Sunday, 25 January 2015

New Year, New Camera, New Hair!

Hello again!
At the start of this year I promised myself that I would really work on my blog. Well... that didn't really go to plan did it? But, I am here now.
The reason I've not blogged much in January is well, it's a pretty rubbish month. For me January is all about being skint and working loads. I just had zero motivation when it came to writing up a post.

Until now....

So yes, as the title of this post says, I finally have got myself a new camera.
 Took me long enough eh? No more grainy iPhone photos for me!

So to kick of my new found motivation, I've decided to do a little OOTD post. 

Did I mention I got my hair chopped off too?

 Coat: River Island
Shirt: Primark
Disco Pants: Primark
Boots: New Look
Bag: H&M

Necklace: Primark

So yeah onto the hair situation. After a good while of debating about getting it cut shorter, I decided to take the plunge and just go for it. I hate the whole 'New Year, New Me' crap but after letting so much get on top of me recently, I felt it was time for a change. It's strange how a new hair cut can just change so much. Especially if you are cutting it short. It's almost liberating. 

If you are debating going a little shorter then I really recommended you just go for it. The worst that could happen is you hate it but it will grow back. Be daring!

I must say a massive thank you to the very talented Mathew Watt for giving me such a fabulous cut. If you are in the Edinburgh area and looking for a new do, then you must check him out at The Temple Salon.

I know I said no more grainy iPhone photos but how I one supposed to take a picture of a new camera...

So this is my new baby. 
I've been wanting a new decent camera for a while now but we all know they aren't the cheapest things to get. After much hunting for a bridge camera, I came across a good deal on the Canon PowerShot SX510 on Argos. I know everyone says to get a DSLR and trust me I really wanted one but alas they are totally out of price range right now.

Over the next couple of weeks, I have a few events and blog ideas going on. I can't wait to take it out and properly use it. 

I actually brought it out with me today and got a few pictures.

I can already see such a difference in the quality of my pictures. I really just need to sit down and work out all the settings but so far I am really happy with it. It also has amazing quality when taking a video, so I am a little tempted to start a youtube channel. What do you think?

So that is all for now. I can't wait to get right back into the blogging game this year.
So many exciting things to share with you all!

Bring it on 2015. I have a new hair cut, new camera and I can't wait to see what this year has in store.
Till the next time!


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Goodbye 2014.

Hello again!
So this post is a little overdue. Seeing as we are seven days into 2015...

I'm not big on the whole 'new year, new me' rubbish, in general I don't see the big deal about it turning a new year really. Saying that, 2014 was a pretty big year for me in a way. 

In January I started up FranklyMsShankly and I can honestly say it's one of the best things I have ever did. To have my own little space on the internet to talk and ramble about all the things in my life is great. It is a hobby for me but it's opened my eyes to a whole different world out there. From the incredible events I've been, to the truly inspiring people I have met. I just wonder why it took me so long to start this.

I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for my blog, so it's only fitting that I recap some of my highlights from 2014!

 On the 20th of January I uploaded my first ever blog post. I really had no idea what I was doing (I sill don't to be fair), I just knew I wanted somewhere to write down my feelings and experiences in life.

My first post was all about an amazing trip I had taken to Argyle. It was such a lovely weekend, so I thought it was a good way to start off my blog. If you fancy checking it out, I have posted a link below the picture.

My first proper blog post! 
After that, I did a couple of OOTD posts and one about the Batman collection from Black Milk. It's strange looking back at even photos from last year. Even though it's hardly that long ago, I do see changes in how I dress etc.

2014 seemed to be a year of me trying new things. Starting blogging was obviously the main one but I also dabbled in 'modeling'.
 Well I did it twice....

Photo by Rosie McKenna
 The first time was for my good friend Melissa. It was beautifully set in the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. It was bloody freezing and I was ridiculously awkward but it was so much fun! My post about it is here: 'I'm No Derek Zoolander'

The second time I modeled was for the wonderful Wear Eponymous.

It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. To go into a proper studio and meet the team behind Wear Eponymous. I was just blown away. Plus it was one of the first times I got to meet other bloggers which was wonderful.
Speaking about other bloggers, I've just loved how many people I've got to meet this year. I can be a little shy and generally anti social at times but from going to events and meeting other bloggers, I feel like I'm finally coming out of my shell. 

Edinburgh has a really wonderful blogging community. I really never knew there is so many of us. 
This inspired myself, Sultana and Farah to start up 'Edinburgh Bloggers'.
We have had a few events from this and I just can't wait to see what this year holds. 

I can't get over the amazing friends that I've met through blogging. It has to be one of the best things about starting a blog. The community is just lovely.

I'm not saying 2014 was a perfect year. In many ways it's been a very hard year due to stress and health issues but knowing I had this page and the support of friends and family has made it so much better. 

I'm hoping to concentrate much harder on my blog this year. I do have a tendency to be a little lazy and forgetful but I won't let that happen. I have so many ideas for future blog posts and I can't wait to share them all with you.

Lastly a massive thank you is in order to everyone who has been there and supported me throughout 2014. You are all just wonderful in so many ways.

I hope you all have an amazing year. Let's do this!

Till the next time!