Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Goin' old school - Polaroid Instax mini 8

I love taking photos. This is probably a given as I am a blogger and enjoy documenting my life in both words and pictures, but I just find it so satisfying taking a photo of something and the moment is immortalised how you can remember. And it looks awesome. I love my Nikon DSLR to bits and I'll forever have it with me to get snap happy when I'm somewhere exciting.  Everything retro is coming back and this includes photography! Harry bought me a Polaroid for my birthday (probably because I'd been harping on about one for a while, but also because I'm a very lucky girl!) and I love this as much as my Nikon! I adore the candy pink colour. If you're having doubts about these adorable little cameras, let me persuade you otherwise!
With digital photography, we can take a thousand photos, then sort through them for the perfect photo. The main reason I love my Polaroid so much is because I can save it for moments that are special and the whole 'perfection' thing doesn't matter and you're left with a cute little snap to remind you of it, rather than a whole load of photos that might not necessarily mean a lot. So far, I've taken it with me on my birthday, out for dinner with friends and on holiday. I haven't used it in place of my Nikon, but alongside to capture quirky little moments.
A lot of people have said to me that the film must be expensive and that puts them off etc, but again, you tend to want to save it for moments you want to capture, not just taking photos for the sake of it. The camera itself is around £50 and you can buy it in bundles with lots of film with works out a little cheaper if you're just starting out with it. A two pack of film (that's 20 photos) costs about £13 (via Amazon) which is £6.50-£7 per cartridge. I love having my physical copy of the photos instantly, but I also scan the photos into my computer so they are backed up digitally too. Which I guess defeats the point slightly, but if the worst happens I still have them! You can find a bundle with a camera and 40 prints via Amazon for just under £90!

If I've changed your mind about it now then I'll give you a little info on how easy it is to use! The camera is a little cleverer than you think... Before taking the photo, you point it at whatever you're taking a photo of, and a little light comes up by the exposure setting you should use. There's one for indoors, cloudy outdoors and different levels of sun. I find that it works better for indoor photos or when there isn't a lot of bright sunlight, as the photos can end up a little over-exposed. I had two dead photos where I forgot to change the exposure and they just stayed white but I've got a lot better at using it properly as I don't want to waste the film! There is a little bit of an art to using them but you get used to it and can end up with some lovely thought out prints you'll treasure forever. They come in some gorgeous candy colours too, so what isn't there to love...

Have you got a Polaroid? What are your thoughts on this nostalgic form of photography? 
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Monday, 28 July 2014

Styling a Sheer Kimono | Look Three: Play Date

Bag is handmade from St. Lucia!

I was set the challenge of styling something in three ways - I chose this pretty Kimono from Chiara. White is the new black at the moment and sheer fabrics are also making a comeback, which is why I was intrigued to style this long length Kimono, which ticks three trend boxes at once! Check out looks one and two.

This is an easy peasy 'do everything' outfit! I love how the kimono showcases the strappy back of the playsuit. I've worn this so much in the sun! However, I have worn it and ended up with a few dodgy tan lines... I could easily swap the Converse for a pair of ankle boots and the bag for a pretty clutch and I'd be good to go out. My parents bought me the bag back from St. Lucia from the Caribbean last year. It's handmade and so perfect for summer.

You can find the other posts with the label Style Challenge.

I hope you've enjoyed this little mini series! I definitely have, and it's given me a lot of outfit inspiration as I've been digging around in my wardrobe. It also proves how easy it is to style trends with your classic pieces in your wardrobe.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Useful & Inspiring Books for Blogging

I've been blogging properly for a good two years now. I can't remember exactly when I started, but when I did, I had no idea what I was doing and how successful and fulfilling running a blog can be. I got a few books for my birthday, and I thought I'd do a mini run down of each of them, as I think that if you're lacking a little motivation or inspiration for your blog (whatever genre) these could help you with a lil' bit!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Styling a Sheer Kimono | Look Two: The LBD

Coral Wedges - Primark

I was set the challenge of styling something in three ways - I chose this pretty Kimono from Chiara. White is the new black at the moment and sheer fabrics are also making a comeback, which is why I was intrigued to style this long length Kimono, which ticks three trend boxes at once! You can see look one here.

I wanted to dress up this kimono, and like I said in my last post, I think the sheer fabric contrasts best with block colours. There's no easier way to dress up than putting on an LBD! I love this polo neck one from Boohoo. I think it adds a bit of a vintage vibe paired with the long kimono. My coral wedges finish off the look with a pop of colour!

Stay tuned for the rest of my styling posts! You'll be able to find them under the label Style Challenge.

Hope you're enjoying your week! xo

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

What's on my face #16: 'The morning after' make-up

We've all done it - late nights and one too many vodka cokes can leave you feeling terrible the next morning... Then you look in the mirror, and you're not sure what's worse. The spot that's lurking on your forehead because you forgot to take your make up off or the bags suitcases under your eyes. As a student, I've had my fair share of these nights and have put together a few products that mean I look a little more human when I have to leave my bed the next morning!
After applying a concealer like Bourjois' Healthy Mix under my eyes and on any lurking blemishes, I use their Rice Powder all over my face. I absolutely love this - it's so finely ground and slightly pink toned so colour corrects a little too. It has a little shimmer in it too which helps to illuminate the complexion too. Then I apply L'oreal's Lumi Magique concealer along my cheekbones and brow bones. I find this the best way to apply it rather than as a full on concealer as it looks more natural. This new highlighter from No7 is perfect along the cheekbones too and helps make you look a lot more awake! I always find a bright coral lip hides a multitude of sins and distracts peoples eyes to your lips rather than your tired skin! Coral also makes your skin look brighter too. 
In terms of eyes, these are three products I love. From Benefit, their creaseless cream shadow in 'Sipping & Dipping'. The photo doesn't do this pretty pink justice, but it's got a little iridescence to it. It's a peachy tone so any purple/blue tones on the eyes are gone. They're Real! mascara is a great mascara for making your eyes look wider and more awake. If I line my eyes with a shimmery white liner like Collection 2000's shadow pencil in Vanilla Sky, it gets rid of red waterlines and makes my eyes look like they've had more than 5 hours sleep...
What's in your make up survival kit after a late night?