Tuesday, 29 December 2015

The Quiet Days After Christmas


Hello again, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!

I'm sat at the table with Harvey (one out of the four cats) on my lap, so seeing as I have the time I thought I'd write a new post! So now that Christmas is done and dusted, the new year is only a few days away. For me I'd like to spend some quiet days until my next semester starts in late January. It's been a very long couple of days so now is the time just to wind down and write to do lists for the new year...and sneak in a few remaining chocolates and biscuits!

It was nice to get out and stretch my legs yesterday and get some fresh air. Sometimes it can get a bit too much staying in doors after a long time, especially when it's been Christmas, I tend to lose track of the days. Each day felt like a Sunday...I swear it had been Sunday for at least 5 days!

There's always time for a visit to the nearest garden centre after Christmas. There's a couple of centres which we usually visit, Trentham being one of my favourites but yesterday we decided for something more local and went to Byrkley Garden Centre. After a visit around the centre we ended up at our local country pub. It was a little chilly outside and we had been out during lunch so it was the best way to sit indoors beside a candle lit window for some chips and a tear n' share garlic bread focaccia, (although it wasn't just some for my youngest brother who decided to have a huge beef burger!).

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I've been making a few improvements to the blog, just playing around with the design. I'm contemplating whether or not I should buy a template, I've seen some lovely designs over at Etsy that aren't too expensive. I think once I've got some more blog posts going I might consider it. I've also managed to break the CSS, it's not working grr! If anyone knows how to fix it, please let me know in the comments, I've been trying to align some text and it wont allow me.

I hope everyone has a lovely and happy new years!








Monday, 21 December 2015

An Enthusiasm For In December


It's been a while since I last posted. In fact it looks like ages since I last posted as some how I managed to delete a recent post and I have no clue how to get it back. But anyway, work is done for this year, hurrah! I'm relieved I can finally have a long time off before my next semester, I can now take this time to re-group, have some time to think and ease my mind. After transferring from Gloucestershire I came into my new course late, so I was rather behind in my work. I've had a very stressful couple of months so all I want to do is make sure that i'm fully prepared for the next semester!

I'm taking this as a quiet winter break. Here's my little round up of the things to have an enthusiasm for in December and in the new year ::

1. Improve the blog :: I think I've neglected my blog a bit. When it comes to the design of my blog I don't think I really have a clue what I'm doing. I some time not to rush and watch a few tutorials on creating a better design.

2. Get the mixing bowl out :: I haven't baked something good in ages but I have a few good recipes in mind.

3. Take more photos :: I recently bought my first ever DSLR, it's taken a couple of years for me to save up enough to buy a good camera. I'm starting off with D3300, i'm used to Nikon so I thought this seemed like the best option (not to mention the free accessory kit that it came with). I'd like to spend the time to get used to using a DSLR more often and take more photos for my blog.

4. Try new foods :: I've been vegetarian for at least 2 years now, I love all the Quorn foods as they make some really great meals. But sometimes it can become repetitive so i'd like to start trying more vegetables and different meals.

5. Start a new drawing :: I've gotten so much better at drawing, I used to be terrible at drawing people and avoided drawing them at all costs. But now I'm getting better with my tonal and I've been learning a lot from Pinterest and YouTube videos!

6. Find a new book to read :: I've read many books but for me nothing can compete with LOTR and Harry Potter. That's probably why it's taking ages to find another book to read. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know in the comments below!

7. Christmas food :: I can't remember the last time I tried a mince pie or a Christmas pudding!

8. Christmas decorations :: I love home décor in the winter, I've been helping my mum with all the Christmas decorations, coordinating with colours and textures. It's best in the evening when the lights are on!

9 Blog more! :: I have a habit of getting some content for one blog post and then leaving it till the next month for another. I'd like to start posting more often as I only have about 15 or so blog posts. I'm still new and I'm still learning about the ways of blogging, I need that extra enthusiasm to write more.

10. Update my skin care regime :: My make up box is looking a bit empty as I threw out a load of it. I've always liked to keep it minimal but I think I could do with an update.


Here's a few blog posts I've been inspired by recently!:

Cider with Rosie :: Back to the Woods
Nishaantishu :: The Quiet Winter
Wish Wish Wish :: The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter
What Olivia Did :: Vlogging in Edinburgh

Have a lovely Christmas and a happy new year!


Saturday, 24 October 2015

A Gardeners' World

Last week I completed a photoshoot for my current brief for Commercial Photography, it was a very cold and cloudy day and it was the first time I have had to lug around a heavy DSLR with many lenses and a very heavy tripod in a public. I visited Trentham Garden centre again, I have been many times but I had never been inside the gardens. Part of my brief was to shoot for a magazine and produce photos for a cover, single page and a double spread. I decided to choose Gardeners' World as macro flowers and gardens are pretty much my thing when it comes to photography. Before university I was very limited to what I could use for photography shoots and didn't have access to professional DSLR's and tripods. Now that I am studying photography at university I have the privilege to use all the equipment I have never used before.


If you haven't been to Trentham Gardens and you love walking around show gardens or just being outside! Then you will love to take a visit, maybe not so much in the cold. I was very freezing, my gloves kept getting in the way of the buttons but I guess I was doing a lot of standing so of course I was going to be cold. I was so surprised at how many flowers were still in bloom, there were a few flowers that didn't particularly look too healthy but I guess in the spring there would be a lovely show of flowers. 

I managed to get some great shots and I need to get started on editing in Lightroom, which I seriously love! I'm not at all great with Photoshop, I mainly used it for my fine art projects back in A Level but I still don't manage to remember all the techniques. But Lightroom is just beautiful, I get stuck into it straight away as it is my kind of editing that I like. I don't tend to like editing my photos, if taken well I like to leave it how it is but Lightroom has so many features that don't destruct your photographs and make them look beautiful!

Check out Trentham Gardens if you haven't already!

Kayleigh



Thursday, 8 October 2015

Here's a little update and that Autumn feeling

So here's a little update...I have officially enrolled with a new university. I was looking at my options and I did some good research into photography courses near home. I found a course that seemed to suit me and so I sent out a few emails. I had a chat with the course leader and asked some questions about the nature of the course and it sounded really great. I'm not staying in halls which I think is a better option for me, it cuts the costs as the university is only half an hour away from home and I just didn't think living in halls was right for me. When you know something isn't right for you then you shouldn't do it, doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, you have to do the things that are best for you. The university is really great, the facilities for photography are pretty great. I am currently starting my first brief in one module. It's going to be interesting shooting with cameras I haven't used before. Keep a look out on my new photography Instagram page, I'll be posting photos from shoots over the next couple of weeks.

I haven't managed to do a lot of shooting at the moment but last week I decided to take some photos in the garden. I have that Autumn feeling, it's my favourite season. I love when the leaves change colour and when they fall to the ground and have that crunch when you walk across them. It's going to be a lot of fun shooting in the Autumn, it's getting cold so I might have to invest in some camera gloves!






My mum was chopping some of the old Conifer branches down in the front garden, I don't know how old this tree is but it's huge and very old. My mum had laid down the branches in the back garden and I thought I'd get my camera out and take some shots of the wood. I see a lot of photos on Instagram of woodland, so I thought I'd have my own take on it. I also took photos of the Virginia Creeper, I love how it turns red in the Autumn and the way it climbs up the walls of houses.

Always remember to do what is best for you, do what makes you feel happy, don't ever think it's wrong to say no to something you don't want to do. 

Kayleigh 



Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Positive

'Never let a bad situation bring out the worst in you. Be strong and choose to be positive.'

At some point everyone ends up going through a hard time. It's been a very long time since I last went through a tough time, but I've never experienced it quite like this before. I started university nearly a week ago and it's been a very tough and hard going experience. Now my decision is to withdraw from the university, it's the right thing to do. It's not a failure, it's a sensible and positive thing to do. It took me a while to decide what the right thing to do was and after many talks with my mum I decided that this was my only best option for me.

I won't go into too much detail but it all comes down to doing what is best for me. The financial side of things have been hard going and after looking more into the course I realised that the course isn't suited to my style. I would advise anyone who is looking to go to university to study any type of photography to really look into the course. On your open day or interview ask more about the module content because I didn't ask anything about the course content, I just assumed that it would be the right route for me to take. Do lots of research about the course and look at the style of your own photography, also think about what sort of photography you are wanting to do as this will give you an idea as to what course would be beneficial to your career aspirations.




I was always unsure as to what photography course to take, sometimes to become a professional photographer you don't even need a degree. But in my case where I live I am very limited to pursuing a career into photography straight away. Always look at your options, I have a few options at the moment where I might be able to transfer to a new university with a different course. Or I can even decide to re apply to a university another time. It was a tough experience but I have managed to learn from my mistakes and always make sure that I do more intense research before hand. Always ask questions, it's an important thing to do as it's another way of researching and if something isn't right for you there is no shame in walking away from it and finding other possibilities.



While I was in Cheltenham I managed to take some photos, I love photography too much to give that aspect up. The Cheltenham town was great for photography, lots of beautiful architecture, small monuments and shops.



Always stay positive and collate as many options as possible, ask as many questions as you can and always ask for help, whether it be family, university or careers advisers. I always follow a quote from Marvel's Agent Carter "I know my value, anyone else's opinion doesn't really matter."

Kayleigh

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Magic is real

2 weeks back the family and I went down to Watford to the Harry Potter Studio Tour and oh wow, it was fantastic! I have always loved Harry Potter, I have grown up watching the films and reading the books so this was super exciting for me and the family. It was a long 2 hour drive as we were stuck in traffic a few times but it was worth it as the whole experience was truly magical.

For anyone who hasn't been to the studio tour and loves Harry Potter, I would totally recommend that you book your tickets online and travel down to Watford as it is just fantastic. I knew some of what to expect as I had seen a few YouTube clips and my mum and brother had been before so they had shown us some photos but what I didn't expect truly amazed me. Originally I was going to write a walk through but the studio tour is full of surprises, I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone.



But what you can expect to see is lots and lots of props from the films. Walking around the studio you'll find Hagrid's Hut, Dumbledore's office, the Gryffindor Common room, smaller items such as the golden egg, each of the Horcruxes, a remembrall, the Triwizard cup and so many more! I would have loved to snap as many photos of the smaller objects but that would have taken a very long time especially as my camera kept playing up. If you take a digital camera just make sure you find the right settings because my camera started strobing. The lighting in the studios isn't the greatest, there's so much going on so they have different lightings for different parts of the studio. I ended up taking photos of the bigger set designs, it was my first time visiting so I didn't want to spend all my time looking at everything through my camera. I did get over 100 photos, some turning out to be quite good than expected. We did have quite a lot of people on our day so I managed to keep most heads out of my good shots!




If you plan on visiting around lunch time I would definitely advise bringing a packed lunch. When you've finished walking around the first section of the studio and have finished looking around the Hogwarts Express (which was so brilliant, It felt like I was on platform 9 3/4) there is a café with lots of seating. Our time slot was for 10:00 so by the time we had got to the café it was around lunch time and we were absolutely starving seeing as we left the house at around 7:45 and didn't really have much to eat for breakfast. But we should have bought a packed lunch seeing as there were 5 of us and the food can be quite pricey, as you can expect when you go out on a day trip, but we ended up sharing a few sandwiches. My youngest brother tried a Butterbeer, however he wouldn't recommend trying one, he couldn't even describe the taste. Everyone has their different taste buds so if you want to, go for it! The café is nice way to relax for a bit if you're planning on staying for a longer time, so you can spend as long as you want.




My highlight of the day had to be seeing the huge model of Hogwarts, it was so beautiful, I was spellbound when I saw it and I didn't want to leave the room. The music playing in the background make it even more magical and I admit that I actually had a few tears in my eyes. I think it was because, growing up watching and reading Harry Potter just made it that extra special visiting the place where the films were created. It just hit me how much I really do love these stories, I had a sense of euphoria visiting the studio tour. I highly recommend visiting.



Next on my travel bucket list is Hobbiton.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Shooting Mono

It's been a while since I last posted, actually I think it's been a month to be more precise. But I haven't had much to talk about, nothing much has been going on lately. It's the summer holidays and I'm basically just saving my money for university in September, with the odd outings and then work. So I haven't really been thinking about what I can post, but soon I can guarantee that I'll have a lot more content to post, with lots of photos.


Within my spare time I'm learning to understand my camera more, I only have a Nikon bridge camera so I'm limited to it just being a point and shoot camera. But looking online I've been finding some useful tips on how I can improve my photography with a point and shoot camera and make them look more professional. It is possible, I've took many photos I'm proud of that we're just taken with my Nikon bridge, they look as though they have been taken with a DSLR. Then occasionally I've been making notes of the technical side of photography, learning more about how the DSLR works, using aperture, shutter speed, exposure etc. I may not have the camera in front of me but I'm still learning and preparing myself for turning advanced.


I have expressed this so many times, I really really love black and white photography. I love absolutely everything about it, Ansel Adams was a genius! Black and white photography creates this beautiful, stunning atmosphere, you can have these deep dark shadows and strong contrasts creating a moody raw piece or you can have subtle contrasts between light and dark creating something that's soft and gentle. I'm not much of a fan of bold bright colours, I can find them too distracting, where as when it does come to shooting in colour I love rich tones and darker colours, for example animals with their fur patterns or architectural pieces with old weathered bricks and stone. Unless I'm shooting flowers and plants, if the flower is naturally filled with bright bursts of colour then they work well against a plain not overcrowded background. But there's just something about black and white photography that makes me wow, it works with any type of composition or style of photography, it has personality and character.


I was experimenting yesterday, I love playing guitar and piano and so I thought lets create a new black and white series with instruments. While I can't take control of aperture and other advanced settings on my camera I really lowered the exposure, turned on macro mode and got some great angles using the live view. I left my curtains open because I wanted a natural light in my room, it wasn't sunny so I didn't get any distracting sunlight through. The natural light created a beautiful reflection on the body of the guitar, it set up a really beautiful detail and having a decreased exposure really brought out those beautiful dark tones and shadows. Just using a point and shoot camera really produced something beautiful, but I'm still looking forward till I can start using advanced DSLR's, I can still work in the way which I see photography but I will be able to have more control over the settings.

Have a nice week,

Kayleigh









Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Flowers and Jars


Back again with a new post, I've been thinking about what to write and I've decided that right now I don't need to over plan and wait for something big and exciting to happen. I'm new to blogging and with not too much going on at the moment I just like the fact that I can write about a few things as well as still learn how to use a blog (with the help of YouTube videos). I'm sure that when there's more going on I'll be able to take more exciting photos and write some more posts. Right now it's just about the littlest things and anything I want to write about that inspires me.

Back in April my mum and I got a load of packets of seeds together and gathered a whole load of pots and see how many flowers we can grow. It's now June, it's summer and the weather is promising (at times) and our flowers are already starting to bloom! It's amazing how they started out as a tiny seed and grew into flowers so beautiful. We've grown stocks because you can cut them down when they are starting to flower and you can place them in a vase indoors. I have such a love for jars, as told in my last post, I think they're more unique than your usual vase and not to mention that they are so much more cheaper. You can also personalise them too, I haven't managed to do so to mine yet but I'll be on the look out for any materials I can use. My jar was once full of pasta sauce, so you eat your pasta meal, wash out the jar and there you have it your own jar for flowers!

Our stocks are growing beautifully with a ray of colours blooming, pinks, yellows and purples. It was still tough work though, my mum knew what she was doing though. Re-potting could get a little too delicate as the stems and roots were so small and could break easily. I kept most of the pots on my window sill but occasionally I would forget to water them, but hard work paid off as the stocks are looking beautiful!

All my inspirations can be found here on Pinterest.

Have a lovely week,

Kayleigh


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Here's a little update

It's been a while since I last posted, I've been a little busy getting into the new routine of work and I've been sorting through some stuff. But now things have panned out better I can start working on my blog again. So here's a little update about what I've been up to lately.

So yesterday I went out with the family to Trentham Garden Centre, it's one of my favourite Garden Centre's as it's just huge! It has so much you can do so it's not just your average garden centre. You have the main centre which is full of all sorts, huge displays of garden furniture and then the smaller home and garden decor. There's also a cafe, if you have travelled far and need a break or if you'd like to spend the whole day at Trentham. Then if you walk out of the centre there is a huge outdoor area which in the beautiful weather was just lovely to see the flowers in full bloom. Dotted around the area were these beautiful playhouses, I've never seen anything like them before and my brothers and I just had to take a look inside them. They are so brilliantly built - I should mention the price of each of them but you can probably make a guess of it. My favourite had to be the Hobbit house, I am such a huge fan of The Hobbit and LOTR so when I saw the house you can probably guess my reaction. I didn't manage to take a lot of photos, which is a shame because Trentham is such a lovely place so I could have shown more but for one my main camera has no batteries and I had to cope with my phone camera which can get very irritating. But anyway I did manage to get some of the beautiful playhouses, outside of the main centre is the Trentham shopping village, which has these beautiful little shops from sweets to clothing and with many little gift shops. Also a part of Trentham is their gardens, which I haven't been to yet. But I've been to the monkey forest which was really great, you walk around these paths and there are free mokeys out in the forests walking around or jumping from tree to tree. Trentham is such a lovely place if you're looking for a great day out, if you haven't been then I highly recommend it because there is so much you can do! If you need anymore information or directions just check out their website here.






I almost forgot! Last Friday we found three baby birds in our garden, at first we thought one of the cats may have been out on the hunt and the birds managed to escape from them but after the first one we kept a close eye out on the cats. I heard movement in the garden and under the water butt (same place as the first) was another baby bird. We managed to pick it up and it just sat their in our hands, there were no injuries from the cats so our guess was that it had fallen from a nest. Our Garage is covered in vines and ivy leaves all entwined across the wall and part of the roof which sounds the perfect place for a nest. We weren't sure what to do so we did the same as the other bird and placed it on top of the garage roof. Later on there was a rustling coming from the back of the garden near the bushes, once again I found another bird! So again we did the same and placed it on the garage roof within the leaves. There haven't been anymore since the third so I reckon they're going to be more careful this time, especially when there's four cats on the look out. I was just amazed by the fact that the birds weren't frightened and sat on our hands, I just love everything about being close to nature and wildlife. It's quite amazing what you can find in your own back garden.



Kayleigh

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Monday, 1 June 2015

An Unexpected Feeling

Things seem pretty surreal at the moment, since leaving school it has taken me a long time to eventually have a successful job application. Within a year I had 4 interviews out of a possible 20, the fourth being the successful one. I handed out CV's to many places - not to mention online applications too and every week I felt on edge because I was thinking 'why haven't I had a call back get?', I had a small amount of work experience with a photographer to get me out of the house but still I was feeling the pressure and stress of not yet having that first job. At the start of this year I was panicking about how I was going to afford university, my situation is that I only get just over the minimum amount of loan with no grants because my household is in the highest ranking of earnings. I really don't think it's fair to base this on our parents wages because my parents are certainly not going to pay for everything I need for living costs. So that's when I started panicking because if I wasn't working then how was I going to save up for university. I set myself a plan and I figured out that I could hopefully find something by March so I could start saving. Well that did not happen, but I decided that I couldn't keep feeling stressed as it just wouldn't make things any better.

So last month was when I had that fourth interview and I got a position. I feel like I don't need to go overboard and celebrate, it took a long time to get to this point and I guess it's strange getting used to a new routine. I realise It takes me a while to get used to change, there were a few days where I thought there was something bothering me and I was writing things down trying to figure out what it was. But it's quite simply the fact that my routine is slightly different now and I'm only just getting used to it.

Looking back at when I left school I now feel that I should have looked at the situation differently, I shouldn't have got myself so worked up and stressed out but I guess it doesn't help when I had two certain members of the family making a few comments. It's a tough process but I just kept to what I was doing, every week I would hand out CV's and when I had an interview I really tried my hardest. You can't turn back time but you can always learn from your mistakes, I now know that being patient is the key even if you feel like you have been waiting for ages.

My advice for stressful times is to read about other people who are going through the same situation, it just helps to know that you are not the only one and it can also help to know what their outcome was and how they powered through. I loved reading different blogs and also reading articles about how to improve CV's and how you can make yourself look presentable in interviews. I also took some time out away from the job hunting business and went out and took some photos, drawing, bit of gardening, dog walking and even DIY. It helped just to take my mind off of being stressed with finding work and it meant I had something to do when I didn't have the money or transport to venture out.

Happy 1st June!

Kayleigh

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The Limitation Game

I've finally decided on a blog design! Hurrah! I contacted a few bloggers, got a few tips and finally I decided to go for a simple template with my own header. I'm happy with my blog and I can hopefully stop messing around with the design - I can't help it I'm rather picky when it comes to design. So now I can start thinking about what content I can put in my blog. Being a first time blogger I don't have a lot of adventurous things to blog about at the moment as I haven't got much going on. I'm still on my gap year so it's just a case of work and whatever I get up to at home.

I decided a while back that my blog would have something to do with talking about what inspires me. I chose the title 'An Enthusiasm For' because there are so many little things that I am enthusiastic about even though I come face to face with limitations.  In my last post I mentioned a little about money and transport limitations, if you too are in the same position then you'll know how frustrating it feels, but throughout my gap year I have really been making use of the things that I have already. There were times I would look at my Nikon Bridge camera and think "grrr! Why don't you do much! If only I had a DSLR", obviously I couldn't have just walked into a photography shop and purchased a brand new £300 DSLR - I don't have that kind of money to be going out and spending. So I knew I couldn't give up with my camera as that would look bad and I was surprised that I actually found some settings that I had never used before. Now how about that! I was tempted to give up on my camera but I have stuck with it and I've produced some photos that I'm really happy with.

I remember an article I read on IdeasTap about a photographer, Idil Sukan, who photographs actors and comedians. One of her quotes really stuck out to me -

"Buy a camera – it can be a terrible camera – and don’t buy another camera until you become thick with rage at its limitations. So many young photographers blow their student budget on the best possible camera and don’t appreciate the technical wizardry of what you can do with it. You need to take so many photos with your shitty camera. Then feel free to go shopping. It’s the best moment in the world because you know you deserve it."


I mean what a great piece of advice and that's when I decided to give my camera another go!

So if you're finding yourself in the same situation as me - you're limited with money or transport then my big advice is that things seem ten times worse when you feel down about it. I truly did feel bad, around last year I felt like I was getting nowhere, my problem was that I was having difficulty finding a job and I was super worried that I wouldn't be able to afford university. So the days I wasn't walking around town handing in CV's, at home I was trying my best to keep my mind off of things and keeping myself busy. At home I always find things around the house to do like baking, drawing, reading, learning a new song on the piano or guitar, helping my brother out with art, this just kept my mind at peace. In relation to my last post even just being out in your own garden really does help just to take your mind off of the stress of being limited to what you really want to do.

Finally things are starting to go in the right direction now but I'm still always making use out of the things I have already. I'm so grateful that things are starting to get better, "It might take a year, it might take a day, but what's meant to be will always find it's way".

Kayleigh

Monday, 11 May 2015

The Secret Garden

We don't have a secret garden but I like to think that every garden can be secret. A garden is somewhere private, somewhere you can have your own outdoor space. When the weather is being good I just love to sit out in the garden and relax in the sun. Without the needed transport and money, there are limitations so I can't always venture out of town. So there's days where I will think, 'well the weather is nice so the garden it is', or 'even a walk to the village shops is something'. Also I'll do my bit for the RSPCA and help with dog walking, it's just nice to be outside and be out in the good weather.




We don't have the biggest garden but it's looked after (considering that my youngest brother boots his football around the place), I occasionally help my mum with the gardening potting up the plants however I must say I much prefer taking photos of our garden. When I'm out in the garden I usually hear the familiar call of my cats, when someone is in the garden they are bound to hear you and sit beside you on the bench by the flowers. They never venture too far so you'll ever find them sleeping in the house or around the garden on the garage roof...sleeping.




Every garden is different, whether you like to keep it secret or not. But I'm happy with our garden, it's not too small, not too big and it's somewhere I can practise my outdoor photography. Not to mention it's somewhere my cats can be and I love to see that they probably think it secret too.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Lets Pin

This is one of my random posts where I just want to share with you my obsession with the most amazing site called Pinterest. It's such a fantastic site that allows you to have your own page and create as many inspirational boards as you like. You can pin anything from fashion to food It's such a great way to show people what you are passionate about. Once I discovered Pinterest, which was one day in Sixth Form 2 years ago, I would used to use Pinterest just to pin (and clog up the feed) with loads of celebrity guys I had a crush on. Now things have changed (although I may still pin the odd photo of an actor or footballer) I've began to understand my page and I'm starting to create boards that show the things I am enthusiastic about or the things that inspire me.
https://www.pinterest.com/KayleighAWright/







I love everything about fashion style, home decor, arts and crafts, travel and photography. So I love the concept of Pinterest and how it allows me to find photos and create boards based on different themes. I also love how Pinterest can teach you new things, I mean you can search how to refashion your old jeans or how to create a backdrop in your own living room. It's fantastic! I'm excited everytime I use it. You can even click on a photo you have pinned and it'll take you to the website where the photo came from, I've found many useful blogs just by using Pinterest so you'll always find something new.

If you haven't heard of Pinterest or you have but haven't used it I'd 100% recommend setting up an account. It's very simple, just sign up using your email and then just get stuck into it. You can use it on many devices, I always use Pinterest on my ipad and android, they're always updating new features and it's so easy to use. So the next time you see that large P logo, click it!

Happy Pinning,

Kayleigh


Friday, 24 April 2015

Bloglovin

As I've joined the blogging world I am becoming familiar with many different blogging sites. So I have just signed up with Bloglovin, so please click the link below to follow my blog and keep up to date with new posts!

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Thanks,

Kayleigh

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Learning

I'm learning many new things about blogger, I've kind of learnt how to use CSS and I'm starting to visualise how I want my blog to look. I haven't yet decided on a design, when it comes to something like this It's going to take a while to get it perfect. I have to admit right now I'm not totally happy with my blog design, but I hope that after changing it around a few times (I've already changed it around 3 times) I will have it the way I would like it to be.

If you're like me, new to the blogging world and not really sure on what blog design you want, my plan has been spending my time watching YouTube video tutorials. I feel like I have much more understanding if I watch someone teach me how to let's say add some social media links to a blog. Also look through your favourite bloggers designs, I'm not saying copy their designs but you can always take note of their layouts and use a colour scheme that suits you best.

After I've figured out what design I want I'll start thinking up some content. This is a real challenge for me but I'm enjoying it.

Kayleigh



Sunday, 12 April 2015

Something different

I have said many times that I have always wanted to start a blog, I had once started one and it didn't work as I had no motivation at all. With so much spare time on my hands I have now decided to give blogging another go! I'm not going to put a label on my blog just yet, this is all about letting things flow and sharing whatever inspires me that will hopefully inspire others too. I have many different passions so I'll try to weave in as many as I can into my blog so I can share the things I love.

Firstly I'm going to work on some designs for my blog, I wouldn't say I'm the greatest at this kind of thing but I've got some learning to do and soon I will have a much better layout for my blog. I'll also be working on some new content too, once everything starts flowing I'll be so much comfortable with my blog!

I'll write again soon...

Kayleigh


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