Saturday, 13 December 2014

PHOTOGRAPHY // GET LOST ON ME




These photographs are from a disposable camera I used waaayy back in the Summer but when I rediscovered them the other day, scanned in but hidden away in a long forgotten file somewhere in the depths of my computer, it seemed rather a shame not to post them on here. I particularly love the first one, there's something really special about how film - even when it's just a cheap little disposable camera - captures the light. I find it is a quality which is difficult to emulate using a digital camera. 

Lately I've been wishing ever so much that I had more time for random wanderings to take random photographs. This is actually one of the reasons I'm looking forward to the (rapidly approaching) Christmas holidays so much. Oh to have the time to pootle about without worrying about what work is due in or other such stressful events! That reminds me, I need to stock up my film supplies because I'm going on an art trip with my school to Paris soon and I'm sure there'll be plenty of opportunities for dreamy photographs. I also want to give black & white film photography a go for the first time. If you have any tips or suggestions do let me know.

Well, happy Saturday everyone! It's the penultimate one before Christmas (..not that I'm counting down or anything..) so I hope your present shopping is going well. Much love,

Nora x

Now Playing: Peace // Lost On Me

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Friday, 12 December 2014

MUSIC // ALL SHINY AND NEW #3

// VITAMIN //







For me there's something rather thrilling about listening to a song for the very first time - you don't know what's coming, whether you'll like it or not. It's that feeling you get when you know you're going to fall in love with a band even though you're only half way through their first single. I am constantly in the pursuit of good new music and this time of year is particularly good because there's handy 'sounds of 2015' or 'look out for' lists popping up all over the place. So I thought I'd share with you a few of the songs that've caught my attention lately.

I've just realised that I featured Model Aeroplanes in the last 'all shiny and new' music post - oops - but ah well I love this song too much not to share it. It grabs you from the very start, catchy and spectacularly indie! How could anyone feel miserable when listening to this? It makes me want to dance about my room and pretend it's summer. 
The same goes for this track from Vitamin, 'To Believe' - it's so dreamy and makes for the perfect soundtrack to (stressful) catching up on my art coursework. 
The third track, 'Cave Song' by Pretty Vicious, I first heard when Zane Lowe played it and I immediately set about googling to find out who these mysterious guys were. But, alas, this is their only song online - just hurry up and make some more music already guys! - Keep your eyes peeled for them because I've got my fingers & toes crossed that next year they'll crack on and properly get going. 
Finally, this wonderfully wistful song from Black Honey, it's just one of several really great demos that are on their soundcloud. I can't really find out much about them but then I suppose that's all part of the mystery and excitement of finding new music.

Do have a listen and let me know what you think, ta tah for now,

Nora x

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

WEEKLY NUTSHELL #4



Gee at this rate half of my posts are going to be "weekly nutshell' posts!

{Life lately} Well another week has rolled around, Christmas has gotten a leap closer and I remain no further in my present buying missions. As always I'm slightly terrified that I'll forget someone and remember only when I reach to hand them their present and - oops. So, in typical me style, I have written stacks of to-do lists to hopefully ensure that nothing escapes my sieve brain! 
In other happenings: there's nothing quite as exciting as getting a mysterious roll of film, which you found down the side of your bed from goodness knows when, developed. I think it's from just before the summer holidays, when I was on study leave. I can't remember what's on it so am pretty excited to see, fingers crossed it all turns out ok!

{Currently reading} As you can see, another issue of Oh Comely has found its way to my doorstep and, let me tell you, it is more than delightful. As usual it is full to the brim with gorgeous photography and fascinating articles, my favourite so far is a collection of stories under the title 'where the heart is.'
As well as beautiful magazines, I've finally found a little time to read some lovely blogs. I've been loving Sophie's The Private Life Of A Girl, her post on refreshing your blog particularly caught my eye, I find that it's too easy to fall out of love with your blog especially when you can't spend as much time on it as you would like. Yesterday I also stumbled across Laura's fabulous blog Cardboardcities - Oh my goodness how did I not know about this?! It's full of bright colours and beautiful photos, not to mention the spectacular patterns she makes. I'm seriously running out of adjectives here! 

Bye for now,

Nora x


Now Playing: Marmozats // Move, Shake, Hide

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Saturday, 6 December 2014

JOURNAL // HOLD ON TIGHT & FLY AWAY



Journalling is my favourite thing to do when I want to relax and take my mind off life being so busy and stressful. I find it's rather enjoyable to spend time creating something which has no real purpose or aim.

I'd finished my summer scrapbook-thing at the beginning of September and decided that for the next one, instead of using a sketchbook or notebook, I'd use an old poetry book. Some people might think this is murderous, but I like to think of it as recycling a book that would otherwise simply sit on a shelf unused and unloved. There's something quite interesting about combining your own muddled thoughts with someone else's. It's also a nice change from the intimidating blank white pages which are far less inspiring.

Nora x


Now Playing: Circa Waves // Stuck In My Teeth

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

WEEKLY NUTSHELL #3



Somehow it's gotten to be the end of November already and Christmas doesn't seem quite so distant. I'm not sure if that's exciting or completely terrifying.

How cute is this little mouse? We spotted him scurrying across the path when out on a very chilly but lovely walk in the woods. For once, I actually had my camera at the ready and managed to get a half decent photo that wasn't totally out of focus. Usually I'm utterly hopeless at wildlife photography, I spend too long faffing about and before I press the button whatever I was trying to snap has scurried on its way!

Other occurings from this week include my lomo' instant camera arriving (finally). I'd bought it through the lomography campaign way back in the summer and they were all finished and shipped this month. I'm so excited to try it out and it looks so darn beautiful! In more parcel related news, I took part in the Oh Comely Magazine #PerfectStrangers swap, sending off a package of goodies to a mysterious person and in turn receiving my own little gift. It makes you realise that to make adorable and exciting presents you really don't need to spend lots of money, it's the little things like pretty wrapping, chatty labels and handmade cards that make it special. Also, went to see 'The Imitation Game' at the cinema on Tuesday and it was truly fascinating, I'd definitely recommend it.

In less good news, school seems to be slowly killing me. Argh I feel like I just keep on stumbling towards each weekend crossing my fingers that nothing goes disastrously wrong. I also keep accidentally leaving everything I'm dreading doing to the very last minute. Even though that just makes it worse! One of my worst habits is writing piles of very long and detailed to-do lists & plans but not actually getting on and doing the work. oh life.

Some other not so recent things which I kept meaning to blog about: the fact that I'm almost finished my roaccutane treatment for acne (is this something anyone would be interested in reading a blog post about?), I've tried practically every acne treatment in the book and this one seems to have actually worked! My friends and I went to see Catfish and the Bottlemen at the Newcastle O2 Academy a few weekends ago and it was bloody amazing, even if I thought I was going to be crushed at one point. If you haven't already heard their album 'The Balcony' go find it, it's fabby.

Well that was a ramble and a half. Ta tah for now,

Nora x

Now Playing: Cool Kid // Southern

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

THE GHOSTS OF CHILLINGHAM CASTLE







OUTFIT:
PINAFORE // URBAN OUTFITTERS
BLACK ROLL NECK // NEXT
SHOES // DR MARTENS


On Monday we decided to enjoy the unexpected sunshine and take a little trip to nearby Chillingham Castle. Lately it's felt rather strange going to the places we would usually take Barney so, whilst he's ill and basket-ridden, we've decided to go to places that we wouldn't usually go to with him. Chillingham is a truly whimsical place full to the brim with eccentric collections and a large, wonderful garden which we had a good gallivant around. It is known for (supposedly) being one of the most haunted places in England though I am sceptical as it seems the ghosts were all on holiday when we visited. My favourite part would have to be their sinister collection of torture instruments which are all particularly gruesome but also very intriguing. 

It's the first time I've been able to properly test out my camera and have a good experiment with the different settings, I'd filled a whole memory card by the time we left. I can't help it! When I shoot with film, so much time goes into each photo and I think carefully about every one. But, when I'm using digital, there's no worries about costs or how it'll turn out; I can see straight away and can choose to delete it or shoot the picture a few different ways to compare. It's so hard to resist the temptation to take pictures of absolutely EVERYTHING! I'm also so dreadful at getting rid of photos - I'm always thinking "aw but I might need it for art" or "oh but that was such a good day." I need to be more ruthless or else my hard drive will be filled in no time. 

This outfit has become my favourite autumnal get-up. It's cosy enough that I don't need a coat when the weather's like it is at the moment but it's a change from the jeans and jumper that I normally reach for at this time of year. Do you have any new favourite pieces for this time of year?

Nora x

Now Playing: Honeyblood // Killer Bangs

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