Sussex Wandering

A couple of weekends ago we travelled to Hastings for a few days. On our way there we visited Bodium Castle (which is incredible by the way – definitely worth a visit!) and we also stopped by Brighton to see Mr. Jukes.
We fell in love with Hastings all over again (I hadn’t been since December), and found it really hard to leave…

Our Airbnb was beautiful.

Fresh mint tea at The Cakeroom, Hastings


Out wandering while Harry was at work

The sweetest couple in matching jackets at Bodium Castle


Bubble waffles at Lucky Beach Cafe, Brighton

The view outside of our Airbnb window (!!!)

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Dunwich Beach & Heath

Dunwich beach & heath is turning in to one of my favourite places this summer. We’ve been on 3 occasions in the last 3 months and it just gets more and more beautiful. Of course we, the hermits, decided to go on the hottest bank holiday Monday of the year. IT WAS SO BUSY and I usually would have hated it, but once I was in my own bubble (beach towel = bubble on this occasion) I was fine. It was definitely tinged with a slight sadness that it felt like the end of summer, but I’m hoping we will have one more day of warm sunshine so we can go again (fingers crossed).

beach days 2

Some Current Favourites

When I draw with promarkers it always looks like it was drawn by someone else… Anyway! I haven’t done a “Favourites” post in a while, and in an attempt to make it a little more interesting I drew them in my sketchbook! It was pretty fun sketching everything out really simply so everything fit on one page of my little sketchbook.

Harry and I visited London last month and found Boxpark in Shoreditch; a block of buildings with small shops, cafes and restaurants. We originally went because Harry has been desperate to try Voodoo Ray’s for years, but also found that the shops there are AMAZING! I had drooled over Papersmiths website on many an occasion, so when I walked past it I did a double take, squeaked and proceeded to float around the shop as if I was dreaming. I came out with some Koh-I-Noor pencils and an orange tote bag with “Rock Paper Scissors” printed on the front. I’ve been using it non stop as my everyday bag, and my sketchbook fits perfectly in the front pocket. Yes!

Now that Harry can drive we’ve been taking silly trips to places like Ikea purely because we weren’t able to before. My mission for the past few months has been to buy a Monstera Deliciosa (clearly so I can live out my Instagram apartment dreams HA), and when I found out that Ikea sell them, we were straight in the car and on our way! We spent an embarrassing amount of money, as you always seem to end up doing in Ikea, but came out with the important stuff – The monstera, and those chocolate layered crisp cookies that I HAVE to buy every time I’m there.

I’ve had an Apple Watch for a little while now, and its managing to get me off my bum and go running a couple of times a week! I’m still finding it weird and a bit clunky looking on my little wrist, but its definitely making me more active.

Finally, my new baby, the Fujifilm X-T2. My previous post went in to more detail about it so I won’t go in to it too much here, but I am seriously in love with it. I had been Saving up for a new camera for over a year now, and it felt super weird finally using that money to buy it, but its so good to finally have a camera that I can say I am 100% happy with and can see myself using for years and years to come!

Thats it for my current favourites! As soon as I notice I’m lovin’ on a handful of things I’ll be sure to do another one. Do you have/ have you tried any of these? What are you loving right now? Let me know in the comments! ♥

P.S: I have an Instagram account that features just my sketchbook pages, processes and finished pieces; check it out here – My other Instagram is going to be a bit more photo-based, with the occasionally photographed finished illustration piece dotted around.

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.

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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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!

 

Current Wardrobe Situation & Moodboard

And it really is a situation. I don’t have room for an actual wardrobe in my apartment, so I currently have a rail in our bedroom:


(not the most glamorous photos, I know…but lets be real)

To the left of the cubby hole thing is Harrys smarter clothing (i.e. shirts, trousers, ties), and then everything else is mine. These are ALL of my clothes. Apart from winter coats and what I’m selling/ need to take to charity, which is a pretty large chunk waiting in a suitcase in the shed for me to get my butt in gear and take it!

Basically – I’m bored of my wardrobe. I’d say three quarters of it I’ve had for 3 years or more, and while I do wear most of it, perhaps I need to have a real look of some of the more worn-out pieces… I am emotionally attached to a small number of things that I should really recycle. I sold a lot of my vintage clothing over the past couple of years, so most of it is “new” – but I’m not CRAZY IN LOVE with any of it! I work from home, so I went through a stage of “wow, I never wear any of this any more SELL IT!”, and I’m not exactly regretting it, because in my head my style has changed, but I do feel like that certain interest is missing now.

I don’t really know where I’m going with this… do I want to make a loose capsule wardrobe with a few good quality vintage pieces?  Do I start being more disciplined with recycling/selling/charity-ing something when I buy something new (a long way of saying one in one out)? Should I just chill out??!! (probably)

On the other hand, I definitely know that I want to support local businesses and makers more, wear more GOOD QUALITY vintage again (this is seemingly a hard thing to do in the UK – take me back to Laura Dols in Amsterdam!), not stick to a specific era, but just have a certain vibe going on, and buy things less often, but invest in pieces that will last me a long time.


Clockwise from top left: 12345 (images are also on my Pinterest)

I guess the above is what I mean by “vibe” – chore jackets, linen, vintage jeans, wide leg trousers and cotton lace. Ooh and I reeeaallly want a straw hat that fits me this spring/summer. I watched one of Kitty Cotten’s youtube videos where she spoke about an adjustable fitting straw hat. THATS WHAT I NEEED! If anyone knows where I can get something like that in the UK – pleeeease tell me!