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August 2
Just some shots around the apartment + in the neighborhood. I didn’t notice until I was posting but that first photo matched my blog super well. Neat.
I recently snagged a Pentax K1000 off Craigslist and these are from my first roll! I absolutely love the camera. While I was dropping them off to develop, this older man saw the Pentax slung over my shoulder and said, “Is that a non-digital camera?” I said yes and his eyes lit up. He then convinced me that I could create a darkroom in my apartment. Yes, I’m investigating. If anyone has any tips, let me know! I haven’t developed since high school and pretty much don’t remember ANYTHING. Anyways, check back later this afternoon for more photos from the Pentax.

Monday Link Love

August 1
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Happy August! A round up of three of my favorite things on The Internets lately.

  1. DesignLoveFest’s STYLE series. Absolutely love it.
  2. Herb and Dorothy, a documentary on Netflix Instant. It’s about a couple to lived off one of their salaries and devoted the other salary towards collecting modern art.
  3. Photographer Jonathan Canlas. His work and movement, “Film Is Not Dead,” is amazing. Ashley sent me the link to his site and I adore his work and efforts.

Photo Challenge Update

July 31

I’ve decided that the 30 Day Photo Challenge will take place in September! Since I’ll be shooting film, I’m going to start tomorrow (August 1st), finish by August 30th, and post starting September 1st. For those that want to shoot in real time/digital, you have a month to start brainstorming! If you want to post your shots here, I’ll have you upload them here through my blog (fancy, huh?). Below are the guidelines if you DO want to share your photos on my blog:

  • Make sure they are JPG format, 600 px wide
  • Feel free to edit as you like
  • No nudity or weird crap. Sorry, my mom reads my blog…I think.
  • No pressure to submit your photo every day. Perhaps just your favorites.
  • Send them by 9am EST the morning of!
I’ll repost this towards the end of August. Click here to read the 30 Day Photo Challenge and good luck to all you film lovers that will be shooting this month!



July 29

The other day, I bought the Lomography.com Groupon ($20 for $50 worth of product). I began browsing and decided that I’ll be purchasing the La Sardina! I’m so excited and even found a couple photos on Flickr taken with the camera. A little more info found on lomography.com:

 These 35mm cameras are equipped with spectacular wide-angle lens, multiple exposure capabilities, and a rewind dial—everything you need for fun-filled and thrill-soaked escapades.

Top photo taken by darrenriley. Bottom photo taken by Ellen Munro!

Brand Spotlight

July 28

I’ve owned my regular pair of TOMS since 2008 and they’ve held up for almost 3 years. This past weekend, I finally bought a pair of wedges and my love for TOMS hit a new level. They’re so comfortable and adds a little bit of height. We’re definitely looking into purchasing their sunglasses next. For those that aren’t aware of TOMS and what they’re about, here is an excerpt from their website:

In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.

Last weekend I also experienced LUSH for the first time.

If you’re not familiar with LUSH, here’s what they say on their About page:

We believe in making effective products from fresh, organic* fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics.

We invent our own products and fragrances. We make them fresh by hand using little or no preservative or packaging, using only vegetarian ingredients, and tell you when they were made.

We believe in buying ingredients only from companies that do not commission tests on animalsand in testing our products on humans.

We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.

We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again.

We believe our products are good value, that we should make a profit and that the customer is always right.

I was able to try out the bath bombs (pictured above) and the lotion. I REALLY loved the products and they left a really subtle scent for the rest of the evening. Another great perk was that they provide pre-wrapped gifts so you can pick up a sample of some of their most popular products. Prices for the gifts range between $10-$200 (the Greetings From giftbox was $20, pictured above).


30 Day Photo Challenge

July 27

I recently shared my idea for a new series based on challenges. I’ll definitely be partaking in the 30 Day Photo Challenge next. I would REALLY love to shoot film so I’m trying to decide if I’ll shoot during August & post in September. Let me know if you’re interested and if August/September works better! UPDATE: The 30 Day Photo Challenge starts September 1st, 2011. Keep your eye out for a handy uploader for you to submit your photos right through the blog!

We Need To Talk

July 22
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What a bad blogger I’ve been this week! Desh and I are here to explain ourselves a bit. (No, blogging has nothing to do with him…but he looked so cute that I had to take this picture with him before bed!)

Anyways, I’ve been a bit busy. Isn’t everyone? I know. Some things I can’t really share yet (yes, I’m pulling THAT card…I hate when bloggers say that crap). BUT some things I can share. Here are a few things I’ve been up to (and don’t worry-some of the things will formulate into their own blog posts later):

  • My day job! I currently work at the Department of Natural Resources for the State of Ohio and it’s Ohio State Fair season! What does this mean? Well it means that I’ve been creating signage for our Natural Resources Park and helping with the mulching, planting, weeding, and etc. Did I mention it’s the hottest week of the year here in Columbus? SWEATASTIC.
  • My freelance business! I’ve been working on lots of fun projects (all of which are mostly still in the works) and I’ll share the finished products soon. Some of my current clients include: a talented musician, a lawyer, two event planners, a salon, and many more in the works.
  • MY HUSBAND! Yeah…he’s pretty much #1. Speaking of, we’re trying to plan an extended weekend trip in September. NYC, Chicago or Nashville?
  • Writing an article for xheight (which will be posted on Monday so keep a look out!)
  • Coming up with fun challenges with Janine so that I can launch my fun “Challenge Series” soon! Side note: I need a fun name to call the series. It needs to be flexible enough to incapsulate challenges that range from 7-30 days. Ideas?
  • Oh and of course, spending time with friends and family. It’s essential.
SO. I hope you can forgive me while I write, design, and schedule up some future Show + Tell posts for next week. In the meantime, follow me on Twitter. I like sharing fun links and photos throughout the day!