Monday, 4 August 2014

THIS IS NOT A DIARY







This is not a diary. 

Or that's what I'm telling myself anyway. In truth, it probably is a diary but if I call it a diary then it's all doomed and I'll never write anything in it because for some reason that would make it more serious. So instead I shall call it my summer journal. 

I've been writing entries, scrap-booking and collaging pages in this particular book since the end of April and decided to make it a "summer journal" seeing as I seem to be particularly busy this year. Perhaps I'm soppy and nostalgic or maybe just rather forgetful but I love looking back through my old journals. There's something so tangible about reading your own narrations of things which you once perceived to be of the utmost importance. It's highly likely that you'll forget about various things that you never thought you could forget about and, if you don't leave some trace of that memory, then it could be lost. I'd very much encourage anyone to take up journalling. Don't set yourself any restrictions or targets, use it when you want to and use it however you want to. Mine is part diary, part scrap-book, part art experimentation and part to-do list book. Put everything and anything in!

Now that it is August, it's pretty strange to look back at the diary entries and stress fuelled collages that I made in May when my GCSE exams were beginning. I can't believe how stressed out about the mocks I was though, HA they were nothing in comparison to the real deal! Although, I think there's going to be few more apprehensive scrawlings in my journal as results day approaches *gulp*. 

Also, in other news, HAHAHA what a flump my attempt at a weekly summary post series has been. Where is #2 of The Weekly Nutshell I hear you say? Well, the thing is I kinda forgot and then I hadn't posted anything after the first one and so errr I'm not keen on having them right next to each other and erm yeah... Basically I'm a disaster at organising things. Deary me I need to get my blogging more organised sooner rather than later! Goodness it puts me to shame. Well perhaps there'll be one next week? Paha lets just wait and see. 

Bye for now lovely peoples,

Nora x

Now Playing: Catfish & The Bottlemen // Asa

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

THE WEEKLY NUTSHELL #1

This week began with a Summery shopping trip with my little sister and not very many pennies.
On Thursday we had an amazing day at Walkworth beach; sunbathing, surfing and swimming in the sea.
Mmm I've decided that mango frozen yoghurt is my new favourite thing.
New issue of Oh Comely arrived and gee it's so darn beautiful.
Adventures in the woods with Mum while Barney chases squirrels and manages to find muddy puddles, even in a heatwave.
 I've decided to begin a new series of blog posts called "The Weekly Nutshell." It's going to be a little weekly post which I'll (hopefully) pop up every Sunday with all the adventures and occurrings from the past week that I want to share with you but don't really warrant a full post of their own. I know lots of bloggers have similar summary style posts but I rather like it and think it's a good way to round up that week. Especially as I seem to be so busy this Summer! I'm also hoping it'll mean I get my ass in gear and start working to a deadline and be able make this a regular thing which I stick to every week. That said, I am the queen of forgetfulness and lateness. 

So this is my week in a nutshell. It began with a lovely trip into town with my sister on the hunt for the perfect pair of jeans. The train station looks so beautiful at the moment with all the hanging baskets in full bloom. My midi skirt from The WhitePepper was also perfect for the (crazy) hot weather because it's so light and floaty.
Then on Thursday we took a trip to the beach to go surfing. Oh goodness me, I'd forgotten how much fun it is, we laughed so much and had a great time even though the waves were pretty tame. Barney's favourite place is the beach and he wasn't at all impressed when we wanted to sit and have lunch instead of throwing sticks for him! On our return from the beach we took a much needed stop at the Morwick Farm Ice Cream Parlour for a sweet treat. I have decided that mango frozen yogurt and vanilla ice cream are definitely my new favourite flavour combination. Mmm I could do with another one just now!
This last week has also been a particularly good week for post. The new issue of Oh Comely magazine arrived and it's taking all my self control not to read it cover to cover - I'm saving it for our holiday to Scotland in a couple of weeks! It's looking utterly butterly beautiful as per usual. Other good mail includes: the monthly letter from Grandpa which included many amusing anecdotes, the tickets for Catfish & The Bottlemen for November and the Kasabian gig tickets for December (eep I'm so excited!).
This lovely weather has meant I've been going on so many sunny dog walks and sister adventures to paddle in the river. It's times like these that I feel so darn lucky to live in such a great place where I can wander up into the woods just five minutes from the house. Oh gee, now I'll stop with the soppyness but basically life seems pretty good at the moment.

Ahh I do love summer. Tah tahh for now,

Nora x

Now Playing: Laura Mvula // Green Garden

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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

 ** I was asked by  Soph from Bamble Vintage to write a post about her shop and received an adorable little package in exchange but all I have said here is wholly my opinion & I believe in helping small businesses, especially when their owners are so lovely! **

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



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