Friday, August 31, 2012
I carry these on my keychain - a jade ox for good luck, and a mantra that has been with me since my mum bought it for me in high school that says "wish it, dream it, do it". I'd say that I've been following that pretty closely so far, so I guess it works!
I don't have a dedicated camera bag or box, just an insert (Roma by ONA) that I pair with a purse that I got in Italy for my everyday. Given that I only really carry the camera with a prime and hand strap attached, a polarizer and a shoulder strap on any given day, it works for now.
Sometimes I do wish for a fun alternative that can carry my other gear when I'm on the road, or just store it when I'm not using it. I'm drawn to those that are not your typical black canvas bag that screams "I have a camera in here!" to everyone around you.
I've ordered from Photojojo a handful of times and have enjoyed their collection of wares. I love their quirky stowaways and so far, everything has gotten to me exactly how I've ordered it. These two are new bags that are available from them that I found to be unbelievably cute and quirky. Maybe you'll enjoy them too!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Discovered Christina Greve accidentally a few months ago and have been enjoying her posts and her mission to help women to be the most confident and beautiful people that they can be, as well as provide guidance to photographers.
Life can be about more than just your dreams, but actually achieving them. If you are willing to take a leap of faith and pursue your true passion and love in life. I think that while I'm on my way, I have not gotten there yet (but with time). However, in the meantime, I am grateful and happy for the life that I do have, and that is part of the journey as well!
She's got some great stuff for you to read if you are interested, young or old, just follow this link to Christina Greve.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Cat whiskers in detail. I do find these lying around the condo every so often, just not as much as she sheds though!
Thinking about a macro lens as I take pictures like these. Perhaps the 60mm or the 105mm? Decisions, decisions...
Is it bad that I like this because it reminds me of a very modern underground subway, and I want to replace that sign with our last names to be like the station? It's kind of appropriate, because the kitchen is really the stopping point for any family gatherings. For me especially since I love to cook so much!
A great looking thesis on corporate branding, likely on it's fundamentals, typical characteristics and really what makes something recognizable and then applying it to his packaging to his thesis.
We're surrounded by brands every day, it's hard for you not to know on a glance whether something is Coca-Cola or Starbucks by colour or shape.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
A reminder to myself. Even in success, we should always remember that we are not always as good as we think we are and even in most cases, we are completely replaceable by someone else. Reframing and critically examining our perceived successes every so often is the necessity to a successful career and to ensure that we always keep improving and growing.
This image comes from this article off Smashing Hub on Good and Bad Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers. While it is geared to blogging, really the advice given here can be used for any career and many aspects of life in general.
I admit, I'm probably the first one who would buy a beverage based on its looks, rather than it's contents. This has happened with many a bottle of wine, hah!
A great post found here, with some interesting and memorable beverage packaging designs. I would probably buy some of these if I came across them on the store, particularly this 1 litre water.
via smashing hub
Monday, August 27, 2012
A bread baker's best friend is an instant thermometer. At least that is what I've told myself since I started baking bread. I haven't had an undercooked loaf since I started using one, and it's great for other food prep as well. Sometimes it's pretty tough to know if it's done, especially when you have a multi-grain or other additional ingredients beyond your standard white loaf.
Baking a few loaves for the week and the kitchen smells heavenly right before bed!
Colour me impressed, I have never really had an inkling that the Burning Man art would be so fascinating, interesting and some of them are absolutely massive. All for a few days and then to be whisked away without a trace on the desert. Lots of other examples of this art following the link.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
I stumbled upon this the other day and I just spent 20 minutes reading the post and just loving every single little detail that she had in here.
Her new branding is perfect right down to the last detail. She's got this packaging down to an art with all of her special touches that make this memorable. You can tell all the love and passion that went into making this hers through and through.
If you're interested, some of these stamps are also available on her website, so hop on over!
by Corina Nielsen Photography & Design
Saturday, August 25, 2012
A busy Saturday, but so what else is new! Picked up the ML-L3 remote shutter release for my camera while I was out. Testing it out today with a few basic shots to get a feel for where I can get it to work and my timing. It'll be interesting to see what I get up to with this, given that I don't have a tripod yet!
I have been cleaning up my digital files and I found some old photos from the past few years in Fort McMurray that I thought I would share.
While the urban landscape is still improving daily by the work being done by the Municipality, the natural landscape is still and always will be a stunning feature of the region. Here are some moments that I have captured over the years that reflect some of the places that make you pause because they are just beautiful. Sometimes it's just the light and the skies, others just a memory of taking a walk with a few friends.
I also keep a set on my flickr account if anyone is interested in some of the images that I have captured over the years while being here.
Gearing up for fall fashion and the thoughts that go along with layering for the colder months. Loving the colour orange lately, but I have not seem to have bought anything in that colour yet, except for a belt that I have in constant rotation! Also on the list for this fall/winter are brown leather boots...
Friday, August 24, 2012
It's finally Friday! It's been super busy, and I alway seem famished when I leave work. Here's my typical snack for the week, a few crackers, cheese, pistachios and raisins. Not too creative, but it does the job!
Gearing up for a short weekend that is full of some side projects and hopefully some downtime.
A great piece to add to a collection of stacked bracelets. I have really been eyeing the simple ones these days as it gives some interest and remains delicate looking. There are some great ones that are on this website.
by Early Bright
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Been making curls with my 2nd day hair this week, but it always falls a little flat by the end of the day because of my superfine hair. Today was better than most! I always enjoy the nuances of colour in my hair with its dark brown tones.
A great looking bag for just about anything that you can make yourself. I'm impressed by how it looks, I'm sure it would be great for toting just about everything! Tutorial following the link.
via Weekend Designer
Stumbled across this article the other day, and it did make me think about what my consumer patterns are. Given that I live in a reasonably remote community with limited shopping opportunities, I don't spend as much as I typically would in a bigger city. As I get older, I have mixed feelings about getting some cheap pieces to just get me through a season versus getting more investment pieces that reflect the style that I dress in, and perhaps this is why it spoke to me.
There is always a desire where we just want to be fashionable. However, perhaps the better investment is in our own personal style, regardless of the current fashion. I think that it's always fashionable to be presented in our own style, one that we love and are comfortable in.
Article via GOOD
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Listening to Holst's The Planets Suite tonight and having the visualizer playing on the monitor while I do some reading. I've always liked the iTunes visualizer the best since being a university student, and it was very appropriate that it was very cosmically shaped tonight, with the planets and the star trails dancing across the screen. Two more days until the weekend!
I had heard of Quora, but I had not been very interested in reading in it until now. Here's an interesting article on whether there is science behind colour theory and how it is used. Lots of different viewpoints and some tips and tricks for designers too. Perhaps I will be signing up and reading through this site more often!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
In love with this desk system, perfectly minimal with a tiny footprint, yet it seems easy to move around (except the fact that the whole kit is about 80lbs!). Perhaps one day I'll look at purchasing this for my office.
by Hekler Design
Monday, August 20, 2012
What a fun and easy way to create some extra hanging storage through upcycling a wood pallet. Would be great for a sideroom or for kids to hang their stuff and you can paint it whatever colour suits your needs. Tutorial following the link.
Beautiful and realistic oil painting.
Introspective today, lots of thoughts running through my head. Maybe it's just because I've been so tired lately? Maybe it's just my tendency to over-think almost everything.
via Saatchi Online Artist
Sunday, August 19, 2012
An early start today to get out to Gregoire Lake before it got too hot out. With some perfect timing to ensure that we beat most of the crowds and then to the Burger Bar for a late lunch. Can't ask for a better Sunday than spending it with two friends and a (big) puppy.
Still on the hunt for the perfect white shirt and slim fit denim. One day I will find the right pair, but in the meantime, I will just enjoy the simple elegance and grace of a good city walking outfit that is perfect for a late lunch and a coffee.
via My Soul is the Sky
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Hana's usually a bit of a hyper ball cat and runs around the condo a lot, but I found her sitting by the window, all regal looking. Gave me a bit of a chuckle given how serious she looks perching on her cat furniture (i.e. anything that she feels is something to sit on), so I snapped a picture.
Been working on a few new projects this weekend, it's almost like I am permanently glued to the computer these days! Almost done my to do list, so that's promising!