Thursday, 25 May 2017

techy wishlist

I’ve been blogging for over a year now, and it probably won’t be a surprise to anyone to hear that aside from writing about all the stuff I love, one of my favourite parts of it is photography! I love the creativity of it, and the feeling of getting the perfect shot - after trying for an hour - is pure bliss!

Obviously I am still a complete rookie, and would never consider myself particularly knowledgeable when it comes to actual technique and theory, but from what I hear from some pros I know, technique is useless if you don’t have a creative flare!

I currently have a couple of DSLRs - a Canon 700D and old Nikon D300. They’re both entry level as far as DSLRs go, but pretty much all DSLRs have great capability if you use a great lens with them. I also have a few other accessories that help with my photography (I did a post about most ofmy stuff while ago) but there is definitely a looooooong list of other general techy stuff that I’d love to get to help me out eventually (…or when I win the Euro Millions!) with my blog. So, I thought I’d share some of them with my fellow photogra-fanatics! (Yeah I made that word up, you’re welcome…)

A tripod with a horizontal arm

I'd love one on these to help with flatlays! I know all flatlay-ers out there will be sympathetic of the flaylay-arm... (OUCH!)

Mirrorless camera - Sony A6000 
Smaller than a DSLR, so a lot more portable, but great quality and flip down screen for vlogging (if I decide to start!).

MacBook Pro
I have a mac mini but want something more powerful & portable - and with a big screen for my terrible eyesight!

Buy LaCie Rugged Mini Drive, 1TB, Orange Online at
Lacey hard drive
Super durable for clumsy oafs like me, and perfect storage & backup for photos and videos

Buy Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Digital SLR Body from Jessops

Canon 5D mrk IV
The dream! I know I have a 700D, and that is works perfect well - but this is just another level of photography brilliance!

Graphics tablet - Wacom Intous Art Creative Pen & Touch
I want this for a really cool reason, and another really boring reason... I'd love a graphic table for free-writing and drawing on photos etc, but it's also a great mouse replacement for anyone like me who struggles with representative strain injury for regular mouse or mousepad usage.

 CANON EF 50 mm f/1.2 USM Standard Prime Lens

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 Prime Lens
*Drool* this thing helps take THE most dreamy photos! Beautifully low f-stop for that cliche blurry background, with really, really crisp & clear main-subject capture. I sound like such a geek...

Is there any techy stuff you guys are pining over?? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, 22 May 2017

S.O.D. & Me

First off, I should probably say, this is really hard for me to talk about. But, who knows, it might help someone else - and if it does then it's well worth sharing my story.

I have a condition called Septo-optic Dysplasia, a rare congenital condition that affects less than 1 in every 10,000 people. 

It affects me in a few major ways; I have an absence of Growth Hormone, poor vision that also presents itself physically as a 'lazy eye' and as nystagmus, and it also negatively affects my mood and general sense of ‘well-being’.

The absence of Growth Hormone doesn't affect me much physically now, but it did as a child (I took injections each day to help me grow, and I reached a whopping 4ft 11"!) and it probably will affect me in the future, as it's known to cause bones density problems in later life. I am very lucky, though, that the condition can be a lot more extreme than the extent to which I am affected.

The effects on my mood, anxiety and sense of ‘well-being’ are the most obvious to me at this point in my life. I struggle to complete basic tasks sometimes, and struggle massively with anxiety. I don’t think I’m depressed, but I’m definitely at low-mood status 90% of the time. The low mood has definitely been the main culprit in my weight gain. Abdominal fat stores are high in those with SOD – and I can definitely vouch for that…

Of course, another major affect it has is frustration. I get so angry and irritated sometimes, mostly by my sight. If I miss a bus because it was too close for me to flag it down by the time it got close enough for me to see. Or if I'm cleaning the house and finish off thinking I did an amazing job, only to realise up close the floors are still filthy. I don't know if this is the same for everyone with poor sight, or it's just that I have an awful temper sometimes!

I can pinpoint the moment I knew I was different. I was in Year 2 (7 years old), and I accidentally tripped-up a boy from the juniors school in the schoolyard. He must have been embarrassed, because he jumped up and kicked me hard in the leg, and I fell to the ground. He kicked me again, and told me I 'was like a monster, with ugly freak eyes'. That boy, now a man, probably will not remember me, or the things he said, but for me it changed everything, and it is something I will remember for the rest of my life.

Since then, being a little bit different has been a driving force rather than a setback. I did well in school, and went to university. I performed a lot on stage as a kid and worked a little in TV & film. I have a husband and a decent job, and a house of my own. I have not achieved anything spectacular or out of the ordinary, but I feel proud of myself for achieving things that were a little harder for me than they are for the average person.

Sharing this is therapeutic for me; having to force myself to think it all through makes me a little sad, but mainly proud of my determination to live as ‘normal’ a life as possible. I’m also sharing it in the hope that it might help someone else realise that differences are a blessing, not a curse. No one can hold you back but you!

Have a great week everyone


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Summer Fashion Lust List

After months of ploughing every spare penny I have into buying furniture and nik-naks for our new home, I think I started to let myself slip a little, especially in the wardrobe department. I've been heart-eyeing so many gorgeous things online recently and thought I was about time I made plans for a new & improved wardrobe, and thought I'd share it with you guys in the process!

A few of my favourites so far have been Mango, Zara, Whistles, ASOS & Pull and Bear.

This edit very much sums up my style I think; clean lines and muted colours, with a bit of garishness thrown in for good measure every now and again...

Let me know where you guys like to shop online for clothing and footware - I'd love to get a few more ideas!

Off-shoulders linen dress | MANGO
Image 1 of METAL MIRROR LENS SUNGLASSES from Zara Image 1 of EMBROIDERED TULLE BLOUSE from ZaraImage result for Weekday Frill Sleeve Shirt

Brianna Lace Insert Dress, in Black/Multi on Whistles
  Maxi ruffles dress | MANGO
Image result for Dune Blush Velvet Heeled Mules 
Image result for Moon River Embroidered Top Image 4 of SNEAKERS WITH BOW from Zara
Contrast appliqué sneakers | MANGO Image result for ASOS WHITE Long Sleeve Frill Hem Oversized Shirt


Saturday, 6 May 2017

My First Year of Blogging

Can you believe it?? My blog is 1 year old…today! 

My blog's had a little spruce-up in celebration! I really hope you guys love it - let me know what you think in the comments!

This year has absolutely flown over, although I have really learned so much in my first year of blogging. I feel like I was waiting years to pluck up the nerve to start my blog, after reading others for so long, but I can honestly say it has proven to be one of the best decisions I ever made! Sure I’ve not made any money out of it, or been sent any cliché blogger gifts – but it’s really not what I do it for! I’d love to think about blogging as a part-time job in the future, but for now I’m enjoying the simplicity & freedom of it. I am SUCH a creative person at heart, but having no creative outlet in my life before this, blogging has allowed me to express myself and my creative flare, as well as my passion for beauty & writing!

Although I try to post once a fortnight at the very least, I haven’t let (or at least TRIED not to let) the pressures of post schedules bother me, or take away from the enjoyment out of posting whenever and whatever I feel like. I work full-time in a boring office job during the day (boo!), so I’m definitely not always in the mood. But when my creative juices are flowing, my blog has been the PERFECT outlet and opportunity to let off steam.

Over the last 2 months, especially, I think I’ve really begun to find my style – both in writing and photography style – and it feels great. I’ve always been a person who has always wondered ‘who I really am’ (wow that’s deep) and I would never have guessed in a billion years that blogging was going to be the thing to help me make sense of all that. Well, I think maybe it’s more that blogging has allowed me to be happy with whoever I am today, and if I want to change anything tomorrow – that’s fine too!

I’ve had SO many hobbies and creative outlets since entering full-time work, but there’s nothing I’ve stuck to as much as blogging. I am honestly in love with it and I can’t see myself stopping ANY time soon! Thank you so much to anyone who has taken the time to read my ramblings so far - I truly, truly appreciate you all. You encourage me to keep going, and are always cheering me on!

So here’s to my first year of blogging, and hopefully many more to come!


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