Turin.

Following my previous post on my trip to Lyon, here are the photographs from my trip to Turin. Turin is a beautiful city in the North of Italy surrounded by the Alps. I tried to keep the photographs to a minimum but its so beautiful, I took so many photographs it’s difficult to narrow them down.

I went on to Turin with my sister, dad and brother. Me and Tiegan stayed with our aunt who lives out there. It ended up being a very inexpensive trip and visiting our aunt who we barely see was good for the soul. Hopefully we will be returning soon when its warmer and for longer than just a few days. Its amazing how much you can do in such a small space of time when visiting another city.

 

I also still have the photos to share from mine and Tiegan’s trip to Budapest which will be up next week! If you like the look of any of these photographs, some of them are available on my Redbubble page, available to buy as prints! Please have a look:

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Lyon.

Back in November, which feels like a lifetime ago now, me and my baby sister/best friend went on our first trip together to Lyon in France. Neither me nor Tiegan had been anywhere by ourselves before, all holidays and trips we went on were with our family. You can imagine that this was pretty exciting for the both of us.

We chose Lyon for no other reason than I had heard it somewhere and asked her if she’d like to go there. Both of us are pretty spontaneous and pretty rubbish at planning so when she said she’d like to go, I booked it the next day. Thinking about this now, I sound reckless to even myself considering neither of us had done anything like this before. I should add that we gave ourselves a bit of time to plan and we did think about everything we needed to such as transport, money, insurance and all that very important boring stuff.

I won’t give you a play by play of the whole trip but it was 4 days of lots of giggles, interesting museums and one very salty anchovy and caper pizza. Never again. I wanted to share some of the photographs of the weekend, France has the most beautiful cities and Lyon is no exception, its easy to get around and full of life and colour, if you like wandering around finding little library cafes and walking along beautiful rivers then add Lyon to your list of Places to Visit!

My Ring Collection.

I’ve been collecting rings for about a year now and the collection just continues to grow. Rings are my favourite accessory and way to add to an outfit. My favourite places to buy myself rings from are Shop Dixi and Bohomoon. These are the majority of rings that I have and wear daily. I thought I would talk a little bit about some of them because I love them all. I did do two posts which have some of these rings featured about a year ago now and you can find them here and here. I bought all of these rings for myself.

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This infinity ring is actually my most recent ring purchase. I bought this from Bohomoon along with another one to give to my sister. They both say “Best Friends” on the inside. I saw these and knew I had to get me and Tiegan one because we’re besties.

The moonstone ring was from Shop Dixi but I’ve had this one for a year so I don’t think it is now on their site. It has lasted really well and it was already copper when I bought it. It fits really nicely and is great for minimal jewellery days. Shop Dixi is great for good quality rings that don’t fade of rub off green on your fingers. They are a little bit more pricey but they’re so beautiful so definitely worth paying that little bit extra.
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The rest of these rings are from Bohomoon and this is because they are slightly cheaper. Some of these rings do leave that gross green mark if you wear them for too long. I love both of these rings. The green stone ring is very pretty and always adds a nice pop of colour whenever I am wearing a simple monochrome outfit. It’s quite simple still so can be worn with other rings.

The black ring is on I like to wear with my Om Mantra ring in the next photo. It has a really pretty design on the band and it’s quite gothic so it looks great with simple rings or “pretty” rings.

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I spoke about both of these rings in my last post. The Om Mantra ring is my most worn and probably my favourite ring. The colour has started to fade and is now turning a weird rusty colour. I still love it, I like the effect but because I do wear it so much, the silver is rubbing off.

I still love my Amulet ring. I don’t wear this as much as I would like to because it’s hard to pair with other rings and looks odd on its own. Sometimes I’ll wear these two together. The Amulet ring hasn’t faded and the green stone is still just as pretty. When it comes to Bohomoon rings you have to hedge your bets on whether or not the ring will fade. But they’re good for the price you pay and considering I’ve had these for a year and I’ve worn them a lot, they’re still doing pretty good.

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I bought this little crescent moon and star ring in a Bohomoon sale. I thought the design was cute and it was really inexpensive ( Around £2, now £1.50!). I really like this ring because its simple and can be worn with any of my other rings.

I also bought the cross hatch ring at the same time. Again, it’s really simple and I love wearing it with any of the other rings. Both of these rings are adjustable so they do pinch the skin a little bit at the opening if it’s not sitting right.

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Lastly are these very pretty rings. The first ring, from L-R, is definitely my least worn out of all of these rings. It’s a size too big for me and only fits on my thumb. This can be solved by wearing a smaller ring in front because it stops it from slipping off. I don’t have any simple band rings that fit in front of this ring though so I can’t really wear it unless my fingers get fatter! I really love the design though and I still wanted to include it because it’s one of my bigger rings and I will wear it when I find a suitable solution.

The wishbone ring I spoke about in my Bohomoon post. I wear this one all the time and it’s my most worn in appearance. The silver has almost completely come off and it’s just about holding on. I think I will still wear this as a copper ring once the silver has come off and I can wear it with my moonstone ring.

Finally is this really pretty baby pink stone ring. This looks really pretty with the wishbone ring about it. I love this ring but it does get caught on everything because its so big. I have a necklace which actually matches this ring and I like wearing them together.

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All of the links provided are ones which I could find and ones which are very similar. Some of my rings are up to a year old now so aren’t available anymore. In order:

Best Friends Infinity Ring.

Sterling Silver Moonstone Ring.

Alima Turquoise Ring.

Effie Ring.

Om Amulet Ring.

Harmony Amulet Ring.

Crescent Ring.

Prizm Stacking Ring.

Shop Dixi Wishbone Midi Ring. – currently out of stock, will be getting more in.

If you just want to browse their websites:

Bohomoon

Shop Dixi

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The Photographers Gallery

Last Thursday was one of those awful rainy days that we have here in the UK. The ones where its beautiful. sunny and warm the day before and then the next the heavens open and you remember what it’s like to be British again. Me and my Dad took our monthly trip to The Photographers Gallery to visit the new exhibition for the month. We’ll usually visit the gallery first, have some lunch, visit the bookstore and then wonder around Soho and take some street photographs.

The current exhibitions are The Chinese Photobook and DEUTSCHE BÖRSE. The Gallery is made up of Five floors, you start on the first floor and make your way up. By accident on our second visit we started at the top and worked our way down, since then this is what we’ve been doing. We love to be different. The exhibitions are separate, the third floor dedicated to the Chinese Photobook, the fourth and fifth floors dedicated to the DEUTSCHE BÖRSE photography prize. The first floor was holding a private exhibition or some sort of class, I can’t remember.

The photography prize was compiled of several runner ups and the winner will be announced on the 28th of May with a book signing on the 29th. The Photographers Gallery always pulls off the most incredible exhibitions, holding some really wonderful art. Please click here  if you’d like to read more about the artists and their displays. I won’t go into too much detail on my thoughts on each one, since there are 4 different sections to talk about.

The one that stood out most was the work of Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse.  “Their collaborative publication presents a, ‘photo/graphic’ album of images and text which uncover the history of a once elite, now abandoned high-rise apartment block in Johannesburg”. The images were heartbreaking with a contrast between the apartments before they were abandoned and after. There were also photographs of the doors, the windows and the televisons of each apartment, presented in light boxes  .

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After we were done in the gallery we decided to take some street photography. I really like this little shop, we didn’t buy anything in there though but they had some pretty cool stuff. Here are some of the photos I took. I took more but I wasn’t that pleased with them and I’m still feeling uninspired when it comes to photography.
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The Isle Of Wight.

Last weekend it was a bank holiday so me and my family decided to take a trip away to the Isle of Wight. Every year there is a bike ride around the island called Randonee (I think!). This year both my dad and brother were participating so the whole family used it as an excuse to have a mini holiday.

Here are some of my favourite photographs from the weekend:

Saturday

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Appley Tower. I remember walking along the beach many times when I was little. It’s about 15 minutes away from my grandparents house, so a quick walk to the beach was a regular occurrence. I love walking along here, the sea is so calming and I always feel little again.DSC_0042A

My brother-in-law being a fabulous model outside of Appley Tower.

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Mark decided to walk along the sea by himself. We all turned around wondering where he had gone and then we saw him waving at us like this.DSC_0060A

My brother in-law, my niece and my dad. They were walking up the hill with her like this and I had to capture it. DSC_0023A

Before leaving my grandparents home I wanted to get a photo of all of us together. It was important to me because it is likely to be the last time that we ever see this house, since my grandparents are moving and selling it. It makes me so sad since I have so many memories in this house but I’m glad we have all left we some extra happy ones with lots of laughs and love.DSC_0011 (2)A

A quick photograph of all of us in our tiny caravan before going out to eat. This photo makes me laugh and my brother in-law looks like he is having the worst time!
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One of the best photographs from the weekend! We took this because my Grandad told us that he always remembers us as a TEAM, because of our names; Tiegan, Ella, Amber and Mark. One of the sweetest things I have ever heard and we had never thought about it like that before! We don’t have many pictures of all of us together like this either.

Sunday

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Dad, Toni and Mark

Sunday was ride day and it was a few hours in and me and mum had to drive 40 minutes across the island because my brother thought he was going to have to change one of his wheels. After an hour of waiting, they appeared and told us that the wheel was alright and they didn’t need the spare! But it was OK because it was lunchtime and they had made it halfway so we decided to sit and have lunch with them.

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A few words of encouragement and they were off again!

I don’t have a photograph of them at the finish line! But they all did really well. I’m so proud of them because it was a 100km ride and my brother’s PB was only about 60km! If you would like to read more about my brother’s experience then I am sure he will have a blog post talking all about it at some point – His Blog.

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After getting back to the camp-site, me and Lisa decided to go for a run on the beach. We were so tired and feeling so lazy that we walked most of it!

Monday

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Monday was our last day and we had to be out of our caravan by 10am. Our ferry wasn’t until half 5 so we had to make the most of the day. Plus the sunshine came out for us so it was extra lovely! We went for breakfast at Driftwood at Sandown Beach.

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Probably one of my favourite photographs from the weekend. Sandown beach is so pretty in the sunshine!
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Some cute pictures of Mark and my niece to end with. I got lots of pictures of my family but I didn’t want to put them all up because you’d be sitting here for hours! I loved this mini holiday, it’s always nice to have time with loved ones and just really appreciate them. I had lots of laughs with my sisters and it was really nice for all of us to be under the same roof. The Isle of Wight is one of my favourite places for a little get away, even when its raining it’s still a lot of fun because its cosy! Where is your favourite place to go for a weekend away?

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Am I Crazy?

18 years old. My whole life ahead of me. So much to do and see and really I should just be preparing for the rest of my life. Right?

I’ve never been someone who plans ahead. I’ve never had a “plan”. I’ve never had a vision of where I would like my life to go. When asked the age-old question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” My immediate response is to mumble and freak out over the intensity of this huge question. One we have been asked and asked time and time again since we began talking. But eventually my goal is to be happy and satisfied with my life. Regardless of what it may be that I want to pursue.
Isn’t that what we all want? Happiness?

As time keeps moving and everyone I know is continuing with their education and getting jobs, I sit and feel like there is so much more which I want from life. I want freedom, to earn money on my terms and to actually be excited for things that I do.

People genuinely think I’m crazy for not having a job and for not continuing my education, I’m currently spending my time at home and mostly, I have all of my time to myself. To do what I want, when I want (Thanks to great parents who are nothing but supportive!).  Maybe I am crazy, for being so young and already knowing that I want more from life than to work simply just to earn my next holiday off.

Since quitting a part-time job, which was actually full-time hours under a part-time contract, was boring and possibly the least fulfilling thing I have ever done. I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to do for the rest of my life. There are lots of things that I love; fashion, photography, culture, travel etc. I want to blur the line between work and play and instead earn money by doing the things that I love.

Somehow. I’m still working on it.

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Feeling Uninspired.

For a week or so I have lacked inspiration with Photography. Looking around, nothing jumps out to me. Nothing. It’s pretty much the same as writers block.

I recently read a book called the War Of Art by Steven Pressfield

Which basically states that all forms of creative block are down to our own resistance; fear, self doubt, procrastination, self-dramatization etc. All forms of resistance but ultimately it all comes down to whether we do it or we don’t.

So bearing all of that in mind, I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and go out and do it.

In part of the book, Steven explains that to overcome his own resistance he would sit down and write, regardless of how good or bad his writing would be. He would simply write, to get it out of his system and to be satisfied with himself for overcoming resistance.

So, taking this advice and applying it to myself, I went out with no expectations to take good photographs. Instead, just to go out and take photographs because I love it and because I’d be unhappy if I didn’t.

Part 2 of overcoming my resistance is to post the few that I took that were semi-decent. The following photographs are from over the weekend, about a 20 minute walk from where I live.

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“What finally convinced me to go ahead was simply that I was so unhappy not going ahead. I was developing symptoms. As soon as I began, I was okay.”

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