28 August 2016

Fortnightly Favourites #5

I'll admit it's been a bit longer than a fortnight since my last post - within a week of returning from New England, I'd found myself a job and have been working for the last 5 days straight. I think August has been more eventful than the rest of 2016 put together, so I am a little cream-crackered! Nevertheless, I will always find time to spare for my bloglovin rambles; moreover, as ever I have found a few favourites to share! Ft. Hair bows, bad-day reflections and a perspective on being "popular"...

Capturing


Understanding Photography Terminology - So it's pretty much a given now that Nicole will feature somewhere in my fortnightly favourites... her content is consistently amazing and I don't know quite how she does it! This is a bible for all aspiring photographers/ anyone who keeps getting aperture and exposure mixed up. Unless that's just me... Needless to say, this post was exactly what my bookmarks tab has been looking for! Thank-you lovely Nicole.

5 Tips to Improve your Outfit Photography - I'm always on the lookout for ways to capture my outfits, especially if I am entrusting Penny to my mum! I will definitely be taking Cliona's advice for shooting on alow aperture setting, - the bokeh dream - as well as  taking the photo yourself first - even if it's just to test the background/camera settings. My one stumbling block right now is confidence, specifically with action shots... I love the "drinking a cup of tea" snaps too! So September goal = care less what other people think.

Wildflowers in the Sunshine - Fellow Sophie is a very recent addition to my blogroll, but I'm very quickly falling in love! Her photos are like a ray of sunshine to your day, spotlighting all there is to love about the English countryside. It has also motivated me to keep getting outdoors with Penny, now I'm back from holiday; I don't need New England to find beauty in the natural world; it's right on my doorstep!

Living

Two Days in Bath - I love seeing my beautiful home city through tourist eyes, as it reminds me how lucky I am to be here. It made me smile to spot some of my personal favourites, including Toppings Bookshop and Prior Park gardens, which Millie has rambled around many times! Mimmi summed up Bath perfectly with "beautiful and calm". It truly is a wonderful place to just be.

Summer Lakes Adventures - This post by Clara was the definition of all things blogged and beautiful. I need to go to all these places! Clara was spot on when she compared it to Lord of the Rings, as I felt I could be looking at photos of The Shire. Nature definitely tops my list of "happy things" and it's always lovely to see other bloggers share this. 

50 Films I loved as a kid and still watch - This post by Emmie, as it sent me on such a happy nostalgia trip!  this post sent me on such a happy nostalgia trip, I can't thank Emmie enough for writing it! If I had to sum up my childhood in films, this list had it covered. From Hocus Pocus and Holiday in the Sun, to MadelineMatilda and The Parent Trap, the 90s was a cine-dream. Did you watch the Mary-Kate and Ashley films growing up?

Styling

Simple top-knot - I've never shared a hairstyling blog love before, but this bow-fastened style is both elegant and attainable - half of my "Hair Necessities" Pinterest board  is filled with looks I could only dream of, but I will definitely be trying this top-knot soon!

How to Nail Casual Tailoring - Listen to Robyn, that's how! Her style posts are always on point and she just puts outfits together so well. need these trousers in my life, and the shoes.. and possibly the bag too! If you haven't visited her blog, which includes some brilliant posts on topics such as anxiety, I cannot recommend it more.

Top 10 cruelty-free lipsticks - if I had to choose my favourite item of makeup, I think lipstick would top the cosmetic tree... as long as it's cruelty-free, of course. So this post had heart-eye emojis all over for me! I've wanted to try Charlotte Tilbury for a while, but this may have pushed my debit card to the finish line... I will also be exploring Sarah Hill, as Pink Truffle look amazing!

The Cloud 9 Dress - Cambridge Satchel Company and Sister Jane, two brands that were soulmates in another life... along with my new workplace Joy! When I saw that Sarah was starting a blog through her instagram, I was so excited; as Content Editor at CSC she has my dream job, but is also a girl after my own heart with her personal style! Any dress named after a cloud is floating straight to the top of my wonderlist...   


Speaking Out

University and Mental Health - wonderful, wise and eloquent Nicole has addressed such an important topic, not to mention one that hits particularly close to home for me. University can be truly amazing, but this dramatic life change can also bring immense challenges. If you are heading to University in September, or are currently at University, please prioritise your health; wellbeing is more important than any grade or gradation hat.

To be popular -  (I've now got the Wicked Song Popular in my head on repeat...) So there's always that one post where I wish I could apparate, simply so I could hug the person who wrote it! I've made no secret of my slight exhasperation with "how to gain follower" posts, so Fran nailed it with her observations here: "working on a blog just to gain higher statistics sucks the personality out of it. Like a Dementor sucking out your soul." Less Dementor, more Dumbledore: wise, kind and a little bit batty. Earwax jelly beans anyone?

Stop trying to force me to be positive - There's been a few posts addressing the "positivity police" on twitter, but Rihanna's post stayed with me. I liked how she highlighted the expectation on bloggers to have a facade of rainbows and smiles (hello Mean Girls), which simply isn't indicative of real life: "we need to stop forcing this positive princess ideal on everyone because life doesn't work like that." Bad days don't make you a bad person, they make you human!
Ps: if the world was a Princess Parade, then going to Disney World wouldn't be anywhere near as exciting... where's the fun in that?


Wellbeing

How to be mindful of your self-talk - This post highlights two things that are central to wellbeing, but which I struggle with a lot: self-compassion and allowing yourself to feel. I'm certain I'm not alone in this, so I really recommend giving it a read. It's helped me to acknowledge some things and sometimes you need those little wake-up calls. What are some of your ideas for self-care?

Self-reflection: having bad days - Hayley is another very recent addition to my blogroll, but after reading this post I know she's here to stay! I could empathise with many parts of this post, from putting on a smile to turning insight into action. My heart always breaks when I know people have gone through similar struggles to me, but I do believe that honesty is part of recovery.
*When reading Hayley's older posts, I was just a little excited to discover that she is a fellow paper-cutter. That being said, next to her designs mine look like they were created in a kindergarten class!

4 Distraction Techniques for anxiety - I see these kinds of posts circulating a lot in the blogosphere, but they often give very similar advice. Lauren's post offered a refreshingly unique perspective, with some ideas that I'd never thought of before. My favourite - and the one I intend to practice - is to narrate my current situation. Like Lauren, I love writing, so why not use this for good? As it responds to events, rather than emotions, it could be a welcome change from diary-writing. Time for a new notebook?

What blogs have you been loving lately? 


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