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ITALIAN SUMMER COLLECTION LOOK BOOK

Its been pouring for two days straight here….which is fine as I actually love the rain – the smell, the sound on the roof. But after such promising and warm spring weather previously, it does have me dreaming of summer and warmer climes.

So, I have spent these wet days indoors working on various projects, this look book for my Italian Summer Collection being one of them.

The pieces in this collection are inspired by all aspects of the Italian Summer. Whether its striped umbrellas on white sandy beaches, gelato melting down your arm, the brain freeze from an ice cold granita on a scorching hot day, or a refreshing spritz at sunset – this collection will take you there.

Check it out on Steller.

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WAYFARERS INC ETSY STORE IS LIVE!

I’m so excited to announce that my Etsy store for Wayfarers Inc is finally LIVE!

Its been a long time coming but all the hard work has paid off and you still have time to buy some wanderlust-inspired handmade Christmas gifts for those free spirited, wayfaring girls in your life.

To celebrate the I’m offering 20% off EVERYTHING until Christmas Eve! Just use XMAS2015 at the check out

I’ll be adding new pieces as frequently as possible over the next few weeks, so follow me on Instagram to stay up to date!

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GIVEAWAY WITH FOLK MAGAZINE

I’m super excited to be launching my new Wayfarers Inc jewelry collection later this month!

I’ve been busy getting everything ready so that you order pieces to arrive in time for Christmas, either to gift to someone you love or to keep for yourself! 😋

In the lead up to the launch I’m running a giveaway with FOLK Magazine! Head over to this Instagram post to be in with the chance to win one of two exclusive necklaces. And follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with all the details about this exciting new venture!

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5 Instagram Accounts for Dog Lovers

My instagram feed is full of amazing photos from very talented photographers, artists, designers, creators, travellers and bloggers. It is a constant source of inspiration, motivation and wanderlust.

But then there are a few accounts I follow that just make me smile. I love seeing their furry little faces breaking up my literally ‘picture perfect’ feed.

And on those less inspired days when my feed is full of other people doing amazing things, going amazing places, chasing their dreams and reaching their goals, these adorable creatures (and their clever and creative owners) never fail to make me feel better.

THIS WILD IDEA

Not only can owner Theron Humphrey get Maddie to do the most amazing things from balancing on a wide array of objects to wearing a motorbike helmet and riding in a sidecar (she must be the most patient and obedient dog ever!) Theron also is the master of capturing her extensive collection facial expressions . I can only imagine how many shots it must take to get that perfect pic that shows up on my feed.

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Definitely an uptown girl, to some this toy poodle-cross might be a spoilt princess but she is really just a girl that knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to ask for it. I love keeping tabs on her NYC antics. My favourite Cookie quote – ‘When someone asks me what am I doing today, and I say “nothing”, it doesn’t mean that I’m free. It means I’m doing nothing.”

RAFAEL MANTESSO

The story goes that when Rafael’s wife left him on his 30th birthday she took everything but his dog. Left in an empty apartment, broken hearted, Rafael started to rekindle an old passion for illustration incorporating his bull terrier Jimmy, and so this account was born. Another very patient pup who led his owner to fame, Rafael has even been commissioned to sketch designs to adorn selected Jimmy Choo accessories, paying homage to his bull terrier’s namesake.

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Steve has a heart of pure gold.  He has nine dogs, all rescues many of them with physical problems or adopted as ‘senior citizens’ so they could enjoy their last years in comfort. Steve’s house is also home to a pig called Bikini and a rabbit (among other animals) and he also dog sits, so you can only imagine the kinds of pics he posts (the one when Bikini got a new ‘piggy’ door was one of my favourites!).

ANDREW KNAPP

Famous for their ‘find momo’ pics on their perpetual road trip,  Andrew takes the most beautiful photos of photogenic border collie Momo hiding in all sorts of locales, many of which have been published in their book. Momo’s ‘off-duty’ pics are also amazing, he’s one good looking pup.

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SYLVIA PLATH AND CASA BOSSI

I have always been drawn to this tortured  American poet and writer. Her words speak to the darker parts of me, to that secret something that lurkes in the shadows. While I try to live a positive and light-filled life, I cannot deny this part of myself, as without darkness there can be no light. I also believe that so much beauty, art and creativity comes from these darker, grittier, more vulnerable and more introverted parts of ourselves.

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In this Steller story I have collected some of my favourite quotes from Sylvia Plath and combined them with photos I took at Diana Debord‘s Fine Art Photography workshop at Casa Bossi last year. The abandoned and run down Casa Bossi  in all its decaying grandeur and glory provided the perfect backdrop  for this project.

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In the centre of the the northern Italian town of Novara, Casa Bossi was the residence of renowned Italian architect Alessandro Antonelli of Mole Antonelliana (the symbol of Turin) fame,  who also designed many buildings in the Novara area including the town’s own Cathedral and the Basilica di San Gaudenzio.

The home he designed for himself has been called the most beautiful neoclassical building in Italy, but has since fallen into disrepair, giving it a fantastic degree of faded grandeur and rustic abandoned charm.  Recently the massive task of restoring the villa to this former glory has been accepted and the site, previously closed to the public, is now open as a cultural space for special events, co-working, photographic shoots  and private viewings.

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For more information of Casa Bossi, visit their website here (only in Italian, unfortunately) and you can see my Steller story here.

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Lavender

My house is always filled with lavender – dried in the winter and fresh from my garden in the summer. I just love the perfume and the multiple ways it can be used and displayed.

So, I’m always on the look out for the best lavender DIYs to utilise my left over blooms. Beside smelling and looking great, lavender is also great for soothing insect bites, burns and headaches. Its aroma is know to assist relaxation and help you sleep.

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So why not try one of these great lavender DIYs:

//  Lavender Sugar Scrub, from the Idea Room

//  Herbal Smudge Sticks  from You Grow Girl

//  Lavender filled mason jar candles from Project Wedding

//   Herbal Sachets from Design*Sponge

//  Lavender Wheat Heat Packs from Spoonful of Sugar

//  Lavender Votive from Once Wed

//  Lavender Bathtub Tea from Radmegan

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque with a Fixed 50

I am on a mission to free my travel photos from my hard drive, and while it is going to be a massive job I have decided to start with the photos from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi from my trip to the UAE in February.

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Of all the places to start, why here you ask? Because it was my first experience with a fixed 50mm lens. In countless interviews and tutorials, photographers I love and admire recommend the fixed 50 as ‘the best all round lens’ or ‘the only lens you’ll need if you have to choose just one’. So after my fellow shutter bug dad gave me one for Christmas, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out.

At first I was frustrated as the viewfinder didn’t show me what my eye could see, and being a fixed lens, I couldn’t zoom out to get those wide angle shots that show the sheer grandeur of the place, which meant, at first, I did a lot of running around and stepping back, and back, and back, to get the shot I wanted.

But I soon found that the ‘thrifty 50’ gave me the opportunity to focus on the details, which I love so much and gave me a completely new perspective that took my photos beyond the typical postcard shots. And I think the results speak for themselves.

Check out my favourite pics from this visit in this Steller story here – https://steller.co/wayfarersinc

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