Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Summer Skirt

Oh it's so nice to have this summery weather again!  Although I must admit I took this jumper off straight afterwards - I was way too warm after prancing about in our meadow with it on! 

You might have seen me prancing about in my behind the scenes look video which I posted on Instagram.  What do you think about it?  It was my first go at one of these sort of things, so I would love to know if you would like to see them now and then on instagram or not? 

We shot this look right outside my house (I'm from the country in case you hadn't noticed).  We haven't had any of our own animals on our land for a few years now but this is the first summer we've let it grow long and wild.  It looks messy but magical!  And there is another reason except from laziness- to help our local butterfly population.  

This meadow is our very own butterfly sanctuary and let me tell you there is now loads of butterflies hiding in our meadow!  So many different colours and sizes!  I will try and get some photos for you but they move so quickly. 

So I disturbed our butterflies while I pranced around, I wore: 

Topshop skirt 

Jack Wills jumper

ASOS headband 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

My Blog Roll

Blogging is a pretty big part of my life, writing and shooting for Liquid Grain but as well as that I read blogs - and a lot of them!  

Believe me, too much of my time is taken up by reading the lovely ramblings of others in the blogsphere!  So I thought I would share with you my favourite blogs I follow, but I would also love to hear about your recommendations or your own blogs!  So comment below and I'll check it out!







Monday, 21 July 2014

Moving To Lyon, France

Big news!  I'm moving to Lyon, France!  

It's very exciting and rather unexpected- I applied for a summer internship however heard nothing back until June when they asked if I could go over to France for nine months! 

This is really exciting and I can't wait to go over.  However it will involve a lot of changes for me, primarily moving to France.  And this is where I need your help - if you have any tips about moving to France and house hunting then please tell me, especially if it is Lyon specific!  

If you have any travel advice about Lyon I would also love to hear about it - where to go, what to see, everything!  If you want you can email me or tweet me! 

The next couple of weeks will be a little hectic for me since I will have to get ready to move and find a place to live and learn French - sodds law at school I did German and Spanish and at university some Arabic but never French! 

Doesn't Lyon look pretty?  This picture is from The Telegraph and looks lovely! 

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Dog Walking In Larne, Northern Ireland

This is a half look - half lifestyle post today.  You'll see what I wore (although it wasn't very exciting) but I also want to talk about one of my favourite places to walk the dog in Larne.  

I don't have my own dog right now, so when I go over to Northern Ireland I steal Matty's dog Tess and love going for walks with her.  

There's a really great walk in Larne - dog optional but highly recommended - which starts on sea side and ends up on a hill - but still with a sea view.  The walk is marked by a "keep fit" theme, with work out equipment dotted along the way.  The idea is to use them as you go but most people walk on by, but I like to give a few a go as I pass.  

I've just looked it up and the route is called Highway to Health - so now you know!  I would recommend taking on some or part of it - it totals 4 miles but does break up quite nicely.  

As you walk along the route you end up in Carnfunnock Park, which I really like.  Mainly because there is stuff to do - whether it's the walled gardens, maze (that's right MAZE) or the walk around it.  

The route we took on this walk took us up to a really old Ice House, which is where ice was stored during the year 'back in the day'.  It was a pretty neat little building, and somewhere nice to stop and take a break - or shoot a look.  

I'm wearing: Pink jeans (River Island / ASOS £30).  Grey vest (Similar here £8).  Green quilted jacket (John Lewis have some really great suggestions). 

My main accessory is the lovely Tess, and doesn't she look good in my sunnies?  Who is your four-legged walking partner?  Pictures get bonus points.

Friday, 18 July 2014

#ToastOfTheTown Glasgow

Last weekend, on a rainy Glasgow day, some Scottish bloggers came together to take part in the #ToastOfTheTown event held at Millennium Hotel Glasgow.  The event was designed to celebrate the host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games - Glasgow!  

Glasgow is such a fun and vibrant city- prime shopping area as well ;)  So it was a really fun day to showcase Glasgow, especially with all the Commonwealth Games fever in the air.  

This is my photo to sum up the Glasgow Commonwealth spirit - mixed up with some old buildings and a seagull! 

But this was more interactive than just a normal event; we took part in a really informative photography workshop, had a Scottish themed feast and then hit the streets of Glasgow to put what we learned into practice.  Unfortunately my camera was still being a little crazy so I didn't get the best photos and had to rely on my phone.  But good news- PC World are replacing it for me so I should get another one on Monday! 

We started off by getting to know each other and then got stuck into the workshop where we were given some photography rules to follow and talked through a couple of modes on your camera.  I thought I would put together a little guide for some basic blogging photography so hopefully you will find it useful down at the bottom.  

For lunch we had some delicious Scottish goodies to nibble on.  Haggis bon bons, venison hotdogs and some veggie parcels.  Then a lovely desert with cranachan and shortbread.  So good!  The Millennium Hotel put on a really good spread, full of Scottish spirit!  

 In the afternoon we hit the streets to try and take some interesting photos!  It was really rainy but there was so much interesting architecture and statues in Glasgow so there was lots to snap!  We also had the mission of trying to get some street photography as well, so this is my attempt to be arty with some flowers as well.  

And this one is just someone enjoying George Square.

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Top Tips 

- Aperture mode
For taking pictures of lipsticks, food, anything close up where you want part of the shot in focus and the rest of it nice and blurry pick the A mode on your camera.  I use this mode the most for my blog! 

- 1/2 - turn 
This was a tip from the guys, who said if you want your focus on an area which is not in the middle of the shot you should half press the shutter button with the chosen object in the middle, then while holding it down move your camera so it changes position.  Easier than faffing about with trying to move the focus area around! 

We had to use our thumbs to practice this- 

- Flash 
Don't use it, everrrr! 

- Rule of 1/3s 
If you split your screen into imaginary thirds you shouldn't position the object of your photo in the middle third.  It is far more appealing to be in either the top or the bottom third or left or right one! 

Centre - not so good 

Out on the side, much better! 

It was a really fun day out in Glasgow and it was so good to meet some fellow Scottish bloggers, I would love to meet everyone again.  Everyone was so friendly, which was great since it was my first ever blogging event!  Thanks to Millennium Hotel Glasgow for having us and toasting the town of Glasgow with us, although my photos don't do it justice at all! 

If you want to read Millennium Hotel's post on the event you should check it out here.