Vintage Lenses on My New Fujifilm X-T2

After saving up and getting excited for months and months – I finally bought myself a Fujifilm X-T2 with 18-55mm kit lens & vertical power grip. Yep, I’m back in the Fujifilm universe and couldn’t be happier about it! (and I saved more money than I thought I would by trading in my old Olympus)

Harry bought me a Fujifilm X10 when we first got together, almost 6 years ago (!!!) and I loved it, but after a few years I felt that I had outgrown it and wanted something with a little more bells and whistles. So I had a moment of madness and bought an Olympus OM-D E-M10. I loved that too, but I felt I outgrew it a lot faster than the X10, and at around the 1 year mark I felt a little held back by it. It also severely lacks a user friendly interface, finding settings was a nightmare as nothing is physically on the camera. Unlike the Fujifilm X range, where Apeture, ISO and shutter speed are actual dials on the top. I wasted so much time just trying to find simple settings!

I had heard a lot about using old SLR lenses on micro 4/3 and APS-C sensor cameras, but never really got in to it with my Olympus for whatever reason. Looking back, I have no idea what I didn’t try it sooner?!? I bought a cheap FD to FX lens adapter from Amazon, as I have a few Canon FD mount lenses from my old AE-1, AND BAM! I love it. Using manual focus again can be a bit weird, but the end results are SO good. And its tripled my lens collection without having to shed out loads of money.



Monstera & Harry photos Taken with the Vivitar 28mm f2.8 C/FD lens

Shooting film was my first photography love, way back when I was 16, and it feels so much like I’m doing that with these old lenses. It also somehow gives that film look and atmosphere?? It’s like magic!
Also, if you are planning on giving shooting video a go, there’s a really good video all about adapting vintage lenses on to the Fuji X system from a Youtube channel called The Photo Dept – check it out here.  If you love shooting film, and the Fujifilm X system, its the perfect channel!

Zissou & my Dads shop window photos taken with Canon 50mm f1.8

I will probably invest in a couple of Fuji X lenses over time (I have my eye on a couple of prime lenses), but for now – I’ve found my jam!
If you love or miss shooting film, have a digital camera that has the option to use adapters and still have some old lenses, I definitely recommend trying an adapter and giving it a whirl! It’s really made me start thinking again when I’m taking photos, and that can only be a good thing.

Apartment Peeking

We’re coming up to a year and a half in this little apartment. Even though it has turned out to be more “us” than the other places we’ve had together, and we feel very lucky to be saving for a deposit; I still can’t wait to have our own house by the seaside…





Recent Makeup & Skincare

Okay, so I went a bit crazy on makeup and skincare recently… I received my first “proper” pay check in a little while and had no idea what to do with myself! (but my savings account is looking the healthiest it has in years, so I’m pretty proud of that!) There were things that I ran out of and replaced, and things I’ve wanted to try for a long time, so over the last couple of months I picked up these babies:

Everyone says this, but I’m a sucker for travel sized things. A) They are cute B) They are the perfect “I want to try this but I don’t want to commit to the full size product because I might be allergic/not like it” C) They CUTE.


Luckily, I like both of these items from Urban Decay.
The mascara is the perfect size  – I wish more brands would stock mascaras this small normally! I have never been through an entire mascara before I have to throw it away at the recommended 2-3 month mark. I’m much more likely to make a decent dent in this (or even finish it???) and not feel bad for throwing it away after a couple of months. Also its not clumpy, separates, makes my eyelashes look SUPER long and because its shorter, I can get closer to the mirror(I have to be really close because I can’t see a damn thing without my glasses). New favourite! Definitely going to carry on buying it in this size.
The All Nighter setting spray is a pretty cult Urban Decay product and has been around for years. They’ve recently had a bit of a rebrand with this range and added more options for different skin types, which is fantastic. I was originally looking for a travel size “Chill” hydrating setting spray because I have dry skin, but they don’t do it, so I went with the original. It was 30°, I was melting, my makeup was melting and I had a hen party to go to that evening without going home first, so I was counting on this stuff! I’m impressed. I’ve never used a setting spray before, so I didn’t really know what to expect, but even my blush was still visible at the end of the evening! I didn’t look in the mirror all night in fear of what I might look like – but my makeup was all still in the right places when I got home. Thumbs up!

I think I’ve spoken about the Pixi Glow Tonic and FAB Ultra repair face moisturiser on the blog before, so I won’t go too much in to them, but will say that I’ve lost count of how many of these I have bought over the past few years. They are staples in my skincare routine. I’m pretty dry, and so suffer from flaky skin quite regularly. The Glow Tonic takes away all of the gross flakiness and the moisturiser soothes and calms any redness I may have thanks to the colloidal oatmeal it has in it. I will probably carry on buying these forever and ever.

I’ve tried lots of facial sunscreens over the past few years and all of them make me break out and irritate my skin. I’ll still have a tiny spot or two at the end of the day after wearing this Pixi one, but it doesn’t make my skin itchy or irritated. I’d LOVE to try the Glossier Invisible Shield sunscreen, buuuut, I have to be patient and wait until they come to the UK. The last time I ordered from them I ended up spending more on tax than what I actually bought. Sigh.
And finally, I don’t understand why I haven’t seen anyone else talking about this Palmers face mask?? I really like face masks, but they never seem to actually do anything. I had been on the hunt for a budget enzyme mask for a while now (woah some of them are crazy money!), and I really feel like this one delivers. My face definitely feels smoother, there is no irritation, it feels quite “purifying” without making my face freak out. Plus, my skin seems to prefer exfoliation that isn’t physical, so this ticks that box. I’ve not tried any of their skincare before this, but I might have to now!

Have you tried any of these lately? Or any new skincare products that you think are great? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Some Recent Makeup & Skincare Pickings

I made a pretty big (for me) order with Deciem last month – these 5 ‘The Ordinary’ products only cost £26.00 in total, though! I’m a sucker for their packaging – so minimal and apothecary/”sciency”. Mmmm.
They are incredibly popular right now, so it took almost a month to get to me. Which kind of sucks, but they sent such a heartfelt apology out to everyone who was waiting that I couldn’t get annoyed!

I’ve been testing everything out for the last week, so I feel I can’t make the best judgement on them yet, but so far…and I’m cringing saying this because everyone LOVES The Ordinary so much right now; I’m not really that impressed! Ultimately, they are incredibly inexpensive products, that work okay for the price, but they didn’t knock my socks off as much as they have some people on the internet.

– The Ordinary Serum Foundation in 1.0N and 1.1N:

There are rave reviews about the new foundations, saying that they feel equivalent to ‘high end’ products. I’ve never tried a high end foundation, but I would honestly hope that if/ when I do, it would be better than this? The Bourgeois Healthy Mix foundation (and the serum version, too) that I used to use, is my baseline when trying new foundations/base products, because its the best I’ve used for my dry skin type so far. I assumed that having “serum” in the title of this one would mean it would be suited to my dry skin, but I found that it is actually quite matte, higher coverage than I thought it was going to be (this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I wanted a lighter coverage for summer), and it clung on to every dry patch I have. I will probably carry on using it because I don’t like wasting things, but I won’t be repurchasing it. Perhaps mixing in a drop of oil will give a more hydrating finish?

– The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, Niacinimide 10% and Zinc 1%, High Adherence Silicone Primer:

Even though my skin is dry, I do get the occasional breakout/congestion about a week before my period. I’ve been using the Niacinimade & Zinc before bed, and I think I’m beginning to see a slight difference, but it is quite drying. I’m going to carry on using this only on the bad patches and not my entire face, and maybe update this post once I have a better idea.

I don’t know if its just because I’m slowly heading towards 30 now, but I have noticed that my forever present purple under-eyes are getting a lot worse recently. I thought I’d give the Caffeine solution a go – but I haven’t noticed anything in terms of pigmentation or my occasional slight puffiness in the morning. Honestly though – I don’t think anything will help. I’ve been dark under my eyes my entire life. If anyone has any sort of miracle eye skincare, PLEEEAAASE let me know!

Lastly from The Ordinary; I’ve never tried a primer before, so I have no idea how this is performing, really. It doesn’t blur anything, and doesn’t seem to make my makeup last any longer than usual. I’m using it around my nose, as thats where my pores are largest, and I’ve noticed its actually breaking me out. *shrug*

– NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Auburn, Barry M Coconut Infusions nail polish in Storm:

The NYX eyebrow pencil Veeerrryy similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz. I will probably carry on buying it as it is a lot less expensive, and easy to get hold of in Boots. I do prefer the ABH Auburn colour, though. This one is slightly lighter. Fellow copper haired people, real or wannabe real (like me!); what do you use on your eyebrows? Do you just go for a warm toned brown? or Blonde? Or do you try to find the perfect copper colour for you?

Barry M. Yes. Love it. It’s super cheap and cruelty free. Beautiful colour, I’ve never had a grey nail polish before, lasts as long as normal nail polish does (that is 3 or 4 days on me before looking scruffy) – great!

If anyone has any recommendations or suggestions for skincare and makeup – please throw them my way! I always love trying new things. Right now I’m especially low on cleanser and face masks – anyone tried anything great recently??

Brighton for the Night


I was going to vlog my little trip to Brighton this Monday, but found that I was enjoying myself too much to film everything. I find that happens quite often, maybe I need to work on that… It was a JAM PACKED couple of days, and my feet are definitely feeling it right now. It was so worth it though, just wish we could have stayed a little longer!

These are just a few places I’d recommend going to if you ever visit:

Workshop living – They stock very minimal, Scandinavian and Japanese designed homeware. I’m a sucker for Japanese design, so I love it in there. It does smell very strongly of incense though, so if you aren’t a lover of it (like myself), be prepared!


Redroaster – Very good coffee, which you can actually buy (queue Harry the fancy coffee fiend getting very excited), and an interesting menu. Feels cool, but not intimidating. Plus, marble and brass everywhere – Instagrams best friends, hah!


Lucky Beach Cafe – Right on the seafront – if it’s a warm day, go sit outside! Eating breakfast by the beach is the best. Really yummy breakfast menu, and I want all of their serveware. (I need to cool it with the stripes…)


Other great places that I didn’t photograph:
Tidy Street General Store‘ – full of Soeur and Rachel Comey, I walked in and it was all honestly my ultimate dream wardrobe. One day it will be mine, ONE DAYYY. Plus some cute ceramics and homeware accessories.
Magazine‘ – full to the brim with magazines on everything and anything
Family Store‘ – Stocks Stay Home Club; Forever supporting my fellow Canadian illustrators/designers!


Our main reason for visiting Brighton was to see Kishi Bashi at the Hope & Ruin. I have a real soft spot for Kishi Bashi, he is one of my favourite musicians of all time. I can honestly say that it was one of the best gigs I have ever been to. It was his last day of tour, so I think he was suffering from a bit of hysteria, but it just seemed to make it all the more personal. There were only 150-ish people there, so it felt more like a party than a gig. His voice was impeccable, and Harry and I can safely say that whenever he is in the UK (or Europe; I’d travel pretty far to see him again!), we’re going to see him again. And again. Aaaaaand again. Listen to him – nowww!

 

Glossier!!!

I couldn’t handle the hype anymore, so I caved and bought some Glossier pretties. Note to self: Never buy anything from America that doesn’t ship to the UK ever again! I had it delivered to some lovely friends in New Albany who posted it for me, and then I had a customs charge. And, After all that, I found out that Glossier is coming to the UK later this year. WHAAA!



Turns out it was totally worth it though, because now I’m desperate to try more of the range! I’ve been having some issues with skin redness/itchiness (I’m guessing caused by hayfever), and I’m super pale and unhealthy looking right now (blame that on working from home…), but the Cloud Paint is somehow managing to make me look healthy! Especially in the colour Beam. It’s a peachy-orangy colour that suits my yellow undertones really well. I usually use a powder blush, but this paint-like textured stain is so much better for my dry skin type. Plus, once it sets it doesn’t budge aaalllll day.

The concealer deeeefinitely isn’t for blemishes, it just isn’t high enough coverage, but under the eyes its great! I do suffer from dark purply under eyes, but I’ve used it for a few days of very minimal makeup now, and I kinda like it. Also, somehow it doesn’t crease?? I guess its called ‘Stretch” Concealer for a reason!

I’d love to try the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, Moisturising Moon Mask and the Generation G lipstick! Can’t wait for Glossier to come to the UK!

Stationery Week!

Out of all of the thoooousands of national days that plaster themselves all over social media on a weekly basis – this is one I can get behind! Having had a stationery addiction for most of my life, my home is constantly scattered with different stationery items that I use daily. In recent years I have toned it down a bit… I look for well designed and good quality items, I now ACTUALLY FINISH the notebooks that I buy before purchasing a new one, and wait until things have run out before spending hours on websites like Present & Correct. Okay fine, I do spend time on there even when I’m not buying things… but I have to fuel my addiction somehow, right?!

So here are my current most favourite/most used stationery items, as well as a lil’ Wishlist to finish things off (my birthday is in June, hinthintwinkyface).

Leuchtturm 1917 notebook, used as a bullet journal. I was going to buy their actual bullet journal, but the colour I wanted was sold out at the time, so I went for this instead! It also means that I can customise it a bit more to my needs as the weeks and months go by. It matches my Leuchtturm sketchbook as well which is always a bonus, but to tell the truth I’m not that impressed with the paper. It’s very thin, so you can see what you’ve written on the previous page a little too clearly for my liking. It’s especially bad if you use markers/highlighters. When I’ve finished this I’m going to search for a bullet journal with thicker pages! If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to know.

A purchase from Amsterdam last summer; the Kaweco Classic Sport clutch pencil. Kaweco is one of my favourite pen/pencil brands. They are all just so prettttyyyyy *insert crying emoji*. Harry bought the black and I got the white. It’s short and chubby and I tend to use it in my sketchbook for the occasional expressive line. Harry uses his whenever there is DIY going on in the house, to mark where shelves/pictures will go etc. It’s an all round lovely thing to use! Definitely makes me want to start a Kaweco collection. Perhaps I’ll try one of their gel roller pens next…

A few things from the HAY shop in Bath. I was in Bath quite regularly over the past year and a bit up until recently, doing an interior design project. So of course I couldn’t help but have a wander round HAY on more than one occasion! One of the last times I was there I bought their own brand ruler and pen, a Pentel “Colour Pen Fine Point” in a greenish grey colour, some washi tape (I can never resist washi tape), and a really handy DUX pencil sharpener. I’m super lazy with pencil shavings, so this keeps my workspace nice and tidy!

Muji pens! I used to have a green one but it leaked everywhere and got all over my Apple Pencil (now THAT was a drama) …granted, it was a few years old, as these are. I tend to use these either in my bullet journal or to write in greetings cards with. They are nice and smooth and apparently, never run out!

A pair of scissors that I’ve had for years. These were a gift, and I think they are supposed to be fabric scissors. I did use them for fabric for the first few years of their life, but they were accidentally used for paper a couple of times and thats what they’ve been used for ever since! I’m sure if I sharpened them they would be fine for fabric again, but I like having them out in my pencil pot because they are so preeeetty.

And finally, my stationery Wishlist. Collected from two of my favourite stationery websites:

  1. Red Kaweco classic rollerball pen, Choosing Keeping
  2. Quitterie pencil case, Present and Correct
  3. Pen holder band, Present and Correct
  4. Clamp tray, Present and Correct
  5. Enamel stationery pins, Present and Correct
  6. Stamp wall planner, Present and Correct
  7. Large red koi celluloid pen case, Choosing Keeping

Do you have any favourite stationery or stationery websites/shops? Let me know so I can go and drool at more things!