Snails In My Hair

hush camellia dress

It’s true what they say: never work with children or animals. And never try to do anything – work or otherwise – when it’s hot and tempers (as well as temperatures) are high. All I wanted was a nice picture of myself in my new summery frock, something to make me feel a bit better (flagging in the self-love department this week, mainly due to the fact that my hair, postpartum, is falling out at an alarming rate!) but my plans were thwarted about five times over.

Ooh, I thought, possibly naively; I’ll do a lovely feature about beautiful, crisp white cottons and it’ll be all seasonal and relevant and stuff. I can lean against a distressed wall with the rose bush just out of focus and I’ll look like the sort of woman who collects eggs in a basket and bakes lemon drizzle cake in her AGA before reading a high-brow novel in her luxury hammock. 

But no. It was thirty-one degrees in the garden and – though I absolutely love hot days – the heat presented a number of problems. Firstly my makeup sweated off and went patchy. Secondly, I sat down for a minute too long in the new crisp white cotton dress and whilst I sat there, my body heat acted as a sort of reverse steam iron, creating creases and folds where there were previously none.

hush camellia dress

So then I had to have something to hold in front of me and mask the creased area/create a distraction; the nearest movable thing was Angelica, who happened to be wearing quite a presentable dress herself. I know, I thought, in yet another naive moment, I’ll make it into a mum-and-baby photo – it’ll be like one of those lovely portraits that you see on Instagram, where they look as though they live in a beach hut and only ever eat avocados on toast.

That didn’t happen either. Angelica screamed from the moment she was press-ganged into the shot – the only way she would interact with me at all was if Mr AMR told her to look for snails. She likes snails. And so the only really passable shots we managed to salvage from the photographic wreckage were the ones of Angelica searching my hair for snails.

hush camellia dress

Our poor neighbours. Mr AMR bellowing “search Mummy’s hair for snails, where are the snails? Can you see ANY SNAILS? In Mummy’s hair! Are there any snails?”

hush camellia dress

Also, poor Mr AMR. He’s actually a proper photographer, one who produces amazing work and flies all over the shop taking portraits of celebrities and important people, but every now and then I rope him into taking pictures of me. And I always make him do it in about thirty seconds flat, with a crap camera and no lighting and a stubborn, impatient model (me) who refuses to do as she’s told. I’m amazed he agrees to do them – I always think it’s a bit like asking a chef to serve up a microwave meal on a cracked plate. In a michelin restaurant. (You’re the discerning diners in this analogy, obviously.)

little bird dress

Anyway, I said that I wouldn’t post any pics but here we are – I fancied a bit of a “behind the scenes” ramble today. My brain is a bit fuzzy this week and I’m struggling to get my beauty posts edited to a satisfactory standard.

My dress, if you fancy some crisp white cotton, is the Camellia from Hush here* – £69. Angelica’s dress is from Little Bird at Mothercare here – I went a bit crazy buying Little Bird stuff last week, it’s so retro and brilliant – and her shades are also from Mothercare. I think they were a fiver.


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  1. Karina Suarez
    June 21, 2017 / 1:30 am

    Angelica’s dress is ADORABLE. And the shades!! Too cute!

  2. Poorani
    June 21, 2017 / 2:21 am

    What are you talking about? You look gorgeous. You can’t look bad if you tried. Angelica is a mini movie star. Everything about her is cute.

  3. Claire
    June 21, 2017 / 5:14 am

    Ruth I loved this, it really made me laugh!

  4. June 21, 2017 / 7:00 am

    Where does this snail obsession come from? My daughter, three years, loves them as well, and after each rain we rush to the garden to “save snails”, which means we collect them from the street and carefully place them into my flowers so no one accidentally steps on them…

  5. Louise Matlock
    June 21, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Wonderful pictures of you and Angelica. She looks so adorable in her dress. I’m glad you discuss the reality behind the scenes as the glossiness of some blog/instagram lifestyles can be completely unrelatable. Enjoy the sunshine

  6. June 21, 2017 / 10:44 am

    You look fab, the photos are great, Angelica is a cutie and this post is brilliant. No regrets!


  7. Claire L
    June 21, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    Haha, hilarious! x

  8. Sharaine
    June 21, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    Ruth, you have never changed or aged and could never look bad! You’re a beautiful lady.

    Your friend from many years ago.

    Sharaine xx

  9. Tatiana
    June 21, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    You look gorgeous. Better than I have managed in the heat we are having. It was 39C on Sunday and I went to the movies just for the air conditioning and then drove around in my car with the AC blasting as long as I could afterwards. Today it’s a relatively cool 32. Tomorrow a bit warmer. Sleep is non-existent. I keep hoping for the return of cooler weather.

  10. Carolyn
    June 22, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Oh you do make my laugh. My babies are all grown up now, but you bring back the memories of those funny, tired days.

  11. Onya1213
    June 22, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    All that’s missing is muddy paw prints from Dexter as he jumps excitedly against your crisp white cotton after a ramble by the river. And I love Angelica’s global world view, rescuing the snails and all. My kind of little person.

  12. June 23, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Summery Angelica is absolutely adorable!

  13. andrea murdock
    June 23, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    I’m much older than you with grown babies but oh boy did this post bring back memories!!! Believe it or not these are the days you cherish when they are older and you can laugh about it together. Love your behind the scenes story today! xo

  14. bella
    June 25, 2017 / 4:11 am

    I would never have guessed that it was a production to get these beautiful Instagram pictures! Beautiful and brilliant!

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