9 top tips when visiting Budapest… have you got a tenth?

  1. The pink-capped bottled water is the still one
  2. It’s a must to get funnel cakes* everyday
  3. You’ve got to visit the Szechenyi Baths*
  4. Expect unexpected thunderstorms (that may follow glorious days)
  5. Bus tours are two days of hop on hop off fun*
  6. Get yourself to the Ruin pubs*
  7.  The views at the top of the Buda hill are breath taking of the River Danube
  8.  You have to taste the Goulash*
  9. There is some hidden gems so always follow the local’s advice*

The pressure of having a tenth piece of advice I’ll leave to you…. please comment with your favourite moment or great find in Budapest.

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Pinterest: Social Media Game Changer?

Pinterest is an invite-only beta social media site that emerged early 2012 and has continued to grow by 145% in the past few months. The image-based platform allows users to collect photos, link to products they love to share all the beautiful, funny, helpful, inspiring and informative things they find on the web. Creative personalised boards within their virtual pin boards. Popular images are repined are other users to build groups of photos under assigned categories for instance ‘Dream Home’ or ‘I Heart’.

My social media must of 2012, Pinterest is set to become a huge creative network contender…

Follow my pins here http://pinterest.com/danielle1610/

Get yourself 'Repinned"

 

Keep Calm and Scrabble On…

Finding little retro treasures always brightens my day, and these are the perfect flat warming gift especially if they can be personalised hand-made and recreated.

These little scrabble quote photography prints were the real inspiration, which are available from Etsy (another countless hours spent in this site) seller RetroLovePhotography for $15! Bargain!

When I stumbled across these frames, I was certain I could construct them with a little trip to Ikea later.

Such a simple design and so easy to make individual and bespoke

Don’t compromise on style when you want to have a little bit of fun. Brigitte Herron has designed these pictures using original scrabble pieces, which are on sale at www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk for £59.

A rhyme sung by my Mumma to me as a child! What a gorgeous nursery room wall image!

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine...

It’s so Lover.ly

I’m so excited to share this post and delighted to show you Lover.ly!

Thanks to my bookmarked bloggers I came across this site a couple of months ago and gratefully granted beta access to the database of gorgeous photography.

Now to kick-start 2012 Lover.ly has launched its very apt lovely collection of categorised wedding photos to the public.

The ability to have hundreds of inspirational ideas under one roof, which have been selected from some of the most influential wedding bloggers, allows visitors to select images for later and create you own wedding bundles.

Having spend countless hours flicking through categories like Décor, Deserts and Dogs! I’ve put together a bundle I’d like you to indulge in…..

“Something Blue”

With Lover.ly’s blog constantly introducing other sources of wedding inspiration, it has to be the first stop for brides, or like me anyone who take pleasure in all things beautiful.

Here are some of my most popular photos from Lover.ly!

Being able to post your favourites or bundles on Facebook it’s the perfect place to begin party planning!

Photo of the Week #1

I stumbled across this great photo from http://jackiemagpie.com/ straight after my sister @KelseyHiggins1 had tweeted this photo

Jackie Magpie’s nest keeps an eye out for things that are shiny and a little bit special…

This is definitely one of them!

Jackie Magpie introduces photographer Max Wanger, with a selection of innovative structured photos, beautifully constructed to give a real sense of playful innocents. Max’s blog is now firmly bookmarked, already hours have been assigned to this site http://maxwanger.com/ and his blog with signed prints on sale I’m resisting need to get out the card straight away!

D x

Inspiration part2

The second image featured on my inspiration board…

Rene Gruau (1909-2004) one of the greatest fashion illustrators ever to have lived and an ultimate favourite of mine. No one paints beauty and elegance like him, being commissioned for numerous vogue covers the legendary Gruau’s work embodies all that I love about the fashion illustration world.

The integrity flirty but innocent figure surrounded by waves of flowery lines; the woman appears to be naked but the background creating a busy feel she doesn’t become explicit but feminine and mysterious. And my favourite element is all in black and white.

Gruau has an art of capturing sophistication in a playful and provocative way. The bold coloured backgrounds trademark his work with striking quality.

White Belle

When creating fresh and original advertising fashion images, what’s more glamorous then vintage paintings by the industry’s icons.

Inspiration part1

Here’s the first section of my inspiration board I wanted to share with you… Photography is really important to me so today I’m also adding my ‘photo of the week’ to my blog.

I fell head over heels with these beauty black and white photos; by the Henry Clark, as he uses the female body as an art form whilst ultimately being a renowned fashion photographer. The light and dark contrast makes the model’s couture nearly as impressive as their radiating femininity.

 

Balenciaga 1954

Henry Clarke was born in Los Angeles (Where I visited in August 2010) in 1917; son of Irish immigrates to California, like most budding photogarphers found it hard to get work in the consumerist environment. He travelled East and gain work at the Conda Nast Studio, where he experienced the changing face of post-war fashion photography.

Suzy Parker, Billowy Bow-tied coat by Pertegaz 1954

Quickly He became fascinated with photography moving away from growing trends, staying with the high elegance and whimsy approach. Knowing the importance of capturing the fast moving pace of the industry, small portable cameras was key. With his twin-lensed Rolleiflex camera and guidance from Alexey Brodovitch the fairy godfather of successful photographers, and with his own legendary reputation of the new photography, this was Clarke’s turning point.

If you’re not following me on twitter @Danielle1610 you’ll find these image as my background image.

Combining the fantasy of fashion and the energy of photography Clarke’s career became when he decided against the culture tide and moved to Paris. Only elements of his American beginnings remained as he accepted commissions from French magazines.

By the Mid-fifties he was working exclusively for Vogue, his opinion that although fashion is extraordinary that it is only something we put on our backs and unlike other photographers emerging in this period, he never victimised woman showing their beauty at the forefront of his images.

Clarke creates swan like necks and playful seductive forms through the use of props, he shows the make-believe become inescapably real.

As always leaving the best till last, featured in Vogue 1954 this image is a truly wistful photograph capturing the elegance of the model but has that edge of New York glamour. The pose hides the models face in a way to create mystery; the fashion becomes second to the contrast in colour. Henry Clarke died on 2006 in Paris the city of couture.