Over the October Half term I was fortunate enough to travel with my family. Over the course of the trips I took a lot of photos, and I thought that I would share some of my favourites (and some from other occasions i.e. Bonfire night)
I first travelled to Vienna, Austria with my mum and Grandparents, and stayed in an apartment in the centre of town. We visited the palace and the central shopping areas as well as going on a city walking tour and going to a concert. It was such a beautiful city and I loved visiting.
Later that week I also visited Ljubljana, Slovenia with my Dad. This was somewhere I had wanted to go to for a while and is now my favourite city I've ever been to. It was cold and all the trees had turned orange but we still ate ice cream by the river every evening.
We again went on a city tour and visited the markets. The castle is amazing and has the most awesome view which we then saw again at night. Its surrounded my parks and mountains and has a small river running through the city centre. The restaurants and shops there are all very trendy and I couldn't recommend enough visiting.
If you ever go be sure to go get cake at the castle and go to the main pizzeria along the riverside. On the second to last day we rented these retro bikes from our hotel and cycled around the city (which is all pedestrian). This is another thing I would recommend. There is a park very near by with good cycle paths and there are more parks a bit further away just past the castle on the hill.
Whilst we were there we also went to Bled, which is a small town and lake in the valley of the mountain not far from the city. It is accessible by a bus that runs daily from next to the train station, ten minutes walk from the centre (It's a very small city!) It's a great place for hiking and taking photographs. We got a boat and went out to the little island, for about £5. It was so peaceful and was one of the prettiest places I've ever been to.
I'm sorry that I haven't been on my blog for a long time. Life is crazy at the moment and hasn't slowed down at all. But I will still blog when I can...
I hope you're all having a great week, and liked my photos!
It"s been a little while since I've written a favourites blog post, or in fact a blog in general. Life has go all to hectic and I haven't written as much.
But hey, I love writing Favourites posts, and I've loved a lot throughout this month, so there we go...
The body shop vineyard peach spray- I picked this up at the very beginning of the month on sale at the body shop. My friend has a spray from Hollister which smelt of peach and I was super jealous of it and I found the spray and it smelt incredible and so I picked it up. I have been wearing it non-stop since.
Anthropologie volcano capri blue candle - I got this candle for my birthday and have been burning it non-stop since. I’m awful at describing smells but it’s very cozy, fresh sweet and homely. I love it. It also seems to burn for a long time, which is great considering how often I've used it. (Find here)
Liz earl cleanse and polish - Again, I got this for my birthday and have started using it again. I’m pretty sure that every mum and their cousins daughter has used this cleanser and it works amazingly. I’m not really sure why I stopped using it but it just seems to work well, I love the smell, and it’s really calming on my skin. (Find here)
Nars blush, Pierre Hardy limited edition - I picked this up at the Bloggers market back at the beginning of the month. Although it’s not something I have used daily throughout the month, when I have used it it’s felt quite special and is so very pretty. It’s a bright ready/orangey coral with a gold shimmer running through it. It’s super pigmented and I don’t know I just love it.
Black high-waisted skinny jeans - Yes, I am one of those weird people that rally wears jeans and lives in Pj bottoms, joggers and leggins. But I picked up a pair of black super skinny high waisted jeans from topshop( I think) in a way to try and get myself to actually try and wear jeans. I have to admit for jeans they are quite comfy and I have been wearing them a lot, mostly with cropped jumpers. (Find here)
I covet thee - I have been watching Hello October (Suzy) on youtube for a little while now, and found Alex’s channel (Icovethee) through a video of hers. Whenever I find a new youtube I like, I always look through most of their videos and not only do I love her style and video content but she there is something about her that is really calming and just lovely to watch. And yes, I have been watching her old vlogmas's. (Find here)
River Dale- 13 reasons why is the series EVERYBODY has been raving this month, and although I have watched and enjoyed it... I'm hooked on River dale. If you're looking for a new Netflix series to binge on which is good but not quite as heartbreaking as 13 reasons why, definitely gibve River Dale a go. I'M OBSESSED.
Brandy Melville- A bit late to this, but I recently went into the store on Carnaby street, London and wanted to buy the whole shop! I came out with the nicest cosiest jumper and got quite a few items for my birthday from there (Which I was rather happy about!). They have a really great selection of pretty striped tees, graphic tops, fuzzy jumpers and cute mini skirts. All in navy, grey white pink and red - I LOVE IT! (Find here)
This works sleep - Deep calm sleep spray- I had heard a few people talking about this works, and when I saw my mum had a few their sleep sprays, I asked to borrow them. When I've felt a bit stressed or anxious throughout the month, I've sprayed this on my pillow and then had a great nights sleep. I don't know if that's just a coincidence, but I love the smell either way. (Find here)
Jo Malone Pomegranite Noir - You know how a smell can remind you of a memory? We have the candle of this fragrance in my living room, and it reminds me of spending time in there in the winter watching films with my family. I got this for my birthday and I kinda love smelling like a candle. It came so beautifully packaged, and it's very special I guess. (Find here)
I hope you've liked todays post, have a great bank holiday weekend!
It was my birthday on sunday!
I had a really lovely day so I thought I would record/share a few photos I took over the weekend...
Thank you so much to everyone who sent birthday messages, they made me so happy to read through!
On the saturday I had a few friends round in the afternoon to watch films and chat. We watched nerve (Which, by the way, is an INCREDIBLE film), and it was so tense yet I still laughed uncontrollably throughout.
I had a lot of family time on my actual birthday, so went out to a really cute village cafe for breakfast and a walk and then had my grandparents round for lunch. I then obviously ended the day with the predictable dominoes pepperoni pizza. YUM.
Last weekend I went to the Bloggers Marked in Camden. The Bloggers Market is an event run by a group of Fashion and and lifestyle bloggers, and is possibly the best thing ever.
As you would imagine for an event created by bloggers, everything is beautifully styled and the whole environment is so so friendly. I went last year with my friend Annie, (Find her blog here) after discovering the event through Liv Purvis' blog, What Olivia did. It was really fun and so great to meet so many of the bloggers that I loved reading, and looked up to.
So this year, we went again. The event was a bit bigger this year, and was hosted at the Camden Collective in London. It was a really cool venue, in a cool area of London that I hadn't really explored before.
The event itself was a shop stalls kind of set up. Every blogger part of the event had their own stool, where they sold pre-loved clothes and bits of makeup and accessories at discounted prices. There was also a few workshops throughout the day, including; Bullet journalling, paper marbling and manicures.
It's a really great event for bloggers and instagrammers to meet other people with the same love for blogging, and to do a bit of social networking.
Thank you so much to everyone at the event, I had a lovely time and hope to go again next year!
One of my favourite parts of having a blog, and blogging fairly regularly, is taking the photos. For me, creative photos can really make a blog stand out. I absolutely love photography, I do it at school too, and I especially love thinking about blog and instagram photography. I've had my blog for a while now, and thought that it might be helpful for some of you other bloggers/readers if I shared some of my blog photography tips. I'm by no means an expert, but consider myself little bit of a photography geek!
I fairly recently invested in a blogging camera. I am currently using the Olympus pen Epl6. I bought this for my birthday last year, and although it was kind of pricey for a small camera, I definitely think it was worth the investment. It's a good size, and fits in most bags, so good for photos of the go.
However, I also use my dads DSLR camera a lot of the time, if I'm at home and want to take more in depth photos. For example if I'm wanting to take photos of jewellery, or make up, I would use my DSLR. I use the Nikon D3200.
But if you're a new blogger you definitely shouldn't feel as though you have to get the newest high-tech camera, phone cameras and little digital ones work too!
Stock photos are the photos used online by shops to sell a specific product.
For example with this essie nail polish, The top photo is the stock photo, used by wall mart, boots, super drug etc.
It's taken in studio light, and if I'm honest is a bit boring to look at. But that's ok because it's purpose is to show what the nail polish looks like, not for the photo to look pretty.
The photo below is my take on it. When blogs use their own photos, rather than a stock photos, it shows that the blogger actually has and loves the product. So they haven't just taken an image from online and written about something they don't know.
If you do GCSE of A-level photography, composition will be a term you know very well. Composition is how the parts of the image are lay out. So where the subject is in the photo, and the space around it.
This is the actual photo taking part, and you have to think quite creatively when doing this. Think of your surroundings, and angles you take the photo from. Take the photo multiple times, but from different angles. Experiment to see what you think looks best.
Is the subject in frame? Is the background too cluttered, or too simple? Is there too much space around the subject? Do the colours of the subject/product look good with the colours of the background?
Good composition... (Good amount of product in frame, interesting angle)
Bad composition...(Too much space around the image)
Before taking the photo, it's important to find an area where the lighting is good. Lighting has a huge effect on how good the photo turns out.
If you can get natural lighting, it makes the photo so much clearer, and the colour comes out more how you see it.
Experiment taking the photo into the light, away from the light, with or with ought flash, and in both natural and artificial light. I find that white light works best rather than yellow toned, and taking a photo away from the light is better too. I always try to use natural light.
In to the light- Too bright, not as clear
Standard bulb light
Apart from the actual photo taking, photo editing is my other favourite part. I edit my photos to make them clearer looking, a better contrast or a brighter background. But when you edit you have to make sure not to over saturate other wise the photo won't be true to colour.
I use photoshop to edit when I'm at school, which allows me to use a few more fancy tools on my photos. But when I'm at home, for my blog I just edit using the software already on my macbook. So when I import my photos to my laptop, it gives me the option to edit in the corner. When I edit photos on my phone, I tend to use Adobe lightroom, which is free with Apple, and is a sort of more basic photo shop.
Again, editing is something you can just experiment with. But make sure to have more than one copy just incase something goes wrong!
I really hope that this post might have been useful to some of you...and inspires you to get your camera out! I have really enjoyed writing this, and I would love to hear your feedback in the comments.
Zoë x x x
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I recently discovered Poppy Deyes's blog... Wow what a way to start a blog post! Hahaha.
I know I 'm late to this but her blog is really cool and whilst scrolling back through some of her older posts I saw this recipe for asparagus pastries. I realised that I hd never properly tried asparagus and fancied doing some breaking so gave it a go.
The recipe was easy to follow and worked as it should. And the final product was very tasty!
My recipe adjustments:
I hope this post encourages any of you to bake! If you do give it a go, take a photo and tag me in it on instagram. I'd love to see!
Something I have seen all over tumblr and all the cool blogs I follow is a wire grid/memo board. The idea is that you have little clips on it to attach notes or photos or whatever you like really. I liked the idea because first of all it looks so frigging cute but also, it would save my already destroyed wall from getting more blue-tack marks from where I attempt (and fail) to stick photos onto it.
I have been looking out for one of these for a while now, but the ones I have come across in Urban outfitters and Anthroplogie have been all so expensive.
So when I came across this go cream and white-gold version in Sainsbury's of all places, I grabbed it!
It's a good size and came with clips already attached to it and was so inexpensive for the quality of it. Love it!
I have put my one up on the wall of my desk area, and filled it with some cute quotes and inspirational things I like. I love the idea that I can change it up whenever, or add to it which is something I can't do as easily by sticking stuff to my wall. I also pegged on two cute little postcards from paperchase. I especially love the one of the little girl, it's so adorable!
f I'm really honest, I don't like painting my nails. At all. I love having pretty shiny nails but I'm so awful at applying it and really impatient and it normally chips or smudges and looks bad. But I made it my mission to try nd learn to do it properly, and in doing so, started to collect a fair number of them. I thought I would share them with you.
As far as formulation goes, my for sure favourite is essie. Essie are more expensive for a high street nail polish, retailing at around £7/8, but for the awesome colour range and the quality , it might be worth those extra few pounds. I have also seen a few at Tk maxx being sold for a bit less, so if you like the sound of them it might be worth having a look in there too. But I also love the Topshop nail polishes, and Barry M.
You can find my essie favourites here.
Rock at the top (left) & Ballet Slippers (right)
Z x x
I had seen this post going around on a few blogs and as there are some really lovely things in the shops at the moment, I thought it might be something quite nice for a lil' mid week post.
These are just a few pieces that I picked out from some shops online (which are linked if you click on the photo) that I think look really gorgeous and I would really like to try. Maybe they'll be going on my birthday list (*hint hint* hahaha).
Comment down below if you would like to see more posts like this.
Sunday is possibly one of my favourite days of the week. No school, a lie-in and some time to do whatever you want.I think of it as a day to reflect on the week just gone, and organise myself at least a little bit for the up coming week.
I thought I would share with you my realistic sort of sunday and a few things that I like to do and make me happy. Because I thought that especially recently with all the bad things going on in the world, it's so important to focus on the things that make you happy, rather than all the negatives.
Thanks for reading, have a wonderful week.
x x x
New day. New year. Fresh start and a good time to get my everything together.
Getting started is half the work. Normally, once I've started what I've been dreading, it's only half as bad as I've made it up to me in my mind. (Excluding maths homework!).
My brain finds it extremely difficult to function when there's too much to think about. Break down your worries and get rid of them. Talk to someone. Have some me time too, have breaks often when you're working to clear your mind. Have a bath, read, whatever - just take time out.
Tidy desk;tidy mind - It's true! If you're in a space you love, you're more likely to want to spend more time there. Even if it means you have to spend hours there, doing course work.
Listen to music. This is something I would recommend maybe not doing whilst revising, or doing a subject that's really intense, but whilst doing course work like art or photography, it can make it feel more enjoyable and like much less of a chore.
Thanks for reading!
Z x x x