Immediate Action Required

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Things have been a little bit crazy the past few days and my neurosis is slowly but surely creeping up to the surface. I am getting unnecessarily overwhelmed with the amount of things I need to do because my thoughts are all over the place. 

Uni has been so intense as deadlines are coming up and dissertation is rearing its ugly head. And I realized that I am so incredibly lacking in time management skills. But enough of this whole whining thing, right?

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So here’s what I’m planning to do:

1. Make more coffee
It’s good for you. Like, seriously good for your body - polyphenols and all that - they reduce inflammation and this is a real scientific fact, PLUS they actually keep you awake and give you the best buzz. 

2. Wake up earlier
More time —> more things done —> less neurosis. What do we think? I think yes.

3. Set deadlines for myself
Now hopefully these deadlines will push me to get off my ass and start doing things. No more procrastination and no more Netflix (maybe a little, but it’s ok, baby steps).

As the title says… immediate action required. I guess panic and fear can be a good thing - they signal a message that an action needs to be taken. Ok, I hear ya. Will get off my ass now.

Dealing with Rejection

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One of the things I discovered since I started this business is rejection is an essential part of the journey. It’s not just about mastering how to not take no for an answer, its also about knowing how to take no for an answer when move on to the next thing.

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Being rejected sucks. I’ve experienced it plenty of times when asking for work opportunities. It’s hard not to take it personally and not doubt the quality of your work. But while it’s important to keep a regular check on your work, it’s also equally important to remind yourself that you can’t please everybody, i.e. your work is not going to be to everybody’s taste (especially if you’re doing something creative!). Sometimes rejection can even save you from working with someone you probably would not get along with. Or it can even lead you to better things, as cliche as it sounds. And I hate cliches.

But there’s another aspect to it. Rejection filters out who’s really keen from who isn’t. It doesn’t hurt to come back to them and show your persistence and flexibility because really, you have nothing to lose. If they find it annoying then I guess they find it annoying! But since most interactions (i.e the initial stages of job opportunities) these days are done online anyway, you’re probably not going to have to ever see them in real life (or if you have, you won’t have to see them every again!). But seriously, the worst thing that can happen is probably not even that bad. So if you can just conquer that fear and take an action, you’ll find that (1) you’re a lot braver than you thought you were; and (2) you might give yourself new opportunities you didn’t think possible.

I hope you find this helpful!

Jess x

What I've Learned So Far from My Business...

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It’s strange to think that I’ve been doing this for two years now. I think it’s obvious to say that it hasn’t always been so easy. Things do not always go the way I’d like and I find myself wondering from time to time why I’m still doing this. Is it worth it? Is it ever going to be as successful as I’d imagined?

Every now and then though, I get lucky and get blessed with amazing opportunities to work with wonderful people and that keeps me going - not just because of the tangible reward, but because I realize that I have learned a lot from this little venture.

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1. Time management is key
Between uni assignments, reading materials, and this little business, sometimes I find it difficult to stay on top of everything. How do I create content when I'm supposed to be writing a 2500 word essay? It's difficult, but it's doable. I find that I get distracted so easily. I don't pay attention to how much time I waste on YouTube, Netflix, or whatever. When I cut these things out, or at least reduce the amount of time I spend on them, I find that I actually can get more stuff done. Duh.

2. Be consistent and keep creating
A big component in staying relevant is putting out content consistently. This gets difficult as not only do I feel like I don't have time sometimes, but I also get creative block pretty regularly. I think the best thing to do is when you're feeling inspired, create as much as you can. This way you can stock up for those rainy days. In one of her videos Jenn Im from Clothes Encounters brought up an interesting point (I think she got this from someone else!) - creativity is like a muscle and you need to exercise this muscle everyday and even when you're not in the mood or you're not feeling 100% you need to force yourself to do it. Train yourself to create consistently because your body is just a mechanical vessel for your mind.

3. Work smart
We all know that it's important to work hard, but it's more important to work smart. Again, I have fallen prey to this time and time again. I end up feeling burned out without actually getting much done when what I need to do is to be efficient and effective with what I do, and essentially just work smart. Quality over quantity.

4. Do not compare yourself to others
Oh boy. I do this pretty much every single day, multiple times a day. It's exhausting. All I can say is that not only does it make me hate what I do, it also feeds my insecurity. I try to focus on what I like and do what I do. I can't say I've mastered this one quite yet, but I'm aware of it and I'm doing something about it now.

5. Always be eager to learn
As with everything else, there is always something new to learn in this field. At the end of the day, this is about how to constantly better myself so I can produce something my customers enjoy. And I know that I will not be able to do that if I refuse to improve myself and be willing to learn.

6. Be open-minded
This is somewhat similar to the previous point. Sometimes I get really stubborn and without realizing I get stuck in my old, ineffective ways. Whenever I catch myself doing that I remind myself that being adaptable to changes is one of the most important things in life and one way to do that is by being open-minded! 

7. Try something new
Now this is something I've been trying to do more and more. As I said before I do get my fair share of creative block and I end up creating nothing because I feel like I've tried everything and it's not working, or it simply does not feel right. Yes it's good to stay true to your style or business model, but it's equally important to remember that change can be good!

I'm way too familiar with that feeling of being stuck or uninspired so writing this has given me some comfort I guess. I hope you gain something from this post! And if you don't, I hope it was still an entertaining read ;) Until next time!

Jess x

Making Your Space a Home + Giveaway!

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For the longest time I refused to decorate my apartment because I knew that I would probably move to new place in the not-so-distant future and so what was the point?!

Faulty logic! Well at least for me. It worked for a long time but as soon as I started putting up prints and paintings and creating a mood board... well it's safe to say I am now a convert. Despite this newfound love of decorating my space I still have to keep in mind that I am on a budget - what with being a full-time student and having a small business.

One thing that can really amp up your space is a plant. Yup. I went to The Attendant last Sunday in Shoreditch and they had the most beautiful interior - very much industrial-themed with lots of plants everywhere. So the little spontaneous side of me decided that I should go via Columbia Flower Market on my way home to get myself a 'hanging leaves plant' (yeah I have no idea what they're really called). I got it for £6 and it instantly spruced up my apartment! What a bargain (I really did expect it to cost a lot more).

I'm lucky that I actually make prints to earn money so I get to use those to decorate my space, but what I've been doing lately is just ripping pages off of magazines and creating a mood board with them. The challenge is to make it look aesthetically pleasing but that's what makes it fun!

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my decorating process

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I have now expanded my project and my art space. Inspired by so many Instagram photos floating around my explore page, I am now slowly turning my bedroom wall into a massive mood board - a win-win for me. There are so many things I can't be asked to do and one of them is buying frames and hanging them on my wall. I thought, 'masking tape will do'. Most importantly, it costs me nothing.

So now, if you're still reading this and you've been inspired to also decorate your space and make it more homey, I think I can help. I'm doing a giveaway of one of my prints!

Entry requirements:
1. Go to my Instagram
2. Repost my photo (one with details of this giveaway) and tag me
3. Must follow my Instagram

That's it. Simple enough I think. I'll be giving away one of the prints from my latest collection, the one featured in the pictures above, click here for a closer look. 

I hope you're as excited about this as I am! Cannot wait to see your entries!

Jess x

All About Gifting

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It's finally here! My wrapping paper arrived a couple of days ago and I could not be more excited. So to get all the self-plug out of the way, here are the deets...

It's a double-sided A2 wrapping paper with a 'you're the best' lettering on one side and a palm leaf pattern on the other. There. Oh and it happens to match my newly released birthday card which you can check out here. Aaaand if you like the look of the two together, you can get them as a bundle at a special price which you can do here! Ok so now that all the plugging is out of the way we can move on to the ideas part!

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I hope this gives you some ideas if you're thinking of buying someone a special present! There's nothing quite like putting a smile on someone's face.

Jess x

Current Wishlist...

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Currently on the hunt for all of the above.

Autumn is approaching and seeing as I have not bought myself a new coat in a while now I thought maybe now is the time to do that? I'm not so sure how accurate this is though, sometimes my memory fails me in a desperate attempt to talk myself into going shopping. A good black coat will always have a special place in my heart but I thought maybe a camel coat could be a nice addition to my wardrobe. 

As for shoes... I'm obsessed about pointed shoes and kitten heels (and mid heels too). I find them really feminine and elegant. So I am currently looking for pointed shoes with kitten or mid heels that are not too painful to walk in. Any suggestions please send them my way!

Jess x

 

Injecting a little color

I love a bit of color. Not so much when it comes to what I wear (although I have found myself adding a bit of red into my wardrobe), but definitely when it comes to my work (and mostly my viewing pleasure on Instagram) I like to see a pop of pink and all the pastel goodness. So I've been experimenting with that quite a bit... and recently when I was just flipping through an old sketchbook of mine that I had back in high school, I remembered how much I used to love just doodling in between classes, and sometimes in the middle of them. They weren't great sketches, because I suck at drawing. But they were alright, they were fun. I would go on Pinterest to look for inspiration and then I would try to copy the ones that I liked. And again, they weren't the best, but they were good enough for me. 

And it's fun playing with watercolor, doing a bit of painting and drawing here and there. I find it quite therapeutic. You get to zone out just for a bit and absorb yourself in your drawing and just be in the moment. And the colors - they really can cheer up a gloomy day.

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And it's inspired me to incorporate a bit more illustration into my work. Add a pop of pink or yellow or whatever here and there, maybe it'll cheer up your day too! 

Jess x

Wear whatever you want!

Like most girls, I am very much into clothes and put (maybe a bit too much) thought and effort into what I wear. I have always always hated being told what's ok to wear and what's not ok to wear. I know that seems very trivial... but I see this as a way of expressing myself. That might sound like an exaggeration, but I'm not really sure if there are any other ways of saying it without sounding dramatic. Haha!

But all joking aside, I do feel like when I look good, I feel good. And I only feel like I look good when I know that I like what I am wearing. Is that shallow? Maybe. But I don't think there's anything wrong in wanting to look the best you can. It will positively affect your confidence level and that's one step closer to feeling good, feeling like you've got this.

So this post is dedicated to........ anyone who understands what I'm talking about. Anyone who just loves clothes in general (and maybe even has a bit of a shopping problem like I do). 

Let me know your thoughts!

Jess x

Creating something out of nothing

Imagination - it can be both scary and powerful.

Sometimes we let our imagination run a little bit too wild, and we end up where we never wanted to be in the first place. We end up overthinking and overanalyzing things, creating a drama that's entirely in our head.

But a childlike imagination on the other hand... is something we should never let go of in my opinion. Looking at the world through a child's eyes is something I wish I didn't have to work so hard to do. Because somewhere along the way you feel reality kicking in and that it does not make as much sense anymore to keep your childlike imagination alive.

Imagination breeds creativity, but it takes practice. I often struggle to create content precisely because I get so stuck in my own ways that it becomes difficult to think outside the box. So I have to keep reminding myself to be open to things - whatever they may be. I'd like to think that I am, but in reality it's not always the case (because I'm so stubborn teehee).

But allowing yourself to be open to possibilities, and allowing yourself to indulge in your imagination, it makes you realize that there are opportunities out there - you just don't work hard enough to see them. At least that's what I think.

Until next time!

Jess x

Staying sane

In all parts of the world there seems to be something crazy going on everyday. Now add that to your own life's petty little problems. It gets overwhelming sometimes. I get so emotionally invested in so many things it's ridiculous. And when I'm emotional, I know I tend to do or say things I would usually refrain from under normal circumstances.

Sometimes I don't really give a shit and I'll just give in to the emotions because I am only a human being. A good cry is sometimes all I need. But most of the time I would like to be a little bit more in control of my emotions. I find that staying calm is key and a podcast I discovered not too long ago has been sooo helpful in soothing my emotions. It is On Being with Krista Tippett. One main reason why I love it so much is because she has the most calming, soothing voice imaginable. No kidding. She makes me feel like if you stay focused and calm everything is going to be okay. But that's just one factor - it's not just her voice of course. Most of all, she has such a wonderful and thoughtful content. Conversations with thinkers, philosophers, scientists, you name it, that make you really think about the complexity of life. My favorite episode is by far the one with Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant - Resilience After Unimaginable Loss. You may know her as the COO of Facebook. A while back she lost her husband so suddenly and without any warning. Hearing her story just makes you realize how resilient human beings can be. I cannot do it justice by talking about it myself so I highly highly suggest you check it our for yourself!

Currently I'm also thoroughly enjoying the book How to be a Stoic. The premise of this book is, as you can probably tell, how to live more within the philosophy of Stoicism. I'm not done with the book yet so there's not much I can write about it, but one thing I'm sure of is that it teaches you to see things from a different perspective and to not be so wrapped up in your own little bubble. At times like this it's so important to keep this mentality to help us empathize with people that may not necessarily share the same background as us. Because maybe a bit of compassion is all we need.

I do hope that this is helpful for some of you and any book/podcast/whatever recommendations are welcome! Until next time!

Jess x 

Vibes

This whole business was built out of desperation for money. I was really upset one day coming home to a pile of bills that I could not pay at the time because my money hadn't come through. I allowed myself some time to go into full panic mode but then I thought maybe I should actually do something about it. But that's not what this post is about.

Now that I've been doing this for some time, some of my driving motivation to keep going is still financial, but I've also come to realize that perhaps this space can be used to serve a better purpose. I get requests for custom prints and people seem to respond well to a bit of motivational quotes here and there. Recently an Instagram follower asked me to write a quote for her to post on Instagram - not a custom print order, but it did make me happy that my little space on social media can put a smile on someone's face.

I think that's how I want the space to be - a positive one that leaves a smile on your face. How corny. But all joking aside, yeah that'd be great. So if any of you have requests or quotes you'd like me to write please send them my way and I'll be sure to share them!

Jess x

Inspiration

Inspiration. Where and how to find it?! I'm not quite sure if I can call myself a creative; I feel somewhat unqualified. But as someone who produces content on the internet on a pretty regular basis, I find that inspiration often escapes me when I need it the most.

As I was brainstorming for this post (that's right, looking for inspiration to write about inspiration), I realized that the things I find helpful for getting ideas do not involve the internet. No this isn't some kind of a groundbreaking epiphany, but I have to admit that being constantly glued to my phone and laptop, it's quite a nice reminder that there is so much going on beyond our phones and laptops - and it is so so so lovely to have that peace and quiet.

1. Good ol' magazines
I used to love collecting magazines. But as I got older I started feeling less inclined to keep buying magazines because I learned from experience that those magazines would only pile up, take up so much space, and just end up being a huge waste. So now I restrain myself a bit more when it comes to buying magazines. But every now and again I make exceptions because there is nothing quite like turning over pages of a magazine with beautiful visuals - ones that you can turn into a clipping or put up on a mood board. If you're lucky you'll find inspiration in them, but if you're not, at least you're up to date on what's hot this month.

2. Go outside
And by this I mean go out and be in the moment, bask in the beauty of wherever you are, and put the phone away even if just for a little bit. It doesn't have to be a deliberate adventure, even if it means going for a short walk in the park, it's nice to get some fresh air. I know when I'm having one of those meltdowns I'm guilty of locking myself up in my apartment because it feels good in the short run but I know for a fact that when I go outside and get my camera out I'll feel better. Sometimes the pictures turn out nice and they'll even give me a few ideas. 

3. Leave it
As in leave whatever it is you're doing or trying to do. This is one of the points I got from reading Mastery by Robert Greene. You get frustrated because you've put in hours and hours of work but for some reason you're not getting any results. You've tried everything you can think of but still, you've got nothing. There is a famous story about Mendeleev, the scientist behind the periodic table, who solved his puzzle in his dream. Literally. Sometimes the reason why we're not going anywhere is not because we're not working hard, but because we just need a break, let the brain do its thing, and the answer will come to you at the most unexpected time.

4. Trust your instincts
Quite a difficult thing to do especially today, since we're exposed to constant judgment and criticism on the internet. But comparing yourself to others is only useful to a certain degree, mostly it's just toxic. If you've put in all the work, and you feel happy with your work, there's no reason not to trust yourself and your instincts that it's going to do its magic. And even if it doesn't, there's always a next time.

I hope this little post is helpful! Now I'm off to look for some more inspiration. Bye bye.

Jess x

Today's thoughts...

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Picture by Cathy Wang

'Keep your identity small,' said investor Paul Graham. If you've read my previous post about my favorite books, then you'll know that I'm currently reading Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday. I'm very much enjoying this book and I'm really bummed that it's coming to an end. There's so much wisdom in it that I feel like I have to keep this on my perpetual reading list. 

'Make it about the work and the principles behind it.' This specific chapter that I'm talking about focuses on how people tend to be blinded by the narrative they tell themselves of a grand vision of their work, of a success story, of a fantasy they'd like to live in. Nothing wrong with dreaming big, except that most of us can lose sight of what really matters and what brought us here in the first place - our work

I know for a fact that the lure of this fantasy makes me forget about what I'm really supposed to be focusing on. No it's not just about the numbers, the likes, et cetera, it's about setting a Standard of Performance, as the football coach Bill Walsh put it. Making sure that you know what needs to be done, when, and how; making sure that you deliver - that is what's important. Instilling these standards will keep you grounded.

It all sounds great... but just like (most) everything else it's easier said than done. But what helps me is that when I get exasperated that this seems to be going nowhere, I switch off my business mode and just grab my brush and do it to relax my mind, and then I remember that I actually love creating creative content and that should be my focus.

So for now, I'm going to finish off this book and try to actually apply it to my life instead of just talking about it. And if you have any book recommendations please send them my way!

Jess x

Some of My Favorite Books

Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do. I remember swallowing books after books as a young girl, which usually comprise of teenage romance novels. Yep I was guilty of that. I still enjoy fiction today, I thought Sputnik Sweetheart was one of the best books I've ever read. But somewhere along the way I started gravitating more towards non-fiction. I must admit though that I haven't done so much of it for a while, mainly because I got quite fed up with reading as uni reading materials kept piling up. I suppose time management is key (and I'm really still struggling with that) - but that's a story for another day!

My favorite book of all time is no doubt Mastery by Robert Greene. It is a very in-depth analysis of what makes some of the most successful people on this earth as successful as they are, and how they got to this point. In here you'll find stories about all time greats such as Mozart, Darwin, and Ford to name a few. A truly inspiring book, I'd highly recommend this to anyone who needs a bit of a push in the right direction.

A book I'm reading right now is Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday. I'm about halfway through the book but I can tell you that it's gold. We think that ego comes in only one form, but it really peeks through when we go down the rabbit hole of overanalyzing and overthinking. Really really eye-opening and I'm enjoying reading it so far.

That brings me to my next favorite which is The Obstacle Is the Way by the same author. I've been meaning to give this another read because I just remember feeling very determined and inspired after reading it. I think that's the kind of feeling I'm looking for when I read this kind of book - it may sound corny I know but I like to think that reading is a tool to gain knowledge and learn more about the world as well as about yourself.

These three books have the same kind of style, which I guess makes sense because Greene was, or maybe still is, Holiday's mentor. There is a storytelling narrative to it that is followed by an analysis of these characters' behaviors and how their behaviors helped or did not help them to accomplish something.

I think I will revisit a book by Greene that for some reason I never finished. And then I will be on the hunt for a new book, so any recommendation is welcome!

Jess x

 

My Lettering Kit

So I thought I’d share what tools I use to do my lettering/calligraphy in case anyone is interested. There really is not much to it - all you really need is just a piece of paper and a pen, essentially. But I do find that using a brush and an ink does help give that extra touch.

Depending on what kind of style you’re after, you can use a simple marker, a pen, or as mentioned before, a brush and an ink. I'd suggest a brush for something more bold, and a thinner nib/brush for something more delicate and soft.

1. Marker (finer nibs)
When I want something very fine and delicate, I always use my Uni Pin Fine Line pen, which comes in five different tip sizes. It's good for when you want a smaller handwriting, and it gives that grip and control that you need. Size 0.1 is usually too fine for me, so I tend to go for 0.2 or 0.3. 

2. Marker (thicker nibs)
When I want something that has the practicality of a marker but has that somewhat brush-like quality, I reach for my Tombow Dual Brush Pen. It doesn't give exactly the same effect as a brush, but there's a certain boldness to it which I do like. The nib is quite thick so keep in mind that your handwriting is going to be a bit bulky.

The last bit below is written with the other finer end of the pen.

The last bit below is written with the other finer end of the pen.

3. Brush and ink
This is probably my favorite way to do it. Of course it goes without saying that the thinner the brush, the more delicate your handwriting is going to be. Depending on what kind of effect you want, you can get different brush sizes. I personally love to use a very fine brush because I find that it works well for both delicate lettering as well as a more bold one. If I want a bolder effect I can just press on it a bit more firmly. I do sometimes turn to a bigger brush if I want to make something in bold capital letters, for example. My favorite ink is the PH Martin Ink.

This print is available on my shop page.

This print is available on my shop page.

4. Gold paint
When I want to play around with gold ink, I always reach for my Finetec Pearl Metallics Ink Palette and it never disappoints. It's very easy to use, just add a dab of water to your palette and you're ready to go. You can either use a calligraphy pen or a brush, again depending on what kind of result you're after.

Print available on my shop page

Print available on my shop page

Print available on my shop page.

Print available on my shop page.

So there you go! I've included all the links to shop the products mentioned, but if you're wondering where to go for calligraphy or art supplies, I recommend London Graphic Centre, Cass Art, or quilllondon.com.

Hope this is helpful!

Jess x

Brighton

As I sit down to write this post I remember an episode of one of my favorite podcasts, On Being, titled The Science of Healing Places. I cannot do it justice with my inadequate description of the episode but one takeaway message from it was that sometimes a change of scenery can bring in new perspectives and take the stress away. Places can heal. They take you back, they inspire, possibly open you up to new possibilities.

I love traveling, every part of it. Going to the airport or the station, getting on the plane, or on the train, basking in the glory of new adventures waiting ahead. 

I wasn't so sure what the purpose of this blogpost was. How does it go with my lettering business, is it even irrelevant? But screw it, I guess. I overthink things sometimes. I love taking pictures and if it's not relevant to calligraphy or lettering then who cares. I still love going places and taking pictures of the places that I go to and I'm going to share them here anyway.

A whole day spent under the sun was exactly what I needed, even though the sunburn that followed was not quite so pleasant. But hey it gave me a bit of color. Didn't really expect it to be as hot as it turned out to be but what a beautiful day it was. Should have worn more SPF but..... at least the pictures turned out ok!

Jess x

Kew Garden Adventure

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About a month ago my friends and I went to Kew Garden and spent the whole day basking in the sun and taking a bunch of pictures. The first time I went to Kew I was only there for a couple of hours so there was not much exploring going on.

This time around, we were there for at least 6 hours and there was a lot of walking involved. And even then I think we still only covered maybe about half of the whole place? Pictures were taken and I thought I'd share with you some of them :)

Hope you enjoy! If you want to know how I edit my photos, click here! And a new photographic print from this adventure is available for sale - click here to check it out!

Jess x

How I Edit My Photos

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I know - I spend a bit too much time on Instagram, and put a bit too much effort into the pictures I upload. I'm a lowkey aspiring photographer with zero skills and experience, so Instagram is my only creative outlet :p

So if any one of you is interested in learning about the (not-at-all-complicated) process of how I upload my photos, then keep reading!

 

1. Camera
I only rely on two devices - my iPhone 6 or my trusty Canon 600D. An iPhone camera is more than enough, but it does not always deliver the best quality photos, especially when the lighting is a bit dodgy. So for uber sharp photos, I turn to my Canon camera. I then transfer the photo from the camera, to my laptop, and to my phone.

2. Lighting
Lighting is key, and natural lighting is the best thing for your photos (especially selfies :') ). I really only shot my flatlays when the sun is out, because when it's gray and dark outside, my photos tend to go grainy. Natural lighting also lets you get away with less editing.

3. Editing
I'm very lazy. Seriously, I am. So don't expect a fancy editing process from me. I really only use VSCO most of the time, but I recently installed Lightroom on my laptop and I'm learning how to use it. It's quite user friendly, and adjusting the contrast, exposure, saturation, etc with it is really quite simple, for my purposes anyway. When I'm done with Lightroom, I'll export the photo and send it to my phone and that's when I do further editing on VSCO. A little bit of further adjustment and sometimes a bit of help from the filter department, and I'm good to go! For my Instagram I usually go for the filter HB1.

4. Photo planning
Now I do sometimes plan which pictures to post (because this one will suit my gallery and that one won't suit my gallery oh the struggle). I am not as fussy these days but I will admit that it still bothers me if I find that the colors don't go together. So I use this app called UNUM which lets you plan which pictures to post.

Ok that's about it. It's really not that complicated I promise. And I know to some people this may sound silly that you'd spend such amount of time just to post pictures on Instagram but hey. Priorities. (Also I have no other hobbies and I love taking pictures so bite me).

Jess x

Beyond the Imperfections

I'm currently in the process of brainstorming for my next collection of prints. Seeing as I'm one of the most insecure persons that has ever been in existence, I thought might as well use it to my advantage.

I'm assuming that everybody has those days where they just don't like everything about themselves - their looks, the way they talk, you name it. So I guess to an extent it is normal, but when it starts to make its appearance a bit too often, an action plan is in order.

Appearance is not everything. It's a facade. And besides, more often than not, we judge ourselves more harshly than we would others (not that it's good to be judgy anyway :p). 

Your insecurities have too much of an imagination. Be careful with that. - Andra Knox

Look beyond my imperfections. I am more than my imperfections. Learn to love them. 

New prints coming soon!

Jess x

Eat well, travel often. Pt 1

Eat well, travel often - I feel that this completely resonates with me, and for lots of people. Eat well, and your body will thank you; travel often, and your mind will grow.

So I thought I'd let you in on my favorite places to eat in London.

1. Caravan

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2. Dishoom

3. Poco

4. Daisy Green

5. E5 Bakery

Best. Rolls. Ever.

Best. Rolls. Ever.

Ok I'm hungry now. Gotta go eat bye!

Jess x