Wednesday, 24 February 2016

London Baby

*inserts little Queens Guard emojis here*

Over a year later I still daydream about my magical 11 days in my all time favourite city - London. It was a place I dreamed about visiting ever since I was a child, and finally I was going. 

From December 23 to 2 January 2015 were spent in the hustle and bustle of London's Christmassy Metropolis. We did everything, from Portobello Road to Covent Garden, from Camden to Clapham. We walked and we tubed, we trained and we bused - and it was perfect.
It was more perfect than my child self could have anticipated. 

My parents have been to London before so it wasn't nearly as exciting as it was for me, so it was decided we were not going to do the major touristy things my parents had already done as they didn't want to do them again and i was and still am certain I will be going back, and maybe even live! 

I suppose now is a good time to say that I am a photography student, so it is fair to say that London got pretty well photographed by yours truly! *inserts too many photographs here*
Buckingham Palace 



Hyde Park on Christmas Day

A Cheeky Squirrel at Hyde Park on Christmas Day

 Portobello Road

Oxford Street 

 Camden Lock

London Eye

Papa waiting to get on the London Eye 

Papa and I on the London Eye 

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

By far my most favourite place is wandering the streets of London oogling the gorgeous houses, riding the tube (I got pretty good at navigating it too - I must be a natural Londoner!), and exploring Londons' vast history!

I still have not ticked everything off my bucket list that I want to do in London but I will achieve more of that next time I'm back. I have even made a little notebook of things I want to see, so I don't forget and I can keep adding new things in that I see that look interesting!

This trip however was not solely London, we also spent 2 weeks in Ireland, Two weeks in Scotland and a week in the Cotswolds with friends. I will hopefully do a post on those destinations as well, because we enjoyed those places immensely as well!

Well I think thats all for this one,
Danielle x 

Monday, 24 August 2015

Was life easier before Social Media?

Social Media is great, Im not going to deny it. I a self proclaimed Instagram lover, and whats a better feeling than getting 50+ likes on your Facebook profile pic? But is social media ruining our lives? Or being able to quickly access the latest and greatest.

It has become this, look at how perfect my life is, look at all these aaaaamazing things I do, and look at where I am in the world. Because lets be honest, you don't put up that you just had a fight with your best friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/parents. Or you failed a uni paper. And the same goes, when you see a picture of someone you thin about how happy they look, or what the photo is showing you, but you cant see what the frame has purposely ignored. You only see what the person wanted to show the viewer.

So why do we do it? why do we fool ourselves into thinking our lives are perfect because our Facebook/Instagram is the proof it is. Life is meant to have ups and downs, good times and bad, otherwise how are you going to learn about the great ordeal of live. We obsess over people that have perfect lives/perfect hair/makeup or they have that 'instagram look'. Because we see other people doing the things we want to do and we suddenly follow them on very social media platforms available. Why can we not be content with our lives and focus on whats going on, and what we want to do. Social Media has this incredible power that if we don't check it ever 5 minutes we might miss out on something, but really we're staring at the same things we did 5 minutes ago.

What are your thoughts and opinons? 
Until next time,

Danielle xx

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

im baaaaaaack!

Oh boy oh boy, its been a long time since I have been on this little blog. So much has happened since my last blog in September last year. Thats 6 flipping months ago. Im sorrrrrrry :/

Our holiday to UK and Ireland was amazing. We had the most incredible time and so many great laughs and saw unbelievably beautiful place!  *inserts photos here*
 Kinsale, Ireland
Ring of Kerry, Ireland
 Wall of Peace, Belfast, Northern Ireland
 Wall of Peace, Belfast, Northern Ireland 
 Inverness, Scotland
 London, England
  London, England

 Roman Baths, Bath
Gorgeous Mama in Bath, England

Pretty much a brief summary of our trip. We were away for a total of 6 weeks. Starting in Dublin, Ireland then through Ireland, Northern Ireland back to Dublin where we flew to Glasgow in Scotland, around Scotland staying in between Edinburgh and Glasgow for a week before travelling south satying in York, and Stamford for a night respectively before having 11 amazing days in London. After that travelling out to the Cotswolds to stay with friends in Cirencester for 6 days and then flying home to little New Zealand.

I feel like travel is something everyone should do at some point in their life as it exposes you to a  different way of how people live their lives. You meet amazing people, and if you travel with people you have memories you hold onto with those people and you will forever find yourself bringing up little snippets of your journey whenever your with them. Travelling definitely makes you a richer person. You become more open, more understanding towards different people than yourself. 
And plus, once you get the bug you want to go everywhere and you want to do it right now. 

Another thing that has happened is I finished my first year of uni! Whoop! Im not halfway through my first semsester of second year and minus the occasional panic attacks I AM LOVING IT! I have made so many more friends in my photography class, who we all share that deep passion of photography and it so nice. There is only about 30 of us so I feel by fourth year we will be so close and all have this really nice relationship with each other. 

Hmmmmm what else has happened? Nothing important I can think of, if it is I will have to make another blog post haha!

Thanks lovelies for reading. Hope you are all having a magical day xx

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Mentally Packing

Im off on holiday at the end of the year to the UK with my parents for 6 weeks, and potentially on an exchange to London too through my university in my third year (Im just finishing my first year)

To say I'm excited is a bit of an understatement. I have started looking at places I want to visit like Blarney Stone, Bath, Harrods in London, Selfridges etc etc. And my shopping wish list is getting pretty long too

I started mentally packing about 4 months ago, a too early one might say but I'm that excited.

I have just decided I am going to buy myself a GoPro so that I can document where we go and our daily adventures. I think it would be pretty fab to look back on and be like oh yeah I remember that, and its a nice way to capture the adventures. I will still be taking my big DSLR, but I really like the fact that the go pro is so small that I can put it in my bag and its no where near as big as my DSLR.

eeeeeeek, LONDON!

Thats all for now,
bye lovelies 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Blogging Inspiration?

I started this blog the beginning of the year with the vision I would be blogging 2-3 times a week. Oh boy did that go out the window quickly.  
A flight back to the big city
My time has been so consumed by university work, and when I do have free time I spend it with friends or watching 5 min youtube videos, or browsing on Facebook. To say the least I am a bit ashamed I have completely forgotten about my blog until today that is, when I was out for a walk with my Mum and Dad (I am home for 2 weeks, yay study break!) I realised I had put my blog in the back of my mind. However it is not the only thing I have stored away, I brought a new camera with all my pennys I had saved plus some because my major is photography, (and since about 2 weeks ago I have added a minor to my degree, which is in journalism.) and I have barely done any personal photography with it, I have used it mostly for filming for one of my papers.

Enjoying the winter sun down at the waterfront 

One thing I am currently struggling to do is decided what I mostly want to talk about, you know how everyone sort of fits into a genre? I dont know what to put myself in to. I think I will have to do a bit of stalking of some other bloggers to get some inspiration.
So I suppose thats all I have for the moment, but fear not, I will be back!
Danielle xx

Friday, 7 March 2014

Moving Out And Growing Up

As my first blog post, Ive decided to tell you a little about my journey to the city.
I have traded my little home town for a big city to further my education (Although living in little old New Zealand the cities are no where near as big as other cities across the globe). I find it so crazy to believe that I no longer live at home with my Mum and Dad and little kitty cats, but for everyone comes that day, and whether you've gone through it, going through it or haven't we all take something special from it. For me it made me realise how much my parents did for me and how much they supported me, how they listened to my endless craziness, and were actually a little bit crazy with me. My parents are so supportive of me and for that I thank them endlessly because I swear without their support I would not be where I am today. 

Being accepted to study a Bachelor of Design with a major in Photography was a dream come true, I have a deep love for photography and general creativeness. My Mum and I share the same passion of being creative and doing up little pieces of furniture and creating new things to put somewhere (to be  honest I think we drive my Dad mental with the constant changing and rearranging of things). Although I may be into creative things at the moment it is not where I want to take my photography. I really want to be a Medical Photographer - this is when people say something along the lines of "Ew, I couldn't stomach that" or "Oh wow... Really?" and look me up and down in disbelief.

My room is the size of a shoebox, Im exaggerating, but it is pretty small compared to the room I had at home (I now have an excuse to stuff things under my bed as storage is limited, hehe). I have put loads of bright colours in my room because the city tends to have a lot of grey, windy and rainy days and plus who doesn't like a nice bright duvet to wake up to in the morning?

I love how in the city everyone is different and everyone is accepted and there is so much to see and do and the city never sleeps. I love to lie awake at night and listen to the sounds of the city. And city lights from a distance is so beautiful. So far on my city bucket list is a train trip somewhere, an outdoor movie down by the waterfront and finding a cute little coffee shop somewhere to spend too much time in.
Thats all for now, catch you all next time,

Danielle xx