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five things I learnt from the konmari method.

As someone who ‘struggles’ to keep on top of my clutter and tends to leave my junk all over the house, I was pretty keen to read Marie Kondo’s cult book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to try and kick myself into shape. When I finally read it it on our honeymoon I was just blown away by it’s simplicity, and immediately made David read it after me. He is very tidy and organised by nature so was also keen to give the method a whirl. The basic idea is to go through everything in your entire house in a certain order, discarding anything that doesn’t spark joy. Everything that you keep is stored properly and neatly in a designated spot, and when you open a drawer or cupboard you should be able to see everything inside without having to shift things and rummage around (she has some great methods for achieving this!). Now, I am not going to rehash the full details of the KonMari method as you can find out about it …

review: picpack instagram magnets

A few weeks ago the guys from Picpack got in touch and offered to send me some of their Instagram magnets. Being a sucker for anything Instagram-based, I was like, hells yeah. The ordering process was super easy, I just logged into my Instagram account on Picpack’s website, and selected twelve of my photos to be turned into magnets. That was it! They arrived a couple of weeks later in really nice simple packaging. The magnets themselves are great – the quality of the print is really high. They look awesome on my fridge. I’d love to get a magnetic notice-board and put them on there. It is 18 Euros for 12 magnets, and that includes shipping – bargainous. Thank-you Picpack!! posted by Claire. p.s. you can check out my instagram feed here.

vsco grid.

Since it was updated, the VSCO Cam app has definitely been my one-stop-shop for all photo editing on my phone. The filters are varied and beautiful, and the other editing tools are super useful (especially the straighten tool – wonky photos over here!). I have also been loving their new photo-sharing platform, VSCO Grid. This allows a user to upload photos directly from the app to their own page, into a slick-looking stream. I really like the versatility of uploading different sizes and also love the simple and clean interface. It will be interesting to see how Grid develops as there are more users. I can imagine it becoming a nice little community as more features are added – and there are so many great photos on the grids that I have seen. The people at VSCO have been collecting their favourite photos and posting them here, one of David’s was actually added last weekend! Very nice to see it on there among all the other gorgeous shots. You can see David’s grid here, and mine here. …

review: origrami

A while ago I discovered a Sydney-based company called Origrami, who print instagram photos. There are quite a few companies around these days that will do this, and David had actually tried a different one a while ago but we weren’t too happy with the results. Origrami on the other hand are fantastic. We both ordered a set – $19.95 for 36 prints, pretty good I reckon – and they arrived super quickly. They come in a very lovely box, and will even print a map on the back if you have geo-tagged your photo. None of mine are geo-tagged so I got colourful graphics on the back. The quality of the print is good, and overall it feels like a high quality and well-considered product. I love the fact that these are created in Sydney, it’s great to support local business – although they do ship worldwide so everyone can get in on it! They are too lovely to keep in the box, and I had bought a few rolls of washi tape when …

review: ona palma bag

I like handbags. I like really nice handbags. So it’s always annoyed me that I have to carry my cameras in something that I would never usually look twice at. For ages I’ve had my eye out for the perfect leather camera bag that looked gorgeous and was functional. Enter the Ona Palma bag. As with all amazing bags, as soon as I saw it I knew it was the one. At over $300 it is definitely an investment, but so worth it. The leather is buttery soft and the colour is gorgeous. It also seems incredibly well made. I love that you can’t immediately tell it is a camera bag, as I prefer to not openly advertise the fact that I am carrying round stuff that someone might want to rob! Delivery was incredibly fast, I ordered it on a Friday – it made it all the way from the US to Australia and arrived on the Monday! By far the quickest I have ever had from overseas. It got it’s first use this weekend …

new toy.

So I geeked out and got a tripod, a GorillaPod actually. I wanted it for low-light and for taking timed photos (which I love because everyone can be in them!), and because it’s so bendy and actually pretty small it’s easy to carry round. It has been used a couple of times so far, I think I will mostly use it out of the city and on holidays. Couldn’t resist making a little gif – it kind of looks like it’s alive don’t you think??! posted by Claire.