A Little Birdy Blog has completely blown me away. Chloe is a (recently-turned) 16-year-old living in New Zealand and my goodness, she has such a strong eye for good design, color and composition; a powerhouse of everything creative. Her blogging how-tos are so spot on. I’d say more, but you’re better off just checking out her blog. Watch out, kids: this girl is going places.
This past Monday may have been National Coffee Day, but this past weekend, Instagram’s weekend hashtag project was all about tea (#WHPteatime). Which is extremely exciting for a tea fanatic like me. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to participate, but I’ve loved browsing through some of the submissions (people get so creative on Instagram!). You can see Instagram’s top picks here (and also view all the submissions here), but here are a few of my favorites:
“From the preparation and pouring of the tea to the surroundings, company and conversation, many elements make up the ritual of teatime. Bring the elements of those rituals together and capture the moment through video. For photos, seek out soft window light, spend time arranging the details of your table and explore different angles as you shoot. Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment. Get dressed up and stage a tea party somewhere unexpected, unearth vintage tea cups in a thrift store and let your caffeine-fueled creativity run wild.”
Are you a tea drinker too? If so, what’s your favorite tea? I’m personally a fan of Chamomile (sometimes when I feel like getting fancy, I’ll put lavender in it). Oh and I love fruity teas like Hibiscus tea too. But let’s face it: I love allllllll tea.
I spent the last few days with my friend Katrina shooting some videos. Katrina is an incredibly talented videographer from the Philippines who was visiting San Francisco to shoot a wedding. The last time she was in SF, we shot this video (which is still one of my favorites!!).
This time we were pretty ambitious and shot in multiple locations: Alamo Square, Ocean Beach, Rockridge (a neighborhood of Oakland), my bedroom and my (newly redecorated!) office.
It will be a few months until I get to see the final videos, but until then, here are a few of my favorite outtakes (you may have already seen some if you follow me on Instagram).
Our day started out at The Mill, a cafe in San Francisco that specializes in fancy toast (such a San Francisco thing to specialize in!). The light in that place is just gorgeous.
This photo was not staged at all;)
Then we walked over to Alamo Square to shoot by the Painted Ladies. They were lookin’ mightyyy fine that day.
I really love this part of San Francisco because it’s high up on a hill and when you look out, you can see the whole beautiful city.
We spent the afternoon at my house where we shot in my bedroom and office.
Look at that cheese ball!
Where the blogging magic happens:
The next day, we shot at Ocean Beach, but we were running short on time, so unfortunately, we didn’t get too many stills. You guys will just have to wait for the video to come out! You can see some pictures from that day on my Instagram account here and here.
Thanks for a fun few days, Katrina! I can’t wait till next year when we get to do it again!
One of my favorite artists and inspirations is Esther Boller. Esther was the first DIY Sew contributor on D&tG I’ve continued to follow her work ever since. She, like me, also goes to SCAD, except I do the eLearning program whereas Esther attends SCAD at the Savannah, Georgia campus.
If you follow Esther’s work, you know she is the queen of self-portraits. And I mean the QUEEN. I’ve tried self-portraits before, but I could never quite master the self-timer or remote. But Esther, MAN, I can’t even take pictures like that that aren’t self-portraits. Right now, my favorite set of her self-portraits are these ones she did inspired by Robert Lewis Reid’s Girl in Blue Kimono painting. She hand makes a lot of her props, such as the cardboard room divider she used for this shoot.
I don’t think I’m too far off when I make the statement that Breakfast is the prettiest meal of the day. Maybe it’s the morning light, a steaming cup of coffee or a piece of delectable fruit, but it’s pretty hard to take a bad picture of breakfast.
What Should I Eat for Breakfast Today is a new (to me) blog I discovered just the other day, which focuses on breakfast recipes (with occasional ‘not really breakfast’ dishes here and there). The photography and styling is gorgeous, which comes as no surprise considering breakfast’s photogenic nature. The blog isn’t strictly gluten free and vegan (I’m a gluten free and dairy free vegetarian), but I have no problem looking through non-veggie recipes purely for food styling ideas and general swooning.
Marta, the owner of the blog has a very beautiful Instagram feed which you can check out here. Be prepared to get lost in photos upon photos of pretty food porn. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!