Sunday, 20 July 2014

OUTFIT // NOW I KNOW THE LONELY DAYS ARE GONE









Top // The WhitePepper
Shorts // Topshop
Bag // Random eBay seller (??)
Shoes // Dr Martens

These photographs were taken last week when my sister and I went adventuring in the woods with Mr B. to take some photographs. It was so hot and sunny, we could have been in the south of France! Ahh I am now thoroughly missing that kind of warmth as the weather seems to have taken a turn for the worse. Boo go away rain. Aha it's really very typical that on the first weekend of the Summer holidays it rains for the first time in quite a while! 

These shorts are so ridiculously comfy, the denim they're made from is so soft and the fit is great. I've been wearing them nearly no-stop this summer. I love it when you find something like that, a piece of clothing that you love wearing all the time but can still style it in different ways and it never feels old. This pale pink flower top from The WhitePepper is another summer favourite. It's very light and I really like having the slightly longer sleeves to protect my shoulders from the sun and stop me roasting! The battered green bag is one I bought on eBay yeeeaaars ago to use as a school bag and now have as my camera bag. It's rather scruffy but it serves me well. Although, saying that I am on the lookout for a new (proper) camera bag so if you now of any particularly good places then let me know in the comments.

As for my shoes, well you can never go wrong with docs! I prefer wearing my Dr Marten shoes rather than boots in the summer because they don't make your feet nearly as hot. For traipsing around the woods they're also very practical because even during a heatwave you're sure to still find mud in Northumberland. So basically they're comfy, practical and look damn good - yay for multipurpose shoes! 

Well I am very much enjoying the summer so far. Although it is a little tricky not to slip into the habit of lounging around the house all morning, especially when my Bloglovin' feed is full of so many lovely posts that I want to read! I'm trying to stay motivated to get out and about and actually complete as many things on my summer to-do list as possible. What do you enjoy most about summer and how do you stop yourself from being too lazy?

Nora x

P.s The film swap sign up is now closed, people who are taking part should check their emails to see who their partner in film swapping crime is. If you haven't got an email yet, let me know.

Now Playing: Temples // Shelter Song

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Friday, 18 July 2014

BAMBLE VINTAGE


As a frequent vintage clothes stalker, I am ever so happy to have the chance to tell you all a little about a small, independent, online vintage shop called Bamble Vintage, a little etsy store run by Soph. She is a lovely lady who shares my passion for all things vintage, admitting a particular penchant for 80s clothing as well as a great love of literature. It's certainly clear that her heart's in the right place as she explains how she strives to provide clothing which has been hand picked with love and care to be sold at a reasonable price to people who love good vintage clothes: "I wouldn’t sell anything I didn’t love." Sounds good to me!

Browsing through the listings on the Bamble Vintage page you can be sure to find plenty of super jazzy tops and gorgeous accessories. I've got my eye on this amazing bright blue clutch. Though I have no idea when I would use it or if I own any clothes that would vaguely go with it! But it's just so darn neat and you can never have too many bags, right? Then there's this oversized houndstooth woollen coat which is another total gem. These sunglasses are rather more appropriate for the current weather and look gorgeous but I am cheated of such things because of my terrible eyesight, damn you ugly/expensive prescription sunglasses! 

Ahh so many pretty things, not enough wardrobe space (I swear I have the tiniest wardrobe known to man, it's actually ridiculous). Anyways, I digress, if you're like me and love wandering around the internet looking for cute vintage shops then Bamble Vintage is definitely worth a stop. I think it's great to support little businesses and I know, from speaking with Soph, that she puts a lot of effort and care into it so you can rest assured that all pennies are going to a good place. 

Where's your go-to place for buying vintage online? Byee for now,

Nora x

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

MUSIC // ALL SHINY AND NEW #2

// Wolf Alice //




Do you think you can tan through a window? Just wondering because my favourite thing to do at the moment seems to be lying on my bed (in my greenhouse of a bedroom) in the morning sunshine, listening to lovely new music. Nothing beats good weather and good music so I'm totally making the most of it before our indecisive British weather strikes again and we descend into a summer of rainstorms! I thought I'd share some of my favourite songs with you today. If you click on the artist's name itll take you through to their soundcloud page and I'd thoroughly reccommend giving their other songs a listen too if you have time. They're all fabby!

If you scroll down just a little more you'll see that I'm trying to organise a little bloggers film swap so do please take if you think that sounds like fun. It would be great to get some more people involved.

Bye for now lovely ducks,

Nora x

P.s. Just a quick question, what kind of blog posts do you like best? I'm still getting back into the swing of things and rediscovering which ones I like to create/write best! Thanks xx

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Monday, 14 July 2014

BLOGGERS' SUMMER FILM SWAP


How'd you fancy being part of a lovely little bloggers' Summer film swap then peoples? 


I'd be lying if I said I wasn't super excited about organising this! I'm still relatively a film photography novice in the grand scheme of things but it's something I so very much enjoy and would love to encourage more people to give it a go. It's not just the taking of photos that I love but also the excitement of the whole process, sharing the results, enjoying other peoples photography and striving to improve your own. There's something extra special about the care and effort you put into photographs taken on film, because it costs that bit more you consider everything so much more. 

Anyways, after some people seemed enthusiastic about the suggestion of a little film swap when I mentioned it was on my summer to-do list I thought it might be a good idea to organise something. Tah dahh the Bloggers' Summer Film Swap is created! 

So this is how I'm hoping it will work...

1. You have until 10.00pm Friday 18th July to sign up for the film swap by commenting on this post with the details required (I'll talk about this properly in just a moment).

2. Then on Saturday 19th I'll put a post up or send out emails with who everyone is paired with for the swap and you can exchange addresses and possibly any photograph ideas you have.

3. Now you can get shooting! The theme is SUMMER and what it means to you, so just have lots of fun taking fabulous photos and don't worry about it at all. This is by no means serious!

4. You should be finished shooting your first roll of film by 17th August, four weeks after the pairs have been announced, I know this might seem a bit of a tight turnaround but otherwise we'll run out of summer! Ideally you might get finished before then and be able to send your roll off to your partner as soon as possible so they can get started sooner. Because of the tight time schedule I would also recommend buying a 24 exposures roll of film, not 36 because this would clearly take much longer.
(Edit: I will pair you with someone who uses the same film format e.g 120mm or 35mm film)

5. Once you have reached the end of your film roll, wind it back into the canister apart from the very last bit which you should leave sticking out so the next person can load it into their camera. To do this and avoid disaster you should wind it slowly whilst carefully listening for the sound of it being released from the camera's film spool. But whatever you do don't open it before because it'll all be ruined and then there'll be tears! If you do accidentally wind it all the way back, I'm pretty sure you'll be able to get someone at wherever you get your film developed to pull out the film leader for you very easily if you explain what's happened. 

6. Now post it off to your partner and eagerly await the arrival of your own! It will work best if you are able to communicate and keep in touch well with each other on social media. Also, just to be safe you might want to write on the package "Film roll, please do not x-ray!" because this could damage the film.

7. When you get your roll of film you might want to ask whoever shot it what kind of things they photographed or you might want to leave it a total surprise! 

8. Now your 2nd roll of film should be ideally finished by around the 14th September but as long as you can get it done, developed and up on your blog for us all to see (and coo over!) by Tuesday 23rd September, which is the Autumn equinox and officially the end of the British summer, then all's well! When getting the film developed you might want to let them know that it is a roll of double exposures, just so it's not totally unexpected for whoever's developing them!
Gee all the excitement will be in the surprise of how the photographs have turned out! Of course I'm sure there'll be more than a few disasters but that's all part of the fun, isn't it? 



Things to bear in mind...

  • When shooting don't be afraid to experiment! Several of my favourite photos are the result of accidents or trying something new out. Try taking photos from a new perspective, perhaps turn your camera upside down or tilt it, alternate between offsetting and centring your subject. 
  • Think about how the image will work with a second over it. Silhouettes or pictures with high contrast, particularly with a dark background, will often work well. Mix up different textures and busy or simple subjects.
  • Finally, I am reluctant to say that I don't think this film swap can be international. Due to the tight time scale I don't think it would be viable. Sorry lovely peoples!


Okay dokay, to sign up for the bloggers' summer film swap you need to leave a comment on this post with this form filled out with your details...

Name // 
Blog Address // 
Film Camera // 
Film Format //
Email Address // 

Goodness me, how very exciting this all is! Spread the love and let anyone you think might be interested know about it this little happening. If we all use the hashtag #bloggersfilmswap then everyone can keep updated with plans, progress and see the results! I think that's everything you need to know, if there's anything I've missed out do tell! Let me know on twitter if you have any questions or queries about anything. 

Eeep let's get this film swap started! Much love,

Nora x

(Edit: ...Jeeezz looking back at this I think I might have gone on a bit and over complicated things. Deary me, please don't be scared off ahaha it's just meant to be a bit of fun!)

Now Playing: George Ezra // Wanted On Voyage



Sorry people, the sign up is now closed.



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Sunday, 6 July 2014

OUTFIT // WE JUST ALWAYS SEEM TO FALLOUT




Tee // King Charles Merch.
Pinafore // Topshop
Tights // H&M

Another thing I'd forgotten about blogging is the amount of time it takes me to take a few decent outfit photographs. Goodness me what a palaver! I think the neighbours must think I'm some kind of crazed narcissist who spends an afternoon taking awkward photos of herself...

I'm pretty sure I've already done outfits with this tee and pinafore but I rather like them together like this. Just lately I've been rather keen on wearing summer dresses and skirts with bright coloured tights. These ones are a particular favourite, I call them my Ribena juice tights! I think it's a pretty neat way of keeping an outfit more summery than wearing black tights but still just that bit warmer.

Now, the blogging plan for the coming week: First, if the weather holds up I'm going to try and take some more summer outfit photos. Then I intend to post a nice little new music post for you with some great music for this summer. Finally, the big post of the week will hopefully be one about the film swap I'm attempting to organise (eep how exciting) so keep your eyes peeled for that one. I need to try and get it going before we run out of summer!

Speak soon lovely peoples,

Nora x

Now Playing : Catfish & The Bottlemen // Fallout

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

HAUL // YOU AND I ARE JUST WALKING DISASTERS


 Hello there peoples! Goodness me I can't believe it's Sunday already, where has this week gone? I've been feeling rather under the weather lately with a stinkin' cold that just won't shift and it means I've just been feeling so tired and unmotivated. I haven't been nearly as productive as I'd hoped! Anyway, enough whinging, today I thought I'd show you the pieces I picked up in Topshop's recent sale, I haven't done a haul in a while so it's about time. Oh deary me I am such a sucker for Topshop clothes... 

 //Navy Wrap Front Bralet// 

This bralet is actually part of what I wore for my year 11 prom last week (a blog post is on its way!), I paired it with a long floral skirt from The WhitePepper and Dr Martens sandal flatforms. Though my outfit wasn't nearly as fancy as many people there, I was so happy with it because I know it's very "me" and that's what really matters. The bralet is made of thick, stretchy material which makes it fit very snugly and keeps it secure. The only issue with it is the zip gets stuck very easily and I had a little bother trying to do it up myself. I must say that I was quite surprised to find that it actually fitted because I often have trouble with bralets, they usually have straps which are too long, busts that are too small/revealing and are too baggy around the ribcage - bother bother indeedy. But I'm glad to report that this one fitted very well due to the nature of the stretchy but still tight material. There are only a few sizes of this colour floating about but it also comes in pale blue and pink (which isn't as pale as it appears on the website!), although I don't think those shades are in the sale for some reason, but you can have a look yourself here.


 //MOTO Premium Mom Short// 

I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair of denim short after I discovered that I no longer fit my favourite pair from last year (booo) and it seems like we might actually be seeing the sun more than once this summer. Or did I just doom us all to a summer of only rain storms? 
When I stumbled across these lovelies on the Topshop website, reduced to £25 from £38, I may have done a little dance. Finally, a pair of shorts that actually fit and look damn good! They're made of quality denim which is wonderfully soft. The fit is great too because they're high waisted, but not too high that it's noticeable, so it's a very flattering style. Also, a major deal-breaker for me with shorts is the length because I don't like "long" shorts but at the same time I don't want my arse hanging out, no one needs to see that! So I was very pleased to find that the length of these is just right and the turned up hems are the icing on the cake. Not gonna lie, I'm pretty darn chuffed with these!
But I'm afraid to say that, after looking on the website, they seem to be totally out of stock. Although there are some very similar ones in a slightly brighter blue and several others in the same "mom short" style but with different colours or patterns, I rather like the look of the floral ones.

 //Short Sleeve Monster Top//
This top is wonderful but bloody hard to photograph for some reason so sorry for the not so clear photos! It's a nylon & acrylic fluffy top which is incredibly soft and cuddly. Due to the materials it is made from, it has a very clingy fit but whether that's a negative or a positive depends on your personal preference. I find it super comfortable especially with its high neck and short sleeves. I also really like its length because it's almost but not quite cropped, just touching the waist of my jeans, and so this means you don't flash too much belly whilst still feeling it's definitely a top not a jumper. I suppose that means that, even though it seems quite wintry, you can get away with wearing it in the slightly dubious British summer weather. It's still available on the website but only in a size 6. 


 //Knitted Textured Crop Top// 
 And finally, probably my favourite top at the moment, this beautiful cropped knitted thing in a bright (but thankfully not quite neon) green colour. It's so comfy and soft with tight fitting sleeves and round neck. It is cropped to just above my belly button so there is quite a lot of stomach out but when paired with my mom shorts the problem is solved. The light blue denim also goes really well with the bright yellow/green. This was probably the best bargain as it was reduced to £15 from a rather pricey £34! It's still available on the website in sizes 10 and 12 as well as in bright orange. I'm predicting that this is going to get a lot of wearing this summer and I'm definitely going to do an outfit post with it in soon.

Well that's it! Have you found any bargains recently, in Topshop or somewhere else? I'm pretty chuffed with these bits and will hopefully get chance to style them for an outfit some time next week. In other news, I'm planning some more ideas for a film swap & a mysterious pen pal project so stay tuned for a post about that! If you don't already, follow along on Bloglovin' to be sure you don't miss any posts. 

Bye for now,

Nora x

Now Playing : The Wombats // Walking Disasters 

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