Wednesday, 24 May 2017

7 Tips when taking photos on your mobile phone

The LG G6 has recently just launched as LG's flagship handset with so many new fancy features. The sleek new slim-line design, fashionable look and large screen is perfect for any blogger babe. 

One of the key features for me is the swanky new camera which has so many modes and different so I thought I would share some top tips on using your phone as your main photography tool, you don’t always need a swanky camera.

Key Features:
·                18:9 aspect ratio screen size
·                Rear dual-camera: 13 Megapixel camera with Normal and wide angle lens
·                Front camera: 6 megapixel with wide angel lens
·                Autofocus
·                Performs amazing in low light
·                Easy GIF creation on multiple photos
·                Automatic selfies
·                Manual Mode, giving you total control for those beautiful blurred background shots that I love
·                In-built editor filled with fun filters, collages and more
·                Photo modes: So many different modes to keep you busy for hours, my favourite is Food Mode, making food good enough to eat.

Phone photography tips:
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1. Planning is key: It is important to pre-plan your photo-shoot as much as possible. You don’t need much planning when you have an incredible location as there is not much to do and LG choose the perfect spot at Drink, Shop, Do based on Caledonian Road in London to launch the LG G6  with perfect back drops and fun props. You plan your blogpost or tweet so you should also be planning your photo shoot. What is the background you will be shooting on? Do you need props? What poses might work? What is the story you are trying to tell with your photo?

2.     Natural Light – in the right place: Use natural light but not too much! You don't want light streaming in from anywhere, best to get a north facing window. Natural Light is your friend, if it is a nice day do not take a photo in the badly lit room go outside but make sure the light is not causing shadows.

3.     Get off auto: It is so easy to just point and shoot on auto mode but if you switch to manual mode which you can do on the LG G6 you can make any photo look pretty darn sexy with that burry background utilising the depth of field.

4.     Food mode: The food mode is a life changer even compared to my Olympus Pen you don’t get the vibrancy that you get by using the Food Mode on LG G6. This is where saturation is on point.  

5.     Backgrounds & props: It is essential to not forget about what is surrounding the focus of your photo – this can ruin a photo and create a non-consistent look. Think about colours, fabric, flowers. I have a little box at home filled with my favourite props from glitter to blue tack.

6. Editing: The G6 as so much to offer when editing, play around with adding text, filters and make a collage or two.

7. Take 100 photos not just 1: It may look great on your little phone screen but trust me the amount of times we have spent time taking photos, loaded them to the computer then realised none of them are good enough to go into the public domain. Maybe someone has their eyes closed, a cat is photobombing or there are loads of shadows. The resolution to this is make sure you take enough photos and not just of the same angle then you have more of a change of at least one of them being okay or even great.


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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

My Lounge Style & Top high street buys

I have not done much of a house tour yet as it has only just started to come together. Adam and I moved in, in October and with Christmas just round the corner nothing got done except for painting the lounge, even our sofa didn't arrive until just before Christmas Day. Any way I thought now was the time I could start sharing my what I have done with the place and what I still have planned for my lounge. 
So the colour of the walls was an off green, not a cute pale green an odd green so I used Farrow & Ball  in Slipper Satin and just a lick of paint transformed the room. For the ceiling I used Farrow & Ball again in All White, keeping your calling a lighter colour will make the room feel bigger and I always like callings to be a pure white, not sure why but just looks better. I decorated my last lounge was quite farmhouse esq and I still wanted to keep that style but with a modern twist.

I started with getting a sofa sorted and I always wanted a fabric, chesterfield style sofa but they were just so expensive and I knew I wanted GREY that was essential and managed to get a pretty good lookalike: Chester from DFS. My other chair took me months to decide on as I wanted something big enough to cuddle up on but not something too crazy. I actually really wanted this velvet pink armchair from Anthropolgie but it cost £££ and they only sold it in america so I ended up finding the Houseology Collection Studded Easy Chair, its big, neautral and looks great with my Anthropologie throw, (they don't sell it anymore but their throws are all so beautiful). I have also added a White Company cushion using 'the chop' method to showcase it. On the 'Chester' (as I like to call it) there is some velvety look cushions in pink and grey from Primark and a fluffy white throw that I got as a gift as Christmas from Robbie Kay for Christmas.

The coffee and side table is an Ikea hack using Vittsjo nest of tables and some gold spray paint, they look so much better don't you think? I have decorated the side table with a lamp from Cox and Cox and a faux floral arrangement from Wayfair, sitting under is a bunch of blankets for when it gets cold in a Zara basket. On the coffee table I have my Jo Malone candle dupe from Aldi in No. 1 and some coffee table books: The Coveteur, Visit Morocco and a colouring book.
 
 
The next things I want to do is to put my TV on the wall, get some artwork UP and sort out the fireplace as I am not sue I like it...anyway some other beauties I would like to purchase are below:


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Monday, 10 April 2017

9 Things to know before you get Teeth Whitening


1.    Go to a dentist: I did some research on the best ways to get whiter teeth and unless you go to the dentist, Crest Whitening Strips seem the best home option. To get the best results you do need to get laser or trays from the dentist. I headed off to Neem Tree Dental Practice based in Esher, (also based in Wandsworth and Fleet Street) and the staff were just a dream, usually a dentist is a pretty daunting experience but they made me feel so relaxed and I went for the tray option.

2.    Think about a clean: Before your treatment it is important your teeth are clean by clean I don't mean a quick brush and floss. Neem Tree had the perfect package, the 'Platinum Package' of a hygienist appointment and home teeth whitening for. You will first get your teeth impressions taken which is a struggle (tiny mouth and bad gag reflex) then you will get a hygienist appointment using the DiamondClean Electric Toothbrush for super clean teeth, I could not keep from touching my teeth with my tongue. If you had braces and have the little metal wire behind your teeth it is an absolute bitch to clean so these appointments are really important and you really need to be getting an appointment every six months. 

So with clean teeth it was time to get those pearly whites...

3.    The right amount: Just put a small dot of the whitening gel right in the bottom, front of each tooth impression (you can ignore the back two teeth, who will ever see those). One tube should be enough for two full trays and half of one. A tip I found after my third try, when I thought the top of my teeth were not colouring I used a cotton bud to ensure a thin layer covered the entire tooth.

4.    It’s not magic: Your teeth will not turn white overnight; I used PolarNight, 16% and thought my teeth would be instantly whiter they were not, you should start to see a difference on the third time. 

5.    White Dots: After your first few sessions you may see very bleached dots on your front teeth but do not worry they will even out.

6.    Give yourself a break: After three days I was getting a little fed up of:

A. not having gleaming white teeth 
B. the side effects - sensitivity, the odd sensation of wind

but with a day off my teeth went back to normal and actually started to look white. After this I decided to do one day on, one day off to give my teeth a chance to react to the treatment.

7.    Wind Tunnel: It will feel like you have a constant wind in your teeth and it feels weird I am not going to lie, it doesn’t hurt but it’s just an odd sensation. As soon as you stop this will go away.

8.    Sensitivity: My teeth did start to feel sensitive as the treatment went on but as soon as I had my day break they went to normal. One night I did wake up with a sharp pain and I immediately took them out and its was fine, everyone will have different levels of sensitivity so it might be worth taking some pain killers but if it starts to hurt just take a few days off.

9.    Take a break: If its feeling too sensitive just take a day or two off. 

So was it all worth it? The short answer is YES it was, I love my new sparkly whites they were not yellow to start but they just looked a bit dull. Whenever I saw a photo of myself I just wished for whiter teeth. My mum and dad had it done last year and after they said it was the best thing they have done and they can't believe they didn't do it sooner and neither can I. 

I would also highly recommend The Neem Tree in Esher, if you live in the area, the lovely ladies here will take great care of you and I couldn't be happier with the results.
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Monday, 27 March 2017

Spring Denim Trends

When I was younger I hardly ever wore jeans, I am not sure why I just didn't like the way they looked maybe I just saw them as too casual after being in School uniform all day. Since my 20's denim jeans have made a permanent home in my wardrobe and become and essential staple in my weekly fashion choices. They make my curves look pretty darn good.
Spring Denim Trends
I thought I would talk about the only brand of jeans I ever wear ‘Topshop’ sharing my favourite style and some newbies that will be perfect for spring. 

Topshop has such a diverse range with many shapes and sizes there are one for everyone from Jamie, Mom, Cropped, Leigh and Joni, you won’t be out of style with one of these.

1.  Say hello, to the MOTO Ecru Leigh Jeans. Leigh has been a favourite style of mine for a while and is one of Topshop’s most popular styles but I thought I would go out of my comfort zone for spring with a new colour. I would not usually go for cream but once on I fell in love but these are not a good in a white top! They are the perfect pair to wear with heels for a night out or a casual outing so I partnered them with some kitty flats and Topshop knit (similar one here) and was ready to hit the golf course but put on a pair of stilettos and I am ready for a night out. The Leigh is mid-rise with a skinny fit, not too skinny you have to move around to fit your body in though and the fraying at the bottom adds a stylish twist.The ecru fabric used means these are super soft and uses stretchy fabric so you can wear them all day long.  The MOTO Ecru Leigh Jean cost £38.
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Spring Denim Trends
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2.  Can we just take a moment to appreciate how amazing these jeans are...they have a freaking glitter flamingo and palm tree on them, getting me in the mood for a holiday. These jeans are based around the ‘Mom’ style jean from the MOTO range.  They are a great fit and feel super comfortable, maybe because they are made of pure cotton. The denim is a faded blue with a high waist to tuck any tum away with a tapered leg; you can also roll up the legs for a cooler style. These would go great with a pair of stilettos or my Lacoste LT Spirit Elite trainers. Partnered with a tight fitting top such as Topshop body. TheMOTO Flamingo Sequin Mom Jean cost £55.
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Spring Denim Trends
Spring Denim Trends
3.     Add a bit of edge to your style with the MOTO Washed Black Raw Hem Joni Jeans. Compared to Leigh these are on another level of skinny and when I wear them I get so many compliments they really do hug the figure well. The washed black with a cut hem adds a bit of edge and with them being ultra-high rise a fun jumper (like this Joanie one) and a cami or tucked in shirt makes the outfit on point. The fabric is made from spray-on black denim with super stretchiness. The MOTO Washed Black Raw Hem Joni Jeans cost £40.
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Spring Denim Trends
Spring Denim Trends
Spring Denim Trends
Don’t settle for an imperfect pair, it is important to feel good in your jeans!
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