Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Travel Tuesday: Martin Parr

I've always been a bit of a Martin Parr fan, I like the way he seems to take photography quite lightly, finding the humour in things, not taking anything too seriously. I also like that when he tried to join the Magnum Photography collective there was an uproar and many people were against it, but he did it anyway and got in and changed things and shook things up. I love his tongue in cheek travel photographs, and the way he pokes fun at the tourist industry without it seeming too harsh. He's merely observing, documenting and moving on. Martin Parr's great, go have a look at his work, his books are also good go get one out of the library (yeah library).

Monday, 29 April 2013

Music Monday: Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson is really nice to listen to when it's all sunny outside and you're sitting in a deck chair and you shut your eyes and feel like you're in Hawaii and any minute Jack's gonna come running round the corner and ask you to go surfing. His best album is by far his 2005 album 'In Between Dreams' and despite the fact that I was 12 when it was released I still listen to it on the regs.

Personal faves from the album; Better Together, Banana Pancakes, No Other Way and (one of my absolute all time favourite songs) Do You Remember.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Saturday Style: Elephant Trousers

I'm pretty sure my life will not be complete until I have a pair of trousers printed with elephants.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Friday Food-day: Muesli

Apparently food photography is not my thing. I get very bored very quickly and would much rather eat it than photograph it; and I didn't get to take many photos as my camera battery ran out and I was too lazy to charge it again. But anyway, it has officially transitioned from porridge season to muesli season so I thought I would explain my very precise muesli technique.

My muesli of choice is 'No Flamin' Raisins Muesli' by Rude Health because raisins are rubbish (unless in a bagel or hot cross bun), my milk of choice is 'Unsweetened Almond Milk' by Alpro and my toppings of choice are banana and strawberries (and sometimes blueberries if I'm feeling jazzy). I prefer to soak my muesli overnight because it goes all gloopy and soft and I like that and apparently that makes it easier to digest. Usually I weigh out about 50g of muesli and then some milk, I'm never really sure how much milk but I guess a bit more than you would normally put in. I cover it and leave it in the fridge overnight and then in the morning I chop up the fruit and mix it all in and then it looks like sick and I eat it.

Mmm sick, enjoy!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Thoughts from Thursday: #2

  • The amount my anxiety rises when I make a phone call is ridiculous, the amount my anxiety rises when I do anything is even more ridiculous.
  • Google images 'Tibetan Mastiff' right now, you won't regret it, go go go.
  • My wonderful friend Maria sent me this zine she made in the post, she the best, look at her graphic design and photography work here.
  • Does it make me an awful person that I spent about 10 minutes laughing at this this morning?
  • This is hilarious:

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

We can do it! Wednesday: Vitamin D

Spring has finally sprung in London which means serotonin galore, so get out there (move your fringe aside) and get some sun on your forehead!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Travel Tuesday: Cabin Porn

"It seems to me that I would always be better off where I am not, and this question of moving is one of those I discuss incessantly with my soul." - Charles Baudelaire

'Cabin Porn' is perfect daydream material for the days you would much rather be somewhere else.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Music Monday: Summer Camp

Back in my TeEnZz I liked Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley as separate people (I think) before Summer Camp when Elizabeth was writing for the online magazine Platform (the only good writer there can I just mention) and Jeremy was making catchy tunes like this. I'm not sure when I discovered they had joined forces but I loved it as soon as I heard it, and then I found out they were married and it all just became mega cute and I couldn't handle it. I've been wanting to see them live for quite a while but whenever I check they don't seem to have any gigs planned but maybe they're doing that on purpose because they know I want to see them and they don't want the crazy super fan to be there and they're actually holding lots of secret gigs... Anyway! Their album 'Welcome to Condale' is really good and you should listen to it as well as all the other singles and EPs and things they have released. Also read Elizabeth's blog because she's hilarious.

Personal faves from the album; Better Off Without You, Losing My Mind (the acoustic version is also really good), Welcome to Condale and Ghost Train.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Sunday Stuff: Top 10 Films

This was a tricky list to make! About half of these films are absolute non movers and I will love them forever and ever and the other half I could probably easily swap out for something else, but I put a lot of thought into it and, in no particular order, this is my absolute definitive top favourite films list (for now anyway)

1.  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2.  Amelie

3.  Silver Linings Playbook

4.  Where The Wild Things Are

5.  Eagle VS Shark

6.  Mean Girls

7.  500 Days of Summer

8.  Ferris Bueller's Day off

9.  Lost in Translation

10.  All of the Harry Potter films

(Edit: I realised I forgot Good Will Hunting so this is now a Top 11 list!)
11. Good Will Hunting

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Saturday Style: Rolled up jeans and White shirts

One of my favourite photographers Megan Mcisaac tweeted the link to this blog post full of photographs by Wallace Kirkland for Life Magazine. This series of photographs documents life at a summer art school in Michigan in 1948 and I'm obsessed with it. Here are a few of my favourites, have a look at the post for the rest of them.

All I want to do now is wear rolled up jeans and white shirts and lounge about in sunny fields and on beaches and paint (not that I can paint but in this scenario I can). Looks like I'll have to add these to my May wish list!

Friday, 19 April 2013

Friday Food-day: Sesame Noodles with Tofu and Vegetables

Like most of the recipes I make I took this one from the internet a while ago and have made it and changed it so many times it's now almost completely different from the original. Soba noodles are my new favourite thing and if you're sitting there like 'oohhh I'm not so sure they look weird' then just eat them what's your problem (joking... kinda). Also feel free to use whatever vegetables you have or you can replace tofu with some kind of meat if you're into that.

You will need: One portion of soba noodles, half a block of tofu (I used a fancy one from Taifun with almonds and sesame seeds but you can use any kind), a carrot, half an onion, a pepper (I used half a red pepper and half a yellow just to make it look more jazzy), sesame seeds, soy sauce, sesame oil, sunflower oil and rice vinegar.

  1. Cook the soba noodles in a separate saucepan according to the packs instructions, then drain in a colander and immediately run under cold water. Put the noodles back in the pan and toss in a little sesame oil.
  2. Cut the tofu into cubes, heat a bit of sunflower oil in a wok and place the tofu in. Stir fry until the tofu is starting to brown on all sides, being careful not to break it, then turn down the heat and add a splash of soy sauce. The pan will go a bit crazy so quickly stir so the tofu doesn't stick to the pan or burn, then take off the heat, put the tofu on some kitchen roll and set aside.
  3. Chop the vegetables, heat some sunflower oil in the same wok, add the veg and stir fry until it starts to soften. Add a splash of soy sauce, a handful of sesame seeds and the tofu and stir fry for a bit longer. Then take off the heat, set aside on a plate and cover so it doesn't lose heat.
  4. Using the same wok again, add a splash of soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar and water and heat slightly. Then add the soba noodles and stir until they are coated in the mixture and heated through.
  5. Place the noodles onto a plate and top with the tofu, sesame seeds and vegetable mixture. If you like you can add a bit more soy sauce or sesame oil.

This recipe makes quite a big portion but I like food so what can you do. If you actually make this or something similar, or have any suggestions for improvements, let me know!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Thoughts from Thursday: #1

  • Smoothies for breakfast are mega wicked cool.
  • I started following @everydaysexism on twitter. This shit is so important and you should follow it and make every single male and female in your life follow it as well. It has made me realise all of the harassment myself and my friends get constantly and are so used to we don't even think twice about it. If anyone says anything to you or does anything to you that makes you feel vulnerable, scared or uncomfortable that is harassment and that is not okay. Do not let anyone tell you 'you're overreacting', 'it's just banter' or 'you should be flattered'.
  • I have given myself a spending ban for April, so obviously I'm visiting the Topshop and Asos websites on a daily basis and planning everything I will buy on May 1st.
  • Trying to build up the courage to apply for things that I probably won't get, but definitely won't get if I don't apply.
  • Very much enjoying this video, Go New Zealand!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

We can do it! Wednesday: Running

I have never ever been a runner, I was always the kid at school that never got picked for sports day, whenever I'm running for the bus with a group of friends I'm always the one at the back doubled over with a stitch, plus I'm a shorty and my legs are even shorter. Running has never been my thang. But since dropping out of University before Christmas and my panic attacks returning in a big way, I've been desperate for something to get me active and out of the house on my terms, and I think running might be it. Also they run in Silver Linings Playbook and if it will help me look like J Law I'm all for it.

I started off by buying some trainers (70% off at Sports Direct oh yeah) and doing a bit of googling about how to get myself going and found lots of people recommending various iPhone apps. The one I chose is called Get Running (couch to 5k) and it cost £1.99 but there are loads of free ones on the app store if you don't feel like splashing the cash. All you have to do is plug in your headphones, start the app and you'll hear a little lady in your ear telling you when to run, when to walk, plus some words of encouragement which is always nice.

You're encouraged to run 3 times a week, each week the amount of time you spend running slightly increasing. And I'm actually finding myself getting better! At the start of each new week I'm struggling to finish it and by the end I'm feeling okay about it, who'd of thought?! I had a bit of a set back when I went to Finland and couldn't really run in 2 foot snow, so when I returned I decide to start back on week 1 again, but I guess it doesn't matter too much as long as I'm actually doing it. The goal of this app is to get you running 5k without stopping in 9 weeks, although that seems slightly unrealistic to me but I'll see how I go!

My main problem with doing it is getting self conscious and embarrassed if I see other people on the street and my face is all red and sweaty, but I'm slowly gaining some confidence and learning to care less, which is a skill that will probably help me in other areas of my life. Also I try to run in the daytime when no one's around, that helps.

Anyway I'll see how I go, let me now if you have any tips for a newbie runner or if you're doing it too and we can give each other some moral support!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Travel Tuesday: North American Adventure

A couple of years ago when my boyfster and I were 18, we spent two months travelling around Canada and the USA. It was by far one of the best things I have ever done and I've been looking through all the photos getting all nostalgic so I thought I'd post some here.


Toronto, Canada


Central Park, New York, USA

empire state building

Top of the Empire State Building, New York, USA

mardi gras

Mardi Gras, New Orleans, USA

colorado springs

Colorado Springs, USA


Motel curtains, Santa Barbara, USA


Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA

mary poppins

Mary Poppins, Vancouver, Canada

I shot all of my photos from the trip on 35mm film which got very expensive and very complicated but I still think it was worth it! If you'd like to see some more of my photos on this trip you can have a look at the Flickr Set or you can have a look at My Tumblr for some more of my photographings.