Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Next Chapter

Hi everyone,

I've been putting off writing this blog post but I think the time has come for me to be honest with you all so that I can move on to the next chapter in my life.

There's no easy way to say it so I'm going to jump straight in - I'm taking a break from being a blogger. Not necessarily forever, but I'm taking a hiatus to reassess and I'm open to a future where I might return to it (although in a different capacity) or I might never come back to it at all.

It's been an amazing journey of 5 and a half years and I've loved so many aspects of it along the way. I've loved meeting new people, connecting with like minds, being able to work with brands I love, learn new skills and gain opportunities that never would have been available to me otherwise.

However, I'm currently at a turning point in my life and I am not sure where blogging fits in anymore. I'm 26 years old and not in the same place I was when I started this as a 20 year old. Running around on weekends posing for outfit photos isn't as fun as it once was and the further I get through my 20's the more I realise my priorities are changing.

I work in digital marketing all day long and I love having a career I can throw myself into - so when I get home from work I'm not as eager as I once was to spend more long hours on the computer.

That being said, I am not disappearing completely. I will still be extremely active on my instagram and twitter and if you'd like to still be connected, please follow me there.

Thank you so much for being a part of this journey and for sticking with me as this blog has evolved and grown over the years. It's been such an amazing part of my life and even though I feel good about my decision to move forward, I know there will be so much I will miss as well.

I am keeping my URL in case I find myself wanting to come back to this in the future, but for now I know it's best for me to take a break and enjoy other parts of my life.

Much love

Amanda x

P.S Shout out to my amazing husband for all his help with my blog as well - for learning DSLR photography for me, patiently running around shooting pictures and never complaining. I appreciate all you've done J! You guys can also follow him on instagram @jemyboy7.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Whitecliffe

Peplum top c/o Amber Whitecliffe | Vintage velvet skirt | Boohoo Heels

Well it's been really warming up here in New Zealand! Bare arms and legs and sunny days outside have become the norm. My new Amber Whitecliffe top has been on a high rotation because I've realised I don't really have much of a summer wardrobe yet! I've spent all year stocking up on winter layers and now that the heat is here I have very limited options to choose from. Luckily I love this top and can see it becoming one of those long-standing, timeless pieces in my wardrobe. Also our Melbourne holiday is only 2 weeks away so I'll be going on a shopping spree for summer clothes for sure!

P.S You can see my last Amber Whitecliffe piece in an older blog post here

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Cornwall Park

Chicwish Skirt | Loverbird top c/o Market HQ | Rubi Shoes | Saben Necklace

I've been wearing this outfit at least once a week at the moment. I realise there's nothing too special about it but there's something so satisfying about the perfect striped top tucked into your favourite skirt. I'm a bit of a sucker for outfit repetition when I find something I like! 

Hope you all have a great weekend! Jeremy and I will be running our first ever half marathon tomorrow and I'm getting pretty nervous but also quite excited! It's been a goal of mine for a long time now and it's crazy to think that by this time tomorrow I would have achieved it! I'll let you know how it goes :) 

P.S I'm currently more active on my instagram so please follow me there for daily updates :) 

Friday, November 01, 2013

Contributor | Food Photography Tips

Hello, it’s Mandy Faith from Man D again! Food photography is undeniably a trend lately, so today I would want to share some tips I have learnt along the way.

#1. Angles

Most foods are best taken from top. Don’t be afraid to stand and take in the whole table setting! Though, foods like pancakes look better taken sideway to display the layers.

#2. Composition

Try placing your plate in the middle and the cutleries scattered randomly around. Alternatively, everything can be arranged very neatly. Keep trying new compositions and you’ll surprise yourself! However, make sure to clear unnecessary items off the frame (e.g. phones, dirty napkins, etc.).

#3. Walk Around

Many cafes have foods beautifully displayed at the counter so don’t miss the chance to capture. There are no rules stating you can only take pictures of foods that are on the table!

#4. Natural Light

If possible, get seats near windows/doors so you will be blessed with abundance of pretty sunlight that will certainly make your food look better. Bet you wouldn’t want to get a dark and grainy picture captioned ‘breakfast’!

#5. Phone & Apps

Due to the fact that most cafes and restaurants have narrow spaces between seats and bulky cameras are a little inappropriate for dining, phones always come in handy for food photography. Snap a picture away is just so easy. Further edit it with your favorite apps and be ready to share to the world!

#6. Be Creative

Hold your cuppa elegantly, capture your friend trying out the food, take pictures of food already eaten halfway… Just anything you can think of! Food photography is so interesting if applied creatively!

That is all for this time! Now go take some pretty food pictures and share!

Mandy Faith
ManD
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