Thursday, 29 June 2017

My Grand Canadian Adventure // Snapshots

Returning to your day job after almost a month on vacation is quite often a bit of a drag, especially for me this time round since the holiday in question was three weeks travelling around Canada- my first time visiting and certainly won't be the last. Nobody is a big fan of getting back into their humble daily routine, setting that dreaded alarm clock and heading back into the world of work (snore), but there is always a saving grace to this period of post holiday humdrum... Checking out, editing and sharing your photographs!


Capturing certain images can stir a feeling within you, it is a visual link leading you right back to that very moment allowing you a tiny window through which you can relive, remember and enjoy over and over again. Believe me when I tell you that three weeks simply wasn't enough time to get under the skin of Canada although I feel that it was a swell beginning to my relationship with the country and by glancing back at the breath taking nature, the sincerest and most welcoming folk, the incredible wildlife and it's heart felt history- I can tell that this is a love affair for the books!


In order to keep this endurable (I mentioned the 4000 somewhat pictures, right?), I've decided to share my photographs in a series of posts, starting with some simple snapshots taken throughout the entirety of the trip, followed by several individual posts featuring more specific places. Settle in for the highlight reel of my journey round Alberta and British Colombia!


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Just flicking back through these pictures makes me want to get planning my next visit, but for now, compiling several blog posts to share with you lovelies will just have to suffice! Stay tuned for further images of Canada's finest scenery; including the Red Rock Canyons, Banff and Jasper National Park, an ancient glacier, historic towns of Greenwood, Rosebud, Fernie and Rossland and more grizzly bear action!!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Hashtag Embrace // Instagram Accounts Currently Loving

As far as weekends go, that was a warm one! Summer is well and truly upon us and I'm feeling more excited than ever about getting outdoors, stretching my legs and soaking up a little of the bright yellow stuff.


For anyone in need of a little ray of light in the form of visual stimulus then dearest friends, look no further. This week's compilation of Instagram goodies will satisfy your creative side, have you reaching for your camera and leave you wanting to dive into your dressing up box followed by a slow, ramble through town capturing every fraction of beauty that jumps out at you along the way.


@sarah.eckardt

Graceful // Feminine // Strength // Storytelling // Emotion // Light // Plentiful // Engaging // Soft

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@esmeefordays

Rich in colour // Fresh // Contemporary // Youthful style // Homely // Positive perspective // Fun

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@jwtbenn

Crisp // Muted colour // Worldly // Sculptural composition // Stunning architechture // Design led //

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@memorialstitches

Woven stories // Graphics // Delicate gaze // Hazed and muted // Creative // Gothic //  Heart breaking

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@tinasosna

Natural // Play with light and shadow // Grounded // All embracing // Floral // Unique style

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@atmosphaerisch

High fashion // Collation // Enthusiastic // Colour, texture, shape // Mix of boldness and subtlety

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Get outside this week, my lovelies and blow out those cobwebs, reach for your notepad and pencil and get busting your goals! Hopefully this little dose of 'sharing the love/ Instagram heroes' will add a little extra shine to your day. If you aren't quite satisfied with this humble offering then do head to my previous posts InspiritAdoreSnapshot and Aces to find more fuel for your feed!




Thursday, 22 June 2017

Top 5 Ways To Find Your Mojo

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Ever feel like some days you just lack a certain something that gets you going and no matter how hard you stare at the keyboard, your yoga mat or your 'to do' list you know that nothing is going to budge? Yep, me too! Especially after having spent the best part of a month travelling around Canada (amazing by the way!) and now facing reality and getting back to work is PAIN. FULL.


Thankfully I have a few sure fire ways to shake off the fog, reconnect with my goals and to dig deep and find that shiny motivation to get shiz done. Here are a handful of my tried and tested mojo boosting tips that may help put you back on track.


Balance- Everything in moderation, right? It's a popular saying for a reason. Study session followed by sunshine, fresh food allows for a treat, tackle the top few points on your list then enjoy your latest netflix obsession. It's all about balance.


Realistic- Assess the long list and prioritise the most urgent/ important. There's no way you'll get everything done every day, so set yourself a realistic daily to do list beginning with the horrid most daunting ones (you'll thank me later), then crank up the radio and blast through the mundane stuff whilst singing at the top of your lungs (sorry neighbours!).


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Sleep tight- Lacking energy in the day can be due to many things but one essential part of kicking butt is to make sure you are well rested. Help yourself out by winding down for bed an hour or so before you jump in. Give yourself a little time to let go of the day, leave yourself a note for tomorrow if you must but then step away from the tasks. Take a bath, give yourself a foot massage, read your book, stretch it out and keep the screen time to a minimum.


Step away- Forcing things is never a good idea, it will only make you want to throw a hissy fit and that is kind of anti productive (although might be a good one to get the blood flowing... note to self, test this theory). When you hit a wall step away from your desk and get some air. Go for a walk around the park, take yourself out for lunch, call your mum for a quick catch up, do some yoga, listen to an informative podcast- just allow yourself time away to re calibrate your mind, to stretch your legs then have another go in an hour. Quit being mean to yourself and remember tip 1.


Inspiration- A great way to get me fired up and wanting to create is by taking in some inspiring work of others, whether that's reading a few of my favourite blogs, taking in a grad show exhibition, scrolling Instagram, mooching online at etsy, flicking through a fashion magazine, sometimes even just window shopping and taking in the current visual trends that spark your interest. Top up your creativity meter and watch how you blast through your list and then some.


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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Pass It On // Podcasts I'm Currently Loving

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My favourite mode of transport is my bicycle. Okay, so my beloved bike is my only form of transport at the moment (que fear of driving on the other side of the street), but even if it's just cycling to the station on my way to work or popping into the village for groceries, it is a simple pleasure of having a few moments of fresh air to get my thoughts in order, to sneak in a little exercise and to get out and about into the real world.


While I don't advocate cycling with headphones in, I am a fan of one little earphone at a sensible volume to accompany me on my trip and to whisper informative, hilarious and motivational sweet nothings along the way. Here is a round up of my current favourite podcasts that add a little spring to my step spin to my wheel!


Hashtag Authentic

This creative fuelled mood booster is the perfect antidote to a tired and lacking project. Sara Tasker, Instagrammer extraordinaire shares her worldly advice and tips and tricks on how to make the most of your favourite photograph sharing app whilst really appreciating the love that goes into creating images and the messages they send across. Snappy episodes with fascinating guests, this podcast will lift your mood and get you wanting to create create create!


Under The Skin

If you were a fan of Russell Brand's true news on youtube then you will love his latest podcast, Under The Skin, where he fiercely and courageously brings subjects such as immigration and racism into focus and invites leading academics and forth-right individuals to discuss, debate and educate on these incredibly important and ever relevant topics. Of course, with that classic Brand naughtiness, humour and eloquence we know and love.


Get It On

Currently on a hiatus but with plenty of back episodes to keep you busy, this gorgeously fashion- packed podcast sees Dawn O Porter, vintage babe and down to earth wonder woman, interviewing her favourite people discussing the reason they wear the items on their back, what their wardrobes say about them, they get down and dirty about fashion flops and moments of social pressure and of course chat about the wonders of second hand clothes. This is a delightfully informal, bundles of fun podcast for any fan of clothing looking for a little inspiration to dig around your dressing up box!


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These three podcasts have been enlightening my daily commute and offer a good enough selection of topics depending on my mood for that day, two other podcasts that I simply must mention are Pardon My French for the chic-est discussions around and if you haven't already devoured S Town then what the heck are you waiting for? Wishing you the happiest and most productive of weeks!