Monday, November 30, 2015

#LightsCameraCurrys

You know it's 2015, when you get invited to a food photography class. I practically jumped with excitement! Currys teamed up with Nikon (#lightscameracurrys) to bring on a photography class for us food crazy bloggers. Hosted in the Nikon Photo School near Oxford Street, I was well excited to learn a thing or two. Having been active with cameras for half of my life (that does sound impressive, but, then again, borrowing your mum's point and shoot camera at the age of 11 is nothing out of the ordinary), I went to the class quite confident with my current skill set, however I was eager to fill in the blanks in my knowledge. For instance, when it comes to technical stuff I know how to get most things done, but I don't know the logic behind it. I will read a tutorial online and learn the how, while ignoring the why. Learning the "why"  of it all will stimulate my independent learning and I will be able to actually understand why I am doing certain things on my camera.

The tutorials were based on Nikon camera settings, however the principles apply to any camera devices in general. For example, I had a moment of enlightenment when we were explained the different meanings of the manual modes on Nikon. Basically everything outside the "M A S P" on the control wheel is automatic, and works well, however it won't always give you the exact results you need. "P" stands for programmed and is basically automatic, but slightly better. If you want to progress, you can head over to "S", which stands for shutter speed. In this mode you can control the shutter speed depending on how much light you want to let into the lens (eg. 1/60). This mode is great for those water-flowing images you might have seen online! If you head over to "A", you will be able to control the aperture, which refers to the "background blur". I learned, however, that the correct term for this is bokeh, because blur just means that you have taken a picture while moving. Know the difference, duh *sassy emoji*. This mode automatically selects the shutter speed for you, so might not be ideal in all conditions. If you want to be one step closer to feeling like a pro, head over to "M" which means manual. In this mode you can control both the shutter speed (ie. light) and the aperture (amount of bokeh). I've been using this mode for a long time, but I didn't really know the logic behind it so I usually went through an eternity of trial and error until reaching the right settings, which was very frustrating. 

Something, that I think is fair to say, we ALL learned about is the white balance. Guys, learn this term and remember it forever. Before this workshop, I just accepted the fact that my camera couldn't function in the evening light indoors. Everything would come out very yellow. Basically if you couldn't afford a fancy and expensive camera, you are doomed when it comes to evening photos, right? Wrong! By adjusting the white balance, you can "fix" any odd colours that appear in your evening photos. The setting for this is located in different areas for most cameras, however the principle is the same - before your session, you point the camera to a white area and shoot. It will save the correct colour and thus adjust your next photos. Above you can see the difference!


This workshop also made me start thinking more about the composition of my food photos. While getting the correct light should be the main focus, it's important to think about the way you will display the items in the photo. It is crazy to think how much preparation actually goes into a photo! 


Here you can see us in action at the workshop! I think we were all so busy snapping away that we barely noticed we were being snapped too. Thank you so much to Currys, Nikon and Joe Blogs for the fantastic evening! 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Pochette de Janette


Receiving a subscription box (or in this case a pochette/pouch) in the mail is like a mini Christmas - the anticipation of finding out what you will find in your parcel almost brings you back to childhood. Who am I kidding, I still await my presents as eagerly as my 10 year old younger self did. Luxembourg's fashion magazine Janette delivers exactly this, month by month. Pochette de Janette mainly focuses on beauty products, but always adds an extra element in - be it a pair of museum tickets or an accessory. 




What I liked best about this package was the clear shift towards more eco-friendly products to minimize the environmental and health impacts caused by the cosmetics industry. Having recently watched Cowspiracy (documentary on animal agriculture), made me reevaluate the general footprint I am leaving on the planet. I've always been very conscious in avoiding animal products and recycling properly, but this really showed me the urgency of the general situation. For this reason, I absolutely loved the package. 

My favourite item by far was the vegan solid shampoo. I've been in an on-and-off (woah, try to say that out loud) relationship with shampoo for the past 3 years. I've done everything from "no-poo", to washing my hair almost daily. I have finally decided that I will continue using shampoo, but avoid anything from the drugstore. I'm also currently "training" my hair to be washed every 4-5 days (the struggle is real, guys). Being a big fan of Lush's solid shampoos, this Lamazuna solid shampoo came just in time. The lather took a while to build up, but once it was there it was marvellous. Definitely recommend! Don't forget to find a little tin for your solid shampoo. I simply used the one I had from Lush.


Needless to say, my sphinx kitten loved the pochette too. His favourite item was the Orange Blossom Face Mist by Doux Me. Their slogan spoke to me as soon as I saw it: "Welcome to all the women who refuse to choose between ethics, effectiveness and feminity!" That is literally my life! Trying to look decent, while consciously avoiding some of the biggest make-up brands out there. 

As with most beauty boxes, this one is really good value for money. You can get a single package for 18.50€, or you can also get a bundle of 4 or 9 packages here. Currently Pochette de Janette can reach readers in Luxembourg, France, Germany and Belgium. Anyone stuck for Christmas ideas? XO

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Faux Leather Fringe Skirt

Faux leather fringe skirt, Abercrombie & Fitch, Guildford fashion blogger
This outfit has been in my archive since September, apologies for the delay... I got this faux leather fringe skirt during the summer and it was probably my most worn item. I guess when I saw the words "vegan leather fringe skirt" on the Abercrombie & Fitch website, my heart skipped a beat. I've stopped buying leather, however I'm going to wear out all my previous leather items, because getting rid of them (and potentially having to replace them with non-leather things) would be wasteful. I'm not a big fan of cheap-looking leather alternatives, but this skirt is amazing quality and looks like the real thing. If you are ordering it from A&F, be careful with their sizing. I'm UK6-8 and I got the size 0 and it fits like a glove. I also found a really cute faux-suede skirt on Missguided, but otherwise there are a few options below if you want to browse some more. 

Today I went a little bit crazy with writing up posts for the blog, as I finally handed in this beast of a University assignment. It honestly felt like my brain got fried while writing it up. So now I have all this spare time and I can actually do some fun stuff! Tomorrow night I'm heading off to London as I've been invited to a food photography class at the Nikon Photo School. They even promised me vegan food, I am beyond excited! I will do my usual London routine, which means get off at Picadilly Circus - walk to Whole Foods and go crazy - walk to Nordic Bakery and buy Finnish snacks - walk to Carnaby - shop at Brandy Melville - walk to Oxford Circus to look at H&M and & Other Stories flagship stores on Regent street (although I rarely buy anything there, because it's cheaper when I visit my other half in Scandinavia). This is literally what I do in London every single time, but sometimes to spice things up, I do it the other way around. Hope you enjoy the photos and see you next time! XO


Zara shirt - A&F skirt - Vagabond boots (similar here & here) - UO hat (similar) - Pandora necklace

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

MADNESS AT H&M X BALMAIN PRESALE


Hey guys! It's quite unusual for me to post something literally the next day (I even have some summer outfits left to post - not sure if it's worth it anymore though? haha), but I had a 3.5h train journey back home from Brussels, and the novelty of being at the presale event of H&M x Balmain collab was something that gave me time and motivation to work on the post during my journey. 

The party was held at a secret location in Brussels, with occasional shuttle buses going back and forth until midnight. It turned out to be a massive factory style building from the inside, the afterparty venue had pink lights and a chandelier on the floor, which we thought was pretty cool! We were lucky to be on the first batch of shuttle buses, because if you check the mannequin photos before and after, you will see what the room looked like a mere 20-30 minutes later - even the mannequins were stripped. I did feel sorry for the people who arrived later!

We didn't go to the event with the intention to splash out (not that we really had a choice, being students and all), but it was exciting nevertheless. Girls were running from the shuttle bus to be the first to grab everything. People were walking around with more stuff than they could possibly carry, in order to go to a quiet corner and quickly try everything on. Although previously making fun of the black logo t-shirts that surely everyone will have, when me and Kaori saw some of them left midst all the empty rails, we ended up buying them haha. I still have my Alexander Wang x H&M black t-shirt from last year (even the tag is still on). Maybe make it a tradition? Haha.

The collection will be released tomorrow morning, in stores and online. I will probably still check it out online, however if it's anything like last year, I will probably spend an hour refreshing the page while trying to add things to my cart. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone else will be getting! Goodnight! <3



The embellishment was insane! This jacket was super heavy due to all its pearls and beading. Did you know that the heaviest item in the collection was the black and white dress (it was quickly sold out, so no photos) that contains 250,000 beads?! That is 250 THOUSAND pearls. Insane!








Veggie hotdog made of soya, it also contained golden hummus, popcorn and sesame seeds. Hands down the best hotdog I've ever had (I've only ever had a handful and that was ages ago, before I stopped eating meat). I really hope to recreate this at home!