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Weekend Picks

Friday, 17 October 2014

Oo, la, la - I'm on serious holiday countdown now! It looks like the weather is going to be kind to us and I'm sure looking forward to exploring Spanish food ~ keep an eye on my Instagram feed!

I'll be taking a break from the blog next week, but I can't leave you without a few nice links to read over the weekend...

: : Shoot
If you're struggling to get to grips with the manual settings on your camera, or if you could just do with a refresh, check out this cheat sheet to getting control over your camera

: : Wander
I can cross off 6 of these 28 amazing places to visit in the world, so there's still plenty to see!

: : Nourish
Get seasonal with these pumpkin oatmeal anytime squares

: : Nest
Fill the dark evenings with crafty pursuits, starting with these fun DIY terracotta air fresheners

: : Inspire
10 mantras to help you live the life of your dreams

Enjoy your weekend. Catch you back here in a week or so!


Finding balance, staying calm & grounded

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Autumn often seems to be a time of change for me. After the 'back to school' feeling of September comes hunkering down time as winter approaches and thoughts turn to Christmas and moving towards a new year.

There's a lot going on in my life at the moment and there have been times over the last few weeks when I've felt it's all verged on spiralling wildly out of control. But I've hung on in there and I think I'm out the other side.

To stay sane I used a few ideas I've picked up over the last couple of years to help me take a step back from it all, breathe and remember that everything comes good, one way or another, in the end.

Here's what's worked for me:
  • Make your favourite drink and find a quiet, cosy spot where you won't be disturbed for a little while

  • Think about how you're feeling and give yourself permission to accept this, without judgement ~ it is how it is. Notice the highs and lows

  • Try to identify the areas of your life which most need an injection of balance. Are you burning the candle at both ends? Spending too much time in the office? Have you stopped reading/listening to music/watching your favourite show? Are you exercising? When was the last time you spent quality moments with your significant other?

  • Get out your notebook/tablet and jot down a few ideas for regaining equilibrium in your key areas. Be specific ~ what needs to change, how and when? Consider what you may have done in the past to pull yourself back into shape ~ what worked well?

  • Connect with people you feel supported by. When under stress it's easy to close yourself down to others, when in reality the human touch can help to gentle ease you back to the place you want to be

  • Be kind to yourself. When you've been riding an emotional rollercoaster it's bound to take a while to come back to land. If you're tired, sleep. If you're hungry, eat. Allow yourself time to absorb what's going on around you and settle back into yourself 

Just a few more days and then we're heading off for some sunshine and culture in Spain (did I mention that already?!) and that really will be the best medicine!


Arches in Photography

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

If you're into photography then you're probably always on the lookout for shapes. In nature, at home, in the city ~ they're everywhere, just waiting for you and your camera.

One of my favourite shapes to hunt out when I'm on the move is the arch. There's something about curving architecture that is so beautiful and pleasing to the eye. Brilliant for practising your composition technique too!

I've had a dig through the archives and picked out a few of my favourite arch shots...

National Portrait Gallery, London

Denmark Hill Station, London

Church Cloisters, Helsingor, Denmark
Youghiogheny River, Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, USA

Lisle-sur-Tarn, France

Ellis Island, New York

Guatavita, Colombia

Appuldurcombe House, Isle of Wight

Grand Central Station, New York

Which shapes are you naturally drawn to?
Do you look for a certain shape when you're out & about shooting?


Mid-week Inspiration

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Just a few more days now before our trip to Spain. We're visiting the 'Golden Triangle': Seville, Cordoba and Granada. There's plenty to see and do, but I'll be making sure we take some time to properly rest and wind down ~ it's been a long, busy year!


Weekend Picks

Friday, 10 October 2014

It's been another crazy, crazy week, but things are beginning to fall into place. Work should at least be calmer from here on in. One more week and then we're off to Spain ~ I cannot wait!
Here's some of what I've been reading this week...

: : Shoot
Chasing the sun around the globe ~ 24 sunsets in 8 hours ~ fantastic!

: : Wander
My bucket list is growing longer with these beautiful photos of the Norwegian countryside.

: : Nourish
This pear & cranberry crumble ~ yum!

: : Nest
Plenty of gorgeous ideas to pick up from this 1920s style home.

: : Inspire
These easy ways to be less stressed right now have come at a good time for me and are a useful reminder to take a step back...

Enjoy your weekend. We're hoping to chill out a bit now that our project is starting to fall into place!


Mid-week Inspiration

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Where there's light, there's love and a home ♥


Sleeveless Sweaters

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

There's finally a chill of autumn in the air and I'm gradually being persuaded back to socks, jeans and jackets. It's been a long time coming this year and I'm not complaining as it hopefully means the winter won't seem so long.

Last winter I lived in skinny jeans, sweaters, long boots & scarves and I think this year is going to be similar. I like to layer big jumpers over slim-fitting tops to keep the heat in. Over the past few weeks I've spotted a few cosy-looking chunky sleeveless knits which would work really well over a long-sleeved top, with skinnies and boots.

Here are a few of my favourites I've spotted so far this season:

Do you have any autumn-winter fashion buys on your radar? I'd love to know!