snapshots of my week – 3rd may

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wow, it’s may already! i have actually been productive this week, unlike last week where i did very little.

i found my old 28mm vintage lens (which i took yesterdays outfit post with, and all of these) and with the crop factor on my 450d equates it to about 45mm, close enough to 50mm (heard of a ‘nifty fifty’?) for my needs. 50mm lenses are often called normal lenses, because they’re very close to what the human eye sees and has quite a good range when it comes to field of view. if you want to read a little more about crop factor & look at a useful comparison chart, click here. i can only use manual focus with it, but i’ve always preferred that anyway, and i think i might be using this lens from now on instead of the one that came with my camera.

crystal heart on purple
vintage butterfly brooches on purple background
three dice on purple background

i sorted through my little jewellery pot and found these little bits & bobs i forgot i had! a little crystal heart, two butterfly brooches (how did i forget about these? i love them!) and 3 dice. i don’t know why the dice were in with earrings and brooches, but they were a nice little surprise!

yellow peony photo taken using freelensing technique

pink flower photo taken using free lensing technique

i remembered about free lensing. these were the only two that were somewhat decent, but i’m going to practice so i can take more. there’s a wonderful post about free-lensing on a beautiful mess.

hand painted stick in metallic blue, baby pink and yellow

i painted a stick. i know that doesn’t sound interesting but it’s a nice relaxing thing to do, plus it’s a free bit of decor for your house. always finding nice sticks when i’m out for walks, so i’m sure i’ll be painting some more soon.

and i made lots of pom poms! there’ll be a super quick DIY up next week.

pink handmade pom pom on turquoise blanket
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lilac & flowers

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this is one of my favourite dresses. i love the colour, pattern, shape, everything! also, you guessed it has pockets! there are other people out there that love pockets in dresses and skirts too, right? it has a bit of a vintage style and pattern to it too which only makes me love it more.

did you notice i cut my fringe too? my face feels wrong to me if it’s any longer than this.

this is a perfect springy outfit and very, very ‘me’. floral print, a bit of purple, mint and butterfly brooches. you might have noticed by now i wear red (and coral coloured) lipstick a lot. i struggled for years finding a red lipstick that suited my skin tone which is pale, with a slightly pink undertone. everything seemed too orange or brown, neither of which look good on me.

then, once i found one that was perfect, i felt like it made my mouth look huge and clown-like. that seems so silly now, as i feel really comfortable with it. still need to find that perfect rosy pink/natural colour though. any suggestions?

fashion outfit vintage style floral dress and lilac top
fashion blog post vintage style floral dress and lilac top
floral dress pattern
face closeup dark hair red lipstick
butterfly brooch on lilac top and flower dress

dress // george via charity shop
top // charity shop
belt // charity shop
brooches// charity shop

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cardboardcities crush – danny ivan

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prepare your eyes for some crazy pattern work! if you like super saturated colour and patterns that look a bit like opticial illusions, you’re in for a treat.

danny ivan is a digital artist based in lisbon, portugal. you can buy his work at society6, see more on flickr or have a look at his very colourful tumblr.

danny ivan illustration patterns

top row // retrograde & lisbon strike bottom row // goodnight nobody & tape image

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suturno scarves

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i’ve been seeing this amazing scarf on a few blogs lately, and i just had to share it too for anybody who may not have seen it’s wondrous-ness. i have a thing for hands, and hand motifs. i love clothes and accessories with hand patterns on as well as just looking at hands. they’re so expressive and i just really like the shape, flexibility and potential they hold.

the scarf is by suturno, from design duo julia vergara and javier gutierrez. the found inspiration from 30′s glamour, busby berkeley’s choreographies, the surrealist humor of elsa schiaparelli and also in joan blondell, who the scarf is named after. what a beauty this would be to own.

i love the photos almost as much as the scarf, too.

suturno scarf hands with red nail polish
wooden mannequin hands with red nail polish

30's inspired silk scarf with hands painted red nail varnish

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