Instagram tips: A beginner’s guide to VSCO

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I love VSCO, and always recommend their smartphone app to mentoring clients and Instagram friends who want to develop an atmospheric & moody style. I’ve been using it for so long that it’s easy to forget how baffling I once found it; definitely on a par with Snapchat for strange navigation and counterintuitive interfaces. Swipe into the wrong section and you can be lost for weeks; I swear I once saw the skeleton of a…

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beauty products that actually work

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I’m not a beauty-haul kind of girl.  My eyeliner is always wonky, my hair never looks like the YouTube girls. For a long time I thought this was because I lacked some essential talent, but I’ve since come to terms with the fact that I just don’t care. Not enough to spend twenty-five minutes on my hair each morning. Not enough to wipe the eyeliner off & start again. Plus, I’m a minimalist at heart,…

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parenting boredom

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Nobody talks about how boring parenting can be. It’s this weird Western system we’ve created, where we all raise our children alone; sealed into our little boxes on quiet, orderly streets. Perhaps meeting at a playground or a toddler group sometimes, where we will start a thousand sentences, and never find out how a single story ends. I hate it, to be honest with you. I hate the brain fog that descends when it’s time…

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Rewilding + Canopy & Stars

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Knepp Wildland Project is a rewilding project near the South coast of England. I was invited down as part of Canopy & Stars CSCollective, which I’ll explain a bit more about in a moment. But first, I need to tell you about this place. If you’re not familiar with rewilding, here’s the wikipedia definition: Rewilding is large-scale conservation aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and core wilderness areas, providing connectivity between such areas, and…

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my kitchen rulebook

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I don’t go in for food-fads. My dress size hovers around a UK 8-10, & I never do yoga in a bikini on the beach. If going gluten-free is the cure for all human ailments, I’m going to be falling into a blissful bread-induced coma any day. That said, we eat well and happily in our house. These are the practical and sensible rules we cook and eat by. 1. Buy the best quality of…

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Obsessed with Cinemagraphs

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[If images don’t load after a moment, hit refresh!]   Have you heard of cinemagraphs? I’ve gone all obsessed. I see them in every scene; pull over at the sight of a horse, yelling apologies over my shoulder as I abandon my family in the car. ‘CINEMAGRAPH ALL THE THINGS!’ A little bit extreme, I’ll grant you, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself it’s that obsessions bring awesome results. I mean, Mark…

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Show & Tell: May in iPhone snaps

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Argh, May – where did you go? This year seems to be galloping by at a ridiculous pace, as I leap from one exciting adventure to the next. Here’s what I was neglecting the blog for this month. This month saw the launch of Inatagram’s new colourful logo, and I was lucky enough to be invited along to the rooftop party in London along with the Instagram team and other members of the community. We made glorious colourful…

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‘forever’ jewellery

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I have this theory that you can tell a whole lot about a person by the sentimental jewellery they wear. Fashion pieces are one thing, but the charms and trinkets we choose to wear close day after day tend to hold a little more significance. Just as wedding bands and engagement rings are rich with meaning and symbolism, so too are our other daily accessories when we stop to consider why we love them. Here are my three necklaces –…

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making a wedding dress

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It’s faintly ironic, I suppose, that the commitment I’m most worried about for this whole wedding fandango is the one that I’ll make to a dress. On the other hand, perhaps it’s just logical: I spent the best part of 30 years carefully selecting R; I had a year to find a dress. Less, when you factor in all the time I spent procrastinating because the whole thing seemed so overwhelming My issue with a…

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an unexpected ruin

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I have this thing with ruins; always have, ever since I was a little girl. The most mundane and domestic building becomes suddenly enchanting once it falls into disrepair. Take off the roof, rip out the windows and let nature get her way – you’re in fairytale territory in a matter of years. Yorkshire is full of them – abandoned farm houses, old stone-built cow sheds. Tall, brick chimney spires in forgotten, tiny valleys. Tumbledown…

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