Monday, 27 February 2017

Instagram Food Photography Lightroom Tutorial


I've always loved photography, but lately I've been really trying to step up my game. Invest time in learning new techniques, equipment, and hopefully it's showing in my results. 

I'm loving learning from others, and after receiving a number of comments on my Instagram photo's asking how I'm editing them, I thought I'd put together a tutorial on how I edited my Freakshake post.
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Friday, 24 February 2017

The Labels We Wear


You can do this Laura. Relax and breath.

That’s what I had to tell myself as I wrote this post. Where does one start when the opening images is a portrait on themselves with the word ugly and slut wrote across their face?

You may look at these images and wonder what on earth have I done. Truth be told, I had that thought too when I sat down to do a self portrait. But for me they hold a very powerful meaning. They represent how words make me, and thousands of other women feel. Labels, names, they stick.

Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will… oh wait… words will hurt me. Call me ugly, stupid, fat, a slut, over and over again and eventually I will crack.

I might not show physical pain like when you throw a stone at my face, but I break under the sheer emotional weight in my head. 

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Ultimate Strawberry And Doughnut Freakshake Recipe


I know a blog is about telling you some source of information, but in this case, I just want this picture to sink in just for a moment.

Yep.

Pure, utter, sugar rush.

There are many other words I can think to describe this monstrosity; indulgent, filthy, gluttonous. Oh and darn delicious too. All hail the Freakshake.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Milk Train- Candy Floss Ice Cream in London


Don’t you think it’s funny how we get recommendations now? It used to be formal reviews in the paper by esteemed critics, and now it can be any old Joe, like me, and a blog. But taking it to the next level is Instagram. As I usually do when I’m in bed, on a train, or on the toilet (oh come on we all do it, don’t deny it) I find myself getting lost down the rabbit hole of Instagram. One moment I’m looking at cute flatlays, and the next, I’ve found some rich kid of Azerbaijan.

This is how I found my next food recommendation. Aimlessly scrolling when I found a picture that made me go whoaaaaa. An ice cream, not only covered in sprinkles, chocolate sauce and biscuit pieces, but it was wrapped in a cloud of candy floss!

I immediately text my friend Caroline, who is partial to a bit of crazy ice cream as me. “We HAVE to go!” and so we did.


Milk Train is a small little café, 5 or so minutes away from Charing Cross station. It’s down a side street, sort of hidden from a huge footfall.

It was bitter on Sunday when we went- not really typical ice cream weather- and yet there were still 3 or 4 groups in there tucking in. Straight away I spied the fluffy cloud. It looked even better than it did on Instagram. Of course, every single person was snapping away on their phones. 


Eager to get our own, we went up to the counter. So here’s the deal, there’s 3 choices of ice cream, Vanilla, Macha or flavour of the day, which was chocolate on Sunday. Or you can have a swirl of the two. Then you choose your toppings from a pretty extensive list. There’s Oreos, bubble gum candy, sprinkles, chocolate pieces, popcorn, the list goes on. Then of course, you can add the fluffy candy floss cloud. Who comes to Milk Train and doesn’t have it?!

I decided to go for Macha and chocolate swirl, with popcorn and strawberry heart sprinkles. And the cloud. 


And here is the star of the show!


Now can you see why it caught my eye on Instagram? Where do you even begin? It's crazy.

I actually brought in a couple of people, as when I was taking my photos outside, I caught people's attention quite a bit. Well pass it forward I guess.


I think needless to say we were both amazed.

But what did it actually taste like? We both said we thought it might be a bit of a let down actually. You know, one of those all show and no substance type short lived trends? Well actually, the ice cream is really nice. Chocolate and Macha together is a winner in my eyes- who knew? When the weather get's warmer, I can definitely see myself returning for a cooling ice cream.

 It does get messy though, with sprinkles falling left right and centre, so maybe don't wear white. 


Hopefully now when you lovely people see this post, you too might be tempted to go down and try some candy floss ice cream, and so completing the modern circle of recommendations. 

I can tell you, it might not have warmed me up on these bloomin' freezing days, but it definitely made me happier. And that's good enough for me. 

44 Bedford St, 
London 
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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Valentines Strawberry and Salted Caramel Cupcakes








Valentine’s Day is almost here. I can understand why not everyone likes it- the sudden price hikes in restaurants and hotels, the endless buy me now advert for cuddly toys and random heart shaped objects. However, as I’ve said in my last blog post, I do quite like it. Me and my boyfriend will usually just stay at home, we’ll either cook a really nice meal together (this is a rare occasion for us) and then later on curl up on the sofa with a movie and some nibbles. We are both workaholics, and the norm for us is to get home from our day jobs and immediately to our respective desks and start work again, so we make a rule that there will be no work, no phones, no social media that evening.
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Monday, 6 February 2017

Love Letters To London


Ah Valentine’s Day. The fast approaching event which always seems to divide people. Personally though I really like it. Everyone who says “But you should be treating your other half special everyday of the year” Well sure, but come on, I know sometimes when I get in from a bad day at work, I just want to be left alone, and don’t always think about showering my boyfriend with love and attention. So I quite like that it’s a day to put some thought and effort in to actually showing that person that despite my grumpy behavior sometimes, I really do care. 
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