Tuesday, June 26, 2012

sunshine & holidays


A few weeks ago my sweet friend, Abbey, lent me her DSLR camera to see if I liked it, and naturally, I fell completely in love. I loved the beautiful, bokeh effect that various lenses created and the overall image quality. I'm so excited because I'm currently saving up for a camera just like it and not only will it make this blog a whole lot better, but I'll be able to improve my photography skills. How was you first experience with a DSLR? Did you love the difference compared to a point-and-shoot?

These were some of the pictures I still hadn't gotten around to posting. It wasn't as cold as it is now so I was making the most of wearing simply one layer of clothing. We had ventured out to a charming cafe that day (one of my favourite things to do) then headed to the bookstore by the beach. I bought a book called Le Road Trip by Vivien Swift. Not only was it filled with enchanting, vivid drawings, but Vivien's lovely way with words were perfect for taking me on a journey through France without having to leave my warm bed. 

 (How to survive winter: 1 cup of something warm, two issues of Frankie, crafts books, and many blankets)

The weather has, however, taken a turn for the worst. The temperature has dropped below average for us Australians, and I have no choice but to rug up in almost every item of clothing I own; with two pairs of socks + slippers and a blue beret to top it all off! I may be starting to envy the balmy weather overseas...
Have a lovely Tuesday xx

39 comments:

Isabella said...

It's so weird, I actually am beginning to want summer. That has never, ever happened to me before! Crazy stuff.
Luff the outfit pez! And is that Contemporary Quilting I see...? ;)
xoxo Pez

Austen said...

Fantastic pictures~!~
xx
http://meine-schadenfreude.blogspot.co.nz/

Austen said...

Fantastic pictures~!~
xx
http://meine-schadenfreude.blogspot.co.nz/

Johanka said...

Beautiful, I really like that skirt!

Rachel, Cold Knees said...

I love how the photos have come out <3 I've never owned a DSLR! Brr we're finally getting a taste of Summer here in the UK! xx

Angela said...

J'aime beaucoup la jupe!!!Tres chouette!!

Angela Donava
http://www.lookbooks.fr

Dilan Dilir said...

you look amazing,supercute :D

Laura (White Winters) said...

I loved it when I first got a DSLR but I am still learning how to use it. It has been freezing lately! I can't wait to head off to Europe at the end of the week to warm up.

Laura
whitewintersblog.com

Thia Tee said...

What in the world? Today was freezing for us here in Wollongong (1 hour from sydney if you're not from NSW) I am so jealous! hahaha Been such a great past few days though!! I miss the sun..

My first experience with the DSLR was disastrous! I couldn't focus the camera then, until I realised it was on manual focus.. 2 years later.. I am taking pictures on a regular basis (except during exams) such a wonderful feeling.. I can't live without it!

Check out my blog if you want to see a few of my "work" houseofthetalethief.blogspot.com

I discovered you today and have been going through your archive.. AMAZING!!!!

xoxo
Thia

Ka Mila said...

fine ;P

www.live-style20.blogspot.com

Aarika said...

You are so lovely! :)

Darlene said...

I am so wanting a DSLR camera! Along with a Bose portable iPod player. Those are the 2 next big items on my list. Probably won't be able to figure the camera out for awhile so I haven't been in a big hurry but I find I want one a little more each day :o)

On another note, I received my dress from Shabby Apple and it is gorgeous! (For others, I was the winner of Avenue M's Shabby Apple gift cert..yeah!) I also got my sandals to match and I love them too! Will do an outfit post as soon as I can.

We will be at 100 degrees this weekend. Wish you could come visit and leave those socks at home! I wear 2 pair also when cold :o)

DF said...

Great outfit! I love your skirt

Claire said...

I actually think I am in love with my new dslr haha I got it for my birthday a month ago and I almost started crying, dslrs just focus so nicely <3 . It's actually quite cool where I live too, which is silly because it's meant to be summer haha, but I hate the hot weather so I'm fine with it. When I went to Australia last summer (winter there) it was a lot colder than I expected! I was in Sydney and it was the rainiest winter in like 60 years in nsw hahah it didn't stop raining for like a week, anyways despite the weather i still love sydney so much <3

Katherine McAdoo said...

its hard not to completely fall for a DSLR. they are lovely machines and have so many capabilities!

and i love your skirt and adorable hat. these photos are lovely and i hope you get a dslr of your own one day soon.

Riley Ellise said...

Pretty outfit! Would love it if you checked my blog giveaway out!

http://riley-ellise.blogspot.co.uk/

Laura said...

This skirt is SO adorable. Absolutely love it.

My roommate has an DSLR that she uses to take a lot of my photos during school times, but during the summer I'm stuck with my point and shoot. I'm saving up for a DSLR too, but I love when my roommates around and lets me take photos of her because I love shooting with them.

xoxo,
Laura
http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

LaraBeTheOne said...

Adorable outfit!

Lizzie said...

Oh my, that hat and skirt!!! So very lovely pretty gal :)

xo
Lizzie

placeclevertitlehere.blogspot.com

rae said...

aren't you just such a cutie?! i love this hat on you. i am glad you got to play with a DSLR and are saving up. sounds exciting! sorry to hear about the bad weather i hope it turns out better soon!

xx rae

pop by would love for you to follow if you like!
http://www.loveforschoolgirl.net/ <3

Ann said...

Those are amazing shots...
The second one looks really nice.

Vj-online said...

I absolutely love your photos, Following u now! please follow back
http://vjstyle-online.blogspot.com/

LaJune16 said...

Your blog is soo beautiful.

xoxo, Azra :)



http://lajune16.blogspot.com

K. said...

Lovely pics!
love it!;)

Jessica said...

yes a good camera can make all the difference! love the floppy hat :D

-Jessica
http://runninginsideus.blogspot.com/

Carina said...

These photos are beautiful Maria! And ah, how I want a DSLR! It will be awhile until that happens though, but hopefully I will snag a job after graduating...

It is so cold in Perth at the moment too, like ridiculously so! Most of the time I find myself in old, snugly tour jumpers hehe.

I must start writing your letter soon, I have so many last minute tests before the holidays (don't you love how teachers load all this extra work when everyone's tired and pinning for the holidays?)

xx Carina

B. said...

Oh! I love your blog and your style. You are beautiful ! (: xx

Chloe, Wardrobe Quarry said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. you're adorable, I'm going to follow you.

Wardrobe Quarry

Lyndzie said...

Great skirt!! I too am saving up for a DSLR - hopefully it happens sooner then later!!

fashionable footprints (blog)
fashionable footprints (facebook)
fashionable footprints (instagram)

Ida said...

I love your skirt – it's really a great piece. It's one of those things I think I need, lol.

meel said...

I really love that skirt!




http://balloonsaveclove.blogspot.ch/

Sarah said...

My word, I love frankie! I only recently just got hooked on it...

<3
Sarah

Claire said...

i'm completely in love with your blog! you are such a pretty girl and you post the most lovely things :) xx

Ester DurĂ£es said...

oh you look absolutely fantastic! I love your kind of navy look, that hat looks fantastic on you and complements the outfit so beautifully! :)

Female Escorts UK said...

She looks cute. Loving that skirt and hat looks awesome on you!

Beautifully Pure said...

I just got DSLR camera for my graduation, but I'd used one before them. My initial reaction was "oh my goodness! I am a good photographer!!" The camera just makes SUCH a difference!

Also, lovely outfit! That hat is gorgeous! <3

Elizabeth Gibbs said...

Looks just like a skirt I recently bought....Love your outfit so pretty. Check out my blog? I am so following yours :)

Lizzy <3
www.prettymodestbffs.blogspot.com

Two Buttons said...

These are such gorgeous pictures Maria! I am going to buy a DSLR (hopefully soon) but I don't know what type to get! What type is your friend's one, and what did you think of it?
X Jane

Maria said...

Hi Jane! Abbey's camera was a lumix g10. It was a great camera but I've already got it fixed in my head that I want a canon 1100D. It's about $500 and I'm halfway there.
Thanks for the amazing comments everyone <33