Ally Pally

2 August 2015

Spotty Reiss co-ord set

Now I'm a North Londoner, all of those places that were previously a trek seem a lot more feasible.  Take Alexandra Palace, I'd been there a few times for the odd exposition but never really taken in a lot of the Victorian architecture and amazing views of my home city.  There's an ice rink, boating lake, tree climbing and even the odd deer.  Inside the Palm Court is probably the only place with enough decent natural light for photos, it's beautiful!  Last weekend Lucy and I popped to their annual Summer festival with the usual street food and booze combo, to make the most of the fleeting sun.  As if we're in August already, I feel like my favourite season is almost over!

Alexandra Palace Palm Court
Alexandra Palace Palm Court
Red Saltwater sandals
uk bloggers with natural hair
Alexandra Palace London Summer Fest
Spotty Reiss co-ord set

Top & Trousers - Reiss
Necklace - COS
Sunglasses - ASOS

When all else fails, go for monochrome and a pop of colour.  I've been wearing a lot of my old favourites recently and this co-ord has the benefits of being jumpsuit-like but without the typical toilet/fit issues.  I probably didn't need another pair of sandals that fit into  the nostalgic category, but these Saltwater sandals were difficult to resist especially in the perfect shade of red.  They do run small if you're thinking of getting them and should mould to your feet with repeated wear (so expect to see these in a lot of Instagram #fwis snaps).   Another thing I've been getting used to is wearing my hair out more and embracing its quirks.  Sure I may not be able to recreate the hairdresser finish completely (there may have been the odd frantic search through YouTube twist-out tutorials), but who does?  Even if you think you're having a bad hair/face/outfit day, it's unlikely that anyone will notice as they have their own things to worry about.  Fake it until you make it, I say!

Alexandra Palace London Summer Fest
Alexandra Palace London Summer Fest
Alexandra Palace London Summer Fest
Alexandra Palace London Summer Fest
Alexandra Palace London Summer Fest
Alexandra Palace London Summer Fest
Alexandra Park London


I also have a little vlog with this week with some of the behind-the-scenes fro dramas!

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Thinking Ahead

31 July 2015

Embroidered Carven Arrow AW14 Dress from The Outnet
Embroidered Carven Arrow AW14 Dress from The Outnet
Embroidered Carven Arrow AW14 Dress from The Outnet

I've given up on Summer clothes at the moment, it's as if all of the things that scare my figure have thrown up all over t'Internet.  I'm talking anything off the shoulder, backless dresses that you can't wear a bra with and all the bell sleeves.  Perhaps it's better for my bank balance, but I'm pretty fed up with shopping  these days.  When you're constantly in the Post Office queue returning yet another unsuccessful order, it can be tricky to try and remember that you're not the problem.  I've accepted that I'm not the most 'on trend' kind of blogger that does hauls and will be in something completely new every week and I'd prefer to build a wardrobe of really special pieces that I won't need to immediately sell due to a lack of space.  A tweet from Briony came at just the right time when I was alerted to this Carven beauty on The Outnet.  It ticks all of my dress boxes, flattering skater shape, quirky arrow detailing and from a brand that I've always admired.  It's not the most current thing (I first pinned it on my AW14 board aeons ago) but it'll definitely make me happy when it gets a bit cooler.

Are you shopping much at the moment? As I said it's probably a good thing if I want to make my new camera a reality!

What's In My Blogging Kit?

29 July 2015

my blogging kit

When I first started blogging, I would have never imagined ordering things like umbrella lights and 32GB memory cards on Amazon six years later.  I used to make do with a tiny point-and-shoot camera, dodgy flipscreen phone and had no idea about flat-lays or decent lighting.  Oh, my poor eyes.  Gradually I've had to come up with an aesthetic and my bedroom is now a bit of an office, living room and photography studio at times, which is not the ideal scenario.  Most of my kit has been recommended by other bloggers so I thought I'd pay it forward and share some of the bits that make IWYTK go round, plus what my pennies will be saving up for next.  

my blogging kit
My Blogging Kit
My blogging kit tips tricks lighting & cameras

Recent Additions



iPhone 6 - This did seem like a necessary purchase last year as my ailing 4s was starting to get a little 'Computer Says No' on me.  I'm an Apple girl when it comes to my phones and the extra space has been so handy when confronted with choices like deleting a gazillion #fromwhereistand shots or something actually important like Skype.  Even though other systems could give it a run for it's money (especially in the battery department, my three portable chargers are not in the picture), I'm too used to the interface and familiarity to jump ship.  I also love stocking up on slightly attention-seeking cases, my latest one came courtesy of Peter Jensen and has prompted a lot of strangers to make random remarks.

Sprout By HP computer - Now I've been using this for a few months, I've picked up on a few more handy features.  For a start I can watch tv on the mat whilst editing photos (I'm not sure how productive this is) and it's handy to see how my posts and layout work on a different system.  This computer is primarily for work, no matter how tempted I am to add The Sims to it and I'm hoping to gradually create a new system in terms of blog organisation. 

Lighting - Shirley recommended some umbrella lights as an affordable solution for shooting videos.  It's early days (I've broken one of them already, oops), but they're awesome at making things more consistent and stopping a glum day from ruling out a shoot.

All the memory cards - I am a very cautious person.  Photos tend to stay on my memory cards until the post is live and I bring about five with me when I go away.    My card of choice is the Lexar 32GB, which fits about 1000 RAW files and won't cause the dreaded 'BUSY' statement when in full flow.

Lightroom - After 'acquiring' my software in the usual way, I've now seen the light and started forking out for Adobe Creative Cloud each month.  At first I was dubious as it seemed like I would always be renting the programs instead of eventually owning them but it's actually a good option as you'll always have the latest version to use.  The Photoshop and Lightroom package is actually reasonable and can be used across both of my computers.  The latter is what I've been using the most to edit rather swiftly, though there's still so much to learn in terms of actions and curves.  Does anyone know if the VSCO presets are worth getting?

Olympus Pen - I feel very fortunate to have been given this snazzy device, which makes vlogging a doddle thanks to the flip screen.  I know a lot of bloggers use it as their main camera (I'd probably need a 45mm lens for my beloved blurry effect) and it works really well for them, especially since it's so light in comparison with a DSLR.  Julia has a great post with some tip and tricks, which is perfect as I can never make head nor tail of most instruction manuals.  There's so many hidden menus!

What I'm Hoping For Next


Canon 5d Mark iii - This is the biggie, I'm trying to concentrate all my saving efforts on making the next big camera purchase.  I know that you don't necessarily need this to run a blog, but I've tried it out and feel that a full frame would get the best out of the lenses I have.  I'm hoping that my cack-handedness is in the past now, I don't want to be spilling water on it or just casually chucking it into a tote, which then gets dumped on the ground.

More lens caps - These are a bit of a distant memory for me and it needs to stop, thumbprints on the lens are never a good look!

What's your blogging kit looking like at the moment?  I've also got posts on my blogging process, who takes my photos and the reasons why I started in the first place!

 
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