The lovely Laura and I have started an Instagram challenge, and we’d love you all to join in. Inspired by the beauty of each season, we are asking you to add #myseasonof_florals to you floral photos for the rest of November. Each week we will be posting our favourites to Instagram and at the end of November we will pick a lucky winner to receive a mystery prize (to be announced next week!). We are only able to post the prize to Australia or New Zealand but welcome everyone to take part. You can tag as many photos as you like, please be sure to also tag @hellolaurajane and @claireyclaire on your images. Looking forward to seeing what everyone posts.
This year I have set myself a little instagram challenge, to post one picture every week under the hastag #fromthepalmofmyhand. I was inspired by my friend Sally’s #fromwhereistand challenge in 2014, and thought it would be fun to do something similar. I’ll still be posting my usual pics, but I’m looking forward to finding something a bit different to post each week. Follow along here, and feel free to join in too!
After our time in Big Sur, we carried on down the coast towards Morro Bay. One of the most beautiful places that we stopped on the coastal drive was Sand Dollar Beach – a wide stretch of sand and huge rocks perforating the surf. We walked on the beach and also along the bluffs on the cliff edge – we were going to head down to Jade Cove, and almost made it but I majorly lost my nerve when I saw how steep the final climb was. I was actually worried we (well, just me really!) wouldn’t be able to get back up. This part of the trip was booked pretty last minute and we had been hoping to stay by the coast, but everything was too expensive or already full. We ended up reserving our second Air Bnb about an hour inland in a town called Templeton – it was a holiday cottage overlooking a handful of gorgeous vineyards. Considering we knew nothing about the area and booked it mainly based on one picture, …
My time in San Francisco is just flying by! Can someone please put a pause button on 2014?! I’m pretty sure it was January about five minutes ago. Anyway – I’ve only got a few weeks left, eep. Here are some snippets of my second month. Dream princess barbie houses on Alamo Square | Can’t get enough of the sunsets round here | Spending a lot of time in the Mission | Art in progress | Walks on the Embarcadero Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. To see more, hop over to my instagram and grid.
I am lucky enough to be spending a few months in San Francisco and have been here since the beginning of August. David isn’t with me (he’ll be visiting soon!) but I’m trying to make the most of my time and explore the city. There are so many interesting neighbourhoods to discover, it actually reminds me a lot of Sydney. Obviously the food is amazing, there are waaaaay too many delicious bakeries and cafes – I’m spending a lot of time trying to resist various baked/glazed/cheese-stuffed goods…. This is what the first month looked like. Bay Bridge at sunset / Palm trees in the Mission / The Embarcadero / Sail boat on the bay / Ferry trip with pals / Views from Sausalito / People watching in Sausalito / Farmers market swag Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. To see more, hop over to my instagram and grid.
This is what summer in the English countryside looks like – a few photos from my recent trip back home. Giant magnolia flower / A growing orchard / Driving down country lanes / Evening sheep / Friendly chickens / Apple tree / The friendliest cat / Pale blue house / Work-life balance. Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. To see more, hop over to my instagram and grid. posted by Claire.
This is what a three week trip back home to London looks like. Summer evening in Granary Square / Lobster at the Boundary Rooftop / Grafitti on Rivington Street / Vintage dress from Beyond Retro / D&AD Young Blood exhibition / Bicycle on Warren Street / Roses in Victoria Park / Delicious meal at Honey and Co / Kings Cross Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. See more on my grid. posted by Claire
Now I’m sure you have seen tutorials for these online before, but I just wanted to tell you how easy they are to make. I have been meaning to put one together for ages but was just being a bit lazy about it to be honest. Now I know how easy it is, I should have done it much sooner! You will need: glass bottle with a narrow neck diffuser reeds a light carrier oil (I used grape seed as it is cheap and can be bought from the supermarket) eucalyptus and lavender essential oils (or whichever scent you prefer) funnel A quick word about the diffuser reeds. These were the main source of my laziness as I couldn’t find them anywhere. I think some people swap these out for bamboo but I had read that this wouldn’t work as well – the reeds have channels that run through them to carry the scent. In the end I turned to glorious ebay and managed to pick up a huge bunch for $8. The bottle is …
Everyone says it, but one of the best bits about blogging and instagramming truly is coming across like-minded people and seeing some of the amazing things people create. I have decided to start a guest post series to share some of this amazingness, and I am excited to show you the first one today. Welcome to the blog Rebecca! I came across Rebecca’s gorgeous instagram feed when someone tagged me in her picture, thinking that we would like each other’s feeds – they were spot on! It didn’t take me long to find her blog, Love Bex, and I ended up reading it pretty much the whole way through. Rebecca’s photos are wonderfully minimal, she has a great eye for framing and colour. Here she is sharing some shots of a weekend in Blackpool, and telling us what the place means to her. Be sure to check out Rebecca’s blog and instagram feed, they are pretty fricking awesome. ______________________________________________________________________ Now – when many people in the UK think about Blackpool I can bet you a …
This is the third post a parcel that I have taken part in and I think it is my favourite! The theme was ‘Bottle Up Summer’, and Nia paired me up with Alanna from Petal and Pie. You can check out Alanna’s absolutely beautiful blog over here. Here is a little look at what I sent to Alanna. – diy pom pom cake topper / tattly temporary tattoo / twine and mini pegs for hanging photos / diy ‘sydney summer storm’ confetti’ / hand stamped placemat I wrapped them in various paper and made numbers from copper wire. And just look at what Alanna sent to me!!!! How wonderful is this..?! I am in love with the watercolour notecards. Thank-you Alanna. And thank-you Nia for setting this up again. posted by Claire.