Let’s pretend it’s still Sunday and that I’m not late for this post. I actually shoot this picture last week, but I forgot to post it here. Lately, I’ve been having a bad time keeping up with which day is it. Speaking of which, I just had a notification from WordPress telling me that today is Indiellie’s birthday! Oh yes, this little blog has been running for three long years. It feels weird to think about it… so many things changed from the beginning! But I’m really happy with how everything is evolving lately.
Happy birthday, dear blog!
For how long did you have your blog? How much did your blog change since you first started? Leave a comment below sharing your story!
Let’s be honest for a moment, here. Who never had a writer’s block when it comes to blogging? I’m the first to admit I had it a lot of times, and I still do, even if less than before. Unfortunately there’s no magic potion to help you overcome your writer’s block, but there are a few things you can do to try and get over it.
Go outside –As bloggers, it’s normal to keep looking for new post ideas. But sometimes we just stay in our room, waiting for a great idea to find us. Even if sometimes it may happen to you to just get hit by a genius subject to write about, it’s more likely that you’re gonna just wait and wait and get frustrated when nothing comes to your mind. So just put on your shoes and go outside! Because, guess what? Nothing new will probably happen to you while you’re still at home. Enjoy the fresh air, the sun or even the rain! You can take your camera with you and take some picture for a nice photography post. Or maybe you will find a new corner of the city where you’ve never been before. Inspiration is everywhere!
Talk to someone –When you can find anything new to write about, talking with a friend (or even a stranger, sometimes) may give you the right inspiration. Just be open about it. Admit that you’re struggling with a writer’s block and ask for help. Two minds are stronger than one.
Take a shower – I don’t know about you, but I seem to always have the greatest ideas while I’m taking a shower. It can go from the perfect answer for a conversation I had days before (I’m not the only one, right?), to what gift I should get for someone’s birthday, to blog posts ideas. So, when you feel you’re getting frustrating, instead of looking at a blank page on your laptop or start scrolling on social networks, just go take a shower. It will refresh you and, hopefully, some good ideas will come out of it.
Read other people blogs –And by this I don’t mean in any way “copy other people’s blogs”. But who knows, you may find some inspiration in other people’s words. Also, you can also put together a list of great posts to read around a subject, or suggest your readers some new blogs to read!
Re-focus –If you still can’t find anything to write in your blog, it may be because the main topic of your blog doesn’t inspire you anymore. It’s okay to change things up, really! So don’t be afraid of re-focusing your blog based on your interests.
What do you like to do when you have writer’s block? Leave a comment below!
I know we already talked about street art last week, but when I saw this little guy painted on a wall I couldn’t help but take a picture of it. I really like finding little pieces of art like this one when I’m going to school.
This week I’ve also been nominated for another Liebster Award by the sweet Sibyl Biscuit of Il disordine del mio cassetto. I was really happy to read her message and I’d like to thank her so much for thinking of me! I decided that this time I won’t do a post about it since I already did it four times! You can read the other posts here.
Personally I love these blogging awards! What about you? Leave a comment below!
As you may know, my birthday was a few weeks ago. Stitch decided to surprise me with this awesome action camera, the Polaroid Cube. You can’t even imagine my happiness when I opened the present and saw this cute little buddy.
I saw the Polaroid Cube for the first time on Photojojo, and it did catch my curiosity right away.
This little action camera is available in three colors: blue like mine, red and black. I think they’re all really cute! I called mine Polly because, you know, I have this little obsession where I have to give a name to everything valuable to me.
Here are the specifications for this camera, which I found on the official Polaroid Cube page:
The cube is really tiny, only 35mm
Splash-resistant, shockproof and mountable
Resolution: 720p or 1080p
MicroSD up to 32GB – sold separately
Magnet bottom to stick it to every metal surface
Takes both still photos and videos
Audio: built-in microphone
One USB port
The first thing you need to know about the Polaroid Cube is that, even if it is an action camera, it’s just not a GoPro. The GoPro quality is way better than the quality of the Cube, so don’t buy it expecting the same results. The quality of the pictures took with the Cube is pretty similar to the one of most phones now days. But, even said that, in my opinion the Polaroid Cube is still a great camera. It reacts pretty well to the changes of light and I’ve been able to shoot even in the dark.
One of the thing I probably love the most about the Polaroid Cube is how tiny it is. I literally take it everywhere with me, and every time I take it out of my pocket or my bag to shoot a few pictures, everybody around me always get so excited about it. I get asked a lot what is it, and how it works.
Also, I’m really in love with the wide-angle, which sometimes almost looks like a fish-eye (take a look at the examples at the bottom of this post).
There are a few accessories available for the Polaroid Cube, which are sold separately. I bought the waterproof case with its suction mount, that you can see in the photo above. I think it will be really fun to take some videos and pictures underwater next summer! I didn’t try it yet, but I read some great reviews about it. Also, I read that even if the Cube should be splash resistant, some people said their camera wasn’t working anymore after just a few splashes. Now, I don’t know what is their sense of splashing, but I’m not risking it for sure!
Another think that you will have to buy separately if you decide to spend on this tiny camera, is the microSD card. However, you can find some not-so-expensive ones online, so I guess it’s not that big deal.
To connect the camera to your computer and download the pictures and videos you took, you just have to remove the cap on the back of the camera and use the USB cable that comes with it. From your computer you will also be able to adjust a few things, like the sound of the camera (it normally beeps when you turn it on and off, which I didn’t like, so I muted it). In the back of the camera, you will also have the possibility to switch the resolution between 720p and 1080p. Since my SD card is 16GB, I always let it on 1080p.
I tried to shoot some videos with this camera and I have to say I was positively impressed with them. Once again, it’s not like a GoPro, but considering the price and how tiny it is, I think it does its job. If you’re filming while walking or while doing another activity, the video will probably shake a lot. Here is a video that shows the difference between a GoPro and the Polaroid Cube: you will notice how the GoPro is way more stable than the Polaroid Cube. However, I took some videos with Stitch, walking around the house and talking, and they looked good enough for me. I also took a video during a little party we had in our apartment in Fribourg. I put the Cube in an angle and let it there filming. The wide-angle did a great job in showing all the place, and I then sped up the video with iMovie. I decided not to show you an example of the videos I took just because they all have other people in it, but if you are interested, just let me know in the comments below. In the meantime, here’s another video example you can watch.
Here are three little examples of pictures I took with my little Polly. The one with Owly was taken in my room, with only artificial light.
To sum it up, I do think this camera is really cute and playful to take around all the time. If you’re looking for a serious action camera, I’d suggest you spend something more and get a GoPro or another camera like that. But if you just want to have fun and have a new little pocket-friend, the Polaroid Cube is the one for you!
If you have any question about the Polaroid Cube or you would like to see more about it, let a comment below!
Let’s admit it right away: this week’s Instax is way better than the last one. The weather was on my side, this time. This is a really nice and colorful graffiti just a minute from my apartment in Fribourg.
This week I finally finished my Bachelor paper. I put a lot of effort into it, and I’m proud of the result. Hopefully, the professors that will evaluate it will think the same. I already feel much better now that it’s done, even though I know there is still a lot coming on…
Do you like graffiti or do you think the city walls should stay clean? Leave a comment below!
Last week the lovely Novellette nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I was really excited about it and I want to thank her again soooo much! If you don’t know Novellette’s blog, you should totally check it out. She’s really inspiring and I love her writing style!
But let’s go ahead with the Award. Here’re the rules – and for once, I’ll try to stick to them:
Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.
Answer the ten questions your nominator has provided.
Nominate ten other bloggers and share the love!
Finally, create ten questions of your own to ask your nominees and notify them of their nomination!
1. What’s your favourite film? I do love a lot of movies and it’s really hard for me to pick just one. The Lion King and Mary Poppins are at the top of my list, but I’d also like to share my love for The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Saving Mr. Banks.
2. If you could go anywhere in the world with anyone in the world right now, where would you go and who would you take? I would go back to Canada, and maybe this time travel a bit more. No hesitation on who I would like to come with me: my boyfriend!
3. What language have you always wanted to learn? I’d love to speak (and write!) a better English… But if we’re talking about learning from the beginning, I think I would choose Hawaiian. I’m not sure why, I guess I just really love the sound of it. I could listen to No Mele No Lilo all day long.
4. Are you a Disney fan? No. I’m the Disney fan. I love, love, love everything Disney related and I still get really excited if I get to watch a Disney Classic.
5. Besides blogging, what are some of your hobbies? You probably already know about my love for photography. The other, and even bigger, passion of my life is music. I’ve been in a choir since I was 7 years old and it became my second family. I don’t know who I would be without it.
6. What’s the last song you listened to?Elenore by The Turtles.
7. What’s your biggest fear? Being killed by a spider. And growing old alone.
8. Who was your first celebrity crush? I’m not sure about it, but I think it was for Paul Walker (I still don’t believe he’s really gone…). However, as a child I had a huge crush on Simba.
9. What was your last dream about? I was playing darts, but my hands were really weak and I couldn’t throw the darts. They kept falling on the floor. It was really frustrating. And yes, I did actually play the evening before.
10. What was your favourite TV show as a kid? Pokemon all the way! I still hope to get a Charmander one day!
I really miss the week I spent in London with my boyfriend. It was great and we visited a lot of different places. Hyde Park was one of my favorite spots in London. The animals, the trees… everything about it make it so relaxing.
What is your favorite place to go when you need to step out from the world? Leave a comment below!
I took this photo while I was heading to school, the other day. I was in a rush and I didn’t have the time to wait to see if the picture came out how I wanted it to be. Unfortunately, when it ended to develop, I realized it came out a bit too dark. I wanted to come back and shoot it again, but the weather wasn’t on my side. So I decided to post it anyway, and if you can’t tell, those are bikes. Lots of bikes.
Anyway. Can you guess where I have been shopping last Friday? Yes, LUSH! Last week I did some highlights on my hair, but they came out way too… light. I read on this blog about LUSH’s Henna product and, since I am a big LUSH lover, I decided to give it a try. I can’t tell you how it came out yet because I have the product on my hair right now, and I still have a few hours to go. Hopefully nobody will call me “blondie” again. I really hope I’ll soon be able to write a little review about it.
I never come out of LUSH with just one product on my bag, and this time was no exception. Actually, I think I never spent that much… But I felt like my hair really needed some more care. And let’s be honest, the guy that sold me everything is just the greatest seller I’ve ever met. At least, today I finally filled my customer card, meaning that next time I’ll get a discount. Yay!
I’m really excited to try all my new products. Hopefully, they’ll work as good as they’ve been s0ld to me!
What are your favorites natural products? Leave a comment below!
As you know, lately I’ve decided to make some changes with the blog by trying to commit to it more. What you may not know, however, is that I’m planning to make a big change in my life too. After my bachelor degree, which I will get in few months, I decided to end my university studies and find a job. I’m really looking forward to it, but at the same time I must confess that this big step also scares me a little.
We all know how changes can be scary, and because of that sometimes we tend to forget that they can also be really good.
Challenge yourself: you can totally see a change as a great new adventure where you will have to push yourself. This also means that when you will succeed in it – and I’m sure you will – you will feel a sense of accomplishment. Isn’t that a good way to get even more motivated?
Break the circle: yes, routines can make you feel protected, but they can also be really boring. Stepping of your comfort zone may be the only way to find out how many things you’re missing out. Don’t be afraid!
Open a new door: when you decide do make a change you may feel like you’re giving up what you already have. But every time you close a door, there is a new one that opens before you. So walk that door and enjoy everything that you will find behind it. You could be surprised how amazing this new journey can be.
Get some perspective: making a change can also make you realize how much what you were doing before may have been a limitation for you and your creativity. It’s only by going through something new that you can look back with another point of view and put everything you’ve done until then into perspective.
And if it doesn’t work… It could happen: maybe your big change turns out to be not that great how you imagined it. Well, don’t give up just yet! Maybe you just walked the wrong door. Go back and try again!
How can changes be good for you? Leave a comment below!