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Sunday, 20 July 2014

I totally dig: analogue photography

Analogue photography fashion

Before you label me a pretentious hipster, let me make my case. I’m of the generation who grew up alongside the transition to digital photography; my first ever camera (a bright pink plastic point-and-shoot bought for me when I was about seven years old) was analogue and produced these incredible colour-saturated photos streaked with lurid orange light-leaks. At the time, I was so sad about how it ruined all of my carefully planned photographs, but now I look back on the low-angle snapshots of my back garden, the family cat, school day trips and family outings and love them even more for their weird orange imperfections.
I’m a perfectionist, and the idea of imperfection in a digital photograph makes me feel faintly ill. I spend hours taking hundreds of photos until I get the perfect one that I like. But with analogue photography, for some reason I really love the imperfections. I am completely besotted with the funny faces and between-moments that I have captured over the years with my various analogue cameras. I guess that’s what the ‘Lomography’ movement (is it a movement? I don’t even know…) is trying to capture with their ‘shoot from the hip’ motto. There’s something magical about the delay between taking a photograph and actually getting to see it. A couple of years ago, I was taking photographs of my little brother and sister, using a Miranda camera given to me by my stepdad. After I’d taken the picture, they both grabbed for the camera to look at the back of it, and were indignant that they couldn’t look at the photograph. I was astonished by how difficult I found it to explain the fact that the picure was inside the camera, but we wouldn’t get to see it for a long time, and I’d have to take it somewhere where someone would reveal the image in a dark room and I’d have to pay them to own it! It sounds kind of wrong once you’re used to seeing your photo immediately and being able to put it on allllll the social media if you so choose.

analog cat photography
Brittany Lake sunset
Robin Grey Folk
Tokyo fish market morning
analog food photography
Owl Girl husband
Bedroom window idea
Analogue wedding photography
Diana mini flash

Recently, I went to get some films developed from a range of different cameras at Snappy Snaps. Unfortunately, they managed to destroy some of the films instead of developing them, and those that they did manage to develop are misaligned and cut halfway through the photo, or are covered in scratches. They gave me the whole batch for free because it was their mistake, and whilst I am upset about losing so many photos, I’m embracing the imperfection of the remaining photographs as it really does add to the character somehow. These photographs are some of what remains, and were taken on a Diana Mini and a vintage Pentax SLR. Also, stay tuned for the disposable camera photos from our wedding (we’ve still not finished getting all of them developed yet)!

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Cute button badges at our wedding!

wedding button pins
We really wanted our wedding guests to have lots of little keepsakes and favours to take home from our wedding, and I loved the idea of button badges. When we were planning our wedding, people kept asking us if we were going to have our cat at the wedding, but we didn't think it would be very fun for our fluffy son, so we opted for badges of the cat!
>bearded wedding guest
There's my excellent stepdad, rocking the (step)father-of-the-bride boutonniere and cat-badge combo. He's just wearing one, but some of our guests collected all three of the different types!
blue bridal dress
Look, see! Bridesmaid Tilly (who takes lovely photographs by the way!) has the full set. She's even been known to wear them on her blazer since the wedding. Just to confuse you, I'm not actually wearing my wedding dress in that photo. I had a couple of costume changes...
I ordered these badges from weebadgers who were amazingly quick and professional, and whom I'd very much recommend. I'll definitely be going back to them next time I need badges. Because, let's face it. I'M GOING TO BE MAKING MORE BADGES.

All photos in this post were taken by the incredible Liz Wan

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

2013 is going to be my year.

goals for 2013

It's no secret that 2012 was a difficult year for me. I've struggled with my health; with a career path I didn't enjoy; and subsequently with unemployment. For this reason and many others, I am determined to make 2013 different. I'm going to share a few things I'm looking forward to this year, as well as some personal goals, because I'm more likely to accomplish them if everyone on the internet knows about them! (At least, that's the aim!) Don't worry though, I'll sprinkle this post heavily, with photos
of Hemingway playing in the snow.

ginger cat in the snow

What's coming up in 2013?

- More employment - I've got a temporary job until March, but I need to find something more!
- More MUSIC! There's going to be plenty of musical activity this year.
- I'm getting married in July!
- Then of course there's the honeymoon! I love to travel
- Hopefully, we'll be moving house! Another chance to nest!


snow kitten

My Goals for 2013

- Turn this blog project into something I'm really proud of.
- Do something creative every day.
- Do something for my fitness every day.
- Experiment with a new recipe every week.

goofy cat
Oh, and to finish, here's a picture of Hemingway being super excited about the snow... Perhaps TOO excited there, Hemity!
Thankyou for reading about my goals for 2013. What are you looking forward to this year?

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Birthmas Tide.

Salut, mes amis.
I've been awol for a while due to having had an operation, followed by a very sleepy and ineffective recovery period, which encompassed my birthday and Christmas! Tomorrow, I'm off to France to visit my Dad. I'm taking the overnight ferry - thank goodness I'll be in a cabin! Originally, I was just going to be in a "reclining chair" for the night.
I've been a really lucky lady this year, with regards to presents and lovely celebrations. Among my many wonderful gifts, I got a graphics tablet from Dan's parents. I've been experimenting with drawing on photos. Here's one of the little naughtypants cat.

In the new year, expect more updates, more often, and more joy! I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's Eve! x

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Walking The Cat

Salut!
How are you liking the new blog design? It's still a work in progress, but I think it's going to be super pretty when it's done!
Today, Dan and I decided to kill two birds with one stone and take some photos for the blog whilst we were taking Hemingway for a walk in the garden. He's grown so much! Remember when we brought him home for the first time? I know, I am a crazy cat-lady!
The light outside had that perfect moody-but-gentle Autumnal quality. Yes, I know, it's pretty weird to walk your cat, but I've seen far weirder animals on leashes. (Ferret on a leash, goat on a leash, teacup pig on a leash, anyone?) We live in London, and after reading that the life expectancy of an outdoor cat in London is 2 years, we decided that taking the cat out on a harness was our best bet. At least for now.
cat on a leash
Hemingway doesn't mind being on the leash at all. He doesn't exactly enjoy it when he is in the house, but once we're outside, he is too busy sniffing things and exploring to mind. This is our very overgrown garden!
red head bangs
Over the summer, we didn't use the garden as much as we anticipated, and when we looked out of the window one day, the whole patio had been overrun with ivy and creepers. The tiny little bush in the middle had turned into an enormous tree, and the garden was like a jungle. I'd love to sort the garden out so that next spring and summer we can have some little barbecues and parties. Maybe that should be our next project!
My hair is finally growing, and people have been noticing how long it is getting. I can put it in a bun now, for the first time since I was about 17, I think! Exciting stuff. It may sound mundane, but as someone who has had short hair for roughly five years, it's lovely to be able to swish my hair again! I'm sure that before long, I'll crave my neat little bob again. Such is life!
Owl Brooch Regarding accessories, I've hit a bit of a wall recently! I almost always wear a necklace, and it's usually a fairly dainty one. Much as I love my necklaces, I think it is time to branch out. Or to 'brooch out'. Ohoho. This little owl brooch is from Cath Kidston. I got it in a lovely set from one of my ex-colleagues, last Christmas. It came with a gnome and a toadstool. I'm sure they'll make an appearance at some point, if I keep trying out this whole brooch thing.
hemingway cat
Hemingway saw a little insect that needed to be chased! He goes quite well with my green tights, doesn't he? Who needs accessories with a cat as majestic as this?
Have you ever seen someone walking a strange animal on a leash? Do you think I'm weird for walking my cat?
Dress: YesStyle
Tights: H&M
Shoes: Dr Martens
Brooch: Cath Kidston
Glasses: Specsavers

Friday, 5 October 2012

My Autumn Goals!

Recently, I've been looking at beautiful Autumnal pictures on lots of American blogs. Usually, they depict pumpkin patches, hearty mugs of spiced "apple cider" (Or just "apple juice" to English people such as myself!) and plenty of crispy dried leaves. Whilst these are beautiful, they don't really depict my personal experience of Autumn, which looks more like this:

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Which is dramatic, but not in a sunset maple leaf kind of way! London becomes miserable and rainy in the Autumn, and stays that way until the Spring. People get angrier, and fringes get plastered to furrowed brows by the wind and the rain. To combat this mood, I've decided to sample as many Autumnal treats as I can get my hands on! First on the list, was the most incredible toasted cheese sandwich (or "grilled cheese" as the Americans call it!)in London!

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I bought this beauty from a stall in Borough Market, called Kappacasein. Borough Market has more delectable food stalls than I could hope to review on my blog, but this is definitely a good place to start. This sandwich was fairly expensive at £5, but it was more than worth it. Two slices of artisan bread encasing a mountain of cheese are pressed inside a large grill until the cheese starts to ooze from the sides. At this point, the person behind the stall opens the sandwich and scoops a generous helping of a finely chopped onions and herbs on, followed by even more cheese. This photo does not do justice to the amount of cheese involved in this sandwich. Finally, the extra cheese is allowed to melt, before the whole thing is wrapped in greaseproof paper and napkins.
I wandered along the Southbank, devouring this beauty. I can see why it has been featured on so many blogs before mine. It must be tasted to be believed! Borough Market is very close to London Bridge Station and can be reached via the 35 and 40 buses, among others.
Sampling sandwiches is not my only goal for this Autumn; there are others! Here's my list!

Candy's List of Autumn Goals!

- Get a job! Earn money! (Especially if I want to keep eating £5 sandwiches!)
- Try a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
- Decide how my novel is going to end.
- Write a good ol' portion of it.
- Get paid to make music.
- Start thinking about button pins for Robin!
- Write several blog posts every week!
- Send all the save-the-dates for the wedding.
- Volunteer at the library
- Re-read the first book in The Cornish Trilogy by Robertson Davies.

Music-wise, there's an Autumnal gig coming up as part of the Royal Horticultural Society's Harvest Festival. I'll be singing with Robin Grey, and there will be all sorts of fun Autumny activities including cider-tasting. (REAL cider, not just apple juice!) More info about this event is available here, but the more the merrier, so you should totes come!

To conclude, here's a picture of Hemingway, reclining in his lovely cute, Autumnal way.

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So what are your Autumn Goals? x

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Our Cute Cat, Hemingway!

Here is the much anticipated (I'm sure) post about the newest member of our family - our new kitten, Hemingway. Remember when we went to choose him? He has settled into his new home very quickly, and now essentially owns the place. Here are some pictures of the little sir.
I snapped this one on the way home from getting him, whilst we were still in the car. I haven't looked at this photo in a couple of weeks, and it's amazing how he has actually grown! We'll have to get a bigger carrying box if he grows any more!
Here I am with my absolute pride and joy! I never expected to fall in love with a cat to this extent, but I just want to look after him and look after him and look after him for ever! I have very rapidly become one of THOSE cat people, and I shall have to restrain myself from waxing too lyrical about the little ginger creature, lest I bore you to tears!
As an aside, this dress has a story behind it. Initially, I saw it in a picture someone posted on Tumblr, a million and one years ago, and fell immediately in love. Somehow, I found out it was from Topshop so I went straight to their website and found it. It was something like £95 pounds, which pretty much ruled it out for me. Then, in January I was wandering through Topshop on Oxford Street on my way home from work when I spotted it, peeking out of a pile of sale-clothing. Like a banshee, I leapt upon it, and held it up. It was a size too big, and had two enormous rips, one going from the neckline to the waistline at the back, and one going all the way around the armpit of the left arm. So, I bought it for £25 and took it home to fix it! I've never done such a big fixing job before and now when I wear the dress I can't put my arms in the air, but AT LEAST IT'S MINE!!!
Anyway, back to the cat:
Here he is all snuggled up in a blanket, looking like the most adorable little ball of kitten that ever there was! He sleeps in our bed with us at night, but in the day, he snuggles up in this blanket that I've had for a million years.
And to close, here is a picture of the little Hemity climbing up the curtains. He is so naughty, but he has lovely little markings on his neck, doesn't he?!

Next time, stand agape at my super on-trend galaxy/nebula skirt. I am too hip to live... clearly...

Monday, 11 June 2012

Belated Eurovision Post!

Owing to the fact that my Teacher Training dissertation is due in on Friday, I've been holed up for what feels like a million years! I've had these photos all ready to go for ages, but I haven't been able to sit down and write a post.
That said, I probably shouldn't be writing this now, but I've left this long enough, and I really need to stop making excuses - feel free to slap me virtually on the (virtual) wrists, if that's what floats your boat!
On to the show! For those of you who do not know what Eurovision is, it is a song competition that's been held every year since 1956. The countries allowed to compete are primarily European countries as you might expect, although there are a few non-European countries allowed to compete. Whilst some countries seem to take this competition really seriously, a great many of the acts could very easily be described as 'comedy' songs. On the whole, the spirit of Eurovision is about cheesy, fun, outlandish, 'Eurotastic' songs. Here are some of my favourites from the last few years:



I could spend this entire post linking you to a plethora of youtube clips of various Eurovision songs, writing about how much I love them, and lamenting the fact that Eurovision is over for another year (In case you didn't notice, I love Eurovision a LOT), but I think that I ought to move on to show you my outfit.

In honour of my favourite Eurovision entry of all time, I came up with my closest approximation to the outfit worn by Lena Meyer-Landrut for Eurovision 2010. Oh okay, I'll link you to ONE MORE video. Fine... if I must...
(This doesn't show the entire song, but you get the gist, I'm sure!) Lena is an absolute beaut' and we were all obsessed with her at university for quite some time after this particular Eurovision... So here is my take on Lena's "LBD" look:
I look pretty damn moody in this picture, don't I? In actuality, I was probably just trying to focus my eyes without my glasses on! My LBD isn't as sexy as Lena's, what with it being from the H&M basics range, and being essentially a long black T-Shirt, but when it was new, it was quite fitted!
And there's ma sexeh face! If you remember, I have recently purchased some lovely new makeup, and this was simply another photo of me trying said makeup on, for our Eurovision PARTY! Dan and I invited our lovely friends Emma and Other Dan over for Euro-themed food and fun. Designing a Eurocentric menu was pretty difficult, as so much of the cuisine of mainland Europe is very integrated into our every-day meals, and so it was hard work finding stuff that felt like party-food and felt Eurotastic! Eventually, it ended up being a mish-mash (Sorry, Antipasto of various European/Middle Eastern foods, accompanied by Mojitos - I know, they aren't ACTUALLY Spanish, but Shhh!!!). We divided Europe into categories of 'Mediterranean', Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and 'Middle East' (a nod to Azerbaijan, the host country for this year!). The highlight was probably the baked Camembert we ate in honour of France... the low point for me might have been the very oily stuffed Aubergine from a tin...
I created 'score cards' (Yes I know, I'm a big geek) and then I forced everyone to fill them in. This one is Dan's. I think that the gaps were when he was making mojitos for the rest of us! The categories were 'Artist Aesthetic' (a combination of 'Are they physically attractive?' and 'Has an effort been made with their costume?'), 'Background Aesthetic' (use of setpieces, pyrotechnics, light shows, props, etc.), 'Music' (speaks for itself really - did we like the song?), 'Lyrics' (points were awarded for gems such as Moldova's classic "You do not know how looks the trumpet"), 'Eurotasticism' (my own creation that simply asks you, "Is this fun, cheesy, over the top, and quintessentially 'Eurovision'?") and the final category was just an overall "What did you think?" sort of affair. I love making scorecards... SUCH FUN!

*SPOILER ALERT*

Sweden won Eurovision 2012, and I think the song was super Eurotastic, and a well-deserved win. The UK came second from bottom, which was a disappointment, but there you go. Can't win everything I suppose! It was a great night, and I can't wait for next year's Eurovision!

Here's the winning entry:


Stay tuned for cat-updates, folks!

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Kitten Joy!!!

This weekend has been a weekend of kittens, and kitten-related items. My friend Nicole has a million billion (ten) cats at the moment, because one of her 5 existing cats, has had kittens! Because ten cats is a lot of cats, her family is looking for homes for the kittens, and as we've been thinking of getting a cat for a very long time now, we thought that now was a good time to start our family!

Despite the country being declared 'Officially In Drought', it's been raining all week, and apparently it is going to rain next week too. The only positive thing about this torrential downpour is that I get to use my gorgeous umbrella. I call it my Brolly-wood, because the combination of vibrant turquoise, with the rich pink pom-pom edging gives it a very opulent Indian feeling to me, and I can't resist a good pun!

This outfit is quite similar to one I wore a little while back, but I do love those woolen shorts, and I think you'll be seeing a lot more of that tweed jacket this spring!


  

I don't look very excited in this photo, but inside I am bursting with the anticipation of kittens, and the joy at having hair that is exactly the right amount of curly! I wish my hair would be like this without me having to spend an hour curling it. The curls had pretty much fallen out by the time we got to Nicole's house!

At Nicole's we met the adorable kittens and their mummy, but eventually chose this beautiful ginger kitten! We will bring him home in a month, and I am so excited, as is the Dan. We have been discussing names, but haven't come up with anything that's stuck yet. I suppose we've still got a month, but I am so eager to give him a name! He's more adorable than anything, isn't he!? I can't wait to watch him grow up into a big cat and become a feature of our family!!

Tweed Jacket: Zara
Umbrella: A present from my Mum
Shorts: Topshop
Tartan Shirt: Topshop
Scarf: Made by my Mum
Bag: A market in Newtown, Sydney.

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Another Long Blog.

Every now and again, I get an urge to write in this blog. Some might say more often than is really socially acceptable, but then nobody reads this blog anyway. Once I realise that, I usually lose my impetus. But never mind.

Today has been Christmas. Even though technically it is Boxing Day as I write this, it has been Christmas today, as far as I am concerned. This Christmas has been a sparse and frugal one. We couldn't afford a tree, or presents, so we had a table cloth with a tree on it, which we hung from one of our bookshelves, and all of our presents were either home made, or from charity shops. Mum made me two pairs of pyjama bottoms, a hot water bottle and cover, and a dressing gown. Andrew got me a book about religion from a charity shop.
I did get a hard drive though, which is REALLLLLY USEFUL! I have a really old computer so, it has absolutely no memory, and I listen to quite a bit of music, which means I need memory space.









Dan got me a couple of books. One by Neil Gaiman, which I have already finished! And also the Alchemist, which is really lovely. Eleanor got me the DVD of a film that I really like called Eagle Vs Shark. It is a film from New Zealand, and it has the guy from Flight of the Conchords in it. (Another comedy which I adore)
That's the cover of the DVD/Poster for the film. I do love it. :) Andrew made me the DVDs of both series of Twin Peaks to take back to Cambridge when I go up.

So, now onto the rest of my holiday... I went to Dan's, and stayed with him and his family. Then Dan and I went to Venice. It was amazing. He took loads of photos. I took some too, but his are better, because he has an amazing camera which lets him take lots of high quality photos. Also, he has a lovely computer and software which allows him to edit them and make them lovely. I am more than a little jealous! :P

We spent hours and hours wandering the little lanes, passages, and bridges of Venice. We drank coffee in numerous little bars, and we did the usual touristy things, like going to St Mark's Basilica, and the Accademia. The hotel was nice, and we had some lovely food of course. I was expecting Dan to be able
to speak some Italian, being half Italian himself... but alas, he was somewhat linguistically challenged. Plus I kept speaking french, which was a bit of a problem.

Then when we returned from lovely Venice, it was my birthday! I am now 19. Crazy... I don't FEEL nineteen, but apparently I was born over nineteen years ago now. So yeah. Weird. I spent my birthday at Dan's, and we made an amazing brownie. The recipe is as follows:

  1. Look in cupboard and find a brick of year-old muscavado sugar, which miraculously weighs exactly 200g.
  2. Add this to 200g of melted butter, and stir a lot. A LOT.
  3. Add the remnants (about half) of a tin
    of golden syrup. You know you have some in your cupboard. Everyone does. Keep stirring.
  4. Melt an entire massive slab of Dairy Milk chocolate in the microwave, or in a bowl on top of hot water. Pour this into the mix. You should now have a bowl of brown, sticky gloop.
  5. Pour 200g of plain flour into the concoction. Do this bit by bit, to avoid having to deal with a massive flour explosion and a really dry bowl of gloopy flour.
  6. Break a couple of eggs in, and keep mixing.
  7. Pour messily into a brownie tin, and bake until you are bored.
  8. Take out the brownie and enjoy its unhealthy wonderment.
So, Dan got me some scarves, a ridiculously cute teddy bear, and a bracelet. And he took me out to eat at a Japanese restaurant in Cambridge. I will talk more about Japanese stuff in a minute. This appears to be turning into rather a mammoth blog.

The day after my birthday (The 22nd of December), Dan and I drove back to Brighton for my birthday meal with all of my Brighton friends. It was really good to see people again. Dan seemed to get on with everyone really well, a
nd Kim said that Dan and I were really cute together. Kat said that we were "unbelievably cute" too actually. I got some really thoughtful and nice presents from my friends, which made me very happy indeed. After the meal, Dan, Patrick, Tilly and I went to the pub for cider.

The week before we went to Venice, Dan and James came to Brighton and visited. That was so much fun! We went to the pier, and we went to the pub for lunch. Then we had a race back to Cambridge in their cars. They made me feel much better because that morning I had received the news that my cat had died. :(

On the 27th of December, I am off up to Dan's again, and he is giving me a lift to Stanstead airport the next day, (The 28th) so that I can g
o to visit my Dad, in France. I am going to miss Dan so much. But on the 27th, I am meeting his grandparents and his cousins and his aunt. I am nervous of the cousins most of all, because they are the same age as me, and I am scared of being judged!

On the 3rd of January, I am going to visit Laura in Luxembourg, and then on the 5th, we are going to Paris with the T.O.D.S plus a couple of others. This means ten days without Dan. The thought seems unbearable. I am tr
ying not to dwell on it.

Here instead is a picture of me and Emma, from the Winter Ball in Cambridge: