Thursday, 30 October 2014

New Perspectives

Hello everyone! Apologies for the lack of post last week.  I've feeling a bit under the weather for a while and it has since escalated to a high fever the past few days.  On the plus side, I seem to be recovering now and am looking forward to going back to Toronto for the Halloween weekend.

I keep talking about "going back to Toronto" but I haven't really talked about where I am now -- mostly because (I shamefully admit) I haven't really taken many photos in my new location.
I'm currently working and living in Ottawa, Canada's capital city.  And there's a couple of reasons why I haven't really gone shooting around Ottawa, the first reason being this:

Sailboats on the Rideau Canal
That's me there on that red boat.
Kidding!  I wish.  I have no boats :(

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Other Side: Wine Red Outfits on Instagram

Hello everyone! As alluded to in my previous post, today's post is focused on my favourite colour: burgundy (or wine red, whatever you want to call it).  I own multiple items in this colour, including a scarf, shoes, and a skirt which are not in this post.
First on the list is my trench coat from last post's Brick Works photoshoot:

Awkward smile
I haven't really done any "fashion-focused" post so I wanted to try to share the different facets of my style, all featuring an item of this colour.  Trench coats in general are just really classic and always make you look put together.  I picked up this one from Banana Republic last year, despite already owning a trench coat (also pictured in this post), I fell in love with the colour and the elegance of the longer length. Every time I put it on, it's a more sophisticated feel, as opposed to being comfy in a sweatshirt or feeling powerful in a leather jacket.

The next outfit is this lace dress, perfect for date night.

Friday, 10 October 2014

TBT: Photoshoot at Brick Works

I realize that based on my last couple of posts crying for summer may make it seem like I don't like autumn, which is not the case at all.  I love many aspects of autumn, especially all the colours.  Wine red or burgundy is my favourite and autumn in my opinion is the best season suited for it.  From my profile photo, you can sort of see the sleeves of my wine red trench coat (though it looks a bit lighter in that picture).

Another realization I had recently is that I tend to post on Thursdays, which might explain why I've been doing a lot of #throwbacks (or maybe I'm just a nostalgic person.)  But this post is a true throwback, not to like last week or a few months ago, these photos are from 2013 whoo!

So back in Oct of 2013, Anita and I visited Evergreen Brick Works, a former quarry and industrial site located in the Don River valley (source: Wikipedia).  We had heard great things about it being a awesome place to take photos, so she with her Nikon and me with my Canon and then both of us with our most unlikely of friendships went off on this fantastical journey together.

I knew Anita was going to bring her camera so I strategically only brought my 50mm portrait lens and just used whichever camera would give me the shot that I wanted.

Here's one of Anita I took using her Nikon:

Bright red scarf pops so nicely
It was cold and I was fumbling already since I was wearing gloves so I didn't even try to play with the settings on her camera, but from the end products, there are some pretty noticeable differences between the photos from the two cameras.  Here's one from my Canon:

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Indian Summer in Montreal

All my wishful thinking came true! My last two posts saying "summer come back" seem to have worked (hashtag 'longlivesummer') and with perfect timing too.  I took a weekend trip to Montreal to visit Crystal and see what's up, as I've only been there twice before.  I have zero summer clothes on me as it was end of September and I had been wearing thicker layers already the week before, so my outfit in this post was generously donated to me by Crystal.  For those of you who don't know, the title of this post, "Indian Summer" refers to an unseasonable warm couple of days in autumn (just saved you a Google search, you're welcome :P)

Also, a quick note, there are a lot of photos in this post so I've kept some of them in a more thumbnail-y size, but you can, as always, click to enlarge :)

We wanted to head to Chinatown to grab some lunch.  Little did I know that my camera would be springing into action pretty much right away.

Place des Arts subway station