30 June 2012

small moments

A couple of weeks ago I made the decision to replace my laptop, the poor thing really had come to the end of its life and with Uni I really need a laptop that I can rely on. I've been having a pretty crazy couple of weeks so its taking me a bit longer than I'd like to switch everything over properly and get the new one running how I want it. One of the things I've really loved about switching over is all the random little screenshots/notes/pictures I've found. Little reminders of the small moments that I wanted to keep hold of (but have since forgotten about)! Its funny how the small moments can sometimes be the most important in retrospect. 

The best thing I've come across is a note I made when R, M and I moved into our little house at the start of the year. I can't really remember exactly how it occurred but I had this written down...

"So R went upstairs armed with a cheese grater and a whisk to double check that no-one was climbing in my window. Which is on the 2nd floor... Must have been a really tall burglar"

I'm sorry, but what?! I laughed. So. Hard. I'd completely forgotten about the entire 'incident', we hadn't been  living there that long and we kept hearing weird noises from upstairs (turned out it was my blind + I'd left the window open...). So R went to investigate. And obviously a whisk paired with a cheese grater was the best possible form of defense... So funny. 

Sometimes I feel like I can be a bit excessive in the amount of pictures that I take or memories that I record but I really appreciate it when I take the time to go back through things. As I move things across I'm putting these all in a folder so that everything's together. I really want to scrapbook this year - I've made an effort to take so many more photo's and it seems a great way of using them all. Can't decide yet whether to go the traditional route or whether to do it digitally and get it printed as a photobook. Decisions!

It's reminding me that it really is the little moments that make life great. The big moments are awesome, they bring excitement and change, the big things build milestones. But the little things? The little things are what makes every 'normal' day a little bit different. 

How cute is this print?!

PS: You have like 2 hours left to enter the giveaway - go go go! 

25 June 2012

A weekend in Spain

First, I would really just like to say how awesome it feels to say "I spent last weekend in Spain". And no, I'm not bored of saying it yet. We had THE best time, and the weekend seemed to last forever - it felt more like a week! I'm planning on using some of the pictures from this trip to get back into scrapbooking - its been far too long since I've made something out of pictures and scraps of paper!

Friday started at 2:30am with a conversation between me and Hannah that probably didn't make ANY sort of sense. I don't even remember what was said. Tea was consumed and we hit the road at 3, I was kinda hoping that we'd get to see the sun come up... but it was predictably cloudy! We got breakfast in the airport - did you know that Starbucks do bacon rolls? So. Good. Also, if you're ever in Luton airport and are confused about where to get the plastic bags from for liquids - its the massive orange machine by the stairs. Which took us way longer to spot than it should have done! The flight was good (if you exclude us both feeling like our ears were going to explode) and when we walked off the plane it was warm. WARM! So we were pretty much immediately happy. There was some slight panicking when we couldn't find our hotel transfer, but it turned out that the company just has a different name in Spain. Helpful that!

Our balcony had the sun all afternoon and evening. Perfect

We were the last people to be dropped off, it was nice to get an idea of the town we were staying in but we were both a bit impatient to get checked in and get out exploring! We basically booked the cheapest holiday we could find... so the hotel being lovely was an unexpected surprise! We checked in, ditched our bags + headed straight for the beach.  After the obligatory ice cream we wandered up to the main streets to have a browse. I've never seen somewhere with so many little shops, especially places to eat! You could literally stay there for months and never eat at the same place twice. Our pre-holiday googling had left us with the impression that there wasn't much to do around the hotel, so, SO wrong. We spent most of Friday afternoon and a good chunk of Sunday just browsing the hundreds of little shops that were about.

There was SO much food. Everywhere.

Evenings with cocktails on the beach

Saturday we headed off to Barcelona! Apparently I'm better at navigating the Spanish rail system than I am the British one because we got there and back with no problems! (Although, it might just be Hannah...) We got off the train right opposite the Arc de Triomf, which was a pretty amazing first view of the city! Hannah purchased a map and we spent the entire morning exploring on foot. For me, the highlight was definitely the Sagrada Família, its such an amazing piece of architecture. I know opinion is very much divided about whether or not construction should continue - but I think it'll be amazing once its finished. 

You have to see this to 'get it' - just isn't the same from a picture.

We spent a good couple of hours in the afternoon in the Parc de la Ciutadella, chilling out and wandering about. It was pretty surreal to lie in a park, surrounded by palm trees watching bright green parrots fly over. If you're ever in Barcelona its definitely worth checking out - the Cascada is absolutely beautiful! There's also a zoo in the park which some post-trip googling has informed me was the home of the only known albino gorilla! (Just a little fun fact there...) We headed back in the early evening to get dinner in Calella + avoid missing the last train. Maybe we didn't see all of the 'typical' tourist attractions, and maybe we missed some really cool stuff. If I'm honest though? I would much rather wander around a new city getting a feel for the place than charge around at 100 miles an hour just to check things off a sightseeing list. There's tons more to see though, and I most definitely want to go back! 

The Cascada

Chilling under Palm trees. As you do.
We spent Sunday browsing tiny, crazy shops and reading on the beach. There was shops that sold literally EVERYTHING. My favourite? The store that sold nothing but candles. So many candles. Pretty much anything you can think of, they had a candle. We also saw a clothes shop where everything was made of white linen. It sounds kinda boring but it was actually really cool. Made you focus on the cut of the clothes rather than the fabric (direct quote from Hannah there!). We also accidently ended up on a nudist beach, took us a while to notice & by then we'd sat down and everything. We had to move. It was a tiny bit awkward. We finished off our last evening with the best pizza I have ever tasted ever + a jug of Sangria. So good. 

A random spot of shade.
THE best pizza. 

A candle camera. So cool!

Sunday afternoon...
Our flight was delayed on the way back + it was freezing when we stepped off the plane (thankyou England) but it was an amazing weekend. Adios!

P.S - Did you see the giveaway?

23 June 2012

Giveaway: 8x10 Print from Alexandra Wallace Photography

Hi Guys!

Today I want to introduce you Alexandra Wallace, a photographer (and artist!) from California who takes absolutely stunning images. Seriously - you should go and check out her blog! She's offering one of you the chance to win an 8x10 print from her shop (I'm kinda jealous here people, because I'm totally in love with this). For simplicity I'm using Rafflecopter + the winner will be chosen using The giveaways open for a week and the winner will be announced on the blog! I'll also shoot you an email to let you know + you can get in touch with Alexandra to choose your print - how exciting!

I asked Alexandra to send me a short bio and answer a couple of questions... so here she is!


Alexandra Wallace is a California born-and-raised photographer and visual artist. She has photographed across the globe, ranging from the American Midwest, to western Europe, to the shores of her hometown.

1. When did you first get into photography?
I was raised with photography, but I started really getting into it myself when I was around fourteen or fifteen. I started off with 35mm, and just within the last year and a half "went digital".

2. What is your favourite thing to shoot, and why? People! Always :)

3. Are there any photographers in particular that inspire you? Particular images?
Autumn DeWilde, Rosie Hardy, and of course, the legend Annie Leibovitz. I've included some images of my favorites of theirs.

Fun fact: This was taken about forty minutes away from my house.

4. If you had to give a number one tip for someone wanting to improve their photography, what would it be?
Just keep at it! I don't think there's any key secret that I or any other photographer [or artist, for that matter] can give that will move mountains. You just honestly  have to love something enough that you're willing to keep working at it, no matter what.

5. Finally, tell me something about yourself!
I also do ink drawings and watercolors! It's super relaxing for me, and I've got a pretty big stack of them going :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

21 June 2012

quick update: the last 7 days

  • Had THE best weekend in Spain. I seriously have the best friends. 
  • Thrown myself into my internship project. Its fun. Difficult and new, but really interesting
  • Finally got around to replacing my laptop. I really love my new one! Pictures from Spain will be coming soon once I get everything up and running!
  • I've had possibly the most exciting phone call of my whole life + my brain is going at 651646 miles an hour making plans
  • I tried Sangria for the first time. Man. That stuff is GOOD!
Hope y'all have had an awesome week! 

11 June 2012

Random thoughts on blogging

generally I think the the 'keep calm' stuff is way overdone. But I love this

Pretty much what the post title says to be honest...

  • People should comment more. Comments make for happy bloggers and new friendships. If someone writes something that resonates with you - let them know! Ask questions, offer opinions - just get involved! 
  • Word verification is evil. Chances are I won't comment if you have it because according to the internet I'm a robot. 
  • Its impossible to not be selective, we only have so much time that we can allocate to reading blogs and its impossible to read all of them. Read the blogs that you get something out of, be that laughter, friendship or inspiration. Your mind will thank you for it. 
  • Shallow as it may be, I like things that are clean and easy to use. Your layout isn't the most important thing in the world but it will probably affect whether or not I stick around to read your stuff.
  • Most of the time it's blindingly obvious if you're not writing as you. Be yourself. People will love you. Don't worry if you're not writing about the same things as everyone else, the world would be a pretty boring place if we were all the same. 
  • I still don't understand why people think blogging is such a weird hobby. I just don't get it.
  • Its an amazing thing to have friends that get you, who you can have the most ridiculous conversations with. Friends who listen to your craziest plans and want in on the fun. Its even more amazing when you've never even met
What do you guys think about blogging? Best bits? Worst bits?

10 June 2012

life lately: a photo dump

This week has been a weird one, emotionally draining but there's been a lot of fun stuff too. I handed in my last assignment for Uni on Friday, so I'm officially done with second year! (well, until results - but I'm trying not to worry about those!) The last couple of months have been a little hectic in terms on uni work, so its both incredibly refreshing and somewhat disconcerting to have my days completely to myself with nothing that I have  to do. I'm not complaining though! And yes, this post is basically a photo dump, but whatever.

Picking up fresh strawberries for mum from the farm shop on the way home. I never used to like eating strawberries that much (what?!) but I've been eating them in porrige recently and fallen in love with them. Bring on Wimbledon!

I have no idea what the stripe through this picture is, its not on the original - just seems to show up when I upload it. Its driving me nuts! If anyone knows what the problem is, let me know?!

I just really love capturing the little everyday moments.

While the rest of the country was celebrating the jubilee/doing whatever on Monday, I was at a barn dance. It was kinda fun, but I'm really not into holding hands with people. 

The Suffolk Show was amazing, well, the food tent was amazing. I tasted the most amazing cheese in the world (no lie), tried raspberry vodka (so good!) and the best crisps I've ever eaten. So good.

This sign just made me laugh. Lots.

I've also been hanging out with mum lots, I miss her when I'm away. Going to late evening wanders with the dog, getting the hang of a new lense and reading an actual, real-life book. I know, crazy. 

Next week's shaping up to be pretty busy as well. I'm working all day tomorrow, have my first 'offical' conference call for my internship on Thursday and I fly to Spain on Friday - exciting!! We're also puppy-sitting the cutest bundle of 16 week old fluff, so that should be interesting! Not sure how Zak's gonna react to that...he's pretty accustomed to being the center of attention 24/7!

08 June 2012

friday favourites #16

I hate this whole picture, all apart from the light. Golden hour is my favourite part of the day. Slowly getting the hang of the new lens, just want the weather to clear up now so I can get out and practice with it!

05 June 2012

something new





This week I finally decided to buy the Canon 50mm 1.8, I've been considering this lense for a really long time now and with mum's wedding coming up it seemed like the perfect time! Its really weird shooting with a fixed focal length, I don't think I ever really realised how much I rely on the lense to compose a shot rather than moving myself. So more practice is most definitely needed! I've taken a load of picture with it but I'm only really happy with a few of them - hence why there's such an odd assortment of shots here! Technically, its supposed to be a portrait lense, but the dog wasn't co-operating and there aren't that many people about in the middle of the woods!

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