind of style I normally wear, which is partly which I picked it. I love the colour, the pattern, and the style. It’s really comfortable, and it has pockets! I have instant love for dresses with pockets because being without pockets is so impractical! 

Yes, there’s a good chance I picked up a stick and decided it was a wand. 

All in all: we has a fun time, my dress was beautiful, the rucksack was perfect, the blanket protected me from snakes, food in a forest is fun, and Tom will be asked to take more photos from now on, muahaha. 


Joules floral dress in Opal Blue Blossom* // Joules Picnic Rucksack in Chocolate Blossom* // Joules Fold and Carry Picnic Blanket in Chocolate Blossom* // New Look ballet flats (Super old) // M&S black cardigan (Even more ancient) //

* The items were provided by Joules for the purpose of this adventure. 

Special thanks to Tom also, for being a photography wizard. 

When was the last time you went on a picnic?