Sunday, April 13, 2014

for the love of film

When I think about things I was interested in when I was a teenager, I can't remember many of them. I don't know if I really even had many to be honest, aside from trying to be as different to everyone else and difficult as I possibly could, I didn't have a lot of hobbies. I wasn't into sport and I didn't have the patience for playing an instrument (though I did play the clarinet for three years when I was in primary school because I thought I needed to be 'well rounded', but as soon as I got to middle school and grew a side fringe that went out the window). But when I turned sixteen my sister-in-law gave me her old film SLR camera, a 90's Canon EOS, and I think that's when I finally developed a passion.

I love film photography, it has a certain warmth that digital photography doesn't. The grain and the colour tones have a kind of otherworldly feel that you just can't get from digital photos without churning them through Photoshop. Looking at film prints invokes a certain kind of nostalgia and reminds me of being a kid and waiting with my mum for the one hour photo place to finish developing the pictures from our latest family adventure. I shot all of my Year 12 photography assessment work on film, and a lot of people didn't really get why I did it, which I think is understandable because it was expensive as hell (the school had turned its old wet lab into a portrait studio so I had to have all of my rolls developed professionally) and it was probably a lot more effort on my part because I didn't have the luxury of going out, shooting, putting it all on a computer and if it hadn't worked, being able to delete it, go out and reshoot, or just photoshop the life out of the images - I had to get everything right the first time or else lose a roll of film and the money it cost to have it processed. Luckily I was able to pilfer all of the old, unused rolls of film left over from when the school hadn't switched to entirely digital cameras - I don't think I paid for a single roll of film that year, and believe me, I used a LOT of rolls.

I don't get to shoot as much film as I used to anymore, partly out of laziness, partly out of forgetfulness, and partly out of a lack of inspiration. I used to take my film camera everywhere with me, but now all of those free rolls are gone, and film is becoming increasingly difficult to get a hold of, and that's if you can find somewhere that'll develop it without charging an astronomical amount. It makes me sadder than anything to imagine a world without film, and I feel like I need to start stockpiling rolls for when I have children so that I might be able to share my passion with them. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

As you may have seen if you're following my tumblr account, I'm currently trying to raise the money via Pozible to kickstart a nifty li'l business! You can read the entire story on the funding page, but basically what it is is the production of vests similar (but not the same, as no two vests are alike!) to the one pictured, with part of the proceeds being donated to ReachOut, a charity that assists young Australians dealing with mental illness. I'm really invested in getting this off the ground, as it's a project that means a lot to me and I would really love to see it succeed, but as I'm currently out of a job I need your help to get it up and running. I've had so much positive feedback on this idea and I know that given the chance it could be a real winner, so get on board and let's make something amazing happen!

(p.s. the badges on my vest are from Paper Kitty on Etsy, aren't they neat?)

I don't know 'bout you, but i'm feelin' twenty... one

'Poise and Click' Dress from Modcloth

Hello friends! I've been severely neglecting this blog in recent months and I have to say, I feel terrible because of it! I've been buried under a pile of uni work and feelings of horrible procrastination, and because I'm maintaining two other blogs for uni I just haven't been inspired to write anything for fun. BUT because my favourite baby blog has just turned one year old, I'm back to spread a little birthday joy.

I turned 21 yesterday. How crazy is that? I'm now considered an adult in every country, which to me is very strange because I still feel like a child in many ways (one being that the only meal I can cook well is spaghetti). I feel like I still need adult supervision when handling sharp objects or standing near an open flame, but now I am the adult supervision. Crazy, huh?

I had a birthday party on the weekend and it was really lovely. I spent about a fortnight beforehand in varying states of anxiety thinking that no one would turn up and it would just end up being me eating cake alone, but so many people came! It was really wonderful to spend the night in the company of some of the best people I know, and there was a lot of cake which I think is a big plus.

I didn't get very many photos, but everything was very pink and it was just perfect. I don't think I've ever been so satisfied, all of the hard work was definitely worth it! My favourite decoration was definitely the Parks & Rec inspired blackboard sign.

I'm really excited for the next couple of weeks as well, because Sam and I are visiting Melbourne for a whole week! It's the longest I will have spent there, so I'm looking for suggestions of fun things to do. We'll be there over the Easter weekend and I'm not sure what will be open, but hopefully it's not like Adelaide and the whole city won't just shut down for a day or two. If you have any ideas on places we should check out, please comment and let me know! So far I know that I'd like to go to the museum, the aquarium, the Center for the Moving Image, and the Immigration Museum, but after that I'm stuck haha. Oh, and Ben & Jerry's of course!

'Til next time,

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review Time!
Australis Velourlips in NY-CEE

Hello friends! I'm really sorry for my lack of posts lately (I feel like I start every post with this, haha), I started a new job recently so I've thrown myself into that in order to save for my holiday in April. Also for some reason my fancy title images aren't working, which is a bit disappointing, but we soldier on.

So today I'm reviewing my new favourite lippie, Australis Velourlips! This is how the Australis website describes the product:
"Highly pigmented lips are the look of the moment, and this lip cream takes it to the next level with its beautiful matte finish! The creamy long-wear formula glides on easily with its doe foot applicator, finishing to a velvety matte look with intense, full coverage colour payoff. Perfect for when you want lasting, matte colour that moves with your lips without flaking."

They're not lying when they say highly pigmented, this stuff is crazy! It's super creamy to apply, and it feels so nice on. While it doesn't have the same kind of staying power of my other favourite, Lime Crime's Velvetine, it does feel a lot smoother on my lips for a long period of time than the Velvetines do.

While it does wear off in the middle of my lips when I'm eating and drinking, it doesn't get that gross, cakey feeling with reapplications that some other lipsticks do. It's always smooth and doesn't flake off at all, which I think is fabulous. But be warned, it does transfer! I wore it out to dinner last weekend and while it doesn't smudge a whole lot, I did end up with a little bit on my chin, so if you're going to be having crazy makeout sessions on the d-floor I suggest you leave it at home.

Would you just look at this pigment though?! It's amazing! It out-reds all of my other red lipsticks, and believe me, I have a lot of red lipsticks. The price makes it even better as well, it's a steal at only $9.95, so if you like lips so red they'll strike fear into the heart of every man you walk past, get around it.

Packaging: 3/5
I'm not keen on doe foot applicators because I find them messy and difficult to control when it comes to speedy reapplications, but I guess there's no other way you could package this kind of product.
Product: 4.5/5
It lost half a point because of the wee li'l smudges, but other than that it's perfect and I love it. Amazing!

'Til next time

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hi guys! I've been a bit swamped with life things lately, but I'm back now and I'll be making a conscious effort to stick to my resolution to blog on a more consistent basis. 

A couple of weeks ago I had my very first migraine. I'm not sure if that's some kind of right of passage, but it was absolutely horrible, to the point where it landed me in the hospital and I ended up having a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to check that there was no blood in my spinal fluid and I wasn't going to have a brain aneurysm (I'm not). The doctors didn't find anything, so I visited the optometrist and ta da, new glasses!

I've been after a pair of Club Masters for a while now, because I found that my old Wayfarers were just way too heavy to wear for long periods of time when I'm studying or on the computer. I was originally going to get tortoiseshell, but then I found out that they came in purple and being the crazy purple lady I am, I quickly changed my mind. I absolutely love them! They're so light on my face, and I love the size of the lenses because I hate being able to see the frames when I'm trying to read, I just find it so distracting, so these are perfect. ♡ Ray Ban 5eva ♡

Now, on to the review!

I bought this on a whim a few months ago in a half price sale on Revlon products as an alternative to the ridiculous amount of traditional lipsticks I have. This is the first lip stain I've ever tried, and I really really like it! The crayon shaped tip makes it super easy for clumsy hands like mine to apply, and instead of sharpening you just wind the base and more product pops up.

After purchasing the product I went home and read a few reviews, and a lot of them said that they needed to apply a number of coats before they got an intense colour pay off, but I definitely don't think that's necessary for this colour (though it may be for lighter shades), I only ever apply one quick coat and find it's very effective.

I think one of the things I love most about this product is how I can just put it on and forget about it. It stains excellently, and lasts all day on me without reapplication. The product also smells like peppermint, and I'm a sucker for anything minty!

Packaging: 9/10
Product: 9/10

'Til next time,